Happy Moon Day!


 

(Photographed by Erin Nicole Bowman)

50 years ago today, man set foot on the moon for the very first time.  A total of 12 men have walked on the moon, beginning with Neil Armstrong.  On four of them are still living — Buzz Aldrin, David Scott, Charles Duke, and Harrison Schmitt.  My hope is that someday, I’ll get to see us return.  Not to climb up on my soapbox, but there’s so much out there to be discovered that it seems tragic and foolish to limit our curiosity and our imagination to just one planet.  I hate to think that there may some day be a day when no one will be around to tell the story of personally walking across the Lunar surface.

In honor of Moon Day, watch as Neil Armstrong takes his steps on the moon back in 1969:

Lisa’s Week In Review: 7/8/19 — 7/14/19


Rip Torn in Maidstone

Rest in peace, Rip Torn.

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

Films I Watched:

  1. Dark Victory (1939)
  2. Forbidden Planet (1956)
  3. Frogs (1972)
  4. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
  5. It Came From Outer Space (1953)
  6. Maidstone (1970)
  7. Payday (1972)
  8. Stalked By My Doctor: A Sleepwalker’s Nightmare (2019)
  9. Terrifier (2016)
  10. The Thing From Another World (1951)
  11. The War of the Worlds (1953)
  12. The Wrong Boy Next Door (2019)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Bachelorette
  2. Bar Rescue
  3. Big Brother 21
  4. Big Little Lies
  5. Dance Moms
  6. Euphoria
  7. Face The Truth
  8. Fear the Walking Dead
  9. Friday the 13th: The Shocking Truth
  10. Friends
  11. Grand Hotel
  12. Hotel Impossible
  13. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  14. The Killer Beside Me
  15. King of the Hill
  16. The Last Days of JFK Jr.
  17. Legion
  18. Love Island
  19. Marvel’s Agents of SHIELD
  20. Saved By The Bell
  21. So You Think You Can Dance
  22. Stranger Things
  23. Sweetbitter
  24. Your Worst Nightmare

Books I Read:

  1. One Night at the Lake (2019) by Bethany Chase

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Avril Lavigne
  3. Bat For Lashes
  4. Big Data
  5. Blanck Mass
  6. Bob Dylan
  7. Britney Spears
  8. Cat Pierce
  9. The Chemical Brothers
  10. Coldplay
  11. Daft Punk
  12. David Bowie
  13. Deadmau5
  14. Dillon Francis
  15. Ghastly
  16. Gwen Stefani
  17. Haim
  18. Hardwell
  19. Icona Pop
  20. Jakalope
  21. Jake Bugg
  22. Jake Epstein
  23. Joywave
  24. Katy Perry
  25. Madness
  26. Meg Myers
  27. Michael Fredo
  28. Moby
  29. Panic! at the Disco
  30. Phantogram
  31. P!nk
  32. PVRIS
  33. The Regrettes
  34. Robyn
  35. Saint Motel
  36. She & Him
  37. Skrillex
  38. Sleigh Bells
  39. Steve Aoki
  40. Taylor Swift
  41. The Ting Tings

Links From Last Week:

  1. Ryan the Trashfilm Guru has a patreon and you should consider supporting it!
  2. Patrick’s now a happy cat owner!
  3. On her photography site, Erin shared Rest Stop, Clouds in Black-and-White, Cabin Table, Moon, Red, The Park In Black and White, and Ducks!
  4. On Pop Politics, Jeff wrote about Eric Swalwell, Ross Perot, The Larry Sanders Show, Ball Four, Jeffrey Epstein, The Avengers on David Letterman, and Michael Bennet!
  5. On my music site, I shared music from Robyn, The Chemical Brothers, Cat Pierce, Hardwell, Dillon Francis, The Regrettes, and Sleigh Bells!
  6. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  7. RIP Rip Torn, a genuine character, a great Southern character actor–1931-2019
  8. Bond 25 ‘will see actress Lashana Lynch take over from Daniel Craig to become first female 007’
  9. Top 10 Underrated Performances from 1999
  10. “The Commitments”! Terrific Movie Musical Is My “Cult Movie Monday!” Glen Hansard’s Rise To Oscar Gold!
  11. Kickin’ The Willy Bobo With…TIMOTHY MAYER
  12. Kickin’ The Willy Bobo With…BEX AARON
  13. Grimace …. 33 Words

Links From The Site:

  1. Case finished reviewing Stranger Things season 3: here, here, and here!
  2. Erin shared Hill Billy In High Heels, The Avenue of the Pimps, Atlantic Avenue, Fog of Doubt, This is My Night, The Singing Lariat, and The Barbarians!
  3. Gary reviewed Machete Maidens Unleashed and The Cincinnati Kid!
  4. Jeff shared music videos from Madness, The Cutting Crew, Phil Collins, Milli Vanilli, and the Clash!  He also took a look at the time The Avengers appeared on David Letterman!
  5. I shared music videos from Joywave and Moby.  I also reviewed Payday, The Wrong Boy Next Door, Trapped Model, and Stalked By My Doctor 4.
  6. Ryan reviewed Expelling My Truth and the Adventures of Moonpie, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!

