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.

9,430 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. tombando says :

    Never saw Pet Sematary, but I remember the news stories of it being shot in Maine and Herman Munster being in it etc. They Always louse up the accent, everyone is speaking with what’s a strictly regional coastal accent usually onscreen. North of that we’re more New Brunswick sounding.

  2. Jarv says :

    Not seen much recently. Working through Farscape. I’m impressed how good it still looks.

    Most of our watching time is stuff that can’t offend Finn.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I re-watched Farscape a few years back. The creature design and puppetry was still top notch as was the writing and acting. Excellent show.

  3. Jarv says :

    The original Pet Sematary was legitimately not good. Mostly because the lead actor was fucking AWFUL in it. However, Herman Munster was brilliant, and the shit with the sister was beyond awful. Spooky Toddler in the last act was good too.

  4. tombando says :

    Wow–Extreme Prejudice is running, haven’t seen this since in the theatre in 87….there’s Nick Nolte as a Texas Ranger, Powers Boothe as ex friend/Baddie, bunch of familiar faces, El Paso setting. Dannnng. Clean forgot about this one…

    • Continentalop says :

      Walter Hill directed that right? I remember Tiny Lister as one of the enforcers pretty vividly.

      • tombando says :

        He did! You can tell too. I think I saw Lister in there, and Superstar Michael Ironside! Truly a good cast. I was impressed. Can’t believe I forgot about this movie. It’s not bad.

  5. Xiphos0311 says :

    Conti have you heard of Warrior on Skinemax? Its based on an 8 page treatment by Bruce Lee. Its about a Chinese immigrant(played by a half Japanese guy) looking for his sister in San Francisco in 1878 and he gets involved in the Tong wars that blew up in San Fran at that time.

    Based on one episode only it was pretty decent. Lots of Chop Sockey action and hot broads getting naked but also deals with all sorts of social issues of the time. Anyways here is a link with more info and a trailer.


  6. Xiphos0311 says :

    So they have started filming a new version of DUNE, as a two film series. I am cautiously optimistic about this one and for the first time in like a decade I am actually looking forward to a movie.

    Denis Villenueve(sp?) is directing. He did Blade Runner 2049, Sicarrio and Arrival. They got an actor for Paul Muad’Dib Atreides that looks young and sort of small, Javier Bardem as Stillgar and most importantly, Josh Brolin as Gurney Halleck. The only real weak link I think is getting Khal Drogo as Duncan Idaho. i will reserve judgement on that one until I see him. Right now though it sort of has the scent of stunt casting to it.

    I really hope they pull this off. I dearly love Dune, personally I think DUNE isn’t just the greatest SciFi book ever written but a stupendous novel, period. Its classic literature in my opinion.

    • Judge Droid says :

      Not really a sci-fi reader, but this is high praise indeed. Will put Dune on the list of must reads.

      I like Villenueve(sp?). I actually like BR2049 more than BR. I was invested much more than the original.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        DUNE isn’t particularly a SciFi book. Yes there are laser guns and space ships but its more about religion and politics and what happens when religion and politics get in the car together, nothing good comes of that road trip.
        What DUNE is, really, is an allegory about oil and the middle east. Frank Herbert wrote the book in the 70’s when the oil crisis was happening and there was terrorism all over the place and things looked really bleak. Plus The Fremen just kick so much ass.

  7. tombando says :

    Well for what it’s worth I got the Complete Sanford and Son, on DVD on impulse at Wallyworld…I always liked this. Very 70s.

  8. Jarv says :

    In a fit of taking advantage of Finn being in Scotland we went to the cinema twice on the weekend.

    Us. I thought Get Out was overrated, but this is even more overrated. Lupita Nyong’o is great though- even if her “Evil” voice is the stupidest voice on film since Bale’s Bat Voice. The film blows its load really early, and then grinds to a halt with a ludicrously boring exposition fest. Then there’s a twist that is so completely pointless that I’m amazed they bothered with it. It’s actually got worse in my mind the more I think about it. 2 changs. Meh.

    Hellboy. This is basically rubbish. It’s at its best when it’s being a horror film. All the acting is basically OK- with the exception of Lovejoy who puts in one of the laziest performances that I’ve ever seen, the effects are decent and there’s some decent lines (all in the trailer) but it’s an “And then” film, because the script is garbage. This happens, AND THEN this happens AND THEN this happens AND THEN this happens AND THEN etc etc etc. Bits of it in isolation are fucking great (Baba Yaga), but by the same score other bits feel like a video game cut scene. 1 and a half changs would not recommend. Marshall needs to get his shit together.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      That is disappointing with Hellboy. I was almost going to check it out this past weekend. Guess I will wait to see it outside the theater.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I was disappointed in Us as well. Called the ‘twist’ within the first few minutes. Nice to see Santa Cruz though.

      • Jarv says :

        It’s the worst twist in years. It adds nothing to the story and it’s fucking obvious.

      • M. Blitz says :

        It could’ve added something to the story….if there was a story. Was there even a story?? Underdeveloped and so underwhelming.

      • Jarv says :

        I don’t think it could. How did it make any difference to the plot at all? What reactions would it have changed? It was still basically a home invasion movie, after all, with a dumb twist ending. After the white family got capped the film slid downhill badly.

      • M. Blitz says :

        No, it would have had to have been a very different plot and very different movie for it to have had a point. That was my point. That it was pointless to include in the movie as is.

        It was on the cusp of being a totally fine genre bit. Until after the rich white family gets killed and they forget the principle of ‘show dont tell’. Seemed kinda half-baked in general.

      • Jarv says :

        Oh god, the exposition in the last third. I still think they blew their wad early by revealing what the killers looked like. It could easily have been a home invasion riff on Bodysnatchers. Then the white family died, which was the bets bit of the film, and it ground to a painful halt so Lupita could talk for what felt like an eternity in her growly voice.

        I legit don’t get why they added the twist. I really don’t. Even if you accept all the guff about the tethered (Which isn’t actually a bad idea, they just handled it badly) I still don’t get why they did the twist ending. Also, without being too pedantic, she’d have died if she’d eaten raw rabbit for 25 years.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I didnt actually understand at first that it was supposed to be a twist! I thought it was so obvious that it should be taken as a given and would be followed up on in context later on…..not “revealed” later on in a bout of endless exposition. Exposition shouldnt be coming at the end and it shouldn’t be the crux of the film ffs.

        He shoulda just made this as a twilight zone ep. It wasnt fleshed out enough for a feature. And he didnt really work out how to tell what little story there was. Or work out enough of a visual language/logic/rhythm to get away with a no plot approach.

        The white family was deliciously detestable, I must say.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Oh! And the explanation of the underground people was pretty lame. And as far as class metaphors go, ummmmm, yeah do fuck off.

        The rabbit thing jumped out at me too cuz everybody knows you starve to death living off rabbit. C’mon….a little attention to detail here!

  9. tombando says :

    So I showed my GF two classics she’d NEVER watched before—Casablanca and White Heat.

    This was interesting. It was amazing just how much of the movie she knew from the famous quotes or characters, but seeing it all put together and play out…let me see what I think landed the best with her:

    *Peter Lorre. Instant recognition. Loved him.

    *Bogie of course throughout.

    *Claude Rains and those incredible lines he has-the gambling and all that. He’s the best.

    *Ingrid Bergman. They broke the mould.

    *I think she got a kick out of Cuddle Szakall too. And seemed to know Sidney Greenstreet. He grew on her.

    *She was teary eyed in the right places and yes is a convert to this one.

    *I think the Bogie being left at the train station scene got her the most.

    *For me whenever I see that ‘Sam I told you never to play that—!” and Bogie just stops, absolutely dead, sees Bergman, and their eyes lock, and that music swells–that gets me. I donno. Never fails.

    *Awesome movie of course.

    Now White Heat.

    *I don’t think she liked all the shooting, and was quite surprised by the ‘Hey Parker have some Air–!’ part the most.

    *She’d not seen Cagney much, and just the look on her face watching him in action, the line reading and the intensity, you could see–this was a new experience.

    *The famous Meltdown in the Prison Cafeteria scene jumped her. I didn’t tell her what was coming. Just riveted.

    *Thought the top of the morning MAW! ending over done but overall liked it, esp. Cagney more so than the movie itself. I think Yankee Doodle Dandy is more her speed and shall provide that forthwith.

    *Cagney just did something I don’t think anyone else quite did-just At the Top of the Range, balls to the wall, each character/line/scene, and–it was Sustained through the movies he did, and he was Believable! The fine line of going over the edge into Nick Cage land is so easy and he didn’t do that.

    Anyways. That fun.

    • Jarv says :

      Tried that with Marina, but she just switched off. The closest I ever got was Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        That’s why you have kids….share the classics.

