Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 1/30/23 — 2/5/23

It snowed this week!  Yay!

Here’s what I watched and listened to while spending this week snowed in:

Films I Watched:

  1. After The Promise (1987)
  2. Bats (1999)
  3. Best Worst Movie (2009)
  4. Ellery Queen in The Murder Ring (1941)
  5. End of a Gun (2016)
  6. Groundhog Day (1993)
  7. Icebreaker (2000)
  8. Shotgun Wedding (2023)
  9. Top Gun (1986)
  10. Top Gun: Maverick (2022)
  11. White Lightning (1973)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Accused
  2. The Amazing Race 5
  3. American Auto
  4. The Bachelor
  5. The Brady Bunch Hour
  6. California Dreams
  7. City Guys
  8. The Grammy Awards
  9. Hell’s Kitchen
  10. Law & Order
  11. The Love Boat
  12. Night Court
  13. Night Flight
  14. The Supersizers Eat….
  15. Survivor: Philippines
  16. TV Party

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Camila Cabello
  4. The Chemical Brothers
  5. Chloe
  6. Christian Nodal
  7. Coldplay
  8. Dillon Francis
  9. DJ Snake
  10. Fall Out Boy
  11. Fulminacci
  12. The Hatters
  13. Jessica Simpson
  14. Katy Perry
  15. Nat & Alex Wolff
  16. The Prodigy
  17. Rose Villain
  18. Selena Gomez
  19. Taylor Swift
  20. Upsahl
  21. Wu-Tang Clan

Awards Season:

  1. AARP Winners
  2. Eddie Nominations
  3. London Film Critics Circle Winners

Live Tweets:

  1. End of a Gun
  2. White Lightning
  3. Best Worst Movie
  4. Bats


  1. Murder Mystery 2
  2. The Boogeyman
  3. The Covenant
  4. Big George Foreman
  5. 88

2022 In Review:

  1. 16 Worst Films
  2. 10 Favorite Songs
  3. Top 10 Non-Fiction Books
  4. Top 10 Novels

News From Last Week:

  1. Stuntman and Halloween star George P, Wilbur Dies at 81
  2. Melinda Dillon Dies At 83
  3. Charlie Thomas of The Drifters Dies at 85
  4. Actor Charles Kimbrough Dies at 86
  5. Andrea Riseborough Will Retain Oscar Nomination, but Social Media Offenders Will be Addressed by Film Academy
  6. Alec Baldwin Formally Charged With Involuntary Manslaughter in ‘Rust’ Death
  7. ‘Dr. Phil’ Talk Show to End in Spring After 21 Seasons
  8. New DC Universe Unveils First 10 Projects: ‘Superman: Legacy’ in 2025, Batman & Robin Movie, Green Lantern Series, Wonder Woman Prequel and More
  9. Bill Maher slammed on Twitter after CNN show announced: ‘That smug face’
  10. Armie Hammer Breaks His Silence
  11. Searches for Julian Sands continue ‘intermittently’ as efforts reach third week

Links From Last Week:

  1. Why the Two Biggest Deals at Sundance Made My Heart Sink
  2. These 10 “Movies With A T” Are Talking To You And “Go To 11!”
  3. Tater’s Week in Review 2/4/23

Links From The Site:

  1. Jeff said goodbye to Tom Brady!
  2. Jeff reviewed Oblivion, Icebreaker, and Pressure Point!
  3. Erin reviewed Gibsonburg and The Slugger’s Wife!
  4. Erin shared a scene from Groundhog Day!
  5. Erin shared Silk Stocking Memories, Dime Mystery Magazine, The Venus Probe, Love Child, Besieged, Where The Wolf Leads, and An Obsolete Man!
  6. Erin shared a look at our snowy neighborhood!
  7. Erin profiled Warren King and took a look at Historical Romance Covers, the Covers of Teen Confessions, and even more Historical Romance Covers!
  8. I shared my week in television!
  9. I shared a scene from The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance!
  10. I paid tribute to Michael Mann, George Romero, and Carl Theodor Dreyer! 
  11. I shared music videos from Fallout Boy, Rose Villain, Fulminacci, The Hatters, Chloe, Christian Nodal, and Taylor Swift!
  12. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, City Guys, The Brady Bunch Hour, California Dreams, After The Promise, and Shotgun Wedding!

