Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 1/31/22 — 2/6/22

I watched a lot of movies this week.  I finally feel like I’m ready for the Oscar nominations to be announced on February 8th.  Ideally, I would have had all this done before the first week of February but we don’t live in an ideal world and you know what?  I’ve seen a lot of really good movies over the past two weeks.  This has been a fun two weeks, even if I was very aware that I was quickly running out of time to see everything that I wanted to see.

Anyway, Oscar nominees on Tuesday!  I can hardly wait!  And then the Super Bowl on Sunday, which is usually one of our busiest days at the site as we try to keep up with the movie previews and all of the other commercials.  I can’t wait!

Here’s what I watched and listened to this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Annette (2021)
  2. Ator, The Fighting Eagle (1982)
  3. Belfast (2021)
  4. Bergman Island (2021)
  5. Black Widow (2021)
  6. Blind Fury (1990)
  7. The Card Counter (2021)
  8. CODA (2021)
  9. Encanto (2021)
  10. Eternals (2021)
  11. Flee (2021)
  12. The French Dispatch (2021)
  13. In the Line of Duty: Siege at Marion (1992)
  14. Licorice Pizza (2021)
  15. Luca (2021)
  16. Nightmare Alley (2021)
  17. Prayers For The Stolen (2021)
  18. Quo Vadis, Aida? (2020)
  19. Rolling Like Thunder (2021)
  20. Shangi-Chi and The Legend of the Ten Rings (2021)
  21. Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  22. The Velvet Underground (2021)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. The Bachelor
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. Celebrity Big Brother
  6. The Love Boat
  7. The Office
  8. Open All Hours
  9. Pam & Tommy
  10. Parking Wars
  11. The View
  12. The Winter Olympics
  13. WKRP In Cincinnati

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Bloc Party
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Charli XCX
  4. Clint Mansell
  5. Cream
  6. Destroyer
  7. Elisa
  8. Hans Zimmer
  9. Jefferson Airplane
  10. Kylie Minogue
  11. Lily Allen
  12. Lynard Skyanrd
  13. Muse
  14. Phantogram
  15. Saint Motel
  16. Taylor Swift
  17. Yazoo
  18. Yvonne Elliman

Awards Season:

  1. Lisa Marie’s Oscar Predictions for January

News From Last Week:

  1. Italian screen icon Monica Vitti dies at 96
  2. NBC’s China Challenge: Politically Fraught Beijing Olympics Make Tokyo Look Tame
  3. Whoopi Goldberg suspended from “The View” after saying the Holocaust was “not about race”
  4. Jeff Zucker Resigns From CNN After Relationship With Top Executive
  5. CNN Probe Eyes Jeff Zucker’s Ties to Andrew Cuomo
  6. Zucker, Gollust’s cozy ties with Andrew Cuomo included coaching him on COVID briefings
  7. Box Office: ‘Jackass Forever’ Catapults to No. 1 as ‘Moonfall’ Craters

Links From Last Week:

  1. Making Clemenza’s Meatballs! Celebrate “The Godfather” At 50 With This Classic Recipe! — Bite! Eat! Repeat!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week In Books, Movies, and Television 2/4/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed the first episode of Reacher!
  2. I reviewed Pam & Tommy and Blind Fury!  I also shared a short film about bikes and my week in television.  I shared 8 things that I’m looking forward to in February.
  3. I shared music videos from Lily Allen, Muse, Elisa, Bloc Party, Charli XCX, Muse (again), and Destroyer!
  4. Jeff reviewed Siege at Marion, Ride Lonesome, The Big Stampede, and Rescue from Gilligan’s Island!  He also reviewed A Locked Room III.
  5. Jeff paid tribute to John Ford and shared the histories of NFL SuperPro and the Second Pro Bowl.
  6. Erin reviewed Boys’ Ranch and wished everyone a happy Groundhog Day!
  7. Erin Shared Hot Dam, Last February, Day Into Night, Snowslide, Movie Humor, South Sea Stories, and Law and Order, UnlimitedShe also profiled artist Carlo Jacona!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  You should subcribe!
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared: Collection, waiting, Invite, Lava Lamp, Winter Weather, Tunnel, and Blue Eyes!
  3. For Big Brother Blog, I wrote about Celebrity Big Brother!
  4. At Reality TV Chat Blog I reviewed the latest episode of the Amazing Race!
  5. At my music site, I shared songs from: Jefferson Airplane, Kylie Minogue, Yazoo, Charli XCX, Cream, Lynard Skynard, and Yvonne Elliman!

