Lisa’s Week In Review: 7/1/19 — 7/7/19

Did everyone survive Independence Day?

It’s been quite a week here at the Shattered Lens Bunker.  First off, Jeff (a.k.a. Jedadiah Leland) started a personal blog on Monday and, two days later, he ended up breaking one of the biggest stories of the week!  Seriously, when I looked at the reaction to his post, I finally got to do my imitation of Edie Falco in The Comedian exclaiming, “YOU’RE GOING VIRAL!”

Meanwhile, our own Case Wright, had his Stranger Things theory proven correct!

Finally, Patrick celebrated his birthday on the 1st!  Happy birthday, Pat!

Compared to all that …. well, I pretty much did nothing.  I did manage to take out a wasp’s nest so yay me!  Here’s the rest of what I did this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Born Yesterday (1950)
  2. The California Kid (1974)
  3. Casablanca (1943)
  4. Hometown Killer (2019)
  5. The House That Jack Built (2018)
  6. It Happened Last Night (1934)
  7. Ninotchka (1939)
  8. Trapped Model (2019)
  9. Us (2019)
  10. Wonder Park (2019)
  11. The Wrong Stepmother (2019)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 20/20
  2. 60 Minutes
  3. The Bachelorette
  4. Big Brother 21
  5. Big Little Lies
  6. Cheerleader Generation
  7. Couples Court with the Cutlers
  8. Dance Moms
  9. Degrassi
  10. Doctor Phil
  11. Euphoria
  12. Face The Truth
  13. Grand Hotel
  14. King of The Hill
  15. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  16. Love it or List It
  17. The Office
  18. Seinfeld
  19. Shipping Wars
  20. The Skyjacker Who Got Away
  21. Stranger Things
  22. So You Think You Can Dance

Books I Read:

  1. Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View (2019) by Ramin Setoodeh
  2. Mr. Know-It-All (2019) by John Waters

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Afrojack
  2. Bat for Lashes
  3. Big Data
  4. Britney Spears
  5. Cage the Elephant
  6. Cat Pierce
  7. Cedric Gervais
  8. Charli XCX
  9. The Chemical Brothers
  10. Ed Sheeran
  11. Fiona Apple
  12. Haim
  13. Jakalope
  14. Jonas Brothers
  15. Joy Division
  16. Meg Myers
  17. Miley Cyrus
  18. New Order
  19. P!nk
  20. The Regrettes
  21. Saint Motel
  22. Taylor Swift
  23. Tears for Fears
  24. The Ting Tings
  25. Tomoyasu Hotei
  26. Tove Lo
  27. UPSAHL

Links From Last Week:

  1. On Pop Politics, Jeff shared: My First Post (and it’s only four years late!), I’m Watching Metropolis on TCM, Lee Iacocca For President?, Mad Magazine Is Shutting Down (UPDATED), Happy 4th of July, Is Justin Amash Running For President?, Robert Blake on 20/20, Is Mike Gravel Ending His Presidential Campaign?, and One Of My Favorite Comic Book Moments: Alex Ross Brings Spider-Man To Life In Marvels
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared: White Rock Lake 3, Fireworks, More Fireworks, Happy 4th of July, No Swimming, Grove, and Bench!
  3. On my music site, I shared songs from The Ting Tings, Charli XCX, Fiona Apple, Team America: World Police, Bat For Lashes, Meg Myers, and Bat For Lashes again!
  4. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  5. National media outlets told the story of David Briscoe surviving the Santa Fe shooting. He wasn’t there.
  6. Green Goblin & Doctor Octopus Might Not Make It Into Spider-Man 3
  7. Mad Magazine Is Basically Dead
  8. Thirty Years On, Seinfeld Still Can’t Be Beat
  9. Johnny Marr invites fan up on stage to play guitar on This Charming Man…and he absolutely smashes it

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed Episode 1 and Episode 2 of the third season of Stranger Things!
  2. Erin highlighted the adventures of Secret Service Operator #5 and shared some vintage postcards, some American film posters, and vintage fireworks advertisements!  She also wished America a happy birthday with the help of John Wayne.  And she shared the following artwork: Canadian Crisis, Shark Island, Desert Town, Triggerman, Everybody Loves A Looker, Shotgun Gold, and True Crime!
  3. Doc wished everyone a Happy Canada Day!
  4. Gary wrote about the Cowsills, Wipeout, White Line Fever, and High-Ballin‘!
  5. Jeff reviewed Naked Obsession and wrote about Mad Magazine shutting down.  He shared music videos from Kim Wilde, The Hooters, AC/DC, and Huey Lewis and the News!
  6. Leonard shared the trailer for Knives Out!
  7. Ryan reviewed Galactic Friends, Zerosis Deathscape #1, and Teratoid Heights, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  8. I shared music videos from Sarah McLachlan, P!nk, and Crud.  I also wished everyone a Happy 4th of July and I reviewed The House That Jack Built, The Wrong Stepmother, and Hometown Killer!  Finally, I shared 4 Shots From 4 Films and wrote about my experiences on National Bikini Day!

