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.

3,467 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. tombando says :

    Well he was one of my all time faves, especially Wichita Lineman and Galveston. You know he was part of the famed Wrecking Crew that did all the backing on hits everywheres in the sixties-Johnny Angel, stuff by the Monkees, the Beach Boys, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, the Association, etc etc. He had a great voice too.

    Watch that documentary about his last tour from a couple years back, on Netflix. It’s sad to see him go down, but amazing when the parts that were still intact-his guitar playing–kicked in. Its worth your time.

    Sorry to hear this but we all knew it was coming. BOOO.

    • M. Blitz says :

      He played on the Association records??? Birthday is one of my favorite records from that era. Had no idea. Wow.

      • tombando says :

        Yeah they were covering that in the Wrecking Crew doc on Netfix, they did ‘Windy’ and ‘Never My Love’ etc I think Glen was part of that.

  2. Continentalop says :

    Just saw Wind River. Go see it.

  3. tombando says :

    Watching the Professionals. That Always is worth the time.

  4. tombando says :

    Watching it–really enjoying the high desert country they filmed this in. This wasn’t no CGI in the background Hobbit 3. And anyone watching this has gotta like Lancaster and Lee Marvin. A great teamup, donno if they did anything else together. Woody Strode was in Liberty Valance, Spartacus, etc–a familiar face in the Sixties. I glanced thru his autobio once, was pretty good. Jimmy Stewart had some problems working with black actors by the sounds of it, which is too bad. I’m not sure the extent or whatever now, been too long. And of course, Robert Ryan–class actor, a Marine too I think? They don’t come better than this as far’s the casting etc. Jack Palance isn’t Mexican no, but I like him as Raza. And anytime you get Claudia Cardinale in her prime…c’est si bon.

  5. tombando says :

    Okay, sat through Torrid Zone all the way this time, nice DVD copy. It was a lot of fun, the typical snappy patter between Pat O’Brien and Cagney and Ann Sheridan, the setting a pseudo Guatamala banana plantation, lots of very dated ‘Badges-don’t need no stinking Badges’ type stereotypes, etc. It’s a good movie, not great, Andy Devine plays his usual rusty hinge self save he has a Mexicanish wig on and there are more brownfacers here-Victor Killian, George Tobias as the head bandito, George Reeves (!) and so on. I wasn’t offended mind, it’s just what it is. Cagney’s his usual self, sporting a funky little mustache and knocking out guys with one punch a foot taller than him etc. Sheridan is a con artist and quite the beauty. Def. one to watch on TCM if you ever get the chance.

    Tony Curtis-Burt Lancaster-Sweet Smell of Success. This one I had missed. Got the DVD for not that much. Its a typical cynical, jazz soundtrack, shot in NYC or meant for you to think so, black and white, urban jungle flick. Burt is kinda Walter Winchell, Curtis is a Press Agent sleaze trying like mad to climb the ladder, Burt’s 19 year old sister has a thing for Adam 12 Martin Milner, a jazz player, Burt objects, Curtis plants both a story and weed on him, life happens. It’s a nice commentary on the media and what not, I’d have to watch it again to let it sink in more. Tony Curtis is fine in the role, you know what you’re getting with him. I def. say see it if you haven’t.

    And-another viewing of Bend of the River with Jimmy Stewart, Arthur Kennedy, Julia Adams, Sherman Potter, Rock Hudson. Typical Wagon Train tale, in Oregon. Kennedy and Stewart are frenemy gunmen who wind up on opposite sides of a conflict involving the party they came with. Good character work from Morgan, Jack Lambert, etc. in the background too. Nicely shot on location at least some of it, Mt Hood in the background etc. Stewart’s early fifties movies with Anthony Mann are always good, this is no different.

  6. tombando says :

    Oh Duhhh. I forgot-I also threw in the Shootist, from 76, John Wayne’s last film.

    It’s really good. He was as good in this as in anything else he did, by and large. You have that really fine cast-Lauren Bacall, Sherman Potter, Scatman Crothers, Richard Boone, Ron Howard, John Carradine, Hugh O’Brien. You have a real feel for the time and place, there’s an end of an era atmosphere that gets more poignant when you realize it was his last movie, he died of cancer 3 years later, Don Seigel directed the hell of it.

