Music Video of the Day: Hot Mess by Viktoria Liv (2019, dir by Michael Seidi and Viktoria Liv)


Hey, we’ve all been there.

One minute, you’re sitting in a hotel room and drinking from a bottle cheap wine and looking at a bunch of old, black-and-white photographs on the wall.  You’re looking and you’re thinking, “When were these photos taken?  Why are they in my hotel room?  Is that what the hotel used to look like?  Are the people in these pictures going to haunt my dreams?  Is this like The Shining?  Is Jack Torrance celebrating New Year’s in 1921?”  And then you look at your bottle of wine and you ask yourself, “Why do I have this?  I don’t even drink.  Is my life a music video?  Am I part of your dream or are you a part of mine?  Forget it, Lisa Marie, it is what it is….”

And then, the next thing you know, you’re hanging from the ceiling and you’re singing a song that sounds like it should have been the theme song for an old WB show.  It’s happened to all of us.  We’ve all been a hot mess.  We’ve all been haunted by thoughts of ghosts.  And we’ve all held a bottle of wine and used it as a microphone while singing a tragic song.

(It’s kind of like that episode of Degrassi where Craig and Ashley got the hotel room before going to Ashley’s father’s wedding.  And then Craig asked Ashley to marry him and, when she said she thought they should wait until they had at least graduated high school, he went back and destroyed the hotel room.  It was kind of scary but, because it was taking place in Toronto, everyone was really polite about it.)

This video is universal.

Enjoy!

Here’s The Trailer For See You Yesterday!


The trailer for See You Yesterday dropped earlier on Monday.  Originally, there was some confusion on twitter because someone said that this was Spike Lee’s newest movie, which led to others assuming that Lee had directed the film.  Actually, Lee served as the film’s producer while Stefon Bristol is making his feature directing debut.  (According to the imdb, Bristol previously directed a handful of short films.  In fact, See You Yesterday appears to be an expansion on a short film that Bristol wrote and directed in 2017.)

Judging from the trailer, See You Yesterday appears to combine science fiction with social commentary.  Two African-American teens discover the secret of time travel and attempt to save the life of their brother, who was previously gunned down by a member of the NYPD.  However, it appears that changing the past is just as difficult as changing the present.  It also appears that there’s only a limited number of times that they can travel through time.  I’m intrigued by the concept.  If Bristol manages to strike the right balance between entertainment and commentary, this has the potential to be a powerful film.

See You Yesterday will be released on May 17th.  Here’s the trailer:

Music Video of the Day: Rage the Night Away by Steve Aoki, featuring Waka Flocka Flame (2014, dir by Gille Klabin)


One thing that I’ve noticed about music videos is that the future is always a dystopia.  It’s always full of people scurrying around dark alleys and sneaking into hidden laboratories and clubs.  It appears that, in the future, people just decided to stop picking up after themselves.  I think that’s what really bothers me about the whole concept of dystopia.  I can handle a lot but I can’t stand the idea of being surrounded by garbage.  Clean up after yourself and others.  I guess that’s my way of looking at things.

Speaking of which, today is Earth Day.  On the one hand, that makes this a great day to actually go out and do some cleaning.  I mean, you’ve got a perfect excuse and everyone who sees you doing it will be like, “Go Earth Day!  Woo hoo!”  On the other hand, Earth Day seems to bring out the worst, most sanctimonious of impulses in some people.  Whenever anyone starts bragging about how proud they are of themselves for observing Earth Day, I always want to ask them if they’re aware that the holiday was founded by a hippie who subsequently murdered his girlfriend and kept her decomposing body in a trunk for two years before fleeing to France.  That’s a true story, by the way.  Someone should make it into a movie.

So, I guess my point is that we should all do our part to pick up litter but, at the same time, don’t act like a self-righteous ass about it, okay?  And don’t leave dead people in your closet or trunk.  That’s just gross.

The other thing that I’ve noticed about music videos is that, regardless of how dystopian the future gets, people still want to dance.  That’s understandable.  It’s our ability to dance that makes us human.

Oh!  And one more thing I’ve noticed about life in a music video dystopia: there’s a lot of neon around.  Regardless of how dark the world may be, everyone’s still got a enough neon to light up the night.

Anyway, enjoy!

Lisa’s Week In Review — 4/15/19 — 4/21/19


On Monday afternoon, I looked up at the television in my office and I saw the sight of Notre-Dame Cathedral de Paris on fire.

As a lover of history and a lover of art and, yes, as someone raised Catholic, the sight broke my heart.  When Jeff and I were in the UK last November, we had actually made plans to cross the channel spend a day in Paris and, certainly, we were looking forward to visiting Notre-Dame.  Unfortunately, because of the rioting that was going on during that time, we had to change our plans.  As I watched Notre-Dame burn, I realized that, regardless of whether the structure was saved or not, history was dying on the screen in front of me.  When I saw the spire fall, tears came to my mismatched eyes.

