Lisa’s Week In Review: 2/10/20 — 2/16/20

I hope everyone had a happy Valentine’s Day!

Well, let’s just admit the obvious.  After last week’s Oscar Sunday extravaganza, there was no way that I wasn’t going to spend most of this week getting some rest and that’s exactly what I did.  A part of me regrets it because I’ve always been the type who thinks, “That hour you spent doing nothing was an hour that you’ll never get back!”  But, as I’ve matured and grown or whatever, I’ve come to realize that sometimes you really have to appreciate the peace of doing nothing for an hour.

However, on Friday, I did finally manage to start my new review series: Love on the Shattered Lens!  All through the rest of February, I’ll be reviewing some films about love.  Some of them are happy films.  Some of them are sad films.  Some are good.  Some are bad.  And I’ll be reviewing them all!

Anyway, here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week.  As you’ll notice, this was a very musical week for me.  That’s because I hosted the weekly #ILikeToWatch live tweet on Saturday and I had 60 minutes worth of music to select.  As you can tell from the end result, it was a fun search!

Films I Watched:

  1. Blue Crush (2002)
  2. The Flight That Disappeared (1961)
  3. Happy Gilmore (1996)
  4. Lord Lucan: My Husband, The Truth (2017)
  5. Lying Eyes (1996)
  6. No Lost Cause (2011)
  7. Once Upon A Time In Hollywood (2019)
  8. Rapture (1965)
  9. Rock, It’s Your Decision (1982)
  10. Smash-Up On Interstate 5 (1976)
  11. Staying Alive (1983)
  12. True Romance (1993)
  13. The Vampire’s Ghost (1945)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1: Long Star
  2. 60 Days In
  3. American Idol
  4. The Bachelor 24
  5. Brooklyn Nine Nine
  6. Curb Your Enthusiasm
  7. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  8. The Magicians
  9. Project Runway
  10. Survivor 40

Books I Read:

  1. Something’s Down There (2003) by Mickey Spillane

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Afrojack
  3. Anna Sofia Mork
  4. Aoki
  5. Armin van Buuren
  6. Avicii
  7. Basement Jaxx
  8. Bee Gees
  9. Big Data
  10. Bikini Kill
  11. Blondie
  12. Blotto
  13. Britney Spears
  14. Calvin Harris
  15. Camila Cabello
  16. The Chemical Brothers
  17. The Clash
  18. The Commodores
  19. The Crystal Method
  20. Daft Punk
  21. The Damned
  22. deadmau5
  23. Dillon Francis
  24. DJ Judaa
  25. DJ Snake
  26. Donna Summer
  27. Elle King
  28. ELO
  29. The Emotions
  30. Falling in Reverse
  31. Fatboy Slim
  32. The Future Sounds of London
  33. Gloria Gaynor
  34. The Hues Corporation
  35. I Break Horses
  36. Jakalope
  37. The Jam
  38. John’s Children
  39. Junkie XL
  40. KC and the Sunshine Band
  41. Kedr Livanskiy
  42. Lenny Kravitz
  43. Lindsey Stirling
  44. Lionrock
  45. Lo Fidelity Allstars
  46. Loona
  47. The MC5
  48. Moby
  49. Muse
  50. Patti Smith
  51. Phantogram
  52. The Prodigy
  53. Public Image Lmtd.
  54. The Ramones
  55. Richard Hell and the Vervoids
  56. The Rolling Stones
  57. Saint Motel
  58. Savage Rose
  59. Selena Gomez
  60. The Sex Pistols
  61. Souixsie and the Banshees
  62. Swedish House Mafia
  63. Talking Heads
  64. Taylor Swift
  65. Walter Murphy
  66. X
  67. Yvonne Elliman
  68. Zedd

News From Last Week:

  1. Margot Robbie’s ‘Birds Of Prey’ Changes Title After Low Box Office Results
  2. Rose McGowan: Natalie Portman’s Oscars dress protest ‘deeply offensive’

Links From Last Week:

  1. Oscar Snubs Again! Here’s Who Was Left Off the Memorial Reel This Year
  2. Report: Satire Is Great, As Long As It Never Targets Any Of My Own Beliefs
  3. The Cinema of Veronica Lake

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared It’s Love Part 6, The Covers of Saucy Movie Tales, and The Running Man, East Side General, Fall of Night, Too Fast We Live, It Must Be Valentine’s Day, Ask For Linda, and Bailey’s Daughters!
  2. Doc wished everyone a happy Valentine’s Day!
  3. Jeff paid tribute to Burt Reynolds and reviewed The Swiss Conspiracy, Scarred City, Smash-Up On Interstate 5, City on Fire, Final Impact, Mitchell, and Bravo Two Zero!
  4. I shared music videos from Lindsey Stirling, Anna Sofia Mork, I Break Horses, Junkie XL, Falling in Reverse, Saint Motel, and the Hues Corporation!  I also reviewed Lord Lucan: My Husband The Truth, Romeo and Juliet, and Lying Eyes!
  5. Ryan shared his weekly reading round-up and reviewed Stubb & Leski’s Catsmas, Yellow Flag Intelligence Squadron, The Downed Deer, and Major Bummer!

