Lisa’s Week in Review: 6/4/18 — 6/10/18

I could go on and on about everything that went wrong this week but instead, I’ll just commit myself to making next week better for me and everyone else!  Peace be with you.

Movies I Watched

  1. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
  2. Barton Fink (1991)
  3. Cafe Flesh (1982)
  4. Defense of the Realm (1986)
  5. The Departed (2006)
  6. Desperate Hours (1990)
  7. Donnie Brasco (1997)
  8. The End of Violence (1997)
  9. Evidence of Blood (1998)
  10. The French Lieutenant’s Woman (1981)
  11. Horror Island (1941)
  12. In The Time of the Butterflies (2001)
  13. The LEGO Movie (2014)
  14. The LEGO Batman Movie (2017)
  15. The Man In The Iron Mask (1998)
  16. Paparazzi (2004)
  17. Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
  18. The Son’s Room (2001)
  19. Stalked By My Doctor (2015)
  20. Stalked By My Doctor: The Return (2016)
  21. Stalked By My Doctor: Patient’s Revenge (2018)
  22. Suspiria (1977)

Television Shows I Watched

  1. Archer
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Dance Moms
  4. Doctor Phil
  5. Fear The Walking Dead
  6. Ghost Whisperer
  7. Intervention
  8. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  9. King of the Hill
  10. Legion
  11. Murder Comes To Town
  12. Saved By The Bell
  13. Succession
  14. Westworld

Books I Read

  1. Atticus Finch (2018) by Joseph Crespino
  2. Bachelor Nation (2018) by Amy Kaufman
  3. The Echo Killing (2018) by Christi Daugherty

Music To Which I Listened

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Adi Ulmansky
  3. Avicii
  4. Big Data
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Calvin Harris
  7. Chelsea Jade
  8. The Chemical Brothers
  9. Confidence Man
  10. The Crystal Method
  11. David Strange
  12. Dillon Francis
  13. Dropkick Murphys
  14. Fiona Apple
  15. Godhead
  16. Haim
  17. Jakalope
  18. Kedr Livanskiy
  19. The Killers
  20. Moby
  21. Muse
  22. Phantogram
  23. Saint Motel
  24. Sleigh Bells
  25. Summer Cannibals
  26. Talking Heads
  27. Taylor Swift
  28. Zack Attack

Links From Last Week

  1. Anthony Bourdain’s Extreme Empathy
  2. Anthony Bourdain, Kate Spade, And The Question of Why
  3. The Rise and Rise of Suicide: We Must Remove The Stigma of Mental Illness
  4. I shared a dream about ants.
  5. On her photography site, my sister shared a picture of the roadwork that started in March and is apparently never going to end.

Links From The Site

  1. I shared my monthly Oscar predictions and paid tribute to the first “Bond girl,” Eunice Grayson!
  2. Erin took a look at the work of Bradshaw Crandell and the covers of Speakeasy Stories!
  3. Gary reviewed Safe In Hell, Three Men On A Horse, the song “Smell of Incense,” and Thirteen Women!
  4. Ryan reviewed The Ideal Copy and Poochytown and shared his weekly reading round-up!

Want to see what I watched, read, and listened to last week?  Click here!

Lisa’s Early Oscar Predictions for June

We’re nearly halfway through 2018 and it’s time for me to once again post my somewhat random Oscar predictions!

As usual, these predictions are a combination of instinct or wishful thinking.  Do I really think that Orson Welles’s final film will dominate the Oscars?  Well, why not?  It’d be a great story if it happened.  The same goes for Black Panther becoming the first comic book movie to receive a best picture nomination.  It’d be nice if it happened and, with most of the contenders still unseen, there’s no reason to arbitrarily dismiss the film’s chances.

Based on the reaction that it received at Cannes, I’ve added Spike Lee’s BlackKklansman to my list of predicted best picture nominees.

As always, take these predictions with a grain of salt.  Some of these films and performers will be nominated.  (First Man, for instance, seems like a lock.)  Many of them will not.  If nothing else, my monthly predictions always seem to be useful for a good laugh in retrospect.  And there’s nothing wrong with that!  The predictions that don’t come true are often even more fun than the predictions that do.

It should also be remembered that some of the films listed below don’t even set release dates yet.  Some of them might not even open this year.  There are other films — like Burden — that seems like they should be contenders but they’ve yet to get a distributor.  And then there’s Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, which is scheduled to be released by Netflix in 2019 but it’s always possible that film could be moved up on the schedule.  If The Irishman does get a last-minute December release, chances are that the Oscar race will be dramatically altered.

Or maybe not.  Remember how Silence was a front runner all through 2016, just to end up with one nomination?  It’s hard to predict which films will have “that Barton Fink feeling.”

(Yes, I’m currently watching Barton Fink.  Thinking about the Oscars will enjoying a film from the Coen Brothers?  Life is good, as my twitter girl crush often puts it.)

Please be sure to check out my predictions for January, February, March, April, and May.

Best Picture


Black Panther

Boy Erased

First Man

If Beale Street Could Talk

Mary, Queen of Scots

The Other Side of the Wind

A Star is Born

White Boy Rick


Best Director

Damien Chazelle for First Man

Barry Jenkins for If Beale Street Could Talk

Spike Lee for BlackKklansman

Steve McQueen for Widows

Orson Welles for The Other Side of the Wind

Best Actor

Steve Carell in Beautiful Boy

Bradley Cooper in A Star is Born

Willem DaFoe in At Eternity’s Gate

Ryan Gosling in First Man

Robert Redford in The Old Man & The Gun

Best Actress

Viola Davis in Widows

Felicity Jones in On The Basis of Sex

Melissa McCarthy in Can You Ever Forgive Me?

Chloe Grace Moretz in The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Saoirse Ronan in Mary, Queen of Scots

Best Supporting Actor

Timothee Chalamet in Beautiful Boy

Russell Crowe in Boy Erased

Adam Driver in BlackKklansman

Sam Elliott in A Star is Born

Michael B. Jordan in Black Panther

Best Supporting Actress

Claire Foy in First Man

Nicole Kidman in Boy Erased

Regina King in If Beale Street Could Talk

Margot Robbie in Mary, Queen of Scots

Sissy Space in The Old Man & The Gun

Music Video Of The Day: Laugh It Off by Chelsea Jade (2018, dir by Alexander Gandar)

I’ll be honest.

From the minute this video started, I was thinking about Kyle MacLachlan and Sheryl Lee driving across the country during the final episode of Twin Peaks: The Return.  In fact, all of the night driving scenes pretty much put in the mood for more Twin Peaks.

It’s a good song, too!