Lisa Marie’s Week In Review 1/17/22 — 1/23/22

This week, I got caught up on a lot of movies.  I have a lot more that I still need to see because, at the end of the upcoming week, I plan on posting my picks for the best and the worst of 2021!

Films I Watched:

  1. American Ninja 3 (1989)
  2. American Revolution 2 (1969)
  3. Another Round (2020)
  4. Ape vs Monster (2021)
  5. Assault on VA-33 (2021)
  6. Beverly Hills Cop (1984)
  7. Breezy (1973)
  8. Cicero March (1966)
  9. The Courier (2021)
  10. Dear Comrades! (2020)
  11. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  12. The Fan (1996)
  13. Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
  14. The Murder of Fred Hampton (1971)
  15. The Night Stalker (1972)
  16. Nobody (2021)
  17. The Octagon (1980)
  18. Patty Hearst (1988)
  19. Ron’s Gone Wrong (2021)
  20. Summer of Soul (2021)
  21. Swan Song (2021)
  22. The Urban Crisis and the New Militants Module 6 – Black Moderates and Black Militants (1969)
  23. Wall Street (1987)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Amazing Race
  2. B Positive
  3. Football Game: Buccaneers vs Rams
  4. Full House
  5. Ghosts
  6. The United States of Al

Books I Read:

  1. The 103rd Ballot (1976) by Robert K. Murray
  2. Scarface (1930) by Armitage Tail

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Ava Max
  2. Blondie
  3. Calvin Harris
  4. Carly Simon
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Chromatics
  7. Dillon Francis
  8. DJ Snake
  9. Fatboy Slim
  10. Grimes
  11. The Heavy
  12. Julee Cruise
  13. Lindsey Stirling
  14. Muse
  15. O-Town
  16. The Prodigy
  17. Rita Coolidge
  18. Saint Motel
  19. Spice Girls
  20. Susie van der Meer
  21. Tiesto
  22. Underworld

Awards Season:

  1. Set Decorators Society Nominations
  2. Denver Film Critics Society Winners
  3. Visual Effects Society Nominations
  4. Houston Film Critics Society Winners
  5. Seattle Film Critics Society Winners
  6. North Dakota Film Society Winners
  7. African-American Film Critics Association Winners

News From Last Week:

  1. Top editorial staff leaving A.V. Club entertainment site after refusing to relocate from Chicago to new offices in LA
  2. Actress Yvette Mimieux Dies
  3. French actor Gaspar Ulliel dies in skiing accident
  4. German actor Hardy Kruger Dies
  5. Singer and actor Meat Loaf Dies 
  6. Comedian Louie Anderson Dies
  7. Dylan Dog Creator Michelangelo La Neve Dies
  8. Film Producer Mace Neufeld Dies
  9. EXCLUSIVE: Alec Baldwin Sued by Fallen Marine Family for $25 million
  10. Kings of the Hill, Again: Greg Daniels, Mike Judge Discuss Their New Animation Company

Links From Last Week:

  1. The Undoing of Joss Whedon
  2. “The Godfather” Turns 50! Here’s A New Trailer For The Upcoming Re-Release!
  3. The World Common Tater’s Week In Books, Movies, and Television

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared music videos from Tiesto and Ava Max, Meat Loaf, Muse, Julee Cruise, O-Town, Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow, and Blondie!
  2. I shared my week in television and an AMV of the Day and a short film from David Lynch!
  3. I paid tribute to Jim Jarmusch and David Lynch!
  4. I shared a scene from Twin Peaks: The Return!
  5. I reviewed Armitage Trail’s Scarface, Revenge of the Ninja, Mass, Assault on VA-33, and Stillwater!
  6. Erin shared Martin Luther King, A House In The Uplands, Spicy Adventure Stories, Find My Killer, Feeling No Pain, Shame, and the Night Thorn!
  7. Erin took a look at The Fan and the Covers of Variety Detective!
  8. Jeff reviewed Desolation Canyon, The Bravos, Romance of the West, Black Hills, Tumbleweed Trail, Frontier Marshal, and The New Frontier!  He took a look at The A-Team, Locked Room, and Spider-Man and the Dallas Cowboys!
  9. Ryan reviewed Jinx Freeze, Methods of Dyeing, and The Maspeth Witch!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subcribing!
  2. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from The Heavy, Grimes, Fatboy Slim, Julee Cruise, Susie Van Der Meer, Blondie, and The Brady Bunch!
  4. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared a song from Queens of the Stone Age!
  5. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Looking Ahead, More Retirements, That Was Really Something, Overhyped Chuck, Borrowed Credibility, Ignore Gene Wu, and Bucs vs Rams!
  6. At her photography site, Erin shared Rocks in the Water, Speed Hump Ahead, Kiss, Cross, The Old Regal, and Looking Out!

