Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 10/31/22 — 11/6/22

I hope everyone had a great Halloween and a good week.  I, like everyone else here at the TSL Bunker, am still recovering from Horrorthon.  I’ve been exhausted for the past few days and I’m looking forward to taking it relatively easy for the rest of November.  At the same time, I’m also looking forward to my birthday this upcoming week!  Yay!

Did you remember to change your clocks?

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

Films I Watched:

  1. The Collection (2012)
  2. The Flight That Disappeared (1961)
  3. Halloween (1978)
  4. Light Blast (1985)
  5. Night of the Living Dead (1968)
  6. Patriot Games (1992)
  7. The Seduction of Gina (1984)
  8. 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. Atlanta
  4. California Dreams
  5. City Guys
  6. Family Feud
  7. Fantasy Island
  8. Ghost Whisperer
  9. Hang Time
  10. Highway to Heaven
  11. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  12. King of the Hill
  13. Law & Order
  14. The Love Boat
  15. Night Flight
  16. The Office
  17. One World
  18. Saved By The Bell
  19. Survivor

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Blanck Mass
  3. Blondie
  4. Britney Spears
  5. The Chemical Brothers
  6. Coldplay
  7. Cypecore
  8. ELO
  9. Goblin
  10. John Carpenter
  11. Katy Perry
  12. Kylie Minogue
  13. Lenny Kravitz
  14. Lorde
  15. Michael Fredo
  16. Miya Folick
  17. The Prodigy
  18. Rita Coolidge
  19. Saint Motel
  20. Taylor Swift
  21. Yvonne Elliman


  1. 6 Horrific Trailers for October 31st, 2022
  2. Avatar: The Way of Water

Live Tweets:

  1. The Shattered Lens Live Tweets Halloween
  2. Light Blast
  3. Patriot Games
  4. 10 Things I Hate About You
  5. The Collection

News From Last Week:

  1. Singer & Rapper Aaron Cater Dies at 34
  2. Actor/Director Doug McGrath dies of a heart attack
  3. Rapper Takeoff Shot Dead In Houston
  4. Actor Andrew Prine Dies At 86

Links From Last Week:

  1. The Magical Beauty Of Venice Italy At Night! From Watery San Marco Square’s Live Music To The Smallest Streets!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 11/4/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed It Came Nameless In The Spring and Close Your Eyes!
  2. Erin shared Nolan Ryan, True Crime Cases, The Hawk of Egypt, Spicy Western Stories, Next Stop Shame, November, 0 Days To Halloween, and Night Light!
  3. Erin has some baseball news: The Phillies Win Game 3, The Astros Take Game 4, The Astros Are Just One Game Away, and The Astros Have Won The World Series (yay!)
  4. Erin wished you a happy Halloween and also acknowledged the end of the season!
  5. Erin shared Halloween Through The Years!
  6. Leonard reviewed Possession!
  7. Jeff shared music videos from Guns N’ Roses and Phil Collins!
  8. Jeff examined what would happen if Dracula ran against LBJ!
  9. Jeff paid tribute to Steve Ditko!
  10. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, City Guys, One World, and California Dreams!
  11. I shared music videos from Aaron Carter, Britney Spears, Lorde, Lenny Kravitz, and Cypecore!
  12. I reviewed The Seduction of Gina, To Save A Life, Night of the Comet, Killers From Space, Survival of the Dead, All The Kind Strangers, King of the Lost World, Terror at London Bridge, Cyborg Cop, Last Shift, A Trip to the Moon, and God’s Club!
  13. I shared scenes from 10 to Midnight and A Field In England!
  14. I paid tribute to Jean Rollin!
  15. I shared my week in television!
  16. For Halloween, I shared 8 Shots From 8 Horror Films, an AMV, an episode of Highway to Heaven, an episode of the Real Ghostbusters, and Night of the Living Dead!
  17. I shared a message from Silver Shamrock!

