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.

9,198 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. just pillow talk says :

    Blade Runner 2 mini trailer is out.

    *Tumbleweed*

  2. Judge Droid says :

    Geez… After almost losing from an unloseable (it’s a real word… really it is…) position against Pakistan I thought no one could compete with how shit we are… God save the queen… The Poms giving up 750 on the flat tracks of India is one thing, but losing by an innings and some runs is abject shit. At least it looks like it will lead to the end of the Cook as Captain era. Good (if incredibly boring) batsman. Shithouse captain (aided frequently by superb individual performances).

    • Jarv says :

      After the third test, I actually wanted us to get whitewashed. Just to end the pain. He had 477 runs on the board and opened the bowling with 4 men on the boundary. Then, he bowled Rashid, who, let’s face it, is no Warne, for 28 fucking overs straight- even though he had 6 bowlers in the team. He’s genuinely the worst captain of my lifetime.

  3. tombando says :

    Watching Guns of Navarone. Killer cast.

  4. tombando says :

    Festive movie time let’s see what I’ve watched lately:

    Lord of the Rings trilogy, VHS, movie cuts. I still like these well enough, once a year or so is enough. Best parts are things like Moria, Fangorn and Helm’s Deep. It drags with Liv Tyler and Mr Anderson, plus the whole post-coronation epilogue is snoozeville. They did a better job on these than the Hobbit series. That has its problems.

    The Great Escape-Its great. Gotta love the cast etc. You can’t beat it.

    Gone with the Wind-I have slowly grown to like this, though you have to get used to the asshole characters and the happy mammys and field hands in the cast. It’s well acted and beautifully done no doubt. Look for Rochester from Jack Benny and Harry Davenport (You can’t take it with you Judge) here in smaller roles. I can’t say I root for anyone in this.

    Perry Mason yr 1. Pretty fun if you like the series. Time capsule stuff. Burr was born for this role.

  5. tombando says :

    Oh duh also Guns of Navarone–you know, David Niven, Gregory Peck, Anthony Quinn, Anthony Quayle, Stanley Baker, etc. Its great too.

  6. Judge Droid says :

    Merry Christmas COCers! It’s a balmy 37 degrees here today. I popped down the beach this morning. Hope everyone has a happy day.

    A Droid Christmas 01
    A Droid Christmas 02
    A Droid Christmas 03

  7. just pillow talk says :

    Merry Christmas to all!

  8. Xiphos0311 says :

    Feliz Navidad!!! one and all.

    Here’s some Christmas music

  9. tombando says :

    Like Buenos Noches there dudes. Navidads and all that.

  10. just pillow talk says :

    So I finally got around to watching X-Men Apocalypse, and I will be in the minority on this one but I liked it. It may be faint praise, but holy shit was it better than Avengers 3. The scenes with Magneto alone (Henrik I think his name was) had more emotional weight in my opinion, than anything in any of the Marvel movies.

  11. tombando says :

    I got nothing outta it, for whatever reason. I liked the big all star battle if you will but it wasn’t anything you’ve not seen before.

    Currently watching a marathon of Have Gun Will Travel season 3. Good stuff. Richard Boone was Paladin. Fun guests-Col Klink, Festus Hagen, Hal Needham, I think a young Dennis Hopper, Denver Pyle, etc. Roddenberry wrote a bunch of them.

    Maverick with James Garner and Jack Kelly is fun, couple discs of that will do. One episode has Adam West as a baddie. Very tongue in cheek.

  12. tombando says :

    Okay Carrie Fishers gone now. What a year for dead celebs.

  13. tombando says :

    Yeah and there was Bernard Fox, Aaron Pryor and the Watership Down guy Richard Adams. Amazing. I can remember a few years, 1977, 1987, 2003 that seemed to have these bumper crops of famous dead people, but 2016 has really been out for blood. You have 2 of the 3 Emerson, Lake and Palmer dudes gone in a year. What was the odds of that? Merle Haggard and George Michael would usually be the lead stories in a year end obit roud up, not the case this time out. I see Dion DiMucci and Johnny Mathis are still alive and kicking….

  14. tombando says :

    Rick Parfitt was part of Status Quo? One of those acts that here was a one hit wonder, Pictures of Matchstick Men etc. But yeah one look at the body of work—they were around forever.

  15. M. Blitz says :

    Debbie Reynolds RIP

  16. tombando says :

    watching Terminator 3 and 4. Best part of 3 is the first half, great stunt work and car chases etc. Second half is just more of the same, some fan service junk etc but not as much fun.

