Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 9/26/22 — 10/2/22


Happy October!  

Let’s got to it:

Films I Watched:

  1. Dark Was The Night (2014)
  2. Exterminators of the Year 3000 (1983)
  3. The Gabby Petito Story (2022)
  4. Police Academy (1984)
  5. This Island Earth (1955)
  6. Uncommon Valor (1983)
  7. Urban Cowboy (1980)
  8. Vampire in Vegas (2009)
  9. The Werewolf of Washington (1973)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. Atlanta
  4. Beyond the Headlines
  5. Bubblegum Crisis
  6. CHiPs
  7. Concentration
  8. East New York
  9. Ghosts
  10. Hell’s Kitchen
  11. Law & Order
  12. Law & Order: Organized Crime
  13. Law & Order: SVU
  14. Mike
  15. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  16. Monarch
  17. Night Flight
  18. Password
  19. Saving Grace
  20. So Help Me Todd
  21. Super Password
  22. Survivor

Books I Read:

  1. Bad Dreams (1994) by R.L. Stine
  2. The I-5 Killer (1988) by Ann Rule
  3. The Serial Killer Letters (1998) by Jennifer Furio
  4. The Wrong Number 2 (1995) by R.L. Stine

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Arctic Monkeys
  2. Ashlee Simpson
  3. Avril Lavigne
  4. Big Data
  5. Bjork
  6. Blondie
  7. The Brady Bunch
  8. Britney Spears
  9. The Chordettes
  10. Christina Aguilera
  11. Ed Sheeran
  12. Fiona Apple
  13. Gary Jules
  14. Goblin
  15. Hilary Duff
  16. Jakalope
  17. Jessica Simpson
  18. John Carpenter
  19. Kim Wilde
  20. Lindsay Lohan
  21. Lorde
  22. Muse
  23. Nine Inch Nails
  24. Saint Motel

Live Tweets:

  1. Exterminators of the Year 3000
  2. Police Academy
  3. Uncommon Valor
  4. Dark Was The Night

Trailers:

  1. The Last of Us
  2. Smile
  3. 6 Trailers for October 2nd, 2022

Horror on the Lens:

  1. The Horror at 37,000 Feet
  2. The Giant Spider Invasion

Horror on Television:

  1. Ghost Story 1.1
  2. Ghost Story 1.2

4 Shots From Horror History:

  1. 1930s
  2. 1940s

News From Last Week:

  1. Rapper and actor Coolio dead at 59
  2. Actress Venetia Stevenson dead at 84
  3. Jim Root has issues with the new Slipknot album, takes a shot at Rage Against The Machine
  4. Trevor Noah to Exit ‘Daily Show’ After Seven Years
  5. ‘Community’ Movie Is Finally Happening, at Peacock, Fulfilling the Show’s Prophecy

Links From Last Week:

  1. Welcome To “Shocktober” 2022! Here Are Some Classic Horror Films To Get You Screaming!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 10/1/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Casper, Ghost, Trio, Park, Haunted Rock, Portal, and Margarita Ranch!
  2. Erin shared The Covers of Tales of Magic and Mystery, The Covers of La Paree, and the Adventures of Masked Detective!
  3. Erin reviewed Facing Nolan and The Furnace!
  4. Erin welcomed you to October!
  5. Erin shared a baseball moment that she loved!
  6. Case reviewed Waffle, Moon and Killer Pizza!
  7. Case wished you a Happy Horrorthon!
  8. Leonard shared the trailer for The Last of Us!
  9. Jeff shared music videos from The Dickies, Ozzy Osbourne, Winger, Deep Purple, Huey Lewis and the News, Meat Loaf, and Olivia Newton-John!
  10. Jeff reviewed Downdraft, Evil Toons, Death Kiss, Friend of the Family II, City of Bad Men, Revolver, and Vigilante!
  11. Jeff played Deathtrap and Deep In the Spooky, Scary Woods!
  12. Jeff shared a great moment in comic book history and a great moment in television history!
  13. I reviewed The Astrologer, A Little Game, Light Blast, The Gabby Petito Story, Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2, Second Glance, Exterminators of the Year 3000, Embrace of the Vampire, Bloody Moon, Await Further Instructions, Nightmare Alley, Father Stu, Urban Cowboy, Honk for Jesus Save Your Soul, Corrective Measures, Vendetta, Mike, and I Came By!
  14. I reviewed California Dreams, One World, City Guys, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Hang Time!
  15. I read Wrong Number 2, The Serial Killer Letters, Capital Crimes, Blood Sweat & Chrome, Night of Camp David, Altamont, Chiefs, The Nashville Chronicles, and The KGB Candidate!
  16. I shared my week in television, an amv of the day, and an anti-smoking commercialI shared ten things I’m looking forward to in October!
  17. I took a look at the casting of Frankenstein!
  18. I paid tribute to Michael Powell and Nicholas Winding Refn!
  19. I shared a scene from The Wolfman, Frankenstein and The Passenger!
  20. I shared my Oscar predictions for September!
  21. I wrote about a boy named Zac!

