Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 5/1/23 — 5/7/23

It was a good week, up at the lake.  I’m rested and finally, I feel like I’m back to being my old, movie-loving self.  I’m looking forward to the rest of May and the rest of this year.  I hope you are too.

Films I Watched:

  1. Black Shampoo (1976)
  2. Breakout (1975)
  3. Cocaine Bear (2023)
  4. Garden of Evil (1972)
  5. Hoosiers (1986)
  6. Kent State (1981)
  7. The Manster (1959)
  8. M*A*S*H (1970)
  9. Never Ashamed (1984)
  10. Paradise City (2022)
  11. Radical Jack (2000)
  12. Rumble in the Bronx (1995)
  13. Space Mutiny (1988)
  14. We’re Fighting Back (1981)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Accused
  2. Barry
  3. Beavis and Butt-Head
  4. The Coronation of Charles III
  5. Forgive or Forget
  6. Geraldo
  7. Half Nelson
  8. Jenny Jones
  9. Law & Order
  10. The Love Boat
  11. Night Court
  12. Night Flight
  13. Radio 1990
  14. Sally Jessy Raphael
  15. Survivor

Books I Read:

  1. Fear and Loathing on the Campaign Trail ’72 (1973) by Hunter S. Thompson

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Average White Band
  3. Avril Lavigne
  4. B.B. King
  5. Bob Dylan
  6. Britney Spears
  7. Chagrin d’Amour
  8. Chemical Brothers
  9. Christina Aguilera
  10. Crystal Method
  11. David Bowie
  12. ELO
  13. Elwood
  14. Eric Clapton
  15. The Firm
  16. George Kranz
  17. Gloria Trevi
  18. The Go Go’s
  19. Golden Eaaring
  20. Gordon Lightfoot
  21. Jeff Beck
  22. Jimi Hendrix
  23. John Mellencamp
  24. Katy Perry
  25. Kid Rock
  26. Lynard Skynard
  27. Mandy Moore
  28. Muse
  29. Nena
  30. Nina Hagan
  31. Peter Schilling
  32. Prince
  33. Public Service Broadcasting
  34. The Rolling Stones
  35. Saint Motel
  36. Santana
  37. The Scorpions
  38. Secrets
  39. Stanley Jordan
  40. Stevie Ray Vaughn
  41. Taco
  42. Taylor Swift
  43. Telephone
  44. Van Halen
  45. The Who
  46. Yello

Live Tweets:

  1. Space Mutiny
  2. Hoosiers
  3. Rumble in the Bronx
  4. Garden of the Dead


  1. Dune Part Two
  2. Gran Turismo
  3. Ordinary Angels
  4. Maggie Moore(s)
  5. A Haunting in Venice
  6. After Everything
  7. 6 Classic Trailers For Loyalty & Law Day

News From Last Week:

  1. Gordon Lightfoot Dies At 84
  2. John Wright, Oscar-Nommed Film Editor of ‘The Hunt for Red October and ‘Speed,’ Dies at 79
  3. Newton Minow, Public TV Advocate and Former FCC Chief, Dies at 97
  4. ‘Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 3’ Rocketing To $260M+ Global Bow
  5. Pomp, Pageantry and (Subdued) Protest: King Charles III Is Crowned in Lavish Coronation
  6. Constantin Film Confirms Central Abuse Accusations Against German Star Til Schweiger
  7. Jim Lee Re-Ups at DC, Promoted to President
  8. Drew Barrymore Drops Out as MTV Movie & TV Awards Host
  9. 2023 MTV Movie & TV Awards Will Not Be Held Live
  10. Tony Awards: ‘Some Like It Hot’ Tops Nominations
  11. Oscars: Film Academy Enacts Sweeping Reforms of Campaign Rules in Response to Andrea Riseborough Controversy
  12. Cannes: Michael Douglas to Receive Honorary Palme d’Or
  13. 2023 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class: Kate Bush, Missy Elliott, Willie Nelson, George Michael
  14. Rock Icons Aerosmith to Launch Farewell Tour
  15. Ed Sheeran Found Not Liable of Copyright Infringement Over Marvin Gaye Classic
  16. Netflix and Ryan Murphy’s ‘Monster’ Anthology to Focus on Menendez Brothers in Season 2
  17. Paramount Officially Orders ‘Yellowstone’ Sequel, Announces an End to the Main Series
  18. “Everyone Is Just Scrambling”: Hollywood on Edge as Writers Guild Talks Go Down to the Wire
  19. Hunter Biden pretending to be starving artist to avoid paying child support: baby mama
  20. Writers Strike: What Happens If Other Union Workers Choose to Cross Picket Lines
  21. Writers Guild Calls First Strike in 15 Years
  22. Hollywood Writers Defiant as Strike Begins: “We’re Not Scared, Bring It On”
  23. Late-Night Shows Shut Down With WGA Strike
  24. Saturday Night Live’ Shuts Down Due to Writers Strike
  25. A Deluge of Eleventh-Hour Scripts Have Execs Contemplating What to Do Next
  26. As Writers Strike, AI Could Covertly Cross the Picket Line
  27. Marvel Hits Pause on ‘Blade’ Due to Writers Strike
  28. Writers Strike Fallout: $2B Economic Impact May Be Just the Beginning
  29. Studios Demand Showrunners Work During Writers Strike
  30. ‘Stranger Things’ Final Season Production Delayed by Labor Unrest
  31. Striking Showrunners Gather to Discuss Studio Demands: “We Can’t Be at War One Day and Their Partners the Next”

