Lisa’s Week In Review: 2/4/19 — 2/10/19

My favorite scene from All About Eve

That was quite a week that we just went through, wasn’t it?  Basically, for any future historians who have come across this post as a part of a research product, the week pretty much started out normally enough, with the President giving his annual State of the Union speech, and then, with each passing day, things all across this country just got more and more batshit crazy.  This was the week that proved that it’s a strange world.

But the important thing is that we all survived!

Here’s what I did while everyone else was making escape plans last week:

Movies I Watched:

  1. All About Eve (1950)
  2. American Boy: A Profile of Steve Prince (1978)
  3. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  4. Cobra Verde (1987)
  5. Crawlspace (1986)
  6. Crazy Rich Asians (2018)
  7. Extremities (1986)
  8. The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
  9. I Was A Teenage Serial Killer (1993)
  10. Ivanhoe (1952)
  11. Ladybug Ladybug (1963)
  12. The Last Days of Pompeii (1935)
  13. The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark (1980)
  14. A Letter To Three Wives (1949)
  15. Not of this Earth (1957)
  16. One Potato, Two Potato (1964)
  17. Quo Vadis? (1951)
  18. Rescue Dawn (2006)
  19. Simon of the Desert (1965)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days In
  2. The 61st Annual Grammy Awards
  3. The Bachelor 23
  4. California Dreams
  5. Celebrity Big Brother 2
  6. Charlie’s Angels
  7. Doctor Phil
  8. Face the Truth
  9. Ghost Whisperer
  10. Gilmore Girls
  11. Hell’s Kitchen
  12. Leah Remini and Scientology: The Aftermath
  13. Parking Wars
  14. The State Of Union Speech 2019
  15. Tales From the Royal Bedchamber
  16. Young Sheldon

Books I Read:

  1. Camelot’s End (2019) by Jon Ward
  2. Stranger Things: World Turned Upside Down (2018) by Matt and Ross Duffer

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adam Ant
  2. Adi Ulmansky
  3. Aurora
  4. Britney Spears
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Coldplay
  7. Hilary Duff
  8. Jessica Simpson
  9. Lorena B
  10. Mandy Moore
  11. Nancy Sinatra
  12. Texas
  13. UPSAHL

Links From Last Week:

  1. I continued to review Celebrity Big Brother over at the Big Brother Blog.
  2. I wrote about a weird dream I had about Ben Affleck.
  3. On my music site, I shared songs from Coldplay, Mandy Moore, Hilary Duff, Adi Ulmansky, more Adi Ulmansky, even more Adi Ulmansky, and Lorena B!
  4. On her photography site, Erin shared SMU Mustangs, Stampede, Across The Street, Sunset, Under a Limb, Go By By, and Abandoned.

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin profiled Mark Schneider and shared the following artwork: Don’t Wait For Love, Tormented Lovers, The Robot Lovers, Campus Lovers, The Lolita Lovers, Paid Lover, and Made For Loving.
  2. Gary shared his favorite Super Bowl commercial, paid tribute to Mamie Van Doren, and reviewed The Last Hurrah, Gorgo, and Frenzy!
  3. I paid tribute to Albert Finney and shared music videos from Texas, Aurora, Adi Ulmansky, Lorena B, The Chemical Brothers, UPSAHL, and Adam Ant!
  4. Ryan reviewed Brat and G.I. Joe: Sierra Muerte, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  5. Arleigh shared KPop from BOL4 and Ailee!

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

This is going to be a great week, everyone!  Not only do I have a lot of reviews scheduled to drop this week but it’s also almost time for the greatest holiday of all, Valentine’s Day!

(Oh hush, all you emotionally-wounded cynics! Valentine’s Day is the best!)

Weekly Reading Round-Up : 02/03/2019 – 02/09/2019, Four Firsts

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

It feels like it’s been awhile since we looked at “Wednesday Warrior” stuff in our Weekly Reading Round-Up, but given that I sampled four new series this past week, now’s probably as good a time as any to steer the focus of this column to the LCS new release racks —

The Girl In The Bay #1 is another “something old, something new” creative team combination of the sort Karen Berger and her protege, Shelly Bond, throw together for their imprints. Dark Horse’s Berger Books line is the imprint in question this time out, and the team is veteran (and consistently undervalued) scribe J.M. DeMatteis and relative “newbie” artist Corin Howell. The premise is intriguing — “hippie chick” gets murdered in 1969, comes back to life 30 minutes later, finds it’s 2019, and  that she didn’t actually die at all but is living out a fairly picturesque dotage in the…

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Music Video Of The Day: Cool Zombie by Adam Ant (2012, dir by Adam Ant and Adam Ross)

So, what’s going on here?

I have to admit that my initial response to this video was to make a joke about how it was a look at a typical Thursday night at Johnny Depp’s place but I actually like this video too much to be snarky about it.  It may be an odd video but it’s a good kind of odd, I think  You have to earn the right to indulge in the surreal but I think this song and the video have done just that.

Watching this video, I get the feeling that I’m not so much looking at the end of the world as I’m looking at the day after the end of the world.  Society’s gone.  All the good clothes are gone.  You just have to wear whatever you can find.  But the music is still playing and the boats are still drifting and that’s a good thing.  It’s interesting that one thing that every post-apocalyptic vision seems to share in common is that people still desire entertainment.

Myself, I’ve already made my plans in case society collapses.  It mostly involves watching movies until the Earth plunges into the sun.  I’m thinking I’ll probably want to watch comedies.  I mean, if you know the world’s about to end, I think you would want to laugh as much as possible before the end comes.  Then again, I imagine some people would want to spend the end of the world watching movies about the end of the world just so they can brag about the irony of it all on twitter right before bursting into flame.

While the song is bluesy number about Tennessee, the title is a reference to how Adam Ant felt under the influence of his bipolar medication.  Speaking as someone who shares the struggle, Cool Zombie is the perfect way to put it.