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.

9,374 responses to “Burt Gummer’s Rec Room”

  1. Xiphos0311 says :

    Supernatural S15 ep1 the beginning of the end(Not the episode title) I thought it was a decent start to the final season. It was a fairly typical SN Episode with them fighting a bunch of God/Chuck resurrected bad guys the Boys had put down in previous years. There was a lot of table setting that needed to be done but all in all a fairly strong start to the final season. The best part of the episode was at the end with the scene between Sam and Dean and them basically saying fuck we’ll save everybody and screw god we don’t need him. It was music to my ears.

    Succession season finale. Man was that a strong one. Kendall going rouge and scorched earth was a thing of beauty. The scene where everybody was throwing everyone under the bus was a riot and cousin Greg is still a douche nozzle and Tom finally standing up for himself with Logan and Shiv was both impressive and head shakingly weak at the same time. That’s good writing folks. Roman sort of wising up was something I didn’t expect from him but being held hostage can do that to a person.

    The Righteous Gemstones season finale. Meh they had exactly one funny episode out of eight. Danny McBride sucks outside of Vice Principals, Edi Patterson OTOH is a national treasure. The one funny scene in the entire episode that didn’t directly involve Patterson, though she was in it and hilarious, was the Baby Billy scene near the end. I will not be tuning into season two.

    Mr. Robot. This thing is just much too convoluted for its own good but I’m stuck now since its the final season.

    Seems like there should be more but I guess I ended up watching a bunch of older shows last week while I recovered from some injuries incurred at work.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Yeah, agree on Supernatural episode 1. The possession of Jack by the demon, whatever. Sam and Dean realizing ALL the demons, ghosts are sent free, everyone they ever put in hell are free after stumbling across the blood splattered car on the side of road…nice.

      And they would only have that response once they knew they were finally truly on their own.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I’m looking forward to the rest of the final season, sniffle. I hope it stays true to the vision they layed out. If so it might turn out to be an excellent swan song for SN.

  2. tombando says :

    Been watching a few VHS thingies of late…

    *Dancing With Wolves, of course the two tape edition with 4 or so hours of it.

    Still holds up well, fun to see Wes Studi, Floyd Red Crow there, Tantoo and Graham Greene doing their things. I’m not so sure it deserved the Oscar over Goodfellahs, but-it’s worthy in it’s own right. I wish they made more films like this one. Costner directed this too?! Dang good job.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Tontonka. Or whatever it was.

      • tombando says :

        I had forgotten about this part! that was funny. Movie as said holds up quite well.

        Watched my Theresa Russell/Adam Baldwin Showtime Skinamax VHS ‘Trade Off’ from 1996. You know-Let’s kill Spouses! then you find out one of the spouses is in on it, double crossings, etc. Theresa does her sleazy R rated Raunch bit, and tosses in a terrible Southern Accent alongside. Adam Baldwin is the put upon dumbox she grabs onto, he’s got this blank look on his face the whole time. You don’t feel sorry for him. You see Barry Primus hanging around as a would be Columbo type, he winds up shot for his pains.

        I donno, they had Russell trot out the same movie on CBS a year later in ‘When you meet a stranger’, a gender flip on the ‘Strangers on a Train’ formula save it’s her and Jacqueline Bissette jousting. Never saw it. Always thought Russell was better than her parts and career.

  3. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Nothing better than a little Army of Darkness to start off a morning.

    Listen up you primitive screwheads, this is my BOOMSTICK.

  4. Xiphos0311 says :

    I’ve got to shoot some Kudos over to the CBS show Evil. While not being very good it went way darker in the fourth episode then I would think a procedural show on CBS would ever attempt or even contemplate. So for that good job. Now fix all your other problems like the four adorable moppets you hung around the neck of the lead actress. I know what you are trying to do with that story line, I get it I really do, however children on TV shows usually suck as characters and these four certainly do.

