Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 11/4/19 — 11/10/19


Hi, everyone!  Greetings from beautiful Lake Texoma!

Well, as you can tell it’s been kind of a quiet week around the TSL Bunker.  We’re all still recovering from October!  However, that quiet is about to end.  Not only is Awards Season rapidly approaching but my DVR has so many things recorded that it’s going to explode if I don’t start watching some of it.

In other words, starting next week, it’s going to be all about getting caught up with the films and recording of 2019!  As you can tell by looking below, I’ve already gotten off to a fairly good start.

Finally, my birthday was this Saturday.  A new year has begun.  Through the Shattered Lens’s birthday will be in December.  This site will be 10 years old!  I’m currently making all sorts of plans for how we’re going to celebrate being a decade old.  I promise you this: you’re going to love what we have in store for 2020.

Anyway, without further ado, here’s my week in review:

 

Films I Watched:

  1. The Apocalypse (2000)
  2. Casino (1995)
  3. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
  4. Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs and Shaw (2019)
  5. Harriet (2019)
  6. Kindred Spirits (2019)
  7. The Kitchen (2019)
  8. Last Christmas (2019)
  9. Late Night (2019)
  10. The Lion King (2019)
  11. Ma (2019)
  12. Midsommar (2019)
  13. My Mother’s Split Personalities (2019)
  14. Rocketman (2019)
  15. Sleeping With My Student (2019)
  16. Stuber (2019)
  17. Victoria Gotti: My Father’s Daughter (2019)
  18. Yesterday (2019)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. Beverly Hills 90210
  3. Couples Court With The Cutlers
  4. Dancing With The Stars
  5. Days of Our Lives
  6. The Devil Next Door
  7. Divorce Court
  8. Doctor Phil
  9. The End of the Fucking World
  10. General Hospital
  11. It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia
  12. Judge Jerry
  13. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  14. Seinfeld
  15. South Park
  16. Survivor 39
  17. The Voice

Books I Read:

  1. Verity (2018) by Colleen Hoover

 

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. The Beatles
  3. Big Data
  4. Bob Dylan
  5. Britney Spears
  6. Coldplay
  7. Don Henley
  8. Erin Anne
  9. Hachiku
  10. Haim
  11. Jakalope
  12. M4Sonic
  13. Magdalena Bay
  14. Public Image Ltd.
  15. Saint Motel
  16. Taylor Swift
  17. UPSAHL
  18. Zero 7

Links From Last Week:

  1. Twitter hates me. The Des Moines Register fired me. Here’s what really happened.
  2. Scorsese’s Marvel Critique Makes No Sense

News From Last Week:

  1. James Dean Reborn in CGI for Vietnam War Action-Drama
  2. Director of the CGI James Dean Movie is Somehow Shocked at the Backlash
  3. British Politician Drops Out Because of Her Views on Extraterrestrials in Government
  4. Woman Starring In Indie Horror Film Charged In Real Life Murder Day After Filming Wraps
  5. ‘Hollywood Superman’ Christopher Dennis, Longtime Walk Of Fame Fixture, Dead At 52
  6. Igo Kantor, Producer and Post-Production Executive, Dies at 89
  7. Woody Allen and Amazon End Legal Battle

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Dead as a Dummy, Whiplash, Detective World, Black Jack, The Come On, Film Fun, and the Singing Widow!
  2. Jeff reviewed Dangerous Curves, Viva Knievel, and The Hard Way.  He shared music videos from Public Image Ltd, Don Henley, and Public Image Ltd again!
  3. I shared the trailer for The Invisible Man and reviewed The King, Victoria Gotti, Sleeping With My Student, and Kindred Spirits!  I shared music videos from M4Sonic, Magdalena Bay, Hachiku, and M4Sonic again!  I also tried to share the teaser for Tenet but YouTube took down the video as soon as I posted it, those bastards.
  4. Patrick reviewed The Tokoloshe!
  5. Ryan reviewed TrumpTrump Volume 2 and Blood and Drugs!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Please consider subscribing!
  2. On Pop Politics, Jeff wrote about Aaron Calvin, Jeff Epstein, and Michael Bloomberg!  He also reviewed Hooper!
  3. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episode of Survivor!
  4. On my music site, I shared songs from Haim, Zero 7, Coldplay, Erin Anne, Adi Ulmansky, The Beatles, and Saint Motel!
  5. On her photography site, Erin shared Turtle, Behind A Waterfall, More From Behind The Waterfall, Locked Door In Black-and-White, Church, Dallas, and Peaceful Fountain!

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

Here’s The Trailer For The Invisible Man


Sorry, everyone!  I’ve been so busy this week that I’m a little bit late in sharing this trailer.  All apologies!

Without any further delay, here’s the trailer for The Invisible Man, which features Elisabeth Moss being menaced by her abusive ex!  It appears that, having faked his own death, he is using a formula designed by Moss to torment her without being seen! Seriously, he couldn’t even come up with his own invisibility formula?  What a jerk!

This comes out on February 28th so, if you have a bad Valentine’s Day next year, just remember that you have this to look forward to!

Here’s the trailer!

Film Review: Kindred Spirits (dir by Lucky McKee)


Kindred Spirits tells the story of two sisters.

Chloe (Thora Birch) is the older sister.  She’s the one who literally raised her younger sister, Sadie (Caitlin Stasey).  At one point, in the film, Sadie even says that she thinks of Chloe as being her mom.  Chloe got pregnant when she was 17 and had a daughter named Nicole (Sasha Frolova).  Just as Sadie considers Chloe to be her mom, she also grew up considering Nicole to be more of a little sister than a niece.  Once, Sadie even saved a very young Nicole from getting run over by a car.  That’s what a good sister does.

Eventually, Sadie left home.  When Kindred Spirits begins, it’s been a while since anyone has heard from Sadie.  As for Chloe, it’s been a struggle but she’s built a good home and good life for herself and her daughter.  However, Nicole has now reached her own rebellious stage and Chloe’s clumsy attempts to warn her about “making the same mistakes I did” do not make things any less awkward between them.  Chloe has stated as secret relationship with her neighbor, Alex (Blue Ruin‘s Macon Blair) but she doesn’t know how Nicole will react.

And I’m sure that many people would dismiss Nicole as just being a ungrateful brat or Chloe as just being an overly protective mother but both Sasha Frolova and Thora Birch do a very good job of bringing some unexpected shading to their roles.  The details of Nicole and Chloe’s relationship ring true, everything from the awkward conversations to the rare moments of open closeness.

Suddenly, Sadie shows back up!  Both Chloe and Nicole are happy to see her and, when Sadie says that she needs a place to say, they of course invite her to live with them.  At first, everything’s perfect but soon, Sadie is showing some signs of instability.  She wants to be Chloe’s daughter but, at the same time, she wants to be Nicole’s best friend.  She starts dressing like Nicole and even sneaks off to a high school party where she’s thrilled to discover that everyone thinks that she’s still a teenager. Nicole starts to suspect that something might be off about Sadie.  Meanwhile, Sadie is busy murdering people.  Throats will be slit.  Dollhouse furniture will be driven into foreheads.  Blood will be spilled.

In fact, quite a lot of blood will be spilled.  Though this film aired on the Lifetime Movie Network towards the end of October and it’s plot certainly sounds Lifetime-y, Kindred Spirits only ended up on LMN after traveling the film festival circuit.  As such, it’s a bit more graphic than the usual Lifetime film, with close-ups of wounds and plenty of language that ended up getting awkwardly silenced during the film’s airing.  The ending is also considerably darker than the average Lifetime film.

I liked Kindred Spirits.  The story may be predictable but Lucky McKee directs with a lot energy and brings a lot of atmosphere to the film.  Best of all, Birch, Frolova, and especially Stasey all give excellent performances.  It’s nice to see a film with not just one but three strong female roles.  It’s a pity that a few good people end up dying but …. well, that’s family.

Here’s The Enigmatic First Trailer For Christopher Nolan’s Next Film, Tenet!


Out of nowhere tonight, we suddenly got the first trailer for Christopher Nolan’s next film.  Tenet is a project that has been shrouded in secrecy.  All we know for sure is that it’s an espionage epic of some sort and that it stars John David Washington and Robert Pattinson.

And now, we have a trailer, which features Washington doing …. stuff.  It’s hard to say what he’s doing, of course.  It’s an enigmatic teaser, which shouldn’t come as a surprise since this is a Nolan production.

Great music, though.

Here’s the trailer:

 

Lifetime Film Review: Sleeping With My Student (dir by Tom Shell)


So, here you are.

You’re middle-aged.  You’ve just split up with your adulterous husband.  Your teenage daughter is upset because she’s about to start at a new school.  Even worse, you’ve just been hired to be the new principal at that school.  It’s the summer.  You’re at a conference.  This is your last chance to enjoy yourself before a new school year begins.

You’re at the hotel pool.  Suddenly, a handsome man who is quite a bit younger than you jumps into the pool and, after briefly fooling you into thinking that he’s drowned, he starts up a conversation with you.  He’s charming in a simple way.  He says that you were sexy when you were concerned that he might be dead.  He invites you back to his room and you know exactly why.

Do you go with him?

That’s the decision that Kathy (Gina Holden) is faced with at the start of the Lifetime film, Sleeping With My Student.  What does she do when she’s given the opportunity to have one night of passion with Ian (Mitchell Hoog)?  Well, your answer is right there in the first half of the film’s title.  And, as you can probably guess from the second half of title, Ian eventually turns up as a student at Kathy’s school!  Even worse, Ian has a reputation for being a bad boy and a trouble maker and soon, he’s dating Kathy’s daughter, Bree (Jessica Belkin)!

Of course, it all turns out to be about more than just one night stands and bad disciplinary histories.  It turns out that it wasn’t a coincidence that Ian showed up at the hotel and jumped into the pool at the same moment that Kathy just happened to be there.  It also wasn’t a coincidence that Ian just happened to end up getting transferred to Kathy’s new school.  It’s all a part of a massive scheme that Ian has cooked up in order to get vengeance for something that happened in the past.  I mean, seriously, no one should be surprised.  There are no coincidences when it comes to Lifetime.

Speaking as someone who has seen a few hundred Lifetime films over the past few years, I enjoyed Sleeping With My Student.  Gina Holde, Mitchell Hoog, and Jessica Belkin were all well-cast in their rules and the great Gerald Webb showed up as Officer Compton, the school security officer who first explains that Ian is bad news.  Yes, the plot was a bit predictable but that’s honestly a part of the film’s appeal.  You don’t necessarily watch a Lifetime film because you want to see something unexpected.  Instead, the appeal of these films is to be found in their very predictability.  There’s something comforting in knowing that, on Lifetime, no one night stand will turn out to be just a one night stand and that the film’s villain will always do something particularly evil at the halfway mark.  The best Lifetime films are cinematic comfort food.  They give you exactly what you want and they don’t demand much in return and we’re all the better for it!