Lisa’s Week In Review: 2/25/19 — 3/3/19

I don’t know what happened to me this week.  I was planning on doing a lot of stuff but, to be honest, I spent the last seven days in kind of an unfocused fog….

Well, to be honest, I do know what part of the problem was.  I twisted my ankle on Tuesday night but I didn’t really realize it until I woke up on Wednesday morning and I discovered that I could barely walk.  So, I spent the last few days limping and in great pain and that kind of distracted me from doing some stuff.  WHICH SUCKED!  But, on the plus side, it’s better now.

Anyway, as I write this, it’s 22 degrees outside.  If it somehow snows this upcoming week, I’ll probably run outside and have great fun and probably end up twisting my ankle for second time.

Here’s what I watched, read, and listened to last week.

Movies I Watched:

  1. 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  2. The Age of Innocence (1993)
  3. A Bride’s Revenge (2019)
  4. Hugo (2011)
  5. Invasion of the Neptune Men (1961)
  6. Leaving Neverland, Part One (2019)
  7. Logan’s Run (1976)
  8. Murder By Numbers (2002)
  9. Saving My Baby (2019)
  10. Studio 54 (2018)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days In
  2. American Idol
  3. American Justice
  4. The Bachelor 23
  5. Bar Rescue
  6. Brooklyn 99
  7. Cheaters
  8. Cold Case Files
  9. Crashing
  10. Dr. Phil
  11. Ghost Whisperer
  12. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  13. King of the Hill
  14. The Magicians
  15. The Masked Singer
  16. Parking Wars
  17. Renegade
  18. Saved By The Bell
  19. Seinfeld
  20. Shipping Wars
  21. Survivor 38
  22. TMZ
  23. The Voice
  24. World of Dance
  25. The World’s Best
  26. Young Sheldon

Books I Read:

  1. Two Can Keep A Secret (2019) by Karen McManus

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Aoki
  3. Bradley Cooper
  4. Calvin Harris
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Chromatics
  7. Coldplay
  8. Crud
  9. Dean Drouillard
  10. DJ Judaa
  11. Gary Clark, Jr.
  12. Jakalope
  13. John’s Children
  14. The Jonas Brothers
  15. Kama Vardi
  16. The Killers
  17. Lady Gaga
  18. Lemour
  19. Lola Marsh
  20. Le Manou
  21. Muse
  22. Phantogram
  23. The Poets
  24. Rosalia
  25. Saint Motel
  26. Savage Rose
  27. Shakira
  28. Sleigh Bells
  29. Tiesto
  30. UPSAHL
  31. Vanessa Soul
  32. And, of course, Patrick Smith’s I Like To Watch Playlist

Links From Last Week:

  1. I shared a dream in my online dream journal!
  2. I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  3. On my music site, I shared songs from Rosalie, Shakira, Vanessa Soul, Kama Vardi, Lola Marsh, Lemour, and Etan Salomon!
  4. On her photography site, Erin shared Baby Scarecrows, frequencies, Shopping Carts Pop Up Anywhere, Getting Outta Here!, Park Path On A Hot Day, In The Kitchen, and Play!
  5. Patrick did this week’s I Like To Watch playlist!
  6. Godfather actor claims he knows who killed Marilyn Monroe
  7. Netflix changed the Notebook’s ending
  8. Steven Spielberg vs. Netflix

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared music videos from Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper, Adi Ulmansky, Chromatics, Gary Clark, Jr., Le Manou, Steve Aoki, and Tiesto!  I also reviewed Studio 54, Murder by Numbers, and Saving My Baby.  I shared my too early Oscar predictions for February and I paid tribute to Texas on Texas Independence Day!
  2. Erin highlighted the manly covers of Man’s Illustrated and shared the following artwork: After Hours, Love in the Shadows, The Other Side of Love, This Bed We Made, Detective Fiction, All The Way Down, and Find Me In Fire!
  3. Gary cleaned out his DVR, wrote about the Oscars, reviewed a book, and told us about Black Shampoo!
  4. Val reviewed the next two episodes of The Kids of Degrassi Street — Cookie Goes To Hospital and Irene Moves In!
  5. Our anime expert, Pantsukudasai56, has returned!  Yay!  He told us about Zombie Land Saga!
  6. Ryan reviewed Shitty Lover, Valle, and Incoherents!

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

Have a good and productive week everyone!  Enjoy Mardi Gras, in whatever way you chose to celebrate.  As for Lent — well, I am giving something up but I haven’t decided what yet.  I’ve got it narrowed down to like four different things but it’s hard for me to imagine giving any of them up so I may start smoking tomorrow and then give up cigarettes on Wednesday.  We’ll see.

