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.

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4,626 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. Judge Droid says :

    Ashes has started. Jarv, who are Stoneman, Malan and Vince? Fill me in.

  2. TomBando says :

    Doing my annualish David Lean-Carol Reed 40’s films marathon.

    *The Third Man-as always terrific. It’s like Casablanca I know all the lines. It’s great.

    *Odd Man Out-as affecting as ever, right up to the final shootout with the cops in the snow against the fence. I don’t think this one gets the play it should now, it’s quite worthy. Bunch of famous faces in it-William Hartnell, Dennis O’Herlihy, Robert Newton-and a ghetto side of Belfast you don’t see in old movies. I like it.

    *Oliver Twist-the ’48 one with Newton, Anthony Newley and Alec Guinness. The ‘Wandering Jew’ getup they foist on Guiness is regrettable, but it’s still worth while. Great job all around. The connection between Muggs and Fagin is a bit obscure, shall I say, but it’s a good one. You get to see Peter Bull doing his thing as well in the Inn. Now onto Great Expectations.

    • TomBando says :

      Great Expectations, of course, is a grade A David Lean effort from 46. I enjoy seeing John Mills and Alec Guinness byplay, Finley Currie as the one eyed convict/benefactor, and the whole Havisham frozen in time wedding thing. It’s done well. Jean Simmons is ‘luminous’ as a young ingenue here. The change from her to Valerie Hobson as the older Estella is a bit jarring though. Overall it holds up really well. Fun character bits all through.

      Devil and Daniel Webster- 42 effort by William Dieterle starring Walter Houston, James Craig, Simone Simone, Anne Shirley and Jeff Corey. The old Job routine taken to 1840’s New Hampshire. Edward Arnold as Webster is the best thing about this, him and Houston as ‘Scratch’. You might get tired of Craig’s block of wood routine as the Faust character, selling his soul for richess etc-but the whole thing works. Great Bernard Herrmann score and some eerie vibes. I recommend this one too.

  3. TomBando says :

    Gunga Din-from 39 with Cary Grant, Sam Jaffe, Victor McLaglen, etc. It works best when it focuses on the military stuff, pretty suspenseful ambush scenes and the like. Some really dum dum moments involving elephants and Fairbanks jr’s marriage don’t ring true at all, but it’s well handled overall. They filmed this up in the Sierra Nevadas and it works pretty well as a backdrop. I always like seeing it, but there are some pretty overt racial things on display here that aren’t likely to fly today. It’s still a worth while flick once a year or so. Ciannelli and Biberman as the head Thugs are good, if done in blackface ala Jaffe’s Din.

    Onto Four Feathers.

  4. TomBando says :

    Four Feathers gets better with each viewing. It has the same basic framework as Gunga Din but minus the slapstick stuff. All the classic scenes-the company on patrol up the Nile in the Sudan, C Aubrey Smith doing his Col McBragg ‘back in my day’ strutting, the Four Feathers, the lead guy going under cover as a mute branded outcast and saving a wounded/blind Ralph Richardson after a massacre, for days in the desert and down the river, etc-all hold up well. There’s a bit of blackface here too, and referring to Sudanese as Fuzzy Wuzzies is cringey, but for the most part-this one really works. I can’t say I have seen either the lead guy or the gal that much, and the movie doesn’t seem to get the press that others-Gunga Din etc-have, but it’s well worth seeking out.

    Now onto King Solomon’s Mines.

    • tombando says :

      Solomon’s Mines is pretty fun as always, you DO have that hilariousily telescoped safari part where they do a greatest hits-go 4 feet, there’s a lion, go 4 more, here’s a Zebra stampede, go 10, there’s a mamba, another 6, Hippos! And they play Deborah Kerr as a typical helpless rich shrew etc etc. It’s still good with the Hatari like parts, scenery and the like. You could actually do another season of ZOO based on this. Yes! you could. I’m sad that I now think that way. Lions flying fighter jets! It can work!

      Stewart Granger is his usual dependable self in this. And you DO have Solomon’s mines found, at the very end, they make a cameo. Not quite as extended as Congo. And minus the Seedcake, too.

