Evil Doctor – LMN Movie Review

THE DOCTOR IS OUT – OF HER MIND!

Evil Doctor aka Snatched (2018). Dr. Natalie Barnes (Dina Meyer – Lethal Seduction, The Magicians) is an OB/GYN in the Los Angeles area. Her new patients are Matt (Coric Nemec, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, Supernatural) and his wife Aubrey Lewis (Jen Lilley – Twin Betrayal [read my review here], Days of Our Lives) are expecting a child and she was recommended by one of Matt’s co-workers. Matt first meets Dr. Barnes in the lobby, unaware she’s his wife’s new doctor. They exchange hello’s very briefly. It’s in the examining room that Dr. Barnes tells Matt that he reminds her of someone she knows…her father!

NATALIE’S BACKGROUND

Natalie, who was named Cara, was kidnapped from a hospital in 1975 by a lady and her boyfriend. Eight years later she is found and returned to her biological parents. Her kidnapper father really loved Cara (she was Cara with the kidnappers) and called her his Princess. Natalie’s biological father called her Princess, as well, but it was right before he would moleste her every night. The mother would turn a blind eye to everything and did nothing to help Natalie.

I SEE YOU

It’s not long after the first meeting that Natalie begins to have her sights set on Matt. She methodically plans all her moves in which one causes Aubrey to bleed after she and Matt have sex. Thinking she might be having a miscarriage, they go see Dr. Nutcase, I mean Barnes, who tells them that Aubrey needs to be on bed rest for the rest of the pregnancy, which means she’s out of commission for five months. Dr. Barnes also informs them they can’t have sex and “no orgasms of any kind”. Not only does this keep Matt and Aubrey apart, but makes Matt more vulnerable to Dr. Barnes advances, to which he refuses, for a while at least.

FINAL THOUGHTS

The flow of the movie was perfect. The transition from one scene to another fit perfectly. I’ve witnessed movies, and yes on Lifetime Movie Network, in which scenes seemed out of place. Almost like they were an after thought, either while filming or in the editing room.

The acting was on spot by all involved. I became of fan of Dina Meyer after watching her in Truth and Lies (2014), another Lifetime Movie Network movie in which she played a detective whose daughter is getting threatening messages to expose her secrets and the secrets of her friends. I also became a fan of Jen Lilley after seeing her in Twin Betrayl. You can read my review here.

And my other favorite actress, I’ve recently discovered is Lindsay Hartley (All My Children, Passions, Days of Our Lives). And to get all three of them in this movie was perfect for me. Then add Coric Nemec to the mix, made the movie even better! I grew up watching Coric and remember a very short lived show he starred in 1989 in called What’s Alan Watching which lasted one season, if that. I remember how quirky it was. He would later star in another show called Parker Lewis Can’t Lose, which lasted three seasons (1990-1993).

If I were to rate this movie on a scale of 1 – 5, with 5 being the best, I would give it a 5. The reason for the rating is there were some really bizarre scenes in the movie that I found a bit odd, and that’s saying a lot. I pride myself on welcoming the bizarre, but even these scenes were a bit much even for me. However, this is what made the movie that much more enjoyable and definitely stand out from the rest.

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Evil Doctor is currently playing on Lifetime Movie Network.

If you’ve seen the movie, let me know your thoughts in the comments.

Trailer for Evil Doctor

 

Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers: Producer’s Cut Movie Review (Guest Post)

The following guest is by Street Trash Steadicam, a definite film buff in who’s Twitter @StreetTrashSteadicam, he describes himself as a “gay weirdo film buff”. He’s very passionate about films and has an eye about him that I like. This is the reason I asked him if he would write a guest post for Jabber Jaw Reviews. I allowed him to pick the topic and when he proposed Halloween, I was excited. 

I think you will find the following post very thought-provoking. Especially, if you’re a Halloween fan.

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FROM MYERS TO CURSES: HALLOWEEN HAS HAS ITS GOOD, ITS BAD AND DEFINITELY, IT’S UGLY.

