Lisa’s Week In Review: 2/1/21 — 2/7/21

What a long week!

Don’t get me wrong, it was a good week.  As far as this site is concerned, I got a lot done.  I’m most proud of the fact that I wrote about my 30 favorite films of 2020.  I’m very happy about how that post worked out and I’m also proud of myself for watching enough good movies that it was actually very easy to come up with a credible list of 30.  I’m proud of myself!  Wait — did I already say that?  See, that’s how tired I am.  I’m repeating myself!

Speaking of being tired, I was going to write about how I deal with anxiety but, to be honest, anxiety will still be a thing a few weeks from now and hopefully, I won’t be exhausted while putting the finishing touches on my week in review.  So, writing about anxiety can wait.

(Actually, the main way I deal with anxiety — and you’re going to think I’m lying but I’m not — is by putting on an old episode of Degrassi in the background.  It calms me down.  Maybe it’s because I’ve seen every episode so many times that I know exactly what’s coming.  Part of the comfort of rewatching something is knowing that, no matter what might happen in the world, those old episodes are always going to be the same.  It doesn’t have to be Degrassi.  It could be music.  It could be a beloved movie.  It could be someone chanting from the Necronomicon.  The familiar can be very helpful.)

For now, I just want to get some rest.  And I want to let you know what I watched, read, and listened to last week!

Films I Watched:

  1. Alex Wheatle (2020)
  2. Dazed and Confused (1993)
  3. Destroy All Monsters (1968)
  4. Education (2020)
  5. Ford v Ferrari (2019)
  6. Groundhog Day (1993)
  7. The Last Laugh (2020)
  8. The Living Dead at Manchester Morgue (1975)
  9. Malcolm & Marie (2021)
  10. Promising Young Woman (2020)
  11. The Scarlet Claw (1944)
  12. Soul (2020)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. 9-1-1: Lone STar
  3. ‘allo ‘allo
  4. The Bachelor
  5. Bar Rescue
  6. The Bold and the Beautiful
  7. City Confidential
  8. Coronation Street
  9. Court Cam
  10. Days of Our Lives
  11. Degrassi
  12. The District
  13. Dr. Phil
  14. The Equalizer
  15. Fawlty Towers
  16. Friends
  17. General Hospital
  18. Hell’s Kitchen
  19. Hill Street Blues
  20. The Kitten Bowl
  21. The Love Boat
  22. The Masked Dancer
  23. The Musketeers
  24. The Office
  25. Open All Hours
  26. Saved by The Bell
  27. Seinfeld
  28. Super Bowl
  29. Unforgotten II
  30. WandaVision
  31. Wonder Woman
  32. Yes, Minister
  33. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. Murder By Design: The Usnane Cinema of Dario Argento (2020) by Troy Howarth

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Big Data
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Broken Bells
  4. Cage the Elephant
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. The Crystal Method
  7. Depeche Mode
  8. Desire
  9. Fiona Apple
  10. Gwen Stefani
  11. Miley Cyrus
  12. Phantogram
  13. The Prodigy
  14. REM
  15. Saint Motel
  16. Selena Gomez
  17. Space 92
  18. Talking Heads
  19. Taylor Swift
  20. Tiesto
  21. The Ting Tings
  22. twenty one pilots
  23. The Weeknd
  24. Yvonne Elliman

Live Tweets

  1. Through the Shattered Lens Live Tweets Super Bowl Sunday!

Awards Season:

  1. Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Nominations
  2. SAG Nominations
  3. Golden Globe Nominations
  4. Winners at Sundance
  5. NAACP Image Award Nominations
  6. Hollywood Critics Association Nominations
  7. Atlanta Film Critics Circle Winners
  8. Satellite Nominations

Best of 2020:

  1. Top 30 Films of 2020 (Lisa Marie Bowman)


  1. Old
  2. The Falcon and the Winter Soldier
  3. Raya and the Last Dragon
  4. Coming 2 America

Links From Last Week:

  1. ‘Malcolm & Marie’ and the Double-Edged Sword of Hype
  2. No Real Super Bowl Movie Trailers This Year Feels Like The End Of An Era, And That Sucks
  3. Britney Spears Documentary Brings Validity to #FreeBritney Movement, While Putting Misogynistic Media on Blast
  4. Kickin’ The Willy Bobo With…DEMOND THOMPSON

News From Last Week:

  1. Hilaria Baldwin Apologizes For Spanish Debacle: ‘I Should Have Been More Clear’
  2. Armie Hammer Dropped by WME
  3. Jennifer Lawrence Injured on Set of ‘Don’t Look Up’
  4. Marvel’s ‘Blade’ Movie Finds Its Writer in ‘Watchmen’ Scribe
  5. Hal Holbrook, Emmy and Tony-Winning Actor Who Portrayed Mark Twain, Dies at 95
  6. Saved by The Bell Star Dustin Diamond Dies in Cape Coral
  7. Christopher Plummer dies at 91
  8. Haya Harareet Dies: Israeli Actress Who Starred In ‘Ben-Hur’ Was 89
  9. Jamie Tarses, trailblazing ‘Friends’ and ‘Frasier’ TV exec, dead at 56

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Double Rainbow, 12 Against The Law, The Marriage Rite, Like Ice She Was, Smashing Detective Stories, Tough Guy, and Sport Story Magazine!
  2. Doc shared his Kitten Bowl predictions!
  3. Along with his super bowl predictions, Jeff shared music videos from Europe, Rick Springfield, AC/DC, Violent Femmes, Whitesnake, Winger, and Toto!  Jeff also congratulated the winners of the Super Bowl!
  4. Ryan reviewed A New Leash on Life!
  5. I reviewed Malcolm & Marie and I paid tribute to John Ford, Christopher Plummer, Francois Truffaut, and Greydon Clark!  I also wrote about my favorite Super Bowl commercials!

