Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 8/8/22 — 8/14/22

Never underestimate the importance of getting away from everything, even if just for a few days.

(I imagine that may seem a strange thing to say in a post that’s illustrated with the poster for the Evil Dead remake but the mistake in Evil Dead was not going to the cabin.  The mistake was reading the obviously demonic book.)

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

Films I Watched:

  1. Capricorn One (1977)
  2. Evil Dead (2013)
  3. Eye For An Eye (1996)
  4. The Immortal (1969)
  5. Operation Mincemeat (2022)
  6. Running Red (1999)

Televisions Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Better Call Saul
  3. Big Brother
  4. The Challenge
  5. Inspector Lewis
  6. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head

Books I Read:

  1. Welcome to Dunder Mifflin (2022) by Brian Baumgartner and Ben Silverman

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Bob Dylan
  3. Britney Spears
  4. Christina Aguilera
  5. Coldplay
  6. Crud
  7. David Bowie
  8. Hilary Duff
  9. Kelly Clarkson
  10. Kid Rock
  11. Lynard Skynard
  12. Moby
  13. Muse
  14. Olivia Newton-John
  15. The Prodigy

News From Last Week:

  1. Olivia Newton-John, singer and actress, dies at 73
  2. Actress Anne Heche dies at 53
  3. Actress Denise Dowse Dies at 64
  4. Actress Robyn Griggs Dies at 49
  5. Actor Manuel Ojeda Dies at 81
  6. Author Salman Rushdie stabbed on lecture stage in New York
  7. Police investigate threat to JK Rowling over Salman Rushdie tweet
  8. Salman Rushdie, Badly Wounded, Is Off Ventilator and Starting to Recover
  9. Oberlin College’s ‘Professor of Peace’ endorsed fatwa to murder Salman Rushdie
  10. FBI Forensics Report Determines That Alec Baldwin Pulled The Trigger On Rust Set

Links From Last Week:

  1. Touring Burgundy’s Legendary J. Drouhin Wine Cave! Wild Mold Storage!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 8/12/22
  3. There’s A “Mole” In the Comics Scene

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Panama Threat, Rocket to the Morgue, Sports Action, Excitement, Mistress of the Wynds, Ziegfeld Follies, and Argosy!
  2. Erin profiled John A. Coughlin!
  3. Erin reviewed Girls of Summer!
  4. Case shared My Dolphin!
  5. Jeff shared music videos from Europe, Cinderella, Ratt, Metallica, Iron Maiden, and Slayer!
  6. Jeff reviewed Crafty’s Escape Room, Kidnapped, Hunt For Justice, The Price of Vengeance, Street War, Mob Justice, Manhunt in the Dakotas, and A Cop for the Killing!
  7. Jeff shared a great moment in television history and a great moment in comic book history!
  8. I shared a music from Olivia Newton-John!
  9. I paid tribute to Wim Wenders, Alfred Hitchcock, and Sam Fuller!
  10. I shared scenes from Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Sunset Boulevard, Billy Jack, and Grease!
  11. I reviewed Stud Service, The Fallout, Mike Nichols: A Life, Operation Mincemeat, Lucy, Death’s Running Mate, The Stranger, two books about The Office, Running Red, Born to Kill, Fortress: Sniper’s Eye, My Ox is Broken!, and Minamata!
  12. I shared my week in television and an AMV of the Day!

More From Us:

  1. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared Storybook Love!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared Statue, Statue 2, Statue 3, Statue 4, Statue 5, Statue 6, and Statue 7!  (I’m picking up on a theme here.)
  3. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  4. At my music site, I shared songs from: Avril Lavigne, Coldplay, Britney Spears, Hilary Duff, Christina Aguilera, Kelly Clarkson, and Muse!
  5. At SyFy Designs, I shared: Just A Day And A Half To Go, Kindness All Around, and At The Lake!

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

Great Moments In Comic Book History #26: Spider-Man Teams Up With Batman For The Last Time

It’s easy to forget now but there was once a time when Marvel and DC would set aside their differences and their heroes (and sometimes, their villains) would team up.  Spider-Man met Superman.  The X-Men met the New Teen Titans.  Darkseid met Galactus.  Green Lantern met the Silver Surfer.  Silver Surfer met Batman.  Actually, a lot of Marvel heroes met Batman, everyone from the Hulk to Punisher to Daredevil to, again, Spider-Man.  It makes sense.  Batman, with his antisocial tendencies and his tragic backstory, had more in common with the typical Marvel hero than with Superman.

These events were never an official part of the Marvel or DC universe.  Both companies eventually developed their own version of the multiverse and it was accepted that the Marvel/DC crossovers all took place in an alternate universe where Gotham City and Metropolis existed alongside Marvel’s version of New York City.  Though these crossovers were not canonical, they always felt like a big deal.  They were a chance to answer the age-old question of who would win in a fight, Batman or Spider-Man.  It didn’t matter that the crossovers usually copped out on giving a definitive answer.  Usually, the heroes would fight to a draw and then team up to battle the real enemy.  That way both fandoms could be happy and there was still a reason to buy the next crossover.

