‘Pamela: A Love Story’ Is A Candid, Intimate Eye-Opener

Pamela: A Love Story reminds me of The Girl Next Door, a 1999 documentary focusing on the life of porn actress Stacy Valentine. Pamela Anderson was just like Stacy Valentine and probably many, many other women who grew up in towns and communities where people go to church on Sunday and turn July 4 inContinue reading “‘Pamela: A Love Story’ Is A Candid, Intimate Eye-Opener”

‘That ’90s Show’ Works Best When It Doesn’t Try Too Hard

Part of the appeal of the That ’70s Show, at least in the first few seasons, was that it made its characters relatable. Premiering in the 1998, it focused on a group of six teenagers in the fictional town of Point Place, Wis. On the surface, it looked mostly like it was going for theContinue reading “‘That ’90s Show’ Works Best When It Doesn’t Try Too Hard”

‘Fire Of Love’ Shows Us The Spark That Kept A Couple Together Till The End

Fire of Love is a bittersweet documentary about two people who found something they were both passionate about that it only made sense for them to fall in love and they would be together for the rest of their lives. Maurice and Katia Krafft were two 20-something French students who met studying at the UniversityContinue reading “‘Fire Of Love’ Shows Us The Spark That Kept A Couple Together Till The End”

‘Amber’ Documentary Gives Life To Murdered Girl

The current detective who is overseeing the murdered case of Amber Hagerman says he had no idea the AMBER Alert system inspired by a case in his own hometown of Arlington, Texas while growing up. And that’s what Peacock’s Amber: The Girl Behind the Alert hopes to change. On Jan. 15, 1996, Amber, only 9,Continue reading “‘Amber’ Documentary Gives Life To Murdered Girl”

‘Willow’ Series Felt Like Fanfiction

I’m going to spitball this out as a theory. But I think the Disney-Plus sequel series Willow didn’t initially start out as a Willow sequel series. The series was developed by Jonathan Kasdan based on the 1988 movie of the same name. However, I felt that somewhere in a filing cabinet in an office ownedContinue reading “‘Willow’ Series Felt Like Fanfiction”

‘Night Court’ Sequel Series Makes A Good Argument

Part of what made the original Night Court so wonderful was the absurdity of the series seemed to be believable during the 1980s Manhattan era. New York City in general had become known by 1984 as a cesspool of crime and strange characters, it was a stereotype of rude and vulgar people. Most images andContinue reading “‘Night Court’ Sequel Series Makes A Good Argument”

‘Velma’ Doesn’t Even Work As Background Noise

What the fuck was David Zaslav thinking? How badly was Batgirl that Zaslav, the CEO and president of Warner Bros. Discovery, to look at Velma and mak the Sophie’s Choice that Batgirl was worst? Velma isn’t the bottom of the barrel of TV shows, it’s the sludge that exits underneath barrels when condensation forms withContinue reading “‘Velma’ Doesn’t Even Work As Background Noise”

‘Tulsa King’ Earns Its Crown, Somewhat

When I first heard that Taylor Sheridan was shooting a TV series set in Oklahoma and starring Sylvester Stallone as a mobster, I was very thrilled. And even through most of the production was in Oklahoma City, I was still interested in seeing it. However, the first few episodes of the nine-episode first season seemedContinue reading “‘Tulsa King’ Earns Its Crown, Somewhat”

‘Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’ A Warning On Who We Turn Into Celebrities

Celebrities are a derivative of “celebrate.” Who do we celebrate? Filmmakers, actors, musicians, writers, politicians? They all do something. But in the past 30 years, we’ve started to celebrate people who need no celebration because they haven’t done anything. I point the finger at MTV and it’s bloated use of “reality TV.” Say what youContinue reading “‘Hatchet Wielding Hitchhiker’ A Warning On Who We Turn Into Celebrities”

The Golden Globes Return, Whether We Like It Or Not

The Golden Globes have always been the red-headed stepchild of awards season. It’s not exactly the Oscars and it’s not exactly the Emmys. It honors achievements in film making and TV but never really focuses on the technical awards like sound design and art direction. Even though it gets to the nitty-gritty of what peopleContinue reading “The Golden Globes Return, Whether We Like It Or Not”