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DVD ~ Lauren Greenfield
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3.0 out of 5 stars Living with size 0, December 19, 2014
This review is from: Thin (DVD)
It seems that twenty years ago, all we heard about were eating disorders. We don't really talk about them much anymore, as we are living in a world of obesity for adults and children alike. Having been on both ends of the spectrum myself (once being ridiculously thin and then weighing 40 lbs more than I do now), this is an interesting profile of people who are living with anorexia and bulimia. Here we follow four women who are going into inpatient treatment for their eating disorders, we see how they feel at different points during their treatment times. They form a little clique and then start defying the rules of the clinic, they live in sort of a dream world where all they think about is food and how they can avoid eating food or absorbing calories and be a size 2/0. They enjoy their time on the smoke porch but hate the dining room for obvious reasons, talk about their halted futures and how they have associated all the bad things in life with food. It takes a toll on your physical and mental health when you are of either extreme, and how they have put themselves into such a mindset to resist eating anything. One tried to commit suicide over eating two pieces of pizza. There has to be a happy medium, and one must find that happy medium.

One thing that this latently profiles is the state of treatment for eating disorders. Many will go right back to their bad behaviors after they have left their treatment. They are bent on convincing the person to eat and eliminating bad behaviors (hiding food, eliminating alone time, etc.) while they are in the facility, but despite the group therapy and individual attentions, they will not turn their behaviors around for the better. I think you have to ask yourself if being a size 0 is really going to make you happy. The answer to this, obviously, is no, it will kill you. But we have equated happiness with being thin. Is it right to do so? That's up for debate. There is a limit, yet also a contradiction.

Gangster No. 1
Gangster No. 1
DVD ~ Malcolm McDowell
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5.0 out of 5 stars The king is dead. Long live the king. This. Movie. ROCKS!!!!!, December 16, 2014
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This review is from: Gangster No. 1 (DVD)
This. Movie. ROCKS!!! This became one of my all time favorites just recently. Violence, corruption, underhanded dealings and all with a very English rather than American organized crime flavor. Paul Bettany is AWESOME as a villain, ghostlike and sinister with his appearance and coloring as a small time hanger on in a pool hall who one day comes to meet a London gangster, Freddy Mays, who needs some more muscle to keep others in line. Paul (who is unnamed throughout this movie, but we assume he is Gangsters No 1) takes up with him, and becomes envious of Freddy's power and material things while Freddy admires the devotion and creative ways that the Gangster commits murder for him. Soon the Gangster is anxious, thinking that he wants to be in command and also wants Freddy out of the picture. He stands by and lets a lot of violence and corruption go down, and then murders Lennie Taylor (Freddy's chief rival) by hand with an axe in one of those most shockingly graphic murders ever caught on film. Then Freddy goes to jail, and the Gangster becomes the leader of his gang. For the next thirty years, the Gangster builds the empire and becomes more powerful than Freddy ever did. He's Number1.

The underline message here is that power corrupts and that life in the fast lane is full of a hundred million little seductions, and it's all damned sexy. And there's the right amount of sex and violence to make it all super cool.

I Think We're Alone Now
I Think We're Alone Now
DVD ~ Kelly McCormick Jeff Turner
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4.0 out of 5 stars I think we're alone now ... Not exactly, there's that guy over there., December 11, 2014
This review is from: I Think We're Alone Now (DVD)
I have been a true fan. I have traveled across state lines and even crossed oceans to see my favorite bands (that's another story of course), but there is a point where you have to balance between what is really happening and what is just a fantasy. There are some out there who are unable to separate themselves from this fantasy world, make it all about them, and are just absolutely, positively, bat s*** crazy. Here we meet two people, Jeff and Kelly, who are clearly unstable, lonely, and rather sad. They have hitched their wagons to 80s pop princess Tiffany who claim spiritual connections to her. Jeff has been diagnosed with autism, lives on disability, and spends his days seeking out people to lecture about God, Tiffany and conspiracy theories. Kelly is a struggling transgendered person who has been popping hormones for years, doesn't like himself very much, and never quite explains himself to others as to why he loves Tiffany so much. This documentary was more depressing rather than uplifting as I'm sure that viewers will determine. Jeff and Kelly get together to go to a Tiffany concert in Las Vegas, but Kelly doesn't like Jeff very much but sticks with him because he doesn't have a lot of money. Jeff is so lost in his own world that he doesn't see anything but what is before him, and truly believes that he is Tiffany's friend rather than a stalker with a restraining order against him.

