Lisa’s Week In Review: 9/19/22 — 9/25/22

It’s almost October and I can’t wait!  All we have to do is get a few more days out of the way and then …. HAPPY HORRORTHON!

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

Films I Watched:

  1. All The Kind Strangers (1974)
  2. Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
  3. Best Seller (1987)
  4. Boody Moon (1981)
  5. Cabin Fever (2002)
  6. Cyborg Cop (1993)
  7. A Jazzman’s Blues (2022)
  8. Light Blast (1985)
  9. Teen Wolf (1985)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. Atlanta
  4. The Bachelorette
  5. Big Brother
  6. Cobra Kai
  7. Dynaman
  8. Full House
  9. Inspector Lewis
  10. Law & Order
  11. Law & Order: Organized Crime
  12. Law & Order: SVU
  13. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  14. Monarch
  15. Night Flight
  16. Survivor

Books I Read:

  1. Chiefs (1981) by Stuart Woods

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Alcazar
  2. Ashlee Simpson
  3. Avril Lavigne
  4. Bikini Kill
  5. Bloc Party
  6. Britney Spears
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Christina Aguilera
  9. Gwen Stefani
  10. Imagine Dragons
  11. Kaiser Chiefs
  12. Kid Rock
  13. Lindsay Lohan
  14. Lynard Skynard
  15. Madness
  16. Moby
  17. Ryan Cabrera
  18. Saint Motel
  19. Souixsie and the Banshees
  20. Taylor Swift
  21. Toni Basil

Live Tweets:

  1. Cabin Fever
  2. Teen Wolf
  3. Cyborg Cop
  4. Best Seller


  1. Hellraiser

News From Last Week:

  1. Actress Louise Fletcher Dies at 88
  2. Tom Hardy surprises competitors with entry into martial arts tournament
  3. Hollywood A-Lister Says He’d Be ‘Arrogant Not To’ Consider Presidential Run

Links From Last Week:

  1. The Best Pro Football Movies! The Greatest Films About The NFL + Broadway Joe’s Chopper Saga!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 9/24/22

Links From The Site:

  1. I reviewed Long Journey Back, California Dreams, One World, City Guys, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Hang Time!  I also shared my week in television, an amv, the 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast, and a weird commercial starring Ben Affleck.  I shared a scene from House on the Edge of the Park, Zombieland, and Empire Records and paid tribute to Bert I. Gordon and Stephen King!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from Genesis, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Lime, The Alarm, Pink Floyd, Earth and Fire, and Simple Minds!
  3. Erin shared the Scandalous Covers of Whisper and Be Prepared To Stop, Behind the Waterfall, Opposite Sides, Expect Everything, Turtle, Fountain at the Dallas Arboretum, and Boot!

More From Us:

  1. I wrote about Big Brother at the Big Brother Blog!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared Trash, Look-Out, Visitor, Alley, Alley 2, Street, and Tree!
  3. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the premieres of Survivor and The Amazing Race!  I also shared: Lukewarm Drama in the Big Brother House, No One Likes A Whiner, It’s Time Open Up The Diary Room For Week 11, Just To Make It Official, Almost Over, and It’s Time To Open Up The Diary Room For One Last Time!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff wrote about Gavin Newsom, Linda Paulson, Semper Supra, Matthew McConaughey, Matthews McConaughey again, Jim Henson, and James Earl Jones!
  5. At my dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Carnival Dream, Last Night’s Strange Movie Dream, Last Night’s Dream About Teaching My Nephew To Drive, A Very Weird Dream From Last Night, Last Night’s Political Debate Dream, Last Night’s Truck Dream, and Last Night’s Beto Dream!
  6. At my music site, I shared songs from Gwen Stefani, Ashlee Simpson, Alcazar, Lindsay Lohan, Ryan Cabrera, Kaiser Chiefs, and Avril Lavigne!
  7. For Horror Critic, I reviewed Cyborg Cop, All The Kind Strangers, The Deep House, and Mark of the Witch!

Want to check out last week?  Click here!

Retro Television Review: Long Journey Back (dir by Mal Damski)

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 1978’s Long Journey Back.  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

I’m one of those drivers who always gets nervous around train tracks.

Perhaps it’s because I watched too many gory movies while I was learning to drive or maybe I’m just being overly cautious but I always have a fear that I’m going to be the driver whose car ends up getting stuck on the tracks while the train comes barreling down.  The fact that it’s apparently impossible to just stop a train without it rolling forward for at least a mile or two adds to my fear.  You get stuck on those tracks and, at the very least, you’re going to lose your car.  At the worst, you’ll lose your life.  Maybe if you’re lucky, you’ll only lose a limb.  Or maybe …. well, you get the point.  Most people make it a point to slow down whenever they hear the sound of a train coming or to stop and wait for those little barrier things to come down on other side of the tracks.  Myself, I always speed up if I see tracks approaching.  I figure that the quicker I drive over them, the quicker I don’t have to worry about getting hit by a train.

The 1978 film Long Journey Back did not do much to cure me of my fear of train tracks.  Within the first ten minutes of the film, a school bus ended up getting stuck on a set of train tracks and, in a genuinely frightening sequence, smashed into by a train.  Most of the students are killed.  So is the driver.  Celia Casella (Stephanie Zimbalist) survives being in the bus but most of her friends don’t.  Celia loses a leg and, when she eventually awakes from her coma, she can neither speak nor remember the accident.  Celia makes remarkable progress but it’s still difficult for her to adjust her post-accident life.

The film spends as much time with Celia’s parents as it does with Celia.  Her mother, Laura (Cloris Leachman), keeps a journal about Celia’s progress and never gives up faith that her daughter will recover.  However, Laura is sometimes so determined to only focus on moving forward that she overlooks the fact that Celia needs time to mourn not only her former life but also the friends that she lost in the crash.  Meanwhile, Celia’s father, Vic (Mike Connors), is a grim realist who, in a moment of emotional exhaustion, admits that he sometimes wonders if Celia wouldn’t have been better off dying in the crash.  Vic is someone who keeps everyone grounded in reality but who sometimes forget that Celia needs to have hope for the future.  Celia is not the only member of the family who has to learn how to live a new life.  From the minute that train hits that bus, everyone’s old life ends and a new one begins.

The film follows Celia’s recovery, her long journey back.  It’s a well-done film, featuring excellent and emotional performances from Zimbalist, Connors, and especially Leachman.  To its credit, the film avoids easy sentiment.  The film celebrates Celia’s strength and her parent’s love while acknowledging that the journey back is not going to be an easy one and it’s possible that Celia might never make it all the way back.  I cried more than a few times while watching Long Journey Back.  It’s a film that earns its tears.

Music Video of the Day: Chelsea Girl by Simple Minds (1979, directed by ????)

Today’s music video of the day is for Chelsea Girl by Simple Minds.  This video makes good use of animation and split screens.  Though the video actually pre-dates MTV by a year, it’s a good example of the type of videos that would eventually transform MTV into every teenager’s must-watch cable station in the 80s.