Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 7/25/22 — 7/31/22

After spending three months looking for excuses not to get my car inspected, I finally got it done on Monday.  I really didn’t have much of a choice because my sticker was about to expire.  I had to get one tire replaced but my car passed inspection.  Yay!  So, I finally got that taken care of and now I can’t even remember what caused me to wait until the last minute.

Having spent my Monday getting that taken care of, the rest of this week has been very blissful and very relaxing.  To be honest, I made a decision to rest both last week and this week so that I would fully energized going into the last few months of 2022.  I can’t wait for October!

Here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week.

Films I Watched

  1. American Hustle (2013)
  2. Avenger (2006)
  3. Bigfoot (2012)
  4. Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure (1989)
  5. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  6. The Boy Who Drank Too Much (1980)
  7. 47 Meters Down Uncaged (2019)
  8. Gerry (2002)
  9. The Greek Tycoon (1978)
  10. Last Days (2005)
  11. The Lift (1983)
  12. Perry Mason: The Case of the Wicked Wives (1993)
  13. Scared Straight (1978)
  14. Scared Straight: Another Story (1980)
  15. Scared Straight: 20 Years Later (1999)
  16. Shanghai 13 (1984)
  17. Speed (1994)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Better Call Saul
  4. Big Brother
  5. The Challenge
  6. Full House
  7. Inspector Lewis
  8. Open All Hours

Books I Read:

  1. Message From Nam (1991) by Danielle Steel
  2. The Player (1988) by Michael Tolkan

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Big Data
  3. The Black Keys
  4. Britney Spears
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Coldplay
  7. Daft Punk
  8. Dirty Vegas
  9. The Erinyes
  10. Fleetwood Mac
  11. Frank Stallone
  12. Haim
  13. Justin Guarini
  14. Katy Perry
  15. Kelly Clarkson
  16. Kid Rock
  17. Led Zeppelin
  18. Lindsey Stirling
  19. Muse
  20. Phantogram
  21. Phantom Planet
  22. The Prodigy
  23. Saint Motel
  24. Taylor Swift


  1. Blonde
  2. Pinocchio
  3. TAR
  4. Pearl

News From Last Week:

  1. Actor David Warner Dies At 80
  2. Goodfellas Actor Paul Sorvino Dies At 83
  3. Nichelle Nichols, Lieutenant Uhura on ‘Star Trek,’ Dies at 89
  4. Actor Bernard Cribbins Dies at 93
  5. Veteran actress Mary Alice dies
  6. Tony Dow of Leave It To Beaver Fame Dies at 77
  7. Rapper JayDayYoungan murdered at his Louisiana home
  8. Toronto Film Festival Unveils Lineup Featuring New Works From Sam Mendes, Tyler Perry, Darren Aronofsky, Sarah Polley
  9. Martin Scorsese and Leonardo DiCaprio’s ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’ to Release in 2023
  10. TBS cancels Samantha Bee’s ‘Full Frontal’ after 7 seasons
  11. In Move to Save Golden Globes, HFPA to Become For-Profit Org, Add More Voting Members
  12. Will Smith Posts Emotional Apology Video for Oscars Slap, Says Chris Rock Is ‘Not Ready’ to Speak With Him
  13. Aaron Sorkin’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ Abruptly Cancels Return to Broadway, Blaming Producer Scott Rudin
  14. Reports: Italian Judge Calls for Paul Haggis Sexual Abuse Case to Be Tossed Out

Links From Last Week:

  1. The True Madness Of “Roar!” Melanie Griffith And Mom Tippi Hedren Mauled By Lions! The Most Dangerous Film Ever Made!
  2. Have You Visited Sicily’s “Part-Time” Island? We Head To “Isola Bella” – An Island Twice A Day!
  3. Sometimes, You Just Have to Take The L
  4. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 7/29/22

Links From the Site:

  1. Erin shared Nude Croquet, G-Men, Rangeland Romances, Fire In My Blood, Back To The Stone Age, Adventure, and Weird Tales!
  2. Doc shared music videos from Frank Stallone, The Black Keys, Katy Perry, Lindsay Lohan, The Erinyes, Daft Punk, and Dirty Vegas!
  3. Leonard shared the trailer for Pearl!
  4. I paid tribute to Christopher Nolan, Mario Bava, Enzo G. Castellari, Stanley Kubrick and shared both my week in television and my July Oscar Predictions!  I also shared a scene from Dazed and Confused and It, starring the amazing Clara Bow!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared Park, Woodpecker, Shadow, A Friend, Right Lane, Doghouse, and bird!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from Kelly Clarkson, Katy Perry, The Black Keys, Muse, Phantogram, Daft Punk, and Taylor Swift!
  4. I wrote about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!

