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Killer in Law (2018)
This week's wacko is an insane woman who lost her young daughter and went mad. Years later she wants her grand daughter for herself. She reconnects with her estranged son and starts to help look after her grand daughter. Her clueless daughter in law is occupied with starting her business and is grateful for the assistance.
The actress Nana Visitor who plays grandma is pretty good and one efficient killer. Great idea having older lady psychos. Brings to mind Bette Davis and Joan Crawford in those 60s horror movies.
The house is pretty by the way.
Worth a watch.
Better than expected
It may sound like an exploitative Lifetime movie but this thriller has quite a well constructed story. A stripper at a bachelorette party obsesses over a bride to be. The cast is believable and well cast.
Should have been told in a chronological way
I understand they showed the rescue and aftermath before the kidnaping to show people not to judge victims by their reactions. But this non linear format made it less dramatic and lessened the impact of the story. Still the story is worth watching.
The actress acts a bit stone faced at first but that's the way teens act so it's realistic.
Worth a watch
Student Seduction (2003)
Quite well done
Quite good. A new attractive chemistry teacher starts tutoring her student. He develops a crush and assaults her. But she is the one defending herself.
The acting is believable and the actors are well cast. Elizabeth Berkeley is sympathetic as the teacher. Corey Sevier plays the student well.
A Star Is Born (2018)
Medium acting and okay but not great singing
Bradley acts addicted but he looks too healthy. Lady Gaga shouts her songs a bit too much - does every note seem the same loudness? Her acting isn't that great because her face isn't very expressive.
The formula is depressing - why is he so self destructive?
The collapse of a marriage.
The disintegration of a marriage seen by a 14 year old boy is quite involving. Acting is above average. Both parents are at fault in how they handled things. Carey is good at playing the mom who is initially supportive then freaks out and has an affair and leaves. Jake is alright as the stubborn Father who brings his family to rural Montana then leaves to fight fires. Good acting by the boy too who is the most level headed of the three.
The faults are a lack of resolution at the end and some unlikely dialog.
A Rose for Christmas (2017)
Not much romance but the floats are nice
He needs a float for his company she is the maker. They bicker and bicker then suddenly there is romance.
The float prep is interesting. Marc Bendavid and Rachel Boston are the couple.
Not quite enough for a romance movie.
The Perfect Teacher (2010)
Megan Park is good as a student obsessed with teacher
The sweet wholesome Megan Park of
Secret Life makes a good wacko obsessed with her new teacher played by David Charvet. He's divorced and going through a crisis about moving to be with his ex wife's new job. Things progress plausibly and the wacko stuff she does is possible. Liked way the fantasy and the reality are shown.
One of the better obsession type Lifetime thrillers.
The Upside (2017)
Funny and enjoyable
Given the story it's as funny and well made as it can be. Some parts are obviously formula. But it's very enjoyable. The class and culture differences make for some laugh out loud jokes. The music differences are cute. The modern art thing is really funny. Some semi serious moments.
Nicole looks very slim and young in her nerdy get up. Bryan does a sympathetic job. Kevin Hart does great delivery it could have been corny but with him it's right like Oda Mae. Julianna Margulies looks different from before here.
Worth a watch.
Viper Club (2018)
A look at kidnaping of a journalists in Middle East war zone. Interesting to see things from the family perspective the stubbornness anger at them and ultimately uselessness of any effort to free them.
Bad camera work and directing in the earlier part. Susan Sarandon is moving.
A Brush with Love (2019)
An anti romance
An artist meets a nice guy. Later she doesn't feel a spark. Her bestie's brother always had a torch for her.
Arielle Kebbel looks nicer than in TVD. Nick Bateman plays her love interest but he is a little plastic.
A lukewarm delclaration of love is followed by a mediocre crisis.
Not enough substance for a romance movie.
Werk ohne Autor (2018)
Long but well done
This is a long and quite interesting biopic of an artist. Some of the scenes could have been edited out.
This shows the life of artist Gerhard Richter from boyhood in Germany before the war to learning art and establishing himself with a major exhibition. Along the way are interesting subplots including his Nazi doctor Father in law.
There are some very well done portions especially the last part when he started to paint from photographs.
Sharp Objects (2018)
Too dragged out - unclear ending
Huge fan of Amy Adams and Patricia Clarkson. Also enjoyed Big Little Lies which has the same director. But this series isn't well made. Not enough happens each episode. Too much mumbled in the darkness. Four parts would have been enough instead of 8. The ending is so hasty - and hard to figure out. How and why did she do it?