More From Us:

  1. At SyFy Designs, I shared My Favorite Time of Year, Happy Tuesday, It’s Wednesday, October Dreams, Be Sure To Answer, Happy October, and Relax!
  2. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I wrote about the finale of Big Brother, the latest episode of Survivor, and the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  3. I wrote about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  4. At my music site, I shared songs from Gary Jules, John Carpenter, The Chordettes, Muse, Hilary Duff, Ashlee Simpson, and Lindsay Lohan!
  5. At my dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Fragment of Vaccine Booster Dream, Last Night’s Talking To Mom In The Rain Dream, Last Night’s Skipping High School Dream, Last Night’s Long Dream About A Dead Actor, Last Night’s Disney World Dream, Last Night’s Chess Playing Dream, and Last Night’s Cemetery Dream!
  6. For Horror Critic, I reviewed Attack of the Puppet People, This Island Earth, and The Giant Spider Invasion!
  7. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared 62 Years Ago Today, Mad Magazine on Top Gun, The Cure For The Political Blues, 83 Years Ago Today, Fordham Defeated Waynesburg, Fredric Wertham Prepares For October, The Thrilla in Manila, and Adam Kinzinger Loses it!
  8. At her photography site, Erin shared Branches, Alleyway, Fences, Stop, The Sun Through A Window, I Am With U, and The Tracks!

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Ten Things That I’m Looking Forward To In October


Yay!  It’s finally October again!  Are you excited because I know I am?  Seriously, it feels like it’s been a year since I last got to celebrate my favorite month!

Here are ten things that I’m looking forward to in October.

  1. Halloween and Horrothon! — You all had to know that this was going to be number one, right?  Halloween is my favorite time of year, both because of the cool weather and the fact that it’s the start of the holiday season!  Plus, this time of year that we do our annual Horrorthon here at TSL!  (I will also be contributing daily horror reviews to Horror Critic!) I spend all year looking forward to and preparing for this month.  Horrorthon can be an exhausting enterprise but it’s always worth it.
  2. Terrifier 2 — Art, the world’s most terrifying clown is back!  Seriously, killer clowns are a bit of a cliché but Art is one of the most frightening horror creations that I’ve ever seen.  Terrifier 2 is going to be 138 minutes long and, with the legacy of Michael Myers being ruined by the current David Gordon Green Halloween trilogy (seriously, don’t even get me started), now is the time for Art to step up and remind people what horror is all about.
  3. TAR — Todd Field’s first film since Little Children looks intriguing and has been getting rapturous reviews.  TAR is getting a limited release on October 3rd before opening wide on October 28th.  It may not be a horror film but I’m still looking forward to seeing the film that could very well make Cate Blanchett a three-time Oscar winner.
  4. Triangle of Sadness — For that matter, I’m also looking forward to Triangle of Sadness, this year’s winner of Palme d’Or.  The film opens on October 7th and it appears to feature Woody Harrelson in the role that he was born to play.
  5. The Banshees of Inisherin — An Irish film, reuniting Martin McDonagh, Colin Farrell, and Brendan Gleeson?  (Previously, all three worked together on the brilliant In Bruges.)  How could I possible resist?
  6. Dark Glasses — Dario Argento’s latest film is coming to Shudder!
  7. Night of the Living Dead, The Shining, the original Suspiria, Carnival of Souls, Robot Monster, Little Shop of Horrors, Nosferatu, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Bride of the Monster, Plan 9 From Outer Space, the original Halloween — It’s tradition!  These are films that I watch at least once every October and I’m looking forward to watching them this year as well.
  8. Mocking the critics — There are so many snobs out there when it comes to horror.  That’s why it’s always fun to spend October mocking them on twitter.  Forget those who look down on horror.  October is our time.
  9. All The Holiday SpecialsToy Story of Terror?  Yep.  It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown?  You know my sister and I will be watching it.  It’s not October without the holiday specials.
  10. Setting A Record — Last year, at TSL, we posted 487 times over the course of October.  Think we can break 500 this year?  We’re off to a good start!

Happy October everyone!  I look forward to sharing this wonderful time of year with all of you!  What are you looking forward to?

Welcome to October!


by Erin Nicole

Welcome to October on the Shattered Lens!

Here’s hoping this month finds you with joy, family, friends, fiends, ghouls, and ghosts!

Today is also the start of the Shattered Les’s annual horrorthon!  Sit back, enjoy the reviews, the art, and the music videos, and have a great month of ghoulish fun!

by Erin Nicole

Moments #2: His Name Was Zac by Lisa Marie Bowman


His name was Zac and, for a few weeks during my freshman year of college, I thought that I might be very deeply in love with him.  He was a tall, muscular 23 year-old with thick blonde hair that fell clumsily down to his shoulders.  His face wasn’t really handsome.  The sight of his pink lips surrounded by his messy blonde beard always left me wanting to buy him a razor.  I often told myself that, whenever we had grown close enough, I would talk him into shaving his beard and revealing his true face, scars and all.  I assumed he had scars though, in retrospect, I guess the beard could have just been there to try to disguise the fact that he actually had the face of a 12 year-old.