        My kids had watched Spaceballs recently and my wife just shakes her head since they laugh as much as I do. They thought it was hysterical.

  10. tombando says :

    It’s fun seeing guys like Roscoe Lee Browne and Hal ‘227’ WIlliams and Dick Van Patton show up on Sanford and Son. It’s–the same old thing show to show, but it makes me laugh. Plus the Superfly suits the younger guys show up in just make you have visions of a bad Cokey screenplay.

  11. Xiphos0311 says :

    Here it is the post absolutely nobody was clamoring for nor wanted a quick review of S8 ep1 of Game of Yawns! A title they actively earned with this bland trash pile of boredom. They have six episodes left and they decide to go with a reunion episode like its an episode of Real Housewives of Westeros? The show runners of this dumpster fire suck long and hard. Needless to say there will be spoilers and this is sort of stream of thought because if the “writers” can’t be bothered to make a coherent show why should I make a coherent post?


    So, yeah, like I said it was a 98.5% reunion episode. Sansa and Tyrion, Sansa had to Sansa so she looked mildly constipated and side eyed everybody and called Tyrion a moron which he is now. Tyrion is just a sad, pale, lame reflection of what he once was, arguably the best character on the show. There was plot armor dummy Jon Snow and psychopathic Wolverine. Wolverine and Gendry, added bonus,The Hound at the same time, it was a twofer special. All of a sudden they are trying to make Wolverine sane, normal and sort of flirty? AND she thinks Sansa, FUCKING Sansa is the smartest woman in the world? Fuck that i hope Wolverine dies a horrible death next episode. The Branbot 9000 is actually making sense and being the one saying they need to get work? Oh wait he’s back to staring creepily at everyone and is able to get around on a fucking wheel chair everywhere in snow and ice and mud. Holy fuck Sansa is making sense at the meeting, How are they going to feed a hoard of I don’t know how many Dothraki, 8000 Unsullied and 2 dragons? This is a sensible question so it shall never be spoken of again right hack writers? Don’t have The BRANBOT warg into a crow to see where the Army of the Dead is, just send small Jon Umber back to the Last Hearth without any help because he’s a great 11 year old Lord. Christ these fucking writers. I know they had to kill the poor kid, turn him, make him the repeating pattern stuck to a wall So we can find out the Tormund, Barrick Donderian and Lord Commander Edd(and like the last three surviving members of the Nights watch, which has to be all that’s left of those putzes) all made it to the Last hearth, at the same freaking time. The reunion shows got to reunion yo! I hope in the future of Westeros Jun Snew is remembered as the Pol Pot of the North. He killed off most of The Free Folk and The Nights Watch by being the incredibly incompetent dumb fuck that he is.
    In probably the funniest moment of the show fat Samwise Gamgee found out that The Khalessi immolated his father and brother and that the show retconned his brother into being the older of the two. That’s dumb because it negates why Randyll Tarly made Sam join the Nights watch in the first place, so he would have to renounce his ability to be Randal successor as the FIRST born son. I believe the writers of this show have never actually SEEN the show. Also there was a reunion between Sam and the Ultimate Cuck of Cucks Jorah Mormont. Although if I remember rightly no words were exchanged between the two of them.
    The Khalessi and Plot Armor Snow fly dragons and I guess fuck on some rock strewn snow filled frozen ground while the dragons watched, kinky! Well that and also they are aunt and nephew which Snow also learned from Fatboy Sam this episode. Probably the one thing that actually moved the story forward in the episode If the show even gave a fuck about dynastic succession, which it threw out the window as a concept three seasons ago, Plot Armor boy is the the first in line to have claim to The Iron Throne. He is the product of a legal marriage between Lyanna Stark and Rheagar Targaryon. The “writers” already layed the ground that Plot Armor Boy won’t take it since he already renounced his claim to being King in the North by bending the knee to the Mad wanna be Queen.
    What else, oh yeah, everybody but Sansa thinks the Lannister army is on the march north to help but or course it isn’t. The King Slayer did show up incognito, except for getting the creepy eyed stare, from The Branbot 9000.

    Kings, well I guess, QUEEN’S Landing(I don’t want to #MeToo myself here)

    So Cersi is happy that The Army of the Dead took down The wall and is on the march south? Why exactly? she doesn’t have the numbers to defeat them Even with The Golden Company at Queen’s Landing(they will be turning soon and going north I bet). Walls won’t matter. Does she not want to be Queen? Does she think Bronn is mercenary enough to kill Tyrion and Jaime with the crossbow Tyrion used on Tywin? my guess he isn’t and he should be pissed at Clybern for cock blocking him with the 3 hookers. They needed that scene to keep the alternate name of the show, Tits and Dragons, intact. WHY in all the ever loving hells is Cersi fucking Fratboy Euron? this makes zero. fucking. sense. Oh wait I forgot I was watching Game of Yawns. NOTHING makes any logical sense.
    So Theon just walks on to Euron’s ship saves Yara without any fuss? MASSIVE eye roll. Euron is a very compassionate captor. Yara for the most part looks like she’s in good shape. I would’ve figured he would have done some not very nice things to her. Then he soliloquies about the two of them being the only Greyjoy’s left with balls? This show really likes it eunuch jokes which tells me a lot about the self view of the writers. I think that’s it for Queen’s Landing. or not who cares at this point.

    Oh yeah I forgot, The JJ Abrams Star Wars the episode. I mean they tried to recreate the first episode of Game of Yawns in any way they could. It failed.

    • Continentalop says :

      Haven’t watched the episode yet, so not going to read the recap. But to be honest the only reason I still watch this show is because I watch it with friends and I’ve invested so much f’ing time on the show.

      COBRA KAI is the show I am way more excited about.

  12. Continentalop says :

    Hey, I thought I posted this earlier, but Jarv (and Xi and others) have you ever seen FEAR CITY (1984)? It is like an East Coast version of VICE SQUAD directed by Abel Ferrara, with a stellar cast (Tom Berenger, Melanie Griffith, Jack Scalia and Billy Dee Williams). Not to give it away, but the plot does involve a manager of a stripper talent agency who is also a boxer going against a karate fighting serial killer.

  13. Xiphos0311 says :

    It is once again the anniversary of Barfy turning 29, one more time. The candles on those cakes could conceivably torch a city block….. HAPPY BIRTHDAY.

  14. Xiphos0311 says :

    Game of Reunions continues! and the fan bois continue to jerk themselves off over garbage. Recap coming in the next couple of days.

    • Judge Droid says :

      I’ll be the one to raise a few points for the opposition.

      The reunions of s8 are necessary. Firstly, most of the characters haven’t seen each other in numerous years. Secondly, they don’t know where their sympathy lies.

      They had to address the parentage thing. Maybe it could’ve been better, more dramatic. But it’s fine. It needed to be done for the story to proceed.

      I follow the few characters I particularly support. Arya, The Hound, Tormund, Davos, Tyrion, Jamie, Brienne. If any of these characters make it out, I’ll be happy.

      I loved the Jaime knighting Brienne scene. My two favourite characters. Emotional. Full of meaning. And likely serves as a goodbye. To Brienne. Cause Jaime is killing Cersei. Anyway, a very satisfying scene.

      No idea how Sansa is “the smartest person”. Evidence would be lacking.

      • Jarv says :

        I’m so glad I canned it.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        there are six episodes this season and they waste 2 episodes on the Reunionapoloza? that’s shit writing it all could’ve been done, along with finding out Plot armor boy is an aunt fucker, in one episode.

        The knighting scene was pure and obvious fan servicing at its worst. I said out loud jokingly when everybody showed up I bet they knight the Sasquatch. low and behold….

        The Hound is toast in Clegane bowl. Sasquatch, Tormund and maybe Davos get snuffed at Winterfell and probably raised as whites. Tyrion buys it at Kings Landing probably as a traitor. if Jaime survives the King of Cucks is done for. One or the other is taking over the Night’s watch and reforming it.

        my most fervent hope in the world is that Wolverine Stark buys it in the most painful degrading way possible. I fucking loath everything about that smirky fidget. She is, by an order magnitude, the worst character ever conceived in the history of television.

        In a room full of jerk offs, right now, Side Eye and the Branbot 9000 ARE the smartest people. So Winterfell is fucked.

        The last two remaining members of Plot Armor boys jihad against the Nights Watch reunion on Winterfell’s battlements was a nice moment.

      • Jarv says :

        She’s not. Seriously there’s way worse- even on that show.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Not to me. To me she is the worst thing ever. I can’t stand the actress, the writing, the plot armor, How in the ever loving fuck is she so special? She isn’t. There is no way she could’ve done the things she did and survive the wounds she had. Everything about her is awful.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’m with Droid on this and with a near identical list of faves (though i would deduct some support for arya and include in Jorah, but mostly because he is the most attractive guy on the show hands down).

