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.

10,049 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. Continentalop says :

    Change of subject, I really haven’t been watching or reading much until recently. Just started the Travis McGee & Silver John series, digging both. Going to finish up season 3 of Gomorrah tonight, and start Banshee after that.

    Movie wise pretty much just watching old stuff. But I just watched the Japanese exploitation Female Prisoner Scorpion series. Highly recommend it. It’s like if a Pam Grier female prison movie combined with Ms. 45 and really bright & colorful stylistic visuals.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I wish I could start banshee all over again not knowing anything about it. God damn that is a fun show.

      • Continentalop says :

        For some reason I had no interest in that show until I recently saw a clip. Was like “Fuck, I’ve been missing out.”

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        its one of the most entertaining shows of that decade. It was consistently great.

      • Continentalop says :

        I just rewatched Justified and Hap & Leonard with my dad. Those two shows really hold up but I have to say they made a mistake with H & L being just season long adaptations of each novel. In hindsight I realize you can have a big major arc, but you really do need individual separate episodes mingled in for those kind of shows.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I thought they miscast Leonard and the stories didn’t quit land for me.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Justified OTOH was a great modern western.

      • Continentalop says :

        Not so much for me but for the more casual fans like my dad. He loved the two characters but I could tell it wore him down to watch basically a 4 hour movie broken in 6 parts.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Did the clip of Banshee you saw a fight scene?

      • Continentalop says :

        Yes. I was like “I remember the when America action movies used to have violent fight scenes.”

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Banshee has some the most creative fight scenes on movie and TV. From conception to execution its top notch.

      • Continentalop says :

        Honestly if you’re a fan of 70s & 80s style action or what Cronenberg did in A History of Violence & Eastern Promises, and want to see visceral style action, over the last decades you needed to watch TV shows not movies. Thinking Richard Harrow shootout in Boardwalk Empire, Bulletville in Justified, Hank/Twins shoutout on Braking Bad, hallway fight in Daredevil, Punisher prison fight, etc. Way better than the CG action scenes we were getting at the movies (foreign movies excluded).

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        That Boardwalk Empire scene was amazing. And i agree TV has it over movies.

      • Continentalop says :

        Even if you don’t like the shows I listed, you at least probably could watch the action/fight scene I listed. Unlike Black Panther or Wonder Woman.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The only one I’m iffy on is DD and mostly because I think they miscast DD with the tiny English lad.

    • Continentalop says :

      The Female Prisoner Scorpion series is from ‘72 & ‘73 btw. The are, in order:
      Female Prisoner 701: Scorpion
      Female Convict Scorpion: Jailhouse 41
      Female Convict Scorpion: Beast Stable
      Female Prisoner Scorpion: 701’s Grudge Song

  2. Tombando says :

    Noted_Sage Conti Pops! Velcommen. Watching Perry Mason redo 4 eps in, 1932 he’s a PI, there’s the usual CSI level cadaver porn and Boardwalk Empire Whee we kin show Tits and say Fuck in these now! flourishes that take ya outta the show. Its pretty ok seems to be improving. Lithgow is in Everything recently by the looks.

    Uhhh Pelican Brief wasn’t bad, been years, Argo was fun to revisit, the new Looney tunes were kinda fun on hbomax. The usual stuff in other words.

  3. Continentalop says :

    Finally started watching BANSHEE. This show is stupid, with just dumb action, ridiculous characters, and skinemax sex & nudity.

    It’s wonderful.

  4. Tombando says :

    Mare of Easttown. Kate Winslet is Cagney and Lacey ala True Detective. Does that make sense? Anyways I liked it. She’s great. Plot has too many red herrings and you coulda cut out a couple characters, but okay it’s still pretty good. Very Delco area. Some of the actors look too much alike-50ish dark haired guys w receding hairlines and beards abound- and they get really cute on the oh so tangled family trees etc. I still liked it and on second viewing it holds up.

    • Tombando says :

      Tenet. Nolan takes another whack at Inception territory, we get this. Big bonkers mess that’s hard to follow and waaaaay to full of its reverse time gimmicks. I won’t be watching it again. Wtf Nolan? Mikey Bay is more coherent.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’m about to start watching Mare of Easttown. Best thing about Tenet was Pattinson.

      • Tombando says :

        You should like Mare. Kate’s great. Tenet was lousy. I am sorry I bothered. Self indulgent confusing mess.

      • Tombando says :

        Lemme see watching/watched:
        *Luca-ehhh. Pixar’s coasting. Its dull.
        *Raya the dragon hunter. Okay that is good. I liked it.
        *John Zwick 1. Okay, pretty good. Lotsa violence. Bill and Ted does his Billy Jack thing. Works.

        *Cold Case yr 1 15 eps in. The music and flashbacks are the best parts. NCIS type formula otherwise.
        *NCIS yr 1. Always reliable. Ducky and the Coors Guy are the best parts.

        *Lawman yr 3-solid. Another Gunsmoke knockoff but it works. John Russell’s whole show.
        *Loki 4 shows in is not bad. Expecting Kang. Owen Wilson’s a welcome presence.

        *Guns of Will Sonnett-Walter Brennan western show late 60s. Decent especially w the guest stars. I liked it.

        How is everyone?