It's rather sad to see two people who are so unhappy with themselves that they have latched onto a celebrity as their means of giving themselves validation. They believe that if she loves them (which she does not), then they will be important. Kelly does not seem dangerous, but Jeff is truly delusional. We look at this and remind ourselves that there are people out there in the world who are lonely, unstable and living in a fantasy world. Always remember that there are people out there who are unhappy and unable to connect to people, and decide to get lost into their own world of anger, neediness, and terrible thoughts. You wish that somehow Jeff will awaken and say he's not going to be on this path of thought anymore and move on from it, but he never will. I will always think of this when I hear of someone being stalked by a former boyfriend/girlfriend, that there are those who are truly so unstable and make it all about them rather than considering the feelings of the victim. I knew a man who stalked his former girlfriend for YEARS and YEARS thinking that she would come back, and when she married another man he got violent. Remember that stalkers make it all about them rather than the victim, even though they are saying that they just want to be friends or they are looking out for the victim's welfare. Jeff is certainly one of these people, Kelly not so much but during the Vegas jaunt he showed himself as a user.

I Am Divine
I Am Divine
DVD ~ John Waters
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4.0 out of 5 stars Divine is just divine, December 9, 2014
This review is from: I Am Divine (DVD)
I have been a fan of John Waters's for a long time, and when you say his name you automatically think of his Dreamland star of stars, Divine. Born Glen Milsted in Baltimore, Glen was a kid who wasn't like other boys growing up, and then one day he met a neighborhood friend by name of John Waters who would launch him into stardom. Living a life of craziness and exotic twists that would stretch across many continents and filled with heady glam, Glen became Divine and starred in all of John's early movies before he and the Dreamlanders were launched into mainstream recognition with Hairspray. In some ways, this was the greatest thing that ever happened to any of them, but also the worst.

What this documentary tells us that many seem to oversee is the personal struggle of many gay people. Divine himself did not speak to his family for many years, went to and forth between many relationships, and seemed to be always on the edge of bankruptcy thanks to his free wheeling lifestyle. He starred in John Waters's early films, recorded disco albums, and did the drag circuit all across America. Yet, he was unhappy that he had become a prisoner of the pink sequined tube dress. He was very unhappy since he was a kid and took out his sadness in food, and his weight ballooned. He made it work for him, but he couldn't have been happy deep within. And then just when he was about to break into mainstream acting, it all came to a screeching halt. He was so excited to have been cast in a male role in an episode of Married ... With Children and wouldn't have to be confined to doing the drag scene anymore. The night before they were to tape the show, Divine would die in his sleep of a heart attack. His story lives on as the one who ALMOST made it when fate intervened and took it from him. Still, this was a fun look at Divine and his legacy of what he left us in the John Waters movies.

ESPN Films 30 for 30:  Broke
ESPN Films 30 for 30: Broke
DVD ~ Andre Rison
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shake the money tree, December 3, 2014
This review is from: ESPN Films 30 for 30: Broke (DVD)
Ah, the life of a professional athlete. So much to be gained and so much to be lost in such a short period of time. This was an excellent documentary on the high life and the pitfalls of the pro athlete. They rocket to fame and sign million dollar contracts with their team of choice, then it all comes crashing down. Why? So many are taken in by all the million and one seductions of the fast life of wine, women and song, and then they go broke after their career is over barely able to walk with the plethora of injuries and financial setbacks they are in. Without much discipline in terms of their financial matters, athletes often times go broke and loose everything or are taken advantage of by smooth operators and get rich quick schemes (opening a restaurant, product endorsement, etc.) and flashy women who just want to say they literally and figuratively screwed them. It's sad to see who they were when they were at the top of their game and where they are today, saying had they known that so much was going to be lost they would have done things differently. I too wish I was more financially responsible in my early twenties, but when you're in your early twenties you do a lot of crazy things. Then again, that's what being an adult is all about, becoming responsible.

ESPN Films 30 for 30: The Price of Gold
ESPN Films 30 for 30: The Price of Gold
DVD ~ Tonya Harding
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4.0 out of 5 stars Going for the gold, ending up with a Gilooley, December 2, 2014
20 years ago, yes it's REALLY been that long, Nancy Kerrigan stepped off the practice ice on a rink in Detroit and someone approached her, wacked her in the right knee, and ran off. So began a media circus unlike anything seen before or since around the world of figure skating and the 1994 Winter Olympics all around Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan. What exactly happened and why? And was it possible that Tonya's husband Jeff and his bumbling friends conspired to do this? Yes, yes it was.

