Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 8/2/21 — 8/8/21


Ugh!  This week!

I already mentioned this in my week in television post but I basically spent almost this entire week in bed, suffering from and then recovering from a sinus infection.  You know how you always hear about writers who wrote their best novels while they were stuck in bed, recovering from illness?  Well, that was not my experience.  Instead, I was miserable.  I read nothing.  I wrote little.  I watched TV once on Thursday.  I did watch a few movies but most of them were on Monday afternoon, before I got totally ill.  Basically, from Monday night to Friday afternoon, I was too out of it to really focus on anything.

Seriously, it sucked!

But, the important thing is that it appears to be over so and I’ve got a lot of things to watch on my DVR over the upcoming few days!

Here’s what little I did get watch and listen over the course of the previous week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Anaconda (1997)
  2. Breaker! Breaker! (1977)
  3. Breaking the Press (2010)
  4. Champion (2017)
  5. Crisis (2021)
  6. Falling (2021)
  7. Frenzy (1972)
  8. One Night With The King (2006)
  9. Rear Window (1954)
  10. Silk (1986)
  11. Silverwolf (1999)
  12. Texas Reign (2016)
  13. White Lightning (1973)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Bar Rescue
  3. Big Brother
  4. Silk Stalkings
  5. Tokyo Olympics Closing Ceremoyn

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. The Black Keys
  2. Cannons
  3. Clara Luciani
  4. Lindsey Stirling
  5. Public Service Broadcasting
  6. Saint Motel
  7. Sleigh Bells
  8. UPSAHL

News From Last Week:

  1. Actress Markie Post Dies at 70
  2. Actress Jane Withers Dies at 95
  3. Comedian Trevor Moore Dies at 41
  4. Chicago House Legend Paul Johnson Has Died
  5. Olympic Games End With The U.S. Atop The Medal Table
  6. Olympics Ratings Plummeted To New Lows

Links From Last Week:

  1. We Walk Among You
  2. Bill Maher vs. The Oscars
  3. Team USA’s Tokyo 2020 highlights and lowlights: our writers’ verdicts
  4. The World’s Common Tater’s Week In Books, Movies, and TV
  5. Through the Shattered Lens – Featured Blogger of the Week August 6, 2021

Links From The Site:

  1. I paid tribute to Wes Craven and I shared my week in television!
  2. Ryan reviewed More Pain, Goiter, and Chad in Amsterdam!
  3. Erin shared: Pawn, Diamonds are Forever, The Husband Trader, Cropper’s Cabin, Doctors Are Lovers Too, To Kill Again, and Untidy Murder!
  4. Jeff reviewed Macho: The Hector Camacho Story and shared music videos from: The Buggles, Pat Benatar, Rod Stewart, The Who, PhD, The Pretenders, and Todd Rundgren!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  You should consider subscribing! 
  2. For SOLRAD, Ryan reviewed The Backstage of a Dishwashing Webshow!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared: Water Tower, Suburban Street, Tree, Alleyway, Neighborhood Tree, Frogs, and Clouds Above!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: Today Is The Day Calvin Coolidge Announced His Retirement, Andrew Cuomo Is The Worst, Nina Turner Is Not Going To Congress, Life Is Not The West Wing, About That California Recall Poll, The “Brave” Texas Democrats Continue to “Impress,” and Regarding That Birthday Bash!
  5. I reviewed Big Brother for The Big Brother Blog!
  6. For the Reality TV Chat Blog, I shared: Week 4 Veto Meeting Results, With Apologies It’s Time To Open Up The Diary Room, Week 5 Nominations, and Veto Update!
  7. At my music blog, I shared songs from: Sleigh Bells, UPSAHL, Kedr Livanskiy, Public Service Broadcasting, Clara Luciani, Cannons, and The Black Keys!

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

Music Video of the Day: Time Heals by Todd Rundgren (1981, directed by Todd Rundgren)


Though it was not my original intention, it looks like I’m going to end up sharing every video that MTV aired on August 1st, 1981, its first broadcast day.  Let’s keep things going with the 8th video that aired on that day, the video for Todd Rundgren’s Time Heals.

Though it was never as big a hit as some of his other songs, Time Heals was a very personal song for Rundgren.  He wrote it while he was still dealing with two traumatic events.  First, he and his girlfriend were the victims of a violent home invasion in August of 1980.  Just a few months later, he learned that, before the assassination of John Lennon, Mark David Chapman made a trip to Rundgren’s home town of Woodstock, New York.  Before fixating on Lennon, Chapman was reportedly obsessed with Rundgren and there was much speculation that Rundgren was Chapman’s original target.  The song was about how Rundgren needed time to heal all of those recent traumas.

Rundgren produced this video with the music that he made from producing Meat Loaf’s Bat Out of Hell.  At the time, expensive music videos, like this one, were unusual.  Though it may not longer seem so, this was considered to be very avant-garde for 1981.  At that time, most music videos were just performance clips, often lifted from concert films or TV appearances.  MTV would soon change that forever.

Enjoy!

The First Videos Shown on MTV:

  1. Video Killed the Radio Star by the Buggles
  2. You Better Run by Pat Benatar
  3. She Won’t Dance With Me by Rod Stewart
  4. You Better You Bet By The Who
  5. Little Suzi’s On The Up by PH.D
  6. We Don’t Talk Anymore by Cliff Richard
  7. Brass in Pocket by Pretenders