Lisa’s Week In Review — 9/2/19 — 9/8/19

As you can tell by looking at the list of films below, I’ve been getting ready for our annual Halloween horrorthon at the Shattered Lens.  I’m having fun!  Some people might say this is the month of September but it will always be early October to me.

I’m also happy because my beloved TCM is showing James Bond movies all this month!  You’re the best, TCM!  Nobody does it better!


Films I Watched:

  1. Bride of the Gorilla (1951)
  2. Can You Ever Forgive Me? (2018)
  3. Curse of the Swamp Creature (1966)
  4. Dante’s Inferno (1924)
  5. Dr. No (1962)
  6. Fast Times At Ridgemont High (1982)
  7. Fiend (1980)
  8. From Russia With Love (1963)
  9. Goldfinger (1964)
  10. Hands of a Stranger (1962)
  11. Hotline (1982)
  12. Hour of The Wolf (1968)
  13. Identity Theft of a Cheerleader (2019)
  14. In Bed With A Killer (2019)
  15. It Stains The Sands Red (2017)
  16. The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders (2019)
  17. The Screaming Woman (1972)
  18. Shadowplay (2019)
  19. Thunderball (1965)
  20. The Wrong Cheerleader (2019)
  21. The Yesterday Machine (1963)
  22. You Only Live Twice (1967)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days in Narcoland
  2. Bachelor in Paradise
  3. Bar Rescue
  4. Betrayed
  5. BH90210
  6. Big Brother 21
  7. Couples Court With The Cutlers
  8. Dance Moms
  9. Degrassi
  10. Degrassi High
  11. Diabolical
  12. Doctor Phil
  13. Face the Truth
  14. Fear the Walking Dead
  15. Friends
  16. Ghost Whisperer
  17. The Judge
  18. King of the Hill
  19. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  20. Parking Wars
  21. Saved By The Bell
  22. Seinfeld
  23. Shipping Wars
  24. So You Think You Can Dance
  25. Spider-Man
  26. Twilight Zone

Books I Read:

  1. The Demon Lover (1982) by Victoria Holt
  2. The Shining Path: Love, Madness, and Revolution in the Andes (2019) by Orin Starn and Miguel La Serna

Music To Which I Listened;

  1. Afrojack
  2. Amanda Tenfjord
  3. Bebe Rexha
  4. Big Data
  5. Billie Eilish
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Chelsea Wolfe
  8. The Chemical Brothers
  9. Coldplay
  10. deadmau5
  11. Grimes
  12. Hannah Trigwell
  13. Imagine Dragons
  14. Lana Del Rey
  15. Lana Snow

Links From Last Week:

  1. Ryan has a patreon.  Please consider subscribing!
  2. Over on Pop Politics, Jeff shared: How Do I Get A 7-Hour Work Month,  There Goes Boris’s Majority, Nobody Knows Anything, Howard Shultz Is Out, Mark Sanford Is Running, and Can’t You Spell Your Name Correctly?
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared Del’s Charcoal Burgers In Black-and-White, Blue Sky, Dream Cabin, Exit, Raining, Doghouse, and Flowers!
  4. I wrote about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  5. On my music site, I shared songs from Britney Spears, Lana Del Rey, Britney Spears, Hannah Trigwell, Billie Eilish, Bebe Rexha, and Grimes!
  6. Banksy artwork of rat with a knife stolen in Paris
  7. “Completely Tone Deaf”: How Venice Became the F-You Film Festival
  8. Why I Tag People in Negative Reviews
  9. Richard Stanley’s Color Out of Space acquired by RLJE Films; plus more images
  10. BOX OFFICE: A $92 million “bust?” ‘It Chapter Two’ underwhelms
  11. Why I Quit the Writers’ Room

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed Titans!
  2. Erin shared Detective Fiction Weekly, Outlaw Guns, The Shadow, Startling Detective, Double Action Gang, Ace In The Hole, and Wall of Guns!
  3. Gary reviewed Blondie Johnson and Three Dog Nightmare!
  4. Jeff reviewed Game of Death!
  5. Ryan reviewed American Scumbags, Restaurant A.A., Can’t Breathe Without Air, and Woods.  He also shared a very important press release.
  6. I shared music videos from Britney Spears (Work Bitch, I Wanna Go, Till The World Ends, Criminal, and Overprotected), Amanda Tenfjord, and Chelsea Wolfe!  I also reviewed The Secret Lives of Cheerleaders, Identity Theft Of A Cheerleader, and Shadowplay!  I also shared the trailer for Black Christmas!

