In The Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (1992, directed by Charles Haid)


After bombing several Mormon centers in Utah, religious extremist and polygamist Adam Swapp (Kyle Secord) has barricaded himself inside of a farm house with his wives and supporters. The FBI, led by Bob Bryant (Dennis Franz), have the house surrounded and are trying to convince Swapp to peacefully surrender. Swapp, however, has no intention of going down without a fight.

In the 1990s, NBC did a whole series of made-for-TV miniseries about real-life law enforcement operations that inevitably led to the death of at least one of the officers involved. They made so many of them and they churned them out so quickly that NBC even aired a movie about the Branch Davidian stand-off while it was still going on. Siege at Marion, the fourth of the In The Line of Duty films, feels like a precursor to what was eventually happen in Waco. Just as happened in Waco and with the attempts to arrest Randy Weaver at Ruby Ridge, critics claimed that the government came on too strong while the government claimed that they were merely enforcing the law.

Siege at Marion is the least interesting of all of the In The Line of Duty movies, mostly because the Marion siege was neither as mismanaged as what happened in Waco or as egregiously heavy-handed and disturbing as what happened in Ruby Ridge. Though based on a true story, Siege at Marion is a standard stand-off film with the only suspense coming from the film’s distasteful attempts to build up suspense as to whether it’ll be Dennis Franz, William H. Macy, or Ed Begley, Jr. who is killed in the line of duty. Since only one of them is given a backstory and a family, it’s easy to guess which one it will be.

The best thing about Siege of Marion is the cast. Dennis Franz was born to play cops and it’s interesting to see a pre-Fargo William H. Macy playing a non-nervous character. Kyle Secor is convincingly fanatical and unhinged as the messianic Adam Swapp. Secor would go on to star as Tim Bayliss on the much-missed Baltimore-set cop show, Homicide: Life on the Street. Speaking of classic cop shows, Siege at Marion was also directed by Charles Haid, who played Andy Renko on Hill Street Blues. As for the In The Line of Duty films, the last one was made in 1994 but they all live on in syndication.

Lisa Marie’s Oscar Predictions for January


Well, here we are. Another awards season is wrapping up. Almost all of the regional critic groups have announced their picks for the best of 2021. The Guilds have spoken. The front runners have emerged. Both Don’t Look Up and Being the Ricardos have weathered bad reviews and become probable Oscar nominees. If nothing else, I’ll have something to complain about for the next three or four months. At the same time, Power of the Dog has emerged as the critical favorite. Belfast seems to be the populist favorite. West Side Story is the big production that has to be nominated, even though no one seems to feel particularly strongly about it one way or the other. Dune is the blockbuster that the Academy is hoping will cause people to tune into the ceremony, especially now that it appears that the Spider-Man Oscar campaign has fizzled. Don’t Look Up is the “Let’s piss off the cons” nominee. Being the Ricardos is this year’s “Wow, our industry really is the best” nominee. Personally, I’m going to view tick, tick….Boom! as being the most likely dark horse to pull off an upset.

So, with all that in mind, here’s my last set of 2021 Oscar predictions.

Looking at the list below, I have to say that we certainly have a good race this year. It’s interesting that, this year, only films that were released between March and the end of December were eligible for the Oscars. 2021 was a very good year for movies! Not only do we have the nominees below but we also had films like The Father and Judas and the Black Messiah, both of which are 2021 films as far as I’m concerned.

(Consider this. If the Oscars had kept the eligibility window the same last year instead of extending it to accommodate films delayed by the pandemic, Anthony Hopkins would probably be the Best Actor front runner right now and the Academy probably would have given Chadwick Boseman a posthumous Best Actor award last April. I also imagine that Jesse Plemons would have a better chance of picking up a supporting actor nomination if the members of the Academy were currently screening both The Power of the Dog and Judas and the Black Messiah at the same time.)

To see how my thinking has evolved,  check out my predictions for March and April and May and June and July and August and September and October and November and December!

The Oscar nominations will be announced on February 8th. Below are my predictions!

Best Picture

Being The Ricardos
Belfast
CODA
Don’t Look Up
Dune
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
The Power Of The Dog
Tick, Tick….Boom!
West Side Story

Best Director

Jane Campion for The Power of the Dog

Adam McKay for Don’t Look Up

Lin-Manuel Miranda for tick, tick …. Boom!

Steven Spielberg for West Side Story

Denis Villeneuve for Dune

Best Actor

Nicolas Cage in Pig

Benedict Cumberbatch in The Power of the Dog

Andrew Garfield in tick, tick….Boom!

Will Smith in King Richard

Denzel Washington in The Tragedy of Macbeth

Best Actress

Jessica Chastain in The Eyes of Tammy Faye

Olivia Colman in The Lost Daughter

Jennifer Hudson in Respect

Nicole Kidman in Being the Riacardos

Kristen Stewart in Spencer

Best Supporting Actor

Bradley Cooper in Licorice Pizzia

Ciaran Hinds in Belfast

Troy Kostur in CODA

Jared Leto in House of Gucci

Kodi Smit-McPhee in The Power of the Dog

Best Supporting Actress

Caitriona Balfe in Belfast

Ariana DeBose in West Side Story

Kirsten Dunst in The Power of the Dog

Aunjanue Ellis in King Richard

Ruth Negga in Passing

Music Video of the Day: Tinoretto, It’s For You by Destroyer (2022, dir by ????)