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

A Blast From The Past: I Like Bikes But…. (dir by Bob Deaton, Loren Dolezal, Dennis Hess, Ernest Johnson, Oscar Rojas, Robert Rose, and Trudy Travis)

How many directors does it take to put together a 13-minute film about bicycles?

Apparently, it takes seven!  At least that’s the amount that received credit for 1978’s I Like Bikes But….  I guess some of them did the live action shots and some of them did the animation and maybe one of them was in the recording booth with the narrator but still, seven seems like a lot.  But I guess it takes a lot of manpower to make people like cyclists.

Anyway, this film was meant to encourage people to not only ride bicycles but to also observe all of the safety rules that surround riding bikes in public.  A bicycle named Ike is convinced that he can make you love overlook the slow-moving nuisance of the public cyclist if he just keep repeating, “I like bikes over and over again….”  That may have worked for Eisenhower but he won a war so everyone already liked him.  Whereas bicyclists are usually the people you dread getting stuck behind in traffic.

I have to admit that, after watching this short film, I found myself hating bikes even more than I did before.  But I do appreciate Ike’s enthusiasm.  He tried.

Great Moments In Television History #15: The Second NFL Pro Bowl is Broadcast

On January 12th, 1952, NBC aired the Pro Bowl.

Though this was the first time that the Pro Bowl was aired on network television, it was actually the second Pro Bowl to be played.  The 1951 Pro Bowl, which was not televised, was a legendary game featuring amazing plays by both the American Conference Team and the National Conference Team.  The final score was 28 to 27, with the America Conference triumphant.  That was the unaired Pro Bowl.

The second Pro Bowl, which went out to viewers all across America, was closer than the final score indicated.  At the end of the first half, the American Conference led by a score of 13-10.  After a scoreless Third Quarter, the National Conference came roaring back during the 4th Quarter.  During the final quarter, the National Team scored 20 unanswered points and went on to win by a score of 13-30.

I haven’t been able to find out much about what specifically happened during the second Pro Bowl but the stats would seem to indicate that it was a good game!  And it played out to a nationwide audience on January 12th, 1952.

As far as Pro Bowls go, it’s all been downhill from there.

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
  14. The Birth of Dr. Johnny Fever

Not So Great Moments In Comic Book History #19: NFL SuperPro Is Here!

Behold, the one Marvel super hero who will never get his own movie or even a show on Disney Plus!  Behold, NFL SuperPro!

He went from sacking quarterback to tackling crime!  That tells you all you really need to know about NFL SuperPro.  His real name was Phil Grayson.  He dreamed of being a football star until he was sidelined by a knee injury.  Working as a sports reporter, Phil one day interviewed an eccentric fan who revealed that he specialized in making special football uniforms that would turn the players into superheroes.  At that very moment, a group of burglars broke into the fan’s home.  They stole all of the fan’s memorabilia (and later set it all on fire) but, for some reason, ignored all of the super costumes on display.  The fan ended up dead but Phil Grayson ended up with a uniform and, thanks to a chemical spill, super strength!

It may sound like a parody but it was actually a very real comic book and, due to guest appearances from both Spider-Man and Captain America, NFL SuperPro was very much a part of the Marvel universe.  Marvel, back in the days when the company was always just a few months away from bankruptcy, partnered with the NFL to develop NFL SuperPro. The NFL wanted to reach news fans.  Marvel needed money.

Fabian Nicieza, who wrote the first five issues of NFL SuperPro, said that he only worked on the book because the NFL agreed to give him free tickets to all the games.  The NFL thought they would be getting some new fans.  Marvel thought they’d be getting some NFL money.  Instead, they both got years of ridicule that lasted far beyond the end of NFL SuperPro’s series.

NFL SuperPro ran for 12 issues, from 1991 all the way to 1992.  He fought a collection of villains who were all related to football.  His main enemy was a crime boss called Sanction and let’s just say that the Kingpin wasn’t losing any sleep over losing his status as Marvel’s main criminal mastermind.  NFL SuperPro also faced off against a time traveling assassin named, you got it, Instant Replay!  And then there was Quickkick, a villain who used to be a placekicker!  In one issue, NFL SuperPro fought a gang of Hopi criminals and the reaction from representatives of the Hopi Tribe was so fiercely negative that the issue itself was recalled.  That’s probably not what the NFL had in mind when it came to attracting new fans.

