Lisa’s Week In Review: 12/3/18 — 12/9/18

I was on vacation last week so I missed most of the controversy over Kevin Hart being the host of the Oscars for 24 hours.  My personal opinion — and this is one that I’ve had for a while — is that the Oscars don’t need a host.  The host is usually dead weight and usually spends too much time bragging about the same industry that refused to hold Harvey Weinstein accountable until it absolutely had no other choice but to do so.  Instead of a host, just have someone announce each presenter’s name and what award they’re going to present.

Anyway, here’s my week in review.

Movies I Watched

  1. 22 July (2018)
  2. Early Man (2018)
  3. Hugo (2011)
  4. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
  5. Winchester (2018)

Television Shows I Watched

  1. The Apprentice
  2. A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol
  3. EastEnders
  4. The Graham Norton Show
  5. Holby City
  6. A Hotel for the Super Rich and Famous
  7. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here
  8. ITV News At Ten
  9. ITV New London
  10. Live at the Apollo
  11. The One Show
  12. Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
  13. Serial Killer With Piers Morgan
  14. Survivor 37
  15. Unsolved Mysteries

Books I Read

  1. Bitter (2018) by Francesca Jakobi
  2. Ghost Virus (2018) by Graham Masterson

Music To Which I Listened

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Adam Rickfors
  3. Adi Ulmansky
  4. Afrojack
  5. Alessia Cara
  6. Alex Winston
  7. Ariana Grande
  8. Ava Max
  9. Avicii
  10. Big Data
  11. The Black Keys
  12. Blanck Mass
  13. Bloc Party
  14. Blur
  15. Calvin Harris
  16. The Chainsmokers
  17. The Chemical Brothers
  18. Daft Punk
  19. David Guetta
  20. DJ Judaa
  21. DJ Snake
  22. Elle King
  23. Gwen Stefani
  24. The Killers
  25. Lindsey Stirling
  26. Moby
  27. New Order
  28. Public Service Broadcasting
  29. Pulp
  30. Purity Ring
  31. Saint Motel
  32. Sia
  33. Skating Polly
  34. Sleigh Bells
  35. The Struts
  36. Talking Heads
  37. Taylor Swift
  38. Thom Yorke
  39. The Ting Tings
  40. Underworld

Links From Last Week

  1. On my music site, I shared songs from Big Data, Skating Polly, Alex Winston, Lindsey Stirling, and Alessia Cara.
  2. Erin shared the following pictures on her photography site: Happy, Christmas Trees, Christmas Dream, Frozen Fire Hydrant 2011, A Path To A Christmas House, Curved Street 2011, and Black-and-White Street!
  3. Erin wrote about the latest episode of Survivor for the Reality TV Chat Blog!
  4. Will Write For Food: The Freelance Stories of Derrick Ferguson
  5. Erik Anderson of Awards Watch wrote a bit about the Kevin Hart.

Links From The Site

  1. Erin reviewed Finding Santa and profiled Bernard Barton.  She also shared the following artwork: La Traición tiene Curvas, The Dangerous One, Swamp Hoyden, The Case of the Constant God, The Case of the One-Eyed Witness, Ward Nurse, and the Loves of Dr. Devere!
  2. Gary reviewed Stir Crazy, Tension, and Drunken Master and paid tribute to Ken Berry!
  3. Jeff shared music videos from George Harrison, Madness, The Rolling Stones, Def Leppard, R.E.M., Journey, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts!
  4. I shared the trailer for The Avengers: Endgame and also my thoughts on the Golden Globe nominations!
  5. Arleigh shared the trailer for Captain Marvel!
  6. Ryan continued his look back at 2018 with his top ten contemporary collections, vintage collections, special mentions, and graphic novels!

Click here to see what I did last week!

It’s Always Sunny As The Philadelphia Film Critics Pick Roma!

On Saturday, The Philadelphia Film Critics announced their picks for the best of 2018.  And, once again, it was Roma that picked up the top prize.  However, the Philadelphians did break with tradition by not selecting Ethan Hawke for Best Actor or Lady Gaga for Best Actress.  Instead, those prizes went to Christian Bale (Vice) and Viola Davis (Widows).

