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.

9,177 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. just pillow talk says :

    Finally watched Avengers 3. So the first two hours are really a flat out waste except for Spidey. You really could have done without everyone but the IM appearance, and have the conflict between just them, like the ending. The one thing Marvel is consistent with is the lack of drama / stakes. Seriously that airport battle was worthless and who gave a shit about the fight of good guys? BvS’ Supes vs Bats was eons better than this one. All these non super powered types getting flung around and bashed against columns and getting back up? Widow, Hawkeye, come on.

    • tombando says :

      Two more cgi hits:

      Minions: This was actually kinda fun, for the first half, say. Then once you get to England it’s running in place til the expected manic finale. They’re basically smurfs or Munchkins, what exactly can you do with them? The opening montage was best part. Definitely a Netflix level view.

      Kung Fu Panda 3: I enjoyed it, same movie as the prior 2, beautifully done, slapstick fights, scary-funny baddie, typical be yourself message, etc. It’s worth seeing if you liked the others.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I’m caring less and less about Westworld with every passing episode. The appreciation of its cast and production values is dwindling and the stench of I just don’t give a rats fuck about any of this is becoming increasingly overpowering.

      • Judge Droid says :

        PS. I enjoyed Minions. The bit at the start where it shows them minioning various doomed beasts was very funny.

      • Jarv says :

        Loathe minions. Hate it.

        I will give it the opening montage, but as soon as they get to VillainCon and Bullock turns up it hits a screaming nosedive.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I’m going to stick out West World just see if the story is really two separate timelines and to see if Jimmie Simpson is the young Man in Black in the earlier timeline I’m also interested to see if the black scientists is actually a clone or android version of “Arnold”.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I’ve heard both of those theories, and variations on them, and like almost everything about the show on a surface level they’re interesting but I don’t really care that much. That said, I’ll most likely keep watching and most definitely keep complaining.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I’m not sure how it can be anything else. So far the creators and writers have not shown any ability to be that clever and subtly lay the ground work for the story to go in any other direction.

      • Jarv says :

        Up to date in Lucifer. Hated the last episode.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        the last episode before the Halloween one? I thought it was OK. The Halloween one was fun. Maz especially.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      The lack of consequences and the blandness of resolutions(and everything else) is the biggest issues IMO with Marvel flicks.Say what you will about Bat v Supes but I think DC was on the right track until they ran scared because the fat virgins couldn’t handle an actual Dark Knight movie.

  2. M. Blitz says :

    So, Quantum Leap out-Ghosted the movie Ghost months before Ghost even came out! I just watched Al, as a hologram, slow dance with his wife who at the time thought he was dead but while he was actually a POW in ‘Nam. She’ll be re-married when he finally makes it home. They danced to Unchained Melody. What the fuck??! Poor Al, that was intense.

    Now I’m watching Sammy Davis Jr on/at Archie Bunker’s Place.

    Last night was The Abominable Dr. Phibes. Love it.

    What else…..Pumpkinhead. Lots of effort there, but they shoulda put that effort into the kills.

    Saw Children of Men from the birth scene on. Forgot how harrowing that movie is. Clive’s a looker though! Flipped the channel in time to see Rappaport blow his brains out in Higher Learning and then Omar Epps collapsing into some SERIOUS emoting in the arms of Laurence Fishburne. Cheery.

    Ghost World. I apparently have not matured much over the last ehhhh 15 years. Shit. I’m going to die an overgrown teen gone to rot.

    Black Mirror. Seen 3 eps so far. Can’t binge ’em. I watch one and then must roll over and go to sleep. Liked the video game one the best so far.

    I forgot to mention, but there was an Adam Curtis profile by Jonathan Lethem in the NYTimes last week, in case anybody else loves Adam Curtis. They didn’t mention It Felt Like a Kiss so I found it a touch disappointing. But still.

  3. just pillow talk says :

    I had also watched Phonebooth again, which was average. I seemed to recall liking it more after the first viewing, perhaps I was more forgiving since Keifer was in the midst of 24. Goodwill and all that.

  4. M. Blitz says :

    Trying to decide whether to hit up early voting…There’s still time to theoretically wake up and find that this is all just a really bad dream.

  5. tombando says :

    Been on a real WWI kick of late, binging through a book on the Balkan Wars (very very nasty), the Eastern Front (wow the Austrians were dumb) and now Catastrophe 1914 by Max Hastings. Pretty good retelling all things Marne, Moltke and Mons. John French comes off really bad.

    And caught a couple of the WW2 in Color eps on Netflix, the Eastern Front stuff is brutal.

  6. just pillow talk says :

    Executive Decision…I always thought this was decent enough. I remember being totally caught offguard when Seagal is killed off so quickly. It always bothered me at the end that just leaves after the crash landing. Hell no, you’ve got some questions to answer, you’re not scampering off to get a drink.

    • tombando says :

      I have seen it, usually catch it midway before Seagal takes a dive, don’t really remember much about the rest.

