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.

9,375 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. tombando says :

    *Lost World Uhhh, I still don’t think it’s well put together as a plot. And the whole ship there being munched by a T Rex who can’t get into halls etc. is bullshit. It works as a sequel but it’s certainly not as good. It”s watchable.

    *Jaws. Who doesn’t love this? Holy shit I really just can sit and watch that Indianapolis scene any number of times. Schieder, Shaw and Dreyfuss are so good in this. Genius filming at times.

    *Twilight Zonathon, years 1 and 3. There’s an early episode with Jack Warden ‘on an asteroid’ (Death Valley), they line him up with a Fembot-Jean Marsh, ep has John Dehner in it too. It’s not bad. However, I NEVER noticed-one of the Dehner’s Go-fers is none other then Ted Knight(!). Never ever would have picked that up. But, once you know it, YEAH, that’s him bitching about staying there too long or whatever. Wow. Who knew?

  2. Xiphos0311 says :

    Droid have you ever been to Tasmania or know anything about it? I’m watching a show called The Gloaming, basically Tasmania’s version of Top Of The Lake but with supernatural elements and no white trash.

    The reason I’m asking is that it looks really pretty and should i visit it when i get down under?

    • Judge Droid says :

      I haven’t been to Tassie. I plan on going at some stage soon. It is beautiful. If you’re into camping, hiking, fishing and the outdoors in general then you should enjoy yourself. It’s also small (in relation to the rest of Australia) so you could go for a few days or do a lot of it it pretty comfortably and leisurely in under a week.

      I have The Gloaming. Will watch at some stage.

  3. M. Blitz says :

    If anybody has suggestions for little-seen movies or tv shows, I am all ears. The winter blues are going extra-hard this year, and i’m running out of shit to hit play on. Finally watched Russian Doll. Other than a couple absurdly minor quibbles (36, really? And, sketched out by ketamine, really?) I thought it was great. Glad to have saved it, sorry it went so fast.

    • tombando says :

      Try some of those Quinn Martin Productions(TM)–I’ve been watching Mannix the first couple years and it’s a hoot. You have the Little House on the Prairie guys-Doctor, preacher, store-keeper–showing up as baddies or victims a couple times each season. Or Harry Dean Stanton. Or cameos by Superstar Neil Diamond in concert very very early on. Kinda fun. Plus at least Mannix gets run shot or run over or falls from a Copter or whatever–he
      DOES go to the hospital or have a cast on etc. It’s forgotten the next scene but hey they do better than the A Team on that bit.

      And you get those big boat cars.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I will most definitely be seeking out the Harry Dean Stanton and Neil Diamond eps. Fingers crossed youtube will come through on that. Love them both.

      • tombando says :

        Some of the other guest stars-hrmmm Sarah Kellermann, original Hot Lips on Mash(movie) and in Back to School, Red West (Elvis Memphis mafia guy who had a decent run as a thug in TV into 90s), in the Dean Stanton ep he’s playing a record producer and the act he’s recording is a forgotten ‘Sunshine Pop’ group called Peppermint Trolley(!), all duded up ala Sgt Pepper unis etc. I never heard of them, but typical Bubblegum stuff of late 60’s. And the usual familiar TV faces you know.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Peppermint Trolley! I found one track on a comp credited to that band, BUT there is also The Peppermint Trolley Co. Neither to be confused with Peppermint Rainbow. Love the psych/nuggets flavor+object naming convention a la Strawberry Alarm Clock. Puts a smile on my face.

    • Judge Droid says :

      If you haven’t seen it, and can find it, watch Rake. Brilliant show, especially the first 3 seasons.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Also, I recommend What We Do in the Shadows. Very funny. If you enjoyed the movie, you should enjoy the show.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Rake was an australian show? I was vaguely aware of the greg kinnear version but had no idea. The australian version is on netflix. Global empire is, uh, troubling? Hah. But, silver lining, tv shows in english on 3 continents!

        Thanks for the reminder re What We Do in the Shadows. I’ve had that marked in hulu for awhile, but apparently prefer to pay hulu monthly without actually watching anything. Had completely forgotten about it.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Just started season 2 of Rake. That Cleave is so goddamn charming. Rakishly so, even.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Roxburgh is great. Cleaver could have easily been a shit, smarmy, unlikeable character but Roxburgh gives him some depth and pathos. Good acting and writing.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I am going to second the Rake recommendation the show is excellent.

      • Jarv says :

        Thirded. Well worth a watch

      • Jarv says :

        Further, I’d recommend Toast of London. If you like Matt Berry, it’s legitimately hilarious. The Gay Porn one in particular.


    • Xiphos0311 says :

      here’s a suggestion Blitz and bear with me for a moment because it will sound weird at first but its a solid suggestion.

      on 1 January Netflix dropped a show called Spinning Out, about a former up and coming female figure skater that had suffered a major head wound a year earlier in a match(not sure what to call figure skating things) the story is a typical sports story about her come back as a pair skater. The sports story was surprisingly interesting and I didn’t figure it would be, however what hooked me hard was how it subverted expectations in a good way, Spinning Out wasn’t truly a sports story it was the vehicle to tell a story about living with and dealing with mental illness and how it affects friends, family. work and the people that have it. January Jones from Mad Men was spectacular in it and so was the lead actress who i didn’t know. it a very good fair look at mental illness both the good and that bad that comes with it.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Thanks Xi, watched and enjoyed. Curious if there’s gonna be a season 2 since I didnt want the main gal’s friend Jen’s story to go out like that! And as a closeted-competitive type, it sort of kills me that the final results are unknown. So not the point of the show, I know….

        Agree that January Jones was 100% believable in her role.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        you’re welcome Blitz. That show was sneaky good. it subverted expectations everywhere like the pretty blond wife not being a bitch or Betty Draper getting her shit together, I really liked it.

  4. tombando says :

    Well, I hadn’t ever seen Cool Runnings, with John Candy and the Jamaican Bobsledding team from 93. Pretty good. Was funny, a bit on the caricature side at times, but whatevers–hits the Rocky Formula at all the requisite stops along the way. And one of Candy’s last films. He’s okay in it, played the part surly not Jovial John, but always nice to see him. I enjoyed.

  5. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Just started watching Knightfall, 3rd episode in…liking it so far. Templars, holy grail, and all that.

  6. tombando says :

    Saw Two Popes last night, It’s pretty okay, dry, well acted, two guys in Pope Suits(TM) talking, with flashbacks for our Argentinian Friend. I liked the performances of both Hannibal Lector and the Infiniti guy. Well done. Some leaps am guessing by the writers but it rings pretty true, and I learned stuffs about the current Pope that I didn’t know. I think if you give it a shot on Netflix you will like it. Again the car chases(lack of) leave something to be desired sadly.

  7. Jarv says :

    So, anyone apart from me like the Discworld novels? Well, the set pictures from the BBC America adaption of the Watch have been published and OH MY GOD. White hot shit. I have no idea what it is, but it ain’t Discworld.

  8. tombando says :

    Did see 1917 today. Was quite a watch. I liked it. There’s a bit of a video game feel to the guys’ journey after awhile-here’s no man’s land, here’s a dogfight, here’s a blasted out farm, here’s a blasted out town, here’s a white water river part(!), here’s wide open peaceful fields, etc etc.

    But all That besides–it’s well acted, great F/X, it’s scary, it’s moving, it rings true esp the first half hour as they go over no man’s land. I’d def. recommend it.

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