        Love Bran’s trolling of everyone.
        I’ve come around on Sansa. Her character has been through a lot, observed quite a bit firsthand, aged several years. Doesn’t seem preposterous that she would have learned a thing or two along the way about power works.

        I will even defend Arya a bit. It isnt preposterous that she would have crazy skills or be a bit physically transformed after that looooooooong slog of a subplot in which she is trained by a spooky supernatural death cult. She can slice a face off and put in on with magic. She isnt exactly in some straightforward standard human form right now.

        Didnt like the rescue of Yara. I wished she would have thrown Theon overboard, or at least knocked his ass out. Wasnt buying their post-rescue convo either.

        Ep 2 was hilarious to me in terms of how perfectly constructed it was to infuriate Xi.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        I liked the second episode a lot. If they took the arrival of Jon and Daenerys and a couple of things from the first episode and just added that to this one, so much better a first biggie sized episode.

        In any case, I liked all the interactions between characters who haven’t seen each other in ages. The proverbial calm before the storm. Looking forward to the battle next week.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        It is entirely preposterous that Wolverine Stark is a Terminator level killing Machine because when did we ever see her learning any of it, including the face magic. Let’s unpack this shall we?

        Her first exposure to sword play was at King’s Landing with Seyrio Forel. He was just beginning to teach her the into course to Water Dancing 101 by having her chase cats to get her “wind”. This was barely a month worth of training to learn something that takes years to master. So no.

        So she learned at the House of Black and White right, Xi? Uh, no. The ONLY combat training we saw her receive was learning a to use a staff, which isn’t a sword. What we saw her do is bitch about sweeping the floor and washing bodies. Then fucking up the hits she was assigned. Further because the writing sucks and the production office are lazy as fuck, they didn’t recast Gilly’s baby so we have a fixed time line so its like Wolverine and Plot Armor Snow are at their respective organizations for like two months. I will allow Jon a little more, like six months. Also when did Wolverine learn the face changing magic? We never saw that. was it more of the interesting off screen action like the Death of Stannis, The Blackfish, the Waif and The fall of High Garden(That was some lame fucking bull shit) one throw away line like face changing/sword class was tough today would’ve solved that major PLOT HOLE. Once again BAD WRITING.

        So in short that worthless fucking midget is super overpowered for no other reason than she’s “A BAD ASS” because of stuff and things, aka BAD FUCKING WRITING. and slobbering on the knob of show plebes with fan service. FUCK THIS SHOW FUCK WOLVERINE STARK AND FUCK BAD WRITING.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Maybe the other chick beat her and stole her face? Part of me wants that to be the case. It would require some lame convenient explaining, but that shouldn’t pose much of a problem for GoT. I’m willing to accept it either way at this point. Dude’s smirk when she left the temple was very, ah, it’s all happening the way it’s meant to. Who cares if arya can fight good? She threw some shit. She sparred or whatever successfully with brienne. Hardly a terminator. I was more annoyed by theon going all seal team 6. (They totally made the other girl out to be a terminator though, with her slow chase of arya last season. It would be both so lame and so rad if she stole arya’s face. Argh.)

  15. Just Pillow Talk says :


    Curious to see how they play out the Jack storyline here. Does Dean try and take him out? Cass’ last stand will be against Jack, ultimate sacrifice? I am one episode behind, so maybe this is already clear.

  16. M. Blitz says :


  17. tombando says :

    Well lemme see–I have NOT ever watched (or read) game of Thrones. I’m not that interested but will give it a chance am sure some time. I have been watching some 50s You Tube carried Westerns. Some of them pretty good. You take your chances on the quality of the print though.

    Here’s one–Yellow Sky. This is 1948, stars Gregory Peck, Anne Baxter, John Russell, Sherman Potter and lotsa rocks. Its listed as a takeoff on the Tempest which I haven’t read in decades. Anyways-Peck and co are post-Civil War bankrobbers, they escape across the Salt Flats into Arizona, and they wind up running into a ghost town inhabited by Anne Baxter(very much in her Cute young thing mood) and her Edgar Buchanon like gramps who are guarding a gold mine. There’s shootin’, there’s a cameo app by a pack of Apaches, and some pretty cool games of cat and mouse round the town when they go to finish each other off. Oh forgot-Superstar Richard Widmark is in this. You Should watch it if you are interested, or like Director William Wellmann. I had Never seen it before and it held up rather well.

  18. tombando says :

    Next one-Only the Valient AKA Fort Invincible. 1951. This is Another Gregory Peck, starring Ward Bond, Lon Cheney Jr, Michael Ansara, Jeff Corey and Neville Brand.

    It’s another Cavalry epic, this one the old lost patrol type plot, hand picked troop of losers are to guard a strategic run down fort in a pass ala the 300 Spartans, this time vs. Apaches coming in from both sides. It’s pretty good, the casting is bonkers-Lon Cheney as a towering Arab(!) in the Anthony Quinn type role, Jeff Corey(!) as a Jim Bridger type scout(google him-Corey I mean), Ansara of course as the raging Indian Chief, etc. Peck is accused of letting his romantic rival-GIg Young-go to his death on patrol-he wasn’t, was following orders-and of course everyone here either dies or gets shot or whatever. Ward Bond plays the Victor McLaglen drunk Oirish soldier part, a last minute ride to the rescue on the part of the calvary and their two shiny gatling guns saves the day at the end. The sets are hokey and it looks like something from a Mummy movie at times, the fort and box canyon I mean. Cheney you gotta see here. I was never bored but can’t say I’ve even Heard of this one. Pretty good.

  19. tombando says :

    I have a couple more of these, sorry for the spamming.

    The Bushwhackers-this one stars John Ireland, Jack Elam, Dorothy Malone, Lawrence Tierney, Wayne Morris and and Lon Cheney Jr AGAIN! It plays like a B movie, with Ireland in the lone gunman part, comes into a Missouri town and is dealing with evil Cheney(in not so convincing old age makeup) trying to drive out all the local homesteaders. Elam is a torch throwing baddie, all gangly, big eyes and has 3 lines. Tierney is a silent hit man for Cheney who winds up rather dead after taking out somebody. Malone is a bit miscast as the earnest young daughter of the brave old newspaper man that gets whacked by the baddies for standing up to them. The old man not Malone. She lives and is ‘the Girl’ of course. Ireland is rather passive and spends more time in jail than anything else. He helps rally the townsfolk but you won’t much care by then. This is a lower budget affair but if you like the cast–check it out. 1952.

  20. tombando says :

    Man with the Gun(!)-Robert Mitchum, 1955, generic title for a generic High Noon/Shane type movie. You know the drill-typical Western town has to have the baddies-shown here as Claude Akins, Leo Gordon, Ted DeCorsia etc-driven out by the lone Gunman who puts on a badge and w/ sheriff Henry Hull’s help, does just that. Akins and Gordon are fine but have 5 lines each-Leo comes in, shoots a barking collie to death in the opening scene, then shows up two or three times more. You get much more of the dancehall girls-Angie Dickinson(3 lines), Barbra Lawrence(the Mansfield clone you see all over then) and Jan Sterling(another Marilyn) plus good girl Karen Sharpe. Head baddie rancher dude trundles in once, at the end. Mitchum kills him, end. There’s a rather large chandelier that figures in the plot, a burning dancehall and the usual stuff. This has a lower budget look-never leaves the typical Western town-set much and you don’t see all that much of the bad guys. Oh and the universal John Lupton is a everyman here-you’ve seen him gobs of times then too, real gangly feller. Anyways-Mitchum saves the day, does his usual thing, the cast is what makes this worthy. I don’t think the execution was so hot though.

    And one more here…

  21. tombando says :

    The San Francisco Story-1952, Joel McCrea, Yvonne DeCarlo, Richard Erdman, Florence Bates, Sidney Blackmer, etc. Lemme see-McCrea plays Rick Nelson(!), former vigilante, who is called back to San Fran to help deal with a corrupt Citizen Kane type dude, DeCarlo is his Ava Gardner-like gal, who McCrea takes a real liking for. Erdman is McCrea’s buddy and there’s a couple hanglings, some double crossings, a couple attempted Shanghaiing-for real, same plotline used in Maverick, Wagon Train, etc too-a Tor Johnson sighting(!), a lot of rearscreen projection, baddies lose out at the end. I don’t think this moves along as it should, but it’s worth the time if you like the cast etc. DeCarlo isn’t a ‘Great’ actress but easy on the eyes and does okay considering. I hadn’t heard of this one either, it’s fine.

