Lisa’s Week In Review: 11/30/20 — 12/6/20

Happy December, everyone!

Well, things are coming to a close as far as this year is concerned.  For the rest of this month, along with celebrating the holidays, I’ll be trying to get caught up on the 2020 films that I need to see.  I’m looking forward to it.

Here’s what I did this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. After We Collided (2020)
  2. The Angel Doll (2002)
  3. Ava (2020)
  4. Beyond Tomorrow (1940)
  5. Christmas Lodge (2011)
  6. Citizen Kane (1941)
  7. Collateral Beauty (2016)
  8. Deep Red (1975)
  9. Flap (1970)
  10. The Mystery of D.B. Cooper (2020)
  11. Red, White and Blue (2020)
  12. A Song for the Season (1999)
  13. Split Image (1982)
  14. The Warriors (1979)
  15. Yes, Virginia, There Is A Santa Claus (1991)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. A Teacher
  2. The Amazing Race 32
  3. Archie Bunker’s Place
  4. The Bachelorette
  5. Bar Rescue
  6. The Bold and the Beautiful
  7. Community
  8. Days of Our Lives
  9. Diff’rent Strokes
  10. Euphoria
  11. General Hospital
  12. Ghost Whisperer
  13. Growing Pains
  14. King of the Hill
  15. Major Crimes
  16. The Office
  17. Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  18. Saved By The Bell: The College Years
  19. Seinfeld
  20. Parking Wars
  21. Shipping Wars
  22. Three’s Company
  23. The Voice
  24. Who’s The Boss
  25. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. Alright, Alright, Alright: The Oral History of Richard Linklater’s Dazed And Confused (2020) by Melissa Maerz
  2. Right Time, Right Place (2009) by Richard Brookhiser

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Armin Van Buuren
  3. Avicii
  4. Blondie
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Carly Rae Jepsen
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Coldplay
  9. deadmua5
  10. Dillon Francis
  11. DJ Snake
  12. Dry Cleaning
  13. Eva Hurychova
  14. Goo Goo Dolls
  15. Haim
  16. HANA
  17. Hrdza
  18. Icona Pop
  19. Jakalope
  20. Krakow Loves Adana
  21. Lindsey Stirling
  22. Murder on Middle Beach
  23. Muse
  24. New Order
  25. Nilufer Yanya
  26. Nine Inch Nails
  27. Paul Oakenfeld
  28. Pentatonix
  29. Phantogram
  30. Saint Motel
  31. Sleigh Bells
  32. Taylor Swift
  33. Trentemøller
  34. Universal Honey

Awards Season Links:

  1. Lisa’s Oscar Predictions for October
  2. The Sunset Film Circle Awards

Links From The Site:

  1. I paid tribute to Terrence Malick and Ridley Scott! I shared music videos from Blondie, Pentatonix, Dry Cleaning, HANA, Carly Rae Jepsen, Hrdza, and Lindsey Stirling!  I reviewed Collateral Beauty, Red, White, and Blue, After We Collided, Yes Virginia There Is A Santa Claus, Beyond Tomorrow, and Christmas Lodge!
  2. Erin shared the covers of Beauty Parade and Naked Fury, December, The Passionate Season, Good Hardware, Too Many Loves, Queen of Tarts, and Film Fun!
  3. Jeff reviewed Frontier Uprising and Star in the Dust!
  4. Ryan reviewed Pussycats, Paperbacks, Pennants, And Penance, Mix Yourself A Dead End, Theater of Cruelty, and Rodeo Comics!

More From Us:

  1. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  2. Ryan has a patreon!  You should consider subscribing!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared: Dallas 4, Christmas Trees Behind Plastic, Christmas Carriage, Light in the Dark, Christmas Tree, Path, and December!
  4. On my music site, I shared songs from Trentemøller, Paul Oakenfold, New Order, Britney Spears, Nilufer Yanya, Eva Hurychova, and Jakalope!

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Holiday Film Review: Christmas Lodge (dir by Terry Ingram)

So, here you are.  You’re hiking in the wilderness with your boyfriend and you can’t help but notice that he doesn’t seem to be much of an outdoorsman.  He’s a city boy and you’re a mountain girl and who knows if those two cultures can come together.

Well, it turns out that they can’t but don’t worry!  No sooner has your boyfriend dumped you than you’ve found a new purpose in life!  You’re helping to restore and rebuild the old Christmas lodge where you and your family used to spend the holidays.  The important thing is to get it done quickly enough so that grandpa can see the lodge for one last time before he dies.  Fortunately, the lodge is owned by a handsome man who needs someone to be a mother for his daughter.  Perfect, right?

There’s really not a lot of conflict to be found in this film.  Erin Karpluk plays Mary, who decides to save the lodge and, at no point, does she really suffer from the type of self-doubts that you would expect someone to suffer in a film like this.  Instead, she decides to do it and then she does it.  There’s a few people who think that Mary is wasting her time but they quickly change their minds.  Even her break-up with her boyfriend has to be one of the nicest, most polite break-ups that I’ve ever seen.

Make no doubt about it, 2011’s Christmas Lodge is a holiday movie.  It’s continually positive and upbeat and unabashedly sentimental and, if you’re into that sort of thing, you’ll enjoy it.  And, to be honest, the holidays is a good time to give up cynicism and be optimistic for at least a few days.  Me, I get cheerfully sentimental when it comes to the holidays.  I smile at every Christmas tree.  I love every gift that I get.  And I usually shed a few tears while sharing memories with the family.  That’s what the holidays are for.  Christmas Lodge does a good job of tapping into that spirit.

That said, Christmas Lodge is perhaps a bit more religious that some people are going to like.  The film may seem like a typical romantic Hallmark holiday film but ultimately, there’s a lot of talk about God wanting the lodge to be built and the family to come together.  At one point, Mary’s grandfather even asks a hesitant carpenter what Jesus would do if he was told that the lodge needed to be repaired.  Personally, I suspect that he would open up the lodge to the poor and the homeless but, in Christmas Lodge, apparently he would just give up whatever other projects he had going on and lend a helping hand so the family could gather there while snow gently fell outside.

That said, I’m a sucker for any film that has people celebrating the holidays while snow gently falls from the sky.  Christmas Lodge is a sweet-natured movie.  It’s not the type of film that you’re going to watch in the harsh heat of the summer but, for the sentimental holidays, it gets the job done.