|Table of Reviews|
Love By The 10th Date – Review
Love By The 10th Date – Lifetime – 2 hours and 2 minutes
Gabby is a struggling artist who has been unlucky in love. However, while out with friends she learns that a relationship isn’t real until you reach 10 dates. She and her friend, Nell, decide to give it a try. Her friends, Billie and Margot, tell her to present the idea to their boss, Maureen. Maureen begrudgingly agrees to do the article, but she has 2 months to get to 10 dates with the same guy. If she does, she will get her article published and $5,000. Otherwise she gets nothing. This dating trip will take her on a path to superheroes, ministers, triple dates, inappropriate pictures, and a room full of feathers. But is the man she seeks, a man she knows … or a man knows? (Believe … that will make since when you watch the movie).
Too much fun. Get ready to say OMG more times than you can count. It is fun seeing Gabby go on each disastrous date, because we have all been on one. You may struggle with the fact that she is investing too much in one date, but that’s the point. If you invest too much, too early, it can lead to disappointment. You need to be strong and hold on to the love you have … friends, family, and faith. This movie is fun. So get your wine, friends, and chat. And be ready for part 2. The only annoy part was the bleeping.
I give it 4.5 out of 5 stars
It lived once. And if it lived, it’s real – Gabby
He could tell from the internet that your vagina is magical – Nell
I like what you did with your hair, it’s nice – Dante
I can’t do it. Someone else can do the interview. I can’t do it – Margot
Not a hope in hell – Maureen
We should sit her and let our hearts break – Billie
The New Edition Story – Review
The New Edition Story – BET – 6 hours and 0 minutes (2 hours over 3 nights)
In 1978, Mike Bivins and Ricky “Slick” Bell stood in the back of a club as their friend, Bobby “King of R&B” Brown, took the stage and froze. The next day, Bobby explained that he wasn’t ready for that crowd, but he could do better if they were with him. Mike and Ricky agreed, but only if they got to sing too. Bobby made the “promise”. However, they knew they needed another member. Ricky had they best guy in mind, Ralph Tresvant. Ralph was a shy Kung-Fu kid with a powerful voice. The foursome impressed Brooke Payne with a headlight performance and got a tryout. After seeing them again, he decided to be their manager and they started working the talent contest circuit. When Brooke thought they were ready, he had the perform for Maurice Starr’s competition. They lost by the judges’ vote, but won by the crowds’. Maurice gives them a chance, but tells them they need a 5th member. Brooke knows his nephew Ronnie DeVoe is perfect. Ronnie is constantly practicing with the hope that he can join the group someday. After a dance rehearsal, the group accepts Ronnie as a member. Once in the booth, Maurice has his eye only on Ralph. So much, he offers Ralph a side deal: Leave the group and become a solo act. Of course Ralph says no and the group continues on. But after a whirlwind tour, the boys come back to the Orchard Park Projects with a harsh dose of reality in the form of $1.87. Their next move is up to their mothers, Gary Evans, and MCA.
This part one leaves you on edge for part two. The young boys, who play New Edition for 3/4 of the movie, embody every move and nuance of New Edition. At their young age, these young actors will be a force to reckon with in the industry. Like a lot of music biopics, you will quickly see the normal downfalls (i.e. not understanding contracts, pointing blame, etc), however you never see how those in charge start tearing the group apart. A single word … LEAD … can have a ripple effect on a group. And, a visual change that can only be described as beautiful, the young boys morphed into young men. With this seamless change, you know which young man represents each member and you haven’t lost that connection you gained in the beginning. And the icing on the cake … the actors really sing. The did a great job matching their voices to the iconic New Edition sound. To all other stations, please take notes. This is how you do a biography. Get ready to dance, sing, laugh, and get mad. Don’t miss a second of this movie, DVR it, watch it again until part 2.