  5. Xiphos0311 says :

    The new TV shows this season on Network and Cable mostly suck. I’ve either bailed on them, am going to bail or can’t even care enough to watch or bail.
    The only exception so far, has been Stumptown. Its alright and they had Donal Louge on for a couple of episodes which was a smart move that dude makes things better.Cobie Smulders is going all in and its working so far.
    My major quibble with the show is how far they have toned down the fucktarded weirdness pf Portland OR. The other MAJOR league issue I have is the one huge departure from the funny book its based on, is that they had to make her a Marine vet with PTSD. They’ve also glossed over the whole bisexual aspect of the character which was a minorly import part of the comic. since the show is on network TV that part of her identity won’t amount to much, now on HBO or Cinemax however….

  6. tombando says :

    Lemme see more VHS Western viewing…

    *Open Range-2003 Costner/Duvall. Saw it in theatre couple times. Still good. Still worthy. I like.

    *Jeremiah Johnson-1972 Redford/Grampa Walton Jim Bridger type thing. Trappers, Rockies, Indians, etc. Always like this one too. It has the reporter from the Bixby Hulk show and Mr Bently from the Jeffersons too! You might wanna see it again if you haven’t in a while. Sidney Pollack directed it too!

    *Geronimo-1993 Wes Studi/Matt Damon(way before he was MATT DAMON), Gene Hackman and most of the Sioux guys from Dances with Wolves as Apaches this time out. I like this one too. It’s not great, Studi in the lead is…well he’s a type ala Lee Van Cleef to me, and better in things like Last of Mohicans or the Fugitive sequel. But it works. Jason Patrick AKA Jackie Gleason’s grandkid is in here too. He’s not bad. Lota canyons and AZ desert stuff here.

    *Quigley Down Under-1990 Sagging PI/Alan Rickman Aussie ‘Western’. This isn’t bad, your basic Shane kinda plotline, I enjoy it. The scenery’s fine and the shootouts etc worthwhile. Selleck was born about 20 years too late he woulda been Robert Taylor or Joel McCrae otherwise.

    *To Be or Not to Be–1942 Jack Benny/Carole Lombard/Sig Rummann WW2 dramady set in Warsaw, the theatre-troupe gets into it with the Nazis, farce and satire abound, but there’s a serious undercurrent to the whole works. It’s quite a film. Jack Benny’s great and Lombard too, she was gone in a planecrash a couple months after filming ended, doing a Bonds drive.

  7. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Glass – I thought it was decent enough and I admit, I did not see it coming how it ended with their storylines.

    Watchmen – So, very different from the movie from just one episode. Lots of stuff thrown out there without much behind it as of yet. Blue guy did make an appearance, albeit on a tv show. I don’t have a feeling on this one yet, so I will check out a few more episodes.

  8. tombando says :

    You know what, this place has been around TEN YEARS NOW! Anyone notice??? Pretty good job folks.

  9. tombando says :

    Rockford Files, year one 1974-75. Weird, I’ve watched this show to death through the decades, but this first year, for whatever reason, I’ve not seen much of. It’s good! Rockford is a bit more serious in this than the later seasons, he’s still in a trailer (it’s moved next season to the desert after being in a parking lot by the ocean here), he still drives the Trans-am(Firebird?), still has that natural ease with his lines etc. that you either have or you don’t.

    Guest-stars included-the Bionic Woman, Clu Gulager, Diane Muldaur, John Quade, Lance LeGault, Joe Santos, Stuart Margolin, Noah Berry Jr, Ned Beatty, etc. etc. You see Lots of familiar faces in thug roles or damsel in distress roles. The car-stunts are pretty good, the cases interchangeable, hrmmmm it’s VERY 1974 complete with references to Inflation, the Sting, Watergate, Bell Bottoms, etc. etc.

    If you like any of the later years, by all means see this one too. I think you’ll like it, it takes a bit to find what it’s about but that’s typical of all shows. James Garner is really good here and worthy.

  10. M. Blitz says :

    Happy extended Halloween everyone! I wish it could be Halloween all year.

