Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 4/4/22 — 4/10/22

The Slap discourse has gotten old and, at this point, most of the conversation surrounding it feels performative.  Will Smith has been banned from attending the Oscars for the next ten years.  Considering how few people watch the Oscars anymore, you can decide for yourself whether or not the punishment fits the crime.  At this point, I’m just hoping that another celebrity will do something stupid in public so that we can move on to another subject.

As for me, I didn’t too much this week but sometimes, I really do need to get my rest.  I’m looking forward to spending this upcoming week with my family and to also being a lot more active!  Yay!

Also, the Oscars are over but the Emmys are coming up.  I’ve got a lot on which I need to get caught up.

Lent is also almost over.  I gave up cursing Lent and if you read over what I’ve posted since March 1st, you’ll notice that I have yet to slip up.  Double yay!

Anyway, here’s what little I watched this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Battle Freestyle (2022)
  2. Creepshow 2 (1987)
  3. Gleaming the Cube (1989)
  4. Jimmy Savile: A British Horror Story (2022)
  5. Rocketship X-M (1950)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 2022 Masters Golf Tournament
  2. Allo Allo
  3. American Idol
  4. Bar Rescue
  5. Beyond the Edge
  6. The Brady Bunch
  7. The Chair
  8. Couples Court With The Cutlers
  9. Court Cam
  10. Cruel Summer
  11. Dopesick
  12. The Dropout
  13. Full House
  14. The Girl From Plainville
  15. King of the Hill
  16. Law & Order
  17. The Love Boat
  18. Midnight Mass
  19. Open all Hours
  20. Parking Wars
  21. Survivor
  22. Talking Dead
  23. The Walking Dead
  24. Yellowjackets

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Armin van Buuren
  3. The Beatles
  4. Blanck Mass
  5. Britney Spears
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. Chicago
  8. Chromatics
  9. Dillon Francis
  10. Haim
  11. Harry Styles
  12. Katy Perry
  13. Kim Wilde
  14. Martin Garrix
  15. Saint Motel
  16. Swedish House Mafia
  17. Tiesto
  18. Yvonne Elliman

News From Last Week:

  1. Nehemiah Persoff Dies: Prolific Actor Of ‘Yentl’, ‘The Twilight Zone’, ‘Gunsmoke’ & Many More Was 102
  2. Bobby Rydell Dies: ‘Wild One’ Teen Idol, ‘Bye Bye Birdie’ Actor Was 79
  3. Film Academy Bans Will Smith From Oscars Ceremony for 10 Years
  4. Too Much, Too Little, Too Late: Academy Members React to Will Smith’s Oscars Ban
  5. Kanye West Drops Out of Coachella Headlining Set
  6. Harrison Ford to Star in Apple TV+ Series From ‘Ted Lasso’ Team
  7. Elon Musk Buys 9.2 Percent Stake in Twitter, Sending Stock Soaring
  8. Box Office: ‘Sonic 2’ Booms to $71 Million, Michael Bay’s ‘Ambulance’ Stalls
  9. Jack White Marries Olivia Jean on Stage at Tour Opener in Detroit
  10. Johnny Depp defamation trial against Amber Heard to begin Monday

Links From Last Week:

  1. Not So Fast Will Smith, Chris Rock and the Academy: There Are More People Who Deserve Apologies
  2. Will Smith Must Return His Oscar to Restore the Award’s Honor
  3. Kelly Clarkson Sings “Dancing Queen” By ABBA – As A Gorgeous Ballad And Why Not?
  4. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 4/8/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed the fourth episode of Reacher!
  2. Erin shared I Want Out, Valor, True Adventures, The Speed Set, Uncensored Detective, Fate, and Sunrise in Black-and-White!
  3. Leonard shared the trailer for Marcel The Shell With Shoes On and he shared his review of Grindhouse! 
  4. Jeff shared music videos from Swing Out Sister, Pet Shop Boys, Aeromsith, Lita Ford, Thompson Twins, De La Soul, and Phil Collins!  He reviewed Badlands of Dakota, The Range Feud, The Fighting Marshal, and The Great Missouri Raid!
  5. I reviewed The Girl From Plainville, The Dropout, and The Walking Dead!  I shared my week in television!
  6. Ryan reviewed Late In The Years, The Emperor’s Chamber, and The Lemonade Brigade!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  2. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared a little something from Phil Collins!
  3. At her photography site, Erin shared legacy, rainbow, blue, stairs, memories of opening day, the pitch, and paint!
  4. At my music site, I shared songs from The Beatles, Kim Wilde, Swedish House Mafia, Haim, Saint Motel, Britney Spears, and Blanck Mass!
  5. For SyFy Designs, I shared Jealousy, Elon!, Can Dreams Come True?, Giving Grace, and Discovery!
  6. At reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!