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

Lisa’s Week In Review: 7/1/19 — 7/7/19


Did everyone survive Independence Day?

It’s been quite a week here at the Shattered Lens Bunker.  First off, Jeff (a.k.a. Jedadiah Leland) started a personal blog on Monday and, two days later, he ended up breaking one of the biggest stories of the week!  Seriously, when I looked at the reaction to his post, I finally got to do my imitation of Edie Falco in The Comedian exclaiming, “YOU’RE GOING VIRAL!”

Meanwhile, our own Case Wright, had his Stranger Things theory proven correct!

Finally, Patrick celebrated his birthday on the 1st!  Happy birthday, Pat!

Compared to all that …. well, I pretty much did nothing.  I did manage to take out a wasp’s nest so yay me!  Here’s the rest of what I did this week:

Films I Watched:

  1. Born Yesterday (1950)
  2. The California Kid (1974)
  3. Casablanca (1943)
  4. Hometown Killer (2019)
  5. The House That Jack Built (2018)
  6. It Happened Last Night (1934)
  7. Ninotchka (1939)
  8. Trapped Model (2019)
  9. Us (2019)
  10. Wonder Park (2019)
  11. The Wrong Stepmother (2019)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 20/20
  2. 60 Minutes
  3. The Bachelorette
  4. Big Brother 21
  5. Big Little Lies
  6. Cheerleader Generation
  7. Couples Court with the Cutlers
  8. Dance Moms
  9. Degrassi
  10. Doctor Phil
  11. Euphoria
  12. Face The Truth
  13. Grand Hotel
  14. King of The Hill
  15. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  16. Love it or List It
  17. The Office
  18. Seinfeld
  19. Shipping Wars
  20. The Skyjacker Who Got Away
  21. Stranger Things
  22. So You Think You Can Dance

Books I Read:

  1. Ladies Who Punch: The Explosive Inside Story of The View (2019) by Ramin Setoodeh
  2. Mr. Know-It-All (2019) by John Waters

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Afrojack
  2. Bat for Lashes
  3. Big Data
  4. Britney Spears
  5. Cage the Elephant
  6. Cat Pierce
  7. Cedric Gervais
  8. Charli XCX
  9. The Chemical Brothers
  10. Ed Sheeran
  11. Fiona Apple
  12. Haim
  13. Jakalope
  14. Jonas Brothers
  15. Joy Division
  16. Meg Myers
  17. Miley Cyrus
  18. New Order
  19. P!nk
  20. The Regrettes
  21. Saint Motel
  22. Taylor Swift
  23. Tears for Fears
  24. The Ting Tings
  25. Tomoyasu Hotei
  26. Tove Lo
  27. UPSAHL

Links From Last Week:

  1. On Pop Politics, Jeff shared: My First Post (and it’s only four years late!), I’m Watching Metropolis on TCM, Lee Iacocca For President?, Mad Magazine Is Shutting Down (UPDATED), Happy 4th of July, Is Justin Amash Running For President?, Robert Blake on 20/20, Is Mike Gravel Ending His Presidential Campaign?, and One Of My Favorite Comic Book Moments: Alex Ross Brings Spider-Man To Life In Marvels
  2. On her photography site, Erin shared: White Rock Lake 3, Fireworks, More Fireworks, Happy 4th of July, No Swimming, Grove, and Bench!
  3. On my music site, I shared songs from The Ting Tings, Charli XCX, Fiona Apple, Team America: World Police, Bat For Lashes, Meg Myers, and Bat For Lashes again!
  4. I reviewed Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  5. National media outlets told the story of David Briscoe surviving the Santa Fe shooting. He wasn’t there.
  6. Green Goblin & Doctor Octopus Might Not Make It Into Spider-Man 3
  7. Mad Magazine Is Basically Dead
  8. Thirty Years On, Seinfeld Still Can’t Be Beat
  9. Johnny Marr invites fan up on stage to play guitar on This Charming Man…and he absolutely smashes it

