Lisa Marie’s Week Review: 1/23/23 — 1/29/23

The Oscar nominations were finally revealed this week and now, I feel like I’ve slammed into a brick wall.  It’s not that I had any issues with the nominations.  It’s just that, since December, all of my focus has been on awards season.  Now, award season is pretty much over and I’m still adjusting.

Anyway, woe is me!  Here’s what I watched and listened to this week!

Films I Watched:

  1. Airplane! (1980)
  2. Babylon (2022)
  3. Breakdown (1997)
  4. Crash and Byrnes (2000)
  5. Dr. Strange In The Multiverse of Madness (2022)
  6. The Fabelmans (2022)
  7. Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio (2022)
  8. Marcel the Shell With Shoes On (2022)
  9. Margin Call (2011)
  10. Pearl (2022)
  11. The Prowler (1981)
  12. The Spanish Cape Mystery (1935)
  13. Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
  14. Troll 2 (1990)
  15. TV Party: Documentary (2005)
  16. Wire Room (2022)
  17. You People (2023)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Accused
  2. American Auto
  3. The Bachelor
  4. The Brady Bunch Hour
  5. Customer Wars
  6. Football Game: Bengals vs Chiefs
  7. Football Game: Eagles vs The 49ers
  8. Hell’s Kitchen
  9. Kids Behind Bars: Life or Parole?
  10. Law & Order
  11. The Most Comfortable Bra You Will Ever Own
  12. Neighborhood Wars
  13. Night Court
  14. Parking Wars
  15. Survivor: Redemption Island

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Blanco
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Camila Cabello
  4. The Chemical Brothers
  5. Coldplay
  6. Daughter
  7. Diplo
  8. Emma Bunton
  9. Fiona Apple
  10. Geri Halliwell
  11. Katy Perry
  12. Kofs
  13. Lorde
  14. Olivia Rodrigo
  15. Opaline
  16. The Prodigy
  17. Selena Gomez
  18. Taylor Swift
  19. Tyler Hubbard
  20. Upsahl
  21. YELLE

Live Tweets:

  1. Crash & Byrne
  2. Breakdown
  3. Troll 2
  4. The Prowler

Awards Season:

  1. Lisa Marie’s Final Oscar 2022 Predictions
  2. Online Film Critics Society Winners
  3. Latino Entertainment Journalists Nominees
  4. Kansas City Film Critics Winners
  5. Razzie Nominations
  6. What If Lisa Marie Picked The Oscar Nominees: 2022 Edition
  7. Oscar Nominations
  8. Writers Guild Nominations
  9. The Sundance Film Festival Winners

News From Last Week:

  1. Lisa Loring, the original Wednesday Addams, passes away at 64
  2. Spanish Film Director Eugenio Martin Dies at 97
  3. Painter and Beat Film Director Alfred Leslie Dies at 95
  4. Musician and Producer Tom Verlaine Dies at 73
  5. Money, That’s What I Want Singer Barrett Strong Died at 84
  6. Actress Annie Wersching Dies at 45
  7. Actress Sylvia Syms Dies at 89
  8. Actor Lance Kerwin Dies at 62
  9. Three Dog Night Drummer Floyd Sneed Dies at 80
  10. Actor Everett Quinton Dies at 71
  11. Why Andrea Riseborough’s controversial upset Oscar nomination is now under review by the Academy
  12. ‘To Leslie’ Instagram Post Referencing Cate Blanchett Could Factor Into Academy Board Meeting
  13. Christina Ricci Says Academy’s ‘Backward’ Review of Andrea Riseborough Oscar Nom ‘Feels Elitist’
  14. Avatar 2’ Tops Box Office for Seventh Weekend, Crosses $2.11 Billion Globally

Links From Last Week:

  1. Oscars Op-Ed: Why Surprise Nominee Andrea Riseborough Is Unlikely to Face Sanctions for Unusual Campaign
  2. Have You Seen This Black Bear Selfie Queen? Hundreds Of Wild Bear Selfies For Your Sunday!
  3. Tater’s Week in Review 1/28/23

