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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.