Music Video of the Day: Mr. Percocet by Noah Cyrus (2022, dir by Boni Mato)


Today’s music video of the day is this atmospheric video from Noah Cyrus.  I always enjoy videos that look like they could be dreams.

Enjoy!

you are overly sensitive so i won’t say much
but, my heart gets pulled into pieces whenever you’re poured up

you are malevolent and benevolent
you are the devil that i revel in

i barely recognize you when you wake up in the morning
must be someone else’s eyes that i look into every night
you’re only kind when you’re all fucked up
you’re only mine til your high is gone
But,
i wish you’d still love me when your drugs wear off in the morning

i come second to every Percocet that you take
And I know you want someone to worship the worst of your mistakes

you are malevolent and benevolent
you owe me nothing and everything

i barely recognize you when you wake up in the morning
Must be someone else’s eyes that i look into every night
you’re only kind when you’re all fucked up
you’re only mine til your high is gone
but,
But i wish you’d still love me when your drugs wear off in the morning

You (x8)

i barely recognize you when you wake up in the morning
must be someone else’s eyes that i look into every night
you’re only kind when you’re all fucked up
you’re only mine til your high is gone
So,
Maybe I should leave before your drugs wear off in the morning

Scenes I Love: Berkman Goes Boom from Barry


Today’s scene that I love is a fairly recent one.  

On Sunday’s episode of HBO’s Barry, hitman-turned-actor Barry Berkman (played by Bill Hader) accepted a contract to blow up a house and the Bolivian gangsters within.  He was given a bomb which had been purchased on the Dark Web and which, unfortunately, had been programmed to continually repeat a phrase in Japanese.  He was also given the Detonator App (developed by KABOOM), which would allow him to remotely detonate the bomb.

The only problem is that the app didn’t seem to be working and as Barry tried to figure out why, some of the gangsters heard the bomb “speaking” underneath the house.  Meanwhile, Fernando — who was not supposed to be in the house when the bomb went off — showed up to talk to his father-in-law.  While Fernando discovered that his own secrets were no longer secret, Barry wondered if he would even be able to get the bomb to go off.

Customer service to the rescue!

As I said, I saw this scene on Sunday and, as Monday comes to a close, I’m still laughing about it.  It almost makes me want to get a job at Kaboom.  This is a wonderfully executed and detailed scene and one of the best that I’ve seen so far this year.

“Alright, sounds like we were successful….”

 

Lisa Marie’s Week In Review: 5/9/22 — 5/15/22


Another up-and-down week comes to a close.  Here’s the important thing: we all survived Friday the 13th.

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

Films I Watched:

  1. Fit to Kill (2022)
  2. Friday the 13th (1980)
  3. Friday the 13th Part 2 (1981)
  4. Gasoline Alley (2022)
  5. Robo Vampire (1988)
  6. Starcrash (1978)
  7. Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
  8. World War Z (2013)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. Allo Allo
  2. Atlanta
  3. Barry
  4. Better Call Saul
  5. Beyond The Edge
  6. The Brady Bunch
  7. Candy
  8. Dynasty
  9. Fantasy Island
  10. Full House
  11. Ghosts
  12. Law & Order
  13. The Love Boat
  14. Survivor
  15. We Own This City

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. Blanck Mass
  2. BoywithUke
  3. Charli XCX
  4. The Chemical Brothers
  5. Crud
  6. Crystal Method
  7. Daft Punk
  8. Giorgio Moroder
  9. Gloria Gaynor
  10. Icona Pop
  11. Jakalope
  12. Jane’s Addiction
  13. Katy Perry
  14. Lady Gaga
  15. Liberato
  16. Martin Garrix
  17. OneRepublic
  18. Patti Smith
  19. Purity Ring
  20. Saint Motel
  21. UPSAHL

Trailers:

  1. 6 Classic Fred Ward Trailers
  2. Avatar: Way of the Water
  3. Love Death + Robots Volume 3
  4. Hustle
  5. Cha Cha Real Smooth
  6. Resurrection

News From Last Week:

  1. Actor Fred Ward Dies at 79
  2. Upfronts 2022: TV Renewals, Cancelations, Trailers, Schedules and More
  3. ‘Strange’ Reigns Again, ‘Firestarter’ Fizzles
  4. Hulu Says No To Hillary Clinton
  5. “Spinal Tap” Is Back! New Sequel Announced! Here Are Details!

