Lisa’s Week In Review: 5/18/20 — 5/24/20

This week is kind of a blur.  Some of the country is kind of open and some of the country is kind of closed and I’m looking forward to seeing Tenet.

This is the first Memorial Day weekend in history that my entire family has not been able to gather together and that kind of sucks.  Hopefully, we’ll be able to make up for it in July.

On the plus side, this Saturday, I was a part of the official launch of the Scary Social live tweet!  Every Saturday, at 9pm eastern (that’s 8 my time), we’ll be watching a horror movie and tweeting under the #ScarySocial hashtag!  Follow @SocialScary on twitter for details!

Anyway, here’s what I did this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Black-Hearted Killer (2020)
  2. Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
  3. Genesis II (1973)
  4. A Killer In My Home (2020)
  5. Nighthawks (1981)
  6. Once Upon A Time In London (2019)
  7. Population 436 (2006)
  8. Psycho Party Planner (2020)
  9. The Stand at Paxton County (2020)
  10. Titanic (1997)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Amazing Race 3
  2. The Apprentice 4
  3. Bar Rescue
  4. The Bold and the Beautiful
  5. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  6. Days of Our Lives
  7. Deadwood
  8. Degrassi
  9. Doctor Phil
  10. Downton Abbey
  11. General Hospital
  12. Gordon Ramsay’s 24 Hours To Hell And Back
  13. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  14. King of the HIll
  15. The Masked Singer
  16. The Office
  17. Seinfeld
  18. Sunday Mass
  19. T.J. Hooker
  20. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. It Ends With Us (2016) by Colleen Hoover

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Big Data
  2. Bloc Party
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. Britney Spears
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Coldplay
  7. Crud
  8. Daft Punk
  10. Jakalope
  11. Jessica Simpson
  12. Muse
  13. Noah Cyrus
  14. Purity Ring
  15. Radiohead
  16. Saint Motel
  17. Selana Gomez
  18. Taylor Swift
  19. Zager & Evans
  20. Zedd

Links From Last Week:

  1. To Be Studied, or Pitied?  Two books try to understand the other America, 
and stumble along the way.
  2. Chris Cuomo’s COVID-19 Interviews With Andrew Cuomo Are Disgraceful
  3. How One ‘Yesterday’ Screenwriter’s Dream Became Something Of A Nightmare
  4. Shane Carruth Is Quitting Filmmaking and Using His Anger to Help a Young Director

News From Last Week:

  1. Ruby Rose Exits the CW’s ‘Batwoman’, DC Series To Recast Iconic Lead Role For Season 2
  2. Film Academy Considering Postponing 2021 Oscars
  3. Zack Snyder Will Release the ‘Snyder Cut’ of ‘Justice League’ on HBO Max
  4. ‘The Bold and the Beautiful’ Renewed Through 2022 at CBS
  5. Why ‘Batwoman’ Star Ruby Rose Left the CW Series
  6. Venice Film Festival Still On for September, Venice Governor Confirms

Links From the Site:

  1. Case reviewed Episode 5 of Part 3 of The Chilling Adventures of Sabrina!
  2. Erin shared Paris Nights Scarlet Adventures. One-Star General, The Silver Tombstone Mystery, Western Monthly, Star Novels, and Film Fun!  She also profiled artist Gino D’Achille!
  3. Jeff shared music videos from Bob Dylan and Corey Hart!  He also reviewed Most Wanted, Favorite Son, Trapped, Isle of Dogs, Supreme Sanction, Once Upon A Time In London, and Nighthawks!
  4. I shared music videos from Purity Ring, Bloc Party, Noah Cyrus, Britney Spears, and Jessica Simpson!  I reviewed The Stand at Paxton County, Killer In My Home, and Black-Hearted Killer!  I wished a happy birthday to Roger Deakins!
  5. Patrick reviewed Funny Pains!
  6. Ryan reviewed Oh My (Bri), Simple Things, and Anarchy In The Kingdom of Heaven!

More From Us:

  1. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared songs from Led Zeppelin, Depeche Mode, and The Sisters of Mercy!
  2. At SyFy Designs, I shared: Texas Is Finally Reopening!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from I DON’T KNOW HOW BUT THEY FOUND ME, Saint Motel, Daft Punk, Radiohead, Britney Spears, Daft Punk, and Zager & Evans!
  4. At her photography site, Erin shared Tree, Monday Afternoon, Ducks, Gutter, Play Ball, Three, and Possum in Black-and-White!
  5. Ryan has a patreon!  You should consider subscribing!

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

Nighthawks (1981, directed by Bruce Malmuth)

DaSilva (Sylvester Stallone) and Fox (Billy Dee Williams) are two tough New York cops who just want to be left alone so that they can arrest muggers and purse snatchers.  However, because they both have a background in the military, they are assigned to work with an international anti-terrorism task force that is being headed up by Detective Inspector Peter Hartman (Nigel Davenport).  Rumor has it that the notorious terrorist Wulfgar (Rutger Hauer) is coming to New York and Hartman tells DaSilva and Fox that they must be prepared to do whatever is necessary to take Wulgar down, even if it means taking a shot while he is hiding behind a hostage.  DaSilva says he’s not sure that he could shoot an innocent person, even if it meant stopping Wulfgar from escaping.

