Lisa’s Week In Review: 3/4/19 — 3/10/19

Reset your clocks

I swear, I don’t know if I was just in a down mood or if last week really was as bad as I thought it was but I feel like I’ve aged a year over the previous seven days.  For Lent, I gave up excessive negativity so I’m not going to dwell on it.  Instead, I’m just going to happily say that the week is over and a new one is about to begin!

Actually, now that I think about it, all the blame can probably be put on Daylight Savings Time.  Giving up an hour of your life is never easy.  On the plus side, for the first time since last November, the clock in my office is now correct.

Movies I Watched:

  1. Gia (1998)
  2. Leaving Neverland, Part 2 (2019)
  3. Psycho From Texas (1975)
  4. The Seven Five (2014)
  5. Suburban Swingers Club (2019)
  6. The Thirteenth Guest (1932)
  7. Walk.  Ride.  Rodeo. (2019)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days In
  2. American Idol
  3. A.P. Bio
  4. The Bachelor 23
  5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  6. CBS News: The Gayle King Interviews
  7. Conversations With A Killer: The Ted Bundy Tapes
  8. Degrassi High
  9. Doctor Phil
  10. Face the Truth
  11. Friends
  12. Ghost Whisperer
  13. It’ Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  14. The Kids of Degrassi Street
  15. King of the Hill
  16. Kitten Rescuers
  17. The Office
  18. Parking Wars
  19. Renegade
  20. Seinfeld
  21. Superstore
  22. Survivor 38
  23. The Voice
  24. World of Dance
  25. The World’s Best

Books I Read:

  1. The Godfather (1969) by Mario Puzo

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Alec Benjamin
  3. Armin van Buuren
  4. The Beatles
  5. Blanck Mass
  6. Cage The Elephant
  7. Calvin Harris
  8. The Chemical Brothers
  9. Cleaners From Venus
  10. Coldplay
  11. Daft Punk
  12. Gita
  13. Jakalope
  14. Jake Bugg
  15. Little Joe Hernandez
  16. The Prodigy
  17. Savage Rose
  18. Tiesto
  19. UPSAHL

Links From Last Week:

  1. At Days Without Incident, Leonard wrote about Keith Flint.
  2. In my dream journal, I wrote about a weird dream that I had about Saved By The Bell and Simon Cowell.
  3. I recapped the latest episode of Survivor!
  4. On my music site, I shared music from Adi Ulmansky, Gita, Tiesto, Calvin Harris, Jake Bugg, Savage Rose, and Cleaners From Venus.
  5. On her photography site, Erin shared Tree and a Wall, Back Yard, Everyday Balloons, Gym, Across The Street, Stairwell View, and Stairs!
  6. Daniel Craig Is Supposedly Going To Be Replaced As James Bond By The Dude From Peaky Blinders
  7. Serling’s Clever Formula for Making Political Points on Twilight Zone
  8. “It changed my life: Francis Ford Coppola reflects on the Godather’s 50th Anniversary
  9. Luke Perry And The Strange Aging of 90210
  10. Man angry his photo was used to prove all hipsters look alike — then learns it wasn’t him
  11. How Little Known Andrew Yang May End Up on the 2020 Debate Stage by Gaming the System

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared music videos from Tiesto, The Prodigy, Little Joe Hernandez, Alec Benjamin, Armin Van Buuren, The Chemical Brothers, and The Beatles.  I reviewed Leaving Neverland and Suburban Swingers Club.
  2. Erin celebrated New Orleans with the pulps and shared the following artwork: Blackjack, Vintage Mardi Gras Postcard, They Hanged My Saintly Billy, Love Me To Death, Detective Fiction Weekly, Science Stories, and Super Science Stories!
  3. Gary celebrated Mardi Gras with Louis Armstrong, paid tribute to Jan-Michael Vincent, and reviewed Elmer the Great, Don’t Look Back, and Mean Streets!
  4. Jeff reviewed Red Line!
  5. Ryan reviewed Doom Patrol Episodes Three and Four, Chlorine Gardens, True Friendship Now, and Astonishing Gaters.  He also shared last week’s reading round-up and this week’s reading round-up!
  6. Arleigh shared the trailer for season 8 of Game of Thrones!

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

Keep on dancing, Cancun!

Have a good Spring Break, those of you who are observing.  As for me …. well, every day is spring break for me!

Stay safe, Galveston!

Lifetime Movie Review: Suburban Swingers Club (dir by Jessica Janos)

If you’ve seen enough Lifetime films, you know that it’s never a good idea to move to the suburbs.