More From Us:

  1. For Horror Critic, I reviewed The Last Laugh and The Naked Witch!
  2. At my dream journal, I shared: Last Night’s Dream About The Rain!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from The Prodigy, Space 92, Selena Gomez, The Chemical Brothers, Desire, twenty one pilots, and Broken Bells!
  4. For SyFy Designs I shared: Groundhog Day Predictions, Groundhog Day Results, Happy Birthday Elmo, Looking for Freedom, The Latest Scam, and When It Comes To the Super Bowl!
  5. At her photography site, Erin shared: Truck in a Mild Snowfall, Swing with A Little Snow, Barely A Snowfall, I Tried to Capture The Snow, When The Snow Had Just Started To Fall, Today’s Sky, and Today’s Door!
  6. Ryan has a patreon!  You should subscribe!

Want to check out last week?  Click here!

My Top 6 Super Bowl Commercials

Let’s just admit that the Super Bowl was weird this year.

I’m not talking about the game.  To be honest, I could really hardly care less about the game.  When it comes to winners and losers, I’m one of those people who wishes that both teams could win. I think the coach of the winning team should let the losing team score a touchdown so that no one’s feelings get hurt.  I worry about concussions, broken ankles, and compound fractures.  I can handle some of the most graphic zombie films ever made but football just freaks me the fug out.

Instead, I’m one of those people who watches for the commercials and this year, the commercials were odd.  I guess that’s to be understood, all things considered.  But even when you take into account the pandemic and the general sappiness of modern American culture, the commercials felt weak.  There were a lot of inspirational commercials.  Bruce Springsteen gave a two-minute monologue about America while sitting in a jeep.  There was a Ford commercial about how we’re all in this together or something like that.  The beer commercials were less surly and more cringey this year.  There were a lot of commercials with celebrities where the whole joke seemed to be, “Hey, look!  A celebrity!”

There were precious few commercials for any upcoming movies or TV shows.  In fact, there were four.  FOUR!  Every previous year, I’ve worked myself to a beautiful exhaustion trying to keep up with all the movies being advertised during the big game.  This year, I wrote a few — very few — words about Coming 2 America, Old, The Falcon and the Winter Soldier, and Raya and the Last Dragon.

Anyway, with all that in mind — here are 6 commercials that I did enjoy.  I don’t know if it’s right for me to say that any of these really qualify as a “favorite” because I really didn’t have any favorites this year.  But, the important thing is that I enjoyed the commercials below.

6) Edgar Scissorhands — Cadillac

I guess Edward is dead or something?  Because Edward’s definitely not in this commercial.  I can only assume that he died or he moved to Paris and was later judged to be too problematic to be invited back to appear with his son.  Well, regardless, this is a cute commercial.  I wouldn’t necessarily say it’s a good commercial because people are going to remember Edgar on the bus more than they’re going to remember the Cadillac but still, it was nice.

5) Adam Levine Sets Up Gwen Stefani and Blake Shelton — T-Mobile

But if not for the spotty network, Gwen and Blake never would have gotten together!  Oh well.  What matters is that Gwen and Blake are a cute couple.

4) Jason Alexander Hoodie — Tide

This was actually kind of a disturbing commercial but then again, I like the idea of clothing that screams at you.

3) Doritos — Flat Matthew McConaughey

It was weird enough to work.

2) Alexa — Michael B. Jordan

It was sexy enough to work.

  1. Reddit

This made my night.  This ad was short.  It wasn’t pretentious.  It didn’t pretend that it was going to bring America together.  It didn’t feature Bruce Springsteen doing his Kerouac imitation.  Instead, it popped up for five seconds, it freaked a lot of people out, and it kind of gave the finger to the whole silly culture that’s sprung up around Super Bowl advertising.  That was brilliant.  (Considering that Reddit has now become the favorite scapegoat of the establishment, I applaud them for raising their profile as opposed to just meekly waiting for the storm to pass.)

Reddit wins the night!  And, just in case the above video gets taken off of YouTube for some reason, here’s the ad:

The Shattered Lens Live Tweets Super Bowl Sunday!

Today was probably the most low-key Super Bowl Sunday is the history of the Shattered Lens.

The reasons for that are fairly obvious.  The Super Bowl is tradition.  It’s something that people look forward to as a sign of normalcy and continuity.  Some people care about the game.  Some people care about the commercials.  But the main thing is that the Super Bowl is always there and it’s always a big deal.  This year, though, was different.

