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.

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9,101 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. M. Blitz says :

    Ohhh man….kinda want to see this
    https://film.avclub.com/holy-hell-glenn-danzig-mightve-just-made-the-room-of-h-1835503250

    “You guys laughed in some of the places I wouldn’t have, but that’s cool,” Danzig said when he took the stage.

    Poor Danzig!

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      WOLVERINE!

      I read that yesterday sounds cool.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I simply must see the nipple eye woman whose nipple tears make a spider monster. God that sounds amazing.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        His lyrics are pretty imaginative so why wouldn’t his script be also?

      • M. Blitz says :

        And such jaunty delivery too.
        “Chop the heads off little girls and–put ’em on my wa-a-all” So cheerful about it.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Ha! true

      • M. Blitz says :

        This will never not be my jam


        The extermination is epic.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        now there is a band and song I have not thought of or heard in a long time.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I met with Jerry Only once when he showed up at a diner I was holed up at for some late night coffee and reading and he insisted that we knew each other (we didnt) and that my name is Ashley (it isnt). Half the diner was harassing him about Danzig. It was great. He really has zero sense of humor re Glen.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Was he pissed at Glenn for leaving?

      • M. Blitz says :

        To clarify..i was reading and downing coffee. He was there for food cuz the misfits had played Philly that night

      • M. Blitz says :

        He was pissed at even hearing the name.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Sounds like he was.

      • M. Blitz says :

        So odd. I dont really know anything about whatever feud they had going, but dude continued touring as Misfits without Danzig, some other dude singing the songs. For yeeeeears.

        The only post-Misfits Danzig I recall is that Mother song. Which brings me joy and which i would totally karaoke if I was a person who karaoke’d.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Didin’t the Misfits release albums in the late 90’s/early 2000?

        about a decade ago a dude did Mother at Karaoke at a bar I was at. I had my back turned at first and thought it was Danzig singing until I turned around saw it was a giant black dude singing the song.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I think they did, with the new guy singing. I cant remember his name. Michael something maybe? I saw them play in the late 90s. Quite possible that the songs I didn’t recognize were the new ones.

  2. tombando says :

    Okay lemme see here….

    *Cheers-I watched most of the run years ago, I liked it, didn’t love it. I’m not much for a show full of abrasive characters , they just don’t build for me if that makes sense. You know the type. Seinfeld etc. Cheers was pretty okay though. I liked Lilith too.

    *Frasier-never a big fan. I wanted to like it more, but–I always liked the Actor, Mahoney there, but then made these two ivy league twits have Archie Bunker as their father. I. Never. Bought. That. I tried. I liked the brother, I liked Jane Leeves, off-screen Maris, the show’s producer, just–donno. Kelsey Grammer is great in it.

    *I’ll likely pass on the last year of Jessica Jones, though am agreed she was the best of the lot. They just milked the formula for these more than they were worth. Ritter was really good in this, a few standalone eps wouldn’t have killed them.

    *There’s a channel I get called ‘Heroes and Icons’, they marathon 8 hours of House, Nash Bridges, Numbers, JAG and Monk, a different show a day, M-F. So I’ve gotten to see the whole run of about All these, sometimes with the sound off, as background stuff.

    *Nash Bridges–I like Don Johnson and Cheech, their yellow car, the squad-well okay the guy in the Beanie’s fun, the token asian or hispanics come and go, Yasmine Bleeth as Johnson’s boss just never worked-it was her cokehead days-and they Really went for another Liv Tyler with Jodi Lyn O’keefe who played Johnson’s daughter. Show has some decentish eps, is kinda stupid at times, you DO have guest stars like Tubbs from Vice and Theresa Russell, so there’s that. It’s pretty dated.

    *House-you guys already said what I’d say, He is great but the show just never grabs me, donno why. I like David Morse by the way. He was in Hack if you remember That or the Rock.

    *Monk–Monk to me is a bit like House-Tony Shalhoub is terrific, but the whole thing is so…light, urm trivial, that it doesn’t trip my interest that much. It’s not a bad show by any means. Has Sarah Silverman in it for a while towards the end I think it was.

    *JAG–Uhhh, NCIS sr? not as good? Lead guy is a block of wood, the brunette is another Dana Delaney type, you get to see Jameson Parker and etc as guest stars. Dated show. I don’t bother with it as much.

    *Numbers-another gimmick Forensic show, this one has the Dr from Northern Exposure as a Fed who’s kid brother is an…algorithm wizard, he and his buddy Peter MacNichol help solve serial bomber/killer etc plots etc. It has Judd Hirsch as their father. It’s-actually good-but again, you GOTTA like the premise, buy it, and go from there. I think yr 3 is the best of this one. It was on 6 I think.

    *I saw Sherlock Holmes from ten years ago(!) with Rob Downey Jr and Jude Law, hadn’t since seeing it in the theatre then. Still works, pretty much. I prefer it to the second one. Guy Ritchie’s usual touches are there. Baddie’s the same baddie in Shazam, by the way. Neat.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I think of JAG as, like, a grandpa show. Like, the dad from Frasier coulda been chillin in his chair with the little dog watching JAG. My grandmother’s husband used to watch it in his recliner with their little dog Penny loungin’ on his lap!

      • tombando says :

        Ha ha yeah. My mother is selling her home and I was tasked with taking care of her DVD collection, so of course there’s a couple years of Magnum, lotsa Kevin Costner stuff, Moonlighting, etc. I get what you mean about JAG. It’s not a ‘BAD’ show, it just–sorta sits there and tries too hard for my liking. It’s quite post 9-11 to use a sadly overused cliche.

        Oh and one more on LAFF is Drew Carey. That’s another-harmless, was on for ages, the guy is likeable, and I think I sat thru 2 shows max. It never grew on me, and still doesn’t. Nothing against him, he is Fine, just…Eh. Doesn’t have to be for me either. I’m weird.

  3. tombando says :

    Some more from another channel that’s here-it’s called Laff?

    It runs Mostly sitcoms, many at a time. Let’s see here–

    *According to Jim-another one that was on Forever and I watched maybe 3 times. Jim Belushi, Courtney Thorne-Smith, etc.? I have no opinion. It exists. It’s on. If you like either it’s for you. Smith was a hotty back in the day.

    *Empty Nest-Kristy McNichol, Dinah Manoff, Richard Mulligan, Joe Isuzu, and that nurse with the southern accent there. I donno-it was fine, but the two 20 somethings were written like they were maybe 20 at best, hard to buy it after a while. Mulligan was funny though. Joe Isuzu had his moments.

    *Grace Under Fire–Okay this one I never saw, back when. It was another Tool Time/Roseanne clone, you know-take a standup comedien and put them in some blue collar setting sit-com, add kids and see how it goes. And this thing was a top 5 hit or so for 3 years? You watch it-and–Butler isn’t any kind of actor, she’s reading cue cards all the time–her eye lines are a giveaway-and there was that thing where she went off the deep end during the show’s run. She was on pills and booze and decided to flash her 12 year old ‘son’ there on the show. That worked out well. He was yanked by his folks, they recast it and aged the character up to a 16 yr old, and the show had muliple delays as Butler kinda…destructed I guess. I’ve not seen or heard of her in YEARS. Show had Tom Poston(!) and that guy from SCTV on it, so that was at least promising. Poston would do anything for a check though, so….

