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.


6,765 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. Continentalop says :

    Hey ladies & Gents. My Vikings started the season good, and have watched a bunch of stuff: old classics (Too Late For Tears, The Big Heat, Groundhog Day, etc.), some new movies (Crazy Rich Asians (fucking terrible), Blackkklansman, Sorry to Bother You, etc), and got caught up on some shows (A Very Secret Service, The Good Place, Orange is the New Black), but the only thing sticking with me is the show Ozark.

    It’s got flaws, but I love it. It’s basically Breaking Bad but with a twist – all the scenarios are reversed. The family knows, the Fed knows his identity, and the guy is trying to make enough to get out of crime instead of trying to get into it. Intellectually I should hate it, but it hits just the right buttons for me.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I heard Sorry to Bother You was pretty great. I really want to see it.

      I watched Mystery, Alaska, Rabid and Death by Phone the other night. Good times. I can’t really restrain myself from booing the NY Rangers though. Even when they start clacking their sticks at the end. Yelling at the tv in my living room.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I’ve watched a bunch if shit recently that I haven’t been bothered to rate but I watched Solo and I can confirm… Red. Hot. Garbage.

      • M. Blitz says :

        STILL havent caught a single new star wars. And the prospect of diving in gets ever more remote as the flicks keep piling up. One day…..

      • Judge Droid says :

        One movie I watched recently that’s worth mentioning is Upgrade. This is the type of movie that’s good but limited by its budget. Good concept, entertaining, and a fairly good mystery/story but it really felt like it was compromised by a low budget. Still, worth a look.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I also said “I’m rad, I don’t binge” and then immediately binged season 2 of Better Call Saul. It took everything I had to stop and not binge season 3. Probably my fav show on TV and I somehow find it more satisfying viewing as a whole than Breaking Bad. Which was really good. So that’s a biggie.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’ve been wanting to watch that, but I never made it through Breaking Bad due to how often i found myself wanting to stab the whole damn family. I realllly like Bob Odenkirk though.

        Upgrade sounds vaguely familiar…

      • Judge Droid says :

        I think you can watch Saul without having watched all of Breaking Bad. It’s a significantly different show. Yeah, there’s clear connections and some characters carry over but it works independently to BB.

      • Jarv says :

        I’m in the same boat. I’m actually put off Saul as I didn’t like B.B.

      • Jarv says :

        In other, and unsurprising, news- apparently Cavill has quit Superman. This is good, because I think he’d be a decent Bond, and I don’t really want Idris Elba in the part as that’s blatant tokenism.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Cavill would have to drop a lot of bulk but yeah, he’d be okay I guess. Wasn’t there a rumour recently that they were going to make James Bond a female?

      • Judge Droid says :

        Ah, no. It’s a female director. Pays to read the whole headline.

      • Jarv says :

        Rumour has it next Bond will be Idris Elba. This is bad.

        They’re rewriting the script to put women front and centre (in a Bond film, for fuckssakes).

      • M. Blitz says :

        Just a quick correction….that should be Murder by Phone, not death by phone. Starring the fabulous Richard Chamberlain. My canada double-feature with Rabid.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’ll give it a look. Watched Passengers. Holy shit was that bad. Ludicrous even.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Passengers with Anne Hathaway? I watched that about a year ago. Hilariously terrible.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Cavill as Bond? Interesting thought. Is Craig still slotted for one more? Thought it was in development hell.

      • Jarv says :

        This is the last Craig one. Danny Boyle walked off set, so they’ve gone back to rewrite it. It can’t be worse than Spectre.

  2. docpazuzu says :

    Hey guys, long time, no see. Just thought I’d stop by and recommend a relatively new movie discussion site, FilmGoblin. Its members consist of those refugees from AICN talkback who first migrated to TheManWhoSavedMovies and then moved on to create this new site when TMWSM imploded. What makes it an enjoyable place to visit is its no bullshit and staunchly anti-woke position when it comes to popular culture. I haven’t been here in a while so maybe I’m wrong, but FilmGoblin seems like a place where gentlemen of a changian persuasion such as yourselves would feel at home.

    Hope you and yours are keeping well. See you on the barricades!


  3. M. Blitz says :

    Anybody heard from Xi? Is he in NC or am I mistaken?