For one thing, the commercials were different.  Usually, we struggle to keep up with all of the movie advertisements but this year, there were only four to share.  For another things, no one really had a team in the game.  Jeff was excited about Tom Brady winning another Super Bowl.  Leonard wanted anyone but Brady to win.  But it’s not like anyone here at the TSL is a huge fan of either Kansas City or Tampa Bay.

So, it was a subdued Super Bowl Sunday.  Everyone observed it in their own way:

In the end, the team that score the most points won so congratulations to them! Here’s hoping that next year’s Super Bowl’s commercials will be a little bit more memorable.


Congratulations To The Super Bowl Champion Tampa Bay Buccaneers!

The Super Bowl just ended and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers have won their 2nd Super Bowl!  Tom Brady has won his seventh.  Though the Chiefs scored first with a field goal, there was never really any doubt as to who was going to win the Lombardi Trophy.  As soon as I saw Tom Brady’s face after the Chiefs got those three points, I knew he was going to be unstoppable.

The final score was 31 to 9.  Though the Chiefs may have fallen short, Patrick Mahomes showed that he is the quarterback of the future.  He’s scary good.  He may not have won tonight but he’ll definitely get another chance to win his second super bowl.

For now, though, the Buccaneers are your Super Bowl champions and Tom Brady has added another chapter to an already amazing career.  Congratulations, Tampa Bay!

Here’s The Super Bowl Promo For Raya And The Last Dragon!

There haven’t been that many movie spots during this Super Bowl.  It’s a shame but I guess it’s to be expected, given the current state of theaters and studios and everything else.  During the first half, we saw trailers and commercials for Old, The Falcon and The Winter Soldier, and this very brief one for Raya and the Last Dragon:

It’s a short commercial but …. hey, it looks cute!  I’ll watch it when it comes out.

Here’s The Super Bowl Commercial For Old!

It’s Super Bowl Sunday and that means that we’ll be getting at least a few commercials for some upcoming films.

Like this one!

This is for M. Night Shyamalan’s new film, Old.  Apparently, it’s about a beach where you age really quickly.  The trailer somewhat optimistically promises that it will be in theaters this summer.

Here Are The Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Nominations!

Yesterday, the Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association announced their nominees for the best of the year.  After it was snubbed by both the Golden Globes and SAG, it’s nice to see at least one group acknowledging First Cow.  (Actually, a lot of groups have been acknowledging First Cow.  I just worry it’s the type of film that will player better with critics than with Oscar voters.  Which is a shame because it’s a great film!)

The winners will be announced on February 8th …. which is tomorrow!  Here are the nominees:

Best Film
First Cow
One Night in Miami…
Promising Young Woman

Best Director
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Regina King – One Night in Miami…
Kelly Reichardt – First Cow
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland

Best Actor
Riz Ahmed – Sound Of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Delroy Lindo – Da 5 Bloods
Steven Yeun – Minari

Best Actress
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces Of A Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Elisabeth Moss – The Invisible Man
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas And The Black Messiah
Bill Murray – On The Rocks
Leslie Odom, Jr. – One Night in Miami…
Paul Raci – Sound Of Metal

Best Supporting Actress
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Olivia Colman – The Father
Dominique Fishback – Judas And The Black Messiah
Amanda Seyfried – Mank
Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

Best Acting Ensemble
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
One Night in Miami…
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Best Youth Performance
Millie Bobby Brown – Enola Holmes
Sidney Flanigan – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Alan Kim – Minari
Talia Ryder – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Helena Zengel – News Of The World

Best Voice Performance
Tina Fey – Soul
Jamie Foxx – Soul
Tom Holland – Onward
Honor Kneafsey – Wolfwalkers
Octavia Spencer – Onward

Best Original Screenplay
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Andy Siara – Palm Springs
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman
Darius Marder & Abraham Marder – Sound Of Metal
Aaron Sorkin – The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jon Raymond & Kelly Reichardt – First Cow
Charlie Kaufman – I’m Thinking Of Ending Things
Ruben Santiago-Hudson – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Kemp Powers – One Night in Miami…

Best Animated Feature
The Croods: A New Age
Over the Moon

Best Documentary
Boys State
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
Dick Johnson Is Dead

Best International/Foreign Language Film
Another Round
La Llorona
Night of the Kings
The Mole Agent

Best Production Design
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
News Of The World

Best Cinematography
Newton Thomas Sigel – Da 5 Bloods
Erik Messerschmidt – Mank
Dariusz Wolski – News Of The World
Joshua James Richards – Nomadland
Hoyte van Hoytema – Tenet

Best Editing
Kirk Baxter – Mank
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Mikkel E. G. Nielsen – Sound Of Metal
Jennifer Lame – Tenet
Alan Baumgarten – The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Best Original Score
Trent Reznor & Atticus Ross – Mank
Emile Mosseri – Minari
James Newton Howard – News Of The World
Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross & Jon Batiste – Soul
Ludwig Göransson – Tenet

The Joe Barber Award for Best Portrayal of Washington, DC
Crip Camp: A Disability Revolution
The Fight
Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President
John Lewis: Good Trouble
Wonder Woman 1984