Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 9/12/22 — 9/18/22


Jean-Luc Godard, R.I.P.

Films I Watched:

  1. Corrective Measures (2022)
  2. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
  3. Father Stu (2022)
  4. Flight 93 (2006)
  5. Honk For Jesus.  Saved Your Soul. (2022)
  6. I Came By (2022)
  7. Mikey (1992)
  8. Revolver (1993)
  9. Road House (1989)
  10. Seven (1995)
  11. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Big Brother
  4. The Challenge
  5. Devil in Ohio
  6. The Emmys
  7. Fantasy Island
  8. Full House
  9. Inspector Lewis
  10. The Love Boat
  11. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  12. Monarch

Books I Read:

  1. The KGB Candidate (1988) by Owen Sela

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Britney Spears
  3. The Chemical Brothers
  4. Christina Aguilers
  5. Coldplay
  6. David Guetta
  7. Gwen Stefani
  8. Jessica Simpson
  9. Kaiser Chiefs
  10. Kedr Livanskiy
  11. Kelis
  12. The Killers
  13. Lindsay Lohan
  14. Moby
  15. Muse
  16. The Prodigy
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Taylor Swift

Live Tweets:

  1. Flight 93
  2. Seven
  3. Road House
  4. Mikey

Trailers:

  1. Babylon

News From Last Week:

  1. Director Jean-Luc Godard Has Died
  2. Actor Henry Silva Dies At 95
  3. Greek actress Irene Papas has Died
  4. Axel Jodorowsky Dies At 57
  5. Woody Allen Announces His Retirement From Filmmaking
  6. Quinta Brunson had to step over Jimmy Kimmel to accept her Emmy
  7. Jimmy Kimmel apologizes for stealing Quinta Brunson’s moment as she crashes his monologue
  8. Sheryl Lee Ralph Addresses Jimmy Kimmel Crashing Quinta Brunson’s Emmys Speech: ‘Ooh, the Disrespect!’
  9. Kevin Smith says Dogma is being held hostage by Harvey Weinstein
  10. Harvey Weinstein asks judge for fake teeth before sex crimes trial

Links From Last Week:

  1. Ezra Miller’s “Messiah” Delusions: Inside The Flash Star’s Dark Spiral
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 9/16/22
  3. Could You Live “Faraway?” Lucy Irvine’s South Seas Adventures As A “Castaway!”

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Our Flag, Carrying The Flag, Negative Sunburst, The Covers of All-American Fiction, The Greenest Greens The Reddest Reds, The View From The Front Door, Richland, Looking and Searching, Ferris Wheel, and Graffiti!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from John Parr, Megadeth, R.E.M., Guns N Roses, Journey, The Human League, and Madness!  He also paid tribute to Henry Silva!
  3. I reviewed Hang Time, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, City Guys, One World, California Dreams, and Quarterback Princess!
  4. I shared a scene from Band of Outsiders!
  5. I shared my week in television, an amv of the day, and a commercial featuring Renee Zellweger stalking her neighbor!
  6. I paid tribute to Jean-Luc Godard!

More From Us:

  1. At Horror Critic, I reviewed Last Shift, Flesh Feast, Teenage Caveman, and Mikey!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared Loner, Dusk, The Coming Fall, King Bird, Trail Closed, Spring Creek, and Fountain!
  3. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Why Biden Is The Way He Is, The Final Primary Night Of The Season, We’ve Seen Fire and We’ve Seen Rain, Look Out It’s Aviator Joe, Petty Questions For Petty Times, The Freak Out, Lemon To Mornings, Football Thoughts, and On Approval Ratings!
  5. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I shared Week 10 Veto Meeting, A New Showmance, It’s Time Open Up The Diary Room For Week 10, About Tonight, Things Are Moving Quickly, and Things Are Moving Slowly!
  6. At my online dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Walk Dream, Last Night’s Confession Dream, Last Night’s Construction Dream, Last Night’s High School Dream, Last Night’s Arkansas Dream, Last Night’s Interviewing A Celebrity Dream, and Last Night’s Shoplifting Dream!
  7. At my music site, I shared songs from Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, The Killers, David Guetta, Kelis, The Prodigy, and Kaiser Chiefs!

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

Retro Television Review: Quarterback Princess (dir by Noel Black)


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 1983’s Quarterback Princess.  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

Quarterback Princess begins with Ralph Maida (Don Murray) dropping in on the coach of a high school football team in the small town of Minnvile, Oregon.  Ralph explains that he and his family are going to be relocating to the town from Canada.  His eldest child wants to play football and Ralph is curious as to when the team will be holding the tryouts.  The coach asks what position Ralph’s son plays.  Ralph explains that Tami is his daughter and she plays quarterback.  After an awkward moment of silence, the coach explains that he’ll have to talk to the school board.

Yes, Quarterback Princess is one of those films.  It’s an only girl on the team film, in which an athletic teenager has to convince not only her male teammates but also all of the stodgy old people that she can play just as well as the boys.  On the one hand, films (and shows, as Degrassi had an entire storyline about Jane trying to get on the school’s football team) like this are usually entertaining because it’s fun to watch a girl succeed while all of the men sputter with outrage until the team starts winning.  On the other hand, they’re always a little bit difficult for me to relate to because I would honestly have no interest in doing what Tami’s doing and it’s hard for me to understand why anyone else would either.  I mean, seriously why would anyone want to live in Oregon when Montana’s just a short drive away?

Quarterback Princess is based on a true story.  In real life, Tami Maida was 14 year old when she joined her high school football team as their quarterback.  That season, the team had a record of 7-1 and they won the state championship.  Tami was also elected Homecoming Queen that seem year.  The parts of the movie that seem like the type of thing that only a screenwriter could come up actually happened.  Helen Hunt, who was 20 years old at the time, plays Tami.  When I watched the film, I thought Hunt did a good job in the scenes off field but I thought she was a bit unconvincing when she was actually playing the game and throwing the ball.  Fortunately, I did some research before I actually wrote this review and I discovered that Tami served as Helen Hunt’s stand-in during the film and, in most of the game scenes, that actually is Tami throwing the ball and running around the field.  That shows you how much I know about football.

Quarterback Princes is definitely a made-for-television production.  These are the only high school football players in existence who neither drink nor curse.  For that matter, the coaches are surprisingly nice as well.  That said, it isn’t bad.  The best scenes are the ones that feature Tami and her family adjusting to Tami’s sudden fame.  Daphne Zuniga gives a sympathetic performance as Tami’s sister, who is not particularly happy about how Tami’s sudden fame has changed everyone’s lives.  The always likable John Stockwell plays Tami’s boyfriend and the two of them are a believable couple.  Noel Black, who also directed Pretty Poison, does a good job of keeping the action moving at a steady pace.  Probably the worse thing you can say about this film is that it was a bit predictable but, in this case, all of the predictable stuff actually happened so what can you do?

Music Video of the Day: Waiting For the Ghost Train by Madness (1986, directed by ????)


Who is waiting for the ghost train?

As with many of Madness’s songs, this one is open to multiple interpretations.  The song is about a group of people waiting for a train that seems to be destined never to actually come, which is a metaphor for life that would do Samuel Beckett proud.  Though the band was not often thought of as being a political band, Madness’s lead singer, Suggs, has said that the song was also meant to be a commentary on South African apartheid.  The reference to the station master writing out cancellations in orange chalk is also a reference to the colors of what was then South Africa’s flag.

Enjoy!