    *Night Court-not much needed to say here, I love it. It’s dumb. It’s funny. It gets much better 3-4 years in. It was on a couple years too long. John Larroquette and Bull there were the best parts of it. It’s very 80s.

    *Tool Time! AKA Home Improvement. I remember enjoying this one alot back when. You watch it now–well it’s fine, Tim Allen is pretty OK, his wife is better than her material, and I always liked Wilson there. It’s pretty much established Allen is kinda of a dick off camera, but I don’t care. The show works better than it should.

    *Roseanne. Well you know this one too–I liked it, I haven’t bothered with the re-boot, John Goodman and Lori…Metcalf as her sister made the show. I still can watch the occasional episode. I don’t think I’m that interested in marathoning it though. ana

    Damnation this thing got kinda long. Sorry!! Anyways. That’s what’s on around here.

  4. tombando says :

    Saw first 4 eps Good Omens. 3 were fun 4th gets silly. Still it’s a riot and gotta love 2 leads and that time travel stuff. Worthy.

    • tombando says :

      One thing about Good Omens-the Casting! I mean-Lenny from Laverne and Shirley is running around with an English Accent(of sorts), and it’s fun to see him there though he’s Really aged. Which means I have too sadly. Anyways–who else-cameo by Derek Jacobi, I guess another by Brian Cox, hrmmm–he’s in everything–and gotta like how Dr Who there is semi channelling John Lennon, or at least that’s how he comes off to me esp. earlier on. Sheen is sorta like a gay Hobbit in ways. It’s different I’ve never read the comics or whatever, it isn’t bad.

      • Jarv says :

        It was probably the best pratchett adaptation so far. But still just about OK. Nothing more.

  5. Jarv says :

    I have absolutely no idea at all why we insist on persisting with James Vince. He’s so completely fucking shit. It’s not that he gets out for the same score every time, although that’s fucking annoying, it’s that he gets out IN THE SAME FUCKING WAY every time.

  6. tombando says :

    So while rummaging round my mother’s movie collection as she sells her house etc–broke out the expected Magnum PI (yr 2 and 3) and Yr 2 of Mary Tyler Moore. We’ll get to Sagging PI in a bit.

    Mary Tyler Moore is one of those 70’s sitcoms where the cliche is-great show, great writing, casting, jokes, etc right across the board. And yes through the years I’ve had no reason to argue that. Though to be honest I’ve not bothered with it all that much save as background stuff.

    Well, after marathoning the DVD set of yr 2-I’d say it holds up rather well. It DOES have very dated local color, if that makes sense-everyone’s still looking tres 60’s, the hair and wardrobes and sets are kinda Brady Bunch, you’re very aware its 71-72. I was in Kindegarten that year.

    Some of the plots–Ted wants to rent below Mary, Rhoda had a fire, A father and son are rivals for Mary, etc.—are in the idiot plot category. Nobody knows anyone in their universe but each other, socially or at work or whatever, very small world-building. It’s like overgrown Jr High Schoolers at times, you know? I got that impression from the 2 yrs of Bob Newhart that I have from that era. But that’s okay it’s a sitcom. You expect paper thin plots etc.

    The acting is great. Moore, Ted Knight-love him, Rhoda there, Captain Stubing, Lou Grant, Phyllis-Leachman, are all super. And funny. It’s before Betty White showed.

    You have for guests passing through–Bill Daly(Jeannie, Newhart), Mrs Jefferson-Isabel Sanford?, Mary Frann (wife on Newhart), etc. There’s an attempt at having a couple black characters here, John Amos is the only one, he’s Gordy the Weatherman, I’d togally forgotten he was on there. He’s fine, but is more of a recurring character than a regular. They only touched on Social Issues directly w/ one dealing with anti Semitism and a few more black characters showing up in the one Bill Daly as a city councilor did TV. I donno. At least they’re there?

    Anyways–you can see why this was such a big hit and yes it still works well. The eps Iike best involve Ted Knight as the goofy anchorman. He’s really funny.

    Magnum-well it’s the same,, you remember it and it holds up pretty well. It’s Tom Selleck, the ferrari, Hawaii, the copter, regular 80’s cliches of Vietnam, shootouts, etc. Third year has this odd ep where Selleck was a POW in a bamboo cage in Nam, his Russki interrogator Bo Svenson(!) complete in red Army hat–shows up a decade later out to get Magnum and his pals. It Kinda works? but you know. You’ve seen it before. I still like the show and it’s good if non-think entertainment.

    Anyways this went on too long but you gets the idea.

  7. tombando says :

    Okay, couple more shows from the Sagging PI set. They put in as extras eps of The A-Team, Knight Rider and (in a way) Simon and Simon-their cross over.

    I’ll be brief-ish I hope.

    The A-Team, I can’t say I’ve watched this much in decades. I did like it, til the infamous Copter crash into the cliff by the Sea episode, the guys all got up and walked away, annnnd that just kinda blew it. The suspension of disbelief got suspended bigtime there.

    But anyways–this one was from 1983, second year. They go to Africa, to save someone’s mining concern from baddies? Of course they kinda Touch on the whole Apartheid thing, but—when they go to Africa(a few moments of stalk African savannah footage, then back to California backlot-land for the shoot)-it’s the usual. I forget who the guest-stars were, it doesn’t matter-they still had the token gal with the group, she was a reporter(?), I know George Peppard Hated having the character there. And I don’t blame him, even with a show where nobody gets hurt(much) despite 100’s of rounds flying, she-Melinda Culea–didn’t work.

    The Africa they show-had more white people than black, the one black dude you DO see is a baddie with a gun. It’s the usual. They must have shot all these MCA shows in the same place-Hardcastle and McCormick, Macguyver, uhhh Greatest American Hero, etc–because it’s the same desert you see 1000 times then.

    I liked the cast–Mr T and Dirk Benedict and the nutjob and Peppard etc. They’re fine. It’s fun if you were there and have fond memories or are just looking for this kinda thing. No cabbage guns this time round.

    Knight Rider-holdy crap. THIS I had not watched in 30 odd years. It’s from yr 2, it involves…well…getting some guy outta prison and KITT jumping the same big wall Twice, an interesting early GPS unit on display, hrmmmm the gal from Last Star Fighter, and of course, The Hoff and Edward Mulhare. You hadda like the big Interior of the Van Body Set, where they had their PC’s and did maintanence on the car–had forgotten the barbie they cast as KITT’s fixer-Rebecca Holden?-she wasn’t there the whole run I remember that–anyways. The van rode real, REAL smooth, I’ll just put it that way.

    The Hoff was okay and the car stunts too. I have already forgotten the silly plot. It’s another 80’s artifact but again–you like it, you’re gonna watch more. I donno.

    Simon and Simon meets Sagging PI–well it has Morgan Fairchild, a cursed Tiki Doll, urmmm a light approach, if you’re just watching the DVD set Morgan Fairchild is bagged at the end, if you’re watching the Simon and Simon follow up, she gets away and they follow her to Mexico w/ Higgins in tow. That one was okay too. You know what you’re getting with both shows. I enjoyed.

    So that was a little of what I watched last week. The ep of Sagging I’m seeing now has Borgnine as a Rassler. I half remember this one.

    • Jarv says :

      So watched happy time murders.

      It’s way underrated. My biggest takeaway from it is that if you cast Melissa McCarthy, then you STOP her improvising. She does a few and they’re all shit.