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

Reacher S1 Ep4 “In a Tree”, (Dir. Christine Moore) Review by Case Wright

I hope that you missed me! I have been knee-deep in differential equations and a back injury, but like Reacher, I’m continuing on- It got picked up! Also, I have been reading the first book and I can confirm that this show is very true to the book. I think that’s why I like it so much- it’s throwback to the mini-series of the 80’s, 90’s, and 00’s- Shogun, North and South, Jesse Stone, and The Stand. These were book adaptions that strove to be true to the source material. Today, we are used to craptacular adaptations like “It” an ok film, but had nothing to do with the source material and openly rejected it.

Reacher episodes, like the mini-series of yore, continue from the moment the last episode ends, but unlike the mini-series of yesteryear they use different directors for each episode. Luckily, they pick old hands at familiar with the action/mystery genre. This episode is directed by Christine Moore – if it’s an action packed mystery show- she has directed it. Period. She can direct the Hell out of a fight scene.

Reacher is rummaging through the assassin vehicle and putting everyone in the truck who he killed. To fit them all in, he breaks their dead legs. YEECH! Keep in mind, this is not just a mystery for Reacher- it’s a revenge story. They killed his brother- his only family and he would kill the whole town if they were all in on it.

They find Joe’s car and there’s a great bit of dark comedy when Reacher jokes to Finley how he killed two more people and they’re in the car a few feet from them. There’s a total understanding that the rules have been broken. Society itself died in Margrave. They are the only law and vengeance is the only punishment. That’s why the backdrop of Iraq is always present.

After Iraq fell, events happened that should not have. I was not there, but things happened just the same. Society is a mile long and an inch deep. We are always one sustained power blackout from tribal conflict and feudalism. Reacher reveals to Roscoe that caught three pedophiles abusing local boys. He gave them a choice to turn themselves in or answer to him. They chose Reacher and he executed them. She rapidly gets on board with dumping bodies at the airport parking garage. Wow. COLD BLOODED!

Roscoe and Reacher check into an airport Hotel and get a call from Joe’s former partner, but she doesn’t even give them a hint as to what the investigation is about. She will meet them at the airport, but I got to write that it was WEIRD that she didn’t give a hint about what his brother was investigating. Shortly after the call, the building sexual tension between Roscoe and Reacher releases in a fairly long scene.

Meanwhile, the mayor pulls Finley off of investigating the case and threatens his career. Reacher and Roscoe find the motel where Joe was staying and get his his hidden notes. Reacher and Roscoe get pursued by killers….again. When they are all together to meet Joe’s former partner at the airport, they see her, and then she vanishes. Reacher searches for her and finds her bleeding out. Back to square one.

Music Video of the Day: All of My Life by Phil Collins (1990, directed by Jim Yukich)

What sets All of My Life apart from all of the other adult contemporary, “easy listening” music that Phil Collins released in the 90s is that saxophone solo at the start of the song.  That sax solo almost makes up for all the bland Disney sons that Collins wrote in search of that first Oscar.

As for this video, it’s largely a performance clip but, mixed in, there are a few scenes of Phil Collins going about his everyday life.  Of course, for Phil, everyday life meant a private plane and a luxury tour bus.  What a likeable bloke!  Personally, I don’t care how Phil Collins spent his money.  As the saying goes, “If you’ve got it…”

This video was directed by Jim Yukich.  Yukich was one of those video directors who, if you were a successful musical artist in the late 80s or the 90s, you would probably end up making at least one video with Yukich.  Yukich directed videos for everyone from Iron Maiden to Genesis to REO Speedwagon.  He got around.