    • Judge Droid says :

      Haven’t seen it in a long time but I always liked the way it set up Steve as the hero and Kurt as the sidekick and then blew up the situation. Really good. Apart from that I recall an incapacitated Joe Morton, some devious smuggled diamonds, Kurt’s amateur pilot landing a jumbo and it being about 20 minutes too long. Overall imperfect, but I like that movie.

  7. Judge Droid says :

    I don’t watch baseball because it’s astonishingly boring but I ostensibly support the Indians (thanks to Sheen and Snipes) and I watched the last 4 innings or so of game 7 and it was the best hour or so of sports that I’ve seen since the AFL Grand Final. Which is a bit of a joke but this year has seen some pretty great wins. AFL saw the Western Bulldogs, who were totally decimated with injuries, win their first Grand Final since 1954. The Cavs won and that was a great series. Leicester City won, which was stunning. And now the Cubs got their win, which you can’t help feeling good for.

    This has been a pretty great year for sports.

  8. tombando says :

    Very happy for the Cubs but what the fuck was Maddon doing yanking Hendricks with one on, 2 outs in the 5th with a 4 run lead? Bull Shit. He was channelling Grady Little and Marty Schottenheimer there. Playing not to lose is playing to not win. But Cubs were going against the Tribe, so anything is possible. I’ll take it.

  9. just pillow talk says :

    No surprise, Arrow is still mediocre.

    New Wonder Woman trailer looks pretty decent.

  10. tombando says :

    Netflixing documentaries:

    Ed Koch story–pretty interesting 90 minute bio on the former NYC mayor. I didn’t know he fought in the Battle of the Bulge! Wow. He also had a real blindspot when it came to black people, that’s clear. They make it plain he was likely a closet case as well. I liked the guy, seemed like a decent mayor for such a tough city in the 80s. He and the Cuomos weren’t pals. That was funny.

    Tab Hunter story-behind the music treatment of the blonde former teen idol surf dude from the fifties. I remembered he sang a bit and was in a few war movies etc. He was manufactured by Warners and I get him confused with Troy Donahue etc, clearly was all over the place for about 5 years or so. He was another Rock Hudson type story, gay actor with Warner’s hiding him behind Natalie Cole ‘dates’ ala Michael Jackson and Brooke Shields. Hunter and Tony Perkins were a pair for a few years too. Okay. It doesn’t say anything you havent seen on the Biography series that A and E had, ups and downs of a fringe talent after their time has gone, Hunter comes off as being an okay guy, worked hard despite not having that much acting ability. I didn’t know much about him so it was interesting to see his interviews etc. He’s still around.

    Keith Richards bio-this one is half promo for his new cd last year, half a bio about his life story, a journey around the country visiting Nashville, Chicago etc, he narrates it. I enjoyed this actually more than I thought I would as the Stones have been overcovered and then some. Fun to see them rehearsing and recording stuff in the sixties like ‘Jumping Jack Flash’ and ‘Street Fighting Man’. Of the three bios I think I liked the one on Richards the best.

  11. just pillow talk says :

    I was sort of watching Predators while doing something else. It’s certainly more passable than the AvP crap, but it all boils down to one thing: characters. And this is full of forgettable ones unlike the great original, so no matter what happens from an action standpoint, you simply don’t care what happens to them.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I also half-watched Predators. Found it jaw-droppingly dull. You are right about the characters. I got distracted enough that i was looking up the predator nes game on youtube!

  12. Xiphos0311 says :

    Things watched lately:

    Atlanta(FX) Loosely based a bit on creator/ occasional writer/occasional director Donald Glover’s life. A very interesting well made show. Glover took some aspects of his life, created a new narrative. one that that is used to look at black America and American lives in general, warts and all. Very good show.

    Berlin Station(Epix) Spy story more in the vein of Le Carre then Ian Flemming. What that means is long discussions, bureaucratic nonsense and losing tails in Berlin from German intel service while trying to find the CIA version of Snowden. Good show with a bunch of great actors but it is definitely based more on the realities of intelligence work, slow, boring and often nonsensical, then say that awful Homeland is. Berlin looks nice but it was never a city I liked very much. Berliners are way too full of themselves.

    Better Things(FX) Co-Created by Pamelon Adlon and Louis C.K. Its another semi biographical show loosely based on Adlons life as single mother actress of three daughters. Funny show that takes a very brave look at the sacred cow of “motherhood”

    Stan Against Evil(IFC) If Ash vs The Evil Dead hadn’t got on air first this show might have worked, unfortunately it travels the same road as Ash, comic fighting of the undead. Instead of The Chin in the lead it has John C. McGinly at his ranty best. Two episodes in the show shows some signs of potential but at this point its still half baked.

