Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 1/10/22 — 1/16/22

I spent most of this week sick.  No …. not COVID sick.  Instead, I just had a cold.  I get a cold every January.  In fact, I almost always get a cold during the second week of January so really, I guess I should be happy that I’m consistent about these things.  The temperature is plunging outside.  The nights are below freezing.  The days aren’t much better.  The snow that is covering the rest of the country might reach us eventually.  Who knows?  But, my point is, this is the type of weather that always leads to me getting a cold so it’s no surprise or reason for worry that I ended up with a cold this week.

Still, being sick when there’s things you want to do sucks!  And it especially sucks right now because anytime I so much as sniff in public, everyone turns around and stares like I’m a witch.  And it doesn’t matter if I’m wearing a mask.  I could probably carry a negative COVID test around with me and there’s certain people in the world who would freak out the slightest hint of a cough.

My point is, people are paranoid out there.  But again, I’m not a witch.  I’m just a girl with asthma, trying to survive the cold season.  I will happily be weighed alongside a duck because I am definitely not a witch.

Anyway, I was sick from Monday until Thursday.  I’m over it now and I’m ready to make up for missed time over the upcoming week!  Here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. American Ninja 2 (1987)
  2. Dear Evan Hansen (2021)
  3. End of a Gun (2016)
  4. God’s Not Dead: We The People (2021)
  5. I Hear The Trees Whispering (2022)
  6. The Internship (2013)
  7. The Last Duel (2021)
  8. Mass (2021)
  9. Murder in the Blue Room (1944)
  10. The Truman Show (1998)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. The Bachelor
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. Football Game: Cowboys vs The Cheaters
  6. Full House
  7. Judge Steve Harvey
  8. King of the Hill
  9. Mom
  10. The Office
  11. Open All Hours
  12. Relatively Famous: Ranch Rules
  13. Silk Stalkings

Books I Read:

  1. The Man on the Train (1988) by W.J. Chaput

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Alesso
  2. Avicii
  3. Bee Gees
  4. Blondie
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Calvin Harris
  7. The Chambers Brothers
  8. Charli XCX
  9. The Chemical Brothers
  10. Chic
  11. Coldplay
  12. Donavon
  13. Fatboy Slim
  14. Fiona Apple
  15. Icona Pop
  16. John Carpenter
  17. JR JR
  18. Katy Perry
  19. Muse
  20. Paper Lace
  21. The Prodigy
  22. Saint Motel
  23. Samuel
  24. Smokey Robinson
  25. Steve Miller Band
  26. Taylor Swift
  27. Underworld
  28. Wyre
  29. Yvonne Elliman

Best of 2021:

  1. 25 Best, Worst, and Gems Val Saw In 2021 (Valerie Troutman)

Awards Season:

  1. North Dakota Film Society Nominations
  2. San Francisco Bay Area Critics Circle Winners
  3. Denver Film Critics Society Nominations
  4. Seattle Film Critics Society Nominations
  5. San Diego Film Critics Society Winners
  6. Makeup Artists and Hairstylists Guild Nominations
  7. Music City Film Critics Association Nominations
  8. Austin Film Critics Association Winners
  9. SAG Nominations
  10. Georgia Film Critics Association Winners
  11. Hawaii Film Critics Society Winners
  12. Iowa Film Critics Association Winners
  13. Kansas City Film Critics Circle Winners
  14. Toronto Film Critics Association Winners


  1. 6 Classic Trailers for January 16th, 2022

News From Last Week:

  1. Groundbreaking Canadian Director Jean-Claude Lord dies at 78
  2. French director Jean-Jacques Beineix dies
  3. Cultural Critic Terry Teachout Dies
  4. Legendary singer Sonny Turner dies at 83
  5. Icon Ronnie Spector dies at 78
  6. Box Office: ‘Scream’ Debuts to Bloody Impressive $30.6 Million

Links From Last Week:

  1. Hiking To The Iconic Hollywood Sign! Getting My Tinseltown Close-Up!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 1/14/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed Gone and the Lady Vic episode of Titans!
  2. Erin shared The Scarlet Spade, The Grindle Nightmare, The Smasher, A Half Interest in Murder, Crockett’s Woman, The Shame Takers, and Top of the Heap!  She also reviewed Forever Strong and took a look at the covers of Detective Short Stories!
  3. Jeff reviewed Gunfighters, End of the Gun, Griff the Invisible, Rangers of Fortune, The Doolins of Oklahoma, Ring of Terror, and Space Rage!  He also played Second Wind and wrote about Galactus and the first ever televised football game!
  4. Val shared her 25 Best, Worst, and Gems list of 2021!
  5. Ryan reviewed The Christmas Before/Santer, Quiet Thoughts, and Sour Pickles!
  6. I shared music videos from Wyre, The Chambers Brothers, Chic, Bee Gees, Steve Miller Band, Paper Lace, and Yvonne Elliman!
  7. I reviewed Ford: The Man and the Machine, Dear Evan Hansen, I Hear The Trees Whispering, Space Mutiny, and God’s Not Dead 4.
  8. I paid tribute to John Carpenter and Walter Hill!
  9. I shared scenes from Diva and Bonnie and Clyde, 
  10. I read 1988!
  11. I shared my week in television and reviewed the Dexter finale!
  12. I shared an AMV of the Day and a short film called The Other Fellow’s Feelings!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing! 
  2. For Horror Critic, I reviewed I Hear The Trees Whispering!
  3. At my online dream journal, I shared: Monday Morning’s Lecture Dream, No Dreams on Tuesday, Wednesday Morning’s Snow Dream, Thursday Morning’s Locked-In Dream, Friday Morning’s Broken Window Dream, No Dreams on Saturday Morning, and Sunday Morning’s Trip To The Lake Dream!
  4. For Reality TV Chat, I wrote about the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  5. At my music site, I shared songs from Avicii, Samuel, Muse, Alesso & Katy Perry, Coldplay, David Shire, and Donavon!
  6. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Look Who’s Running Again, Tom Malinowski Channels Henry V, Larry Hogan for Senate?, He’s Always Been Like This, It’s About Time, God Has Abandoned The Patriots, and Thank You, Tom Brady!
  7. At her photography site, Erin shared mediation, Light in A Tunnel, Flower, New Angle, Guard, Shoes on a Wire, and Blue Sky!

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

(I am not a witch.)

Great Moments In Television History #12: NBC Airs The First Football Game

Today, everyone takes at least three things for granted: television, football, and football on television.

However, that wasn’t always the case.  There was a time when television was a novelty and the idea of watching a game on television while it was being played was nearly unheard of.  The first televised football game didn’t involve any of the teams in what would eventually become the NFL.  Instead, it was a college game between Fordham and Waynesburg.  It was played on September 30th, 1939.

The game was aired on NBC, as part of an experiment to see whether or not a game could actually be carried live over the air.  The game was called by Bill Stern, a radio announcer who was famous for embellishing the action on the field while he was calling it.  Unfortunately, since no footage of the game appears to still exist, no one knows if he attempted to embellish the action that was being televised.

All in all, NBC spent $100,000 to show the game.  What was the size of the audience for the very first televised football game?  It was speculated that 500 to 1.000 people watched the game on television!  In 1939, with television still a luxury for most people, that was enough to convince NBC that sports and television could go together.  82 years later, it appears that NBC was right.

Incidentally, Fordham beat Waynesburg, 34-7.

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

Great Moments In Comic Book History #16: Alex Ross Captures Galactus In All His Glory

Galactus has always been one of my favorite Marvel characters and it’s a shame that his only film appearance was botched in 2007’s Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.  Now that the Fantastic Four are once again free to be a part of the MCU, my sincere hope is that we’ll get a worthy Galactus film.  If Marvel Studios could bring Thanos to life, why not the Planet-Eater?

Below is Galactus (and the Silver Surfer) as imagined by Alex Ross.  All four of these images are from Marvels #3 (March 1994) and they really capture Galactus in all of his glory.

Hopefully, the next time Galactus appeared in a film, he’ll be as impressive as he was here.

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!

Space Rage (1985, directed by Conrad E. Palmisano)

Space Rage is a mix of science fiction and the old west.

In what the movie insists is the far future, a sadistic and notorious criminal named Grange (Michael Pare) is a captured after robbing the Bank of the Moon. As his punishment, he’s sent to a prison planet called Botany Bay. Despite the name, the entire prison is a desert. (Maybe they named it after the doomed colony from Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan.) The prison is run by Gov. Tovah (William Windom), who uses the prisoners as slave labor in his mines. Grange doesn’t want to work as a miner so he plots his escape. There’s only one shuttle that goes from Botany Bay to Earth and Grange plans to be in control of it.

Two men are determined to stop Grange and his partners from escaping the planet. Walker (John Laughlin) is a young bounty hunter who is haunted by he death of his wife. The Colonel (Richard Farnsworth) is a former policeman who is haunted by nightmares of his time on Earth. Working together, the inexperienced Walker and the crusty, old Colonel try to thwart Grange’s plans.  Grange has an itchy trigger finger and is willing to kill anyone to get what he wants.  Grange may be quick on the draw but the Colonel might be even quicker.

