Lisa’s Week in Review: 4/5/21 — 4/11/21


This weekend, I received the shocking and saddening news that my friend, the writer Derrick Ferguson, had passed away.  Derrick left many comments on this site and I left quite a few on his.  It’s hard for me to think of anyone who took as much joy from encouraging others to write as Derrick did.  If you want to pay tribute to Derrick, please check out his two sites: The Ferguson Theater and Ferguson Ink.  I plan on writing more about Derrick later.  For now, let me just say that I’m going to miss him.

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

 

Films I Watched:

  1. Destination Space (1959)
  2. Downsizing (2017)
  3. Empire Records (1995)
  4. Five Easy Pieces (1970)
  5. Hawk the Slayer (1980)
  6. Operation Varsity Blues: The College Admission Scandal (2021)
  7. Planet of the Vampires (1965)
  8. The Wrong Valentine (2021)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. ‘Allo ‘Allo
  2. American Idol
  3. American Justice
  4. America’s Most Wanted
  5. Baywatch
  6. Court Cam
  7. The District
  8. The Drew Barrymore Show
  9. Hell’s Kitchen
  10. Hill Street Blues
  11. House Hunters
  12. House Hunted International
  13. Kung Fu
  14. Law & Order: Organized Crime
  15. Law & Order: SVU
  16. The Masked Singer
  17. The Old Guys
  18. Open All Hours
  19. Storage Wars
  20. Temptation Island
  21. Tough as Nails
  22. Upstart Crow
  23. The Voice
  24. Yes, Minister

Books I Read:

  1. Doctor’s Wives (1967) by Frank G. Slaughter

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Avicii
  3. Bella Thorne
  4. Britney Spears
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Coldplay
  7. DMX
  8. Dua Lipa
  9. Katy Perry
  10. Kedr Livanskiy
  11. Liz Phair
  12. Muse
  13. Phantogram
  14. The Prodigy
  15. Public Service Broadcasting
  16. Purity Ring
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Starcrawler
  19. Steely Dan
  20. Swedish House Mafia

Awards Season:

  1. Black Reel Awards
  2. BAFTAs
  3. DGA
  4. Visual Effects Society

Trailers:

  1. Loki
  2. Those Who Wish Me Dead

News From Last Week:

  1. Prince Philip, Husband of Queen Elizabeth II, Is Dead at 99
  2. Queen said Prince Philip’s death has ‘left a huge void in her life’
  3. Prince Philip’s Final Moments Were ‘Very Peaceful’ and ‘So Gentle,’ Says Daughter-in-Law Sophie
  4. Prince Philip was ‘very upset’ by ‘malicious’ scenes in ‘The Crown,’ experts say
  5. Prince William skips BAFTA ceremony following Prince Philip’s death
  6. DMX, top-selling but troubled rapper, dies at 50
  7. Inside the Cannes Film Festival’s Ambitious Plan to Hold an In-Person Event During a Pandemic
  8. The world’s most expensive painting isn’t a full da Vinci, officials say
  9. ‘Godzilla vs. King Kong’ set to become highest-grossing film of pandemic
  10. Anne Beatts, Original ‘S.N.L.’ Writer, Dies at 74 

Links From Last Week:

  1. The passing of a giant. RIP Derrick Ferguson
  2. Darkworlds Quarterly on the Passing of Derrick Ferguson
  3. Unhinged: “Everyone Just Knows He’s an Absolute Monster”: Scott Rudin’s Ex-Staffers Speak Out on Abusive Behavior
  4. Will Oscars 2021 be a ‘who cares’ moment as awards show ratings tank?
  5. Godzilla vs. Kong’ Raises the Question: Is Nonsense the New Normal?
  6. After Scott Rudin bullying exposé, there are mostly crickets
  7. “The Godfather” Estate Is For Sale! JFK’s Honeymoon Suite Is $90-Mil Off! Here Are Details!
  8. An Unscheduled In Memoriam
  9. I DON’T REMEMBER HOW YOU LOOK…
  10. On Villain Stories

Links From The Site:

  1. I presented my week in television!  I paid tribute to Roger Corman and Francis Ford Coppola!  I reviewed Operation Varsity Blues and BMX Bandits!
  2. Leonard shared the trailer for Those Who Wish Me Dead!
  3. Ryan reviewed Mishima and The Wash-A-Shores and shared a preview of American Cult!
  4. Jeff shared music videos from Cracker, Grace Jones, David Bowie, Huey Lewis and the News, Kim Wilde, DMX and Def Leppard!
  5. Erin shared Nite Life Stories, Lady With A Past, The Pale Blonde of Sands Street, The Adulterers, Love Cult, The Promoter, and To Kill A House!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  You should consider subscribing!
  2. At SOLRAD, Ryan reviewed Cover Not Final!
  3. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared music from Paul Young and DMX!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Who Trusts The Media?, Wayne Messam’s Opportunity, History Repeats Itself, Lee Zeldin Is Running For Governor, Prince Philip RIP, Ramsey Clark: Send No Flowers, and A Sunday Message!
  5. At her photography site, Erin shared Outside, Eagle, Off To See The Wizard, Path Through The Trees, The Searcher, Somebody Lost Their Papers, and Hawk!
  6. At my music site, I shared songs from Purity Ring, Bella Thorne, Adi Ulmansky, Liz Phair, Starcrawler, Britney Spears, and Katy Perry!
  7. On SyFyDesigns, I shared Another Monday, Another Week, Where Is My Focus?, Another Tough Day, A Quick Review of Kung Fu, My Favorite Films (2008–2020), After Death by Christina Rossetti, and Do Not Stand At My Grave and Weep by Mary Elizabeth Frye!
  8. On my online dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Quicksand Dream, Last Night’s TV Watching Dream, Last Night’s Movie Dream, Last Night’s “Going and Going” Dream, Last Night’s School on the Beach Dream, Last Night’s Live Tweet Failure Dream, and Last Night’s Porch Pirate Dream!

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

The Black Reel Awards Honor Judas and the Black Messiah


The 2020 winners of the Black Reel Awards have been announced, with Judas and the Black Messiah taking the prize for best film.

Here are all the nominees and winners:

OUTSTANDING MOTION PICTURE
DA 5 BLOODS
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
SOUL

OUTSTANDING ACTOR
KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
CHADWICK BOSEMAN – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
DELROY LINDO – DA 5 BLOODS
ROB MORGAN – BULL
LAKEITH STANFIELD – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH

OUTSTANDING ACTRESS
NICOLE BEHARIE – MISS JUNETEENTH
VIOLA DAVIS – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
ANDRA DAY – THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
TESSA THOMPSON – SYLVIE’S LOVE
ZENDAYA – MALCOLM & MARIE

OUTSTANDING DIRECTOR
RADHA BLANK – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
REGINA KING – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
SHAKA KING – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
SPIKE LEE – DA 5 BLOODS
CHANNING GODFREY PEOPLES – MISS JUNETEENTH

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTOR
CHADWICK BOSEMAN – DA 5 BLOODS
COLMAN DOMINGO – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
ALDIS HODGE – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
DANIEL KALUUYA – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
LESLIE ODOM JR. – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

OUTSTANDING SUPPORTING ACTRESS
ALEXIS CHIKAEZE – MISS JUNETEENTH
DOMINIQUE FISHBACK – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
KIKI LAYNE – THE OLD GUARD
TRACEE ELLIS ROSS – THE HIGH NOTE
GABOUREY SIDIBE – ANTEBELLUM

OUTSTANDING SCREENPLAY
THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION – RADHA BLANK
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH – WILL BERSON & SHAKA KING
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – KEMP POWERS
SOUL – PETE DOCTER, MIKE JONES & KEMP POWERS

OUTSTANDING DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
ALL IN: THE FIGHT FOR DEMOCRACY
JOHN LEWIS: GOOD TROUBLE
MLK/FBI
TIME
THE WAY I SEE IT

OUTSTANDING FOREIGN-LANGUAGE FILM
HIS HOUSE
NIGHT OF THE KINGS
THE LIFE AHEAD

OUTSTANDING ENSEMBLE
DA 5 BLOODS
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
MISS JUNETEENTH
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI

OUTSTANDING VOICE PERFORMANCE
ANGELA BASSETT – SOUL
JAMIE FOXX – SOUL
MAYA RUDOLPH – THE WILLOUGHBYS
OCTAVIA SPENCER – ONWARD
PHYLICIA RASHAD – SOUL

OUTSTANDING SCORE
THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION – GUY C. ROUTTE
JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY – JOHN DEBNEY
THE PHOTOGRAPH – ROBERT GLASPER
SOUL – TRENT REZNOR, ATTICUS ROSS & JON BATISTE
SYLVIE’S LOVE – FABRICE LECOMTE

OUTSTANDING ORIGINAL SONG
FIGHT FOR YOU – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
MAKE IT WORK – JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY
POVERTY PORN – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
SPEAK NOW – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
TIGRESS & TWEED – THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT FEATURE
AMERICAN SKIN
FAREWELL AMOR
THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
MISS JUNETEENTH
SYLVIE’S LOVE

OUTSTANDING SHORT FILM
BROTHER
CANVAS
THE CYPHER
GRAB MY HAND: A LETTER TO MY DAD
THE PANDEMIC CHRONICLES

OUTSTANDING INDEPENDENT DOCUMENTARY
MR. SOUL!
THE SIT-IN: HARRY BELAFONTE HOSTS THE TONIGHT SHOW
WITH DRAWN ARMS

OUTSTANDING EMERGING DIRECTOR
EUGENE ASHE – SYLVIE’S LOVE
RADHA BLANK – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
REGINA KING – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
SHAKA KING – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
CHANNING GODFREY PEOPLES – MISS JUNETEENTH

OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, MALE
YAHYA ABDUL-MANTEEN II – THE TRIAL OF THE CHICAGO 7
KINGSLEY BEN-ADIR – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
DUSAN BROWN – MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
ELI GOREE – ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
NTARE MWINE – FAREWELL AMOR

OUTSTANDING BREAKTHROUGH PERFORMANCE, FEMALE
RADHA BLANK – THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION
ALEXIS CHIKAEZE – MISS JUNETEENTH
ANDRA DAY – THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY
DOMINIQUE FISHBACK – JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
ZENDAYA – MALCOLM & MARIE

OUTSTANDING FIRST SCREENPLAY
THE FORTY-YEAR-OLD VERSION – RADHA BLANK
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM – RUBEN SANTIAGO-HUDSON
MISS JUNETEENTH – CHANNING PEOPLES GODFREY
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI – KEMP POWERS
SYLVIE’S LOVE – EUGENE ASHE

OUTSTANDING CINEMATOGRAPHY
DA 5 BLOODS
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
MALCOLM & MARIE
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
TENET

OUTSTANDING COSTUME DESIGN
JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
SYLVIE’S LOVE
THE UNITED STATES VS. BILLIE HOLIDAY

OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION DESIGN
JINGLE JANGLE: A CHRISTMAS JOURNEY
JUDAS AND THE BLACK MESSIAH
MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM
ONE NIGHT IN MIAMI
TENET

Nomadland Cleans Up At The BAFTAS!


Another day, another set of awards for Nomadland.  This time, it was the British Academy of Film and Television Arts that honored the Oscar front runner.

Here are all the 2020 BAFTA winners!

BEST FILM
The Father
The Mauritanian
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
The Trial of the Chicago 7

OUTSTANDING BRITISH FILM
Calm With Horses
The Dig
The Father
His House
Limbo
The Mauritanian
Mogul Mowgli
Promising Young Woman
Rocks
Saint Maud

OUTSTANDING DEBUT BY A BRITISH WRITER, DIRECTOR OR PRODUCER
His House – Remi Weekes (Writer/Director)
Limbo – Ben Sharrock (Writer/Director), Irune Gurtubai (Producer)
Moffie – Jack Sidey (Writer/Producer)
Rocks – Theresa Ikoko, Claire Wilson (Writers)
Saint Maud – Rose Glass (Writer/Director), Oliver Kassman (Producer)

BEST FILM NOT IN ENGLISH LANGUAGE
Another Round
Dear Comrades!
Les Misérables
Minari
Quo Vadis, Aida?