  13. tombando says :

    Dr Strange-okay job here. Cumberbatch is fun as Doc, they get right into the swing of things fast, the Iron Man I plotline is blatantly used, you have good performers Tilda Swinton, the black guy from the Martian and Mikkelson(I think) running around. Very heavy on the Inception style FX. Pretty funny takoff on Groundhogs Day/Tom Cruise in the big battle with Dormannu (the Thanos type baddie). Some funny stuff with a sentient cape. I donno I liked this. I haven’t a clue if you guys will, as the comic book thing has gotten old fast, but this one was worth seeing. Matinee it. I didn’t hate myself for watching. I also agree with Xi about Bats Vs Supes still, its better than the fanboy reaction was.

  14. M. Blitz says :

    They are remaking An American Werewolf in London?

    GrrrrrrrrrrrrHISSSSSSSSSgrrrrrrrrr

    LOVE that movie. Would have preferred not knowing.

  15. just pillow talk says :

    I just….I just don’t know. Stunned. Saddened beyond belief. Seriously. We elected a…”man” who has said awful things about so many different groups of people. What the fuck am I to tell my daughters? Somebody who can denigrate women is now the leader of those same women? How the fuck does Mexico feel? I mean, FUCK! I’ve never been more sickened by America’s choice. Bullying the media. This should be great.

    • M. Blitz says :

      It was starting to sink in last night that he would prob win and i got in my car and drove around for hours, out to the water. I honestly dont know what to do. Absolutely fucking gutted.

    • Jarv says :

      How old are they? If under 10 tell them nothing.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I would never recommend anyone vote solely on the basis of gender (you could end up with a Thatcher that way!), but I was unprepared for the deep sadness i felt on behalf of american women. And i was no great fan of clinton. But damn, what a slap in the face. As the Onion headline put it “America throws off tyrannical yoke of moderate respect for women!”

        My friend’s daughter, a county over where it went to trump, was getting taunted at school yesterday. She’s 9 years old. 9! It was nice to hang out with her 2 year old boy yesterday though. He just wants cookies to crumble like the cookie monster, to jump in piles of leaves, and to knock on the burn barrel in hopes that Oscar the Grouch will pop his head out. I feel for anybody with kids right now. How to look at them and explain. Geez.

      • Jarv says :

        Don’t explain. It’ll pass. Leave it well alone. It would be as daft as us trying to explain Brexit to Finn

      • M. Blitz says :

        Good Bones
        by Maggie Smith

        Life is short, though I keep this from my children.
        Life is short, and I’ve shortened mine
        in a thousand delicious, ill-advised ways,
        a thousand deliciously ill-advised ways
        I’ll keep from my children. The world is at least
        fifty percent terrible, and that’s a conservative
        estimate, though I keep this from my children.
        For every bird there is a stone thrown at a bird.
        For every loved child, a child broken, bagged,
        sunk in a lake. Life is short and the world
        is at least half terrible, and for every kind
        stranger, there is one who would break you,
        though I keep this from my children. I am trying
        to sell them the world. Any decent realtor,
        walking you through a real shithole, chirps on
        about good bones: This place could be beautiful,
        right? You could make this place beautiful.

      • tombando says :

        Few more Netflix viewings:

        Paul Williams documentary, I’m Still Here. The director of this was a fanboy and follows him around for a couple years doing tours, personal apps, and etc. It’s really pretty good. You forget just how all over the place this guy was in the 70’s before the drugs etc took over. I liked this.

        Duff McKagen bio, basically a behind the Music thing of the longtime Guns and roses bass player, he kinda narrates parts of his book in a concert setting interspersed with footage and interviews etc. Seems like he is cleaned up now. No Axl participation but Slash etc were there. It wasn’t bad.

  16. M. Blitz says :

    Fucking speechless

  17. M. Blitz says :

    4 years is so long.

    • just pillow talk says :

      Longer than that considering the supreme Court nominations.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I need to get a passport. Also must save money. I work for a govt program that’s part of the clean air act. Maybe it will be eliminated, but I dont think I can work for this administration. Hang in a couple months. FUCK. People voted for him. I feel like i should be out in the fucking streets right now.

        Supreme court. The stuff of nightmares.

        I feel ashamed at the complacency i’ve demonstrated these last years. Clearly there is a lot of work to be done. Millions of people voted for him. Fucking millions while peeps post memes in the echo chamber. Amuse ourselves to death. Sick sick sick. Sick and sad. Madness.

        Shocked despite knowing. In advance. That this shit might really happen.

      • just pillow talk says :

        Yeah, me and my wife half jokingly talked about job opportunities at my parent company in Europe.

        I am appalled that people put aside everything he said or did (but not Clinton!?!), and voted for the dumb bastard. Well done.

      • Jarv says :

        Don’t take them. France, Italy and Spain are all on the verge of electing actual Fascists rather than merely an embarrassing orange dickhead.

      • Jarv says :

        Well take you. Though. Now weee about to fuck off the EU for the anglophone world.

        Healthcares free here though.

      • M. Blitz says :

        The extent of political FAILURE is fucking staggering. Where are people getting the idea that the extreme right is a friend to the downtrodden?? What the holy fuck??