Before being rebooted with Jamie Lee Curtis’ return in Halloween H20, the plots of Halloween sequels were becoming increasingly…strange. Halloween II, needing some explanation for why Michael Myers was still looking for Curtis’ Laurie Strode, introduced the idea that Michael Myers was out to kill his family members; it also hinted at a connection to the ancient Druid origins of Halloween, but never explained it. Halloween 4 and 5 gamely attempted to continue from there, following Myers’ imperiled niece Jamie Lloyd and adding a few more references to the Druids (along with some wonderful but nonspecific speeches about evil from Donald Pleasence’s Dr. Loomis). 5 even added a mysterious man in black who arrives in town to break Myers out of jail for a cliffhanger ending.

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It wasn’t long before this entire impossible plotline was just left behind, but first Halloween: The Curse of Michael Myers attempted to tie it all together: Michael Myers is the property of a secret cult of modern Druids at the psychiatric hospital, you see, spending his life carrying out an ancient murderous ritual…except they aren’t Druids so much as mad DNA splicers trying to breed Pure Evil, but never mind. Meanwhile, a previously unknown branch of Myers’ family has moved into his old house, which he isn’t happy about. The movie climaxes at the hospital, in which many people die bloodily as the plot seems to come unglued, and after all the Druid stuff and secret conspiracies, Michael Myers is dispatched by a few swings from a heavy pipe.

Curse was very bad: choppy, uninvolving, full of flash cuts and loud banging noises someone apparently thought were either cool or frightening, but are neither. Soon after its release, however, word began to get out of an earlier version with an entirely different third act, completed before a test screening led to much recutting and refilming. Before long bootlegs of the “Producer’s Cut” were being passed around at conventions. Thought to be lost outside of poor-quality VHS screeners, the elements for this were belatedly found and released officially as the “Unrated Producer’s Cut.”

 In this original version—more deliberate, less violent and making a good deal more sense—it’s still an awfully goofy movie. Instead of the strange material about DNA, we get an honest-to-goodness Druid cult, holding torchlit rituals with sacrifices tied to stakes; as for Michael Myers, who’s survived gunshots and explosives with nary a backward glance, he’s stopped in his tracks by magical rune stones. It’s a long way from the clean plotting of ‘Halloween.’ But it’s a surprise to find there’s a version of this that halfway works: a greater amount of character material and dialogue, in the beginning, make the rest seem less arbitrary, and even some of the same scenes, with a change in music or less frenzied editing, play out more effectively.

One section of the movie that really benefits is a small recreation of the original film, in which the story is temporarily reduced to the simple situation of Myers wandering between two houses facing each other. The scenes of our latest Strode (Kara, played by Marianne Hagan) edging down dark hallways, making unpleasant discoveries and running for safety don’t do anything new, but scored by John Carpenter’s unnerving themes and given room to breathe, they still work. One moment—in which Kara witnesses a murder across the street, then sees her young son wandering into that house—is far more effective and frightening for playing out in real time, instead of the stylized, strobe-like slow motion of the theatrical version.

There’s also markedly more of Pleasence in his final performance as Dr. Loomis who has a more direct role in the proceedings and is given time to ruminate on this part he (and Pleasence) have been playing for so long. It’s a fitting sendoff—more than you can say for the truncated theatrical version, where he mostly seemed to have been invited along out of habit.

 It seems like, once a horror movie with an unkillable villain gets enough sequels, you eventually get one like this: a Curse of Michael Myers or Jason Goes to Hell that tries to pull together what earlier writers wouldn’t and ends up overstuffed with plot. The version of Curse that came out in 1995 shows how to do that indifferently and often seemed bored with itself; this one is more entertaining in the way it commits to its silliness, with Tommy Doyle in that hospital hallway arranging rune stones with fevered concentration. It’s not the stuff of greatness, but you can’t say it isn’t trying.

Don’t Believe It By Charlie Donlea – Book Review

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TRIED AND CONVICTED

In 2007, Grace Seabold has been tried and convicted of murdering medical student Julian Crist in St. Lucia. She is serving time in Bordelaise Correctional Facility where she maintains her innocence.

