Lisa’s Week In Review: 2/18/19 — 2/24/19

Now that the Oscars are over with, the 2019 film year truly begins!

Here what I did this week:

Movies I Watched:

  1. Black Panther (2018)
  2. Blow-Up (1965)
  3. The Greatest Show On Earth (1952)
  4. The Imitation Game (2014)
  5. Instakiller (2019)
  6. Majin, the Monster of Terror (1966)
  7. Midnight Express (1976)
  8. The Pied Piper (1942)
  9. The Post (2017)
  10. Street Smart (1987)
  11. Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
  12. Who’s Stalking Me? (2019)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days In
  2. The 91st Annual Academy Awards
  3. The Bachelor 23
  4. Beverly Hills 90210
  5. Charlie’s Angels
  6. Couples Court With The Cutlers
  7. Degrassi Junior High
  8. Doctor Phil
  9. Documentary Now!
  10. Face the Truth
  11. Ghost Whisperer
  12. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  13. Night Gallery
  14. Parking Wars
  15. Renegade
  16. Shipping Wars
  17. Survivor 38
  18. The Twilight Zone
  19. The World’s Best

Books I Read:

  1. Voodoo Conspiracies (2010) by David Aaronovitch

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Avicii
  2. The Black Keys
  3. Calvin Harris
  4. Cat Clyde
  5. Chromatics
  6. David Guetta
  7. Flint Eastwood
  8. The Heavy
  9. Jakalope
  10. Julia Jacklin
  11. Kelly Clarkson
  12. Lady Gaga
  13. Nouvelle Vague
  14. LMNT
  15. O-Town
  16. Taylor Swfit
  17. UPSAHL
  18. The White Stripes

Links From Last Week:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared: Happy President’s Day, Wall, Another Wall, Rabbits on the Wall, Green Street Lamp, Snowing, and USA.
  2. On my music site, I shared songs from Taylor Swift, UPSAHL, Calvin Harris, Jakalope, David Guetta, Cedric Gervais, and Lady Gaga!
  3. I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  4. Oscar’s “X-Rated” Nominations! Yes, Here Are The 13 X-Rated Academy Award Nominations
  5. Rare photos: How Veronica Lake’s career came to a tragic end in South Florida
  6. Legendary Hollywood Producer Allan Carr! His Academy Awards “Snow White” Debacle! “Party Animals” Book! The Worst Movie Musical Ever!
  7. Gwynneth Paltrow on Shakespeare in Love’s 20th Anniversary!
  8. Is it time for the Academy to start honoring stunt work?
  9. Queen’s Bohemian Rhapsody Is Now the Biggest Music Biopic Ever. It’s Also Total Bullshit.
  10. A Guide To Surviving Your 15 Minutes of Hate
  11. Ai Weiwei Slams the Producers of ‘Berlin, I Love You’ for Allegedly Censoring His Part of the Film
  12. An Oral History Of Office Space
  13. Nicholas Sandman sues Washington Post for 250 Million
  14. Politicians use Jussie Smollett, while a 1-year-old boy shot in the head is set aside
  15. Clark James Gable has died.

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared the covers of Cowgirl Romances and the following artwork: The Columbian, Fraternity Row, Lingerie Ltd., Convention Girl, The Pitchmen, Visa To Death, and Movie Humor!
  2. Doc wished everyone a Happy Oscar Sunday!
  3. Gary reviewed The Spoilers and Singin’ In The Rain and shared his thoughts on Peter Tork and ten horror stars who never won an Oscar!
  4. VAL HAS RETURNED!  She reviewed the very first episode of The Kids of Degrassi Street, Ida Makes A Movie.  Welcome back, Val!
  5. Ryan reviewed Vows, The Adventures of Tad Martin Super Secret Special, Two Stories, Our Wretched Town Hall, and the Doom Patrol, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  6. Arleigh paid tribute to Bae Joo-hyun.
  7. I shared music videos from Kelly Clarkson, LMNT, Nouvelle Vague, Julia Jacklin, Cat Clyde, Chromatics, and the Heavy! I also reviewed The Pied Piper, The Greatest Show on Earth, The Imitation Game, and The Post!  I shared my final Oscar predictions, 4 Shots from my 4 favorite Best Picture winners, and a scene from the Oscar! I then wrote about 6 actresses and 6 actors who I hope will soon win an Oscar.  I then shared 6 good movies that were not nominated for best picture for the 20s, 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, 00s and the 10s!  I also shared the trailers for Rocketman, Dragged Across Concrete, Never Grow Old, Finding Steve McQueen, and The Secret Life of Pets 2. Finally, I shared a few thoughts on the Oscars!