      • Jarv says :

        The dems need a bitch slap for this. He shouldn’t have got anywhere near power.

      • M. Blitz says :

        FULLY agree. Sadly, she is a national repository for irrational hate and has been for decades. It was wishful thinking that she could just glide to victory on fear of trump. Sadly, a lot of people found trump hilarious and were happy to vote for him. Or have so much identity wrapped up in the right that there was never even a question of crossing party lines. Or, horror of horrors, folks who just agree with what he has to say. Maybe it woulda been different if they’d run Bernie. Maybe not. Maybe if Comey hadn’t stuck his nose in. Such a clusterfuck.

        To me, looking at a left-right spectrum, she’s little different from a moderate Republican! And yet. Popular vote be damned, aside from the coasts, a bright red map.

      • Jarv says :

        She’s also the status quo candidate. People are fucked off and looking for change, and she just didn’t represent that.

      • M. Blitz says :

        What I would give for a do-over with Bernie. The fucking media had a huge hand in this. As did the crookedness of the DNC. How to do politics in society today. How.

      • Jarv says :

        Blame the Dems. They gamed the process against him. And to be honest, he was a shitty candidate too.

      • just pillow talk says :

        Actually I think Bernie would have done better. His backers had passion, which Clinton’s did not.

        So be it. Long live the Queen. 🇦🇺

      • Jarv says :

        It wasn’t just that her backers lack passion, it’s that she’s got the personal charisma and appeal of a wet kipper.

        She’s a boring technocrat who carries a heavy whiff of corruption and has been a Washington apparatchik for nearly 3 fucking decades. There were people voting this time that don’t remember bill getting elected Ffs.

        When the world is as angry as it is now, she was the worst possible candidate to put up. Even against such an obvious dickhead.

        The NY Times had good exit polling data, and 77% of people fucked off with the federal government voted for him.

        Also on a personality basis he was something like 70% approval as the candidate that can change shit.

        You look at that, and the way politicians have written blank Cheques of our money to protect the financial establishment, and can you honestly say that she’s a good candidate?

        We all got distracted by what an obvious twat he is and missed all the signs. Including that traditionally, the WH tends to change hands after a 2 term president anyway.

        There are positives- though. He won having fucked off both the Republican Party, but more importantly the media. So hopefully, your political class on both sides will realize that they don’t need to pander to the press, and moderate their policies and behavior.

        Also, while he is a repugnant dickhead, he’s also a successful repugnant dickhead. I bet he’s got no intention of doing practically any of the daft shit he withered on about. It’ll be business as usual.

        But, if you want someone to blame, the dems- who not only pressed for Clinton to be candidate, but then couldn’t get their voters out.

      • just pillow talk says :

        There is no doubt, no doubt, Obama ran much more successful campaigns than Clinton did. I get people want change, but it’s all blah bullshit, as look at the number of incumbents re elected in the house and Senate.

        And I cannot look past all the racist and bigoted statements this asshole spouted out. People who voted for him are essentially saying they are okay with that. Oh, he really didn’t mean it. Fuck off with that. Some of his followers, some, ate that shit up and further empowers their destructive behavior.

        What’s his main policy? “Terrific stuff”.

      • M. Blitz says :

        It’s a horror show. Edwin fucking MEESE? We shouldnt have to even see names like John Yoo. Kris Kobach?? Gingrich. Greatest hits of HORROR.

        I dont count Trump as “successful.”

        But I agree the dems royally fucked this one up.

        https://www.jacobinmag.com/2016/11/trump-victory-clinton-sanders-democratic-party/

  18. M. Blitz says :

    Trying to put together a package for a girl i grew up with, best friends growing up. Her mom died yesterday. The family that introduced me to black power and pfunk. Any suggestions would be appreciated, drawing a fucking blank here. Cant think. Just totally blank.

    • M. Blitz says :

      And how long to wait to drop it (whatever it ends up being) by the house. Don’t want to overwhelm, don’t want to burden, don’t want to ignore. Can’t make it better. I never know what to do. Shit. Comfort is not really a thing in my life. So clueless on how to do it. “Here have some heroin, razor blades, and a copy of the Muppet Movie! It’s worked for me in the past!” Yeah……NO.

      • just pillow talk says :

        I could not tell you the right time, only that whenever you actually do go, your friend will remember you coming and providing support, even if you are not totally sure you are providing it.

        As for a package of some sort, is there anything you shared together? Something you know brings comfort to her?

      • M. Blitz says :

        Yeah, i dunno. Back in by the day we mostly bonded over mel brooks films, terrible horror flicks, and a shared sick sense of humor. And dance routines. Lots of dance routines. Ugh. Cant imagine having a plate so full right now. Shes got a baby to take care of on top of it all.

        My uncle ended up in the hospital tuesday night too! And hes still in there. Hardcore clintonista democrat with end stage emphysema. Everybody’s reeling. So much sadness everywhere.