Degrassi: The Kids Of Degrassi Street — Irene Moves In


Before we start, let’s check out the back of the DVD case to find out what this episode is about.

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So, blah, blah, blah, Bigfoot. Got it!

The episode starts with some foreshadowing.

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We find Ida, Cookie, Noel, and Fred talking about possible Bigfoot sightings in the area while carving pumpkins. A Halloween party is coming up.

Then a moving truck pulls up to get this plot started.

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Wait a second, she looks familiar.

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It’s Sara from Cookie Goes To Hospital!

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I owe an apology to Nurse Trish. They said Sara was there to have her tonsils removed, but obviously that wasn’t the case. Trish was working with the Canadian Feds in order to put her into a witness protection program. That’s why she was so busy.

Her name this time around is Irene so that she is eligible to join the club and specifically has a name that starts with I to give Ida even more of a basis to exclude her for no good reason whatsoever.

Going back to the title card, I think that might actually be Nancy Lam’s mother playing Irene’s mom. Irene’s mother is played by someone named Linda Lam. It makes sense.

Ida immediately dislikes Irene. And I mean immediately. As her brother Fred points out, she hasn’t even met her at this point. Yet, she somehow knows that Irene is no good.

We cut to inside Ida’s house where her mother finds it amazing and ridiculous that her daughter judged somebody based upon a single glance.

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Even the boom mic finds this hard to believe, which is why it pops in from the top of the screen.

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Ida’s mom suggests that Ida do the unthinkable by going over to introduce herself to Irene. Shock of all shocks, she doesn’t. It’s Irene who comes over to meet the gang.

Ida, Cookie, and Noel are bickering over what colors to use for some billboards they are making. Cookie is nice to Irene, but Ida still looks uncomfortable for no reason.

During their exchange we find out some information about Ida’s father, who up until this point has been mystery. He’s living out west because he does’t live with them any longer. I’m assuming Ida’s parents got divorced, and either Ida is ashamed of it, or her mother is keeping that a secret from her.

Cookie goes to play with Irene, which only angers Ida further.

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While Cookie and Irene play, Ida decides to carry on this pointless grudge by walking over to tell Cookie that it’s time for a club meeting. Irene wants to join, but unfortunately, she meets all the requirements. Therefore, she can’t join on the grounds that she doesn’t meet the requirements of a new rule that Ida comes up with on the spot.

After hearing this, Cookie decides she’d rather hang out with Irene. Ida mopes her way back to the clubhouse.

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Ida tells Noel that the only reason Irene wants to get close to Cookie is because she wants to boss her around. Ida’s excuse for not giving Irene a chance is because she instantly sized her up as being bossy. She even says that something needs to be done about Irene like she’s gonna hire a contract killer. But, to be fair to Ida, Irene is a bit bossy with her kindness and attempts to be friends with her new neighbors.

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I don’t think even Ida bought my sarcasm.

Now we find out for the first time that these kids actually do attend school. Ida watches Irene looking for any excuse to get angry at her. When Irene is genuinely a little pushy and takes away Cookie’s witch hat because she insists that there be stars on it, Ida sees her opportunity to step in for Cookie’s sake. No, I’m not being sarcastic with the last part of that sentence. At the end of the last scene, Ida really did say something needed to be done for Cookie’s sake.

So, Ida gets up, and grabs the witches hat. Ida and Irene proceed to fight over the hat.

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This ends in tragedy as you can see below. It’s unclear whether Ida knocked the paint over on purpose or if it was a result of their fight.

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Okay, Degrassi. You have an episode that has a larger message about racism and xenophobia as well as a smaller one concerning children reacting irrationally to change, so you decide that the color of paint to spill on your Asian character is yellow. Why? No one noticed that?

Ida goes over to get Cookie to come to a meeting of their club…

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and the way the show presents this scene, it comes across as if Irene was waiting just behind the door in order to pop out to tell Ida to go away.

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Back at the secret club, we find out that Irene has picked up a nickname: Private Enemy No. 1.

Noel tries to talk some sense into Ida, but since sense has no place here, the important thing to come out of this scene is that Noel has a Bigfoot costume. That means it’s time to go scare Irene with it.

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After scaring both Cookie and Irene, Cookie says she was afraid because she thought Bigfoot might eat her. Ida tells Irene that she doesn’t have to worry about Bigfoot eating her because she stinks. This causes Irene to tell off Ida before storming off. Cookie tries to convince Ida that she is being downright mean since Irene is a “human being” too.

Both Cookie and Noel leave Ida to stew in her own juices over her prank and the way she has been treating Irene in general. This leaves Ida temporarily unfriended.