And yet, when the fire was finally extinguished, there was good news to go with the bad.  The relics had been saved.  The statues that were normally on the spire had been removed before the fire.  There was damage.  There was loss.  But, thanks to bravery of the firefighters and a determined priest, so much had been saved!  For many of us, the photo below seemed to sum up the aftermath of the Notre-Dame fire:

Now, seven days after the fire at Notre-Dame Cathedral, I am again heart-broken, this time for the victims of the terrorist bombings in Sri Lanka.  On Easter Sunday, three churches and three hotels were bombed.  As of right now, the death toll stands at 215, with over 400 injured.  It’s hard to know what to say when confronted with such evil.

As for me, I spent this Easter weekend with my sisters and it felt good and right for everyone to be back together for a few days.  I managed to get through Easter Vigil without setting anyone’s hair on fire and. even more importantly, without anyone setting my hair on fire, and, for that, I am thankful.  This was a week in which I saw both the best and the worst of humanity.  Hopefully, next week will feature more of the former and less of the latter.

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

Films I Watched:

  1. The Bible: In the Beginning….. (1966)
  2. Gilda (1946)
  3. Glory (1989)
  4. The Hitch-Hiker (1953)
  5. Hollow Triumph (1948)
  6. Jesus Christ Superstar (1973)
  7. King of Kings (1961)
  8. Paparazzi (2004)
  9. Prom Night (1980)
  10. Rebel Without A Cause (1955)
  11. The Resurrection of Gavin Stone (2017)
  12. The Shoes of a Fisherman (1968)
  13. Suddenly (1954)
  14. The Ten Commandments (1956)

Television Shows I Watched:

  1. 9-1-1
  2. The Amazing Race 31
  3. American Idol
  4. A.P. Bio
  5. Barry
  6. Brooklyn Nine Nine
  7. California Dreams
  8. Call the Midwife
  9. Chilling Adventures of Sabrina
  10. Couples Court with the Cutlers
  11. Fosse/Verdon
  12. Game of Thrones
  13. Head Hunters
  14. King of the Hill
  15. Lauren Lake’s Paternity Court
  16. The Magicians
  17. Roman Empire
  18. Saved By The Bell: The New Class
  19. Superstore
  20. Survivor 38
  21. Veep
  22. The Voice
  23. World of Dance
  24. Young Sheldon

Books I Read:

  1. Andy Warhol Giant Size (2008),
  2. Chaucer’s People: Everyday Lives in Medieval England (2017) by Liza Picard

Music To Which I Listened:

  1. 50 Foot Wave
  2. Above & Beyond
  3. Afrojack
  4. Alvin Risk
  5. Arcade Fire
  6. Armin van Buuren
  7. Avicii
  8. Barry Adamson
  9. Big Data
  10. Billie Eilish
  11. Blondie
  12. Blur
  13. Bob Dylan
  14. Britney Spears
  15. Cedric Gervais
  16. The Chemical Brothers
  17. Dillon Francis
  18. DJ Judaa
  19. Fiona Apple
  20. Flight of the Conchords
  21. Fitz and the Tantrums
  22. Garbage
  23. Gary Nunan
  24. Gwen Stefani
  25. Hozier
  26. Icona Pop
  27. Jake Bugg
  28. Johnny Cash
  29. Kelly Clarkson
  30. Kitty
  31. LSD
  32. Martin Garrix
  33. Mick Jagger
  34. Microw Jupiter
  35. Nelly Futado
  36. Neon Indian
  37. Nine Inch Nails
  38. Nouveau Lounge
  39. Palmistry
  40. P!nk
  41. Radiohead
  42. Robert DeLong
  43. The Rolling Stones
  44. The Spaceship Martini
  45. Steve Aoki
  46. Talking Heads
  47. Tiesto
  48. Tomoyasu Hotei
  49. The Verve

Links From Last Week:

  1. On her photography site, Erin shared Spring Creek, Twisty Path, Bridge to the Bench, As The Sun Went Down, Rock, A View Through The Window, and Faith!
  2. At my music site, I shared music from 50 Foot Wave, Gwen Stefani, Flight of the Conchords, Nelly Furtado, Muse, Mick Jagger, and Martin Garrix.
  3. On Reality TV Chat Blog, I reviewed the latest episodes of The Amazing Race and Survivor!
  4. Notre Dame, one of Paris’s most iconic landmarks, damaged in a massive fire
  5. Notre-Dame blaze: 24 hours that rocked Paris and shocked the world
  6. The Lineup of the 72nd Cannes Film Festival
  7. Top 10 Best James Franco Performances
  8. Lorraine Warren, paranormal investigator played by Vera Farmiga in The Conjuring films, has died at 92
  9. With The Rise of Skywalker, Is Disney Backtracking on The Last Jedi?
  10. Clint Eastwood Circling ‘The Ballad Of Richard Jewell’ For Disney/Fox
  11. Meet Mujahed Kobbe, the Man Twitter Can’t Seem to Ban
  12. “You will lose everything.”: Inside the Media’s #MeToo Blacklist
  13. I Taught At Columbine. It Is Time To Speak My Truth.
  14. Wanted teen Sol Pais likely killed herself before Colorado manhunt, police say
  15. New Orleans Apologizes for 1891 Lynching of Italian-Americans
  16. A Priest Saved ‘The Body of Christ’ From Notre Dame, and NY Times Thought He Meant a Statue
  17. 15 Months of Fresh Hell Inside Facebook

