Lisa’s Week In Review: 1/11/21 — 1/17/21

This past week was long but ultimately rewarding.  I didn’t watch as many movies as I should have and I’m going to have to make up for that over the course of this upcoming week but, at the same time, I hosted the I Like To Watch live tweet on Saturday night and, as a result of also hosting both the Friday Night Flix and the Scary Social live tweets, I was also able to introduce a whole new group of people to both Ninja III: The Domination and Messiah of Evil.  Introducing people to new and old things is always a good feeling.

Anyway, here’s what I watched, listened to, and read this week!  I know that I said I was going to start posting my best-of-2020 lists during this upcoming week but it’s going to have to wait for just a little bit longer while I spend the next 7 days catching up on the last few films of the previous year.  (Fear not, time is eternal.)

Films I Watched:

  1. Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
  2. His Girl Friday (1940)
  3. Inception (2010)
  4. Mank (2020)
  5. Messiah of Evil (1973)
  6. Ninja III: The Domination (1984)
  7. The Social Dilemma (2020)
  8. Tormented (1960)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. A Football Game — I have no idea who was playing or who won.  I just know it was on TV this afternoon, I watched a little of it with Jeff, and I had to stop watching because everyone kept colliding head-to-head and it was totally freaking me out.
  2. ‘Allo ‘Allo
  3. The Bachelor
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. The Bold and the Beautiful
  6. The Chase
  7. Cold Case Files
  8. The District
  9. Days of our Lives
  10. Dr. Phil
  11. General Hospital
  12. Hell’s Kitchen
  13. Hill Street Blues
  14. The Love Boat
  15. The Masked Dancer
  16. Mister Winner
  17. Night Stalker
  18. The Office
  19. Open All Hours
  20. The Vicar of Dibley
  21. Yes, Minister
  22. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. Taking Shape: Developing Halloween From Script to Scream (2018) by Dustin McNeil and Travis Mullins
  2. Taking Shape II: The Lost Halloween Sequels (2020) by Dustin McNeil and Travis Mullins

Messiah of Evil (1973, directed by Willard Huyck and Gloria Katz)

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Afrojack
  2. Armin van Buuren
  3. Avicii
  4. Big Data
  5. The Brady Bunch
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Cage the Elephant
  8. Calvin Harris
  9. Carter Burwell
  10. The Chemical Brothers
  11. The Crystal Method
  12. Coldplay
  13. Daft Punk
  14. Dillon Francis
  15. DJ Judaa
  16. Donna Summer
  17. Fatboy Slim
  18. Franka Potente
  19. Gwen Stefani
  20. Hans Zimmer
  21. Hounds
  22. Icona Pop
  23. Jakalope
  24. Jake Bugg
  25. Jessica Simpson
  26. John Carpenter
  27. The KLF
  28. M/A/R/R/S
  29. Muse
  30. No Doubt
  31. Odyssey
  32. Phantogram
  33. The Prodigy
  34. Public Service Broadcasting
  35. Saint Motel
  36. Sleigh Bells
  37. Steve Aoki
  38. Taylor Swift
  39. Tiesto
  40. Universal Honey
  41. UPSAHL

Awards Season Links:

  1. St. Louis Film Critics Association Nominations
  2. Music City Film Critics Winners
  3. San Diego Film Critics Winners
  4. Gotham Winners
  5. Hawaii Film Critics Winners
  6. Houston Film Critics Society Nominations
  7. North Dakota Film Society Winners
  8. San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Nominations
  9. St. Louis Film Critics Winners

Links From Last Week:

  1. Just Turn It Off

News From Last Week:

  1. CNN announces it is pulling network from airports, Twitter rejoices
  2. Hollywood Prepares to Delay Another Slew of Blockbusters
  3. Netflix’s Massive 2021 Film Slate Will Deliver New Movies Every Week This Year
  4. Ray Fisher, WarnerMedia Offer Dueling Accounts of ‘Flash’ Exit
  5. Phil Spector, Wall of Sound Music Producer and Murderer, Dies at 81

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared: Too Much Woman, Up To Her Neck, The Country School, Glamour Photography, Tom Swift In The Nuclear Caves, I Fear You Not!, and Swamp Nymph!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from Bob Seger, Thomas Dolby, Iron Maiden, KISS, AC/DC, Bart Simpson, and Bart Simpson again!
  3. Ryan reviewed If On Account of Sunday, Horrorscopes, Brick Breaks Free, and Brick By Brick!
  4. I reviewed The Social Dilemma, Mank, and Hillbilly ElegyI wished a happy birthday to John Carpenter!

More From Us:

  1. I hosted the I Like To Watch live tweet this week!  Check out my playlist!
  2. Ryan has a patreon and you should consider subscribing!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared: Afternoon, Crown, Together, Gathering, January 15th, January 16th, and January 17th!
  4. On my music site, I shared songs from Hounds, Donna Summer, Odyssey, Gwen Stefani, Dillon Francis, Big Data, Britney Spears, and Jessica Simpson!