Today’s music video of the day is the atmospheric video from Destroyer!  This video has a kind of You’ve-Been-Up-For-3-Days-On-Dexedrine feel to it.  I used to very much enjoy wandering around in the middle of the night so this video brought back some memories for me.

Enjoy!

Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 1/24/22 — 1/30/22


And so another week comes to a close.

I’ve still got a handful of movies that I need to watch before I can post my best films of 2021 list.  I know that February is probably way too late to post such a list but …. well, I’m going to give it a try anyways!  I may not be the first person to post her best of 2021 list but, at the rate I’m going, I’ll probably be the last.  It’ll get done some time over this upcoming week!

For now, here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week!

Film I Watched:

  1. Being the Ricardos (2021)
  2. Boris Karloff: The Man Behind the Monster (2021)
  3. The Boy In The Plastic Bubble (1976)
  4. Enter the Ninja (1981)
  5. Final Account (2021)
  6. Found (2021)
  7. The Harder They Fall (2021)
  8. Indigenous (2014)
  9. The Lost Daughter (2021)
  10. The Mitchells vs the Machines (2021)
  11. The Night Strangler (1973)
  12. Shiva Baby (2021)
  13. Summit of the Gods (2021)
  14. Tick …. Tick …. Boom! (2021)
  15. The Tragedy of Macbeth (2021)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. The Bachelor
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. Football Game: Bengal vs Chiefs
  6. Football Game: 49ers vs Rams
  7. Full House
  8. King of the Hill
  9. Open All Hours
  10. Parking Wars
  11. Seinfeld
  12. Silk Stalkings

Books I Read:

  1. Bronson’s Loose: The Making of the Death Wish Films (2006) by Paul Talbot
  2. My Ox is Broken (2006) by Adam-Troy Castro

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. The Chemical Brothers
  3. DJ Snake
  4. Grimes
  5. Icona Pop
  6. Katy Perry
  7. Kedr Livanskiy
  8. Lana Del Rey
  9. Public Service Broadcasting
  10. Purity Ring
  11. Saint Motel
  12. Tash
  13. Toni Collette & The Finish
  14. Trentemøller
  15. Upsahl

Awards Season:

  1. Costume Designers Guild Nominations
  2. Producers Guild Nominations
  3. Eddie Nominations
  4. Writers Guild Nominations
  5. Directors Guild Nominations
  6. American Society of Cinematographers Nominations
  7. Music City Film Critics Association Winners
  8. Cinema Audio Society Nominations
  9. Online Film Critics Society Winners
  10. Golden Reel Nominations
  11. Art Directors Guild Nominations

News From Last Week:

  1.  Woman who jumped from NYC high-rise identified as Miss USA 2019 Cheslie Kryst
  2. Actor Howard Hesseman Dies At 81
  3. Actor Donald May Dead At 94
  4. Actor Morgan Stevens Dead At 70

Links From Last Week:

  1. Oscar Winners! Phantoms! Gumshoes Too! 3 Neglected 70’s Films You Must See!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 1/28/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Naked In The Night, Death Turns The Tables, The Gallows Garden, Hangman’s Harvest, Blackmail Inc., Contrary Pleasure, and Dead on the Level.  She reviewed The 5th Quarter and she shared The Exciting Covers of Dime Western Magazine!
  2. Jeff reviewed Mason of the Mounted, Honor of the Range, Across The Plains, Death Rides the Range, Ten Wanted Men, Sierra Stranger, and Gunfire!  He also reviewed Locked Door Part II, shared a moment from comic book history, and paid tribute to Howard Hesseman!
  3. I shared an AMV of the Day and my week in television and a scene from Damsels in Distress and a short film called A Question of Judgment!
  4. I shared music videos from Tash, Public Service Broadcasting, Toni Collette & The Forward, Grimes, Adi Ulmansky, Upsahl, and Trentemøller!
  5. I reviewed Bolero, Don’t Look Up, Being the Ricardos, and The Boy In The Plastic Bubble!
  6. Ryan reviewed Krania and Blood Horn!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  2. At her photograph site, Erin shared: Dolls on Strike, Separate Table, Cross, Red Skies, Leaning Tree, Another Time & Place, and Fountain in Black-and-White!
  3. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  4. At my music site, I shared songs from DJ Snake, Public Service Broadcasting, Saint Motel, Lana Del Rey, Katy Perry, Icona Pop, and Purity Ring!

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

AMV of the Day: Baby One More Time (Diabolik Lovers)


With the first month of the year nearly over, how about one last amv featuring Britney Spears?