The crossovers are something that will probably never happen again, not with the rivalry between the MCU and DCEU.  It’s too bad because the crossovers were always enjoyable.  The final Batman/Spider-Man crossover was called New Age Dawning and it was published twenty-five years ago, this month.  Batman’s villain, Ra’s al Ghul, poisoned the wife of Spider-Man’s villain, Kingpin.  Ra’s al Ghul thought he could blackmail the Kingpin into helping him sink the island of Manhattan.  Instead, the Kingpin teams up with Spider-Man and Batman to defeat Ra’s plan.  It’s a simple story but it ends on a note of grace, with Batman giving Spider-Man the cure for the poison and then Spider-Man taking it to the Kingpin.  If the Batman/Spider-Man crossovers had to end, that was the way to end them, with two heroes coming together to do the right thing.

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
  19. NFL SuperPro is Here!
  20. Kickers Inc. Comes To The World Outside Your Window
  21. Captain America For President
  22. Alex Ross Captures Spider-Man
  23. J. Jonah Jameson Is Elected Mayor of New York City
  24. Captain America Quits
  25. Spider-Man Meets The Fantastic Four

Great Moments In Television History #22: Steve Martin’s Saturday Night Live Holiday Wish

As Lisa already posted, today is Steve Martin’s birthday.  

I think everyone who loves comedy has a favorite Steve Martin moment.  A lot of people would cite his performance of King Tut on Saturday Night Live or maybe one of the many skits where he played a wild and crazy guy with Dan Aykroyd.  Other remember him as The Jerk or playing Cyrano in Roxanne.  I’ve always liked his performance in Bowfinger, in which both he and Eddie Murphy were in top form.

However, if I had to pick my favorite Steve Martin moment, it would be his holiday wish from SNL‘s Christmas ’86 episode.  Even though it’s rare that anyone has anything nice to say about Saturday Night Live’s 1986 season, Steve Martin’s Holiday Wish is such a classic that it’s been included in almost every SNL holiday special since it originally aired.  Is it too early to share a Christmas wish list?  Not when Steve Martin is the one doing the wishing and it’s a great moment in television history!

Previous 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
  15. The Second NFL Pro Bowl Is Broadcast
  16. Maude Flanders Gets Hit By A T-Shirt Cannon
  17. Charles Rocket Nearly Ends SNL
  18. Frank Sinatra Wins An Oscar
  19. CHiPs Skates With The Stars
  20. Eisenhower In Color
  21. The Origin of Spider-Man

Game Review: Crafty’s Escape Room (2022, dkmGames)

In this text adventure game, you find yourself in a room that you have never seen before.  You do not know how you got there or why you are there.  Other than you, the only things in the room are a bed, a trashcan, a desk, and a locked door.  Can you escape?

First things first, search the room and find the phone.  Then find the simple puzzle that will give you the password to unlock the phone.  (Neither task is difficult.)  In the phone, you’ll find a number.  Call that number and you’ll talk to Crafty.  Crafty is a joker and a know-it-all who likes to tell stories and answer questions.  Crafty says that he heard you like puzzles so he put you in the basement and gave you some puzzles that, when solved, will allow you to leave.

Thanks, Crafty!  I suck at puzzles so I’m probably going to die in your basement!

Crafty’s not really that bad, though.  He just thinks you’ll have fun trying to solve his escape room.  You can even call him up and ask him for hints and he’ll helpfully explain what to do next.  There are four puzzles to solve and none of them are that difficult.  I did get Lisa to help me out with the sudoku puzzle so, if you’re going to attempt this game, I guess you should make sure that either you or someone close to you knows how to play sudoku.

(As autocorrect just reminded me, I can’t even spell sudoku.)

I liked Crafty’s Escape Room.  It’s a well-written throwback to the good natured text adventures of old.  It’s a very good-natured game.  Despite my initial fears, you don’t die if you fail to solve a puzzle.  I appreciated that because, again, puzzles are almost always my downfall when it comes to Interactive Fiction.  As an added bonus, Crafty likes to talk so if you need a break from puzzle solving, you can call him up and just type “Speak” or “Chat” to see what he has to say.

Play Crafty’s Escape Room!

Kidnapped: In The Line of Duty (1995, directed by Bobby Roth)

Arthur Milo (Dabney Coleman) is an IRS agent who uses his government position and the powers that with it to commit heinous crimes.  (A corrupt IRS agent?  What a shock!)  Milo kidnaps the children of the wealthy, using legally-filed tax returns to select his target.  Most of his accomplices all have the perfect alibi because they’re all in prison!  As an agent of law enforcement, Milo is able to check them out of prison for hours at a time.  Milo claims that they’re helping him out with an investigation but actually, they’re kidnapping children and digging graves in return for Milo’s help with their tax problems.  Once the crime has been committed, Milo returns them to jail.  It seems like the perfect plan but Milo may have met his match in hard charging FBI agent Pete Honeycutt (Timothy Busfield).