  8. Jarv says :

    Australia v England today. Weather is shit. I think we’ll lose. We look like we peaked too early- that was a total shambles against Sri Lanka.

  9. M. Blitz says :

    3 more conference calls and then….I’m OFF!
    Alas, these are not calls I can just mute until it’s time to say goodbye. So ready to be done.

    • Jarv says :

      Haha. I did that the other day and played Borderlands 2 while on a conference call.

      My new line manager is an absolute moron who is micromanaging me into oblivion. She’s painfully stupid, has increased my admin burden and just gets in my way. That should’ve been my job- I’ve been really fucked in the ass here.

      • M. Blitz says :

        The first call went 30 mins over schedule while a different program’s contact attempted to teach one of my contacts how to ruin her own program through micromanaging. Argh! So insanely frustrating. I had feared this would happen when said micromanager initiated this meeting. Fucking busybodies!

      • M. Blitz says :

        Though as luck would have it, one of the other 2 calls just cancelled! Yesssss.

      • tombando says :

        Currently we’re in the middle of this big changeover from one Library System catalog–Sierra, to another, Alma, and the bugs and fuck ups and delays and whatever has been a WHOLE lotta fun. You have a few gazillion items that have been loaned or borrowed suddenly going into these temporary statuses that threaten to Vanish because some buttplug put in the wrong Doohickey in the changeover, didn’t test it out enough and WHAMMO! Peoples is NOT happy in Ivy League Library Land. Allegedly it’s alll gonna work out. Well that’s above my pay grade. I just use it to send stuff out and back. They’ve just complicated THAT, so….*starts looking for vacation time*

  10. Just Pillow Talk says :

    So just finished watching the first 3 seasons of The Last Kingdom. Overall I liked this show. Following the adventures of a Saxon brought up as a Dane, fighting for a Saxon king. Sure the passage of time is not reflected with the age of the characters, but the rest of it is solid. I will also say that the payoff with a couple main characters was there at the end of season 3. In fact, I would say the final interaction between two characters was probably the best single interaction in the series. It also spends a good amount of time with the Danes as well, certainly preferred the brothers from season 2 as the “bad guys”.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      The Last Kingdom is a very entertaining show. It’s like the show Vikings in that its roughly the same time period but shown from the English perspective. And its much more fun to watch.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        So Vikings is not worth a look?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Vikings is a good show up until Ragnar Lothbrok is killed then it takes a turn. The difference between Vikings and TLK is that Vikings delves more into the spiritual side of Viking life while TLK is more oriented towards action. One isn’t better then the other they just have different approaches.

  11. tombando says :

    The Last Kingdom sounds kinda fun.

    I did catch the last 2 eps of Good Omens-I thought it got dumber as it went along, I kept Waiting to see some big deathmatch between Damion there and the Witch Finder/Witch duo and our Odd Couple friends there-and nope, it was more—A big Fizzle. Had some good parts yes but–best half of this was the first half. Main two guys were great. So–it was fine, but-Sheesh. You guys missed a couple opps here. That’s what I get for liking Mikey Bay movies.

    Toy Story 4–you like any of the rest? you’ll like this. I enjoyed. It’s good. I wish they’d showed more of the regulars-the pig, the slinky dog, etc-but okay. It has its girl power stuff thrown right up there for you, Bo Peep is Black Widow and etc–but whatever. I think you’ll find they have done a good job on this again. They don’t need to do another though.

  12. tombando says :

    Two Disney movies today:

    *Aladdin-the new one, with Big Bloo Big Willie Style Genie(TM), and lots and lots of CGI and Arab dudes. I wasn’t sure if I wanted to see this, mostly beause I didn’t see where you Go with it, the ’92 Robin Williams one was great and you really Can’t have the Fresh Prince top that or ‘be’ that. And fortunately, for all him and the movie and all concerned, they-don’t make that mistake. Instead they wrote the character with Smith in mind, and honestly–he’s pretty good as the Genie. He is. I liked him and their choices they made, the songs etc were fairly well handled, the characters you remember-the Parrot, Jafar the Baddie, the Sultan Dad, the Princess Jasmine, urmmm the flying Carpet, Aladdin hisself–all pretty good. I thought the two leads were somewhat Bland, but-that’s okay. They made it work.

    And they made sure not to blow the whole flying carpet ‘Whole New World’ scene, and the Big Reveal of the Genie first off is pretty good too. So–all in all, I say–give it a chance. You are a fan of the first one, nothing here to make you not be a fan of the second. And if you are a fan of Will Smith, then hey, he’s good here. I thought so anyways. It’s about a month into the run now and not many in the theatre today, but it’s done well and I think deservedly so.

    *Moana. You know this one is one of the better recent Disney movies out there. It still works 3 years later, the songs, the characters, the whole Look, the beasties, the finale, I think they did themselves proud here. The Rock is fun, Moana there is plucky, there’s some fun stuff with those Coconut pirates and the David Bowiesque Monster Crab and that Acid-tripping Rooster. This is what Frozen wanted to be.

  13. Xiphos0311 says :

    Today is the day I have become a civilian.After nearly 22 year i am done with Uncle Sam’s Misguided children.

  14. Xiphos0311 says :

    Blitz on Saturday 17 August Glenn Danzig will be playing with The Misfits, and I think most, if not all, the original line up will be there. Its at the Psycho Las Vegas show. Its an intersting line up of acts at this festival.

    https://www.vivapsycho.com/

    • M. Blitz says :

      Whoa! Well good for them not needing a full 40 years to patch things up!

      Fascinated to see Godspeed you! Black Emperor and Mogwai on there. Very much enjoy both of ’em.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I want to see those bands also. I’m trying to get some comp tickets from a friend back in Phoenix. He’s the one who told me about the reunion. His boyfriend, or life partner or whatever the proper nomenclature is today, is a photog and if he can get some more ticket and passes i will fly out and take in the show.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Yesssss, hope it works out! I dont have much in the way of comparison, but those tickets were pricey.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        the price is steep as hell but the line up is big.

  15. Judge Droid says :

    A viewing worth noting…

    It’s a Cameron, Rodriguez joint…

    Battle Angel Alita. Pretty good. It suffers from the bog-standard mega-budget simplified dialogue and character development. Movies these days need to cater to China etc.

    Other than that it’s very entertaining. The actress who plays Alita (also from Man Seeking Woman) is great, and you’re easily won over by her. The eyes are a thing to get used to, but you do quite quickly.

    Despite being 75% CG, the movie puts forward a lot of heart, which is effective and sells the characters and plot. It’s got really good actors that it doesn’t really need, but it’s better for it.

    Unfortunately it does the standard mega-budget movie thing and set up the sequel. However, the mysterious villain throughout is revealed at the end and is quite a fun proposition for sequels.

    Much better than I expected. A fun movie with a winning central performance.

    • tombando says :

      Interesting was wondering how good that was. I can remember wayyyy back when Avatar was announced, this was too, at the same time. Took ages for it to be made seems.

  16. Xiphos0311 says :

    I am seeing now why Swamp Thing got cancelled. The first episode was great but after that it slid down hill hard.

    • Judge Droid says :

      So it’s not worth watching at all? I’ve been collecting them with the idea to binge them at some stage.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The pilot is great. The next two were pretty good. Its the three after that when the cracks start to show and it gets repetitive. maybe the final batch will pull it out.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Hmmm… Okay. Well, I’ll see how the last few eps go and determine whether to bother.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Hopefully they’ll pull it out, however I am dubious of that happening. I could be wrong though Its happen before.

