Lisa’s Week In Review: 2/11/19 — 2/17/19


So, my week was fantastic!  Valentine’s Day is one of my favorite holidays and this year, Jeff & I celebrated by going to see Casablanca at the Dallas Angelika.  Seriously, as good as Casablanca is, it’s even better when seen in a real movie theater.  The intrigue, the romance, the grandeur of sacrifice, the beauty of Ingrid Bergman, the rough charisma of Humphrey Bogart, the decadence of Claude Rains, Casablanca remains one of the best movies ever made!

Of course, with it being Valentine’s Day, I also performed my annual Nobody Does It Better/All Time High medley.  (Okay, it’s only the 2nd year that I’ve done it but I think it’s going to become an annual tradition.)  And then today, because it’s like freezing outside, I spent the day under a bunch of blankets and watching James Bond movies on Netflix!

Here’s what I accomplished this week:

Movies I Watched:

  1. Barefoot in the Park (1967)
  2. Before I Fall (2017)
  3. The Butterfly Effect (2004)
  4. The Butterfly Effect 2 (2006)
  5. The Canyons (2013)
  6. Casablanca (1943)
  7. Diamonds are Forever (1971)
  8. The Fall of the House of Usher (1950)
  9. Futureworld (1976)
  10. Killer Reputation (2019)
  11. La La Land (2016)
  12. Live and Let Die (1973)
  13. No Strings Attached (2011)
  14. A Soldier’s Story (1984)
  15. The Spy Who Loved Me (1977)
  16. Summer of Sam (1999)
  17. This Is Not A Test (1962)

TV Shows I Watched

  1. 60 Days In
  2. The Bachelor 23
  3. Celebrity Big Brother
  4. Charlie’s Angels
  5. Degrassi
  6. Doctor Phil
  7. Face the Truth
  8. Ghost Whisperer
  9. Parking Wars
  10. Renegade
  11. Shipping Wars
  12. Unsolved Mysteries
  13. The World’s Best

Books I Read

  1. The Books of Rachel (1979) by Joel Gross

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Avicii
  3. Benny Blanco
  4. Britney Spears
  5. Calvin Harris
  6. Carly Simon
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Daft Punk
  9. Dua Lipa
  10. Katy Perry
  11. Keisha White
  12. MARINA
  13. Rita Coolidge
  14. RIVA
  15. Saint Motel
  16. St. Vincent
  17. TWIN XL
  18. UPSAHL
  19. Zedd

Links From Last Week

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared: Bus Station, A Blur of Birds, Black Bird, Clearing, Circle, Dios Is Love, and Something In A Tree.
  2. On my music site, I shared music from UPSAHL, The Chemical Brothers, Britney Spears, more from Britney Spears, Benny Blanco, Keisha White, and Avicii.
  3. I wrote about Celebrity Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog.
  4. Tater Talks Blogging
  5. Newspaper Guild of Pittsburgh’s eyewitness accounts of the incident involving Pittsburgh Post-Gazatte pulisher John Robinson Block
  6. A&E Shelves Danny Masterson Sexual Assault Episode After Scientology Smear Campaign
  7. Bruno Ganz: An Appreciation
  8. Paris Louvre ‘will not show’ world’s most expensive painting amid doubts over authenticity
  9. Should readers care if novelist Dan Mallory lied about his life story?
  10. Ryan Adams accused of sexual misconduct by seven women.
  11. Former American Idol contestant allegedly ran drug ring.
  12. Peter Simeti of Alterna Comics was swatted last night.
  13. The Academy REVERSES itself!  All categories at the Oscars will be presented live!
  14. A campus infected with hostility: A professor says he’s been targeted for being a conservative Jew
  15. A Witch-Hunt on Instagram
  16. America’s biggest labor union asks game developers to unionize!
  17. Bring on the Haters: Dane Cook’s plotting a comeback
  18. Dave Chappelle says he wants to break a dollhouse over Jussie Smollett’s head
  19. The Tech Whiz Behind Vine and HQ Trivia Made Millions in His 20s. He Was Dead by 34.
  20. Jared Leto’s Joker movie has been shelved

