Lisa’s Week in Review: 4/20/20 — 04/26/20

It was another slow week as we wait out the lockdown.  On the plus side, I watched a lot of movies.

“But, Lisa, where are the reviews?”  Oh, don’t you worry.  The reviews are coming….

Films I Watched:

  1. Alexander (2004)
  2. The American Friend (1976)
  3. Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969)
  4. The Boy With Green Hair (1948)
  5. The Cool Ones (1967)
  6. Cover Me, Babe (1970)
  7. Day of Anger (1967)
  8. The Enigma of Kaspar Hasuer (1974)
  9. Esther and the King (1960)
  10. Executive Action (1973)
  11. Fingers (1978)
  12. The Giant Spider Invasion (1975)
  13. God’s Gun (1975)
  14. Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
  15. Guerrilla: The Taking of Patty Hearst (2004)
  16. His Name Was King (1971)
  17. Klute (1971)
  18. Palo Alto (2013)
  19. The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
  20. The Passenger (1975)
  21. Peter: The Redemption (2016)
  22. Point Blank (1967)
  23. Police Academy (1984)
  24. Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985)
  25. Report to the Commissioner (1975)
  26. Three (1969)
  27. The Vanishing (1988)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days In
  2. America Says
  3. American Idol
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. Bewitched
  6. The Bold and the Beautiful
  7. Brooklyn 9-9
  8. Community
  9. Days of Our Lives
  10. Degrassi
  11. General Hospital
  12. Ghost Whisperer
  13. I Dream of Jeannie
  14. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  15. King of the Hill
  16. Lotsa Luck
  17. Medium
  18. Monk
  19. The Office
  20. The Paul Lynde Show
  21. Seinfeld
  22. Survivor 40
  23. Veep
  24. Wings
  25. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. Cthulhurotica (2011) by Carrie Cuinn
  2. Zodiac (1986) by Robert Graysmith
  3. Zodiac Unmasked (2002) by Robert Graysmith

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above and Beyond
  2. Adi Ulmansky
  3. Armin van Buuren
  4. Avicii
  5. Big Data
  6. Blanck Mass
  7. Cedric Gervais
  8. Charli XCX
  9. Chromatics
  10. Coldplay
  11. Crud
  12. The Crystal Method
  13. Daft Punk
  14. David Bowie
  15. Deadmau5
  16. Dillon Francis
  17. DJ Snake
  18. EDEN
  19. Emerson Lake Palmer
  20. Fakear
  21. Goblin
  22. Icona Pop
  23. INXS
  24. Jakalope
  25. Jane’s Addiction
  26. Joel Plaskett
  27. Judy Talk
  28. Junkie XL
  29. Kedr Livanskiy
  30. Kelly Clarkson
  31. Muse
  32. Nine Inch Nails
  33. Nouveau Lounge
  34. Phantogram
  35. PVRIS
  36. The Robber Who Robbed The Town
  37. Saint Motel
  38. Selena Gomez
  39. Steve Aoki
  40. Talking Heads
  41. Tears for Fears
  42. Tiesto
  43. Universal Honey
  44. UPSAHL

News From Last Week:

  1. The Batman,’ ‘Sopranos’ Movie Get New Release Dates
  2. California Law Limiting Independent Contractors is Hindering Coronavirus Response, Experts Say
  3. CBS Soaps to Air Vintage ‘Theme Weeks’ After New Episodes Run Out Thursday
  4. ‘Venom’ Sequel Gets Official Title; Delayed until Summer 2021
  5. ‘In The Heights’ Dances Into Summer 2021
  6. De Blasio’s social distancing tip line flooded with penis photos, Hitler memes
  7. Cheers Virtual Cinema! Minnesota Film Festivals go online
  8. Alleged Katie Hill lover speaks out: ‘I’m innocent, broken and suicidal’
  9. Sony’s ‘Spider-Man’ Sequels and ‘Doctor Strange 2’ Delayed Again

Links From Last Week:

  1. Celebrities and the Media Shouldn’t Sneer at Coronavirus Lockdown Protesters
  2. COUNTERPOINT: There’s No Crying In Journalism
  3. I Lost My Tour, My Income & My Friend To Coronavirus. I Don’t Know What’s Next.
  4. Protests show ‘two Americas’ — those who lost their jobs and those still getting paid
  5. Chris Cuomo’s Coronavirus Performance Shows That He’s An Insecure Blowhard
  6. Do we really need a Hunger Games prequel movie?

