Victoria Gotti’s Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter is an exercise in alternative facts so galling it could be written by Donald Trump. Adapted from Gotti’s 2014 memoir This Family of Mine: What It Was Like Growing Up Gotti, Gotti narrated, co-wrote, and co-produced this loose … Continue reading Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter, A Cheap Exercise in Revisionist History
We’ve got old favorites, way older favorites, and a new, hard-hitting documentary about a sadly old story. Let’s go! JASON’S PICK: Foster [HBO, 8p] A look at multiple stories about kids in Los Angeles foster homes and the surrogate parents who take them in. Always … Continue reading What To Watch: 05/07/2019
Death of a Cheerleader, often called A Friend to Die For, is a 1994 made-for-NBC movie starring Tori Spelling as a Mean Girl in a small California town. Kellie Martin plays Angela Delvecchio, a very Catholic, very good, mostly-ignored teenage girl. Valerie Harper stars as Angela’s mom, and … Continue reading Death Of A Cheerleader: Tori Spelling’s Greatest Work?
I watched Lifetime’s ripped-from-the-mouth-of-Nancy-Grace-circa-2015 murder scandal Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret at the behest of my favorite podcast, My Favorite Murder. (Much like comedian Karen Kilgariff, I too felt that incessant media coverage was enough, but I was wrong!) In 2008 Jodi Arias murdered Travis Alexander … Continue reading Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret Surprisingly Tasteful for a Lifetime Murder Movie
2015 was the year Lifetime made a spectacular break from the mold for a made-for-TV film about a woman who gives up her career (as per the law of the universe) to fall in love with a ghost! (A GHOST!) The most shocking departure … Continue reading The Christmas Spirit, A Bootlegging Murder Mystery!
Last year I was the recipient of Robert Hemming’s With Murderous Intent, a true crime novel about the tragic murder of Shannon Mohr and the sensational trial that followed. Mohr was murdered by her husband, David Richard Davis, who spun a complex web of lives … Continue reading Victim Of Love: The Shannon Mohr Story, Better Than The Book
Lifetime’s campy, made-for-TV movies are inherently special. They are weird, badly-acted, poorly-written works of outstanding camp craftmanship. We must remember this tonight night when Lifetime airs its disasterpiece, Mother May I Sleep With Danger? a 20th anniversary commemorative remake and sequel of the cult classic film starring … Continue reading Made-for-TV Movies, Made for Viewers Like Us