Friday is here, and that means, Entertainment Expert Patty Spitler is also here along with her “Patty’s Picks” for this week.
This week’s movie is expected to blow the roof off. It’s the sequel to “Black Panther” and the 30th film of the Marvel Movie Universe, called “Black Panther: Wakanda Forever.”
The highly anticipated film already has already brought in $10.1 million overseas in advance screenings. Projections say, this weekend it could bring in $300 million or more worldwide.
The movie begins with paying homage to the lead in the 2018 Black Panter film, Chadwick Boseman, who passed away 4 years ago from colon cancer.
So what’s going on now? A lot. Wakanda and Namor’s nations are at war in “Black Panther 2.” Fighting to reign as the number one world power with access to “vibranium,” the world’s strongest metal with mystical properties.
It’s visually stunning with plenty of death. Hint: The scene stealer for her poise and regal tone, is Angela Bassett, the Queen of Wakanda. She’s the nation’s leader following the deaths of her husband and son.
This fantasy/action/drama is out on Friday, Nov. 11. It’s rated PG-13, and it runs 2 hrs 41 minutes.
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“Quirky and kinky” are two ways you can describe one of the movies being reviewed in today’s “Patty’s Picks.” Here’s more from “Life.Style.Live!” entertainment expert Patty Spitler:
The first movie is “Amsterdam,” and it boasts a graphic at the start of the film that say its partly based on fact. That also implies, a lot of it is just made up, too.
Oh boy, it’s a murder mystery with three friends trying to find the killers and the motive, they then also become suspects, and there’s a couple of love stories too.
The notable actors include Mike Myers, Robert DeNiro, Taylor Swift and Chris Rock.
David O Russell wrote, directed and produced this comradery comedy that takes place in the 1930s and highlights fascism after WW1 as a seed is planted for NAZI Germany and another war. It’s not hard to see the parallels with today’s conflicting politics.
Christian Bale plays the soldier who’s also a doctor and loses his eye, and there’s still a lot to “see” here.
“Amsterdam” is like a turkey with too much stuffing. There are too many plots. You get brain freeze. I Ioved the old cars and clothes though.
I give it 3 out of 5 stars, just “fair” in my opinion, and there was sooo much potential. I’m so sad to see the sizzle, fizzle.
“Amsterdam” runs 2 hours 14 minutes. It’s rated R for some violence and blood.
Friday on “Life.Style.Live” Patty was also joined by Jodi Michelle Cutler, co-author of the novel and a producer of the film, “Rally Caps,” which is a part of the Heartland Film Festival. Jodi is also the mother of a son who is deaf and lives with a bilateral cochlear implant recipient, just like Patty.
The film premieres on Saturday, October 8 at 5:15 p.m. at the Toby Theater in Newfields. There’s an encore showing on Sunday, October 9 at the Glendale Landmark Theatre 10 at 7:15 p.m. and it’s available virtually on Monday, October 10.
“Rally Caps” is a family-friendly movie starring Amy Smart (Stargirl, Varsity Blues) and Judd Hirsch (Uncut Gems, Independence Day). It features characters with cochlear implants and is about a young baseball player whose dreams of pitching for a Little League travel team are derailed by a devastating injury on the field. After a long recovery process, he goes off to summer camp with his older brother where he befriends a catcher and his sister who are deaf and who use cochlear implants to hear. Based on their own experiences of living with a disability, they help him overcome his anxiety and fear of returning to the mound. Written and directed for the screen by Lee Cipolla, “Rally Caps” is adapted from the book by Stephen J. Cutler and Jodi Michelle Cutler.
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September is National Service Dog Month, and in honor of that Great Day TV host Patty Spitler joined us Thursday on “Life.Style.Live!” along with Brandt Carter, service dog puppy raiser, and Dixie Clark, service dog owner.
Carter brought along her service dog Elk, and Clark brought her service dog who she’s had for about a year and a half.
They discussed what a service dog does, what you can ask if you see a service dog in public, why it’s not okay to pretend your pet is an official service dog and more.
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It’s Friday and that means “Life.Style.Live!” entertainment expert Patty Spitler stopped by with her take on a couple of movies opening today. Here’s more from her:
I’m starting with a thriller-horror film named, “Barbarian,” and horror films are not necessarily my favorite franchise.
From director/writer Zach Cregger, it stars Georgina Campbell as a young woman who books an Airbnb house near where she’s having a job interview but she finds out it’s double booked.
She decides to be bold and crash with the man who’s already in the house, but are there more “beings” in this dwelling?
There are lots of twists and turns. It’s well-crafted, and even if I admit I’m not a horror fan, I can appreciate this film.
I give it 3 1/2 out of 5 stars.
“Barbarian” is Rated R and runs about 1 hour and 40 minutes.
Next up, a romantic comedy called “About Fate.” In this film, a young couple finds themselves on a New Year’s Eve together after both of their proposals crash. Maybe true love was right in front of them?
