Lisa’s Week In Review: 3/18/19 — 3/24/19


Bleh.  I might to watch a lot of movies and write a lot of reviews today but, as I sit here writing this, I am currently so sick that even looking at the glowing screen of my laptop gives my motion sickness.  Like seriously, I had to take a Dramamine just to be able to move the arrow across the screen.  Hopefully, I’ll be a bit better tomorrow.

Tragically, we lost both John Carl Buechler and Larry Cohen this week.  Buechler’s audio commentary for Friday the 13th Part VIII, which he recorded with Kane Hodder, is a favorite of mine.  As for Larry Cohen, he was a true maverick and his independent spirit represented the best of American cinema.  My favorite Cohen film?  God Told Me To.

Films I Watched:

  1. A Daughter’s Deception (2019)
  2. The Atomic Submarine (1959)
  3. Behind the Curve (2018)
  4. Disclosure (1994)
  5. The Inventor (2019)
  6. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
  7. Lifeforce (1985)
  8. One Night With The King (2006)
  9. Queen of Blood (1966)
  10. Surf Party (1964)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. The 43
  3. American Idol
  4. A.P. Bio
  5. Bar Rescue
  6. Brooklyn Nine NIne
  7. Crazy Ex-Girlfriend
  8. The Disappearance of Madeleine McCann
  9. Dynasty
  10. The Fix
  11. Ghost Whisperer
  12. Ireland’s Wild Coast
  13. King of the Hill
  14. Saved By The Bell
  15. Superstore
  16. Survivor 38
  17. The Voice
  18. World Figure Skating Championship
  19. World of Dance

Books I Read:

  1. Hollywood’s Eve (2019) by Lili Anolik

Music To Which I Listened

  1. Adi Ulmnasky
  2. AJR
  3. Armin van Buuren
  4. Avicii
  5. Avril Lavigne
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Britney Spears
  8. The Chemical Brothers
  9. The Crystal Method
  10. DJ Judaa
  11. Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova
  12. Kevin Garrett
  13. Moby
  14. P!nk
  15. Phantogram
  16. Rita Ora
  17. Robert De Long
  18. Sleigh Bells
  19. Swedish House Mafia
  20. Susana
  21. Tiesto

Links From Last Week

  1. Larry Cohen dies at 77.
  2. John Carl Buechler dies at 66.
  3. High Schoolers Perform Stunning Play Based on Ridley Scott’s Alien
  4. The Director Who Doesn’t Care What You Think of His Movies
  5. Oregon Blockuster outlast all the others to become the last on Earth
  6. The musical ‘Oswald,’ with 27 songs and Broadway ambitions, will have its world premiere in Dallas
  7. Marvel Television Props & Costumes To Be Auctioned for the First Time Ever by Prop Store
  8. The 2020 Democratic Candidates as Michael Scott Quotes
  9. It’s official: Russiagate is this generation’s WMD
  10. Barbra Streisand says Michael Jackson’s accusers were ‘thrilled to be there’ and his ‘sexual needs were his sexual needs’
  11. Brute kicks elderly woman on Bronx train; bystanders take cell phone video and don’t help
  12. Showrunners, Screenwriters Back WGA in Agency Battle, Sides to Meet Again Tuesday
  13. We should probably talk about Lauren Duca
  14. I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  15. On my music site, I shared music from Avril Lavigne, The Chemical Brothers, AJR, Avril Lavigne again, P!nk, Bob Dylan, and Armin van Buuren!
  16. On her photography site, Erin shared: A, Flowers, Frog, For the Love of Trees, Watching the Sky, Bridge, and Peace.

Links From The Site

  1. Case reviewed Triple Frontier!
  2. Erin shared the covers of Clark Hulings and the final scene of Eight Men Out!  She also shared the following artwork: Nita’s Place, Murder on the Purple Water, Gehrig’s Final Farewell, The Guy From Coney Island, The Tigress, Thrilling Wonder Stories, and Argosy!
  3. Gary paid tribute to 20th Century Fox, Larry Cohen, and Harold Sakata and reviewed Three on a Match!
  4. Ryan reviewed Bronze Table of the Blade Masters and Doom Patrol, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  5. I shared music videos from Avicii, Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova, Armin van Buuren, Adi Ulmansky, The Crystal Method, Kevin Garrett, and P!nk.  I reviewed Disclosure, Captain Marvel, and The Inventor!  And I shared my Oscar predictions!

Want to see what I did last week?  Click here!

Have a great week, everyone!

RIP Larry Cohen: Maniacal Movie Maverick


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While everyone on TV and social media are babbling about The Mueller Report, I came across some bigger news: Larry Cohen has passed away at age 77. You can debate politics all you want, but you can’t debate the fact that Cohen was a true artist, despite working within Exploitation genres and dealing with budgetary limitations throughout most of his career. Cohen’s unique vision was his own, and he made some truly great films – some turkeys too, granted, but his overall batting average was high indeed.

I’ve written extensively on this blog about Cohen’s film and television work because I love his style. Like a cinematic Rumpelstiltskin, he frequently turned straw into gold. Born in Manhattan in 1941, Larry Cohen was obsessed with B-movies and hard-boiled fiction, and after graduating from CCNY with a degree in film studies, he got a job as a page at NBC. Cohen worked…

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Weekly Reading Round-Up : 03/17/2019 – 03/23/2019


Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

One more week, four more first issues — there’s patterns, there’s trends, then there’s ways of fucking life. In any case, enjoy this one ‘cuz for the first and probably only time in the history and future of this column we’ve got two — Marvel books this week? I shit you not. But we’re gonna save ’em for the end. First up —

You know that feeling when you just know you’re getting in on the ground floor of something great? Doesn’t happen often enough — I’m thinking Saga #1 had it, certainly Sandman #1 if you wanna go way back, but you know it when you see it — a book that hits the scene fully-formed, with a clear vision of what it is , where it’s going, what it will become in the future, all that. A completely-realized world  from top to bottom, everything thought through, from…

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