Burt Gummer’s Rec Room

A gathering place for paranoid survivalists and those who worship at the Church of Chang

August 2015: Dryer than a bone, and hotter than the surface of the sun- yup, it’s summertime in Perfection and El Blanco is on the prowl.

Disclaimer: This is the part of the Church that is the most no holds barred. None of it is intended with malice, and although it can on occasion seem a little bit fraught, it is banter rather than venom. So, be warned that this is like taking a naked swim in a piranha tank and not recommended for the faint of heart.

3,165 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. tombando says :

    Bride Came C.O.D-It’s a lotta fun. Bette Davis and Cagney work awfully well together, its a screwball comedy about rich playgirl Davis getting married to an Artie Shaw type after 4 days and winding up being stuck on a plane with Cagney who gets her father(Eugene Pallette) to pay him to shanghai her to Amarillo instead. They wind up in the desert, the whole cast winds up there in fact, it has a lot of the usual faces from this genre-Pallette, William Frawley, Henry Davenport, George Tobias, etc. Cagney rocks in this. He’s very funny. Davis does too–I donno if they did anything else togther-but they should. This is nicely written and doesn’t wear out it’s welcome. Funny business involving a Yucca Plant made me howl. So yes, by all means, if you get a chance to see this, do so.

  2. tombando says :

    Torrid Zone-Well, I got about 50 minutes in, and was enjoying it plenty, then it hit a scratch and locked up. BOOO on that. 60 percent of the movie-Ann Sheridan is a hottie here, with gobs of attitude, Pat O’Brien is an abrasive fast talking Banana plantation boss in Belize or whatever, Cagney his never do well employee who makes everything go, guys like Andy Devine, George Tobias and George Reeves(!) all play Central Americans about like you see in ‘Badges-we don’t need no stinking badges-‘!)-you know, either black wigs or dye jobs with a bit of brown face. It’s not embarrassing or whatever so much as like watching Victor Mature play Crazy Horse or Spock a Comanche. You know it’s just wrong but you go with it. Movie is worth my catching all of it sometime.

  3. tombando says :

    Fighting 69th–WW1 with an Oirish cast of Alan Hale Sr, George Brent, Cagney, Dick Foran, Pat O’Brien, etc. etc. Cagney comes in as a tough talking malcontent, turns out to be a coward, redeems self by pulling a Sgt York against the Huns. It’s not bad, you’ve seen it all before, agreeable if nothing else. Cliched some. Cast does a good job.

    West Point Story-Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Doris Day, McCrae from Oklahoma, etc. Another Yankee Doodle Dandy Reworking, not nearly as good, but fine in it’s own right. Cagney’s ‘Brooklyn’ number is fun, and I liked watching Mayo in a likeable, non-Gun moll role for a change. She was a beauty. Storyline is the old let’s put on a show, and get a Cadet to leave West Point in the process etc, but don’t bother–it’s the routines you go to see. Doris Day is pretty good too. Cagney has this one scene as a prima donna stage boss where he kicks a piano that you gotta see. It’s worth watching at least once.

  4. tombando says :

    https://youtu.be/qVS7YP1w4G0 the opening credits mostly. Can’t go wrong here.

  5. tombando says :

    13 Rue Madelaine-I Think this is the one Conti Pops kept recommending to me. It’s on You tube(TM)! Just saw it. Very good, no nonsense OSS type behind the lines in Vichy France drama. Cagney is great as the head of his unit, who trains a group that includes a German plant. Sam Jaffe shows as a mayor/Free French head honcho. Annabella is the ‘girl’ agent, does well. Richard Conte is the mole. Melville Cooper is also around. It’s finale is well known and gets you right there. Plot is about hunting down a V2 designer. By all means give this a watch if you are You Tubing. Nice job all around.

  6. tombando says :

    Sorry for it becoming the All Cagney All the time channel here. I got one or two more and that’s it.

  7. tombando says :

    Okay–last Cagney posting here.

    *Each Dawn I DIe-This from 1938 I think. Cagney, George Raft, Luis Jean Heydt, George Bancroft, etc. Cagney is an ace reporter, winds up framed for a triple drunk driver homicide, does hard time in prison, bigwig mobster Raft befriends same, gets out, Cagney gets put in solitary, Raft gets back in and during a Riot gets the real baddie to come clean on the triple killing. It’s pretty okay, typical presentation of convict life of the time, Raft has a Bogartish voice but is kind of a stiff. He does fine here though. Cagney’s great, and his guy is not a Cody Jarret, he cracks under the strain a few times in stir. I liked this overrall, it’s a good TCM viewing.