  5. M. Blitz says :

    You guys did a good job overstating how bad season 6 was so that it ended up exceeding my vastly lowered expectations.

    And into Season 7. Soooooo how long do I gotta wait for Cas to come back. Several Cas-less eps have now been viewed. I need me some Cas!

  6. M. Blitz says :

    Just watched that Jim and Andy doc. Holy shit, Jim Carrey is nutty in a very familiar way! I would almost bet money he is either an INFP or ENFP on the myers briggs assessment. My gut says I, but it could go either way.

    Anyway, interesting doc. Would recommend.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Also please do volunteer to share your own myers-briggs types with the class cuz I am curious and I wanna know. Quizzes are available online for those who have not already been forced to test and reveal under the guise of training! Seriously really fun putting a lonely little X on the chart while the x’s of colleagues resided mobbed up in another, opposing, area of the chart.

      • Jarv says :

        Load of shit those things.

      • M. Blitz says :

        They pay a ton for us to do actual training sessions on these and other similar ones. I have sat through 3! Blows my mind. Ya got that much money to waste throw me some time off please or, heaven forbid, a bonus.

        I am inclined to think they are at least semi-accurate based solely on the fact that my actual job was listed as a job to avoid for my type. They got that much right at least!

    • TomBando says :

      Oh I test out as an INFJ usually for what it’s worth.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Hey, we are almost the same type! Yours is like, a less selfish and less self-sabotaging version of mine, or at least, that’s what it seems like based off my very limited reading. I usually test as INFP, but sometimes as an ENFP. Right in the middle re introvert extrovert preference, only ever fall a few points in either direction.

  7. M. Blitz says :

    Cas is back. Then they ditched him in the mental hospital? How are you gonna leave his ass there right after revealing that his little outfit has been tucked in the trunk all this time. I’m sorry, but Dean being like, ‘Wait, i have your outfit right here, go get changed now’ is friggin’ hilarious to me.

    Also, Ghost Bobby in effect. Been waiting for that.

  8. M. Blitz says :

    Long shot, please, and I apologize in advance, but can any of y’all recommend a PC laptop that would be good for doing a lot of audio/video (1080p not 4k or anything) editing without rendering me into oblivion? My current computer’s case is cracked open about 45% of the way around. Plus it is sloooooooow and I have been shirking my responsibilities as a result i.e. not getting shit done, causing people who are waiting on various projects to get annoyed with me.

    Reading online reviews wherein half of the people say, “it’s the best thing ever!” while the other half say, “it broke in two months!” is tempting me to break this current comp the rest of the way out of pure frustration. I’d rather rely on trusted anecdotal evidence at this point. Also, I hate shopping aside from at flea markets & thrift shops and it’s pretty damn doubtful I’m gonna find what I’m looking for at the Bargain Barn.

    • Jarv says :

      Can’t help. Way beyond my skills

      • M. Blitz says :

        Spending money is always so nervewracking. It’s a shot in the dark. Prob best just to pick one and not think about it. Attempting to comparison shop induced some extreme grouchiness in me.

      • Judge Droid says :

        In my experience, just spend whatever you can afford.You won’t second guess your purchase that way.

        For video editing, a desktop is better. But if you can’t afford a kitted out desktop, try to find a laptop that is an i5 or even an i7, with a decent graphics card, you will be fine with editing mid-quality video.

        I can’t give you a price point because Australia is a fucking rip off and every computer component gets overpriced like a mofo.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’ve seen that with synth components. A module that would be $300 in the US is around $500 in Australia. Crazy markup.

        I spent the last 6 hours comparing in an increasingly agitated state and then went for it.

  9. M. Blitz says :

    Ok, so I think Supernatural is like, my new TNG. Full acceptance of the brilliant, the bad, and everything in between. Even when it’s pretty bad, it’s at least hilariously so (which doesn’t fully apply to TNG, but I don’t think any of you guys were into TNG, as far as I can recall).

    Basically, there’s never not *something* to enjoy. Almost done with Season 7.