Links From Last Week:

  1. How an Ill-Informed Internet Mob Ruined a UVA Student’s Life
  2. The Moon Landing Was Faked! The 70’s Thriller “Capricorn One” Blasts Off For An Outer Space MARS Conspiracy!
  3. In Memory of Bernard

Links From The Site:

  1. Jeff reviewed Missile X, The Brawler, Boxing Time, Midnight Ride, Mutant Hunt, Future Force, and Future Zone!
  2. Jeff played Sidetrack!
  3. Jeff shared great moments from television and comic book history!
  4. Erin shared Smiles, Tropical Spitfire, A Ghost Town On The Yellowstone, The Empire Strikes Back, Batalla de PueblaPlanet Comics, and Real Detective!
  5. Erin reviewed The Promotion!
  6. Erin shared the Scandalous Covers of Hollywood Nights and the Problematic Covers of Fire!
  7. Leonard shared the trailers for Gran Turismo and Dune Part Two!
  8. I shared music videos from The Chemical Brothers, The Who, Gloria Trevi, The Galactic Empire, Christina Aguilera, Gordon Lightfoot, and Secrets!
  9. I reviewed Double Dragon, Detective Knight: Redemption, Atlas Shrugged Part One, Atlas Shrugged Part Two, Atlas Shrugged Part Three, The Last Movie, The Baader Meinhof Complex, Guyana: Crime of the Century, Free Lunch Express, Punishment Park, Paradise City, Cocaine Bear, Black Shampoo, Never Ashamed, and We’re Fighting Back!
  10. I shared an AMV of the Day and a blast from the past!
  11. I shared a scene from Face/Off!
  12. I paid tribute to Wes Anderson and Orson Welles!
  13. I shared 6 things that I’m looking forward to in May, a note to everyone who survived May Day, and my week in television!
  14. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, Love Boat, City Guys, Half Nelson, and California Dreams!

More From Us:

  1. At my online dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Visit To The Mountain Dream, No Dreams Last Night, Last Night’s Donation Dream, Last Night’s Probation Office Dream, Last Night’s Visiting A Friend At Work Dream, No Dreams Last Night, and Last Night’s Election Dream!
  2. At SyFyDesigns, I shared A Poem About A Lake, Charles III is now officially the King!, The Execution of Charles I, Charles II, Poem: Upon the Murder of King Charles I, Another Poem About King Charles I, and Take That, Oliver Cromwell!
  3. For Horror Critic, I reviewed Chopper Chicks in Zombie Town!
  4. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I took a look at the latest episode of Survivor!
  5. At my music site, I shared songs from Britney Spears, Gordon Lightfoot, Taylor Swift, Katy Perry, Christina Aguilera, Avril Lavigne, and The Rolling Stones!
  6. At Pop Politics, Jeff wrote about Ben Cardin, Colin Allred, Larry Hogan, Tucker Carlson, the UK elections, Joyce Carol Oates, and New York!
  7. At her photography site, Erin shared First of May, Skyscraper, Flooded, Stop Sign, Trees and Clouds, Waiting Bird, and Horses!

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

Great Moments In Comic Book History #33: Iron Man #182

Tony Stark, the first Iron Man, was an alcoholic.

