Speaker, humorist, author and award-winning film critic Larry Ratliff entertains, informs, motivates and celebrates the magic of the movies with witty and funny behind-the-scenes movie industry, celebrity and life stories. His love for movies and seeing the humor in life are contagious. Ratliff traveled the world interviewing A-list movie celebrities and maintains his popular Movie Memories website, www.LarryRatliff.com.
During 2009 Ratliff wrote celebrity interview features for the statewide Texas magazine ENVY. In 2009 and 2010, he served as the film critic for People Newspapers of Dallas.
From January 1996 until January 2009, Ratliff served as film critic and movie feature writer for the San Antonio Express-News newspaper. He also wrote several lifestyle columns for the Dallas Morning News in 2002 and 2003. Larry Ratliff is called “The Jalapeño Guy” because he rates movies on a scale of one-to-four jalapeños.
For over three years, Ratliff's movie reviews and interviews were syndicated nationally and internationally to 210 NBC network TV affiliates in the United States and to 15 foreign countries.
Ratliff's comments have been quoted in movie ads in the New York Times and Los Angeles Times, as well as in other newspapers nationwide. His comments have also appeared on video boxes across the United States and beyond.
Ratliff was a founding, charter member of the Society of Texas Film Critics. He's a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association and the Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association. Ratliff has covered the Academy Awards on several occasions; twice for newspapers and once reporting live for NBC to over 40 network TV affiliates across the United States.
A professional film critic since 1983, Ratliff grew up in the Dallas-Fort Worth-area city of Grand Prairie. He is a graduate of the University of North Texas. He holds a BA degree in Speech with an emphasis on radio, TV and film with a minor in journalism.
Early in his career, Ratliff worked as a radio disc jockey, a radio and TV news reporter and anchorman, then as a stand-up comedian and comedy writer.
Along with Suellen, Larry’s wife and muse, Ratliff founded Radio Free Ratliff, a daily radio feature of movie and video reviews, previews and interviews that was syndicated to radio stations in Texas, Oklahoma and Louisiana. Larry has a passion for good movies and the power of written and spoken words.
Remembering and honoring classic movies, movie themes such as "Hollywood's Great Romantic Scenes," "A Salute to the Great War Movies," etc., motivating using classic and modern movie moments as examples and pointing out funny, ironic and witty moments in our journey of life.
In this presentation enhanced with PowerPoint images and film clips that lasts about an hour, Larry discusses life lessons he's discovered while sitting in darkened movie theaters.
Some are silly, like learning the hard way not to plop down in a movie seat too soon after coming into a dark theater from the bright sunshine outside.
Others are more serious -- motivational even -- such as life really is like a box of chocolates (full of surprises) and the importance of holding onto dreams.
Sometimes the glare of the spotlight, the pressure and the bevy of hangers-on who constantly praise movie stars convince some of Hollywood's biggest names that they can do no wrong.
Some of them, as you'll see in this presentation enhanced with PowerPoint images and film clips and lasting about an hour, can. And did.
Or did they?
Was Marilyn Monroe married to the mob? Did screen goddess Lana Turner kill a guy? What about silent film star Roscoe "Fatty" Arbuckle? What really happened at a party in San Francisco where a young woman died?
And, perhaps you didn't know that the great Ingrid Bergman was once denounced on the floor of the U.S. Senate.
The first time I was on the cusp of becoming a senior I was anxious and one year away from finishing my high school education. College and my quest to conquer the world paved the road ahead with all kinds of wild, exciting possibilities; fame, fortune, wooing Ms. Right, etc.
Something else was different back then, although I didn't realize it at the time. I could read the labels on medicine bottles.
Now, a few decades later, after initially kicking and resisting, I find myself no longer fighting the indisputable fact that I'm the other kind of senior, as in senior citizen.
I've given up on chasing fame and fortune. I've even found Ms. Right. But some pesky problems still remain.
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