    I recommend seeing it if you haven’t in a while or before. It’s the kind of movie you wish he’d made more of in the 70’s-along with the Cowboys, it’s the best he did then.

  7. Xiphos0311 says :

    What I’ve watched as of late:

    1. The final season of Kingdom. It wasn’t written as the final season but the series was cancelled after they shot it. Jesus was that show fucking great. Highly recommend Kingdom. Excellent on every level.

    2. I’m hate watching the current season Game of Yawns and trolling the shit out of nerd fan bois. GoY sucks even harder now that they compressed everything time wise and are trying to sprint to the finish line.

    3. The final seasons of both Turn: Washington’s Spies and Orphan Black. I really got into Turn. Yeah the finale was a bit too Return of the King at the end and yes the second to last episode was screwy as hell but it was a great adaptation of a good book. Orphan Black ended like it began, bat shit insane, but they managed to tie it up satisfactory. Tatiana Maslany was great to watch playing 6 different and distinct clones.

    4. Some of La La Land until I got bored. I like how CRACKED dubbed it “A very long episode of GLEE” I am predisposed to dislike anything billed as a love letter to Los Angeles. I dislike that shit pit so much that I can almost get behind the retards that “feel” they can vote themselves out of the Union if it means LA and Marin county get taken over by either the ChiComs or the Soviets. On the other hand you fucking dip shits there is no mechanism short of succession that lets you leave and that isn’t happening. And not just because, you stupid fuck faced assholes, the ARMY is in the north and to the east, MARINES to the south and the AIR FORCE in the middle and the east. Not to mention the Navy on the ocean. No the reason is the bill you’ll get from the US government, which you couldn’t pay, demanding payment for infrastructure costs totaling several trillions.That bill has to be paid in a viable currency or acceptable terms, and not with the worthless Cal Peso, or whatever devalued currency the now Venezuela like California would be using.

    There is probably other things but I can’t think of them.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      One other show that came to mind or now two more, both adaptation of books. Get Shorty is a surprisingly engaging take on Elmore Leonard’s book. The show uses the basic framework, a thug forcing himself into the movie business, but all the characters and much of the setting is different. It’s really pretty damn good.

      On the other hand there is a new TV adaptation of Stephan King’s novella The Mist. That shit was awful. In fact its so bad I stopped watching and I almost never quit shows once I start. The Mist does the same thing as Get Shorty, uses the basic framework, but tells a completely different story. Unlike Get Shorty though, they did not make a good adaptation.

      • tombando says :

        *Have NEVER seen any of Game of Thrones.

        *The Mist as a film was okay. Brutal finish.

        *Get Shorty the movie is good, esp. Dennis Farina.

        *La La Land kinda came and went and I had no idea what it was. I think I will keep it that way.

        *Watching first part of St Elmos Fire. Demi is a looker, you wanna punch everyone else and it’s like a bad prequel to Friends, which I hated as well. Oh boys the Archies.

        *Trackdown-with Robert Culp. Never saw this one before. Likeable guy, fun in Greatest American Hero, I Spy, etc. He’s really young in it. Wanted Dead or Alive was a spin off from it. Has Granma Walton in it.

        *I hate watched the first Hobbit again a while back. Oh man I hate that one.
        Makes Willow look like Gladiator.

    • Continentalop says :

      Well, normally I would defend LA, but to be honest movies that are love letters to this town always praise the shit I can’t stand. My favorite LA movies celebrate not just Hollywood (and not a bullshit Hollywood), but the dirt and grime, and corruption and working class people, that make this city interesting to me.

      Best “Love Letters to LA” for me are Straight Time, Chinatown, LA Confidential, Tangerine, Up in Smoke, Valley Girl, Swingers, Repo Man, Hardcore, Jackie Brown, and The Player.

  8. tombando says :

    Awwww BOOOO. Sonny Landham is gone. Heart attack it sounds. Oh you know, Billy Bear from 48 Hours and Predator?

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