Lisa’s Week In Review: 3/29/21 — 4/4/21


easter cat

Happy Easter everyone!

This was a good week.  I survived April Fool’s Day and, unlike last year, I was able to spend Easter with my family.  For this upcoming week, I look forward to continuing to clean out my DVR and also to getting caught up on my film reviewing.

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

Films I Watched:

  1. BMX Bandits (1983)
  2. Boom! (1968)
  3. BUtterfield 8 (1960)
  4. The Comedians (1967)
  5. The Evil Twin (2021)
  6. Girl in the Basement (2021)
  7. King Kong (1933)
  8. Mulberry Street (2006)
  9. The Sandpiper (1965)
  10. Sodom and Gomorrah (1962)
  11. The Ten Commandments (1956)
  12. The 300 Spartans (1962)
  13. Tony Rome (1967)
  14. The V.I.P.s (1963)
  15. The Wrong Prince Charming (2021)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. America’s Most Wanted
  3. American Idol
  4. Baywatch
  5. The District
  6. Fear They Neighbor
  7. Hell’s Kitchen
  8. Hill Street Blues
  9. The Killer Beside Me
  10. King of the Hill
  11. Law & Order: Organized Crime
  12. Law & Order: SVU
  13. The Love Boat
  14. The Masked Singer
  15. The Office
  16. The Old Guys
  17. Open All Hours
  18. Parking Wars
  19. Rome’s Chariot Superstar
  20. The Rookies
  21. The Screen Actors Guild Awards
  22. Shipping Wars
  23. Temptation Island
  24. Tough as Nails
  25. Upstart Crow
  26. The Voice
  27. Wipeout
  28. Yes, Minister
  29. Your Worst Nightmare

Books I Read:

  1. Once Is Not Enough (1973) by Jacqueline Susann

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Afrojack
  2. Armin van Buuren
  3. Big Data
  4. Blanck Mass
  5. Britney Spears
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. deadmau 5
  8. Dillon Francis
  9. DJ Snake
  10. Fiona Apple
  11. Icona Pop
  12. Joywave
  13. Jungle
  14. Kaskade
  15. Kedr Livanskiy
  16. Phantogram
  17. Purity Ring
  18. Saint Motel
  19. St. Vincent
  20. Selena Gomez
  21. Stardust
  22. Steve Aoki

Trailers:

  1. Black Widow
  2. Space Jam: A New Legacy
  3. The Mitchells vs. The Machines
  4. Percy vs. Goliath
  5. The Resort
  6. Zola
  7. Spiral: From the Book of Saw
  8. The Night House
  9. The Wrath of Man

Awards Season:

  1. The SAG Awards
  2. Online Television and Film Critics Association Awards
  3. Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild Awards
  4. Set Decorators Society of America

News From Last Week:

  1. DC Films Shelving ‘New Gods’ With Ava DuVernay, ‘The Trench’ With James Wan
  2. Netflix Buys ‘Knives Out’ Sequels for $450 Million
  3. The Invisible Oscars: Consumers Largely Unaware of This Year’s Best Picture Nominees
  4. DMX Hospitalized After Apparent Drug Overdose
  5. David Schwimmer hints ‘Friends’ cast will revive characters
  6. Inside Sandra Lee and Andrew Cuomo’s split: Gov’s cheating ‘an open secret,’ sources say
  7. Rare Super Mario Bros. game sells for a record $660,000
  8. Russell T. Davies Receives Positive Note From Tony Kushner Amid ‘It’s a Sin’ Controversy

Links From Last Week:

  1. The King of the Geezer Teasers Inside Randall Emmett’s direct-to-video empire, where many Hollywood stars have found lucrative early retirement.
  2. Everyone Jumps Off Bridge After New Government Order Telling Everyone To Jump Off Bridge
  3. Marlon Brando’s Acting Style Was Ahead of Its Time
  4. Tom Hanks’ three other kids are less embarrassing than his son Chet

Links From The Site:

  1. Case shared his COVID experience and reviewed Ghosts of War!
  2. Erin wished us all a Happy Easter and shared: Real Detective, Johnny Come Deadly, G-Men, The Red Couch, White Cross Gray Sky, Clouds at Sunset, and Faith!
  3. Jeff shared music videos from Depeche Mode, Markita, AC/DC, Modern Talking, The Cramps, Mojo Nixon, and Johnny Cash!
  4. Leonard shared the trailer for Space Jam: A New Legacy!
  5. Ryan reviewed Crusher Loves Bleeder Bleeder Loves Crusher!
  6. I wished everyone a Happy April Fools Day!  I shared my week in TV watching!  I shared my early March Oscar predictions.  I paid tribute to Eric Rohmer and Christopher Walken.  I reviewed the first episode of Law & Order: Organized Crime, The Wrong Prince Charming, The Evil Twin, Robocop, Robocop 2, Robocop 3, Girl in the Basement, Killer Advice, Tony Rome, The 300 Spartans, Sodom and Gomorrah, Boom!, The Comedians, The Sandpiper, The VIPs, and BUtterfield 8!