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared my week in television!
  2. I paid tribute to Tobe Hooper!
  3. I shared scenes from Metropolitan and The Addams Family!
  4. I reviewed Hitchhike!, Wire Room, and You People!
  5. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, City Guys, The Brady Bunch Hour, and California Dreams!
  6. I shared music videos from Daughter, Yelle, Tyler Hubbard, Kofs, Opaline, Diplo, and Blanco!
  7. Erin shared Silk Stocking Stories, Wanton By Night, Night Bus, Wink, Weird Tales, Illicit Pleasure, and Naked Acre!

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 Ring, dark path, twins, SMU, Watching, and Play!

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

Rest In Peace to Lisa Loring, the original Wednesday Addams

Rest in peace to Lisa Loring, the original Wednesday Addams.  She passed away as the result of a stroke yesterday.  She was 64 years old.

Here she is, as Wednesday, teaching Lurch how not to be a square.

Retro Television Reviews: Hitchhike! (dir by Gordon Hessler)

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 Hitchhike!  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

Claire Stevens (Cloris Leachman) is an emotionally vulnerable woman who is dealing with her loneliness and depression by driving to San Francisco to visit her sister.  As she’s driving, she spots a young man named Keith (Michael Brandon).  Keith is standing on the side of the road and holding out his thumb.  At first, Claire does the smart thing and she drives by him without stopping.  However, Claire starts to feel guilty so she turns around and — NO, CLAIRE!  WHAT ARE YOU THINKING!? — offers him a ride.  It turns out that he’s going to San Francisco as well!

At first, the drive is awkward.  Keith says that he doesn’t want to talk and he doesn’t appreciate it when Claire tries to make him listen to the classical music station.  But, as they drive, Keith starts to let down his defenses.  He says that he wishes that he could just sail away on the ocean.  He encourages Claire to embrace life and to just go for it.  They stop at a pier and have lunch.  Claire buys Keith a silly white hat and she places it on his head because, as she puts it, “it’s cute.”  Keith argues with her but he doesn’t take off the hat.  However, when Keith spots some cops, he immediately leads Claire away from them.

The viewer watches all of this with a sense of dread because the viewer knows what Claire doesn’t.  The viewer knows that Keith is the son of a wealthy man.  The viewer knows that Keith had been having an affair with his stepmother, who was only a few years older than Keith.  And the viewer knows that Keith murdered his stepmother with the same weapon that he’s currently carrying in his bag.  The police are looking for Keith and Keith is willing to do just about anything to stay free.

I have to admit that I yelled a little when Claire offered Keith a ride because it was such an obviously stupid thing to do.  Everyone knows that it’s never a good idea to pick up a hitchhiker.  And, if you’re a woman who is driving down an isolated road by yourself, the last thing you should ever do is offer a ride to some strange man standing on the side of the road.  Claire’s actions were foolish but, because she was played by Cloris Leachman, it was still hard not to sympathize with her.  Claire is someone who feels as if she’s been abandoned by the world and, quite obviously, she sees Keith as a kindred spirit.  Over the course of their journey, it becomes obvious that Claire is using Keith as a substitute for what she’s missing in her life.  He becomes both a son and a companion to her.  Unfortunately, Keith tends to go into a rage whenever he sense anyone getting too close to him.

Hitchhike! is a short movie and, for all the dramatic build-up, it ends on a rather anti-climatic note.  Cameron Mitchell shows up as a detective who is looking for Claire and Keith and he gives a mannered performance that is oddly over-the-top by even his generous standards.  That said, Michael Brandon has the blandly handsome look of a generic but charming serial killer while Cloris Leachman gives a credible and sympathetic performance as Claire.  If nothing else, this film can be watched with The Hitcher as a double feature.  Never stop your car for anyone!