Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 1/16/23 — 1/22/23


It’s been all about movies this week.  The Oscar nominations will be announced this upcoming Tuesday and I still have quite a bit more that I want to see.  Oh well, I’m not going to beat myself up for being late in seeing some of the potential nominees.  The important thing is to watch and enjoy.

Anyway, here’s what I watched and enjoyed this week!

Films I Watched:

  1. Amsterdam (2022)
  2. Avatar: The Way of Water (2022)
  3. The Banshees of Inisherin (2022)
  4. Beauty Shop (2005)
  5. Black Panther: Wakanda Forever (2022)
  6. Don’t Worry, Darling (2022)
  7. Dreaming Walls: Inside the Chelsea Hotel (2022)
  8. Escape From New York (1981)
  9. Goodnight Oppy (2022)
  10. Is That Black Enough For You? (2022)
  11. Lady Chatterley’s Lover (2022)
  12. Minions: The Rise of Gru (2022)
  13. Morbius (2022)
  14. The Northman (2022)
  15. Puss In Boots: The Last Wish (2022)
  16. Rogue (2007)
  17. See How They Run (2022)
  18. Shock Wave 2 (2020)
  19. TAR (2022)
  20. Terrifier 2 (2022)
  21. The Time Travelers (1976)
  22. Turning Red (2022)
  23. Where the Crawdads Sing (2022)
  24. White Noise (2022)
  25. Wildcat (2022)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Brady Bunch Hour
  3. Football: Cowboys vs 49ers
  4. Hell’s Kitchen
  5. The Mary Tyler Moore Show
  6. Night Court
  7. Project Greenlight

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Angelo Badalamenti
  2. Camila Cabello
  3. Carly Rae Jepsen
  4. The Chemical Brothers
  5. David Lynch
  6. Emma Bunton
  7. Fiona Apple
  8. Geri Halliwell
  9. John Carpenter
  10. Julee Cruise
  11. Kedr Livanskiy
  12. Lorde
  13. Nanna
  14. Olivia Rodrigo
  15. Public Service Broadcasting
  16. Rebekkah Del Rio
  17. Selena Gomez
  18. Taylor Swift
  19. Think
  20. Trent Reznor
  21. Twice
  22. UPSAHL
  23. VV

Live Tweets:

  1. Shock Wave 2
  2. Beauty Shop
  3. Escape From New York
  4. Rogue

Awards Season:

  1. Denver Film Critics Society Winners
  2. North Dakota Film Society Winners
  3. African-American Film Critics Association Winners
  4. Portland Critics Association Winners
  5. Seattle Film Critics Society Winners
  6. Vancouver Film Critics Circle Nominations
  7. Chicago Indie Critics Winners
  8. BAFTA Nominations
  9. Online Film Critics Society Nominations

News From Last Week:

  1. Italian actress Gina Lollabrigida dies at 95
  2. Julian Sands Is Reported Missing on Mountain Hike in California
  3. Time’s Up to Halt Operations
  4. Musician David Crosby Dies at 81

Links From Last Week:

  1. RIP David Crosby…A Musical Tribute…The Beautiful Crosby Stills Nash “Daylight Again”… Crosby’s“Reluctant” Return…
  2. Tater’s Week in Review 1/21/23

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Weird Tales, Flirt, The Affair, Planet Stories, 10-Story Detective, Silk Stocking Stories, and a picture of Martin Luther King Jr.
  2. I shared my week in television!
  3. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, City Guys, The Brady Bunch Hour, California Dreams, and Elevator!
  4. I shared scenes from What Did Jack Do?, Zardoz, Escape From L.A., and Petulia!
  5. I paid tribute to John Carpenter!
  6. I shared music videos from Carly Ray Jepsen, Twice, UPSAHL, VV, Public Service Broadcasting, Nanna, and John Carpenter!

More From Us:

  1. At my music site, I shared songs from Selena Gomez, Camila Cabello, Geri Halliwell, Lorde, Fiona Apple, Emma Bunton, and Olivia Rodrigo!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared Far Away, Side of the House, Flag, Fire Station, Duo, Split, and SMU!

