Lisa’s Week In Review: 4/27/20 — 5/3/20

Am I still in lockdown?  Am I out of lockdown?  Who the Hell knows?  What I do know is that my state is partially re-opened but my county is still like, “Shelter in place until at least May 20th!”  So, other than the fact that I’m working from home until at least June 3rd and all of the local movie theaters are still closed, I don’t know what the Hell’s going on.  Oh well.  At least I watched a lot of movies and wrote a lot of reviews last week!

Films I Watched:

  1. Affurmative Action (2019)
  2. Bad Education (2020)
  3. Basic (2020)
  4. Blonde Ice (1948)
  5. Cat People (1982)
  6. Dangerous Lies (2020)
  7. Deadly Mile High Club (2020)
  8. Dieorama (2019)
  9. Dragonheart: Vengeance (2020)
  10. Figurant (2019)
  11. I Due Kennedy (1969)
  12. The Incident (1967)
  13. The Inventor (2019)
  14. Killer In The Guest House (2020)
  15. Lions in the Corner (2020)
  16. Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
  17. Rising High (2020)
  18. Run/On (2020)
  19. Shaft (1971)
  20. $tack$ (2020)
  21. Still Wylde (2020)
  22. Summer Hit (2019)
  23. The Super Cops (1974)
  24. Super Fly (1972)
  25. Tigertail (2020)
  26. Vert (2019)
  27. The Voice In Your Head (2020)
  28. Waffle (2020)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 60 Days In
  2. Bar Rescue
  3. The Bold and the Beautiful
  4. Days of our Lives
  5. Doctor Phil
  6. General Hospital
  7. Ghost Whisperer
  8. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  9. Magnum P.I.
  10. The Office
  11. Survivor 40
  12. The Young and the Restless

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Ben Zaidi
  3. The Chemical Brothers
  4. Deadmau5
  5. EDEN
  6. Fiona Apple
  7. HAIM
  8. Lana Del Rey
  9. Lindsey Stirling
  10. The Rolling Stones
  11. Saint Motel
  12. Selena Gomez
  13. The Speakeasy Three

News From Last Week:

  1. Susan Sarandon shows support for Biden’s sexual assault accuser
  2. Daft Punk to Score Dario Argento’s New Film Black Glasses
  3. The Oscars Might Look a Lot Different in 2021
  4. BREAKING: Oscars to allow streaming only content for 93rd Academy Awards
  5. AMC Theatres Refuses to Play Universal Films in Wake of ‘Trolls World Tour’
  6. Man Arrested Trying to Quarantine on Private Disney Island

Links From Last Week:

  1. Oscars on demand: will the Academy be able to put the streaming genie back in the bottle?

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Boy Chaser, Sin Preferred, Portrait of the Damned, Sins of an Aspiring Actress, Man In The Alley, Body For A Blonde, and Queen’s CapriceShe also profiled artist Hubert Rogers!
  2. Doc shared a music video from Lindsey Stirling!
  3. Jeff shared a music video from The Rolling Stones and reviewed Recruits, School Spirit, Police Academy 3, Police Academy 4, Police Academy 5, Police Academy 6, and Police Academy 7!
  4. Ryan reviewed Blind, Drippin, and King of King Court!
  5. I shared music videos from Ben Zaidi, Lindsey Stirling, Avril Lavigne, Saint Motel, and Haim!  I shared my April Oscar predictions!  I also reviewed: Slacker, Frances, Convoy, Psych-Out, Angel, Angel Down We Go, The Cool Ones, When Cary Grant Introduced Timothy Leary to LSD, Some Call It Loving, Cover Me Babe, Three, There’s Always Vanilla, What Did Jack Do?, The Panic in Needle Park, Fingers, The Passenger, The Boy With Green Hair, The American Friend, The Vanishing, Gomorrah, The Enigma of Kaspar Hauser, Alexander, Esther and the King, Peter: The Redemption, Escape From Hell, Affurmative Action, The Voice In Your Head, Waffle, Still Wylde, Lions in the Corner, Figurant, Basic, Dieorama, Run/On, Summer Hit, Vert, Deadly Mile High Club, and $tack$!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon, please consider subscribing!
  2. For Reality TV Chat, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  3. At her photography site, Erin shared: View of the House, Quiet, America, One Lane Road, Signs of Life, No One, and Sidewalk Directions!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: A Week Without Updating?
  5. On my music site, I shared music from EDEN, Lindsey Stirling, Lana Del Rey, Fiona Apple, Lulu Belle & Scotty, The Speakeasy Three, and Deadmau5!

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

Short Film Review: $tack$ (dir by Gerald Webb)

Sometimes, you have to laugh.

That may seem like odd advice to give at this moment in history because, right now, there’s a lot of people who are convinced that we’ll never share a joke or a smile again.  They look at the news about the spread of COVID-19 and the empty grocery store shelves and everything else that’s going on and they say to themselves, “Laughter is dead.”  Of course, what they’re failing to understand is that often, it’s laughter and comedy that help people survive tough times.  It’s much easier to deal with a problem if you laugh at it first.  Sacrificing one’s sense of humor is the first step towards surrender and surrendering is not what we, as a people, are about.

The 7 and a half-minute short film, $tack$, opens with a familiar cinematic situation.  Two men are in an underground garage, standing next to their car and waiting for someone else to arrive.  They exchange a few words, the type of tough guy talk that we’ve heard in countless crime films.  Both of them are armed.  Both of them know that the situation is serious.  Both of them are ready for whatever happens.

Another vehicle pulls up and more people get out.  More guns are displayed.  A sell is being made.  The second group of people is assured that they’re getting the best, “pure white.”

As I said, it’s a situation that we’ve seen in countless crime films but this one has a humorous COVID-19 inspired twist, one that I will not spoil here.  It’s a clever little twist, though and it’s one to which everyone — and I do mean everyone — will be able to relate.  Making his directorial debut, Gerald Webb plays the action straight, even when $tack$‘s main joke is revealed.  The audience may laugh but, to the characters in the film, there’s nothing more important than the business transaction being conducted in that underground garage.  And really, who can blame them?

A rap and a music video play over the end credits, on that not only details the hardships of living in the COVID-19 era but which also pays tribute to all of the essential workers on the front lines, which is a nice touch.  If nothing else, it’ll make you feel better about the times that we’re living than watching a hundred “this is the new normal” brand name commercials will.

Be sure to track down $tack$.  It’ll make you laugh and that’s an important thing right now.

Recruits (1986, directed by Rafal Zielinski)

Stop me if this sounds familiar.

The governor of Californa is planning on visiting the small town of Corvette so that he can announce the opening of a new highway.  The mayor is concerned that the town’s small police force might not be big enough to handle all of the pomp and drama that goes along with an executive visit.  He orders Captain Magruder (Mike McDonald) to lower the department’s standards and to recruit civilians off the street so that they can quickly be trained to become police officers.  Magruder starts by going to down to the jail and recruiting for low-level offenders.

If you think this sounds a lot like Police Academy, you’re absolutely right.  Just as Police Academy was pretty much a rip-off of Stripes, Recruits is a rip-off of Police Academy.  Once again, the recruits are a lovable gang of misfits who screw up big time before getting a chance to prove that they have what it takes to be real cops.  There’s the usual beach patrol scenes, a lot of nudity, and one manic nerdy recruit whose antics would inspire even Jerry Lewis to say, “Tone it down a little.”  However, there is a major difference between Recruits and Police Academy.  In Recruits, there is no lovable Commandant Lassard.  Instead, Captain Magruder wants the recruits to fail because he’s hoping that the governor will fire the mayor and appoint Magruder in his place.  I’m not sure that’s how municipal politics actually works but maybe it’s just a California thing.

As far as brainless rip-offs of movies that weren’t particularly good to begin with go, Recruits isn’t that bad.  The humor is even more juvenile here than it was in Police Academy and trying to apply too much logic to the plot will make your brain hurt but it’s a breezy 90 minutes and it’s got a game cast, a few of whom went on to better things.  (Lolita Davidovich, for instance, is the recruit who ends up naked in a limo that turns out to belong to the governor.)  Jon Mikl Thor made his feature film debut as a recruit named Thunderhead and he gets to battle a bunch of outlaw bikers while one his songs plays in the background.  It’s a pretty cool scene.  If you’re nostalgic for these types of unapologetically dumb comedies, Recruits will satisfy that nostalgia.

Lifetime Film Review: Deadly Mile High Club (dir by Doug Campbell)

Last night, I watched the latest Lifetime premiere, Deadly Mile High Club!

Deadly Mile High Club tells the story of three people who end up flying the unfriendly skies together.  Tanya (Allison McAtee) is a flight instructor who has been haunted ever since the tragic crash that took the life of her lover and co-pilot.

Jake (Marc Herrmann) is the handsome guy who has a go-nowhere warehouse job where he works for his constantly critical mother-in-law, Margaret (Diane Robin).  Jake has decided to make some changes in his life, starting with learning how to fly.

And finally, Annie (Anna Marie Dobbins) is Jake’s wife.  They’ve been married for six years and, unfortunately, they’ve hit a rough patch.  Annie is busy going to school and Jake is constantly fighting with Annie’s mother.  When Jake tells Annie that she sounds just like her mother, Annie exiles him to the living room couch and good for her!  Annie likes to wear pink.  In particular, she likes to wear a pink hat, which is something that comes back to haunt both her and Jake later on in the movie.

Jake decides to hire Tanya to teach him how to fly.  This quickly turns out to be a mistake because, while Tanya is a good teacher, she’s also totally obsessed with Jake.  After Jake tells her that he and Annie had a fight the night before, Tanya flies him out to Palm Springs and suggests that they spend the night at a hotel.  Jake eventually turns her down but later on, during one of their lessons, Tanya has Jake fly over his house.  He looks down and he sees a strange man kissing a woman wearing a pink hat in the driveway.  Is Annie cheating on him!?

Realizing that things are just getting too strange, Jake attempts to switch over to a different flight instructor.  That flight instructor is named Gonzo (Damon K. Sperber) and he is, without a doubt, one of the greatest supporting characters to ever appear in a Lifetime movie.  Gonzo lives up to his name, dressing like an old World War II pilot and then doing dangerous stunts in an old school biplane while his employees — who are all wearing retro purple flight attendant uniforms — assure everyone watching that flying is safer than driving.  I won’t go into what happens to Gonzo but let’s just say that Tanya has a way of getting what she wants.

Anyway, Deadly Mile High Club is a lot of fun.  It’s one of those Lifetime films that fully embraces the melodrama and goes cheerfully over the top with a wink and a smile.  Tanya is the type of psycho who has no problem trying to trick someone into pushing their wife out of a plane and the entire cast appears to be having a ball with their crazed characters.  Allison McAtee especially does a great job as the unhinged Tanya and she delivers all of her lines with just the right amount of menace and humor.  Deadly Mile High Club is an entertaining film, one that takes the usual Lifetime tropes of the psycho stalker and the clueless husband and the loyal wife and which bring new life to them by putting them up in the sky.  It’s also a film that has a nicely self-aware sense of humor, which makes it all the more fun to watch.

Deadly Mile High Club was on last night and it will undoubtedly be on again so keep an eye out for it.  And definitely, keep watching the skies!