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This was a good movie, though it was quite easy to figure out the mystery. Here and there you won't be sure you're right, but the truth will always be in the back of your mind.
There was one thing I truly didn't understand. Josie knew Michael had cameras in his house and that most happenings were recorded, when something bad went on inside the house, why didn't she tell the police about the cameras so they could check out exactly what had gone on?
I guess they don't do what makes sense in most movies because then it would end too soon.
12 Feet Deep (2016)
I thought this movie was intense. I didn't find a second of it to be boring. This is just the kind of thriller I like when it comes to movies and books.
I can only hope that the janitor paid in some way for what she did. There was no excuse for her behavior. She could have at least given the girls the medication but she wouldn't even look in the purse.
This movie did not waste my time. I don't like when people leave reviews telling you not to waste your time on something, as though all people feel the same way they did about things.
I also don't like when people claim good reviews are fake just because they didn't like a movie and somebody else did. Do these people really believe theirs is the only opinion?
The Stranger Inside (2016)
The wife made no sense
The movie wasn't horrible, but the ending made it a lot worse than it would have been.
The wife goes from not believing anything the husband has to say about whether he had an affair or not, to not even caring if he did roughly 5 minutes later.
She learns some news that should at the very least cause her to continue believing that her husband may have cheated with the other woman, but she is extremely nonchalant about it, she basically shrugs it off in one second.
If someone could change their frame of mind that quickly, how angry could they have been in the first place?
In the end, the big news that the wife found out was not even discussed between the couple. We don't get to hear what she actually thought about it, we don't get to hear what the husband had to say for himself about hiding his past.
The Rap Game (2016)
I didn't think I would like this show, I stopped listening to rap music in the late 1990's after Bone-Thugs-N-Harmony really started to take a nosedive.
I'm 37, and most of the contestants on the show are under 17, so I was like, no, but I was surprised. It's a quality program and it teaches people who want to be in the music business about work ethic.
For the third season, there was no doubt in my mind that Nova should and would win the contract. He has everything that it takes to make it big. I hope he gets his due.
I first saw this episode about 8 years ago with my mother and was absolutely petrified. I just watched it again and was still on the edge of my chair. Wow! This is hands down one of the best episodes of any TV show.
You could tell right from the start it was going to be good. You had nurses, a storm, and a killer on the loose; how could the episode have gone wrong? It couldn't have.
Every second is must see, but some moments are simply not to be missed. That voice! Bravo!
Under the Bed (2017)
It's not funny
I don't know how anyone would consider this to be a funny movie, unless something is wrong with them. What goes on in this movie is truly terrifying, and is inspired by a true story that I know of.
The premise of the movie actually happened, and it certainly is nothing to laugh about.
People are unknowingly spied on by intruders more often than you might think, and anyone who feels that she had it coming because she didn't realize anything, also has something wrong with them.
All it takes is the wrong person to gain access to the keys to your home. People give their keys to strangers on a regular basis when they need car repairs or valet parking, and if you rent a house or apartment, the owner already has them.
There is animal abuse in the film, so I think some people need to be warned about that.
This movie is a horror movie in a different sense, but definitely scary.
Scream Queens (2015)
I have to admit, the parody aspect of this show is pretty good, it's funny. It really shows how vapid, ridiculous, and yet ruthless a lot of college-age kids are these days. The show also does a good job at highlighting stereotypes about race, sexuality, and class, and they do it in a way that makes you laugh as well as roll your eyes because it's obviously over the top and absurd.
Sometimes I think the show goes too far with the race cracks, but there are a lot of people in sororities and fraternities who think exactly like Chanel and Chad. I'm not sure if Zayday and Denise are supposed to be a parody on stereotypes of blacks in some regards, or if their behavior is simply part of their characters.
The show is crude, and there is no way around it. It's disgusting at times. The graphic violence is out of control, and the talk about being turned on by dead bodies during sex scenes is terrible, and not to mention showing Chad about to masturbate in front of a grave.
If the show was toned down, I might admit to watching it. The show does have some good messages about how stupid people truly are.
Update: I think a lot of people are missing the point of the show, it's obviously supposed to be a parody on asinine people and is not to be taken seriously.
After watching many more episodes, I still wish they would tone down the graphic violence and obscene jokes. I like Billie Lourd as Chanel #3, she's a standout! Lea Michele needs to go, and Skyler Samules' character is not interesting. Diego Boneta's character isn't even worth showing.
Dark Shadows (1966)
I started watching soap operas when I was 7 years old, it started with All My Children in 1987, and then progressed to One Life to Live and Days of Our Lives.