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

Here Are The 2022 Nominees of the Online Film Critics Society!


The winners will be announced tomorrow!

Best Picture
Aftersun
The Banshees of Inisherin
EO
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Nope
RRR
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick
Women Talking

Best Animated Feature
Apollo 10 1/2: A Space Age Childhood
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Turning Red

Best Director
Todd Field – Tár
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Steven Spielberg – The Fabelmans
Charlotte Wells – Aftersun

Best Lead Actor
Austin Butler – Elvis
Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser – The Whale
Paul Mescal – Aftersun
Bill Nighy – Living

Best Lead Actress
Cate Blanchett – Tár
Viola Davis – The Woman King
Danielle Deadwyler – Till
Mia Goth – Pearl
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Supporting Actor
Paul Dano – The Fabelmans
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Supporting Actress
Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Dolly De Leon – Triangle of Sadness
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All at Once

Best Original Screenplay
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Nope
Tár

Best Adapted Screenplay
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
She Said
White Noise
Women Talking

Best Editing
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick

Best Cinematography
The Banshees of Inisherin
The Fabelmans
Nope
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick

Best Original Score
Babylon
The Banshees of Inisherin
The Batman
The Fabelmans
Women Talking

Best Production Design
Avatar: The Way of Water
Babylon
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans

Best Costume Design
Babylon
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Woman King

Best Visual Effects
Avatar: The Way of Water
Everything Everywhere All at Once
Nope
RRR
Top Gun: Maverick

Best Debut Feature
Aftersun – Charlotte Wells
Emily the Criminal – John Patton Ford
Funny Pages – Owen Kline
Hit the Road – Panah Panahi
Saint Omer – Alice Diop
Turning Red – Domee Shi

Best Film Not in the English Language
All Quiet on the Western Front
Decision to Leave
EO
No Bears
RRR

Best Documentary Feature
All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Fire of Love
Good Night Oppy
Moonage Daydream

Here Are The BAFTA Nominations!


This has been a busy week so I’m a bit late in sharing this but, on the 19th, the BAFTA nominations were announced!  The BAFTAs have a mixed record when it comes to serving as an Oscar precursor and the method for determining the BAFTA nominees is a bit different from how the Academy does thing.

That said, every mention helps and the producers of All Quiet On The Western Front have to be happy with their 14 nominations.

The winners will be announced on March 13th.

Best Film
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Tár

Outstanding British Film
Aftersun
The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian And Charles
Empire of Light
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Living
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
See How They Run
The Swimmers
The Wonder

Outstanding Debut By A British Writer, Director Or Producer
Aftersun – Charlotte Wells
Blue Jean – Georgia Oakley & Helen Sifre
Electric Malady – Marie Lidén
Good Luck to You, Leo Grande – Katie Brand
Rebellion – Maia Kenworthy

Film Not In The English Language
All Quiet on the Western Front
Argentina, 1985
Corsage
Decision To Leave
The Quiet Girl

Documentary
All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Fire of Love
Moonage Daydream
Navalny

Animated Film
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish
Turning Red

Director
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Banshees of Inisherin
Decision To Leave
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Tár
The Woman King

Original Screenplay
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
The Fabelmans
Tár
Triangle of Sadness

Adapted Screenplay
All Quiet on the Western Front
Living
The Quiet Girl
She Said
The Whale

Leading Actress
Cate Blanchett – Tár
Viola Davis – The Woman King
Danielle Deadwyler – Till
Ana de Armas – Blonde
Emma Thompson – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Leading Actor
Austin Butler – Elvis
Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brendan Fraser – The Whale
Daryl McCormack – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Paul Mescal – Aftersun
Bill Nighy – Living

Supporting Actress
Angela Bassett – Black Panther: Wakanda Forever
Hong Chau – The Whale
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Dolly De Leon – Triangle of Sadness
Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Carey Mulligan – She Said

Supporting Actor
Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Eddie Redmayne – The Good Nurse
Albrecht Schuch – All Quiet on the Western Front
Micheal Ward – Empire of Light