Along with that controversy, NFL SuperPro did not last because it wasn’t very good and an early 90s comic book reader was probably the least likely person to idolize someone who was essentially a jock.  In fact, as a character, NFL Superpro has not appeared since 1992, which is a little amazing when you consider that Marvel still occasionally trots out U.S. Trucker for a guest appearance or two.  It is tempting to think that Marvel is embarrassed by NFL SuperPro but his absence probably has more to do with NFL copyright issues.  And the NFL definitely was embarrassed.

As much as Marvel has tried to memoryhole the character, NFL SuperPro has not been forgotten.  He may never appear in a film but he will live on as long as collectors and fans debate who was the worst Marvel hero of all time.

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
  18. Goliath Towers Over New York

Game Review: Locked Door III: Crate Expectations (2022, Cody Gaisser)

Once again, you are standing in a white room that is the most boring room in existence.  There are two archways, one to the east and one to the west.  There’s a man named Bob who you might remember from a previous game.  And there’s a door to the north that’s locked.

Can you unlock the door?  You’ll have to figure out how to get the key first!

This is the third Locked Door game.  You’ve now got slightly more rooms to explore.  And you’ve got a puzzle to solve.  Unlike the first two Locked Door games, you now have to use your IF skills if you want to unlock that door.  Luckily, it’s a very simple puzzle and your trophy awaits!  I solved it in 27 turns and scored all 3 points.

Like the previous two games, Locked Door III works best as a parody of the locked room puzzles that every IF player has gotten frustrated with at some point.  It’s amazing how there’s always something just lying around that the player can use to open whatever needs to be opened.  Most houses don’t have crowbars, hammers, and and wooden planks in every room.

Next week: Locked Room 4!  As long as I can keep figuring out how to unlock the doors, I’ll keep playing each installment.

Play Locked Room III.  

Rescue From Gilligan’s Island (1978, directed by Leslie H. Martinson)

I know that this is going to shock some people but Rescue From Gilligan’s Island is dumb.  In fact, it is not just dumb.  Instead, it is very, very, very dumb.  It’s just about the dumbest goddamn thing I’ve ever seen.

The first TV movie sequel to the 60s television show about a group of castaways on an uncharted isle, Rescue From Gilligan’s Island picks up ten years after the final episode of Gilligan’s Island.  The castaways are still living on the island and trying to figure out how to get back home.  There’s the Skipper (Alan Hale, Jr.) and Gilligan (Bob Denver).  There’s Mary Ann (Dawn Wells), the Howells (Jim Backus and Natalie Schaefer), and the Professor (Russell Johnson).  Ginger is also there but there’s something different about her.  Tina Louise refused to return to the role because she always said appearing on Gilligan’s Island ruined her career.  Ginger is now played by Judith Baldwin, who looks glamorous but who also plays her role distressingly straight, as if she was the only person unaware that nothing about Gilligan’s Island should have been taken seriously.

After ten years of being stranded, the professor finally figures out how to get the castaways off the island!  You’ll never believe the plan he comes up with.  He decides that the castaways should build, get this … a raft!  Ten years on the island and it never occurred to them to just make a raft?  The castways do get some help from a tsunami, which pushes them out to the ocean.  And then when Gilligan sets the raft on fire, they’re saved by the Coast Guard.

(How did they spend ten years on the island without killing Gilligan?)

Despite having been away from ten years, everyone settles back into their old routines but it’s not just the same.  The Professor tries to teach but the students just want to hear about what it was like to be marooned on an island.  Ginger returns to acting but is expected to now appear in PG-rated films!  Mary Ann agrees to marry her old boyfriend, Herbert, despite not loving him.  The Howells go right back to their old lives because the Howells are just as weird as on the mainland as they were on the island.

As for Gilligan and Skipper, they try to convince their insurance company to pay to fix the Minnow so that they can go back to giving three-hour tours but to do that, they have to convince all of the castaways to sign a form swearing that the Skipper was not liable for what happened during that last tour.  (But, even if they could fix up the Minnow, why would anyone want to take a tour with the Skipper and Gilligan when the entire world probably knows that doing so mean risking having to spend ten years on a deserted island?  There’s a reason why no one wanted to fly with George Kennedy after the fourth Airport movie.)  So, Gilligan and the Skipper travel the country and visit old friends while being pursued by two Russian agents (Vincent Shiavelli and Art LeFleur) who want to steal a metal disc that Gilligan found on the island.