More From Us:

  1. At SOLRAD, Ryan reviewed Miffed Ruffianz!
  2. Ryan has a patreon!  Please consider subscribing!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared: Showing Off, Lone Duck, Angels, Remember Baseball, Church in the Rain, Church in the Rain 2, and The Church Is Behind The Trees!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: The Suez Canal Boat Is Free, Pop Politics Endorses Andrew Yang For Mayor of New York City, Is Anyone Actually Surprised, I Was Fooled, An Amtrak Thought, My Congressman Is Less Productive Than AOC, and Happy Easter!
  5. At my music site, I shared songs from: Britney Spears, The Chemical Brothers, Phantogram, Jungle, Joywave, Stardust, and Big Data!
  6. At SyFy Designs, I shared: It’s Time To Clean Out The DVR!
  7. At my dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Quest To See A Show Dream!

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

Here Are The SAG Winners!


The Screen Actors Guild honored their picks for the best of 2021 tonight and they managed to get it done in an hour and without any awkward comedy bits.  Here’s hoping the Oscars producers were paying attention.

Anyway, here are the winners!  Oscar front runner Nomadland was not nominated for the Best Ensemble award so I would caution anyone from putting all their money on The Trial of the Chicago 7 to take best picture on the basis of its SAG award.  However, I do think that Youn Yuh-jung and Daniel Kaluuya now have to be considered the front runners in the supporting races.  Chadwick Boseman, of course, was already the front runner for Best Actor.  Could Viola Davis upset Frances McDormand at the Oscars like she did at SAG?  Anything’s possible.

Here are the winners!

Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari
One Night In Miami
The Trial Of The Chicago 7

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Riz Ahmed – Sound Of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Gary Oldman – Mank
Steven Yeun – Minari

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role
Amy Adams – Hillbilly Elegy
Viola Davis – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces Of A Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Better Call Saul
Bridgerton
The Crown
Lovecraft Country
Ozark

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series
Jason Bateman – Ozark
Sterling K. Brown – This Is Us
Josh O’Connor – The Crown
Bob Odenkirk – Better Call Saul
Regé-Jean Page – Bridgerton

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Drama Series
Gillian Anderson – The Crown
Olivia Colman – The Crown
Emma Corrin – The Crown
Julia Garner – Ozark
Laura Linney – Ozark

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Supporting Role
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Glenn Close – Hillbilly Elegy
Olivia Colman – The Father
Youn Yuh-Jung – Minari
Helena Zengel – News Of The World

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial Of The Chicago 7
Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas And The Black Messiah
Jared Leto – The Little Things
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night In Miami

Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series
Dead To Me
The Flight Attendant
The Great
Schitt’s Creek
Ted Lasso

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Comedy Series
Christina Applegate – Dead To Me
Linda Cardellini – Dead To Me
Kaley Cuoco – The Flight Attendant
Annie Murphy – Schitt’s Creek
Catherine O’Hara – Schitt’s Creek

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Comedy Series
Nicholas Hoult – The Great
Daniel Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Eugene Levy – Schitt’s Creek
Jason Sedukais – Ted Lasso
Ramy Youssef – Ramy

Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Cate Blanchett – Mrs. America
Michaela Cole – I May Destroy You
Nicole Kidman – The Undoing
Anya Taylor-Joy – The Queen’s Gambit
Kerry Washington – Little Fires Everywhere

Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Limited Series
Bill Camp – The Queen’s Gambit
Daveed Diggs – Hamilton
Hugh Grant – The Undoing
Ethan Hawke – The Good Lord Bird
Mark Ruffalo – I Know This Much Is True

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Motion Picture
Da 5 Bloods
Mulan
News of the World
The Trial of the Chicago 7
Wonder Woman 1984

Outstanding Performance by a Stunt Ensemble in a Comedy or Drama Series
The Boys
Cobra Kai
Lovecraft Country
The Mandalorian
Westworld

The Online Film & Television Critics Association Honors Minari!


The Online Film & Television Critics Association have named Minari the best film of 2020!

