Lisa Marie’s Oscar Predictions for November

Oh, why not?

Here are my Oscar predictions for November!

If want to see how my thinking has evolved, check out my predictions of January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, and October!  You’ll probably notice that the main evolution in my thinking this month is that I’ve dropped Hillbilly Elegy from my predictions and I’ve added Meryl Streep because she gets nominated for everything.

Best Picture

The Father

Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom



News of the World


One Night in Miami

Pieces of a Woman


Sound of Metal

Best Director

Lee Isaac Chung for Minari

David Fincher for Mank

Regina King for One Night in Miami

Florian Zeller for The Father

Chloe Zhao for Nomadland

Best Actor

Ben Affleck in The Way Back

Riz Ahmed in Sound of Metal

Chadwick Boseman in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Anthony Hopkins in The Father

Gary Oldman in Mank

Best Actress

Viola Davis in Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom

Vanessa Kirby in Pieces of a Woman

Frances McDormand in Nomadland

Meryl Streep in The Prom

Kate Winslet in Ammonite

Best Supporting Actor

Sacha Baron Cohen in The Trial of the Chicago 7

Chadwick Boseman in Da 5 Bloods

Richard E. Grant in Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Shia LeBeouf in Pieces of a Woman

Leslie Odom Jr. in One Night in Miami

Best Supporting Actress

Olivia Colman in The Father

Olivia Cooke in Sound of Metal

Saoirse Ronan in Ammmonite

Amanda Seyfried in Mank

Helena Zengel in News of the World


4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Ridley Scott 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.

Today is also Ridley Scott’s birthday so today is a rare day in which not one but two deserving people will be celebrated with….

4 Shots From 4 Films

Alien (1979, dir by Ridley Scott)

Blade Runner (1982, dir by Ridley Scott)

Someone To Watch Over Me (1987, dir by Ridley Scott)

The Counselor (2013, dir by Ridley Scott)

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Terrence Malick 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.

Today, we wish a happy birthday to one of cinema’s greatest visual stylists, the one and only Terrence Malick!

4 Shots From 4 Terrence Malick Films

Badlands (1973, dir by Terrence Malick)

Days of Heaven (1978, dir by Terrence Malick)

Tree of Life (2011, dir by Terrence Malick)

Song to Song (2017, dir by Terrence Malick)

Lisa’s Week In Review: 11/23/20 — 11/29/20

What a week!  I celebrated Erin’s birthday.  I celebrated Arleigh’s birthday.  And I celebrated Thanksgiving!  And I finally got some reviews written!

Can you believe that this year is nearly (or should I say, finally) over?  We’ve only got one more month to go!

Here’s what I watched, listened to, and read last week.

Films I Watched:

  1. Ator, The Fighting Eagle (1982)
  2. Cheer Squad Secrets (2020)
  3. Cheerleader Abduction (2020)
  4. Deadly Double Cross (2020)
  5. The Fog (1980)
  6. Instapsycho (2020)
  7. Killer Competition (2020)
  8. Killer Dream Home (2020)
  9. The Midnight Meat Train (2008)
  10. My Nightmare Landlord (2020)
  11. The Princess of Mars (2009)
  12. Strangers On A Train (1951)
  13. What If? (2010)
  14. The Wrong Cheerleader Coach (2020)
  15. The Wrong House Sitter (2020)
  16. The Wrong Stepfather (2020)
  17. The Wrong Wedding Planner (2020)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. A Teacher
  2. The Amazing Race 32
  3. The Bachelorette
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. Baywatch
  6. Community
  7. The Crown
  8. Daily Mass
  9. Gilmore Girls: A Year In The Life
  10. Dancing With The Stars
  11. Dr. Phil
  12. Fear the Walking Dead
  13. ISU Grand Prix of Figure Skating
  14. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  15. Las Vegas Skating Spectacular
  16. The Love Boat
  17. The Powers of Matthew Star
  18. Saved By The Bell
  19. The Undoing
  20. The Walking Dead: World Beyond
  21. The Voice

