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Donna Reed would be horrified!

Donna Reed would be horrified!

Mar 24, 2015

We watch television pretty much everyday of our lives where we can be entertained, educated and informed. Some of you may even watch the racy channels to spice up your life a bit. When we love a show we invest in the characters and want to watch their exploits, adventures and dramas on a weekly basis. Watch a show enough and you actually feel like you know the characters and it is like visiting with cherished friends. The family dynamic is always a great subject for a show. This week we are visiting with some TV moms. Who do you think of when I say TV mom? Carol Brady? June Cleaver? Florida Evans?                   We think of these wonderful and delightfully loving mothers when we hear the term TV mom and the list goes on and on. This week we are pushing these ladies aside and doing a count-down on terrible TV moms. Don’t get me wrong. Each character I have selected does love her family (even if it is in her own strange way) but her parenting skills leave much to be desired. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week: Television Edition: Terrible TV Mom Awards. So without further hesitation we begin and I am saving who I believe is the worst mom in television history for last. This is going to be fun!   The Award for the mom who needs a lesson in not spoiling her kids and learning how to be a decent human being goes to:  Harriet Oleson: “Little House on the Prairie” Katherine MacGregor is so deliciously bitchy as Harriet Oleson. She is the wealthiest woman in town and has decided that because of this she is better than everyone and treats them as such. Harriet care about one thing…Harriet.  She is also the town gossip loving nothing more than sticking her nose into other people’s business and spreading rumors. She wears the pants in the family and why her husband (it must be love) puts up with it is beyond me. The problem is she spoils her kids and teaches them to be snobs and they walk around treating...

When things don’t go exactly as planned.

When things don’t go exactly as planned.

Mar 17, 2015

Before I get started I want to share something from my personal life with you. For the last two months my husband has been struggling with his panic disorder on a daily basis, seven days a week, 24 hours a day. It has been a struggle for me watching him go through this because I knew there was nothing I could do to make it better except be there and let him know how much I loved him. He has missed work and even the simplest things like driving 4 blocks to the convenience store to buy a fountain drink have been nearly impossible for him. More than once he went full tilt panic at that store. He has been working with his doctor to get his medicine adjusted. She added a new medication to his daily regimen and this weekend for the first time in about 8 or 9 weeks not even a hint of panic. He is stoned as hell while his system is adjusting to the new pills but he felt good….so good that he had me out the entire weekend and that was fine by me because it filled my heart to see him stress and panic free and just enjoying the days without the panic. So my husband is getting his normal life back for which I am thankful beyond words. This brings me here: I have two different columns I have been working on. One will be a couple of weeks off yet because this season of “The Walking Dead” has 2 more episodes and I want to watch them before I complete that column. I have another column that I had planned on working on over this weekend. It didn’t happen. I was out with my non-panicked husband and it was wonderful, however I still have a task this week if I am to bring you the column next week. In order to do so I have to watch 2 movies and a few episodes of a television program to make sure my facts are correct…you don’t get a hint for this one and I am very excited about it. It is now Monday and my column...

Ignored by OSCAR® Part 2

Ignored by OSCAR® Part 2

Mar 10, 2015

Last week I shared a few actresses in notable film performances that were Oscar worthy, sadly none of the mentioned ladies were nominated. This week I want to finish up with a few more ladies that were ignored by Oscar. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week! (Best Supporting Actress) Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline “Coal Miner’s Daughter” (1980) Sissy Spacek gave an Oscar worthy performance (and won) as Loretta Lynn in this spectacular motion picture about the life of country singing sensation Loretta Lynn in “Coal Miner’s Daughter”. The film follows Loretta’s rise to fame, her family relationships, her friendship with Patsy Cline and her sometimes less than perfect marriage. Sissy was stunning in the role and the rest of the cast shined, especially Beverly D’Angelo as Patsy Cline in Oscar caliber performance that was not nominated. She isn’t in much of the movie but her portrayal as Patsy is unforgettable. Beverly D’Angelo has always been one of the most underrated actresses in my opinion and she has brought us so many memorable characters. This one is a stand out. We first meet her as Patsy shortly after she was in a car accident and she looks less than glamorous in the hospital wearing bandages and has bruises on her face but her personality shines. She is bawdy with a sense of humor and we immediately see she has a huge heart as she meets Loretta for the first time. We next see her at the Grand Ole Opry looking more like the Patsy we would think of. She exudes confidence and charm. She is beautiful and her performance is so good you will believe that you actually have met Patsy Cline.  When Patsy meets her untimely death in a plane crash it breaks our heart as well as Loretta’s because we also love her by this time. Beverly was nominated for the role at the Golden Globes but for some reason not (which I cannot fathom) at the Oscars. If you have never seen this performance go get a copy of the movie and watch it now! If you have seen it go and watch it again and remember why you love...

