Lisa’s Week In Review: 7/8/19 — 7/14/19

Rip Torn in Maidstone

Rest in peace, Rip Torn.

Here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Dark Victory (1939)
  2. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  3. Frogs (1972)
  4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  5. It Came From Outer Space (1953)
  6. Maidstone (1970)
  7. Payday (1972)
  8. Stalked By My Doctor: A Sleepwalker’s Nightmare (2019)
  9. Terrifier (2016)
  10. The Thing From Another World (1951)
  11. The War of the Worlds (1953)
  12. The Wrong Boy Next Door (2019)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Bar Rescue
  3. Big Brother 21
  4. Big Little Lies
  5. Dance Moms
  6. Euphoria
  7. Face The Truth
  8. Fear the Walking Dead
  9. Friday the 13th: The Shocking Truth
  10. Friends
  11. Grand Hotel
  12. Hotel Impossible
  13. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  14. The Killer Beside Me
  15. King of the Hill
  16. The Last Days of JFK Jr.
  17. Legion
  18. Love Island
  19. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
  20. Saved By The Bell
  21. So You Think You Can Dance
  22. Stranger Things
  23. Sweetbitter
  24. Your Worst Nightmare

Books I Read:

  1. One Night at the Lake (2019) by Bethany Chase

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Avril Lavigne
  3. Bat For Lashes
  4. Big Data
  5. Blanck Mass
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Britney Spears
  8. Cat Pierce
  9. The Chemical Brothers
  10. Coldplay
  11. Daft Punk
  12. David Bowie
  13. Deadmau5
  14. Dillon Francis
  15. Ghastly
  16. Gwen Stefani
  17. Haim
  18. Hardwell
  19. Icona Pop
  20. Jakalope
  21. Jake Bugg
  22. Jake Epstein
  23. Joywave
  24. Katy Perry
  25. Madness
  26. Meg Myers
  27. Michael Fredo
  28. Moby
  29. Panic! at the Disco
  30. Phantogram
  31. P!nk
  32. PVRIS
  33. The Regrettes
  34. Robyn
  35. Saint Motel
  36. She & Him
  37. Skrillex
  38. Sleigh Bells
  39. Steve Aoki
  40. Taylor Swift
  41. The Ting Tings

Links From Last Week:

  1. Ryan the Trashfilm Guru has a patreon and you should consider supporting it!
  2. Patrick’s now a happy cat owner!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared Rest Stop, Clouds in Black-and-White, Cabin Table, Moon, Red, The Park In Black and White, and Ducks!
  4. On Pop Politics, Jeff wrote about Eric Swalwell, Ross Perot, The Larry Sanders Show, Ball Four, Jeffrey Epstein, The Avengers on David Letterman, and Michael Bennet!
  5. On my music site, I shared music from Robyn, The Chemical Brothers, Cat Pierce, Hardwell, Dillon Francis, The Regrettes, and Sleigh Bells!
  6. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  7. RIP Rip Torn, a genuine character, a great Southern character actor–1931-2019
  8. Bond 25 ‘will see actress Lashana Lynch take over from Daniel Craig to become first female 007’
  9. Top 10 Underrated Performances from 1999
  10. “The Commitments”! Terrific Movie Musical Is My “Cult Movie Monday!” Glen Hansard’s Rise To Oscar Gold!
  11. Kickin’ The Willy Bobo With…TIMOTHY MAYER
  12. Kickin’ The Willy Bobo With…BEX AARON
  13. Grimace …. 33 Words

Links From The Site:

  1. Case finished reviewing Stranger Things season 3: here, here, and here!
  2. Erin shared Hill Billy In High Heels, The Avenue of the Pimps, Atlantic Avenue, Fog of Doubt, This is My Night, The Singing Lariat, and The Barbarians!
  3. Gary reviewed Machete Maidens Unleashed and The Cincinnati Kid!
  4. Jeff shared music videos from Madness, The Cutting Crew, Phil Collins, Milli Vanilli, and the Clash!  He also took a look at the time The Avengers appeared on David Letterman!
  5. I shared music videos from Joywave and Moby.  I also reviewed Payday, The Wrong Boy Next Door, Trapped Model, and Stalked By My Doctor 4.
  6. Ryan reviewed Expelling My Truth and the Adventures of Moonpie, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!

