Lisa’s Week In Review: 8/3/20 — 8/9/20


Season 22 of Big Brother started this week and with it, my summer job of covering the show for the Big Brother Blog!  So, I didn’t watch as many movies as usual this week.  Nor did I review as many …. well, actually, I didn’t review anything.  It’s been a while since that’s happened.  However, I have a lot of reviews scheduled to go for next week so yay!

Anyway, forgive the rambling intro …. here’s what I did this week:

Shock (1977, dir by Mario Bava)

 

Films I Watched:

  1. Charge Over You (2012)
  2. Countdown to Looking Glass (1984)
  3. Crowhaven Farm (1970)
  4. Giant (1956)
  5. Insignificance (1985)
  6. Jodi Arias: Dirty Little Secret (2013)
  7. Shock (1977)
  8. Top Gun (1986)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Bar Rescue
  2. Big Brother 22
  3. The Bold and the Beautiful
  4. Days of our Lives
  5. Doctor Phil
  6. Dragnet
  7. Fear They Neighbor
  8. General Hospital
  9. It’s A Living
  10. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  11. The Love Boat
  12. Masterchef
  13. The Office
  14. Paranormal Survivor
  15. The Powers of Matthew Star
  16. See No Evil
  17. The Simpsons
  18. World’s Most Wanted
  19. The Young and the Restless

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Ami
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Chris Zabriskie
  4. Daft Punk
  5. Elle King
  6. Ennio Morricone
  7. Jessica Simpson
  8. Lam Gallagher
  9. Libra
  10. Lou Reed
  11. Phantogram
  12. The Psychedelic Furs
  13. Pulp
  14. Saint Motel
  15. Selena Gomez
  16. Skrillex
  17. Taylor Swift
  18. Tegan and Sara
  19. The Ting Tings
  20. The View

Our Tribute To Morricone:

  1. Main Theme From A Fistful of Dollars (A Fistful of Dollars)
  2. Main Theme From For A Few Dollars More (For A Few Dollars More)
  3. Gui La Tesa (Duck, You Sucker!)
  4. Malena (Malena)
  5. Chi l’ha vista morire? (Who Saw Her Die?)
  6. Neve (The Hateful Eight)
  7. Final Theme From Cinema Paradiso (Cinema Paradiso)

Links From The Site:

  1. Along with my Morricone tribute, I shared a music video from Ami.
  2. Erin shared the Covers of Action Stories, along with Tip on a Dead Jockey, Big City Nurse, Like Crazy, Passionately Yours Eve, Whisper, Collier’s and Spicy Mystery!
  3. Jeff shared music videos from Bon Jovi, Madness, Grateful Dead, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Squeeze and Metallica!  He reviewed Snatched, The Hanged Man, Cotter, The Airzone Solution, Boulevard, Dream’s Ashes, and The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan!
  4. Val reviewed 365 Days and shared 4 Shots From 4 Films!
  5. Ryan reviewed Micky, Ghouls, Mondo Groovy, and Mondo Groovy Horrorshow!

More From Us:

  1. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  2. On my music site, I shared songs from Jessica Simpson, Skrillex, Tegan and Sara, Liam Gallagher, The View, The Psychedelic Furs, and Chris Zabriskie!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared: Walking, Ahead, Fields of Green, Rain, End of the Street, Alley, and Modelo!
  4. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!

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

 

The Rise & Fall of a White Collar Hooligan (2012, directed by Paul Tanter)


Mike Jacobs (Nick Nevern) is an unemployed Brit who has never been able to get much going in his life.  He’s smart but he’s also a university drop-out and he refuses to accept any job that he feels wouldn’t provide a proper mental challenge.  Mike is also a football hooligan, spending most of his time getting into fights with the supporters of rival teams and occasionally with the police.  As Mike explains it, there’s no better thrill than getting angry, destroying stuff, and knowing that your mates are going to back you up.

At the latest soccer riot, Mike runs into an old friend of his named Eddie Mills (Simon Phillips).  Eddie offers Mike a job opportunity.  At first, Eddie just has Mike deliver a few packages, all to determine whether or not Mike can be trusted with something big.  Once Mike has proven himself, Eddie reveals that his business is credit card fraud.  He and his gang steal people’s credit card numbers and then, every night, withdraw as much money as they can on the card.  The scheme works because  the gang only uses a card once and then tosses the number away.  By the time the fraud has been discovered, the gang is using a totally different card.  Eddie explains that it’s a victimless crime because the banks are insured and the card holders don’t have to pay the bill once the fraud has been uncovered.