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed Episode 1 and Episode 2 of the third season of Stranger Things!
  2. Erin highlighted the adventures of Secret Service Operator #5 and shared some vintage postcards, some American film posters, and vintage fireworks advertisements!  She also wished America a happy birthday with the help of John Wayne.  And she shared the following artwork: Canadian Crisis, Shark Island, Desert Town, Triggerman, Everybody Loves A Looker, Shotgun Gold, and True Crime!
  3. Doc wished everyone a Happy Canada Day!
  4. Gary wrote about the Cowsills, Wipeout, White Line Fever, and High-Ballin‘!
  5. Jeff reviewed Naked Obsession and wrote about Mad Magazine shutting down.  He shared music videos from Kim Wilde, The Hooters, AC/DC, and Huey Lewis and the News!
  6. Leonard shared the trailer for Knives Out!
  7. Ryan reviewed Galactic Friends, Zerosis Deathscape #1, and Teratoid Heights, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  8. I shared music videos from Sarah McLachlan, P!nk, and Crud.  I also wished everyone a Happy 4th of July and I reviewed The House That Jack Built, The Wrong Stepmother, and Hometown Killer!  Finally, I shared 4 Shots From 4 Films and wrote about my experiences on National Bikini Day!

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

Happy Independence Day!


Hi, everyone!

So, usually, whenever a holiday rolls around, Doc, the ennui-afflicted TSL Cat, writes a celebratory post.  Every year, I get people asking me how Doc, with his big paws and his lack of a formal education, can handle typing out a 500-word post.  And every year, I say the same thing: “Doc can do anything he puts his mind to!”

That said, I wanted to write today’s holiday post because I do have a very important message that I want to share with anyone who might be reading this.  I share this every year but, judging by the thunderous explosions and crackling bangs that kept me away last night, it needs to be said again.

First off, it’s great that you have fireworks but you know what?  You don’t need to shoot them off in your back yard!  GET OUT OF THE SUBURBS IF YOU’RE GOING TO SHOOT THOSE THINGS OFF!  Go out to the country and drink your beer and blow your hands off out there.  A few years ago, we actually had some drunken idiots who tried to shoot off fireworks in the middle of the street and it’s the closest I’ve ever come to calling the police on anyone.

Seriously, fireworks are fun and America’s great.  But neither one of those is an excuse for being a dick.

Secondly, remember that most animals aren’t going to be aware that today is Independence Day.  What we think of as being a celebration is going to sound like the end of the world to them.  Take care of your pets and make sure they’re safely inside tonight.  Doc’s probably going to spend tonight under my bed, as he often seems to do during the noisy holidays.  Fortunately, after about an hour, he forgets why he’s hiding and instead concentrates on trying to play tag whenever he sees my ankles.

Finally, the sounds of this holiday can bring back terrible memories for some people.  Please keep our veterans in mind before you try to make your neighborhood sound like a war zone.

So, I guess my 4th of July message is this: Be kind.  Be considerate.  Let’s be the best that we can be.

Happy 4th of July, everyone!

To Everyone Up North, The Cat Wishes You A Happy Canada Day!


From all of the writers and the cat here at the Shattered Lens: Happy 152nd birthday, Canada!

O Canada!  How we love you!  It’s not just that your people are nice and your basketball teams are impressive.  It’s not just that your wilderness is beautiful and your cities are gorgeous.  It’s also that so many great movies have been made by or have starred Canadians!  The first Canadian film was produced in 1897 but the Canadian film industry really took off in the 70s and the 80s.  That’s when Canadian directors like David Cronenberg, Atom Egoyan, and others started to make films that were both uniquely Canadian and, at the same time, universal in their appeal.  At the same time, that’s also when Canadian generous tax shelter laws lured a countless number of low-budget productions to the country.  Though these films were often disguised as being American productions, they gave early work to several talented Canadian actors and technicians.

Here’s just a few of our favorite Canadian films:

 

The Canadian film industry has continued to grow, giving us everyone from James Cameron and Denys Arcand to Xavier Dolan and  Denis Villeneuve.  Along with some wonderful films, Canada has also given us Degrassi and a countless number of Lifetime movies!  No wonder the flame-haired one loves Canada so much!

So, Canada — Happy Birthday!  Thank you for being you and thank you for not taking it personally that time America tried to invade you back in 1812.  We love you, Canada!

Love you, Canada!

 

 

Lisa’s Week In Review: 6/24/19 — 6/30/19


Love you, Canada!