    4 is better than its rep at least for me, I like it but sure it could have been better.

    5 Was better than it had a right to be. But you likely already knew that. Still three attempts at a Franchise reboot klanking in 3 times, over 12 years. Maybe they should stop while they are behind.

    • just pillow talk says :

      I’ve not seen the fifth.

      I actually would watch the 4th before the 3rd given a choice.

      • Judge Droid says :

        5 is offensively terrible. There are MAJOR parts of the plot that simply do not make any sense, and the quote unquote filmmakers show absolute contempt towards the audience by never bothering to explain anything and by casting a pair of talent vacuum’s as the two leads.

        I don’t think 4 is a very good movie, but it’s a lot better than 3. The only part of 3 I like is the chase scene where Arnie is dangling on the back of the truck. Remove the fan service from 4 (the GnR’s song etc) and it would improve the movie quite a bit.

      • Jarv says :

        4 and 5 are both awful. Droid is right about the fan service stuff, and at least they tried something different- which is the biggest complaint about 3, well that and the lame comedy.

        3 has the truck chase and the killer ending. That’s it. The biggest criticism is that it’s basically a rehash of 2 with added shitness.

  17. just pillow talk says :

    The (classic) Longest Yard….
    I always loved this movie. Burt is Burt. The football game itself was pretty well done too.

    Stick this in your trophy case.

  18. tombando says :

    Yeah I was not thrilled by 5, just surprised that it wasn’t as big a shitfest as it could have been, that’s all. I won’t be seeing it again by choice I can assure you.

    Currently watching some of Yr 2, Riptide. George Clooney as a baddie. Fun. Dumb as shit show but entertaining in limited doses.

  19. M. Blitz says :

    Wow, my mind completely blocked out the existence of Genisys. I was reading above going Terminator…5??

    Terminator is great, T2 is great as far as I can tell since my childish love of that movie makes it hard to judge. 3 is meh mixed with gawd-fucking-awful which averages out to pretty much shit. But I was ok with 4!

  20. tombando says :

    I do enjoy Longest Yard. Robert Tessier doing a clothesline. Who could ask for more?

  21. M. Blitz says :

    Did anybody here like West World?

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      WW was OK. All the re-writes and re-shoots made a jarring tonal shift and the finale was dumb but it was OK overall.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I watched all the eps over the last few days and the finale last night. Watching the finale was marred a bit by the sound’s refusal to sync properly. I really enjoyed it, ep to ep, once I set aside some practical concerns about the park that were bugging me in the beginning, and focused on the sentience bit. But for all the great/classic thought-teases, it’s perched very precariously on a precipice of nihilism and pointlessness.

        I liked the reversal by the robots of the notion some religious folk put out that if you weren’t made by a creator than life is meaningless.

        All in all very Nietzschean. And I love a good philosophical circle jerk. But ya gotta make it last and that’s difficult. Probably going to watch it again since I blew through it so fast. Interested to see season 2!

        Other than a hand-wringing article about naked extras, I haven’t read anything about the show or the production. Must go check out all this about re-writes and re-shoots.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The re-writes/shoots issue is about they filmed roughly half the episodes and realize they didn’t know where they were going with it and didn’t have an ending, so they shut it down and retooled.

  22. tombando says :

    more fun marathoning–Burn Notice, some of year one, ummm some Simon and Simon, hmmm did a run of the Virginian(Ted Knight as a guest star, Mr Roarke, etc. All fun), now doing Miami Vice from 85. Oh and Riptide–George Clooney as a baddie is a hoot.

  23. tombando says :

    Rogue I is a lotta fun. Do check it out if you haven’t seen it. The fan service stuff is pretty obvious but not bad, at least for me, they take a bit to get going, and I was suprised there’s not more Whitaker in there, but it was good. They made a standalone alright. It’s worthwhile.

  24. tombando says :

    just because you never an enough clash of the titans…

  25. Xiphos0311 says :

    Happy new year to everybody. I hope the coming year is the best for everybody.

    I’ve noticed that I haven’t posted anything for about a year so I will rectify that quickly. We’ve had a dearth of posting as of late.

  26. Xiphos0311 says :

    rouge One decent enough cetainly was better than the dumpster fire that came out last year. The biggest drawback for me was the lead chick, she had all the charisma of wet cement.