  4. M. Blitz says :

    I bought a few shares of a few stocks yesterday and they are up $20 today. This means I know what I’m doing right? Time to start trading options right?!?!

    Full of bad ideas and excess energy over here. The fact I’m even interested prob means a recession is right around the corner.

    • Jarv says :

      Sell. Apparently ‘Merica is heading for a motherfucker of a crash under The Donald.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Oh it is definitely coming….but when. I have this feeling the mid terms will usher it in. Or not? lol

        Me being me, i will make good picks and then squander them in indecisiveness. I also tend to draw out chess matches and then choke on the checkmate. Fatal flaws, man.

  5. M. Blitz says :

    Tremors 6 A Cold Day in Hell?? Did I miss something? Burt Gummer has a silver cape on and is writhing around on his knees shooting at airplanes.

  6. M. Blitz says :


  7. Just Pillow Talk says :

    WTF. They can’t even beat the Browns.

    Cab’t believe I stayed up to watch that debacle.

  8. Just Pillow Talk says :

    WTF. They can’t even beat the Browns.

    Cab’t believe I stayed up to watch that debacle.

  9. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Posted that twice is quite appropriate.

  10. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Jurassic Park Fallen Kingdom.

    No surprise, it was bad. I cannot think of one redeeming quality besides Cromwell being in it.

    • Judge Droid says :

      I watched 3 movies on the weekend… all good.

      Mandy – Bizarre but incredibly watchable and enjoyably OTT. Striking to look at. Been a couple of years since I’ve watched a Nic Cage movie but this is a reminder that he so much presence. Even amongst all this craziness. It’s probably a love or hate movie, but either way, it’s worth watching.

      Sicario 2 – If you liked the first one you should like this one. It’s more of the same, except a bit more nihilistic. There’s no audience surrogate character like Blunts character in the first one. It’s just ruthless characters being ruthless. It’s morbidly fascinating.

      Destination Wedding – Pretty good if you like Ryder and Keanu. Which I do. And you’ll have to because there is literally no other (human) speaking part in the movie. It’s all set pieces where they converse in screwball style witty repartee. The dialogue is not quite as deliciously clever as it probably thinks it is but both leads are likeable, its about 80 minutes, and it was a welcome change of pace after watching Sicario 2 and Mandy.

  11. M. Blitz says :

    So, continuing my little bullshit stock market adventure….for kicks, I applied for an options trading account, and was immediately approved for options trading.

    I put that I have no experience (true!), low net worth (true!), and little in the way of assets (also true). No matter. I am approved to control large amounts of stock on borrowed money with massive loss potential. This should probably be illegal.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Foundation of economic collapses.

      • M. Blitz says :

        It is utter madness. The first day, i watched a weed stock in a teensy canadian company double in price, crash, soar to where it was valued higher than American Airlines, the SEC halted trading 5 times in an hour or two. Ohhhh man the whole thing is a scammed out gambling den of madness.

        Though, my investment in AMC (lol yup i invested in going to the movies cuz of course) is gonna apparently pay out dividends on Friday?! I dont deserve to get paid by AMC. But I am about to get paid by AMC.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        So far both my weed investing and silver buying spree have been looking good long term. My crypto stuff is all over the place, that shit is crazy, but the block chain software is probably going to put banks and the banking system, as we know, it out of business in maybe ten years. So I am trying to figure out how to invest in that instead of the actual crypto-currency.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I am holding my weed stocks and wondering what is even a realistic valuation for them. But i’ve got teeeeensy tiny amounts at this point that dont amount to much. I didn’t jump into the tilray fray, but i’m in mj (etf) and cron.

        I am fascinated by blockchain but the crypto’s themselves freak me out. I do kinda wish i had bought a little back when i first heard about it. Certainly not now, though. I dont know nearly enough to know what’s what or which was the wond is blowing on that.

      • M. Blitz says :

        The temptation to start buying call options is killing me.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Weed stocks are a long play. The more states legalizing weed the better.

        I got into crypto early so its okayish but it is total schizo. The Blockchain however is the future,

        don’t do a call or you’ll end up like these guys

      • M. Blitz says :

        Hahahahhhhhhh so what you’re saying is….buy puts?? lol

        One of my absolute favorite Philly movies. VALENTINE!!