Best Movie: ROMA

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Actor: Christian Bale, Vice

Best Actress: Viola Davis, Widows 

Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Foreign Film: ROMA (Mexico)

Best Animated Film: Incredibles 2

Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

Best Cinematography: ROMA (Alfonso Cuarón)

Best Breakthrough Performance: Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk 

Best Directorial Debut: Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You 

Best Script: Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give 

Best Score/Soundtrack: Suspiria (Thom Yorke)

Elaine May Award: RBG

Steve Friedman Award: Black Panther


The Chicago Film Critics Association Makes Roma An Offer It Can’t Refuse

Last night, the Chicago Film Critics announced their picks for the best of 2018!  Like many other critic groups, they selected ROMA as the best film of 2018.  (They also picked Olivia Colman for Best Supporting Actress, though she’s being pushed for an Oscar nominations for Best Actress for her role in The Favourite.)

Ethan Hawke for First Reformed is coming on strong, as far as the precursors are concerned.  Right now, I’m assuming First Reformed will do well when the Oscar nominations are announced but the fact that the film was not only snubbed but apparently loathed by the Golden Globe voters does give me reason to wonder if maybe we could see a repeat of what happened with Nightcrawler (i.e., a film and a performance loved by the critics but totally ignored by the Academy).

Check out their nominations here and then check out the winners below!


Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Toni Collette, Hereditary

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins

First Reformed by Paul Schrader

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Minding the Gap


The Favourite

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron


If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell


Ari Aster, Hereditary

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade


The Toronto Film Critics Association Honors ROMA!

The word out of Canada is that, earlier today, the Toronto Film Critics Association met and picked ROMA as the best film of 2018!  Just like the L.A. Critics, Toronto picked Steven Yeun for best supporting actor, for his work in Burning.

Here’s a full list of the winners in Toronto!

Best Picture: ROMA
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Best Actress: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Best Supporting Actor: Steven Yeun (Burning)
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Best Screenplay: The Favourite and First Reformed (tie)
Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Animated Feature: Isle of Dogs
Best Foreign Language Film: Burning
Best First Feature: Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You)

Love you, Canada!

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle Embraces Roma and Orson Welles!

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle announced their pics for the best of 2018 earlier today.  They picked Roma for Best Picture and they also rightfully honored Orson Welles for his work on The Other Side of the Wind.

Check out a list of their nominees here and check out the winners below!

Best Picture: ROMA

Best Director: Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)

Best Actor: Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)

Best Actress: Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Supporting Actor: Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader (First Reformed)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Charlie Watchel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)

Best Film Editing: Bob Murawski and Orson Welles (The Other Side of the Wind)

Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)

Best Production Design: Hannah Bleacher (Black Panther)

Best Foreign Language Film: ROMA

Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Marlin Riggs Award (for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community): Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You)

Special Citation Award (for and under-appreciated independent film): The Endless – a genre-bending story of emotionally estranged brothers starring and directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead


The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Embrace Roma, Debra Granik, and Steven Yeun!

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association announced their picks for the best of 2018 earlier today and guess who picked up their award for Best Supporting Actor?

Steven Yeun!

That’s right.  As sad as we all were to see Glenn brutally murdered on The Walking Dead, at least we can find some happiness in the fact that Steven Yeun’s career has prospered since leaving the show.  Yeun won the LAFCFA’s Best Supporting Actor prize for his role in the Korean film, Burning.  The LAFCA liked Burning quite a bit actually.  It also came in second for the Best Picture prize, an award that was won by Roma.

Finally, Debra Granik won Best Director for her work on Leave No Trace, making her the first woman to win the directing prize of a major critics group this year.

Here are the winners!