Days of Our Lives was one of the most frustrating shows that I ever watched, and now I see where they get their annoyances from. I watched Days of Our lives for nearly 20 years, but had to give it up after James Scott as EJ DiMera left the show. Why bother to watch without him? I started watching Dark Shadows two or so weeks ago due to a marathon that was on TV. My mother used to watch it when it first aired, and my father often watched it when I was an adolescent.
I must admit that I was drawn to the series, even though I did not expect to be. I am currently on episode 314. Many of the episodes are quite good and entertaining and just short of being scary.
One of the things that bothers me so much is the pace. It literally takes forever for a storyline to play out, the same things will be going on for like 80 episodes in a row. This reminds me so much of the dragged out pacing on Days of Our lives, only not quite as bad. DOOL can take up to 10 months to end a story! I can barely stand it when someone is just on the cusp of finding out something crucial, and of course someone bursts in or the phone rings or they simply decide not to pursue a lead. Much of the time to prevent a storyline from ending, ridiculous things will occur to stall it. You will have characters beating around the bush so badly that you want to beat THEM! I do wonder if Days of Our lives was loosely modeled after dark shadows. The DiMera family lives in a home quite similar to the Collins family home. It's a big mansion filled with antiques and a big front door which leads to a foyer with two large double doors. There is a staircase in the foyer and large portraits.
Unfortunately, if it was, DOOL inherited the worst traits of Dark Shadows, including the sci-fi story lines that ended about 10 years ago.
Dark Shadows is by no means a bad show, but it's bad for those with anxiety.
Fifty Shades of Grey (2015)
What a dud!
I didn't read the book prior to watching the movie, but had read extensive reviews on both before viewing. I tried to be objective and put everything I'd come across out of my head just to be fair.
I was expecting to feel various ways, but I was not expecting to feel bored out of my skull. Fifty shades of grey was hard for me to get through without nodding off.
I didn't think the acting was heinous on Jamie Dornan's part, but I did find him to be a bit robotic. I believe the script didn't help him out at all.
I actually couldn't stand Dakota Johnson's performance. All the overreacting and nauseating Mmmmm's every time Christian touched Anastasia was just too much. The lip biting was supposed to be innocently sexy, but it made my skin crawl. She didn't do it right. I hated her voice. I'm not sure if she was trying to sound like a breathless pre-teen most of the time, but if she was; she did succeed at that.
Christian would scarcely put a finger on her and she would be writhing and wriggling around like he was doing something more. There were times when he wasn't doing anything at all and she would moan and act like he was.
During some of the bondage scenes, you would swear she was being beaten based on the expressions and sounds she made. It was way too much for just one wimpy smack on the bottom, very unrealistic.
I didn't find anything good about this movie. The soundtrack was too loud. Everything was just wrong. The plot had no intensity. What a flop-O.
Slow-paced but steady
I really enjoyed the series. I thought it moved at a slow pace, but somehow that seemed fitting for the setting. The acting was really good for the most part, I can't say anyone was bad.
I didn't care for the way it ended. I never like endings that don't really end, you have to guess what happened for yourself. I don't get the feeling that a second season is coming, what would be the point? The story is over. It ended the way they obviously wanted it to.
The one character I didn't like was Susan. She was too creepy for me.
It didn't matter to me that I was unfamiliar with the majority of the cast. I knew Kevin Zegers from Titanic: Blood and steel, but he didn't do all that much here.
I've seen lots of things where I knew all of the cast, and it still stank, so that doesn't say much for familiar casts.
Could have been better
I must say that I don't really like modern movies about anorexia, or books either for that matter. I grew up in the 90's, and I find that movies and books about the subject had more of a soul back in the 1970's-1990's.
The more modern works come off as shallow, superficial, and heartless to me.
When I was about 19 in 1999, I started going on pro-Ana sites, so they are certainly nothing new.
I felt like I never got to know Hannah, at least not well enough to truly care about her. Her desire to be thin didn't seem very deep to me, so I didn't appreciate it.
When I was striving to be thin, it wasn't about control, I just hated being fat. I appreciate and sympathize more with those who delve into the lifestyle primarily because they hate being fat. The people who are just control freaks do nothing for me.
It's always annoying when the female in these types of movies isn't even close to being fat. Laura Wiggins is only 5'1", and Hannah weighed 128 pounds. I don't think Laura Wiggins weighs that much because she still looked rather slim for being so short.
I found it unbelievable that Hannah couldn't fit a size 6 pair of shorts. She couldn't even get the things up past her knees. Clearly this was all just for show, because the shorts were probably like a double zero or something.