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

Have a great week everyone!

A Few Thoughts On The Oscars….

Well, that was …. interesting.

Actually, I really enjoyed the 91s Annual Oscar ceremony this year.  And you know why I enjoyed it?

There wasn’t a host.

For all the talk about how not having a host would be the death of the Oscars, the ceremony functioned just fine without an endless opening monologue.  It turns out that the Oscars don’t need someone organizing a huge selfie.  It does’t need someone demanding that the audience buy girl scout cookies.  It doesn’t need Jimmy Kimmel bringing in random tourists or sending actors to crash the theater across the street.  The presenters can do the job of the host just fine and, even better, they’re gone before you get sick of listening to them.

The show seemed to move quicker, though it still went over 3 hours.  In fact, at 3 hours and 20 minutes, it wasn’t really any shorter than the previous ceremonies.

The audience seemed strangely subdued.  Perhaps that’s because so many mediocre films were winning.  Bohemian Rhapsody took home the most Oscars, 4 in total.  Of course, not once was the name Bryan Singer mentioned.  Singer was like Voldemort at the Oscars.  In fact, you could kind of sense that people in the auditorium were cringing with every award that Bohemian Rhapsody won.  They were probably imagining what some of the headlines will be tomorrow.  “While patting themselves on the back for being woke, the Academy honored Bryan Singer.”

According to my TSL colleague, Leonard Wilson, there were boos in the audience when Green Book won best picture.  I didn’t hear them but I don’t doubt they were there.  Green Book isn’t a terrible film as much as it’s just a rather bland one.  It’s a film about a different era that feels like it was made in a different era.  Much like the last film to win without being nominated for best director, it seems destined to be forgotten.

(That last film, by the way, was Argo, which was an okay film — much like Green Book — but which isn’t exactly held up as a groundbreaking winner.)

The top moment for me was Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga performing Shallow. Lady Gaga’s acceptance speech was amazing.  My second favorite moment was when Olivia Colman defeated Glenn Close for Best Actress.  That’s nothing against Close.  It’s just Close was such a favorite that it was nice to see Colman score an upset victory.

Now, we just wait for the ratings to come in.  My fear is that the ratings are going to suck and ABC will be say, “It’s because we didn’t have a host!  It’s because we didn’t do Best Popular Film!  It’s because we didn’t give out any awards during the commercial break!”

Of course, the opposite is true.  Despite some unfortunate winners, this was a pretty enjoyable broadcast.  This was what the Oscars should always be like.  We don’t need a host.  We just need better nominees.

(In my opinion, Eighth Grade was the best film of the year.  Of course, it didn’t get a single nomination.)

Well, this concludes another Oscar Sunday!

Thank you, everyone, for visiting the site today.  With the Oscars now out of the way, we can focus our attention on the films of 2019!  Let’s hope this year in film is a good one!

Thanks, everyone.

Love ya.


Here’s A Trailer For The Secret Life Of Pets 2!

If I remember correctly, I enjoyed the first Secret Life of Pets.  The trailers that I’ve seen for the second one look amusing enough, though it would be even better if there were more cats.

Anyway, this trailer came out a few days ago and it specifically focuses on the character of Rooster.  It’s cute.  I’ll probably see the movie when it’s released on June 7th.

It still needs more cats, though.

Here Are Your 2018 Oscar Winners!

Here are the winner of the 91st Academy Awards!

(I went 13 for 24, which is the worst I’ve done in a while. Oh well.  It was a strange year.)