    • tombando says :

      Was it as good–put that in quotes, sorry–as the 1989 Swamp Thing series? I saw a few of those past couple years, they were goofy but were funnish if you were in the mood.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I don’t think I ever saw the 89 series Tom. So I don’t know.

      • tombando says :

        Oh okay. They show that here on a channel weekends and it’s–kinda silly but if you are in the mood for rubber soots etc. it can be fun.

  17. tombando says :

    Watching Close Encounters randomly here….it’s one of those massive hits I saw a few times back when, but–it’s kinda slipped off my radar since. Few things I notice while sitting here: Carl Weathers(!) is in there! He’s got the token black guy in Authority bit, he’s an army dude. I don’t think he has more than 4 lines? I’ll go check-make sure it Really was him. I can see it now–hey Rocky was big! We need a black guy–get Apollo Creed! Sign here….Carl. That’s neither here nor there.

    You have that weird segment where Richard Dreyfuss is making little scale model Devil’s Towers everywheres-his mashed spuds, outta dirt in his living room, in the cellar, uhhhh scaring the neighbors. Terry Garr plays his wife! I knew she was in here, but for some reason I thought she was the blonde gal who goes up to see the Aliens, who’s kid they kidnapped, etc. But no. It’s someone else. Bob Balaban has the same part he did in 2010 and wherever. And they gave director Francois Truffaut a biggish part considering he’s not Mr Actor. He’s okay too.

    I had the Board game for this–it was kinda silly, you just…move your tokens along the checkered square and get to the top of Devil’s Tower first. That was it, really. And here’s the evil Army copter chasing them as they climb. I’ll go back to it and see how it ends(again)…..

    • tombando says :

      And yes that Was Apollo Creed there. Huh. A walk-on more or less. This thing was a nightmare to get done, from the Wikipedia writeup. Usual Hollywood nuthouse stuff which is semi interesting.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      The Trufaut character is based on French UFO researcher Jacques Vallee.He served as an informal source for the movie.

    • ThereWolf says :

      I’ve got a box set of CE3K with, I think, 3 different versions in there. In the UK, I remember whenever it was on telly it was the version without the building Devil’s Tower in his lounge version. Dunno whether Spielberg had a problem with that scene coz he dropped it out of the ‘special edition’ (unless my memory is awry).

      I’ll have to watch it again. Do like the way Williams incorporates ‘Wish Upon A Star’ into the music.

  18. Xiphos0311 says :

    Stranger Things S3 thoughts:

    1.) This show has run its course but its making bank so there will be more. STS3 is definitely suffering from threequelitis.

    2.) The standout characters this season are Uma Thurmond’s daughter and her constant fucking with the awesome Steve Harrington who is even more awesome this season for about billion different reasons. The other standout was, surprisingly, Winona Ryder. She has great comedic chops, who knew?

    3.) Netflix’s pored a shit ton of money into this thing, it looked great.

    4.) The mid credit scene at the end of ep8 removed any doubt of the possible fate of a lead character. That was lame. I mean I guess it could be a character from season one but I doubt it.

    3.) All in all I give STS3 a tepid go watch it. its only 8 eps and it decently entertaining.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I’m almost halfway through and liking it more than season 2 so far. Hopper is annoying the fuck out of me though. I want Eleven to burn down his cabin and go on the lam with Max.

      That is crazy that chick is Uma and Ethan’s kid!! Loving her and Steve. May I confess that the first mall scene inexplicably brought tears to my eyes. I literally had to check my menstrual calendar to account for it. Those fucking Duffers are engaging in some blatant generational button-pushing, but damn if it isnt annoyingly effective for the most part.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        11 and Max are great together. Especially Max teaching her how to be a “girl”

        Robin and Steve, who is awesome, are a force to be reckoned with. they have a fantastic moment late in episode 7 that furthers cements Steve’s awesomeness.

        Yeah Hopper is hugely annoying this season but Winona Ryder makes up for it. She is hilarious, who knew?

        The Duffer’s are pushing all sorts of buttons hard this season. I flashed back on more then a few mall and non-mall memories courtesy of The Duffer brothers.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Also I think I agree about this season being better then last season.

      • Jarv says :

        Season 2 was shit though.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I don’t remember enough about it to say one way or another.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Re point 4. When the demise wasn’t explicitly shown, i was waiting for something along those lines. For a second, I thought it wasnt going to happen and got excited. But nope. Will def be back.

    • tombando says :

      I have done 3 eps so far and am liking it, though Kop Dude is bugging me, some. I do enjoy all the 80’s fanservice eggs they toss round, all that’s missing is for eps of the Wizard or The Insiders to be there in the background. And it’s funny to see just how FAST these guys ‘aged’–all gangly and etc. Looking forwards to last 4 eps.

  19. Xiphos0311 says :

    Netflix’s is doing Neil Gaiman’s Sandman. This will be interesting because it will either be great or suck terribly there will be no in between.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I had not heard this. Initial response: mild consternation.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        there is about a hundred different ways that this can go pear shaped fast. Starting with casting. Already the online chowder heads are clamoring for Wolverine Stark to play Death. Morons she was the worst actress on a terrible show.

  20. tombando says :

    Another older movie I saw recently and hadn’t in yonks–Golden Child. You know–winter 86-87, Eddie Murphy is running around Tibet and LA saving The Promised One(TM) Dalai Lama Jr. from these bad guys. Has Randall Tex Cobb in weird makeup, James Hong, urmm the usual suspects–I liked it-seemed to remember there was More to it than that? But–it’s fine. It’s what you expect. Not shocking they didn’t make a second one.

  21. Jarv says :

    Work update. Going really badly with new line manager. She’s thick, slow, has no skillz that I can see. I have no idea why she got the job, and she’s slowing everything down.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Mazel tov Jarv!

      My work update. I’m not working today. don’t have any jobs planned and its raining.

      • Jarv says :

        Nearly handed in my resignation earlier. But we’re moving house and whatnot, so I daren’t.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        getting a new place? same area?

      • Jarv says :

        Yeah. Finns school is really good for him.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        congrats.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Good luck in the move Jarv! Hope that lady quits or gets shifted elsewhere. She sounds like a prime candidate for ‘failing upwards’ annoyingly enough.

      • Jarv says :

        I don’t actually blame her. She’s just completely wrong for the role, and I’m convinced that she has never worked in a content driven environment. She’s getting in my way, micromanaging the living fuck out of me and generally making me unhappy. We had a screaming row this morning because she feels I’m “undermining” her.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The “undermining” argument. Statistically that might just be the worst work place argument of them all. One i particularly loath and have had more than a few,

      • M. Blitz says :

        A screaming row?? Damn. Is the Thick of It an accurate representation of all UK offices?

        The boss lady here is also perpetually feeling undermined. We are constantly undermining her by pointing out her blatant violations of our CBA. Which she interprets as bullying. Then she sends her deputy to lecture us that we “made her cry.” Retire already, fuck.

      • tombando says :

        *Hope you can get a better work environment there Jarv, having a dipshit for a boss is something I am SADLY used to. It’s fun.

        *And good luck on the move too.

    • ThereWolf says :

      I had a new line manager once. I ate his liver with some Branston baked beans and a bottle of Tizer… phiff-phiff-phiff… (can’t really type that sound effect)

      Hang in there, Jarvis. No more screaming; it’s unbecoming. Speaking quietly so they have to lean closer really winds them up.