I didn’t stutter – Mike
As long as we all get to sing – Ricky
Naw, man it’s not the right time – Ralph
It’s because I gotta earn my spot – Ronnie
Yo, what the hell you doing – Bobby
Alright, alright, alright, enough with the pillow talk. Especially since ya’ll don’t know what y’all are talking about – Rick Payne
Just think about it – Maurice
Flo, this is a business decision – Gary Evans
As the group prepares for their next album and tour, they start to turn on each other and act out. However, the group, and their mothers, are plagued bad contracts and no money while still living in the projects. With pregnancies, arrest, showboating, and fighting off stage, Gary questions if Michael Bivins should be a part of a group. The group, especially Bobby, decided to keep him. On the other side, when a fight happened on stage, in front of a crowd, Gary gives the group a choice: The Group or Bobby Brown. With tears in their eyes, they chose the Group. Bobby starts to spiral into drugs, while the group continues as a foursome. However, later Bobby learns about a clause in his contract that will give him a leg up. Now, Mike starts to ask questions about the business, contracts, and production deals after seeing “Fast Break Productions” on their album. Mike is determined to learn the business and make a decision for the group’s future in a “professional Orchard Park” way over prime rib to go. With the group finally standing up for themselves, Ralph introduces his solo work to the group. The group is instantly pissed. Ralph feels he has been carrying the group and deserves this, but the group feels like he has deceived and is abandoning them. Ralph wants out, but Jheryl explains he has to do one more New Edition album, before he can get a solo deal. With this news, Ralph meets up with the group, Jimmy Jam, and Terry Lewis; and gets the biggest shock of his life … Johnny Gill. Ralph wants to walk out and Johnny is just confused. But, the two talk privately and realize they have more in common than they ever knew. Also, Ralph learns that Johnny isn’t the new Bobby, but Mike wanted Johnny to be the new Ralph. Ralph and Johnny realize that working together is best and record Can You Stand The Rain (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). The group is set to go on a world tour, with money and a hit single, but they are about to get hit with a surprise.
WOW … just wow. This is a real true story. No one was glamorized or disparaged. This is what happens when everyone (artists, writers, producers, etc) sign off on a biopic. Part two focuses on the group transition from young men of bubble gum pop to grown men of R&B. Although their record and production company tried to keep them children by keeping them clean shaving, hiding relationships, hiding children, and controlling the music, New Edition was determined to take control over their future. With Michael Bivins being to New Edition what Otis Williams was to the Temptations, every member learned that no one man was bigger than the group. Although these men will continue to change with separate careers and success, what will it take to bring them back together and tear them apart. Let’s sit back and get ready for part 3.
What you saying? We can’t live our lives – Ralph
I know he tried to kill me, but did he? – Bobby
Now, who’s the b***h – Mike
Gary I think you should go – Ronnie
Yeah, calm down – Johnny
That’s my job. I slide up in anything – Ricky
Man ya look so soft – Brooke
Mr. Michael bivins, welcome to the music business – Jheryl
You got a girl pregnant – Gary
Congrats, you’re gonna be a daddy – Jeff
The group prepares for the NE Heartbreak tour with Bobby Brown and Al. B. Sure (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Bobby is not happy to being an opening act and wants to change the set. This way he could sing with the group for the classic songs. The group says no because Johnny is sing his part, so Bobby leaves disgruntled. At the end of the tour, New Edition and Bobby Brown are at the peak of their careers, but they all want more. Bobby wants to feel connected to New Edition, Johnny wants a solo career with MCA – not Motown, Ralph feels pressured to live up to Bobby, and Mike, Ricky, and Ronnie are urged to make their own group. Later the group is on BET’s Video Soul to introduced their non New Edition projects (Poison, Sensitivity, My My My, and Don’t Be Cruel) but give hope for another New Edition Record (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). Six years later, they deliver and put together a tour. Brooke knows this tour is a mistake because they are only doing it for the money and are not fully committed. They must do 13 shows before they get paid. However, Ricky is doing drugs, Bobby is not showing up, and everyone is showing off money they don’t have. With only a half the shows done, the tour implodes with an on and off stage fight that leaves Brooke’s heart literally broken. The group decides New Edition is officially over. Each guy has to find his own way. Some with drug addiction, another job path, or a new group. But what will it take for all 6 come together as, 1st, brothers and, 2nd, a group. Well, the answer is … “The Glue”.
The only disappointment in part 3 is that it had to end. You will be on-line buying this movie and the songs. Each member was 100% honest about their downfall and their insecurities. Fame can lead to egos but real men will always work it out. It’s wonderful to see a group come back together at a time of joy, instead of a time of pain (i.e. a member’s funeral). With a finally performance at the BET 25th Anniversary, the group sings a medley of their loyal fans that have sat for 6 hours of 3 days. The medley includes Candy Girl, Can You Stand The Rain, Cool It Now, Mr. Telephone Man, and more (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). During the performance, you are taken back through pivotal moments in their lives. Trust and believe you will cry and beg for more. BET better put this on DVD and Blu-Ray soon and please add bonus content.