Loosely based on a true story, Kidnapped was the tenth of NBC’s In The Line of Duty films and it was one of the few not to be directed by Dick Lowry.  It’s also the only one of the In The Line of Duty films to not feature a member of law enforcement getting gunned down nor does it end with a title card of statistics about the number of cops who are killed on the job each year.  All of this leads me to suspect that Kidnapped was not originally meant to be an In The Line of Duty movie and that it was added to the series at the last minute.  NBC was obviously hoping that the rating success of Ambush in Waco would rub off on Kidnapped.

Kidnapped is a pretty typical eccentric criminal vs eccentric investigator movie.  Pete is obsessed with taking down Milo and Milo is obsessed with showing up Pete.  It’s not a surprise when Milo starts to personally taunt Pete and it’s also not a surprise that Pete’s family is put at risk.  There are a few strange moments of humor, most of them supplied by Tracey Walter as Milo’s spacey accomplice.  The humor, though, doesn’t always seem to go along with a fact-based story about an IRS agent who abducted children and held them for ransom.

The best thing about the film is Dabney Coleman as Arthur Milo.  Coleman has always been an underrated actor.  Nobody did as good at a job at playing a curmudgeon as Dabney Coleman.  In Kidnapped, Coleman takes his usual persona up a notch by playing Milo as someone who is not just annoyed by people but who is willing to kill them too.  While Arthur Milo’s schemes are usually clever, he’s so arrogant and determined to show off how much smarter he is than everyone else that he’s usually his own worst enemy.  He’s the type of criminal who wears a white suit and a panama hat, despite the fact that his outfit will make him instantly recognizable to anyone who witnesses his crimes.  The character is a strange one but Coleman brings him to life and makes him believable.  Kidnapped is a pretty standard police procedural but worth seeing for Coleman’s villainous turn.

So, I Watched Girls of Summer (2008, dir. by Max Tash)

I was looking for a baseball movie to help me get over the Losing Season Rangers Blues.

I settled for a softball movie.

I won’t make that mistake again.

Jake McBride (Tom Pilleri) makes a bet that he can turn a group of models into a championship softball team.  The only problem is that none of the models know how to play softball, except for Christine (Sasha Formoso) and Jake’s cousin, Holly (Tarah DeSpain).

Christine and Holly, I liked.  Everyone underestimated them because they were girls and they proved all of the boys wrong.  Plus, Tarah DeSpain was believable as an athlete.  Those were the only characters that I liked.  None of the other models had any personality and Jake was a jerk even when he was doing the right thing.  Who is dumb enough to bet that much money on a softball game?  The humor was frat boy humor and the movie looked like it was filmed on someone’s phone.  A League of their Own, this was not.

Girls of Summer did not make me feel better about the Rangers currently being 50-63 for the season.  In fact, it made me feel even worse because, as bad as the model were, they at least had a winning season.  But then I remembered that the Athletics were 41-73 and I felt better.  One good thing about the AL West is that, even when the Rangers aren’t having their best season, there’s usually at least one other team doing worse.  Go Rangers!

6 Shots From 6 Films: Special Wim Wenders 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 wishes a happy 77th birthday to the great German director, Wim Wenders!  It’s time for….

6 Shots From 6 Wim Wenders Films

Kings of the Road (1976, dir by Wim Wenders, DP: Robby Muller)

The American Friend (1976, dir by Wim Wenders, DP: Robby Muller)

Paris, Texas (1984, dir by Wim Wenders, DP: Robby Muller)

Wings of Desire (1987, dir by Wim Wenders, DP: Robby Muller)

Until the End of the World (1991, dir by Wim Wenders, DP: Robby Muller)

Pina (2011, dir by Wim Wenders)



Scenes I Love: Steve Martin performs Maxwell’s Silver Hammer in Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band

Today, the Shattered Lens wishes actor and comedian Steve Martin a happy 77th birthday.  Originally from Texas, Martin has been a cultural mainstay for longer than I’ve been alive.  He’s a master of both comedy and drama, as anyone who has watched Only Murders In The Building can tell you.

And he can sing too!

Here he is, performing Maxwell’s Silver Hammer in 1978’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.  Though this was not Martin’s film debut, it was his first “big” role.  Steve Martin was 33 years old here.  Remarkably, he only seems to have aged a few years in the decades since appearing in this film.

Happy birthday, Steve Martin!

Music Video of the Day: Superstitious by Europe (1988, directed by Nick Morris)

Superstitious was the first single to be released from Europe’s fourth studio album, Out of this WorldOut of this World was released in 1990.  One album later, Europe would go on a temporary hiatus as grunge and then generic pop replaced Europe’s style of metal as MTV’s favorite style of music.  The band reunited in 2003 and has since released six more albums.  Europe rocks!

This video for Superstitious was filmed in Long Island, New York.  The video was directed by Nick Morris, who was a very busy video director in the 80s and the 90s.  He also did the video for Europe’s best-known song, The Final Countdown.