  22. M. Blitz says :

    Jesus Christ ANOTHER personality test for work!

    True or false “I have felt sad or no good at all”

    How the fuck is this appropriate.

    • Jarv says :

      It isn’t.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      They use to give those stupid things out until they realized that combat Marines don’t take that shit seriously and the answers were complete bullshit.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I made it through the first set of questions about “most people”. All false. Most people? Bah. Then the next set was all “I” questions and i hit my limit and am now nursing my outraged offense.

      • tombando says :

        I’ve had to do a few of those, my last job which was more corporate THRIVEd on them. I donno they never mean anything and are a waste. It’s like those tablet questionnaires you get at the doc’s office now–are you an alcoholic? are you Thinking of being an alcoholic? Are you comfortable with drinking Drano? Do you ever Think about Drinking Drano? The answer would be, YES-BECAUSE OF YOUR DAMNED QUESTIONS. but anyways….

  23. Judge Droid says :

    Huzzah! Go Kiwis.

    Now if the Aussies can do the Poms, I’ll be in another no-lose sitch.

    • Jarv says :

      Played Kiwis. I’m in the anyone but India camp for most of this tournament, so seeing them choke has been fantastic.

      No idea who will win the other semi. Now Australia have restored the two cheating cunts they have a batting line up, but seem to be injury ravaged. England are a total mess, but at least Roy is back so no more Vince. It’s meant to piss it down tomorrow, BTW.

      Also, amusingly, the ICC have been giving the orders on the pitch preparation. Quite why they’ve gone for slow pudding pitches is a mystery. This is England, should’ve been green and swinging.

      • Jarv says :

        Also, this entirely serves India right for their pathetic performance against England. “Protecting Net Run Rate” apparently means not attempting to chase. Well, it “worked” and they got the easier QF against the Kiwis.

        When you include the shenanigans from the BCCI with resting players, this has been a Totally, completely, 100% deserved loss. Fuck off out of the tournament.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Yeah, let’s sand paper ban two batsmen. That makes all the difference.

      • Jarv says :

        You’re saying the Bowlers should’ve been done too? Quite agree.

        Without Warner and Smith, the Aussie batting line up is bobbins. Have a look at the averages this tournament.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Nope. Warner, yes. Smith has not had a good tourny.

      • Jarv says :

        As much as I normally enjoy getting in to the back and forth over the dirty duo, I’m enjoying my schadenfreude at India’s choke far more.

  24. Jarv says :

    So, watched the Dark Tower last night. I’ve read the book so am a bit coloured by it, but it was fucking terrible. It’s bad as a film, and it’s diabolical as an adaptation of The Gunslinger.

    The Book is about Roland of Gilead, yet the first half an hour took place with that unlikable little shit in NY. McConnowhatsit was good as the Man in Black, but all that shit with the shine and the breakers and whatnot is from later books. The end was deeply unsatisfying.

    It’s a boring and confusing mess and only narrowly scrapes away from an orangutan.

    • ThereWolf says :

      Considered watching this for awhile. I’ve officially unconsidered it now. Still annoyed by King’s finger wagging at his readers toward the end of the last book…

      • Jarv says :

        Yeah me too. But the first three books were legit good. I’m amazed they did this to it.

      • ThereWolf says :

        Neither here nor there on book 1, next 2 were very good. Like watching a bad car crash in slow motion after that. Can’t see them doing a sequel to the film but wouldn’t surprise me if a TV series turned up.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I think there is a TV series in the works on like amazon or hulu or somewhere. I think its in development right now or maybe it is’t that far along. i don’t really remember from an article I read awhile back.

  25. Barfy says :

    A very special day that can’t be forgotten.

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY XIPHOS!!!

    ❤️ xoxo

  26. M. Blitz says :

    Happy birthday Xi! Go get yourself a free slurpee tomorrow 🙂

  27. Jarv says :

    Shit. We’re chasing. Game Australia- even though we’re bowling well.

    • Jarv says :

      Well, this is going to be exciting. We’ve bowled really well to keep Australia to a low score.

      • Jarv says :

        Maybe not. That decision on Roy was white hot bullshit. However, he shouldn’t have thrown a tantrum. These things happen. If he gets a ban for dissent (he’ll definitely get a fine) then he’s an idiot but it’s wholly deserved.

      • Jarv says :

        That was the single most one-sided thrashing of this world cup. Glad we’re in the final, but a bit disappointed as I was looking forward to watching it after work.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Well played, Poms. It’s not though. NZ bowled Pakistan out for 100-odd and chased it down in about 15 overs.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Correction: The Windies did it. Not NZ. First game of the tourny.

      • Jarv says :

        This is a choke. Calling it for the kiwis.

      • Jarv says :

        Fuck me. We won a World Cup. With a massive fluke.

        I wouldn’t actually have minded the kiwis winning. Because their bowlers carried them, and I think this needs to be adopted. I’m sick of the bias towards the bat.

      • Jarv says :

        More on this- that was beyond jammy. At least two massive flukes, then the win being decided on boundaries. Harsh as fuck on NZ, but Boult doesn’t step on the line and they’ve won.

        I was convinced we’d choked when we were batting. Utterly pathetic from the top order. Stokes and Buttler though wee absolutely great. Thought it was over when Buttler went.

        Never seen a match like it, and actively begrudge the hour I missed taking Finn to a birthday party.

      • Jarv says :

        Just watched the highlights. Fuck me. We don’t half do it the hard way.

  28. tombando says :

    Lemme see what is I watchin’….

    *Donovan’s Reef-63, last John Ford/John Wayne teaming. It’s–okay, they’re in Hawaii, Lee Marvin comes in as an old war buddy, there’s fighting, there’s a cat and mouse dance between Elizabeth Allen and Wayne who wind up getting married right after Marvin and Dorothy Lamour do. It has Jack Warden, Cesar Romero and lotsa out-riggers. It’s filmed in Hawaii but set in French Polynesia. You wind up forgetting about it soon’s the credits roll.

    *The Cowboys-’72. John Wayne, Bruce Dern, A Martinez, Robert Carradine, Roscoe Lee Browne. You know this one-Wayne’s an old rancher who’s hands leave him high and dry just before cattle-drive time, so he uses the local kids instead. Dern and his gang try to shanghai the cows, soot Wayne-good fight there-and the kids wind up whacking them in turn. I liked Wayne and Dern in this a lot, and Browne as well. Interesting to see A Martinez in here v.s the Casino Owner in Longmire. Good late entry Duke flick, along with the Shootist his best of the 70s.

    *Island in the Sky-John Wayne, Andy Devine, Lloyd Nolan, Paul Fix, etc. This from ’53. William Wellmann did it and you can def. tell. Movie has cargo plane crew go down in Labrador(I think), in the winter, stranded crew struggles while their buddies back in the base set in my home town of Presque Isle Maine, try to find them. Has all sorts of familiar faces-Mannix, Alfalfa, Matt Dillon, Davey Crockett, etc. It’s pretty standard stuff but solidly made. I say check it out if you like the cast etc.

  29. Xiphos0311 says :

    Hey Jarv, have you seen the latest episode of IZombie, the one they did like a film noir? I liked it a lot.

  30. Jarv says :

    OK- So, recently watched Tales of Arcadia 2- 3 Below. That’s now that series wrapped.