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

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Mario Bava Edition

4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, the Shattered Lens pays tribute to the memory and the legacy of the maestro of horror himself, Mario Bava!  Bava was born 108 years ago, today.

4 Shots From 4 Mario Bava Films

Black Sunday (1960, dir by Mario Bava)

Kill, Baby, Kill (1966, dir by Mario Bava, DP: Antonio Rinaldi)

Baron Blood (1972, dir by Mario Bava, DP: Antonio Rinaldi)

Shock (1977, dir by Mario Bava, DP: Alberto Spagnoli)

Lisa Marie’s Week In Television: 7/24/22 — 7/30/22

It was a good week.  I got my car inspected, I watched a lot of Big Brother, and I worried about very little.

Here’s a few thought on my week in television:

Allo Allo (Sunday Night, PBS)

Once again, Rene and Edith found themselves in front of a firing squad.  This seemed to happen fairly frequently in Nouvion.  Of course, they were only being executed because the Communist Resistance thought they were actually Hitler and Goering.  No, it didn’t make any sense but that’s the charm of this show.

The Bachelorette (Monday Night, ABC)

Things got a bit awkward this week when it was announced that the remaining bachelors would have to decide whether or not they were there for Rachel or Gabby.  With everyone flocking to Gabby, Rachel found herself struggling to find anyone willing to take her rose.  Let’s just hope that she agrees to let Meatball come back.  Of course, even if Rachel doesn’t give Meatball a second chance to accept her rose, I imagine we’ll see him again on every future season of Bachelor in Paradise….

I can only imagine how weird those sentences read to anyone who doesn’t watch the show.

Better Call Saul (Monday Night, AMC)

Better Call Saul was brilliant this week, giving us a look at what Jimmy’s life is like now that he is “Gene” and he’s a Cinnabon manager.  On the one hand, it was nice to see that Jimmy hasn’t lost his edge.  He’s still the smartest guy in the room and he’s knows it.  On the other hand, even in triumph, Jimmy was a bit of a pathetic character.  He may have won but he couldn’t celebrate his victory.

There’s only a few episodes left.  Will they all be in black-and-white?  Will we learn Jimmy’s ultimate fate? Actually, do we want to know Jimmy’s fate?  As clever as he is, it’s hard to imagine this story ending well for him.

Big Brother 24 (Everyday, CBS and Paramount Plus)

Wow, this was actually a good week of Big Brother!  Finally, Taylor has an alliance!  Finally, we got a true blindside!  Finally, the show is no longer hiding the truly over-the-top bullying that’s been going on inside the House!  For once, the feeds are actually worth paying for and the Casuals actually got to see how terribly some of the people in the House have behaved.  (Looking at you, Daniel.)

Of course, this won’t mean anything to you if you don’t watch or like or know about Big Brother.  And that’s okay.  It’s not a show for everyone and I’m sure that CBS will find a way to screw up all the fun because that’s kind of what they do.  But for now, this season is actually entertaining and I’m actually enjoying writing about it over at the Big Brother Blog!

The Challenge (Wednesday Night, CBS)

For those of us who remember what happened during Big Brother 23, this was an interesting episode to watch.  On Big Brother, Xavier engineered Kyland’s eviction and the two of them nearly came to blows before Kyland left the House.  It was seriously one of the most awkward eviction episodes either.  (Kyland went as far as to say that Xavier’s nephew would be ashamed of the example he was setting.)  On The Challenge, Kyland (along with Alyssa) was pretty much responsible for sending Xavier (and Shan) to the challenge that resulted in Xavier being eliminated from the game.  You have to wonder what will happen when the two of them inevitably end up getting selected for the next all-star season of Big Brother.

Full House (Sunday Afternoon, MeTV)

On the first episode, Stephanie was pressure to throw the little league game.  In the second episode, Michelle kept calling Tokyo on the family’s landline and presumably costing Danny a fortune.  (I doubt Joey, Jesse, or even Becky ever bothered to help pay the bills around the Full House.)  No one really got upset about Michelle being a brat because, as far as I can tell, they were all totally terrified of Michelle.

Inspector Lewis (YouTube)

I watched another episode of Inspector Lewis on Tuesday.  Someone was using LSD and arsenic to commit murders in Oxford.  One of the unfortunate victims was named Elmo.  Among me and my friends, many Sesame Street jokes were made.

