Lisa’s Week In Review: 5/17/21 — 5/23/21

As I write this, I have watched 279 films this year. I want to hit 300 by the end of this month. So, 21 to go!

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

Film I Watched:

  1. Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1961)
  2. Baywatch The Movie: Forbidden Paradise (1995)
  3. Bullitt (1968)
  4. The Church (1989)
  5. Class Action (1991)
  6. Dangerous Medicine (2021)
  7. Death at Love House (1976)
  8. Desperate Widows (2021)
  9. The Exorcist (1973)
  10. Flashdance (1983)
  11. Healed by Grace (2012)
  12. Hidden Secrets (2006)
  13. House on Fire (2021)
  14. Ice Castles (1978)
  15. Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
  16. Mortal Kombat (2021)
  17. The Most Dangerous Game (1932)
  18. Paths of Glory (1957)
  19. Robinson Crusoe (1954)
  20. Run, Lola, Run (1998)
  21. This Is Our Time (2013)
  22. What Do You Think? (1937)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. American Idol
  3. Baywatch
  4. Court Cam
  5. Fear Thy Neighbor
  6. Friends
  7. Gangs of London
  8. Hill Street Blues
  9. Intervention
  10. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  11. Moone Boy
  12. The Office
  13. Open All Hours
  14. Philly D.A.
  15. Saved By The Bell
  16. Seinfeld
  17. Upstart Crow

Books I Read:

  1. Behind the Burly Q: The Story of Burlesque in America (2014) by Leslie Zemeckis
  2. My Favorite Horror Movie: 48 Essays By Horror Creators On The Film That Shaped Them (2018), edited by Christian Ackerman

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Amy Winehouse
  3. Ashlee Simpson
  4. Bob Dylan
  5. Britney Spears
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Jakalope
  9. Jake Bugg
  10. Jessica Simpson
  11. Katy Perry
  12. Lindsay Lohan
  13. Lynard Skynard
  14. Muse
  15. Phantogram
  16. The Prodigy
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Tomoyasu Hotei
  19. Universal Honey


  1. Resident Evil: Infinite Darkness
  2. Dear Evan Hansen
  3. The Superdeep

News From Last Week:

  1. Hollywood Stands Up Against Antisemitism After L.A. Restaurant Attack Being Investigated as Hate Crime
  2. Jewish man recalls being chased by vehicles waving Palestinian flags in California
  3. Jewish man beaten in New York City amid dueling protests over Israel and Hamas, police say
  4. Pakistan’s top diplomat makes anti-Semitic remark during CNN interview about Gaza conflict
  5. Hate-spewing men attack Jewish family in Bal Harbour over Israel-Hamas conflict
  6. Pro-Palestine and pro-Israel protesters clash in Times Square
  7. More Than 125 Entertainment Professionals Sign Open Letter Urging Peace in Middle East
  8. Chris Cuomo took part in strategy calls advising his brother, the New York governor, on how to respond to sexual harassment allegations
  9. CNN says it was ‘inappropriate’ for Chris Cuomo to participate in strategy sessions advising brother on sexual harassment allegations
  10. Poynter Institute blasts CNN’s Chris Cuomo for ‘crossing a journalistic line’ with advice to embattled brother
  11. Danny Masterson Ordered to Stand Trial on Rape Charges
  12. Scott Rudin Accuser Believes He Was Targeted After Coming Forward: ‘There Is a Cost to Speaking the Truth’
  13. Cher Biopic From ‘Mamma Mia!’ Producers, Eric Roth in the Works at Universal
  14. Bloomingdale’s pulls out of Chrissy Teigen deal over bullying scandal
  15. Sharon Stone: I can’t stop the release of ‘XXX’ ‘Basic Instinct’ cut
  16. James Gunn gets daily death threats from ‘Suicide Squad’ superfans
  17. Ben Platt Calls Out ‘Randos Being Jerks’ About His Age in ‘Dear Evan Hansen’ Trailer
  18. Porn star Maitland Ward writing juicy memoir about life since Disney
  19. Kendall Jenner accused of cultural appropriation over 818 Tequila ad
  20. Eurovision 2021: the good, bad and weird songs to look out for
  21. Italy wins Eurovision Song Contest as the world’s biggest music event returns in Rotterdam
  22. Winning Eurovision band investigated for drug use during the show
  23. Charles Grodin, Star of ‘Beethoven’ and ‘Heartbreak Kid,’ Dies at 86
  24. Paul Mooney, Comedian and Writer for Richard Pryor, Dies at 79

Links From Last Week:

  1. Tater on TV: The FOX Fall 2021 Schedule is Here
  2. Tater on TV: The ABC Fall Schedule is Here
  3. Tater on TV: The CBS Fall Schedule is Here
  4. Tater on TV: The Full Schedule(Minus CW)
  5. Let’s Predict New TV Show Fates!
  6. Ranking The Mission Impossible films on its 25th Anniversary
  7. RIP Charles Grodin… An Appreciation – From “Rosemary’s Baby” To “Midnight Run” and More!
  8. With Charles Grodin’s Death, Hollywood’s Greatest Romance Comes to an End
  9. The New Furies of the Oldest Hatred
  10. Entertainment Leaders Call on Celebrities and Influencers to Stop Spreading Misinformation about Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
  11. ‘L.A. Noire’ Turns 10: Cast of the Video Game Made Up of Several ‘Mad Men’ Alums Looks Back at Making the Imaginative Title
  12. Americans ruined pizza, St. Patrick’s Day and House of Cards. Now they’re ruining Eurovision