Here are all of the winners (and nominees) from OFTA!

BEST PICTURE
Da 5 Bloods
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
Minari (WINNER)
Nomadland
One Night in Miami
Promising Young Woman (RUNNER UP)
Soul
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST ANIMATED PICTURE
The Croods: A New Age
Onward
Over the Moon
Soul (WINNER)
Wolfwalkers 
(RUNNER UP)

BEST ACTOR
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal (RUNNER UP)
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (WINNER)

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 (RUNNER UP)
Elisabeth Moss – The Invisible Man
Carey Mulligan – Promising Young Woman (WINNER)

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Sacha Baron Cohen – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Chadwick Boseman – Da 5 Bloods
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah (WINNER)
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal (RUNNER UP)

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

BEST YOUTH PERFORMANCE
Ella Jay Basco – Birds of Prey
Millie Bobby Brown – Enola Holmes
Alexis Chikaeze – Miss Juneteenth
Alan Kim – Minari (WINNER)
Helena Zengel – News of the World 
(RUNNER UP)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: MALE
Kingsley Ben-Adir – One Night in Miami (WINNER)
Bo Burnham – Promising Young Woman
Alan Kim – Minari
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night in Miami
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal (RUNNER UP)

BEST BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE: FEMALE
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm (WINNER)
Andra Day – The United States vs. Billie Holiday 
(RUNNER UP)
Dominique Fishback – Judas and the Black Messiah
Sidney Flanigan – Never Rarely Sometimes Always
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman

BEST VOICE-OVER PERFORMANCE
Tina Fey – Soul
Jamie Foxx – Soul (WINNER)
Tom Holland – Onward
Honor Kneafsey – Wolfwalkers (RUNNER UP)
Eva Whittaker – Wolfwalkers

BEST ENSEMBLE
Da 5 Bloods
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Minari
One Night in Miami (WINNER)
The Trial of the Chicago 7 
(RUNNER UP)

BEST CASTING
Da 5 Bloods
Minari
One Night in Miami (RUNNER UP)
Promising Young Woman (WINNER)

The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST DIRECTOR
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman (RUNNER UP)
David Fincher – Mank
Regina King – One Night in Miami
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland (WINNER)

BEST FEATURE DEBUT
Kitty Green – The Assistant
Regina King – One Night in Miami
Emerald Fennell – Promising Young Woman (WINNER)
Darius Marder – Sound of Metal 
(RUNNER UP)
Florian Zeller – The Father

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Mank
Minari (RUNNER UP)
Promising Young Woman (WINNER)

Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Father
First Cow
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Nomadland (WINNER)
One Night in Miami 
(RUNNER UP)

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Another Round (RUNNER UP)
Bacurau
Collective
La Llorona
Minari (WINNER)

BEST DOCUMENTARY
All In: The Fight for Democracy
Boys State
Collective
Dick Johnson Is Dead (RUNNER UP)
Time (WINNER)

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Mank
Minari (RUNNER UP)
News of the World
Soul (WINNER)
Tenet

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
Wuhan Flu – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Husavik – Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga (RUNNER UP)
Poverty Porn – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Fight for You – Judas and the Black Messiah
Speak Now – One Night in Miami (WINNER)

BEST ADAPTED SONG
Reflection – Mulan
A Change Is Gonna Come – One Night in Miami (RUNNER UP)
Toxic – Promising Young Woman (WINNER)

It’s All Right – Soul
Strange Fruit – The United States vs. Billie Holiday

BEST FILM EDITING
Mank
Nomadland (RUNNER UP)
Sound of Metal (WINNER)

Tenet
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Da 5 Bloods
Mank (RUNNER UP)
Minari
Nomadland (WINNER)
Tenet

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
Emma.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank (WINNER)
Promising Young Woman 
(RUNNER UP)
Tenet

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Birds of Prey
Emma. (RUNNER UP)
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (WINNER)

Mank
Promising Young Woman

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIR
Birds of Prey (WINNER)
Emma.
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom (RUNNER UP)
Promising Young Woman

BEST SOUND
The Invisible Man
Mank
Soul
Sound of Metal (WINNER)
Tenet 
(RUNNER UP)

BEST SOUND EFFECTS
Greyhound
The Invisible Man (RUNNER UP)
Soul
Sound of Metal (WINNER)
Tenet

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Birds of Prey
The Invisible Man (WINNER)
Mank
The Midnight Sky
Tenet (RUNNER UP)