There were things that didn't make sense. How did Hannah find that one girl she was chatting with online? It seems unlikely that she would just happen to live nearby unless it was a local site.
The Brittany Murphy Story (2014)
It started off okay
I thought the movie was okay during the parts set in the 90's. I was enjoying it, but by the time the story got to 2001, the pace really slowed down.
I always liked Brittany Murphy as an actress. I thought she had such a unique presence. She was endearing in Double Jeopardy with Joe Penny.
I think Amanda Fuller put a lot of effort into taking on some of Brittany's quirky mannerisms, and she did a good job on that end. Unfortunately, I don't believe she was right for the role.
Amanda seemed much taller than Brittany, even though they were about two inches apart, and while Brittany may have been bigger earlier on, she became quite slim and stayed that way. Amanda was still pretty large when the movie ended.
They did a good job on casting the role of Ashton. Sherilyn looked downright awful as the mother. The casting for Stacy Dash from Clueless was horrific. It was another case of any black face will do. The girl playing Alicia Silverstone clearly had a big ugly wig on her head.
Overall, I was disappointed.
The Good Sister (2014)
Another good one
I think this was another good movie that Lifetime aired. It wasn't too hard to figure out what was going on at a certain point, but that didn't bother me.
What bothered me was that the couple in the movie was absolutely miserable, and they seemed willing to stay that way. The husband had ulterior motives, based on his career plans, but there was no valid reason for the wife to live the way she was.
I don't want to give anything away, so I will just say that better choices could have been made on both their parts. If she couldn't get over their rocky past, she should have left.
Too Close for Comfort (1980)
The only reason I watch this show is because I love clothes from the late 1970's and early 1980's, and you get a combo of that in the first season.
The daughters are stereotypes. The fair one is the ditzy gal that all the guys want, and the darker-haired one is the responsible one.
The first two episodes of this show are so sexist, you can't even believe it's as modern as 1980. Ted Knight as the father is all up in the sex life of his daughters.
In the second episode, both the mother and the father think that Sarah is on birth control pills, and act like it's the end of the world. She's 18-19, and they told her she should have talked to them first.
They also think the pills may belong to Jackie, who is 21. They don't like the idea of her using them either.
What business is it of theirs? The daughters rent their own apartment, and one is a working woman.
The Twilight Zone: The Shelter (1961)
This is my favorite episode of the Twilight Zone, right above The Monsters Are Due on Maple Street.
I have seen this episode so many times I know the dialogue word for word, but there has never been a time when I didn't sit on the edge of my seat and choke up while watching.
The way the neighbors behaved when they thought a bomb was headed their way, was just appalling. I get that nobody wants to die from a bomb, but how can you justify trying to break your way into someone else's bomb shelter, ruining it, and essentially killing them as well? With no door, the shelter isn't any good.
At the point where the neighbors want to break down the door of the one bomb shelter in the area, Dr. Stockton and his wife and son are safely inside, listening to some of the neighbors talking about busting in and turning on each other. One neighbor is suddenly considered a foreigner, and his life isn't worth squat to most everybody else in that moment.
The group is so disgruntled because Dr. Stockton won't let them into the shelter built for three, that they cannot even think straight. Some believe that it would be best to go back down to the basement and try to talk Dr. Stockton into letting just one family with kids in, others think it is best to knock down the door and go in themselves.
One guy who regained his senses, seems to realize that there are about 10 people plus kids who would need to get into the shelter, even breaking in wouldn't solve the problem of too many people.
It seemed to me that in some way, the group realized that they weren't going to really save themselves, but they resented the doctor for being safely tucked away, and if they were going to be exposed to a bomb, so was he and his wife and son.
It was such a shame to see how people really are in a crisis like this. Such a shame.
House of Secrets (2014)
It'll past the time
I thought the movie was OK. Julie was a bit slow, if you ask me. I don't think I would ever be able to go to sleep if I knew one of my doors kept popping open. So many of the things she did in the movie were just mind-boggling. It's hard to believe anybody could be that dim, and she seemed a little spaced out.
There was the one review that mentioned the interracial aspect and the fact that Julie didn't have any black people in her life. I really don't see what that has to do with anything. Sometimes they will cast a movie based on who they liked for the role, and if a black person gets it, they are not going to cast friend and boyfriend roles with the same race just so the character can know some black people. I am also sure that there are plenty of black people out there who may not know any black people outside of their family, does it really matter when you're talking about a low-budget Lifetime movie?
Bianca has always had the same acting style in everything I have seen her in since the 1990's, at least she's consistent.