  10. Judge Droid says :

    Watched a bunch of shit lately… Off the top of my head…

    Godless… Despite third act (last two or three eps) probs and casting issues (primarily Jack O’Connell who sucks in everything I’ve seen him in), this is quite good. I do have an undeniable bias towards westerns, but this is mostly a very good one.

    Atomic Blonde.. Garbage.

    Murder on the Orient Express… 1974 version… Never seen it before. Pretty good. Holy shit was Bisset goddamn gorgeous.

    The Big Sick… Fine. But horrendously overrated.

    Teen Wolf… Fucking terrible movie, but I love it.

    Valerian and the blah blah… Might have been good with different leads but they both absolutely murder any chance of this movie succeeding.

    Vice Principles… Season 2… Shame this is over. It was a reliable laugh, if shortlived.

    White Collar… Watched the first couple of seasons when it first aired. Like it. Picked it up again now that it’s done. Likeable leads, easy-peasy episodes… Good for an easy-going 40-odd minutes. Up to season 4.

    Party of Five… This appeared on Netflix, so I started watching. Never seen it before. It’s okay. 4 eps in. Not sure if I’ll bother watching more.

    • Judge Droid says :

      Oh and I watched the first season of Black Mirror. I’ve avoided it because it’s been knob-slobbed since day one. Judging from season 1, 3 eps, it is good. But fuck me it’s pathetically obvious why every fucker likes this show. The themes are so fucking simple, obvious and spelled out that a total dumbshit could get it and probably get a “I’m so smart” endorphin rush.

      I’ll watch season two, but I suspect my “problems” with the show won’t go away.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Something about Black Mirror (not all the eps, but enough of them) doesn’t sit quite right with me. Like it lacks nuance in a meanspirited sort of way, if that makes sense.

      • Judge Droid says :

        It’s because it’s cold. It cares only about the premise and the argument. The fact that there are characters involved is merely a means to an end. The makers have their point and coldly execute it. Can’t argue with it, but it does feel like sitting through some fellow uni students presentation. You can appreciate the work and the point, but you still hate the pretentious fuckhead presenting the argument.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s because it’s cold. It cares only about the premise and the argument. The fact that there are characters involved is merely a means to an end.

        Don’t necessarily agree. Pigfucker was cold, but I don’t think 1 billion bicycles was. Mostly because it had a great central performance. I certainly cared what happened to him.

      • Judge Droid says :

        The coldness of the bicycles ep was that it purposefully went out of its way to ensure you care about the characters because it wanted the ending to be as brutal as possible.

        Based on the first 3 eps it is a show where I can admire the skill involved in making it but it shits me as well. Watching it gives me the same feeling as watching Buried.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Speaking of cold… Englands batting line up… After that decent 1st test 1st innings… Ice cold.

      • Jarv says :

        Cold= shite.

        Told you. We’re genuinely a bad side, and only home conditions prop us up.

      • Jarv says :

        Aussie’s turn to be shit with the bat

      • Judge Droid says :

        This really is a series between two bad sides each barely capable of occasionally raising their game to the level of mediocrity.

      • Jarv says :

        Yup. Each side has at least 4 players in the batting line up going to fail, and is overly reliant on 2 stars. If they go cheaply,then the rest will go.

      • Jarv says :

        Cook gone. Vince will go soon.

      • Jarv says :

        There’s been some rotten captaincy on display this test. Root batting first, Smith not enforcing the follow on, and pissing away 2 reviews on long shots. Still, at least we’ve made a contest of it, even if we’ll lose by about 150.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Don’t forget that Smith declared the first innings. At the time it was fine, but in hindsight if we lose it’ll go on the list of captain blunders this test.

        Root has batted pretty well. Not without chance, and he’s had a couple of abysmal leaves to Lyon, but he’s done well.

      • Jarv says :

        I’m actually going to start referring to Vince as “?”

        Because I can’t see the point of him, and I’m sick of asking why is this talentless cunt in the side.

      • Jarv says :

        Bicycles aside, I’m not a huge fan of it. I think it’s massively overrated to be honest.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I feel like it revels in the coldness at times to the point of cruelty!

      • Jarv says :

        I liked Season 1, well 1 million bicycles in Beijing and Pigfucker. The other episode left me cold.

        Did not like Season 2.

