Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 11/28/22 — 12/4/22


Yay!  It’s December!  The weather’s getting cold.  Awards season has begun.  And I’m struggling to wrap up the year!  This upcoming week is going to be crazy one so don’t be surprised if some of my regular posts are late this week,  But, as always, I’ll get it done!

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

Films I Watched:

  1. Atomic Rulers of the World (1965)
  2. Blonde (2022)
  3. The Boy In The Striped Pyjamas (2008)
  4. Dirty Little Secret (2022)
  5. Don’s Plum (1996)
  6. Face/Off (1997)
  7. The Greatest Store In The World (1999)
  8. Heatseeker (1995)
  9. Ice Road Killer (2022)
  10. The Long Kiss Goodnight (1996)
  11. Return of the Rebels (1981)
  12. Scrooged (1988)
  13. Werewolf Castle (2021)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. California Dreams
  4. City Guys
  5. Crime Scene: The Texas Killing Fields
  6. Hell’s Kitchen
  7. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  8. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer
  9. Survivor

Books I Read:

  1. Mean Baby (2022) by Selma Blair
  2. The Paris Apartment (2022) by Lucy Foley

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Armin van Buuren
  3. Avicii
  4. Bjork
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Calvin Harris
  7. Carly Simon
  8. Cedric Gervais
  9. Coldplay
  10. Dillon Francis
  11. Eagles
  12. Fatboy Slim
  13. Gloria Estefan
  14. Irene Cara
  15. Jessica Simpson
  16. The Mistletoe Disco Band
  17. Muse
  18. Nat & Alex Wolff
  19. No Doubt
  20. Paul McCartney and Wings
  21. The Prodigy
  22. Rita Coolidge
  23. Saint Motel
  24. Universal Robot Band
  25. Yvonne Elliman

Trailers:

  1. Babylon
  2. Super Mario Bros
  3. Cocaine Bear
  4. Transformers: Rise of the Beasts
  5. Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny
  6. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

Live Tweets:

  1. Heatseeker
  2. Face/Off
  3. Scrooged
  4. Werewolf Castle

Awards Season:

  1. Gotham Awards
  2. Lisa Marie’s Oscar Predictions for November
  3. New York Film Critics Circle Winners

News From Last Week:

  1. Twin Peaks Star Al Strobel Has Died
  2. Actor Clarence Gilyard Dies at 66
  3. Fleetwood Mac’s Christine McVie Dies
  4. Sesame Street Veteran Bob McGrath Dies At 90

Links From Last Week:

  1. A Century Film: The Nighthawk Awards
  2. Check Into The Iconic Fogo Island Inn – “The Hotel At The End Of The World!”
  3. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 12/3/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Leonard shared the trailers from Cocaine Bear and Super Mario Bros!
  2. I shared music videos from Bjork, Britney Spears, David Cook, Dallas Smith, and M2M!
  3. I reviewed Don’s Plum, Ice Road Killer, Dirty Little Secret, and Return of the Rebels!
  4. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, City Guys, One World, and California Dreams!
  5. I shared my week in television!
  6. Jeff reviewed Heatseeker!
  7. Jeff shared music videos from Fleetwod Mac and Metallica!
  8. Erin shared Romantic Story, Snappy Stories, Special Detective, December, Wink, Zane Grey’s Western, and Popular Detective!
  9. Erin shared the Snappy Covers of Snappy!

More From Us:

  1. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared What Child Is This!
  2. For Reality TV Chat, I wrote about The Amazing Race and Survivor!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from Jessica Simpson, Gloria Estefan, No Doubt, Universal Robot Band, and the Mistletoe Disco Band!
  4. At her photography site, Erin shared Corner In Black-and-White, Flag in Black-and-White, Black-and-White Drive, Here Comes The Possum, Black-and-White Cattle, Tracks, and Sunrise in Black-and-White!

Click here for last week!

