Holiday Music Video of the Day: Santa Baby by Lindesy Stirling (2018, dir by ????)

Happy Holidays!  Trust Linsdey Stirling to elevate one of the worst Christmas songs ever written with an energetic performance and an entertaining music video.

(I should admit that I have a personal bias against Santa Baby, one that goes back to my dancing days.  Let’s just say that falling flat on your ass in front of a huge crowd of people while dressed like one of Santa’s helpers and while Santa Baby plays in the background is not necessarily one of my happiest holiday memories.)


Lisa’s Week In Review: 12/3/18 — 12/9/18

I was on vacation last week so I missed most of the controversy over Kevin Hart being the host of the Oscars for 24 hours.  My personal opinion — and this is one that I’ve had for a while — is that the Oscars don’t need a host.  The host is usually dead weight and usually spends too much time bragging about the same industry that refused to hold Harvey Weinstein accountable until it absolutely had no other choice but to do so.  Instead of a host, just have someone announce each presenter’s name and what award they’re going to present.

Anyway, here’s my week in review.

Movies I Watched

  1. 22 July (2018)
  2. Early Man (2018)
  3. Hugo (2011)
  4. Sicario: Day of the Soldado (2018)
  5. Winchester (2018)

Television Shows I Watched

  1. The Apprentice
  2. A Day in the Life of Andy Warhol
  3. EastEnders
  4. The Graham Norton Show
  5. Holby City
  6. A Hotel for the Super Rich and Famous
  7. I’m A Celebrity Get Me Out Of Here
  8. ITV News At Ten
  9. ITV New London
  10. Live at the Apollo
  11. The One Show
  12. Ramsay’s Hotel Hell
  13. Serial Killer With Piers Morgan
  14. Survivor 37
  15. Unsolved Mysteries

Books I Read

  1. Bitter (2018) by Francesca Jakobi
  2. Ghost Virus (2018) by Graham Masterson

Music To Which I Listened

  1. Above & Beyond
  2. Adam Rickfors
  3. Adi Ulmansky
  4. Afrojack
  5. Alessia Cara
  6. Alex Winston
  7. Ariana Grande
  8. Ava Max
  9. Avicii
  10. Big Data
  11. The Black Keys
  12. Blanck Mass
  13. Bloc Party
  14. Blur
  15. Calvin Harris
  16. The Chainsmokers
  17. The Chemical Brothers
  18. Daft Punk
  19. David Guetta
  20. DJ Judaa
  21. DJ Snake
  22. Elle King
  23. Gwen Stefani
  24. The Killers
  25. Lindsey Stirling
  26. Moby
  27. New Order
  28. Public Service Broadcasting
  29. Pulp
  30. Purity Ring
  31. Saint Motel
  32. Sia
  33. Skating Polly
  34. Sleigh Bells
  35. The Struts
  36. Talking Heads
  37. Taylor Swift
  38. Thom Yorke
  39. The Ting Tings
  40. Underworld

Links From Last Week

  1. On my music site, I shared songs from Big Data, Skating Polly, Alex Winston, Lindsey Stirling, and Alessia Cara.
  2. Erin shared the following pictures on her photography site: Happy, Christmas Trees, Christmas Dream, Frozen Fire Hydrant 2011, A Path To A Christmas House, Curved Street 2011, and Black-and-White Street!
  3. Erin wrote about the latest episode of Survivor for the Reality TV Chat Blog!
  4. Will Write For Food: The Freelance Stories of Derrick Ferguson
  5. Erik Anderson of Awards Watch wrote a bit about the Kevin Hart.

Links From The Site

  1. Erin reviewed Finding Santa and profiled Bernard Barton.  She also shared the following artwork: La Traición tiene Curvas, The Dangerous One, Swamp Hoyden, The Case of the Constant God, The Case of the One-Eyed Witness, Ward Nurse, and the Loves of Dr. Devere!
  2. Gary reviewed Stir Crazy, Tension, and Drunken Master and paid tribute to Ken Berry!
  3. Jeff shared music videos from George Harrison, Madness, The Rolling Stones, Def Leppard, R.E.M., Journey, and Kid Creole and the Coconuts!
  4. I shared the trailer for The Avengers: Endgame and also my thoughts on the Golden Globe nominations!
  5. Arleigh shared the trailer for Captain Marvel!
  6. Ryan continued his look back at 2018 with his top ten contemporary collections, vintage collections, special mentions, and graphic novels!

Click here to see what I did last week!

It’s Always Sunny As The Philadelphia Film Critics Pick Roma!

