Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 11/4/19 — 11/10/19


Hi, everyone!  Greetings from beautiful Lake Texoma!

Well, as you can tell it’s been kind of a quiet week around the TSL Bunker.  We’re all still recovering from October!  However, that quiet is about to end.  Not only is Awards Season rapidly approaching but my DVR has so many things recorded that it’s going to explode if I don’t start watching some of it.

In other words, starting next week, it’s going to be all about getting caught up with the films and recording of 2019!  As you can tell by looking below, I’ve already gotten off to a fairly good start.

Finally, my birthday was this Saturday.  A new year has begun.  Through the Shattered Lens’s birthday will be in December.  This site will be 10 years old!  I’m currently making all sorts of plans for how we’re going to celebrate being a decade old.  I promise you this: you’re going to love what we have in store for 2020.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my week in review:

 

Films I Watched:

  1. The Apocalypse (2000)
  2. Casino (1995)
  3. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
  4. Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw (2019)
  5. Harriet (2019)
  6. Kindred Spirits (2019)
  7. The Kitchen (2019)
  8. Last Christmas (2019)
  9. Late Night (2019)
  10. The Lion King (2019)
  11. Ma (2019)
  12. Midsommar (2019)
  13. My Mother’s Split Personalities (2019)
  14. Rocketman (2019)
  15. Sleeping With My Student (2019)
  16. Stuber (2019)
  17. Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (2019)
  18. Yesterday (2019)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. Beverly Hills 90210
  3. Couples Court With The Cutlers
  4. Dancing With The Stars
  5. Days of Our Lives
  6. The Devil Next Door
  7. Divorce Court
  8. Doctor Phil
  9. The End of the Fucking World
  10. General Hospital
  11. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  12. Judge Jerry
  13. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  14. Seinfeld
  15. South Park
  16. Survivor 39
  17. The Voice

Books I Read:

  1. Verity (2018) by Colleen Hoover

 

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. The Beatles
  3. Big Data
  4. Bob Dylan
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Coldplay
  7. Don Henley
  8. Erin Anne
  9. Hachiku
  10. Haim
  11. Jakalope
  12. M4Sonic
  13. Magdalena Bay
  14. Public Image Ltd.
  15. Saint Motel
  16. Taylor Swift
  17. UPSAHL
  18. Zero 7

Links From Last Week:

  1. Twitter hates me. The Des Moines Register fired me. Here’s what really happened.
  2. Scorsese’s Marvel Critique Makes No Sense

News From Last Week:

  1. James Dean Reborn in CGI for Vietnam War Action-Drama
  2. Director of the CGI James Dean Movie is Somehow Shocked at the Backlash
  3. British Politician Drops Out Because of Her Views on Extraterrestrials in Government
  4. Woman Starring In Indie Horror Film Charged In Real Life Murder Day After Filming Wraps
  5. ‘Hollywood Superman’ Christopher Dennis, Longtime Walk Of Fame Fixture, Dead At 52
  6. Igo Kantor, Producer and Post-Production Executive, Dies at 89
  7. Woody Allen and Amazon End Legal Battle

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Dead as a Dummy, Whiplash, Detective World, Black Jack, The Come On, Film Fun, and the Singing Widow!
  2. Jeff reviewed Dangerous Curves, Viva Knievel, and The Hard Way.  He shared music videos from Public Image Ltd, Don Henley, and Public Image Ltd again!
  3. I shared the trailer for The Invisible Man and reviewed The King, Victoria Gotti, Sleeping With My Student, and Kindred Spirits!  I shared music videos from M4Sonic, Magdalena Bay, Hachiku, and M4Sonic again!  I also tried to share the teaser for Tenet but YouTube took down the video as soon as I posted it, those bastards.
  4. Patrick reviewed The Tokoloshe!
  5. Ryan reviewed TrumpTrump Volume 2 and Blood and Drugs!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Please consider subscribing!
  2. On Pop Politics, Jeff wrote about Aaron Calvin, Jeff Epstein, and Michael Bloomberg!  He also reviewed Hooper!
  3. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  4. On my music site, I shared songs from Haim, Zero 7, Coldplay, Erin Anne, Adi Ulmansky, The Beatles, and Saint Motel!
  5. On her photography site, Erin shared Turtle, Behind A Waterfall, More From Behind The Waterfall, Locked Door In Black-and-White, Church, Dallas, and Peaceful Fountain!

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

The Hard Way (1991, directed by John Badham)


Lt. John Moss (James Woods) is a cop with a problem.  A serial killer who calls himself the Party Crasher (Stephen Lang) is killing people all across New York and he has decided that he will be coming for Moss next.  However, Moss’s captain (Delroy Lindo) says that Moss is off of the Party Crasher case and, instead, he’s supposed to babysit a big time movie star named Nick Lang (Michael J. Fox)!

