Lisa’s Week In Review: 4/22/19 — 4/28/19

I seriously need a “I Survived The Battle Of Winterfell” t-shirt.  As I sit here typing this, I just finished watching Game of Thrones and I am mentally and physically exhausted.  Seriously, I thought sitting through five presidential town halls in a row was difficult but watching Klobuchar, Sanders, Harris, Buttigieg, and Warren is nothing when compared to visiting Westeros in winter.

Tomorrow, I’ll continue to be traumatized by pop culture by seeing Avengers: Endgame.  Here’s what else I watched, read, and listened to last week:

Movies I Watched:

  1. Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)
  2. Apostle Peter and the Last Supper (2012)
  3. The Avengers (2012)
  4. Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1974)
  5. The Curse of La Llorona (2019)
  6. A Dog’s Way Home (2019)
  7. Hulk (2003)
  8. The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  9. Iron Man (2008)
  10. The Legend of Cocaine Island (2019)
  11. Mr. Death: The Rise and Fall of Fred A. Leutcher, Jr. (1999)
  12. Space Mutiny (1988)
  13. Thor: Ragnarok (2017)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. The Amazing Race 31
  3. American Idol
  4. Barry
  5. CNN Presidential Town Hall with Amy Klobuchar
  6. CNN Presidential Town Hall with Bernie Sanders
  7. CNN Presidential Town Hall with Elizabeth Warren
  8. CNN Presidential Town Hall with Kamala Harris
  9. CNN Presidential Town Hall with Pete Buttigieg
  10. Doctor Phil
  11. Face the Truth
  12. Game of Thrones
  13. Fosse/Verdon
  14. Friends
  15. King of the Hill
  16. Night Gallery
  17. Project Runway
  18. Seinfeld
  19. Shipping Wars
  20. Survivor 38
  21. Veep
  22. The Voice
  23. World of Dance

Books I Read:

  1. Misadventures with My Ex (2019) by Shayla Black
  2. Sherwood (2019) by Meagan Spooner

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Aoki
  3. Armin van Buuren
  4. Avicii
  5. Big Data
  6. The Chainsmokers
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Daft Punk
  9. Deadmau5
  10. Icona Pop
  11. The Magician
  12. Martin Garrix
  13. M4SONIC
  14. Miami Horror
  15. Morgan Page
  16. Radiohead
  17. Rebecca & Fiona
  18. Taylor Swift
  19. Tiesto
  20. UPSAHL
  21. Viktoria Liv
  22. Yaeger

Links from Last Week:

  1. For Reality TV Chat, I reviewed the latest episodes of Survivor and The Amazing Race!
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared Center, Fiesta, Leaves, Shoes On A Wire, Pool in Black and White, Cameras, and The Hotel Lawrence.
  3. On my music site, I sahred music from Martin Garrix, Radiohead, Tiesto, Above & Beyond, M4SONIC, The Magician, and Miami Horror.
  4. Mad About Bari Weiss
  5. A Republic Too Fractured to Be Funny: The White House Correspondents’ Dinner suggests that stand-up joke telling is an art form whose moment has passed.
  6. ‘CBS Has a White Problem’: Executive Blasts Toxic Culture at Network in Explosive Letter
  7. How Tina Fey’s 30 Rock Predicted The Rise of Trump
  8. Jussie Smollett has been suffering violent “night terrors” since his fake hate crime, brother says

Links From the Site:

  1. I shared music videos from Steve Aoki, Viktoria Liv, Icona Pop, Yaeger, Rebecca & Fiona, Morgan Page, and The Chainsmokers.  I also reviewed Mr. Death and shared the trailers for See You Yesterday, Gemini Man, and 21 Bridges.
  2. Case reviewed the Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
  3. Erin shared the following artwork: The Earthbreakers, Love Me and Die, The Blue Atom, Dime Detective Magazine, Detective Fiction Weekly, The Cosmic Puppets, and Shameless Play-girl.
  4. Gary cleaned out his DVR, wrote about Andy and Edie, and shared an editorial about classic Hollywood and the historical perspective.
  5. Ryan reviewed Avengers: Endgame, Doom Patrol, and Urscape, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up.

Click here to check out last week!

Weekly Reading Round-Up : 04/21/2019 – 04/27/2019, Chris Cilla And Ted May

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Killer stuff from Revival House Press is our focus this week! None of it “brand new,” but so what? All of it is still readily available from

The entire breadth and scope of existence is traversed by means of the shortest distance possible — that being from a “greasy spoon” diner to a mini-golf and video game “emporium” — in the pages of Chris Cilla’s 2014 flip-book Labyrinthectomy/Luncheonette, a kind of throwback to the days of Doug Allen and Gary Leib’s Idiotland in terms of tone, temperament, and style, but with some sort of hidden-in-plain-sight philosophical intent tying both halves together until they meet/mash up in the middle. Characters talk at, rather than to, each other in amusingly impenetrable non-sequitors, seemingly-incongruous actions flow one into the next with no regard to reason or even time, and robots, people, mutants, and anthropomorphic animals all happily (I guess)…

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“Urscape” #1 : Will Cardini Leaves It All Behind — And Leaves It All On The Page

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

If there was anything tethering Will Cardini to the dull, consensus version of “reality” — and that’s a mighty big “if” — it’s gone now, as his imagination completely and utterly flies the coop with the release of his new self-published B&W full-sized comic (he calls it a “mini,” but it’s not) Urscape #1. The cosmic clashes of absolutes that were his stock in trade in earlier pubs such as Tales From The Hyperverse and Sphere Fear are here not so much jettisoned as naturally transitioned into those selfsame absolutes — in this case represented by his recurring protagonist Miizzzard — just being absolute and doing absolute sorts of things.

To that end, I think it’s safe to tell you that what you should expect here is a series of 20 full “splash” pages that don’t so much tell a story as simply become one.

Narrative was always a threadbare…

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Music Video of The Day: This Feeling by The Chainsmokers, featuring Kelsea Bellerini (2018, dir by Similar But Different)

Welcome to the world of Motorcross, which is apparently the most fun you can have when you combine motorcycles and drunk people.  (Of course, the majority of the drunk people are in the stands, watching.  Or, at least, that’s the way things tend to be down here in Texas, where people are responsible drivers but irresponsible observes.  Unless, of course, the driver has presidential ambitions and is the son of an extremely wealthy local politician.  Then, he can pretty much do whatever the Hell he wants behind the wheel of a car….)

Anyway, I like this video because not only does it capture the blue collar swagger of a local sporting event but it also ends with a hint that everyone’s dead.  At least, that’s what I assume the final image means.  Did they die during the race or before?  It’s totally possible that they could in Purgatory and maybe we’re just watching them pass the time while they wait for a final judgment.

I appreciate the dusty atmosphere of this video.  I like the suggestion of a melodrama that we can observe but perhaps not quite understand.  It’s a deceptively simple video.  What looks like a simple race might actually be a journey to something else.  It’s up to the viewer to decide just where exactly that journey is going.