Links From Last Week:

  1. Making Clemenza’s Meatballs! Celebrate “The Godfather” At 50 With This Classic Recipe! — Bite! Eat! Repeat!
  2. The World’s Common Tater’s Week in Books, Movies, and TV 5/13/22

Links From The Site:

  1. Erin shared Nylon Passport, Dishonorable Lady, Friday the 13th Part 3, Wayward Nurse, True Detective, Soft in the Shadows, and Tramp Nurse!
  2. Jeff shared a music video from The Black Dahlia Murder!
  3. Leonard shared trailers for Resurrection, Avatar: The Way of Water, and Love Death + Robots Vol. 3!
  4. I shared music videos from OneRepublic, Purity Ring, Crud, Liberato, BoywithUke, and Lady Gaga!
  5. I shared my week in television!  I reviewed Gasoline Alley and CandyI wished everyone a happy Friday the 13th!

More From Us:

  1. Ryan has a patreon!  Consider subscribing!
  2. At her photography site, Erin shared: neighbor, West Elm, heading home, his eyes follow you, store, rabbit, and crutch!
  3. At my music site, I shared songs from Charli XCX, Patti Smith, Gloria Gaynor, Katy Perry, Giorgio Moroder, Martin Garrix, and Jane’s Addiction!
  4. For Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed Survivor!

Want to check out last week?  Click here!

Lisa Marie’s Week In Television — 5/8/22 — 5/14/22


Let’s get to it.

Atlanta (Thursday Night, FX)

Atlanta has been pretty evenly split, this season, between “anthology” episodes and the episodes that follow Earn and Al in Europe.  It’s an interesting format but, as I watched this week’s anthology episode, I really found myself thinking about much more interested I am in what’s going on in Europe.  This week’s episode was filmed in gorgeous black-and-white but the story of a biracial teen passing as white was nowhere near as interesting as what happened to Al in Amsterdam last week.

Barry (Sunday Night, HBO)

This week, Barry attempted to make things up to Gene by getting him a role on a plausibly terrible television show.  Unfortunately, for Barry, it turned out that Gene isn’t just going to forget about Barry murdering his girlfriend in return for a role.  Meanwhile, Sally was forced to take part in a series of vacuous interviews in order to promote her new television series.  Everyone wants to know: “Who should be the next Spider-Man?”

Better Call Saul (Monday Night, AMC)

This week, we got to see what Saul’s office was like before he redecorated it.  It was kind of a slow episode.  Better Call Saul is always watchable because of the performers but its status as a prequel also means that there’s a certain lack of suspense as to what’s going to happen to everyone.  Still, this week’s episode was worth it for the boxing scene.

Beyond the Edge (Wednesday Night, CBS)

The remaining celebrities continued to try to survive living in the jungle.  Jodie Sweetin finally ran the bell and removed herself from the show, just leaving a bunch of former pro athletes to continue the competition.  I don’t blame her.  Jodie lasted longer than I would have.

The Brady Bunch (Sunday Morning, MeTV)

I don’t remember anything that happened during last Sunday’s Brady Bunch episodes so I guess I should count myself lucky.

Candy (Hulu)

I reviewed Hulu’s latest true crime miniseries here!

Dynasty (Friday Night, The CW)

Having missed most of the latest season, I finally got caught up on Dynasty this week and I was reminded of why I enjoy this wonderfully over-the-top and self-aware show.  Unfortunately, no sooner was I caught up than the CW announced that they were canceling the show.  Booooo!

Fantasy Island (Hulu)

Several months after watching the pilot, I finally watched the rest of Fantasy Island’s 1st season this week.  It’s an extremely silly but fun show.  Roselyn Sanchez plays her role with just the right mix of gravitas and mockery.  The show’s a bit heavy-handed at times but I think that’s to be expected.  The island looks lovely and the fantasies themselves are ultimately harmless and good-natured and that’s all the really matters.

Full House (Sunday Afternoon, MeTV)

If I remember correctly, Jesse was worried that he was losing his cool and Joey said, “Cut it out.”

Ghosts (Paramount Plus)

I finished binging the first season of Ghosts on Monday and Tuesday.  What a sweet show!  I’m kind of amazed that it took me so long to give this show a chance.  I’ll be curious to see what happens with the second season.  Hopefully, the show can keep up its momentum.

Law & Order (Thursday Night, NBC)

“This story is fictional….”

Yeah, whatever.  This week’s episode started out as an homage to Inventing Anna and then it ended as an homage to Dopesick.  Price decided to make a deal with a murderer so that he could then prosecute the owner of a pharmaceutical company.  It was all because Price’s brother died of a drug overdose.  To be honest, Price didn’t really make his case and he should have been fired for wasting tax payer money on a personal crusade.  But the jury disagreed.  It may sound like I’m trashing this episode but it was actually pretty well-acted and I actually appreciated that it totally turned into a different story during the second half.  That said, I don’t think the Law & Order revival will ever be known for having a particularly nuanced political outlook.

