Lisa’s Week In Review: 4/23/18 — 4/29/18


Usually, I avoid discussing current events on this site but this has been such a chaotic week that I simply have to start out by mentioning everything that has happened since last Sunday.  Bill Cosby was finally convicted.  Tom Brokaw was finally exposed.  Kanye West tweeted that he loved Donald Trump and the people on both sides of the political divide lost their damn minds.  (And that was all just on Thursday!)  Meanwhile, the Korean War might be over and, as usual, an excessive amount of coverage and discussion was devoted to the annual White House Correspondents Dinner.  (If they had Nerd Prom in the 18th Century, the French Revolution would have stated a decade early.)

As for me,  this week has been a mix of good and bad.  The good part definitely included being interviewed on Ferguson Ink.  It also included Wednesday, which was Administrative Professionals Day.  The bad part has pretty much been this weekend, largely due to a combination of asthma and allergies.  Again, I had to put off my plans to review 28 classic Italian horror films.  Hopefully, I’ll be able to get a start on that project next week.

Anyway, here’s what I did accomplish:

Movies I Watched:

  1. The Amityville Horror (1979)
  2. The Apartment (1960)
  3. Cannibal Man (1971)
  4. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  5. Fiance Killer (2018)
  6. The Gumball Rally (1976)
  7. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
  8. Illegally Yours (1988)
  9. Kings Go Forth (1958)
  10. The Mean Season (1985)
  11. Nanny Killer (2018)
  12. Overboard  (1987)
  13. Saturday Night Fever (1977)
  14. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  15. Strange Days (1995)
  16. A View to a Kill (1985)

Television Show I Watched:

  1. Archer
  2. The Americans
  3. Ash vs Evil Dead
  4. Ask the Undertaker
  5. Atlanta
  6. Barry
  7. Brooklyn 99
  8. Crime Watch Daily
  9. Dead of Night
  10. Diabolical
  11. Evil Talks: Chilling Confessions
  12. Fear the Walking Dead
  13. Genius: Picasso
  14. Homeland
  15. Homide Hunter: Lt. Joe Kenda
  16. Howards End
  17. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  18. iZombie
  19. King of the Hill
  20. Legion
  21. Lucifer
  22. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
  23. Masterpiece Theater: Unforgotten II
  24. Model Killers
  25. New Girl
  26. Next
  27. Night Gallery
  28. The Office
  29. Roseanne
  30. Silicon Valley
  31. Survivor 36
  32. Survivor Pearl Islands
  33. The Terror
  34. Trust
  35. UnREAL
  36. Vanity Fair Confidential
  37. Westworld

Books I Read:

  1. Gun Love by Jennifer Clement

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adam Rickfors
  2. Afrojack
  3. Arcade Fire
  4. Armin Van Buuren
  5. Audioslave
  6. Autograf
  7. Avicii
  9. Big Data
  10. Bjork
  11. Blanck Mass
  12. Bob Dylan
  13. Calvin Harris
  14. Cedric Gervais
  15. The Chemical Brothers
  16. CUT__
  17. Daft Punk
  18. David Guetta
  19. Dillon Francis
  20. Eels
  21. Fiona Apple
  22. Florence + The Machine
  23. Goblin
  24. Hardwell
  25. Icona Pop
  26. Jakalope
  27. Jake Bugg
  28. James Newman
  29. Jay-Z
  30. The Killers
  31. Martin Garrix
  32. Mick Jagger
  33. Moby
  35. Nine Inch Nails
  36. No Doubt
  37. Phantogram
  38. Rita Ora
  39. Saint Motel
  40. Skrillex
  41. Spice Girls
  42. Steve Aoki
  43. Talking Heads
  44. William Control

Links From Last Week:

  1. Derrick Ferguson interviewed me for Ferguson Ink!
  2. From Sean Taylor: Political correctness and new pulp fiction
  3. From Pinky Guerrero: like, pretend your villain isn’t terribly empathic or something and Haunted Sleepover With The #LateNightMovie Gang!
  4. From The Guardian: After six months of #MeToo, the burning question seems to be: how soon can these guys come back?
  5. Unbelievable: Charlie Rose wants to host a show where he’ll interview other assholes who were exposed by Me Too.
  6. On her photography site, my sister shared The Ultimate Look of Contempt!
  7. Over at Sleeping Lisa, I wrote about a dream I had.
  8. In honor of National Poetry Month, I shared the following from Yeats: The Cold Heaven, Youth and Age, From The Antigone, September 1913, Byzantium, and The Second Coming!

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared The Covers of the Avenger!
  2. Gary reviewed The Beast With Five Fingers, Five Star Final, and Hardcore, along with taking a look at the song I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night)!
  3. Ryan reviewed The Avengers: Infinity War and The Pervert, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  4. I posted two brilliant reviews: Destroy All Monsters and The Bounty!
  5. Speaking of brilliant reviews, you have to check out Leonard’s in-depth look at Alien!