10 year later, 2017, she has reached out to documentary filmmaker and old friend Sydney Ryan. Sydney has made a few documentaries in which wrongfully convicted people have gone free due to her investigative style and storytelling. Grace is hoping Sydney can do the same for her.

Although Sydney has produced documentaries that have set wrongly convicted people free, she’s still struggling to get her documentary film career off the ground. She has one more chance to impress the powers that be at the Network in New York, and she’s hoping this documentary will do it. Thus begins Sydney’s quest for the truth on whether Grace killed Julian or not.

Each evidence Sydney uncovers or learns about from the police and people that knew either Julian or Grace is making Grace look more and more guilty. Sydney is now wondering if Grace really did kill Julian. She’s not only conflicted, but she has a duty to her friend and to the Network. For her friend, she needs to prove she’s innocent if she is. For the network, she needs to produce a documentary that will bring it money. And she must do this while dealing with demons of her.

BYPASSING AND YAWNING

After finishing The Girl Who Was Taken (read my review here), I was anxious for Donlea’s next book and received an advanced copy. Upon reading the first chapter I am intrigued. Reading the second chapter, it was OK. But after that, I became very bored and when Sydney showed up, I really wanted to throw the book out the window. But I couldn’t because then I would be throwing my Kindle out the window, and I can’t let that happen.

I bypassed a lot of pages because I felt the book was repeating things a lot. What Sydney learned from the police is repeated when she writes her story for the documentary. When she visits Grace in prison, she repeats what she learned from the police to Grace with Grace responding with one or two words. Once I reached the halfway point in the book, I felt it was time to stop the suffering, and I did. I stopped reading and went on to something else.

Although I didn’t care for the book, I am not going discourage anyone else from reading it. Of the 20 plus books I’ve read, there’s only been two I actually advised others not to be read. This one is not one of them. But be forewarned that the book does get repetitious at times and you may find the characters not likable or underdeveloped.

Don’t Believe It will be released 29 May 2018. Pre-orders: Amazon | Barnes and Noble

 

Stephen King’s A Good Marriage – Movie Review with Possible Spoiler

In the movie A Good Marriage (2014) based off a Stephen King novella of the same name (which can be found in Full Dark, No Stars) There have been four murders in which women were raped, tied up and killed. While at a party, Darcy (Joan Allen) learns of victim number 5 via a friend of hers while they are in the bathroom fixing themselves up. Victim five was killed the same manner as the others.

Darcy’s husband Bob (Anthony Lapaglia) sometimes goes away for business trips. These trips may take him away a few days to just an overnight trip.

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Darcy is at home alone when she finds she needs something in the garage. While searching underneath a workbench she discovers a hidden slot in which she pulls out a small box that Bob’s daughter made for him when she was in grade school. Upon opening the box, Darcy discovers a credit card and other identifications. One of those identifications belongs to the last victim. Darcy has now discovered what her husband has been doing on his ‘supposed’ business trips. The rest of the movie is centered around what Darcy will do with this information? Will she use it against Bob, or will she be too frightened to do anything?

When Bob arrives home, Darcy does confront him, with strong hesitation, for she’s not sure what he will do to her. But somehow she is able to muster up the courage to tell her husband he needs to stop what he’s doing. He promises her he will. The rest of the movie goes along with both of them having this secret. Bob is his normal self, while Darcy is scared out of her wits and shows it when she’s alone.

I remember seeing this movie when it came out and thought it was a decent enough movie. Here, we have two people with a horrendous secret they are keeping. We can clearly see Bob has no conscious or he wouldn’t be doing the things he’s doing. As for Darcy, we see a level-headed woman who loves her family and believes in doing right. Yet, for some reason, she not only threatens Bob with his secret, but she’s able to carry this secret herself.

NO BOOK NO WORRY

I haven’t read the book, therefore, I don’t know if the book goes into their backstory and perhaps sets up why Bob so easily lets Darcy run his life by threatening him and telling him to stop his killings. But I find it odd that Darcy didn’t leave Bob, save for the fact that Bob would possibly hunt her down and kill her. Or why didn’t Darcy go to the police? But so goes human ways. We don’t know what motivates people to do the things they do. What motivates someone to kill and what would motivate Darcy to keep this secret. Not only keep the secret but hold it over Bob’s head when she needs to.