  11. M. Blitz says :

    Watched a ton. Mostly seen before, some new things and new-to-me. With only a few exceptions, thoroughly enjoyed. And so, here you have it, Halloween season 2019 holiday viewing:

    Return of the Living Dead (5 stars)
    Night of the Demons (ditto)
    Candyman (good stuff)
    Exorcist 3 (underrated!)
    Creepshow 2 (holy shit, the young native american is fincher dude/Bill Tench!)
    The Gate (baby Dorff! And an excellent ending)
    Nightbreed ((compared to now looks like) baby cronenberg!)
    Evil Dead 2
    House and House 2
    Monster Squad (for those born between 77 and 82, nostalgia abounds)
    CHUD
    The Stuff (so very rad)
    The Fog (rad)
    Prevenge (not as fun as I’d hoped)
    Cutting Class (as boring as I’d vaguely remembered)
    The Faculty (good esp for late 90s)
    You Better Watch Out (a xmas movie really, but excellent)
    The Changeling (still creepy. Wanted more George C Scott after exorcist 3!)
    Dolls (fun times)
    Halloween 3 (no, it’s not a proper Halloween movie, but i dig it. Love the guy from the fog in this. Love the jingle. Wanted more lasers)
    Midsommar (amusing)
    Dark Waters (the one with nuns. Convoluted and fun)
    Q the Winged Serpent (so much fun)
    Tales from the Darkside (the cat one amuses the hell out of me)
    Prince of Darkness
    A Girk Walks Home Alone at Night (it was ok…the skateboarding thing annoyed me. Pretty to look at. Meh)
    In the Mouth of Madness (Do you read Sutter Cane??l
    Misery (i was on a writer kick)
    The Dark Half (not half bad!)
    Poltergeist 2 (a tad hysterical…the braces scene freaked me out as a kid. The acting is bizarrely bad compared to the first one’s excellence)
    Poltergeist 3 (i think i actually enjoy this one more than 2)
    Pumpkinhead (so dreamy looking)
    The Howling (hurray!)
    The Howling 2 (fucking love this!!! By the guy who directed Communion. The theme song kicks ass also)
    The Howling 3 (the Marsupials! Not as good as 2, totally different approach but I still dug it. The birth scene made me so very happy)

    Also watched the new Creepshow tv series and finally finished season 13 of Supernatural. All in all, a really enjoyable month of viewing.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      DAMN! you watched A LOT of movies and a lot of really good ones.

      I really like The Faculty but I look at it like a comedy/action flick. Another good late 90’s teen horror flick that I am the only person that liked is Disturbing Behavior. The extended cut fixes a lot of problems that the studio made with its interference.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I havent seen Disturbing Behavior since it came out! But i remember liking that too. It is next on my watchlist after The Love Witch, which I am currently enjoying.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        DB is goofy but entertaining movie. The thought process behind what they were doing to the kids is a scary idea.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Blitz what did you think of Succession season finale? I thought it was tremendous. Tour de force acting, great writing and Kendall growing a pair and going rouge was fantastic.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Dude….that was some emotional roller coaster shit. When Logan used the ‘no real person involved’ thing to describe the dead guy…..and then when Kendall kissed his dad. I could barely contain myself. I was so on edge wanting him to go rogue and hoping he would. Literally cheered when he went for it. And then that glimmer in Logan’s eye…. FUCK it was so perfect!! And cousin greg perfectly placing himself per usual. What a frickin fantastic show.

        I also realllllllly dug On Becoming A God in Central Florida. This is not central to why i liked it, but the clothing and styling was on point for early 90s. I have often been annoyed that i never see those loony tunes tshirts, cuz they were frickin everywhere. And the black and white dress she wore i am fairly certain i remember seeing an ad for it in one of my neighbor’s or stepsister’s prom or homecoming issues of 17 or YM. Lol i wanna say it was jessica mcclintock. Completely bizarre memory to have.

        But yeah, that show was pretty great. Kirsten was amazing (she looks so much like my mother) and of course whatshisname was amazing. But also a shoutout to Cody, bless his heart. That boy is a mess.

        What do you think of Mr Robot so far? I am watching kind of neutrally, at this point. Though I did have a weird sex/anxiety dream about Dom after the premier, wherein she was extremely shall we say insistent with me and i was internally freaking out about how ragged and long my fingernails were(!)

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yeah they really nailed the look on BAGICF it was spot on. I remember seeing that dress on women back then. It was a really well made show and Dundst and the whole cast were excellent.

