Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 2/27/23 — 3/5/23

RIP, Tom Sizemore

Welcome to March!

Only one more week to go until the Oscars!  I’ll be glad when they’re over with.  Don’t get me wrong.  I love the Oscars and I love keeping up with all the Awards Season precursors.  But, once the Oscars are out of the way, 2022 will be officially in the history books and I’ll be able to concentrate on 2023!

Tom Sizemore died this week.  He was an undeniably talented actor.  Most of the talk on twitter centered around his work in 90s films like Heat, Natural Born Killers, and Saving Private Ryan but I’ll always remember him for his performance on Twin Peaks: The Return and the scene where he breaks down and confesses that he’s been ordered to kill Dougie.  Rest in peace.

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

Films I Watched:

  1. 600 Miles (2015)
  2. The Day The Earth Moved (1975)
  3. Decoy (1995)
  4. Hard Times (1975)
  5. Hounded (2022)
  6. Queen Under Review: 1973 — 1980 (2007)
  7. A Ripper In Canada: Paranormal Happenings in the Great White North (2013)
  8. The Road To The Open (2014)
  9. Roll, Freddy, Roll (1974)
  10. The Shrimp on the Barbie (1990)
  11. Sweet, Sweet Rachel (1971)
  12. The Weekend Nun (1972)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. American Idol
  3. The Bachelor
  4. The Brady Bunch Hour
  5. Ghosts
  6. The Love Boat
  7. My Lover, My Killer
  8. Night Court
  9. South Park
  10. Survivor

Books I Read:

  1. To By Mayor of New York (1993) by Chris McNickle

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Ashlee Simpson
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Daft Punk
  4. Fiona Apple
  5. Girls Aloud
  6. Jamie Lynn Spears
  7. Jennifer Love Hewitt
  8. Jessica Simpson
  9. Jonas Brothers
  10. Lindsay Lohan
  11. Lisa Loeb
  12. Mandy Moore
  13. O-Town
  14. Spice Girls
  15. Verdena
  16. The Wallflowers

Awards Season:

  1. Eddie Awards
  2. The Independent Spirit Awards
  3. Cinema Audio Society Winners
  4. Costume Designers Guild
  5. Golden Reel Winners

Live Tweets:

  1. Decoy
  2. Hard Times
  3. Shrimp on the Barbie
  4. Hounded

News From Last Week:

  1. Tom Sizemore, Dead at 61
  2. Ricou Browning, Star of The Creature From the Black Lagoon, Dies at 93
  3. Saxophonist Wayne Shorter Dies at 89
  4. Former Child Actor Ted Donaldson Dies at 89
  5. CSI Actor Hill Harper Preparing To Run For The U.S. Senate in Michigan
  6. Creed III Rings Up $22 million On Its Opening Day
  7. Chris Rock Slams Will Smith in Live Comedy Special for Netflix: “It Still Hurts”
  8. Woody Harrelson Slams COVID Set Protocols as ‘Nonsense,’ Urges Hollywood to ‘Stop’ Forcing ‘Vaccination’: That’s ‘Not a Free Country’
  9. Actor Tim Robbins backs Woody Harrelson on ending COVID-19 protocols: ‘Time to end this charade’
  10. Bruce Willis’ Wife Tells Paparazzi to Stop Yelling at Him After Dementia Diagnosis: Let Him Get ‘From Point A to Point B Safely’

Links From Last Week:

  1. Tater’s Week in Review 3/4/23
  2. “Psycho” Meets Sondheim! The Terrific 70’s Hollywood Mystery “The Last Of Sheila” – From Stephen Sondheim And Anthony Perkins!

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Johnny Come Lately, The Girl on the River, Diploma of Passion, Streets of Paris, Two Faces of Passion, A Party Every Night, and The Cheat!
  2. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, City Guys, The Brady Bunch Hour, California Dreams, and The Day The Earth Moved!
  3. I shared my week in television!
  4. I shared music videos from Mandy Moore, Jennifer Love Hewitt, O-Town, Ashlee Simpson, Jessica Simpson, Jonas Brothers, and Verdena!
  5. I paid tribute to Pier Paolo Pasolini, Adrian Lyne, Martin Ritt, and Zack Snyder!
  6. I shared scenes from Mad Max and Hard Ticket To Hawaii!

