Drop Dead Diva

Retro Lisa’s Diary: Drop Dead Diva, Escape From Alcatraz

Brooke Elliott and Margaret Cho of Lifetime's Drop Dead Diva
Brooke Elliott and Margaret Cho of Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva

The journey to getting out of debt and cutting back on movies has been interesting. A friend of mine treated me to see Identity Thief starring Melissa McCarthy, and I thought it was cute (I gave it a 6.5 out of 10). But the harder part was sitting through the trailers for upcoming movies.

While my friends were deciding what movies they were, and were not, going to see, I wanted to see The Call with Halle Berry, but knew that I would have to wait awhile before it comes out on DVD. “That’s okay,” I tried to remind myself. “I have so many other movies I can watch on Netflix and Hulu while I wait.”

I’m also getting comments from people who suggest movies or television shows to me, and when I say, “Nope, I haven’t seen that,” they say “You?! Ms. Movie-buff?! You?! The one who loves television?” Yup, me. We all have our favorite types of movies and television shows that we like and, of course, there’s only so much time in the day. Plus I’m known to watch TV shows and movies that I like over and over again.

For example, I’ve never seen “Gone with the Wind” – it just never interested me — “Breakfast at Tiffany’s,” or “Black Hawk Down.” I’ve never watched “The West Wing,” “24,” or “Grey’s Anatomy.” But that’s what this year is all about – finding those shows and movies I missed and watching them.

On television this past week, I found — and have become obsessed with — Lifetime’s Drop Dead Diva (I hear you – no, I didn’t know about it until now! LOL), about a wanna-be model who dies in a sudden accident only to find her soul resurfacing in the body of a plus-size and recently deceased attorney, Jane, played beautifully by Brooke Elliott.

The best way I can describe this show is “Legally Blonde” meets (“Insert Name of Law Show Here”). I wasn’t crazy about the fat and blonde stereotypes in the beginning – Jane uses Cheez Whiz to calm down, and Deb isn’t quite the sharpest tool in the shed – but the show is engaging and quickly addicting. I know that because it’s only one week later, and I’ve watched a season and a half already. I will be watching all of them until I get caught up to the current season. And no, I haven’t gone back and watched anymore of The Book Club.” Guess it didn’t catch my attention the way “Drop Dead Diva” did.

Last night, my honey and I watched Clint Eastwood in Escape From Alcatraz from 1979. He’s seen it enough times where he knows some of the dialogue. It’s a dramatization of possibly the only successful breakout from the notorious prison.

I’m a huge fan of 1994’s The Shawshank Redemption starring Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman – which I know came after “Escape” – and there are so many similarities in the two stories.

I liked “Shawshank” better, but “Alcatraz” is good. I didn’t understand a few things, such as how the prisoners have belts and why a guard would hand a prisoner a hatchet, but overall, it’s a good movie, and I finally went back and watched a classic. What I like about Netflix is once you select one type of movie, they recommend others in the same genre, so I have a huge list of classics to check out now.

Well, it’s February 19, and other than the Netflix subscription of $7.99 per month, I’ve only spent money on popcorn at the movie that my friend treated me to (don’t judge me, I have to have that popcorn – LOL). So I’ve spent a total of $22 in the first two months of the year. Normally, I can spend $22 in one night at a movie, so this is going pretty well.


8 responses to “Retro Lisa’s Diary: Drop Dead Diva, Escape From Alcatraz”

  1. Melanie Votaw Avatar
    Melanie Votaw

    I’m so glad you’ve discovered Drop Dead Diva. I can’t wait for the new season!

    1. Jane Boursaw Avatar

      Drop Dead Diva looks like a really fun show. And I have to admit that I haven’t seen Escape from Alcatraz yet. The trailer makes it seem like a bit of a comedy, but maybe it’s just the 1979 vibe.

  2. Amy Avatar

    Drop Dead Diva was cancelled 🙁

  3. Tori Avatar

    I discovered Drop Dead Diva by accident – all day marathon on TV on a day I was home bored with nothing to do – and I was hooked by it. I can’t believe the morons at Lifetime cancelled it. It’s a great show, and I hope another network is smart enough to pick it up.


  4. Su Avatar

    It is sad that Drop Dead Diva got cancelled. This is a quality show and the only one of its kind. Really entertaining and amusing. Brooke Elliot rocks it when she sings too.

  5. MyKidsEatSquid Avatar

    Wha?! Drop Dead Diva was cancelled. I really liked that show.

  6. […] Just when we all thought “Drop Dead Diva“ was dead and gone (much to our chagrin), Lifetime revealed that the hour-long drama will be revived for season […]

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