More From Us:

  1. On twitter, I hosted Saturday’s #ILikeToWatch live tweet.  Here’s my Punk v Disco playlist!
  2. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the premiere of Survivor!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from Lindsey Stirling, Loona, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Lo Fidelity All Stars, Lenny Kravitz, Camila Cabello, and Yvonne Elliman.
  4. On her photography site, Erin shared Snow 9, Snow 10, Snow 11. Snow 12, Snow 13, Snow 14, and Snow 15.
  5. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: I Slept Through Most Of The Oscars, New Hampshire Predictions, and We Lost 3.
  6. At Days Without Incident, Leonard wrote about the theme song of the new Bond film!
  7. Ryan has a patreon!  You should consider subscribing!

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

Have a great week, everyone!

Bravo Two Zero (1999, directed by Tom Clegg)

In 1991, during the Gulf War, a British SAS patrol — codenamed Bravo Two Zero — is dropped behind enemy lines in Iraq.  Led by Andy McNabb (played by Sean Bean), their mission is to track down and destroy Iraqi scud missile launchers and also to disrupt communications between Baghdad and Northwestern Iraq.  Almost from the minute that the 8 member teams is dropped behind enemy lines, things start to go wrong.  The weather turns against them.  They’re spotted by both Iraqi civilians and soldiers.  While the team tries to make it back to safety, McNabb and three others are captured by the Iraqis and are forced to endure torture while looking for an opportunity to escape.

Bravo Two Zero, which originally aired in two parts on the BBC, is based on Andy McNabb’s memoir about what happened when Bravo Two Zero found themselves trapped behind enemy lines, their mission compromised.  It’s a rousing story but it’s also a controversial one.  Several other people who were involved with the operation claimed that McNabb (which was a pseudonym adopted to protect the identities of the other members of the unit) exaggerated certain details, particularly the extent that he was tortured and the number of Iraqi soldiers that the unit had to fight on their way to the Syrian border.  What is known for sure is that the unit was trapped behind enemy lines and, of the 8 who set out, only five returned, having survived against almost impossible odds.  It’s possible to debate the exact details but no one debates the bravery of the men involved.

As a film, Bravo Two Zero takes McNabb at his word.  It’s a tough and gritty war film and Sean Bean gives an excellent performance in the role of McNabb.  Real-life footage from the Gulf War is mixed in with the recreation of what happened to the unit and it gives the film both a semi-documentary feel and it also ratchets up the suspense.  While the news broadcasts present what appears to be a very easy victory over Iraq, we’re reminded that it wasn’t as easy for the men who were actually getting shot at on a daily basis.  Will the men be able to make it to Syria before the rest of the world moves on?  Though the film is clearly on the side of the Coalition Forces, it’s hardly blindly jingoistic.  While the Iraqis who torture McNabb are presented as being sadists, the majority of the Iraqi citizens come across as just people trying to survive day-by-day while bombs rain down upon them.  For the most part, the Iraqi people are presented as being caught in the middle of a war that, regardless of who wins, will never benefit them, pawns in a battle between competing super powers.  The film’s villain is Saddam Hussein and not the people living under his dictatorship.

Bravo Two Zero is an excellent war film, one that emphasizes the hard work and training that goes into serving with the SAS over the usual action film heroics.  While never glamorizing combat or war, it pays tribute to those who have served and made the ultimate sacrifice.

Weekly Reading Round-Up : 02/09/2020 – 02/15/2020, Catching Up With Brian Canini

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

It’s been a little while since we took a look at what Columbus, Ohio’s Brian Canini is doing over at his Drunken Cat comics imprint, but seeing as how I just got a package from him in the mail last week, and finally had a chance to read through it all last night, now’s as good a time as any to put his work back under our metaphorical microscope —

Plastic People #11 is one of the best issues of the now-long-running series to date, as our “plastic surgery police” in a future LA continue their investigation of the city’s first murder in decades by talking to one of the last surviving REAL cops in town (an LA without police? Talk about a utopia) in order to figure out how to even begin gathering clues and identifying suspects in the first place. This title damn near lost me when Canini…

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Music Video of the Day: Rock the Boat by The Hues Corporation (1974, dir by ????)

“Rock the boat!”

“Don’t rock the boat, baby!”

“Rock the boat!”

“Don’t tip the boat over!”

I have to admit that, as much as I love this song, I find myself thinking about South Park whenever I hear the lyrics.  “Kick the baby!”  “Don’t kick the baby.”

I also have to admit that the main reason why I’m sharing this video today is because, earlier on Saturday night, I hosted a Punk v Disco party.  It’s hard to say which one won.  Punk started out strong but disco rallied quite a comeback during the final 30 minutes.  In the end, I’d have to call it a draw.

Anyway, Rock The Boat was reportedly the first disco song to ever make it to number one on the charts in the United States.  It holds up pretty well, doesn’t it?  I’ve always like the fact that you’ve got that chorus demanding that the boat by rocked and there’s that one, lonely voice saying, “Hey, let’s not do that.  Let’s not tip the boat over just yet, okay?”  If I ever find myself in a lifeboat in the middle of the ocean with a bunch of other people, this is the song that I’m going to sing to cheer everyone up.

As for this video, I assume it was done for television.  Don’t ask me what show they were appearing on.  I just like the song and the dancing.