Those who only know the character from the MCU might be surprised to discover just how self-destructive of an addict Tony Stark was.  Though elements of the classic “Demon in a Bottle” storyline were used in Iron Man 2, Tony’s alcoholism was only referenced in one scene and it was largely played for laughs.  In the movies, Tony was irresponsible but in the comics, he was so self-destructive that he often could not be trusted with the suit that he created.

Tony’s alcoholism was first addressed in 1979, in a nine-issue story arc that is best-remembered for the issue where Tony finally decides to stop drinking.  Unlike a lot of Marvel’s story arcs, Tony’s alcoholism was not forgotten after the conclusion of the initial story.  Instead, it was a problem that flared up frequently over the next few years.  Whenever Tony ran into any sort of personal or business trouble, he would be tempted to pick up the bottle again and often, he would give in.  One reason why other people started to wear the Iron Man armor was because Tony was often too drunk to do so himself.

Finally, 5 years after Tony first realized that he had a drinking problem, this happened:

In the morning, Tony Stark will be sober or dead.  This cover, which was done by Luke McDonnell and Steve Mitchell, is one of the best to come out of Iron Man‘s initial run.  Along with the imagery of one man sitting alone in the snow, the cover reminds us that Iron Man is just a human being and, like all human beings, Tony Stark is going to have to make an important decision.  Will he do the hard work to improve himself or will he give up.

Caught out in the middle of blizzard and helping to deliver the baby of a fellow alcoholic, Tony makes his decision.  Though the freezing temperatures kill his friend Gretl, Tony manages to survive and he finally does the one thing that he still needed to do to kick his addiction.  He asked his friends for help.  From this issue on, it was not unusual to see Tony Stark at AA.  Tony still struggled but, in Iron Man #182, he finally made the decision to live.

Previous Great Moments In Comic Book History:

  1. Winchester Before Winchester: Swamp Thing Vol. 2 #45 “Ghost Dance” 
  2. The Avengers Appear on David Letterman
  3. Crisis on Campus
  4. “Even in Death”
  5. The Debut of Man-Wolf in Amazing Spider-Man
  6. Spider-Man Meets The Monster Maker
  7. Conan The Barbarian Visits Times Square
  8. Dracula Joins The Marvel Universe
  9. The Death of Dr. Druid
  10. To All A Good Night
  11. Zombie!
  12. The First Appearance of Ghost Rider
  13. The First Appearance of Werewolf By Night
  14. Captain America Punches Hitler
  15. Spider-Man No More!
  16. Alex Ross Captures Galactus
  17. Spider-Man And The Dallas Cowboys Battle The Circus of Crime
  18. Goliath Towers Over New York
  19. NFL SuperPro is Here!
  20. Kickers Inc. Comes To The World Outside Your Window
  21. Captain America For President
  22. Alex Ross Captures Spider-Man
  23. J. Jonah Jameson Is Elected Mayor of New York City
  24. Captain America Quits
  25. Spider-Man Meets The Fantastic Four
  26. Spider-Man Teams Up With Batman For The Last Time
  27. The Skrulls Are Here
  28. Iron Man Meets Thanos and Drax The Destroyer
  29. A Vampire Stalks The Night
  30. Swamp Thing Makes His First Cover Appearance
  31. Tomb of Dracula #43
  32. The Hulk Makes His Debut



Great Moments In Television History #31: Rodney Dangerfield On The Tonight Show

Since we could all probably use a laugh or two right now, here’s ten minutes of Rodney Dangerfield doing what he did best on the May 30th, 1979 episode of The Tonight Show.

Previous Moments In Television History:

  1. Planet of the Apes The TV Series
  2. Lonely Water
  3. Ghostwatch Traumatizes The UK
  4. Frasier Meets The Candidate
  5. The Autons Terrify The UK
  6. Freedom’s Last Stand
  7. Bing Crosby and David Bowie Share A Duet
  8. Apaches Traumatizes the UK
  9. Doctor Who Begins Its 100th Serial
  10. First Night 2013 With Jamie Kennedy
  11. Elvis Sings With Sinatra
  12. NBC Airs Their First Football Game
  13. The A-Team Premieres
  14. The Birth of Dr. Johnny Fever
  15. The Second NFL Pro Bowl Is Broadcast
  16. Maude Flanders Gets Hit By A T-Shirt Cannon
  17. Charles Rocket Nearly Ends SNL
  18. Frank Sinatra Wins An Oscar
  19. CHiPs Skates With The Stars
  20. Eisenhower In Color
  21. The Origin of Spider-Man
  22. Steve Martin’s Saturday Night Live Holiday Wish List
  23. Barnabas Collins Is Freed From His Coffin
  24. Siskel and Ebert Recommend Horror Films
  25. Vincent Price Meets The Muppets
  26. Siskel and Ebert Discuss Horror
  27. The Final Scene of Dark Shadows
  28. The WKRP Turkey Drop
  29. Barney Pops On National TV
  30. The Greatest American Hero Premieres