Space Rage starts out as a western before becoming a prison film before then concluding as a Mad Max rip-off, with everyone chasing each other through the desert in intergalactic dune buggies.  The movie is only 75 minutes long but due to a repetitive soundtrack and some less than inspired dialogue, it often feels longer. The Botany Bay is too obviously Southern California to be an effective setting and neither Michael Pare nor John Laughlin seem to be invested in their roles. Not surprisingly, the film’s greatest strength is Richard Farnsworth, playing another no-nonsense veteran tough guy and doing what a man has to do to keep Earth safe.  His presence alone does not make Space Rage worth watching but it definitely helps.  It’s a good thing he was out there looking out for us.

Game Review: Second Wind (2021, Matthew Warner)

Society has collapsed.  Biological warfare has changed the majority of humans into werewolves.  Those who have not been infected live in locked-down shelters.  You live in Shelter 5, with your second wife Lorraine.  You used to live in Shelter 4 with your first wife, Wendy.  Wendy kicked you out after she found out that you were cheating on her with Lorraine.  Things have been tense ever since.

Now, Lorraine’s pregnant.  The midwife has told you that the delivery is not going as planned.  A C-section has to be performed to save the lives of both Lorraine and the baby.  (With humanity nearly wiped out, the survival of your baby could give hope to those few who remain.)  You have to get a doctor but that means making you way across the desert wasteland and the ruined city to Shelter 4.  Not only do you have to save the life of your second wife but you’re going to have to convince your first wife to help you do it.  You only have a few hours to make it and all of the shelter’s hoverbikers are damaged beyond use.  Best of luck!

Second Wind is an interactive fiction game for adults.  The stakes are real.  The puzzles require thought.  Your mistakes have consequences.  Puzzles are usually my great downfall when it comes interactive fiction.  Timed challenges are my second greatest downfall.  As you can probably guess, I had to play Second Wind a few times before I got anything close to a good ending and, even then, it was only as good as any ending can be when the world’s gone to Hell in a bucket without anyone even enjoying the ride.  But the challenge made the eventual success even more rewarding.  When playing a game like Second Wind, the best advice would be to remember that using google is not the same as cheating and that Occam’s Razor is your friend.  It also helps to take notes because a lot of the game’s puzzles depend on remembering numbers and then inputting them into the keypads necessary to enter the shelters.

I dug Second Wind.  It’s better-written than most and the descriptions are so vivid that you’ll feel like you’re in that apocalyptic desert, trying to make your way back home.  And if you really do get lost, there is a walk-through that explains the puzzles without leaving you feeling too ashamed for not being able to figure them out for yourself.

Play Second Wind.

25 Best, Worst, and Gems Val Saw In 2021

I had a lot of screenshots to choose from this year to use to open this post. There was Tab Hunter shooting a magic arrow from a flying carpet, someone in a dog suit trying to lick Elvis Presley, Betty Compson doing Cinemax shadow theatre in 1929, chandeliers made of women, and much, much more. I decided to go with the geeky choice. That’s Warren Beatty in Kaleidoscope (1966) demonstrating a supply chain attack.

He breaks into a factory that makes playing cards for the different casinos/clubs in the area. He marks the originals that will be used to print the cards. Then he sits back and waits for the marked cards to be printed and delivered securely, end-to-end, to the casinos/clubs. He can win as much as he wants because all the cards are pre-marked. Is he winning too much? No worries, cause even if the casino opens up a fresh deck, they’re marked too. Of course he eventually runs into a problem when the film realizes it doesn’t have a story beyond this neat idea.

As you might have guessed from my mention of Tab Hunter, Elvis Presley, Betty Compson, and a staple of pre-code films, I watched a lot of TCM last year. I don’t know what happened. I haven’t watched the channel this much in close to 15 years. But It was well worth it. It help me rediscover why I got into film back in the mid-2000s.

Unfortunately, unlike previous years, I only got through 761 films. On the other hand, this year I don’t have to stretch things to have 25 best films. The sheer tonnage of garbage I watched in 2020 made that a tough list to compile.

I do have to preface these lists with a little bit of information. Since I was watching TCM, it meant that I did several of their Stars Of The Month (John Garfield, Doris Day, and Elvis Presley). I watched a lot of films during the month where they only play Oscar nominated films. Finally, I also sat through almost every official IOC commissioned Olympic film. I try to have a variety of different films when I make these lists. It was just more difficult this time because of the large clumps of similar films.