    I really like these. 3 Below isn’t as good as Trollhunters, despite the arguably better cast, and it suffered from a lack of variety with the bad guys- particularly in comparison to TH. However, it had a solid narrative arc, with good character development and a decent ending.

    Wizards finishes the ToA stuff, and I’m looking forward to it.

  31. tombando says :

    Have been watching yr one of Falling Skies (Fallen?)–the one with Noah Wylie, Chick Chapel and CGI thingies around Boston after the Aliens invade. It was on TNT 5 years starting 2011. Very–made for TNT, with Spielberg’s touch all over, I remember the first couple years. Cliche-ridden, reminds you of Walking Dead or Mad Max lite in places. Still okay if you don’t mind the limitations buildt into it.

    • tombando says :

      Stranger Things finale-Good. I enjoyed this. They can let it go now. Liked all the actors. So that was Cary Elwes and Jake Busey in there. Hrm. The kid sister always yelling ‘Nerd!’ Was right outta sitcoms of the time. She was fun. And yeah if that’s Sagging there in the end scene…booo.

      Birdbox-How to do The Happening the right way. Donno how it would be second time through, but I did enjoy it. John Malkovich really? It played like another Walking Dead or Falling Skies type thing, but they did it well. I have Gravity and do admit being fond of the Bullock despite the junk in her CV. Yes there’s shots for that. Anyways there’s LOTSA POTHOLES and the river rapids segment was Not especially believable-but I don’t care. It was predictable. Oh and there Will be a sequel.

  32. M. Blitz says :

    Anybody watch Hereditary?

    • Jarv says :

      No interest at all.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I hadnt read anything about it before watching and really liked it. Then of course did read around afterwards and was surprised to find tons of people apparently hated it.

      • Jarv says :

        I’m kind of totally blah about modern horror. Each highly rated one with the possible exception of It Follows has been meh at best.

    • Jarv says :

      Seen it tonight. It’s white hit shit. I would honestly orangutan it.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Hehehe. It apparently provokes that reaction a lot! Did the end especially annoy you? I was quite pleased with the end. Didn’t duck out on the ludicrousness of it all, but brought the film to its logical conclusion.

      • Jarv says :

        No. It wasn’t the end- although I called that early. It was the rest.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I dont understand how anyone didnt call that as soon as she finds the book labeled, like, “occultism” or something. I was happy they went with it.

        My home life (as if there’s another life these days heh) is steeped in paranoia, hallucination and grief lately….situations that i feel i should be able to exert some control over, despite this being impossible. The movie was weirdly comforting.

      • Jarv says :

        It has so many problems. It’s a terrible 1970’s stylee Rosemary’s Baby knock off. Most of them all come from the lousy writing-

        Within 20 seconds you FUCKING KNOW how this is going to play out. The main characters are all boring and unlikable (particularly the boy, who I shall now call Melanoma Face). Gabriel Byrne is in an entirely different (and more boring) film to everyone else.

        Toni Collette’s possible Mental instability isn’t established properly (sleepwalking, really) so it’s absolutely inconceivable that Byrne thinks she’s losing her marbles- particularly as they SEE PSYCHIC EVIDENCE. In addition, we haven’t spent enough time with him to see why on earth he’d be so “rational”.

        It’s got the shortest payoff of Chekov’s gun that I’ve ever seen- little girl at buffet at funeral. Mom, “do we have her epipen, cos nuts”. TEN FUCKING MINUTES LATER little girl goes into toxic shock cos peanuts. (And she wouldn’t have been at that party anyway as she’s about a decade younger than the other kids)

        Then there’s the cack handed direction- the decapitation is done in such a way to be laughably shit- and then it just stops and focuses on Melanoma faces melanoma for what feels like forever. The pacing is all over the fucking shop.

        Wosshername’s death at the end was fucking stupid.

        It’s legitimately an awful movie that’s getting a completely unmerited tongue bath.

  33. tombando says :

    *Mean Streets. Got the DVD for 3-4 bucks. Have seen it in parts through the years on TV but it had been ages. Lots of familiar faces and things here-all the Scorsese cliches-his mom making a cameo, him in a small part, the pop music soundtrack–all 50’s though it’s clearly set in 73-cars, hair, clothes, etc. Shot on location by and large. It’s a run through for later, better things like Goodfellahs.

    I enjoyed the goofy fight in the pool hall, Harvey Keitel, and watching DeNiro play a loopy violent dipshit-good stuff here. The movie takes place in a bar, a couple apt, on a few blocks and in those big boat early 70s cars I remember seeing round all the time back then.

    Other guys like Richard Romanus and ‘Tony’ the barkeep there, Cesare Danova, were in lots of things. Couple of times they turned up doing Ralph Bakshi voices according to Wikipedia ala Wizards etc.

    Anyways–you’ve all seen it, and it’s–really pretty good. I liked it, add in Friends of Eddie Coyle or Charley Varrick, be a neato triple play.

  34. tombando says :

    And I Did catch Spidey–it’s-basically the Archies. They take a field trip to Europe, Mysterio shows up, fights Beasties, Spidey finds out Mysterio’s Real Deal, they fight, there’s lotsa explosions, drones and Samuel Jackson, hrmmm goofy teens doing stuff, and Marisa Tomei! Overall a fun if slight watch, Spidey is about the best part of all this. You won’t remember it 5 mins after you leave theatre though.

  35. Jarv says :

    The rarest thing in ages- I’m gonna have to defend Cokey:

    https://www.theguardian.com/film/2019/jul/23/cancel-quentin-tarantino-once-upon-a-time-in-hollywood

    The angle this moron is taking is that Cokey’s films are explicitly misogynistic and Violent. I hate to do this Whataboutthemensbut here we go.

    Writer- Reservoir dogs is misogynist cos only two women appear in the film credited as shot and shocked woman respectively.

    Real world- OK, but this is a film about Men committing a heist. Every single male character in it comes to violent ends. Messily

    Writer-

    Pulp Fiction features female characters more prominently, but a trend of revelling in the abuse of women began to emerge. One of Pulp Fiction’s most famous scenes involves Uma Thurman’s character getting stabbed in the heart with a shot of adrenaline to resuscitate her after a drug overdose

    Real World….

    Writer: Er, hang on

    (Though it’s fair to say male characters were also subjected to extreme violence.)

    Then he ignores Jackie Brown and moves straight to KB before skipping over Death Proof and IB (wisely) and Django:

    The Kill Bill films were a cinematic orgy of onscreen violence, most of it directed at Thurman: her character is severely beaten throughout and buried alive. Daryl Hannah’s character Elle Driver doesn’t fare much better – she has both her eyes pulled out. Things reached a peak with Tarantino’s 2015 western The Hateful Eight: Jennifer Jason Leigh’s character is handcuffed to a corpse and beaten and tortured throughout the film.

    That’s a shit reading of Kill Bill, to start with, and just the ABSOLUTE WORST reading of that boring shit Hateful Eight that you could think of.

    That man got paid for this.

  36. Just Pillow Talk says :

    RIP Rutger.

    Ladyhawke!
    Blind Fury!
    Split Second!

  37. Xiphos0311 says :

    I just watch the trailer for the new Terminator movie and I have a few questions. The first one is why did Linda Hamilton and Arnie agree to do this? they just looked tired and bored. Paycheck I guess. More importantly though, is how did they manage to make the liquid terminators SPX look somehow worse then the SPX from like 30 years ago?