Zac wasn’t handsome but that was his appeal.  I was 19.  I was away from home for the first time and I was desperately trying to not to let anyone see just how scary that was for me.  I’d already given the socially acceptable, alcoholic frat boys a try.  I’d had my flirtations with the painfully sensitive types who wore their hearts on their sleeves and cried whenever I said I didn’t see myself getting married before I was legally old enough to drink.  I’d had the fantasy men.  Now, I was ready for a real man and I was convinced that reality was hiding underneath Zac’s grotesque mask of a beard.

I sat directly behind him in Intro. To Creative Writing and the first day of class, I sat there and I stared at the blonde hair cascading down over his shoulders.  Over the winter break, I’d had a very brief fling with an aspiring screenwriter who, even at the age of 20, already had a bald spot.  It had reminded me of the importance of a thick head of hair and, if nothing else, Zac had that.

The first day of class, each student took a turn going up to the front of the room, sitting on top of the teacher’s desk, and telling the class who we were and what we hoped to express with our writing.  When Zac was had his turn, he told us that Jack Kerouac was a major influence on his life and that “No one is going to tell me how to write!”  His nostrils flared as he spoke.  When my name was called, I briefly stopped fantasizing about running my hands through the thick head of hair in front of me and I went up to the front of the room.  I hopped up on the desk and I immediately mentioned that my ancestors came from Ireland, Italy, and Spain.  No one appeared to be impressed by that unique combination.  I said that I was a city girl with a lot of country inside of me.  I paused and waited for a reaction that did not come.  In my usual rambling manner, I continued to go on about myself.  I was already feeling awkward and it didn’t help that it was obvious that, despite my best efforts to be cute in a flighty way, none of my fellow classmates were really listening to a word I had to say.  Some were talking amongst themselves, some were looking over the class syllabus, and a few were just staring blankly at the wall behind me.

No one was paying attention to me.  No one was looking at me as I spoke.

Except for Zac.  As I rambled through my introduction, Zac never stopped looking at me and soon, I felt as if I was talking to him and him only.  Of course, looking back, I also remember that I was wearing a short black skirt on that day and Zac wasn’t quite looking me in the eye.  In retrospect, it’s probably a lot more realistic to assume that Zac was more fascinated by the color of my panties than anything I had to say about myself.  If I remember correctly, they were hot pink.  I always made it a point to wear colorful underwear whenever I was otherwise dressed in all black.  It was my way of embracing the duality of nature.

But, on that day and at that moment, I wasn’t thinking about the duality of anything.  All that mattered was that he paid attention to me and after that one class period, I decided I was in love with him.

As the semester continued, I would look forward to every Tuesday and Thursday because I knew I’d get to sit behind Zac and stare at his lion’s mane of blonde hair.  Some days, he was very talkative in class as he would tell us why another student’s story was or wasn’t honest.  Other days, he would sit in a sullen silence and I would wonder what inner darkness he was wrestling with.  As the days passed, I wondered when he would finally read us something he had written.  What mysteries would be revealed when he finally opened his soul.

One day, he came into class, turned around in his chair to face me, and held up a thick bundle of papers.

“I wrote this last night,” he said.

“Are you going to read it?” I asked, trying to hide my near-giddy excitement.

“No,” he replied before suddenly ripping the pages in half, “a true artist has to be willing to destroy what he creates.”

I sat there, shocked.  I wondered if I would have the courage to be a true artist.  I wondered if Zac would ever trust me enough to let me know what he had just destroyed.  Yes, I decided, he would trust me.  If I had to, I would spend the rest of the semester earning that trust.

Unfortunately, at our next class, Zac did read us the story he had previously “destroyed.”  It was about an angry, rebellious, bearded 23 year-old who, one night, spotted a dead dog in the middle of the road and it caused him to reconsider everything that he felt he knew about his girlfriend, his friends, and the father who never understood why his son didn’t want to take over the family hardware store.  It was a long, angry narrative about crushed idealism, spiritual ennui, and lots of profanity.  The main character had a habit of responding to every comment with an angry one-liner and no one could ever refute his arguments, which I guess is the advantage of writing about yourself.  It included a lengthy sex scene between Zac’s doppelganger and a high school cheerleader who was secretly fed up with being popular and I had to swallow a giggle when Zach hit the line, “His hands found her breasts,” as if they had previously gone missing.  In short, it was really, really bad.

That was pretty much the end of things for me and Zac.  The beard, the intensity, the self-righteous anger; it was all kind of annoying without any talent to go with it.  Still, it was a good few weeks.

Zac read a few more stories over the course of that semester, all of which were about the same angry and profane 23 year-old who didn’t get along with his Dad and who spent his time “telling it like it is.”  Usually, I zoned out whenever he was reading.  Occasionally, he would still talk to me about his artistic insights and I would nod and smile without actually hearing what he was saying.  He mentioned Keroauc a lot but I couldn’t help but get the feeling that Zac would have been one of the fans that Keroauc complained about in Big Sur, always dropping by unannounced and demanding to know if Kerouac had written anything else about Dean and Sal.  About halfway through the semester, I think Zac finally figured out that I was bored with him because his stare became a bit less intense.  I caught him rolling his eyes once as I read a story about an angry 19 year-old who always knew the perfect thing to say and who spent a lot of time considering the duality of nature.  After the end of the semester, he disappeared from campus.  Whether he graduated or dropped out or transferred somewhere else, no one knew.  Actually, to be honest, no one cared.