The rules are the same as in previous years:

  1. There is no particular order to the films in these lists. They either made it, or they didn’t.
  2. These lists do not necessarily have films that came out in 2021. These are films that I saw for the first time in 2021. Unlike previous years, there is actually one from 2021. I wanted to include at least one this time.
  3. The gems list has films that don’t make the best list, but I want to put a spotlight on them.
  4. Disagree with any of my choices? Good! I want people to form their own opinions and think for themselves. But if you care to share those opinions, then be nice about it.
  5. I link to reviews of these movies if I can find any that have been written by one of our contributors here on Through the Shattered Lens.

One final thing of note is that The IX Olympiad In Amsterdam (1928) is the Italian cut. It’s not the slightly less awful version–The Olympic Games, Amsterdam 1928 (1928)–that was done in Germany by UFA to try and get Dutch theaters to stop boycotting the film. Perhaps they were boycotting the film because it is the worst Olympic movie ever made.

On With The Show! (1929, Alan Crosland)


The Breaking Point (1950, dir. Michael Curtiz)


  1. I Married A Witch (1942)
  2. Fantastic Planet (1973)
  3. The Breaking Point (1950)
  4. The Best Man (1964)
  5. The Big Chill (1984)
  6. On Borrowed Time (1939)
  7. An Enemy Of The People (1989)
  8. The Holy Man (1965)
  9. I’ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)
  10. The Life Of Emile Zola (1937)
  11. The Story Of Louis Pasteur (1936)
  12. 16 Days Of Glory (1985)
  13. Sapporo Winter Olympics (1972)
  14. The Olympics In Mexico (1969)
  15. White Rock (1977)
  16. Elvis: That’s The Way It Is (1970)
  17. Elvis On Tour (1972)
  18. Born Yesterday (1950)
  19. Dark Passage (1947)
  20. Babbitt (1934)
  21. Five Came Back (1939)
  22. Tarzan And His Mate (1934)
  23. Kind Lady (1935)
  24. Love Affair (1939)
  25. I Never Sang For My Father (1970)

Slappy And The Stinkers (1998, dir. Barnet Kellman)


  1. Adventure Girl (1934)
  2. Starlift (1951)
  3. Dulcy (1940)
  4. Stay Away, Joe (1968)
  5. The IX Olympiad In Amsterdam (1928)
  6. The Crowded Sky (1960)
  7. Solarbabies (1986)
  8. Catalina Caper (1967)
  9. Slappy And The Stinkers (1998)
  10. Little Orvie (1940)
  11. Kisses For Breakfast (1941)
  12. She Had To Say Yes (1933)
  13. Hold ‘Em Jail (1932)
  14. That’s Right – You’re Wrong (1939)
  15. The Tunnel Of Love (1958)
  16. Lower Learning (2008)
  17. Tickle Me (1965)
  18. Rings Of The World (2014)
  19. Forsaking All Others (1934)
  20. The Woman In The Window (2021)
  21. Show Of Shows (1929) (I recommend reading the NY Times review from 1929)
  22. Snows Of Grenoble (1968)
  23. Cats (2019)
  24. Dawning Of The Dead (2017)
  25. Keep Watching (2017)

Mrs. O’Malley And Mr. Malone (1950, dir. Norman Taurog)


  1. Four Daughters (1938)
  2. Daughters Courageous (1939)
  3. Mrs. O’Malley And Mr. Malone (1950)
  4. Cast A Dark Shadow (1955)
  5. It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
  6. Here Comes Mr. Jordan (1941)
  7. Downstairs (1932)
  8. Jewel Robbery (1932)
  9. Hell’s Angels (1930)
  10. Conquest (1983)
  11. The Sheepman (1958)
  12. Thank Your Lucky Stars (1943)
  13. Scissors (1991)
  14. Mandalay (1934)
  15. On With The Show! (1929)
  16. Black Panthers (1968)
  17. Flying High (1931)
  18. Inside Daisy Clover (1965)
  19. Kaleidoscope (1966)
  20. Abar, The First Black Superman (1977)
  21. Girlfriends (1978)
  22. The Golden Arrow (1962)
  23. Superman (1980)
  24. Lifeguard (1976)
  25. Crooks Anonymous (1962)

Abar, The First Black Superman (1977, dir. Frank Packard)

Drive My Car Wins in Toronto!

Earlier today, the Toronto Film Critics Association named Drive My Car as the best film of 2021!