      • just pillow talk says :

        Sorry to hear that about your Uncle.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Thanks. They said he should be out in a couple days. He was in bad shape before he had his heart broken by this bullshit. The stress is no joke! When i say he is a clintonista, i mean, he has a larger-than-life pencil and watercolor portrait of young Bill hanging on the wall, and was inspired to seek local office (in a rural repub county) in the 90s.

  19. Judge Droid says :

    Haven’t watched much lately. A couple of note…

    Hell or High Water – Good Texas set crime drama. Chris Pine and Ben Foster as bank robbing brothers and a grizzled Jeff Bridges as the “about to retire” Ranger hunting them down. Really good performances all round, a good screenplay with dialogue that implies rather than explains and it’s well directed and looks great. I need to watch more of these types of movies.

    Game of Thrones – Season 6 – Finally got around to finishing this season. Had to roll my eyes when they just repeated the same shit in the ‘Battle of the Bastards’ ep as what happened in Jon Snow’s previous victorious battle. The last minute unexpected arrival of a huge force. Great leader that Jon Snow. Nevermind he essentially committed his army to defeat by allowing Bolton to completely manipulate him. I’m looking forward to this thing being over.

  20. tombando says :

    Currently watching Frequency, with Dennis Quaid and Caveizal Christ. I always like this time-travelly movie, doesn’t matter how much I’ve watched it. Twilight Zone time.

    Watched All Quiet on the Western Front from 1930 with Lew Ayres etc. Wow. They really don’t pull many punches in that, yes its an early talkie but they get you the barbed wire, trench warfare, shelling, shell shock and bayonet charges into machine gunfire. Well handled. Have seen it before but it’d been ages. The DVD is worth while.

    Next up a Ronald Colman ‘A Double Life’ w Shelley Winters never seen it before.

    The election of Orange Hitler. GAG. A disgrace. One thing to have say Romney or Jeb or whatever in there, fine they’re at least sane. But this sick irrational fuck–no way. The Nate Silvers of the lot totally missed this. Yes HRC was a boring candidate, but face it the media took a dump on her whenever and wherever possible. They get to live with their actions the same as everyone else, I suppose. Might as well have put Mikey Bay in.

  21. Xiphos0311 says :

    It’s Veterans Day. If only for a moment could everybody stop gnashing their teeth and rending garments and realize that the reason you are able to do so is because people like me and millions of others take the weight for you.

    Anybody reading this that served or is serving, thank you. For every friend I have buried over the last 25 years, I miss you all and the world is worse off for your loss. I know I am. We will meet again my friends somewhere across the river.

  22. M. Blitz says :

    Hope you enjoyed your day Xi. Your courage is laudable. Respectfully, I won’t pretend that the waging of war is in any way apolitical, or that all wars are created equal. Your courage is constant, but the circumstances under which you’re ordered by your country to deploy same are anything but. That said, the degree of loss and sacrifice is astounding, and should be examined and mourned by all. May our leaders take extreme care before sacrificing any more lives, and live up to the faith given them by you and your brethren, at extreme and massive cost to yourselves.

  23. just pillow talk says :

    Went to the Jet game…a 9-6 barnburner. Holy shit did the game suck.

    • tombando says :

      I did some Netflix etc recently : Godzilla ’84, w/out Burr, the eighties Transformers movie, ummm about to tackle West Wing. Gojira was ok same old. Transformers had Orson Welles, Spock and Robert Stack. It was actually OK too, toy ad and all.

      • tombando says :

        Looks like we got a good win over Saints, that was weird.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Lucky as opposed to good. Denver got away with holding the Saints centre so the guy could jump over and block the kick. And then the guy returning it probably stepped out of bounds but he was wearing stark white boots so they couldn’t be sure that he did against the white sideline. So… a lucky win. However, a win’s a win. Especially in that division with KC and the Raiders.

      • tombando says :

        You have CJ out for the rest of the yr, a crap at times O line, Siemian at QB, and a Superbowl hangover. .yeah I’ll take it, thank you.

    • Judge Droid says :

      You went to a Jets-Rams game and you’re surprised that it sucked?

      • just pillow talk says :

        I did not expect the lone touchdown in the game to be accompanied by a missed PAT. Yeesh.

      • Jarv says :

        Could be the Jets year. All sorts of long time records have gone recently.

        And Droid- WTF is up with Aussie cricket? I’m actually a bit annoyed we didn’t give you more of a beating in the last Ashes.

        Still, at least Voges average is falling from the Bradman level it was at.

      • Judge Droid says :

        WTF is up with Aussie cricket?

        It’s a shitshow. Decent batsmen are as rare as hens teeth. They can’t bat against decent bowling let alone decent bowling aided by the Saffa skipper oiling up the ball with lollies.

      • just pillow talk says :

        “Shitshow”.

        The Jets have been putting that out since 1970. Christ, the Cubs are now more recent winners than the Jets.