BEST STUNT COORDINATION
Birds of Prey (RUNNER UP)
The Invisible Man
Mulan
Tenet (WINNER)
Wonder Woman 1984

BEST TITLES SEQUENCE
Birds of Prey (Closing)
Da 5 Bloods (Closing)
I’m Thinking of Ending Things (Closing)
The Invisible Man (Opening) (RUNNER UP)
Promising Young Woman (Opening) (WINNER)

MOST CINEMATIC MOMENT
Another Round – The dance
Birds of Prey – Harley Quinn in the Police Station
Borat Subsequent Moviefilm – Rudy Giuliani
The Invisible Man – The knife at the table scene (RUNNER UP)
Promising Young Woman – Cassie’s plan comes together (WINNER)

BEST MOVIE TRAILER
Birds of Prey (Trailer #1)
The Invisible Man (Trailer #1)
Judas and the Black Messiah
Promising Young Woman (Trailer #1) (WINNER)
Tenet (Trailer #1) (RUNNER UP)

BEST MOVIE POSTER
Birds of Prey (Poster #1)
Birds of Prey (Poster #2)
Da 5 Bloods (Poster #1) (RUNNER UP)
Mank (Poster #1)
Promising Young Woman (Poster #1) (WINNER)

The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild honors Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Birds of Prey!


The Makeup Artists and Hair Stylists Guild have announced their pics for best of 2020!  Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom and Birds of Prey picked up two awards each.

Here are the nominees and winners!

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – Best Contemporary Make-Up
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” (Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard & Stephen Kelley)
“Birds Of Prey” (Deborah Lamia Denaver, Sabrina Wilson, Miho Suzuki & Cale Thomas)
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Katy Fray, Lisa Layman & Thomas Kolarek)
“The Prom” (Eryn Krueger Mekash, J. Roy Helland, Kyra Panchenko & Donald McInnes)
“Promising Young Woman” (Angela Wells, Brigitte Hennech & Adam Christopher)

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – Best Period And/Or Character Make-Up
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” (Bill Corso, Dennis Liddiard, Stephen Kelley & Bianca Appice)
“Hillbilly Elegy” (Eryn Krueger Mekash, Jamie Hess, Devin Morales & Jessica Gambardella)
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Matiki Anoff, Sergio Lopez-Rivera, Carl Fullerton & Debi Young)
“Mank” (Gigi Williams & Michelle Audrina Kim)
“Mulan” (Denise Kum, Rick Findlater, Georgia Lockhart-Adams & James MacKinnon)

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – Best Special Make-Up Effects
“Bill & Ted Face the Music” (Bill Corso, Dennis “Bill & Ted Face the Music” (Bill Corso, Kevin Yagher, Steve Wang & Stephen Kelley)
“Hillbilly Elegy” ( Eryn Krueger Mekash, Matthew Mungle & Jamie Hess)
“Mulan” (Denise Kum & Chris Fitzpatrick)
“Pinocchio” (Mark Coulier)
“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Adrian Morot)
“Wonder Woman 1984” (Jan Sewell & Mark Coulier)

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – Best Contemporary Hair Styling
“Bill & Ted Face the Music “(Donna Spahn-Jones, Budd Bird, Jeri Baker & Ulla Gaudin)
“Birds Of Prey”  Adruitha Lee, Cassie Russek, Margarita Pidgeon & Nikki Nelms)
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” (Kimberly Boyenger & Tyler Ely)
“The Prom” (Chris Clark, Natalie Driscoll, Ka’Maura Eley & J. Roy Helland)
“Promising Young Woman” (Daniel Curet, Bryson Conley & Lee Ann Brittenham)

FEATURE-LENGTH MOTION PICTURE – Best Period Hair Styling And/Or Character Hair Styling
“Hillbilly Elegy” (Patricia Dehaney, Tony Ward, Martial Corneville & Stacey Butterworth)
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Mia Neal, Larry Cherry, Leah Loukas & Tywan Williams)
“Mank” (Kimberley Spiteri & Colleen Labaff)
“Mulan” (Denise Kum, Rick Findlater, Georgia Lockhart-Adams & Terry Baliel)
“Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey” (Sharon Martin & Kat Fa)

Here’s The Latest Trailer For Black Widow!


The Black Widow in happier times

As I’ve said before, both on this site and on twitter, I have mixed feeling about the upcoming Black Widow film. On the one hand, Natasha was my favorite member of the Avengers and I’m glad that she’s finally getting a solo film. On the other hand, it annoys me that she’s only getting a solo film after being killed off in Avengers: Endgame. Don’t even get me started on the screwed-up logic of her sacrificing her life when Clint was the one who had basically spent 5 years killing everyone that he met. Natasha may have made mistakes when she was a spy but at least she was never a serial killer!