More From Us:

  1. At my music site, I shared songs from Lisa Loeb, Mandy Moore, Jamie Lynn Spears, Ashlee Simpson, Fiona Apple, Jessica Simpson, and Daft Punk!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared Winter Creek, Snow On The Roof, Creek, Good Morning, Another Morning, On The Other Side of the Fence, and Frozen!

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

The American Cinema Editors Honor Top Gun: Maverick

The American Cinema Editors have announced their picks for the best of editing of 2022!  Here are the winners of the Eddie Awards!

All Quiet on the Western Front – Sven Budelmann, BFS
Elvis – Matt Villa, ACE ASE & Jonathan Redmond
Tár – Monika Willi
Top Gun: Maverick – Eddie Hamilton, ACE
The Woman King – Terilyn A. Shropshire, ACE

The Banshees of Inisherin – Mikkel E.G. Nielsen, ACE
Everything Everywhere All at Once – Paul Rogers
Glass Onion: A Knives Out Mystery – Bob Ducsay, ACE
The Menu – Christopher Tellefsen, ACE
Triangle of Sadness – Ruben Östlund & Mikel Cee Karlsson

BEST EDITED ANIMATED FEATURE FILM (Theatrical or Non-Theatrical)
The Bad Guys – John Venzon, ACE
Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio – Ken Schretzmann, ACE & Holly Klein
Marcel the Shell with Shoes On – Dean Fleischer-Camp & Nick Paley
Puss in Boots: The Last Wish – James Ryan, ACE
Turning Red – Nicholas C. Smith, ACE

All the Beauty and the Bloodshed – Amy Foote, Joe Bini & Brian A. Kates, ACE
Fire of Love – Erin Casper & Jocelyne Chaput
Good Night Oppy – Helen Kearns, ACE & Rejh Cabrera
Moonage Daydream – Brett Morgen
Navalny – Langdon Page & Maya Hawke

The Andy Warhol Diaries: “Collab: Andy & Basquiat” – Steve Ross
George Carlin’s American Dream – Joe Beshenkovsky, ACE
The Last Movie Stars: “Luck is an Art” – Barry Poltermann
Lucy and Desi – Robert A. Martinez
Pelosi in the House – Geof Bartz, ACE

The Conners: “Of Missing Minds and Missing Fries” – Brian Schnuckel, ACE
How I Met Your Father: “Timing Is Everything” – Susan Federman, ACE
The Neighborhood: “Welcome to the Art of Negotiation” – Chris Poulos

Atlanta: “Andrew Wyeth. Alfred’s World.” – Kyle Reiter, ACE & Isaac Hagy, ACE
Barry: “710N” – Franky Guttman
Barry: “Starting Now” – Ali Greer
The Bear: “System” – Joanna Naugle
Only Murders in the Building: “I Know Who Did It” – Shelly Westerman, ACE & Payton Koch

Andor: “One Way Out” – Simon Smith
Euphoria: “Stand Still Like the Hummingbird” – Aaron I. Butler, ACE & Julio Perez IV, ACE
Euphoria: “The Theater and Its Double” – Laura Zempel, Julio Perez IV, ACE & Nikola Boyanov
Severance: “In Perpetuity” – Geoffrey Richman, ACE & Erica Freed Marker, ACE
Severance: “The We We Are” – Geoffrey Richman, ACE

Fire Island – Brian A. Kates, ACE
Hocus Pocus 2 – Julia Wong, ACE
A Jazzman’s Blues – Maysie Hoy, ACE
Prey – Angela M. Catanzaro, ACE & Claudia Castello
Weird: The Al Yankovic Story – Jamie Kennedy

Gaslit: “Year of the Rat” – Joe Leonard, ACE
Obi-Wan Kenobi: “Part VI” – Kelley Dixon, ACE & Josh Earl, ACE
Station Eleven: “Unbroken Circle” – Anna Hauger, ACE, David Eisenberg, Yoni Reiss & Anthony McAfee
The White Lotus: “Abduction” – Heather Persons, ACE
The White Lotus: “Arrivederci” – John M. Valerio ACE