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

Stranger Things S3 Ep2, The Mall Rats, Review by Case Wright


I was right again!!! Stranger Things is a VAMPIRE show!!! No one else got that! Season 1- I proved that the show was a Vampire show. This season continues that theme with a Renfield! See my old review HERE!!!

Vampires especially Dracula uses a Renfield as a familiar.  These are people who are quasi-vampires who do the bidding of the Vampire and bring them victims and assist them in their lives.  This is seen in Dracula, Salem’s Lot, What We Do in The Shadows, and Stranger Things Season 3.

This episode is all about change and entropy.  In the previous episode, Mullet-Guy was pulled down into the steel mill.  In this episode, we learn that this was to make Mullet-guy into a familiar to the New Nosferatu!

If you’re not convinced that the new big bad is a Vampire:

  1. Lives in a dark crypt. ✔
  2. Kills small animals to live. ✔
  3. Takes a familiar. ✔
  4. Has familiar bring it a pretty victim. ✔
  5. Familiar is hypnotized. ✔
  6. Vampire moves from small animals to human victims. ✔

What we got here is a case of a Sci-Fi Nosferatu!!!

The big bad is feeding on rats and later has Mullet-Guy bring him a pretty victim to feed upon and likely enslave just like Lucy was enslaved by Dracula in Bram Stokers.  The vampire story also explains the Winona Ryder casting because she was in the Bram Stoker Dracula film. Also, Mullet-guy is now dizzy and sick when he’s exposed to sunlight! HEARD IT HERE FIRST!!!! *Spikes Ball* *Touchdown Dance*

Mike takes Hops lecture seriously and he starts lying to El.  Then, El and Mike break up.  Big Whoop.  Don’t Care.  Lucas and his girlfriend are much more interesting characters anyway.  They have wit and drama.  Mike and El’s relationship is basically a one-note in dullsville.

Steve, Robin, and Dustin have decoded the Russian message sort of.  I’m actually coming to the belief that neck breaking Russian guy is in the upside down and they are trying to get back to the real world.  Also, that the melted Russians from the first episode are actually the Big Bad from Season 2 and Season 3.  The experiment fused them and now they are a combined angry monster vampire.

The episode ends as said before with Mullet-Renfield bringing the Monster a pretty victim. Just like in Dracula!


Weekly Reading Round-Up : 06/30/2019 – 07/06/2019

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

For awhile there, it seemed like all we covered in this column was first issues. Then we got back into looking at minis and other self-published stuff. And now we’re whiplashing back to looking at a whole bunch of first issues again. Because I really do have this over-arching need to keep you folks off-balance, I guess. Anyway, we’ve got for of ’em to check out this week, so here we go :

Sea Of Stars #1 comes to us courtesy of Image Comics, writers Jason Aaron and Dennis (Hopeless) Hallum, and artist Stephen Green. Anybody with half a brain probably steers clear of Aaron’s creator-owned stuff at this point (what happened to Southern Bastards? Or The Goddamned?), but I have a full  brain, and so I picked this up — and walked away from it pretty glad that I did. An “all-ages” sort of thing about a…

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Not Such A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Pretty Close To Home : Meghan Turbitt’s “Galactic Friends”

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Billed by its creator and publisher, cartoonist Meghan Turbitt, as “the definitive guide to Star Wars by someone who has only seen the movies once for the first time last year,” the 2018 full-color mini Galactic Friends is pretty much exactly what it claims to be — which makes it the most authoritative shorthand examination of George Lucas’ non-stop license to print money that has likely ever seen the light of day.

There are blessed few outside observers to the entire Star Wars phenomenon left on the planet, of course — they’ve heard of this shit in even the most remote Mongolian steppes — so to find one is something of a rarity in and of itself; to find one possessed of a sharp wit, zero by way of preconceptions, and the ability to draw? Well, heck, that fits the dictionary definition of a “miracle” right there. Or at least…

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Music Video of the Day: Hip To Be Square by Huey Lewis and the News (1986, directed by Godley & Creme)

“Everyone thinks I’m the boy next door because I look like the boy next door. But look at my parents, and look where I come from. I’m a beatnik kid.”

— Huey Lewis

For the record, Huey Lewis has always insisted that the lyrics of Hip To Be Square are meant to be ironic.  They were originally written in the third person and were meant to satirize the band’s clean-cut image.  Because Huey Lewis and the News were older than the average rock band when they hit it big, they were often considered to be safe or conservative.  In real life, Huey Lewis was the stepson of beat poet Lew Welch, whom Lewis has described as being a major influence on his life and music.  (Huey, who was born Hugh Cregg III, even paid tribute to Lew Welch with his stage name.)  After high school, Lewis hitchhiked through Europe and he spent several years as a part of San Francisco’s decidedly unsquare music scene.

Despite what Patrick Bateman might try to tell you, Hip To Be Square was never meant to be an anthem for square people.  In concert, Lewis usually makes this point square by signing the song as Too Hip to Be Square.

The video was directed by the team of Kevin Godley and Lol Creme, who directed several memorable music videos in the 80s.  Godley and Creme directed this video using the type of medical cameras that are typically inserted into a human body to allow doctor to get a closer look at what might be ailing you.  The video was nominated for Best Experimental Video at the 1987 MTV Music Video Awards.