Tag Archives: Showtime

Schooled

kidnapped for christIf you subscribe to Showtime, I encourage you to watch the documentary Kidnapped for Christ, currently available OnDemand.

The film centers on a Christian boarding school in the Dominican Republic that advertised itself as a rehab center for troubled US teens.  The filmmaker, an evangelical school student, was allowed complete access to the teens there and, during production, uncovers disturbing information about the school’s “behavior modification program.” She also learns that some students had been kidnapped from their homes with their parents’ full knowledge and permission.

Her commitment to the project eventually morphs into a determination to help these abused teenagers — one in particular who wants to leave the school where he is essentially being held prisoner.

This story is heartbreaking and, I learned, just one case among thousands around the world.

It is a must-see.

 

Take a picture

To inspire today’s post, I scrolled through previous images I have used in the blog and selected one at random —

nap

Uh oh.

Not sure this one is going to do the job…especially on a national holiday.  Kinda feel the couch calling instead.

But wait — I have a laptop.  I can write on the couch. I’ll write my blog post there.  No worries.  No problems.

Uh oh.

The TV is in front of the couch…and Silver Linings Playbook is on Showtime.  That might get in the way of my writing.

Not so far.

Bell is ringing

I accidentally took a nap this afternoon and was groggy as all get out when I woke up.

billy elliot movieThe movie Billy Elliot was playing on the Showtime channel I had left on, so I decided to finish it before I attempted to do anything productive.

Jamie Bell, who played the title role, was 14 when the movie was released in 2000.  And as I sat there watching, I tried to figure out what movies I had seen the ‘adult’ Jamie in of late.

Then it hit me —

He was in one of my recent favorite costume dramas Jane Eyre.  He played the minister St John Rivers whose family nursed Jane back to health after she left Mr. Rochester’s house.

MAN ON A LEDGEHe was also in the cast of Man on a Ledge starring Sam Worthington, which as fate would have it…

…was on Showtime right after Billy Elliot.

How quickly a decade can flash before your eyes on premium cable!

Barely broken

Breaking Bad ends its incredible run tonight. At least, that’s what I hear.

I mean, I know it’s ending. I inferred the ‘incredible’ part. ‘Cause I never watched it.

Photo: Ursula Coyote / AMCUnlike my friends Jeff Drake and Wendy Molyneux, I haven’t attempted to binge watch every episode prior to tonight’s series finale. Nor have I felt like the’ last person in America’ who hasn’t watched Walter White and Jesse Pinkman’s meth odyssey in the desert.

(I knew Jeff and Wendy were out there.)

I actually felt kinda proud that I had held out all this time…although I had never planned not to watch the show.

But now I have Netflix.  Now I can.

So yesterday I watched Season 1 and began Season 2.  I am on an airplane headed westward as I type this, so all will be resolved by the time I land.  But if I hope to finish the series on my terms and not have the ending ruined, I will simply have to follow sage advice given to Ben Affleck after he was recently cast as the new Batman:

Stay off Twitter for a couple of days.”

 

Jury is in

After spending almost four years in an Italian prison, Amanda Knox is free, her murder conviction overturned.  Amanda’s happy.  Her family is overjoyed.

And the producers of Homeland are thrilled.

Didn’t connect those dots?  Let me do it for you, because it was my first TV-obsessed thought after hearing the verdict.

Homeland premiered last night on Showtime.  It follows the story of Marine Sgt. Nicholas Brody, who returns home after being held eight years in enemy territory.  He’s given a hero’s welcome by everyone except rogue CIA agent Carrie Mathison, who believes Brody was turned and is now working for Al Qaeda.

That’s just the first episode, guys.

Now, Amanda Knox is no American hero.  Her lawyers contend she is just a young woman who was in the wrong place at the wrong time (although she was found guilty of slander against police and a barman she falsely accused in the crime).

But I’m more concerned about her time in jail.  Like the Marine hero of Homeland, Amanda spent years confined in a foreign prison.  What did that do to her spirit?  To her loyalties?

She may not have been turned by a foreign country — Italy and the US were pretty friendly the last time I checked — but other forces could have ‘turned’ this impressionable, imprisoned youth.

Okay…not likely. But these are just the kind of comparisons that Showtime executives are hoping viewers will make to keep their series timely and top-of-mind.

At least, until the next Amanda Knox movie is produced.