Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 8/29/22 — 9/04/22


There I was, relaxing out by my uncle’s pool in my American flag bikini when, suddenly, the biggest and most violent thunderstorm in the world came along and I had to go running inside while thunder rumbled and lightning flashed all around me.  It was a two and a half minute run and I still ended up getting totally soaked.

That’s how my Labor Day weekend is going!

But no matter.  It’s been a good week.  This week, I finally started posting my Retro Television Reviews, which is something that I’ve been meaning to do for several months now.  We’ll see how it goes!  And, of course, October is right around the corner!  I know I’ve been saying this a lot but I just can’t wait for this year’s Horrorthon!

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

Films I Watched:

  1. Await Further Instructions (2018)
  2. Breakout (1975)
  3. The Burning (1981)
  4. City Killer (1984)
  5. Elvis (2022)
  6. Fantasy Island (1977)
  7. Fistful of Yen (1977)
  8. Flesh Feast (1970)
  9. Gong Shou Dao (2017)
  10. Kung Fury (2015)
  11. Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019)
  12. Zero Tolerance (1994)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Big Brother
  3. California Dreams
  4. The Challenge
  5. City Guys
  6. Dynaman
  7. Hang Time
  8. Inspector Lewis
  9. The Love Boat
  10. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  11. Night Flight
  12. The Office
  13. One World

Books I Read:

  1. Brightness Falls (1992) by Jay McInerney
  2. The Good Life (2006) by Jay McInerney

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Ava Max
  3. Avril Lavigne
  4. Big Data
  5. The Black Keys
  6. Britney Spears
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Coldplay
  9. Commodores
  10. Falco
  11. Imagine Dragons
  12. Kid Rock
  13. The Killers
  14. Lindsay Lohan
  15. Lorde
  16. Lynard Skynard
  17. Moby
  18. Muse
  19. Panic! At the Disco
  20. Peter Schilling
  21. Saint Motel
  22. Taylor Swift
  23. Tove Lo
  24. White Stripes

Trailers:

  1. Dead For A Dollar
  2. Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey
  3. The Son
  4. Weird

Live Tweets:

  1. Zero Tolerance
  2. Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
  3. Await Further Instructions

News From Last Week:

  1. Actress and model Charlbi Dean Dies at 32
  2. Literary Agent Sterling Lord Dies at 102
  3. Underground artist Diane Noomin Dies At 75
  4. Months after that slap, Chris Rock says he turned down hosting the Oscars next year
  5. Brendan Gleeson Joins Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga in ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’
  6. Cate Blanchett’s ‘Tár’ Earns Ecstatic 6-Minute Standing Ovation in Venice, Generating Instant Oscar Buzz
  7. Alejandro G. Iñárritu Gets Teary-Eyed as Three-Hour ‘Bardo’ Nabs Four-Minute Standing Ovation in Venice
  8. Lindsay Lohan to Star in Netflix Rom-Com ‘Irish Wish’
  9. Rob Schneider Says Kate McKinnon’s Mournful Rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ as Hillary Clinton Is When He Realized SNL Was ‘Over’

Links From Last Week:

  1. Insert Name Minifest 2022
  2. The Last Temptation Of Tedward : Josh Pettinger’s “Power Wash”
  3. Structurally Sound : David Craig’s “Curse Of Brick”
  4. The Inspiring “Shawshank Redemption!” Stephen King’s Novella Is Voted #3 Greatest Film Ever!
  5. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 9/2/22
  6. A Note to Readers: Full Disclosure (Awards Daily)
  7. Shane Gillis is going places

Links From The Site:

  1. I reviewed City Killer and episodes of California Dreams, One World, and City Guys!  I also reviewed Toomorrow, Elvis and Book Him!
  2. I shared a music video from Avril Lavigne and my week television!  I also shared an AMV of the Day!  I shared 12 Things that I’m Looking Forward to September and my August Oscar Predictions!  I shared a scene from The French Connection!
  3. Leonard shared the trailers for Weird and the new Winnie the Pooh horror film!
  4. Jeff shared music videos from Billy Idol, Weird Al Yankovic, Midnight Moscow, Queensryche, Rush, and Metallica!
  5. Erin shared Cosmic Science Fiction, Fantastic Adventures, The Body Snatchers, Second Ending, The Back Yard On A September Day, Del’s Charcoal Burgers, A Place to Hide, and Standing Behind The WaterfallShe also shared the pin-up art of Billy DeVorss!