  12. Xiphos0311 says :

    You may all thank me now I took the bullet for you all and watched NuMagnum PI. it was not as the kids say…good. In fact it was fucking awful.

    They took the bones of the original pilot and pared it down and added a bunch of really stupid shit and served steaming hot. New Higgins as a former MI 6 agent is god awful and she beat up two huge dudes because of girl power i guess? It will be weird when her and Magnum bone which is coming soon i guarantee.

    Did magnum ever even meet Robin Masters in the original series? I seem to remember it was all Charlies Angels like and done over the phone and through radio and the like. They even in the later stages of the original series they more or less heavily implied that Higgins was Masters. Here RM was a Journalist attached to Magnum’s SEAL Team which is total BS.

    The most unforgivable thing they did in this egregious and unnecessary re-boot is cast a charmless hack as Magnum and in the greatest affront to humanity and decency they made Magnum a fucking SEAL. The Rubicon has been forded.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Dude’s barely taller* than me. How sad is it that i just looked up this information in a clumsy attempt to shoehorn in the (ridiculous) term “manlet” which i just encountered for the first time 5 minutes ago.

      Sooooo Xi… is nuMagnum a manlet or what???

      *not that there’s anything wrong with that

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The show wasn’t even entertainingly bad it was just awful. NuMagnum is definitely a manlet . If he’s 5’8″ I’ll eat my hat. Broad Higgins is taller then he is when she wears heels.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      I ran across it by accident and lasted a whole minute before deciding that flipping to any other channel was the better option.

  13. M. Blitz says :

    OMG i want this whole Kavanaugh mess to be over or preferably, to never have existed because we are in a different reality. Getting really tired of fighting with my brother over my “victim mentality” and how sexual assault is no big deal. He equates female promiscuity morally with male assault and it is making my blood pressure soar. And he won’t let it go. I dont even comment on Kavanaugh. But he just goes on and on and on.

    Also I can’t sleep. Cuz i keep reading about it. Fuck.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      All this shit is why I hate politics, politicians and their sycophantic power mongering hanger ons. It doesn’t matter if you’re liberal, progressive conservative a republicrat or demican; they are all worthless lying grafting pieces of shit. The truly infuriating part for me is those ass clowns put good kids in harms away and then they won’t let us fight. Trump was smart enough to hand those decisions over to SecDef Gen. Mathis and we’re making headway now, fucking finally

      • M. Blitz says :

        It is all no joke gonna give me a stroke or a heart attack. Weak!

      • Jarv says :

        This is properly grotesque. Why are they all in on this pos?

      • Xiphos0311 says :


      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Its just grotesque political theater. One side is exacting revenge on the other for stonewalling there guy a few years back, so BS stories get wrung out on TV so the social/”real” media ass holes can run their sucks. Its so disgusting i can’t even find the right words.

      • M. Blitz says :

        He’s all in on executive power, and the evangelical single issue voter’s wet dream. And they wanna get him confirmed asap in case the dems get in power.

        I loathe the entire concept of lifetime appointments to the supreme court.

        Between the school he attended, his yearbook page, his nauseating involvement in the clinton-lewinsky thing….i sure wouldnt be shocked if it was all true.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Sometimes I feel like I should just devote my life to the study of sexual assault. I’m clearly obsessed. And the world lately is hellbent on making me think about it nonstop. It all seems hopeless.

        Either that or build a cabin on a mountain and become a kung fu synth hermit. Wonder how many solar panels it’d take to properly power my synth…..

      • M. Blitz says :

        Also, if I can vent a moment, what is up with the trope of “we finally have the language to talk about these things”? What language do we have that we didn’t have in the 00’s, the 90’s, the 80’s. I’ve read a ton of books, using the same language, and they were all published in the 70s.

        I dont feel like I have any new language……Don’t like saying the word “rape”. Saying sexual assault is so diffuse…..

        When I ultimately told my housemate about what another housemate did while everybody else was out of town, I literally said, “There was an incident…it was bad” He knew *exactly* what I meant. That was 15 years ago now. And when I asked the violent housemate the day after why he did what he did, he sighed and said “because I could.” Said if he didn’t know me and had simply passed me on the street, he would have known he could. What the fuck is that? This shit is gonna be the death of me. I wish I hadnt asked.

