Lisa’s Week In Review: 6/24/19 — 6/30/19

Love you, Canada!

Monday is Canada Day so I spent most of Sunday celebrating by watching Degrassi!  I imagine I’ll do the same tomorrow.  Love you, Canada!

What a week.  On my first night back from my vacation, I got a call from my neighbor and was informed that some strange man had just put a piece of paper on my car’s windshield.  After throwing on some clothes, I ran outside and discovered that I had been given a parking ticket for parking in front of my own house!  (Usually, I park in the driveway but, on Monday, we had company so I did the nice thing and let them have the driveway.)  According to the ticket, I was guilty of “Illegal Parking — Facing Traffic.”

And listen, I get it.  If you’re parking in the city, you need to park so you’re not facing traffic.  But this was a residential street, one that hardly has any traffic.  I mean, at the very least, give me a warning before charging me 60 dollars!

Later, I would learn that I was one of several people in the neighborhood to have been given a parking ticket that night.  Apparently, some good citizen decided to call the police and let them know that something had to be done about all the people parking in the street!

Well, here’s the good thing.  After three days of trying, I was finally able to look up my citation online and I discovered that the charges had been dismissed and the ticket had been reduced to just being a “warning.”  Unofficially, I’ve been informed that all the citations were originally meant to be just warnings but the cop they sent down to the neighborhood apparently screwed up and gave out actual tickets.  On Thursday, I got a “Dear Resident” letter from the police department, saying that all of the “charges” filed against the residents of the neighborhood had been dropped “in the interest of justice.”

Which …. you know, whatever.  As long as I don’t have to pay 60 dollars for parking in front of my house, that’s all that matters to me.  Still, if there was any chance of me becoming any less anti-government this year, this experience killed it.

Anyway, that’s my drama of the week.  In other news, I started my summer job writing for the Big Brother Blog this week!  And I watched some movies and I read a lot of books about traffic law.

In fact, here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week!

Films I Watched:

  1. A Bride’s Revenge (2019)
  2. Captive State (2019)
  3. A Daughter’s Deception (2019)
  4. From Russia With Love (1963)
  5. Prophecy (1979)
  6. Road House (1989)
  7. Staged Killer (2019)
  8. Viewer Discretion Advised (1996)
  9. The Wild One (1953)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate — Night 1
  2. The 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate — Night 2
  3. The Amazing Race 31
  4. The Bachelorette
  5. Big Brother 21
  6. Big Little Lies
  7. Cheerleader Generation
  8. Dance Moms
  9. Degrassi
  10. Doctor Phil
  11. Euphoria
  12. Face the Truth
  13. Fear the Walking Dead
  14. Grand Hotel
  15. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  16. iZombie
  17. Jeopardy
  18. King of the Hill
  19. Legion
  20. Vida
  21. Wheel of Fortune

Books I Read:

  1. Beat Your Traffic Ticket: How to Go to Court and Win! (2015) by Mick Reiser
  2. How to Get Out of a Traffic Ticket and 9 Other Tips to Get What You Want Using Body Language (2014) by Traci Brown
  3. How to get out of a Traffic Ticket : Written by a former Police Officer (2018) by Mark Ferrusi
  4. Police State: How America’s Cops Get Away with Murder (2015) by Gerry Spence
  5. Seven Principles of Good Government (2012) by Gov. Gary Johnson
  6. Tickets You Never Knew Existed (2011) by Scott R. Miller

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adam Rickfors
  2. Big Data
  3. Calvin Harris
  4. Cassius
  5. Cat Pierce
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. Downtown Sasquatch
  8. Jakalope
  9. Jake Epstein
  10. P!nk
  11. Phantogram
  12. The Regrettes
  13. Robert DeLong
  14. The Ting Tings
  15. Tove Lo

Links from Last Week:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared Tree, The Sky, Life Saver, SMU Athletic Field, Driving in the Rain, White Rock Lake, and White Rock Lake 2!
  2. I started my summer job of writing about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  3. I wrote about the finale of The Amazing Race!
  4. On my music site, I shared music from The Chemical Brothers, Cassius, Calvin Harris, P!nk, Tove Lo, Cat Pierce, and The Regrettes!
  5. For Horror Critic, I reviewed 1979’s Prophecy!