On Saturday, The Philadelphia Film Critics announced their picks for the best of 2018.  And, once again, it was Roma that picked up the top prize.  However, the Philadelphians did break with tradition by not selecting Ethan Hawke for Best Actor or Lady Gaga for Best Actress.  Instead, those prizes went to Christian Bale (Vice) and Viola Davis (Widows).

Best Movie: ROMA

Best Director: Barry Jenkins, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Actor: Christian Bale, Vice

Best Actress: Viola Davis, Widows 

Best Supporting Actor: Richard E. Grant, Can You Ever Forgive Me

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King, If Beale Street Could Talk

Best Foreign Film: ROMA (Mexico)

Best Animated Film: Incredibles 2

Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor? 

Best Cinematography: ROMA (Alfonso Cuarón)

Best Breakthrough Performance: Kiki Layne, If Beale Street Could Talk 

Best Directorial Debut: Boots Riley, Sorry To Bother You 

Best Script: Audrey Wells, The Hate U Give 

Best Score/Soundtrack: Suspiria (Thom Yorke)

Elaine May Award: RBG

Steve Friedman Award: Black Panther


The Chicago Film Critics Association Makes Roma An Offer It Can’t Refuse

Last night, the Chicago Film Critics announced their picks for the best of 2018!  Like many other critic groups, they selected ROMA as the best film of 2018.  (They also picked Olivia Colman for Best Supporting Actress, though she’s being pushed for an Oscar nominations for Best Actress for her role in The Favourite.)

Ethan Hawke for First Reformed is coming on strong, as far as the precursors are concerned.  Right now, I’m assuming First Reformed will do well when the Oscar nominations are announced but the fact that the film was not only snubbed but apparently loathed by the Golden Globe voters does give me reason to wonder if maybe we could see a repeat of what happened with Nightcrawler (i.e., a film and a performance loved by the critics but totally ignored by the Academy).

Check out their nominations here and then check out the winners below!


Alfonso Cuarón, Roma

Ethan Hawke, First Reformed

Toni Collette, Hereditary

Timothee Chalamet, Beautiful Boy

Olivia Colman, The Favourite

If Beale Street Could Talk by Barry Jenkins

First Reformed by Paul Schrader

Spider-Man: Into the Spider-verse

Minding the Gap


The Favourite

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron


If Beale Street Could Talk – Nicholas Britell


Ari Aster, Hereditary

Elsie Fisher, Eighth Grade


The Toronto Film Critics Association Honors ROMA!

The word out of Canada is that, earlier today, the Toronto Film Critics Association met and picked ROMA as the best film of 2018!  Just like the L.A. Critics, Toronto picked Steven Yeun for best supporting actor, for his work in Burning.

Here’s a full list of the winners in Toronto!

Best Picture: ROMA
Best Director: Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)
Best Actor: Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)
Best Actress: Olivia Colman (The Favourite)
Best Supporting Actor: Steven Yeun (Burning)
Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)
Best Screenplay: The Favourite and First Reformed (tie)
Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Best Animated Feature: Isle of Dogs
Best Foreign Language Film: Burning
Best First Feature: Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You)

Love you, Canada!

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle Embraces Roma and Orson Welles!

The San Francisco Film Critics Circle announced their pics for the best of 2018 earlier today.  They picked Roma for Best Picture and they also rightfully honored Orson Welles for his work on The Other Side of the Wind.

Check out a list of their nominees here and check out the winners below!

Best Picture: ROMA

Best Director: Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)

Best Actor: Ethan Hawke (First Reformed)

Best Actress: Melissa McCarthy (Can You Ever Forgive Me?)

Best Supporting Actor: Michael B. Jordan (Black Panther)

Best Supporting Actress: Regina King (If Beale Street Could Talk)

Best Original Screenplay: Paul Schrader (First Reformed)

Best Adapted Screenplay: Charlie Watchel, David Rabinowitz, Kevin Willmott and Spike Lee (BlacKkKlansman)

Best Film Editing: Bob Murawski and Orson Welles (The Other Side of the Wind)

Best Cinematography: Alfonso Cuarón (ROMA)

Best Production Design: Hannah Bleacher (Black Panther)

Best Foreign Language Film: ROMA

Best Animated Feature: Spider-Man Into the Spider-Verse

Best Documentary: Won’t You Be My Neighbor?

Marlin Riggs Award (for courage & vision in the Bay Area film community): Boots Riley (Sorry to Bother You)

Special Citation Award (for and under-appreciated independent film): The Endless – a genre-bending story of emotionally estranged brothers starring and directed by Justin Benson and Aaron Moorhead