Lisa’s Week In Review: 4/29/19 — 5/5/19

What a week.  We lost two cultural icons, the director John Singleton and the actor, Peter Mayhew.  I have to say that I was surprised and kind of touched to discover that, after starring in one of the most successful films of all time, Peter Mayhew ended up settling down in Boyd, Texas.  I’ve driven through Boyd, it’s a nice little town and, from what I’ve heard, Peter Mayhew was a nice man.

On a happier note, Happy Cinco De Mayo, everyone!  And, on a purely personal note, I feel like I’m back.  After spending last month struggling to get anything written, I feel like I have finally woken up and I’m ready to enjoy the rest of the year!  That’s the power of Avengers: Endgame, I suppose.

Have a great week everyone!  Here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  2. Boyz N The Hood (1991)
  3. The Catcher Was A Spy (2018)
  4. Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile (2019)
  5. The Kid Who Would Be King (2019)
  6. Mac and Me (1988)
  7. A Mother On The Edge (2019)
  8. Psycho Stripper (2019)
  9. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll (1960)
  10. Zombi 2 (1979)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Amazing Race 31
  2. American Justice
  3. Barry
  4. Fixer Uppers
  5. Fosse/Verdon
  6. Friends
  7. Game of Thrones
  8. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  9. King of the Hill
  10. Miss USA 2019
  11. Seinfeld
  12. Survivor 38
  13. Veep

Books I Read:

  1. A Friend is a Gift You Give Yourself (2019) by William Boyle

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Ali Okapov
  3. Ari Goldwag
  4. Avicii
  5. Bajofondo
  6. Benny Friedman
  7. Big Data
  8. Bob Dylan
  9. The Chemical Brothers
  10. Chingon
  11. The Coathangers
  12. ČUKI
  13. Dreams
  14. Fitz and the Tantrums
  15. Hrdza
  16. Jakalope
  17. Katy Perry
  18. Kedr Livanskiy
  19. Μαρινέλλα
  20. Moby
  21. na Casaidigh
  22. Natasza Urbańska
  23. Niway Damtie
  24. OneRepublic
  25. Отава Ё
  26. Paul White
  27. The Rumjacks
  28. Saint Motel
  29. Skrillex
  30. War
  31. Yasmin Levy
  32. Гаухартас

Links From Last Week:

  1. John Singleton dies at 51.
  2. Peter Mayhew, Star Wars Actor and Naturalized Texan, dies at 74.
  3. Sorry, Fans: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Will Not Score Major Oscars
  4. In Conversation: Anjelica Huston
  5. Sorry, Bernie Sanders, but Disney Doesn’t Have To Apologize for Making $1.3 Billion with Avengers: Endgame
  6. Comically surreal: how Dali’s film with Marx brothers came to life
  7. How Thin-Skinned Celebrities Benefit From A Sympathetic Entertainment News Media
  8. Over on Reality TV Chat, I reviewed the latest episodes of Survivor and The Amazing Race!
  9. On my music site, I shared songs from Skrillex, Paul White, Katy Perry, Moby, more from Moby, even more from Moby, and War.
  10. On her photography site, Erin shared Courthouse, A Nice Street, Antique Cameras, Waterfall in Black and White, Pathway, Turtle, and Hawkeye Camera!

Links From The Site:

  1. Case bravely reviewed the 6th episodes of the 2nd season of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
  2. Erin shared the covers of Two-Fisted Detective and the following artwork: Future Science Fiction, The Blue-Haired Bombshell, Fate, My Mistress, My Death, Dressed to Kill, Circle of Desire, and Cinco De Mayo!
  3. Gary reviewed Angel and the Badman and Blood and Black Lace, along with honoring John Llewellyn Moxey.
  4. Ryan reviewed Credo, The Elements of Rough Volume 2, Two Stories, Is This How You See Me, and Doom Patrol, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up.
  5. I shared music videos from The Coathangers, Moby, Marshmello, OneRepublic, Fitz and the Tantrums, more from Moby, and even more from Moby.  I also paid tribute to Wes Anderson, Audrey Hepburn, and Cinco De Mayo.  Finally, I reviewed Avengers: Endgame, The Curse of La Llorona, A Dog’s Way Home, The Catcher Was A Spy, and Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil, and Vile!