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Ida is talking to Noel on the phone where she actually calls him a “traitor” for not ostracizing Irene. Ida’s brother sits nearby. After Ida pisses him off by shaking the table he is trying to do his homework on, Fred tells her that perhaps if she didn’t act like a jerk people might want to be her friend.

Then we see that, yes, the parents on Degrassi St. can pay attention to their children when the show decides to include them, as we see when Ida’s mom talks to Irene’s mom on the phone.

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I’d say that they pay attention when the episode calls for it, but give it a couple more episodes. We’ll see that’s certainly not the case.

I’m sure Fred would also say that the next scene where Ida’s mom talks to Ida about the situation between her and Irene didn’t need to take place with Ida in the bathtub. Ida’s mom tells her that Irene is going to come over for a sleepover.

Fred is the one stuck babysitting, so that means the following:

Hey Fred, can you can tell Irene something she can clearly hear me say since we’re at the same table.

Hey Fred, can you tell Ida my reply that she too can hear despite the fact that we are still sitting at the same table.

The usual nonsense. Cookie comes over at some point as well. She’ll end up joining the sleepover.

Then before they cut to the next scene, ominous music plays over Irene eating a hotdog.

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Ida also makes a great face at Irene while the same music plays.

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Calm down, Degrassi. I’m pretty sure the shot you cut to next of a dog that looks like it’s being walked during day-for-night didn’t call for this kind of scoring.

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We go inside to the slumber party where Cookie and Ida are talking about a story in which a baby had its head cut off. I’m not kidding. It’s even Cookie that tells this story which includes a severed baby’s head.

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They soon get back to more important matters though, like Bigfoot.

Shortly after they try to go to sleep, they hear the dog from earlier outside trying to get into their trashcan. This means they need to get up to investigate because they think the dog is Bigfoot.

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They decide they need evidence to show people. This means taking a picture of Bigfoot. A picture taken with the flash on because if it really is Bigfoot, they need to ensure there could be serious consequences. Ida doesn’t have the courage to potentially put their lives at risk, so Irene takes the picture instead.

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After taking the picture, the kids run upstairs screaming that it was Bigfoot so we can find out that Fred is the perfect babysitter. Upon hearing them, he turns around to go back to his room.

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It could be a person or something else that is potentially dangerous. I don’t have time for this. I’m going back to sleep. Wake me up if you see somebody dressed like Brian Setzer carrying a guitar that has a drill affixed to it. Otherwise, leave me alone.

The kids resolve their issues after their “Bigfoot” encounter, and the Halloween party is shown while dialog is played over the credits. During this, they show Noel and the boom mic the picture, which both are rightfully skeptical about really being a shot of Bigfoot.

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Noel says that it looks like a dog to which Ida responds that it can’t be because she has never seen a dog with such red eyes. Sure.

I like that one of the kids appears to be wearing a homemade Michael Myers mask.

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And so that we can be sure that the dog got home safely, we see it being walked off into the distance by someone who was neglectful about caring for their dog enough that it got out at night.

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I hope that kind of thing doesn’t have tragic consequences in a later episode.

The episode tried to teach about racism, xenophobia, to not fear change, and to not make snap judgments about people. I thought it did a pretty good job. I like that the episode implies that if there is a Bigfoot, we tend to assume it must be out for us even though no one has seen it despite there being costumes and funny faked footage of it. That being said, I do have two complaints about the episode.

They should have gone with a different color than yellow.

The second is a pet peeve–no pun intended. If you have a dog, take proper care of it. I have had to chase dogs so many times to try to prevent them from getting run over by a car that this kind of thing drives me up the wall.

Speaking of the dog, the opening credits list someone as having played Bigfoot.

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The Degrassi Wiki says that the credit is for the dog. I guess the owner’s last name was Marlatt and the dog’s name was Cleo.

See you next time for an episode that introduces one of the most important actors in the entire Degrassi franchise. They’ll last all the way to Degrassi: TNG.

  1. The Kids Of Degrassi Street
    1. Ida Makes A Movie
    2. Cookie Goes To Hospital

Lifetime Film Review: Saving My Baby (dir by Michael Feifer)

Poor baby Lilly!

She’s only a few weeks old and her life is already all drama all the time!