Retro Television Reviews: Return of the Rebels (dir by Noel Nosseck)


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 1981’s Return of the Rebels!  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

Mary Beth Allen (Barbara Eden) used to be the wife of the leader of Rebels, Arizona’s toughest motorcycle gang.  She’s now a widow and she operates a Colorado River campground.  Her teenager daughter, Amy (Deanna Robbins), has got a crush on a local boy named K.C. Barnes (Patrick Swayze) and that’s a problem because K.C. is kind of a jerk.

Every weekend, K.C. and his gang descend on the campground and proceed to have a good time, redneck-style.  They set up a few kegs of beer.  They water ski.  They play loud music.  They get into fights.  They drive their vans all over the property.  They are so disruptive that Mary Beth is losing customers.  For reasons that are not quite clear, the police refuse to help her.  For some reason, K.C. seems to be determined to drive Mary Beth out of business.  And when I say “for some reason,” what I mean is that there’s absolutely no reason for K.C. to be as obnoxious as he is.  It’s not like he owns a rival campground or anything.  He’s not going to gain a thing by running Mary Beth out of business.  K.C.’s only motivation seems to be that he’s a jerk.  Unfortunately, he’s played by a young Patrick Swayze, who was a bit too likable to be believable as someone who would be a jerk just for the Hell of it. Swayze smirks and sneers and laughs whenever Mary Beth yells at him but, up until the last few moments of the film, he still comes across more as being an overgrown teenager who is too dumb to realize how annoying he’s being than a true villain.  When K.C. does suddenly reveal himself to be a true villain, it’s a bit jarring.  It’s like seeing the neighborhood bully suddenly pick up a gun and rob a bank.  Swayze’s character was definitely bad but he didn’t seem that bad,

Regardless of K.C.’s level of villainy, his antics are threatening to put Mary Beth out of business.  She goes into the city and pays a visit on Sonny (Don Murray).  Sonny used to be a member of the Rebels.  Now, he’s a fairly successful auto mechanic.  He’s also always been in love with Mary Beth.  When he finds out that Mary Beth needs help, he decides that it’s time to get the old Rebels back together so that they can put some young punks in their place. 

The problem, of course, is that some of the old Rebels are really, really old.  Al Williams (Robert Mandan) was once the most fearsome dude on a motorcycle but now he sells used cars and collapses after he’s challenged to run down to the end of the street.  Mickey Fine (Jamie Farr) is now more concerned with taking care of his family than riding motorcycles.  Jay Arnold Wayne (Christopher Connelly) is a wealthy businessman who …. well, he doesn’t get much of a personality beyond that.  “Wild” Bill Karp (Michael Baseleon) is still wild but he’s also middle-aged and out-of-shape.  

Can Sonny get the gang back together before K.C. takes over the campground?  And even if he can, will he able to gather enough former Rebels to take on K.C.’s surprisingly large gang?  Seriously, when K.C. and his gang show up at the campground, K.C. appears to be leading a convoy.  It’s almost as if the entire population of Arizona is following K.C. around for the weekend.

As you may have already guessed, Return of the Rebels struggles to find a consistent tone.  On the one hand, the battle between the old bikers and the young rednecks is a dangerous one and the film tries to generate some suspense over whether everyone will survive.  On the other hand, the film’s cast is full of sitcom veterans who often deliver their lines as if they’re waiting for a laugh track to punctuate their point.  On the one hand, Patrick Swayze’s gang is supposed to be dangerous.  On the other hand, they’re Patrick Swayze’s gang.  For a bunch of delinquents, it seems like all they really want to do is spend the weekend water skiing and drinking beer.  Obviously, beer and motorboats don’t always go well together but Swayze and his friends still never come across as being quite as dangerous as they’re supposed to be.

Return of the Rebels is a film about getting old.  The members of the Rebels have all found success but all of them are nostalgic for their days of being “outlaw” bikers and they get one final chance to show everyone what they can do.  It’s not a bad theme but again, the film can never quite make up its mind how seriously it wants us to take either the Rebels or Swayze’s gang.  It’s a bit of a mess.  That said, the scenery was gorgeous and I’m enough of a country girl that I definitely got a little thrill out of watching scenes of various pickup trucks and vans driving through the river.  I have a weakness for rebels and reformed bikers.  It’s an amiable film, even if it doesn’t make much sense in the end.