Lisa’s Week In Review — 5/28/18 — 6/3/18


What a week!  A news cycle dominated by Roseanne Barr, Samantha Bee, and Joy Reid served to remind us that we live in a world full of stupid people.  Meanwhile, down here in Texas, the temperature shot up to the triple digits and I’ve still got about 300 things on my To-Do list that I need to get done.  Bleh.

Oh well.  Here’s what I did accomplish this week:

Movies I Watched:

  1. An American Hippie in Israel (1972)
  2. The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
  3. Cry of the Werewolf (1944)
  4. The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
  5. The Intern (2015)
  6. The Internship (2013)
  7. Just Like A Country Song (2014)
  8. Nightclub Secrets (2018)
  9. The Omega Code (1999)
  10. Peter Rabbit (2018)
  11. The Reptile (1966)
  12. Rome, Open City (1945)
  13. Solo (2018)
  14. Solomon and Sheba (1959)
  15. The Square (2017)
  16. Stalked By A Reality Star (2018)
  17. Suspect (1987)
  18. Vinyl (1965)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Americans
  2. Antiques Roadshow
  3. The Bachelorette
  4. Bar Rescue — Who is this schmuck and why does he have a show?
  5. Burning Love
  6. Children’s Hospital
  7. Dance Moms
  8. Evil’s Embrace
  9. Extreme Measures
  10. Genius
  11. Ghost Whisperer
  12. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia — I saw the very first episode this week.  Charlie wasn’t quite as a dumb as he would later become.  In fact, in the beginning, Mac was the really dumb one.
  13. iZombie
  14. King of the Hill
  15. Legion
  16. Lucifer
  17. Master Chef
  18. Patrick Melrose
  19. Robot Chicken
  20. Sweetbitter
  21. Trust
  22. Twin Peaks: The Return — Showtime rebroadcast the entire series on Saturday!  Since it was 110 degrees outside, I was more than happy to stay inside and watch.
  23. Vida
  24. Westworld — William has got to be a host!  He’s been shot at least six times since the rebellion started and he’s still not slowing down.
  25. Your Worst Nightmare

Books I Read:

  1. Bob Honey Who Do Stuff (2018) by Sean Penn
  2. Fade to Black (2018) by David Rosenfelt

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Blanck Mass
  3. Blondie
  4. Bob Dylan
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. The Crystal Method
  7. Confidence Man
  8. Damien Carter
  9. Dean Drouillard
  10. Dita Von Teese
  11. Fiona Apple
  12. Jakalope
  13. Kedr Livanskiy
  14. Lindsey Stirling
  15. Moby
  16. Radiohead
  17. Richard Bedford
  18. t.A.T.u
  19. Tomoyasu Hotei
  20. Trace Adkins

Links From Last Week:

  1. Over at Sleeping Lisa, I shared a dream about being lost in London and a dream about the Vatican.
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared a picture of a world in motion.
  3. At Jordan & Eddie, a look back at the films of 2006!
  4. From B Noir Detour: Ridin’ the Crime Wave with Gene Nelson!

Links From The Site:

  1. My sister Erin posted In Honor of Memorial Day and profiled Alan Bean and George Mayers!
  2. Gary was busy this week!  He reviewed The Devil’s Brigade, How To Stuff A Wild Bikini, The Killing, and His Girl Friday!  He also took a look at The Ballad of Green Berets and Josh Karp’s Orson Welles’s Last Movie!
  3. Ryan reviewed Somnambulance, Armenian Haunting, and Lovecraft: The Myth of Cthulhu, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  4. I wrote about what lies in the future for The Walking Dead now that Andrew Lincoln is leaving!

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

What Lisa Watched Last Night #181: Nightclub Secrets (dir by Joe Menendez)


Last night, I watched the latest Lifetime Movie Network premiere, Nightclub Secrets!

Why Was I Watching It?

Because it was on the Lifetime Movie Network, of course!

However, I also have to say that I really liked the title.  Usually, whenever the word “secrets” appears in the title of a Lifetime movie, it’s a good sign.  And, let us not forget, this title not only promised us secrets but nightclub secrets as well!  As anyone who has watched 54 can tell you, nightclubs are full of secrets…

What Was It About?

It’s the story of two sisters and their alcoholic mother.  Rachel (Rachel Hendrix) is wild and does mysterious things.  Zoe (Kate Mansi) reads mysteries and teaches a creative writing class, in which she encourages her students to be sadists when it comes to coming up with difficulties for their characters to overcome.

It’s also the story of a murder.  When Zoe is informed that Rachel’s been murdered, she decides to investigate her sister’s secret life.  It leads to the shy and repressed Zoe getting a job as a “bottle girl” at the same nightclub where her sister worked.  How many secrets can you fit in a nightclub?  It’s time for Zoe to find out!

What Worked?

I liked the sibling relationship between Rachel and Zoe.  It rang true and it’s authenticity provided some needed depth to the film’s plot.  Kate Mansi, who played Zoe, has done a quite a few Lifetime films and always does a good job of striking the right balance between emotional honesty and melodramatic fun.  As well, I thought Gigi Rice did a good job playing the alcoholic mother.

Towards the end of the film, there was an enjoyably absurd twist.  I won’t spoil it in this review but it was still fun, even if it did demand quite a suspension of disbelief.

What Did Not Work?

For a movie that was called Nightclub Secrets, the film really didn’t feature enough secrets about the nightclub.  I was hoping for something that would be a little bit more fun and sordid like Confessions of a Go Go Girl or maybe Babysitter’s Black Book.  Instead, this movie was a pretty much a standard Lifetime murder mystery that just happened to feature a nightclub.

“Oh my God!  Just like me!” Moments

I related to both of the sisters.  I can be wild like Rachel.  I can be shy like Zoe.  Zoe and I both love solving a mystery.  That said, I don’t know if I’d ever want to work in a nightclub, if just because I’m not a huge fan of crowds, drunks, or, for that matter, working.  So, if I got a job in a nightclub, I supposed it would have to be one of those struggling nightclubs that no one ever goes to.  Of course, those nightclubs always go out of business after a few weeks so it probably really wouldn’t be worth the trouble to even apply for the job.

On an unrelated note, I used to live near a nightclub where you were required to bring your tax return if you wanted to get inside.  If you didn’t make a certain amount of money, you weren’t allowed to enter.  Needless to say, on any given night, you could find the least likable people in the world standing in line outside of the place.  If any business was ever begging to be the target of a wacky, Ocean’s 11-style heist, it was that place.  Of course, the last time I drove by there, it had been turned into a Gold’s Gym.

Lessons Learned

It’s not easy being a bottle girl.

Music Video of the Day: Confidence Man — Out The Window (2018, dir by ????)


This song can be found on Confidence Man’s debut album, Confident Music For Confident People.

They’re a Melbourne-based band, one that recently announced that “There’s not enough dork in dance music nowadays.”  They’re absolutely correct.  Dance music should be fun and it should be random and it definitely shouldn’t take itself too seriously.  Read more about the wonderful dorkiness of Confidence Man by clicking here!

Enjoy!