Links From the Site:

  1. Erin profiled Albert Fisher and considered why we need It’s The Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown.  She shared the following artwork: Jackie Robinson, The Naked Sword, Cowgirl Romances, Fantastic Novels Magazine, Three For The Money, Watching the Sky, and Peace!
  2. Gary reviewed Chaplin’s Art of Comedy, Kentucky Kernals, Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid, and Retreat & Decision!
  3. Patrick shared some thoughts on the current situation with the AD/AF community!
  4. Ryan reviewed All The Sad Songs, Vagabond, Cannabis, The Inspector, and Doom Patrol Episodes 9 and 10.  He also shared his weekly reading round-up!
  5. I shared music videos from Palmistry, Nine Inch Nails, Saint Motel, The Spaceship Martini, LSD, Kitty, and Johnny Cash.  I also reviewed the 4th episode of Chilling Adventures of Sabrina and Avicii: True Stories.

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

 

AD/AF Thoughts of mine on the current situation


Some things have been bothering me lately about stuff going on in the Audio Drama/Audio Fiction community. It started with the Parsec awards, which I had a problem with. I was correctly advised by a trusted mentor and friend to keep my head down, and I did.

But what has come up recently I can not help myself but to comment on. So instead of doing a really long twitter thread I am going to use my blog to post my thoughts.

First, I love AD/AF. Over the last two and a half years or so you might say I have become a junkie, and that would be a fair assessment. These thoughts come from me as a fan of AD/AF. Nothing more, nothing less.

But something has come up recently that really upsets me. There has been a “bashing” of the LGBTQ podcast community that is completely unfair. People have been leaving negative reviews and down right nasty comments on shows simply based on the characters in the show, or even worse, the actors in the shows. And mostly theses “reviewers” have no stake in the shows other than plugging their earbuds in and listening. But more and more recently, it seems, “reviewers” are coming out just to bash shows with LGBTQ themes, characters or actors, instead of the quality of the show.

A lot of the shows I have discovered recently are driven by LGBTQ characters, writers and actors. And I have become a big fan of many of them. But, I can honestly say that not one of those shows I have become a fan of is for that reason. The reason I become a fan of shows is because of the quality of the storytelling.

Something most listeners don’t realize is that it takes ~20 hours and ~2000$ to write, produce, edit and publish a 30 minute episode. You take that over the span of a 10-12 episode season and it gets labour intensive and extremely costly in a hurry. A vast majority of AD/AF writers and producers do that out of their own time and pocket, with little reward other than the praise us fans give them.

It only takes 15 seconds to make a negative review and completely destroy someones writing dreams. All of that just because you got your ‘feelings’ hurt over a character or writer? My thoughts, if you don’t like a show then move on. It’s not that difficult to find another show.

But, if your reasoning for finding another show is simply based on a show having LGBTQ themes. Then my advice is simply move on from me. I’ll continue supporting quality shows without you.

And, lastly, as an AD/AF fan, when you find a show you like say hi to the writers and actors. It means more to them than you realize.

Easter Egg Hunt: THE LIVING CHRIST SERIES – RETREAT & DECISION (Cathedral Films 1951)


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Good morning, and Happy Easter (and Passover season!). Today’s holiday treat is from 1951’s THE LIVING CHRIST SERIES , a 12-part retelling of the life of Jesus made by Episcopal minster James K. Friedrich’s Cathedral Films. Though extremely low budget, the films are much more earnest than your typical Hollywood Biblical Extravaganza. As for your Easter Eggs, they’re in the film: see if you can spot Familiar Faces Gregg Barton, Jeanne Bates, Lawrence Dobkin, James Flavin, Lowell Gilmore, William Henry, ‘TV’ Tommy Ivo, Dennis Moore, and Will Wright as you bear witness to Jesus preaching, performing miracles, and making His decision on His road to destiny. Narrated by ‘Familiar Voice’ Art Gilmore, and starring Robert Wilson as The Lord, enjoy RETREAT & DECISION:

     Happy Easter & Passover from Cracked Rear Viewer!

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