Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 12/5/22 — 12/11/22

I watched Santa Claus Conquers The Martians with a group of old friends this weekend.  It’s a part of our holiday tradition and it’s something that I look forward to every year!

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

Films I Watched:

  1. Bullet Train (2022)
  2. A Christmas Carol (2000)
  3. A Christmas Dream (1984)
  4. Everything Everywhere All At Once (2022)
  5. Gidget’s Summer Reunion (1985)
  6. In Hot Pursuit (1977)
  7. Making of a Male Model (1985)
  8. Rush Hour 2 (2001)
  9. Santa Claus Conquers The Martians (1964)
  10. To All A Goodnight (1980)
  11. Young Sherlock Holmes (1985)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. California Dreams
  4. City Guys
  5. Fantasy Island
  6. Hell’s Kitchen
  7. Law & Order
  8. The Love Boat
  9. Survivor

Books I Read:

  1. Gangsters vs. Nazis (2022) by Michael Benson
  2. House of Hunger (2022) by Alexis Henderson
  3. The It Girl (2022) by Ruth Ware

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Backstreet Boys
  3. Britney Spears
  4. The Chemical Brothers
  5. Coldplay
  6. Eagles
  7. ELO
  8. Faith Hill
  9. Hall & Oates
  10. Hans Zimmer
  11. Jessica Simpson
  12. Katy Perry
  13. Kedr Livanskiy
  14. The Killers
  15. Lady Gaga
  16. Lindsey Stirling
  17. Lorde
  18. Mistletoe Disco Band
  19. Muse
  20. Phantogram
  21. Saint Motel
  22. Taylor Swift
  23. Yvonne Elliman

Live Tweets:

  1. In Hot Pursuit
  2. Rush Hour 2
  3. Young Sherlock Holmes
  4. To All A Goodnight

Awards Season:

  1. Atlanta Film Critics Circle Winners
  2. National Board of Review Winners
  3. Satellite Nominations
  4. AFI Top Ten Films
  5. Las Vegas Film Critics Society Nominations
  6. Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Nominations
  7. Los Angeles Film Critics Association Winners
  8. Boston Society of Film Critics Winners
  9. New York Film Critics Online Winners

News From Last Week:

  1. Actress Kirstie Alley passes away at 71
  2. Pop culture icon Mills Lane dies at 85
  3. Sculptor Richard Miller dies at 80
  4. Soccer journalist Grant Wahl dies in Qatar
  5. Actress Ruth Madoc dies at 79
  6. R. Kelly, disgraced R&B singer in prison for sexual trafficking, releases new album
  8. New R. Kelly Album, ‘I Admit,’ Is a Bootleg — Not an Official Release, Sony Rep Confirms
  9. ‘Black Panther: Wakanda Forever’ Remaining on Top of Quiet Box Office as Theaters Brace for ‘Avatar: The Way of Water’
  10. Patty Jenkins’ ‘Wonder Woman 3’ Treatment A No Go Under New Peter Safran-James Gunn DC Administration; Axing Comes A Day After Gal Gadot’s Hopeful Tweet For Sequel

Links From Last Week:

  1. Rob Long remembers Kirstie Alley
  2. Happy Holidays! 2022’s Funniest Christmas Memes Are Here!
  3. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 12/9/22

Links From the Site:

  1. I shared The Greatest Store In The World and my week in television!
  2. I paid tribute to Fritz Lang and Otto Preminger!
  3. I shared music videos from Daryl Hall & John Oates, Faith Hill, The Killers, Katy Perry, Lindsey Stirling, Mariah Carey, and Backstreet Boys!
  4. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, City Guys, One World, California Dreams, and Born Innocent!
  5. Erin shared Modern Girl Book, Beauty Parade, Pearl Harbor 2003, Silk Stocking Review, Stocking Parade, Backstage Affair,  and Ace Capelli’s Tough American Gangster Story!
  6. Erin took a look at the Detective Fiction Covers of Lejaren Hiller!

More From Us:

  1. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I wrote about Survivor and The Amazing Race!
  2. At my music site, I shared songs from Britney Spears and 6 songs from The Mistletoe Disco Band!
  3. At her photography site, Erin shared: Snowman, Snowman 2, Santa, Swans, Ho Ho Ho, Santa On A Truck, and Snowman Hitchhiking Home For Christmas!

Check out what I did last week by clicking here!

The New York Film Critics Online Honor Banshees!

The New York Film Critics Online have announced their picks for the best of 2022!  For best picture, they picked The Banshees of Inisherin, 

Here all the winners from the NYFCO:

Best Picture: “The Banshees Of Inisherin“
Best Director: The Daniels – “Everything Everywhere All At Once” & Martin McDonagh – “The Banshees Of Inisherin” (TIE)
Best Actor: Colin Farrell – “The Banshees Of Inisherin“
Best Actress: Michelle Yeoh – “Everything Everywhere All At Once“
Best Supporting Actor: Brendan Gleeson – “The Banshees Of Inisherin“
Best Supporting Actress: Hong Chau – “The Whale“
Best Screenplay: Martin McDonagh – “The Banshees Of Inisherin“
Best Animated Feature: “Marcel The Shell With Shoes On“
Best Cinematography: Hoyte van Hoytema – “Nope“
Best Use of Music: “Elvis“
Best Documentary Feature: “All The Beauty And The Bloodshed“
Best Foreign Language: “EO“
Best Debut Director: Charlotte Wells – “Aftersun”
Breakthrough Performer: Austin Butler – “Elvis“
Best Ensemble Cast: “Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery“

Return to Seoul Wins In Boston

Last year, the Boston Society of Film Critics named Drive My Car the best film of 2021.

This year, they honored another international film by giving the award to Return to Seoul, a French-German-Belgian coproduction.  The film is also known as All The People I’ll Never Be and is being distributed in the U.S. by Sony Pictures Classic.  

