Lisa’s Week In Review: 9/10/18 — 9/16/18


I hope everyone is safe and dry as this week comes to a close.  Hurricane Florence has been pounding both the Carolinas and Virginia, the home of not only TSL contributor of Patrick Smith but also several of our readers!  All of you are in the thoughts of the Shattered Lens.

At least it’s almost October…

Movies I Watched:

  1. American Animals (2018)
  2. BlackKklansman (2018)
  3. David Bowie: The Last Five Years (2018)
  4. Fame (1980)
  5. Footsteps in the Night (1957)
  6. Mom and Dad (2018)
  7. The Happytime Murders (2018)
  8. Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)
  9. Rodan (1956)
  10. Youth Runs Wild (1944)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. American Horror Story
  2. Antiques Roadshow
  3. Bachelor in Paradise
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. Better Call Saul
  6. Big Brother 20
  7. The Bold and the Beautiful
  8. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century
  9. Cheaters
  10. The Deuce
  11. Doctor Phil
  12. Face the Truth
  13. The Final Cut
  14. Ghost Whisperer
  15. GLOW
  16. House Hunters
  17. Inside Story: Halloween
  18. Inside Story: Jaws
  19. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  20. Jack Ryan
  21. The Office
  22. The Purge
  23. Saved By The Bell
  24. Say Yes To The Dress
  25. Seinfeld
  26. So You Think You Can Dance
  27. Strange Evidence
  28. The Talk
  29. The Wild Wild West
  30. Wonder Woman
  31. You
  32. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. First Among Equals (1984) by Jeffrey Archer
  2. A Very English Scandal (2016) by John Preston

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Adam Rickfors
  3. Adi Ulmansky
  4. Afrojack
  5. Alvin Risk
  6. Amy Winehouse
  7. Arcade Fire
  8. Armin van Buuren
  9. Ashlee Simpson
  10. Avril Lavigne
  11. Big Data
  12. Blanck Mass
  13. Bloc Party
  14. Britney Spears
  15. Cage the Elephant
  16. Calvin Harris
  17. Cedric Gervais
  18. The Chemical Brothers
  19. Chrysta Bell
  20. Coldplay
  21. Daft Punk
  22. David Bowie
  23. Dillon Francis
  24. DJ Judaa
  25. DJ Snake
  26. Elle King
  27. Fiona Apple
  28. Fitz and the Tantrums
  29. Hardwell
  30. Harrison
  31. The Heavy
  32. Jakalope
  33. Jake Bugg
  34. Jessica Simpson
  35. The Killers
  36. Lindsey Stirling
  37. Martin Garrix
  38. Moby
  39. Phantogram
  40. P!nk
  41. Public Service Broadasting
  42. Robert DeLong
  43. Saint Motel
  44. St. Vincent
  45. Steve Aoki
  46. Swedish House Mafia
  47. Taylor Swift
  48. Tina Arena
  49. Thom Yorke
  50. Zedd

Links From Last Week:

  1. Fundraiser for the Freinds of Vanessa Marquez Memorial
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared On the Other Side, The Lake, Cascade, Lone Star, Turtle, The Flowers Have Returned, and Downtown Tree.
  3. On my music site, I shared music from Adi Ulmansky, Arthur H, Phantogram, Steve Aoki, Robert DeLong, Ashlee Simpson, and The Killers.
  4. TCM’S October Schedule
  5. SYFY’s Octoebr Schedule
  6. An Interview with Steve Zahn
  7. Ranking Black Panther’s Oscars Chances In Each Category
  8. Omarosa ‘Manipulated’ Actor Michael Clarke Duncan in His Final Days, Say Family and Friends
  9. Leonard Maltin claims Michael Moore stiffed, slandered workers
  10. CBS Big Brother 20 ushers in a new CTO while pushing out their CEO
  11. Les Moonves’s Had The Golden Ticket and Everyone Knew It
  12. ‘Designing Women’ Creator Goes Public With Les Moonves War: Not All Harassment Is Sexual
  13. Jeff Fager Out At 60 Minutes
  14. Julie Chen Gets Destroyed On Twitter
  15. Asia Argento Accuser Jimmy Bennett Faced Sexual-Misconduct Claim in the Past

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared more covers from Hard Case Crime and the following artwork: Girls Without Men, Twin Tower Sunrise, The Love Trap, Naked To My Past, The Bored Young Wives, Tawny, and The Americanization of Emily.
  2. Gary reviewed Black Caesar, Blonde Venus, I Fought The Law, and Hang ‘Em High.
  3. Jeff shared music videos from Beck, R.E.M., and Skid Row!  He also shared the weekly trailer round-up!
  4. I shared trailers for Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story and The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, along with music videos from St. Vincent, Blanck Mass, Harrison, and Thom Yorke.
  5. Pantsukudasai56 told you why you should be watching Asobi Asobase!
  6. Ryan reviewed Roly Poly, Puppy Love, and Cosmic BE-ing!  He also shared his weekly reading round-up!
  7. Arleigh reviewed Predators and shared the trailer for The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!