        That little smile and glimmer of pride Logan had when Ken was pulling his Ides of March on him was weirdly reassuring and loving.

        I’m with you on Mr. Robot. The problem is that the show is crushed under its own bizarre notions and structures that its hard to stay invested.

      • tombando says :

        Never seen Mr Robot. Donno the premise even.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Tom I couldn’t even begin to coherently describe Mr. Robot. So here is the Wiki page for it. Just read the synopsis in the top paragraph the rest of it gets really spoilery unless you don’t care about that.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I’m not sure that the show has even decided what it’s about yet….havent watched the latest ep yet though.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        yeah Mr. Robot seems to be …adrift?….more so then last season.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Mr Robot has crossed over into the gimmick stage. The current episode is done like the Buffy episode Hush with almost no dialogue. Its effective and tense at times but still it is a gimmick.

      • tombando says :

        Oh okay Xi looks like one you have to just try out for yourself then. Heard about it yes but never anything beyond.

    • ThereWolf says :

      That’s a top list, Blitz. Spot on about ‘Exorcist 3’, without a doubt underrated.

      Was watching a documentary about it a few months ago and was excited to see the film had been remastered in HD. Unfortunately it wasn’t available in the UK. Was fuming. Fast forward to seeing it on your list… Start fuming all over again but check Blu-ray availability anyway…

      2-disc limited edition out on December 9. I banged the shit out of that pre-order button.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Hey Wolf! Yeah, there really is a lot to recommend in Exorcist 3. The dream sequence, George C Scott’s sick-of-it-all disgust, dourif doing his thing, the confession booth murder, the giant scissors, the angel fabio and other cameos, the old lady on the ceiling. So, so awesome. The totally lurid fucked-up-ed-ness of some of the deaths and descriptions (that poor kid!)

        I love dream sequences done in that style. It reminds me of All that Jazz and the Singing Detective (dennis potter tv version of course).

  12. Xiphos0311 says :

    things I’ve watched as of late:

    1.) Daybreak(Netflix) The show is a post apocalyptic teen comedy that pulls heavily from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off(because Ferris himself is in it as the school principal) Mean Girls because all the cliques had their own territories and the exploration of how kids fall back on these things and places to survive like the high school and the mall and The Road Warrior. I was pretty surprised just how good the show turned out to be. I was looking for something stupid and disposable to entertain me while healing up from some work injuries and this turned out to be an amusing and engaging show.

    2.) BoJack Horseman, the first half of the final season. By necessity its a much more muted show this season because BoJack is finally getting clean and dealing with his issues. he is also finally realizing how much he has taken a shotgun to his life and the lives of the people around him by his drinking and drugging and not dealing with his mental issues. This show is fantastic in how it deals with these issues and it is also funny as hell.

    3.) Supernatural the final season(sniff) . The show is rolling along in a good place right now hope they keep it up.

    4.) The Deuce ended its run strong and interesting showing the good and the bad of what was happening with NYC, porn and AIDS and bunch of other issues during that time period. I highly recommended the show.

  13. tombando says :

    *Stuff of late…

    *Nash Bridges DVD set yr 3 and yr 5 (haven’t gotten thru 3 yet). I’ve seen most of these before, but-I like it. It’s all Don Johnson, Cheech and the Yellow Car. Pretty fun Super Kops show that’s really an 80s show ten years after the fact.

    *Maleficent I and II, the Angela Jolie flicks. Okay, they make her into the heroine more or less, second movie has Michelle Pfeiffer as the Ice Queen, hrmmmm odd juggling of cutesie Narnia-type critters and pseudo-LOTR action. I liked both fine, they’re somewhat schizo though. Good if you like the main character.

    *Lucifer still wading thru yr 2, getting closer to #3. Still enjoying.

  14. Xiphos0311 says :

    I know I am the only person here that watches The Deuce but I will say that the finale, especially the coda, was beautifully bittersweet and reflective and worked well on so many levels. I will miss this show.