Despite his initial misgivings, Mike goes to work with Eddie.  At first, everything is great.  Mike is making a lot of money, doing a lot of drugs, and having a lot sex.  However, because this is a crime film, eventually Mike discovers that there’s no such thing as a victimless crime and the world of credit card fraud is much more dangerous than he realized.

It’s a tradition that movies about football hooligans rarely involve much football and that’s the case with The Rise and Fall of a White Collar Hooligan.  By my count, there are three short scenes that take place at a match and none of them are particularly important.  Instead, for Mike and Eddie, the point of football is the fight after the match.  The rush that they get from defying the police and smashing car windows is the same rush that they get from stealing money from the banks and the credit card companies.  The main difference between the two activities is that one just leads to black eyes and broken bones while the other makes them rich.

I liked The Rise and the Fall of White Collar Hooligan.  Though the story’s predictable, it’s stylishly directed and Nick Nevern and Simon Phillips are both good in the main roles.  What I especially liked is that the credit card scheme actually made sense and it was easy to understand how someone like Mike could convince himself that what he was doing really wasn’t that big of a deal.  There’s nothing surprising about the movie but it’s undeniably entertaining.

In the U.S., it was released as Blue Collar Hooligan.  I’m not sure why the title was changed.  Mike is blue collar but, throughout the film, he brags about how his crimes are all white collar and he even calls himself as “white collar hooligan.”  Maybe someone thought Americans would be more likely to watch the movie is they thought it was about a blue collar criminal instead of a white collar one.  They’re probably right.

 

Song of the Day: Final Theme From Cinema Paradiso by Ennio Morricone


Well, here we are.  All things must come to an end and today, our month-long tribute to Morricone comes to a close with one final piece of music from the greatest composer of our age.  I want to close things out with a piece from Morricone’s score for 1988’s Cinema Paradiso.

Here, from Cinema Paradiso, is the final theme:

Goodnight, Morricone.

Previous Entries In Our Tribute To Morricone:

  1. Deborah’s Theme (Once Upon A Time In America)
  2. Violaznioe Violenza (Hitch-Hike)
  3. Come Un Madrigale (Four Flies on Grey Velvet)
  4. Il Grande Silenzio (The Great Silence)
  5. The Strength of the Righteous (The Untouchables)
  6. So Alone (What Have You Done To Solange?)
  7. The Main Theme From The Mission (The Mission)
  8. The Return (Days of Heaven)
  9. Man With A Harmonic (Once Upon A Time In The West)
  10. The Ecstasy of Gold (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly)
  11. The Main Theme From The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly)
  12. Regan’s Theme (The Exorcist II: The Heretic)
  13. Desolation (The Thing)
  14. The Legend of the Pianist (The Legend of 1900)
  15. Theme From Frantic (Frantic)
  16. La Lucertola (Lizard In A Woman’s Skin)
  17. Spasmodicamente (Spasmo)
  18. The Theme From The Stendhal Syndrome (The Stendhal Syndrome)
  19. My Name Is Nobody (My Name Is Nobody)
  20. Piume di Cristallo (The Bird With The Crystal Plumage)
  21. For Love One Can Die (D’amore si muore)
  22. Chi Mai (various)
  23. La Resa (The Big Gundown)
  24. Main Title Theme (Red Sonja)
  25. The Main Theme From The Cat O’Nine Tails (The Cat O’Nine Tails)
  26. Deep Down (Danger Diabolik!)
  27. Main Theme From Autopsy (Autopsy)
  28. Main Theme From Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion (Investigation of a Citizen Above Suspicion) 
  29. Main Theme From A Fistful of Dollars (A Fistful of Dollars)
  30. Main Theme From For A Few Dollars More (For A Few Dollars More)
  31. Gui La Tesa (Duck, You Sucker!)
  32. Malena (Malena)
  33. Chi l’ha vista morire? (Who Saw Her Die?)
  34. Neve (The Hateful Eight)

Music Video Of The Day: Frantic by Metallica (2003, directed by Wayne Isham)


Frantic was the 2nd single off of Metallica’s controversial St. Anger.  Like a lot of the songs off of that album, it was inspired by the band’s previous battles with drugs and alcohol.  In this video, a chicken delivery driver has his life flash before his eyes after crashing his truck and he realizes that he wasted most of it.  He’s laughs when he realizes that he’s still alive but then another vehicle crashes into him.

The first time I saw this video, I thought it was an awkward concept for a Metallica video, considering the band’s own history with road accidents.  Over time, I’ve come to better appreciate the video.  The lyrics of the song are influenced by Buddhist thought and I don’t know if there’s better evidence that life is pain than getting a second chance at life that only last for 2 minutes.

Does everyone still hate St. Anger or is it okay to now admit that it wasn’t as bad as everyone said when it first came out?