  22. Judge Droid says :

    Saw Endgame. Spoiler free if you care. Apart from the astronomical runtime, overuse of CGI and a particularly unfortunate #metoo women empowerment yay they are just as strong as men if not even more so moment… it was solid. Still think Hemsworth carries these movies as entertainment. Much to my surprise, I actually give a shit about Thor. As opposed to Cap, who has no personality beyond a goodie two shoes and I really don’t care either way what happens to him. But the kids in the audience certainly did, so maybe it’s that I’m a 40 year old watching kids movies. Anyway, it was a decent end to this ridiculously long series. No doubt they’ll find a way to re-start the whole thing. And I haven’t seen Captain Marvel, but if this is her, she’s a terrible, overpowered character played by an unlikeable, charmless actress.

    • Jarv says :

      but if this is her, she’s a terrible, overpowered character played by an unlikeable, charmless actress.

      Woman in my workplace said exactly this about it.

      • Jarv says :

        So, quite enjoying the Tick. It’s fun and serafoniwz is perfect.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The second series of The Tick was great. I enjoyed it much more then the first. It wasn’t that the first was bad, it wasn’t, it was actually pretty good but this was just so much better. Dot and the Punisher/Batman hybrid interaction was particularly fun. So was Danger Boat. The evolution of Ms. Lint and the whole SHIELD and Avengers like organizations were well handled also.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      I will eventually see this as my daughter is dying to go. Regarding Captain Marvel, the movie was okay. I think what happened in this Avengers movie is that she filmed this prior to the Marvel movie, so there was zilch in the character development area. I could be wrong and just making bullshit excuses here however.

  23. tombando says :

    Oh there’s one more-

    *Secret of Convict Lake, 1951, Glenn Ford, Gene Tierney, Ethel Barrymore and Anne Dvorak. Bunch of escaped cons make it over the frozen Sierra Nevadas in the Old West, happen upon an isolated village, the wimmensfolks are left home while their guys are out prospectin’, Ford is also after one of the village Cowboys who framed him for murder etc etc. He winds up falling for the bad guys’ wife Gene Tierney, hijinks ensue. Ethel Barrymore is good as the battle axe matriarch who keeps a stash of rifles under her mattress, Anne Dvorak in one of her last roles is kinda There, and Jeannette Nolan does her ‘youngest Old Maid in Town’ routine as always. Uhhh it’s not bad, some of the sets are really fake and some aren’t, Tierney is beautiful, Glenn Ford is decent as usual, Jack Lambert’s not bad as the thug type he always played.

    As for Avengers-Urm I did see Captain Marvel and thought she was fine, for what it’s worth though I don’t remember much just 6 weeks later….

  24. Jarv says :

    Unsurprisingly typical WOTM rant incoming. Just seen this:



    How hard is it to make a fucking funnybook movie where the hero has a) no connection to the villain other than, you know, he’s a FUCKING VILLAIN AND THE HERO HAS TO STOP HIM, and b) Keeps his fucking SECRET IDENTITY a fucking SECRET.

    It’s up there with the most annoying fucking tropes in funnybook movies, and Spider-Man in particular is fucking awful for it. They may as well just skip straight to Tom Holland dancing on chairs and doing Toby McGuire’s Douchebag Strut™

    Just load him up with some Daddy issues, and lets get cracking.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Heh, Spidey 3 really shot the bed there. Actually every single damn villain in that series was connected to Spidey. The next series with Garfield..it and the Lizard which had a loose connection I think, the Electro abomination there was not, right? I do not recall that one at all. Was he connected to Gwen? Maybe that was it. The Holland one was of course very connected. Shit, I guess every single Spidey movie ever made they were somehow connected to his Parker persona.

  25. tombando says :

    Mysterio is gonna be a good guy? that’s weird. I liked him as a classic Spidey baddie so that makes little sense to me.

  26. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Season finale was overall disappointing for Supernatural, however, I did like the cliffhanger and how it led to those moments. I will be curious to see how they decide to end the series with the last season, what with **SPOILER ** Chuck being the big douuche and all playing Dean and Sam and killing (sort of) Jack.

  27. tombando says :

    Wow-when is the last time you saw the Lords of Flatbush? You know, from 74 with Stallone, the Fonz, Riptide Dude and Paul Mace? It’s not Great,, lower budget, but kinda fun. I saw last half hour of it and it brought back memories,

    Would make a two-fer with the Wanderers, if you remember That from 79.

  28. Xiphos0311 says :

    So instead of writing a long recap of Game of Reunionapolza Ep2, NOW WITH EVEN MORE REUNIONS; SUPERZIED EDITION!!!!!!(mostly because I was busy this week and lazy)

    Few quick things:

    1. Yes i got the WOLVERINE and Bran 9000 from this series.

    2. The “Sandra” thing goes back to when Sansa, Davos and Jun Snuw go to meet the Little Bear the first time. Due to some bad microphone placements it sounds like The Little Bear calls Sansa Sandra. They took that gaffe and ran with it. Also WTF is with Sandra’s S&M outfit?

    3. The first 50 or seconds is the creator retelling the episode with his own made up characters. Its usually much better then the show, The ass ripping begins when The Nights King(aka”Brandon”) and Harry Potter(stand in for Sweet Robin of the Vale) show up.

    4. Enjoy this is funny. All of them are hilarious.

  29. Jarv says :

    So- Cloak and Dagger. It’s legitimately good, but a bit pompous. There’s only a matter of time until they drop the axe on it.

    Enjoying the 99. Hating Chambers. Looking forward to Lucifer and iZombie both of which are back soon.

  30. Jarv says :

    Apparently Arya killed the ZombieLord or whatever it calls itself. That should please Xi.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I couldn’t tell you that Jarv since Game of Shit introduced a new version of shaky cam called film everything in complete and utter darkness so you can’t see WTF is happening. Except for the shit CGI dragons which you sorta could see and they looked like card board cut out animation. The show is truly a POS, so of course the midget overpowered fucktard Wolverine took him out and not plot armor boy. WHO HAS BEEN CHASING HIM FOR 3 FUCKING SEASONS. The sheer amount of plot armor she wore during this episode begs the questions, how was she able to stand up let alone walk and run? She should’ve died like a half a dozen times during the episode, so all hail the awesome Dues ex Arya ending which was fucking TERRIBLE.

      • Jarv says :

        I really don’t regret canning this series.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I wish I had because frankly this episode was insultingly terrible. Most episodes are junk but this was pure fuck you garbage.

      • Jarv says :


      • Xiphos0311 says :

        more like PROTECTS YOU!

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I can’t even work up any hatred for the show anymore. GoY was so awful this time out that I cease to have any feelings about it what so ever.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Bwahahah ok, that was a bit deus ex arya. I do like that it came after Theon pointlessly ran himself onto dude’s sword. Sam and Dany would both be so dead. I will allow that Arya may have made it through given her positioning throughout. Sam was in the thick of it, in the full flower of his uselessness! And he is fine. Everybody’s fine. Except Jorah and peeps that one would not miss as much as others. Ahh well. RIP to the dude whose name I cant remember but did like….jon snow’s buddy from the wall. Killed basically looking out for Sam if i recall correctly.

        I thought this whole thing was possibly gonna be some climate change allegory, and maybe, just maybe, everybody would die. With the rich Lannister peeps allowing everybody to get killed just like (secret paranoia alert) the real life rich people will stand by as we are all culled by nature before ‘dealing with it’ in a more scaled down fashion. So, now I cant decide if the show just went all climate-denial lol. (This is naturally tongue in cheek, half-serious, like, ohhh about 90% of what i say on here) The night king was a bit overblown as a threat apparently.

        Still enjoyed it. Apparently I’m all about enjoying things lately. Ok, back to Peep Show and data entry. Peep Show is hiiiiiilarious.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        As far as I can figure out due to filming the episode in pitch blackness, I had to turn off the lights and turn up the brightness in order see anything, the people with names that got snuffed were; Lord Commander Dolores Edd, The King of Cucks Jorah Mormont, Baric Dondarian, Theon Greyjoy after the Branbot 9000 redemptive words, The Little Bear in probably the dumbest kill in the entire episode. I think another dragon maybe? That might be it I couldn’t really tell. I fell asleep twice out of boredom and the darken room. Oh and Melisandre committing suicide at the end after the battle. So pretty much nobody that matters.
        Jaime and Sasquatch should’ve died also because he can’t fight, but has to kill Cersi so plot armor. Brianne the Burly because next to Arya she is the character most filled up with bullshit abilities she shouldn’t have. Sam also should be dead but he has to survive because the last scene in the last episode of this watery drek will be him closing the book he just finished writing entitled “A Song of Ice and Fire”. BARF.