The movie itself was good. It’s the ending that was a big let down. Because of the lackluster ending (lackluster is my new favorite word lately) I looked at movie reviews to see if I possibly missed something. But I did not. The few posts I read did indicate the written version was a whole lot better and provided more information. The execution from word to screen didn’t work in this case, even with Stephen King being the screenwriter.

I’m on the fence on recommending this movie to anyone. Let’s just say this, if you happen to see it listed, watch it. Don’t go searching it out.

If you have seen the movie, let me know your thoughts in the comment second.

A Dangerous Date – LMN Movie Review

Synopsis: A widower’s daughter sets him up on an online dating site called RomanceMatch.

Story: Peter, 42, is a widower who is not really interested in dating. His college daughter, Julie, registers him for the online dating site called RomanceMatch. A little reluctant, Peter activates his account and immediately gets a message from Alexis.

DINNER AND A MATCH

Peter and Julie go out to dinner to celebrate her getting into college. At the restaurant’s bar, there is a lady, who seems to be on a date, possibly a blind date, with Ian. When Peter and Julie enter the restaurant, the woman at the bar keeps staring at Peter and ignoring her date. At one point, being frustrated by her date’s aggressiveness, she slaps him out of his bar stool, literally, and leaves the bar.

It’s during this dinner that Julie tells her father she signed him up or the online dating site. He’s not happy about it but he promises her he will give it a try.

When they get home, Peter activates his account and immediately gets a response from someone named Alexis. He accepts the connection but walks away from his computer, at which point a message pops that he doesn’t see.

The next morning, Julie sees the message and reads it to her father. He’s still not interested, even after Julie tells him she’s hot. He leaves for work. Julie decides to answer the message acting as her father. The background music played during this scene is very telling. Imagine Alice (from Alice in Wonderland) skipping along, but we the viewer know the rabbit hole is about to open up and swallow here. The music is a bit bouncy with a touch of creepiness and warning of danger in it.

Through the message exchange, Julie, pretending to be her father, sets up a date with Alexis. Not only does she set up the date, she picks the restaurant as well. Talk about being overbearing and pushy. Whose the parent and whose the child here?

Peter is at the restaurant waiting for Alexis when in she walks. She looks better in her profile picture than in person, but don’t we all. She’s supposedly a surgeon (doesn’t seem old enough to be one). If she is in the medical profession, which I doubt, she’s more of a resident than a surgeon. But the truth about Lexi does come out. We do learn she’s A RN – REGISTER NUTE!

Peter and Lexi, as she likes to be called, end up go back to his place and sleep together. Who would have seen that coming?

The next morning Julie meets Alexis and doesn’t care for her. Alexis offers to drive Julie to her boyfriend’s house. Julie introduces Alexis to Billy to which Alexis says to call her Lexi for all her friends do.

During an afternoon tryst, Peter tells Lexi he has to get back to work. This doesn’t sit well with her and gives him the boo hoo story of having trust issues. Peter leaves Lexi alone in his house while heads back to work. BIG MISTAKE!! Nothing really earth shattering happens in this movie you wouldn’t see coming, but I’m going to end the recap here.

ACTING: The acting by Brianna Joy Chomer (Julie) is lackluster. She really brought the movie down. Watching her was becoming unbearable, especially in her states of supposed anger. And don’t get me started on Tom DeNucci who plays Billy. He seriously overacts even when saying Hi. The extras in the movie that have lines are just as bad. I guess that’s why they are extras.

However, the acting by Jillian Murray (Code Black, Murder in the First) is spot on as a devious crazy person with no soul. Need I say more? But at times, not even Jillian could save this movie.

EDITING ISSUES: There’s a scene where Peter is in his office and his assistance brings him some flowers. He tries to avoid her questions and remarks regarding the flowers by saying he has a lunch date but it looks to be evening outside. Yet, in the next scene, we clearly see it’s daylight outside. See images below. The one on the left is when he receives the flowers is trying to leave.