Apparently, the Black Widow solo film takes place in between Captain America: Civil War and Avengers: Infinity War and it seems very likely that it’s also going to serve as an origin story for a character played by Florence Pugh, who may end up becoming the new Black Widow. I hope that’s not true but, from what I’ve heard, it seems probable. I’m not particularly excited about the prospect of that happening. I don’t want a replacement Black Widow. I want the original to come back to life and I want Clint to do the right thing.

To be honest, though, I’m now at a point where I just want to see the damn movie. That release date has been moved around so much that I no longer care whether or not the film’s any good or not. I don’t care whether or not they’re going to do the right thing and resurrect Natasha from the dead. I JUST WANT TO SEE THE DAMN MOVIE! Hell, I’ll even spend the extra 30 to see it in Disney Plus, I don’t care. I JUST WANT TO SEE THE MOVIE!

Anyway, with all that in mind, Black Widow is going to be released on July 9th and it’s about time! Here’s the latest trailer:

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Eric Rohmer Edition


4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films is just what it says it is, 4 (or more) shots from 4 (or more) of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 (or more) Shots From 4 (or more) Films lets the visuals do the talking.

101 years ago today, Eric Rohmer was born in Tulle, France.  He would go on to become one of the most popular and prolific directors of the French New Wave, continuing to make successful films even after many of his colleagues either retired or, like Godard, rejected the idea of traditional cinema.

In honor of Eric Rohmer’s legacy, here are….

4 Shots From 4 Eric Rohmer Films

The Collector (1967, dir by Eric Rohmer, DP: Nestor Almedros)

The Marquise of O (1976, dir by Eric Rohmer, DP: Nestor Almendros)

A Tale of Winter (1992, dir by Eric Rohmer, DP: Luc Pages)

The Lady and the Duke (2001, dir by Eric Rohmer, DP: Diane Baratier)

Lisa’s Week In Television: 3/28/21 — 4/3/21


Twonky

Welcome to the first ever edition of Lisa’s Week In Television!  Because of the holiday weekend, there’s a lot of streaming shows that I haven’t gotten a chance to watch yet.  And I will also admit that I watched a lot of old TV shows over the previous few days.  Then again, I always end up watching a lot of old shows, if just because I always enjoy seeing how people dressed and spoke in the past.

American Idol

American Idol (Sunday and Monday Night, ABC)

I was recently trying to remember when the last time was that I was emotionally invested in American Idol and I think it was way back in 2007.  That would be the sixth season.  I thought Blake Lewis was totally adorable and I was actually really upset when he lost to Jordin Sparks.  That’s nothing against Jordin.  At the time, I just had a weakness for beat boxers.

Ever since then, American Idol has mostly been background noise to me.  It’s one of those things that I watch out of habit and it’s rare that I ever pay that much attention to it while it’s on.  When the show started, it was always interesting to see how brutally frank Simon Cowell could be but, after Simon left, no one was willing to play the villain and the show’s gotten rather bland as a result.

Anyway, on Sunday and Monday’s episodes, the judges announced the top 24 singers.  I have no idea who any of these people are.  I just know that none of them will ever win my heart quite like Blake Lewis performing Time of the Season.

Baywatch

Baywatch (Weekday Evenings, H&I)

Yes, the show about lifeguards is now airing on H&I.  Hopefully, Baywatch Nights will eventually follow.  There’s always been a lot of debate about whether or not David Hasselhoff is self-aware in the style of William Shatner or if he actually took Baywatch seriously.  Having watched a few episodes of the show, I still have no idea.  On the one hand, Hasselhoff certainly seemed to be taking thing very seriously.  On the other hand, how could anyone actually take a show like Baywatch seriously?  I mean, you would have to have somewhat of a satricial spirit to just be involved with the show, wouldn’t you?

Speaking of taking Baywatch seriously, Tuesday’s episode featured Danny Trejo as the father of a gang member.  Trejo wanted his son to stay in the gang and was upset when Billy Warlock tried to recruit him into a lifeguard program instead.  However, when Trejo subsequently fell in the ocean just to be saved by his own son, everyone learned an important lesson.

City Confidential

City Confidential (Sunday Afternoon, CI)

This show, which originally aired on A&E 20 years ago, is actually two shows in one.  The first half of every episode always deals with the history and culture of an American city.  The 2nd half always deals with some crime that happened in that city and which, we’re told, changed that city forever.  Each episode was narrated by actor Paul Winfield, who always sounded somewhat amused no matter how heinous a crime he was describing.