      • Jarv says :

        Wait, so fat Samwise “character theft” Gamgee is still rocking in the free world? What the hell?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        he rocked right through the meaty middle part of the battle with out a scratch. Somebody has to write the tale so fat boy gets to live.

      • Jarv says :

        He’s roughly the size of a blimp. You think a stray arrow would have hit him by now.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        He blubbered and cried the whole way through. he also responsible for the second to last member of the Night’s Watch getting killed. Fat fuck should’ve been down in the crypts with the woman, children, midgets and eunuchs.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Sam the writer is the scene I am most dreading.

        I wish Bran woulda just said to Theon, “Go die for me Theon….you serve no purpose .” Everything else outta his mouth since he went raven has been pretty damn funny.

        I lost track of Gendry. (Also had to kill all the lights to see what was happening…couldnt make out what happened to the dragon that got needlessly overrun by the dead) I guess gendry’s the cute one now that they got rid of Jorah? I still cant believe him and arya fucked. Such an odd scene.

      • Jarv says :

        How is he still a fat fuck, just out of interest? Hasn’t he been on the front lines inna frozen wasteland? It’s not like he’s carried a million pies with him

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Sam’s dad ask the exact same question. No answer and there is no way he should be. He has the same diet as the fat guy from LOST I guess. Its the one where you never lose weight no matter what.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Oh! And grey worm! Didnt he get mowed down repeatedly? And then he kept being alive still. He was like, out front, sans helmet. And got crushed. Then it happened again almost identically. Or at least, that’s how it looked?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yeah Grey Worm. I thought he died like a bazillion times but nope. Some how the harpies in Mereen, humans, could nearly kill him but like 100,000 undead can’t scratch him? RIP Dothraki hoard they went out fast.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I’m not sure about Gendry either. I lost track of him. I think he was on the battlements, maybe?

        What was with the weird looks between Sansa and Tyrion when the dead were over running the crypts?

      • M. Blitz says :

        That was fucked up to have the dothraki so handily defeated yet the rest of them are somehow able to soldier on despite being backed against the wall or plowed right under on the front lines.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Well the Dothraki sea just got a lot of room in it. That was just bad writing in order to get the cavalry out of the way. It was such a bad episode, the worst of the entire series.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yet the Cuck King made it back only to die like he lived, as Danny’s rent boy.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Bahahahah the crypt. RIP to that one unlucky lady. They shoulda at least allowed the slaughter of the majority in the crypt.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        the crypt stuff was useless time wasters.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        For all the money they supposedly spent on this episode the SPX were shit. The dragons looked awful, Ghost looked terrible, the scene with the Giant killing The Little Bear was laughably terrible.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Oh yeah, forgot they showed Ghost trotting into battle. Did Ghost make it through? What about arya’s wolf that snubbed her?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Don’t know what happened to Ghost, he just ghosted…

        Arya’s wolf declined to go north with her last season.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’m ok with the little lady taking out the giant. BUT, she woulda been dead or at least, concussed and/or busted up/unconscious after the initial blow. Then, most likely dead/paraplegic after getting her spine crushed by the giant’s hand! So, maybe that shoulda been played a bit differently, to get the same (admittedly, trite) result.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I don’t mind her going out in a hero moment. It’s just that the SPX looked like low grad 80’s crap. Looked unfinished.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        and yes that first shot would’ve taken her out and you could hear the bones crushing as the giant picked her up.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I wanted her to have her little hero moment. But part of me was thinking, would anyone be taking orders from her in a scenario like this?? They all think theyre facing near certain death but they’ll still abide by a bunch of aristocratic lord/lady nonsense and take orders from a 9 year old really??

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        fan favorite so fan service. Jonah was right last episode, she should’ve been down in the crypts.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Yeah….like, dude, your mom was a “great warrior” but she prob became that way after, um, training and fighting and, ya know, living long enough to menstruate and reproduce and damn, go give yourself a chance to survive long enough to be great like your mom! She coulda killed some peeps in the crypt. It’s cool. Damn.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        House Mormont is now defunct. Good job kid.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Such a shame. Jorah was so goddamn cute.

        Guess we’ll be seeing more of Arya’s wolf when shit heads south.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I sort of doubt it since they’ve sidelined ghost CGI in favor of Dragon CGI.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        aaaaaand a wolf pack would’ve been of more use against the dead then a fortified potion like Kings Landing.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Guessing ol Podrick made it through ok too, as he just popped back into my head. I am fond of his character. So good for him i guess.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Oh yeah I forgot about Podrik, dunno what happen to him.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Did you find that weird ‘egg timer ticking down’ sound effect distracting? I know it was meant to ratchet up the tension, but it didnt sit quite right in the mix….drew too much attention to itself I thought.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        oh yeah the egg timer sound, blocked it out pretty fast.

      • M. Blitz says :

        They should just have the wolf eat sam at the very end lol

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        He could feed the whole wolf pack.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        All in all, I liked that episode. Was it too dark? Yeah, but I think they did a good job tracking the battle overall and where everyone was during the battle. Was I happy that Arya was the one? Dunno, think it was kind of appropriate that Jon did not get to. Curious if they show this having any effect on him going forward with him and Daenerys.

        Podrick was alive at the end, he was fighting next to Jamie and Brienne. Sam being out there was dumb but Edd’s response to him was great when he first shows up.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I disagree I think they did a terrible job of fight geometry. I could never place anybody any where unless there was a marker like Sasquatches hair or Gendry’s hammer and still I missed a lot of it.

        Literally anybody else that had a valerian blade would’ve been a better choice then Wolverine. FFS fat Sam would’ve been better.
        I disagree it should’ve been plot Armor Snow to take out the Night King since Snow already murderized all the Free Folk, the Night’s watch and most of the Northeners, if he took out the Wights, White Walkers and The Night King his pogrom against the north would be complete.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Way better for it to be Arya than Jon. It would have been quite annoying to me if it had been Jon.

  31. tombando says :

    For some reason or other this reminds me of all the big Lost or Buffy discussions back in the Harold Days. Neither of which I ever bothered much with.

  32. Xiphos0311 says :

    This is an AMAZING and thoroughly brutal ass kicking over what went down on Game of Crap last Sunday. Kudos sir.

    • Jarv says :

      “Because that’s how video games work. Duh”


      Spent all yesterday trolling GOT fans by saying that I hope they were happy now the big scene of the WHOLE SERIES is over. They’re going to know what it feels like to be Lost fans confronted with a lake of piss.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        This last episode was so bad that I just can’t even be bothered to troll and it was definitely one that has split the fandom. If this was the GoT version of Helms Deep they failed miserably.
        The dude that makes these videos is very good at what he does. His observations are well thought out and very funny.

  33. Judge Droid says :

    I’m so glad I don’t have tall poppy syndrome and watch GOT just to get hysterical over its flaws. I really enjoyed the last episode. There were some amazing visuals. The swords on fire, the dragons above the clouds, raven-cam, Arya’s leap. Thrilling stuff. Arya’s horror movie scene was an entertaining pause in the action. I could easily follow the action and knew where people were in general.

    I thought it was clever for it to be Arya who took the Night King down. He saw Jon as his primary threat and his strategy was to block his attempts to get close. Raising the dead and then with the dragon. It makes sense that an assassin might sneak under his radar. The guy was way over-confident. Got caught (silently) monologuing. Just kill the Three Eyed Raven, numbnuts!

    Really, my only criticism of the episode is how blatantly unlikely it was that any of the characters on the battlefield survived. Sam, Pod, Jaime, Brienne etc were overrun and should be dead. The episode was lacking one major death. Jorah, the Night Watch guy and the flaming sword guy are secondary characters and a bit expected. If they’d killed Brienne (as I thought they’d do) then it would’ve really made an impact.

    What was Bran doing all that time he was warging? I wonder if that will ever be explained.

    There are flaws that I could point out, of course. What a waste of the Dothraki, for example. Or Dany allowing 50 to 100 whites to climb on to her dragon. But I can’t be bothered anymore. I used to be more critical. I guess I’ve mellowed. I don’t hate watch TV and movies just to go online and tear into them. I don’t really get people who do.

    • Jarv says :

      Haven’t seen it.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I have all the same complaints and liked it too.

      Now wtf is tall poppy syndrome? Are you being mean? lol Those sound like fightin words.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Tall poppy syndrome is an Australianism, and essentially means… When someone or something becomes very popular, rich, successful and/or ubiquitous, a groundswell of excessive criticism is generated in an attempt to cut it down to size.