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Awright, I just watched the trailer and it’s just….there. A totally been-there-done-that feeling, no oh shit moment that says it needs to be seen.

      Should really just lump this, Jurrasic World, Predator, and Alien into one dumbass movie at this point.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        There is the exact right word to describes the trailer. It exist and there it is about all the enthusiasm I can muster for it. I’ll probably see it out of morbid curiosity if I am being honest.

  38. Xiphos0311 says :

    The House of Mouse is rebooting Blade. This will suck since it will be PG13, so there won’t be any motherfuckers trying to skate uphill and the violence will be sterile. Further Mershala Ali lacks the vivid physicality of Snipes. OTOH he’s probably not the ass clown Snipes was.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      It cannot be worse than Blade Trinity.

      It cannot.

      • Jarv says :

        This. Blade Trinity was an absolute atrocity. If NuBlade doesn’t include a vampire Pomeranian then it’s automatically better than that shithouse effort.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Wasn’t Blade 3 an attempt to simultaneously introduce and spin-off the Reynolds/Beal characters? It was corrupt from inception and deservedly ended up as a clusterfuck.

        That said, Wesley is Blade for me. Love the first one. A kiddie Blade, or a TV Blade, doesn’t really get me hyped.

      • Jarv says :

        Goyer had a thing for Reynolds IIRC. Trying to spin off the Nightstalkers as their own thing. Jus tshit.

        Wesley is always blade forever. Disney Blade is going to have a total absence of motherfuckers, skating or otherwise.

  39. Xiphos0311 says :

    Top Gun, no, for the love of Allah and the prophets, NO! This thing looks like ass. Once you get passed over for promotion 3 times you get kicked out or “retired” if you are an Officer.

  40. Judge Droid says :

    Watched the first couple of eps from Veronica Mars S4. Pretty good. After the very mediocre movie, it’s back in the swing of things. It just works much better as a show. I also liked the opening credits. Pretty amusing shot at a certain show that takes itself too seriously. Worth not spoiling for those who are yet to see s4.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I have to disagree, I thought the reboot was closer in tone to the movie then the series. also the 8 episodes made the “mystery” seem weak and easy to figure out because it was so compressed. Also I get that they are much older characters and life has hit them hard but I thought Keith and Veronica’s relationship, which was the strength and bed rock of the TV show, was off and didn’t feel right. I liked the shot the opening titles took at True Detectives but I didn’t like the version of the song.

      If in the next couple of years if they decide to totally reboot the show hire the Katie Holmes looking actress(thanks Barfy for pointing that out) playing Ronnie’s protege as the new Veronica since she was veronica in every way except for banging Logan.I guess they could just make a new show and set it in the new High School.

      Speaking of Logan I notice he had a SEAL qualification badge on his utilities, when did he go? I know for some reason he stopped being an aviator(after the navy invested about 250g’s in flight training) and started working for ONI but I seriously doubt they would invest about 100Gs in him to send him to BUDS/SEAL, plus the year it would take to reach the certification and earn the badge, for something that wouldn’t be needed for intelligence operations. And it just occurred to me he wasn’t wearing Jump Wings so then he wouldn’t be fully qualified and would not be wearing a qualification badge.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I’ve only seen a couple of eps, but I like it so far. Pity it isn’t a good season. Will watch the rest nonetheless.

        Where I disagree is that the young actress looks like Katie Holmes. Not IMO. I reckon she looks like an 18 year old Marcia Gay Harden. She has a bit more character to her face than Katie Holmes.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Its decent enough entertainment within the confines of a too short season. 10-12 episodes would’ve have made it feel more fleshed out and less rushed.
        When you get to the end let me know what you thought about the choice they made. it was, let’s say, interesting and has implications going forward if they do any more seasons. I have some thoughts about it.

  41. tombando says :

    *Can’t say I’m interested in the New Terminator. Say what? this is what Terminator 3 shoulda been. In 1995. Guys…

    *Cokey-Ahhhhh, I HATED Hateful 8. HATED HATED HATED that. I never liked Pulp Fiction, Death Proof is TERRIBLE, Django was OK, Res. Dogs is fine, Jackie Brown I need to re-watch. This new one-no idea.

    *Rutger. I was outta state a few days and saw this. Well booo. I liked him. Hell I even sorta liked that Wanted Dead or Alive thingy he did-with Gene Simmons as the baddie. It was a riot-Hauer as Steve McQueen’s descendant?! German Rutger? Uhhh okay. Guy did anything for a buck but so what he was good.

    *Thought the New Picard Trek previews there looked…fine. I think the character and cast were good and the show was too. So there’s that.

  42. Xiphos0311 says :

    Some thoughts after finishing up the great House re-watch of 2019 There will be spoilers.

    Hugh Laurie was absolutely tremendous in the role from start to finish. Yeah you could tell in S7 he was starting to get tired but he still turned in a nuanced strong performance.

    The writing for House, Forman and Wilson remained strong and intact for most of the series minus some unfortunate choices in S7

    Season 7 was a disaster but it started to get wobbly in the back half of S6. The cases started to get more and more outlandish and silly. Worse yet they sidelined Wilson in favor of Houses relationship with Cuddy. You don’t put Watson in the deep freeze for Irene Adler. And yes I know “Rebecca Adler” was the name of the first patient in the pilot. I was going for a House like metaphor.

    I had forgotten just how much they leaned into the whole House is Sherlock Holmes. They were not subtle about. There’s the Adler thing, Wilson/Watson, House ‘s apartment number is 221B, Wilson and House living together, the drug addiction, The musical talent, House being brought into cases when other doctors couldn’t figure it out,The Joseph Bell references(he was Conan-Doyle’s lecturer at med school and the basis for Holmes. Dude really was a live action Sherlock) endless quotes and references to stories, The finale was a strait rip of Holmes final story.etc etc etc.

    For my money House and Wilson are arguably the best Holmes/Watson pairing there is. Other great ones are Iron man and Jude Law. Dr. Strange and Tim Canterbury, until that show went off the rails, and Young Sherlock staring the porky kid and a young Jarv as Sherlock.

    The best most entertaining team was 13, Forman and Taub. The second was the original team.

    Speaking of 13, how in the hell was she even considered for the job? according to her she was born in, I think, 83 making her around 24 when she auditioned for the job. That means she was only in, ,maybe, the first year of residency. However in an even dumber move, they had a med student in s7 doing unsupervised work for half a season while 13 was off making Tron.

    Cut Throat Bitch!

    Now some super shallow observation;

    If you lose an otherworldly beautiful actress like Olivia Wilde getting Odette Annabelle as a replacement isn’t a bad choice for a ridiculously overly attractive doctor.

    Cameron was much much better looking with dark hair. MUCH hotter.

    I remember Cuddy being a much stronger character originally. This time i realized she was rather one note and under written mostly. She is however a smoke stack. In fact both the original female cast members were sort of weak. In Cameron’s case it made a bit of sense since she was young, unsure of herself and somewhat ashamed about being hot for some reason. Female characters got much better with the introduction of CTB and 13.

    I disliked Dr. Park from S8 the first time out but this time I found her snarkiness, especially to Hot Doctors Chase and Annabelle, rather delightful.