Deadliest Catch: “Sailor’s Delight” – Isaiah Camp, ACE, Joe Mikan, ACE & Alexander Rubinow, ACE
Formula 1: Drive to Survive: “Hard Racing” – Cassie Bennitt, Matt Rudge, Duncan Moir, Nic Zimmermann, Jack Foxton & Neil Clarkson
Vice: “Killing for Success & Marcos Returns” – Paula Salhany, Brandon Kieffer, Andrew Pattison. Catherine Lee & Victoria Lesiw

A Black Lady Sketch Show: “Save My Edges, I’m A Donor!” – Stephanie Filo, ACE, Bradinn French, Taylor Mason & S. Robyn Wilson
Last Week Tonight with John Oliver: “Police Interrogations” – Anthony Miale, ACE & Ryan Barger
My Next Guest Needs No Introduction with David Letterman: “Volodymyr Zelenskyy Special” – Cori Wapnowska & Jon Higgins

Big Mouth: “Dadda Dia!” – Felipe Salazar
Bob’s Burgers: “Some Like It Bot Part 1: Eighth Grade Runner” – Jeremy Reuben, ACE
Love, Death & Robots: “Bad Travelling” – Kirk Baxter, ACE

Adriana Guevara – New York University
Jazmin Jamias – American Film Institute
Tianze Sun – American Film Institute

Retro Television Reviews: The Day The Earth Moved (dir by Robert Michael Lewis)

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 Day The Earth Moved!  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

Sitting in the middle of the Nevada desert, there’s a town called Bates.

Bates was once a thriving community but the years and the hot Nevada winds have not been kind to it.  Now, it consists of only a  few buildings and a speed trap.  Judge Tom Backsler (William Windom) is the most powerful man in this tiny community and he’s determined to return Bates to its former glory.  His plan is to open up a Christmas park and to remake Bates as “Santa Claus’s home away from the North Pole.”  In order to raise the money for that project, he and the police run an aggressive speed trap.  When pilot and photographer Steve Barker (Jackie Cooper) is caught in the speed trap, it turns out that he doesn’t have enough money to pay his fine.  So, his car is impounded and he’s put to work, sweeping up the dust and helping to get the Christmas park ready to open.

With the help of friendly little townsgirl, Steve is finally able to escape from Bates and return to his job.  He works with his wife, Kate (Stella Stevens), and his best friend, Harley (Cleavon Little), as surveyors.  When someone wants to buy a stretch of the Nevada desert, Steve and Harley fly over the land and take pictures.  Looking over the latest batch of pictures, Steve deduces that not only is there going to be an earthquake but it’s going to destroy the town of Bates!  Can Steve return to the town that once held him prisoner and convince the townspeople to leave with him before disaster hits!?

In many ways, The Day The Earth Moved is a standard made-for-TV disaster flick.  Only Steve and Kate realize what’s about to happen and they struggle to get anyone else to believe them.  Indeed, it seems like the world is almost conspiring to keep them from warning everyone about the incoming earthquake.  The film’s story checks off all of the expected disaster movie plot points.  That said, the town of Bates itself — with its gigantic Santa Claus standing in the middle of the desert — is a nicely surreal location and the repeated shots of a deserted farm being gradually destroyed by minor tremors achieve a certain ominous grandeur.  Jackie Cooper and Stella Stevens are believable as a husband and wife who love each other despite the fact that they’re often very annoyed with each other.  To the film’s credit, William Windom’s character is not portrayed as being a cardboard villain but instead as someone who simply wants to give his neighbors some place decent to live.  The Day The Earth Moved is predictable but well-done.

Of course, the main reason anyone will have to watch this film will be for the earthquake.  Unfortunately, this is where viewers will run into a common problem that has afflicted many made-for-TV movies.  The low-budget earthquake is just not that impressive.  For all the scenes of people yelling, it’s always pretty obvious that the camera is doing most of the shaking.  But you know what?  It’s a made-for-TV movie from 1974.  Cut it some slack and just go with it.

The Cinema Audio Society Honors Top Gun: Maverick!

Everything Everywhere All At Once appears to be unstoppable as far as the Best Picture race is concerned but Top Gun: Maverick will still probably pick up a few technical Oscars, like Best Sound.

As evidence for this claim, consider that, last night, the Cinema Audio Society announced its picks for the best of 2022 and Maverick was remembered.  Here are the winners!