      • Jarv says :

        Is it anything to do with the state of Aussie pitches at the moment- it looks like the moment the ball moves (with the exceptions of Warner and Smith- and that’s a sentence i never thought I’d write) whether with seam, swing or spin then they haven’t a clue.

        Too many flat tracks

  24. M. Blitz says :

    Watched Fierce People and Igby Goes Down this morning. Hijinks of the rich and wretched. Still cant believe what happened to Yelchin. Ugh.

    Currently watching Manhunter.

  25. just pillow talk says :

    I got a kick out of last week’s Supernatural.

    The boys vs Hitler.

  26. just pillow talk says :

    For those of you dumb enough like me to watch Gods of Egypt, bit of advice: don’t be that dumb. It’s pretty bad. But not in a fun way.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Would help if hbo wasnt airing it 24-7 just about.

      • tombando says :

        Marathoning yr 4 Happy Days. You know: Malacci Crunch, Time capsule, Hoops game, World Record, etc. Show was at its peak ratings and etc. 1976-77. Nicely done. Awfully white cast and most of the Fonze harem are really bimboes as written, but for most part show works. Winkler was really good. And you gotta like Mr and Mrs C. Charlene Tilton shows up. Was she even 5 foot? Anyways, pretty good deal for 11 bucks on Amazon. Holds up well.

  27. tombando says :

    Sidney Toler set of Charlie Chans, the good ones from 39-42 with Fox and a budget. Toler not as good in the roll as Oland, but okay, has Hop Sing from Bonanza as goofy #2 son, etc. Chan in Reno has him involved in divorces, backstabbing and catfights. Its okay, Eddie Collins fun as taxi driver. Chan in Honolulu is shipbound, involving a goofy lion, Collins, bad Captain, standard whounit, first Toler effort. Its not bad but the later Tolers were given a make over to be more like the Motos-faster, more action and less exposition. I liked this one too. Chan in City of Darkness is set in Paris 1939 before the war starts, involving gun runners etc. Has Lynn Bari, Douglas Dumbrille and Lon Cheney Jr. And perrennial Harold Huber who does his best Klouseau accent here again. Its not a bad entry, worth seeing. Might try another set of these.

  28. tombando says :

    Oh saw Defiance, with Daniel Graham, Saber and a host of Jewish extras. You know, WW2 set in Belorussia, 1000 Jewish refugees team up with a group of partisans and fend off the Nazis. Based on real events. You have seen it before but its worthwhile.

  29. Xiphos0311 says :

    Season 2ep episode 1 of the TV show Humans just cracked off the best line of dialogue this season:

    lesbian club goer to hot blond robot(Not knowing she’s a robot) “you’re not from here. Kind of unfriendly and rude…British?

    A Berliner calling somebody rude and unfriendly is the very definition of a pot calling the kettle black.

  30. just pillow talk says :

    Happy Turkey day to all!

  31. M. Blitz says :

    Happy Thansgiving y’all!!

  32. M. Blitz says :

    And extra dessert helpings for Tom who is having a turkey of a day! Glad you’re safe pal.

    • Jarv says :

      Happy turkey day,

      Try to remember to eat the fucker instead of voting for it as president next time.

    • tombando says :

      Oh yeah. Totalled my car 2 night’s ago, some bastard hauling a huge wagon behind a truck had no lights, reflectors, nada. Slammed into him at 55. Am fine but that is one crumpled Toyota. Insurance tango now.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Arghhhh you must be furious. Glad you’re ok. I see people doing dangerous shit like that alllll the time. Pisses me off! Almost ran head on into a guy who had pulled his truck out, facing the wrong way, on a back road. No lights, coming off a bend, just sitting there in the dark. What the fuck are people thinking?? Good way to kill somebody. Infuriating.

      • just pillow talk says :

        Shit, glad you are okay Tom. It amazes me that it takes such effort to turn on headlights. As Blitz said people do that all the time.

        Idiots.

      • tombando says :

        He had likely pulled out of the scrap yard next Door right before I got there. Illegal wagon, no lights or reflectors, likely uninsured etc.

  33. M. Blitz says :

    TCM is playing all my fave (yes i am a walking cliche) documentaries this month. Just finished watching Crumb for the first time in, oh, 15 years. Forgot or blocked bits of this, like brother Max’s compulsive “molesting” or the older brother’s suicide. The lack of participation by the Crumb sisters intrigues the hell out of me considering how weird/fucked the brothers were. Now watching Burden of Dreams. Harlan County USA was on last week. Chokes me up over and over, beginning to end. Fucking love Harlan County USA!

    Watched Tremors last night. It cured the monstrously nauseating tension headache I had to endure in order to have a jump up to 60 degree weather today. Yes, it is time for the earth to cull by pneumonia once more. A fun feature of winter in the mid-atlantic states.

  34. M. Blitz says :

    Ummmmmm how the fuck did I miss the release of a movie starring Bill Murray as FDR. And co-starring Laura Linney? And apparently there’s a scene in which FDR receives a handjob?!