The image on the right is the next scene where it’s definitely daylight outside. they must have filmed the flower scene at night and the other scene during the day on different days. Or both could have been filmed the same day but at different times. Then edited them together thinking no one would notice.

Image 1, is Peter’s office during the day (this is at the beginning of the movie). Image 2, is the day he gets the flowers (this is at 48:02 into the movie) and Image 3 is the very next scene.

FINAL THOUGHTS: This movie has a good premise but a horrible execution as far as the actors chosen. Not to mention the flow of the movie. It seemed choppy and the ending came off rushed. As mentioned, the only one whose acting was believe able was Jullian Murray (crazy ass Lexi).

This is one movie I won’t recommend to anyone. Usually, if a movie is bad, I will still recommend it because the outcome is worth the suffering and constant eye rolling from us, the viewers. But in this case, I did the suffering and eye-rolling for everyone. I took one for the team. You’re welcome.

A Dangerous Game came out in 2018 and should go right back in to never be seen again. Ugh!

Twin Betrayal – Lifetime Movie Network Movie Review

Jessica Klint is a single mother in the middle of a divorce from her lawyer husband. She has a conference she needs to attend for work in Texas over a weekend. While in Texas she sleeps with Harry Gordon, a man she met while standing in line at the front counter of the hotel. I should give a quick back story on their meeting

When Jessica approached the counter to check in, the hotel clerk said she didn’t have a room in her name registered. Jessica asks the lady to look again to which the lady gave the same story. Harry Gordon overhears the conversation and comes to Jessica’s rescue. Through his persuasion, he’s able to get her a room for the weekend. They go out to dinner and end up sleeping together.

The next morning, Harry is dressed but Jessica is still in bed. Harry places his hand on her hips to wake her up. Jessica tells Harry she’s going through a divorce and has a son she’s trying to get custody of and everything that has happened between them needs to stay that way. She asks if he understands. He says it’s her who doesn’t understand. All of a sudden Harry’s Texas accent is gone and we learn that Harry was hired by Lars, that’s Jessica’s soon-to-be ex-husband to sleep with her and tape it. Not only did she sleep with him but she took some pills too. Dumb! Harry then proceeds to tell her if she doesn’t come up with $70k by the end of the week, he will give the video to her husband.

PROBLEM: Jessica doesn’t have $70k and really no way of getting it.

 

 

SISTER, SISTER

Jessica reaches out to her father but he refuses to help her. It’s at this point we learn she has a twin sister who he has disowned and says he will cut Jessica out as well.

Then we meet the sister.

Alessandra Banks is sitting at a bar when Jessica’s best friend Madeline mistakes her for Jessica. Through this meeting, Alessandra, also known as Ally, asks Madeline to pass on a message that she’s sorry for what happened and to have Jessica give her a call.

Fast forward to Jessica and Ally in Ally’s house. Jessica asks Ally for the money but Ally doesn’t have it and it will take time to get it. However, Ally says she will do Jessica a favor but Jessica will owe her. Jessica agrees. Ally wants Jessica to be sure she’s up for owing Ally before she agrees. Jessica again agrees to Ally’s deal.

Ally is able to take care of Jessica’s issue with Harry and blackmail and now it’s time for Jessica to do Ally a favor.

As to not ruin any part of the movie, I am not going to say what the favor is. But I will say that Jessica does the favor with a hitch. Now it’s time to pay the piper!

LIFETIME MOVIE NETWORK DOES IT AGAIN

As I’ve mentioned numerous times, I have really enjoyed the movies on Lifetime Movie Network and LifetimeTV, though movies are rare in the latter. Since getting a DVR I have recorded the movies and saved a few for re-watching. Basically, creating my own Lifetime Movie Club movie list.

Jen Lilley does an excellent job portraying both Jessica, the good girl, and Alessandra (Ally), the bad girl. I liked the bad twin better. Not only were her looks great when being devious, but her walk, talk added to the persona. Her portrayal of good twin Jessica came off smooth as well. And how she played off herself in scenes when good twin and evil twin were together really showed the diversity Liley has as an actress.

