Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 5/15/23 — 5/21/23

Rick Dalton, R.I.P.

Seriously, I don’t want to overanalyze this and Quentin Tarantino has certainly earned his right to do whatever he wants but what does it say about our world that people online were more upset over the death of a fictional alcoholic than they were over …. well, anything going on in the real world.  I mean, I was pretty upset about it myself.  Is Cliff still alive?  I guess he would be close to a 100 by now.

Well, anyway, here’s what I watched and listened to this week while everyone else was having fun at Cannes and mourning Rick Dalton:

Films I Watched:

  1. The Avenging Conscience (1914)
  2. Cloverfield (2008)
  3. Defiant (2019)
  4. Fenced Off (2011)
  5. Fletch (1985)
  6. The Great Niagara (1974)
  7. The Headless Horseman (1922)
  8. Joker’s Poltergeist (2016)
  9. Killing American Style (1990)
  10. The Mark (2012)
  11. The Mark: Redemption (2013)
  12. The Rundown (2003)
  13. Standing Firm (2010)
  14. Survival Game (1991)
  15. Svengali (1931)
  16. Track of the Moon Beast (1976)
  17. The Unknown (1927)
  18. Your Place or Mine (2023)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Barry
  2. Beavis and Butthead
  3. Black Bird
  4. Forgive or Forget
  5. Law & Order
  6. The Love Boat
  7. The Master
  8. Night Flight
  9. Sally Jessy Raphael
  10. Survivor
  11. Take Off To Comedy IX
  12. Waco: The Aftermath
  13. Yellowjackets

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Arcade Fire
  2. Atomic Kitten
  3. Banannarama
  4. Blondie
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Charli XCX
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Coldplay
  9. Geri Halliwell
  10. Icona Pop
  11. The Killers
  12. Miley Cyrus
  13. Muse
  14. Nat and Alex Wolff
  15. O-Town
  16. Saint Motel
  17. Shakira
  18. Spice Girls
  19. Victoria Beckham

Live Tweets:

  1. Survival Game
  2. The Rundown
  3. Fletch
  4. Cloverfield


  1. Killers of the Flower Moon

News From Last Week:

  1. Quentin Tarantino Announces the Death of ‘Once Upon A Time’ Character Rick Dalton
  2. Football Player And Actor Jim Brown Dies At 87
  3. Austrian Actor Helmut Berger Dies At 78
  4. British Author Martin Amis Dies At 73
  5. Bassist Andy Rourke Dies At 59
  6. Leonardo DiCaprio and Lily Gladstone Conquer Cannes With 9-Minute Standing Ovation for ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’
  7. Box Office: ‘Fast X’ Racing to Projected $67 Million Debut

Links From Last Week:

  1. Our Egypt Adventure: Random Thoughts and Observations

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared music videos from O-Town, O-Town, O-Town, O-Town, O-Town, Atomic Kitten, and Atomic Kitten!
  2. I reviewed Hang Time, Fantasy Island, The Love Boat, City Guys, The Master, and California Dreams!
  3. I shared my Cannes predictions and my week in television!
  4. I reviewed The Great Niagara, Fenced Off, Joker’s Poltergeist, Killing American Style, Your Place or Mine, and Girl on a Motorcycle!
  5. I shared scenes from Mr. Smith Goes To Washington and Anatomy of a Murder!
  6. I paid tribute to Albert Pyun!
  7. Erin shared Counter Girl, Opium Flower, The Last Princess, Secret Beyond The Door, Radio Stories, The Lost World, and Detective Novel!
  8. Erin shared the Spicy Covers of Bedtime Stories!
  9. Jeff reviewed Forbidden Trails, The Gunman From Bodie, and Arizona Bound!

More From Us:

  1. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared a song from St. Germain!
  2. For the Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  3. At my dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Hoax Dream!
  4. At my music site, I shared songs from Victoria Beckham, Charli XCX, Geri Halliwell, Spice Girls, Arcade Fire, The Killers, and Coldplay!
  5. At her photography site, Erin shared Squirrel and His Bread, Searching Bird, Alley, Door, Fan, Armadillos, and Buzzard!

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

Retro Television Reviews: The Great Niagara (dir by William Hale)

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 Great Niagara!  It  can be viewed on YouTube!

The Great Niagara takes place during the Great Depression.

With the world mired in economic uncertainty and the threat of war right around the corner, people are more desperate than ever for entertainment.  One of the latest fads is attempting to conquer the Niagara by going over the falls in some sort of raft.  If done correctly, it can lead to fame and fortune.  But, if one mistake is made while trying to steer the raft against the rapids and the rocks, it can lead to death.  In fact, death is the usual outcome of most people’s efforts to conquer the Niagara.  It’s actually illegal to try to ride anything over the falls but people still try to do it and crowds still gather to watch the attempts.

Old Aaron Grant (Richard Boone) is obsessed with conquering the Niagara but, because he’s been injured in too many attempts, all he can do now is sponsor and try to help others who are willing to take the risk.  Aaron is the type who will look out at the Niagara and angrily shake his fist.  He hates the river and he hates the falls but they’re also the only thing that gives his life meaning.  After Aaron’s latest protegee, Ace Tully (Burt Young), fails in his attempt to go over the falls, Aaron starts to put pressure on his sons to make the attempt.  Lonnie Grant (Michael Sacks) knows that Aaron has allowed his obsession to drive him mad and he’s also promised his wife, Lois (Jennifer Salt), that he won’t go over the falls.  However, Carl Grant (Randy Quaid) is desperate for his father’s approval and it’s not long before he’s getting ready to enter the barrel and risk his life.

The Great Niagara is a short but interesting film.  It’s based on historical fact.  There’s been a long history of people risking their lives with stunts at Niagara Falls.  A few years ago, there was a live television broadcast of someone walking over the falls on a tightrope.  It was a huge rating success and it was, of course, sold as a tribute to the human spirit.  That said, it’s entirely believable that a good deal of the people watching were doing so because they were curious about what would happen if the guy fell off the wire.  By that same token, the crowds that we see in The Great Niagara are far more concerned with seeing someone go over the falls than they are with whether or not that person survives the experience.  Richard Boone gives an obsessive, half-mad performance as Aaron and Michael Saks does a good job as the voice of reason.  Randy Quaid gives a poignant performance as poor Carl, who is so desperate for his father’s approval that he’s willing to risk his life to try to get it.  That said, the true star of the film is the Niagara itself, which is beautiful but obviously dangerous.  When Aaron shakes his fist at the falls, it’s hard not to feel that the Niagara isn’t doing the same back at him.