Superstore (NBC) Rated TV-14

A comedy about a group of people working at a big box store. Starring America Ferrera, Ben Feldman, and Lauren Ash.

I fell in love with this show from the beginning. It was humorous to see what it’s like to work as a sales associate in a big chain store. Although, as the seasons go by, they tend to become more political, and it’s hard to watch when the focus shifts to what’s happening in the real world rather than the lives of the characters. The characters are all intriguing, and you always know someone like these different characters in your own life. At first, the creators give the characters depth, but again, as the series continues, the characters are becoming one-dimension. For the most part, I think this is a show worth a watch.

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Biography: I Want My MTV (2019) Rated TV-14

In 1981, a new tv channel was born that was different than any other channel. It was a new format for young people and an outlet for musicians and filmmakers. Starring Tori Amos, Jack Antonoff, and Jeff Ayeroff.

This documentary interviews the people that started up this new channel – a channel that they weren’t sure was going to last. It’s a documentary that gives us the background to how the birth of MTV happened and what surrounded the epitome of success that came with it. The documentary takes us through the years as MTV continues to change and grow from what it originally started off as. I thought the show was informative, but there wasn’t anything new that was shocking or unknown. It’s the basic history of the channel, but it’s still worth a watch to understand where the creators were coming from. 

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New This Week in Theaters, September 24, 2020

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

Ava (2020) - IMDb Ava (R)
Opens on Friday, September 25
Starring:  Jessica Chastain, John Malkovich, Common, Geena Davis

Ava is a deadly assassin who works for a black ops organization, traveling the globe specializing in high profile hits. When a job goes dangerously wrong she is forced to fight for her own survival.

Kajillionaire - Wikipedia Kajillionaire (R)
Opens on Friday, September 25
Starring:  Evan Rachel Wood, Mark Ivanir, Gina Rodriguez, Debra Winger

A woman’s life is turned upside down when her criminal parents invite an outsider to join them on a major heist they’re planning.

The Last Shift - Wikipedia The Last Shift (R)
Opens on Friday, September 25
Starring:  Richard Jenkins, Shane Paul McGhie, Ed O’Neill, Allison Tolman

Stanley’s last shift at his fast food job takes an unexpected turn.

Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles | Discover the best in independent, foreign, documentaries, and genre cinema from IFC Films. | IFC Films Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles (NR)
Opens on Friday, September 25
Starring: Dominique Ansel, Sam Bompas, Dinara Kasko, Deborah Krohn

Documenting the collaboration between world renowned chef Yotam Ottolenghi  and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, this feature film follows five visionary pastry makers as they endeavor to construct an extravagant food gala based on the art exhibit “Visitors to Versailles.” Exploring the relationship between modern-day social media and the open court of the French Monarchy, the film studies the alarmingly cyclical intersection between food, culture, and history.

Draupadi Unleashed (2019) - IMDb Draupadi Unleashed (NR)
Opens on Friday, September 25
Starring: Cas Anvar, Taaha Shah Badusha, Abi Bais, Pooja Batra

The story of a young woman, in 1930s British India, seeking an identity of her own against an arranged marriage and the manipulations of a powerful guru. Bringing to life the struggles of 3 generations of women in a male dominated society.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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Silent Night (2012) Rated NR

A film based on the story behind the Christmas song, Silent Night. A priest in a small Austrian small town is full of ideas and writes a new carol. Starring Carsten Clemens, Markus von Lingen, and Janina Elkin.

I’m not sure how much this is true. I know the song was written to sing a cappella with no electricity, which fits the time frame of the film. I also heard, which I’m not sure it is true, that it was played by guitar rather than a piano or organ. This film seems to expand on the basic story of where the song comes from. We have a new priest to the village and he’s trying to get people into church, so he bends to try and update the way the church is using tradition. He’s trying to update the Sunday service. I thought this film was a fun watch. It tells the story of the church trying to bring in the unsaved. I don’t know if it was portrayed in the best light, but I was able to overlook its flaws. I just thought it was a wonderful story about a small town coming together for a Christmas service. It was worth the watch.

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Brunch with Tiffany (VH1) Rated NR

Tiffany Pollard gathers with close friends for brunch at New York City’s restaurants. Starring Tiffany Pollard, Sonja Morgan, and Sheryl Lee Ralph.

I thought this would be an interesting talk show, but it really isn’t a talk show. The show doesn’t have much of a script or a guide to the questions being asked. The friends get to choose what they discuss, and it’s everyday stuff. To make it worse, Tiffany is annoying. I mean, why would we want to watch a celebrity having brunch with other celebrities, which aren’t a-listers?  I just didn’t find the show interesting, making it not worth a watch. 

 

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Shadowhunters (Freeform) Rated TV-14

On her birthday, after the disappearance of her mother, Clary learns she has a gift that is supernatural. Based on the book series by Cassandra Clare. Starring Katherine McNamara, Dominic Sherwood, and Alberto Rosende.