Links From the Site

  1. I shared music videos from Adi Ulmansky, RIVE, TWIN XL, MARINA, Big Time Rush, and Zedd & Katy Perry.  I also reviewed Parking Wars, The Fall of the Roman Empire, The Last Days of Pompeii, Quo Vadis, Simon of the Desert, Ivanhoe, Westworld, To Die For, One Potato Two Potato, Before I Fall, The Butterfly Effect, The Butterfly Effect 2, Not of this Earth, This Is Not A Test, Ladybug Ladybug, Like A Country Song, Extremities, I Was A Teenage Serial Killer, The Basketball Diaries, Rescue Dawn, Cobra Verde, Crawlspace, The Last Flight of Noah’s Ark, American Boy, The Fountainhead, and A Soldier’s Story.
  2. Erin profiled artist Jerry Allison, celebrated Valentine’s Day, and wrote about Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown!  She shared the following artwork: Sizzling Romances, Thrilling Love, Modern Romances, First Love, Miss Floating Love, Rage of Desire, and Escape to Nowhere!
  3. Doc wished everyone a Happy Valentine’s Day!
  4. Gary shared a one-hit wonder and reviewed The Loves Of Carmen, Dinner at Eight, and They Shall Not Grow Old!
  5. Ryan reviewed Off-Season, Starseeds 2, The Scar, and Doom Patrol, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  6. Arleigh paid tribute to horror remakes and shared a song from Taeyeon and a song from Red Velvet!

(By the way, allow me to just mention how happy I am that Arleigh’s back!)

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

As for this upcoming week …. it’s Oscar week!  Hopefully, in the days leading up to Sunday’s telecast, I’ll be able to post some Oscar-related things.  To be honest, the new year never really starts for me until after the Oscars.

Here’s my hope!  I hope that 2019 will be great for me and that, through our own small way here at the TSL, we’ll be able to help make it great for you as well!  Thank you everyone for reading and commenting.  Let’s make this week a great one, shall we?

Living History: Peter Jackson’s THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD (Warner Brothers 2018)


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If you like history as much as old movies, Oscar-winning New Zealander Peter Jackson has a treat for you – THEY SHALL NOT GROW OLD, a World War I documentary utilizing 100+ year old footage from the Imperial War Museum (most of it never viewed outside there) to tell the story of the British Empire’s infantry during The Great War. Jackson was given access to hundreds of hours of actual film and audio and commissioned to create something “unique and original”, and with the aid of modern technology he certainly succeeded in his mission.

Jackson’s narrative is told through the eyes of the young men and boys (some as young as 15) as they go through enlistment and boot camp, training to kill the enemy, then follows them to the Western Front, where they encountered not only battles in the trenches, but dysentery, rats gnawing at their fallen comrades, lice…

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Weekly Reading Round-Up : 02/10/2019 – 02/16/2019, The Image Of Crime


Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Every “cool point” I’ve ever earned with the small press scene is about to fly right out the door/go down the grain/get flushed away/pick your cliche when I admit, right here and now, that I fucking love Ed Brubaker and Sean Phllips’ Criminal. Always have, always will. Not in some lame ironic way. Not as a so-called “guilty pleasure.” I just plain dig the hell out of this comic. I’ve found the duo’s other projects to be a mix of the pretty good (Kill Or Be Killed), the pretty average (Fatale), and the pretty damn lousy (The Fade Out), but Criminal remains the straight dope for fans of comics noir. When I heard they were resurrecting it, and blowing off the lame “story arc” format that afflicts pretty much every other title on LCS shelves in favor of short-form stories, one-shots, and…

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Music Video of the Day: 365 by Zedd, featuring Katy Perry (2019, dir by Warren Fu)


Welcome to Ex Machina Part Two.

So, Katy Perry’s a robot now?  Actually, I’ve always liked Katy Perry, even though I still suffer from flashbacks whenever I remember how, during 2010, it was impossible to go anywhere or watch anything without hearing Firework.  I wouldn’t necessarily say that Katy’s in need of a comeback but it does seem like, between her feud with Taylor Swift and WITNESS, her popularity has faded a bit and she could definitely use an opportunity to remind the world that she’s more than just the latest judge on American Idol.  Hopefully, she’ll get those opportunities!

Enjoy!