I give it 5 out of 5 stars
Man, what the hell? Man you got me looking like Gumby – Bobby
Bob want the whole show to hisself – Ralph
Everything is mental – Slick
Just say the word and I got you. In front to all these people – Mike
Man why do ya’ll keep babying this asshole – Ronnie
What have I always said? He may not come when you want, but he is always on time – Johnny
Exactly, and they were more professional then than they are now – Brooke
Girls Night Out – Review
Girls Night Out – LMN – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Reese has a great surprise for his bride-to-be, McKenzie. He invited her best friends and sorority sisters to have a surprise bachelorette party. Joelle, Rebecca,and Sadie have not seen McKenzie since she started dating Reese and moved away. McKenzie feels bad about leaving them, but she didn’t feel safe at school after she was attacked by her boyfriend, Brandon. She later got a restraining order against him but the statue of limitations will run out in a year. Determined to forget all their past issues, they vow to have a night that would put their college days to shame. While at a strip club, the ladies dance while leaving their phones and wallets behind. That’s when Brandon shows up and grabs McKenzie’s phone. When McKenzie comes back, she sees pictures of her and her friends dancing. She wonder who took them when she gets a call. Brandon tells the girls they have to break up into two teams, complete a scavenger hunt, and complete all 8 task without informing anyone … or he will kill Reese. And Brandon makes sure these women understand that Reese life is truly in danger. Even though the women are on two teams (McKenzie and Joelle, Sadie and Rebecca), they are steadfast to get though this alive, save Reese, and get Brandon out of their lives.
This is a fun thriller with a “Saw“-like scavenger hunt that will take them to the scariest, coldest, and darkest parts of the city (FTC Affiliate Disclaimer). As each task becomes more heartbreaking and sickening, you feel for these women. You hope that they will stay strong and fight against Brandon once they are face to face. For a while, you’ll be wondering why is he doing this, but more of his motives are reveal with each challenge. You will be shocked and amazed at the lengths these women will go through to help McKenzie get her fiance back. With a good body count, sit and watch from beginning to end with no interruptions. I you miss anything, you will be lost.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
Oh, so you’re a baker – Reese
I love you like crazy – Mackenzie
That’s kinda weird and kinda awesome – Brandon
I could never let you go – Joelle
It is now – Brandon
I am sure he wants us to end up on the 6 o’clock rule – Sadie
If we all stick together, we will be just fine – rebeccater
The Birthday Wish – Review
The Birthday Wish – Hallmark – 2 hours and 0 minutes
Gwen planned her life when she was a child; so she’ll never feel out of control like she did when her dad died. While directing a commercial, she is once again paired up with Dave, a creative director. They work well together, but Gwen is focusing on her 30th birthday bash. On New Year’s Eve, Gwen and her boyfriend, Alex, go to a party and Gwen is hilariously hunting for a ring. Alex tells her she must wait for the right time. And according to her plan, the right time is on her 30th birthday, which is 7 days away. She is certain she will get a ring from Alex, but when he fails to produce a it, she is hurt. As a joke Dave brings her a big cookie, she makes a wish and blows out the candle. She wishes to see herself in 10 years. The next morning she wakes up with bad eyesight and goes to see the doctor. With a few drops, she sees the unexpected. She sees Dave as her loving husband, kids, a dog, and an SUV. She is shocked at the revelation. Gwen tries to create distance between her and Dave while trying to reconnect with Alex. But when Alex leaves town for an interview in LA, Gwen is given ample time to get to know the real Dave while learning something new about herself.
The Birthday Wish is fun and offers not 1, not 2, but 3 engagements. This movie is filled with comedy and heartfelt moments Hallmark fans loves. Now, understand that this movie does not go back in time. Gwen has more of a premonition of the future and has the option to change. This movie teaches that the most well made plan is none at all. Just live life to the fullest and fun. The score for the movie is a bit repetitive at times and aren’t needed in scenes. Because of her plan, Gwen focused so munch on the destination, that she is not enjoying the journey. So don’t make Gwen’s mistake and enjoy this journey now.
I give it 4 out of 5 stars
You ask a lot of questions for a guy I barely even know – Gwen
Funny, talented, and gorgeous. How did I ever get so lucky? – Alex
It is hard to remember. It was technically last year – Mia
Wow, you’re evil – Dave
You need to sit him down and talk to him Gwen. You need to know where you stand – Katherine
You’re not gonna argue about it. That’s a new one – Bruce
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