Disclosure

            This week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the documentary film, Disclosure. The movie was released in 2020 and has a running time of 1 hour & 48 minutes. The film is rated TV-MA with no further explanation as to why it received that rating. Starring in this movie is Laverne Cox, Bianca Leigh, and Jen Richards. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: An un-depth look at Hollywood’s depiction of transgender people and the impact of those stones on transgender lives and American culture.

            If anyone needs to understand why there is a fight for representation in our media and a fight for trans rights this is the documentary for you. This moving film explains the importance of the movement. I do not want to beg but I will if I have to. Please watch this documentary with an open mind, and an open heart. You never know who around you may need your support in their journey to their true selves.

            I give this film 5 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the game show series, Floor is Lava. Next week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the action-adventure film, The Old Guard. Until then keep seizing the cinema; Nerd out!

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Fantastic Geeks & Where To Find Them Podcast

            This week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the pop culture podcast. Fantastic Geeks & Where To Find Them. This podcast debuted in 2018 and last updated in December 2019. There were 72 episodes available on Apple Podcasts at the time of writing. The following description is provided from the Apple Podcast page: Join best friends and YouTubers Anna Brisbin and Tessa Netting as they cover all things nerdy including TV shows, books, movies, animation, and pop culture. Listen in as these two proud Ravenclaws debate ship wars, play games like Would You Rather, and sort characters into Hogwarts houses. New episode every Friday. See you next Geek!

            I love all the nerdiness that this podcast is/was? I love the hosts fearless love all things pop culture. I love the conversations about behind the scenes scoops and just another guest loving on the topic being discussed. If you love all things pop culture, like this blog and I do, then this is the podcast for you. I have often sorted some of my favorite characters into the Hogwarts houses, so a lot of this podcast just feels like conversations between friends.

            I give this podcast 4 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the documentary film, Disclosure. Next week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the relationship podcast, Not Your Little Lady. Until then keep listening on; Nerd out!

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Missing: Deborah Lusk

            This week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile of Deborah Lusk. Deborah is classified as an endangered missing person. She was last seen on September 19, 2015 in Memphis Tennessee. Deborah was born on August 16, 1949 and was 66 years old when she went missing. She is described as an African-American female, with black hair and brown eyes. She has the following tattoos: a Chinese symbol on the inside of her right wrist, a butterfly on the left-side of her chest, and a rose on the outside right ankle.

            Deborah was last seen at her residence on Pinnacle Oaks Drive in Memphis. Her husband has spoken with her twice and everything was normal. When he returned to the house the next day, Deborah was missing. The house phone was unplugged, her cell phone charging, the house was locked and everything seemed in its place. Her car was located days later parked at a Walgreens within a mile from her house. If you have any information on her disappearance, please contact the Shelby’s County Sheriff’s Office at (901) 222-5795.

            Charley Project: https://charleyproject.org/case/deborah-lusk

            NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/33647

            Tomorrow for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the pop culture podcast, Fantastic Geeks & Where to Find Them. Next week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile of Scott Wainwright. Until then keep sleuthing the cases; Nerd out!

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Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews

            This week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the gothic horror novel, Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews. This work was published in August 1988 by Gallery Publishing with a page count of 416 pages. This is the third novel in the Casteel series. The audiobook version is 11 hours & 13 minutes in length and narrated by Candace Thaxton. The following plot overview is provided from Barnes & Noble: As Logan’s bride, Heaven would savor now the love she had sought for so long. And free from her father’s clutches, she would live again in her backwoods town, a respected teacher and cherished wife. But after a wedding trip to Boston’s Farthinggale Manor and a lavish, elegant party, Heaven and Logan are persuaded to stay…lured by Tony Tatterton’s guile to live amongst the Tatterton wealth and privilege. Then the ghosts of Heaven’s past rise up once more, writhing around her fragile happiness…threatening her precious love with scandal and jealousy, sinister passions, and dangerous dreams.

            The more I read of this series the more, I relate to Heaven. It also makes me question what V.C. Andrews’ homelife was like given the themes of the books she wrote while alive. I am wondering if the shift from Andrews to the ghost writer will be felt at all in these books. I cannot stand Tony Tatterton and wish he would find his way permanently out of Heaven’s life. I am not sorry about Jillian, her vanity was beyond gross to me. I am curious to see where Heaven will go from here. There are so many questions I have about where the story could go but I do not want to speculate since I have rarely been correct in predictions for Andrews works.

            I give this novel 4.5 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile of Deborah Lusk. Next week for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the Audible original Rivals! Frenemies Who Changed the World by Scott McCormick. Until then keep reading on the chapters; Nerd out!

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Personal History Part 43

            This week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing my Personal History series. I hope that you enjoy this latest installment found below. Tomorrow for the Fiction Friday feature, I am reviewing the gothic horror novel, Fallen Hearts by V.C. Andrews. Next week for the Writing Thursday feature, I am presenting an original scene. Until then keep creating whatever your passion is; Nerd out!

Are you in a relationship? How did you meet?

            I have been married for 9 years but with my husband for a total of 11 years. We met on Myspace when he messaged me asking to chat. We ended up going out the next night and have been attached ever since.

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Missing: Mark Charles Burleigh

            This week for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Mark Charles Burleigh. Mark is classified as an endangered missing person. He was last seen on October 1st, 2017 in Garberville, California. Mark was born on December 25th, 1984 and was 32 years old when he went missing. He is described as a white male, 6’2”, 150-160lbs, with short sandy blonde hair and blue eyes. Mark has a mole on his upper left cheek and a surgery scar of 6 to 8 inches in his upper left arm.