      • M. Blitz says :

        You didnt like the award-winning lesbian afterlife ep? That one and the one with the red haired gal having a meltdown got my mom into Black Mirror. The one with the likes, especially, is probably her personal vision of dystopia.

      • Jarv says :

        I really didn’t. That’s actually the best example of try-hard cynicism in the whole show.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I disliked it the first time I watched it, but admittedly found it kinda sweet (though very sad) the 2nd time. Ignoring the 90s style s&m club where, laughably, (paraphrasing) “everybody ends up.” I will also admit that I simply liked looking at the girls’ faces.

        What was the crux of the “try hard cynicism” for you?

      • TomBando says :

        I saw the Deep rerun past year or so, and she’s all of 33 or so there. Quite a beauty. The Deep itself is a Jaws knockoff with Nick Nolte in hippie hair, Lou Gosset Jr as a voodoo bad guy after a sunken trove of heroin, and Robert Shaw is reprising his Jaws Ocean dude role. More or less. There’s the scene with the guy going headfirst into the remorha eel’s lair and lotsa blood flowing, so there’s always that. And you get to see Bisset’s stomach painted with a chicken foot. Yes. Its slow and it’s 1977. And there’s a Moped chase.

    • Continentalop says :

      Love the ’74 version of Murder on the Orient Express. Great ensemble cast, and Lumet was the Man in the 70s (Dog Day Afternoon, Serpico, Network, the under appreciated The Offense)

      • Judge Droid says :

        Love Lumet. Had no idea he directed this until I saw it.

      • Continentalop says :

        You ever read his book “Making Movies”? If you haven’t, you should. It’s great, not technical, just him explaining what he does during each phase of a movie & full of great anecdotes.

        He’s also very humble, which is not what you expect from a New Hollywood giant.

      • TomBando says :

        Yes I remember watching it, been ages. Sean Connery etc in there. Good film. Would see it again. How is the new one?

    • Jarv says :

      Of this list of the new films I’ve only seen Atomic Blonde. Which I did enjoy. Mostly because it’s hot garbage.

  11. TomBando says :

    Been watching some TJ Hooker when I get home. Few observations as haven’t seen this in 30 years

    *Shatner’s rug looks like they cut it from a Newfoundland. Trying to convince us he’s part Italian too I think.

    *He clearly is running on a treadmill in the closeups of chase scenes, with the footage blurring bay, holding his gun etc. You can spot the doubles very easily in the long shots.

    *His prop gun looks like its plastic and glued to his belt. See what I mean whenever he takes a dive or whatever.

    *James Darren was another Bobby Rydell type from the early 60’s who actually had an acting career of sorts. Like Adrian Zmed who plays the other big nosed dark haired cop here, they kinda disappeared after this.

    *One of the Heathers is in this-Locklear in this case. She had a long run on TV. And was married to Bon Jovi Guitarist Sambora. I think they’re history and both were real wastoids towards the end of it. She’s a cop in the best Farrah sense of things I suppose. Ahhhh TV.

    *Shatner likes his leather coats.

    *You see the same baddies from Magnum Simon and Simon and Riptide on there alot. I have to laugh. Same parts and lines even, bad suits.

    *You can also tell Shatner wears a corset. It’s like he’s holding his gut in by force every take. You’ll know what I mean if you watch it.

    *Not quite as fun as ZOO on the Bando meter, but has it’s moments. It’s still pretty awful. And has more of a 7o’s cop show feel than 80’s for some reason.

  12. Continentalop says :

    Anyone else feel like season 13 of Supernatural is leaving them cold?

  13. M. Blitz says :

    The Conversation was on last night! In other words, it was a wonderful night. Fucking LOVE that movie. Everything about it.

  14. M. Blitz says :

    I’m 20 minutes into Loving and ready to fuck somebody UP.

    Ruth Negga and Joel Edgerton are amazing. Is Edgerton a shapeshifter?? I guess he really knows how to act. Oh, and turns out he’s Australian. Never in a million years would’ve guessed.

    • M. Blitz says :

      They shoulda got Edgerton to play Assange instead of Cumberbatch.