I mean, sure.  Inevitably, you’ll end up living in a big house.  And you’ll have all the closet space in the world.  And your neighbors will all be really sexy and witty and they’ll always invite you over to have a glass of wine and gossip about everyone’s deep, dark secrets.  I mean, it sounds like a great idea but things never work out as well as they should.

For example, just check out the latest Lifetime movie, Suburban Swingers Club.

Everything you need to know about the film is right there in the title.  It takes place in the suburbs.  There’s a club.  And they’re all swingers.  And when I say swingers, I mean they’re real swingers.  They’re not like Nick Offerman and Megan Mullally in those annoying Sling commercials.  No, these are people who get together and toss their house keys into a punch bowl.  Each night, keys are randomly drawn and neighbors go upstairs together.  Of course, only the really wealthy and attractive neighbors get to take part.  For instance, there’s this old guy who is occasionally seen standing out in his front yard.  He never gets invited.

As soon as Lori (Dana Davis) and Grant (Jesse Ruda) move into the neighborhood, they’re invited to join the club.  Grant is immediately intrigued while Lori is immediately weirded out by the whole idea.  In fact, Lori thinks that Grant might just be looking for an excuse to have an affair.  Their marriage has been rocky ever since the death of their baby.  However, then Lori catches sight of the neighbor across the road, doing manly stuff without his shirt on.  In fact, Noah (James William O’Halloran) doesn’t even seem to own a shirt!  Lori eventually tells Grant that they can swing as long as 1) they’re totally honest about it, 2) they think about each other while having sex with other people, and 3) they stop doing it as soon as one of them objects.  Grant’s like, “That’s a lot of rules but as long as I get laid, I’m happy.”

However, it doesn’t take long until Grant’s no longer happy.  Lori ends up pulling Noah’s key and soon Grant is getting jealous.  Grant says that he’s exercising his right to say “stop.”  Lori explains the situation to Noah and Noah is like, “Well, no one told me about any rules!”  Soon, Noah is stalking Lori and Grant is threatening to kill him.  Of course, when Noah turns up dead, Grant automatically becomes the number one suspect….

Unfortunately, this film doesn’t feature quite as much swinging as I was expecting.  It doesn’t take long for Grant to get jealous and exercise his “stop” option and after that, the film becomes a fairly typical Lifetime stalking film.  But no matter.  I still enjoyed Suburban Swingers Club, if just because the film didn’t waste anytime plunging into its story of suburban melodrama.  This is one of those films where your new neighbors come over, take one look at you, and then invite you to join a swinger’s club.  Lori can’t even look out of her bedroom window without seeing two people having sex across the street and, once morning comes, it’s time for Noah to start casually walking around outside without his shirt on.  Suburban Swingers Club is like the Lifetime version of one of those wonderfully campy 60s sexploitation films where bored housewives seduce the pool cleaner and the whole thing is written, directed, and acted with just enough self-awareness to let us know that the film is cheerfully aware of its excesses.  It’s a lot of fun, as any swinging club should be.  Joe Sarno would be proud.

Trash TV Guru : “Doom Patrol” Season One, Episode Four – “Cult Patrol”

Trash Film Guru

Goddamn. I mean, seriously.

It’s no secret that I’m a tremendous fan — nay, admirer — of Grant Morrison and Richard Case’s justly-legendary run on the Doom Patrol comic book, but if you put a gun to my head (and some readers over the years have been, I’m sure, tempted to do just that) and forced me to name a favorite single storyline from their era, I’d probably have to say the one colloquially known as “The Cult Of The Unwritten Book,” so-called because that’s the name of the villains they go up against, a suitably freakish bunch of nihilists who are waiting for the flesh of a certain unwitting sap to literally finish writing itself, given that it’s been manifesting a tattooed “unholy scripture” upon its own surface, in the form of arcane symbols, for quite some time now. Once this unwritten book is, in fact, written, the cult’s…

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Music Video of the Day: Paperback Writer by The Beatles (1966, dir by Michael Lindsay-Hogg)

This is my second favorite Beatles song, right after A Day In The Life.  I think the reason I like this song is because it feels like it could have been written about so many different people who I know.  According to Wikipedia, this song was written as the result of Paul McCartney’s aunt daring him to write a song that wasn’t a love song.  (Of course, Paperback Writer is kind of a love song.  It’s the story of an author who loves money enough to write a dirty story about a dirty man.)

This video was filmed outside of the Chiswick House in London.  Michael Lindsay-Hogg went on to direct the Beatles’s final film, Let It Be.