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

Lifetime Film Review: Trapped Model (dir by Damian Romay)

If there’s anything that can definitely be said about Lifetime films, it’s that they always feature the nicest houses.

Take Trapped Model, for instance.  Now, this film is also known as The Model Murders and A Model Kidnapping so, right away, you know that it’s not going to be a happy story about how wonderful it is to be a model.  No, this is a film about a young woman named Grace (Lucy Loken) who runs away to Florida so that she can have her picture taken by a seemingly reputable photographer named Hunter (Wes McGee).  Hunter, of course, is charming at first but he soon turns out to be a total sleaze who, with the help of his assistant Nicole (Katherine Diaz), takes Grace prisoner and forces her to strip on camera for a worldwide audience of pervs and incels.  That’s a nightmarish story, one that’s made all the more disturbing by the fact that it’s very plausible.  I mean, I’ve met more than a few real-life Hunters and I saw pieces of all of them in Wes McGee’s unnerving and menacing performance.  And yet, as I watched the movie, I couldn’t stop thinking about how nice Hunter’s house was.

I mean, seriously!  This place was huge and it had a pool and, even more importantly, it was totally spotless.  Remember that mansion where Al Pacino kept his mountain of cocaine in Scarface?  That place had nothing on Hunter’s home.  In the film, Hunter used his mansion to give himself legitimacy.  Grace was lured into trusting Hunter by all of his visible signs of success.  Now, of course, those of us in the audience knew better.  We’ve seen enough Lifetime films to know better than to trust anyone who is as superficially charming as Hunter.  But still, even though we were all like, “Don’t trust him!  Don’t agree to stay overnight!  Stay out the guest house!,” it was impossible not to appreciate that house.

“Wow,” I exclaimed as I watched the film, “Maybe it’d be worth getting kidnapped just to live in that house!”

“That’s not funny, Lisa Marie!” came the replies and technically, I guess it wasn’t.  Still….

The other thought that I had as I watched Trapped Model was that it was unfortunate that Grace wasn’t Liam Neeson’s daughter.  I mean, we all know that no one gets away with kidnapping a member of the Neeson family.  Unfortunately, Grace has to depend on the investigative skills of her mother (Kiki Harris) and her boyfriend (Seth Goodfellow), neither one of whom has been trained to thwart kidnappings.  Instead, they have to go to the police, who turn out to be fairly ineffectual.  Usually, I kind of roll my eyes at the incompetent cops who populate Lifetime films but, in this case, the film made good use of the trope.  As soon as Grace is kidnapped, it’s obvious that she’s going to have to be the one to figure out a way to escape her captors.  You find yourself cheering her every success and dreading her every setback.

For the most part, Trapped Model was just as impressive as Hunter’s house.  This was a well-executed melodrama, featuring brisk direction from Damian Romay and excellent performances from Lucy Loken, Wes McGee, and Katherine Diaz.  In the end, Trapped Model is one of the better Lifetime films that I’ve seen this year and I’m not just saying that because of the house.

Music Video of the Day: Like A Kennedy by Joywave (2019, dir by Dear Mr Quistgaard)

This is a dark song and an even darker video.  How many times can Daniel get shot in the head?  The video seems to suggest that it’s going to happen an infinite amount of times.  After each shot, you just put a new Daniel in his place.  Judging from the song’s lyrics, he just wants to be happy but he can’t stop obsessing on everything that’s happening in the world.  It makes his want to explode like …. well, like a Kennedy riding in motorcade next to his wife….

I mean, goddamn, this is dark!

Of course, when you live in Texas (and especially when you’re in Dallas), it’s pretty much impossible to escape the shadow of JFK.  Even though it happened over 50 years ago, people always bring up the fact that John F. Kennedy died here.  People up North especially love to bring it up, as if we should all be hanging our heads in shame over something that happened before many of us were even born.  Oddly, Los Angeles is never solely blamed for the assassination of Robert Kennedy nor is Buffalo continually references as being “the city where McKinley was shot.”

Well, here’s what I can tell you.  Jack Ruby was from Chicago and Lee Harvey Oswald lived in the Bronx for a year.  Blaming one city for one event that was perpetrated by outsiders is just dumb.  (Yes, Oswald acted alone.  FIGHT ME!)

Anyway, enjoy!