The Shell Seekers (1989) Rated PG

With three grown children and a lifetime of memories, Penelope must discover the secret to happiness for her future. Based on the book by Rosemunde Pilcher. Starring Angela Lansbury, Irene Worth, Sam Wanamaker

I could identify with the characters in this film. Penelope is getting older and all she has is memories from her life. The film overall, isn’t the best film but it does speak to the audience about what’s important in life. Angela Lansbury was perfect for the role of Penelope as she struggles with what her life has become and trying to overcome the mistakes she’s made. The film doesn’t follow the book well but it does tell a good story. I wish I could still say this film is worth a watch and it is if you are a fan of Angela Lansbury.

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New This Week in Theaters, July 20, 2017

Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, July 21
Starring: Dane DeHaan, Cara Delevingne, Ethan Hawke

A dark force threatens Alpha, a vast metropolis and home to species from a thousand planets. Special operatives Valerian and Laureline must race to identify the marauding menace and safeguard not just Alpha, but the future of the universe.

Dunkirk (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, July 21
Starring: Tom Hardy, Kenneth Branagh, Mark Rylance

Allied soldiers from Belgium, the British Empire, Canada, and France are surrounded by the German army and evacuated during a fierce battle in World War II.

Girls Trip (R)
Opens on Friday, July 21
Starring: Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, Regina Hall

When four lifelong friends travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling, and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.

First Kill (R)
Opens on Friday, July 21
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Bruce Willis, Gethin Anthony

A Wall Street broker is forced to evade a police chief investigating a bank robbery as he attempts to recover the stolen money in exchange for his son’s life.

The Black Prince (PG-13)
Opens on Friday, July 21
Starring: Jason Flemyng, Amanda Root, David Essex

‘The Black Prince’ is a story of Queen Victoria and the Last King of Punjab, Maharajah Duleep Singh. His character as it evolves, torn between two cultures and facing constant dilemmas as a result. His relationship with Queen Victoria will be the most impactful relationship in the film, the Queen representing the English culture he was drawn into. The Black Prince begins a lifelong struggle to regain his Kingdom. It takes him on an extraordinary journey across the world.

Scales: Mermaids Are Real (PG)
Opens on Friday, July 21
Starring: Emmy Perry, Morgan Fairchild, Elisabeth Rohm

Siren Phillips has lived her life thinking she’s an ordinary girl, in an ordinary town. On the eve of her twelfth birthday, however, she learns that she is far from ordinary. Destined to turn into a Mermaid at the age of twelve, Siren must struggle with her new reality, saying good bye to her mother and friends, while she transitions into the water. To make matters worse, a group of Hunters are after her, trying to catch her. She soon becomes friends with Adam Wilts, a new boy at school, who she turns to for help. He agrees to help her, but finds himself caught in the middle, when it’s his own father who is after Siren. When Siren’s mother is taken, the town must rally behind her, and help her make a peaceful transition into the water, before the hunters can find out where she is.

Landline (R)
Opens on Friday, July 21
Starring: Jenny Slate, Jay Duplass, Abby Quinn, John Turturro

In 1995, a teenager living with her sister and parents in Manhattan discovers that her father is having an affair.

The Midwife (UR)
Opens on Friday, July 21
Starring: Catherine Deneuve, Catherine Frot, Olivier Gourmet, Quentin Dolmaire

A midwife gets unexpected news from her father’s old mistress.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Love Bug (1968) Rated G

A race car driver finds a Volkswagen bug that seems to have a mind of its own. Starring Dean Jones, Michele Lee, David Tomlinson, Buddy Hackett.

This Disney classic is such fun to watch. Jones is wonderful as Jim, the man who ends up with Herbie. He doesn’t really want him, but Herbie wants Jim. Herbie is truly a love bug: he’s a matchmaker at heart, and he loves his owner. Tomlinson plays his typical Disney character, and Hackett is his bumbling sidekick. What makes this film extra special, though, is the cinematography. Even though it is filmed on a sound lot, the lighting and photography are beautiful, especially when Jim goes looking for Herbie. A delightful film to watch over and over, this one is definitely worth a watch.