I told you it was dumb.

Dumb it may have been but it was also the highest rated show for the week that it aired.  While this didn’t lead to a new series, it did lead to two more made-for-TV movies.  In the first one, the castaways opened a resort.  In the second one, they teamed up with a group of sports superstars and kept Martin Landau from exploiting the island’s natural resources.  Dumb as this movie may be, it was necessary steps towards teaming the Skipper up with the Harlem Globetrotters.

I Watched Boys’ Ranch (1946, dir. by Roy Rowland)

I watched Boys’ Ranch because it was described as being a baseball movie. And it is for the first few minutes.

Dan Walker (James Craig) is a baseball player who learns that he’s going to be benched for the rest of the season. He used to be great but his time has passed and there are younger players who deserve a shot so, with no hard feelings, Dan announces his retirement. His two biggest fans — teenage delinquents Knuckles (Skip Homeier) and Hank (Darryl Hickman) — give him a knife so that he will always remember them when he returns to his ranch in Texas. Just before Dan is going to leave, he learns that the knife was stolen! Knuckles and Hank have been arrested and they’re going to end up in juvenile hall! Dan wins their freedom by offering to take them to Texas with him.

That’s where the baseball stuff ends. The rest of the movie is about Dan and his wife, Susan (Dorothy Patrick), running a ranch where they reform juvenile delinquents by teaching them how to take care of horses and how to be responsible. At first, the locals aren’t happy about having a bunch of bad city kid in town but Dan wins them over. His toughest challenge though is trying to reform Butch (Jackie “Butch” Jenkins), who is tough and a bad influence on the other boys.

Obviously, I was disappointed when Boys’ Ranch turned out to have very little baseball action. That’s the whole reason I was watching the movie! It could have used some more baseball action because the ranch action wasn’t that interesting. When the movie was made, I bet the idea of sending out of control teens to a ranch was a new one but today, it’s not that unique and everyone’s heard all the horror stories about what really goes on at those ranches. Of course, the bad boys in Boys’ Ranch didn’t really seem that bad either. They all just needed someone to tell them to drop the attitude and clean the stalls. Those boys may have had problems but at least they never tried to throw the World Series!

I miss baseball.

Artist Profile: Carlo Jacona (1929 — 2000)

Carlo Jacona was an Italian painter and illustrator who, after receiving an education at Brera Academy in Milan, became a prolific cover artist.  Over a career that lasted 40 years, he created over 6,000 paintings and cover illustrations and his work is sill eagerly sought by collectors.  You can find more of his art at the Carlo Jacona Archive, which is also where I found the information contained in this capsule bio.

Here is a small sampling of his work:

Music Video of the Day: F You by Lily Allen (2009, dir by ????)

Today’s song is dedicated to the people who bullied a friend of mine off of twitter last week. 

Thank you, Lily Allen, for saying what needed to be said.


[Verse 1]
Look inside, look inside your tiny mind
Then look a bit harder
‘Cause we’re so uninspired, so sick and tired
Of all the hatred you harbour
So you say it’s not okay to be gay
Well, I think you’re just evil
You’re just some racist who can’t tie my laces
Your point of view is medieval

Fuck you (Fuck you), fuck you very, very much
‘Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please, don’t stay in touch (Da-da-da-da-da-da-da)
Fuck you (Fuck you), fuck you very, very much
‘Cause your words don’t translate
And it’s getting quite late
So please, don’t stay in touch

[Verse 2]
Do you get, do you get a little kick out of being small minded?
You want to be like your father, it’s approval you’re after
Well, that’s not how you find it
Do you, do you really enjoy living a life that’s so hateful?
‘Cause there’s a hole where your soul should be
You’re losing control of it
And it’s really distasteful

Fuck you (Fuck you), fuck you very, very much
‘Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please, don’t stay in touch (Da-da-da-da-da-da-da)
Fuck you (Fuck you), fuck you very, very much
‘Cause your words don’t translate
And it’s getting quite late
So please, don’t stay in touch

Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you

[Verse 3]
You say you think we need to go to war
Well, you’re already in one
‘Cause it’s people like you that need to get slew
No one wants your opinion

Fuck you (Fuck you), fuck you very, very much
‘Cause we hate what you do
And we hate your whole crew
So please, don’t stay in touch (Da-da-da-da-da-da-da)
Fuck you (Fuck you), fuck you very, very much
‘Cause your words don’t translate
And it’s getting quite late
So please, don’t stay in touch

Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you
Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you