Lisa’s Week In Review: 4/8/19 — 4/14/19

Game of Thrones is back so I guess I’ll be trying to keep up with all of this for the next few weeks.

Another week, another list.  Fortunately, for most of next week, I’m going to be off work for Easter so I can get caught up on all the movies that I’ve missed.  Wish me luck!

Movies I Watched:

  1. Being There (1979)
  2. The Curse of Inferno (1997)
  3. Dr. Strangelove: Or How I Learned To Stop Worrying And Love The Bomb (1964)
  4. Empire Records (1995)
  5. Love and a .45 (1994)
  6. Operation Thunderbolt (1977)
  7. Secrets in a Small Town (2019)
  8. Shag (1989)
  9. Sweet Smell of Success (1957)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. American Idol
  3. A.P. Bio
  4. Barry
  5. Brooklyn Nine-Nine
  6. The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  7. Degrassi
  8. Doctor Phil
  9. Fosse/Verdon
  10. Game of Thrones
  11. In the Dark
  12. Jeopardy
  13. King of the Hill
  14. The Magicians
  15. Project Runway
  16. Rome: Rise and Fall of an Empire
  17. Special Unit 2
  18. Superstore
  19. Survivor 38
  20. True Detective
  21. The Twilight Zone
  22. Veep
  23. The Voice
  24. The Walking Dead
  25. What We Do In the Shadows
  26. Young Sheldon

Books I Read:

  1. After Andy: Adventures in Warhol Land (2017) by Natasha Fraser-Cassoni
  2. Fatal Reckoning (2019) by Marie Force

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Alison Wonderland
  2. Arcade Fire
  3. Big Data
  4. The Black Keys
  5. Blanck Mass
  6. Blondie
  7. Blur
  8. Britney Spears
  9. The Chemical Brothers
  10. Coldplay
  11. Deadmau5
  12. Ella on the Road
  13. Elle King
  14. Fiona Apple
  15. Hard-Fi
  16. Kelly Moran
  17. The Killers
  18. Michael Fredo
  19. Muse
  20. Public Service Broadcasting
  21. Thomas D
  22. Tiesto
  23. Tomoyasu Hotei
  24. UPSAHL
  25. The Verve
  26. Victoria Beckham

Links From Last Week:

  1. I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  2. From Erin’s photography site: Alley Trees, Alley Way, A Colorful Path, Church Path, Off The Path, Playground Path, and Path.
  3. On my music site, I shared music from Victoria Beckham, Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears, The Killers, Hard-Fi, Arcade Fire, and Fiona Apple!
  4. From Ferguson Ink, Dispatches From The Windy City: One, Two, and Three
  5. The Awakening of Kim Kardashian West
  6. Russian film director Kirill Serebrennikov gets bail in fraud case
  7. Felicity Huffman and 12 wealthy parents plead guilty in college admissions scam
  8. Famed Character Actor Seymour Cassel Dies at 84 in Los Angeles, Oscar Nominated for John Cassavetes’s “Faces,” Appeared in “Rushmore,” Many Hits, TV Staple
  9. Jim Jarmusch zombie comedy The Dead Don’t Die to open Cannes Film Festival
  10. Hawkeye Series Starring Jeremy Renner in the Works at Disney+ 
  11. From zero to hero: how the DC cinematic universe was saved
  12. Parkland victim’s father: Traumatized students shouldn’t have been flung into politics
  13. Actor Geoffrey Rush Awarded $850,000 In Damages Over Articles Alleging #MeToo Misconduct
  14. Grease Prequel Film Rumours Leave Fans Begging: ‘Please Don’t Tell Us More’
  15. Teen Movie Hell: The Book Review
  16. ‘If You Only Watch One Anime, Watch Attack on Titan,’ Says Friend Who Has Watched Exactly One Anime

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed the second episode of the second season of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
  2. Erin profiled Edward Dalton Stevens and shared the following artwork: Famous Detective, Stalking the Unicorn, The Resort, Everyday Science and Mechanics, Silenced Witness, Get Me Headquarters, and The Blessing!
  3. Gary reviewed Evil Dead, Vehicle, and 99 River Street!
  4. Ryan shared last week’s weekly reading round-up and this week’s weekly reading round-up and he reviewed Doom Patrol, In The Wilderness, and 3D Sweeties!
  5. I shared music videos from The Chemical Brothers, Thomas D, Alison Wonderland, Muse, Ella on the Road, Blanck Mass, and Kelly Moran!  I shared the trailers for The Lion King, Spirits in the Dark, The Professor, and Star Wars Episode IX: The Rise of Skywalker!  And I shared my Oscar prediction for April! I also reviewed the third episode of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.

Want to see what went down last week?  Click here!

TV Review: Chilling Adventures of Sabrina Season 2 Episode 3 “Lupercalia” (dir by Salli Richardson-Whitfield)

Hi, everyone!  Case already reviewed the first two episodes of the second season of Netflix’s Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and now, I’m here to take care of episode 3.