Game Review: Sidetrack (2023, Andi C. Buchanan)

In Sidetrack, you are a teenager who walks the same route to school every day.  Every day, you walk past an abandoned subway station.  Today, though, you see that the station is suddenly open and you decide to explore.  From the first station, you can take the train to as many or as few locations as you want.  Each location has a different feel to it.  The first station that I visited featured people who were made of wood and I had to exchange my money for wooden coins.  Another station was full of friendly spiders while another had biting fish.  Exploring each station brings the chance of finding something that you can use to enhance the experience your experience at another station.  You can visit and re-visit all of the stations as much as you like but when you finally decide to return home, the experience is over.

Designed with Twine and featuring stations that were created by guest authors, Sidetrack is about as pure of an Interactive Fiction experience as you could hope to have.  It’s a story that lasts for as long as you want it to and that goes where you direct it to go.  Well-written and intriguing, this is not a game where you have to worry about getting stuck because you picked the wrong verb or you missed a step in solving an intricate puzzle.  This is a game that you experience like a surreal but unforgettable dream.  Take the journey and see how many stations you can explore.

Play Sidetrack.

Future Zone (1990, directed by David Prior)

David Carradine is back as super glove-wearing bounty hunter John Tucker in this sequel to Future Force!

Once again, it’s the future.  In the future, everyone drives a car that was made in the 70s and spends most of their time in the abandoned warehouses that are meant to represent their places of business.  Hard-drinking John Tucker meets and starts to work with the newest C.O.P.S. recruit, Billy (Ted Prior).  Billy can shoot just as fast as Tucker and seems to know all about Tucker and his wife, Marion (Gail Jensen).  That’s because Billy is from the future.  As he explains it, some “friends of mine built a time portal,” and Billy used it to come back to the past and save Tucker from being killed by a bunch of criminals.  Why is Billy so concerned about saving John Tucker?  Did I mention that Marion is pregnant?

Future Zone is just as dumb as Future Force but it is set apart from the first film by its use of time travel.  The best part of the movie is that neither John nor Marion are surprised to hear that Billy’s friends just happened to build a time portal.  Nobody asks why they built a time portal or even how they built a time portal.  The time portal is the most important thing about the movie but everyone shrugs off its existence.  Are time portals a common thing in the future?  Does everyone have a time portal?  How does the time portal work?  How is Billy able to go into the past at exactly the right moment?  When it is time for him to go back to his time, how does he let his friends know?  These are all good questions that no one asks.

The other thing that no one asks is why Tucker doesn’t wear his super glove all the time.  His super glove can do anything, from shooting lasers to blocking bullets.  If I had a super glove, I would wear it all the time.  Tucker keeps it in the trunk of his car and only summons it at the last possible moment.  Why even have a super glove if you’re not going to use it?

Retro Television Reviews: We’re Fighting Back (dir by Lou Antonio)

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 1981’s We’re Fighting Back!  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

We’re Fighting Back opens with a title card informing the viewer that the film that they are about to see is based on a true story and that the characters are based on the Guardian Angels, a group of New Yorkers who took it upon themselves to patrol neighborhoods and the subways.  However, the film’s plot is fictionalized and all of the names have been changed and basically, the entire story is made up.  It gets the film off to a strange start.  This film is based on a true story, except that it’s not.

Morgan “Case” Casey (Kevin Mahon) is a young man living in New York with his father.  When his father is mugged in the subway and ends up in the hospital, Case decides to take it upon himself to patrol the trains.  He recruits his co-workers at the local hamburger place.  Benny (Ramon Franco) says he is streetwise.  Ling (Brian Tochi) claims that he’s good at fighting.  Preacher (Paul McCrane) …. well, I’m not sure what Preacher’s special skill is but he’s recently moved to New York from Alabama.  Case and his friends lose their first big fight against a gang of muggers, which leads to Case yelling at all of them and announcing that they need to recruit more members and get trained up on how to fight.  Preacher thinks that Case is putting everyone’s life in danger but Case is determined to clean up the neighborhood.