More From Us:

  1. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared a song from Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds!
  2. On my online dream journal, I shared: Last Night’s Job Interview Dream and Last Night’s Netflix Dream!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from Jessica Simpson, Taylor Swift, Coldplay, Katy Perry, Britney Spears, Camila Cabello, and Selena Gomez!
  4. At her photography site, Erin shared Bridges, Trees, A Heart For February, Rabbit, baseball memories, Tearing It Down, and Ta-Da!

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4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Michael Mann Edition

4 Shots From 4 Films is just what it says it is, 4 shots from 4 of our favorite films. As opposed to the reviews and recaps that we usually post, 4 Shots From 4 Films lets the visuals do the talking!

Today, we celebrate the 80th birthday of the great Michael Mann!  It’s time for….

4 Shots From 4 Michael Mann Films

Thief (1981, dir by Michael Mann, DP: Donald Thorin)

Manhunter (1986, dir by Michael Mann, DP: Dante Spinotii)

Heat (1995, dir by Michael Mann, DP: Dante Spinotti)

Public Enemies (2009, dir by Michael Mann, DP: Dante Spinotti)

TAR wins in London!

It’s debatable how much effect it will have on the Oscars but the London Film Critics Circle today announced that TAR was their pick for the best of 2022!

Here are all of the nominees and winners from London!

Film of the year
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
The Banshees of Inisherin
Decision to Leave
Everything Everywhere All at Once
The Fabelmans
Saint Omer
Top Gun: Maverick

Foreign-language film of the year
Decision to Leave (TIE)
The Quiet Girl (TIE)
Saint Omer

Documentary of the year
All That Breathes
All the Beauty and the Bloodshed
Fire of Love
Kurt Vonnegut: Unstuck in Time
Moonage Daydream

British/Irish film of the year
The Banshees of Inisherin
The Quiet Girl
The Wonder

Director of the year
Todd Field – Tár
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Park Chan-wook – Decision to Leave
Charlotte Wells – Aftersun

Screenwriter of the year
Todd Field – Tár
Daniel Kwan, Daniel Scheinert – Everything Everywhere All at Once
Martin McDonagh – The Banshees of Inisherin
Steven Spielberg, Tony Kushner – The Fabelmans
Charlotte Wells – Aftersun

Actress of the year
Cate Blanchett – Tár
Ana de Armas – Blonde
Vicky Krieps – Corsage
Florence Pugh – The Wonder
Michelle Yeoh – Everything Everywhere All at Once

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

Supporting actress of the year
Hong Chau – The Whale
Kerry Condon – The Banshees of Inisherin
Dolly De Leon – Triangle of Sadness
Nina Hoss – Tár
Guslagie Malanda – Saint Omer

Supporting actor of the year
Tom Burke – The Wonder
Brendan Gleeson – The Banshees of Inisherin
Brian Tyree Henry – Causeway
Barry Keoghan – The Banshees of Inisherin
Ke Huy Quan – Everything Everywhere All at Once

British/Irish actress of the year (for body of work)
Jessie Buckley – Men, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol, Women Talking
Olivia Colman – Empire of Light, Joyride, Puss in Boots: The Last Wish, Scrooge: A Christmas Carol
Florence Pugh – Don’t Worry Darling, The Wonder
Emma Thompson – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande, Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical
Letitia Wright – Aisha, Black Panther: Wakanda Forever, The Silent Twins

British/Irish actor of the year (for body of work)
Harris Dickinson – See How They Run, Triangle of Sadness, Where the Crawdads Sing
Colin Farrell – After Yang, The Banshees of Inisherin, The Batman, Thirteen Lives
Ralph Fiennes – The Forgiven, The Menu
Paul Mescal – Aftersun
Bill Nighy – Living

Breakthrough British/Irish film-maker
Katy Brand – Good Luck to You, Leo Grande
Colm Bairéad – The Quiet Girl
Frances O’Connor – Emily
Georgia Oakley – Blue Jean
Charlotte Wells – Aftersun

Young British/Irish performer
Kila Lord Cassidy – The Wonder
Catherine Clinch – The Quiet Girl
Frankie Corio – Aftersun
Bella Ramsey – Catherine Called Birdy
Alisha Weir – Roald Dahl’s Matilda the Musical

British/Irish short film of the year
A Fox in the Night
A Letter to Black Men

Technical achievement award
Athena – Matias Boucard, cinematography
Black Panther: Wakanda Forever – Ruth E Carter, costumes
Blonde – Leslie Shatz, sound design
Decision to Leave – Kim Ji-yong, cinematography
Elvis – Catherine Martin, costumes
Everything Everywhere All at Once – Paul Rogers, film editing
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Brian Leif Hansen, animation
RRR – Nick Powell, stunts
Tár – Stephen Griffiths, sound design
The Wonder – Nina Gold, casting