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed the third episode of Titans!  He also reviewed Professor Marston and the Wonder Women!
  2. Erin profiled John Coleman Burroughs and shared the following artwork: Two-Timing Sister (uh oh), Cat Man, Crazy To Kill, Desk Wife, The Dove, Killer Shark, and Killer Sharks!
  3. Gary reviewed Mighty Joe Young and Eddie and the Cruisers!
  4. Jeff shared music videos from The Beach Boys, Madness, Information Society, Mick Smiley, and PJ Harvey!
  5. Ryan reviewed All-Time Comics : Zerosis Deathscape” #0 and Deadly Prey, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  6. I shared my Oscar predictions for June.  I shared music videos from The Ting Tings and The Regrettes!  I shared teasers from James Bond 25 and Hobbs & Shaw.  I reviewed The Adventurers and The Wild One!

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


Lisa’s Early Oscar Predictions For June

We’re at the halfway mark as far as 2019 in concerned, which means that the Oscar race is about to start getting a lot more clear.  Soon, instead of random guesses, we’ll be making educated guesses.  Then again, it is important to remember that — at this time last year — no one thought Bohemian Rhapsody would score a best picture nomination.  In fact, only a few people have ever heard about Green Book.

So, as always, take my monthly predictions with a grain of salt.  They’re based on a combination what I’m hearing (and reading) from other film people and my own instincts (for whatever their worth).  To be honest, I suppose that these predictions reflect my own prejudices as well.  I’d love to see Terrence Malick honored, for instance.  I also think that it’s a crime that Amy Adams hasn’t ever won an Oscar so I have her listed, even though I fear she might be miscast as the lead in The Woman In The Window.  At the same time, I’m bored with Meryl Streep getting nominated just for showing up so I left her out of my predictions, even though she has two high-profile films coming out later this year.

To see how my thinking has (or hasn’t) evolved, check out my predictions for January, February, March, April, and May!

And now, here are the predictions!

Best Picture


A Beautiful Day In the Neighborhood


Fair and Balanced


A Hidden Life

The Irishman

JoJo Rabbit

Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

The Peanut Butter Falcon

Best Director

Kasi Lemmons for Harriet

Terrence Malick for A Hidden Life

Sam Mendes for 1917

Martin Scorsese for The Irishman

Quentin Tarantino for Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Actor

Antonio Banderas in Pain & Glory

Leonardo DiCaprio in Once Upon On A Time In Hollywood

Tom Hanks in A Beautiful Day In The Neighborhood

Eddie Murphy in Dolemite Is My Name

John Lithgow in Fair and Balanced

Best Actress

Amy Adams in The Woman in the Window

Cynthia Erivo in Harriet

Saoirse Ronan in Little Women

Jodie Turner-Smith in Queen & Slim

Alfre Woodard in Clemency

Best Supporting Actor

Shia LaBeouf in The Peanut Butter Falcon

Malcolm McDowell in Fair & Balanced

Ian McKellen in Cats

Sam Neill in Blackbird

Brad Pitt in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Best Supporting Actress

Annette Bening in The Report

Laura Dern in Little Women

Scarlett Johansson in Jojo Rabbit

Nicole Kidman in The Goldfinch

Margot Robbie in Once Upon A Time In Hollywood

Weekly Reading Round-Up : 06/23/2019 – 06/29/2019, Catching Up With Black Crown

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

With the recent — and, I must say, not too terribly surprising, all things considered — announcement that DC will be shit-canning (excuse me, “sunsetting”) their venerable “mature readers” Vertigo imprint after 26 years, I figured now might be a good time to take a look at what Vertigo alum Shelly Bond was doing with her not-exactly-new-anymore Black Crown line over at IDW —

Say good-bye to Feargal “Fergie” Feguson and the ghost who isn’t really Sid Vicious with Punks Not Dead : London Calling #5, which wraps up the second (and, I presume, final) run of writer David Barnett and artist extraordinaire Martin Simmonds’ decidedly fun little slice of occult/supernatural hijinks with plenty of “fuck you” attitude mixed in. I’m gonna miss this book, but each and every storyline comes to a thoroughly satisfying conclusion here, except perhaps for Fergie’s would-be “romance” with his high school sweetie, and they…

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Hunt Down “Deadly Prey”

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Prince straddling his iconic Purple Rain motorcycle brandishing a pistol. Robin Williams in full Mrs. Doubtfire drag putting out a dude’s eye with a broomstick. A distinctly Asian-looking Michael Jordan with a basketball in one hand, a gun in the other as he prepares to Space Jam the living shit out of any interstellar baddies. Charles Bronson’s legendary vigilante Paul Kersey taking aim at axe-wielding zombies in Death Wish 4. If these images all sound infinitely more bizarre — to say nothing of more interesting — than the films to which they tie-in by the very thinnest of threads, that’s because they are.