It's good, but wrong on many accounts.
I think it's a good show. The acting is well enough, and it isn't boring.
I do have some problems with the show: #1 Mary is supposed to be 15 I believe, and Francis is supposed to be two years younger, which would make him 13. Clearly that is not what the show is presenting. Francis is sickly and dies at age 16, but the guy playing the role is already 22! Francis looks in perfect health here, and you just can't fabricate somebody's death. Are we supposed to believe that Francis dies well after 16, or are we supposed to believe that the actor is 13, and still has three years left in him? #2 How hard is it to be factual when it comes to attire? The white queen may have some historical untruths going on, but the production was what it should have been.
On this show, girls wear sleeveless dresses in public like it is normal. I don't think that would have ever happened. Why have that go on? Why show the girls in little cap sleeve dresses as well? What is wrong with dressing like the time period? #3 The soundtrack. I like it, but come on. Mumford and sons? #4 What is with the accents? Everybody has some strange English accent, no matter where they are from, only Tomas of Portugal had some other kind.
I liked it
This movie is not going to win any awards, but I liked it. It had a lot of scenes that didn't make much sense, though, and the characters were not too bright.
For the life of me, I can't figure out why Forest killed the first real estate agent. That only set the sale of "his" house back for a short time, so what was the point? Another agent was going to come back and do the same thing.
It would also seem that the Turner family did not really check out the home very well, even when they had been in it for weeks. I don't think people would move into a home and not bother to explore it.
It's a pretty scary thought that someone could actually be living in your house and you don't even know it.
The daughter was dumber than a stone, I have to say. There really is no excuse for being that dumb. In one scene towards the end, she manages to escape into the backyard, and suddenly decides to start screaming her head off, knowing that the nutbag is right inside the house and can hear. The backyard is like the size of a football field, did she really think she could get away before he came after her?
Some other annoying things were Lydia coming up on Forest in the middle of the night with a flashlight, while he was spying on the Turner family from the bushes. She really thought that was a good idea? She's the main one who thought he was crazy.
Loved seeing Ernest Thomas AKA as Raj Thomas from What's happening, as Forest's lawyer. He was funny in his few scenes, but he was another dummy!
No thank you
I'm one of those people who are hard on remakes, especially if I enjoyed the original. I'm being very kind in giving this movie a 2. It was quite terrible.
This is a remake that really isn't a remake, it just steals things from the original and throws them into a new film loosely based on Sparkle. I actually wish they had done a true remake, because at least the script would have been good if nothing else.
Nobody can play Sister the way Lonette McKee can; she owns the role, and her performance can not be duplicated nor even closely matched. Lonette was about 22 when she played Sister, Carmen Ejogo is about 38; she is just too old to play Sister! Lonette managed to be alluring and charismatic as Sister without being trashy. It felt like Carmen was trying too hard to act like a sexy naughty girl, and Lonette simply oozed that type of aura. She had one of the most gorgeous faces and figures that I have ever seen in the 1976 Sparkle; Carmen doesn't have that. Also, Lonette's speaking voice and cadence really added a layer to the role that was missing from this version.
I first saw the original in about 1996, I was maybe 15 or 16, and have been hooked ever since. I'm biased, but I can still say that even if I had not seen the original; I would not like the semi-remake.
The acting is awful. Jordin Sparks can't act. Irene Cara's Sparkle seemed so naturally sweet, and Jordin's Sparkle just came off as phony; like acting.
How on earth do you go from Philip Michael Thomas as Stix to Derek Luke? The same can be said for Satin and Levi, how do you go from Tony King to Mike Epps, and from Dorian Harewood to Omari Hardwick?
The biggest difference between the films is that the remake has no gut, no core, no soul. Where is the heartbreaking drama? Where is the power?
A 1976 film about the music industry is bound to be better than a modern one. There are some subjects that just don't pan out very well in more modern times, such as the music industry and the modeling industry.
There was a time when movies about The Temptations or The Ronettes would be a surefire hit, but that time has passed. These types of movies tend to come off as phony nowadays. That's not saying a good one can't be made, but it apparently is a very hard thing to pull off.
A Killer Among Friends (1992)
A tear jerker
I have seen this movie at least 20 times, and am shocked by it every single time. It is based on the real murder of Michele Alvila. She was killed by best friend Karen Severson and another friend Laura Doyle. Karen was released from jail in December 2011, and Laura December 2012.
In the movie, we see "Michele" who is called Jenny, with "Karen" called Ellen, as friends who have grown apart. Ellen is jealous of Jenny because she is pretty and thin and popular. Ellen has a child and a nowhere life. In her mind, Jenny has everything and deserves to die because of it.