  35. tombando says :

    Did a return visit for the Rookie again today–with Dennis Quaid, Brian Cox, etc. Still works really well. The redemption theme makes it work. Plus some fun side characters etc.

    Never hurts to see You Can’t take it With You either, basically the Its a Wonderful Life crew just 8 yrs before. Fun and poignant. Edward Arnold rocked.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Love You Cant Take it With You. Delightful.

      • tombando says :

        Fun part of this is all the famous faces you see-Dub Taylor, Anne Miller (at 15 playing Dub’s wife, he was 30), Eddie Rochester Anderson, etc. Edward Arnold’s scenes esp. in the boardroom when he hears of ‘Ramsey’s’ death, stay with you. Capra knew what he was doing. Oh and Charles Lane playing the pissed off IRS guy for the 44th time is fun too, he was at it for decades.

  36. M. Blitz says :

    Can’t stop thinking about that warehouse fire in Oakland. Horrific. Used to stay in similar digs in the bay area…diy art space, wood structures hand built in a former sweatshop. Places people pour their hearts into and where weirdos find community. Fucking tragedy. Flashbacks to the squat fire in Decline of Western Civilization 3 and Zelda Fitzgerald burning in the sanitorium with wooden staircases. Ugh.

    • M. Blitz says :

      So beautiful! Seriously, check the pics. Amazing.

      http://www.oaklandghostship.com/

      Looks A LOT like where i used to stay. Cigs weren’t allowed though, you had to go up and out to the fire escape to smoke. Spent many a night up there watching the donut of fog close up over the mission district. Those poor fucking kids. Probably avoidable too.

  37. M. Blitz says :

    Oh thank christ Donnie Darko is on. Love it still, unabashedly.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Never cared for that movie.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I eat it up, just cant help myself. I wonder how much of that is up to the soundtrack though. The deployment of Tears for Fears’ Head Over Heels is sublime. And the use of Joy Division and Echo and the Bunnymen. I also have a weakness for time travel-y stuff.

  38. M. Blitz says :

    My cable provider has classified The Maxx as children’s programming.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      What’s The Maxx?

      • M. Blitz says :

        It was a cartoon on mtv in the mid-90s based off a comic book…blonde chick in bell bottoms and a homeless dude who is also the maxx, and they go back and forth between the city and the outback, which is like her unconscious(?). She was raped at some point. Very 90s. Hadnt seen it in ages.
        .

  39. M. Blitz says :

    I have the Dear John theme music STUCK in my head. Very mysterious.

    “…by the time you read this letter, I’ll be gone…”

  40. M. Blitz says :

    Dragged out the decorations yesterday. Almost time to watch Gremlins!

    • Jarv says :

      So. Watching my way through a lot of mediocre TV. Dusk till Dawn, for instance.

      Watched hunger games 4. Shit.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Geez they made it all the way to 4? I fell asleep during the first one and havent made it back yet. This despite reading the books. Been indulging in some X-Files. I never thought of Scully or Mulder (or Scully AND Mulder) as hot back in the day, but have apparently changed my mind. They’re pretty adorable.

        I’m trying to remember the name of the Christmas movie john waters talks about in Crackpot, where the kids start following a man they believe to be Santa and kill the grown ups. It’s nowhere to be found in my hoarder bedroom. Unless i wanna risk being buried alive by books. In the mood for xmas schlock! This is gonna be the best xmas ever.

  41. tombando says :

    Anyone here ever see War Pigs on Netflix? It’s this shot in Utah, starring Dolph Lundgren and Mickey Roarke Dirty Dozen knockoff. I liked it, mostly for Dolph, but it’s kinda sad in places. Watch it for a couple ha ha’s, mostly unintentional.

  42. Continentalop says :

    Hey, just want to let you all know I’m alive.

    • Continentalop says :

      For Tom Bandito.

      • tombando says :

        no one danced on stuff like Cagney. Thanks for that Conti Pops! How goes it young man?

        Watching end of Red River right now. Still works great despite the Mutiny on the bounty formula cliches. Wayne never better.

        Caught To Be or Not to Be with Jack Benny, Carole Lombard, Robt Stack, Sig Rumann, etc. That is a great one too. Very hard to balance the satire and seriousness the way director Ernst Lubitsch did there, but it works. Jack Benny is great.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Damn lost that bet.

  43. tombando says :

    Conti Pops is Cozy Powell. Cool.

    • tombando says :

      Marathon of war movies time.

      Sands of Iwo Jima: Good flag wavey recruiter, Duke, Tucker and Agar fine.

      Saving Private Ryan : Pretty good Sgt Rock movie once you get by sanctimonious air at release.

      The Big Red One : Lee fucking Marvin Sam Fuller. Hell yes.

      Black Hawk Down : ALways like this. Pretty big name cast. Hard to tell apart.

      We were Soldiers : Pretty good Mel Gibson nam epic. I like.

      Thin Red Line. Preferred over Ryan by all right thinking people.

