Lisa’s Week In Review: 2/8/21 — 2/14/21

Happy Valentine’s Day!

It’s snowing!  As I write this, it’s currently snowing outside!  For a full week, those of us in Texas were told that a huge winter storm was coming and …. well, hey, the weather report was right for once.  Anyway, I’m happy.  It’s beautiful and it’s romantic and it’s also extremely cold.  Actually, I’m not really all that happy about the extreme cold.  I mean, the snow looks good but then you go out and MY GOD!  (To quote my sister: “That negative 15 degree wind chill hits you in all the wrong places.”)  I don’t think we’re supposed to get up above freezing until next Friday so I guess that means I’ll be watching a lot of movies.  Of course, I seem to say that every week.  What can I say?  I’m an optimist.  I start every week with the assumption that I’m going to watch every single movie ever made while also writing history’s greatest novel in longhand.

It’s interesting, though.  I spent an entire week worrying over this gigantic blizzard that everyone insisted was coming our way.  I worried about the promise of single-digit temperatures and several inches of snow.  I was so worried that we were going to lose power or something similar.  And now, the snow has arrived and it’s lovely.  There’s probably a lesson somewhere in there.

Anyway, here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Barefoot in the Park (1967)
  2. A Bullet For Pretty Boy (1970)
  3. The Avalanche Express (1979)
  4. The Food of the Gods (1976)
  5. The Forbidden Dance (1990)
  6. I Married A Witch (1942)
  7. Lambada (1990)
  8. The Love Witch (2016)
  9. My Bloody Valentine (1981)
  10. The Poltergeist Diaries (2021)
  11. The Principal (1987)
  12. Roman Holiday (1953)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. 9-1-1: Lone Star
  3. America Undercover
  4. American Idol
  5. The Bachelor
  6. Bar Rescue
  7. Baywatch
  8. California Dreams
  9. Court Cam
  10. Crime Scene: The Vanishing At The Hotel Cecil
  11. Degrassi
  12. The District
  13. Dr. Phil
  14. Hells Kitchen
  15. Hill Street Blues
  16. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  17. Law & Order
  18. The Love Boat
  19. Mannix
  20. The Masked Dancer
  21. The Office
  22. Open all Hours
  23. Parking Wars
  24. Saved By The Bell
  25. Seinfeld
  26. Tough as Nails
  27. Unsolved Mysteries
  28. Yes, Minister

Books I Read:

  1. Blood Aces: The Wild Ride of Benny Binion, the Texas Gangster Who Created Vegas Poker (2014) by Doug J. Swanson
  2. Secrets and Lies (2012) by Christine Keeler

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Blanck Mass
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Britney Spears
  4. Calvin Harris
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Dua Lipa
  7. Elle King
  8. Haim
  9. Jake Bugg
  10. Kaskade
  11. Marc Collin
  12. Martin Garrix
  13. Martin Gore
  14. Moby
  15. Phantogram
  16. Radiohead
  17. Rebecca Black
  18. Saint Motel
  19. Taylor Swift
  20. Tomoyasu Hotei
  21. Upsahl

Awards Season:

  1. London Film Critic Circle Winners
  2. Toronto Film Critics Winners
  3. Washington D.C. Film Critics Winners
  4. Critics Choice Award Nominees
  5. Seattle Film Critics Nominees
  6. AARP Nominations
  7. DFW Critics Winners
  8. Dorian Award Nominees
  9. Utah Film Critics Winners

Links From Last Week:

  1. The Spymaster
  2. Searching for Shelley Duvall: The Reclusive Icon on Fleeing Hollywood and the Scars of Making ‘The Shining’
  3. Buffy Deserves Better Than Joss Whedon
  4. Disney Cancels The Mandalorian Star Gina Carano Over Provocative Social Media Posts
  5. Why Were They So Cruel to Britney Spears?
  6. I was an MTV VJ during peak Britney. ‘Framing Britney Spears’ made me ashamed … and hopeful

News From Last Week:

  1. Paramount Pictures Locks $2 Million Deal For Gabrielle Zevin Novel ‘Tomorrow, And Tomorrow, And Tomorrow;’ Temple Hill Producing
  2. A24 Buys Explicit Sundance Movie ‘Pleasure’ About L.A. Porn Business
  3.  Pioneering Hollywood casting director Lynn Stalmaster dies
  4. Rowena Morrill (1944-2021)
  5. We Know the Best Picture Oscar Contenders, but No One Knows Who’s Watching Them
  6. Justin Timberlake Apologizes to Britney Spears and Janet Jackson: ‘I Failed’
  7. ‘The Bachelor’ Under Fire for Contestant’s Social Media Controversy & Chris Harrison Commentary That ‘Perpetuates Racism’
  8. Chris Harrison Briefly ‘Stepping Aside’ From ‘The Bachelor’ in Wake of Racist Controversy
  9. Former ‘Bachelorette’ Rachel Lindsay Says She Will Not Renew Her Contract With Franchise, Addressing Chris Harrison Controversy
  10. Gina Carano Hits Back, Announces New Movie Project With Ben Shapiro’s Daily Wire: “They Can’t Cancel Us If We Don’t Let Them”
  11. Charisma Carpenter accuses ‘Buffy’ creator Joss Whedon of toxic and verbally abusive behavior
  12. Michelle Trachtenberg Said That Joss Whedon Wasn’t Allowed To Be Alone In A Room With Her On “Buffy”
  13. Buffy’s Sarah Michelle Gellar, Michelle Trachtenberg and More React to Charisma Carpenter’s Joss Whedon Allegations
  14. ‘Firefly’ Writer Jose Molina Says Joss Whedon Bragged About Making Female Writers Cry
  15. Britney Spears’ father loses bid to retain control of delegating her investments

Links From The Site:

  1. Doc wished everyone a happy Valentine’s Day!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from Queen, Corey Hart, Madness, Eddie Money, Howard Jones, Rolling Stones, and U2!
  3. Erin shared part 7 of It’s Love and Cosmopolitan, The Show Girls, They Call Her Easy, Hot Date, Manhattan Nights, Play It Cool, and Do Not Disturb!
  4. Ryan shared an interview with Mara Ramirez and reviewed Sketch Zine 2020 and Single Camera Sitcom!
  5. I reviewed A Bullet For Pretty Boy and the Poltergeist Diaries!  I paid tribute to King Vidor and Darren Aronofsky!  I shared the Super Bowl spot for Nobody!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has patreon!  You should consider subscribing!
  2. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared a song from Tina Turner!
  3. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: Thank You Tom Brady, Here We Go Again, Larry Flynt Was Still Alive?, The New Normal, The Lincoln Project: Making Schadenfreude Great Again, A Second Acquittal, and Happy Valentine’s Day!
  4. At her photography site, Erin shared: Backyard, Digging in Back, Coke, Sometimes The Day Is Just Gray, Sometimes The Day Is Just Gray 2, Hanging On, and Cold as Ice!
  5. At SyFyDesigns, I wrote: The Equalizer: A Short Review, Cold Weather’s Coming, Disappointment, I‘m Having A Panic Attack Over the Weather, I’m Not Longer Freaking Out About The Weather, Still Waiting On The Bad Weather, and It Snowed!
  6. On my dream journal, I shared: Last Night’s Cat-Related Dream, Last Night’s Angry Dream, Last Night’s Lake Dream, Last Night’s Teaching Dream, No Dreams Last Night, Last Night’s Angsty Fragment of a Dream, and Last Night’s Snow Dream!
  7. At my music site, I shared songs from: Martin Gore, Martin Garrix, Marc Collin, Blanck Mass, Rebecca Black, Saint Motel, and Britney Spears!

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The Utah Film Critics Association Honors Minari

Yesterday, the Utah Film Critics Association announced their picks for the best of 2020.  They selected Minari for Best Picture with Soul as their runner-up.  That kind of sets them apart from the other critics groups, which have for the most part been selecting Nomadland.  That said, Frances McDormand still picked up the award for best actress.