    Public Enemy-1931-The one that put him on the map. Has Jean Harlow, Joan Blondell and a few guys I never saw save there. Creaky at times but still effective Wiseguys type flick. Prohibition and mob stuff. The grapefruit in the face, the real punch that knocked out Cagney’s tooth, etc , Wellman’s penchant for using real bullets etc–are all there. See it at least once. It’s on a Little Ceasar level-the central performance is so good, you can forgive it being an early talkie.

    Oh and I liked that Orson Welles interview they show on You Tube from 74 where he says, point blank that Cagney was the best ever or damned close. Worthy.

  8. Xiphos0311 says :

    It’s time once again for the most important day of the year, the annual anniversary, of young miss Barfy one again turning twenty nine. Happy birthday Barfy the day is a special one for me.

  9. M. Blitz says :

    RIP Joanie……sad for that lady, man.

  10. kloipy says :

    I finally remembered my password. How are all you fine ass bitches doing?

  11. tombando says :

    We are fine and dandy Kloipster of the Appalachian Trail.

  12. Continentalop says :

    Jonathan Demme passed away. The lambs finally stopped screaming…

    • M. Blitz says :

      That shocked me, especially when I got to his age?? For some reason, he is in his early 50’s in my mind….

    • M. Blitz says :

      Oh Conti, i remember a while ago you were mentioned you don’t have TCM. Have you looked at Filmstruck?? It’s TCM plus the Criterion collection. I immediately cancelled Hulu and signed up.

      Also, let’s remember Jonathan Demme’s fabulous contributions to the musical world. Stop Making Sense is basically one of the best concert films ever made. And Silence of the Lambs had The Fall on the friggin soundtrack! Life changing stuff right there.

  13. tombando says :

    Wow ESPN really has bit the big one of late, now firing over 100 on air people, including Jayson Stark and Trent Dilfer etc. I don’t carry it anymore, as I think Cable is too $$ for what you get in return, but still. Guys like Stark are really good. Guess Disney isn’t enjoying having ponied up so much money for the TV rights to baseball, football, hoop, etc. like they did.

  14. tombando says :

    Caught Fast and Furious 8—more of the same, you know, basic combo of Smokey and the Bandit, James Bond and the A Team. It’s goofy, uber violent, cartoony and not that believable. I still like the cast and the stunts though it’s extremely CGI. Nothing in it will meet the smell test if you didn’t like the prior entries in the franchise, but its a good time. Has a real Mikey Bay vibe to it now.

  15. M. Blitz says :

    I haven’t been watching jackshit but the playoffs. Blasted Caps are killing me as is their custom come April/May.

  16. just pillow talk says :

    Iron Fist – 2 episodes in, boring as hell.

    Supernatural – love this season.

    Blitz, feel your pain, the Metsies suck right now.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Good news Pillow, from here on out IF just gets worse for the most part!

      Agree about SN. Mamma Winchester and the British Men of Letters were great additions.

      My team is doing OK right now so I can’t complain.

  17. tombando says :

    lemme see, doing some Netflixing here of late-re-marathoned Ken Burn’s Civil War, still holds up well. Especially the Gettysburgh and Wilderness Campaign stuff. I enjoyed it. Hadn’t noticed how much of their photos they recycle episode to episode though.

    Dear White People. 3.5 eps into that. Well, it’s basically an updated version of A Different World, save ‘blacker’ and set in an Ivy League school. Some of it rings real true as I work at one, but the typical casting of Too perfect looking people and the over-writing of the dialogue-i/e Gilmore Girl-Moonlighting cutesy cross talk-made me kinda gag after awhile. And I was expecting gobs of ‘hey White people are stupid’ jibes, which is okay by me so long as they can take what they dish out- who cares-but it really devolves into another rendition of the Archies just raunchier. So I donno about pushing through past where I left off..

    Secret life of Pets-Fun Toy Story re-hash but with Dogs. It’s okay. You don’t need to see it more than once.