    • Judge Droid says :

      Edgerton is great. He’s also written some good movies (The Square is great). He was around for years in Aussie movies and TV before he went to Hollywood. I remember him from a decent little movie from about 2000 called Erskineville Kings. That also had Hugh Jackman in it.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I saw The Gift and I honestly didn’t recognize him, he looked so different to me. Looked up The Square and will be checking that out right away. His brother directed it? Jealous. That is like a dream, to have a sibling to make stuff with…

        Don’t think I’ve ever seen any Aussie tv on here. Some British tv and a bit of Irish. But no Australia.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Joel also wrote and directed The Gift.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Dude’s got talent to spare. And an interesting face (= i like looking at him). Now I need to investigate his family background.

  15. M. Blitz says :

    Time is crawling today. Computer is on the UPS truck. My own personal Christmas. Definitely went a little overboard…but it’ll be ok.

  16. M. Blitz says :

    Bright Lights, Big City is on tv. Oh to be a magazine fact checker in 80s Manhattan….another dream of a bygone era.

  17. Continentalop says :

    Thought this was a great video pointing out some of the huge flaws in JURASSIC WORLD.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Jurassic World was atrocious.

      • Continentalop says :

        True. Which is what I like about that video – it presents hard evidence why it sucks to those who would say it is good.

        Art is subjective, but sometimes there is objective fact why something sucks.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Hah! Watched the video. Glad somebody else found her character as offensive as I did.

      • TomBando says :

        Now, she DID do the little let’s lead the T Rex out and save the day routine, let’s not leave THAT out. You never saw Paul Reiser doing this in Aliens. I completely agree otherwise, she’s written as frankly a disgraceful human being and Chris Pratt is Gaston from Beauty and the Beast without the singing. I don’t have any real interest in the sequel either.

    • Judge Droid says :

      Doesn’t youtube have restrictions on video length? Cause the list of flaws of Jurassic World is lengthy.

      • tombando says :

        I kinda enjoyed it but it’s not worth seeing more than once. I don’t think Trevorrow is any kind of a director either. Yay big CGI Dinos chasing other CGI Dinos. Whatever guys.

  18. M. Blitz says :

    What? Tarantino wants to do a Trek!? Need to work through a bit of cognitive dissonance before I can posit an opinion on this possibility.

    I have been essentially cosplaying trek all week. Swanning around in my silver velour jumpsuit like a lunatic. Life is just WAY too much fun lately.

  19. TomBando says :

    Funny they been showing the animated Trek from 73 here, I seem to always catch the one episode every time out-Quetzelcoatl and his collection of jarred space Kats. It’s-not bad, given its Filmation and all that. Most of the orig cast is doing their lines and allegedly the scripts were recycled from what would have been year 4. So there’s that.

    Haven’t caught the new one with Jason Isaacs and the Walking Dead gal is it any good?

    • M. Blitz says :

      Love the Animated Series. Wish they’d show it here! There was a really fun one with sentient plants too.

      I havent seen any of the new Trek yet, sad to say. Surely soon.

  20. TomBando says :

    Watching a few old movies…

    *You Can’t Take it With You-1938, Capra, Barrymore, Jimmy Stewart, Jean Arthur, etc. I’ve watched alot. A few scenes that never fail go get me right there..

    *Grandfather Lionel talking with Jean up in what used to be the late grandmother’s room, discussing her fiancee etc. Really good feel about memories of lost loved ones etc. Rings true.

    *In the Exec rooms towards the end, Edward Arnold finding out that a rival has just died, it sinks in, he asks to hear the message again thru the intercom, and then it Really hits home. This guy was a tremendous actor and you see it there. Quiet scene but top Capra.

    *The whole happy ending with the ‘harmonica duet’, true love winning out, etc. Yes it works too.

    I like the guy who plays the judge, Henry Davenport, and of course Anne Miller -all of 15, and Dub Taylor-Hee Haw etc dude, Eddie Rochester Anderson, Halliwell Hobbes, etc. All 30’s faces you know well.