Books I Read:

  1. Lace (1982) by Shirley Conran

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Alaska Reid
  2. Altered Images
  3. Alvin Risk
  4. Blondie
  5. Britney Spears
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. Chloe Flower
  8. Courtney Barnett
  9. Designer Drugs
  10. Jakalope
  11. Linkin Park
  12. Nine Inch Nails
  13. Norah Jones
  14. Novelists FR
  15. Siouxsie and the Banshees
  16. Solumun
  17. Stephen Kellog
  18. Taylor Swift
  19. Underworld


  1. The Boss Baby 2
  2. Life In A Year
  3. The Prom

Links From the Site:

  1. The TSL Crew live tweeted Thanksgiving!
  2. Erin shared: Long Shot, Darien Venture, Rain, Thanks To The Saint, Cherry Ames Department Store Nurse, The Other Stranger, and Reluctant Nympho!  She also shared a scene from A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving and took a look at Herman E. Bischoff!
  3. Doc wished everyone a happy Thanksgiving!
  4. Jeff reviewed Doctor Who: The Movie and Gun Brothers!
  5. Val took a look at Undefeatable!
  6. Ryan reviewed Sufficient Lucidity, Finnegan’s Wake, Pirate & Parrot, and Man Made Lake!
  7. I shared music videos from Stephen Kellog, Novelists FR, Solomun, Designer Drugs, Alaska Reid, Chloe Flower, and Siouxsie and the Banshees!  I also shared Arlo Guthrie’s Alice Restaurant.  I paid tribute to Boris Karloff and Daria Nicolodi and shared a scene from Shock.
  8. I reviewed Killer Dream Home, What If, A Very Brady Sequel, The Brady Bunch Movie, InstaPsycho, Killer Competition, Secrets in the Basement, Friends Who Kill, The Wrong Wedding Planner, The Wrong Stepfather, The Wrong House Sitter, The Wrong Cheerleader Coach, My Nightmare Landlord, Cheerleader Abduction, Cheer Squad Secrets, and Birthmother’s Betrayal!

More From Us:

  1. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed The Amazing Race!
  2. Ryan has a patreon!  You should consider subscribing! 
  3. On my music site, I shared songs from: Blondie, Altered Images, The Chemical Brothers, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Britney Spears, Underworld, and Linkin Park!
  4. On her photography site, Erin shared: Staring At You, The Morning Sky, Downtown Rain, Half-Open Window, Dallas, Dallas 2, and Dallas 3!

Want to check out last week?  Click here!

Have a good week, everyone!  Say safe!

Inferno (1980, dir by Dario Argento)

Val’s Mini-Post: Why Undefeatable (1993, dir. Godfrey Ho) Is On My Gems List Of 2019

In 2019 I fell in love with Cynthia Rothrock. I started watching any of her movies that I could get my hands on. I also wound up exploring other martial artists that were in her orbit such as Don “The Dragon” Wilson and Richard Norton.

Rothrock did a couple of movies with notorious “cut-and-paste” director Godfrey Ho. I think the exact number is five movies, but she only did footage for three of them. In classic Godfrey Ho fashion, he reused the footage to make two more movies. I haven’t seen the one that repurposed the footage from Undefeatable.

The bad guy of the movie is named Stingray. There’s a final battle at the end of the film in which Stingray lands his face on a nail (???), causing him to lose one of his eyes. This doesn’t stop him though, and Stingray continues to fight. In the end, he ends up getting his other eye stuck on a hook. The hook lifts him up into the air. After he’s lifted up to the top, Cynthia Rothrock says, “Keep an eye out for ya, Stingray,” to which her partner adds, “Yeah, see ya!”

Those lines are what made this movie stand out from the 27 other Cynthia Rothrock movies I watched that year. You can watch the scene here.

It’s films like Undefeatable that are the reason the “Gems” exists.