Monday is Canada Day so I spent most of Sunday celebrating by watching Degrassi!  I imagine I’ll do the same tomorrow.  Love you, Canada!

What a week.  On my first night back from my vacation, I got a call from my neighbor and was informed that some strange man had just put a piece of paper on my car’s windshield.  After throwing on some clothes, I ran outside and discovered that I had been given a parking ticket for parking in front of my own house!  (Usually, I park in the driveway but, on Monday, we had company so I did the nice thing and let them have the driveway.)  According to the ticket, I was guilty of “Illegal Parking — Facing Traffic.”

And listen, I get it.  If you’re parking in the city, you need to park so you’re not facing traffic.  But this was a residential street, one that hardly has any traffic.  I mean, at the very least, give me a warning before charging me 60 dollars!

Later, I would learn that I was one of several people in the neighborhood to have been given a parking ticket that night.  Apparently, some good citizen decided to call the police and let them know that something had to be done about all the people parking in the street!

Well, here’s the good thing.  After three days of trying, I was finally able to look up my citation online and I discovered that the charges had been dismissed and the ticket had been reduced to just being a “warning.”  Unofficially, I’ve been informed that all the citations were originally meant to be just warnings but the cop they sent down to the neighborhood apparently screwed up and gave out actual tickets.  On Thursday, I got a “Dear Resident” letter from the police department, saying that all of the “charges” filed against the residents of the neighborhood had been dropped “in the interest of justice.”

Which …. you know, whatever.  As long as I don’t have to pay 60 dollars for parking in front of my house, that’s all that matters to me.  Still, if there was any chance of me becoming any less anti-government this year, this experience killed it.

Anyway, that’s my drama of the week.  In other news, I started my summer job writing for the Big Brother Blog this week!  And I watched some movies and I read a lot of books about traffic law.

In fact, here’s what I watched, read, and listened to this week!

Films I Watched:

  1. A Bride’s Revenge (2019)
  2. Captive State (2019)
  3. A Daughter’s Deception (2019)
  4. From Russia With Love (1963)
  5. Prophecy (1979)
  6. Road House (1989)
  7. Staged Killer (2019)
  8. Viewer Discretion Advised (1996)
  9. The Wild One (1953)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate — Night 1
  2. The 2020 Democratic Presidential Debate — Night 2
  3. The Amazing Race 31
  4. The Bachelorette
  5. Big Brother 21
  6. Big Little Lies
  7. Cheerleader Generation
  8. Dance Moms
  9. Degrassi
  10. Doctor Phil
  11. Euphoria
  12. Face the Truth
  13. Fear the Walking Dead
  14. Grand Hotel
  15. It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia
  16. iZombie
  17. Jeopardy
  18. King of the Hill
  19. Legion
  20. Vida
  21. Wheel of Fortune

Books I Read:

  1. Beat Your Traffic Ticket: How to Go to Court and Win! (2015) by Mick Reiser
  2. How to Get Out of a Traffic Ticket and 9 Other Tips to Get What You Want Using Body Language (2014) by Traci Brown
  3. How to get out of a Traffic Ticket : Written by a former Police Officer (2018) by Mark Ferrusi
  4. Police State: How America’s Cops Get Away with Murder (2015) by Gerry Spence
  5. Seven Principles of Good Government (2012) by Gov. Gary Johnson
  6. Tickets You Never Knew Existed (2011) by Scott R. Miller

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Adam Rickfors
  2. Big Data
  3. Calvin Harris
  4. Cassius
  5. Cat Pierce
  6. The Chemical Brothers
  7. Downtown Sasquatch
  8. Jakalope
  9. Jake Epstein
  10. P!nk
  11. Phantogram
  12. The Regrettes
  13. Robert DeLong
  14. The Ting Tings
  15. Tove Lo

Links from Last Week:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared Tree, The Sky, Life Saver, SMU Athletic Field, Driving in the Rain, White Rock Lake, and White Rock Lake 2!
  2. I started my summer job of writing about Big Brother for the Big Brother Blog!
  3. I wrote about the finale of The Amazing Race!
  4. On my music site, I shared music from The Chemical Brothers, Cassius, Calvin Harris, P!nk, Tove Lo, Cat Pierce, and The Regrettes!
  5. For Horror Critic, I reviewed 1979’s Prophecy!

