Lisa Marie’s Oscar Predictions For September

Horrorthon, my favorite time of year, starts tomorrow!  However, before we get lost in the scary season, I want to take one last look at awards season!  It’s time for me to update my Oscar nominations.  Fortunately, thanks to all of the recent festival premieres, the Oscar picture is finally starting to look a little bit clearer.  There’s still a lot of question marks out there and, as always, anything can happen.  But, finally, I can say that there’s more to my predictions that just lucky guesses and wishful thinking.

Below, you’ll find my predictions for September!  In order to see how my thinking has evolved over the course of the year, be sure to check out my predictions for February, March, April, May, June, July, and August.

Best Picture


The Banshees of Inisherin


Everything Everywhere All At Once

The Fabelmans

The Menu



Top Gun: Maverick

Women Talking

A few thoughts on the (potential) nominees:

Babylon, I will admit, I’m including because of the trailer and the fact that it’s a Damien Chazelle film about Hollywood.  The Academy likes films about itself and one can argue that after what happened when La La Land was nominated, Chazelle is owed at least a little bit of recognition.  Then again, that same argument could have been made for First Man and we know how that turned out.

As for The Menu, I’ve got that in my surprise nominee slot.  There’s almost always at least one potential nominee that’s considered to be a long shot until the nominations are announced.  Now that we have a set number of ten nominees, the chances that one nominee will be a surprise seems even more certain than before.

Top Gun: Maverick, Elvis, and Everything Everywhere All At Once all came out early in the year but they’ve all achieved the box office success necessary to be remembered.

Till seems like the type of film that the Academy will want to acknowledge, especially with the presidential election right around the corner.

The Banshees of Inisherin, The Fabelmans, TAR, and Women Talking were all acclaimed when they made their festival debuts.  Banshees, in particular, went from being a probable also-ran to a surefire contender based on the length of the standing ovation that it received.

Best Director

Chinonye Chukwu for Till

Todd Field for TAR

Martin McDonagh for The Banshees of Insherin

Sarah Polley for Women Talking

Steven Spielberg for The Fabelmans

Best Actor

Austin Butler in Elvis

Tom Cruise in Top Gun: Maverick

Colin Farrell in The Banshees of Insherin

Ralph Fiennes in The Menu

Brendan Fraser in The Whale

Best Actress

Naomi Ackie in I Wanna Dance With Somebody

Cate Blanchett in TAR

Olivia Colman in Empire of Light

Danielle Deadwyler in Till

Michelle Yeoh in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Supporting Actor

Brendan Gleeson in The Banshees of Insherin

Tom Hanks in Elvis

Woody Harrelson in Triangle of Sadness

Judd Hirsch in The Fabelmans

Ke Huy Quan in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Supporting Actress

Jessie Buckley in Women Talking

Jamie Lee Curtis in Everything Everywhere All At Once

Sally Field in Spoiler Alert

Frances McDormand in Women Talking

Janelle Monae in Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Death Kiss (2018, directed by Rene Perez)

An unnamed city has been turned into a war zone by gangsters like Tyrell (Richard Tyson).  Men, women, and children are killed in the streets.  Muggers haunt every corner.  Pimps exploit women in dirty trailers.  A right-wing radio host named Dan Forthright (Daniel Baldwin) rants that if the police aren’t going to do their job then it’s up to the citizens to take up arms and take the streets back.

Making that dream a reality is a man known only as the Stranger (Robert Bronzi).  The Stranger walks the streets, wearing a dark suit and carrying a gun.  He has a mustache and a grim expression and he doesn’t say much.  He approaches criminals and he guns them down without hesitation.  If the criminals beg for their lives, the Stranger just shoots them again.  There’s no one that the Stranger hates more than a criminal who preys on the weak and defenseless.  (The Strangers reminds me someone.  As the film’s tagline puts it, “Justice has a familiar face!”)  For years, the Stranger has been sending money to a single mother named Ana (Eva Hamilton).  He goes to her house and they meet when she catches him slipping an envelope full of cash into her mailbox.  The Stranger won’t explain why he’s sending her money but he will take the time to teach her how to use a shotgun.  “For coyotes,” The Stranger says, handing her the weapon.

Death Kiss is one of the many recent, low-budget action films to have starred Robert Bronzi.  Bronzi is a Hungarian actor who owes his entire career to the fact that he bears a passable resemblance to Charles Bronson.  (Bronzi doesn’t speak much in his films but, when he does, his voice is usually dubbed by a Bronson sound alike.)  The problem is that Bronzi only looks like Bronson in long shots.  In a medium shot or a close-up, it becomes obvious that he’s just a middle-aged man who does not seem to be comfortable reciting dialogue and who often looks straight at the camera.