Anime: Diabolik Lovers

Song: …. Baby One More Time (Britney Spears)

Creator: MewMewCore

(As always, please consider subscribing to this creator’s YouTube channel!)

Past AMVs of the Day

Great Moments In Television History #14: The Birth of Dr. Johnny Fever


Today’s great moment comes from the pilot episode of WKRP In Cincinnati.  This first aired on September 18th, 1978 and Johnny Carvaello allowing the spirit of rock and roll to turn him into Dr. Johnny Fever would forever be one of the show’s most famous moments.

Rest in Peace, Howard Hesseman.

Previous Great Moments In Television History:

  1. Planet of the Apes The TV Series
  2. Lonely Water
  3. Ghostwatch Traumatizes The UK
  4. Frasier Meets The Candidate
  5. The Autons Terrify The UK
  6. Freedom’s Last Stand
  7. Bing Crosby and David Bowie Share A Duet
  8. Apaches Traumatizes the UK
  9. Doctor Who Begins Its 100th Serial
  10. First Night 2013 With Jamie Kennedy
  11. Elvis Sings With Sinatra
  12. NBC Airs Their First Football Game
  13. The A-Team Premieres

Great Moments In Comic Book History #18: Goliath Towers Over New York


 

This is one of my favorite Alex Ross images.  I’m not sure if that’s Henry Pym or Clint Barton towering over the city but this painting captures the shock and wonder that would be generated by such a sight.  It’s from the 2nd issue of Marvels and to me, this is what the MCU films should take some times to explore, not just the activities of super-powered heroes but also of all the ordinary people who have to try to live their lives while all of the heroes and the villains fight their petty battles.

Previous Great Moments In Comic Book History:

  1. Winchester Before Winchester: Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #45 “Ghost Dance” 
  2. The Avengers Appear on David Letterman
  3. Crisis on Campus
  4. “Even in Death”
  5. The Debut of Man-Wolf in Amazing Spider-Man
  6. Spider-Man Meets The Monster Maker
  7. Conan The Barbarian Visits Times Square
  8. Dracula Joins The Marvel Universe
  9. The Death of Dr. Druid
  10. To All A Good Night
  11. Zombie!
  12. The First Appearance of Ghost Rider
  13. The First Appearance of Werewolf By Night
  14. Captain America Punches Hitler
  15. Spider-Man No More!
  16. Alex Ross Captures Galactus
  17. Spider-Man And The Dallas Cowboys Battle The Circus of Crime

 

 

Game Review: Locked Door II: Fair Trade (2022, Cody Gaisser)


(SPOILER WARNING)

You’re in a room.  There’s one door.  It’s locked.  Does this seem familiar?  Maybe you played Locked Door, to which this game is the first of many sequels.  Can you figure out how to unlock the door?  In the first game, the key was just sitting in the room.  In this game, the key is not mentioned as being in the room.  Instead, there’s some schlub named Bob and there’s an apple.  Can you figure out what to do?

Like the first game, Locked Door II will be appreciated by people who have played and struggled with games that require them to figure out some sort of complex puzzle in order to open up a door.  Locked Door II does have a puzzle but it’s so simple that it makes a statement about how needlessly complicated some other games can be.

If you get that door unlocked, you’ll get a prize.  Unlike the first game, you’ll have to find prize, though.  Just look in the most obvious place.

So far, there are seven different Locked Door games.  From what I understand, each game gets progressively more complex.  Eventually, I’ll probably end up in a room that I can’t get out of and I’ll have to stop playing.  Will it happen with Locked Door III?  Tune in next week to find out.

Gunfire (1950, directed by William Berke)


Years after the death of his brother Jesse, Frank James (Don “Red” Barry) has settled down in Colorado and is living a peaceful life as a rancher.  He is even friends with the town’s sheriff, John Kelly (Robert Lowery).  Unfortunately, it’s not always so easy to escape the past, especially when you are one of the few surviving members of one of the Old West’s most notorious gangs.  A former member of the James Gang, Mundy (Claude Stroud), shows up at Frank’s cabin and tries to talk Frank into joining up with him, the Ford brothers (Gaylord Pendleton and Roger Anderson), and their new leader, Bat Fenton (Don “Red” Barry, playing a second role).  When Frank refuses and makes clear that he still wants revenge on the Ford brothers for the murder of Jesse James, the gang goes on a crime spree.  Because he and Fenton look exactly alike, the entire town thinks that Frank is responsible.  Can Frank clear his name and avenge the death of his brother?

There were a lot of poverty row B-westerns produced in the early 1950s and most of them are pretty bad.  However, occasionally you come across a diamond in the rough and that’s the case with Gunfire.  Gunfire tells an interesting story, it has exciting gunfights, and it also features not one but two good performances from Don “Red” Barry!  Barry is equally convincing as both the good Frank and the bad Fenton and the movie uses the double plot as a way to illustrate how difficult it is to escape the sins of the past.  Frank has been “born again” but every time he sees Fenton, he sees not only who he used to be but also who many will always believe him to be.  Gunfire is a good western that shows that you don’t need a huge budget to tell an engaging story.