Lisa’s Week In Review: 11/9/20 — 11/15/20

I’m another year older and the Shattered Lens is still recovering from October.  Here’s what I did last week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Countess Dracula (1972)
  2. Death in Small Doses (1957)
  3. Fatal Affair (2020)
  4. The Hunt (2020)
  5. The King of Staten Island (2020)
  6. The Mysterious Mr. Nicholson (1947)
  7. No Man’s Woman (1955)
  8. Sonic the Hedgehog (2020)
  9. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 (2011)
  10. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 (2012)
  11. The Twilight Saga: Elicpse (2010)
  12. The Walking Target (1960)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Amazing Race 32
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Dancing With The Stars
  4. Parking Wars
  5. The People’s Choice Awards
  6. The Undoing
  7. The Voice

Books I Read:

  1. Prime Minister to President (2020) by A.C. Dickens

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Big Data
  2. Brijean
  3. Britney Spears
  4. The Chemical Brothers
  5. Coldplay
  6. Curved Air
  7. Django Django
  8. Evanescence
  9. Icona Pop
  10. Julie Andrews
  11. Lindsey Stirlng
  12. Muse
  13. Phantogram
  14. Pokey LaFarge
  15. Saint Motel
  16. Soccer Mommy
  17. Taylor Swift
  18. Til Tuesday
  19. The Who

Awards Season Links:

  1. The Gotham Nominations
  2. The People’s Choice Awards

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared music videos from Soccer Mommy, Django Django, Lindsey Stirling, Brijean, Saint Motel, and Coldplay!  I reviewed No Man’s Woman, The Mysterious Mr. Nicholson, Death In Small Doses, and The Walking Target!
  2. Doc shared a music video from The Simpsons!
  3. Erin profiled John Fernie and shared: The Case of the Radioactive Redhead, Kneel to the Rising Sun, Hillbilly Feuding and Loving, The Trailer Park Girls, Let’s Go Home, Lure For Love, and Girl in the Red Dress!
  4. Jeff reviewed The Long Rope and Red Heat!
  5. Ryan reviewed Ghouls, No Romance in Hell, Post Apocalypto, and Kids With Guns!

More From Us:

  1. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I wrote about the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  2. Ryan has a patreon!  You should subscribe!
  3. On my music site, I shared songs from Icona Pop, Curved Air, Adi Ulmansky, Pokey LaFarge, Evanescence, Django Django, and Til Tuesday!
  4. On her photography site, Erin shared: Who Lives There, General Store, Carrying the Flag, Abandoned, Grey Park Day, Creek, and Lone Duck!

Want to see what was accomplished last week?  Click here!

Through the Shattered Lens Live Tweets The People’s Choice Awards

Hi, everyone!  Leonard and I watched and live tweeted the People’s Choice Awards tonight!  Here’s a selection of what was said!

First off, I was upfront about why I was watching this silly awards show in the first place:

The show itself was weird.  Demi Lovato was a charming host but the format itself — basically, the show was just one big zoom call — felt weird and awkward.  There was a lot of green neon, as if the show was taking place in the future as envisioned by people in the 90s.

Leonard liked it a little bit more than I did:

Shots of people watching the show from their homes couldn’t really replace the excitement of having a real audience.  A lot of the acceptance speeches fell flat because, regardless of how heartfelt they may have been, there really wasn’t anyone around to react to them.  There were no standing ovations.  No spontaneous laughter or boos.  There wasn’t even an orchestra to play people when they talked for too long.  It was just awkward.  Even the show’s attempt to liven things up by having random people in their living rooms open up the envelopes and read the winners failed to add much excitement to things.

As for the winners …. eh.  Ellen Pompeo was named the People’s TV Actress and apparently this was the fifth time she had won one of those things?  Ellen DeGeneres won Best Daytime Talk Show and gave yet another speech about how much she actually loves her staff.  Some of the winners were good but a lot of them felt fixed.  More than once, I wondered who exactly votes for these awards.

On the plus side, Jennifer Lopez and Tyler Perry both gave heartfelt speeches when they won their special awards.

Anyway, for the most part, it was an okay night.  No one really made a fool out of themselves.  Most of the speeches were decent.  The format was awkward and I really hope that the Oscars can somehow work out the kinks before their ceremony.  (Ideally, COVID would just magically disappear between now and the Oscars but that’s probably not going to happen.)

If you want to read all of our tweets from the ceremony, check out The Shattered Lens on Twitter!  We’ll be doing more live tweets soon.  This was sort of a test run and it went pretty well, I think.  Thank you for reading!

Belatedly, Here Are The Gotham Award Nominations!

The Gotham nominations were announced on Thursday and I totally missed them!

Seriously, that’s how crazy this year has been.

Anyway, with so much up in the air, it’s probably debatable how much anything can be gleaned about the state of the Oscar race from these nominations.  In fact, even in a normal year, the Gothams aren’t exactly known for being Oscar precursors.  However, they do honor worthy independent films and often, they encourage us to track down films that we may have otherwise missed.

Only film with a budget under $35 million were eligible for a Gotham nomination.  So, don’t look at this list and go, “OH MY GOD, WHERE’S MANK!?  WHERE’S TENENT!?”  They’re not eligible.

Anyway, here are the Gotham nominations:

Best Feature
“The Assistant”
“First Cow”
“Never Rarely Sometimes Always”

Best Documentary
“76 Days”
“City Hall”
“Our Time Machine”
“A Thousand Cuts”

Best International Feature
“Cuties (Mignonnes)”
“Identifying Features”
“Martin Eden”

Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Carlo Mirabella-Davis, “Swallow”
Rhada Blank, “The Forty Year Old Version”
Andrew Patterson, “Vast of Night”
Channing Godfrey Peoples, “Miss Juneteenth”
Alex Thompson, “Saint Frances”

Best Screenplay
“Bad Education,” Mike Makowsky
“First Cow,” Jon Raymond and Kelly Reichardt
“The Forty-Year-Old Version,” Radha Blank
“Fourteen,” Dan Sallitt
“The Vast of Night,” James Montague and Craig Sanger

Best Actor
Riz Ahmed, “Sound of Metal”
Chadwick Boseman, “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
Jude Law, “The Nest”
John Magaro, “First Cow”
Jesse Plemons, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”

Best Actress
Nicole Beharie, “Miss Juneteenth”
Jessie Buckley, “I’m Thinking of Ending Things”
Yuh-Jung Youn, “Minari”
Carrie Coon, “The Nest”
Frances McDormand, “Nomadland”

Breakthrough Actor
Sidney Flanigan, “Never Rarely Sometimes Always”
Jasmine Batchelor, “The Surrogate”
Kelly O’Sullivan, “Saint Frances”
Orion Lee, “First Cow”
Kingsley Ben-Adir, “One Night in Miami”

Breakthrough Series – Long Form
“The Great”
“Immigration Nation”

Breakthrough Series – Short Form
“I May Destroy You”
“Taste the Nation”
“Work in Progress”