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

Great Moments In Television History #13: The A-Team Premieres

39 years ago today, television viewers who were watching NBC primetime met a group of four former members of the Special Forces who, during the Vietnam War, were framed for a crime they didn’t commit.

The pilot for the A-Team first aired on January 23rd, 1983.  No one had much hope for the pilot, with the exception of star George Peppard who predicted the show would be a hit as soon as he read the script.  Producer Stephen J. Cannell hadn’t had a hit in a while.  When Cannell was hired by NBC, network president Brandon Tartikoff asked for one thing: “Mr. T driving a car.”

Despite what the critics thought and despite the skepticism of the network brass, The A-Team was an immediate success.  Audiences loved the four misfits who somehow always managed to win the day despite Face’s womanizing, Murdock’s insanity, and B.A.’s fear of flying.  A week after the pilot aired, the show’s first regular episode was broadcast directly after the Super Bowl.  The rest is history.

If you have a problem, the A-Team can help.  You just have to find them.

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

Great Moments In Comic Book History #17: Spider-Man and The Dallas Cowboys Battle The Circus of Crime

Spider-Man meets the Dallas Cowboys!

In 1983, Marvel comics teamed up with local newspapers to produce inserts that would feature heroes like the X-Men and Spider-Man visiting towns outside of New York, meeting with local celebrities, and, of course, providing ad space for local businesses.  One of the newspapers that they teamed up with the now-defunct Dallas Times Herald, which was also the original home of Texas’s own drive-in movie reviewer, Joe Bob Briggs.

Marvel ended up doing three inserts for the Dallas Times Herald, one with the X-Men at the State Fair and then two featuring Spider-Man.  In “Danger in Dallas,” Peter Parker accompanied J. Jonah Jameson and Dr. Mudge to Dallas so that Dr. Mudge’s wheelchair-bound son could meet his heroes, the Dallas Cowboys.

Dr. Mudge had also developed an anti-gravity device and the Circus of Crime was determined to steal it for themselves.  Spider-Man had to stop them but to fight an entire circus, he would need some help.  Good thing that Cowboys didn’t have anything to do that day!

Once the Cowboys had tackled the Circus of Crime, Peter and even Jonah were able to enjoy opening day.  Peter even proved his courage by eating a Texas Stadium hot dog!

Spider-Man wished the Cowboys a good game, letting us know that even super heroes from New York were rooting for America’s Team in the 80s.

Out of curiosity, I decided to see how the Cowboys did during the 1983 season.  They went 12-4 and were second in the NFC East.  They earned a wildcard spot but lost to the Rams, 17-24.  Despite Spider-Man’s blessings, it was not the Cowboys who went to the Super Bowl but instead the team currently known as Football Team.  (Full disclosure: By default, that was my family’s team until Baltimore finally got the Ravens.)  Fortunately, Washington lost to the Raiders, 9-38.

According to the cover, this was a 60 cent value in 1983.  Currently, it sells for $18.00 online.

The Dallas Cowboys and Spider-Man #1 “Danger in Dallas” (1983)

Writer Marie Severin and David Kraft
Pencilers Marie Severin and Kerry Gammill
Inker Mike Esposito
Colorist Stan Goldberg
Letterer R. G. O’Shaw

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

Game Review: Locked Door (2022, Cody Gaisser)


You are in a room. A wooden door leads north. That’s the only exit. But, the door is locked!

This is a puzzle that has faced many a player of Interactive Fiction. We’ve all had to deal with the locked room scenario, where you have to find the solution for how to get that door open. You can play guess the verb. You can look for things to examine. You can check your inventory to see if you have something on you that could be used in some clever way to unlock the door.