More From Us:

  1. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episodes of The Amazing Race and Survivor!
  2. At my music site, I shared songs from Danny Elfman, ELO, Kylie Minogue, Miya Folick, Lorde, Britney Spears, and Aaron Carter!
  3. At my dream journal, I shared: No Dreams Last Night, Fragment of a Hotel Dream, Fragment of a Dream, and Last Night’s Ambiguity!
  4. At her photography site, Erin shared: Sun in Black and White, Not Abandoned, Have a Seat, Lost in the Tree, Green, and Pink Flowers!  For Halloween, she shared: Smile, The Arrival, Passageway, Cabin, Barn, Skeleton, Jake and Max Halloween, One Dark Street, The Old House, Evil Tree, Who Why?, Driving, Unknown, Boooo!, Still Smiling, Floating Skeleton, Welcome, At the End of the Path, In A Very Odd House Very Odd Things Will Happen, Camera, One Piece of Film, Lights in the Dark, and Upon Opening It They Discovered The Body Was Gone!

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

Retro Television Reviews: The Seduction of Gina (dir by Jerrold Freedman)

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 The Seduction of Gina.  It  can be viewed on Tubi!

Gina (played by Valerie Bertinelli) is bored.

She’s a 20 year-old newlywed who spends her days going to college and her nights sitting in a tiny apartment and waiting for her husband, David (Fredric Lehne), to come home.  David is an intern at a hospital.  He works the nightshift and, as a result, he’s usually exhausted and not particularly communicative.  Unlike her husband, Gina comes from a wealthy family and she’s due to inherit a good deal of money as soon as she turns 21.  However, David stubbornly refuses to use any of Gina’s money to make either of their lives better.  He gets angry when Gina even mentions the possibility.  He’s prepared to spend the next ten years living in a crummy apartment and working terrible hours.  Once he establishes himself as a doctor, he says that he and Gina can start to think about starting a family.  Are you getting the feeling that David has control issues?  Because that’s definitely the feeling that I got from him.

Bored and frustrated, Gina turns to gambling.  Who can blame her?  Not only is it a way to make some money and bring some excitement into her life but it’s also something that she’s really good at!  She starts out just putting bets on horse races.  (The owner of a nearby bodega is also a bookie.)  She uses the money to buy a new television set, which David totally freaks out about.  Soon, Gina is sneaking off to Lake Tahoe.  While David works at the hospital, Gina hits the blackjack table and spins the roulette wheel.  She even attracts the eye of Keith Sindell (Michael Brandon), a handsome lawyer who loans her money and obviously has an interest in her that goes beyond card games.  Every morning, she jumps in her car and rushes back to San Francisco, arriving at her apartment before David gets home and lying to David about what she’s been doing all night.

It starts out well but this wouldn’t be a TV movie if there wasn’t a bit of drama.  Unfortunately, Gina’s luck starts to change and she soon finds herself in debt.  The owner of that bodega is a lot less nice when he’s demanding his money.  And Keith might be willing to cheat on his wife with her but he still expects her to pay back the money that he’s given her.  The world of gambling turns out to be harsh and unforgiving.  Gina is forced to find ways to get the money.  If that means lying to her husband, her father (played by Ed Lauter), and her accountant, so be it.  She might even have to — gasp! — get a job as a cocktail waitress!

It’s obvious from the start that Gina is going to get into trouble, or at least it’s obvious to everyone but Gina.  And really, isn’t that the way life is sometimes?  Usually, the only person who can’t see the walls closing in is the person who is about to get crushed.  The Seduction of Gina is melodramatic and predictable but Valerie Bertinelli is likable in the role of Gina and the scenes in casino are enjoyably gaudy and a little bit sordid.  It’s an entertaining movie, a Lifetime film that came out before Lifetime.  The film’s message is not to gamble but The Seduction of Gina makes winning look like so much fun that it probably inspired more people to hit the casinos than to stay at home and balance the checkbook.  In the classic DeMille fashion, this film offers both sin and a hint of salvation but it understands that sin is more entertaining to watch.