Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 11/14/22 — 11/20/22

Another week at the lake comes to an end.  I’ll be home later today.  While I may not have found enlightenment and while a combination of bad weather and my own klutziness may have kept me inside more than I would have liked, I did get a chance to relax and plan.  And now, I’m ready for Thanksgiving, Christmas, and a happy 2023!

Be sure to wish Erin a happy birthday on the 24th!  She has to share her birthday with Thanksgiving but I’ve always been thankful that she’s my sister so it’s actually really appropriate!

Here’s what I watched this week.  As I said earlier, I didn’t mean to watch this much.  I was planning on enjoying nature and, at the very least, working on my tan.  But this week has been cold, rainy, and cloudy.  But you know what?  I love the rain.

Anyway, here are the lists!

Films I Watched:

  1. Caveman (1981)
  2. Challenger (1990)
  3. Conquest of the Planet of the Apes (1972)
  4. Enchanted (2007)
  5. Escape from Alcatraz (1979)
  6. Evil Brain From Outer Space (1964)
  7. Father of the Bride (1950)
  8. First Lady (2020)
  9. In The Blink of an Eye (2009)
  10. JFK: Reckless Youth (1993)
  11. The Legend of Hercules (1985)
  12. The Letter Writer (2011)
  13. Midnight Ride (1990)
  14. Mr. and Mrs. Bridge (1990)
  15. Planet of the Apes (1968)
  16. Pont of No Return (1993)
  17. Sisters of Death (1976)
  18. To Save A Life (2009)
  19. Top Gunner (2020)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. The Brady Bunch
  4. California Dreams
  5. Catholic Mass
  6. Cheers
  7. City Guys
  8. Full House
  9. Gilligan’s Island
  10. Graffiti Rock
  11. The Greatest American Hero
  12. Happy Days
  13. Hell’s Kitchen
  14. Law & Order
  15. Law & Order: Organized Crime
  16. Law & Order: SVU
  17. The Love Boat
  18. Magnum, P.I.
  19. Night Flight
  20. Saved By The Bell
  21. Survivor
  22. Too Close For Comfort
  23. The Twilight Zone
  24. WKRP In Cincinatti

Books I Read:

  1. Eugene McCarthy: The Rise and Fall of Postwar American Liberalism (2005) by Dominic Sandbrook
  2. The Ungovernable City (2001) by Vincent Cannato

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. The Art of Noise
  3. Blanck Mass
  4. Britney Spears
  5. Carrie Underwood
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. Evanescence
  8. Gemma Hayes
  9. Katy Perry
  10. Kelly Clarkson
  11. Kid Rock
  12. The Killers
  13. Lynard Skynard
  14. Madness
  15. Moby
  16. Muse
  17. Sade
  18. Saint Motel
  19. Taylor Swift
  20. The Wallflowers
  21. Yvonne Elliman

Live Tweets:

  1. Midnight Ride
  2. Escape From Alcatraz
  3. Caveman
  4. Sisters of Death

News From Last Week:

  1. Actress Nicki Aycox Passes Away
  2. Rep Confirms That Actor Jason David Frank Has Died
  3. Taylor Swift’s Ticketmaster meltdown: What happened? Who’s to blame?
  4. Woman says she waited in line for Taylor Swift tickets for 8 hours and was charged 14 times for tickets she never purchased — freezing and overdrafting her account with almost $9,000 in charges
  5. Elon Musk Reinstates Trump’s Twitter Account
  6. Trump snubs Twitter after Musk announces reactivation of ex-president’s account
  7. Triggered by Musk, CBS News announces it’s suspending all Twitter activity out of ‘abundance of caution’
  8. Less than 24 hours later: CBS News Resumes Twitter Posting After Hiatus Over ‘Security Concerns’

Links From Last Week:

  1. Strike Some “El Dorado” Movie Gold! A Visit To Nevada And California Ghost Towns!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 11/18/22

Links From The Site:

  1. I reviewed My Dinner With Eric and Policewoman Centerfold!
  2. I shared my week in television!
  3.  I reviewed episodes of Hang Time, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, City Guys, One World, and California Dreams!
  4. Erin shared music videos from Dewey Cox, Jimmy Fallon, Victoria Beckham, Melanie C, Geri Halliwell, Mandy Moore, and Sarah MacLachlan!
  5. Erin shared Mum’s The Word For Murder, The Skipper, Private Detective Stories, Diversey, Black Mask, High Heel Magazine, and Lariat!

More From Us:

  1. At Reality TV Chat, I reviewed the latest episodes of The Amazing Race and Survivor!
  2. At my music site, I shared songs from The Wallflowers, Gemma Hayes, Katy Perry, Yvonne Elliman, The Killers, Moby, and Evanescence.
  3. At her photography site, Erin shared Foggy Morning 5, Foggy Morning 6, Rain, Looking Down On The Backyard, Looking Down At The Swing, Rain in the Backyard, and Tree in the Backyard!

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Retro Television Reviews: Policewoman Centerfold (dir by Reza Badiyi)

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 Policewoman Centerfold.  It  can be viewed on Tubi!

Jennifer Oaks (Melody Anderson) is a former wild teen turned cop.  While her friends from high school walk the streets, Jennifer rides in a squad car.  It’s not always easy.  She is one of the only women on the force and the men refuse to take care her seriously, no matter how times she proves herself as a police officer.  Recently divorced, she live in a trailer park with her son, Tommy (Jerry Supiran).  At the start of the film, her partner informs her that he’s going to be requesting a new partner because apparently, his wife has issues with him working with another woman.

Jennifer’s new partner is Nick Velano (Ed Mariano).  “Are you Italian?” she asks him at one point, because I suppose the fact that his name was Nick Velano wasn’t enough of a clue.  (For the record, Nick is Italian.)  Though Jennifer says that she doesn’t date the people with whom she works, she makes an except for Nick.  It turns out that Nick, along with being Italian, is an amateur photographer.  After Jennifer says that she’s never felt attractive, Nick snaps a few pictures of her to prove her wrong.  Jennifer is so impressed with the pictures that she mails them off to Centerfold Magazine.  Nick, of course, is a huge fan of Centerfold, though he insists that he just reads the articles.  That said, Nick is not happy when he discovers that Jennifer is going to appear in a pictorial.  For that matter, neither is the police department.  Neither are Jennifer’s parents.  Neither is Tommy, especially after a bunch of older kids beat him up for having an attractive mom.  (I’m not really sure what the logic was there.)  However, Jennifer finds the experience to be liberating and she refuses to apologize for her decision.  When the chief of police attempts to kick her off the force, Jennifer goes to court.

Centerfold Magazine is obviously meant to be a stand-in for Playboy.  Of course, when I say that, I mean that it’s a stand-in for the way that Playboy liked to present itself as opposed to the reality.  In Police Woman Centerfold, Centerfold is a progressive magazine that only employs the most professional and polite of photographers.  In real life, Playboy was a tacky left-over from the late 60s and Hugh Hefner was a creepy old weirdo who lived in a dilapidated mansion and who was notorious for abandoning his models once they had fulfilled their purpose.  In Police Woman Centerfold, Centerfold Magazine is so idealized that its portrayal verges on parody.  It’s like one of those dreary communist propaganda films, where everyone in the collective can’t stop smiling and singing about how happy they are because there’s someone off camera pointing a gun at their head.

Fortunately, Melody Anderson gave a good performance in the main role, playing Jennifer as someone who had been beaten down by life but who still refused to give up hope for a better future.  The film itself may not have always taken Jennifer’s story seriously but Anderson herself did and, as a result, this film a bit better than it has any right to be,