The Love Boat (Sunday Evening, MeTV)

Vicki discovered that one of the passengers was hooked on speed.  Luckily, everything worked out in the end.

Survivor (Wednesday Night, CBS)

I reviewed the latest twist-filled episode of Survivor here!

We Own This City (Monday Night, HBO)

It was a pretty boring episode this week.  The cast is convincing and Baltimore continues to be a fascinating portrait of the American Dream gone bad but David Simon doesn’t really seem to have much to say, beyond pointing out that cops are bad and federal investigators are underfunded.

Miniseries Review: Candy


It’s strange how things work out.

In 1980, something terrible occurred in the town of Wylie, Texas.  Candy Montgomery, who was a Sunday School teacher and who had what seemed like the ideal life, killed Betty Gore.  Betty was reportedly one of Candy’s closest friends but Candy still ended up striking her 41 times with an axe.  After Candy was arrested, she revealed that she had cheated with Betty’s husband.  She also said that she attacked Betty in self-defense.  At her trial, she was ultimately found not guilty.

It was one of those small town scandals that the media tends to love and, 42 years after it all happened, it’s still spoken of down here in Texas.  Every five years or so, there’s a big “where are they now?” article in the Dallas Morning News.  Betty’s widowed husband married a woman that he started dating a few weeks after Betty’s death.  Candy’s lawyer, Don Crowder, tried to launch a political career and, when that failed, got addicted to cocaine and ended up committing suicide.  As for Candy, she divorced the husband who stood with her through the trial and apparently now lives, under a new name, in another town.

Still, despite the case’s continuing notoriety in Texas, I was recently a bit surprised to learn that there was not one but two Candy Montgomery miniseries in development.  HBO has Love and Death, which stars Elizabeth Olsen as Candy.  Love and Death is scheduled to come out later this year and it’ll probably suck because it’s written by David E. Kelley and this is exactly the type of story that’s going to bring out all of his worst instincts.  Meanwhile, Hulu produced Candy, starring Jessica Biel as Candy and Melanie Lynesky as Betty Gore.

Candy aired, over five nights, last week and I have to say that Hulu did a good job of presenting the story.  I’m usually a bit cynical about true crime miniseries (especially ones that are set in small town Texas in the late 70s) but Candy was actually really good.  The first episode featured a somewhat frazzled but always smiling Candy as she tried to balance a day that included swim lessons, bible school, taking the kids to see The Empire Strikes Back, and, of course, killing her best friend.  The final episode featured the courtroom drama, in which the ghost of Betty Gore could only watch as Candy Montgomery made herself the center of the tragedy.  In between, Candy provided a portrait of small-town life, church gossip, a mid-life crisis, and a lot of shag carpeting and wood paneling.  The miniseries balanced melodrama with satire but it also worked as a portrait of a group of people who all realized that their lives hadn’t turned out the way that they wanted them too.  Both Candy and Betty are portrayed as being frustrated and dissatisfied with what the world has to offer them.  The difference is that, while Betty wears her pain for all to see, Candy hides everything behind a quick smile and a superficially friendly manner.  In the end, one gets the feeling that Candy was acquitted because no one wanted to believe that someone who seemed so perfect could do something so horrific.

Candy is also well-served by its cast.  Melanie Lynesky is often heart-breaking as Betty Gore, while also still playing her with just enough anger that Candy’s story of being attacked is not easy to dismiss.  Jessica Biel keeps you guessing as Candy, playing her as someone who you would probably want to be friends with, even though you can’t help but suspect that she would also probably gossip about you behind your back.  Timothy Simons and Pablo Schrieber are well-cast as Candy and Betty’s clueless husbands.  Simons especially deserves some credit for generating sympathy for a character who, as written, could have been portrayed as just being a caricature.  And yes, Justin Timberlake does show up as the deputy who investigated the crime.  While it does feel a bit like stunt casting, Timberlake is convincing once you get used to the 70s porn mustache.

Though it aired without the fanfare that greeted other Hulu miniseries like Dopesick, Pam & Tommy, and The Girl From Plainville, Candy is a compulsively watchable and, at times, even thought-provoking work of true crime.  Without any of the slow spots that marred The Girl From Plainville or Dopesick‘s preachiness, Candy is definitely one that will benefit from being binged.  Check it out the next time you have five hours to kill.