Lisa’s Week In Review: 4/12/21 — 4/18/21


Here’s the good news everyone: It’s almost over.

I’m talking, of course, about awards season. By the time I post my Lisa’s Week In Review next Sunday, the Oscar telecast will (hopefully) be over and this very long and dragged out Oscar season will come to a close. Our five month (!) awards season will finally come to an end and I’ll finally feel as if I can start to concentrate on the films of 2021.

Of course, due to the pandemic and all of the theaters closing, most of the “big” films of 2021 are going to be movies that were originally meant to be released in 2020. Consider that. After the Oscars, we’ve got 7 months of upcoming films that were produced several years ago. How long have we been waiting for Black Widow? West Side Story? Dune? How about the “new” Bond film? Where’s that old lady from the Titanic? Has it been 87 years?

This extended awards season has totally thrown me off my rhythm. I’ve never felt more unproductive as a culture critic as I’ve felt over the past 4 months or so. I think that’s because one of the joys of reviewing movies (of reviewing anything, for that matter) is finding something that surprises you. It’s the type of thrill that I feel when I come across some barely acknowledged, low-budget masterpiece on Prime or Tubi. But it’s hard not to feel that there really aren’t any surprises out there right now because we’ve been waiting to see the majority of these upcoming films for several years. At this point, I don’t even care what happens in the new Bond film. I just want it to be released so we can move on!

Fortunately, I’ll be on a bit of a mini-vacation next week, giving me a chance to get myself centered and, even more importantly, get caught up on my writing and my film viewing! Who knows? Maybe I’ll even rediscover my enthusiasm for the new Bond film while I’m at it. Anything’s possible.

With all that in mind, here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week.

The House By The Cemetery (1981, dir by Lucio Fulci)

Films I Watched:

  1. Beverly Hills Ninja (1997)
  2. The Citadel (1938)
  3. Friendship Never Dies (2021)
  4. FX (1986)
  5. Hellraiser (1987)
  6. The House by The Cemetery (1981)
  7. It Happened One Night (1934)
  8. Mazes and Monsters (1982)
  9. The Wrong Mr. Right (2021)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. America’s Most Wanted
  2. American Idol
  3. Baywatch
  4. Couples Court with the Cutlers
  5. Friends
  6. Gangs of London
  7. Hell’s Kitchen
  8. Hill Street Blues
  9. Kung Fu
  10. The Last Drive-In
  11. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  12. The Masked Singer
  13. The Office
  14. The Old Guys
  15. Open All Hours
  16. Protection Court
  17. Rebel
  18. The Rookies
  19. Saved By The Bell
  20. Seinfeld
  21. The Serpent
  22. South Park
  23. Tough as Nails
  24. Upstart Crow
  25. The Voice
  26. Yes, Minister

Books I Read:

  1. The Last House On Needless Street (2021) by Catriona Ward

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Adi Ulmansky
  3. Armin van Buuren
  4. Avicii
  5. Bob Dylan
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Cage the Elephant
  8. The Chemical Brothers
  9. Coldplay
  10. Daft Punk
  11. Dillon Francis
  12. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeroes
  13. Florence + The Machine
  14. Gwen Stefani
  15. Hrdza
  16. Jake Bugg
  17. Joy Division
  18. Katy Perry
  19. Kedr Livanskiy
  20. Kelly Clarkson
  21. Led Zeppelin
  22. Linkin Park
  23. Mick Jagger
  24. Muse
  25. Nat & Alex Wolff
  26. New Order
  27. Olivia Rodrigo
  28. Phantogram
  29. The Prodigy
  30. Public Service Broadcasting
  31. Saint Motel
  32. Santa Esmerelda
  33. Selena Gomez
  34. Shakira
  35. Sleigh Bells
  36. Steve Aoki
  37. Talking Heads
  38. Taylor Swift
  39. TV Noise

Awards Links:

  1. American Society of Cinematographers
  2. Cinema Audio Society
  3. American Cinema Editors
  4. Golden Reel
  5. Annie Awards
  6. Artios Awards
  7. Minnesota Film Critics Alliance
  8. Costume Designers Guild

Trailers:

  1. Riders of Justice
  2. The Water Man
  3. Flashback
  4. Fast & Furious 9

News From Last Week:

  1. Helen McCrory Dies
  2. Damian Lewis Pens Tribute To Late Wife, Helen McCrory
  3. Horror SFX Legend Giannetto De Rossi Dies at 79
  4. RIP Enzo Sciotti
  5. ‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Tops Box Office Again, Crosses $80 Million in the U.S.
  6. Gucci family slams ‘House of Gucci’ movie: ‘We are truly disappointed

Links From Last Week:

  1. An interview with Ryan Carey
  2. Remembering Derrick Ferguson (In His Own Words)
  3. Derrick Ferguson — An Ongoing Collection of Tributes
  4. Kelly Clarkson Covers “Gaslighter!” Here’s The Video For Her Powerful #Kellyoke Performance!
  5. London After Princess Diana’s Death

Links From the Site:

  1. I shared my week in television and I reviewed The Citadel and The Serpent! I shared music videos from Mick Jagger and Saint Motel!
  2. Erin shared Home To The Night, A Trap For Sam Dodge, A Place In My Heart, A Panting by Vidan, Her Officer and Gentleman, Other Worlds Science Stories, and Everybody Welcome!
  3. Jeff shared music videos from Georgia Satellites, The Who, INXS, INXS again, and The Police!
  4. Ryan reviewed The Lonely Grave of Bobby Franks, Cash Grab, and On A Hot Summer Night I Like To Eat My Favorite Cartoon Characters!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon! Consider subscribing!
  2. At SyFy Designs, I shared: I’m Sick of Twitter, Chop Suey, So How Do We Do It?, Room in New York, New York Office, Morning Sun, and Cape Cod Morning!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from: Shakira, Olivia Rodrigo, Santa Esmerelda, Steve Aoki x Linkin Park, Jake Bugg, Joy Division, and Dillon Francis & TV Noise!
  4. At my online dream journal, I shared: Last Night’s Trip To Italy Dream, Last Night’s Roadhouse Dream, and Last Night’s Book Dedication Dream!
  5. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: Reagan vs. Biden, Reagan vs. Cuomo, Reagan vs. Glenn, Hart vs. Reagan, Reagan vs Kennedy, Is Yang Too Strange To Be Mayor of New York, and Lori Lightfoot Resigning?
  6. At her photography site, Erin shared: Watch Tower, Fountain, I Miss You, Blue Sky, Net, Founders Plaza, and Dallas!

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

The House By The Cemetery (1982, dir by Lucio Fulci)

The American Society of Cinematographers Honor Mank!


For those of you still making out your Oscar predictions, the American Society of Cinematographers handed out their awards earlier today and they honored Mank.  I have feeling the Academy is going to do the same thing.

Here are the film nominees and winners from the ASC:

THEATRICAL RELEASE
Erik Messerschmidt – Mank
Phedon Papamichael – The Trial of the Chicago 7
Joshua James Richards – Nomadland
​Newton Thomas Sigel – Cherry
Dariusz Wolski – News of the World

SPOTLIGHT
Katelin Arizmendi – Swallow
Aurélien Marra – Two of Us
Andrey Naydenov – Dear Comrades!

DOCUMENTARY
Michael Dweck and Gregory Kershaw – The Truffle Hunters
Viktor Kosakovskiy and Egil Håskjold Larsen – Gunda
Gianfranco Rosi – Notturno

The Cinema Audio Society Honors The Sound of Metal


Yesterday, the Cinema Audio Society announced their picks for pick for the best sound mixing of 2020!  They honored Sound of Metal, which sure as Hell better win the Oscar for Best Sound as well.  Seriously, if it doesn’t, we demand a recount!

Here are the winners from the CAS:

Motion Pictures – Live Action
“Greyhound”
“Mank”
“News of the World”
“Sound of Metal”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Motion Pictures – Animated
“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon”
“Onward”
“Soul”
“The Croods: A New Age”
“Trolls World Tour”

Motion Pictures – Documentary
“David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet”
“My Octopus Teacher”
“The Bee Gees: How Can You Mend A Broken Heart”
“The Social Dilemma”
“Zappa”

The American Cinema Editors Honor The Trial of the Chicago 7


The American Cinema Editors (ACE) handed out their Eddie Awards yesterday, honoring the best editing of 2020.  In something of an upset, The Trial of the Chicago 7 beat out Nomadland.  Nomadland is considered to be the clear Oscar favorite but perhaps we’re being too quick to dismiss the possibility of a terrible movie like Chicago 7 pulling off a surprise best picture victory.