More From Us:

  1. At her photography site, Erin shared Squirrel, Sunset, Glitz, Clouds 5, Clouds 6, Clouds 7, and Clouds 8!
  2. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Decline, About Alaska, RIP Mikhail Gorbachev, Frankenstein’s Monster Meets Spider-Man, and Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from Muse, The Killers, The Black Keys, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Coldplay, and Avril Lavigne!
  4. I wrote about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  5. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I shared Week 8 Veto Meeting Results, Set In Stone, It’s Time To Open Up The Diary Room For Week 8, About Tonight’s Eviction, Week 9 Nominations, and Week 9 Veto Results!
  6. At my online dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Searching A Warehouse with Larisa And Her Man Dream, Last Night’s Interrupted Party Dream, Last Night’s Fragment of a Dream, Last Night’s Watching A Movie While In The Shower Dream, Last Night’s Invasion of the Cats Dream, Last Night’s Weird Trivia Dream, and Last Night’s Dance Class Dream!  Feel free to let me know what it all means!
  7. At SyFy Designs, I shared Get Out There and Celebrate and Tired, I Am!
  8. For Horror Critic, I reviewed The Day Time Ended!

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

Retro Television Review: City Killer (dir by Robert Michael Lewis)


Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Sundays, I will be reviewing the made-for-television movies that used to be a primetime mainstay.  Today’s film is 1984’s City Killer.  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

Leo Kalb (Terrence Knox) has come to Chicago.  In many ways, Leo would appear to have a lot going for him.  He’s intelligent.  He’s reasonably good looking.  He served honorably in the military.  Despite his intelligence, he comes across as being a bit of an innocent in the big city.  He’s got a good job, working as an electrician.  It might not be glamorous work but there’s always something appealing about a man who knows how to work with his hands.

Unfortunately, all of those appealing qualities are negated by the fact that Leo’s a loon.  The main reason he’s come to Chicago is to stalk Andrea McKnight (Heather Locklear).  The main reason that Andrea moved to Chicago was to get away from Leo.  Like Leo, Andrea has found some success in Chicago but that’s all turned upside down when Leo calls her and says that he wants to get back together.  Andrea doesn’t want anything to do with Leo so Leo starts blowing up buildings.

That’s right, he starts blowing up buildings.  He also announces that he wants the city of Chicago to pay him an exorbitant amount of money.  He wants a helicopter to fly him to the airport.  He wants to take an airplane to South America, where his bomb-building skills will presumably be put to good use by the The Shining Path.  And he wants Andrea to come with him.  As become clear, the money and the plane are really just red herrings.  Mostly, he just wants Andrea.  The press calls him the Love Bomber.

Lt. Eckford (Gerald McRaney) is assigned to try to negotiate with Leo and also to keep an eye on Andrea.  Needless to say, Andrea takes one look at Lt. Eckford’s powerful mustache and she starts to fall in love with him.  Eckford, meanwhile, starts to fall Andrea, even though he’s a bit older than her and there’s a paternal element to the way that he talks to her that just makes the whole thing feel kind of icky.  (That said, if a mad bomber is blowing up the city just because you won’t date him, it’s perhaps understandable that you would fall for the first person who could not only provide protection but who also didn’t try to make you feel guilty about what was going on.)  Leo senses that Andrea and Eckford are falling in love and he becomes determined to blow up even more stuff.

City Killer is a bit of ridiculous film.  The main problem is that the viewer is asked to believe that, even though Leo is the most wanted man in Chicago and is dominating all the headlines, he could still safely wander around the city and wire building to explode without anyone noticing.  The film presents itself as being a police procedural but one gets the feeling that police must be incredibly incompetent for Leo to successfully blow up so many buildings.  That said, Gerald McRaney is a properly sturdy hero and Terrence Knox is convincingly unhinged as Leo, begging Andrea to love him even while threatening to blow up the very building on which she’s standing.  Heather Locklear doesn’t got to do much, other than answer the phone and look upset whenever a building explodes, but she does it well.  As a veteran TV actress, she knew how to embrace the melodrama and, when you’re appearing in a film like City Killer, that’s the best thing you can do.

Music Video of the Day: Bois Lie by Avril Lavigne, feat. Machine Gun Kelly (2022, dir by Nathan James)


Yay!  Avril’s back!  The song is called Bois Lie and it’s about how boys lie.  But Machine Gun Kelly says that girls lie too.  One good thing about being a star is that you can still get away with singing songs like this even when you’re nearly 40.

As for this video, it was shot during Machine Gun Kelly’s Mainstream Sellout Tour.  This is one of those “look how much fun we have on tour” videos.  To be honest, both the song and the video have kind of a Degrassi feel to it.  So, if you ever wondered what it was like when Ashley and Craig went on tour together, this video is probably a good indication.  Of course, I imagine Ashley and Craig would end the performance by having a massive fight onstage and breaking up every night.

Enjoy!