Casting
Aftersun
All Quiet on the Western Front
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Triangle of Sadness

Cinematography
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Batman
Elvis
Empire of Light
Top Gun: Maverick

Costume Design
All Quiet on the Western Front
Amsterdam
Babylon
Elvis
Mrs Harris Goes To Paris

Editing
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Banshees of Inisherin
Elvis
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Top Gun: Maverick

Make Up & Hair
All Quiet on the Western Front
The Batman
Elvis
Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical
The Whale

Production Design
All Quiet on the Western Front
Babylon
The Batman
Elvis
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Original Score
All Quiet on the Western Front
Babylon
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio

Sound
All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
Elvis
Tár
Top Gun: Maverick

Special Visual Effects
All Quiet on the Western Front
Avatar: The Way of Water
The Batman
Everything Everywhere All At Once
Top Gun: Maverick

British Short Animation
The Boy, the Mole, the Fox and the Horse
Middle Watch
Your Mountain is Waiting

British Short Film
The Ballad Of Olive Morris
Bazigaga
Bus Girl
A Drifting Up
An Irish Goodbye

EE Rising Star Award (voted for by the public)
Naomi Ackie
Sheila Atim
Emma Mackey
Daryl McCormack
Aimee Lou Wood

The Chicago Indie Critics Honor Everything


The Chicago Indie Critics have announced their picks for the best of 2022!  You can view the nominees by clicking here and the winners below!

BEST INDEPENDENT FILM (budgets under $25 million)
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – Producers: Jonathan Wang, Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert, Joe Russo, Anthony Russo, and Mike Larocca

BEST STUDIO FILM (budgets over $25 million)
RRR – Producers: D.V.V. Danayya

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
DECISION TO LEAVE – Producers: Jisun Back, Park Chan-wook, KO Dae-sok

BEST DOCUMENTARY
FIRE OF LOVE – Producers: Shane Boris, Sara Dosa, and Ina Fichman

BEST ANIMATED FILM
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO – Producers: Guillermo del Toro, Lisa Henson, Gary Ungar, Alex Bulkley, and Corey Campodonico

BEST DIRECTOR
Daniel Kwan and Daniel Scheinert – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
WOMEN TALKING – Sarah Polley

BEST ACTOR
Colin Farrell – THE BANSHEES OF INISHERIN

BEST ACTRESS
Michelle Yeoh – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Ke Huy Quan – EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Janelle Monáe – GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY

BEST ENSEMBLE CAST
GLASS ONION: A KNIVES OUT MYSTERY – Casting directors: Brett Howe and Mary Vernieu

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
TOP GUN: MAVERICK – Claudio Miranda

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER – Dylan Cole, Ben Procter, and Vanessa Cole

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
THE WOMAN KING – Gersha Phillips

BEST MAKEUP
THE BATMAN – Naomi Donne, Mike Marino, and Mike Fontaine

BEST EDITING
EVERYTHING EVERYWHERE ALL AT ONCE – Paul Rodger

BEST MUSICAL SCORE
GUILLERMO DEL TORO’S PINOCCHIO – Alexandre Desplat

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Naatu Naatu” – RRR – Music by M.M. Keeravaani and lyrics by Chandrabose

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
AVATAR: THE WAY OF WATER – Joe Letteri, Richard Baneham, Eric Saindon, and Daniel Barrett

BEST STUNTS
RRR – Nick Powell

BREAKOUT ARTIST
Austin Butler

SIGHT UNSEEN PERFORMANCE
Jenny Slate – MARCEL THE SHELL WITH SHOES ON

IMPACT AWARD
Given to a person whose work has had a positive impact on the Chicagoland film community
The late Sergio Mims (film critic)

Here Are The 2022 Nominees of the Vancouver Film Critics Circle!