    Luis CK 2017. He was lead mutt in ‘Pets’ so okay fine, decided to try and watch him do a standup as I’d never before. He’s okay but I don’t see the There there, if that makes sense. He was sorta funny, sorta raunchy, but mostly a shrug after awhile for me. And its 80 minutes long, if you’re not getting into the comedian’s routines that much it draggggs. I liked him better as the mutt.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Burns CW docs should’ve only been 4 episodes 2 on why Lee sucked as a general and lost the war on the first day by electing to defend the CSA boarders like it says in the book to do instead of following Jackson maneuver warfare advice.

      The other two episodes should’ve been about the sainted William T. Sherman and the mighty Army of the West, They are the ones that brought the CSA to heel.

      • Continentalop says :

        God bless Sherman.

        I haven’t seen Burn’s CW doc. Does he talk about Benjamin Grierson?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Sherman should be canonized for taking the fight to the fuckers that started it. Also he proved Jackson right.

        I’ve never seen Burns Civil War docs..

  18. Continentalop says :

    Sometimes you need a Venn diagram to keep track of stuff.

  19. just pillow talk says :

    Finished Iron Fist.

    Living weapon? Fuck no.
    Great fighting? Um, no.
    Better than Cage, which I couldn’t finish? Hell yeah.
    Better than DD? Fuck no.

    • Continentalop says :

      Question Pillow, how much better would the show have been if it was set in the 70s?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yes but the larger problem is in the casting and writing. Getting that GoT actor as Danny Rand was a terrible choice. Being that he can’t act and can’t do the Karates in any way that is remotely believable was a huge problem. In fact so was most of the casting. Getting that tiny 95 pound 5′ nothing girl as Colleen Wing was a terrible choice. Watching her beat the holy hell out of 6’5″ 250 pounds dudes was laughable. Her taking shots from them and shrugging them off like nothing strained my ability to suspended disbelief.

        The writing was also god awful and needed at least another pass or two. They rushed production and it showed on every level.

        I will have to disagree with Pillow here I thought overall Power Man was ever so marginally better. Both these shows and DD were quite a let down in my opinion and I like all three of those characters. Jessica Jones was the only Netflix superhero show that I truly liked wire to wire.

      • just pillow talk says :

        No, as Xi pointed out, wrong dude for the part. And Wing beating the shit out of guys almost 3 times her weight in the cage….Bad. Plus Danny Rand is pretty dumb. Yet it still held my interest more than Cage.

        It really was the story, not the settings, that was poor.

        Jessica Jones takes first prize, however, for most worthless annoying non vale added side characters in my opinion. Marvel continues the streak of subpar entertainment, so well done.

      • Continentalop says :

        I haven’t watched one of these Marvel Netflix shows. I watched the first three episodes of DD, which were alright (fight scene in Hall was great) but I couldn’t get over how this was NOT NYC nowadays. Hell’s kitchen is full of yuppies nowadays. I can suspend disbelief about a blind vigilante or bullet proof black guy fighting ninjas, not Manhattan now being crime ridden.

        Marvel street-level character set in NYC nowadays makes no sense. Either put them in Chicago, Baltimore, or New Orleans, or put them in the 70s or 80s.

  20. Continentalop says :

    Happy Mother’s Day

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  21. tombando says :

    So I just finished marathoning Jessica Jones. Never saw it before. Donno the character. I will say I liked this series. She is good, the actress, and I liked how they used the baddie and Luke Cage. Negatory stuff-13 episodes for an 8 or 9 part story is stretching it out badly, you didn’t need the baddie captured and escaping due to her friends bullshit moves twice, and you see the padding in the middle same as the DD and Luke Cage series. Marvel come on you can shorten these and make them better. The cop guy Simpson was a bit on the unnecessary side-they didn’t know what to do with him, and some of the neighbor story arcs-esp the weird red headed twins-could have been cut out and I’d not have missed a thing. For the most part I liked the casting, but again-having three important roles-the girl in jail, the lawyer’s secretary-lover, and the hero’s best pal, all look alike-was a mistake. Siskel and Ebert used to point this out-don’t cast lookalikes if its not needed. I get that here esp.

    I enjoyed the show and will gladly see the character again.

    I liked Luke Cage better than you guys did, but again that show was too long too. Cottonmouth was great, second baddie was not that good.

    DD was fine but I forget a lot about it already. Bernthal as Punisher rocked.

    Have NOT seen IF yet. I will give it a shot.