Here are all the winners from Boston:

Best Picture
Return To Seoul

Best Engligh-Language Film
The Banshees Of Inisherin

Best Director
Todd Field – TÁR

Best Ensemble
Jackass Forever & Women Talking (TIE)

Best Actor
Colin Farrell – The Banshees Of Inisherin

Best Actress
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Supporting Actress
Kerry Condon – The Banshees Of Inisherin

Best Supporting Actor
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Adapted Screenplay
After Yang

Best Original Screenplay
The Banshees Of Inisherin

Best New Filmmaker
Charlotte Wells – Aftersun

Best Documentary
All The Beauty And The Bloodshed

Best Animated Feature
Turning Red

Best Cinematography
Pearl (With a special mention for X)

Best Editing
Aftersun & Decision To Leave (TIE)

Best Score

Boston isn’t the most influential of the precursor groups, which is a shame because their awards are always so wonderfully interesting.  Who would have guessed the Jackass crew would figure into the discussion?  In other words …. LOVE YOU, BOSTON!


The Los Angeles Film Critics Association Name The Best Of 2022 And The Result Is A Tie!

The Los Angeles Film Critics Association has announced their picks for the best of 2022!  Best Picture ended up being a tie between Everything Everywhere All At Once and TAR.

Here all the winners from L.A.:

Best Film

Best Foreign Film
Winner: EO

Best Director
Winner: Todd Field – TÁR
Runner-Up: S.S. Rajamouli – RRR

Best Documentary Film

Best Leading Performance
Winners: Cate Blanchett – TÁR & Bill Nighy – LIVING
Runners-Up: Danielle Deadwyler – TILL & Michelle Yeoh – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

Best Screenplay
Winner: Todd Field – TÁR
Runner-Up: Martin McDonagh – THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

Best Animated Film

Best Editing
Winner: Blair McClendon – AFTERSUN
Runner-Up: Monika Willi – TÁR

Best Production Design
Winner: Dylan Cole & Ben Procter – AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER

Best Music/Score
Winner: M.M. Keeravani – RRR
Runner-Up: Paweł Mykietyn – EO

Best Supporting Performer
Runners-Up: Jessie Buckley – WOMEN TALKING & Brian Tyree Henry – CAUSEWAY

Best Cinematography
Winner: Michał Dymek – EO
Runner-Up: Hoyte van Hoytema – NOPE

Douglas Edwards Experimental Film Prize

Retro Television Reviews: Born Innocent (dir by Donald Wyre)

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 1974’s Born Innocent!  It  can be viewed on Tubi!

Fresh off of her Oscar-nominated role in 1973’s The Exorcist, 15 year-old Linda Blair starred as Christine “Chris” Parker in Born Innocent.

Chris is a 14 year-old who has frequently been caught running away from home.  When you consider her home life, it’s easy to understand why she keeps running away.  Her father (Richard Jaeckel) is quick to lose his temper and obviously has no clue how to relate to a teenage daughter.  When he gets angry at Chris, he beats her.  Chris’s mother (Kim Hunter) spends all of her time smoking cigarettes, watching TV, and refusing to acknowledge what Chris is going through.  Chris’s older brother (Mitch Vogel) has escaped from their abusive home but he’s now got a family of his own and there’s no room for Chris.  With no other options available to her, Chris resorts to frequently running away from home.  In the eyes of the system, this makes her both a delinquent and a repeat offender.  However, as quickly becomes apparent, Chris is very naïve and hardly a criminal.  Instead, she’s just someone trying to escape a terrible situation.

After getting caught once again, Chris is sent to a juvenile detention center.  Unfortunately, because of overcrowding, Chris is sent to one of the toughest centers, one where she is surrounded by people who have done a lot more than just run away from home.  Everyone knows that Chris doesn’t belong at the center but there’s no where else to send her.  With the exception of one teacher (played by Joanna Miles), the staff is too overwhelmed to look after Chris.  Meanwhile, the other inmates see Chris as being an easy victim and they start to bully her.  Eventually, Chris loses her innocence and becomes just as ruthless and angry as her former victimizers.

Born Innocent is often described as being an exploitation film and, indeed, one can just look at the artwork at the top of this review and see how the film was advertised when it was eventually released on video.  That said, the film itself may be undeniably melodramatic but there’s also a sincerity and a sensitivity to it that sets it apart from other women in prison films.  Born Innocent is all about how the System creates criminals.  From the start of the film, it’s obvious that being locked up is the last thing that Chris needs.  Instead, Chris just needs someone to be willing to listen to her but the System would rather just toss her in juvenile hall and then forget about her.  Only Chris’s teacher cares about her but, by the time they actually meet, it’s already too late for Chris.  She’s already been tossed into a situation where the only thing that matters is survival.  Born Innocent is controversial for a scene in which Chris is attacked by several other inmates and sexually assaulted with with a plunger.  It’s a shocking scene and I can only imagine have television audiences in 1974 reacted to it.  In this scene and the scenes that immediately follow, Linda Blair gives a harrowing performance that captures the emotional trauma of what Chris has been put through.  It’s not easy to watch and that’s the point.

Unfortunately, Blair is a bit less convincing during the second half of the film, in which Chris becomes progressively more and more cold-hearted.  The idea is that Chris, in order to protect herself, becomes just as intimidating as the girls who attacked her.  Unfortunately, the vulnerability that made Linda Blair ideal for The Exorcist and the first half of this film also make it difficult to take her seriously as cold-hearted sociopath.  During the second half of the film, Blair tries so hard to come across as being tough that she never convinces us.  Later, in films like Savage Streets, Blair would become one of the toughest badasses around but, in this film, she still come across as being essentially born innocent.