    • Array says :

      I’ve been meaning to watch this and knowing it is over brings me one step closer. Running low on tv shows lately. And they are all clustered on Sunday nights, aka Silicon Valley, Watchmen, Mr. Robot.
      It is really hard to care about the characters in Mr. Robot anymore. And I rarely have that problem. Digging Watchmen though. And Silicon Valley is still cracking me up.

  15. Xiphos0311 says :

    Watched the current season of Jim Halpert’s Jack Ryan cos play. It was not good. They tried to do a version of Clear & Present Danger without excellent characters like Ding Chavez, he had stand in character that was a goof ball. More importantly they tried without Mr. Clark. Clark’s stand in was OK enough but not great.
    The main issue is that they made Halpert a Marty Stu, which the character isn’t. He’s a smart guy good at analysis but he isn’t an operator. In Halpert’s cos play version Ryan is kick ass at everything. thinking, planning, interrogation, combat etc etc.

  16. Xiphos0311 says :

    *Brushes out the cob webs and sweeps up the tumble weeds*

    And with one episode Sam Esmail has rescued Mr. Robot’s season and its run. Holy fuck was that a tour de force episode of honesty and pain. a dozen hours later that episode is still working me over.

  17. Xiphos0311 says :

    See my comment below about Mr Robot.

    Silicon Valley is doing great work. They gave me what I never knew I needed, a pretentious, literary ass clown version of Gavin Belson. Its a Belson who might become, in his bitterness and narcissism, a true tech disrupter. Jared completely losing his shit on Richard and then shooting him with the BB gun was something I’ve been waiting for since day one.

    Not feeling Watchman, it seems simultaneously over wrought and under served. That might just be my own prejudice against Lindelof speaking. I don’t trust him not to blue ball this thing like he did with. well everything he’s ever done, with maybe the exception being The Leftovers.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      the above comment was supposed to be a response to to Blitz’s 7 November post about watching The Deuce. That post seems to have gone UA.I probably did something to make it go away.

  18. tombando says :

    Been trying out Disney plus–so of course I went and watched the Aristocats, the Rescuers and 101 Dalmations. One I’d never seen before-Cats-and while it was really formulaic for their toons of the time, it was fine. I can remember seeing the ads for it on TV in 70. I was 4. So it was kinda fun to catch it finally. Rescuers I saw in 77 and had the story record. I don’t think I’ve seen it all the way thru since. It still works well. Bob Newhart’s fun. And Dalmations I have seen a couple times but it was good fun to revisit it.

    So I’m good. Disney plus isn’t a bad deal at 7 bucks a month.

    • tombando says :

      Oh and a back to back rewatching of the Infinity Wars/Endgame thingy from past year–Hold up great. They coulda gotten soooo much wrong there and they didn’t.

  19. Xiphos0311 says :

    Shows I have watched as of late:

    The Mandalorian on Disney+. Its OK miles(or KMs) better then the last like six or so SW movies. Still it isn’t great its just passable entertainment.

    End of the Fucking World. This is such an odd weird yet entertaining show that manages to slide in some fairly deep observations about life and mental health in and among all the weirdness.

    Silicon Valley HBO The show finally brought back its best character ultra tech douche bro Russ Hannaman and that instantly made a great final season better.

    Watchman HBO this show is not good. Its preachy its boring and it only has one good character the older FBI version of Silk Specter.

    The Man In The High Castle, final season. After 4 seasons this show finally put it all together and is hit it out of the park. Unfortunately too little too late.

    Rick and Morty season 4. So far so good the third episode is Sunday.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I forgot about For All Man Kind, which sort of tell you something. The show is about what if the Soviets beat the US to the moon by a couple of weeks and the space race never ended. I love everything about the NASA story in the 60’s I’m a big science and space nerd, so I thought I would dig this alternative history take on the time period. Unfortunately I’m not really feeling it. The show isn’t bad its just sort of like the moon, lifeless.

  20. tombando says :

    Huh…Well I have been watching the usual slate of shit, this time Laramie and Paladin. Have yet to bother with Mandalorian but will give it a shot. Has anyone see Yellowstone with Costner is that good?

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I’ve only ever seen the pilot ep for Yellowstone. I remember liking it but for some reason I have never watched the rest of the show. I need to rectify that.