Two words: Green Book.

Anyway, here are the Eddie winners:

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (DRAMATIC)
“Mank” – Kirk Baxter, ACE
“Minari” – Harry Yoon, ACE
“Nomadland” – Chloé Zhao
“Sound of Metal” – Mikkel E. G. Nielsen
“The Trial of Chicago 7” – Alan Baumgarten, ACE

BEST EDITED FEATURE FILM (COMEDY)
“Borat Subsequent Moviefilm” – James Thomas, Craig Alpert, ACE, Mike Giambra
“I Care a Lot” – Mark Eckersley, ACE
“On The Rocks” – Sarah Flack, ACE
“Palm Springs” – Matthew Friedman, ACE and Andrew Dickler
“Promising Young Woman” – Frédéric Thoraval

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM
“The Croods: A New Age” – James Ryan, ACE
“Onward” – Catherine Apple
“Over the Moon” – Edie Ichioka, ACE
“Soul” – Kevin Nolting, ACE
“Wolfwalkers” – Darragh Byrne, Richie Cody, Darren Holmes, ACE

BEST EDITED DOCUMENTARY (FEATURE)
“All In: The Fight for Democracy” – Nancy Novack
“Dick Johnson is Dead” – Nels Bangerter
“The Dissident” – Scott D. Hanson, James Leche, Wyatt Rogowski, Avner Shiloah
“My Octopus Teacher” – Pippa Ehrlich, Dan Schwalm
“The Social Dilemma” – Davis Coombe

Here Are The Golden Reel Winners!


If you’re making out your Oscar predictions and you need a little help predicting which film will win Best Sound, fear not!  The Motion Picture Sound Editors have announced the winners of this year’s Golden Reel awards!

And here they are:

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Effects/Foley
“Cherry”
“Greyhound”
“The Midnight Sky”
“News of the World”
“Sound of Metal”
“Tenet”
“Wonder Woman 1984”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Animation
“The Croods: A New Age”
“Onward”
“Over the Moon”
“Soul”
“Wolfwalkers”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Documentary
“Bee Gees: How Can You Mend a Broken Heart”
“Crip Camp”
“John Lewis: Good Trouble”
“My Octopus Teacher”
“The Reason I Jump”
“Rebuilding Paradise”
“The Social Dilemma”
“Zappa”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Foreign Language Feature
“Bacurau”
“The Eight Hundred”
“I’m No Longer Here”
“Jallikattu”
“The Life Ahead”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Musical
“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of the Fire Saga”

“The High Note”
“I Am Woman”
“The Forty-Year-Old Version”
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
“The Prom”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Underscore
“The Invisible Man”
“The Midnight Sky”
“News of the World”
“Sound of Metal”
“Tenet”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”
“Wonder Woman 1984”

Outstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Feature Dialogue/ADR
“Emperor”
“Greyhound”
“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom”
“Mank”
“News of the World”
“Nomadland”
“Sound of Metal”
“The Trial of the Chicago 7”

Sound Effects Editor: Lucas MillerOutstanding Achievement in Sound Editing – Non-Theatrical Feature
“Bad Education”
“Bliss”
“Blow the Man Down”
“The Bygone”
“Christmas On the Square”
“Safety”
“Troop Zero”
“The Ultimate Playlist of Noise”

Artwork of the Day: Everybody Welcome (artist unknown)


Artist Unknown

This book was first published in 1963. Dallas Mayo was a pseudonym for Gilbert Fox, who was the founder of Midwood Books. Midwood Books published “adult” reading.

On many sites, this cover is credited to Paul Rader, who did do quite a few covers for Midwood Books. However, I’ve also seen a lot of comments from people saying that Rader didn’t actually do this cover. It looks like Rader’s work to me but I’ve seen enough differing opinions that I’m not confident crediting this to anyone. If you know who did this cover, let us know in the comments!