I watched two episodes, one about Milwaukee and one about Carlsbad, New Mexico.  My family briefly lived in Carlsbad when I was growing up so I found that episode to be interesting.  What can I say?  I have a weakness for true crime shows hosted by sardonic narrators.

Distirct

The District (Weekday Mornings, H&I)

The District is a fairly predictable cop show that aired for four seasons at the start of the century.  I had totally forgotten about it until I stumbled across it on H&I during a bout of insomnia.  It’s about Jack Mannion (Craig T. Nelson), the hyperactive police commissioner for Washington D.C.  Pretty much the only interesting thing about the show was Craig T. Nelson’s frequently bizarre lead performance.  Nelson’s not exactly a low-key actor to begin with and The District cast him as a frequently married, show tune loving cop who enjoyed yelling at people.  The show’s producers basically gave Nelson a license to overact and he took full advantage of it.  With each episode, you think that Nelson can’t possibly go more over-the-top and, with each episode, he proves you wrong.

Tuesday’s episode featured him crashing a meeting of the Washington D.C, city council and, when he felt they weren’t paying attention to him, climbing up on a desk so that he could better yell at them.  Later, when Mannion had to interrogate a young child who had witnessed a crime, he got her to answer his question by having a tea party with her.  That’s Jack Mannion for ya!

Hell's Kitchen

Hell’s Kitchen (Thursday night, FOX)

Even though I’m not really a huge fan of yelling at or insulting people, I’ve always liked Hell’s Kitchen.  Some of it is because of those moments (which usually happens towards the end of the season) when Gordon Ramsey reveals that he’s not quite as fearsome as he pretends to be.  (He actually does seem to get emotionally invested once there’s only 6 or 5 chefs left.)  Plus, since I can’t cook, I guess I find it interesting to watch people who actually can.  This latest season, which is drawing to a close, has been one of the better seasons.  Myself, I’m totally cheering on Mary Lou!  Go, Mary Lou!  You got this!

King of the HIll

King of the Hill (Hulu)

This is still the best and most authentic TV show ever made about Texas.  Watching it today, it’s also a nice alternative to the more mean-spirited programming of Seth MacFarlane.  Let it never be forgotten the Fox cancelled King of the Hill to make room for The Cleveland Show, of all thing.  Fortunately, King of the Hill can currently be watched at any time on Hulu.

Saturday morning, my sisters and I watched three episodes while we were preparing for the day — the episodes where Hank goes down Aisle 8A, where Hank goes to New Orleans, and where Dale thinks he’s rabid.  We agreed that Boomhauer is one of the greatest characters of all time.

law & Order

Law & Order: Organized Crime (Thursday Night, NBC)

I reviewed the first episode of Law & Order: Organized Crime here.

Law & Order: SVU (Thursday Night, NBC)

I used to watch SVU religiously when I was in high school and college.  However, as I got older, I kind of lost interest. That said, I did watch it this week because Elliott Stabler (played by Chris Meloni) was making his first appearance on the show since leaving 8 seasons ago.  Thursday’s episode also served as a backdoor pilot, of sorts, for Law & Order: Organized Crime.

The episode was …. okay.  The mob stuff was predictable but it was nice to see that Chris Meloni and Mariska Hargitay still had their old chemistry.  That said, Stabler seemed to be even more tightly wound than he did during his time as a regular on SVU and that’s really saying something as Stabler always seemed like the cop mostly likely to beat a suspect to death during interrogation.  (Of course, Stabler’s wife was injured by a car bomb and later died during the episode so Stabler had good reason for being wound up.)

A lot of people on twitter freaked out over the fact that no one on the show was wearing a mask.  Calm down, people, it’s a TV show.

Love Boat

The Love Boat (Weekday Evenings, Decades TV)

Ah, The Love Boat.  If there’s any show from the 70s and 80s that deserves a revival, it’s probably this one.  Movie and television veterans play the passengers of a weekly cruise, falling in love and taking part in other hi-jinks.  Every episode that I’ve ever seen of The Love Boat has been charmingly silly and, quite frankly, I think that’s what we need more of in the world.  Add to that, the cruise ship industry took a hit with the pandemic.  A Love Boat revival might help revive it.