First off, Lilly was born slightly premature, shortly after her mother, Sarah (Brianne Davis), was involved in a serious and suspicious auto accident.  Then, while her mother is still in a coma, her father, Travis (Jon Prescott), decides to take Lilly and run off to Palm Springs with her.  Accompanying Travis is his overprotective mother, Virginia (Kathleen Quinlan) and Jessica (Tonya Kay), who just happens to be the friend who introduced Sarah to Travis in the first place.  Speaking of just being friends, that’s what Travis swears that he and Jessica are but we all know that’s not the case.  We know this because this is a Lifetime film and it’s rare that anyone’s ever just a friend in the world of Lifetime.  Of course, Sarah’s parents and her sister object to Travis taking the baby to Palm Springs but what can they do?  He’s the father.

Of course, eventually, Sarah wakes up and she’s like, “Where’s my baby?”  When she hears that Lilly has been taken to Palm Springs, she quickly calls up Travis and demands to know what’s going on.  Travis assures Sarah that his mother is looking after Lilly and promises that they’ll return the following morning.  Sarah then hears Jessica talking in the background.

“IS JESSICA THERE!?”  Sarah asks.

Travis, not surprisingly, doesn’t have a quick answer for that.

As should already be obvious, there was a lot more to Sarah and Travis’s whirlwind romance than just love.  Unlike the attempted murder, the baby was never a part of the plan.  However, now that Lilly’s been born, Travis definitely wants to keep her.  Jessica, meanwhile, is concerned about how much Sarah and her family are willing to pay for the return of Baby Lilly….

Kidnapped children are pretty much a staple plot point when it comes to Lifetime movies.  That really shouldn’t be surprising.  The most effective Lifetime films are the ones that deal, however melodramatically, with real-life fears and what could be more scary than the thought of losing your baby?  Whereas other mothers in Lifetime kidnapping films at least get to spend some time with their child before the abduction happens, Sarah wakes up to discover that her baby has been taken to another city.  When she desperately asks her sister for information of how the baby looked before she was taken away, it’s a moment of intense emotional honesty.

Saving My Baby is a bit unique among Lifetime kidnapping films in that it actually spend more time with the kidnappers than with the family of the kidnapped.  Don’t get me wrong.  Sarah is a sympathetic character and Brianne Davis does a good job playing her but the film is far more interested in Jessica, Travis, and Virginia.  As played by Jon Pescott, Travis spend most of his screentime wearing the haunted expression of someone who knows that he’s made the biggest mistake of his life.  Not only does he have his wife angry at him but his mother won’t stop telling him that he’s a terrible father and his girlfriend keeps demanding that he get rid of both his mother and his daughter.  Kathleen Quinlan does a great jon, keeping you guessing about Virginia.  You’re never quite sure how much she knows about what Travis and Jessica are planning.  However, the film is totally stolen by Tonya Kay, who is like a force of destructive nature in the role of Jessica.  Jessica may be evil but you can’t help but sympathize with her frustration at times.  I mean, everyone around her is just so incompetent!

Saving My Baby is an entertaining Lifetime kidnapping film.  Wisely, the film eventually moves the action to Las Vegas, which is the perfect location for the movie’s melodrama.  For the film’s finale, Saving My Baby makes good use of the Nevada desert, with the desolation perfectly capturing the feeling of hopelessness that Sarah’s been feeling ever since the disappearance of her daughter.  It all leads to gunfire and tears and hopefully, a lesson learned about letting your no-good son-in-law take your granddaughter to Palm Springs.  We can only hope.

Music Video of the Day: What You’re Waiting For by Tiësto & Ummet Ozcan (2016, dir by Joe Zohar and Steve Conry)

The next time that you’re tempted to get mad at your Uber driver (or your Lyft driver, depending on which company you’re boycotting at the time), remember this video.  Seriously, you have no idea what your driver may have just had to deal with.  Sure, the driver’s picking you up now but, for all you know, someone may have bled to death in the backseat just an hour ago or so.

That is actually my number one concern when it comes to Uber.  I always find myself wondering who was in the car before me and did they take a shower before entering a vehicle.  That’s another reason why I refuse to consider using public transportation.  I get that it’s good for the environment and everything but people are really disgusting sometimes.  I mean, I’m all far saving the planet but people do all sorts of stuff when they know that they’re not the ones who are actually going to have to clean up after themselves.

For instance, the driver in this video — I mean, he’s got people crying in the backseat.  He’s got people bleeding all over his car.  He’s got a lot to deal with but, at the end of the video, we see why he puts up with it all and it’s a nice “awwwwwww!” moment.  I like this video.  If it was a feature-length film, the driver would be played by Jason Statham.  Of course, I really wouldn’t want Jason Statham to be my Uber driver, just because it seems like he would constantly be stopping the car to get into a fight with other drivers.  Add to that, I’d probably be tempted to ask him why he’s driving an Uber instead of making a movie and he’d probably get mad at me for prying.

Anyway, enjoy!