Lisa’s Week In Review: 8/26/19 — 9/1/19


Greetings from Lake Texoma and Happy Labor Day!

I spent the previous week making plans for October.  We really are coming up on the best Horrorthon ever.  Unfortunately, I didn’t get to watch as many movies as I would have liked but it happens.  I’ll make up for it over the upcoming few weeks.

Here’s what I did manage to watch, read, and listen to.

Films I Watched:

  1. A Demon Within (2018)
  2. Al Capone (1959)
  3. Apollo 11 (2019)
  4. The Bad the Beautiful (1952)
  5. Dodgeball: A True Underdog’s Story (2004)
  6. Fangs of the Living Dead (1969)
  7. Jimmy (2013)
  8. Lust For Life (1956)
  9. Shazam! (2019)
  10. Town Without Pity (1961)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days in Narcoland
  2. Bachelor in Paradise
  3. Bar Rescue
  4. BH90210
  5. Big Brother 21
  6. The Bold and the Beautiful
  7. Couples Court with The Cutlers
  8. Dance Moms
  9. Doctor Phil
  10. Face the Truth
  11. General Hospital
  12. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  13. Saved By The Bell
  14. So You Think You Can Dance
  15. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. Star-Spangled Scandal (2019) by Chris DeRose

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Active Child
  3. Afrojack
  4. Amy Peters
  5. Beabadoobee
  6. Bebe Rexha
  7. Britney Spears
  8. The Chemical Brothers
  9. deadmau5
  10. Dillon Francis
  11. DJ Judaa
  12. DJ Snake
  13. Fantastic
  14. Grandma
  15. Jakalope
  16. Kaskade
  17. Katy Perry
  18. Lana Del Rey
  19. Michael Fredo
  20. Nero
  21. Saint Motel
  22. Sarah May Chadwick
  23. She Wants Revenge
  24. Sleigh Bells
  25. Spector
  26. Stereo Love
  27. Tegan and Sara
  28. UPSAHL
  29. Vancouver Sleep Clinic
  30. Zedd

Links From Last Week:

  1. Please consider subscribing to Ryan’s patreon!
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared: Arboretum Tree, Campus, Sunset, Reaching Out, Rain in the Alley, Alley, and Volleyball Pit!
  3. On Pop Politics, Jeff shared thoughts on Madden 20, the CNN climate change forum, British politics, Kirsten Gillibrand, and Labor Day!
  4. I wrote about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  5. For Horror Critic, I reviewed A Demon Within!
  6. On my music site, I shared music from Lana Del Rey, Beabadoobee, Sarah May Chadwick, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Active Child, Michael Fredo, and UPSAHL!
  7. Box Office: John Travolta Hits Career Low As ‘The Fanatic’ Bombs
  8. “Lost In Translation!” Bill Murray’s “Cult Movie Monday” Heads To Tokyo With Scarlett Johansson!
  9. Morrissey: The last unwoke pop star
  10. In Conversation: Joel Schumacher

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin profiled L.B. Cole and shared: The Sex Pulse, Stranger Passions, Free and Easy, Mabel and Men!, Return of a Cheat, Sin Cove, and Black Mask!
  2. Gary reviewed Black Velvet and Dodge City and paid tribute to Joan Blondell!
  3. I reviewed Al Capone and shared my early Oscar predictions.  I also shared music videos by Spector, Active Child, Vancouver Sleep Clinic, Tegan and Sara, UPSAHL, Grandma, and Amy Peters!
  4. Patrick reviewed This Way Up, Clownado, and Empathy Inc!
  5. Ryan reviewed Suburban Coffin, The Review, and Womp Womp!  He also interviewed George Wylesol!
  6. Arleigh shared a first look at Star Wars: Rise of Skywalker!

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

“I Think A Character Doesn’t Have To Be A Person, Or Even Anything That’s Alive” : The Four Color Apocalypse Interview With George Wylesol


Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

For the past few years, George Wylesol has been one of the most unique and intriguing cartoonists working in the small press and self-publishing scene. His prior works such as Porn and Ghosts, Etc. had the feeling of building up to some kind of subtle-yet-grand statement on the emptiness at the core of today’s socio-economic zeitgeist, and with the imminent release of his latest full-length graphic novel, Internet Crusader, published by Avery Hill, the full scope of Wylesol’s artistic project may be on the cusp of coming into view. He was recently kind enough to answer some questions about the new book, his previous comics, and his process and intentions, so without any further ado, and with apologies for the occasional wonky font —

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Empathy Inc. Movie preview, review and trailer


Don’t worry, what you are about to read does not exist out side of your own mind.

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Let’s get the technical out if the way before I gush all over this film.

Cast:

Zack Robidas as Joel

Kathy Searle as Jessica

AJ Cedeno as Sonny

Eric Berryman as Nicolaus

Director:

Yedidya Gorsetman

Preview: 

Hotshot venture capitalist Joel has a multimillion-dollar deal go up in smoke, and he and his actress wife Jessica are forced to move in with her parents and start from scratch. At the lowest and most desperate moment in his life, Joel meets old friend Nicolaus
and his business partner Lester, who are seeking investors in a new technology known as XVR—Xtreme Virtual Reality—from their company Empathy, Inc., which is said to offer the most realistic and moving experiences for users by placing them in the lives of the less fortunate. Joel gets the startup its funds but soon discovers that the tech’s creators have far more sinister uses in store for their creation and that the reality it provides its customers isn’t virtual.

Review:

I got sucked into this movie from the minute I started watching. And I’m still not sure if I’m watching real life or a VR of real life. Eric Berryman steals this movie and Zack Robidas closes the deal. Yedidya Gorsetman takes you on a fantastic ride of real life and what real life could be. There are other VR movies out there, but I don’t think I have seen one as completely put together as Empathy, Inc. is in a long time. They are two people (characters) in this movie that I haven’t even mentioned that their performance is so amazing I got lost in them.

Would I Recommend this movie?

Absolutely! Yes! Go spend your bitcoins and virtual dollars on this movie!

Now that I recommended it where can you watch?

Empathy, Inc. will have limited theater releases by Dark Star Pictures on September 13th and on VOD September 24th

If you are still hesitant and want to see a trailer first, here you go into a VR world you might not escape from!

 

Music Video of the Day: Don’t Care by Amy Peters (2019, dir by ????)


I’m a fan of any song about not caring.

Plus, look at that pretty house!

On a serious note, this video has a definite sort of 90s retro feel to it that I like.  Visually, it keeps thing simple and it allows the emotion behind the song’s lyrics to carry things through.  There’s something to be said for the song and the video’s simple honesty, which is a trait that seems to be all too often missing in music today.

Enjoy!