Well, here we are at the end of another week. Some parts of the country are still locked down and some are not. It’s a little bit hard to keep track of what’s open and what isn’t. Right now, everyone just seems to be making it up as they go along.
With a lack of new movies to watch and review, I spent most of this week binging The Sopranos. I’m currently on Season 5 and, as of right now, I’m totally caught up in the misadventures of the New Jersey mob. Once I’m done with The Sopranos, I’ll probably check in with the gangsters of Boardwalk Empire and the cowboys of Deadwood. I’m trying to binge as many of these shows as I can before they leave Prime for HBO MAX.
In other news, I finally saw the episode of The Love Boat that features Andy Warhol as a passenger on the cruise! Seriously, I first read about this episode like 13 years ago and, ever since, I’ve been checking the TV listings to see if it would ever show up on any of the retro stations! Today, it was broadcast on MeTV! I saw it and yes, I DVRed it.
Anyway, stay safe out there. Can you believe that, in just another month and a half, we will be halfway through 2020. With the lockdown and all the rest, it almost feels like this year really hasn’t even begun yet.
Anyway, here’s what I did this week:
Films I Watched:
- Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business (2020)
- Blocks (2020)
- Broken Orchestra (2019)
- The Bunco Squad (1950)
- The Clones (1973)
- Gunpowder Heart (2019)
- Hiplet: Because We Can (2019)
- Karla Faye Tucker: Nevermore (2004)
- Missile to the Moon (1958)
- Mister Buddwing (1966)
- Quilt Fever (2020)
- The Shock of the Future (2019)
Television Shows I Watched:
- Bar Rescue
- Doctor Phil
- It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
- King of the Hill
- The Love Boat
- The Sopranos
- Survivor 40
- Unsolved Mysteries
Books I Read:
- The Making of The President 1972 (1973) by Theodore H. White
- Right From The Start: A Chronicle of the McGovern Campaign (1973) by Gary Hart
Music To Which I Listened:
- Alabama 3
- Big Data
- Britney Spears
- The Chemical Brothers
- Dillon Francis
- Dua Lipa
- Fitz & The Tantrums
- Glass Animals
- Hayley Williams
- Kedr Livanskiy
- La Mayo
- Lindsey Stirling
- Nine Inch Nails
- Phantom Planet
- Purity Ring
- Saint Motel
- Selena Gomez
- Sleigh Bells
News From Last Week:
- Taika Waititi to Direct New ‘Star Wars’ Film
Links From The Site:
- Erin shared the Ultra Manly Covers of Man’s Life and Ringside Jezebel, Batalla de Puebla, Thorn of Evil, Hell of a Woman, Front Page Detective, Film Fun, and Nana’s Mother!
- Jeff shared music videos from Kraftwerk and Little Richard! He wrote about the Star Wars films and reviewed Missile to the Moon, After School, Vendetta, Land of Doom, Electra, Hoover vs. The Kennedys, and Infidelity!
- I shared music videos from Phantom Planet, La Mayo, Purity Ring, Yelle, and Hayley Williams! I wished everyone a Happy Cinco De Mayo. I reviewed Blocks, Broken Orchestra, Betye Saar: Taking Care of Business, Hiplet: Because We Can, Quilt Fever, Gunpowder Heart and The Shock of the Future! I shared the trailer for Inmate #1! I paid tribute to Lance Henriksen and Ruggero Deodato and I shared scenes from Breakfast at Tiffany’s, Chimes at Midnight and High Noon! I also shared the infamous 1938 radio broadcast of The War of the Worlds!
- Ryan reviewed Characters, Forward Looking Statement, and Twin Bed!
More From Us:
- At Reality TV Chat, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
- On my music site, I shared songs from Lindsey Stirling, Glass Animals, Phantom Planet, Big Data, Alabama 3, Dua Lipa, and Fitz & The Tantrums!
- At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared two songs from Kraftwerk: Computer Love and Numbers!
- At her photography site, Erin shared Possum Climbing, Home Plate, Climb, Chance of Rain, Locked, Waiting Under A Tree, and Grim!
- Ryan has a patreon! Please consider subscribing!
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Nick Denato (Lee Horsley) is a world-famous photographer. His wife, Ellie (Kirstie Alley!), is a renowned doctor. They have homes in San Francisco and Africa and they regularly fly from one continent to another. The Denatos used to be called “jet-setters,” back when flying back and forth was seen as a positive instead of as a crime against the environment.
Despite the fact that Ellie is pregnant, Nick leaves his wife behind in San Francisco so that he can explore Nepal with his buddy Scott (Robert Englund!!) and Scott’s young and leggy assistant, Robin (Courtney Thorne-Smith!!!!). While Nick is away, Ellie has a miscarriage. Nick flies home but it’s too late. His wife already resents him for not being there when she needed him. It doesn’t help that, a week later, Scott and Robin come to visit and Scott tells a story about how he nearly fell off a cliff. “And where were you, buddy!?” Scott says to Nick with a laugh, forgetting that Nick was back home with his hospitalized wife. An awkward silence follows.
Ellie can tell that there is an obvious attraction between Nick and Robin. Nick denies it and then, to prove Ellie wrong, he cheats on her but not with Robin. Instead, Nick cheats with Ellie’s best friend, Eileen (Laura O’Brien). Ellie divorces Nick, stops talking to Eileen, and gets involved with Etienne (Michael Carven). Nick returns to Africa, where he spends his nights listening to opera in a tent and thinking about how much he loves his his ex-wife.
Infidelity was made for television and it used to come on late night television frequently in the 90s, mostly because of its cast. Not only did the cast features Rebecca Howe but also Freddy Krueger and whoever it was that Courtney Thorne-Smith played on Melrose Place. The main problem with the film is that Kirstie Alley and Lee Horsley have zero chemistry so you don’t really care if they get divorced or if they get back together. The other problem is that Lee Horsley is a convincing cowboy but he’s not as convincing as a sophisticated Italian-American photographer who spends his spare time listening to opera. The movie also cops out by having Nick cheat with a fairly minor character rather than with Robin. On the plus side, the movie’s got Robert Englund playing the type of role that he almost always played in his pre-Nightmare on Elm Street days, the loyal friend. What’s interesting about Englund’s performance here is that he had already played Freddy Krueger three times before playing Scott in Infidelity. In fact, Infidelity aired at the same time that Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors was still playing in theaters. Englund is likable as Scott and the film shows what type of career Englund probably would have had if David Warner hadn’t turned the role of Freddy down in the first Nightmare on Elm Street.
Little Richard, R.I.P.
John Goodman’s in this video because it was released as part of the promotional campaign for King Ralph, a film where John Goodman becomes the King of the United Kingdom. I’ve never seen the movie but I get the feeling that everything I need to know about it is right there in the idea of John Goodman ruling the UK. The movie was directed by David S. Ward but I don’t know if he was also responsible for this music video.
As for the song, this is one of Little Richard’s best known and also one of the most important and most-beloved of the early rock tunes. You have to wonder how many listeners, in the 50s, were aware that Little Richard was singing, “Good Golly Miss Molly/You Sure Like To Ball” or if they were even aware of what the lyric meant. I’ve heard several covers that, intentionally or not, modify the lyrics to “Good Golly Miss Molly/You Sure Have a Ball.”