Best Picture — Green Book

Best Director — Alfonso Cuaron, Roma

Best Actor — Rami Malek, Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Actress — Olivia Colman, The Favourite

Best Supporting Actor — Mahershala Ali, Green Book

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

Best Adapted Screenplay — BlackKklansman

Best Original Screenplay — Green Book

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

Best Foreign Language Film — Roma

Best Documentary Feature — Free Solo

Best Documentary (Short Subject) — Period,  End of Sentence.

Best Live Action Short Film — Skin

Best Animated Short Film — Bao

Best Original Score — Black Panther

Best Original Song — “Shallow” from A Star is Born

Best Sound Editing — Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Sound Mixing — Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Production Design — Black Panther

Best Cinematography — Roma

Best Makeup and Hairstyling — Vice

Best Costume Design — Black Panther

Best Editing — Bohemian Rhapsody

Best Visual Effects — First Man

Here’s The Trailer for Finding Steve McQueen!

When I first saw the title, I assumed that it was going to be documentary about the never-ending cool of Steve McQueen (the actor, not the director, though the director is pretty cool too) but then I watched the trailer and it turned out to be a heist film.

It’s apparently based on a true story and it looks like the film has all sorts of wonderful period detail.  At the same time, it’s hard not to regret that it’s not actually a film about Steve McQueen dealing with the ennui of being a film star by masterminding a robbery.

Oh well.  At least the cast looks good!

I don’t yet have a release date for this one but here’s the trailer!

Here’s The Trailer For Never Grow Old!

As I watching the trailer for Never Grow Old, I thought to myself, “Hmmmm.  A Western starring John Cusack and Jack Black….”

Then I realized that I was actually incorrect and this is a western starring John Cusack and Emile Hirsch.

That, of course, leads to one very important question.  WHEN DID EMILE HIRSCH TURN INTO JACK BLACK!?

Anyway, this trailer makes it look like this film is either going to be very good or very bad.  I guess it depends on whether or not Cusack’s performance is going to be as eccentric as the trailer makes it appear that it might be.  The trailer, itself, is full of atmosphere and I like that final shot of the American flag so I hope this film lives up to its potential.


Here’s The Trailer For Dragged Across Concrete!

For everyone who is looking forward to following Oscar season with some good B-movie action , here’s the trailer for Dragged Across Concrete!

In this film, Mel Gibson and Vince Vaughn play two cops who get suspended from the force and decide to support themselves by ripping off some criminals.  It’s a bit of an homage to the over-the-top grindhouse films of the 70s and 80s and, believe it or not, a source that I trust has not only seen the film but also told me that it’s actually a really good, surprisingly intelligent film.  Considering that the film has a 2 hour and 30 minute running time, it better be!

Dragged Across Concrete is the latest film from S. Craig Zahler, who previously directed Vaughn in the acclaimed Brawl in Cell Block 99.  Dragged Across Concrete will be released on March 22nd.

Here’s The Trailer For Rocketman!

So, there’s a biopic of Elton John coming out this year.  It’s called Rocketman and it stars Taron Egerton in the lead role.  Just judging from a lot of the early publicity, it sounds like the hope is that the same audience that made Bohemian Rhapsody a hit will also do the same for Rocketman.

So, does that mean that Rocketman is being set up to be an Oscar contender, just like Bohemian Rhapsody?  It’s hard to say.  (Of course, it should be remembered that most observers were genuinely shocked when Bohemian Rhapsody won the Golden Globe that pretty much launched it as a legitimate best picture contender.)  One thing working against Rocketman as an Oscar contender is that the film is being released at the end of May, which is generally kind of a bad time to be released.

(I know, I know.  Early release dates didn’t harm either Black Panther or Grand Budapest Hotel.)

So, who knows?  All that we can say for sure is that, from what we’ve seen, Taron seems to look the part.  Here’s the trailer that was released earlier this week.

6 Good Films That Were Not Nominated For Best Picture: The 2010s

Concluding our look at good films that were not nominated for best picture, here are 6 films from the 2010s.

Exit Through The Gift Shop (2010, dir by Banksy)

This wonderfully subversive documentary was my second-favorite film of 2010, right behind Black Swan.  Was it real or was it all a hoax?  In then end, does it matter?  This brilliant film definitely deserved to be the first documentary to be nominated for best picture.  Instead, sadly enough, it was only nominated for Best Documentary Feature and it lost to the rather boring Inside Job.