        I cant remember his last name so I cant look him up and see what his life is like. It fucking kills me. He was older and had a 6 year old daughter. His first name was Ethan. The roommate I told, the only one of us on the lease and who kicked him out, shot himself about 5 years ago. Cant talk to him either, or thank him. It all just kills me.

      • Continentalop says :

        Since no one asked, I think this Kavanaugh situation is a complete clusterfuck.

        I don’t know if this guy assaulted anybody or not, but I think there is enough accusations to warrant an FBI investigation. Yet Trump & GOP has resisted this. Why? Because they worry it could be true. Not that they have any evidence (maybe the do or don’t), but because they just cynically want this guy in the SCOTUS.

        Same time, I don’t think the Dems give a shit about Dr. Ford or these women. This is just an easier issue for them to make speeches. There was plenty of legit reasons to reject Kavanaugh, but Dems too big of pusses to bring those issues up. They needed something much more scandalous before they’d actually do anything.

        I don’t know what happen, but we should have an actual investigation. At same time, why the fuck did the GOP pick this guy? Excluding these charges, he’s a pretty mediocre jurist (same as Eric Garland).

      • M. Blitz says :

        I had to get my lame panic attacks under control, which took fucking HOURS. Breathing, qigong, fucking tai chi…nothing was working. Thinking, jesus christ, what did I used to do when it got this bad?? Oh right….heroin. literal lol.

        But, yeah, once the convulsions and freezing cold were settled, i watched the actual hearings. Holy shit he came off bad.

      • Jarv says :

        He’s clearly not fit for this post. There must be dozens of assholes who could at least have faked it.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Dude he’s not fit to judge a drinking contest. I was literally fighting waves of nausea observing him and listening to his remarks.

        Watch how it won’t matter though.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        You’re right Blitz, it probably won’t matter. After all, one can talk about grabbing a pussy and have Catholics back you. They are all dirty little Billie bastards who fool the populace time and again. Strike that, it is the indifference of the populace that cannot be moved.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Yup. People dont care. Nobody wants to hear it. It’s a burden and and an imposition, and unseemly. And some people who do want to hear about it, want to hear it for the wrong reasons and truly are not to be trusted.

        I haven’t dated anyone since i left SF, aside from a brief fling not long after after I moved (with someone who ended up telling me he considered himself a “predator” hah!) . I just kind of assume, it isnt worth the trouble to anyone and keep to myself. Almost like it would be selfish to expect someone actually nice to care for someone so damaged, or potentially dramatically upset. It’s sorta rare but also inevitable. And I def worry that I sound crazy and dramatic. Like, maybe i do have a victim mentality and I’m just some pathetic triggered “snowflake” who pathetically is never over anything. Like there’s no point to these things and because theyve had such an outsized influence on my life, there’s no point to me. At the same time, i feel totally exposed in the world since these types of dudes can apparently find me and sense me. Like dude in philly said, he would have known even if he had only passed me on the street.

        With my history, I wouldn’t be considered fit for the court, all else being equal in this fictional scenario. Lol when i really think about it, I barely feel fit to live. But he’ll prob make it through just fine.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I cant even look at my brother. I have never actually confirmed anything about that kind of stuff to him before (i know he knew at least some things cuz he has brought shit up before, whilst yelling at me, so i have never responded before). The unprovoked ranting put me over the edge though. He laughed in my face, said i have victim mentality and demanded a detailed account. All I even said was, that kind of stuff has had a huge impact on my life. Then it is, I owe him an apology if I’m not willing to go into detail. And he’s not going to be “silenced” by me.

      I am a fool. Also, what ISN’T broken these days? Jesus christ.

  14. Continentalop says :

    Anyone who has Netflix, there is several documentaries on it that I’d highly recommend, almost all dealing with how dysfunctional this country is now.

    FLINT TOWN: a series that followed was the Flint MI police department.

    HEROIN(E): an Oscar nominated short doc (39 minutes) that deals with three women trying to deal with the opioid crisis in the overdose capital of America, Farmington WV.

