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Wrong Swipe (Review)

Wrong Swipe

aka Swipe
Wrong Swipe
2016
Written by Sophie Tilson and Shanrah Wakefield
Directed by Matthew Leutwyler

Wrong Swipe
Just when you thought Lifetime was all out of ways to make you think the internet was coming to kill you, Lifetime reminds you that there are a bajillion new apps that have been made in the past decade, each and every one easily turned into a cautionary tale of how it will destroy you. Today’s Awful App is Tinder, or “Swipe” as it’s known in Wrong Swipe, as a crazed “Swipe” stalker turns the life of our heroine upside down.

Wrong Swipe could have been a discussion about hookup culture, apps replacing actually going out and meeting people, and even throwing in stuff about how some people are so overworked that a personal life is a luxury. There is even a few bits where they directly point out the league of men who think that just because they were swiped on an app they deserve attention and love from the women, including multiple pressure to go out on dates. But all of that is either tossed aside or completely ignored as Lifetime had to go Lifetime it all up with stalking and murder.
Wrong Swipe
Anna Taylor (Anna Hutchison) is a woman who doesn’t have time for dating because she’s in law school. So it’s the perfect time for her sister Sasha (Karissa Lee Staples) to force her into dating by installing the Swipe app on her phone! Heck, Sasha reconnected with her high school boyfriend, Matt (Rhys Ward), thanks to the app. Anna isn’t on good terms with her ex, Nate (Kevin Joy), but she’s still not thrilled about this new dating app. Especially when it suddenly starts giving her GPS notifications that a “Swipe crush” is nearby. The first one is a kid in her class, Todd (Blake Berris), who is awkward and creepy. There’s also a mysterious stalker account sending her messages about how they are destined for each other. Even worse, she does meet up with a high school acquaintance named Jake (Arthur Napiontek), and he tries to spike her drink! Luckily, she had to bail before the drug kicked in. But let’s forget about all those danger situations, because she’s also met a Nice Guy named Pete (Philipp Karner) and things are going swell.
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - May 12, 2016 at 11:28 am

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The Wrong Car (Review)

The Wrong Car

aka Black Car
The Wrong Car Lifetime
2016
Written and directed by John Stimpson
The Wrong Car Lifetime
Lifetime has a long history of films explaining in graphic detail how the internet will kill you, and The Wrong Car delivers with Uber being the latest target. Not that Uber doesn’t deserve a bit of criticism, ignoring their treating their drivers like garbage, Uber has had a multitude of safety issues in the US and other countries (such as India) involving rapes and sexual assault, and The Wrong Car rips from the headlines these stories. Instead of Uber, the app is called NetCar, and our heroine is assaulted before she joins the ranks of the NetCar drivers in order to track down her attacker. It’s also a Bring It On: All or Nothing mini-reunion with Danielle Savre and Francia Raisa (sorry no Hayden Panettiere or Solange Knowles, but who needs them?) as the main characters, and Savre’s intense performance as Trudy O’Donnell carries the movie.
The Wrong Car Lifetime
Trudy is too busy studying law to do anything except study, especially since she’s trying to avoid moping over her ex. You know, I can’t tell you how many of these movies involve characters in law school who are too busy studying to have a relationship, and then immediately hit a nightmare scenario scary enough to keep you from dating forever. Trudy’s roomie Gretchen Healy (Francia Raisa) declares they are going to go out and basically drags her along.

Trudy also drops a bunch of philosophical stuff about the penal system and justice showing she is an optimist while society is more about revenge, which will of course change when she gets rapecarred and threads the needle between bringing the perpetrators to justice or maybe going Death Wish on the villains.
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - May 2, 2016 at 2:22 pm

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Wrong Swipe tinders another killer internet movie for Lifetime!

Wrong Swipe Lifetime

Why not date this random guy from online? Nothing ever goes wrong on the internet on Lifetime Channel!

Enjoy that headline pun, people! Just when you thought the internet was all done trying to kill you, the internet tries to kill you! Wrong Swipe is the latest offering from Lifetime about how the internet is dangerous, this time making Tinder the place of danger. So far 2016 has also seen a movie against Uber, which means Lifetime is on track to take down a different app each month. Take that, Dot Com Bubble 2.0!

Anna’s had a tough time getting close to people ever since her father died five years ago and her relationship with her boyfriend ended. Having lost interest in dating, she focuses on school and taking care of her mom and sister, Sasha. With Anna’s best interest at heart, Sasha creates a profile for her on Swipe—a new dating app that matches users via GPS. Though she is reluctant, Anna gives the app a try. Several potential suitors message her, but they all pale in comparison to handsome and charming Pete. Then Anna starts to get disturbing messages and notifications that a match is very close to her proximity when no one should be. Becoming anxious and paranoid, she pushes Pete away. Not knowing who to trust, Anna is pitted against a stalker who looks to be a match from hell prepared to kill for love.

Hmm… a stalker, or does the app have a problem with push notifications? It’s Lifetime, so of course it is a stalker! Never use the internet again, people!

Wrong Swipe stars Anna Hutchison (The Cabin in the Woods), Karissa Staples (Merry Kissmas), Rhys Ward (The Returned), and Blake Berris (The Boys and Girls Guide to Getting Down. It is directed by Matthew Leutwyler (The River Why), and written by Sophie Tilson (OzGirl) and Shanrah Wakefield (The Ladies & The Gents)

Wrong Swipe premieres Saturday, February 13th on Lifetime Channel! Be sure to swipe right on this one!