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared The Phantom Detective Covers of Robert Bonfils and Leg Artist, A Door In Texas, Tobacco Road, A World I Never Made, A Swell-Looking Girl, Confessions of Dime Hall Dance Queen, and Shameless Playgirl!
  2. Jeff shared a music video from Talking Heads and reviewed Now They Call Him Sacramento, Day of Anger, God’s Gun, His Name Was King, Dangerous Indiscretion, Police Academy, and Police Academy 2!
  3. I shared music videos from The Chemical Brothers, Joel Plaskett, Chromatics, Chromatics again, Fakear, and EDEN!  I also wished happy birthdays to Edie Sedgwick, Jack Nicholson, Sheryl Lee, and Al Pacino!
  4. Ryan reviewed Tears of the Leather-Bound Saints, Explosive Comic, Flop Sweat, and Mud Thief!

More From Us:

  1. I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor for Reality TV Chat Blog!
  2. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared songs from The Cure and Prince!
  3. Ryan has a Patreon!  Please consider subscribing!
  4. At her photography site, Erin shared: Talk, Chair and Ladder, Spiraling, Diamond Dyes, Backyard Flowers, Bricks, and Table in the Distance!
  5. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: Mike Bloomberg Spent How Much?, Today’s Lesson: Never Tweet, and Lockdown Journal 4-20-20 and 4-22-20!
  6. At my music site, I shared songs from David Bowie, Charli XCX, Judy Talk, Chromatics, Coldplay, PVRIS, and Joel Plaskett!

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

Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment (1985, directed by Jerry Paris)

In an unnamed city that is probably meant to be Los Angeles but which looks like Toronto, a criminal gang known as the Scullions have taken over the 16th precinct.  Led by the loud, marble-mouthed Zed (Bobcat Goldthwait), the Scullions are terrorizing the citizens and harassing one shop owner, Carl Sweetchuck (Tim Kazurinsky), in particular.  The captain of the 16th precinct, Pete Lassard (Howard Hesseman), calls his brother, Eric Lassard (George Gaynes), and asks for the best cadets to have recently graduated from the police academy.

Carey Mahoney (Steve Guttenberg) and a few other of the cadets from the first Police Academy movie end up in the 16th.  Tackleberry (David Graf) is there and so is accident-prone Douglas Fackler (Bruce Mahler).  Bubba Smith is back as Hightower and so is Michael Winslow, the human sound effects machine.  They’re determined to help Lassard’s brother but it’s not going to be easy because they have to work with Lt. Mauser (Art Metrano) who is basically a dick who wants to be captain.  Mauser is exactly like Harris from the first film, except his name is Mauser and, instead of getting his head stuck up a horse’s ass, he gets his hands super-glued to his head.

Police Academy 2 is less raunchy than the first film but still not quite as family friendly as the films that would follow.  There’s still one f-bomb dropped and a few adult jokes, as if the film wasn’t fully ready to admit that it was destined to become associated with juvenile viewers who would laugh at almost anything involving a bodily function.  There is one funny moment where Steve Guttenberg goes undercover to join Zed’s gang, mostly because he’s Steve Guttenberg and he’s even less believable as a gang member than he was as a cop.  The closest thing that movie has to a highlight is Bobcat Goldthwait’s manic turn as Zed and Tim Kazurinsky’s desperation as he watches his store get repeatedly destroyed.  Tackleberry also gets an amusing romantic subplot, where he meets a police woman (Colleen Camp) who loves guns almost as much he does.  Unfortunately, Tackleberry’s romance gets pushed to the side by all of the gang activity.

Police Academy 2 is stupid but, depending on how much tolerance you have for Bobcat Goldthwait, sometimes funny.  It’s not as “good” as the first film but it’s still better than most of what would follow.  Speaking of which, tomorrow, I will be reviewing the first Police Academy film to get a PG-rating, Police Academy 3: Back in Training.

Music Video Of The Day: Sax and Violins by Talking Heads (1991, directed by ????)

“I wrote the words later for the opening scene of Wim Wenders’Until the End of the World. The movie is supposed to take place in the year 2000, so I spent a lot of time trying to image music of the near future: post-rock sludge with lyrics sponsored by Coke and Pepsi? Music created by machines with human shouts of agony and betrayal thrown in? Faux Appalachian ballads, the anti-tech wave? The same sounds and licks from the 60s and 70s regurgitated yet again by a new generation of samplers? The Milli Vanilli revival? Rappin’ politicos… sell your soul to the beat, y’all? Well, it was daunting… so I figured, hell with it, I’d imagine Talking Heads doing a reunion LP in the year 2000, and them sounding just like they used to.”

— David Byrne on Sax and Violins

Sax and Violins was one of Talking Heads’s final hits before the band broke up in 1991.  It was also one of their final videos and it seems appropriate that the song sounds like both a warning and a celebration.  Whenever I hear “Mom and Pop, they will fuck you up,” I wonder if that was a description of the band’s inner dynamic, which had become Tina Weymouth and Chris Frantz vs David Byrne by the time of the time of the band’s break-up.

Perhaps not surprisingly, the video is all David Byne, with the band’s lead singer singing the song with his trademark look of detachment on his face.