Lisa’s Week In Review: 11/2/20 — 11/8/20

Alex Trebek, R.I.P.

Jeff & I were up at the lake for most of last week but I still managed to watch a few things.  Now, I’m back, I’m recovered from Horrorthon, and I’m ready to finish out the year strong.

Films I Watched:

  1. 1BR (2020)
  2. Accomplice (1946)
  3. The Dark Past (1948)
  4. The Godfather (1972)
  5. The Godfather, Part II (1974)
  6. The Godfather, Part III (1990)
  7. Hell Bound (1957)
  8. The Killer is Loose (1956)
  9. Meteor (1979)
  10. Mr. Jones (2020)
  11. Southbound (2016)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Amazing Race 32
  2. The Bachelorette 16
  3. Community
  4. Dancing With The Stars
  5. Fear the Walking Dead
  6. The Office
  7. The Powers of Matthew Star
  8. Seduced: Inside the NXIVM Cult
  9. The Undoing
  10. The Voice
  11. The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Britney Spears
  2. Fleet Foxes
  3. Icona Pop
  4. Kid Rock
  6. Lynard Skynard
  7. Rolling Stones
  8. Saint Motel
  9. Soccer Mommy
  10. Sophie Ellis-Bextor
  11. Talking Heads
  12. The Who

News From Last Week:

  1. Theater Owners Chief Warns Cinemas Will Go Bankrupt Unless Congress Acts
  2. Alex Trebek, Revered Host of ‘Jeopardy!’ for 36 Years, Dies at 80

Links From Last Week:

  1. Saturday Night Live and Its Mean-Spirited Players
  2. Voter Chic
  3. Norman Lloyd Turns 106: ‘He Is the History of Our Industry’

Links From The Site:

  1. Jeff reviewed Five Days One Summer, Porky’s, Porky’s II, Porky’s Revenge, and Striking Poses!
  2. I reviewed Blonde Ice, Guns Girls and Gangsters, The Killer Is Loose, The Criminal, The Dark Past, Hellbound, and Accomplice!
  3. Ryan reviewed Exit, Two More Stories, and Three Stories!
  4. Erin held down the fort while I was gone and she did a wonderful job!  She shared music videos from Avril Lavigne, They Might Be Giants, Kelly Clarkson, Backstreet Boys, Spice Girls, Oasis, and Lindsay Lohan!  She reviewed Stop Or My Mom Will Shoot, For Love of the Game, A Flash of Light, Charlie’s Angels, The Battered Bastards of Baseball, and Ralph Gibson: Photographer/Book Artist.  She took a look at The Flight Attendants of the Pulp Era, Vintage Campaign Posters, and The Adventures of Steve Harragan and His Eye Patch!  And finally, she shared: The Sky Before Election Day, Don’t Forget, Deluxe Tour, Worse Than Murder, The Young Have Secrets, The Lash of Lust, and Commuter Widow!

More From Us:

  1. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  2. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  3. On my music site, I shared songs from Soccer Mommy, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, The Who, Talking Heads, Saint Motel, LAUREL, and Fleet Foxes!
  4. On her photography site, Erin shared Horses, Vote, One Horse, Spying Squirrel, Abstraction, and Gazebo in Black and White!

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

By the way, did you know that November 9th is my birthday?  You do now!

30 More Days of Noir #8: Accomplice (dir by Walter Colmes)

The 1946 film noir, Accomplice, tells the story of Simon Lash (Richard Arlen).

Now, I guess if you have a name like Simon Lash, you’re pretty much destined to become a private detective.  In this case, Lash is both a detective and an attorney.  I did some research — which is a fancy way of saying that I checked with Wikipedia — and what I discovered is that there was apparently quite a few stories written about Simon Lash.  He was a pulp hero created by Frank Gruber.  Gruber went on to write the screenplay for Accomplice, which was based on the novel Simon Lash, Private Investigator.  I don’t know if this was the only Simon Lash film or not.  If there were more Simon Lash films, let’s hope they found a more interesting actor than Richard Arlen to play him.

Yes, indeed, Richard Arlen makes for a rather dull hero in Accomplice.  Physically, he seems like he’s right for the role.  You look at Richard Arlen and you can imagine him beating someone up.  But, in this film at least, he has a boring screen presence that makes it difficult to really get invested in Simon as a character.  He doesn’t have the wounded cynicism of Humphrey Bogart or the killer eyes of Alan Ladd.  He’s just kind of there.

Simon Lash is hired by his ex-fiancée, Joyce (Veda Ann Borg), to track down here husband.  Joyce claims that her husband is president of a huge bank and that he’s suffering from amnesia.  Simon doesn’t quite trust Joyce and he worries that she’s actually using him to dig up dirt for a divorce.  Simon doesn’t work divorce cases.  Apparently, it’s a matter of honor for him.  Not surprisingly, it does turn out that Joyce hasn’t been totally honest with Simon.  Of course, it also turns out that Joyce’s husband has some secrets and tricks of his own.

Indeed, it’s a very complex story, which is something I appreciated.  I always love all the twists and turns of a typical California noir and this one had several.  It all eventually led to a shoot out at a castle in the desert and again, that’s exactly what you want a film like this to lead to.  Accomplice is only 66 minutes long and, as such, it never drags and the double and triple-crosses all come quickly.  That’s definitely a good thing.

Unfortunately, despite all of that, the film itself falls flat.  The main problem is one that I already pointed out.  Richard Arlen is just not a very compelling hero.  While Veda Ann Borg has the right look to play a femme fatale, she still has a strangely bland screen presence in this film.  It’s easy to imagine her trying to fool someone but it’s next to impossible to believe that she could actually do it.  She’s just a bit too boring for the role.  With different actors in the lead roles, Accomplice could have been a classic low-budget noir.  (Seriously, just imagine the film if it had reunited Detour’s Tom Neal and Anna Savage as Simon and Joyce.)  As it is, Accomplice is a bit of a disappointment.  The possibilities are more fun than the execution.

Enter The World Of “Exit”

Ryan C.'s Four Color Apocalypse

Featuring a large ensemble cast of characters who rotate in and out and back again (including former president William Howard Taft), a deadpan sense of humor, and a series of set-ups that are clearly well planned but in no way feel belabored, it’s easy to be impressed by Miles MacDiarmid’s densely-packed Exit for its scope, audacity, and ingenuity, no question — but you’ll have to pardon me if all that, at least in this critic’s view, don’t mean shit if the art’s no good. And the art may just be the most striking feature of this comic.

I’ve come to expect no less from the Freak Comics publishing collective, who released this in late 2019, but even by the this outfit’s high standards, this is a really good-looking ‘zine. Starting with a cover that knocks you out with the sheer intricacy of its cross-hatched detail (I mean, it practically looks…

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Music Video of the Day: First by Lindsay Lohan (2005, dir. by Jake Nava)

I actually forgot, up until about 20 minutes ago, that I needed to do one of these for Sunday so this is going to be rush job.  Sorry!

Speaking of forgetting things, do you remember when Lindsay Lohan was a big star and was viewed as being a wholesome role model?  This video is from that forgotten era.  This song was written for Herbie: Fully Loaded, which starred Lindsay.  The video features Lindsay with not only blonde hair but also violating countless safety rules by performing while a race goes on around her.  That’s our Lindsay!

This video was directed by Jake Nava, who directed the videos for Lindsay’s Rumors and Over.