Or you could just pick up the iron key and see what it does.

To quote the game itself:

Room A
A plain white room. A wooden door leads north.

You can see an iron key here.

Can it be that simple? Why not? One side effect of playing too much interactive fiction is that you reach a point where you assume that every solution has to be complicated. Sometimes, you can just pick up the key.

There is another room, though. Be sure to go in the other room and read what you find.

Keep in mind, this is only the first Locked Door game. There are at least three other adventures, all asking if you can unlock more doors. I’ve been playing the fourth one. I’ll review it as soon as I figure out how to open up the damn door.

Play Locked Door

The New Frontier (1935, directed by Carl Pierson)

In 1889, wagon master Milt Dawson (Sam Flint) rides into a western town. He is planning on meeting his son John, who is also a wagon master. However, when a friend of Milt’s is killed by gambler Ace Holmes (Warner Richardson), Milt announces that he’s going to clean up the town and Ace is the first piece of trash that Milt is going to toss out. Ace responds by having his henchmen shoot Milt in the back.

After Milt’s death, his son finally arrives in town and you know that Ace is going to be in trouble because John Dawson is played by John Wayne! Seeking to avenge his father’s death, John teams up with an outlaw named Kit (Al Bridge) and declares war on Ace and his gang.

This is a typical western programmer, one that would probably be forgotten if not for the presence of John Wayne in an early starring role. This was before Stagecoach so the budget is low and the plot is simple. Even in his early 20s, John Wayne has the natural authority that would later make him a star but it’s still strange for me to see him in any film where he’s playing a young man who still has parents. There are some actors who you can’t picture as ever having been anything less than middle-aged and John Wayne is one of them. While most of the other actors are stiff and awkward, Wayne seems right at home in the dusty streets of The New Frontier. Interestingly, given Wayne’s identification with law-and-order, he plays a character here who has no problem working with outlaws and who understands that sometimes, the law can be unfair.  Ace is the most powerful man in town and John has no choice but team up with those on the outs of what was then considered to be respectability.  Another memorable scene juxtaposes a gun battle with the town’s citizens praying in church, a reminder that innocent people were often caught in the middle of the old west’s grudge matches.  These are interesting themes, though they’re not very deeply explored.  

Though the gunfights are nicely choreographed and shot, the chance to see a pre-stardom John Wayne clean up the old west is the main reason to watch The New Frontier.

Here Are The 2021 Nominations of the Set Decorators Society!

For those struggling to fill out your predictions for Best Production Design on your imaginary Oscar ballot, here are the 2021 nominations of The Set Decorators Society!

The winners will be announced on February 22nd.

Being the Ricardos
House of Gucci
Licorice Pizza
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog

The King’s Man
The Matrix Resurrections
Spider–Man: No Way Home
The Tragedy of Macbeth

Don’t Look Up
The Hand of God
The Lost Daughter
No Time To Die

The French Dispatch
tick, tick…BOOM!
West Side Story

The Power of the Dog Wins In Denver!

On Monday, the Denver Film Critics Society named The Power of the Dog as the best film of 2021!  Here are all the winners from Denver:

Best Picture
Drive My Car
The Power of the Dog
Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Director
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Joel Coen – The Tragedy Of Macbeth
Ryusuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car
Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Best Actress
Jessica Chastain – The Eyes Of Tammy Faye
Lady Gaga – House Of Gucci
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Nicole Kidman – Being The Ricardos
Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Best Actor
Nicolas Cage – Pig
Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Peter Dinklage – Cyrano
Will Smith – King Richard
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy Of Macbeth

Best Supporting Actress
Cate Blanchett – Nightmare Alley
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard
Ruth Negga – Passing

Best Supporting Actor
Ben Affleck – The Tender Bar
Ciaran Hinds – Belfast
Troy Kotsur – CODA
J.K. Simmons – Being The Ricardos
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog

Best Sci-Fi/Horror
The Green Knight
Last Night In Soho
A Quiet Place Part II
Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Animated Film
The Mitchells vs. The Machines
Raya And The Last Dragon

Best Comedy
Barb & Star Go To Vista Del Mar
Don’t Look Up
Free Guy
The French Dispatch
The Suicide Squad

Best Visual FX
Godzilla vs. Kong
The Green Knight
Shang-Chi And The Legend Of The Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home