        Right now, GOT is a taller poppy than everything else, so it receives irrational, hyperbolic criticism. As I said, GOT has flaws. But some that I have read are excessive and hyperbolic. This is a television show and it’s a pretty entertaining one. Rational, measured criticism is fine, and many times this show has warranted it. Season 7 wasn’t very good, and can easily be criticised. But why would anyone bother watching something for no other reason than they hate it and just want to go online and yell about how much they hate it?

        So, no. Not being mean. Just a bit baffled, really.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        They really need to bring back Tyrion into the fold here, which I would expect for the last 3 episodes. Varys is completely MIA at this point.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I agree. Tyrion was the best character for about 4 seasons. Ever since he hooked up with Dany he’s done nothing but make mistakes. It’s disappointing how they’ve used him. I think he’ll have quite a big role in how things play out in the final few eps. I hope so anyway.

        Varys really hasn’t had anything to do for a long time.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Ahh, ok. I’m interested in the nuances of this phrase. Def needed it translated. Would have thought….anyways. You seemed mad. I just like to talk about stuff, whatever form that takes. To critique is to engage, is to love. Hahah or something. Doesnt really stand up to scrutiny, but yeah, sort of.

        Varys is gonna have stuff to do soon. He still has to die like melisandre said. I miss his character’s dialogue, so hope he does some talking beforehand.

        Tyrion and Varys both make me a little sad. Smart people to whom the world said, I’ll show ya how smart you are. I over-identify a bit with that. Hoping they will be ‘redeemed’ in the coming eps. And then, (while I am in narcissist fantasy mode) Brienne, Yara and the chick who pulled Bran on a sled can all run off and start a commune together where they do tai chi and live happily ever after. Cuz I relate hard to those 3 ladies.

        I want some vicarious pretend redemption goddamnit. Especially now that they are back to having a human foe.

      • Judge Droid says :

        My measured, reasonable comment seemed “mad” to you?

      • M. Blitz says :

        Not mad as in crazy, but offended? I just want everybody to be happy. (I feel somewhat bad everytime brienne is referred to as ‘sasquatch’ for example, because i tend to be oversensitive to meanness) So I had taken your comment as a sarcastic lashing out at the above discussion of the show. And I’m not trying to hate on it, per se. I do genuinely enjoy watching it.

        I was giggling when i wrote the first comment. At the same time as being curious/confused re tall poppy syndrome. At the same time as feeling as though I must defend. …something? And also wanting to smooth everything out? I dont know how to convey the full tone online. Ahahahahah making such a mess of it as always. My bad if I misinterpreted you.

      • Judge Droid says :

        No, not offended. Or crazy. Or mad. Just confused as to the motivation behind watching something for the sole purpose of going online and shitting on it. Not saying that’s you.

        Speaking of meanness, I got tired of the Jon Snow height jokes. The guys not that short (according to google). 5’8” is kinda short, but nothing out of the ordinary. They seemed to reference his height every couple of eps in the later seasons.

      • M. Blitz says :

        5’8″ isnt particularly short. Still taller than me! He seems like an average sized dude.

        I dont like any cliched-style lashing out, honestly….i dont care how tall a dude is, or how feminine a gal is, or how devoted jorah is…..those arent good grounds for criticism to me. Devotion, loyalty, defending the downtrodden, breaking convention in the name of such, overcoming limitations for the common good. That is what i like. Perhaps a cliche of a different sort, but i dont care.

      • M. Blitz says :

        [Apologies to all for the excess earnestness there] [I cant help it] [I’m a wannabe Joan of Arc….i admit it]

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Where Snow’s height comes into play is when he stands next to Sansa.

        In any case, according to Mr. Snow, next episode is his favorite.

  34. tombando says :

    I just saw Avengers Endgame there, really liked it. There’s a bit too much going on in that last battle to keep track of, and cameos galore then-but sod it-it worked, and the lot us-a group of 10 actually-had a blast. I think they hit the right notes in this.

    Captain Marvel I like the character, they turned her a bit into Supes in a way which I don’t remember in the comics, but whatever-I’m good.

    As always–if you LIKE the others-esp the last one-you will Like THIS. If you Don’t, you won’t. They have a certain brand/formula here that works really well and they have gone with it one more time. This one I might go buy the DVD when it’s out.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Just took the girls to see it and it was good. Even though it was the longest, it certainly flowed a lot better than most of their movies. The big moments carried more weight because of their finality this time, and it certainly felt like the final chapter for the original Avengers.

      I thought the final battle worked, particularly how they introduced the reinforcements.

      • M. Blitz says :

        How old are your girls now Pillow?

      • tombando says :

        Oh I thought the final battle worked too–if anything I will need to see it again just to keep straight who did what when. Along with us in the group was a family of 4 with couple of Jr High Schoolers and they both seemed to really like the movie too.

  35. Judge Droid says :

    Well, GOT ep 4 was a real mish-mash. I liked the first couple of scenes. The funeral and the banquet. But then it ran into problems. The main problem for me was that in any other season (apart from 7), this would’ve been about 4 episodes. Way too much happened, and pretty much everything got short-changed.
    In about 10 minutes of screentime, Jaime and Brienne went from getting together, deciding to stay in Winterfell, then Jaime telling her he’s not a good man and leaving. That wasn’t even given 1 episode to develop! Now, Jaime’s bad guy schtick is a whole lotta jazz hands by the show to try to sew some ambiguity. Jaime’s not going to go bad. He’s gotta kill Cersei. I’ll be disappointed if that doesn’t happen.
    Jon revealed his secret to Sansa and Arya, and they didn’t even bother to show their reaction. It’s just one of most important story elements of the show, but you know, have Brandroid tell them and cut to the next scene.
    And Dany insisted on splitting a depleted army in two, and flying her injured dragons to an island in the same bay as Kings Landing. Not smart.
    They’re taking massive shortcuts with the story, just to get it over and done with.
    Anyway, that said, it was still a fairly entertaining ep. Just not a particularly good one.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Agreed on those points…on the plus side, Tyrion stood out again. The cutting away of Aryra and Sansa learning Jon’s true background was ridiculous. The damn Stark children learning who their brother really is and they cut away? This isn’t like Sansa spilling the beans with Tyrion, it’a the Stark girls.

      They are trying to do everything possible to paint Daenerys as irrational, hence her flying her dragons into a firing squad. I could buy it that now that she is so close to getting the throne, she is getting overly anxious if they did a better job setting up. However, that is not the Daenerys from the first 6 seasons who would take her time to free slaves and ensure these liberated cities would not fall back into chaos.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Except Tyrion is still trying to reason with Cersei?

        They’re isolating Dany by killing her allies, and showing that Jon is the more popular option. It’s not a bad way to go, to create that rift so that she gets more desperate and irrational. She’s always had a mean streak. But they just don’t have any time left to do it with any complexity.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Jon being like, swear you won’t tell? Ok cool, actually, i’m not personally going to tell you. Hey bran, tell ’em…..so absurdly funny to me. Almost like he is trying to keep his Dany promise on some ridiculous technicality?

        Dany’s reckless charge, and Tyrion’s senseless attempt at reasoning. He will be lucky if this new version of Dany doesnt feed him to her last dragon. Shoulda listened to Sansa and had a rest! Or, at the least, given some thought to known conditions and strategy. Argh.

        I liked Arya and the Hound’s little scene. I am slightly confused as to when Gendry fell in love with Arya, though. Poor Gendry.

        The Brienne Jamie thing was a bit frustrating in how it played out. Though the cynical part of me feels it is most realistic. That is what a devoted heart gets! Poor Brienne. She better have more to do, and I hope that isnt her last scene with Jamie. His departure especially needed at least a couple more scenes to build up to…then again, while that is rushed, Cersei isnt even a character really this season. She has gone full cartoon villain (with cartoon henchman, and cartoon villain boyfriend to boot!). Barely even any dialogue from Cersei.

        I rewatched the first half of season 1 yesterday while teleworking, and it was kind of astounding how much they were able to get into the same number of episodes.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        With Tyrion…

        I think it is the family angle plus the baby…he always loved 2 of her 3 kids. And I think he does want to avoid massive loss of life in Kings Landing as well. Plus to prove (to himself) that he can temper Danerys’ impulsive nature.

  36. M. Blitz says :

    Anybody watch Chernobyl? Very intense, beautifully shot, horror show.

  37. Jarv says :

    Spidey Far From Ass looks an awful lot like utter shit. If that’s the best the trailer can do then it’s likely to be another very, very underwhelming Spidey film.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Why does it seem like there is another new Spidey something every other week? Am I imagining things, or are they really pumping out a steady stream of spidey?

    • Judge Droid says :

      If the Mysterio ally thing isn’t a twist, I’ll be surprised. Assuming he’s the one manipulating things to make him look like a hero. Otherwise, kind of a boring villain/character.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      I like the kid in the part too. Hopefully the trailer is not representative of the movie itself, as “underwhelming ” is as good a description as any.