There were plenty of twists and turns in this movie. Even to the final frame of the movie.

Twin Betrayal is currently streaming on Lifetime Movie Network.

Right, bad twin Ally, Left, good twin Jessica. Both played by Jen Liley

Stalked By a Reality Start – Lifetime Movie Network Movie Review

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MISHA HAS FAKE IDS

Kendra, a high school student, and her mother, a nurse, spend their Thursday nights watching a bachelor type show. The star of the show is Brad, a very good looking man who is in search of the perfect woman to spend the rest of his life with.

Misha, Kendra’s friend, has tickets and fake ID’s for them to get into the hottest party in town where producers and agents will be attending. And with both Misha and especially Kendra, wanting to be actresses, this is the perfect opportunity for them to meet some of the powers that be. The only problem is, the party is on a Thursday, and Kendra is already in trouble with her mother for sneaking out the house before. In addition, it’s their TV watching night. With Kendra being in trouble with her mother, she will be unable to attend the party.

It’s now Thursday. Kendra and her mother are watching their show when they get into an argument. The argument sends Kenda dashing to her room where she texts Misha to say she wants to go to the party. Misha said she’ll pick Kendra up in 30 minutes.

HI, I’M BRAD AND I’M GOING TO STALK YOU

Misha and Kendra arrive at the party with fake ID’s in hand and hit the bar immediately to order a dirty martini. I’m not sure who thought a dirty martini would scream classy when writing the script, but it screamed desperation. Moving on.

Misha goes to talk to a producer, leaving Kendra at the bar alone, but not for long. Soon Brad, from her favorite reality show, shows up and she doesn’t know what to do with herself. While they are talking Brad’s manager gets him to mingle with some people she feels will help his career. When he leaves, Kendra is feeling guilty about sneaking out the house and wants to go home, but she can’t find Misha. It’s during her search that Brad catches up to her and they begin talking again. It’s not long afterward that Brad offers to take her home. What Brad doesn’t know is that Kendra is really a 17-year-old high school student.

FIRST DATES AND RED FLAGS

Brad and Kendra go on their first date and his true colors start coming out. Being the cautious person she is, Kendra takes note and keeps it filed in the back of her head. After dinner, Brad takes Kendra backs to his place where he begins to come on strong to her. The more she asks him to stop the more he doesn’t stop. Kendra is finally able to break free and leave but not before she blurts out she’s really 17. Her age doesn’t seem to faze Brad and he comes to her even stronger.  Kendra is finally able to break free and leave and this is the beginning of the stalking by Brad.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I really enjoyed this movie. This was the second good Lifetime Movie Network movie I saw on Saturday. The first being Her Dark Past, which I will do a review on. The acting by both Emily Bader as Kendra and Robert Scott Wilson as Brad were very believable. Asia Jackson as Misha annoyed me a little and as did Zach played by Jordan Doww. With latter two mentioned aside, the movie was well put together. Wilson’s portrayal of someone not playing with a full desk was scary. He had some menacing looks that were believable and definitely didn’t seemed forced. I hope to see more of Doww and Bader in Lifetime Movies.

Here’s something I noticed. As mentioned, Kendra and her mother watched a bachelor type reality show on Thursday nights. On LifetimeTV (akin to Lifetime Movie Network) there’s a show called UnREAL which is a drama about what goes on behind the scenes of these bachelor reality shows. One of the main characters in the show is Rachel, played by Shiri Appleby. What I found odd is Bader (Kendra) looks a lot like Appleby (Rachel from UnREAL).

Left, Emily Bader from Stalked by a Reality Star and on the right is Shiri Appleby from Unreal

Stalked By a Reality Star is currently playing on Lifetime Movie Network and worth watching.

I give it four out of the five stars.