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Trailer Round-Up: Captive State, The Beach Bum, The Boat, Her Smell


This week, we have already shared trailers for Fuck You All: The Uwe Boll Story, The Ballad of Buster Scruggs, and The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Here’s the best of the rest:

Captive State is the latest science fiction epic from director Rupert Wyatt.  Wyatt previously proved himself with Rise of the Planet of the Apes so I am looking forward to seeing what he can do with the story of an Earth that has been taken over by aliens.  Captive State will be released in March of 2019.

Harmony Korine returns to the beach with The Beach Bum.  Starring Matthew McConaughey, Zac Efron, and Snoop Dogg, this appears to be an unexpectedly light-hearted film from the mind behind Kids, Gummo, and Spring Breakers.  The Beach Bum will be released on March 22nd.

Judging from the trailer, The Boat appears to be Christine-in-the-water.  The Boat will be released on September 22nd.

Finally, a legendary punk rocker struggles to stay sober in Her Smell.  Judging from this teaser, it does not appear to be working.

Weekly Reading Round-Up : 09/09/2018 – 09/15/2018, The Latest From Mini Kus!


Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

It feels like it’s been awhile since out Latvian friends at Kus! unleashed a new foursome of Mini Kus! releases an an always-undeserving world, but fear not, they’re back with their latest set (#s 67-70, respectively, priced at $6 each — but I’ll hook you up with a link to buy them all together at a package discount price at the end of this Round-Up column), and I was particularly excited to check these out since they’re all by cartoonists whose work I’m more or less entirely unfamiliar with. Let’s see if they managed to make a fan of this grizzled old comics veteran —

First up is Mariana Pita’s Day Tour, an intriguing little story about the joys of doing nothing versus the sheer effort it takes to do even the most simple things sometimes. It’s an ambiguous tale, and in the end you’re left to wonder whether…

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Music Video of the Day: 18 and Life by Skid Row (1989, directed by Wayne Isham)


18 and Life was based on a true story, about an 18 year-old boy who accidentally shot his best friend with a gun that he thought he was unloaded and who was given a life sentence as a result.  Did the video do justice to the real-life tragedy?  Let’s break it down.

0:01 — The video starts in prison, with the usual tracking shot of men smoking behind bars.  Ricky is already serving his sentence, thinking about how his life got so messed up.

0:27 — At the time this song was recorded, Sebastian Bach was Skid Row’s lead singer.  In 1996, Bach was fired from Skid Row when he suggested they accept the opening spot on KISS’s latest tour.

0:34 — Ricky argues with his father, who probably wants him to do something lame like get a haircut.  If Ricky was a Nelson fan, he could have just gone into his room and waited for his poster of Matthew and Gunnar to come to life and give him a magic feather.  Instead, because he’s a Skid Row fan, he gets shoved through a glass door!

0:45 — Ricky ends up on the patio, where his best friend is waiting for him.  Fortunately, Ricky has not been injured by all of that broken glass so, after saluting his father, he and his friend go off to have some fun, 80s style.

1:16 — Secret handshakes, 80s style!.

1:27 — Hanging out, 80s style!

1:31 — Setting shit on fire, 80s style!

1:39 — Breaking and entering, 80s style!

1:46 — Shooting liquor bottles in an alley, 80s style!

1:51 — Not following common sense gun safety rules, 80s style!

2:00 — Wasting your life away in prison, 80s style!

2:09 — Vandalism, 80s style!

2:18 — Ricky is Tipper Gore’s worst nightmare.

2:23 — They’re back to playing with the gun.  Will these youngsters never learn?

2:34 — Is his friend begging or daring Ricky to shoot him?  This part of the video is open to interpretation.  In real life, the shooting happened because the gun was believed to be empty but, in this video, they’ve both been firing gun so they both know it’s loaded.

2:35 — Ricky has obviously read Watchmen, but he probably still doesn’t understand why Richard Nixon was still the president.

2:53 — Ricky shoots his only friend.  But why?  Ricky does not look shocked and we saw him firing the gun earlier so there is no reason to believe that Ricky, unlike the real person who inspired this song, didn’t know it was loaded.  Was Ricky crazy?  Was Ricky angry?  Or was Ricky just stupid?

3:13 — Ricky throws his gun into the fire, which has been raging for at least two days now.

3:26 — In 2017, Sebastian Bach announced that he was having a “singing-related” hernia operation because, in his own words, he literally “sang my guts out.”

3:37 — In prison, Ricky ponders how different his life would have been if he wasn’t an idiot.

3:49 — Did anyone ever put out that fire?  It looked serious.

This video was directed by Wayne Isham, who has been everyone’s go-to video director for decades.  The song was Skid Row’s biggest hit and it was also the most played video on MTV in 1989.