  38. tombando says :

    Well—for what it’s worth–I liked the last Spidey movie, esp. Michael Keaton, and I think Tom Holland’s Great casting here. I had No idea he was English(!) til the blurb in the latest previews.

    I think it looks like a decent movie–either Mysterio’s-as Jarv said-causing all this violence via illusions, and taking credit as Big Hero, in this alternate timeline, or–he Genuinely knocks them all off, then keeps on being Mr Evil Tyrant afterwards. Either way Spidey has to get rid of him. That’s fine by me either way.

    Fun Fact-Gyllenhall was nearly cast as Tobey Maguire’s replacement for Spidey Too during some kinda salary dispute back in the day. So that’s neato he’s going to be here as Globe Guy.

    Oh I’ll admit too I’m a pretty easy mark for these films-do a goodish job and I’m happy. Your mileage may vary.

  39. Jarv says :

    Lucifer’s back on Netflix. Really enjoyed first two episodes. Truly horrible cover of Creep. Hope it goes well.

    iZombie back on Friday too. Finally got things to watch again.

    • Judge Droid says :

      I’ve been going through the back catalogue.

      Watched 2 seasons of Damages. Really not as good as I expected. I was under the impression this was one of the better shows. Not really. It revolves around a gimmicky flashback storytelling device. It’s weirdly a show about lawyers and the law that, aside from 1 or 2 scenes in 2 seasons, is never in a courtroom. The central character is apparently a masterful lawyer, but there is no evidence supporting this assertion. She’s just a reprehensible person who is a masterful, ruthless manipulator. Basically a pre-cursor to Frank Underwood. But at least he was self-aware. She’s just intensely unlikeable and it’s a mystery why any of her employees stays working for her.

      • Jarv says :

        Season 1 of damages was good in a kind of “Everyone’s a cunt” way. She gets far, far worse. She’s fucking awful in Season 3- where I stopped.

      • Judge Droid says :

        S1 was okay. The prob was that it just repeated the same flashback thing in S2. And in the 1st ep of s3, so it’s obviously a series long gimmick. Patty isn’t a very interesting character. She’s just evil, with no depth. And there’s no entertaining law shenanigans to make up for it.

      • Jarv says :

        I also did this and am about half way through Limitless. Meh.

      • Jarv says :

        They work really hard in Season 3 to try to give her depth- horses in flashbacks and what she was really doing when wosshername was being assaulted, but she comes across as an awful bully in it- I legit think she’s to blame for all the death in that series. Martin Short is quite good. Season 2 was dire. Season 3 has the best cast of the three of them, but the plot is shit- it’s not legal shenanigans, Patty is a heinous cunt, and it’s trying too hard to be topical while tying up loose ends from the first series

      • Judge Droid says :

        The show does have good actors. I’ll give it that. Short, William Hurt (in a really shit role and performance), Marcia Gay Harden, Ted Danson, Olyphantitis. Casting director is the real star.

      • Jarv says :

        Oh, sure. Martin Short, Goodman, Cambell Scott, Lily Tomlin etc etc etc. It’s remarkable.

      • Judge Droid says :

        A show I can recommend is ‘What We Do in the Shadows’. It’s pretty much just as funny as the movie. If you liked the movie, you’ll get a kick out of the show. The only actor I recognise is the Toast of London guy. Which is also a pretty funny show.

      • tombando says :

        Here’s a weird thing I remember about Marcia Gay Harden-and it’s Really sad I remember this–but I can remember back in AICN days she was either up for an Oscar or whatever, and Harold just flatout let everyone know she Sucked and ‘not his kind of actor’. That’s–so weird. My memory of her is she’s pretty good, actually. I think she even played Ava Gardner once in some Sinatra bio. Anyways that’s not hear or there, but–never quite got the singling out of her by fatfuck. Strange.

      • tombando says :

        Okay I did a wikipedia and now I see where it was-Harden was up for an Oscar in Mystic River back in 2003. I never saw that one. Anyways someone Harold fapped over was up for it instead and am sure it was one of his Harry hit job bullshit pieces, but whatever–that”s something I took away from all that-fattie Really disliked her…

  40. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Ended stumbling across The Predator, 2nd half of it. More than anything else, surprised to see Theon in it and Thomas Jane. Naturally it was ridiculous, didn’t see the background on the kid why he was so valuable to steroid predator. Ah, it was shit so it doesn’t matter.

  41. tombando says :

    Honestly forgot about that one til just now….my brother said it was kinda fun, but–you need to be in on the joke, seems. Thomas Jane’s had an interesting career-played what, Mickey Mantle? then was in Deep Blue Sea and the Punisher. Not sure what to make of all that….

  42. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Game of Thrones…..latest episode….

    All hinges if you can buy the acceleration of crazy in Daenerys. Listen, I think she does her damndest to sell it, and in this case it’s not her fault, but the writers who screw the pooch. Not that I do not think it could have been a possibility, but it was given no time to get there over the past two seasons. Sure, she has been ruthless before, but not mass destruction and killing of innocents. I don’t know, seemed too big leap to get there and not enough built up beforehand to have the character end up there.

    There was some good moments…Tyrion-Varys….Tyrion-Jamie (the whole trying to turn evil Cersei being utterly ridiculous)…Ayra-Hound…I do like Jon’s look of horror after witnessing, and participating, however unwilling. The destruction/slaughter was done very well I thought, much better done than battle of Winterfell. Ayra’s point of view was done pretty darn well I thought.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Agreed it was too big a leap. I could see her hearing the bells ring and saying fuck it, flying straight at the red keep and torching it. But a full-on slaughter? A bit much given what’s come before. Also agree that Dany’s acting skills were much better than we’ve seen previously. She was giving it her all, and any problems can’t be laid at her feet this time.

      I thought it was weird that Tyrion decided to narc on Varys. Still weird, but a little less so, is his decision to free Jamie.

      The Euron fight was annoying to me. So was the mountain vs the hound. Though i tend to enjoy any hound/arya scene. I didnt care for the fight.

      The ground view of what was happening was very effective in that it was completely sickening to behold. I have no clue how she would have managed not to torch her own people though, presuming she even cares about that at this point. Would’ve liked to see what was Davos was up to for some of it. I wish he would have rolled out on that whole mess.

      I still maintain that the character of Cersei and the whole king’s landing scene has been totally neglected. But i guess she’s dead now?

      Didnt care for the insinuation that Jon’s refusal to make out with Dany pushed her over the edge.

      Also….if the last we see of Brienne is her sobbing in her goddamn nightgown, burn the whole fucking show.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Yeah, those two fights you mentioned were worthless. Could have used that screen time for something else.

        No doubt there will be some Winterfell aspect to the last episode.

      • M. Blitz says :

        And that’s a decent chunk of screentime.

  43. Just Pillow Talk says :


    Chernobyl is pretty damn intense and good, horrifying. Just watched the first two episodes, I would term it gripping so far. Powerful stuff, some good performances and just crazy how it played out.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Gripping is the perfect word. I could barely breathe watching the first ep, except a couple times when a sob caught in the back of my throat.

      In the 2nd ep when Jared Harris yells at Skarsgard, we’ll be dead in 5 years, and it sinks in…..so well done. Great to see Emily Watson again too. The acting all around has been great.

  44. Judge Droid says :

    Okay, GOT ep 5. I’ll start with what I liked. Visually, a spectacular episode of television. Remember, this is a TV show! There’s really never been anything close. Maybe the D-Day sequence in Band of Brothers? But that was about 20 minutes of the ep. I liked the Clegane fight, and it was fitting that it ended with them falling to their death into a lake of fire. I laughed out loud when The Mountain killed Qyburn. Good ol’ weirdo Qyburn. Entertaining to the last. The sequence with Arya was very well executed, and the juxtaposition of the character who took down the Night King now terrified and scrambling just to survive is a solid way of portraying the horror, might and threat of Dany. The early scenes were okay. I liked the scene between Tyrion and Jamie. So, while I was dissatisfied by some of the episode, I was gripped by it.
    Now my criticisms… I was disappointed with how they resolved the Jamie and Cersei storyline. I wanted Jamie to (properly) fulfil the prophecy. Instead it was kind of fulfilled on a technicality. By leading her to a dead end, I guess you can say he killed her. But not satisfying. Jamie vs Yuron was crap. No one gives a fuck about Yuron. He’s the worst character in the show. He seems like an import from an entirely different show. And the actor is hamming it up to 11.
    I hate how they wasted Cersei. She’s a fantastic villain. The show reduced her to standing on a balcony drinking wine for multiple seasons.
    Dany becoming Queen of the Ashes by wreaking death and destruction on the populace of Kings Landing (and her own troops!) is, objectively, an acceptable conclusion to her story, however the shows portrayal is very unsatisfying. I am yet to read or hear a satisfactory explanation why 7 & 8 were short seasons. The show desperately needed those extra 7 episodes. If they’d used a full season 7 to complete the Night King story, then a full 8 to convincingly portray Dany’s turn to the Mad Queen it would have (potentially) been great. Instead we get corners cut, abrupt storytelling and unconvincing shifts in characters. Like Varys. In the space of 1 episode he went from supporter to traitor trying to murder Dany! While that is in step with his character, it’s not that it would be such a sudden shift in allegiance and so stupidly obvious. That should have played out over the course of a season as Dany gradually becomes more and more unstable.
    To conclude my longwinded ramblings, while I thought the episode was good and I was gripped, it was ultimately unsatisfying.
    For the last ep, I’m expecting Jon to kill Dany, abdicate and go North. Either to rebuild the Night’s Watch or just go all the way North. Really not sure who, if anyone, will get the throne. The list of candidates is small, and there’s no obvious one to my mind.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Agree on Jon’s potential fate…he will go “home”. And no doubt about it, the shortcuts are felt and the direction some characters took does not completely work because of that. Which is a shame because I think the acting across the board has been top notch and wasted on some actors who otherwise gave probably their best performances.