(Want to see what I accomplished last week?  Click here!)

Have a great week everyone!

What Lisa Watched Last Night #179: Fiance Killer (dir by Fred Olen Ray)

Last night, I turned over to the Lifetime Movie Network and watched the latest Lifetime movie, Fiance Killer!

Why Was I Watching It?

It was on Lifetime!  By now, y’all should know that I’ll watch anything that’s on Lifetime!

What Was It About?

So, Cameron (Felisha Cooper) is about to be very, very rich.  As soon as she turns 25, she’ll be coming into a huge inheritance!  On top of that, Cameron also has a new boyfriend.  His name is Brent (Adam Huss) and he runs a non-profit!  Or, at least, that’s what he says.  Cameron’s mother (Kari Wuhrer) doesn’t trust him.  In fact, she does a background check on him and comes away convinced that Brent is only interesting in Cameron’s money.  Of course, Cameron doesn’t believe that.  In fact, Cameron is so offended by her mother’s paranoia that she elopes with Brent!

Except, of course, mom is right.  Brent is after Cameron’s money.  Of course, Brent doesn’t really have it in him to commit murder.  However, his girlfriend, Lexi (Jean Louise O’Sullivan), definitely does…

What Worked?

Lexi is one of my favorite characters of all time!  Seriously, she must have undergone ninja training at some point because she could seriously just pop up anywhere.  Someone gets in a car and there’s Lexi in the back seat!  Someone goes down to the kitchen and there’s Lexi hiding behind the refrigerator.  My favorite thing about Lexi was that, for all of the intricate plotting that went into her scheme, she didn’t really seem to care whether it actually worked or not.  Lexi was an agent of pure chaos, less a schemer and more a revolutionary.  Jean Louise O’Sullivan had a lot of fun with the role.

What Did Not Work?

Obviously, with any Lifetime film, you’re going to have to suspend your disbelief to a certain extent but seriously, Cameron was occasionally too naive to be believed.  Maybe if she had been 18, I could have bought that she wouldn’t be able to see through Brent and his schemes.  But, by the time you turn 25, you really should know better.

“Oh my God!  Just like me!” Moments

Obviously, it would have been nice if I could have related to Cameron, who was a very nice person and always tried to do the best for everyone.  But, honestly, I could never do the whole eloping thing.  When I do get married, it’s going to be a huge wedding and I’m going to expect a lot of expensive gifts.  As well, I couldn’t ever marry someone who worked for a “non-profit” because bragging about working for a company that doesn’t make a profit just seems strange to me.

So, that pretty much left with me with little choice but to relate to Lexi.  Unfortunately, Lexi killed people and I’m not really into that either.  However, I do enjoy making a scene so I guess Lexi and I had that in common.

Lessons Learned

I should sign up for ninja training as soon as possible.  Admittedly, I might not be a very good ninja and I’m not really sure if there’s much ninja work available where I live but I’d still love to learn how to just pop up anywhere whenever I wanted to.  That seems like that could be a valuable skill to have.

The Covers of The Avenger

Long before Captain America, Iron Man, and Thor, Richard Henry Benson was The Avenger.  Benson was a globe-trotting adventurer and millionaire who, with his team of assistants, battled evil wherever he found it.  From 1939 to 1942, his adventures were detailed in The Avenger Magazine.  The majority were written by Paul Ernst under the pen named Kenneth Robeson.

There were 24 issues of The Avenger.  The majority of them featured covers by artist Harold Winfield Scott.  Have a look at a few of them below:

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

by Harold Winfield Scott

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Music Video of the Day: Human Behavior by Bjork (1993, dir by Michel Gondry)

A video featuring a human-sized toy bear beating up a hunter?

The question isn’t why wouldn’t I share this video.  The question is why haven’t I shared this video yet?

The song, of course, is a look at human behavior through the eyes of an animal.  Bjork had the following to say about the idea behind the video:

“Human Behaviour is an animal’s point of view on humans. And the animals are definitely supposed to win in the end. So why, one might ask, is the conquering bear presented as a man-made toy? I don’t know. I guess I just didn’t think it would be fair to force an animal to act in a video. I mean, that would be an extension of what I’m against.”

This was the first video on which Michel Gondry and Bjork collaborated.  (Gondry, of course, would later direct Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind.)  Gondry had the following to say about the video:

“When we did our first video, for “Human Behaviour”, I was thinking: “Great, we’re going to Iceland and we’re going to shoot a lot of great landscape.” And she [Björk] said no – she had a similar idea as my friend Etienne in Oui Oui, she wanted to use animals to reflect human nature. And it was great, because as soon as she started to throw some ideas, they started to bounce in my mind and imagination and I immediately came back with other ideas, and we did a video that was very collaborative. “

So, there you have it.  The animals always win in the end.