Best Original Screenplay
Zach Baylin – King Richard
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Mike Mills – C’mon C’mon
Michael Sarnoski – Pig
Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza

Best Adapted Screenplay
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Joel Coen – The Tragedy Of Macbeth
​Ryusuke Hamaguchi – Drive My Car
Sian Heder – CODA
Jon Spaihts, Eric Roth & Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Best Documentary
The First Wave
Summer Of Soul
The Velvet Underground

Best Original Song
“Be Alive” – King Richard
“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto
“Guns Go Bang” – The Harder They Fall
“Just Look Up” – Don’t Look Up
“No Time To Die” – No Time To Die

Best Score
Germaine Franco – Encanto
Jonny Greenwood – The Power of the Dog
Jonny Greenwood – Spencer
Jeymes Samuel – The Harder They Fall
Hans Zimmer – Dune

Best Foreign Language Film
Drive My Car
A Hero
Petite Maman
The Worst Person In The World

Here Are The 2021 Nominees of the Visual Effects Society

On Tuesday (again, we’re playing catch-up), the Visual Effects Society announced their nominations for the best visual effects work of 2021 and, as you can probably guess, there was a lot of love for Dune and the Marvel films.

The winners will be announced on March 8th!  Here are the nominee:

“Godzilla vs. Kong”
“The Matrix Resurrections”
“No Time To Die”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”
“Spider-Man: No Way Home”

“Last Night in Soho”
“Nightmare Alley”
“The Last Duel”
“The Tragedy of Macbeth”

“Raya and the Last Dragon”
“Sing 2”
“The Mitchells vs. The Machines”

“Finch” – Jeff
“Flora & Ulysses” – Ulysses
“Jungle Cruise” – Aguirre
“Venom: Let There Be Carnage” – Carnage

“Encanto” – Mirabel Madrigal
“Luca” – Luca
“Raya and the Last Dragon” – Tuk Tuk
“The Mitchells vs. The Machines” – Katie Mitchell

“Dune” – Arrakeen City
“Jungle Cruise” – Waterfall Canyon
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” – The Mirror Dimension
“The Suicide Squad” – Valle Del Marre

“Encanto” – Antonio’s Room
“Luca” – Portorosso Piazza
“Raya and the Last Dragon” – Talon
“Sing 2” – Crystal Theater
“Vivo” – Mambo Cabana

“Encanto” – “We Don’t Talk about Bruno”
“Godzilla vs. Kong” – Ocean Battle
“Loki” – Lamentis; Race to the Ark
“Raya and the Last Dragon”
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings”

“Black Widow” – The Red Room
“Dune” – Royal Ornithopter
“Encanto” – Casita Madrigal
“The Suicide Squad” – Jotunheim

“Dune” – Dunes of Arrakis
“Godzilla vs. Kong” – Ocean Water & Battle Destruction
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – Water, Bubbles & Magic
“The Suicide Squad” – Corto Maltese City Destruction

“Raya and the Last Dragon”
“Sing 2”

“Black Widow” – Red Room Crashing Back to Earth
“Dune” – Attack on Arrakeen
“Dune” – Hologram and Hunter Seeker
“Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings” – Macau City
“Spider-Man: No Way Home” – Liberty Island Battle and Christmas Swing Finale

“Jungle Cruise”
“The Matrix Resurrections”
“The Tomorrow War”

The Power of the Dog Wins in Houston!

On Wednesday (yes, I’m playing catch-up), the Houston Film Critics Society became the latest group to name The Power of the Dog as the best film of 2021!

Here all the winners from Houston:

Don’t Look Up
King Richard
Licorice Pizza
Parallel Mothers
The Power of the Dog
tick, tick … Boom
The Tragedy of Macbeth

Paul Thomas Anderson – Licorice Pizza
Kenneth Branagh – Belfast
Jane Campion – The Power of the Dog
Guillermo del Toro – Nightmare Alley
Denis Villeneuve – Dune

Benedict Cumberbatch – The Power of the Dog
Peter Dinklage – Cyrano
Andrew Garfield – tick, tick … Boom
Will Smith – King Richard
Denzel Washington – The Tragedy of Macbeth