    Next one-Each Dawn I die-Cagney in jail, framed by baddies he was covering as a reporter, George Raft is also doing time as a Capone type. Typical ‘in the Big House’ melodrama of the time, shivs, cons making furniture(I think?), the usual stuff. It’s not a Fave Cagney, but it still works. I’m not a huge George Raft fan, sometimes you can see why a guy was a big deal, sometimes you can’t. He has a somewhat Bogartish voice and manner, but isn’t nearly as good. But whatever, he’s fine here.

    • TomBando says :

      G Men with Cagney and co is decent as well. He’s not the bulletproof guy in this like others of the era, typical Feds are Saints routine stuff but still worthwhile. Cagney’s great as usual.

    • M. Blitz says :

      You Can’t Take it With you is wonderful. I was watching Vertigo earlier for the gazillionth time. Very different Jimmy Stewart in that one.

  21. TomBando says :

    Oh lord. I was reading up on something called the ‘Censored 11’ of Warner Bros, and on you tube they got all of them and some more. Wow. Try to get through ‘Jungle Jitters’ from 37 or Walter Lantz’ ‘Scrub Time Boogie’ from 41. Geez.

  22. TomBando says :

    Don’t Watch this….but if you do, well..you’re winning an endurance test.

  23. M. Blitz says :

    Damn, I posted a longer comment and I don’t see it.
    Shorter Version!

    Sam’s Amelia flashbacks suck and I need a break….Dean shoulda kicked his ass over the Benny stuff too.

    Watched yesterday: Vertigo (again), The Long Goodbye (again), Badlands (again, again, love so much, fucked up dream, etc.).

    Also yesterday: The Adventures of Prince Achmed….stop motion silhouette animation from 1926! Enchanting, esp. acts 2-4 (not as keen on 1 & 5).

    The Square: thanks for the rec, droid! Good look (16mm film), well-done, grown up and sad. Nash should direct more, Joel should act more.

    Who knew Nash was responsible for Bob Dylan vids? He’s even in the video, wreaking havoc adorably!

    • Continentalop says :

      Love Vertigo, Long Goodbye and Badlands. Need to see The Square.

      Recent watches:

      Longmire Season 6 (got 2 episodes left) and Curb Your Enthusiasm (finished season 9).

      Slap Shot – still the best sports comedy ever made.

      Enron: Smartest Guys in the Room – still frustrating as hell, and a reminder what a corporate stooge Arnold was as California’s governor.

      Sicario – finally watches this. Love Taylor Sheridan’s other movies (Hell or High Water & Wind River). This one just left me frustrated. I don’t mind having downer endings, but nihilism bores me as I get older.

      99 River Street – great classic noir with John Payne and Evelyn Keyes. John Payne miscast as a former heavyweight contender whose career was cut short by an energy, but he pulls off the humble guy who is now working as a cab driver who just wants to open up a filling station. Modern movies don’t have such modest goals for characters.

      The Norliss Tapes – 1972 (or was it 1973) TV movie that is pretty much a rip off of Kolchak; The Night Stalker (same director as The Night Stalker). Still entertaining, and has such awesome familiar faces as Angie Dickinson, Claude Atkins, and Robert Mandan (Chester Tate from Soap).

      • M. Blitz says :

        I am still not over how great Hell or High Water is, but I haven’t seen any of dude’s other movies yet. I almost put Sicario on on Sunday, but ended up extending my Joel Edgerton spree with It Comes at Night and Wish You Were Here.

        That Enron movie makes my blood boil. Will have to check out 99 River Street.

        I’ve been trying to track down a place to watch some Wiseman docs, but no luck.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Watch Wind River. It’s much closer to a companion piece to Hell or High Water than Sicario.

        Sicario is good, but it’s less about the characters and more about the point its trying to make.

        WR and HoHW are more character driven, which makes them more engaging. And far more satisfying.

      • M. Blitz says :

        That one is available to rent, so probably watch it soon. Been awhile since I saw Renner in anything, and I really like his acting. Geez, I wanna say since The Hurt Locker, but that is a long time ago now apparently. Have been meaning to watch Arrival, just havent gotten around to it yet. Something about Amy Adams bores me just a little…not sure why.