  22. tombando says :

    Saw Guardians Too–hey that was fun! Good stuff if cliched out the wazoo in places. I am happy to see the Orig. Guardians showing up–Starhawk, Charlie 27, Martinex and Starhawk’s Mrs. I didn’t know the lizard dude or the little robot. For the most part the movie worked great, just dragged some in the middle when Kurt Russell was plotpoint Man to a long degree. But the action, FX, easter eggs were all pretty fun. They did a good job with the characters and I esp. liked Mike Rooker as Yondu. You should see it if you liked the first one.

  23. TomBando says :

    Am 3.5 eps into Iron Fist.

    *Main guy isn’t well cast. Playing a combo Leo Decaprio–Merry Brandybuck spin on the guy doesn’t work. You wanna slap him. He’s a dunce.

    *They spend Wayy too much time in the boardroom. WTF have him go do Iron Fist stuff.

    *As for Tiny Japanese gal beating all those Randy Tex Cobb sized dudes, its the same as watching Nia Peeples do the same thing on late-run Walker Texas Ranger. Same sized gal. Same results. Doesn’t bother me That much as I treat the fighting as if it’s A-Team stuff, but yeah. It’s not believable.

    *Took me a while to realize that’s Faromir as the undead Daddy. Huh. I think he’s an Aussie. Anyways. Donno if I’ll wade through all of this, but. It’s not horrible. But def. below DD, JJ and LC.

    • tombando says :

      Okay am about 8 eps into Iron Fist and giving up on it for a while. Not really worthwhile going through the rest of the shows. It’s lead is too Merry Brandybuck for me. Among the above listed reasons.

  24. just pillow talk says :

    Mrs. Pillow wanted to see Beauty and the Beast, so we went yesterday. For what it was worth, I expected it to be worse. Kids liked it better than the cartoon.

  25. just pillow talk says :

    Quite looking forward to season finale of Supernatural this week….

    • Continentalop says :

      I’m quite looking forward to it being on Netflix before season 13 starts.

      • just pillow talk says :

        It really is amazing to me how good season 13, let’s say that again, season 13, has been.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Great season looking forward to watching the last two episodes of the season when I get back to NC.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        ********************************************SPOILER**************************************

        Jesus if that ending holds SN cleaned house big time.

        Sorry to see the Aussie chick playing the English broad go she was a looker.

  26. Judge Droid says :

    Pour one out for Chris Cornell. Motherfucker was only 52.

    • just pillow talk says :

      And now he is off to the super unknown.

      I sure listened to Soundgarden back in my college days. Dude could belt them out.

      **Pour**

      • tombando says :

        Said he hung himself. Was in the middle of a tour and seemingly doing alright, posting stuff about it etc. Never a grunge fan really here, but it sucks to see this kind of thing happen. I always liked STP and it was shitty Scot Weiland overdosed, more or less.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I have to say, my first thought after it was reported that his death was suicide by hanging was the similarity to Michael Hutchence and David Carradine.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I don’t understand this. Dude spends his live getting all the money, all the the pussy and all the ass kissing a person can want which, let’s face facts here, is the reason people become musician and actors and then he caps himself? fucking stupid. Then again I spent a night in Detroit once and I wanted to kill myself so there is that.

      • Continentalop says :

        I never blame suicide victims, because I think it’s the acts of someone mentally disturbed. Killing yourself, especially as Xi said when you have everything, reinforces to me it is an act of insanity.

      • Continentalop says :

        And with him dead, now only Eddie Vedder is left alive of the frontmen for the big four Seattle grunge bands.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Unless you are dying from a terminal disease its a narcissistic move on your part especially if you are richer then god and can get help.

      • Continentalop says :

        That’s why I think it’s insanity Xi. People who really have no clue what they’re doing and no control. It makes no sense.

  27. tombando says :

    It sounds like one of those Prozac/Halcion suicides-his family claims he was taking meds that altered his personality etc. Who is to say? The two people I knew closely that suicided themselves were great, fun outgoing types who just hid their inner demons from the rest of us to the Nth degree. I was shocked at the first one to go and the next, close to it. I’m NOT a grunge fan, that scene just turned me off, but I hate seeing any of these guys do this.

    Meanwhile Dion Dimucci is still hanging in there at 77, 40 years after kicking a long term heroin habit. Yes there is life after the abyss. It’s sad some just can’t their way forward to see that.

  28. Judge Droid says :

    Saw Logan. Very good. Only real weakness were the bad guys who were a bit dull. Jackman, Stewart and the girl were all terrific. Easily the best X-Men movie, which isn’t saying a whole lot. But also probably the best comic book movie I’ve seen in ages.

