Lisa’s Week In Review: 3/15/21 — 3/21/21


And so another week comes to an end.

After all the drama of the extended awards season and all of the scenarios that we all went through as we tried to predict which films would and would not be nominated, Monday’s Oscar nominations were rather anti-climatic.  For the most part, there were no shocking snubs nor were there any truly awful nominations.  I can even accept the nominations that Borat received.  For those who were hoping for at least one totally weird nod — like Jared Leto for The Little Things — it didn’t happen.  (The only real shocker was both Daniel Kaluuya and LaKeith Stanfield being nominated for supporting actor for Judas and the Black Messiah, a film that I guess the Academy decided did not have a lead actor.)  For the first time in history, two female directors were nominated. That’s a good thing but, otherwise, the Oscar nominations were, for those of us who love controversy, almost boring.

Of course, I have to admit that I was far more interested in celebrating St. Patrick’s Day this week than obsessing over the Oscars.  Even though the annual parade got cancelled, I was determined to go out and celebrate and that’s just what I did.  I went out and I celebrated my heritage with friends and family and I stepdanced to Celtic folk music and, later on that night, I got a bit too enthusiastic and I missed a few steps and I managed to twist my ankle.  It’s really not a holiday unless I manage to injure myself in some way, is it?

Anyway, it’s not a bad sprain.  (To be honest, I’ve lost track of how many times I’ve sprained and/or strained that ankle.)  I spent most of this weekend resting and, when I woke up on Sunday morning, I was feeling a lot better.  Of course, as I stumbled around this morning, I managed to accidentally slam my ankle against the coffee table, which led to me doing a lot of cursing and hopping around but I’ve recovered.

Finally, I hosted three live tweet events this week.  For #FridayNightFlix, we watched Cocktail, which is on Prime and which everyone of you needs to watch this upcoming week.  And then, for Saturday’s #ScarySocial, it was The House On Sorority Row!  And then, after #ScarySocial, it was time to watch The Thirty Dead with the #LateNightMovie Gang!  And then, just a few hours ago, I watched Deadly Illusions with some of my fellow TSL contributors.  Four fun movies with good friends, that’s the perfect way to end your week.

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


Films I Watched:

  1. The Caller (1987)
  2. Cocktail (1988)
  3. Cutting Class (1989)
  4. Deadly Illusions (2021)
  5. The House on Sorority Row (1982)
  6. Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
  7. Pitch Perfect (2012)
  8. Scissors (1991)
  9. The Thirsty Dead (1974)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. Allo Allo
  3. America’s Most Wanted
  4. American Idol
  5. The Bachelor
  6. Bar Rescue
  7. Baywatch
  8. The Bold and the Beautiful
  9. Call Me Kat
  10. Community
  11. Days of Our Lives
  12. Degrassi
  13. The District
  14. General Hospital
  15. Ghost Whisperer
  16. Hell’s Kitchen
  17. Hill Street Blues
  18. Intervention
  19. King of the Hill
  20. Most Daring
  21. Open All Hours
  22. Parking Wars
  23. The Rookies
  24. The Voice
  25. The Walking Dead
  26. Yes, Minister
  27. The Young and the Restless

Books I Read:

  1. Devoted (2020) by Dean Koontz
  2. Gilded Cage: A Russian Mafia Romance (2021) by Nicole Fox

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Addison Rae
  2. Big Data
  3. Billie Eilish
  4. Bob Dylan
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Brittany Howard
  7. Cage the Elephant
  8. The Chemical Brothers
  9. Coldplay
  10. Daft Punk
  11. Dillon Francis
  12. Dropkick Murphys
  13. Fatboy Slim
  14. Franka Potente
  15. Gary Nunan
  16. Gorillaz
  17. Hans Zimmer
  18. Icona Pop
  19. Imagine Dragons
  20. Jake Bugg
  21. John Carpenter
  22. The KLF
  23. M/A/R/R/S
  24. Madeleine The Person
  25. Muse
  26. Neon Indian
  27. Nine Inch Nails
  28. Olivia Rodrigo
  29. Phantogram
  30. The Prodigy
  31. Public Service Broadcasting
  32. Saint Motel
  33. Selena Gomez
  34. Sleigh Bells
  35. The Selkie Girls
  36. Taylor Swift
  37. Teisto
  38. Zedd

Awards Season:

  1. The Oscar Nominations
  2. Phoenix Film Critics Winners
  3. Austin Film Critics Association Winners
  4. Writer’s Guild of America Winners

News From Last Week:

  1. Oscars Make History by Nominating Two Women Directors
  2. Chloé Zhao Is First Chinese Woman Nominated for Best Director at the Oscars
  3. China Orders Media To Downplay Oscars Coverage After Chloé Zhao, Hong Kong Doc Noms – Update
  4. Yaphet Kotto Dies At 81
  5. ‘The Talk’ producers ‘destroyed the show’ with Sharon Osbourne debacle
  6. The Talk Extends Hiatus A Second Time During Piers Morgan/Sharon Osbourne Controversy
  7. ‘Bhad Bhabie’ Danielle Bregoli says she was abused at Dr. Phil-touted troubled-teen camp
  8. 2021 Oscar Awards Show To Look Like A Movie: No Zoom, No Sweatshirts allowed
  9. Matthew McConaughey Addresses Speculation He May One Day Run for Texas Governor: “It’s Something I’m Giving Consideration”
  10. Christopher Nolan’s Tenet Gets HBOMAX launch date
  11. SXSW: ‘The Fallout’ Takes Grand Jury Award
  12. Chris Harrison Hires Powerful Lawyer over Bachelor Dispute
  13. Oscars surprises, snubs include Glenn Close, ‘Da 5 Bloods’
  14. Oscars 2021: How The Two Leads for Judas and the Black Messiah Were Both Nominated For Supporting Actor
  15. Disneyland Reopens And Begs You To “Scream Inside Your Heart!”
  16. Female roadie rats out rock gods: A Beatle proposed, Iggy Pop stole from her
  17. Texas Roadhouse founder Kent Taylor commits suicide amid COVID-19 battle
  18. Sharon Stone: I was pressured to have sex with co-star
  19. Armie Hammer Being Investigated by LAPD after woman accuses him of rape
  20. Ronald DeFeo, whose murder spree inspired The Amityville Horror, dies
  21. Andrew Cuomo Is Accused of Sexual Harassment By Current Aide
  22. Andrew Cuomo threatened to compare critic to “child rapist” in leaked audio
  23. Andrew Cuomo accuser Lindsey Boylan leads NYC impeachment rally — as fans gather to support him
  24. CNN guest calls out network on-air for Cuomo brothers ‘love-a-thon’
  25. Chris Cuomo has lost an average of 600,000 viewers a night on CNN since his brother’s nursing home and sex scandals – which the show ignores
  26. Intruder takes shower, drinks booze in Johnny Depp’s Hollywood mansion: report
  27. Coachella Music Festival Moving to 2022: Sources
  28. ‘In the Heights’ Moves Up Release Date
  29. L.A. Celebrates Return of Movie Theaters: ‘I’ve Been Waiting for This for a Year’
  30. Queen Elizabeth to hire ‘diversity czar’ after Meghan Markle’s Oprah interview: report
  31. Meghan Markle reportedly networking with Democrats, eyes bid for US president
  32. Critics Choice Association Expels Jeffrey Wells Following Posts About Atlanta Shootings

Links From Last Week:

  1. All the ‘Game of Thrones’ Spinoffs in the Works at HBO
  2. Justice League: Comparing The Snyder Cut vs the Joss Whedon Cut
  3. First Day of Spring Poetry
  4. ☘️Happy St. Patrick’s Day!☘️
  5. 17 Irish Movies to Watch on St Patrick’s Day
  6. RIP Yaphet Kotto…Paying Homage To This Iconic Actor…His Greatest Roles…
  7. On Guilt
  8. CLASSIC ALBUMS REVISITED: PET SOUNDS
  9. An E-mail Interview with Oudai Kojima, Director of JOINT [Osaka Asian Film Festival 2021]
  10. How Some Americans Fell For Andrew Cuomo’s Good Guy Performance
  11. Why ‘The Falcon and the Winter Soldier’ Is So Pointed About Race, Nationalism and the World Today
  12. Only Tolerance Can Save Us From Political Fanatics
  13. Why Government Funding Hurts PBS and NPR
  14. Chloe Zhao Backlash Will Test China’s New Era of Hollywood Censorship

Links From The Site:

  1. I paid tribute to David Cronenberg.  I wished everyone a happy St. Patrick’s Day.  I reviewed Schizoid, The Beach Girls and the Monster, Top Secret!, The Sound of Metal, Jaws: The Revenge, and The Thirsty Dead!
  2. Erin shared: Love Life of a Hollywood Mistress, Hollywood Hellcat, Fight Stories, Tom Blood Highwayman, Madame Buccaneer, Mystery Adventures Magazine, and La Paree!
  3. Jeff paid tribute to Yaphet Kotto and shared music videos from Pet Shop Boys, Eurythmics, U2, 4hero, ABC, The Beach Boys, and Survivor!
  4. Ryan interviewed Sean Knickerbocker!