Here we meet Tonya today (and seeing how much weight she as put on after her skating days are now behind her), telling her life story and how she got into ice skating as a kid and then how she thrived within it to escape her impoverished life. She married her husband fully knowing how abusive and horrible he was, saying it was what she knew as her mom also hit her. Hindsight is always 20/20 in abusive relationships, but still she was a tremendous athlete no matter what others say about her. She was the first American woman who ever successfully completed the triple axel and she displayed a lot of great strength on the ice rather than that of a graceful ballerina that most women skaters aspire to. She was a great skater, of that no doubt, but she was unable to do the triple axel again upon the ice in competitions even before the 94 plot was hatched. And once the attack happened, the Dream Team attackers could not stop boasting about their doing it, there were a million and one jokes made about it, and everyone was going crazy. In a plot which even the most talented of soap opera writers could not come up with, Tonya choked at the Olympics, Nancy recovered and skated her medley, and Oksana Bieul won the gold by a few fractions of a points. And then Nancy showed her true colors to the media, and Tonya was banned from professional skating. Sad but true.

Oddly enough, even though it's been twenty years since this odd event happened, we still do not completely believe Tonya when she says that she had nothing to do with the planning and execution of the attack against Nancy. I think she did know that Jeff and his friends were plotting something, but did she know that they were actually going to do it or tell them to do it? If yes then she's a sociopath, if no then she's a victim too. Whatever the case may be, I was surprised I felt a sense of loss about this situation. I did not feel pity for Tonya then, but today after seeing this documentary I do. She did a bad thing and she is paying the price for it.

Beautiful Darling DVD
Beautiful Darling DVD
DVD ~ Candy Darling
Offered by Corinth Home Video
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4.0 out of 5 stars like so many, December 2, 2014
This review is from: Beautiful Darling DVD (DVD)
I just watched this on Netflix. Although I do not go out of my way to watch documentaries or things centered chiefly around LGBTQ materials, this was actually quite a story. Candy was a boy from the suburbs who was, like so many, not like other boys. In his teens, he moved to New York and was lucky enough to come into The Factory and meet a lot of Andy Warhol's crew. She made it into a few of his movies, and, like so many that came into Warhol's house, he got his 15 minutes and then went poof. Candy's story was rather sad in that the boy he was has been lost, as his mother remarried a man who was clearly ashamed of her "famous son" and all of his things from childhood were thrown out (as his friend trying to dig up and preserve everything he could on him). You felt the loneliness as so many can somewhat relate to at one point or another, but this life was probably one of the more lonely ones. And the greatest tragedy of them all is that one day Candy found something hard in her abdomen, found out she had a tumor from abusing too many female hormones, and a few weeks later died at age 28. His friend was probably the most moving of them all, as all these years later he still cares for her and wanted to give Candy's ashes a proper burial in a cemetery and keep all of his meager things. All he is or was is still on film in the world, but to see that a person has been reduced to nothing but a few scribbled notes and random photographs is what's really sad. He quite honestly did not have the most talent of anyone trans or not, but he lived and he made a small mark on the world.

French Silk
French Silk
by Sandra Brown
Edition: Mass Market Paperback
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4.0 out of 5 stars New Orleans heat and juicy secrets, September 4, 2014
This was Sandra Brown at her peak in terms of literacy excellence. I do, I would like to point out, fancy myself as an intellectual, but every once in a while I like a little popular fiction that boarderlines on trashy. This was, by coincidence, the first book by Sandra Brown I ever picked up years ago. She is now in a different place with her thrillers, but this was one of if not truly her best. And the hot sex is a plus as well.

A flamboyant televangelist, Jackson Wilde, has been murdered in his hotel room with three gunshot wounds. DA Cassidy has been called in on the case to investigate, which leads him to a mysterious woman named Claire Laurante, an entrepreneur in New Orleans. Mirroring the rise of Victoria's Secret in real life at the time, Claire owns a custom lingerie company, French Silk, whose racy catalogue was the target of Wilde's campaign against immorality and smut along with other publications that have continued to challenge the definition of pornography. As Cassidy continues to investigate, we find out that there are a lot of dirty little secrets that people around her are hiding. Claire's friend Yasmine, an aging black model and business partner, is having an affair with a married man, suffering financial problems, and had also crossed swords with Wilde in the past. Wilde's wife, Ariel, has risen to take her husband's place and will stop at nothing to get what she wants. Wilde's son, Joshua, had a lot of resentment towards his father for squelching his music career and even has the moxie to get back at his father by having an affair with his step mother. And Claire is taking care of her mentally ill mother, Mary Catherine, who has some kind of secret past that no one seems to know how or why she became the way she is.