    Only other thing I’ve seen recently is the new season of Fargo which, aside from the excellent 3rd episode, has been disappointing.

    And the new season of Silicon Valley, which had a great 2nd ep but otherwise has been just okay.

  29. Xiphos0311 says :

    Huh, they’re making the Alienist into a TV show on TNT: Looks good but this thing has the potential to go way off the rails really really fast.

    • Continentalop says :

      My big worries are the Doctor seems a little young compared to the book, where is the other 4 members of the team, and it shows to much upper class settings (as you remember, the two books dwell a lot in scuzzy/lower class settings not just fine dining & opera).

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I figure that the casting is just Hollywood being Hollywood. I think its the first trailer so they went with the “opulence” angle to feed the numb nuts SJW fuckwits. I was wondering where The Stevepipe was. If he isn’t in it then screw this show.

      • Continentalop says :

        Stevepipe, the two Jewish cops, the black guy. One really great thing about the books was the diversity in the characters – they all came from different backgrounds so you could see different by parts of NYC during that period.

        And their diversity didn’t feel pandering.

  30. tombando says :

    Okay so I saw Alien Covenant Prometheus Boogaloo today. It’s more of the same, typical gorgeous Ridley Scott production, interchangeable parts and people who are all redshirts, you could tell it was a mixture of races and the like but who was what I donno. They get killed off like so many redshirts and it really doesn’t matter. Twist ending is stupid. And who winds up being behind the Aliens etc is right out of one those old Speed Buggy cartoons of the 70s, bad guy-With this army of mine, I’ll Rule the world heeheehee oh shoot me now. And they seem to like undoing happy endings in this series one entry to the next.

    If you go see it, think more of the same level of story telling etc from Prometheus. It’s not Awful , there are some real nods to previous beats like dispatching aliens with construction equipment and airlocks, but–trust me. You don’t need to see it. They also just write off the big white dudes from the first one. And I mean off.

    Def one time where you are better off just watching Sigourney shooting up stuff with Hicks and Hudson in tow.

  31. Continentalop says :

    This twerpy guy nails what is wrong with modern, “stadium” country.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      All music is pandering to the dipshits that think it makes a difference past a few minutes of enjoyment.

      • Continentalop says :

        Yeah but I like a little bit of authenticity in my art. It’s what separates Saving Private Ryan from The Big Red One.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Oh please there isn’t “authenticity” in anything, let alone “art” never has been. movies have the least of them all since movies are just products no different then a toilet or a toaster.

      • Continentalop says :

        If that’s the case, why don’t you like SPR and prefer The Big Red One? I’d argue because one is more authentic.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        SPR after the first 15 minutes is a terrible badly made movie, BR1 less so.

      • Continentalop says :

        And I don’t think it is any more different than a toaster or toilet. But I’d say there is authenticity in any products.

        Someone making trucks for rural people but has no clues on what they actually need is going to make an inauthentic product. It’s targeted towards a certain market but really doesn’t understand that market/audience, so it misses nuances that they’d appreciate.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Movies stopped having anything approaching “authenticity” somewhere in the late 90’s or early 2000s.

      • Continentalop says :

        Movies suck shit now imo because if you look at filmmakers, they all seem to be made from the same cookie cutter nowadays. Either nerdy geeks or went to some big expensive exclusive school. And the stories are almost always about the same people upper middle class professional types.

        One thing I love about Supernatural is that it’s one of the few TV shows to have working class guys, mostly operating in small Midwest towns, be the heroes

      • Continentalop says :

        Supernatural is about guys fighting ghost, vampires, werewolves and meeting angels, and I relate to that show way more than I ever could to something like Girls or movies like La La Land.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        There is so much to like a SN and I agree with your points.

      • Continentalop says :

        If I was a smarter man I’d write something on how SN is the best show since Veronica Mars to explore class in America.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The season just finished will make you happy, class differences is one of the central tenets of the season.

      • just pillow talk says :

        I’m going to watch the finale tonight.

        Last episode of Arrow has me hopeful too.

      • just pillow talk says :

        I think I like the first half better than the second half of the finale. ****SPOILER****

        I would imagine next season they hit a reset button at some point to get back Mom, Cass, and Crowley. The boys taking care of Lucifer’s son should be interesting….

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