Teaming up with some former gang members, Case forms the organization that will become the Guardian Angels.  Among those who join are a tough waitress named Chris Capoletti (a young Ellen Barkin) and a Hungarian immigrant named Janos (an equally young Stephen Lang).  At first, attorney Elgin Jones (Joe Morton) thinks that Case and his organization are going to be a bunch of lawless vigilantes but, after meeting Case and seeing Case refuse to allow an obvious psychopath to join the group, Elgin decides to become a part of Case’s anti-crime crusade.

And …. well, that’s pretty much it.  There’s not much of a plot here.  Case and Preacher are briefly estranged but they are friends again by the end of the movie.  Eventually, Case faces off with Tony (John Snyder), the gang leader who mugged his father.  For the most part, though, this is a film without much real conflict.  In this film’s portrayal of urban crime, it turns out to be remarkably easy to clean up a neighborhood.  Apparently, you just need to get a bunch of people to give a damn.  One watches the movie and wonders why no one ever came up with this extremely simple solution in the past.  The film goes out of its way to tell us that Case is not some sort of Charles Bronson-style vigilante but Case never has to face any muggers as dangerous as The Giggler.  If Case lived in the Death Wish 3 neighborhood, who knows what type of approach he would have gone with.

Under the best of circumstances, this film would seem simplistic.  Watching this film after the past few years, in which we’ve seen an increasing number of unarmed people getting hurt and killed by self-appointed vigilantes who felt that they shouldn’t have been in their neighborhood or train car, it’s hard not to feel that We’re Fighting Back is incredibly naïve and rather irresponsible.  (The Death Wish films are so shameless and over the top that they’re difficult to take seriously as any sort of manifesto.  We’re Fighting Back plays out with all the earnestness of a call to action.)  Need to clean up your neighborhood?  Just do it yourself!  Just fight back!  Obviously, that’s an idea that appeals to a lot of people but, in reality, it rarely seems to work out the way that it should.

I Watched The Promotion (2008, dir. by Steven Conrad)

Yesterday, after I got home from voting in my town’s city council elections, I wanted to unwind with a tennis movie.  When I did a search for “tennis,” Tubi recommended that I watch The Promotion.

I don’t know why because there is no tennis in The Promotion.  No one plays a game or even talks about tennis in The Promotion.  Instead, the movie is about two men who work for a grocery store and who are both hoping to get promoted.  The narrator is Doug (Seann William Scott), who is married to Jen (Jenna Fischer), a nurse.  Doug wants to get promoted so that he and Jen can move into a new house and so that he can be the sole breadwinner.  Doug also has to get the promotion because he has already lied to Jen and told her that he got it.  Doug was feeling insecure because Jen’s boss, Dr. Timm (Bobby Cannavale) saves lives for a living while Doug just spends all day dealing with angry customers and the gang members who hang out in the store’s parking lot.  Doug’s rival for the promotion is Richard (John C. Reilly), a recovering drug addict who listens to self-help tapes.  Each of them tries to sabotage the other.  Doug tries to make Richard look stupid at a company retreat and Richard files a false injury report after Doug hits him with a bag of frozen tater tots.

I think the movie was trying to make a point about how desperate people are for status and money that they’ll do anything to get it but I didn’t care because I didn’t find Doug or Richard to be in any way likable and I didn’t want either one of them to get the promotion.  I would not shop at any store where they worked because grocery shopping is bad enough without having to deal with all of that extra drama.  Both Richard and Doug were terrible as assistant managers so as far I was concerned, neither one of them deserved to be promoted.  Jen should have left Doug for Dr. Timm.

Plus, there wasn’t any tennis.

Music Video of the Day: Horse Power by The Chemical Brothers (2010, dir by Marcus Lyall and Adam Smith)

Today’s music video of the day comes to us from The Chemical Brothers’s seventh studio album, Further.  All eight track on Further came with their own unique video, directed by Marcus Lyall and Adam Smith.  Horse Power is my personal favorite from the album.  If it doesn’t make you dance, nothing will.