Death Kiss doesn’t have much of a plot.  The Stranger visits Ana, who is not at all worried about a mysterious, gun-toting man showing up at the home that she shares with her young daughter.  The Stranger also tracks down Tyrell.  Along the way, he shoots nearly everyone that he meets.  There are a few one liners but none of them are as good as the “Do you believe in Jesus?” scene from Death Wish II.  Because The Stranger is not allowed to just come out and say that he’s Paul Kersey from the Death Wish films, he’s not allowed to reveal any motivation for his activities.  He just shows up and starts shooting people.  Say what you will about some of the movies that he made during the latter part of his career, the real Bronson would have held out for a better script or at least a bigger budget.  I hope they at least gave Robert Bronzi a nice trailer so that he could put his feet up between scenes.

Retro Television Review: One World 1.9 “Two Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest” and 1.10 “Ben’s Brother”

Welcome to Retro Television Reviews, a new feature where we review some of our favorite and least favorite shows of the past!  On Fridays, I will be reviewing One World, which ran on NBC from 1998 to 2001.  The entire show is currently streaming on Tubi!

The Cast of One World

This week, Ben discovers he has a brother and Sui and Jane discover that they have no choice but to live together, regardless of how little they have in common.  It’s all a part of living in …. one world!

Episode 1.9 “Two Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest”

(Directed by Chuck Vinson, originally aired on November 14th, 1998)

“You’re not a better parent than our Dad,” Neal says at one point in this episode, “When we kids aren’t in jail, we’re pretty great.”

And he’s got a point.  The Blake children are a good group of people but they certainly do seem to spend a lot of time in jail.

When they’re not in jail, they’re getting visited by social workers who are trying to figure out why they’re still free.  In this episode, a social worker suggests that Jane and Sui see a therapist to determine why they’re incapable of getting along.  Jane thinks that Sui is spoiled.  Sui thinks that Jane is unstable and destructive.  It turns out that they’re both right!  But it also turns out that, underneath their hostility, they secretly care about each other and neither wants to see the other kicked out of the house.

Meanwhile, Mr. Blake is challenged to a bowling game by another coach and Ben tries to convince Marci to include him in a calendar of sexy Miamians.  It’s all a bit disjointed, to be honest.  This is another one of those episodes that seems to have been randomly pieced together with footage that was found on the editing room floor.  Still, I’ll give the episode some credit for its title.

Episode 1.10 “Ben’s Brother”

(Directed by Chuck Vinson, originally aired on November 21st, 1998)

“I just can’t believe I’ve got an identical twin brother!” Ben declares, shortly after meeting Bryan (Denny Kirkwood).

It’s true.  Even though Ben didn’t know it, he had a twin brother who was adopted by another family.  When Bryan learned of Ben’s existence, he came out to Miami to find him.  When they happen to run into each at The Warehouse (a.k.a., Miami’s Hottest Under-21 Club), they’re both overjoyed.  Bryan is even happier when he meets Jane.  It turns out that Bryan likes bad girls and, as was casually mentioned a few episodes ago, Jane is kind of in love with Ben.  Since Ben is dating Alex, why not just go out with someone who shares his face and his DNA?  Besides, the audience keeps going, “Woooo!” whenever Bryan and Jane talk to each other.

Unfortunately, it turns out that Bryan has a gambling addiction.  Bizarrely enough, City Guys also did a show about being addicted to gambling and I’m pretty sure that Hang Time eventually did an episode about gambling as well.  Was teenage gambling a huge problem in the 90s?  Because of the fact that they both look exactly alike, Ben discovers that Bryan is in trouble with some dangerous people but Jane refuses to break up with him because she’s a rebel.  Go, Jane, go!

In the show’s B-plot, Neal and Sui went on a game show.  Sui got mad at Neal for insisting on answering all of the questions himself.  Unfortunately, for the final question, Neal gets asked the name of the “pop singer who wore a cone bra on her Blonde Ambition tour.”  Somehow, Neal doesn’t know that it was Madonna.  Sui tries to answer the question but spends too much time talking and doesn’t beat the buzzer.  Oh well.  At least Sui gets to wear a really cute pair of boots on the game show.

So, in short, Jane is now dating a gambling addict, Ben is dating an alcoholic, and Marci and Sui are the best characters on the show.  What will happen next week?

Book Review: Night of Camp David by Fletcher Knebel

The 1966 novel, Night of Camp David, deals with the presidency of Mark Hollenbach.

Mark Hollenbach is an old school Democrat, the type of old-fashioned liberal who would probably not have much of a place in today’s party.  Hollenbach is known for his competent and loyal staff and his demand that everyone around him be just as morally upright as he feels that he is.  Therefore, when Hollenbach’s Vice President gets caught up in a minor scandal, everyone knows that Hollenbach is going to eventually pick a different running mate when it comes time to run for reelection.

But who will Hollenbach pick?  The Speaker of the House is viewed as being too much of an old-style political boss.  The Secretary of State might be the smartest man in Washington, D.C. but Hollenbach is convinced that the voters are not ready for a Jewish vice president.  After a night of lukewarm jokes at the Gridiron Dinner, Hollenbach invites Sen. Jim MacVeagh of Iowa to come talk to him at Camp David.  During their conversation, Hollenbach reveals that he’s planning on naming MacVeagh to the ticket.

This takes MacVeagh by surprise because even he realizes that he’s not really qualified to be president.  He’s too young and, as more than one character points out over the course of the book, he has a reputation for being rather lazy.  An even bigger problem is that the married MacVeagh has a mistress named Rita and there’s no way that Hollenbach would accept an adulterer on his ticket….

(Okay, I heard that.  Stop laughing.  This book was published in 1965.  Obviously, it was a more naïve time.)

Of course, there’s an even bigger problem than Jim MacVeagh not living up to the president’s moral standards.  It also appears that Mark Hollenbach is losing his mind.  MacVeagh soon discovers that Hollenbach has decided that Europe can no longer be trusted and that it’s time for America to make peace with Russia!  As well, Hollenbach feels that the media is trying to sabotage his presidency and, as such, it’s time to maybe rethink that whole freedom of speech thing.  MacVeagh realizes that the pressures of the office have gotten to Hollenbach and that he’s becoming dangerously paranoid.  But only MacVeagh knows it and how can he reveal the truth without destroying his career and his marriage?

Today, of course, the idea of the President being a paranoid buffoon is not that shocking.  For that matter, a lot of Hollenbach’s delusions are today pretty much a part of the standard political discourse.  One gets the feeling that there’s quite a few people who would happily embrace Hollenbach’s desire to destroy the First Amendment.  (“YoU cAn’T yElL fIrE iN a ThEaTeR!” someone is tweeting at this very moment.)  But again, this book was published in 1965.  Joe Biden wasn’t even in the Senate when this book was published, that’s how old it is.  In many ways, Night of Camp David feels prophetic.  Today, of course, it’s interesting to read a book like this and marvel at the idea that people were once shocked by the idea of a paranoid president.

Though it gets off to a slow start, Night of Camp David picks up steam once MacVeagh discovers that Hollenbach is using the FBI to investigate anyone who he perceives as being either a potential ally or a potential threat.  (Hmmmm, imagine that….)  Fletcher Knebel was the co-author of Seven Days In May and he obviously knew how to put together a political thriller.  Jim MacVeagh and Rita are both interesting characters, especially Rita.  She can do better than Jim MacVeagh and she knows it.  The book ends on what seems like a note of wishful thinking but, again, it was 1965.

Paul Greengrass has apparently been developing a film adaptation of this book.  I don’t know if that project is still happening, though Greengrass seems like he would be able to do the story justice.  Personally, I would suggest Tom Hanks as Hollenbach and Austin Butler as MacVeagh.  I mean, if it worked for Elvis….

I Watched The Furnace (2019, dir. by Darrell Roodt)

Mary (Jamie Bernadatte) and Matt (Armand Aucamp) are both newlyweds and competitive runners.  For their next event, they are planning on entering the Furnace, an annual race that is held at Africa’s biggest game reserve.  The race takes several days to complete and it is a challenge for even the most elite runners.  The race is called The Furnace because of how hot the temperature gets and how much sweat and hard work it takes to complete the run.  Their plans are ruined when, on Christmas Day!, their car is sideswiped by a truck.  Matt is killed and Mary ends up bitter and on oxygen.  She gives up on ever racing again but, a year later, she meets a man named Coffin (Luthuli Dlamini) who renews her faith in herself.  Under his training, she prepares to finally enter the Furnace.

I really liked The Furnace.  Coffin, who was a doctor in Africa but can only find work as a gravedigger in America, was an interesting character with an fascinating backstory.  Helping Mary run the race race is not only about helping her honor the memory of her late husband but also finding redemption for himself.  Once Mary enters the race, she has to deal with both the heat and the wild animals.  She even gets stung by a scorpion!  She has to do it all on her own while Coffin waits for her at the next rest stop and worries about whether or not he’s accidentally led Mary into a deathtrap.  But, no matter how hard things get, Mary never gives up because The Furnace is not about winning but about having the courage to see things through to the end.  The Furnace is an inspiring movie about people helping each other, never surrendering, and finding the faith to keep going even when everything seems to be lost.

A Blast From The Blast: Rob McElhenney Says Don’t Smoke

I don’t even smoke and I still think anti-smoking commercials are annoying.

Take this one from 1999, in which some weirdo harasses students as they try to leave their high school.  He gets an interview from one student, who seems to be annoyed with the whole thing and …. OH MY GOD, THAT’S ROB MCELHENNEY FROM IT’S ALWAYS SUNNY IN PHILADELPHIA!

We finished?

Film Review: Father Stu (dir by Rosalind Ross)

I don’t care what all the other critics said when Father Stu was first released in April.  It’s not that bad.

Now, of course, I should be upfront and mention that I come from a Catholic background.  My father’s side of the family is Irish.  My mother’s side is Italian/Spanish.  Am I saying that you have to have been raised Catholic to appreciate Father Stu?  Not at all.  But it does help.

And when I say that Father Stu is not that bad, what I mean is that’s actually pretty good.

Based on a true story, Father Stu stars Mark Wahlberg as Stuart Long.  When the movie opens, Stu is in a boxing ring, beating up his opponents while taking a lot of punishment himself.  From that opening scene, we learn a few things about Stu.  He’s a fighter.  He’s determined.  He’s willing to take a beating.  And he really doesn’t know when to quit.  We then meet his no-nonsense mother, Kathleen (Jacki Weaver), and his father, Bill (Mel Gibson).  Bill is an alcoholic truck driver, the type who shouts at other drivers and who gets into an argument with a random child about who is the worse driver.

When Stu is informed that he could very well die if he continues to box, he decides that it’s time to pursue another profession.  The 30-something Stu announces to his mother that he’s going to be an actor.  He may not have any training but he has a lot of personality.  Stu’s mother suggests that it might be a little late in life for Stu to pursue a career as a film star but Stu packs up and leaves for Montana for California.

He does manage to land one gig, a commercial for a mop.  But Stu’s acting career never really takes off.  Instead, he gets a job working in a deli.  It’s there that he first spots Carmen (Teresa Ruiz), a Sunday school teacher.  When Carmen tells Stu that she wouldn’t even consider dating a man who was not baptized, Stu begins RCIA at the local parish.  Eventually, he’s baptized into the parish but it’s not until he’s nearly killed in a motorcycle accident and has a vision of Mary that he truly starts to believe.  He also comes to feel that he’s been called to the priesthood, despite the fact that it means ending his relationship with Carmen.  Stu enters the seminary, under the watchful eye of the initially skeptical but eventually supportive Monsignor Kelly (Malcolm McDowell).  However, Stu soon finds himself facing his greatest challenge when he’s diagnosed with inclusion body myositis, a disease that will eventually rob him of his ability to care for himself.

When Father Stu was first released in April, it received a lot of attention for being an R-rated film about faith.  But the fact that the characters frequently (and colorfully) curse is actually one of the best things about Father Stu.  People curse.  Both the religious and the non-religious curse.  Catholics especially curse.  When you find out that you have an incurable disease that’s going to kill you by the time you turn 50, you’re going to curse regardless of how much faith you may or may not have.  Far too many films about religion seem to take place in some strange world where the 50s never ended and people still say, “Darn,” when faced with the world’s problems.  To its credit, Father Stu‘s characters never lose their edge.

Father Stu also received a lot of negative attention for the involvement of Mel Gibson.  That’s understandable but, at the same time, there’s probably no contemporary actor who is more convincing as a self-destructive alcoholic than Mel Gibson.  For better or worse, Gibson brings a certain authenticity to the role and that authenticity is what a film like Father Stu needs.

In the lead role, Mark Wahlberg brings a lot of sincerity to the role of Stu.  When we’re first introduced to Stu, he’s earnest but he’s not particularly smart.  He doesn’t think things through.  He’s the type of guy who will work hard in his job without understanding that it’s still not a good idea to show up at work looking like you’ve spent the weekend fighting people in an alley for loose change.  As a result of Wahlberg’s performance, it’s easy to see why everyone in Stu’s life is skeptical when he announces that he’s going to become a priest.  However, it’s also due to his performance that Stu’s eventual transformation is undeniably moving.  Wahlberg’s rough-edged sincerity keeps the film from becoming overly mawkish after Stu discovers that he’s ill.  He remains a fighter from beginning to end and it’s hard not to want to see him win.

Father Stu is probably the epitome of the type of film that audiences love but critics hate.  But you know what?  Sometimes, the audiences are right and sometimes, critics try way too hard to be cynical.  Father Stu is a touching movie, one that serves as an antidote to the God’s Not Dead-style of movies about religion.  It’s a good movie that, like its protagonist, never stops fighting.

Moments #2: His Name Was Zac by Lisa Marie Bowman

His name was Zac and, for a few weeks during my freshman year of college, I thought that I might be very deeply in love with him.  He was a tall, muscular 23 year-old with thick blonde hair that fell clumsily down to his shoulders.  His face wasn’t really handsome.  The sight of his pink lips surrounded by his messy blonde beard always left me wanting to buy him a razor.  I often told myself that, whenever we had grown close enough, I would talk him into shaving his beard and revealing his true face, scars and all.  I assumed he had scars though, in retrospect, I guess the beard could have just been there to try to disguise the fact that he actually had the face of a 12 year-old.

Zac wasn’t handsome but that was his appeal.  I was 19.  I was away from home for the first time and I was desperately trying to not to let anyone see just how scary that was for me.  I’d already given the socially acceptable, alcoholic frat boys a try.  I’d had my flirtations with the painfully sensitive types who wore their hearts on their sleeves and cried whenever I said I didn’t see myself getting married before I was legally old enough to drink.  I’d had the fantasy men.  Now, I was ready for a real man and I was convinced that reality was hiding underneath Zac’s grotesque mask of a beard.

I sat directly behind him in Intro. To Creative Writing and the first day of class, I sat there and I stared at the blonde hair cascading down over his shoulders.  Over the winter break, I’d had a very brief fling with an aspiring screenwriter who, even at the age of 20, already had a bald spot.  It had reminded me of the importance of a thick head of hair and, if nothing else, Zac had that.

The first day of class, each student took a turn going up to the front of the room, sitting on top of the teacher’s desk, and telling the class who we were and what we hoped to express with our writing.  When Zac was had his turn, he told us that Jack Kerouac was a major influence on his life and that “No one is going to tell me how to write!”  His nostrils flared as he spoke.  When my name was called, I briefly stopped fantasizing about running my hands through the thick head of hair in front of me and I went up to the front of the room.  I hopped up on the desk and I immediately mentioned that my ancestors came from Ireland, Italy, and Spain.  No one appeared to be impressed by that unique combination.  I said that I was a city girl with a lot of country inside of me.  I paused and waited for a reaction that did not come.  In my usual rambling manner, I continued to go on about myself.  I was already feeling awkward and it didn’t help that it was obvious that, despite my best efforts to be cute in a flighty way, none of my fellow classmates were really listening to a word I had to say.  Some were talking amongst themselves, some were looking over the class syllabus, and a few were just staring blankly at the wall behind me.

No one was paying attention to me.  No one was looking at me as I spoke.

Except for Zac.  As I rambled through my introduction, Zac never stopped looking at me and soon, I felt as if I was talking to him and him only.  Of course, looking back, I also remember that I was wearing a short black skirt on that day and Zac wasn’t quite looking me in the eye.  In retrospect, it’s probably a lot more realistic to assume that Zac was more fascinated by the color of my panties than anything I had to say about myself.  If I remember correctly, they were hot pink.  I always made it a point to wear colorful underwear whenever I was otherwise dressed in all black.  It was my way of embracing the duality of nature.

But, on that day and at that moment, I wasn’t thinking about the duality of anything.  All that mattered was that he paid attention to me and after that one class period, I decided I was in love with him.

As the semester continued, I would look forward to every Tuesday and Thursday because I knew I’d get to sit behind Zac and stare at his lion’s mane of blonde hair.  Some days, he was very talkative in class as he would tell us why another student’s story was or wasn’t honest.  Other days, he would sit in a sullen silence and I would wonder what inner darkness he was wrestling with.  As the days passed, I wondered when he would finally read us something he had written.  What mysteries would be revealed when he finally opened his soul.

One day, he came into class, turned around in his chair to face me, and held up a thick bundle of papers.

“I wrote this last night,” he said.

“Are you going to read it?” I asked, trying to hide my near-giddy excitement.

“No,” he replied before suddenly ripping the pages in half, “a true artist has to be willing to destroy what he creates.”

I sat there, shocked.  I wondered if I would have the courage to be a true artist.  I wondered if Zac would ever trust me enough to let me know what he had just destroyed.  Yes, I decided, he would trust me.  If I had to, I would spend the rest of the semester earning that trust.

Unfortunately, at our next class, Zac did read us the story he had previously “destroyed.”  It was about an angry, rebellious, bearded 23 year-old who, one night, spotted a dead dog in the middle of the road and it caused him to reconsider everything that he felt he knew about his girlfriend, his friends, and the father who never understood why his son didn’t want to take over the family hardware store.  It was a long, angry narrative about crushed idealism, spiritual ennui, and lots of profanity.  The main character had a habit of responding to every comment with an angry one-liner and no one could ever refute his arguments, which I guess is the advantage of writing about yourself.  It included a lengthy sex scene between Zac’s doppelganger and a high school cheerleader who was secretly fed up with being popular and I had to swallow a giggle when Zach hit the line, “His hands found her breasts,” as if they had previously gone missing.  In short, it was really, really bad.

That was pretty much the end of things for me and Zac.  The beard, the intensity, the self-righteous anger; it was all kind of annoying without any talent to go with it.  Still, it was a good few weeks.

Zac read a few more stories over the course of that semester, all of which were about the same angry and profane 23 year-old who didn’t get along with his Dad and who spent his time “telling it like it is.”  Usually, I zoned out whenever he was reading.  Occasionally, he would still talk to me about his artistic insights and I would nod and smile without actually hearing what he was saying.  He mentioned Keroauc a lot but I couldn’t help but get the feeling that Zac would have been one of the fans that Keroauc complained about in Big Sur, always dropping by unannounced and demanding to know if Kerouac had written anything else about Dean and Sal.  About halfway through the semester, I think Zac finally figured out that I was bored with him because his stare became a bit less intense.  I caught him rolling his eyes once as I read a story about an angry 19 year-old who always knew the perfect thing to say and who spent a lot of time considering the duality of nature.  After the end of the semester, he disappeared from campus.  Whether he graduated or dropped out or transferred somewhere else, no one knew.  Actually, to be honest, no one cared.

I do sometimes wonder what happened to Zac.  Is he still writing or did he eventually take over the family hardware store?  And did he ever shave that ridiculous beard?

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Live Tweet Alert: Join #FridayNightFlix for Uncommon Valor!

As some of our regular readers undoubtedly know, I am involved in a few weekly live tweets on twitter.  I host #FridayNightFlix every Friday, I co-host #ScarySocial on Saturday, and I am one of the five hosts of #MondayActionMovie!  Every week, we get together.  We watch a movie.  We tweet our way through it.

Tonight, at 10 pm et, I will be hosting #FridayNightFlix!  The movie?  1983’s Uncommon Valor!

Gene Hackman, Patrick Swayze, Robert Stack, Tim Thomerson, Reb Brown, Randall “Tex” Cobb, and Fred Ward return to Vietnam to save the POWs who were left behind by the American government.  This action film features a once-in-a-lifetime cast and it even features a bit of dancing from both Tim Thomerson and Tex Cobb!

If you want to join us this Friday, just hop onto twitter, start the movie at 10 pm et, and use the #FridayNightFlix hashtag!  I’ll be there tweeting and I imagine some other members of the TSL Crew will be there as well.  It’s a friendly group and welcoming of newcomers so don’t be shy.

Uncommon Valor is available on Prime!

See you there!

4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Michael Powell Edition

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

Today, TSL celebrates the 117th anniversary of the birth of Michael Powell, the British visionary who changed the face of cinema, both on his own and through his collaboration with Emeric Pressburger.  It seems appropriate that we pay tribute to Powell on the day before October, as his 1960 film Peeping Tom is considered by many to be the first slasher film.  (It’s not but it’s influence on the genre cannot be overstated.)

In honor of Michael Powell, TSL is proud to present….

4 Shots From 4 Michael Powell Films

I Know Where I’m Going (1945, dir by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, DP: Erwin Hillier)

Black Narcissus (1947, dir by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, DP: Jack Cardiff)

The Red Shoes (1948, dir by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger, DP: Jack Cardiff)

Peeping Tom (1960, dir by Michael Powell, DP: Otto Heller)