Also regarding Patricia Clarkson, Munchausen's by proxy is too familiar.
Slurred speech and too many characters - hard to follow
This movie is a terrible mess. Jennifer Jason Leigh slurs her speech throughout. Incomprehensible. There are too many characters - how are we supposed to know who is who and who wrote what? Bad presentation. The flashbacks are confusing.
A waste of an interesting subject.
Wicked Mom's Club (2017)
Mean competitive backstabbing sabotaging - instead of the high school girls its the moms. Mean mom befriends new mom. But when Mean Mom's daughter is outshone she tries to take down new mom's career, daughter's gymnastics etc. It's moderately watchable. The ending is quite satisfying in the way she was brought down.
Killer Vacation (2018)
Slow at first but still want to see what happens
A little slow moving at first, the movie keeps you wanting to find out what happens. A woman is having a relationship with a colleague who is married to the bosses daughter. She doesn't want to be the homewrecker. She finds out she is pregnant. They go to a resort where he takes her hiking on a path that is dangerous. His wife also shows up. So who has got it out for her? The man who wan't to keen about the pregnancy? Or the wife who suddenly showed up?
Thicker Than Water (2019)
Formula wacko stays with family
A family grieving the loss of their son takes in a boarder. He's creepy but helpful. The mom likes him but sis and dad are suspicious. There isn't much of an explanation for the creepy behavior or a twist.
Nightmare Tenant (2018)
With the current admissions scandal this is timely. This week's wacko is a girl who didn't get in to a prestigious college Vanderton. She finds out a legacy did. She goes to stay with the single mom doctor of the legacy and wreaks havoc. It's a bit naive of the doctor to take her in. She starts stealing her identity and charging stuff to her card and more.
The actresses are pleasant looking and act well and the story is watchable. The title could now be more about the admissions scandal.
Trial by Fire (1995)
Don't get too close your students
A teacher is accused of sleeping with her student who later kills himself.
The two versions of what happened are interesting to contrast.
Gail O'Grady is pretty and sympathetic.
The fight for birth control
Very educational. Imagine a time when women weren't even allowed information about contraception. Margaret Sanger is the sympathetic heroine played intelligently by Dana Delaney. Sex education in school is standard these days thanks to people like her. How primitive the Comstock laws were and it's idiotic notion of morality.
Maternal Instinct (2019)
OMG the actress has such a squeaky voice. She plays a nurse whose baby is taken. She's also smarter than the doctor as she delivers a baby avoiding an unnecessary C section.
The villains steal babies from the hospital for adoption. Rather stereotypically they make the villains Russian or Eastern European. So when they take our heroines baby she sets out to get baby back.
A Daughter's Deception (2019)
This type of wacko is a first for Lifetime
Girl fight! There is some serious punching between girls in this child given away for adoption thriller.
One plus point is this particular wacko hasn't been done before. The natural daughter is jealous of her adopted sister so she pretends to be the adopted sister and ingratiates her way into the sister's birth mother's family.
She does an assortment of wacko things that don't quite add up like beating up bullies and such. She does get rid of a few who are on to her.
The cast is pleasant to look at and you want to see how things are resolved.
Ok for one watch.
Fine Things (1990)
Fine tear jerking story
What can one man endure? This is one tear jerker extraordinaire.
A single NY department store manager is sent to SF for a year. He falls in love with a single mom with a cute girl- good actress by the way. They have a baby but she dies of brain cancer. Some really top notch tear jerking acting here by DW Moffatt and Tracy Pollan. Then her ex wants custody but he's a scumbag drug dealer. He even runs off with the kid to Mexico. Exciting rescue. There is a new love interest in Napa Valley. One fault. Silly he had to give up everything to move to Napa. Can't she work as a doctor in the city or move to New York? Anyway it's a fine story. The ending is quite feel good.
Keeps you guessing
Who knew Danielle Steele could be a good mystery writer. This is an interesting kidnap mystery set after Lindbergh. Lots of suspects around. The mother is played by Lisa Rinna. The background is quite deep for a mystery, she lost a kid to drowning during her first marriage. George Hamilton plays the second husband.
Wife, Mother, Murderer (1991)
A most bizarre woman
Judith Light gives a tour de force as a most bizarre woman. Who knew she could vamp it up so much and plays a femme fatale. Southern accent and all.
She poisons her husband and kills him and tries to kill her daughter too. Then she escapes and marries a man and fakes her death and comes back to him and claims to be the identical twin. The way she dies is even more crazy.
It's so bizarre and a true story.