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Standing Post (2014) Rated NR

When a young Casualty Notification Officer tries to locate the last living family member of a fallen soldier, he is mistaken for the son of the soldier’s dying father. Based on the short story Night Watch by Roy Popkin. Starring  Mary Jo Cuppone, Samantha J. Finch, Anthony Hornus, Steven Sutherland.

This movie is a dramatization of the story that’s been circling the internet. The film updates the story from the Vietnam War to the Afghanistan War. It does keep intact the armed forces ability to see a job to completion, and it also highlights the compassion the soldier shows to the dying man. It is respectful and well-told, although I felt seeing the story unfold on-screen wasn’t as poignant as reading the story itself. Still, it is worth a watch.

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Christmas TV History: Christmas In July

Christmas TV History

This is the second year in which I participated in Joanna Wilson’s Christmas In July questionnaire from her blog, Christmas TV History. Wilson offers this questionnaire every year; anyone can participate. This year she focused on Santa Claus and our favorite Christmas programs. Yesterday, she posted my answers on her site.

This is a great way for bloggers to get to know one another, and a great place to find new Christmas favorites to watch. I hope you will check it out.

Here are the questions I had to answer (feel free to come up with your own answers):

1) Who’s your favorite Santa Claus? (from any TV episode, special or movie)

2) What’s your favorite Christmas episode from a TV series? (NOT movie or special)

3) Do you enjoy watching Christmas entertainment year round or do you only like watching it during the holidays? And, why?

4) This is the 21st century–how do you watch TV and/or Christmas entertainment? Do you primarily watch through antenna, cable, satellite, a subscription service, or streaming? Do you primarily watch through YouTube, Netflix, Amazon prime, or Hulu? Do you use your local library? Your own DVDs, VHS tapes, or rent DVDs? A combination of these options? Explain.

5) If you were to be stranded on an island (maybe Christmas Island in the Indian Ocean!), what three Christmas movies, specials, or episodes would you like to have with you?

Please check Wilson’s site and, if you are interested, check out her Christmas In July Party.

Here is the link to my answers: Christmas in July 2017: Laura Rachel

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New This Week on DVD, July 18, 2017

Beaches (TV-14)

The friendship between two women from childhood onwards. Starring Nia Long, Idina Menzel, Antonio Cupo

Buster’s Mal Heart (UR)

A family man’s chance encounter with a conspiracy-obsessed drifter leaves him on the run from the police and an impending event known as The Inversion. Starring Rami Malek, DJ Qualls, Kate Lyn Sheil

Free Fire (R)

Set in Boston in 1978, a meeting in a deserted warehouse between two gangs turns into a shootout and a game of survival. Starring Enzo Cilenti, Sam Riley, Michael Smiley, Brie Larson, Cillian Murphy, Armie Hammer

Kong: Skull Island (PG-13)

A team of scientists explore an uncharted island in the Pacific, venturing into the domain of the mighty Kong, and must fight to escape a primal Eden. Starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John C. Reilly, John Goodman

The Promise (PG-13)

Set during the last days of the Ottoman Empire, The Promise follows a love triangle between Michael, a brilliant medical student, the beautiful and sophisticated Ana, and Chris – a renowned American journalist based in Paris. Starring Oscar Isaac, Charlotte Le Bon, Christian Bale

Resident Evil: Vendetta (R)

Chris Redfield enlists the help of Leon S. Kennedy and Rebecca Chambers to stop a death merchant, with a vengeance, from spreading a deadly virus in New York. Starring Erin Cahill, Matthew Mercer, Kari Wahlgren

Tommy’s Honour (PG)

In every generation, a torch passes from father to son. And that timeless dynamic is the beating heart of Tommy’s Honour – an intimate, powerfully moving tale of the real-life founders of the modern game of golf. Starring Ophelia Lovibond, Sam Neill, Jack Lowden

The Expanse: Season Two (TV-14)

A police detective in the asteroid belt, the first officer of an interplanetary ice freighter and an earth-bound United Nations executive slowly discover a vast conspiracy that threatens the Earth’s rebellious colony on the asteroid belt. Starring Steven Strait, Cas Anvar, Dominique Tipper, Wes Chatham, Florence Faivre, Shohreh Aghdashloo

Masterpiece Mystery: Grantchester Season 3 (NR)

A Cambridgeshire clergyman finds himself investigating a series of mysterious wrongdoings in his small village of Grantchester. Starring James Norton, Robson Green, Morven Christie, Tessa Peake-Jones

Nature’s Great Race (NR) *

The series focus on three iconic animals – Elephant, Caribou and Zebras – which uses cutting edge technology to track down their most incredible migrations. Starring Nigel Barber, Liz Bonnin

Teen Wolf: Season 6, Part 1 (TV-14)

A somewhat awkward teen is attacked by a werewolf and inherits the curse himself, as well as the enemies that come with it. Starring Tyler Posey, Holland Roden, Dylan O’Brien

Synopsis by IMDB unless stated otherwise.

*Synopsis by Wikipedia

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Beverly Lewis’ The Confession (2013) Rated NR

When Katie Lapp gets shunned by her Amish community, she goes in search of her biological mother, who is dying of cancer. When she finds her mother, she must set the record straight, including a little mistaken identity. Based on the book by Beverly Lewis. Starring Steve Boles, Ray Collins, Al Curl, Katie Leclerc, Adrian Paul, Sherry Stringfield.

In this sequel to The Shunning, Danielle Panabaker was unable to reprise her role as Katie, so she was replaced by Katie Leclerc. This film has some of the same plot problems as the first, in addition to poor acting and writing. The Shunning was much better than this film. With a messy story line and an uneven connection to the events in the first film, it falls short. The one exception is Stringfield, who acted well. This movie is a pass.

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Martin Landau (1928-2017)


North by Northwest (1959) Rated NR

A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive.

http:// Joseph (1995) Rated NR

The Biblical story of Joseph, who was sold to slavery by his brothers who were jealous of his prophetic abilities to analyze dreams and of his being their fathers’ favorite.

http:// Rounders (1998) Rated R

A young man is a reformed gambler who must return to playing big stakes poker to help a friend pay off loan sharks, while balancing his relationship with his girlfriend and his commitments to law school.

9 (2009) Rated PG-13

A rag doll that awakens in a postapocalyptic future holds the key to humanity’s salvation.

Frankenweenie (2012) Rated PG

Young Victor conducts a science experiment to bring his beloved dog Sparky back to life, only to face unintended, sometimes monstrous, consequences.

In the Beginning (2000– ) Rated NR

Biblical tales from the books of Genesis and Exodus, including the stories of Abraham’s devotion and Joseph’s betrayal.

Synopsis by IMDB.

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The Lightkeepers (2009) Rated PG

A lighthouse keeper in 1912 on Cape Cod, who vows not to have anything to do with women, finds two of them staying in the cottage next door for the summer. Starring Blythe Danner, Richard Dreyfuss, Bruce Dern, Mamie Gummer, Julie Harris, Tom Wisdom.

This is one a fun romance where two people who are at odds overcome their frustrations with each other to find love. There are some plot holes, though. For one, there is no resolution or conclusion to the story about the girl that John Brown had the falling out with. Second, there is a lack of continuity surrounding the last day in the film. It is implied that the women have left, but then they are still there, and other problems arise, too. Although not an original story, it is still a satisfying film and worth a watch.

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Primetime Emmy Nominees 2017

Outstanding Drama Series

Better Call Saul
The Crown
The Handmaid’s Tale
House of Cards
Stranger Things
This Is Us

Outstanding Comedy Series

Master of None
Silicon Valley
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

Outstanding Limited Series

Big Little Lies
The Night Of

Outstanding Television Movie

Black Mirror
Dolly Parton’s Christmas of Many Colors: Circle of Love
The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks
Sherlock: The Lying Detective
The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series

Sterling K. Brown for This Is Us
Bob Odenkirk for Better Call Saul
Anthony Hopkins for Westworld
Matthew Rhys for The Americans
Kevin Spacey for House of Cards