Ellen is a twisted freak who gives Ted Bundy a run for his money. I wonder if Ellen/Karen has really changed.
I really enjoyed the movie until the rape. When the rapist was chasing Ann, I couldn't understand why she kept stopping to look around. She stopped about ten times, I just couldn't understand it. When she came across the taxi cab, she didn't scream bloody murder, maybe they would have stopped? Maybe not.
I also did not like how they kept having her fall and pass out or whatever during the chase, and once more when she was "on the run." So many things annoyed me. I hated how the people in her neighborhood and at work kept looking at her like she had done something wrong because she had been raped, it could have been any one of those women or one of the men's female loved ones.
After she runs away, and is at a diner, a radio broadcast comes on saying that she has been missing. She covers her face. Why? There was no description given out. She only drew attention to herself.
During the movie she behaved like a nut. She sees a police officer and starts acting so strange it only makes you pay more attention. She acted like she was a child who could be forced to go back to her hometown instead of a grown woman who could live wherever she pleased.
Sisters of Death (1976)
This was by no means an excellent movie, but it passed the time and held my attention. The acting wasn't bad, thought the script was skeptical. Why would anybody with sense get in a car with two men they don't know and drive to an unknown destination?
During the movie, everybody knows there is a crazy guy in the house who plans on killing the guests. Gee, this is the perfect time to get undressed and change into pajamas to go to sleep, why not take a shower too?
These girls are stupid. Who could sleep at a time like that? Why would you take a shower?
This one didn't seem like it was going to be very good right from the start; and it wasn't. I found the script to be terrible, and the acting to be even worse.
"Jo" is in the witness protection program, and like most people in movies about the witness protection program, they never do what they are told. Jo seems intent on doing all the things she used to do in New York in her new home of Montana. She's rude to her foster mother on purpose, and just acts like a complete jerk most of the time. She doesn't seem all that upset about her parents being dead and just has a bad attitude.
The bad girls in the movie are a complete joke. The acting is pathetic.
I actually rooted for Jo to be found and killed somewhere along the way. If she doesn't care, why should I? There was an annoying scene where Jo draws a detailed sketch of the hit man who is following her. She draws this sketch in less than 30 seconds, when it would take any normal human 30 minutes.
There's another annoying scene where Jo spots the hit man in the school's parking lot, but for some dumb reason decides to borrow a friend's truck and heads out to the parking lot alone, she knew the man was waiting for her! The end doesn't make any sense. Jo gets to stay in Montana in the witness protection program. The bad guys who killed the parents are still looking for her. What made no sense was that these bad guys sent the hit man, who found her in Montana. The hit man was no longer a threat, but do you mean to tell me that the hit man didn't tell his boss where Jo was hiding? How is it that he was planning to get the money he was owed for capturing her? It made no sense that the guy in charge of Jo would just assume that the hit man never shared her location. Why would he assume that? No clue.
There was one review on here for this movie that really caught my attention. First off, Jo's foster mother was not an "old lady," she was in her 40's, it was made to sound like she was 69 or something. I thought "The old bats" granddaughter, was her daughter, but I could be wrong.
The Surrogate (2013)
Far-fetched but still good
A couple hires a surrogate named Remy, things don't work out so well with her. Kate, a co-worker of Jake's, asks to be the new surrogate. I enjoyed the movie, but it was not without many flaws. The script requires the wife, Allison, to be the kind of idiotic character that you end up being unable to root for at any point. Cameron is always good, so no problems there, but his character is slightly annoying here. Kate, the psycho, is the kind of psycho that they want you to feel sorry for; but I did not. Sorry. Not going to happen. The woman is a killer, and likely a "rapist", that is what a man would be called if he pulled the stunt that Kate pulled on Jake. Mind you they didn't show the scenes, but there is no way Jake was able to put Kate off the idea of sex for at least six months when she was "in love" with him and wanted to get started right away.
One of the best ones. I'm on season 3 now. This one is so tense I held my breath the entire time. I couldn't stand to even look at the killer, I was hoping he would drop dead of a heart attack; sounded like he would.
I'm still trying to figure out how killer was able to catch up with her after she spotted him in the jewelry shop window. She had way too much of a lead and she even turned a corner and ran across a street. Impossible that he could have even come close.
She should have just locked herself in the elevator, but they hardly ever do that. In the movie P2, I think the female did, but the killer knew the building and tortured her out, maybe in a few other films this happened.
Anyhow, very entertaining. Maybe next time she sees a killer, she won't be so obvious that she's the one.