Best Picture – ROMA
Runner up: Burning

Best Director – Debra Granik (Leave No Trace)
Runner up: Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)

Best Actor – Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Runner up: Ben Foster (Leave No Trace)

Best Actress – Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Runner up: Toni Collette (Hereditary)

Best Supporting Actor – Steven Yeun (Burning)
Runner up: Hugh Grant (Paddington 2)

Best Supporting Actress – Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Runner up: Elizabeth Debicki (Widows)

Best Screenplay – Nicole Holofcener and Jeff Whitty (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)
Runner up: Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (The Favourite)

Best Production Design – Hannah Beachler (Black Panther)
Runner up: Fiona Crombie (The Favourite)

Best Editing –  Joshua Altman and Bing Liu (Minding the Gap)
Runner up: Alfonso Cuarón and Adam Gough (ROMA)

Best Cinematography – Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)
Runner up: James Laxton (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Best Music Score – Nicholas Britell (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Runner up: Justin Hurwitz (First Man)

Best Foreign Language Film – Burning and Shoplifters (tie)

Best Documentary/Non-Fiction Film – Shirkers
Runner up: Minding the Gap

Best Animation – Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse
Runner up: Incredibles 2

New Generation – Chloé Zhao (The Rider)

Special CitationThe Other Side of the Wind

Douglas Edwards Independent/Experimental Film/Video – Evan Johnson, Galen Johnson and Guy Maddin (The Green Fog)

Career Achievement (previously announced) – Hayao Miyazaki

Four Color Apocalypse 2018 Year In Review : Top Ten Original Graphic Novels

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

So — here we are. The end of the road as far as our year-end “Top 10” lists go and, I would imagine, the one of most interest to the greatest number of readers — my picks for favorite original graphic novels of 2018, emphasis on the word “original.” One of our selections started life as a mini-comic, but was fleshed out greatly to become what it is today, while everything else on the list is a wholly original, not-previously-serialized work, designed and constructed especially for release in the “graphic novel” format. I think that’s about all the preamble required, so pardon me while I roll up my sleeves and type my ass off for a few minutes —

10. Monkey Chef By Mike Freiheit (Kilgore Books) – Our resident “rule-breaker” is first out of the gate, a book whose eventual greatness was hinted at in some self-published minis, but…

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Music Video of the Day: Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy by Kid Creole & The Coconuts (1982, directed by ????)

Today’s music video of the day finds the world’s best-dressed salsa artist in a whole heap of trouble… Why has Kid Creole been kidnapped by a group of New Wave Amazons who are now threatening to hang him in a warehouse?  Their leader is Annie and she wants Kid Creole to admit that he is her father.  The Kid, however, says differently.

Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy is often compared to Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean, though Annie came out a few months before Jackson’s song.  Much like Billie JeanAnnie, I’m Not Your Daddy features its singer denying being the father of a child.  The big difference is that, while Jackson’s song was inspired by a fan who swore that Jackson had fathered her child, Kid Creole has stated that his song is in no way autobiographical.  The lyrics of Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy are also considerably more savage than Billie Jean‘s but, because of the song’s upbeat sound, you don’t really notice until you read them:

They say that all is fair in love and war and child, believe it
When mama stayed in St. Tropez, she had a fall or two
And I’m telling it to you straight
So you don’t have to hear it in another way

Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy
Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy

They say that out of sight is out of mind and child, believe it
Your mama was in search of love, but all she got was used
And I’m telling it to your face
So you don’t have to hear it in another place
Bring it to me gently now
Don’t forget, I’m just a child

Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy (mama’s baby’s papa’s baby)
Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy (mama’s baby’s papa’s baby)

See, if I was in your blood then you wouldn’t be so ugly

I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a
I don’t wanna, I don’t wanna be a

Yes, I’m telling it to you straight
So you don’t have to hear it in another way
Bring it to me gently now
Don’t forget, I’m just a child

Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy (mama’s baby’s papa’s baby)
Oh Annie
I’m not your daddy (mama’s baby’s papa’s baby)

Kid Creole (real name: Thomas August Darnell Browder) has said that the income royalties off of this song alone are enough for him to live comfortably for the rest of his life.  The third and final single from the album Tropical Gangsters, Annie, I’m Not Your Daddy peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart and it reached number 18 on the U.S. Club Play Chart.