Lisa’s Week In Review: 11/25/19 — 12/1/19

I watched The Irishman on Wednesday, The Godfather on Thursday and It’s A Wonderful Life on Saturday!  Meanwhile, on Friday, I joined my sisters Erin and Melissa in blocking a stranger’s shopping cart just to make sure that she wouldn’t reach the electronics section before my other sister Megan had finished selecting her new television.  What all this means, of course, is that it’s now officially the holiday season!

Here’s what else went on this week:

Films I Watched

  1. At The Heart of the Gold: Inside the U.S. Gymnastics Scandal (2019)
  2. The Godfather (1972)
  3. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  4. InstaKiller (2019)
  5. The Irishman (2019)
  6. It’s A Wonderful Life (1947)
  7. The Professor and the Madman (2019)
  8. The Pyramid (1976)
  9. Road House (1989)
  10. She Cried Murder (1973)
  11. Stressed to Death (2019)

Television Shows I Watched

  1. 9-1-1
  2. Alfred Hitchcock Presents
  3. Beverly Hills 90210
  4. Dancing With The Stars
  5. Dance Moms
  6. Doctor Phil
  7. It’s A Living
  8. Law & Order
  9. Law & Order: Criminal Intent
  10. The Maladorian
  11. Mrs. Fletcher
  12. Saved By The Bell
  13. Silicon Valley
  14. Survivor 39
  15. Temptation Island
  16. True Crime Files
  17. The Voice

Music To Which I Listened

  1. Adam Rickfors
  2. Alexandra Savior
  3. Alvin Risk
  4. Armin van Buuren
  5. Bad Bunny
  6. Big Data
  7. Bikini Kill
  8. Britney Spears
  9. Camila Cabello
  10. Carrie Underwood
  11. The Chemical Brothers
  12. CSS
  13. Gwen Stefani
  14. Haim
  15. Icona Pop
  16. Joywave
  17. Kelly Clarkson
  18. Lara Snow
  19. Mody
  20. Nicolas Godin
  22. Saint Motel
  23. San Holo
  24. Soccer Mommy
  25. Susie Van Der Meer
  26. Yellow Claw

Links From Last Week:

  1. The Five Stages of Being Adapted by Martin Scorsese
  2. The Scottish Kisses
  3. The Top 10 Rules of Being a Detective in the District by SF author Nicole Givens Kurtz

News From Last Week:

  1. Why Baby Yoda should scare Michael Bloomberg and Deval Patrick

Links From the Site:

  1. Erin shared Farewell, My Young Lover, Untamed Darling, G.I. Girls, Love? Thank You, Reckless Passion, Carnival of Passion, and The Road Home.
  2. I shared music videos from Kelly Clarkson, Haim, Soccer Mommy, Carrie Underwood, Stray From The Path, CSS, and Nicolas Godin!  I shared my Oscar predictions for November, the nominations of Hollywood Critics Association, a trailer for The Rise of Skywalker, and a song from Arlo GuthrieI wished Arleigh a happy birthday!  I reviewed The Pyramid, Instakiller, and Stressed to Death!
  3. Pantsukudasai56 shared a song from Conway Twitty!
  4. Ryan reviewed My Dog Ivy and Loop of the Sun!  He also shared his picks for the Top 10 Single Issues of 2019!

More From Us:

  1. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  2. On my music site, I shared songs from The Chemical Brothers, Moby, Susie Van Der Meer, Alvin Risk, San Holo x Yellow Claw, RUFUS DU SOL, and Camila Cabello!
  3. At Pop Politics, Jeff wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving!
  4. On her photography site, Erin shared Fountain, GMW, Lava Lamp, Dials and Levers, Leaning, Life, and Harry Potter and Friends!
  5. Ryan has a patreon!  Please consider subscribing!

Click here to see what I did last week!

Song of the Day: That’s My Job (by Conway Twitty)

I know that generally speaking, Song of the Day isn’t a category that I post in, but I hope you’ll all indulge me this once.

A lot of people these days might recognize Conway Twitty from various cutaway gags in the TV show Family Guy, but for me, it goes back to my childhood.  Watching Hee-Haw with my dad, riding in the car with my dad, waking up in the morning to dad playing Conway and other old country western music stars while he exercised before work.  While my musical tastes would always skew more towards rock and alternative, I will always link music like Conway’s to my dad.

This past Friday, I lost my dad, Donald Boucher, after several long years fighting cancer.  Like any father and son, we had our disagreements, but we always knew that we loved each other.  I moved halfway across the country away from my parents, so I’d make sure that every Sunday I’d call him, even if I had spoken to him on Saturday, so today especially felt extra hollow since I knew he wouldn’t be there to pick up the phone anymore.

This song especially gives words to my feelings better than I feel I’m capable, so I’ll let Conway take it from here.  I know that wherever dad is now, he’ll get to be listening to Conway, Hank Williams Sr, Jim Reeves, and all the others that he loved listening to while I was growing up.  I’ll miss you dad.

That’s My Job

I woke up cryin’ late at night – when I was very young
I had dreamed my father – had passed away and gone
My world revolved around him – I couldn’t lie there anymore
So I made my way down the mirrored hall and tapped upon his door.

And I said, “Daddy, I’m so afraid!
How would I go on, with you gone that way?
Don’t wanna cry anymore
So may I stay with you?”

And he said,
“That’s my job, that’s what I do
Everything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me …
That’s my job, you see.”

Later we barely got along – this teenage boy and he
Most of the fights it seems – were over different dreams
We each held for me …
He wanted knowledge and learning – I wanted to fly out west
“Said I could make it out there – if I just had the fare
I got half, will you loan me the rest?”

And I said, “Daddy, I’m so afraid
There’s no guarantee in the plans I’ve made
And if I should fail, who will pay my way back home?”

And he said,
“That’s my job, that’s what I do
Ev’rything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me …
That’s my job, you see.”

Every person carves his spot – and fills the hole with life
And I pray someday I might – light as bright as he.

Woke up early one bright fall day – read the tragic news
After all my travels, I settled down – within a mile or two
I make my livin’ with words and rhymes – and all the tragedies
Should go into my head and out instead – as bits of poetry.

But I say, “Daddy I’m so afraid
How will I go on – with you gone this way
How can I come up – with a song to say, “I love you.”

“That’s my job, that’s what I do
Ev’rything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me …
That’s my job, you see.”

“Ev’rything I do is because of you
To keep you safe with me …
That’s my job, you see.”

Four Color Apocalypse 2019 Year In Review : Top Ten Single Issues

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

It’s that time of the year — specifically, the end of it. Or near enough, at any rate, for my purposes — those “purposes” being to survey the comics landscape and pick my favorites from 2019’s slate of offerings. As per the norm, I’ll be dividing things up into a veritable boat-load of different categories — top ten single issues (stand-alone comics, or ongoing projects that saw only one installment published in the last calendar year), top ten ongoing series (any comic series or “limited” series that saw two or more issues come out in 2019), top ten vintage collections (books presenting material originally published prior to the year 2000), top ten contemporary collections (books presenting material originally published after the year 2000), top ten special mentions (“comics-adjacent” projects such as ‘zines, books about comics, art books, prose and/or visual works by cartoonists that aren’t exactly “comics” per se

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Music Video Of The Day: The Foundation by Nicolas Godin featuring Cola Boyy (2019, dir by Greg Barnes)

For today’s music video of the day, we have an interstellar epic of sorts.  The astronaut is played by Anna Sari while the scientist is played by Rick Kiesewetter.