  27. tombando says :

    I kept trying to remember where I’d seen her, I watched Inferno with her and Tom Hanks in the Fall. She was okayish but it didn’t make much of an impression, her or the movie. I liked enough of the other side characters etc so wasn’t put off by her being Ms Bland. The thorazine bot was fun.

    • Jarv says :

      After the last shitfest in the name of Star Wars, I’ve really had enough. I’m waiting 9 months before I even consider watching this one.

      • Judge Droid says :

        It’s kind of surprising to me how little interest I have in seeing Rogue One. But I generally have very little interest in seeing any of the blockbuster movies anymore. I only went to the cinema 3 times in 2016. And two of those was because I had a ticket voucher. The best 2016 movie I saw was Hell or High Water.

      • Judge Droid says :

        According to the wiki ‘2016 in Film’ list, I’ve seen 40 movies released last year. 6 I’d classify as good. 20 were Meh. 16 were bad. That’s an abysmal ratio.

      • Judge Droid says :

        There’s a bunch of movies that are well regarded that I haven’t seen. Arrival, Silence, A Monster Calls, Fences etc. So maybe I just haven’t seen the good ones.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The funny thing about Rouge One, at least to me, was that without the music and opening crawl and even with all the gratuitous cameos, it didn’t feel much like a SW flick. Bad acting and writing excepted.

  28. tombando says :

    So am watching my Walking Dead season 5 dvds for the first time in a while. They really, really didn’t need that entire stupid Hospital story arc. What a pointless shitfest that is. And of course getting rid of interesting roles like Tyreese, Beth and Bob just makes you shake your head. Michonne made a cameo first half.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Do yourself a favor and watch Z Nation instead. Z Nation buries TWD on every level, the best being, Z Nation is actually entertaining.

  29. just pillow talk says :

    That Rose Bowl….Hard to imagine the championship game topping that one. This actually lived up to the hype.

    Star Trek Beyond….passable yet entirely forgettable. Doesn’t feel to me that there’s been 3 movies with this crew, that they’ve grown together.

    • Judge Droid says :

      STB was fun. I was entertained. Better than the first, and a lot better than the 2nd. These movies are less than they should be though. They feel like really well done, elaborate (and expensive looking) double episodes of a TV show. Which speaks to your comment on that they don’t feel like they’ve grown together. These 3 movies have had about as much character development as a first season of a TV show. If this were a TV show, you’d watch the first season and think “Yeah, pretty good. They’ve established the characters and the universe, let’s hope they expand things and develop the characters in season two.”

  30. tombando says :

    Yeah I enjoyed Trek 3 as well. Wasn’t quite as good as the first one promised, I think the series should have been better. But they’re good save for the whole Khan foobar. I like the cast and all that.

    Watching a show that inspired Orig. Trek–Wagon Train. Ward Bond, Robert Horton(died last year), John McIntire, etc etc. It’s good. It’s weird how a show like this just drops right outta sight, but you see Big Valley or Gunsmoke running all the time. Weird. One thing about it you notice-dime store Indian wigs and headbands, really bad, and the set bound stuff is obvious too. But you get to see John Carradine, Barbra Stanwyck, Bette Davis, Lee Marvin, Columbo, etc. It’s worth your time.

  31. just pillow talk says :

    Watched Scent of a Woman last night, I still like it, especially the Thanksgiving feast.

  32. Continentalop says :

    So I flew thru Supernatural seasons 1-5, which I really dig, then boom – hit season 6 & it’s been hard to get through.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      next 3-49depending on personal preference) are a bit rough. However there are some tremendous stand alone episodes mixed in. The two or three(again preference) most recent seasons are pretty good.

      • Continentalop says :

        Finished Season 6 and it does have some decent episodes, overall the season arc was just all over the place and rather weak.

        I think a sure sign a Supernatural season is weak is A) there really are no truly creepy episodes, & B) the silly, funny episodes are by far the best (I like meta episodes, but I don’t think they should be the best of the season).

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I really enjoy the meta-episodes. It was smart by the show runners to only do about 1-2 a season so they don’t run the concept into the ground.

      • Continentalop says :

        Yeah, normally meta stuff sucks on TV shows. Supernatural uses it to kind of give the dark stuff breathing room.

        Best episodes of season 6 IMO were Weekend at Bobby’s, The French Mistake, and Clap If You Believe.

        Despite its faults, still better than Flash or Arrow or the DC shows.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        SN does meta better then any movie, TV or book. They’ve figured it out so it isn’t just self reverential navel gazing.

        Those are all great episodes.