“All Quiet on the Western Front”
“Avatar: The Way of Water”
“The Batman”
“Top Gun: Maverick”

“Guillermo del Toro’s Pinocchio”
“Minions: The Rise of Gru”
“Puss in Boots: The Last Wish”
“Turning Red”

“Good Night Oppy”
“Hallelujah: Leonard Cohen, A Journey, A Song”
“Louis Armstrong’s Black and Blues”
“Moonage Daydream”
“The Volcano: Rescue from Whakaari”

“Dahmer – Monster: The Jeffrey Dahmer Story E8 Lionel”
“Guillermo Del Toro’s Cabinet of Curiosities E3 The Autopsy”
“Moon Knight E6 Gods and Monsters”
“Obi-Wan Kenobi E6 Part 1”

“Better Call Saul S6:E13 Saul Gone”
“Ozark S4:E14 A Hard Way To Go”
“Severance S1:E9 The We We Are”
“Stranger Things S4:E7 Chapter Seven: The Massacre at Hawkins Lab”
“The White Lotus S2:E1 Ciao”

“Barry S3:E8 Starting Now”
“Only Murders in the Building S2:E5 The Tell”
“She-Hulk: Attorney at Law S1:E9 Whose Show Is This?”
“The Bear S1:E7 Review”
“What We Do in the Shadows S4:E7 Pine Barrens”

“Carole King & James Taylor: Just Call Out My Name”
“Formula 1: Drive to Survive S4:E9 Gloves Are Off”
“George Carlin’s American Dream E1 Part 1”
“Lucy and Desi”
“Obi-Wan Kenobi: A Jedi’s Return”

Chelsea Rae Adams
Colette Grob
María Clara Calle Jiménez
Sophia L. White
Timo Nelson


4 Shots From 4 Films: Special Pier Paolo Pasolini 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!

101 years ago, on this date, Pier Paolo Pasolini was born in Italy.  His controversial films and his mysterious death continue to inspire debate to this very day.  Both the man and his works were full of intriguing contradictions.  Pasolini was an atheist who made one of the best Biblical films ever made.  He was a communist who made films that celebrated individual freedom and who had little use for the upper class liberals who made up much of the European counterculture of the 1960s.  In the end, he was an artist unafraid to challenge all assumptions, whether they were found on the right or the left.  His final film, Salo, was the most controversial of his career.  It was also projected to be the first part of a trilogy, though those plans were ended by Pasolini’s murder.

It’s time for….

4 Shots From 4 Pier Paolo Pasolini Films

Accatone (1961, dir by Pier Paolo Pasolini, DP: Tonino Delli Colli)

The Gospel According To St. Matthew (1964, dir by Pier Paolo Pasolini, DP: Tonino Delli Colli)

Teorema (1968, dir by Pier Paolo Pasolini, DP: Giuseppe Ruzzolini)

Medea (1969, dir by Pier Paolo Pasolini, DP: Ennio Guarnieri)

Music Video of the Day: Crush by Mandy Moore (2001, dir by Chris Applebaum)

Mandy Moore has a crush but her apartment building has structural issues!

Mandy Moore has got such a crush on her neighbor that she just has to sing about it!  In fact, the music gets so loud that the neighbor comes over to complain.  Is he not paying attention to the lyrics?  Later, Mandy discovers that her crush is apparently a very deep sleeper.  And even later, Mandy is visited by two chimpanzees.  Wait, what?

A few thoughts.

First off, I hate the wallpaper in Mandy’s apartment.

Secondly, chimpanzees freak me out because they’re always wearing diapers and I would not want to be on chimp clean-up duty.

Third, Mandy’s apartment building has some serious structural issues.  I mean, if you’re falling through the carpet and landing in a different reality, that could be an issue.  Also, as much as I dislike the wallpaper, the carpet in the hallways is even worse.

Fourth, this video proved that, long before This Is Us ever premiered, Mandy Moore was a good actress.  Personally, I prefer this video to This Is Us because it’s a bit cheerier and no one dies.  I only saw a handful of episodes of This Is Us but, in every episode I did see, someone died.  I’m pretty sure the whole point of the show was that Mandy Moore’s daughter intentionally set the fire that killed her father.  This video is a lot more fun than This Is Us.