Nick is famous for playing “Smoking” Joe Gunn in a series of Indiana Jones-style action films.  However, Nick wants to be taken seriously.  He wants to play Hamlet, just like his rival Mel Gibson!  (That Hard Way came out a year after Mel Gibson played the melancholy Dame in Franco Zeffirelli’s 1990 adaptation of Shakespeare’s play.)  Nick thinks that if he can land the lead role in a hard-boiled detective film, it will give him a chance to show that he actually can act.  To prepare for his audition, he’s asked to spend some time following Moss on the job.  Mayor David Dinkins, always eager to improve New York’s reputation, agrees.  (David Dinkins does not actually appear in The Hard Way, though his name is often mentioned with a derision that will be familiar to anyone who spent any time in New York in the 90s.)  Of course, Moss isn’t going to stop investigating the Party Crasher murders and, of course, Nick isn’t going to follow Moss’s orders to just stay in his apartment and not get in his way.

The Hard Way is a predictable mix of action and comedy but it’s also entertaining in its own sloppy way.  Director John Badham brings the same grit that he brought to his other action films but he also proves himself to have a deft comedic touch.  Most of the laughs come from the contrast between James Woods playing one of his typically hyperactive, edgy roles and Michael J. Fox doing an extended and surprisingly convincing impersonation of Tom Cruise.  Woods and Fox prove to be an unexpectedly effective comedic team.  One of the best running jokes in the film is Woods’s exasperation as he discovers that everyone, from his girlfriend (Annabella Sciorra) to his no-nonsense boss, are huge fans of Nick Lang.  Even with a serial killer running loose in the city, Moss’s captain is more concerned with getting Nick’s autograph.

Woods and Fox are the main attractions here but Stephen Lang is a good, unhinged villain and Annabella Sciorra brings some verve to her underwritten role as Moss’s girlfriend.  Viewers will also want to keep an eye out for familiar faces like Penny Marshall as Nick’s agent, a very young Christina Ricci as Sciorra’s daughter, and Luis Guzman as Moss’s partner.

With its references to David Dinkins, Mel Gibson’s superstardom, and Premiere Magazine, its LL Cool J-filled soundtrack, and a plot that was obviously influenced by Lethal Weapon, The Hard Way is very much a period piece but it’s an entertaining one.

The Tokoloshe: Movie Preview, Review and Trailer


Poster tokoloshe

Technicals:

Director: Jerome Pikwane

Writers: Richard Kunzmann and Jerome Pikwane,

Stars: Petronella Tshuma, Kwande Nkosi, and Dawid Minnaar,

Preview:

Busi, a young destitute woman with dangerously repressed emotions, lands a job as a cleaner at a rundown hospital in the heart of Johannesburg. Desperate for the money so she can bring her younger sister to Johannesburg, she must cope despite the predatory and corrupt hospital manager. When Busi discovers an abandoned young girl in the hospital, who believes she is tormented by a supernatural force, Busi must face her own demons from her past in order to save the child from the abusive monster that pursues them both relentlessly.

 

Review:

Between some of the other horror movies I have watched recently, and this one, South Africa is becoming a haven for independent horror movies (and I meant that in a good way). With mind f**kery and subtle scare tactics, this is one of the best horror movies I have seen this year! There is a good bit of subtitles in this movie, but, they never distract from the movie itself.

Would I Recommend The Tokoloshe?

Absolutely! As soon as you can spend your Bitcoins, Amazon coins, or any other coins you have and watch this movie!

Where can you see it?

The Tokoloshe will be distributed on all video platforms by Uncork’d Entertainment with Evolutionary Films on December 3rd.

Wait, What if  I can’t wait that long to see it?

Well, you’ll have to. But, until then here is the trailer!

 

 

Music Video of the Day: Seattle by Public Image Ltd. (1987, directed by Nick Wiling)


“We had a week off in the tour for some reason, due to gig rearrangements and/or whatever, and I flew back to LA, but the band hung out in Seattle and they started jamming about and rehearsing and started putting together a really catchy tune. So I flew up, and the words just flowed out instantly. It’s a great song. The subject is about rioting, really, and when you see them World Trade Organization riots, it’s kind of appropriate. It’s an homage to Seattle, a town that’s never done us any harm. A town we feel quite warm about… great atmosphere, the gigs are always amazing. It feels like home to me.”

— John Lydon, explaining Seattle in an interview with The Stranger

Years before Seattle became, however briefly, the center of American music, John Lydon and Public Image Ltd. celebrated the city with their own song.  Given Lydon’s naturally contrarian nature, it is perhaps not surprising that his song celebrates many of the the things that drive other people crazy about the Emerald City.

The same can be said of the video, which not only highlights the industrial and rainy sides of Seattle but which also suggests that it’s a good place to drop a watermelon out of a window.

This video was directed by Nick Willing.  A year after directing this video, he would direct the music video of Debbie Gibson’s Foolish Beat, which is about as far away from working with John Lydon and Public Image, Ltd. as you can get!

Enjoy!