      Bran wargs into Drogon? Only way I see the dragon taken out of the picture. Could be some interaction with Jon that prevents him from crisping everyone else.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’d been waiting for Bran to worg into a dragon for sooo long. But when he became the 3 eyed raven, i gave up on it. But maybe!

        Why do i not remember the jaime killing cersei prophecy? Is that part of whatever the witch told Cersei when she was a kid? I just remember her kids would die and shit wouldnt work out for her.

        I will be quite astounded if we get a happy ending tomorrow. Maybe they’ll do a Chernobyl crossover and we’ll see the wards full of dragon fallout survivors and arya getting treatment for dragon lung. Lol.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I emitted the shouted version of a groan when stupid Euron rolled up. THIS motherfucker again??? Good grief! I’m half expecting him to show up in the finale.

  45. tombando says :

    Hrmmmm–well doing a random two-fer-SW the Force Awakens-still enjoyable, wish they’d have broken away from so slavishly following the SW1 formula, and of course, my eternal the Mummy with Brendan Fraser etc. They get right alot more in this than they had a right to. See the sequels for more on what would happen when they got stuff wrong(though I kinda like both).

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      As always, include a kid to start getting stuff wrong.

      • tombando says :

        Well what’s fucked up about that kid-is that he’s what, 8 or whatever in the followup while Fraser and Weisz are obviously the same age as before (okay 2 years), then the China set one, in 2008, the ‘kid’ is now 21 or whatever(!), again Fraser is only Somewhat older and you have it in 1946 etc. It don’t work. And they upped the stoopid shit more than needed sure.

  46. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Really liked the final episode.

    All hail the Starks.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I neither liked nor disliked it. Apathy all the way. Kinda weird how devoid of feeling/opinion it left me? Definitely feel done with all of their stories….no need to know what happens next.

      Pretty much ready for Westworld to come back on now lol

  47. M. Blitz says :

    I cant remember who else here watches Westworld but ..look! Season 3!!

  48. Judge Droid says :

    The GoT finale was fine. I’m repeating myself but it’s totally bizarre to me that seasons 7 & 8 were shortened. Why condense everything?
    So pretty much everything that I thought would happen in the final episode did happen.
    How Jon and Dany played out was decent.
    The reasoning behind crowning King Brandroid the Boring was pretty baffling. Who has the best story? Is it the guy raised a bastard who brought the wildlings south, came back from the dead, survived BotB, was named King in the North then bent the knee to save everyone etc etc and is the true heir to the throne? Or is it the personality free weirdo with largely unexplained abilities who was crippled as a kid and hasn’t done anything of note other than sit as bait and help reveal the most important storyline of the show, which just happens to be the first guys story!? How did it not even get mentioned at the council that Jon is the true heir? And why was he not at the council? He needed to be there to refuse the throne and abdicate, then go North where he’s happy. Then they can select from the poor range of remaining candidates.
    So that council part was pretty lousy. And I could easily nitpick why some characters did this or that. Otherwise, I liked the montage at the end and how it ended.
    Overall, a great show that just got short-changed once they ran out of blue-print, which the shortened seasons exposed.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Yup, imagine how much more they could have fleshed out with another 4-6 episodes. I liked the ending though, since it just showed everything continued on, everyone’s life continues down a path of their choosing (except for Jon, but probably the path he wanted anyway).

    • M. Blitz says :

      10 eps each season 7 and 8 could have solved all the problems. Things wouldnt have been so absurd/rushed/corny/arbitrary.

      There was so much in the finale that was just …..unbelievable to me. So much that I felt serenely detached throughout.

      Like, Jon going with the free folk was cool. Brienne filling in Jaime’s story was cool. I liked when Drogon flew away with Dany. Dany’s victory rally was well done. Drogon meltong the throne was cool. But, I just dont believe Grey Worm woulda been cool with Jon stabbing her….just arresting him and calling all the lords and ladies for a council? Ok. The things that are acceptable still hinge on this silly preposterousness.

      In theory, him stabbing Dany is fine….lends a nice symmetry. Golden son from the south stabs a king in the back over to ‘bastard’ son from the north stabs a queen in the front? Sure.

      Tyrion finding Jaime and Cersei was nicely done by Tyrion. But i was slightly giggling, cuz it looked like those 2 needed to walk 10 feet to the side and they woulda been fine. They were lucky to leave behind such beautiful corpses after having stones fall on them, covering, but not damaging, their beautiful heads and faces.

      Everything single thing Tyrion said at the council meeting was annoying….the stories bit being the worst. Bran seemed an arbitrary (and incredibly oppressive!) choice. I cant believe that this arrangement was promptly agreed to by all. Hey guys, this northern king will rule you all! Except for the actual North, they’ll do their own thing? Cool? Cool!

      Sam suggesting democracy annoyed me. Funny joke guys! When he popped up with the book later, hah, another joke.

  49. Judge Droid says :

    Saw John Wick Chapter 3 redo.
    It’s really a case of how much you enjoyed the first 2. Cause it’s more of the same. Keanu shoots people. Lots and lots of people.
    It’s very violent, there’s a few gory or gross out moments (the finishing move against the NBA player Boban whatever is pretty horrible). But it is pretty entertaining.
    As usual, my go to complaint about movies these days applies here. It’s too long. And gets repetitive, especially if you’ve watched the last one recently. Which I did. They jazz it up a bit with motorbikes, horses and dogs, but it’s really just the same thing over and over again. Keanu shoots a bad guy in the chest, flips him over then shoots him in the head. That happens a lot in these movies.
    The universe building is mildly interesting considering the basic, streamlined plot of John Wick 1.
    The problem with 2 & 3 is that they don’t really have a proper ending. They set up the next movie. And since John Wick 4 has now been announced, I honestly wonder how much longer they can drag it out for.
    Worth a rental or a Netflix down the road.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      I will Netflix this. Enough time will pass from when I saw the second to the third, I’m sure I will enjoy it.

    • tombando says :

      Yeah I just saw this one–and hadn’t ever seen the others–so was a bit weird figuring out just who was who etc. But that doesn’t matter much. There was alot of goofy overdone violence, a few times I winced and looked the other way, just because, I thought it was entertaining etc. by and large if as you said–too long. I think that last fight in the Hotel once they’re in this strange…glass wall thingy—they didn’t know when to say when. And yeah, its clear #4 is on the way.

  50. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Third episode of Chernobyl continues to be strong [spoilers]. It just gets crazier what they did, next bringing in the miners to dig underneath the structure, stripping down to nothing since as the Professor admits, nothing could protect them. The ending with the burial scene…could not imagine being there and then watching the cement truck back up to seal them up.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Loved the mining crew chief. Everything involving the miners was excellent. When he tossed down the mask and said do these work? And then as he walked out, ‘if they worked, you’d be wearing them’ The unwavering, piercing look in his eyes. All of the hospital stuff and the funeral was emotionally borderline unbearable. The chief engineer only 25. Jesus christ.

      I remember Chernobyl from when i was a kid, and understood it to be a horrific disaster, but I didnt understand how close to becoming an even more phenomenally catastrophic disaster it came.

      I read that climate change has been causing wildfires in the exclusion zone, kicking up re-aerosolized low level radiation that drifts across Europe from time to time!

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        After every episode you’re left shaking your head…how more screwed up can it get? And then more shit comes to light.

        Remember how the whole series began. More bad shit coming….

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