Links From The Site:

  1. I paid tribute to Dennis Hopper, Richard Brooks, and Jimmy Stewart! I reviewed The Plumber, Class Action, The Baywatch Movie: Forbidden Paradise, Dangerous Medicine, Desperate Widows, and Mortal Kombat! I also shared my week in television!
  2. Erin shared: Marry For Money, Tight Skirt, Future Science Fiction, G-Men Detective, Amazing Stories, Amazing Stories again, and Hill Man!
  3. Jeff wrote about Charles Grodin and shared music videos from George Harrison, Phil Collins, Robert Plant, Queensryche, The Church, Rick James, and Shaq!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon! You should consider subscribing!
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared: It’s Going to Rain, Driving in Rain, Downtown Rain, Country Rain, MRI Central In the Rain, Trapped In My Car By The Rain, and Let The Sun Come In!
  3. At SyFy Designs, I shared: my newest project!
  4. At my online dream journal, I shared: Last Night’s Vaccination Papers Dream!
  5. On my music site, I shared songs from NYSNC, Tomoyasu Hotei, Jake Bugg, Amy Winehouse, Lindsay Lohan, Jessica Simpson, and Britney Spears!

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Film Review: Mortal Kombat (dir by Simon McQuoid)

About ten minutes into Mortal Kombat, there’s a title card that reads, “Earthrealm is on the verge of catastrophe….”

As soon as I saw it, I shouted, “Oh my God, this is one of those films!”

And indeed, it is. Mortal Kombat is one of those films that has a lot of mythology that doesn’t quite make sense but which the audience is expected to blindly accept because it’s Mortal Kombat. The main idea here is that, of the last few Mortal Kombat tournaments, Earthworld has lost nine of them and, if it loses for a tenth time, the rules state that Outworld will then be able to conquer Earthworld. What I want to know is who agreed to those stupid rules in the first place? Were they drunk at the time? Who decided on the ten-victory arrangement? Does it have to be ten victories in a row or do they just have to win ten times? If Earthworld wins the next tournmant, does everything reset or are we now in a position where we have to win every single tournament until the end of time? The film tells us that Raiden, the God of the Thunder, is the protector of Earthworld. Can we get a new protector because Raiden obviously sucks at his job.

Anyway, with an opening like that, you would think that Mortal Kombat would be all about the tournament but we don’t actually get the tournament in this film. We get a lot of combat (or should I say, “kombat”) because the champions of Outworld keep trying to kill the champions of Earthworld before the tournament. That sounds like cheating to me but whatever. All of the fighters have a special power, though some powers are more impressive than others. Kano (played by Josh Lawson) may be loud and obnoxious but he eventually learns how to shoot a laser beam out of his eye, which seems pretty nice until you consider that Liu Kang (Ludi Lin) can do all sorts of cool stuff with fire and Raiden can turn his hat into a freaking buzzsaw. Jax (Mehcad Brooks) loses his arms early on but then he gets some replacement arms that he can use to tear people in half. “These motherfuckers really work,” Jax says after savagely killing an opponent. Excuse me, Jax, but that was someone’s child.

The main character is Cole Young (Lewis Tan), who is a washed-up MMA fighter who gets a chance to save the world. Cole is a boring characters and his powers kind of suck too. After watching the film, I checked and I discovered that Cole is apparently not a character in any of the Mortal Kombat video games so I guess he was created to give the audience someone to relate to. But I would think that the audience would want to relate to someone who can actually do spectacular things as opposed to just standing around and whining about how his powers are inadequate.

The film’s big attraction is watching Sub-Zero battle Scorpion at the end. I’ve never even played Mortal Kombat and even I know who Sub-Zero and Scorpion are. That’s how much they’ve become a part of pop culture. Sub-Zero (who is played by Joe Taslim) is actually portrayed fairly well in the film. Taslim moves like a confident killer and, visually, the film comes up with some striking images of his ice-covered existence. If you’re only watching for the big Scorpion/Sub-Zero fight, be aware that it doesn’t happen until the very end of the film and it’s a bit anti-climatic. But Scorpion does say, “Get over here!” He says it in English despite all of his other dialogue being in Japanese and he shouts it at a character who is also never heard to speak English but whatever. It’s Mortal Kombat. They might be able to get away with not showing the tournament but there’s no way they could have gotten away with not using the line.

Mortal Kombat is pretty forgettable. It gets bogged down in story when its should just be concentrating on combat and the fights themselves are pretty rudimentary. There’s a lot of blood but not much imagination. I’m going to write a movie called Moral Kombat, which will just be three hours of Benedictines and Jesuits arguing with each other. I think it’ll be a hit.

Artwork of the Day: Hill Man (by Julian Paul)

by Julian Paul

This is from 1954 and it looks like it’s the same old story about the farmer who falls in love with the city girl. The farmer exudes raw, animal sexuality with his bare-chested field plowing but that shack of a house has got to go!

This cover was done by Julian Paul. He even signed it, which is something that far too cover artists used to do. Of course, back in 1954, it’s probable no one realized that covers like this would some day become prized by collectors.

Music Video of the Day: (I Know I Got) Skillz by Shaquille O’Neal (1993, directed by ????)

Shaq, rap superstar! It’s a thing that happened. Briefly.

While Shaq’s rap career didn’t exactly set the world on fire and his attempts at film stardom didn’t go much better, he was fortunate enough to have another career to fall back on.

At least now you know what Shaq and the General are listening to while they’re driving around the country and telling people about car insurance.