  43. Xiphos0311 says :

    I am also watching Amazon’s take on Garth Ennis Funny book The Boys. The Boys is yet another deconstruction of the Superhero mythos. In this story Supes, as they are called, are all owned by a corporation and for the most part are awful people but insanely popular and More importantly hugely profitable. A small band of renegades, called The Boys led by Karl Urban, are trying to take them down for various reasons. its pretty entertaining, its only 8 episodes and I forgot just how much charisma Karl Urban has. He is usually and unfortunately stuck in boring ass supporting roles, this time his grief stricken and off the leash CIA contract agent lead is a blast to watch he owned every scene he is in.
    The supes all have straight arrow public personas thanks to careful handling, the people down in PR and a bottomless corporate checkbook. However all except for two are some version of scumbag, especially the superman knock off called Homelander.
    The show grew on me as it went on but the pilot was weak. I give it a middling recommendation mostly because its summer and the choices are slim. I think the comic book it was written just before the MCU became a thing but it accurately predicted what the MCU/Disney super hero monster has become corporate-wise.

    • Jarv says :

      I’m watching that too. Hopefully it won’t go unpleasant and puerile. They’ve also taken some serious liberties with the source material already so I’m optimistic. Everyone is having a great time, and it shows. It’s decent and definitely worth a watch.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        No it never gets puerile or unpleasant because its just so silly and over the top. Urban looked like he was having a great time chewing every bit of scenery around him.

  44. Jarv says :

    Goddamnnit. Lazy Critic knives are properly out for Cokey at the moment. Why can’t they just criticise him for being a plagiarist, hack and making interminably shit films. There are massive spoilers in this piece, just in case you care:

    https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/heat-vision/once-a-time-hollywood-quentin-tarantinos-violence-women-problem-1227406

    Once Upon a Time…In Hollywood bares the same pattern for its final victims as Jackie Brown (1997) and The Hateful Eight (2015), a laugh at a dead woman expense.

    Whit? Isn’t Samuel L Jackson the final victim in Jackie Brown? And it’s not funny. There are no laughs in the Boring Eight. Certainly not when wosshername gets killed.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      To be fair how will anybody know how right and proper the reviewer is if they don’t tow the line and rail against anything that might be even be remotely perceived as ist or phobe? Even if the reviewer has to tie themselves in knots and slay logic to meet the goals at least they will seem to be correct.

      that being said Cokey is a weak ass hack and weirdo rip off artist that nerds love to ball wash.

      • Jarv says :

        I’m all in on bagging on Cokey, but this is just the wrong thing to hit him with. This is the man that ended StayingAwake Proof with Kurt “Jack Burton” Russell getting the living shit kicked out of him by 3 women. This is the man who had the Bride kill an entire fucking gang of Yakuza- all of whom bar O’Rin were men.

        This is the wrong thing to bag him for.

        She’s wrong about Bridget Fonda in Jackie Brown too.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Virtue signaling has gotten out of hand. I saw something on twitter where the mob was getting on some internet reviewer because she didn’t light up Cokey for his treatment of women. She had the temerity to just review the movie on its own merits. The mob mentality out there is getting scary.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I’ve identified the issue here…

        I saw something on twitter

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Twitter allows you to know where/where all the stupid is.

      • Jarv says :

        The thing is, Cokey doesn’t have a track record of harming women in his films. Almost all of them are violent towards men, not the other way round. They’re completely barking up the wrong tree here.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Doesn’t matter if it true or not, once the mob with the torches and pitchforks storm the castle facts and accuracy are the first victims. Cokey has the perception of “violence” towards woman so that train is rolling now. I feel so dirty having to mildly defend that plagiarizing hack.

      • Jarv says :

        I know, that’s what’s pissing me off too. But if we do it film by film:

        Dogs: No female characters harmed in the making of this movie
        Pulp: Mia OD’s. but is saved. It’s not really violent compared to everything else. Also features Ving Rhames being raped.
        Jackie Brown: Wosshername is killed on camera, but it’s almost perfunctory. There’s a very low body count in this film, but it’s more men than women.
        Kill Bill- WOMEN IN THE LEAD. Kills hundreds of men. The idiotic argument that it doesn’t count because the plot is driven by a need to get Carradine is absurd. Admittedly, a whole heap of awful shit happens to the Bride, but still not one you put in the misogyny camp.
        Death Proof. Slasher movie. Film ends with three women beating the shit out of Kurt
        IB: Sucks ass
        Django: No female characters were killed during the making of this movie.
        Hateful 8: One female character, and overwhelmingly the villain of the film. Far more violence on the men.

        So, all things considered, I honestly don’t think this one sticks. Get him for the foot fetish, for fuckssakes. Or the plagiarism. Or being boring and self-indulgent.

        I’m half convinced this is because he managed to wiggle out of #metoo when I was sure he was going to get pinged.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        once again you are pitting facts against feelings. Mobs run on high emotions.

      • Jarv says :

        I think I’m mostly cross that I’m defending Cokey for the second time in a week.

  45. Jarv says :

    In surprisingly great news Rebellion have opened their own Studio near Oxford and are using it to make the Dredd TV series, and Duncan Jones’ version of Rogue Trooper. 2000AD FTW! Now get me my Strontium Dog film.

    Jones has sucked balls for a while- Moon was great, I liked Source Code but it was flawed, Warcraft was all sorts of dreadful and the less said about Mute the better.

  46. tombando says :

    Donno if I’m going to watch Cokie’s Manson on the Hill movie. Hard to Tate, actually. I have been disappointed by this clown more times than not. Maybe stream it instead? you never know.

  47. tombando says :

    Watched a couple things here tonite…..

    *Snowpiercer. Never seen this one before, 2013. You guys know it, has Captain America, John Hurt, Olivia Spencer, urm…that Japanese guy there, and Ed Harris. They’re on this post-Ice Age(?)-caused by Chem trails, say what-?!-Supertrain, and it’s all very Morlocks vs. Upper crusties. The poor folk stage a revolt and work their way up the train thru all the usual stations in society and life, there’s Ed Harris at the end, a bit of subterfuge, a big trainwreck, and of course, a Polar Bear at the end. I was surprised at how violent it was, I went along with the fable for most of it, hrmmm it’s not that great, the imagination is fine, hrmm I donno. Had a lot more star power in it than I expected. I don’t think it’s a Bad movie, but–I don’t think I’m going to ever bother again or see any series/sequel. Meh mostly.

    *First episode of the rebooted Lost in Space. Okay-good F/X, decentish cast, bit slow, nice set design, I liked it okay. I’m willing to give it a few more shots if I get the chance. Bill Mumy cameo was fun.

  48. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Spidey Homecoming….so, putting aside the silliness of the world not showing a terrible amount of side effects from Endgame, it was an entertaining movie. I do like the kid playing Spidey and liked Mysterio and his effectiveness against Spidey. Sure, movie took a while to get going, but again the kid carries the movie in my opinion, and I just think this batch of movies has done the best at capturing who Spidey is.

  49. Jarv says :

    The Ashes start today. Fucking hell, we’re shit:

    England:
    Rory Burns, (out of form)
    Jason Roy, (in wrong position)
    Joe Root (c) (our one good batsman),
    Joe Denly (shit),
    Jos Buttler (Quality, but out of position),
    Ben Stokes (All rounder. Out of position),
    Jonny Bairstow (wk),(out of form)
    Moeen Ali, (FUCKING WHY?)
    Chris Woakes,(Budget version of James Anderson. And we have James Anderson)
    Stuart Broad (Old, broken and very inconsistent),
    James Anderson. (Old)

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