Lisa’s Week In Review: 6/29/20 — 7/5/20

I’ve been up at Lake Texoma and on a mini-vacation this entire week.  I haven’t turned on a television or checked the news since last Sunday and it’s been wonderful.  I’ve spent this week meditating, writing, sunbathing out on the deck, and listening to Lee Horsley read Larry McMurtry’s epic novel, Lonesome Dove.  And while I’m definitely frustrated by the fact that I can’t tan worth a damn, I’m otherwise feeling very relaxed and very much at peace.  I’m ready to face the second half of this year.

It’s funny.  When I came up here, I brought my portable DVD player.  I brought several DVDs.  I think I was assuming that I would spend the whole time watching movies and writing about them.  But once I got up here, I realized that I really, really needed to get some rest.  Like some real, actual rest.  I needed to stop worrying about things and stop pushing myself and just enjoy nature and basically, take care of myself.  So, that’s what I did.  As a result, I didn’t watch a lot of movies this week.  But I now feel so centered that I know I’m going to be able to make up for it next week.  I think that sometimes, we forget how important it is to just rest and get centered with the universe.  I feel like I can breathe again and that’s a wonderful feeling.

ANYWAY — here’s what little I did watch, read, and listen to.

Films I Watched:

  1. The Amazing Colossal Man (1957)
  2. Athlete A (2020)
  3. Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (2020)
  4. Return of the Killer Tomatoes (1988)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Office
  2. Unsolved Mysteries
  3. Warrior Nun

Books I Read:

  1. Lonesome Dove (1985) by Larry McMurtry  (Technically, I didn’t read it as much as I listened to it on Audible.  It’s a great book, though.)

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Big Data
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. Britney Spears
  5. Calvin Harris
  6. Haim
  7. Jessica Simpson
  8. Kid Rock
  9. Moby
  10. Muse
  11. Phatogram
  12. Rocky and the Bullwinkles
  13. Saint Motel
  14. Taylor Swift

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Film Fun, The Stranger, Hanging On, The First Quarry, Thrilling Love, 4th of July, and Affair With Lucy!  She reviewed Major League, Major League II, The Stratton Story, and Hardball!  She also profiled artist William Jacobson and shared, for the 4th: Vintage Patriotic Posters, The Patriotic Magazine Covers of July 1942, Independence Days Of The Past, and My AmericanaShe also wished America a happy birthday!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from AC/DC, Queen, Sparks, ELO, Tom Petty, and Huey Lewis and the News!  He reviewed Faster, Blue Thunder, The Baltimore Bullet, Buck Rogers in the 25th Century, Some Kind of Hero, From Noon Till Three, and Three FugitivesHe also paid tribute to Carl Reiner!
  3. I shared a music video by Classified, wished all of you a happy 4th of July, and paid tribute to Peter Walker and Michele Soavi!  I also reviewed Bugsy Malone, Love Me or Leave Me, and Murder, Inc.  And, of course, I shared my June Oscar predictions.
  4. Ryan reviewed King of Nowhere, Billionaire Island, Gideon Falls, and Dead Eyes!

More From Us:

  1. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared Hamilton’s Wait For It.
  2. Ryan has a Patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  3. At her photography site, Erin shared Ducks, Be Prepared To Stop, House and Flag, In the High Grass, July 3rd, Flag Flying High, and Flower!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Election Predictions, The 2000 Year Old Man, and Kanye West For President!
  5. On my music site, I shared music from Adi Ulmansky, Calvin Harris, Lindsey Stirling, Haim, The Big Moon, Lady Gaga, and Cage The Elephant!

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

Three Fugitives (1989, directed by Francis Veber)

Daniel Lucas (Nick Nolte) is having a bad day.  He’s just gotten out on parole after spending 5 years in prison for armed robbery.  No sooner has Lucas left the prison than he’s met by Detective Dugan (James Earl) and his partner, Inspector Tenner (Alan Ruck).  Dugan says that he knows that Lucas is going to return to his life of crime and that, when he does, Dugan will be there to arrest him.

Determined to go straight, Lucas heads to the nearest bank.  Maybe he thinks that going to a bank and not robbing it will convince everyone that he’s no longer a criminal.  Unfortunately, the bank does end up getting robbed, not by Lucas but by Ned Perry (Martin Short).  Ned’s not much of a bank robber.  In fact, he’s never committed a crime in his life.  But he desperately needs the money so he can afford a special school for his young daughter, Meg (Sarah Doroff), who hasn’t spoken since her mother died.  When the bank robbery doesn’t go as planned and Lucas ends up accidentally getting shot, Lucas and Ned end up going on the run together with Dugan and Tenner in pursuit.

When I was a kid, Three Fugitives was a movie that seemed like it was on television nearly every day.  Of course, it was popular on HBO but it also used to regularly show up on the local stations, with all of Nick Nolte’s profanity awkwardly edited out.  Looking back, I can see why Three Fugitives was so popular with television programmers who needed something fill a two-hour time slot.  It’s got enough broad slapstick and just enough violence to keep the kids happy while also being so sentimental and inoffensive that parents wouldn’t complain about what their children were watching.

That Three Fugitives was such a ubiquitous presence on television is really the only memorable thing about it.  On paper, the idea of pairing Nick Nolte with Martin Short sounds like it should generate a lot of laughs and they are funny in the initial bank hold-up but after that, neither seems to be acting in the same movie.  Nolte is too serious for the comedic scenes and Short is too cartoonish for the serious scenes and their partnership is never credible.  Nick Nolte was the king of the mismatched buddy comedy in the 80s but Three Fugitives is no 48 Hours.

Music Video of the Day: Bad is Bad by Huey Lewis and the News (1984, directed by ????)

Today’s music video features a linguistic lesson from Huey Lewis.

Perhaps realizing that a generation was being raised to think that “bad” was the proper way to describe something as being cool, Huey uses this song to remind his fans that sometimes, bad just means that something’s bad.  Sometimes, your cousin plays the guitar and it sounds like chainsaw.  Sometimes, there’s a strange pair of shows under the bed.  Sometimes, bad is bad.

To make their point, the band performs the song while walking around the Potrero Hill neighborhood of San Francisco.  What better way was there to do that?  It’s not every day that you see Huey Lewis and the News walking behind a garbage truck.