Ignored by OSCAR® Part 1

Ignored by OSCAR® Part 1

Mar 3, 2015

Hello everyone. As I type this it is March 2nd and my 48th birthday. I spent the weekend celebrating and am going out for a nice dinner tonight so this week’s column is going to be short and sweet. I hope you enjoy it. Alexandra xoxo   Awards season is over for another year and it is time to congratulate Julianne Moore for her Best Actress win for her role in “Still Alice” and to Patricia Arquette (who I believe is long overdue) for her Best Supporting Actress win for her work in the in the unique film “Boyhood”. Every year a few lucky people are nominated and there can be only one winner. Every year I reflect on actresses that played roles in films that I thought were exceptional yet they were not nominated to run for the Academy Award. There are so few spots available to be nominated so there will always be actresses that don’t get that nod of approval. So in honor of these ladies I am sharing some of their roles that I wish had been nominated. They are not from this year. These are from performances that I have loved over a lifetime. I would love to hear some of your favorites that never made the list. So in no particular order I share some true talents that I felt were ignored by Oscar® (Best Supporting Actress) Nancy Allen as Liz Blake in “Dressed to Kill” (1980) Liz Blake (Nancy Allen)  is a call girl. After an afternoon visit with a client she witnesses a woman’s (Angie Dickenson) murder. A cleaning woman sees the victim as well but only Liz gets a glimpse of the killer that is in the elevator, a blonde woman with a pair of dark glasses on that makes her hard to identify. The police take her to the station and let her know that she is a suspect and will be given a few days to prove herself innocent before she is arrested. Through circumstance she will meet the victim’s son Peter (Keith Gordon) and the two will team up so Liz can clear her name and Peter find his mom’s killer. The pair...

“The Shining” comes full circle in “Doctor Sleep”

“The Shining” comes full circle in “Doctor Sleep”

Feb 24, 2015

The novel I am writing about was published in September 2013. With schedules being what they are I cannot spend as much time reading as I would like and am behind on the list of books I want to immerse myself in. I just got the chance over the last 3 weeks to enjoy this stunning novel. The ladies in this book are powerhouses and are so worthy of appearing in this column. This is Bad Girl of the Week, and this week you get two for the price of one. If you have read the novel I am sure you enjoyed the experience. If you have not it is time you did. If you have not read or are at least familiar with “The Shining” you will want to read that novel first. This column contains some spoilers for both novels. Stephen King may very well be the most wide read and popular horror author in history. His books have managed to capture people’s imagination with his dark tales. Even people who are not fans of the horror genre seem to have read at least one novel by Mr. King at some point. Stephen King has given us so many memorable characters and for the first time in his writing career he has penned a sequel* to one of his novels letting us return to visit one of his most beloved characters, Danny Torrance. Along the way in this new tale we are going to meet two new incredible female characters that have life as only Stephen King can deliver. We first met Danny Torrance in “The Shining”. The story is a fairly simple one. Danny is your average everyday boy. He likes to play, loves his family, has a wonderful imagination and possesses a unique and sometimes frightening talent. He has the ability to see and sense things that other people cannot. This is a blessing and curse. There is a boy named Tony (that only Danny can see or hear) that helps bring him visions and sometimes ominous warnings of danger. Danny will learn to call this ability “shining”. His father Jack has a problem with alcohol which led to him...

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Feb 3, 2015

This column was inspired by the movie “Foxes” (1980) and contains spoilers. This is one I hope you share and discuss with your teenagers. You may want to view “Foxes” first being it is an “R” rated film and only you, as a parent, can determine what is appropriate for your kids to watch. Jeanie, Annie, Madge and Deidre are best friends. They are trying to navigate through the world of high school with each other for support. The personalities of the four girls are distinctly different and creates a beautiful balance within the group. They are no longer children. They are not quite adults. Like many of us did, these friends are trying to grow up too quickly. The girls want to be treated like grown-ups. They finally get the chance to act like adults and everything will go horribly wrong. What starts out as a small dinner party (in a house that is not theirs) gets out of hand as uninvited people begin showing up and becomes a catastrophe. This event will change the course of their lives forever. This is a story of friendship, love, loss, the chance for redemption and new beginnings. The movie is “Foxes” starring Jodie Foster. Let’s take an individual look at each of these girls. This may bring back memories of your own high school days and your own friends. You may remember lessons you learned or may learn some new ones. For all you moms with teenage girls, this could be a good movie for you and your daughters to share and discuss. There is nothing that seems more difficult than being not quite a kid but not yet an adult and just wanting all the adults around you to realize you are growing up. This is Movie Bad Girl of the Week, and this week you get 4 for the price of one. Read this column, watch the movie with your kids and discuss the topics I am bringing up.   Jodie Foster as Jeanie Jeanie is the most mature of the four friends portrayed in the film. She sees things in a very realistic manner and is the glue that holds the group...

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