Monday’s episode featured Zsa Zsa Gabor and a bunch of people who I didn’t recognize but who all appeared to be having a great time on the boat.  Zsa Zsa was determined to win back her ex, even though he was planning on marrying someone else.  The other stories dealt with a kleptomaniac who kept accidentally stealing stuff and a TV actor who feared that he would never be able to live up to his heroic image.  In the end, for all the passengers and crew, love won.

Wednesday’s episode was a Christmas episode from 1980.  Dorothy Lamour was one of the passengers.  Father and son entertainers ran into each on the boat after having not spoken to each other for years.  A stowaway pretended to be the child of a wannabe womanizer.  In the end, for all the passengers and crew, love won.

My Evil Sister

My Evil Sister (Sunday Afternnon, CI)

I watched this on Crime and Investigation on Sunday morning.  As the youngest of four sisters, it’s hard for me not to be intrigued by the fact that there’s so many evil sisters out there that they could actually produce an entire TV series about them.  The episode I saw featured two stories, one about a sister who killed her lazy sister and then tried to frame local drug dealers and the other about a girl who shot her adopted sister because she felt her sister was keeping her from being popular in high school.  Scary stuff!  I’m glad my family likes me!  (I say this as I nervously glance over my shoulder.)

The Office

The Office (Comedy Central)

I watched a few episodes of The Office on Thursday and Friday.  I always feel like I’m taking a risk whenever I watch The Office on Comedy Central because there’s always a chance that they’ll be showing episodes from Seasons 8 or 9.  Fortunately, on Thursday and Friday, they were showing episodes from Season 5.  Jim and Pam hadn’t gotten unbearably smug yet.  Andy and Angela weren’t quite as cartoonish as they would later become.  Best of all, Michael was still on the show so I got to watch him once again fall in love with Holly Flax.  Though The Office was pretty uneven after the third season, the few episodes of season 5 were all gems.

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Parking Wars (Monday Morning on A&E)

I wrote about this annoyingly addictive show a few years ago.  I watched two episodes of the show on Monday morning, as I was getting ready for my day.  Even though I mostly had it on for background noise, I still couldn’t help but think about how this show, which aired its last original episode nearly ten years ago, feels like the perfect show for the current era.  A bunch of self-righteous bureaucrats make life difficult for their fellow citizens and, whenever they’re challenged on it, they respond with a bunch of “If you had followed the rules” bullshit.  Watching this show always makes me want to park in front of an expired meter and then rip up the ticket.

The Rookies

The Rookies (Sunday Morning, H&I)

The Rookies is a cop show that aired from 1972 to 1976.  H&I just recently started showing the show.  It airs on Sunday morning at 2 in the morning.  I decided to set the DVR to record the show, just because it was a show that I’d never heard of.  I’m like a cat when it comes to being curious about stuff.

Anyway, The Rookies is about three cops who are …. can you guess it? …. rookies!  One is black.  Two are white.  One has a wife, the other two single.  Whenever they drive their car around the city, 70s wah wah music plays in the background.  From what I’ve seen so far, it’s pretty much a standard cop show.  One of the cops is played by Michael Ontkean, so it’s possible to view the show as being a prequel to Twin Peaks, if you’re so inclined.

I watched Sunday’s episode off of the DVR.  The first episode featured a criminal turning into an informant and putting his life at risk.  In the 2nd episode, Ontkean was shot in the back and had to undergo an experimental surgery to regain the ability to walk.  The stories were, in no way, surprising but it was a chance to experience how people talked and dressed in 1972.

Rome Chariot

Rome’s Chariot Superstar (Monday Morning, Smithsonian Channel)

This docuseries took a look at the ancient Roman chariot races.  It was actually pretty entertaining.  I enjoyed the descriptions of life in ancient Rome and, even better, they showed how to build and steer a chariot!  As I’ve said many times on the site, I’m a history nerd.  I love stuff like this.

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Saved By The Bell (Sunday Morning, MeTV)

Ah, Saved By The Bell, the oddly popular and incredibly dated high school sitcom from the early 90s.  Don’t ask me to explain why Saved By The Bell remains so watchable, despite being terrible in almost every way.  It’s just a part of the culture and, perhaps more importantly, there’s never been an extended period of time when it hasn’t been on TV somewhere.  One of the many places where it can currently be found is as a part of MeTV’s Sunday morning lineup.  I always seem to end up watching it, even though the show makes me cringe in so many ways.

For instance, on Sunday morning, I watched three separate episodes.  First off, I watched the infamous Running Zack.  This is the incredibly problematic episode where the blonde, blue-eyed, and very pale Zack Morris discovers that he’s a direct descendant of the Native American Chief Joseph and he responds to this news by putting on an elaborate headdress and then giving a speech to his class.  It’s really …. not good.  Zack, however, does subsequently win the big track meet.  If I remember correct, his Native American heritage was never again mentioned on the show.