      Hamburger Hill. Not bad variation of We were Soldiers.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        SANDS: haven’t seen it that in probably a quarter of century. Seem to remember it being OK. One of the few The Duke dies in right?

        BIG RED 1: Platinum level of war flicks that explores with great compassion and empathy the effect combat has on a person. Terrific movie stripped of bullshit and hero worship. By far Luke Skywalker’s best work as an actor and stand in for Sam Fuller. Lee Marvin was obviously working off some old demons from The Deuce.

        Black Hawk Down: Never seen it.

        We Were Soldiers: Excellent film. If 7th Cav got pushed off that LZ it would’ve given all the old line ground pounders from WW2 a reason to kill helos which they hated with a passion. It was a great thing 7th Cav stood tall and carried the day. That bayonet charge synched to Sgt McKenzie was beautiful to behold.

        Thin Red Line: Absolutely great tremendous. A thunderously great film even if it did feature that scumbag Spicolli in a prominent role.

        Then there is the fucking worthless piece of shit called Saving Private Ryan A disgusting disingenuous hero worshiping crapfest that everybody involved should be ashamed of and quit the movie business for perpetuating that evilness on humanity.

        Hamburger Hill: “ain’t nothing but a thing and chicken wing on a string.” That’s about all I remember from the movie.

      • tombando says :

        Hamburger Hill has Don Cheadle, the guy from Wings, a guy from Law and Order, Courtney Vance and a straightforward presentation. It’s pretty ok.

        Big Red One has that funny scene where Lee Marvin is doing a Lawrence of Arabia thing in Tunisia. It also had the graveyard w the Nazi up on the cross spying on the guys. I can’t say enough good about it.

        Thin Red Line you see Adrien Brody, Jaret Leto, John C Reilly and John Savage in hacked up roles like to see a longer version sometime. I admire this especially the John Cusack led raid on the pillbox.

        Pvt Ryan sucks it’s own dick so much that you Really wanna see Lee Marvin in there beating the shit outta half the cast. Yes including Forrest and especially Damon.

        Sands has Richard Jaeckel, Robert Webber, Wally Cassel and cameos by Ira Hayes etc. It’s pretty good for era, though it’s more a Chuck Norris level thing.

        Black Hawk Down plays like a video game in places. William Fichtner, Bana , Legolas, Kenobi, Ronald Quincy from Research and Sizemore from Pvt Ryan pass through. I like it, very Ridley Scott.

      • Jarv says :

        So, I’m clearly failing the man factor here.

        Struggling with my new boss. He’s ex head of Sandhurst and is an objectionable cocksucker.

        He’s also the worst example of the establishment protecting one of its own that I think I’ve ever seen.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Sounds like a nightmare Jarv. How much contact do you have to have with him?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Jarv what sort of job did your cocksucker boss have in the Army?

  44. tombando says :

    We have a new head honcho that I think worked at Cambridge and went to school in Birmingham out the ying yang. We have no idea whether she’s another tool or somewhat of an improvement.

  45. M. Blitz says :

    How bad an idea is it to buy a house at auction? Feeling reckless! Rents are sky-fucking-high. Boarded up properties are plentiful and cheap.

    I wish i was an old retired woman, looking back on a long career and looking forward to a quiet death, to semi-paraphrase Kicking and Screaming.

    In other happy holiday news, somebody stole my debit card number. I’m ready to fuck somebody up.

  46. just pillow talk says :

    Besides work kicking my ass….

    Hateful Eight….same old shit from Tarantino.
    BvS….I actually like the pre Doomsday stuff more except for the clunky introduction to the other meta humans.
    Mad Max…quite enjoyable.
    MM Beyond Thunderdome….quite unenjoyable.

    Supernatural, Arrow (yup, still watching), watching the Jets suck ass like usual.

    My oldest daughter excited to see Rogue One.

  47. tombando says :

    Doing my usual holiday season marathons:

    *Gunga Din-as always pretty fun. Sam Jaffe, Cary Grant, etc.

    *The Four Feathers-this one works for me quite well. C Aubrey Smith, Ralph Richardson, etc. Nice job.

    *King Solomon’s Mines-Stewart Granger, Deb Kerr, etc. Pretty okay, the instant safari stuff is a gas-every 4 feet a lion, a snake, a hyena, etc but its worthwhile.

    Devil and Dan Webster-Edward Arnold and Walter Huston easily the best thing about this. Worthy Job retelling.

    Great Expectations–Jean Simmons, Kenobi, John Mills. Terrific retelling. David Lean time. The normal cast etc.

    Odd Man Out-James Mason, Robt Newton, etc. IRA guy on the run after being wounded in hold up. Gets a bit artsy in last part but quite good.

    Oliver Twist-Kenobi, Rbt Newton, a young Diana Dors, etc. Great job here too save that Kenobi as Fagin is REALLY stereotyped. But they got it right overall.

    The Third Man-Welles, Cotton, Valli, etc. You know this one. Its one of the all timers.

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