      • Continentalop says :

        Hey Mel Brooks & Bugs Bunny were great at meta (I love that The French Mistake is named after a Blazing Saddles joke).

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        correction almost everything.

      • Continentalop says :

        I love the Supernatural convention episode. That was inspired.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        yeah that’s a great one and they mange to revisit the concept later on in a great way.

      • Continentalop says :

        That and Ghost Facers have been two of the funniest recurring jokes/characters.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yeah the Ghost Facers are nice little recurring bit. It’s especially great because it busts all over those stupid ghost reality shows on cable.

      • Continentalop says :

        My big complain is last two seasons there have been no super creepy episodes (like “Family Remains”, “No Exit” or “The Benders”). Season 5 had “Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid”, but really nothing during season 6 was that creepy or worked as an actual horror story (“And Then There Were None” has some suspense but isn’t that scary).

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        S6 and S7 was a lot of figuring out where they were going with the show. So the “scary” episodes sort of took a back seat to servicing the shows needs for survival. The scary stuff come back hard in S8 I think.

      • Continentalop says :

        Season 5 could get away with just one creepy episode because it had the Apocalypse story arc going on. Season 6 could have done with some really creepy episodes like “The Benders” or “Playthings”

      • Continentalop says :

        Yeah S6 really felt like they didn’t really know what to do. They seemed to be juggling too many ideas, unsure how they’d connect (SPOILERS: Soulless Sam, Dean’s relationship to Lisa & Ben, Samuel Cambell, the Mother of All, Castiel’s war in Heaven, etc).

        Sadly, I think there was a good story involving Eve, Purgatory, the Leviathon, and HP Lovecraft, but it was handled horribly.

      • Continentalop says :

        “Horribly” relative to seasons 1-5.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        that’s what they run up against the greatness of the first five seasons.

      • Continentalop says :

        I should really check the credits and see which writers stayed and which left, and who the show runner is. I know the creator left after season 5 & Kim Manners, one of the director/producers, died. Wonder if this lead to the problems of S6-7.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I think they ran through a bunch until like S10.

      • Continentalop says :

        One thing I really love about Supernatural is, like Veronica Mars, it is subtly about class and about blue collar, working class people without being an English Kitchen Sink story.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The current season addresses the English question hard.

      • Continentalop says :

        Makes you appreciate good writers & show runners.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        that it surely does.

      • just pillow talk says :

        I think it’s season 8 that has Benny, whom I liked that dynamic with one of the brothers and in particular a pretty good episode surrounding him.

        There is no doubt that some of the overall story arcs suffer from being all over the place for a number of seasons. But, and I am in the same camp as Xi here, I think the last 3 seasons have found their footing again for the most part. And there is no question in my mind it is a better show than Arrow, Flash, etc.

      • Continentalop says :

        I compare it to Flash, Arrow, Supergirl, etc., because unlike those superhero shows (and even the Marvel movies), Supernatural mixes up the narrative structure & style of the show. Something they do in comics all the time, but not in comic book tv shows & movies.

        Supernatural has B&W episodes, episodes that start out with a sitcom parody, an episode from a supporting character (Bobby’s POV), a Rashomom unreliable narrator episode, etc. It also has scary episodes, dark episodes, funny episodes, light episodes, epic episodes, personal episodes, etc. The super-hero shows are pretty much the same thing every episode that I’ve seen.

  33. tombando says :

    hmmm okay guess that puts my maratoning Barnaby Jones to shame. You get some fun guest stars-Gary Lockwood is a baddie twice (he was from 2001 gets killed by HAL), Lee Meriweather (the co star, Catwoman sighting!), Anne Francis-Honey West still a heartbreaker at 43, don’t judge, hmmm Claude Akins who guested in everything for 20 years, and Jack Cassidy–boys he puts the Smarm into Smarmy eh? What was he known for besides being Mr Shirley Jones again? And yes I did watch the one with Captain Kirk. He has the 1973 era Joe Namath inspired rug thing going and then some.

    Watching Buddy Ebsen go from Jed Clampett to Barnaby Jones, he mostly walks through the episodes, literally and physically. I like the guy, he is another one that stardom came to late. He was the original Tin Man as you all know, the makeup just killed him, and it wasn’t until Davey Crockett he got much exposure.

    There is this one interesting episode from 74 where Don Stroud-you know, universal nasty surf dude looking guy in everything-kills his boss with a ‘computer’. So you get-punch cards, reel to reel tape machines, banks of them, guys in suits, dial up tones AND a computer controlled crane that drops heavy metal objects on guys in offices, somehow setting the whole works on fire at the same time. DIdn’t quite get that part unless there was a Pinto stored under the desk. But anyways, it was amusing.