Links From The Site:

  1. Case reviewed the third episode of Titans!  He also reviewed Professor Marston and the Wonder Women!
  2. Erin profiled John Coleman Burroughs and shared the following artwork: Two-Timing Sister (uh oh), Cat Man, Crazy To Kill, Desk Wife, The Dove, Killer Shark, and Killer Sharks!
  3. Gary reviewed Mighty Joe Young and Eddie and the Cruisers!
  4. Jeff shared music videos from The Beach Boys, Madness, Information Society, Mick Smiley, and PJ Harvey!
  5. Ryan reviewed All-Time Comics : Zerosis Deathscape” #0 and Deadly Prey, along with sharing his weekly reading round-up!
  6. I shared my Oscar predictions for June.  I shared music videos from The Ting Tings and The Regrettes!  I shared teasers from James Bond 25 and Hobbs & Shaw.  I reviewed The Adventurers and The Wild One!

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

HAPPY CANADA DAY!

Lisa’s Week In Review: 6/17/19 — 6/23/19


I’m home!  Thank you to Rose, Kim, Johnny, Baltimore, New York, and Rochester for being so wonderfully friendly and accommodating last week!

After spending the previous two weeks on vacation, I’m home and I’m ready to jump into the second half of 2019!  As I sit here typing this, there’s a big storm raging outside.  Hopefully, the rest of this year will be as exciting as this storm.

Here’s what I watched, read, and listened to last week:

Films I Watched:

  1. The Concorde: Airport ’79 (1979)
  2. Death of a Cheerleader (2019)
  3. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  4. A Friend To Die For (1994)
  5. Like Crazy (2011)
  6. The Lady in Red (1979)
  7. Mega Shark vs Giant Octopus (2009)
  8. Model Shop (1969)
  9. My Stepfather’s Secret (2019)
  10. Nightcrawler (2014)
  11. The Twisted Son (2019)
  12. Zombi 2 (1979)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. The Amazing Race 31
  2. The Bachelorette
  3. Big Little Lies
  4. Dance Moms
  5. Entertainment Tonight
  6. Euphoria
  7. Friends
  8. Highwire Live In Times Square with Nik Wallenda
  9. House Hunters International
  10. iZombie
  11. Jane the Virgin
  12. King of the Hill
  13. Off Script with Bruce Johnson

Books I Read:

  1. Blood Oath (2019) by Linda Fairstein
  2. Disaster Movies: The Ultimate Guide (2007) by Glenn Kay and Michael Rose

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Afrojack
  3. Alvin Risk
  4. Armin Van Buuren
  5. Avicii
  6. Camila Cabello
  7. Cassius
  8. The Chemical Brothers
  9. Crud
  10. The Crystal Method
  11. Daft Punk
  12. David Guetta
  13. Dillon Francis
  14. DJ Snake
  15. Jakalope
  16. Saint Motel
  17. Shawn Mendes
  18. Sleigh Bells
  19. Steve Aoki
  20. Swedish House Mafia
  21. Tiesto
  22. UPSAHL
  23. Zedd

Links from Last Week:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared: Weed In A Storm Gutter, Under the Bridge, The Favorite, Between the Trees, Subtly Southwest, The Train, and DART Tracks!
  2. I reviewed the latest episode of The Amazing Race!
  3. The pleasures of Pauline Kael
  4. Philippe Zdar, Founding Member of French House Pioneers Cassius, Dies at 50
  5. Cassius Pay Tribute to Philippe Zdar With ‘Dreems’ Album Release: Stream It Now

Links From The Site:

(I’m so fortunate to be able to work with these wonderful people!)

  1. Case reviewed the first and the second episode of Titans!
  2. Erin shared the covers of Two Complete Detective Books and the many adventures of Johnny Dekker!  She also shared: You’d Be Surprised, The Whispering Corpse, Planet Stories, Morals Squad, Main Line, Kill me Sweet, and Of A Strong Woman!
  3. Gary took a look at We’ll Sing In The Sunshine, Lady Street Fighter, and Welcome to Mooseport!
  4. Jeff reviewed An Innocent Man and shared music videos from Huey Lewis and the News, Bananarama, Christopher Cross, Danzig, Blotto, and Murray Head!
  5. Val reviewed The Kids of Degrassi of Street: Sophie Minds The Store!
  6. I shared a music video from Cassius and reviewed The Haunting of Sharon Tate, Model Shop, Death of a Cheerleader, and My Stepfather’s Secret!
  7. Patrick reviewed Dolls!
  8. Ryan reviewed: Crime Destroyer #1, Bullwhip #1, Atlas #1, Blind Justice #1, Crime Destroyer #2, Blind Justice #2, Bad Ben: The Way In, and Dybbuk Box : True Story Of Chris Chambers.  He also shared his weekly reading round-up!

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