Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 11/1/21 — 11/7/21

I’m still recovering from October.  I spent most of this week listening to 60s music, getting caught up on some non-TSL work, and resting. Not only was I resting to recover from Halloween but I was also resting up because this upcoming week is my birthday week!  Yay!  (Some see it as getting older.  I see it as getting presents.)

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

Films I Watched:

  1. All The Kings Men (2006)
  2. The Brain (1988)
  3. Death Wish 3 (1985)
  4. Georgetown (2021)
  5. House on Haunted Hill (1959)
  6. Land (2021)
  7. Messenger of Death (1988)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Baywatch Hawaii
  4. Classic Concentration
  5. Cold Case
  6. Court Cam
  7. Crossing Jordan
  8. Day of the Dead
  9. Dennis the Menace
  10. Fear the Walking Dead
  11. Ghost Whisperer
  12. Hazel
  13. I Dream of Jeannie
  14. The Match Game ’76
  15. The Match Game/Hollywood Squares Hour
  16. Medium
  17. One Step Beyond
  18. Survivor 41
  19. Unforgettable
  20. The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Books I Read:

  1. Bonfire of the Vanities (1987) by Tom Wolfe

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Arlo Guthrie
  2. The Beatles 
  3. Bob Dylan
  4. Britney Spears
  5. Buffalo Springfield
  6. The Chambers Brothers
  7. Cream
  8. Donavon
  9. The Doors
  10. Grateful Dead
  11. The James Gang
  12. Jefferson Airplane
  13. Jimi Hendrix
  14. John’s Children
  15. Lynard Skynard
  16. Rolling Stones
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Strawberry Alarm Clock
  19. The Who

News From Last Week:

  1. Marvel’s ‘Eternals’ Racks Up $161.7 Million at Global Box Office
  2. Dark Glasses First Look: Dario Argento Returns with First Film in a Decade
  3. Garfield set to have same voice as Mario: Chris Pratt
  4. ‘Tiger King’ star Carole Baskin sues Netflix over Season 2 footage
  5. Sofia Vergara to play ‘cocaine queen’ Griselda Blanco in Netflix show
  6. The Blame Game Over Alec Baldwin’s Fatal ‘Rust’ Shooting Is Getting Very Ugly
  7. Deadly Astroworld Festival Wasn’t Shut Down for 40 Minutes After Plea From Cops
  8. Paul Newman’s Recently Discovered Memoir Will Be Published in Fall 2022
  9. William Lucking, ‘Sons of Anarchy’ actor, dead at 80

Links From Last Week:

  1. Inside ‘Saved by the Bell’s’ Emotional Tribute to Dustin Diamond
  2. Everyone who is mad about this Chris Pratt thing has brain worms
  3. BREAKING NEWS! The 10th anniversary of WHAT A CHARACTER! Blogathon is here!
  4. Kelly Clarkson’s Got A New Christmas Special! Here Are NBC’s Primetime Show Details!
  5. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 11/5/21

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared an AMV of the day, paid tribute to Charles Bronson, shared an episode of One Step Beyond, reviewed Land, reviewed the latest episode of Fear the Walking Dead, and shared my week in television!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from Ultravox, Shoes, Nazareth, Ph.D, Elvis Costello, Ultravox again, and Louise Goffin!  He reviewed The Man From Bitter Ridge, Goat Game, Incident at Phantom Hill, Unfortunate, The Raiders, Brave Bear, Cattle Drive, The Song of the Mockingbird, Wyoming Renegades, and The Best Man!
  3. Erin said goodbye to Halloween and congratulated the winners of the World Series!  She shared: Spycatcher 2, Agent of the Devil, The Pulp Art of Carl Pfuefer, Legacy of a Spy, The Thrilling Covers of Thrilling Detective, 15 Mystery Stories, The Pulp Art of Jack Rickard, Action Stories, High Times of the Pulp Era, Space Viking, The Covers of IF, and White Rock Lake At Dusk!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  You should subscribe!
  2. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from: The Chambers Brothers, Buffalo Springfield, The Doors, Cream, Grateful Dead, Strawberry Alarm Clock, and The Who!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared: De Blasio For Governor, Glenn Youngkin Wins In Virginia, The Morning After, Vote!, Congratulations to Vito Perillo, The 13, and The Time!
  5. At her photography site, Erin shared: Fall, Path To The House, Peace, Upward, Inkblot Clouds, Red Car, and Time Change!