    Show is very slow paced and the best part is the title sequence showing you the blue maze and guest stars. Sad but true. It’s worthy if you like the Quinn Martin Production formula, Cannon Kojak Ironsides etc. The Big Boat cars and the golf pants everyone wears are a hoot.

  34. just pillow talk says :

    Magnificent Seven remake….

    Let’s get this out there first: it does not match the Yul version, nor did I expect it to. That being said, I thought it was decent. As is generally the case with current movies like this, enough time wasn’t given to the characters in my opinion to flesh them out. That said, the movie looked good and the two shootouts were handled pretty well. But I think something like 3:10 to Yuma remake was done better than this one because I thought the two leads in that one were quite good and given opportunity to show that. Here, with this movie, the material wasn’t necessarily there to see that. Maybe the exception being Ethan’s character to a degree. Still an entertaining enough movie. Oh, and it needed a more menacing villain, more presence.

  35. tombando says :

    Obit on my Broncos:

    Young QB who didn’t know how to read a red zone D, thus gobs of FGs.

    OLine turnover and injuries. You know where that leads.

    Lousy running game, esp. after CJ went out.

    Kubiak not quite ‘there’ this time out.

    D was fine but you can’t just win with that. You need Something besides.

    I thought they were a 9-7 team before the year, and yuppers thats how they wound up, though would have not expected that after a 4-0 start. So who knows? Elway talks going with a young HC now ala Kyle Shanahan or whomever. We’ll see.

  36. tombando says :

    I did the obligatory Fast and Furious 4-5-6 marathon, they’re so over the top that you just wind up watching them for the Oh Shit moments, especially the goofy tunnel racing in 4, the safe thingie in the 5th and the tank thingie in 6th, not to mention the goofy airport marathon at the end of that. I like 5 the best of them, Balances the cartoony shit with the fun just enough. 7 was more of the same, they just didn’t know when to say when with that one.

  37. Continentalop says :

    Why the fuck did I watch the Golden Globes?

    • just pillow talk says :

      Same question I posed to myself last night after I watched X-files 2 flick: why the fuck did I do that?

      I thought I had seen it, but I did not.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Now there’s even more reason to hate Hollywood? Besides them making horribly boring movies and douchtard multimillionaire bubble dwellers that are stupid, yet preachy ass clowns?

      • just pillow talk says :

        Alas the preachy ass clowns can easily goad the Twitter ass clown.

        This is going to be a long 4-8 years of ass clownery…..

      • Continentalop says :

        Isn’t it rich?
        Are we a pair?
        Me here, at last, on the ground
        You in mid-air
        Send in the ass clowns

    • Judge Droid says :

      Aren’t you reviewing it for your monthly Jimmy Fallon fan club newsletter?

    • M. Blitz says :

      I feel your pain Conti. Was asking myself the same thing. And I managed to fall asleep just before Moonlight got a win, which was just about the only thing I cared about seeing. Bah bah bah boring.

      • Continentalop says :

        It’s award shows like this that makes me understand people’s dislike for Hollywood & celebrities.

        Also, how did whatshisname from Nocturnal Animals win over Jeff Bridges for Hell or High Water?

      • M. Blitz says :

        Or the dude from Moonlight! Mahershala(?) Ali. He was really good in that. Didnt catch Hell or High Water.

      • Continentalop says :

        Hell or High Water was my favorite movie of the year. Very relevant for nowadays (struggling rural working class white people) & also a throwback to 70s & 90s crime movies.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Gonna track it down. You watched any of The Night Manager? They were cleanin up too. Havent seen it but I am fond of Hugh Laurie.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Night Manager was pretty OK. Dr. House was great and Loki wasn’t his normal smirking smarmy self like in everything I’ve ever seen him in. the scenery in Austria and Spain was gorgeous to look at. Overall a decent Le Carre story.

      • Continentalop says :

        Didn’t see The Night Manager, but did see The Night Of. Loved 50% of it (the stuff involving John Turturro & the cop), but the stuff with the kid in jail at Rikers bored me.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Night Of was utterly forgettable rubbish so of course the fat neck beard reviewers and cowardly online fascist thin skinned special snowflake SJW fuckwits thought it was great.

      • Continentalop says :

        You didn’t like John Turturro’s character, jaded/sleazy lawyer, & the tired cop? I thought the investigation stuff was great.