Here are the winners from Utah:

Best Picture
Winner: Minari
Runner Up: Soul

Best Director
Winner: Regina King – One Night In Miami
Runner Up: Lee Isaac Chung – Minari

Best Actor
Winner: Riz Ahmed – Sound Of Metal
Runner Up: Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom & Steven Yeun – Minari (TIE)

Best Actress
Winner: Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Runner Up: Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night In Miami
Runner Up: Daniel Kaluuya – Judas And The Black Messiah

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Runner Up: Youn Yuh-jung – Minari

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Runner Up: Promising Young Woman

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: I’m Thinking Of Ending Things
Runner Up: One Night In Miami

Best Cinematography
Winner: Nomadland
Runner Up: I’m Thinking Of Ending Things

Best Original Score
Winner: Soul
Runner Up: Tenet

Best Film Editing
Winner: The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Runners Up: Sound Of Metal & Tenet (TIE)

Best Documentary Feature
Winner: Dick Johnson Is Dead
Runner Up: Time

Best Animated Feature
Winner: Wolfwalkers
Runner Up: Soul

Non-English Language Feature
Winner: Another Round
Runner Up: Bacurau

Vice Martin Award for performance in SciFi/Fantasy
Winner: Elizabeth Moss – The Invisible Man
Runner Up: Cristin Milioti – Palm Springs

It’s Love, Part 7

Happy Valentine’s Day!

As everyone knows, Valentine’s Day can be difficult when you’re single.  Everyone around you is in love and you’re just trying to find a way to make the day pass quicker.  If you are among those who are single today, do not worry and do not despair.  You’re not the first person to find yourself in this situation and you won’t be the last.  Though you may feel like you, you are not alone.  The path to true love is never an easy one to travel but the destination makes the trip worth it.  To help you on your journey, here are some vintage romance comic covers.  Even in the 1950s and the 1960s and the 1970s, Valentine’s Day wasn’t for everyone.

Yes, the path of true love is never an easy one.  But it’s out there and when you find it, it makes all of the trouble worth it.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Happy Valentine’s Day From The Cats and the Humans at Through The Shattered Lens

To all of our readers, Happy Valentine’s Day!

Today is not going to be an easy Valentine’s Day.  A lot of humans have had to cancel their plans because of bad weather, including the flame-haired one.  She has been complaining nonstop since Thursday!  Me, I haven’t been outside since last week because it’s too cold and there’s all sorts of birds and squirrels and who knows what else out in the back yard!  A cat’s work is never done and I can’t do my work until the temperature gets back above freezing!  Meh!

But Valentine’s Day isn’t about what you do or where you go.  It’s about loving what you love.  Some humans love other humans.  Me, I love Temptations snacks, playing with my toys, and sleeping 10 hours a day.  That’s what Valentine’s Day is all about to me.

Whatever Valentine’s Day is about to you, we all hope that you are having a good and a safe one!  Happy Valentine’s Day to all!  Be kind to those you love and never, ever forget the cats and the humans in your life!




Music Video of the Day: With or Without You by U2 (1987, directed by Meiert Avis and Matt Mahurin)

Today, it’s easy to make fun of the world’s most self-important band, U2.  It’s not that their music has really gotten bad or that Bono doesn’t do commendable work when he’s not touring.  It’s just that most people still associate them primarily with the debacle surrounding the release of Songs of Innocence.  Forcing a lukewarm album on people who may not even be fans of the band is never a good look.

But, in the band’s early days and before they got so openly pretentious, U2 was one of the top groups around.  The Joshua Tree still stands as one of the best musical accomplishments of the previous century and With Or Without You is one of the signature songs from that album.

As is always the case with U2, it helps if you don’t know what the song was actually about.  I’ve always assumed that this was meant to be a sad love song but then I did some research and I discovered that it was just Bono singing about his conflict about whether he wanted to be a touring musician or a family man.  Bono can’t live without or without … himself.

It’s better not to think about that and to just bring your own interpretation to the lyrics and the song.  The video is simple but it captures the feel of the song.