Click here to see what went on last week!

Film Review: Land (dir by Robin Wright)

Land tells the story of Edee, a woman who thinks that she wants to die.  Edee is played by Robin Wright, who also directed the film.

Edee is dealing with a tragedy, one that the film provides clues to understanding without going into too much details.  Edee has visions of a man and a child and it’s easy to figure out that they were once her family.  There are other flashbacks of Edee’s sister, Emma (Kim Dickens), begging Edee not to harm herself.  Edee meets with a therapist and says that she doesn’t want to share her grief with other people.  She wants to deal with her grief alone, a perfectly reasonable request but no one that is likely to be understood in today’s age of social media oversharing.

When Edee drives out tp an isolated, mountain cabin, she says that she’s looking to start a new life, off the grid.  However, as is quickly revealed by a conversation with the helpful Cole (Brad Leland), Edee doesn’t know anything about living in the wilderness.  What’s more, she doesn’t appear to want to learn anything either.  She has little interest in Cole’s advice.  She asks Cole to return her rental car for her.  When Cole says that it’s not a good idea to live in the mountains without some sort of a vehicle, Edee shrugs him off.  She’s obviously not planning on coming down from the mountain.

Instead, she plans to die in the cabin.  The sight of the man and the child, standing ghost-like in the woods, does not change her mind.  And yet, when Edee finds herself with her forehead resting atop the barrel of a rifle, she cannot bring herself to pull the trigger.  When she is approached by a bear, she retreats to her cabin, showing that she still has an instinct for self-preservation.  (Either that, or she would just rather die in a less gruesome way than a bear attack.)  Edee leaves it to nature to determine her fate.  She’ll stay in the cabin and starve herself to death or she’ll let the elements take her out.  It’s a plan that takes the responsibility off of her.

However, there’s a nurse named Alawa (Sarah Dawn Pledge) and a hunter named Miguel (Demien Bircher) in the area and when they discover Edee near death in her cabin, they nurse her back to health.  Miguel tells her that there are better ways to die than starving herself and, in his polite but direct way, calls her out for not appreciating the fact that she has something that most other people don’t, the ability to retreat to her cabin when life gets to difficult.  Miguel is recovering from his own tragedy and is also living off the grid.  He offers to show Edee how to hunt and survive.  Edee agrees, on the condition that he not tell her about anything that’s happening in the outside world.

The scenery looks beautiful and both Robin Wright and Demian Bircher give effective performances as two people who don’t necessarily talk a lot but who instinctively understand that they have much in common.  The film is respectful of the grief that’s felt by both Edee and Miguel without descending into mawkishness or cheap dramatics.  It’s a steadily-paced movie that trusts the audience to figure things out without having to spell everything out.  Land is a simple film but it works.

Music Video of the Day: Passing Strangers by Ultravox (1980, directed by Russell Mulcahy)

On August 1st, 1981, MTV premiered. Over the course of 24 hours, 116 unique music videos were played on MTV.  Yes, there was a time when the M actually did stand for music.

The 103rd video to premiere on MTV was this stylish clip for Ultravox’s Passing Strangers. This was one of the many Russell Mulcahy-directed videos to air on that day.