Dilys Powell award for excellence in film
Michelle Yeoh

Retro Television Review: After The Promise (dir by David Greene)

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 1987’s After the Promise!  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

Mark Harmon is, in many ways, the ideal television actor.  He’s handsome in a distinguished but not overwhelming sort of way.  He projects a pleasant personality.  He’s likably low-key.  He’s a talented actor but he’s also a bit of a safe and predictable actor.  It’s been said that the difference between a TV star and a movie star is that a movie star combines charisma with danger whereas a TV star combines a likable screen presence with reliability.  Mark Harmon’s been a reliable TV presence for longer than I’ve been alive.

In 1987’s After the Promise, Harmon plays Elmer Jackson, a carpenter who is just trying to survive day-to-day in Depression-era California.  Though his wife (who is implied to be a Christian Scientist) begs him not to take her to the hospital when she gets ill, Elmer goes against her wishes.  When he gets her to the hospital, he is treated rudely by the staff.  A cop approaches him in the waiting room and brusquely orders him to move his car.  When a doctor finally does approach Elmer, he calmly explains that Elmer’s wife has did of TB and that she should have been brought to the hospital weeks ago.

Now a widower, Elmer is determined to keep the last promise that he made to his wife and give his four sons the best life that he possibly can.  Unfortunately, the government is determined to keep Elmer from doing that.  When Elmer goes to the government to try to get temporary financial assistance, the government reacts by taking his children away from him and forcing them into foster care.  When Elmer, during one of his weekly visits, tries to take the children for a ride, the government bans him from having any contact with his children.  When Elmer’s sons try to escape from the foster home, they’re separated and sent to separate facilities.

Informed that he can only get his children back if he proves that he’s financially stable, Elmer becomes an itinerant worker.  It’s only after he meets and marries Anna (Diana Scarwid) that Elmer finally gets a chance to be reunited with his sons but, after years of abuse, his sons have their own traumas to deal with before they can accept Elmer as being their father.

This is a movie that really pulls at your heartstrings!  There’s nothing subtle about it but, at the same time, its portrait of bureaucrats without empathy is one that feels very real and contemporary.  Over the course of the film, Elmer learns that the rules are not being written to help out a blue collar worker who doesn’t have a lot of money and, watching the film, it’s hard not to consider that the rules haven’t really changed that much over the years.  Elmer isn’t just fighting to reunited his family.  His fighting to save them from a system that is designed to dehumanize.  It’s an ideal role for a television star like Mark Harmon, as Elmer isn’t a terribly complex man but he is a very determined one.  It’s a role that demands a lot of sincerity and Harmon certainly delivers.  For that matter, so does this simple but emotionally resonant film.

I Watched The Slugger’s Wife (1985, dir. by Hal Ashby)

Darryl Palmer (Michael O’Keefe) is an outfielder for the Atlanta Braves who is in a hitting slump until he meets a singer named Debby (Rebecca De Mornay).  Debby agrees to go on a date with Darryl if he can manage to hit two home runs in his next game.  Darryl does it and soon, he and Debby are married.  Debby becomes Darryl’s good luck charm.  When she comes to his games and when he’s confident that she loves him, Darryl hits home run after home run.  When Debby tries to pursue her music career and have a life of her own, Darryl gets into a slump.  After Debby gets tired of Darryl’s possessiveness and leaves him, his manager and his teammates decide that the key to winning the pennant is for Darryl to get laid.

(Are you listening, Rangers?)

Because it mixed baseball and romance, I thought I would like The Slugger’s Wife but actually I couldn’t stand it.  Darryl’s such an insecure and possessive jerk that his behavior is often abusive.  By the end of the movie, I didn’t care if the Braves won the Pennant.  I just wanted Debby to come to her senses and get as far away from Darryl as possible.  Darryl’s so unlikable that I couldn’t take any pleasure in him threating to break Roger Maris’s homerun record.  He didn’t deserve the success and he certainly didn’t deserve Debby.

The one thing that the movie got right is how superstitious baseball can make someone.  A few seasons ago, I noticed that the Rangers always seemed to win whenever I didn’t watch the game so I decided the key to finally returning to the World Series would be for me to just not watch the games at all.  I spent the whole season just reading about the games after they ended.  It was difficult because I love to watch baseball.  But I also really wanted the Rangers to have a winning season so I refused to watch a single game.

Like this movie, it didn’t work.