  21. Xiphos0311 says :

    Arrrrrrrrrg effing Titans. It had a great season then a shitty as hell finale that killed off the hottest woman on the team. The season was so good that i didn’t mind The Dragon Queen’s cuck as Batman, but man, that finale just sucked outside of seeing Nightwing in his uniform. I had faint hope they were going to put him in the 70’s Disco outfit.

    I watched, a couple of weeks ago, a show called Doll Face starring Kat Dennings. I am not the target demo for this show, its geared towards 30ish careerish woman in cities and their friendships. I put it on because I needed something on in the background while doing other thing, so I shouldn’t have liked it as much as I did. Dennings dead panning her way through all the mental and real world weirdness going on around her was hilarious. The absolute skewering of Gywneth Paltrow was tremendous. All the friends were funny, it had Ester Povitsky playing another weird character in a great way. In fact this show was almost a non-musical version of Crazy Ex Girl Friend. It didn’t hurt to have two cast members from that show on Doll Face to further strengthen that claim.

    Speaking of Dani Targaryen and her cuck I decided to re-watch S8 of GoT to see if maybe I was too hard on it. I wasn’t, in fact it was an order of magnitude worst on a second viewing. A truly awful experience.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Man, I liked GoT, but that last season was…rough. Not sure I am ready to try and watch it again yet.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        the first go around with got I noticed the multitude of awful things that were stupid. This time to noticed all the small bad details that made it worst. if that is more or less fat boys ending to his books there is a reason why he isn’t putting out the last two.

  22. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Been watching…

    Jack Ryan, season 2 – meh, I preferred season 1 much more, which I thought tried to have more tension.

    His Dark Materials – certainly slow moving, though much better than the shit movie. Solid performances and the girl who plays Lyra is good in my opinion. Let’s see how they handle the balance of the first book.

    The Mandalorian – nothing extraordinary about this so far. Well made for the most part, though the chick who played the former rebel on the last episode’s planet was horrible. My oldest daughter, however, loves this show. We watch I am together, so I like it.

    Supernatural – yep, will always love this show.

    Think I will try and delve into some of the netflix shoes, started watching Wu Assassin, first episode in, bunch of stupid but decent fight scenes.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      The Jim Halpert cos playing Jack Ryan show season 2 was bad. Why did they try and do Clear and Present anger without actually doing Clear and Present Danger?

      The Mandalorian is just OK slightly above average but it shines in the fact that compared to most of the new movies it is actually entertaining and decently made.Yeah Gina Carrano isn’t what you would call a good actress they got her for the fight scenes. Speaking of that how come she didn’t break her hands and feet striking at Mando’s armor? Baby Yoda, of course, became a thing because the internet is nothing if not predictable.

      SN, agreed.

      • tombando says :

        He feet didn’t break when she kicked the armor for one reason: Special Shoes. C’mon keep up.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I can roll with the shoe thing like she had steel toe boots but that armor stops blaster fire and light sabers so her hand should be liquid.

  23. Just Pillow Talk says :

    And saw Frozen 2 which my daughters LOVED. My oldest said it’s her favorite Disney cartoon movie.

  24. tombando says :

    *Watched all the Mandalorians (4) so far Weds night. Liked same. Could tell Fighter Chick was another UFF or Rassler, not an actress okay but she did what they asked her to fine enough. I’m liking the show. I skipped most of the whole Clone Wars and rebels series, so….for me to watch it means I’m not being burnt out on SW stuff which is a good point for this one.

    *Saw more Nash Bridges past month than anyone ever needs to. It’s the same show to show year to year, passable if nothing else. They made his Liv Tyleresque daughter into a cop for the last year, not so sure about THAT one.

    • tombando says :

      I thought Mandalorian 5 was pretty okay too! I enjoyed the Well Known Shield Actor and also the Sigourney Weaver nod.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        The Mandalorian ep 5 was better then the 7 Samurai inspired episode before. Not sure what Weaver nod you mentioned was Tom.