The Oscar nominations are going to be revealed on Tuesday but there are still regional groups announcing their picks for the best of 2022!  For instance, the Vancouver Film Critics Circle has announced their nominees for the best of the year and here they are:

Best Picture
The Banshees of Inisherin
Everything Everywhere All At Once
TÁR

Best Director
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Todd Field – TÁR
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Screenplay
Daniel Kwan & Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Todd Field – TÁR
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin

Best Actor
Austin Butler – Elvis
Colin Farrell – The Banshees of Inisherin
Paul Mescal – Aftersun

Best Actress
Cate Blanchett – TÁR
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Janelle Monae – Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery

Best Supporting Actor
Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All At Once

Best Supporting Actress
Jessie Buckley – Women Talking
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Frankie Corio – Aftersun
Jamie Lee Curtis – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Dolly de Leon – Triangle of Sadness
Stephanie Hsu – Everything Everywhere All At Once
Michelle Williams – The Fabelmans

Best Documentary
All the Beauty And the Bloodshed
Fire of Love
Moonage Daydream

Best Foreign Language Film
All Quiet on the Western Front
Holy Spider
RRR

Winners will be announced on February 13th!

Retro Television Reviews: The Elevator (dir by Jerry Jameson)


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 The Elevator!  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

Marvin Ellis (Roddy McDowall) hates his job.  He’s been assigned to be the manager of a new high-rise office building.  Parts of the building are still under construction but that hasn’t stopped the company that owns it from selling out office space.  When Mrs. Kenyon (Myrna Loy) comes by and asks to look at the top floor penthouse, Ellis agrees.  In public, Ellis is always friendly and always courteous.  It’s only under the most stressful of circumstances that Ellis reveals that he feels as if the building has been built of out lies and cheap material.

Ellis and Kenyon soon find themselves in a stressful situation when they are trapped in an elevator.  Of course, they’re not alone in the elevator.  There’s also Dr. Reynolds (Craig Stevens), his wife (Teresa Wright), and his mistress (Arlene Golonka).  And then there’s Robert Peters (Barry Livingston), a teenager who has inherited a fortune.  And finally, there’s Eddie Holcomb (James Farentino).  Eddie has a suitcase full of money that he’s stolen from an office in the building.  He’s also got a loaded gun.  And, perhaps worst of all, he has an intense fear of tight places.  The longer that he’s trapped in the elevator, the worse his claustrophobia becomes.

Because the building isn’t really finished yet, the elevator’s alarm button doesn’t really work.  Other than the passengers trapped inside, the only people who know about the stalled elevator are Eddie’s partners-in-crime.  Irene (Carol Lynley) is Eddie’s girlfriend and she just wants to get the situation resolved with as little violence as possible.  Pete (Don Stroud) is Eddie’s sociopathic friend.  Pete is not only determined to rescue Eddie and retrieve the suitcase.  He’s also determined to take care of any potential witnesses by killing everyone on the elevator.

The Elevator is a disaster film, along the lines of Airport and The Towering Inferno.  Due to the hubris of a faceless corporation, a group of people find themselves trapped in a potentially catastrophic situation.  Some of them react with bravery.  Some of them react with cowardice.  All of them get a chance to reveal a bit of who they are on the inside.  Some might say that being trapped in an elevator is not quite as bad being trapped in a fiery skyscraper or being a passenger on a airplane that’s being held hostage by a mad bomber.  Technically, they’re right but I am also going to admit right now that I absolutely hate elevators and I try to avoid them whenever I can.  I always say that this is because running up and down several flights of stairs is a good way to keep my legs looking good and certainly that’s part of it.  But an even bigger reason is that I dread the thought of being stuck in a confined space with a bunch of strangers.  If I was on an elevator that was stuck between floors, I would probably lose my mind.  I have a hard enough time just standing in line for longer than 3 minutes.  As directed by Jerry Jameson, The Elevator does as good job of capturing the feeling of being trapped in a small space.  It’s not a film to watch if you have claustrophobia.

As for the cast, Myrna Loy is a delight as the eccentric Mrs. Kenyon.  And seriously, how can you dislike any film that gives Roddy McDowall a monologue about how much he hates skyscrapers?  It’s an entertaining, if undemanding, film.  After watching The Elevator, I’ll keep taking the stairs.