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - February 12, 2016 at 1:36 pm

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Online Abduction (Review)

Online Abduction

aka Cyber Case
Online Abduction
2015
Written by Caron Tschampion
Directed by Steven R. Monroe

Online Abduction
Just when you thought it was safe to go online, Lifetime is back again for the umpteenth time to remind you that THE INTERNET WILL KILL YOU!!!! Or at least abduct your small children, as the unfortunate Fletcher family experiences thanks to their not removing their location tracking features on the social media they continuously update like a Skinner rat pushing buttons for food. Online Abduction starts out looking like teenage Isabel Fletcher is going to be the one who gets abducted, but it turns out to be her 3 year old half-brother, Tommy. Things go all Gone Girl with a serious investigation that begins to escalate as it looks less like Tommy just wandered off and more like he was snatched. But Isabel has an idea, to use the power of lax privacy settings on social media as a weapon instead of a vulnerability, and track down the abductors. Will Tommy be saved?

Online Abduction features one of my favorite thing of Lifetime movies, fake social media sites! We got fake Instagram called InstaQuik, and a warped version of Facebook called FaceChatter. Also something called Twitter. Sadly, none of the fake Twitter accounts used that I checked are actual Twitter accounts.
Online Abduction
Isabel Fletcher (Brooke Butler) spends all her time online, despite sarcastic comments from her real estate agent mom, Jackie (Natalia Livingston), who also spends a lot of time online. Jackie recently had a son with her new husband, Matt (David Chokachi), who Isabel seems to resent now that he has his own kid to raise (despite her taking his name?) Isabel ditches them to go out and party and get drunk and meet boys like every 16 year old, bonding with skater kid Jeremy (Matthew Ziff).
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Posted by Tars Tarkas - December 28, 2015 at 8:47 am

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Nowhere Safe – the internet returns to kill again, on UP!

Nowhere Safe Up

We ruined your printer, Ellen Feiss! And now we ruin you. Beep beep beep beep beep!


Just when you thought it was safe to go on the internet, now you will learn there is Nowhere Safe! Because beyond cyber bullying, there is reverse cyber bullying! It’s like normal cyber bullying, but in reverse. And you can’t get away, no matter how hard you try, no matter how grey your hoodie. It’s true, the movie says so!

After two teen girls cruelly impersonate her online in a “reverse cyber bullying” plot, Ashley’s reputation is ruined. She and her mother Julie (a high school teacher) are ostracized, forcing them to flee an escalating threat to their lives. Starting over at a new school miles away, romantic interests and the poignant lessons from an eccentric history teacher draw them out of seclusion until they realize confronting a hurtful past is essential to ensure a brighter future.

Nowhere Safe is directed by Brian Brough (Snow Beast) and written by Brittany Wiscombe (also Snow Beast) It stars Danielle Chuchran as Ashley Evans , Natasha Henstridge as Julie Johnson, and Jamie Kennedy as Kevin Carlisle

Nowhere Safe premieres Sunday, October 5th on UP! For those of you who don’t know what UP is, it’s a channel with UPlifting content. AKA family friendly stuff that leans Christian. They also come out with a bunch of new movies, thus pulling the interest of TarsTarkas.NET.

Nowhere Safe is also important because thanks to Up’s link, I now know about the Dove Foundation, which looks like the next generation of CAP Alert. Check out the Dove Foundation page on Nowhere Safe, which let’s us know that a girl who had falsely accused another girl is pelted with donuts. Besides being Dove approved, Nowhere Safe is Homer Simpson approved!

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Posted by Tars Tarkas - October 4, 2014 at 8:01 am

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Lifetime touches on eating disorders with Starving in Suburbia! #StarvingInSuburbia

Thinspiration Starving in Suburbia Lifetime

They’re having a party under the Tree of Souls from Avatar?


Starving in Suburbia (original title: Thinspiration) is another Lifetime feature about how the internet is dangerous, with a look at those disturbing websites that promote eating disorders, bulimia, and anorexia, commonly called thinspiration sites. Honestly, this is an internet demon that I don’t mind a movie taking on, because that stuff is gross and women already have enough body issues as it is, we don’t need peer pressure sites making girls more depressed about the way they look. But the new Starving in Suburbia title makes it sound like one of those memoirs people write that try to make their boring lives sound exciting.

If this film follows the usual track, Hannah’s friend and mentor ButterflyAna will probably die, though there is a chance that Hannah has a best friend who will be the one who dies.

Tara Miele writes and directs (Huzzah, a female director!), this is her third feature (she wrote and directed 2010’s The Lake Effect and also helmed 2013’s Gone Missing)

Starving in Suburbia stars Laura Wiggins, Izabella Miko, Emma Dumont, Marcus Giamatti, Callie Thorne, and Sharon Lawrence Laura Wiggins is best known from her role on Shameless, and was also in Lifetime’s The Cheating Pact. Izabella Miko is the star of Save the Last Dance 2 (yes, there was a 2!) and was also in Coyote Ugly. Emma Dumont had a role on the cult series Bunheads and also does competitive robot building! How cool is that? Callie Thorne is best remembered for Rescue Me.

When seventeen year old Hannah stumbles upon a website about Thinspiration— an online community devoted to anorexia as a life choice — she becomes an obsessive follower of the site founder, ButterflyAna. By the time Hannah’s family realizes what is happening and get Hannah the help she needs, the disease has fully taken hold and Hannah is refusing to eat. Will this family be able to exorcise the demon of anorexia from their lives, or is it too late?

Starving in Suburbia will premiere Saturday, April 26th on Lifetime. Let’s see if hashtag #StarvingInSuburbia trends like #DeathClique did!

via Lifetime

Thinspiration Starving in Suburbia Lifetime

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