    RECOVERY BOYS: made by the same people who made HEROIN(E), this covers four addicts in West Virginia trying to recover from heroin addiction.

    DIRTY MONEY: another series, each episode a doc covering very corrupt business dealings. My “favorite” was on a payday loan company.

    ZION: A very short (11 minute) doc about a legless high wrestler. Incredibly inspiring.

    Also, saw a great FRONTLINE about the deterioration of Dayton, Ohio called “Left Behind America.”

  15. M. Blitz says :

    Not sure if any of y’all ever use bandcamp, but if you do, a compilation was just released by lcrp. It’s all duets. I’m on there, with a very odd and uncharacteristic track.

  16. M. Blitz says :

    Started watching Bored to Death, which I’d avoided previously as I found Jason Schwartzman annoying around the time when it came out. Ted Danson is amusing the hell out of me. And it had lots of Young Marble Giants on the first ep, which was very exciting.

    A nice and welcome break from seemingly endless Office and South Park reruns on tv.

    • Jarv says :

      Try the Good Place. Not hugely whelmed by this season’s opener, but it’s been consistently excellent in the past.


      • M. Blitz says :

        A show about moral philosophy with Ted Danson in the mix sounds so amazing, I don’t understand how I haven’t watched it yet.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s stunningly good. On every level.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I agree with Jarv The Good Place is excellent. Its easily the best thing Veronica Mars has done since the ending of Veronica Mars. The rest of the cast is good especially the Jason and Janet characters.

      • Jarv says :


        Joking aside, they’ve spent 2 episodes setting this up now. The rest of the Season needs to pick up.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        It seems to me that the first two episodes of the show each season are table setting and the third episode is where it begins to hit its stride.

  17. M. Blitz says :

    Goddamnit Tom Wilson’s suspended before the season’s even started. Argghhhhh.

    But still yaaaay hockey season

  18. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Solo – this movie was so blah and served absolutely zero purpose, much like everyone expected. I thought the train heist scene was good, but everything else was not.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      The “blah” factor and blandness of all the new Disney SW flicks is the main problem with the new movies, They are just so…inert maybe? I struggle to find the right words due to the movies being utterly forgettable in every way.They also made the cardinal sin of casting The Khalessi in it since she is an abysmal actress. Once again don’t put GoT actors in your movie unless they are from house Lannister, they’re mostly the only skilled actors on the show. Stay far away from Mother of Dragons, Wolverine Stark and Jun Snuw. None of those humps can act in any manner what so ever.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        In a sea of blandness, she blended in with the rest. Hell, Woody acted like he did not want to be in it either. The Vision probably thought he was still in a Marvel movie.

      • Judge Droid says :

        The worst thing in Solo, and there was a lot to choose from, was Donald Glover’s abysmal attempt at Lando. At least the guy who played Han just conceded defeat and didn’t try to imitate Ford. Glover was embarrassing.

  19. Just Pillow Talk says :

    The Foreigner – Stumbled across this, I thought it was decent. I liked Chan, thought the action was pretty good. A bit hard for me to buy into Brosnan though.

  20. TomBando says :

    Watching Charro with Elvis from 68 where he tries to do the Spaghetti Elvis thingy, it’s–got the look, the setting, the score, but he’s not really fitting the material well. Donno as he was fine in Flaming Star. I remember Stay Away Joe is a shitfest. Has cannons and Mexicans.

  21. M. Blitz says :

    I’ve been watching Look Around You, Brass Eye and Nathan Barley. Also old Norm McDonald stand up and the Chris Gethard Show. Gasping for air over here.

  22. M. Blitz says :

    I can’t get over this. It is killing me.

  23. Just Pillow Talk says :

    So my oldest likes these Maze Runner movies….I saw bits and pieces of the first two and then saw the Death Cure. The kids just don’t register for me, none of them should get a cure as far as I am concerned. The bus scene is ridiculous.

  24. M. Blitz says :

    Since I can’t logically justify suicide, I have turned to comedy and Karen Finley vids. Nothing else is tolerated. Recommendations desired.

    I will spare you the nsfw shenanigans of ms finley.

  25. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Watched first episode of Supernatural’s season 37. It was nothing special, but glad it’s back on.

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