Wulfgar has no such moral qualms.  Wulfgar is a terrorist-for-hire who claims to be fighting for the people but whose main interest is remaining employable.  Unfortunately, Wulfgar has become so ruthless and so cavalier about killing civilians (including children) that most terrorist groups have started to refuse to hire him.  He brings too much bad publicity to his employers.  Wulfgar has come to New York to lead a bombing campaign, with the hope of once again making himself employable.  Wulfgar’s partner in all of this is the equally ruthless Shakka Kapoor (Persis Khambatta).

Nighthawks was one of the films that Stallone made after he found stardom as Rocky but before he redefined his career by playing John Rambo.  Stallone actually gives a surprisingly good performance as DaSilva.  DaSilva may be another tough cop who plays by his own rules but the script still gives the character some unexpected shadings and Stallone plays him as being more cerebral than you might expect.  It’s interesting to see Stallone play a character who is worried about using excessive force to do his job and, to the film’s credit, it actually takes DaSilva’s conflicted feelings seriously.  Billy Dee Williams, unfortunately, is not given as much to do as Stallone and his character is far more one-note than Stallone’s.  He’s the loyal partner and, with his natural charisma, Williams deserved a role with more depth.  Also appearing in small roles are Joe Spinell (as Stallone’s boss), Lindsay Wagner (as Stallone’s ex-wife), and the legendary pornographic actor Jamie Gillis (as Wagner’s boss).

Not surprisingly, the film is stolen by Rutger Hauer, who gives a performance that, in many ways, anticipates his more acclaimed work in Blade Runner.  As played by Hauer, Wulfgar is a charismatic sociopath who knows exactly the right thing to say but who, because of his own arrogance, is still vulnerable to allowing his emotions to get the better of him.  He and Stallone both play-off each other well and their face-to-face confrontations are intense.  It probably helped that Hauer and Stallone did not personally get along during the filming.  (Both, however, were very complimentary towards each other in the years that followed Nighthawks, with Hauer especially saying that there was nothing personal about their on-set arguments.)

Nighthawks is hardly an in-depth look at the realities of international terrorism but it has a handful of exciting action scenes and two excellent performances from Stallone and Hauer.  It’s currently on Netflix and worth watching.

14 Shots From 14 Films: Special Roger Deakins Edition

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Usually, we only do 4 shots from 4 films but today is the birthday of our greatest living cinematographer, Roger Deakins!  And it’s impossible to only pick 4 when it comes to Deakins.

So, it’s time for….

14 Shots From 14 Films

Marquis De Sade’s Justine (1977, dir by Chris Boger, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984, dir by Michael Radford, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Barton Fink (1991, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Fargo (1996, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Kundun (1997, dir by Martin Scorsese, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

House of Sand and Fog (2003, dir by Vadim Perelman, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

No Country For Old Men (2007, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

A Serious Man (2009, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Skyfall (2012, dir by Sam Mendes, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Prisoners (2013, dir by Denis Villeneuve, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Sicario (2015, dir by Denis Villeneuve, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Hail Caesar! (2016, dir by the Coen Brothers, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

Blade Runner 2049 (2017, dir by Denis Villeneuve, cinematography by Roger Deakins)

1917 (2019, dir by Sam Mendes. cinematography by Roger Deakins)


Music Video of the Day: Subterranean Homesick Blues (1965, directed by D.A. Pennebaker)

Today we wish a happy birthday to one of the most important figure in American music and American culture in general, Mr. Bob Dylan.

This music video was shot as a promo for the ground-breaking documentary, Don’t Look Back.  It was filmed in an alley near the Savoy Hotel in London.  The cards that Dylan flips throughout the video were written by Donovan, Allen Ginsberg, Bob Neuwirth and Dylan himself and, of course, both Ginsberg and Bob Neuwirth can spotted standing in the background of the video.  (Considering that Don’t Look Back features a famous scene in which Dylan absolutely humiliates Donovan, I always found it interesting that he played a role in the production of this video.  Did Donovan help write out the cards before or after the It’s All Over Now, Baby Blue incident?)  In typical Dylan fashion, the cards feature intentional misspellings and occasionally they don’t actually match up with the lyrics.  For instance, the song may mention needing “eleven dollar bills” but the card reads “twenty.”

Dylan filmed two other versions of this video, neither one of which was officially released but which can both be found in Martin Scorsese’s Dylan documentary, Don’t Look Back.  One was shot at a nearby park while the other was apparently filmed in the Savoy Hotel itself.  All three of the videos follow the same basic theme of Dylan flipping cards while Ginsberg and Neuwirth wander about in the background.

This song, which was inspired by the writings of Beats like Ginsberg and Kerouac (as well as, according to Bob Dylan, by the music of Chuck Berry), was Bob Dylan’s first top ten single in the U.S.