      • tombando says :

        You didn’t think that Amy Sedaris was done up to look just a little like Ripley in alien(s) with the hair, the uni, etc? I hadn’t really made the connection myself then some reviewer did and yeah, I think they’re onto something.

  25. Continentalop says :

    Real quick before posting: I’m alive.

    I’ve actually luckily been working a lot. So doing good, for once this decade.

    Now to read the Rec Room.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I must have the ability to make people appear since I thought a while back, I wonder what happened to Conti, and now you appeared. I am like a psychic or something, oh wait they’re frauds never mind.

      Good to hear you’re doing well.

      • Continentalop says :

        Thanks for thinking of me, but stop making my nose bleed with your psychic powers.

        And nice to finally make consistent money.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yeah sorry that’s the unintended side affects of mentalism at work.

        Constant money is a great thing. What are you working on?

      • Continentalop says :

        Right now making textless videos for a bunch of hunting & outdoorsman shows for this one company that sold them to foreign market. Im incredibly thankful how unorganized they are, because that means I’ll be employed for awhile.

        I’m hoping to take over my bro’s job after NYs, cutting court reality shows. 9-5, M-F, with benefits like health insurance & dental. And decent pay. Enough NOT to worry about rent and bills and maybe save a little.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        that all sounds interesting, I hope it works out for you.

    • tombando says :

      It’s Conti Pops (Noted_Sage Conti_Pops) that is! How goes it young man.

  26. Just Pillow Talk says :

    On movie/show unrelated note….made my way to Arizona for the first time. Sedona is nothing special (touristy town) but the trails around are decent. Great views. Did get to the Canyon, which was….amazing. Not enough adjectives to describe how awe inspiring and breathtaking they are. South and East rims, desert tower had remarkable views. Also did some wine tasting around the area, red wines not that bad, if young. Not full bodied but decent enough.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      That’s why I felt a great disturbance in the force around my home state.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Most of the stuff was already broken when I got here…I swear.

        Prefer Cottonwood than Sedona, old town feel and pizza at Bocce’s rivals best pizza in CT.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Cottonwood interesting in that it has reinvented itself from a mining town to an artsy sort of place. It somehow always manages to survive.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Same thing with Jerome….artsy town on top of a mountain.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I love Jerome and man did they reinvent themselves in the 90/early 2000s it almost went under.

        Did you grab a burger at the joint next to the “haunted” hotel? I can’t think of its name but the burgers are fantastic.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        No, but I know the burger place you are talking about, ghost burger or whatever it was called. We had snacked on some stuff while at Page Springs cellars right before, which had decent reds.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Pillow were you on Holiday or was this AZ trip business?

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Most of those vineyards are maybe 20 years old at most.

  27. Xiphos0311 says :

    Silicon Valley series finale. The show ended in the most bizarrely constant way possible and I know that doesn’t sound like a compliment but it was. I will miss this show.

    • M. Blitz says :

      I already miss Jared, Gilfoyle, Gavin, Russ, the lawyer guy….Hah and John, brief as his appearances were. Was stoked to see they hired him at the security firm.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Dinesh and Gilfoyle remaining together sharing a desk is a perfect metaphor for the show. I am glad Jared finally found his place in the world that freak needed a win and badly.

      • M. Blitz says :

        When it pans over to Gilfoyle….so goddamn funny. Gavin and the writer together was also perfect. Random stuff from that show pops into my head all the time and cracks me up. I’m still getting random chuckles at odd moments in the day from Gavin’s remarks at the hearing from the season opener, re hooli’s “exceptional” lapses. Or imagining Jared aggressively turning up NPR. His playful linen comment.

        And OMG fucking GABE. What an amazingly well drawn character. Visceral reaction against that dude instantly.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Fucking GABE he’s the worst!!! That coming from Dinesh who is objectively the worst, always made me laugh.

      • M. Blitz says :

        And now i have Puddle of Mud stuck in my head thinking about Russ in the at&t meeting. Nooooooo.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Gabe was so incredibly infuriating. The actor who played him killed it. That wearable chair. The way he sipped his beverage. Jesus christ. Everything about that motherfucker was too much.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Oh FFS the wearable chair!!! he’s such a douche canoe.