Episode 3 is centered around Lupercalia, an actual Pagan holiday from ancient Rome that is reimagined here as a sort of Valentine’s Day for witches and warlocks.  Basically, in the Sabrina version of Lupercalia, the holiday begins with the Matching, where each witch is paired up with a warlock.  This leads to the Courting, where the warlock and the witch go out into the woods, get naked, and spend the night staring up at the moon.  Then, finally, we get the Hunt, where each witch chases her warlock through the woods and the whole thing ends with a big orgy.  (The Sabrina version sounds considerably more fun than the real version, which involved a lot of animal sacrifices.)  Though participation in Lupercalia is voluntary, Zelda tells Sabrina that it would be foolish for her not to take part.  (Hilda, meanwhile, can’t even bring herself to say the word “sex.”)  After all, now that Sabrina and Harvey are no more, this would be a perfect opportunity for Sabrina to spend some time with that charming young warlock, Nicholas Scratch.

Interestingly enough, Nick is just as fascinated with Valentine’s Day as Sabrina is with Lupercalia.  As eager as Sabrina is to leave behind Baxter High and experience life at the Academy, Nick is just as curious about experiencing what it’s like to be a mortal.  It’s actually one of the more clever things about this sometimes uneven episode.  Though I don’t trust Nick, he and Sabrina do make for a far more interesting couple than Sabrina and Harvey ever did.  It also helps that Kiernan Shipka and Gavin Leatherwood have an undeniable chemistry together.  You believe their romance, even when the show occasionally seems determined to mess things up with unnecessary filler.

Yes, that’s right.  I just used the dreaded “f” word.  As I watched Lupercalia, it occurred to me that I’d probably like The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina a lot more if each episode was only 30 to 40 minutes long.  That way, the show could focus on Sabrina and we wouldn’t have to waste time with any of the less interesting characters or subplots.  Instead, this episode was a little over an hour long and it seemed that, every time that I started to get really involved in Sabrina and Nick’s storyline, the episode would cut to something less interesting.

For instance, Sabrina and Nick discover that Nick is being stalked by his former familiar, a wolf named Amalia.  Amalia is jealous of Nick’s attraction to Sabrina.  Ms. Wardwell says that the only solution is for Nick to murder his familiar.  Will Nick kill for Sabrina?  Will Sabrina kill for Nick?  Well, before we can find that out, we have to deal with stuff like Roz suddenly going blind right after she kisses Harvey and Father Blackwood asking Zelda to marry him.  Or else Hilda’s trying to let Dr. Cee know how she feels about him, just to discover that he can’t be with her because he has an incubus inside of him.  And the whole time this is going on, I was just thinking to myself, “Yes, but what about Sabrina?  I DON’T CARE ABOUT ANY OF THESE OTHER CHARACTERS!”

Kiernan Shipka has always been the best thing about Chilling Adventures of Sabrina.  Even when the writers fail her, Shipka always manages to keep the show afloat.  She’s likable, she’s compelling, and she’s believable as both a curious teenager and a naive witch.  Shipka has many great moments in Lupercalia but the episode’s momentum seems to come to a halt whenever she’s not on screen.  It’s not that the rest of the cast isn’t capable as much as their characters are all rather one-note.  Hilda is always insecure and introverted.  Zelda is always arch and sardonic.  Roz is always going blind and Harvey is always kind of a goof.  The only character, other than Sabrina, who is the least bit interesting is Theo and that’s because his storyline is about how far society has come and how far it has yet to go.

In the end, Lupercalia is an interesting but uneven episode of a frequently interesting but uneven show.

A few final notes:

  • It’s interesting to note that, much like Romulus and Remus — whom Lupercalia is meant to honor — Nick was raised by a wolf.
  • Though I find Ms. Wardwell to be a bit of a one-note character, I did enjoy her shock and horror upon discovering that she has a fiance.
  • The scenes in the woods were gorgeously filmed and full of atmosphere.  I’ve seen some people online saying that it doesn’t make any sense that Nick and Sabrina would be comfortable spending an entire February night outside in their underwear but since when does love and lust have to make sense?
  • The scene where Theo told his father that he was a boy (“I’m not a girl.”) was nicely and sensitively handled, I thought.
  • This episode ended with Sabrina killing a wolf, Nick in tears, and Roz apparently blind. What will happen next?  We’ll find out and I’ll be here to review episode 4 before turning things back over to Case for episodes 5 and 6!



Weekly Reading Round-Up : 04/07/2019 – 04/13/2019

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Welcome to another Weekly Reading Round-Up, where first issues aren’t just a job, they’re a way of life. Here’s another four, from this Wednesday last —

Faithless #1 comes our way from Boom! Studios and the writer/artist team of Brian Azzarello and Maria Llovet, and it’s kind of hard to get a handle on what this one’s even about, much less where it’s going. A kind of occult take on the “erotic thriller,” I guess, revolving around an amateur practitioner of the magick arts named (big surprise) Faith, who makes herself a mysterious new “special friend,” gets pretty intimate with her pretty fast, and then — well, shit gets weird. Azzarello struggles to write youthful characters with any kind of authenticity, and he also struggles with the balance between erotic and prurient, so the whole story ends up feeling more than just a bit “off.” Boom! is going all-in on…

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Music Video of the Day: Water Music by Kelly Moran (2019, dir by Katharine Antoun)

On Saturday, it rained nonstop.  From the minute I woke up until I finally pretended to go to bed, it was raining.  As a result, the backyard looks like a swamp right now and I imagine it will probably be a few days before everything dries out.  The creek at the end of the street is overflowing with water so we’ll probably have a lot of confused ducks in the neighborhood tomorrow.  That’s what the rain usually seems to bring around here.

Anyway, all of that rain put me in the proper mood for this video.  It’s kind of a mood piece.  It involves a lot of water.