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.

I Watched The 5th Quarter (2010, dir. by Rick Bieber)


The 5th Quarter is the story of the Abbate Brothers.  Luke Abbate (Stefan Guy) is a high school football star who has his entire life ahead of him.  Jon Abbate (Ryan Merriman) is a student at Wake Forest University and is a linebacker on their football team.  When Luke is killed in a horrific car accident, Jon considers dropping out of football but instead, with his parent’s encouragement, he decides to keep playing and to dedicate the season to the memory of his little brother.  Wearing his Luke’s No. 5 jersey, Jon inspires both the team and the fans.

Sometimes you really want to like something but you just can’t.  That’s the way that I felt about The 5th Quarter.  The movie is based on a true story and its heart is in the right place but it’s just too predictable too really work.  It needed more drama and at least a little suspense about whether or not Wake Forest would be able to win all of the games that they won.  I did think that Aidan Quinn and Andie MacDowell (who I thought was Jennifer Garner for most of the movie) were pretty good as Luke and Jon’s parents.  The movie needed more scenes like the one where Andie MacDowell got mad at the woman who asked her how she was doing right after she had buried her youngest son.  Otherwise, The 5th Quarter meant well but it was just too predictable.

Music Video of the Day: London Boy by Tash (2022, dir by Arasmis Duran)


This is a simple song and a fairly simple video but both of them definitely captured a very specific feeling and moment of one’s life.  I think anyone can relate, whether they’ve had a London boy or not.  I don’t have much else to say about this one but sometimes, it’s not necessary to say a lot.

Enjoy!