Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 4/13/20 — 4/19/20

Another week comes to a close.  During previous years, I would really be freaking out if I had accomplished so little by April 19th.  This year, I know that I’m actually probably doing better than most, just by the fact that I haven’t lost my mind yet.

I’m in a good mood.  I’ll be in an even better mood when I can actually go out and watch a movie outside of my own home.  I miss the theaters.

Here’s what I did this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Casino (1995)
  2. Charlie Chan at the Olympics (1937)
  3. Christiane F. (1981)
  4. Coma (1978)
  5. Il Divo (2008)
  6. Gomorrah (2008)
  7. Horse Girl (2020)
  8. Killer Prom (2020)
  9. The King of Comedy (1983)
  10. Mazes and Monsters (1982)
  11. Psych-Out (1968)
  12. Sergio (2020)
  13. Slacker (1991)
  14. Tarzan in Manhattan (1989)
  15. The Trip (1967)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days In
  2. Bar Rescue
  3. Community
  4. Dallas
  5. Degrassi
  6. Doctor Phil
  7. Ghost Whisperer
  8. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell And Back
  9. Match Game
  10. Oz
  11. Survivor 40
  12. Too Hot To Handle
  13. Wings

Books I Read:

  1. Final Gig: The Man Behind The Murder (1991) by George Eells

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Arlo Guthrie
  2. The Bangles
  3. Big Data
  4. Cedric Gervais
  5. Charlie XCX
  6. Chromatics
  7. David Bowie
  8. The Drifters
  9. Elohim
  10. Elton John
  11. FM Skyline
  12. Gary Jules
  13. Gorgon City
  14. Icona Pop
  15. Iggy Pop
  16. Jaguar Jonze
  17. The Lovetones
  18. Pictish Trail
  19. The Prodigy
  20. Public Practice
  21. Public Service Broadcasting
  22. Selena Gomez
  23. Simple Minds
  24. twenty-one pilots
  25. UPSAHL
  26. The Who

Links From Last Week:

  1. Interview: Cate Blanchett on being the most hated woman in ‘Mrs. America’
  2. ‘I hate bullies’: Bicyclist verbally attacked by Chris Cuomo fires back

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed The Titan!
  2. Erin shared: Silenced Witness, Confessions of a Park Avenue Playgirl, The Mugger, Nightclub Sinner, The Playhouse of Passion, The Package Deal, Troubled Star, and the Covers of The Phantom Detective!
  3. Jeff reviewed Across The Tracks, Tarzan in Manhattan, Shaker Run, The Last Chase, Blast, That’s The Way Of The World, and The Great Adventure!
  4. Patrick reviewed Dear Guest!
  5. Ryan reviewed The Backstage of a Dishwashing Webshow, Goat Song, The Garden, and Constitution Illustrated Sampler!
  6. I shared music videos from Stealers Wheel, Active Child, Elohim, Public Service Broadcasting, Saint Motel, Pictish Trail, and FM Skyline.  I reviewed Throne of Blood, The Greatest Story Ever Told, Forty Nights, King of Kings, Il Divo, and Sergio!

More From Us:

  1. I hosted #ILikeToWatch!  Here’s the playlist!
  2. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  3. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  4. Jeff shared Lockdown Journal entries for: 4-13-20, 4-14-20, 4-15-20!
  5. At my music site, I shared songs from Gorgon City, twenty-one pilots, The Lovetones, Selena Gomez, Public Practice, Public Service Broadcasting, and The Drifters!
  6. At her photography site, Erin shared: Lean Back, Image 8312, Image 8311, Image 8310, Image 8309, The Tree In The Backyard, and Royal Path!

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The Great Adventure (1975, directed by Gianfranco Baldanello)

During the Gold Rush, a young boy named Jim Chambers (Fernando E. Romero) rescues a German shepherd from a bear trap.  Jim’s father doesn’t want Jim to adopt the dog but then he gets killed by Indians so what is he going to do about it?  Traveling with two trappers who are also brothers (played by Manuel de Blas and Remo De Angelis), Jim, his sister, Mary (Elisabetta Virgili), and the dog move to the nearby town of Dawson City.

Jim and Mary want to take over the town’s newspaper, which was originally founded by their family.  However, both the newspaper and the town have been taken over by an evil gambler named William Bates (Jack Palance).  Bates may be willing to let the children run the paper but only if they allow him to take their dog.  Meanwhile, one of the trappers falls in love with the local saloon keeper, Sonia Kendall (Joan Collins).

Though The Great Adventure is set in Alaska and tells a typical Western story, it’s an Italian film through-and-through.  Jack Palance and Joan Collins may be top-billed but the movie itself is dominated by actors speaking in poorly dubbed English.  This was one of several films based on White Fang that was released in the 70s and, like many of them, it’s an uneasy hybrid of a treacly family film and a violent western.  On the one hand, it’s a film about two children and their dog trying to publish a newspaper and, on the other hand, Jack Palance kills people in cold blood.  The film is so badly edited to be almost impossible to follow but I’m an unapologetic Jack Palance fan and I almost always enjoy any film that lets Palance do his thing.  Unfortunately, The Great Adventure didn’t have as much Palance as I was expecting and Joan Collins is beautiful but hampered by the film’s G-rating.  (For an actress who was affectionately nicknamed The Great British Open, Collins is always a strange presence in a family film.)  At least the dog was a good actor.  He eventually abandons his newfound family so that he can rejoin a wild dog pack in the wilderness and he probably made the right decision.  He looks very happy at the end of the movie.