More From Us:

  1. At SOLRAD, Ryan reviewed Dog Biscuits!
  2. Ryan has a patreon!  You should consider subscribing!
  3. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared a song from Brittany Howard!
  4. At Pop Politics., Jeff shared: Beware The Ides of March, Thoughts of a Former Smoker, Happy St. Patrick’s Day, 2024 Predictions, Here Come The California Recall, Everything You Need To Know, and Andy Kaufman on The Dating Game!
  5. At her photography site, Erin shared: More Old Cameras, Old Flash Bulbs, St. Patrick’s Day Morning, Mourning, Morning, Bird On A Wire, and Made in Texas!
  6. At SyFy Designs, I shared: Perspective, I Miss Spring Break, For St. Patrick’s Day A Poem By William Butler Yeats, St. Patrck’s Day Recap, Ankle Update, What I’ve Learned over The Past Two Days, and Ouch!
  7. At my music site, I shared songs from Phantogram, Gorillaz, Saint Motel, Imagine Dragons, Gary Nunan, Billie Eilish, and Olivia Rodrigo!
  8. On my online dream journal, I shared: Last Night’s Oscar Dream, Last Night’s Weird Party Dream, Last Night’s Shopping Dream, Last Night’s Dancing Nightmare, Last Night’s Dream About Waiting Out A Tornado While Half-Naked In The Laundry Room, Last Night’s James Franco Dream, and Last Night’s Bad Kitty Dream!
  9. At Horror Critic, I reviewed The Caller, Scissors, Invitation to Hell, Summer of Fear, Cutting Class, The Wraith, and The Food of the Gods!

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

The Writers Guild Honors Promising Young Woman And, For Some Unfathomable Reason, Borat


The Writers Guild of America has announced their picks for the best written films and TV shows of 2020.  Below are the three film awards.  I’m happy to see Promising Young Woman won for Best Original Screenplay.  As for Borat winning for Best Adapted Screenplay …. yeah, okay.  The WGA can honor whoever they want but just don’t pretend like Borat won for any reason other than the whole Rudy Guiliani thing.  (Does it really take a lot of effort and skill to make Rudy Guiliani look foolish?)  That Borat beat both One Night In Miami and Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom is embarrassing.

Anyway, here’s the winners:

ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Judas and the Black Messiah – Screenplay by Will Berson & Shaka King, Story by Will Berson & Shaka King and Kenny Lucas & Keith Lucas (Warner Bros.)
Palm Springs – Screenplay by Andy Siara, Story by Andy Siara & Max Barbakow (Hulu)
Promising Young Woman – Written by Emerald Fennell (Focus Features)
Sound of Metal – Screenplay by Darius Marder & Abraham Marder, Story by Darius Marder & Derek Cianfrance (Amazon Studios)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 – Written by Aaron Sorkin (Netflix)

ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Screenplay by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Peter Baynham & Erica Rivinoja & Dan Mazer & Jena Friedman & Lee Kern, Story by Sacha Baron Cohen & Anthony Hines & Dan Swimer & Nina Pedrad, Based on Characters Created by Sacha Baron Cohen (Amazon Studios)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom – Screenplay by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, Based on the Play Written by August Wilson; (Netflix)
News of the World – Screenplay by Paul Greengrass and Luke Davies, Based upon the Novel by Paulette Jiles (Universal Pictures)
One Night in Miami – Screenplay by Kemp Powers, Based on the Stage Play “One Night in Miami” by Kemp Powers (Amazon Studios)
The White Tiger – Screenplay by Ramin Bahrani, Based on the Book “The White Tiger” by Aravind Adiga (Netflix)

DOCUMENTARY SCREENPLAY
All In: The Fight for Democracy – Written by Jack Youngelson (Amazon Studios)
The Dissident – Written by Mark Monroe and Bryan Fogel (Briarcliff Entertainment)
Herb Alpert Is… – Written by John Scheinfeld (Abramorama)
Red Penguins – Written by Gabe Polsky (Universal Pictures)
Totally Under Control – Written by Alex Gibney (Neon)

Artwork of the Day: La Paree (by Earle Bergey)


by Earle Bergey

This is one of my favorite pulp magazine covers.  She’s got a general, a sailor, a boxer, and Mr. Monopoly all on the same string!  Which one is her dream man?  I’m guessing Mr. Monopoly because he gets $200 every time he passes go.

La Paree was published from 1930 to 1938.  This issue is from October of 1935 and for a quarter, readers could learn how she managed to get all those men on the same string.  This cover was done by Earle Bergey, an artist who has been featured on this site many times in the past and who will probably be featured many more times in the future.

Music Video of the Day: Burning Heart by Survivor (1985, directed by Jerry Kramer)


This song was written for Rocky IV.  Survivor also did Eye of the Tiger, which was the anthem for Rocky III so it only made sense to approach them to contribute a training song for Rocky IV.  Burning Heart may not be as classic of a song as Eye of the Tiger but there’s no way Rocky could have defeated Ivan Drago without it.  And if Rocky hadn’t defeated Drago, the Berlin Wall would never have fallen, America would never have won the Cold War, and Adonis Creed would have had to find a different mentor.  Without this song, the world would be a very different place.

The video is a performance clip.  There’s another version out there that features clips from Rocky IV.

Enjoy!