Party Mom – Lifetime Movie Network Movie Review

BRITTANY

Lifetime Movie Network’s Party Mom, tells the story of Brittany (Elise Luthman), 15, who comes from a modest background and lives in a modest house in Beverly Hills, has a friend, Ashely (Amber Frank), who lives in a big house that has a gate with an intercom whose mom, Jackie (Krista Allen) is always throwing parties for her. Feeling inadequate to her friend’s lifestyle wants to be part of the in-crowd. Being the typical teenager, she feels her mother doesn’t understand what’s it like to have to keep up with the Joneses.

One particular night, Brittany tells her family she’s going to stay in her room, instead, she sneaks out her bedroom window to another of Ashley’s parties, which is really her mother’s party.

ANOTHER PARTY AND TRAVIS

While at the party, Brittany meets up with an older boy named Travis who convinces her to leave with him and friends to another party nearby. Brittany asks Ashley to go with her but Ashley can’t because of her own party. Brittany leaves without Ashley.

One of the boys is not fit the drive but convinces his friends his OK. On their way to the party, they stop so the boys can relieve themselves. It’s during this time that Brittany tells Travis she wants to go back to Ashley’s party is not ready for sex. But Travis has other plans. And refuses to take Brittany back to Ashley’s party.

Everyone gets back into the car but the driver, not being coherent enough to drive, crashes into another car.

CAR CRASH AND A BAIL HEARING

Brittany’s parents, after learning she’s not in her room, head to Ashley’s house to see if she’s there, but is told by Ashley that Brittany left to go to another party. This is when Brittany’s parents see the type of person Jackie for she’s hammered. They leave Ashley’s house in search of the other party and on their way they encounter the accident, not realizing, at first, Brittany is one of the victims. Gary, Brittany’s father, calls 911 and it’s while she’s on the phone, her mother discovers her on the side of the road, not moving. While this is going on, Ashley’s mom is being arrested for providing alcohol to minors. It’s not clear on who called the cops.

Jackie’s bail hearing is the next day in which she is being charged with providing alcohol to minors as well as manslaughter for three of the four kids in the car Brittany was in died. Brittany survived but she is in bad shape. She’s not paralyzed, but will additional surgery due to her injuries.

BAIL IS STILL GRANTED

At the bail hearing, Brittany’s mom asks the court to deny Jackie her bail, but since Jackie didn’t have a criminal record, she is allowed bail and is now free. However, Jackie is so self-absorbed she isn’t able to see the damage she’s caused others. She only sees what the arrest and possible prison time could do to her.

Jackie has her day in court and the outcome is not what anyone expected. But the outcome will produce more tragedies. But after everything that has happened, Jackie still sees herself as the victim.

FINAL THOUGHTS

I enjoyed the movie, as I do most of Lifetime Movie Network movies and the movies on LifetimeTV.  The movie does a good job showing how people’s actions, child or adult, can lead to unforeseen tragedies. And sometimes those decisions will lead to more tragedies and ruined lives.

Party Mom is currently playing on Lifetime Movie Network.

Soul Crushing Jobs: Follow Your Calling or The Phone Will Just Stop Ringing

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 KNOW YOUR WORTH AND ACT ON IT

Most of us have aspirations. Some want to be singers (me), and some want to be songwriters (me again). There are those who want to be models, actors, directors, etc., etc.. But we are told we need to have a job with steady income. What if we don’t make it to our set goals? Shouldn’t we have something to fall back on? The latter puts doubt into most our minds. There are those who refused they wouldn’t make it in whatever career they choose. But then there are people, like myself, who made sure to have a backup plan just in case.

My back up plan led me to be content with the job at hand and partially giving up on the dreams. Any job you take that is not in line with what you really want to do will become a soul-crushing job, no matter how much you enjoy the job. I’ve been there plenty of times.

But as Joe Rogan (Fear Factor, UFC Commentator) and Henry Rollins (Blackflag) state, if you live your life as expected by society, you’ll never be happy. Following their video, watch Steve Harvey’s Jump, which also speaks about being happy doing in life what you want to do.

THE DANCE OF DOUBT

We all have doubts and fears roaming the halls of our heads. Some are able to serve them with eviction notices and carry on, while, people like me, let them reside there, rent-free. Whatever the case may be, and whatever your age is, don’t just settle. I’ve settled for anything that came along because it was income. I stopped pursuing and just started doing. Doing what was required of me at work. Come home, turn on the TV until bed. Wake up, rinse and repeat. Anyone out there doing that, we need to stop.

 If you’re in your 20’s don’t think you have your whole life ahead of you. I thought the same thing. Now I’m looking at my 20’s in the review mirror with no u-turn in sight. If you’re in your 30’s, refer to the previous sentence. If you’re in your 40’s you’re probably just waking up. And if you’re in your 50’s, JUMP!

And don’t forget what Maurice said to Buck in Boogie Nights, “Wear what you dig.”

Deadly Delusion aka The Lease: LifetimeTV Movie Review

Deadly Delusion (aka The Lease) sees Julia, who had a good childhood until the murder of her parents, on, what seems, a spiral downfall in her adult life. When her boyfriend gets a well paying executive job at a movie studio, she and he lease a house in upscale Los Angeles. Julia and her boyfriend Shane hopes the movie to a new place will help Julie with her issues, mainly her delusions of someone always after her.

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NEW TOWN, PROMOTION AND DR. LEARY

Julia (Haylie Duff, The Bachelor Next Door, Bad Twin, His Secret Family) has been suffering nightmare, both in sleep and waking hours, of someone after her. When she tries to tell her boyfriend Shane (Mike Faiola, Psycho In-Law, Awkward TV series, Bones TV series) he thinks she has delusions for the person she claims is after her can never be found. Shane has been supporting Julia with her delusions while Julia is seeing a mental doctor named Dr. Leary (played by Teri Polo, The Fosters TV series, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).

Shane is able to obtain a nice house in upscale Los Angels through his boss while getting a promotion at work as an executive at a movie studio, as already mentioned. This house is in a new city for Julia, in which Shane hopes will allow her to focus on her job as a fashion photographer while giving her a new place to help with her recovery. Her doctor is just a video conference away, which Shane insists she contacts when she’s feeling a bit off.

DIFFERENT PLACE, SAME DELUSIONS

The delusions, or illusions, Julia has of someone after her don’t slow down, but rather, seem to be getting worse. She constantly in video conferences with Dr. Leary and calling her husband at work throughout the day. The illusions aren’t just of people after her, but of snakes in her bathroom and noises, she hears in the house.

Shane, being the ever loving boyfriend, tries to assure Julia that there isn’t anything going on. When she tells him someone is in the house, he checks to find no one there. When Julia feels they are being watched, he proves to her that that’s not true either, even when she begins pulling the Network cable from the ceiling claiming it’s a cable to a hidden video camera. The cable, he tells her, is to the TV and he shows her. Everything Julia says or shows Shane, he is able to show or tell her the opposite

NOT EVERYTHING IS AT IT SEEMS

As with Mistress Hunter, this movie had a lot going on as far as twists. When Julia does some snooping on her own because she knows she’s not crazy, she discovers a lot of secrets, which only has us, the viewers, wondering what’s going on. But the more Julia learns the more we think we’re going to crazy.

The delusions or illusions (however you want to label them) are real for Julia, but not by way of her mind playing tricks on her. They are man-made illusions but the reason for the mind games is very surprising and makes you wonder about people as if I don’t wonder about them as it is.

FINAL THOUGHT

I love me some Haylie Duff, the older sister of Hillary Duff. Ever since I saw her in His Secret Family (2015), I have watched all of her psychological movies on LifetimeTV or Lifetime Movie Network. I think she’s a fantastic actress and she doesn’t disappoint in Deadly Delusion aka The Lease. Haylie brings her characters to life to where you feel what they are feeling and want to help. When someone wrongs her in a movie you want to help her get even with that person. This is the type of actress she is.

Haylie made this movie for me. It’s one of the reasons I watched it. But when the twists started coming about and the final twist happened at the end, I put this movie on top of my list of another great movie from Lifetime. I saved this movie on my DVR, as I did with Mistress Hunter, to watch again.

Deadly Delusion aka The Lease is currently playing on LifetimeTV and must see.