Emma Roberts and Thomas Mann star in this fun movie where comedy and chaos combine in this winning combination.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars.
“About Fate” opens in select theaters Friday and on Amazon Video. It runs 1 hour 40 minutes and is rated R.
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Comedian Jim Gaffigan is showing off his serious side in the new suspense/thriller, “Collide.”
“Life.Style.Live!” Entertainment Expert Patty Spitler joined us Thursday with a look at her recent interview with Gaffigan where he discussed his latest role.
The film comes to theaters on Friday, August 5 and will be available on demand on August 12.
“Collide” is rated R and runs 1h 30m.
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Can this high-flying sequel surpass the original film that opened over 30 years ago? Can its star ascend new heights in popularity? Can the draw of pleasant nostalgia combined with unrelenting action get folks back in the theater?
“Life. Style. Live!” Entertainment Contributor Patty Spitler joined us Friday with some answers during “Patty’s Picks” as she talks Tom Cruise’s new movie, “Top Gun: Maverick.”
It’s an action/drama film that cost 170 million to make. It was supposed to be released two years ago, but that Covid thing shut it down. Tom Cruise put his foot down and said, “No.” to streaming. He insists, “I make movies for the big screen.”
Some items of note: Cruise did all his own stunts, except for one. They also wouldn’t let him fly a 70-million-dollar jet fighter in one scene.
Marverick returns as a top naval aviation test pilot who turns down advancement in rank because that would ground him.
The movie is wild, warm and always totally wonderful. I loved the nostalgia, but even if you haven’t seen the first one, they do some flashbacks to enlighten. Maverick the man, has some flaws and some ego issues. There is a love interest Jennifer Connelly, and that’s the only negative press he’s getting, for not including Kelly McGillis in this sequel. Val Kilmer appears in a brief scene, but his presence is felt throughout. The stunts and fly sequences are totally amazing.
Patty gives it 5 out of 5 jet fighters!
Rated PG 13, action/drama, runs 2 hours and 11 minutes
Fun Fact: Patty has spoke to Cruise many times during his career. Even in 1986 with the first “Top Gun” launched him into the acting stratosphere. Watch the video above to see part of that interview.
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Friday means it’s movie day, and Great Day TV’s Patty Spitler is back this week with her picks! These are fresh films that were just released today.
Liam Neeson’s new action-thriller, Memory,” is up first.
It’s a bloody mess, but also a well-crafted film about a lone wolf assassin. Known for his discreet killing skills, Liam Neeson as Alex now finds himself a target as he refuses to complete a job, so now the crime syndication and the FBI are on his tail.
Plus, this is all complicated because his character is in the starting stages of Alzheimer’s and he struggles with severe memory loss.
Runtime: 1 hour 54 minutes
Rating: R for violence
Availability: In theaters nationally
Patty’s score: 4 out of 5 guns
“Fortress: Sniper’s Eye”
Speaking of cognitive issues, Bruce Willis recently announced he was retiring from acting due to his aphasia diagnosis, affecting his memory, language skills and even reading.
But he was busy working up until his retirement, so there are about a dozen of his movies yet to be released. “Fortress: Sniper’s Eye” is one of them, and it’s a cyber-thriller who a retired CIA agent, Willis is living in the forest in a secret high-tech bunker and his enemies are closing in.
Runtime: 1 hour 40 min.
Availability: Select theaters and digital platforms
Patty, interviewed Bruce Willis many times over the years including for his action movie debut in “Die Hart.” Watch the video above for a lookback at their conversation.
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INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – No one ever wants to hear the word ‘cancer.’ It strikes shock, fear and can come with feelings of hopelessness. But when Patty Spitler was diagnosed with stage one breast cancer back in December of 2021, she took it head on. In this segment of “‘Life.Style.Live! Health Spotlight'” we revisit her story.
Longtime WISH-TV personality and fan favorite Patty Spitler announced that she has officially beat breast cancer on “Life.Style.Live!” Tuesday.
This was her first time discussing her diagnosis publicly, and Spitler says when she was diagnosed, WISH-TV veteran meteorologist and cancer survivor Randy Ollis was the first person she confided in. The two have been friends for nearly 40 years.
During today’s interview Spitler shared her initial reaction to her diagnosis, why she’s opening up to the public now, her advice to the world and more.
Watch the video above to hear from her.
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Today’s Trivia Tuesday theme is all about veteran WISH-TV TV personality Patty Spitler! We celebrated her Tuesday in honor of her beating breast cancer.
The trivia questions the hosts answered are listed below. Watch along and see if you can guess correctly.
Patty spent 23 years as an anchor on WISH-TV. Which one of these news anchor duties did Patty like the least?
Which extracurricular activity in high school gave Patty confidence to be on TV?
Patty has a big love for pets. Which pet was her childhood favorite?
Patty’s first job out of college was in radio. What genre of music did that station play?
Which celebrity did Patty say this about: “He bounced me on his knee and I liked it.”