Lisa’s Week in Review: 6/11/18 — 6/17/18

Everyone but me is excited about the World Cup.  (Especially Alexandre Rothier!)  Here’s my feeling towards soccer:

In other news, this was another busy week so I didn’t get to do, watch, read, or write as much as I wanted to.  I was going to take some time here to write about the horror of getting stung by a fire ant while running around barefoot on Friday but then I learned that the TSL’s own Patrick Smith got bitten by a (nonvenomous) snake on Saturday and that kind of put everything in perspective.  Oh, and don’t worry, Pat survived!

Movies I Watched:

  1. Absolute Beginners (1986)
  2. The Book of Love (2016)
  3. Cropsey (2009)
  4. The Eyes of Laura Mars (1978)
  5. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
  6. Jaws 2 (1978)
  7. Kansas (1988)
  8. Less Than Zero (1987)
  9. Lost River (2015)
  10. Megiddo: The Omega Code 2 (2001)
  11. Over The Top (1987)
  12. Pharaoh’s Curse (1957)
  13. Psycho Ex-Girlfriend (2018)
  14. The Trial of Billy Jack (1974)
  15. What Haunts Us (2018)
  16. The Wrong Son (2018)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Archer
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Crime Watch Daily
  4. The Crown
  5. Degrassi
  6. Genius
  7. Ghost Whisperer
  8. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell and Back
  9. Intervention
  10. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  11. King of the Hill
  12. Legion
  13. Masterchef
  14. One Day At A Time
  15. Twin Peaks
  16. Twin Peaks: The Return

Books I Read:

  1. Baal (1978) by Robert McCammon
  2. Gable and Lombard (1974) by Warren Harris
  3. Night of the Living Dead: Behind the Scenes Of The Most Terrifying Movie Ever (2010) by Joe Kane

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adam Rickfors
  2. Adi Ulmansky
  3. Afrojack
  4. Angelo Badalamenti
  5. Arcade Fire
  6. Avicii
  7. The Black Keys
  8. Bob Dylan
  9. Calvin Harris
  10. Camila Cabello
  11. The Chemical Brothers
  12. Drake
  13. Icona Pop
  14. Jake Bugg
  15. Jakalope
  16. Julia Michaels
  17. Kedr Livanskiy
  18. Moby
  19. Robert DeLong
  20. Saint Motel
  21. St. Vincent
  22. Talking Heads
  23. Taylor Swift
  24. The Ting Tings
  25. Underworld

Links From Last Week:

  1. Is Degrassi: Next Class Renewed or Canceled?
  2. The 2018 Emmy Ballot!  Click here to see who and what has been submitted for Emmy consideration!
  3. I’m pretty sure that I can spot Robert De Niro in this picture.
  4. I shared a dream about the theater!  I also shared a recurring dream that I have about skipping school.

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin profiled the artist William Timmins!
  2. Gary reviewed 3 Randolph Scott films — The Tall T, Ride Lonesome, and Comanche Station — and took a look at a TV show called TJ Hooker!
  3. Jeff paid tribute to Martin Bregman and the opening scene of Scarface, along with sharing a round-up of the week’s film trailers and his 12 favorite trailers from E3!
  4. Ryan reviewed The Agency, Soft X-Ray/Mindhunters, and Sabrina, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!

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

My 12 Favorite Trailers From E3

Last week’s E3 saw the release of too many trailers for me to share them all in just one post but I would like to share the trailers for 12 games that I am especially looking forward to.  In alphabetical order, these are my 12 top trailers from this year’s E3:

  1. Anthem

2. Assassin’s Creed Odyssey

3. Beyond Good & Evil 2

4. Call of Cthulhu

5. Control

6. Cyberpunk 2077

7. Doom Eternal

8. Ghost of Tsushima

9. Marvel’s Spider-Man

10. Resident Evil 2

11. We Happy Few

12. Wolfenstein: Youngblood



Weekly Trailer Round-Up: Dumbo, The Grinch, Unfriended: Dark Web, The Little Stranger, The Nun, The Devil’s Doorway

Lisa asked me to do a round-up of all the trailer that were released this week and the first rule of working at Through the Shattered Lens is that when Lisa asks you to do something, you do it.

To start things off, here’s the trailer that everyone was talking about this week.  Tim Burton’s live action version of Dumbo looks like it could be something special.  I’ve seen a horse fly.  I’ve seen a dragon fly.  I’ve seen a house fly.  And now, on March 29th, 2019, I’ll finally see an elephant fly!

In this next trailer, Benedict Cumberbatch is The Grinch!  On November 9th, The Grinch’s heart will grow by three sizes.  Hopefully, a cardiologist will be on duty.

Unfriended: Dark Web is either a horror sequel or an extended LifeLock commercial.  Unfriended: Dark Web will be infecting a screen near you on July 20th.

Based on the novel by Sarah Waters and directed by Lenny (Room) Abrahamson, The Little Stranger will be visiting theaters on August 31st.

The Nun is being advertised as “the darkest chapter in The Conjuring Universe,” which is apparently now a thing just like the MCU and the DCEU.  Say a prayer for us all because The Nun will be hitting screens on September 7th.

If you liked the trailer for The Nun, you might want to go through The Devil’s Doorway with IFC Midnight on July 13th.

If you survive stepping through The Devil’s Doorway, consider pledging to The Row on July 27th.

And finally, coming to DVD soon, It Came From The Desert!

And that concludes this weekly trailer round-up!


A Scene That I Love: The Opening of Scarface

Produced by Martin Bregman, directed by Brian De Palma, written by Oliver Stone, and starring Al Pacino, the 1983 remake of Scarface is one of the best-known, most iconic gangster films ever made.  It opened to mixed reviews but it’s gone on to be recognized as a classic.  Everyone can quote the script:  “Say hello to my little friend!” “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women.”  “Say goodnight to the bad guy!”

Scarface starts with one of my favorite opening scenes of all time.  Powered by Giorgio Moroder’s score, the opening credits of Scarface play out over footage of the real-life Mariel boatlift.  Combined with footage of Fidel Castro ranting that Cuba does not need the Marielitos, this opening gives real-world credibility to everything that follows.  We then segue from the actual boatlift to Al Pacino as Tony Montana, answering questions with that shit-eating grin on his face.

Listen to the interrogation scene carefully and you’ll hear both Charles Durning and Dennis Franz, dubbing the lines of the actors who played the immigration agents.

4 Shots From 4 Films: In Memory of Martin Bregman

Long-time producer Martin Bregman died yesterday at the age of 92.  Bregman, who started out as a talent agent, was well-known for producing several of Al Pacino’s best films.  This edition of 4 Shots From 4 Films is dedicated to his memory.

4 Shots From 4 Films

Serpico (1973, directed by Sideny Lumet)

Dog Day Afternoon (1975, directed by Sidney Lumet)

Scarface (1983, directed by Brian De Palma)

Carlito’s Way (1993, directed by Brian De Palma)



Music Video of the Day: Born Slippy by Underworld (1996, dir by ?????)

Hi, everyone!

I don’t have much to say about this video, beyond the fact that I love the song.  Yesterday, I posted a video for this song that was released to go along with the 2015 re-release of Underworld’s Second Toughest In The Infants.  This, however, is the original video that was released for Born Slippy.

If the 2015 video celebrates Born Slippy as an athem, this video treats it as a very personal portrayal of emotion.