Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 11/8/21 — 11/14/21


It’s a bit of a bare bones rundown this week.  This was my birthday week and the celebrations lasted for …. a few days.  Anyway, here’s what little I did watch and listen to this week!

Films I Watched:

  1. The Godfather (1972)
  2. The Godfather Part II (1974)
  3. The Last Crooked Mile (1946)
  4. Lost Horizon (1973)
  5. The Mauritanian (2021)
  6. Scarecrows (1988)
  7. Strike Commando (1986)
  8. The Warriors (1979)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. Dexter: New Blood
  3. Fear the Walking Dead
  4. The Office
  5. Survivor
  6. The Walking Dead: World Beyond

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Ashlee Simpson
  2. Avril Lavigne
  3. Big Data
  4. Blanck Mass
  5. Britney Spears
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. Coldplay
  8. Gordon Lightfoot
  9. Icona Pop
  10. Jakalope
  11. Jessica Simpson
  12. Katy Perry
  13. Saint Motel
  14. Taylor Swift
  15. The Who

Trailers:

  1. Fortress

News From Last Week:

  1. Britney Spears’ Conservatorship Is Over
  2. ‘Quantum Leap’ and ‘Blue Velvet’ actor, Dean Stockwell, dies at 85
  3. Andy Barker (808 State) RIP
  4. Gavan O’Herlihy, the Missing Big Brother on ‘Happy Days,’ Dies at 70
  5. What we know about the Astroworld victims
  6. Lynda Carter Officially Joins Wonder Woman 3 Cast
  7. Patty Jenkins ‘Star Wars’ Movie ‘Rogue Squadron’ Delayed
  8. Francis Lawrence to Adapt Philip K. Dick’s ‘Vulcan’s Hammer’ With New Republic and Electric Shepherd Productions
  9. Travis Scott to Refund All Astroworld Attendees, Cancels Day N Vegas Festival Appearance
  10. #FreeBritney supporters party in Washington Square Park

Links From Last Week:

  1. What it was like to spend a day with Dean Stockwell, one of Hollywood’s kindest stars
  2. RIP Dean Stockwell, a 70-Year Hollywood Renegade
  3. So you want to be a movie critic…
  4. My 9 Favorite Mystery/Thriller Book Series (The World’s Common Tater)
  5. Our “Tokyo Idols” Encounter! We Stumble Upon The Dancelicious “Pop Idol” Dance Phenomenon!

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared: Trouble Buster, Confessions of a Carnival Dancer, The Phantom Detective, The Fires Within, Love Cheat, Breezy Stories, and Heroic Fantasy!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from REO Speedwagon, Split Enz, Rod Stewart, Andrew Gold, The Pretenders, and the Silencers.  He reviewed How it was then and how it is now!
  3. Ryan reviewed Birth of the Bat, Overflow, and The Domesticated Afterlife!
  4. I shared a music video from Saint Motel.  I shared a scene from The Warriors.  I reviewed Georgetown, The Mauritanian, Dexter, and Fear The Walking DeadI shared my week in television.

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  2. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor.
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from Britney Spears, Degrassi, Katy Perry, Avril Lavgine, Taylor Swift, Gordon Lightfoot, and Jessica Simpson!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Dean Stockwell RIP, Chris Sununu is Not Running, Senator Doctor Oz, Holiday Challenge, Someone Had To Do It, Please No Comebacks, and The Return of Landrieu!
  5. At her photography site, Erin shared Squirrel, Artists Table, Campisi’s, Tree, One Green Leaf, Morning, and Shadows!

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Cleaning Out The DVR: The Mauritanian (dir by Kevin Macdonald)


Last night, I finally watched The Mauritanian.

The Mauritanian is a film that was released earlier this year.  The Golden Globes gave it some unexpected love.  The Oscars ignored it.  It won some awards in the UK.  It’s based on the true story of Mohamedou Ould Salahi, who was detained at Gitmo without charge for 15 years.  The U.S. government claimed that Salahi was one of the men responsible for recruiting the 9-11 hijackers.  Salahi claimed innocence and wrote and published his memoirs while he was still a prisoner.  Salahi was regularly tortured and sexually abused while detained.  His interrogators regularly threatened to bring his mother to Gitmo, where she would be gang-raped, unless Salahi told them what they wanted to hear.

It’s a horrifying story and an important one, especially nowadays when so many people have forgotten that everyone is meant to have rights under the law.  Unfortunately, The Mauritanian doesn’t really do the story justice.  Instead of simply focusing on Salahi (played, in a charismatic performance, by Tahar Rahim) and what he went through after being detained, the film divides its time between Salahi, his lawyers, and the man assigned to prosecute his case.  As the representatives of the legal system, Jodie Foster, Shailene Woodley, and Benedict Cumberbatch all give one-note performances.  Foster somehow won a Golden Globe for her role but there’s not much to the performance or the character, beyond the fact that she’s pissed off and she’s played by a respected performer who came out of semi-retirement because she agreed with the film’s message.  Shailene Woodley is not particularly believable as someone who could have passed a bar exam.  Meanwhile, the film uses Benedict Cumberbatch’s likable screen presence to try to disguise the fact that it tells its story with a counter-productively heavy hand.  The film wants us to think its nuanced, just because the normally heroic Cumberbatch is playing one of the government’s representatives.

The Mauritanian is a film that wants to shock and outrage us.  It’s also a film that wants to move us and make the audience celebrate the activism of the attorneys played by Foster and Woodley.  Unfortunately, director Kevin Macdonald takes a rather generic approach to telling this story.  There’s no complexity.  There’s no surprises.  One need only look at a film like The Report to see how a film like this could have been effective.  Instead, The Mauritanian often threatens to become as self-congratulatory as The Trial of the Chicago 7.  At its weakest, it’s like an Aaron Sorkin film, without the snappy dialogue.  There is a harrowingly effective sequence in which Salahi is psychologically tortured but Macdonald lessens the impact by continually cutting to Foster and Cumberbatch reading a report about the torture.  It takes a moment that should have been about what Salahi was put through and instead makes it about how his attorney reacts to it.  It’s as if Macdonald didn’t have faith in his audience and felt that we would need two stars to let us know that the torture we’re viewing with our own eyes was wrong.

Though The Mauritanian was only released a few month ago, it already feel like a relic from another era.  One gets the feeling that a flawed but politically outspoken film like this would have gotten a lot more attention from the Academy if it had been released in 2006 or 2007 or even during the first two years of the Obama administration, back when people still believed that Obama was serious about closing Gitmo.  Today, however, we take the excesses of the war on terror for granted.  People are no longer shocked by them.  As I watched The Mauritanian, I found myself thinking about the fact that, just two-and-a-half months ago, the U.S. blew up an innocent aide worker and his family, bragged about it, and then tried to cover it up.  At one time, this would have been a national scandal.  In 2021, however, it’s the sort of thing that gets shrugged off.  One gets the feeling that a movie will never be made about that man or his family.

 

Music Video of the Day: Peter Gunn Theme and Remote Control by The Silencers (1980, directed by ????)


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 110th video to air on MTV was this video for the Peter Gunn Theme, as covered by The Silencers.  I don’t know much about this group but this was their second video to be featured on MTV.  You’ll have to go to YouTube to watch the video, though.  It’s worth it.

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
  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
  103. Passing Strangers by Ultravox
  104. Turning Japanese by The Vapors
  105. Roll With The Changes by REO Speedwagon
  106. I Hope I Never by Split Enz
  107. Blondes (Have More Fun) by Rod Stewart
  108. Never Let Her Slip Away by Andrew Gold
  109. Tattooed Love Boys by The Pretenders