BEST DOCUMENTARY
Collective
David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet
The Dissident
My Octopus Teacher
The Social Dilemma

BEST ANIMATED FILM
Onward
Soul
Wolfwalkers

BEST DIRECTOR
Thomas Vinterberg – Another Round
Shannon Murphy – Babyteeth
Lee Isaac Chung – Minari
Chloé Zhao – Nomadland
Jasmila Žbanić – Quo Vadis, Aida?
Sarah Gavron – Rocks

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Another Round
Mank
Promising Young Woman
Rocks
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
The Dig
The Father
The Mauritanian
Nomadland
The White Tiger

BEST LEADING ACTRESS
Bukky Bakray – Rocks
Radha Blank – The Forty-Year-Old Version
Vanessa Kirby – Pieces of a Woman
Frances McDormand – Nomadland
Wunmi Mosaku – His House
Alfre Woodard – Clemency

BEST LEADING ACTOR
Riz Ahmed – Sound of Metal
Chadwick Boseman – Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Adarsh Gourav – The White Tiger
Anthony Hopkins – The Father
Mads Mikkelsen – Another Round
Tahar Rahim – The Mauritanian

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Niamh Algar – Calm With Horses
Kosar Ali – Rocks
Maria Bakalova – Borat Subsequent Moviefilm
Dominique Fishback – Judas and the Black Messiah
Ashley Madekwe – County Lines
Yuh-Jung Youn – Minari

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Daniel Kaluuya – Judas and the Black Messiah
Barry Keoghan – Calm With Horses
Alan Kim – Minari
Leslie Odom Jr. – One Night In Miami…
Clarke Peters – Da 5 Bloods
Paul Raci – Sound of Metal

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Judas and the Black Messiah
Mank
The Mauritanian
News of the World
Nomadland

BEST EDITING
The Father
Nomadland
Promising Young Woman
Sound of Metal
The Trial of the Chicago 7

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Mank
Minari
News of the World
Promising Young Woman
Soul

RISING STAR
Bukky Bakray
Kingsley Ben-Adir
Morfydd Clark
Sope Dirisu
Conrad Khan

BEST CASTING
Calm With Horses
Judas and the Black Messiah
Minari
Promising Young Woman
Rocks

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Ammonite
The Dig
Emma.
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank

BEST MAKE UP & HAIR
The Dig
Hillbilly Elegy
Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
Mank
Pinocchio

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
The Dig
The Father
Mank
News of the World
Rebecca

BEST BRITISH SHORT FILM
Eyelash
Lizard
Lucky Break
Miss Curvy
The Present

BEST BRITISH SHORT ANIMATION
The Fire Next Time
The Owl and the Pussycat
The Song of A Lost Boy

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Greyhound
The Midnight Sky
Mulan
The One and Only Ivan
Tenet

BEST SOUND
Greyhound
News of the World
Nomadland
Soul
Sound of Metal

Artwork of the Day: To Kill A House (by George Ziel)


by George Ziel

The 70s were a big decade for paperback about women fleeing from castles and mansions. This one came out in 1973. Usually, the women on covers like this were drawn to either look like they were scared or confused. I like that Marra looks like she’s defiant, as if no one is going to run her out of her castle.

This cover was done by one of my favorite cover artists, George Ziel.

Music Video of the Day: Armegeddon It by Def Leppard (1988, directed by Wayne Isham)


The theme of this video seems to be that Def Leppard is the band that has fun onstage and off!

This footage for this video was shot over the course of two shows at McNichols Arena in Denver, Colorado. Originally, the footage was going to be used for a future concert film but, when Armageddon It was released as a single, the band’s record label said that they needed a music video to accompany it and they needed it immediately. Since the band didn’t want to do another “concept video” (and really didn’t have time to come up with a concept in the first place), the Denver footage was hastily edited together.

The end result was that Armageddon It went on to the become the band’s fourth top ten hit in the United States.

Enjoy!