Welcome to the sheer, balls-out insanity of Ghanaian movie posters.

When American popular culture is exported, something is always lost in translation, and thank goodness for that, because markets abroad tend to take the pablum we spew out way too literally and end up turning the…

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Music Video of the Day: Down by the Water by PJ Harvey (1995, directed by Maria Mochnacz)

“It’s a song I didn’t want to put a label on too much, like this isn’t a song about some woman drowning her baby. To be quite honest, I don’t really know what it is for me, myself, yet – which I don’t mind because I’d much rather leave it for other people to do what they want with anyway.”

— PJ Harvey on Down By The Water

Despite the above quote, it is generally accepted that PJ Harvey’s Down By The Water is about a woman who drowned her baby and is now returning to the scene of the crime and asking for her baby to be returned.  According to Harvey, she has met both fans and critics who have assumed that the song must be autobiographical and that she’s singing about drowning her own child.

Speaking of drowning, that’s what came close to happening to PJ Harvey herself while she was shooting this video.  Made up to look like, as she herself put it, “Joan Crawford on acid,” Harvey was wearing a wig that proved to be so heavy that, when she went underwater, it was a struggle to resurface.

It proved to be worth the trouble, though.  The video was not only highly popular on MTV but it also helped to make a hit out of the song.  In fact, Down By The Water would prove to Harvey’s breakthrough hit in the United States.  Years after it’s initial release, the song continues to live on as a part of the soundtrack of countless investigative procedural crime dramas.


Rockin’ in the Film World #20: EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS (Embassy 1983)

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You couldn’t go anywhere in 1984 without hearing “On the Dark Side” blaring from a car radio or your neighborhood bar’s jukebox. That’s thanks in large part to audiences rediscovering 1983’s EDDIE AND THE CRUISERS via repeated showings on HBO, turning the film into an instant cult classic and veteran Providence-based rockers John Cafferty & The Beaver Brown Band into FM-radio favorites. The film hadn’t done well when first released to theaters, but exposure on the fairly-new medium of Cable TV garnered new fans of both it and Cafferty’s soundtrack album.

Investigative reporter Ellen Barkin looks into the mysterious death of Eddie Wilson (played by Michael Pare’), lead singer of The Cruisers, whose death in a car accident is shrouded in secret, as the body was never found. Was it suicide? murder? or is Eddie still alive? She digs deep to uncover the facts about what happened that fateful night…

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Music Video of the Day: Magic by Mick Smiley (1984, directed by Greg Gold)

Magic is probably best known for being used in the original Ghostbusters.  It’s the song that plays while the ghosts are being released from Ghostbusters HQ and subsequently haunting New York.  It’s been said that composer Elmer Bernstein, who did the score for Ghostbusters, hated the way that Magic was used in the film.  Then again, Bernstein also hated the film’s Oscar-nominated theme song.

The video has nothing to do with ghosts but instead, it’s about the magic of attraction.  It was directed by Greg Gold, who also directed videos for Michael Bolton and the Hollies.  Far better known than the video’s director is the video’s cinematographer.  Dominic Sena would go on to direct several music videos before eventually branching into directing feature films like Kalifornia, Gone In 60 Seconds, Swordfish, and Season of the Witch.


Here’s the Final Hobbs & Shaw Trailer!

With the exception of the Marvel films, franchises have struggled to live up to box office expectations during 2019.  Even Toy Story 4 is considered to have had a “soft” opening.

Can Hobbs & Shaw reverse that trend?

We’ll find out soon!

Here’s the final trailer, which was released earlier today.  If nothing else, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham are two action stars with a similar appreciation for the absurd and it’s hard to imagine not having at least a little bit of fun watching them play off of each other for two hours or so.