Jessica Chastain – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Olivia Colman – The Lost Daughter
Penelope Cruz – Parallel Mothers
Alana Haim – Licorice Pizza
Emilia Jones – CODA
Kristen Stewart – Spencer

Supporting Actor
Andrew Garfield – The Eyes of Tammy Faye
Ciarán Hinds – Belfast
Troy Kotsur – CODA
J.K. Simmons – Being the Ricardos
Kodi Smit-McPhee – The Power of the Dog

Supporting Actress
Jessie Buckley – The Lost Daughter
Ariana DeBose – West Side Story
Ann Dowd – Mass
Kirsten Dunst – The Power of the Dog
Aunjanue Ellis – King Richard

Ensemble Cast
Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog

Don’t Look Up
Licorice Pizza
The Power of the Dog

Animated Feature
Raya and the Last Dragon
The Mitchells vs. the Machines

Nightmare Alley
The Power of the Dog
The Tragedy of Macbeth
West Side Story

Documentary Feature
The Rescue
The Sparks Brothers
Summer of Soul

Foreign Language Feature
Drive My Car
Parallel Mothers
Riders of Justice
The Worst Person in the World

Original Score
The French Dispatch
The Harder They Fall
The Power of the Dog

Original Song
“Dos Oruguitas” – Encanto
“Guns Go Bang” – The Harder They Fall
“Just Look Up” – Don’t Look Up
“No Time to Die” – No Time to Die
“Wherever I Fall – Pt. 1” – Cyrano

Visual Effects
The Matrix Resurrections
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings

Stunt Coordination
Black Widow
The Matrix Resurrections
No Time to Die
Shang-Chi and the Legend of the Ten Rings
Spider-Man: No Way Home

I Watched The Fan (1996, dir. by Tony Scott)

Yesterday, I told my sister that I wanted to watch a good baseball movie.

“How about The Fan?” she said, “It’s on Starz.”

“Is The Fan really a baseball movie?” I asked.

“It’s got people with baseball bats in it.” she said.

The Fan does have people with baseball bats.  Wesley Snipes is a baseball player who is getting paid a lot of money to swing a bat for the Giants but he’s in a slump because Benicio del Toro won’t let him wear his old number.  Robert de Niro is a Giants fan who uses a baseball bat to beat to death his best friend after de Niro kidnaps Snipes’s son and demands that Snipes play better.  Snipes has to win a game, even though it’s raining and he has terrible stats against the opposing pitcher.  De Niro sneaks on the field as an umpire and makes bad calls on purpose, which proves everything that I’ve ever said about umpires.

The Fan wasn’t bad.  I liked the baseball scenes and I also liked the scenes where de Niro would just start overreacting to anyone saying anything bad about the Giants because everyone knows a fan like that.  (Where I live, most of them are Cowboys fans.)  Whenever de Niro started to go crazy, Nine Inch Nails would play on the soundtrack, which was funny but also too obvious.  There was a lot about the movie that didn’t make any sense.  At the end of the movie, it’s raining so hard that there’s no way the game would have been allowed to continue but I guess once you accept that de Niro could sneak on the field dressed like an umpire, you have to accept that a baseball game would continue in the middle of a flash flood.  But we all know fans like the one played by de Niro.  At the start of the movie, I actually felt bad for him because it was so obvious that baseball was the only thing he had.  He still had all of his pictures from Little League and he wanted his son to be as big a baseball fan as he was because that was the only way that he knows how to relate to other people.  But then he started killing people and giving baseball fans everywhere a bad name.

Josh Hamilton once said that Dallas wasn’t a “real baseball town,” which hurt the feelings of fans like me who had supported him, through all of his struggles, when he was a member of the Rangers.  Whenever Hamilton would return to Arlington to play against the Rangers, everyone in the stands would chant, “Baseball town,” whenever he stepped up to the plate.  I still think it was rude for Hamilton to say what he said but he was right that Dallas doesn’t produce the type of baseball fans who will disguise themselves as umpires and take the field with a knife hidden in their cleats.  Rangers fans aren’t “the crazy fans,” like the ones who Snipes says he can’t stand in The Fan.  I hope that never changes but I also hope the Rangers get it together this upcoming season.  Support the team without kidnapping or killing anyone, that’s the duty of every true fan.  GO RANGERS!