There are some holes in it, to be sure. How could so many juicy little secrets be crammed into one small group of people? Well, it could happen. And of course Cassidy is going to fall for Claire because that's how this is going to be. But there are several twists and turns, and the ending was a twist I was not expecting. This is a nice book to entertain yourself with some nights, and it's well written.

Tootsie - 25th Anniversary Edition
Tootsie - 25th Anniversary Edition
DVD ~ Dustin Hoffman
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5.0 out of 5 stars Is it possible to laugh too hard at a movie?, June 25, 2014
This movie seems to have been forgotten in the classic comedies cannon, and while some things about it are certainly now dated (ex. fashions) it stands the test of time as one of the funniest movies ever without being too over the top.

Dustin Hoffman plays Michael Dorsey, a struggling actor in New York City in the early 1980s, who has one of the worst reps in town. He is temperamental and demanding, refusing to cooperate with direction and will not compromise his art. When his agent, Sidney Pollack, tells him that he will never be hired for any job, Michael decides to show him. In a classic "Say WHAAAA???!" moment when we see him emerge from a crowd scene dressed as a woman, Michael reinvents himself as a woman, Dorothy Michaels, and auditions for a soap. He gets the part and now has steady work, but he becomes a phenomenon with the public. She's not afraid to stand up and speak her mind to anyone, especially to her sexist director Dabney Coleman or challenge anyone, she becomes a force to be reconed with. There are so many screwball comedy antics and hilarious things going on you almost can't name them all. She becomes so many things you almost can't count them. Michael is a neurotic guy who can't seem to hold it all together but recovers as best he can here and there. Terri Garr has a nice role as his all of a sudden girlfriend (in one of the greatest recovery scenes ever when she catches him about to try on her dress), and Bill Murray, the only one who knows the secret, plays his typical exasperation and subtle humor that only he can deliver. They ever made it a romantic comedy with him falling for Jessica Lange, his costar, who is almost too sweet and simple for words. And that song "It Might Be You" just might be one of the prettiest love songs to this day I have ever heard without being too sappy. One night he experiences perhaps the craziest of crazy situations when he makes a move on Jessica Lange as Dorothy, is proposed to by her father, rejects the advances of her lecherous costar, and is nearly caught by Terri Garr as Dorothy.

Words of criticism? There wasn't anything that kind of lead to the decision for Michael to decide to become a woman to get parts. It just seemed like BANG he decided to do this. And of course let's not forget the fact that he is intending to get away with the lie the entire time until that climactic revealing on the soap in a live broadcast which is hysterical! And the special features show Dustin Hoffman's transformation from a scary drag queen to a more believable one which is a must see as they test shots. Have a good time with this. It's simple yet so effective.
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Kim Kardashian: Fit in Your Jeans by Friday - Ultimate Butt Body Sculpt
Kim Kardashian: Fit in Your Jeans by Friday - Ultimate Butt Body Sculpt
DVD ~ Kim Kardashian
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4.0 out of 5 stars Step aerobics, June 23, 2014
This is a pretty good workout. First, let's get past the fact that it's Kim Kardashian and her annoying celebrity personality. Does she actually do this workout in real life? Questionable I suppose. The workout itself is step aerobics, so it would be difficult (but not impossible) to do without a step. If you don't have a step, you could improvise with stairs in your house. If you don't have stairs in your house (which I don't), you could use some kind of coffee table or maybe some books stacked on the floor. Stable books. Otherwise this is a nice workout, and you will be sweating by the end. The bonus section is actually quite good, you're doing some yoga bridge work and thigh work. And it DOES work, you feel less jiggly after doing it, but it won't last forever. The step is also used for stretching which you don't always need to use when stretching in child's pose. I'd like to see KK do a yoga video sometime, that way she doesn't have to talk so much to the viewing audience. Her trainer who does the workout with gives you the majority of the directions with KK saying some chatty or encouraging things.

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