Here are all the winners from the hometown of Degrassi:

Best Film

Best Director
Winner: ​Jane Campion – THE POWER OF THE DOG
Runners Up: Ryusuke Hamaguchi – DRIVE MY CAR & Denis Villeneuve – DUNE

Best Screenplay

Best Actress
Winner: ​Olivia Colman – THE LOST DAUGHTER
Runners Up: Penelope Cruz – PARALLEL MOTHERS & Kristen Stewart – SPENCER

Best Actor
Winner: ​Denzel Washington – THE TRAGEDY OF MACBETH
Runners Up: Benedict Cumerbatch – THE POWER OF THE DOG & Andrew Garfield – TICK, TICK…BOOM!

Best First Feature

Best Documentary

Best Foreign Language Film

Best Animated Feature
Winner: FLEE

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Jessie Buckley – THE LOST DAUGHTER
Runners Up: Kirsten Dunst – THE POWER OF THE DOG & Ruth Negga – PASSING

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Bradley Cooper – LICORICE PIZZA
Runners Up: Ciarán Hinds – BELFAST & Kodi Smit-McPhee – THE POWER OF THE DOG

The Power of the Dog Wins In Kansas City!

The Power of the Dog picked up another award for Best Picture today when the Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC) announced their picks for the best of 2021!

Here are all the winners from Kansas City!

Best Picture
Winner: The Power Of The Dog
West Side Story

Best Director
Winner: Jane Campion – The Power Of The Dog
Runner-Up: Steven Spielberg – West Side Story

Best Actor
Winner: Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power Of The Dog
Runner-Up: Andrew Garfield – Tick, Tick…Boom!

Best Actress
Winner: Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Runner-Up: Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Best Supporting Actor
Winner: Ciarán Hinds – Belfast
Runner-Up: Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power Of The Dog

Best Supporting Actress
Winner: Ann Dowd – Mass
Runner-Up: Ariana DeBose – West Side Story

Best Original Screenplay
Winner: Licorice Pizza
Runner-Up: The French Dispatch

Best Adapted Screenplay
Winner: West Side Story
Runner-Up: Drive My Car

Best Cinematography
Winner: The Tragedy Of Macbeth
Runner-Up: Dune

Best Animated Film
Winner: The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Runner-Up: Flee

Best Foreign Language Film
Winner: Drive My Car
Runners-Up: The Worst Person In The World

Best Documentary
Winner: Summer Of Soul
Runner-Up: Procession

Vince Koehler Award For Best SciFi/Horror/Fantasy
Winner: The Green Knight
Runner-Up: Dune

Tom Poe Award For Best LBGTQ Film
Winner: Flee
Runner-Up: The Power Of The Dog

I Watched Forever Strong (2008, dir. by Ryan Little)

Rick Penning (Sean Faris) is the captain of his high school rugby team and the team’s highest scorer.  He’s also the son of the team’s coach (Neal McDonough).  Coach Penning is obsessed with winning at all costs and refuses to tell his son that he’s proud of him.  Coach Penning believes that emotion equals weakness and that only losers brag about doing their best.  After a loss to the Highland High school rugby team, which is coached by Larry Gelwix (Gary Cole), Rick and his teammates blow of steam by drinking, driving, and crashing a car.

Rick is sentenced to juvie but his case officer (Sean Astin) can see that Rick needs rugby in his life so he arranges for Rick to play with the Highland Team.  At first, Rick resents the new team and doesn’t want to follow Coach Gelwix’s advice on or off the field.  Coach Gelwix makes the team do community projects while they’re not training and Rick says that’s not his thing.  Rick just wants to score points and he doesn’t care about teamwork.  But the team and the coach eventually win Rick over and, once Rick gets over being selfish and starts playing for the team instead of just himself, Highland High starts winning games and Rick becomes the team’s newest captain.  But, when Rick gets paroled from juvie, he’s sent back home to his father, who expects Rick to reveal all of Highland’s secret plays and weaknesses.  When Rick refuses to betray Coach Gelwix, his former teammates frame him and get him sent back to juvie.  Rick ends up playing for Highland again, just in time for the state championship and a chance to lead Highland against his father’s team.

Forever Strong had a good message but, from the first minute, I know what was going to happen and how it was going to all end.  The story was pretty predictable and the movie seemed to assume that everyone watching would already know everything that they needed to know about rugby.  At my high school, athletics pretty much meant football.  I don’t think we even had a rugby team.  (If we did, we never cheered at their games, which I feel bad about.)  Whenever everyone in the movie was arguing about the right way to play rugby and which position on the team was the most important, I was lost.  I did like Gary Cole as Coach Gelwix.  He was the type of coach that every parent should hope coaches their child’s team.