            It is unknown what Mark was wearing when he went missing. He was carrying his wallet and phone at the time. Mark went missing shortly after being released from the Humboldt county jail. He was last known to be living on the street in Garberville. If you have any information on Mark’s disappearance, please contact the Humboldt County Sheriff’s Department at (707) 445-7251 or by email (hso@co.humboldt.ca.us). Please reference case number 2018-00741.

            Doe Network: http://www.doenetwork.org/cases/5372dmca.html

            NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/52479

            Tomorrow for the Writing Thursday feature, I am continuing the Personal History series. Next week for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Typhenie Kae Johnson. Next week for the True Crime Wednesday feature, I am recapping season two episode two of the Netflix’s true crime documentary series I am a Killer. Until then keep sleuthing the cases; Nerd out!

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The Last Dance

            This week for the TV Tuesday, I am reviewing the documentary series, The Last Dance. This show ran in 2020. This series is rated TV-MA for the following reasons: moderate profanity, and mild alcohol/drugs/smoking. This show has 1 season for a total of 10 episodes. The episodes have a running time of 50 minutes. Starring in this series is Phil Jackson, Michael Jordan, David Aldridge. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: Charting the rise of the 1990’s Chicago Bulls, led by Michael Jordan, one of the most notable dynasties in sports history.

            As someone who grew up in the suburbs outside of Chicago at this time period, this was a walk down memory lane. Plus, I was young when they went for their second three-peat and did not know about all the behind-the-scenes stuff, it really gave me a new appreciation for the players. I had so many emotions watching this series. However, the nostalgia was my favorite part. It was amazing to experience it the first time around but to look back and feel it all over again gave me chills. I had a lot of respect for Jordan, Pippen, Rodman, Jackson and all the members of the Bulls organization growing up. I have even more respect for the players and Phil Jackson. They made magic and it was so cool to get to live through and I loved sharing this with my kids. If you want to learn about one of the greatest sports dynasties ever, you need to watch this series.

            I give this show 5 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the Missing Person Wednesday feature, I am highlighting the Doe Network profile of Mark Charles Burleigh. Next week for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the game show series, Floor is Lava. Until then keep binge watching the episodes; Nerd out!

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Shazam

            This week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the action-adventure film, Shazam. The movie was released in 2019 and has a running time of 2 hours & 12 minutes. The film is rated PG-13 for the following reasons: moderate violence & gore, mild profanity, mild alcohol/drugs/smoking, and moderate frightening & intense scenes. Starring in this movie is Zachary Levi, Mark Strong, and Asher Angel. The following plot overview is provided from IMDB: A newly fostered young boy in search of his mother instead finds unexpected superpowers and soon gains a powerful enemy.

            I enjoyed this film with two of my kids and husband. I loved the message about family is what you make it. I enjoyed the related real-life conflict. There was a nice balance of snark, action, and feel-good moments. This film has the right amount of cheese for me to enjoy repeatedly. I love to put this movie on when I need some feel-good laughs. Let me know what your favorite superhero trope or joke from it is. I recommend this film to everyone.

            I give this movie 4.5 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the TV Tuesday feature, I am reviewing the documentary series, The Last Dance. Next week for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the documentary film, Disclosure. Until then keep seizing the cinema; Nerd out!

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The Murder in My Family Podcast

            This week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the true crime podcast, The Murder in My Family. This podcast debuted in 2018. This podcast comes with an explicit language warning. There were 83 episodes available on Apple Podcasts at the time of writing. The following description is provided from the Apple Podcast page: Murder is a crime of many victims. It affects not only the murdered, but also those who loved them. The Murder in My Family tells the effects of murder from the perspective of the family members of the victims and shows how they, too, are victims in this terrible crime.

            I enjoy this podcast for the platform it gives to victims’ families. It gives them a chance to say what they need to say about the impact their tragedy has had on them. It also allows for those who are still looking for answers to put pressure on those that may know something. I love the way the host conducts the interviews. He gives the family members the ability to talk about their experience in their own words and has a natural way of handling the interviews. I think it is important to hear from the families themselves, especially if they feel like law enforcement is not listening. These are important stories that everyone should be listening to. I highly recommend that if you are into true crime that you should check this podcast out.

            I give this podcast 4 out of 5 stars.

            Tomorrow for the Movie Monday feature, I am reviewing the action adventure film, Shazam. Next week for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the pop culture podcast, Fantastic Geeks & Where to Find Them. Until then keep listening on; Nerd out!

Missing: Eric Richard Bealer

            This week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile Eric Richard Bealer. Eric is classified as a lost/injured missing person. He was last seen on September 12, 2018 in Pelican Bay, Alaska. Eric was born on June 6, 1960 and was 58 years old when he went missing. He is described as a white male, 5’10”, 130lbs, with graying brown hair and brown eyes.

            Eric disappeared with his wife, Pamela, they left a note taped to the window on the front door. The actions described in the note did not surprise many of their friends given previous conversations. A search of around their cabin was conducted and they were presumed dead. In June 2019 both were declared legally dead. If you have any information about the possible location to recover their remains, please contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 269-5511.

            Charley Project: https://charleyproject.org/case/eric-richard-bealer

            NamUs: https://www.namus.gov/MissingPersons/Case#/55571

            Tomorrow for the Spotcast Sunday feature, I am reviewing the true crime podcast, The Murder in My Family. Next week for the Missing Person Saturday feature, I am highlighting the Charley Project profile of Deborah Lusk. Until then keep sleuthing the cases; Nerd out!

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