Lisa’s Week In Review: 6/3/19 — 6/9/19

As of right now, I’m on vacation!

Woo hoo!

What does this mean?  Well, it means that, for two weeks, I get to relax and travel with my favorite human being and see family, both present and perhaps future, as well!  *wink*  It also means that I can get caught up with some reviewing as well.  Can you believe that 2019 is nearly halfway over?

Anyway, here’s my list of last week’s pop cultural accomplishments:

Films I Watched:

  1. The Adventurers (1970)
  2. The Cleaning Lady (2019)
  3. Crossroads (2002)
  4. Deadwood: The Movie (2019)
  5. Dragged Across Concrete (2019)
  6. Fighting With My Family (2019)
  7. Fried Barry (2019)
  8. Gimme Shelter (1970)
  9. Godzilla: King of the Monsters (2019)
  10. Happy Death Day 2 U (2019)
  11. The Haunting of Sharon Tate (2019)
  12. How To Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World (2019)
  13. Isn’t it Romantic? (2019)
  14. The Legend of Bigfoot (1976)
  15. The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part (2019)
  16. Murder in the First (1995)
  17. Native Son (2019)
  18. The Prodigy (2019)
  19. Serenity (2019)
  20. Spirits in the Dark (2019)
  21. A Star is Born (2018)
  22. The Top Rope (2019)
  23. Woodstock (1970)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The 73rd Annual Tony Awards
  2. The Amazing Race 31
  3. Big Little Lies
  4. Black Mirror
  5. The Bold and the Beautiful
  6. Chernobyl
  7. Couples Court with the Cutlers
  8. Dance Moms
  9. Doctor Phil
  10. Face the Truth
  11. Fear the Walking Dead
  12. General Hospital
  13. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell And Back
  14. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  15. iZombie
  16. King of the Hill
  17. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  18. The Office
  19. Paradise Hotel
  20. Project Runway
  21. So You Think You Can Dance
  22. Vida
  23. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. The Lost Night (2019) by Andrea Bartz
  2. Smitten by the Brit (2019) by Melonie Johnson
  3. Spitfire in Love (2019) by Isabelle Ronin

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Adi Ulmansky
  3. Avicii
  4. Big Data
  5. Blondie
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Britney Spears
  8. Cedric Gervais
  9. Charli XCX
  10. The Chemical Brothers
  11. Chromatics
  12. Chrysta Bell
  13. Coldplay
  14. Crud
  15. The Crystal Method
  16. Daft Punk
  17. DJ Judaa
  18. DJ Snake
  19. Dillon Francis
  20. Edgar Allan Poets
  21. Gwen Stefani
  22. Halsey
  23. Hrdza
  24. Icona Pop
  25. Jakalope
  26. Jake Bugg
  27. The Jonas Brothers
  28. Katy Perry
  29. Kedr Livanskiy
  30. Lindsey Stirling
  31. Neon Indian
  32. Rebecca & Fiona
  33. R.E.M.
  34. Saint Motel
  35. She & Him
  36. Skrillex
  37. Steve Aoki
  38. Taylor Swift
  39. Tegan and Sara
  40. Will.I.Am.

Links From Last Week:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared: Plant in the Rain, Stop, Back Yard in Black-and-White, End Road Work, Nature’s Revenge, Even Dolls Need Pets, and Scarecrow!
  2. On my music site, I shared music from Tegan and Sara, Katy Perry, Arlo Guthrie, Halsey, Dillon Francis and Skrillex, Taylor Swift, and Gwen Stefani!
  3. I reviewed the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  4. Destroy All Humans!  video game reboot announced
  6. Russia hates HBO’s Chernobyl, decides to make its own series
  7. Leftover Wine

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared the fast covers of Speed Mystery and also: Oh Careless Love, An End To Passion, A Touch of Death, Ray’s Rock on Omaha Beach, Passport to Peril, SoHo Sins, and The Twenty Year Death!  She also shared 12 images of D-Day from the artists who were actually there!
  2. Gary commemorated the 3rd of June and reviewed Death Wish and Little Caesar!
  3. Jeff reviewed Runaway and shared videos from Greg Kihn Band, Weird All Yankovic, and the following from ZZ Top: Gimme All Your Lovin‘, Sharp-Dressed Man, Legs, Sleeping Bag, and Rough Boy!
  4. I shared the trailer for Ad Astra and reviewed The Cleaning Lady, Fried Barry, The Top Rope, Spirits in the Dark, The Lego Movie 2, and Happy Death Day 2U!
  5. Ryan shared his weekly reading round-up and reviewed Red Ultramarine, The Structure is Rotten Comrade, and Gender Queer!

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

Have a great week!

Music Video of the Day: I Lost On Jeopardy by Weird Al Yankovic (1984, directed by Frances Delia)

Based on Greg Kihn Band’s Jeopardy, I Lost On Jeopardy was an early song parody from the master of the form, Weird Al Yankovic.

Today, Jeopardy is an American institution but, at the time this video was filmed, it was considered to be a nostalgic memory.  The original Jeopardy ran from 1964 to 1975, with Art Fleming as the host and Don Pardo as the announcer.  (Famously, Pardo went from announcing for Jeopardy to announcing for Saturday Night Live.)  This video was shot on the original Jeopardy set, with Fleming and Pardo playing themselves.  As you can tell, Jeopardy has changed considerably from what it once was.  The version of Jeopardy that we all know and revere, with Alex Trebek at the helm, would not start until three months after the release of this video.

After Weird Al is kicked out of the studio, the man in the convertible is played by Greg Kihn, in a parody of the ending of the original video for Jeopardy.  At the time, Kihn told The Washington Post that he didn’t mind the parody and that it was his idea to appear at the end of the video.  As Kihn put it, “It was a vote of confidence.  If you’re not well-enough known to be parodied, well, you’re just not well-enough known.”

This attitude seems to be true of most musicians whose songs have been parodied by Weird Al over the years.  It helps that Weird Al rarely pokes fun at the original artist or the subject matter of the original song.  It seems like one of the easiest ways to get a bad reputation is to complain about Weird Al parodying one of your songs.  For instance, just take a look at Coolio (if you can find him).

This video was directed by Francis Delia, who also directed videos for Wall of Voodoo, The Bangles, and Timothy B. Schmit.