Upstream Color (2013, dir by Shane Carruth)

Shane Carruth’s haunting and enigmatic Upstream Color was a film unlike any others.  This brilliant film was my favorite of 2013 but, sadly, it was totally snubbed by the Academy.

A Field In England (2014, dir by Ben Wheatley)

Speaking of haunting and enigmatic, A Field In England may not be for everyone but it’s still one of the most memorable films released over the past 6 years.  Was it a horror story?  Was it a historical heist film?  Was it all a hallucination, inspired by eating mushrooms found in the field mentioned in the title?  Your guess is as good as mine but you’ll never forget about it, even if the Academy saw fit to snub it.

Calvary (2014, dir by John Michael McDonagh)

This Irish meditation on sin and salvation featured one of Brendan Gleeson’s best performances, a brilliant script, and an unforgettable ending.  Sadly, not only was Gleeson snubbed but the Academy ignored the rest of the film as well.  Still, it’s one of the best films ever made about being Catholic and Irish in the 21st Century.

Carol (2015, dir by Todd Haynes)

How this film was not nominated for best picture, I’ll never understand.  Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara have never been better.  This is a moving and poignant film about two women who, in the end, refuse to allow society to dictate who they are and who they love.

American Honey (2016, dir Andrea Arnold)

In American Honey, Andrea Arnold creates an unforgettable portrait of life on the fringes and she gets a star-making performance from Sasha Lane, as well.  Even Shia LaBeouf is tolerable in this film!  American Honey was perhaps too long and, narratively, too loose for the Academy’s a taste.  That’s a shame because American Honey is a film that future historians will look at when they want to know what America was like in 2016.

And that concludes our look at good films that were not nominated for best picture!  Enjoy the Oscars, everyone!



6 Good Films That Were Not Nominated For Best Picture: The 2000s

Continuing our look at good films that were not nominated for best picture, here are 6 films from the 2000s.

Mulholland Drive (2001, dir by David Lynch)

David Lynch’s masterpiece may have started out as a failed pilot for a television show but, under his direction, it transformed into a hauntingly enigmatic mystery, one that is still being analyzed and debated to this very day.  David Lynch received an Oscar nomination for Best Director but the film itself was perhaps a bit too strange and unsettling to convince the Academy to give it the Best Picture nomination that it deserved.

Donnie Darko (2001, dir by Richard Kelly)

Mulholland Drive wasn’t the only film that proved to be too strange for the Academy.  Richard Kelly’s haunting Donnie Darko was also snubbed.  Apparently, we had good reason to doubt the Academy’s commitment to Sparkle Motion.

28 Days Later (2002, dir by Danny Boyle)

“Hello?”  Danny Boyle’s absolutely terrifying “zombie” film invited us to experience a world gone crazy and it pretty much convinced us that it was nowhere that we would ever want to visit.  Audiences were terrified.  Critics were stunned.  However, the Academy was unmoved and 28 Days Later went unnominated.

Inland Empire (2006, dir by David Lynch)

Needless to say, if Mulholland Drive was too strange for the Academy than there was no way that they were going to nominate David Lynch’s even more enigmatic companion piece.  Inland Empire is an unforgettable film featuring a great performance from Laura Dern.  The Academy should have nominated it for the dance scenes alone.

Zodiac (2007, dir by David Fincher)

Though it may not have been a box office hit, Zodiac is perhaps David Fincher’s best film, a true crime story that achieves a nightmarish intensity.  The film was probably a bit too dark for the Academy but it’s both chilling and unforgettable and it also features one of Robert Downey Jr.’s best performances.

The Dark Knight (2008, dir by Christopher Nolan)

I have to admit that I’m not as big a fan of The Dark Knight as some.  However, when you talk about infamous Oscar snubs, you have to mention The Dark Knight.  This film received several nominations and was one of the most popular films of the year.  When it was not nominated for Best Picture, the outcry was so great that the Academy changed the rules to allow more films to compete.  11 years later, Black Panther finally accomplished what The Dark Knight did not and it became the first comic book film to be nominated for best picture.

Up next, we wrap things up with the 2010s!

The monster from Mulholland Drive