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

Lifetime Film Review: Identity Theft Of A Cheerleader (dir by Christie Will Wolf)

Poor Vicky Patterson!

All she wants is …. well, actually she wants a lot but none of it is really too much to ask.  Vicky (pictured above and played by Maiara Walsh) wants to grow up to lead a successful life, like the life led by her wealthy and demanding mother (Gail O’Grady).  She wants to be one of the popular girls at school.  She wants to date a star athlete and she wants to be the girl who throws the legendary party that all of her classmates will be talking about for years after they graduate.  She wants to be the captain of her high school’s cheerleading squad.  Not the co-captain or anything like that.  No, she wants to be the captain.

The only problem is that Vicky is 31 years old and she dropped out of high school a long time ago.  In fact, she dropped out after it became obvious that she would never make the squad, the popular girls would never accept her, and she’d never be able to make her mother happy.  So, now, Vicky is working in a dead-end job at an outlet store and supporting her good-for-nothing boyfriend, Darren (Matty Finochio).  When Vicky talks about going back to night school and maybe even trying to earn a degree, her mother informs her that she’s too old to have any hope of successfully breaking into any worthwhile industry.  In short, Vicky’s life is pretty much over.

However, Caitlyn’s life has just begun!  Caitlyn is what Vicky starts calling herself after she steals the identity of one of her co-workers.  As Caitlyn, Vicky enrolls herself at the local high school.  She tells all of her new classmates that she’s 18 years old and that she and her mom have just moved to town.  As Caitlyn, Vicky finally makes the cheerleading squad and gets to experience the life about which she’s spent the past decade dreaming.  Suddenly, she’s hanging out with the popular crowd.  She’s got an athletic boyfriend.  She’s got a future to which she can actually look forward!

Of course, there are some problems.  No solution is ever perfect.  For one thing, Darren wants to know why his girlfriend is suddenly dressing like a teenager and spending so much time out of the apartment.  For another thing, another girl is named captain of the squad so Vicky has to arrange for her to break her ankle.  (Vegetable oil has so many uses.)  There’s also the fact that one of her fellow cheerleaders, Heather (Karis Cameron), is suspicious that Vicky may not be who she claims to be.  This is a Lifetime film, so you can probably guess that this is going to lead to murder and attempted murder.  But seriously, what else could Vicky do?  Go back to working at Big Lots?

In the long and proud history of Lifetime cheerleading films, Identity Theft Of A Cheerleader is perhaps the best yet.  I don’t say this lightly because there’s been some great Lifetime cheerleading films.  But what sets Identity Theft Of A Cheerleader apart from all the others is the wonderfully unhinged — yet, at times, oddly sympathetic — performance of Maiara Walsh.  As played by Walsh, Vicky is both dangerous and relatable.  I don’t think there’s anyone alive who hasn’t, at some point, wished for a chance to relive a year from their past and make some different choices, if just for the opportunity to see what would happen.  Identity Theft Of A Cheerleader embraces the melodrama as all good Lifetime film should but, at the same time, it also taps into a very real human emotion.  Who hasn’t asked “What if?”

Despite the rather unwieldy title, Identity Theft Of A Cheerleader is an entertaining and undeniably enjoyable Lifetime film.  Director Christie Will Wolf and screenwriter  Barbara Kymlicka craft a fun melodrama that’s rooted just enough in reality to stick with you even after the final cheer.

Music Video Of The Day: Deranged For Rock and Roll by Chelsea Wolfe (2019, dir by Gilbert Trejo)

Deranged for rock and roll?

Hey, who isn’t?

I like this video because it kind of has this weird, dream-like feel to it.  You watch it and you get the feeling that maybe it’s taking place in some section of New Mexico that was spared from the apocalypse.  Life is going on, despite the end of the civilized world and everyone’s trying to enjoy themselves and continue doing what they were doing before the bombs fell but you still can’t help but notice that there’s less people around than before.

I know that some people will probably read that description and say that I tend to assume that every music video is, in some way, about the end of the world.  Well, maybe that’s true but can you blame me?  Seriously, if you don’t want me to assume that every music video is taking place in an apocalyptic future, stop shooting music videos in the desert.