I do sometimes wonder what happened to Zac.  Is he still writing or did he eventually take over the family hardware store?  And did he ever shave that ridiculous beard?

Previous Moments:

  1. My Dolphin by Case Wright

Lisa’s Week In Review: 9/19/22 — 9/25/22


It’s almost October and I can’t wait!  All we have to do is get a few more days out of the way and then …. HAPPY HORRORTHON!

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

Films I Watched:

  1. All The Kind Strangers (1974)
  2. Attack of the Puppet People (1958)
  3. Best Seller (1987)
  4. Boody Moon (1981)
  5. Cabin Fever (2002)
  6. Cyborg Cop (1993)
  7. A Jazzman’s Blues (2022)
  8. Light Blast (1985)
  9. Teen Wolf (1985)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Abbott Elementary
  2. The Amazing Race
  3. Atlanta
  4. The Bachelorette
  5. Big Brother
  6. Cobra Kai
  7. Dynaman
  8. Full House
  9. Inspector Lewis
  10. Law & Order
  11. Law & Order: Organized Crime
  12. Law & Order: SVU
  13. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  14. Monarch
  15. Night Flight
  16. Survivor

Books I Read:

  1. Chiefs (1981) by Stuart Woods

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Alcazar
  2. Ashlee Simpson
  3. Avril Lavigne
  4. Bikini Kill
  5. Bloc Party
  6. Britney Spears
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Christina Aguilera
  9. Gwen Stefani
  10. Imagine Dragons
  11. Kaiser Chiefs
  12. Kid Rock
  13. Lindsay Lohan
  14. Lynard Skynard
  15. Madness
  16. Moby
  17. Ryan Cabrera
  18. Saint Motel
  19. Souixsie and the Banshees
  20. Taylor Swift
  21. Toni Basil

Live Tweets:

  1. Cabin Fever
  2. Teen Wolf
  3. Cyborg Cop
  4. Best Seller

Trailers:

  1. Hellraiser

News From Last Week:

  1. Actress Louise Fletcher Dies at 88
  2. Tom Hardy surprises competitors with entry into martial arts tournament
  3. Hollywood A-Lister Says He’d Be ‘Arrogant Not To’ Consider Presidential Run

Links From Last Week:

  1. The Best Pro Football Movies! The Greatest Films About The NFL + Broadway Joe’s Chopper Saga!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 9/24/22

Links From The Site:

  1. I reviewed Long Journey Back, California Dreams, One World, City Guys, Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Hang Time!  I also shared my week in television, an amv, the 1938 War of the Worlds Broadcast, and a weird commercial starring Ben Affleck.  I shared a scene from House on the Edge of the Park, Zombieland, and Empire Records and paid tribute to Bert I. Gordon and Stephen King!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from Genesis, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, Lime, The Alarm, Pink Floyd, Earth and Fire, and Simple Minds!
  3. Erin shared the Scandalous Covers of Whisper and Be Prepared To Stop, Behind the Waterfall, Opposite Sides, Expect Everything, Turtle, Fountain at the Dallas Arboretum, and Boot!

More From Us:

  1. I wrote about Big Brother at the Big Brother Blog!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared Trash, Look-Out, Visitor, Alley, Alley 2, Street, and Tree!
  3. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the premieres of Survivor and The Amazing Race!  I also shared: Lukewarm Drama in the Big Brother House, No One Likes A Whiner, It’s Time Open Up The Diary Room For Week 11, Just To Make It Official, Almost Over, and It’s Time To Open Up The Diary Room For One Last Time!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff wrote about Gavin Newsom, Linda Paulson, Semper Supra, Matthew McConaughey, Matthews McConaughey again, Jim Henson, and James Earl Jones!
  5. At my dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Carnival Dream, Last Night’s Strange Movie Dream, Last Night’s Dream About Teaching My Nephew To Drive, A Very Weird Dream From Last Night, Last Night’s Political Debate Dream, Last Night’s Truck Dream, and Last Night’s Beto Dream!
  6. At my music site, I shared songs from Gwen Stefani, Ashlee Simpson, Alcazar, Lindsay Lohan, Ryan Cabrera, Kaiser Chiefs, and Avril Lavigne!
  7. For Horror Critic, I reviewed Cyborg Cop, All The Kind Strangers, The Deep House, and Mark of the Witch!

Want to check out last week?  Click here!

Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 9/12/22 — 9/18/22


Jean-Luc Godard, R.I.P.