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
  8. Time Heals by Todd Rundgren
  9. Take It On The Run by REO Speedwagon
  10. Rockin’ in Paradise by Styx
  11. When Things Go Wrong by Robin Lane & The Chartbusters
  12. History Never Repeats by Split Enz
  13. Hold On Loosely by .38 Special
  14. Just Between You And Me by April Wine
  15. Sailing by Rod Stewart
  16. Iron Maiden by Iron Maiden
  17. Keep On Loving You by REO Speedwagon
  18. Better Than Blue by Michael Johnson
  19. Message of Love by The Pretenders
  20. Mr. Briefcase by Lee Ritenour
  21. Double Life by The Cars
  22. In The Air Tonight by Phil Collins
  23. Looking for Clues by Robert Palmer
  24. Too Late by Shoes
  25. Stop Draggin’ My Heart Around by Stevie Nicks and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
  26. Do Ya Think I’m Sexy by Rod Stewart
  27. Surface Tension by Rupert Hine
  28. One Step Ahead by Split Enz
  29. Baker Street by Gerry Rafferty
  30. I’m Gonna Follow You by Pat Benatar
  31. Savannah Nights by Tom Johnston
  32. Lucille by Rockestra
  33. The Best of Times by Styx
  34. Vengeance by Carly Simon
  35. Wrathchild by Iron Maiden
  36. I Wanna Be a Lifeguard by Blotto
  37. Passion by Rod Stewart
  38. Oliver’s Army by Elvis Costello
  39. Don’t Let Me Go by REO Speedwagon
  40. Remote Control and Illegal by The Silencers
  41. Angel of the Morning by Juice Newton
  42. Little Sister by Rockpile with Robert Plant
  43. Hold On To The Night by Bootcamp
  44. Dreamin’ by Cliff Richard
  45. Is It You? by Lee Ritenour 
  46. Tusk by Fleetwood Mac
  47. He Can’t Love You by Michael Stanley Band
  48. Tough Guys by REO Speedwagon
  49. Rapture by Blondie
  50. Don’t Let Go The Coat by The Who
  51. Ain’t Love A Bitch by Rod Stewart
  52. Talk of the Town by The Pretenders
  53. Can’t Happen Here by Rainbow
  54. Thank You For Being A Friend by Andrew Gold
  55. Bring It All Home by Gerry Rafferty
  56. Sign of the Gypsy Queen by April Wine
  57. The Man With The Child In His Eyes by Kate Bush
  58. All Night Long by Raindow
  59. Boys Keep Swinging by David Bowie
  60. Rat Race by The Specials
  61. Once in a Lifetime by Talking Heads
  62. Victim by Bootcamp
  63. Tonight’s the Night (Gonna be Alright) by Rod Stewart
  64. Cruel to be Kind by Nick Lowe
  65. A Little In Love by Cliff Richard
  66. Wild-Eyed Southern Boys by 38 Special
  67. Wuthering Heights by Kate Bush
  68. Celebrate The Bullet by The Selecter
  69. More Than I Can Say by Leo Sayer
  70. A Message To You, Rudy by The Specials
  71. Heart of Glass by Blondie
  72. Oh God, I Wish I Was Home Tonight by Rod Stewart
  73. Kid by The Pretenders
  74. Come What May by Lani Hall & Herb Alpert
  75. I Got You by Split Enz
  76. Sister Disco by The Who
  77. Fashion by David Bowie
  78. Love Stinks by J. Geils Band
  79. Johnny and Mary by Robert Palmer
  80. Tomorrow by Shoes
  81. Prime Time by The Tubes
  82. Cruel You by Shoes
  83. Calling All Girls by Hilly Michaels
  84. I Was Only Joking by Rod Stewart
  85. Let’s Go by The Cars
  86. Do You Remember Rock’N’Roll Radio by The Ramones
  87. Ridin’ The Storm Out by REO Speedwagon
  88. You’re In My Heart by Rod Stewart
  89. So Long by Fischer Z
  90. I Don’t Want To Know by Robin Lane and the Chartbusters
  91. Go Back Home Again by Andrew Gold
  92. Time For Me To Fly by REO Speedwagon
  93. Rough Boys by Pete Townshend
  94. Dangrous Type by The Cars
  95. Turn It On Again by Genesis
  96. We’re So Close by Carly Simon
  97. Kid Blue by Louise Goffin
  98. Vienna by Ultravox
  99. (What’s Son Funny Bout) Peace, Love, and Understanding by Elvis Costello
  100. I Won’t Let You Down by Ph.D
  101. Holiday by Nazareth
  102. In My Arms Again by Shoes