Weekly Reading Round-Up : 12/15/2019 – 12/21/2019

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

This week’s “top-line” takeaway : two new Black Label debuts (or maybe that should be two more new Black Label debuts) from DC, and Dark Horse spirals into spin-off hell — but does it well? Let’s get right to it —

Horror novelist Carmen Maria Machado and Coffin Bound artist Dani collaborate on what’s got to be the most promising first issue yet from Joe Hill’s Black Label sub-sub-imprint, Hill House Comics, The Low, Low Woods #1 — and that’s pretty high praise when you consider that Hill and Leomacs’ Basketful Of Heads and Mike Carey, Peter Gross, and Vince Locke’s The Dollhouse Family have already come out of the gate damn strong. This one centers on a pair of young, queer girls of color trying their best to get by in the shithole mining town of Shudder-To-Think, Pennsylvania, which has been plagued by a constantly-raging underground coal fire…

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Lisa’s Week In Review: 12/16/19 — 12/22/19

As you can tell by the picture above, there’s been a lot going on this week but, to be honest, I’ve been too busy getting ready for the holidays to really pay that much attention.  The next two weeks are going to be about not just present but also getting caught up on what I may have missed earlier in 2019 and what I still have to see.

Wish me luck!

Here’s what I did this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. The Bells of St. Mary’s (1945)
  2. Blinded By The Light (2019)
  3. The Enemies Within (2016)
  4. Going My Way (1944)
  5. He’s Out To Get You (2019)
  6. Most Likely To Murder (2019)
  7. My Mom’s Darkest Secret (2019)
  8. Recipe for Danger (2019)
  9. The Report (2019)
  10. Road House (1989)
  11. Stop Making Sense (1984)

Television Show I Watched:

  1. Beverly Hills 90210
  2. A Charlie Brown Christmas
  3. Couples Court With The Cutlers
  4. Doctor Phil
  5. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  6. Judge Jerry
  7. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  8. The Mandolorian
  9. Survivor 39
  10. The Voice
  11. The Witcher

Books I Read:

  1. Monster, She Wrote: The Women Who Pioneered Horror and Speculative Fiction (2019) by Lisa Kroger and Melanie R. Anderson

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Big Data
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Coldplay
  4. The Crystal Method
  5. Dean Martin
  6. Ed O’Briean
  7. Elliott Dvorin
  8. Fitz and the Tantrums
  9. Frank Sinatra
  10. Jakalope
  11. Lana Del Rey
  12. Lindsey Stirling
  13. Muse
  14. Phantogram
  15. Rich White
  16. Sabrina Carpenter
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Talking Heads
  19. Taylor Swift

Awards Season Links:

  1. North Texas Film Critics Association
  2. Houston Film Critics Society Nominations
  3. Seattle Film Critics Society
  4. The San Francisco Bay Area Film Critics
  5. The Indiana Film Journalists Association 
  6. Vancouver Film Critics Circle
  7. Golden Reel Nominations
  8. Phoenix Film Critics Society
  9. The Dallas/Fort Worth Film Critics Association
  10. Florida Film Critics Circle Nominations
  11. The Satellite Awards

News From Last Week:

  1. Quentin Tarantino “Steering Away” From His Planned ‘Star Trek’ Movie
  2. Marvel’s Spider-Man Fan Poster Hypes Up Sequel Possibilities
  3. ABC News to air Jeffrey Epstein special that doesn’t include spiked Amy Robach interview

Links From Last Week:

  1. Here’s the Full List Of Every Film Eligible For The 2019 Oscars!
  2. The 2019 Black List
  3. 2019 was the year of the ill-advised celebrity interview
  4. How Far Is Too Far?

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared The Beat Boys, Scandals At A Country Club, Thrilling Wonder Stories, Rivers of Glory, Give Me This Woman, Thrilling Detective, and A Family Affair!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from R.E.M., Phil Collins, Madness, Bon Jovi, David Johansen, and Roger Daltrey!
  3. I reviewed Recipe for Danger, He’s Out To Get You, Most Likely to Murder, and My Mom’s Darkest Secrets!  I shared a music video from Coldplay because why not?
  4. Ryan shared his weekly reading round-up and reviewed The Legend of Stick Dirtly, Lizard Daddies, Waiting Room, My Geometric Family, Press Enter to Continue, and Pittsburgh.
  5. Leonard shared the 2nd Top Gun Trailer!

More From Us:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared Limbs, Heat, Limbs, Foggy Morning, Foggy Morning 2, Foggy Morning 3, and Birds In A Tree!
  2. On my music site, I shared songs from Coldplay, Taylor Swift, Dean Martin, Saint Motel, Big Data, Sabrina Carpenter, and Fitz and the Tantrums!
  3. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the finale of Survivor!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: Congress Is Set To Ban The Sale Of Tobacco To Anyone Under 21, Why I Haven’t Said Anything About The Biggest Story In America Right Now, Who Would Have Guessed Impeachment Could Be So Boring?, and Drama For Nothing.
  5. Ryan has a patreon!  Please consider subscribing!

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Music Video Of The Day: After The Fire by Roger Daltrey (1985, directed by ????)

In 1985, After The Fire was a minor hit for The Who’s lead singer, Roger Daltrey.  It appeared on Daltrey’s sixth solo album, Under A Raging Moon, and it was helped, on its way up the charts, by a music video that was put into heavy rotation on MTV.

After The Fire was written by Pete Townshend and it was originally meant to be a Who song.  The plan was originally to debut After The Fire at Live Aid but, because of a scheduling mishap, the band did not get a chance to rehearse the new song before performing and so After The Fire was dropped from the band’s set list.  It was instead given to Daltrey, who included it on his solo album.

This is perhaps the only song to name drop both Dom DeLuise and Matt Dillon.  Judging from the lyrics about Dillon riding “his brother’s motorcycle” in black-and-white, the lyrics were probably referring to his performance in Rumble Fish.  The reference to Dom DeLuise is a little more cryptic.  Was Pete Townshend a fan of The Cannonball Run?  Or was he watching The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas while writing the song?  We may never know.