        The stuff with the kid in jail was boring as fuck, I admit, and fake as hell. Because a nerdy Pakistani kid is of course going to be taken under the wing of an ex-boxer drug lord.

      • Continentalop says :

        Also saw Ash vs. Evil Dead S1, which I thoroughly enjoyed.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Turturro was good I barely remember the cop or the investigation.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I didn’t much like S1 of Ash but S2 was pretty good until it went off the rails with the finale . There was a lot of behind the scenes issues with the show runner and a producer that lead to the show runner leaving and the show entirely revamping the finale.

      • Continentalop says :

        I watched AvED at the right moment – right after binging on Westword, The Night Of, and Longmire (which is surprisingly good). But needed something very irreverent.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Longmire is much, much better than those other shows.

      • Continentalop says :

        Agreed droid. Longmire surprised me. Not as good as Justified but in similar vein.

  38. M. Blitz says :

    Has anybody seen La La Land? Is it as great as all that? Doubt I’ll find out….just can’t abide Gosling. They really cleaned up last night though.

    • Continentalop says :

      I thought La La Land was rather bland. Have not seen Moonlight (or Silence) yet.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Bland, romantic….presumably flattering to the biz….sounds like a winner!

        I wanna see Silence. Weirdly fascinated by the irrepressable/insufferable Andrew Garfield. That dude loves to talk and opine or maybe pontificate even…. I swear i saw him start rocking back and forth in his seat 80s-autism-style when Elle got picked. (Also….Elle!)

        I did really like him in 99 Homes. But his interviews! He should be cast as tennis star/whipping boy Andy Murray. They look like brothers to me.

  39. tombando says :

    longmire is a fine show. It grows on you and it has Rick Simon as a baddie you can’t go wrong.

    Watching the Cavalry Trilogy, Fort Apache and Rio Grande so far. John Ford and Wayne at their peaks. Ben Johnson, Ward Bond and Grant Withers doing their things. Worthy.

  40. tombando says :

    haven’t broken this out for years. This is a fine snapshot movie of 1974. What a movie. Love Matthau in this.

  41. tombando says :

    I saw this and Charley Varrick as a two fer not too long ago. Yes to all that. I thought the remake of Pelham with Travolting was pretty shitty.

  42. just pillow talk says :

    Glad ‘Bama lost.

    Sad thing is, er, I fell asleep watching it. That first half I just was not interested in. It certainly ended on a high note though. Which I missed.

  43. tombando says :

    Am trying to picture Cokey remaking Charlie Varrick. Just can’t do it.

      • tombando says :

        Think of the casting abominations here-Matthau played by who? Vince Vaughn? Joe Don Baker by who? Josh Brolin? That would work. But really. I hope he never, ever does this. His 70’s fetish is so blatant. They have remade everything else. This is one of those ones that you’d think was impossible to do, because there’s no one like Walter Matthau. Nobody.

      • Continentalop says :

        If you did remake it, I’d say cast against Walter Matthau. Let some actor make it his own (like you do with Shakespeare) because, as you said, no one can match Matthau.

    • Continentalop says :

      Well he already ripped off the “n****rs with pliers and blow torch” line for Pulp Fiction.

      • tombando says :

        I think I would wanna start breaking things if I saw that he had decided to remake Varrick and was casting someone who ‘was a more realistic action lead than Matthau because who can believe that now’. More or less. Seriously. Jarv is dead on ‘horrible’.

  44. tombando says :

    Watching first half of the 3rd yr of Route 66. Some pretty classic people show up in these episodes-one has Buster Keaton and Joe E Brown, another has Karloff, Lorre and Cheney, another has Rod Steiger and Lou Grant, another has David Janssen, another really hits the surfing craze, etc.

    They had reached the ‘series late in the run grabbing at passing fads for ratings-the surfing and universal monster guys-but its fun, nonetheless. Show is talky and melodramatic, certainly, but the country in 62-63 was right at the end of the 50’s era, you know what’s coming around the bend, seemed like they were catching their breathe collectively at the time.

    One face you see in here is the blonde from Petticoat Junction, Gunilla something. Hard to miss her.

    Anyways, it’s worthwhile if you like time capsule stuff, and the leads-Martin Milner and George Maharis, are pretty okay.

  45. Continentalop says :

    Slowly getting thru S7 of Supernatural. Despite al it’s flaws, the main characters still make you want to hang in with them.

Leave a Reply to tombando Cancel reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: