Lisa’s Week In Review: 7/15/19 — 7/21/19

A Trip to the Moon (1902, dir by Georges Melies)

It’s hot as Hell, the new twitter layout sucks, CBS is no longer available on Uverse, and my allergies have been driving me crazy.  What a week!  Oh well, this upcoming week will be better.

Films I Watched:

  1. Apollo 13 (1995)
  2. Apollo 18 (2001)
  3. Double Impact (1991)
  4. Dumbo (2019)
  5. First Man (2018)
  6. For Those Who Think Young (1964)
  7. How Awful About Allan (1970)
  8. The Hunter (1980)
  9. Moon (2009)
  10. The Right Stuff (1983)
  11. A Trip To The Moon (1902)
  12. The Wrong Mommy (2019)
  13. Zabriskie Point (1970)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Big Brother 21
  3. The Bold and the Beautiful
  4. Dance Moms
  5. Days of our Lives
  6. Doctor Phil
  7. Face the Truth
  8. General Hospital
  9. Ghost Whisperer
  10. Grand Hotel
  11. iZombie
  12. King of the Hill
  13. Legion
  14. Love Island
  15. Profiler
  16. So You Think You Can Dance
  17. Veronica Mars
  18. The Young and The Restless

Books I Read:

  1. Behind the Bell by Dustin Diamond (2009)
  2. The Flame and the Flower by Kathleen Woodiwiss (1972)
  3. White by Bret Easton Ellis (2019)

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Arcade Fire
  2. Big Data
  3. Blanck Mass
  4. The Chemical Brothers
  5. Daft Punk
  6. Deadmau5
  7. Duncan Lloyd
  8. Elle King
  9. Ellie Goulding
  10. Ghastly
  11. Goblin
  12. Goo Goo Dolls
  13. Kaskade
  14. Moonchild
  15. Phantogram
  16. The Prodigy
  17. The Regrettes
  18. Saint Motel
  19. She & Him
  20. Sleigh Bells
  21. Texas
  22. Xul Zolar

Links From Last Week:

  1. Please consider subcribing to Ryan’s patreon!
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared Street in Black-and-White, Windy Day, Leaves, Leaves 2, Backyard Mushrooms, More Mushrooms, and Even More Mushrooms!
  3. Over on Pop Politics, Jeff shared Shatner, Nimoy, and MAD; The (Possible) Return of Mark Sanford, 332 to 95, Captain America: The People’s Choice, Alex Ross Captures Galactus In All Of His Glory, and What I’m Reading: Smokin’ Joe: The Life of Joe Frazier by Mark Kram, Jr. 
  4. On my music site, I shared songs from The Regrettes, deadmau5 and Kaskade, Xul Zolar, Arcade Fire, The Prodigy, Duncan Lloyd, and Rita Ora!
  5. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  6. Kickin The Willy Bobo With…LUCAS GARRETT
  7. Quentin Tarantino Says ‘Star Trek’ Will Be His Last Film If He Commits To Directing
  8. Paul McCartney Has Been Secretly Writing an ‘It’s a Wonderful Life’ Musical
  9. Notre-Dame came far closer to collapsing than anyone realized.  Here’s how it was saved.
  10. ‘Agents of SHIELD’ to End With Season 7 at ABC
  11. Marianne Williamson on Her “Woo-Woo” Rep, Hollywood Friends and Dead-Serious Plan to Save America
  12. Box Office: ‘Avengers: Endgame’ Passes ‘Avatar’ to Become No. 1 Grossing Film of All Time
  13. The Orville Moving Exclusively to Hulu for Season 3, to Premiere in Late 2020
  14. Everything Marvel has planned for Phase 4: Natalie Portman returns as a new Thor, Mahershala Ali will be Blade, Angelina Jolie trains to be an Eternal, more
  15. The 2019 Emmy Nominations

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin wished us all a happy Moon Day and profiled artist Morgan Kane.  She also shared Trouble Valley, Halo for A Heel, Payment in Sin, Female Convict, Corrupt Woman, How Sharp The Point, and Burro Alley!
  2. Gary reviewed The Bloody Brood and For Those Who Think Young and said goodbye to Pumpsie Green!
  3. Jeff reviewed Double Impact!
  4. I shared music videos from She & Him, Ghastly, Goo Goo Dolls, Ellie Goulding, Big Data, Moonchild, and Daft Punk!  I shared the trailer for Cats and the trailer for Zombie Tidal Wave and my personal Emmy nominations!  I reviewed The Wrong Mommy!
  5. Leonard shared the trailers for Top Gun: Maverick and It — Chapter Two!
  6. Ryan reviewed Rodeo and shared his latest weekly reading round-up!

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

Here’s The Trailer For Zombie Tidal Wave

In case you were wondering what SyFY was going to do now that the Sharknado franchise has concluded …. well, here’s your answer!

Zombie Tidal Wave features underwater zombies, just like one of my favorite horror movies, Shock Waves.  Shock Waves was a rather disturbing film, the type of thing that inspires nightmares.  Zombie Tidal Wave looks like it might be a little bit more light-hearted.

Here’s the trailer!

Weekly Reading Round-Up : 07/14/2019 – 07/20/2019

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

What better place to start this week than with the end of an era?

Or three of ’em, to be precise, as The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen : The Tempest #6 marks not only the final installment of the long-running, if sporadic, series (or should that be “series of series”?), but also the much-publicized last comic ever written by Alan Moore and the less-well-publicized last comic ever drawn by Kevin O’Neill. Both (extraordinary, let’s be honest) gentlemen are off to greener pastures than this beleaguered medium has to offer, and they finish their epic in fun, smart, surprisingly understated style, having a go at just about everything on their way out the door, most notably themselves. This concluding arc, co-published by Top Shelf and Knockabout, has divided some — funny how these things always do — but for my part it was everything I’d been hoping it would be and…

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Ho Daddy! Surf’s Up!: FOR THOSE WHO THINK YOUNG (United Artists 1964)

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Kowabunga! The success of 1963’s BEACH PARTY begat a deluge of Teen Beach Flicks, loaded with sand, sun, and surf, not to mention babes in bikinis, sturdy, studly boys, and rock’n’roll music. And while the Frankie & Annette/AIP sequels have a charm of their own, most of the imitators ranged from fairly okay (IT’S A BIKINI WORLD) to pretty mediocre (CATALINA CAPER) to downright bad (WILD ON THE BEACH) . FOR THOSE WHO THINK YOUNG falls into the first category, thanks to a lively cast headed by heartthrobs James Darren and Pamela Tiffin, and a slew of Familiar Faces from movies and TV.

Just don’t expect Shakespeare or anything like that, because FOR THOSE WHO THINK YOUNG is as harmless a piece of movie fluff as you’ll ever come across! The plot is so simple even could’ve come up with it: all the sorority girls are going ga-ga over…

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Lifetime Film Review: The Wrong Mommy (dir by David DeCoteau)

If there’s anything that I’ve learned from my long history of watching Lifetime films, it’s that having a real job just isn’t worth the trouble.

Just consider what Melanie (Jessica Morris) goes through in The Wrong Mommy.  She’s got a real job.  She also has a handsome husband (Jason-Shane Scott), an adorable daughter (Jillian Spitz), and a mother (Dee Wallace) who enjoys going on exotic cruises.  Melanie also has a really nice and really big house, the type of house that would probably be the “slightly more than you’re willing to pay” house on an episode of House Hunters.  But can she enjoy it?  No, of course not!  It’s all because she’s got a real job.  She can’t pick up her daughter after school.  She can’t go out at night.  She can’t do anything because she’s got a real job.

However, during the first few minutes of The Wrong Mommy, Melanie gets some good news!  She’s been promoted!  She’s now a senior executive or whatever it is that you get promoted to when you’ve got a real job.  Along with having real responsibilities, Melanie is also about to get a real assistant!

Here’s another thing that I’ve learned from my long history of watching Lifetime films, as well as from my own past experience in the administrative professional field.  Be very careful about hiring an assistant.  Especially if she only has one obscure reference on her resume.  Even if she’s willing to babysit your daughter for you, be careful.  Don’t look the other way when she flirts with your husband.  And, for the love of everything holy in this world, don’t tell her the one secret that could lead to you losing a big account!

Unfortunately, Melanie doesn’t exercise caution about any of that and, as a result, she ends up hiring Phoebe (Ashlynn Yennie).  Even before Phoebe shows up for her interview, we’ve already seen her following Melanie around town and spying on her.  In fact, even before the opening credits conclude, Phoebe is breaking into Melanie’s house and planting spy cameras.  We know better than to trust Phoebe and soon, Melanie discovers that she made a mistake hiring her.  However, it may be too late to do anything about it….

Now, to the film’s credit, Phoebe isn’t just some random psycho bitch trying to ruin someone else’s life.  It turns out that she has a backstory, one that actually does involve Melanie.  I won’t spoil anything by revealing it but it’s a pretty good backstory.  Ashley Yennie appears to be having a lot of fun in the role of Phoebe.  If you’re going to be in a Lifetime movie, you definitely want to play the villain.  They usually get all the good lines and get to wear all the pretty clothes.

Like most of Lifetime’s “Wrong” films, this one was directed by David DeCoteau, who know exactly the right tone to take for a film like this.  He plays up the melodrama while never allowing the film to take itself too seriously.  (Just check out the scene where Dee Wallace shouts out the film’s title.)  As with all the “Wrong” films, Vivica A. Fox shows up as a no-nonsense authority figure.  (This time, she plays Melanie’s boss.)  The great Eric Roberts also shows up for a few minutes, playing a sleazy client.  Roberts doesn’t have much screen time but, as usual, he makes memorable use of what he gets.

The Wrong Mommy is an enjoyably silly film.  It doesn’t take itself too seriously and neither should you.