  24. M. Blitz says :

    A little bit of Wiseman. Dude has got his stuff locked down. Or I am looking in the wrong spots.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I want to see the whole thing SO bad. Regular time is suspended when I watch this. Maybe absorb the rhythm of the cuts if I watch long enough.

      • TomBando says :

        Haw been through Belfast gobs of times…most of the canneries are gone around there. Belfast got gentrified ala Rockland down the Bay. That’s interesting!

      • M. Blitz says :

        I would love to make a doc about Lawrence, MA, centered around the Labor Ready there. Working on how to make that happen.

  25. M. Blitz says :

    1.5 hour workplace harassment webinar coming up aaaaaaahhhhhhhhh. What could they possibly say for 90 mins. Seems excessive. Our active shooter training is only 5 mins. Run away. Or hide! If that doesnt work and you’re cornered, fight the shooter. The end.

    I guess I should be thanking my lucky stars that it’s a webinar and they didn’t drag me into the office where my facial expressions would be observed.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Did you KNOW?? 50% of witnesses to workplace incivility are less effective at word problems. Fuck me this is gonna be rough.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Arriving on time. Civil or Uncivil?

        Maybe I should try to get a job conducting training sessions. I could spew out some unstructured stream of consciousness tangentially related to the issue at hand. The person is literally babbling about how being on time is civil but what about nicknames? And nicknames are not the same as petnames…..O.M.G.

  26. TomBando says :

    Or you could re-boot the Cokie movie of your choice with finger puppets. Has possibilities.

  27. M. Blitz says :

    Watched Get Out yesterday. Really enjoyed it, but felt like the end was slightly weak compared to what came before. It was definitely aptly named, and i found myself repeatedly shouting GET THE FUCK OUTTA THERE at the screen. Did a good job of being darkly humorous at the same time as being completely horrifying. At moments, I actually felt sick to my stomach. Would recommend for sure.

    • Jarv says :

      It was OK, but a bit overrated. The Stepford wives premise was fun, but I had the feeling that I’d basically seen it all before. Comic relief mate was a pain in the ass.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Possible spoilery stuff…

        It borrowed a bit more heavily from Stepford than was necessary but Kaluuya carried things along and holy shit, Catherine Keener was scary. I didnt mind comic relief dude so much; his character was in line with the somewhat halfassed horror movie parody thing they had going on. Hypnosis without consent? Get the fuck outta there immediately.

        I had a coworker who quit and started a hypnosis business with her husband. She had kept a photo of his face taped to her desk and her son who also had worked with us disgustedly told me his dad was hypnotizing his mom every night and he wished they’d stop talking about it. She used to try to get me to come over their house to get hypnotized saying how nice it would be and how i could have dinner with them and then spend the night! Hahah NOPE. So I was rather accepting of the premise, and tsa dude’s jokes.

  28. M. Blitz says :

    Sleepwalkers was on last night! Super stupid and completely batshit. I kinda love it. Madchen Amick is in her full Shelly Johnson splendor of perfect 90s beauty. She is also incapable of operating anything….doors do not open for her, keys do not work right, and ignition eludes the poor girl. When she laboriously manages to get a car started, she crashes immediately into a tree.

    Cats. Cats galore. Cats hanging from trees. Cats with their necks snapped. Cats attacking en masse and saving the day. Cats running en masse past burning bodies. A cat named Clovis cuddling up to Madchen. Also, cameos from Stephen King, Barker, Joe Dante, Landis and Tobe Hooper. Enya on the soundtrack.

    Alice Krige and Brian Krause are pretty awesome as the incestuously involved mother -son monster team. Really really dumb but I dig it.

  29. M. Blitz says :

    Watching The Natural for the billionth time. GOD it is so good and gives me goosebumps every damn time. I looked up Ebert’s review and that Grinch did not like it and spoiled the end at the beginning of his review. Bah humbug.

  30. M. Blitz says :

    Anybody seen Wong Kar Wai’s other movies besides In the Mood for Love? Fallen Angels, Happy Together and Chunking Express are all available on Filmstruck.

    Watching Citizen Ruth now, with the goddess Laura Dern.

  31. M. Blitz says :

    Hate-watching St Elmo’s Fire. Loathe this movie.

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