The Vote (2020) Rated PG

The vote chronicles the campaign for women’s right to vote. Starring Kate Burton, Audra McDonald, Laura Linney, Patricia Clarkson, and Mae Whitman.

This year marks the one-hundredth year since the ratification of the 19th Amendment for women’s right to vote. The series follows the women who fought hard for this right. It takes us through the controversies that still plague the States but also what these women were up against when seeking this right. It covers the race issues with all women, including black women, fighting for their right. The series also looks at the gender issue and how this would change the way men looked at women. We also look at the State’s rights on whether or not to pass the Amendment and how political power played into that. It’s a part of history that I don’t think about, but every election, I exercise my right to vote. I’ve never had to deal with issues of people thinking I’m not smart enough to know and understand whom I want in office, but women a hundred years ago went up against men thinking just that. I’m thankful for their forthright, although I’m not sure if I would have been one of the women fighting or one still thinking the voting booth wasn’t my place. This series is interesting and worth a watch.

 

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New This Week in Theaters, July 9, 2020

While theaters are closed, due to COVID-19, these films could be at select drive-in theaters and available for digital rental.

Unhinged (2020 film) - Wikipedia Unhinged (R)
Opens on Friday, July 10
Starring: Russell Crowe, Jimmi Simpson, Gabriel Bateman, Caren Pistorius

After a confrontation with an unstable man at an intersection, a woman becomes the target of his rage.

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Revenge Prank with DJ Pauly D & Vinny (MTV) Rated NR

Victims of viral internet pranks get back at the ones who pranked them by teaming with Pauly D and Vinny. Starring Vinny Guadagnino, Damian Muziani, and Stacie Conard.

This is Punk’d for the average person. When viral pranks receive tons of views on the internet, the victims of the pranks want revenge. In come Pauly D and Vinny to kick up the prank for the prankster. It’s an interesting show and very reminiscent of Punk’d. The show is over-the-top, but they don’t let the prank go too far and let the person know it’s a prank. I don’t think the prank needs to be pushed as far as they take it – I don’t find the humor in it. This show is not worth a watch.

 

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A Diva’s Christmas Carol (2000) Rated PG

In this take on Dickens’ A Christmas Carol, a pop singer gets a reality check by the three spirits of Christmas. Starring Vanessa Williams, Rozonda ‘Chilli’ Thomas, and John Taylor.

This is a VH1 made-for-TV movie, so they acquired all the singers to play the different parts. They weren’t bad, but they weren’t Oscar-worthy performances either. The special effects were good, and although the film has it’s positive aspects, it’s still not the best. It seems to be thrown together and not thought through. The characters always seem to be unaware of the reality they’re living in. This is a fantasy story, but the characters should not be oblivious to reality. There is no emotion in the story. We could care less about these characters or whether they should be redeemed. This film is not worth a watch.

 

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Richard Jewell (2019) Rated R

American security guard, Richard Jewell, goes from hero to suspect in the 1996 Centennial Park bombing. Starring Paul Walter Hauser, Sam Rockwell, and Brandon Stanley.

This film showcases how the 1996 Centennial Park bombing transformed Jewell’s life. Jewell was always interested in law enforcement and always wanted to be a cop. The security guard job was a step in that direction. He was always an odd guy, according to everyone that knew him. But, he was diligent in his work, a little too diligent. Then you add the combustion of the media wanting to get to the truth before it’s actually out there, and what do you have? A man wanting to do everything possible to help people and media that doesn’t care about the truth. The FBI just wants to find the person responsible because the world is watching, and the oddest guy in the room fits that description. This film highlights what the media latches onto for a good story, and it’s worth a watch.

 

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New This Week on DVD, July 7, 2020

 Love on Iceland (TV-G)

Seeking inspiration for work, Chloe gathers her college travel group back together for a trip to Iceland. When her ex, a member of the group, shows up uninvited, sparks fly. Starring Kaitlin Doubleday, Colin Donnell, Preston Sadleir 

 Murdoch Mysteries: Season 13 (TV-PG)

In the 1890s, William Murdoch uses radical forensic techniques for the time, including fingerprinting and trace evidence, to solve some of the city’s most gruesome murders. Starring Yannick Bisson, Helene Joy, Thomas Craig 

 Brooklyn Nine-Nine: Season Seven (TV-14)

“Brooklyn Nine-Nine” follows the exploits of hilarious Det. Jake Peralta and his diverse, lovable colleagues as they police the NYPD’s 99th Precinct. Starring Andy Samberg, Stephanie Beatriz, Terry Crews 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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102 Dalmatians (2000) Rated G

Cruella DeVil is out of prison and ready to pick up where she left off, getting those puppies. Starring Glenn Close, Gérard Depardieu, and Ioan Gruffudd.

This is one of those sequels that just didn’t need to be made. We have Cruella DeVil feigning redemption only to go after the puppies again. The film revolves mostly around DeVil and a little around the puppies. It might have been more interesting if DeVil had made a complete turnaround. Alas, this is a sequel without a redeeming story and with only a select few characters returning. The puppies, as always, are cute, but it’s a rehashed story that didn’t need to be told. This is not worth a watch.

 

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Serial Psyche (Reelz) Rated NR

This show explains the psyche of famous serial killers. Starring Rich Libicer, Dr. Michael H. Stone, and Dr. Gary Brucato.

This show asks law enforcement, doctors, and news reporters to talk about the psyche of serial killers. It explores what makes them do the things they do and why they do them. They go back to see what made them start on their murderous paths, and they take a look at how they were caught. Each episode compares and contrasts two different serial killings. This show is interesting, but it doesn’t really go too deep into analyzing the psyche of the murderers. It’s just a rehashing of their crimes, and it’s not worth a watch.

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The Heart of Christmas (2011) Rated TV-G

The Locke family has discovered that their two-year-old has leukemia. While they try to make his last Christmas a good one, a businesswoman meets them and reevaluates her life. Based on a true story. Starring Candace Cameron Bure, Jeanne Neilson, and Christopher Shone.

This film is not the usual warm and fuzzy holiday film. It’s a film about real life and the struggles we all have. It does have a family theme and reminds us that family is the most important thing in life. It’s based on a true story, so they don’t sugar-coat the story or change it to make the film more uplifting. This is not a film for families that have lost children. It’s so emotional as the family fights for their child while another realizes that she’s losing precious time with hers. This is a film that is worth a watch.

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The Great Debate (SYFY) Rated TV-14

A half-hour talk show puts celebrities head to head debating cultural fandom. Starring Baron Vaughn, Jonah Ray, and Maude Garrett.

The first episode of this series is perfect. The celebrities, who tend to be C or D list celebrities, debate 80s fandom. Most notable was Orlando Jones, which I will say was the most entertaining to watch. That was the first episode. It was interesting and a fun watch, pitting the celebrities against each about products of the 80s, shows on TV, and characters from movies. The show is a fun watch, but I don’t know how long it can last. For now, though, I would say this is worth a watch.

 

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