Saved By The Bell (Sunday Morning, MeTV)

The first episode I watched featured the Bayside High Class of ’92 finally graduating!  Screech stepped aside so that Jessie could be valedictorian.  The gang ruined the school’s ballet so that Zack could earn the last credit that he needed to graduate.  To top it all off, Zack got to give the graduation speech because Jessie announced that Screech was actually valedictorian and then Screech announced that no one wanted to hear from him as long as Zack was in the auditorium.  Screech was probably right but still….

This was followed by an episode set in the “future,” in which the Class of ’02 watched a videotape featuring the Class of ’92.  It was a clip episode and lazy even by the standards of the original Saved By The Bell.

Scenes that I Love: The Low Rider Montage From Dazed and Confused

Today, the Shattered Lens wishes a happy 62nd birthday to Texas’s own Richard Linklater!

In order to celebrate this day, here’s one of my favorite scenes from Linklater’s 1993 film, Dazed and Confused.  Not only does this montage introduce the viewer to the suburban Texas nightlife of 1976 but it’s also perfectly set to War’s Low Rider.

And, of course, it features that classic line, “It’d be a lot cooler if you did.”

4 Shots from 4 Scenes: Special Christopher Nolan Edition

4 Or More Shots From 4 Or More Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, we celebrate the birthday of the great Christopher Nolan!  

It’s time for….

4 Shots From 4 Christopher Nolan Films

Batman Begins (2005, dir by Christopher Nolan, DP: Wally Pfister)

The Dark Knight (2008, dir by Christopher Nolan, DP: Wally Pfistser)

Inception (2010, dir by Christopher Nolan, DP: Wally Pfister)

Dunkirk (2017, dir by Christopher Nolan, DP: Hoyte van Hoytema)

Lisa Marie’s Early Oscar Predictions For July

Little by little, the Oscar race is starting to become just a little bit clearer.  It’s still early, of course.  Really, it’s way too early to say anything for sure.  But it’s also hard to deny that certain films are now much more in the conversation than others.

The biggest development this month was the announcement that Martin Scorsese’s Killers of the Flower Moon will not be released until 2023.  That takes it out of Oscar contention …. for now.  (For those who may have forgotten, it was originally announced, halfway through 2013, that The Wolf of Wall Street would not be ready until sometimes in 2014.  Everyone dutifully updated their Oscar predictions, striking The Wolf of Wall Street from their lists of likely best picture nominees.  Then, at the last minute, Scorsese announced that the film actually would be ready for 2013.  If something similar happens this year, Killers of the Flower Moon will go right back to being a huge contender because it’s Scorsese and he’s one of the best, regardless of what certain Marvel fans would have you believe.)  With Scorsese apparently out, it would now appear that Steven Spielberg is going to be the only member of the old guard with a film in the Oscar race.  Considering that many people believe that Spielberg’s West Side Story was snubbed last year when it only took home one Oscar (out of a total of sever nominations), The Fabelmans seems like it will be a major contender.  Admittedly, my hope that David Lynch will earn an acting nomination for playing John Ford in The Fabelmans may be a longshot but it can not be denied that it would be a cool development.

As for the other contenders, Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis, and Everything Everywhere All At Once all seem poised to ride a combination of critical acclaim and box office success into the Oscar race.  Todd Field has finally returned with TarThe Whale has the potential to be a comeback vehicle for the always likable Brendan Fraser.  She Said, Till, and Women Talking all stand to take advantage of the current political climate.  And Babylon will presumably give Hollywood a chance to celebrate itself.

The Oscar picture is still a bit cloudy but, with so many major festival on the horizon, those clouds should be parting soon.

Be sure to check out my predictions for February, March, April, May, and June!

Best Picture



Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Fabelmans

She Said



Top Gun: Maverick

The Whale

Women Talking

Best Director

Damien Chazelle for Babylon

Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert (The Daniels) for Everything Everywhere All At Once

Todd Field for Tar

Sarah Polley for Women Talking

Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans

Best Actor

Austin Butler in Elvis

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Adam Driver in White Noise

Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Harry Styles in My Policeman

Best Actress

Cate Blanchett in Tar

Viola Davis in The Woman King

Ana de Arms in Blonde

Danielle Deadwyler in Till

Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Supporting Actor

Tom Hanks in Elvis

Woody Harrelson in Triangle of Sadness

David Lynch in The Fabelmans

Tobey Maguire in Babylon

Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Supporting Actress

Jessie Buckley in Women Talking

Patricia Clarkson in She Said

Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Sally Field in Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies

Michelle Williams in The Fabelmans