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
The benefits of watching about six hours of Meredith Baxter kill it (literally, figuratively) is that YouTube quickly adapts to your interests, and it is without remorse that I tell you that my YouTube suggestions are limited to chill-hop streams aimed at college sophomores and … Continue reading The Killing Secret: A Murder That Hits the Spot!
The long tradition of fondly remembered made-for-TV films that replayed on Lifetime is not limited to poorly-acted teensploitation thrillers. In the 1990s the big networks aired quality crime dramas, too. There are 52 weeks in a year, and occasionally those weekend movies were great, without … Continue reading A Made-For-TV CLASSICS: “A Woman Scorned” and “Her Final Fury”
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
Marry Me For Christmas is a made-for-TV Christmas movie by the Up Network, and thus it should not surprise anyone (right?) that a woman’s purpose is to stay in her hometown, get married (to anyone!), and have children (which she does, this is the beginning of … Continue reading Marry You For Christmas? I’d Rather Die Alone In New York
I hate musicals but as a native Marylander I am legally obligated to love Hairspray, the 1988 seminal John Waters film. That my parents were still advance screening PG films when I was 7 it’s a miracle that I grew up with repeated viewings of … Continue reading Hairspray Live! Pretty Good If You Hate Musicals