This series is one that is made for teens, and it shows. It’s poorly written, the special effects are not very clean, and the actors don’t pull you into the story. I’ve not read the books, so I can’t say whether it follows the books or not. There are plot holes in the story, but I’m not sure if the book was as poorly written as the script. I would think not. I didn’t mind the movie version, but this series is really poorly done. The acting is pretty bad, and they struggle with trying to work with the script. This show is not worth a watch.

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New This Week on DVD, September 22, 2020

 Sanctuary: The Complete First Season (NR)

What could be worse than being imprisoned in a locked-down clinic where nothing is what it seems, and nobody believes you are who you say you are? How about beginning to suspect that they’re right? Starring Josefin Asplund, Lorenzo Richelmy, Barbara Marten 

 The Good Fight: Season Four (TV-MA)

When Diane Lockhart’s life savings are lost, she must start from scratch at a new firm. Starring Christine Baranski, Cush Jumbo, Delroy Lindo 

 DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: The Complete Fifth Season (TV-14)

Time-travelling rogue Rip Hunter has to recruit a rag-tag team of heroes and villains to help prevent an apocalypse that could impact not only Earth, but all of time. Starring Caity Lotz, Amy Louise Pemberton, Dominic Purcell 

 Lucy Worsley’s 12 Days of Tudor Christmas (NR)

Lucy Worlsey takes us back in time to see what it was like for the 12 days of Christmas in King Henry VIII day. From the food, presents, dress, dances, music, celebrations, customs and more. How some customs nowadays are based on that time. Using present day re-enactors, we get the real feel for the time period. Starring  Lucy Worsley

 The Secret: Dare to Dream (PG)

A widow struggling to get by meets a stranger who subscribes to a philosophy of positive thinking. Starring  Katie Holmes, Josh Lucas, Jerry O’Connell 

 Brockmire: Season Four (TV-MA)

A famed major league baseball announcer who suffers an embarrassing and very public meltdown live on the air after discovering his beloved wife’s serial infidelity decides to reclaim his career and love life in a small town a decade later. Starring  Hank Azaria, Tyrel Jackson Williams, Amanda Peet

 Riverdale: The Complete Fourth Season (TV-14)

While navigating the troubled waters of romance, school and family, Archie and his gang become entangled in dark Riverdale mysteries. Starring K.J. Apa, Lili Reinhart, Camila Mendes 

Synopsis by IMDB. 

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Biography: The Nine Lives of Ozzy Osbourne (2020) Rated TV-14

Ozzy Osbourne is the quintessential rock ‘n roller, but there were many lives of Ozzy through his five decades of performing. This show documents his life. Starring Geezer Butler, Ice-T, and Tony Iommi.

This show tells the ups and downs of Ozzy Osbourne’s life. The film interviews many family members and friends that were around him during the good times and bad times of his life. The Osbournes always were candid about their faults as well as their lives. In this show, they tell it like it was and is. We follow nine different lives of Ozzy from his childhood until today as he battles Parkinson’s. I’ve always loved to see how much the family loves each other, even while not being so nice to each other. It’s amazing that he’s survived as long as he has. This is worth a watch. 

 

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Primetime Emmy Award Winners 2020

Outstanding Drama Series

Succession

Outstanding Comedy Series

Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Limited Series

Watchmen

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Jeremy Strong for Succession

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Zendaya for Euphoria

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Eugene Levy for Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Catherine O’Hara for Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Mark Ruffalo for I Know This Much Is True

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Regina King for Watchmen

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Billy Crudup for The Morning Show

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Julia Garner for Ozark

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Dan Levy for Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Annie Murphy for Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Yahya Abdul-Mateen II for Watchmen

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Uzo Aduba for Mrs. America

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Last Week Tonight with John Oliver

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Andrij Parekh for Succession “Hunting”

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Andrew Cividino and Dan Levy for Schitt’s Creek “Happy Ending”

Outstanding Directing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Maria Schrader for Unorthodox

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

Jesse Armstrong for Succession “This Is Not for Tears”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Dan Levy for Schitt’s Creek “Happy Ending”

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or Dramatic Special

Watchmen

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

The Last Dance

Outstanding Competition Program

RuPaul’s Drag Race

 

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Shades of Blue (NBC) Rated TV-14

A female police officer and mother is forced to work for the F.B.I.’s anti-corruption task force while still struggling with her  financials. Starring Jennifer Lopez, Ray Liotta, and Drea de Matteo.

The critics loved this show. I did not. It felt like it was a story that had been told before. There was no originality to it. Jennifer Lopez either made or broke the show, but what she didn’t do was leave the J-Lo persona off camera. I felt like I was watching Lopez being a sexy police officer instead of a struggling mother. Now, the actual premise of the show, which has been done before, wasn’t bad. It was nice to see good cops trying to stop the crooked cops, but this line was too blurred and you couldn’t tell which were good cops and which were bad. This show was not worth a watch.

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