Running Zack was followed by a far more entertaining episode, Jessie’s Song.  This is the “I’m so excited, I’m so excited, I’m so scared” episode, in which Jessie gets hooked on caffeine pills.  Everyone always laughs about the scene where Jessie freaks out but I think the extremely 80s music video is even more memorably weird.

Jessie’s Song was followed by The Fabulous Belding Boys, in which Mr. Belding’s supercool brother, Rod, showed up as a new substitute teacher at Bayside.  After getting all of his students excited about going rafting for the senior class trip, Rod ditched them all for two stewardesses.  Fortunately, Mr. Belding stepped up and took Rod’s place, showing Zack what being a hero is all about.  This is actually one of the few episodes of Saved By The Bell that actually works as something more than camp, with the normally underappreciated Dennis Haskins getting a chance to show what he could actually do with some halfway decent dialogue.

YesMinister

Yes, Minister (Monday Morning on PBS)

This is a BBC series, which originally aired back in the 80s.  It’s about a government minister named Jim Hacker (Paul Eddington) and two civil servants, Sir Humphrey (Nigel Hawthorne) and Bernard (Derek Fowlds), and their efforts to help Hacker run his department while also making sure that Hacker doesn’t actually accomplish anything.  It’s a hilarious show, one that Jeff recently introduced me to.  Even though the show is very British and 40+ years old, it’s still easy to see parallels between the show’s portrayal of the British government and the realities of Washington, D.C.  I guess bureaucracy is universal.

This show airs on Monday, usually at midnight.  I always set the DVR for it, though I’ve lately been staying up to watch it just because PBS is so inconsistent about keeping to their posted start and stop times.  Back in February, when Texas got hit by that winter storm, an episode of Yes, Minister was the last thing that I watched before the rolling blackouts began.

This week’s episode found Jim Hacker going to a farm for a photo op and essentially screwing everything up.  The show is at its best when it pokes fun at Hacker’s self-righteousness by revealing him to be just another clueless politician and this episode did just that.  (In all fairness, though, Hacker also consistently means well and, occasional pompousness aside, actually is the type of person you would want in office.)  Though the show may be an old one, it’s kind of what we need right now in the Age of Big Government.

Watched But Not Reviewed:

  1. ‘Allo ‘Allo (Sunday Night on PBS)
  2. America’s Most Wanted (Monday Night on Fox)
  3. Fear Thy Neighbor (Saturday Afternoon on ID)
  4. Hill Street Blues (Weekend Morning on H&I)
  5. The Killer Beside Me (Saturday afternoon on ID)
  6. The Masked Singer (Tuesday and Wednesday on Fox)
  7. Open All Hours (Sunday Night on PBS)
  8. Temptation Island (Tuesday Night on USA)
  9. Tough as Nails (Wednesday Night on CBS)
  10. The Voice (Monday Night on NBC)
  11. Your Worst Nightmare (Saturday afternoon on ID)

Artwork of the Day: Faith (by Erin Nicole)


by Erin Nicole

I don’t know if I’ve shared this one before or not.  I probably have.  Though I call this one “Faith,” this picture is not necessarily meant to be about religious faith.  Instead, it’s about what you believe in, whatever that may be.  It’s about having faith in anything, whether it’s God or science or your ideology or your country or your family or your friends or anything.  It’s about celebrating what you believe in your heat and mind and never giving up that faith.

As for the building in this picture, it’s actually the back of an old Albertson’s store.  The building was torn down a few months after I took the picture.

Music Video of the Day: Goin’ By The Book by Johnny Cash (1990, directed by ????)


One thing that I discovered this weekend is that there aren’t many good Easter songs out there. There’s even less good Easter music videos. I searched far and wide and most of the ones I found were either off the soundtrack of God’s Not Dead and from a Kirk Cameron film. I don’t think even the most religious of our readers want that.

So, I went with this song and video from Johnny Cash. Goin’ By The Book starts with a litany of bad things: pollution, riots, war, civil unrest. Cash goes on to sing that it’s all going to lead to the events discussed in the book of Revelations. Interestingly enough, it sounds like Cash could be describing all of the problems of the world today but this song was actually recorded 32 years ago, showing I guess that there have always been problems and people have always seen them as being evidence of the end times.

I’m not really a fan of most Christian music but Johnny Cash is the exception.

Enjoy!