  5. tombando says :

    Black widow was pretty okay, typical but I enjoyed it. Youse has seen it all before bear in mind.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      I thought Black Widow was pretty bad, like one of the worst. The interaction between the “sisters” seemed forced, the whole f as Emily dynamic didn’t work, Weiz was wasted, horrible villains, taskmaster “backstory ” weak and unnecessary…

      And the Marvel shittiness continues with all 3 of their series. While Loku wasn’t as bad as Wandavision, it was bad. Literally pointless. If you are going to do Kang, you do the Kang storyline.

      Halfway through season 4 of the Magicians. It has its moments, but still uneven in how effective it is. Really not any great episodes, but watchable.

      My youngest daughter likes the Mysterious Benedict Society, which is fine to watch with her.

      The Tomorrow War was decent. It’s just hard to believe Starlord as an action star, never believe his “serious ” delivery.

    • Tombando says :

      Hrmmm okay I’m it here. That’s cool. I weirdly hadn’t seen Alien, Towering Inferno or Porky’s uncut or all the way through in a sitting til yesterday. Prime has them. Strange I know the highlights are forever being run ala Rocky or Star Wars etc. Alien isn’t nearly the gorefest you hear, other than the infamous chestbursting stuff. The Monster acts as Jaws. Lotsa lurking. Struck me how much of the cast-Kotto, Hurt, Bilbo-have died recently. It holds up great. Inferno is cookie cutter Disaster film, Holden, Jennifer Jones, McQueen Newman etc all do their things. I liked the stunts and the whole copter cable car thing. Had forgotten about this. Works. Kinda overlong. Porky’s sheesh you look the guys up they’re All 25-30 during the movies. They’re ok. I am sitting through #3 for 1st time its…more of the same. Like the soundtrack. And it hit me at the end of the first one Alex Karras is the sheriff. Ha.

      • Tombando says :

        Suicide Squad Too is pretty good. Gaurdians director stands the original on its head. Pretty ok cast. Gorey in places, does an Interesting bait and switch early on. Check it out if you are interested. I saw it in HBO Max.

      • Tombando says :

        Hey Moonwolves is over a million hits! Alright.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Hi Tom! I’m amazed (and envious) that you got to watch Alien for the first time.

        I’ve been watching Happy Days and The White Lotus.

      • Tombando says :

        Well to be clear I watched all 3 of those on tv before-just not uncut or all the way through. But yes it was fun. Stupid Porky’s I think I caught the last 20 minutes here, the shower scene there, etc.

        Happy Days I have the 76-77 season w the Malachi Crunch etc it’s good nostalgia if in the mood.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Oh i know, but there’s nothing like an uninterrupted, beginning to end viewing.

      • Tombando says :

        Haw saw Burn After Reading that was pretty good. Bit of a farce.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Hah I remember that being funny. Havent seen it since it came out.

        I’m working my way through Cheers.

      • Tombando says :

        Criminal minds here…I can see why Mandy Patinkin bailed after 2 years. Pretty fugly wallow at times. But watching it just the same.

        Oh another Bucket list movie I had missed Shawshank . Pretty good.

  6. M. Blitz says :

    How’s everybody doing? Anybody still around?

  7. tombando says :

    For what it’s worth I’m checking out Titans, first 2 episodes. They’re not sure what to do here-you have Beast Boy and Robin and Starfire and Raven, but it’s all Gritty and bloody and bleached out and they say Fuck. Yet they’re wearing the Comic Unis about as usual. So who knows? I’ll give it a shot.

    Urmmm besides that? Watched couple years of Without a Trace and the usual gamut of stuffs. Nothing too terribly radical here.

    Jarv and Blitz! Amazin’. Place was deserted.

  8. tombando says :

    Oh and I checked out Disney in FLA for the first time a month or so ago. That was pretty cool Giraffes!!

    • M. Blitz says :

      Was it crowded? I havent been there in 30 years. Didnt make it to the safari part.

      • tombando says :

        It was not Too crowded. I stayed at one of the resorts in the Animal kingdom where you had zebras giraffes Ankole Cows etc. Outside. Was neat if surreal.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Apparently you just needed to hit up PG county MD for zebras lol

        Bizarrely, the Guardian is attempting to track the escaped zebras, who have been roaming for weeks now. Hitting up some very random, rural liquor stores and taverns to interview locals in the process. I can barely believe my eyes.

      • tombando says :

        That’s Weird. I enjoyed the stay. Epcot and Hollywood Studios were the best parts apart from the Safari.

  9. ThereWolf says :

    Has anyone seen the new Dune? Is it even out yet? The trailer looked decent anyway.

    I haven’t watched anything for donkeys.

  10. ThereWolf says :

    Just watched a trailer for the latest Resident Evil remakey-booty-imaginingy thingy…

    It’s going to be shite by the looks of it. Some cool nods to the original video game though.

    Another Paranormal Activity as well; despite my apathy I had a look at the trailer… and it actually looks decent. Total surprise. Don’t think it’s getting a cinema release.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I forgot they continue to make Paranornal Activities. I watched the first one again last year and liked it better than when it first came out.

      • Tombando says :

        I caught the new James Bond it was pretty good. Definitely the last for him.

        Run of Amazon Prime stuff lately: Carnal Knowledge-decent, Jack Nicholson and Ann Margret, King of Marvin Gardens-Jack and Bruce Dern-zzz, The Gambler w James Caan -good, Big Town w Matt Dillon and Tommy Lee Jones, decent, and Eyes of Laura Mars w Faye Dunaway and Tommy Lee again-ok.

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