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

Have a great week everyone!

4 Shots From 4 Films: The Violin, El Infierno, Miss Bala, Heli

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking.

Happy Cinco De Mayo!

Despite what many people seem to believe, Cinco De Mayo is not the same thing as Mexican Independence Day (that’s celebrated on September 16th).  Instead, Cinco De Mayo commemorates the Mexican army’s victory over the French at the Battle of Puebla.  That battle was fought on May 5th, 1862.  That was a 157 years ago, today.

Cinco De Mayo is a pretty big deal down here in Texas and some of my fondest (and, in some cases, haziest) memories are related to this date.  I especially like to remember May 5th, 2007, in which I spent several hours with a group of my closest and dearest friends, sitting out on the roof of a friend’s house, watching fireworks explode over our heads.  That was a wonderful night, even if someone did eventually end up falling off the roof.  (Don’t worry, he not only survived but he’s now got a pretty good job in D.C. and he’ll probably be your congressman someday.)

In honor of the day, here are four shots from four of my favorite Mexican films….

4 Shots From 4 Films

The Violin (2005, dir by Francisco Vargas)

El Infierno (2010, dir by Luis Estrada)

Miss Bala (2011, dir by Gerardo Naranjo)

Heli (2013, dir by Amat Escalante)

Weekly Reading Round-Up : 04/28/2019 – 05/04/2019, More Peter Faecke

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

We’ve talked about fellow Minneapolis “product” Peter Faecke in this column before, but it’s never a bad time to do so again, and I’ve decided that “never a bad time” is now. All the following comics can be ordered up from Pete’s online store, charming called “The Stink Hole.” Your link :

The Bartbarian In : Learning To Unlearn is a bizarrely contemplative slap-dash mini printed on suitably gaudy yellow paper that features a protagonist who’s a mash-up of Bart Simpson and a homoerotic take on Conan the Barbarian (then again, it’s Conan we’re talking about, so maybe the “homoerotic” part is redundant) traversing a lonely physical and psychic wasteland in search of his adversary/potential friend, Thrillhouse. When they meet, will battle ensue, or something altogether more rewarding and satisfying? Treads similar thematic ground to Faecke’s Pardners, minus the obvious performance anxiety parallels. A nice throwback to the…

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Trash TV Guru : “Doom Patrol” Season One, Episode Twelve – “Cyborg Patrol”

Trash Film Guru

When last we saw him at the end of episode eleven of DC Universe’s original streaming series Doom Patrol, Joivan Wade’s Vic Stone was in a bad place — metaphorically and literally. His increasingly-mechanized body and mind betraying him, he made the drastic decision to part company with his operating system, known as GRID, but any monetary respite he hoped to gain from such an action was quickly dashed when he found himself captured by The Bureau of Normalcy and imprisoned at their top-secret research/torture facility nicknamed The Ant Farm.

Not that this latest installment, entitled (appropriately enough) “Cyborg Patrol,”gives any concrete reason as to how and why the place found itself saddled with such a moniker, unlike the Grant Morrison/Steve Yeowell comic the idea was lifted from, but the principle nature of the operation remains true to its printed-page antecedent — even if it’s located nowhere near the…

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Music Video Of The Day: Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday) by Moby (2003, dir by Style Wars)

The story that began in the video for In This World continues in the video for Sunday (The Day Before My Birthday).  The aliens are back!  This time, they have a little bit more success getting noticed.  In fact, you could almost say that they have too much success.  Can you blame them for deciding to go back to their home?

As for the song, I’ve always thought it was one of Moby’s best.  It’s also one of his saddest songs, full of regret and melancholy.  The fact that Moby was born on September 11th, 1965 undoubtedly has something to do with that.  It’s interesting that such a sad song could inspire such an enjoyable video.

Just keep in mind that this video, featuring aliens getting their own television series, was released long before Keeping Up With The Kardashians.  So, you can consider this to be a prophetic video, if you are so inclined.