Films I Watched:

  1. Corrective Measures (2022)
  2. The Decline of Western Civilization (1981)
  3. Father Stu (2022)
  4. Flight 93 (2006)
  5. Honk For Jesus.  Saved Your Soul. (2022)
  6. I Came By (2022)
  7. Mikey (1992)
  8. Revolver (1993)
  9. Road House (1989)
  10. Seven (1995)
  11. Twin Dragon Encounter (1986)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Atlanta
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Big Brother
  4. The Challenge
  5. Devil in Ohio
  6. The Emmys
  7. Fantasy Island
  8. Full House
  9. Inspector Lewis
  10. The Love Boat
  11. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  12. Monarch

Books I Read:

  1. The KGB Candidate (1988) by Owen Sela

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Britney Spears
  3. The Chemical Brothers
  4. Christina Aguilers
  5. Coldplay
  6. David Guetta
  7. Gwen Stefani
  8. Jessica Simpson
  9. Kaiser Chiefs
  10. Kedr Livanskiy
  11. Kelis
  12. The Killers
  13. Lindsay Lohan
  14. Moby
  15. Muse
  16. The Prodigy
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Taylor Swift

Live Tweets:

  1. Flight 93
  2. Seven
  3. Road House
  4. Mikey

Trailers:

  1. Babylon

News From Last Week:

  1. Director Jean-Luc Godard Has Died
  2. Actor Henry Silva Dies At 95
  3. Greek actress Irene Papas has Died
  4. Axel Jodorowsky Dies At 57
  5. Woody Allen Announces His Retirement From Filmmaking
  6. Quinta Brunson had to step over Jimmy Kimmel to accept her Emmy
  7. Jimmy Kimmel apologizes for stealing Quinta Brunson’s moment as she crashes his monologue
  8. Sheryl Lee Ralph Addresses Jimmy Kimmel Crashing Quinta Brunson’s Emmys Speech: ‘Ooh, the Disrespect!’
  9. Kevin Smith says Dogma is being held hostage by Harvey Weinstein
  10. Harvey Weinstein asks judge for fake teeth before sex crimes trial

Links From Last Week:

  1. Ezra Miller’s “Messiah” Delusions: Inside The Flash Star’s Dark Spiral
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 9/16/22
  3. Could You Live “Faraway?” Lucy Irvine’s South Seas Adventures As A “Castaway!”

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Our Flag, Carrying The Flag, Negative Sunburst, The Covers of All-American Fiction, The Greenest Greens The Reddest Reds, The View From The Front Door, Richland, Looking and Searching, Ferris Wheel, and Graffiti!
  2. Jeff shared music videos from John Parr, Megadeth, R.E.M., Guns N Roses, Journey, The Human League, and Madness!  He also paid tribute to Henry Silva!
  3. I reviewed Hang Time, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, City Guys, One World, California Dreams, and Quarterback Princess!
  4. I shared a scene from Band of Outsiders!
  5. I shared my week in television, an amv of the day, and a commercial featuring Renee Zellweger stalking her neighbor!
  6. I paid tribute to Jean-Luc Godard!

More From Us:

  1. At Horror Critic, I reviewed Last Shift, Flesh Feast, Teenage Caveman, and Mikey!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared Loner, Dusk, The Coming Fall, King Bird, Trail Closed, Spring Creek, and Fountain!
  3. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  4. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Why Biden Is The Way He Is, The Final Primary Night Of The Season, We’ve Seen Fire and We’ve Seen Rain, Look Out It’s Aviator Joe, Petty Questions For Petty Times, The Freak Out, Lemon To Mornings, Football Thoughts, and On Approval Ratings!
  5. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I shared Week 10 Veto Meeting, A New Showmance, It’s Time Open Up The Diary Room For Week 10, About Tonight, Things Are Moving Quickly, and Things Are Moving Slowly!
  6. At my online dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Walk Dream, Last Night’s Confession Dream, Last Night’s Construction Dream, Last Night’s High School Dream, Last Night’s Arkansas Dream, Last Night’s Interviewing A Celebrity Dream, and Last Night’s Shoplifting Dream!
  7. At my music site, I shared songs from Britney Spears, Avril Lavigne, The Killers, David Guetta, Kelis, The Prodigy, and Kaiser Chiefs!

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

Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 9/5/22 — 9/11/22


Some weeks, it seems like time is standing still.

And then other weeks, the entire world changes in a day.  Queen Elizabeth II died on Thursday and all I can say is that it’s remarkable how all the self-described contrarians on twitter had the exact same response and often used the exact same words to express that response.

As for me, I continue to prepare for October.  Here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week!

Films I Watched:

  1. A Little Game (1971)
  2. The China Lake Murders (1990)
  3. The City (1977)
  4. The Death of Richie (1977)
  5. Downdraft (1996)
  6. Last Shift (2014)
  7. Long Journey Back (1978)
  8. Night of the Comet (1984)
  9. The Principal (1987)
  10. Quarterback Princess (1983)
  11. Rollerball (1975)
  12. Scream of the Wolf (1974)
  13. The Strange Possession of Mrs. Oliver (1977)
  14. Teenage Caveman (1958)
  15. They Call Me Trinity (1971)
  16. The Who — Under Review: 1964 — 1968 (2005)
  17. Who Is The Black Dahlia (1975)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Big Brother
  3. The Challenge
  4. Fantasy Island
  5. Full House
  6. Hang Time
  7. Inspector Lewis
  8. The Love Boat
  9. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  10. Night Flight

Books I Read:

  1. Crash (1973) by J.G. Ballard

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Avril Lavigne
  3. Britney Spears
  4. The Chemical Brothers
  5. Duran Duran
  6. Goblin
  7. Gwen Stefani
  8. Hilary Duff
  9. The Human League
  10. Jessica Simpson
  11. John Carpenter
  12. Kylie Minogue
  13. Lorde
  14. Moby
  15. Muse
  16. The Prodigy
  17. Saint Motel
  18. Taking Back Sunday

Inferno (1980, dir by Dario Argento, DP: Romana Albano)

Live Tweets:

  1. Downdraft
  2. Rollerball
  3. The Principal
  4. Last Shift

Awards Season:

  1. Here Are The Winners From Venice

News From Last Week:

  1. Queen Elizabeth II Has Died 
  2. Queen Elizabeth II’s Obituary 
  3. Actress Marsha Hunt Dies At 104
  4. Emmanuelle Director Just Jaeckin Dies at 82
  5. Director Alain Tanner Dies at 92
  6. Actor Jack Ging Dies At 90
  7. Queen’s Funeral Date Set As Young Royals Join In Mourning
  8. What Queen Elizabeth Did During Her Trip to Dallas In 1991
  9. With Queen Elizabeth’s Death, What Changes in the UK?
  10. In his first speech, King Charles III pledges to serve Britain 
  11. Venice Film Festival Comes To A Close

Links From Last Week:

  1. New Mirsky Minis : “Generic Action Hero” And “Dingus And Dum-Dum”
  2. My Dinner With The Queen
  3. The World’s Common Tater’s Predictions for New Fall TV Shows
  4. The Word’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 9/9/22
  5. Here’s The Stunning NEW “9 To 5” From Dolly Parton And Kelly Clarkson! PLUS Kelly’s Season 4 Talk Show Sneak Peek!
  6. Remembering September 11, 2001. My Experience In New York That Week, From Howard Stern’s Studio To Meeting Bill Clinton…

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared the ultimate Labor Day scene, the covers of Smashing Detective Stories and Carrying the Flag!
  2. Erin shared Man and Machine, Lights Out, Enter, Possum, Bubba’s Bridge, Alley, Possum, and Our Flag!
  3. Jeff shared music videos from Dead Kennedys, Souixsie and the Banshees, Scorpions, Anthrax, INXS, Queensryche, and Staind!
  4. I reviewed The Death of Richie, California Dreams, Gang Boy, One World, City Guys, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, and Hang Time!
  5. I shared my week in television and an amv of the day!
  6. I shared a scene from A Face In The Crowd!
  7. I paid tribute to Brian De Palma, Dario Argento, and Werner Herzog!

More From Us:

  1. At her photography site, Erin shared 11, Tower, Clouds Above, Jake and Max, Vase, Spring Creek, and Peace In Black and White!
  2. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Congratulations to Liz Truss, Self-Sabotage in Arizona, Self-Sabotage in Alaska, The Queen’s Health, The Queen Has Died, More On Alaska, The King’s Speech, and No Day Shall Erase You From The Memory Of Time!
  3. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  4. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I shared Back From The Holiday, It’s Time To Open Up The Diary Room Week 9, About Tonight’s Double Eviction, Week 10 Nominations, and Week 10 Veto Comp!
  5. At my music site, I shared songs from Jessica Simpson, Kylie Minogue, Gwen Stefani, The Prodigy, Hilary Duff, Britney Spears, and Taking Back Sunday!
  6. At my dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Orient Express Dream, Last Night’s Art Show Dream, Last Night’s Kidnapping Dream, Last Night’s Work Dream, Last Night’s British Vacation Dream, Last Night’s Fort Smith Dream, and Last Night’s Dream About Amy’s Wedding Shower!

Heart of Glass (1976, dir by Werner Herzog, DP: Jörg Schmidt-Reitwein)

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Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 8/29/22 — 9/04/22


There I was, relaxing out by my uncle’s pool in my American flag bikini when, suddenly, the biggest and most violent thunderstorm in the world came along and I had to go running inside while thunder rumbled and lightning flashed all around me.  It was a two and a half minute run and I still ended up getting totally soaked.

That’s how my Labor Day weekend is going!

But no matter.  It’s been a good week.  This week, I finally started posting my Retro Television Reviews, which is something that I’ve been meaning to do for several months now.  We’ll see how it goes!  And, of course, October is right around the corner!  I know I’ve been saying this a lot but I just can’t wait for this year’s Horrorthon!

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

Films I Watched:

  1. Await Further Instructions (2018)
  2. Breakout (1975)
  3. The Burning (1981)
  4. City Killer (1984)
  5. Elvis (2022)
  6. Fantasy Island (1977)
  7. Fistful of Yen (1977)
  8. Flesh Feast (1970)
  9. Gong Shou Dao (2017)
  10. Kung Fury (2015)
  11. Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary (2019)
  12. Zero Tolerance (1994)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Big Brother
  3. California Dreams
  4. The Challenge
  5. City Guys
  6. Dynaman
  7. Hang Time
  8. Inspector Lewis
  9. The Love Boat
  10. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  11. Night Flight
  12. The Office
  13. One World

Books I Read:

  1. Brightness Falls (1992) by Jay McInerney
  2. The Good Life (2006) by Jay McInerney

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adi Ulmansky
  2. Ava Max
  3. Avril Lavigne
  4. Big Data
  5. The Black Keys
  6. Britney Spears
  7. The Chemical Brothers
  8. Coldplay
  9. Commodores
  10. Falco
  11. Imagine Dragons
  12. Kid Rock
  13. The Killers
  14. Lindsay Lohan
  15. Lorde
  16. Lynard Skynard
  17. Moby
  18. Muse
  19. Panic! At the Disco
  20. Peter Schilling
  21. Saint Motel
  22. Taylor Swift
  23. Tove Lo
  24. White Stripes

Trailers:

  1. Dead For A Dollar
  2. Winnie The Pooh: Blood and Honey
  3. The Son
  4. Weird

Live Tweets:

  1. Zero Tolerance
  2. Never Surrender: A Galaxy Quest Documentary
  3. Await Further Instructions

News From Last Week:

  1. Actress and model Charlbi Dean Dies at 32
  2. Literary Agent Sterling Lord Dies at 102
  3. Underground artist Diane Noomin Dies At 75
  4. Months after that slap, Chris Rock says he turned down hosting the Oscars next year
  5. Brendan Gleeson Joins Joaquin Phoenix, Lady Gaga in ‘Joker: Folie à Deux’
  6. Cate Blanchett’s ‘Tár’ Earns Ecstatic 6-Minute Standing Ovation in Venice, Generating Instant Oscar Buzz
  7. Alejandro G. Iñárritu Gets Teary-Eyed as Three-Hour ‘Bardo’ Nabs Four-Minute Standing Ovation in Venice
  8. Lindsay Lohan to Star in Netflix Rom-Com ‘Irish Wish’
  9. Rob Schneider Says Kate McKinnon’s Mournful Rendition of ‘Hallelujah’ as Hillary Clinton Is When He Realized SNL Was ‘Over’

Links From Last Week:

  1. Insert Name Minifest 2022
  2. The Last Temptation Of Tedward : Josh Pettinger’s “Power Wash”
  3. Structurally Sound : David Craig’s “Curse Of Brick”
  4. The Inspiring “Shawshank Redemption!” Stephen King’s Novella Is Voted #3 Greatest Film Ever!
  5. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 9/2/22
  6. A Note to Readers: Full Disclosure (Awards Daily)
  7. Shane Gillis is going places

Links From The Site:

  1. I reviewed City Killer and episodes of California Dreams, One World, and City Guys!  I also reviewed Toomorrow, Elvis and Book Him!
  2. I shared a music video from Avril Lavigne and my week television!  I also shared an AMV of the Day!  I shared 12 Things that I’m Looking Forward to September and my August Oscar Predictions!  I shared a scene from The French Connection!
  3. Leonard shared the trailers for Weird and the new Winnie the Pooh horror film!
  4. Jeff shared music videos from Billy Idol, Weird Al Yankovic, Midnight Moscow, Queensryche, Rush, and Metallica!
  5. Erin shared Cosmic Science Fiction, Fantastic Adventures, The Body Snatchers, Second Ending, The Back Yard On A September Day, Del’s Charcoal Burgers, A Place to Hide, and Standing Behind The WaterfallShe also shared the pin-up art of Billy DeVorss!

More From Us:

  1. At her photography site, Erin shared Squirrel, Sunset, Glitz, Clouds 5, Clouds 6, Clouds 7, and Clouds 8!
  2. At Pop Politics, Jeff shared Decline, About Alaska, RIP Mikhail Gorbachev, Frankenstein’s Monster Meets Spider-Man, and Happy Birthday Elliott Gould!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from Muse, The Killers, The Black Keys, Lindsay Lohan, Britney Spears, Coldplay, and Avril Lavigne!
  4. I wrote about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  5. At Reality TV Chat Blog, I shared Week 8 Veto Meeting Results, Set In Stone, It’s Time To Open Up The Diary Room For Week 8, About Tonight’s Eviction, Week 9 Nominations, and Week 9 Veto Results!
  6. At my online dream journal, I shared Last Night’s Searching A Warehouse with Larisa And Her Man Dream, Last Night’s Interrupted Party Dream, Last Night’s Fragment of a Dream, Last Night’s Watching A Movie While In The Shower Dream, Last Night’s Invasion of the Cats Dream, Last Night’s Weird Trivia Dream, and Last Night’s Dance Class Dream!  Feel free to let me know what it all means!
  7. At SyFy Designs, I shared Get Out There and Celebrate and Tired, I Am!
  8. For Horror Critic, I reviewed The Day Time Ended!

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12 Things That I’m Looking Forward To In September


Welcome to the month of September!  Here are twelve things to which I am looking forward!

  1. October — Let’s just admit it.  Around these parts, the best thing about September is that it leads to October and TSL’s annual month of Horror!  It’s not just that I spend September looking forward to Halloween.  It’s also that I spend September selecting and watching all of the horror movies and reading all the books that I’m going to review in October!  There’s nothing more fun that watching all the pieces that make up the jigsaw puzzle that is October fall into place.
  2. Labor Day — How can you not be excited by our most confusing holiday?  Not only does it involve a long weekend and a chance to see family but it also officially signals the end of wearing white.  Plus, Labor Day is the official start of campaign season and this year, I’m actually paying attention to the midterms.
  3. After Ever Happy — The After saga comes to a close.  Will the world’s most boring couple manage to stick together?  Will that pretentious British dude ever stop feeling sorry for himself?  Will the American girl finally realize that she doesn’t have much of a personality beyond whoever she happens to be  dating at the moment?  And how foolish will people on Twitter act over this movie?  The previous After films all made my list for the worst films of the year in which they were released.  Will After Ever Happy keep the streak alive?
  4. Pinocchio — It’s easy to be cynical about remakes but the trailers look adorable!
  5. Blonde — Finally, after all the hype about the NC-17 rating, we’ll get to see Blonde for ourselves!  That said, it is kind of funny the Blonde was rated NC-17 but it’s going to be showing on Netflix, which anyone can watch whenever they feel like it.  Is Netflix going to be like, “Hey, if you’re not 17, stop watching right now!?”  In the streaming era, ratings feel like a left-over relic from the past.
  6. Don’t Worry, Darling — Much like Blonde, we’ll finally get to see what all the controversy is about.  Personally, I kind of suspect this film will be overshadowed by all the personal stuff involving Olivia Wilde, Harry Styles, Shia, Florence, and that Ted Lasso guy.
  7. A Jazzman’s Blues — Has Tyler Perry finally made a good film?  We’ll find out soon.
  8. The Venice and Toronto Film Festivals — The Venice festival has just begun.  Toronto will start next week.  And the Oscar picture will suddenly become much clearer.
  9. The Return of Ghosts — The second season of Ghosts begins on the 29th!
  10. The End of Big Brother — This season hasn’t been as bad as other seasons but it’s still getting a bit exhausting and I’m glad that it will be wrapping itself up in another few weeks.  I’m also looking forward to the end of The Bachelorettes but I have to admit that the show pretty much ended for me the minute that Meatball didn’t get a rose.
  11. New Seasons of Survivor and The Amazing Race — Yay!
  12. Retro Television Reviews — This is a new feature here at TSL.  I’ll be launching it tonight, around 5:30 central time.  Keep an eye out!

What are you looking forward to in September?

Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 8/22/22 — 8/28/22


This week?  This week has been all about getting ready for October.  I know that I said the same thing last week.  Well, it takes a lot of work to get ready for a horrorthon!

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

Film I Watched:

  1. The Astrologer (1975)
  2. The Astrologer (1976)
  3. Banzai Runner (1987)
  4. Buying Time (2019)
  5. The Cutting Edge (1992)
  6. The Day Time Ended (1980)
  7. Embrace of the Vampire (1995)
  8. Jack Reacher (2012)
  9. Power of the Air (2018)
  10. Test of Faith (1987)
  11. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2 (1986)
  12. Vendetta (2022)
  13. Year 1999 A.D. (1967)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Big Brother
  4. The Challenge
  5. City Guys
  6. Full House
  7. Inspector Lewis
  8. Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
  9. Mike Judge’s Beavis and Butt-Head
  10. Night Flight
  11. The Office
  12. Open All Hours

Books I Read:

  1. Capital Crimes (1990) by Lawrence Sanders

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Avril Lavigne
  2. Britney Spears
  3. Christina Aguilera
  4. Coldplay
  5. Hilary Duff
  6. Lord
  7. Lorna
  8. Moby
  9. Muse
  10. Radiohead
  11. Taylor Swift
  12. Yvonne Elliman

Trailers:

  1. A Jazzman’s Blues
  2. White Noise
  3. Empire of Light

Live Tweets:

  1. Banzai Runner
  2. The Cutting Edge
  3. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Part 2

News From Last Week:

  1. Actor and artistic director Robert LuPone dies at 76
  2. Controversial Art Critic Charlie Finch Jumps From Window At The Age of 68
  3. Actor Joe E. Tata Dies At 85
  4. NBC Could Give Third Hour Of Nightly Primetime Back To Local Affiliates
  5. Arcade Fire singer Win Butler accused of sexual misconduct

Links From Last Week:

  1. “Material Dimensions” : Work Sucks All Over The Universe
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 8/26/22
  3. “Surviving Paradise!” Living A Year On A South Pacific Island! Blue Lagoons! Swaying Coconut Trees – And Millions Of Flies!

Links From The Site:

  1. I shared music videos from Lorde and Muse!
  2. I reviewed Banzai Runner and Year 1999 A.D!
  3. I shared my week in television and an amv!  I shared a scene that I love from the Brady Bunch Variety Show!
  4. Jeff shared music videos from Accept, Megadeth, Judas Priest, Beastie Boys, and Guns N’ Roses!
  5. Erin shared Cosmic Science Fiction, The Gang Girls, The Wickedest Man, Amazing Stories, Pluto and Charon, Wake For A Lady, and Bedtime Stories!

More From Us:

  1. I wrote about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  2. At my music site, I shared songs from Radiohead, Lorna, Christina Aguilera, Hilary Duff, Britney Spears, Coldplay, and Avril Lavigne!
  3. At her photography site, Erin shared One Flower, A Squirrel and His Bread, White Rock Lake, Clouds, Clouds 2, Clouds 3, and Clouds 4!
  4. At Days Without Incident, Leonard shared Only Solutions!

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