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

The St. Louis Film Critics Association Rewards Downhill

The St. Louis Film Critics Association announced the winners of their 2020 awards earlier today!  Downhill picked up its first trophy of the awards seasons as the SLFCA named it The Worst Picture of the Year.  How will this effect Downhill‘s Oscar chances?  We’ll have to wait and see.

Here are the winners:

I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Nomadland (WINNER)
Promising Young Woman (RUNNER UP TIE)
The Trial of the Chicago 7

Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman (RUNNER UP)
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Spike Lee – Da 5 Bloods
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland (WINNER)

Jessie Buckley – I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland (RUNNER UP)
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman (WINNER)

Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (RUNNER UP)
Ellen Burstyn – Pieces of a Woman
Olivia Colman – The Father
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Yuh-jung Youn – Minari (WINNER)

Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (WINNER)
Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods (RUNNER UP)
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Gary Oldman – Mank

Bo Burnham – Promising Young Woman
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7 (RUNNER UP)
Bill Murray – On The Rocks
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal (WINNER)

Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman (WINNER)
Jack Fincher – Mank
Andy Siara – Palm Springs
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial of the Chicago 7 (RUNNER UP)

Charlie Kaufman – I’m Thinking of Ending Things (WINNER)
Kemp Powers – One Night in Miami (RUNNER UP)
Jon Raymond & Kelly Reichardt – First Cow
Ruben Santiago-Hudson – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland

Benjamin Kracunc – Promising Young Woman
Erik Messerschmidt – Mank (RUNNER UP)
Joshua James Richards – Nomadland (WINNER)
Newton Thomas Sigel – Da 5 Bloods
Dariusz Wolski – News of the World

Jonah Moran – Hamilton
Robert Frasen – I’m Thinking of Ending Things (RUNNER UP)
Kirk Baxter – Mank
Chloe Zhao – Nomadland (WINNER)
​Alan Baumgarten – The Trial of the Chicago 7

Kave Quinn – Emma. (RUNNER UP)
Mark Ricker – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Donald Graham Burt – Mank (WINNER)
Cristina Casali – The Personal History of David Copperfield
Michael Perry – Promising Young Woman

Ludovico Einaudi – “Nomadland” (RUNNER UP)
Ludwig Goransson – “Tenet”
James Newton Howard – “News of the World”
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Baptiste – “Soul” (WINNER)
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – “Mank”

Birds of Prey
Da 5 Bloods
Hamilton (RUNNER UP)
Lovers Rock
Promising Young Woman (WINNER)

Birds of Prey
The Invisible Man (RUNNER UP)
The Midnight Sky
Tenet (WINNER)

Over The Moon
The Wolf House
Wolfwalkers (RUNNER UP)

The Invisible Man (WINNER)
La Llorona
Possessor: Uncut
​The Vast of Night

Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (WINNER)
The King of Staten Island
On The Rocks
Palm Springs (RUNNER UP)

Birds of Prey (RUNNER UP)
The Gentlemen
The Old Guard
Tenet (WINNER)

City Hall
Collective (WINNER)
Dick Johnson Is Dead
My Octopus Teacher
The Social Dilemma

Another Round (WINNER)
Beanpole (RUNNER UP)
Vitalina Varela

Artemis Fowl
The Doorman
Downhill (WINNER)
Hillbilly Elegy
Wonder Woman 1984

HR scene in The Assistant
Rudy Guiliani in Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (RUNNER UP)
Dinner with parents in I’m Thinking of Ending Things
Sisters dine in The Invisible Man (WINNER)
Questionnaire in Never Rarely Sometimes Always

Artwork of the Day: Swamp Nymph (Artist Unknown)

Artist Unknown

This book was originally published in 1962.  John B. Thomas was a Louisiana native and World War II veteran who wrote at least 75 books over the course of his literary career.  Though most of his books were ignored during his lifetime, they’ve subsequently been rediscovered by collectors and he’s developed a cult reputation.  Swamp Nymph was recently reissued, with a far less effective cover.

I don’t know why certain men were apparently so obsessed with hooking up in the swamp but apparently it was a popular topic during the pulp era.  Between the mosquitos, the leeches, the crocodiles, and the malaria, it probably wasn’t worth it.  The cover artist’s identity is unknown but this cover undoubtedly sold a lot of books.  I’m just impressed that someone can keep their makeup and their hair so perfect while living in a swamp.

Music Video of the Day: Deep Deep Trouble by Bart Simpson (1990, directed by Gregg Vanzo)

Since yesterday, I shared Do The Bartman, I guess it only makes sense to share the 2nd Simpsons music video today.  Deep Deep Trouble is more of the same but, for those of us who remember when The Simpsons was funny, it still generates a feeling of welcome nostalgia.

Deep Deep Trouble was written by Matt Groening and DJ Jazzy Jeff and it’s easy to actually imagine this as one of the Fresh Prince’s songs from the Parents Just Don’t Understand era.  Bart, of course, was voiced by Nancy Cartwright.  The video was directed by Simpsons animated Gregg Vanzo.