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series

Donald Glover for Atlanta
Zach Galifianakis for Baskets
Anthony Anderson for Black-ish
Aziz Ansari for Master of None
William H. Macy for Shameless
Jeffrey Tambor for Transparent

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie

Riz Ahmed for The Night Of
John Turturro for The Night Of
Ewan McGregor for Fargo
Benedict Cumberbatch for Sherlock: The Lying Detective
Geoffrey Rush for Genius
Robert De Niro for The Wizard of Lies

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series

Viola Davis for How to Get Away with Murder
Claire Foy for The Crown
Elisabeth Moss for The Handmaid’s Tale
Keri Russell for The Americans
Robin Wright for House of Cards
Evan Rachel Wood for Westworld

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series

Julia Louis-Dreyfus for Veep
Ellie Kemper for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Allison Janney for Mom
Lily Tomlin for Grace and Frankie
Jane Fonda for Grace and Frankie
Pamela Adlon for Better Things

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie

Carrie Coon for Fargo
Felicity Huffman for American Crime
Nicole Kidman for Big Little Lies
Jessica Lange for Feud
Susan Sarandon for Feud
Reese Witherspoon for Big Little Lies

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series

Louie Anderson for Baskets
Alec Baldwin for Saturday Night Live
Tituss Burgess for Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt
Ty Burrell for Modern Family
Tony Hale for Veep
Matt Walsh for Veep

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series

Jonathan Banks for Better Call Saul
David Harbour for Stranger Things
Ron Cephas Jones for This Is Us
Michael Kelly for House of Cards
John Lithgow for The Crown
Mandy Patinkin for Homeland
Jeffrey Wright for Westworld

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Limited Series or Movie

Bill Camp for The Night Of
Alfred Molina for Feud
Alexander Skarsgård for Big Little Lies
David Thewlis for Fargo
Stanley Tucci for Feud
Michael Kenneth Williams for The Night Of

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series

Vanessa Bayer for Saturday Night Live
Anna Chlumsky for Veep
Kathryn Hahn for Transparent
Leslie Jones for Saturday Night Live
Judith Light for Transparent
Kate McKinnon for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series

Uzo Aduba for Orange Is the New Black
Millie Bobby Brown for Stranger Things
Ann Dowd for The Handmaid’s Tale
Chrissy Metz for This Is Us
Thandie Newton for Westworld
Samira Wiley for The Handmaid’s Tale

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series or Movie

Judy Davis for Feud
Laura Dern for Big Little Lies
Jackie Hoffman for Feud
Regina King for American Crime
Michelle Pfeiffer for The Wizard of Lies
Shailene Woodley for Big Little Lies

Outstanding Variety Talk Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
The Late Late Show with James Corden
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Real Time with Bill Maher

Outstanding Reality Competition Program

The Amazing Race
American Ninja Warrior
Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
Top Chef
The Voice

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program

Martha Stewart and Snoop Dogg for Martha & Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party
Gordon Ramsay for MasterChef Junior
Alec Baldwin for Match Game
Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn for Project Runway
RuPaul for RuPaul’s Drag Race
W. Kamau Bell for United Shades of America

Outstanding Directing for a Comedy Series

Donald Glover for Atlanta “B.A.N.”
Mike Judge for Silicon Valley “Server Error”
Jamie Babbit for Silicon Valley “Intellectual Property”
Morgan Sackett for Veep “Blurb”
David Mandel for Veep “Groundbreaking”
Dale Stern for Veep “Justice”

Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series

Vince Gilligan for Better Call Saul “Witness”
Stephen Daldry for The Crown “Hyde Park Corner”
Kate Dennis for The Handmaid’s Tale “The Bridge”
Reed Morano for The Handmaid’s Tale “Offred”
Lesli Linka Glatter for Homeland “America First”
Matt Duffer and Ross Duffer for Stranger Things “The Vanishing of Will Byers”
Jonathan Nolan for Westworld “The Bicameral Mind”

Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Jean-Marc Vallée for Big Little Lies “Big Little Lies”
Noah Hawley for Fargo “The Law of Vacant Places”
Ryan Murphy for Feud “And The Winner Is… (The Oscars Of 1963)”
Ron Howard for Genius “Einstein: Chapter One”
James Marsh for The Night Of “The Art of War”
Steven Zaillian for The Night Of “The Beach”

Outstanding Directing for a Variety Series

Jeremy Konner and Derek Waters for Drunk History “Hamilton”
Andy Fisher for Jimmy Kimmel Live! “The (RED) Show”
Paul Pennolino for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver “Multi-Level Marketing”
Jim Hoskinson for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert “Episode 0179”
Don Roy King for Saturday Night Live “Host: Jimmy Fallon”

Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series

Atlanta “B.A.N.”
Atlanta “Streets On Lock”
Master of None “Thanksgiving”
Silicon Valley “Success Failure”
Veep “Georgia”
Veep “Groundbreaking”

Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series

The Americans “The Soviet Division”
Better Call Saul “Chicanery”
The Crown “Assassins”
The Handmaid’s Tale “Offred”
Stranger Things “Chapter One: The Vanishing Of Will Byers”
Westworld “The Bicameral Mind”

Outstanding Writing for a Variety Series

Full Frontal with Samantha Bee
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver
Late Night with Seth Meyers
The Late Show with Stephen Colbert
Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Writing for a Limited Series, Movie or a Dramatic Special

Big Little Lies “Big Little Lies”
Black Mirror “San Junipero”
Fargo “The Law of Vacant Places”
Feud “And The Winner Is… (The Oscars Of 1963) ”
Feud “Pilot”
The Night Of “The Call of the Wild”

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series

Alexis Bledel for The Handmaid’s Tale
Laverne Cox for Orange Is the New Black
Ann Dowd for The Leftovers
Shannon Purser for Stranger Things
Cicely Tyson for How to Get Away with Murder
Alison Wright for The Americans

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series

Hank Azaria for Ray Donovan
Brian Tyree Henry for This Is Us
Ben Mendelsohn for Bloodline
Gerald McRaney for This Is Us
Denis O’Hare for This Is Us
BD Wong for Mr. Robot

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series

Becky Ann Baker for Girls
Angela Bassett for Master of None
Carrie Fisher for Catastrophe
Melissa McCarthy for Saturday Night Live
Wanda Sykes for Black-ish
Kristen Wiig for Saturday Night Live

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series

Riz Ahmed for Girls
Dave Chappelle for Saturday Night Live
Tom Hanks for Saturday Night Live
Hugh Laurie for Veep
Lin-Manuel Miranda for Saturday Night Live
Matthew Rhys for Girls

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series

Documentary Now!
Drunk History
Billy on the Street with Billy Eichner
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Outstanding Structured Reality Program

Antiques Roadshow
Diners, Drive-ins and Dives
Fixer Upper
Lip Sync Battle
Shark Tank
Who Do You Think You Are?

Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program

Born This Way
Deadliest Catch
RuPaul’s Drag Race
United Shades of America

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Special

Amanda Knox
The Beatles: Eight Days a Week – The Touring Years
L.A. Burning: The Riots 25 Years Later

Outstanding Documentary or Nonfiction Series

American Masters
Chef’s Table
The Keepers
Planet Earth II
30 for 30

Outstanding Informational Series or Special

Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
Inside the Actors Studio
Leah Remini: Scientology and the Aftermath

Outstanding Animated Program

Bob’s Burgers
Elena of Avalor
The Simpsons
South Park

Outstanding Short Form Animated Program

Adventure Time
Mickey Mouse
Rocket and Groot
Steven Universe
Teen Titans Go!

Outstanding Actor In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series

Ty Burrell for Boondoggle
Kim Estes for Dicks
John Michael Higgins for Tween Fest
Jason Ritter for Tales of Titans
Ben Schwartz for The Earliest Show
Alan Tudyk for Con Man

Outstanding Actress In A Short Form Comedy Or Drama Series

Lauren Lapkus for The Earliest Show
Jane Lynch for Dropping the Soap
Kelsey Scott for Fear the Walking Dead: Passage
Mindy Sterling for Con Man
Mindy Sterling for Secs & Execs

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