        I loved Russ he reveled in have “three comma” money and was so aggressively and unrepentedly an asshole, you have to respect his his came.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Gabe sending back the samosas on the plane.

        Why did it have to end!

      • M. Blitz says :

        Russ fucking jumping up the stairs had me hysterical. Another perfect character. His blackmail gambit was also sick perfection.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I think they were smart to end it when and how they did. I think Mike Judge felt it was time. I am looking forward to a few years from now when i will watch it all again after i forget some things.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Nah they did a good job ending it. But i could watch a show that consisted of gilfoyle and jared just going about their daily lives. Such great characters.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        When Jared went all street on Richard after he kept calling a buddy fucker was one of the funniest moments ever on TV. when that switch flipped it was a bit spooky.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Very realistic, I thought. And Richard really had it coming! Jared’s posture especially as he was charging at him, just perfect.

    • Continentalop says :

      I haven’t stared watching that yet (not The Good Place). Holding off until 2020.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I’m jealous you have not seen SV yet. I wish i had one of those MIB neurolyzer so I could make myself forget having watched it so I can see it again fresh.
        Excellent show.

      • Continentalop says :

        Just haven’t seen the last season of SV. Same with The Good Place (or Veep). Holding off watching final seasons until start of 2020.

  28. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Watched Hobbs and Shaw on the plane…

    As dumb and over the top as expected. It was basically a superhero movie.

  29. Continentalop says :

    Since I haven’t around for awhile:

    1) my favorite movies of the year are The Irishman, Joker, Parasite, and (surprise) Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood. Love the setting & mood & soundtrack.

    2) Not one of my favorite of the year, but Ford V Ferrari is pretty damn good. Also I liked Marriage Story, but for all the wrong reason. I watched it as a parody of an annoying showbiz couple. Not the filmmaker’s intent, obviously. So not recommending, but everything they treated as poignant and serious, I tested as a joke.

    3) TV wise, my favorite show I’ve seen this year is Dead to Me & The Kingdom. Both totally took me by surprise.

    4) Digging SN this year. Not near as good as season 1-5, but it’s going out strong (ok, a couple episodes felt like filler). Love that the villain is basically the “author”, Chuck. Very meta.

    6) Started watching Peaky Blinders, finished s1 which I liked a lot.

    7) Also watched a movie a couple years old, The Autopsy of Jane Doe. Remember when you’d find a really smart low budget genre film that kept you guessing on VHS or HBO? This is that type of movie.

    • Continentalop says :

      8) Also watched Season 4 of Veronica Mars, which wasn’t bad but I still found disappointing. The Veronica Mars novels are better. Wish they adapted one of those (but nice to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar get s writing credit).

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I didn’t care for season 3 of VM. It felt rushed and unsatisfying and like a cover band version of classic VM. And that twist? pure schlock for shock value.

        Its weird that they used some ideas from the book Million Dollar tan line but then turned around told a different story. The bad guy was also pretty easy to figure out.

        The only thing that really worked was the Big Dick Casablancas and JK Simmons parts.

      • Continentalop says :

        Yeah, the bomber & the big villain didn’t feel like a hard-boiled detective case, or even a classic VM season long arc. It felt “comic booky.”

        JK was the best thing, especially his relationship with Keith. It was like a straight/bromance version of JACKIE BROWN.

        One thing the two books had going for it over this season was the sense of nostalgia and the past coming back to haunt you. This season didn’t (I was hoping this entire season was going to be the ghost of the Beaver, but nope).

        I did like the Mexican hitmen though.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yeah the Mex hitman were aces especially the fat one but Cliffton Collins is always top not.

        The story just wasn’t any good with way too many false starts and red herrings for an 8 episode season.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Marriage Story is possibly the most overrated movie of the decade. The lawyers were good, and it was funny when he accidentally slit his wrist… But even that scene was ultimately squandered. I was bored and unmoved throughout. Noah Baumbach’s always been arrogant and self-obsessed, but he used to at least have some genuinely amusing comical self awareness around that. Not so much in this.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Thr Irishman was excellent, I thought. Kind of bums me out how nitpicky people have been about it when the movie is taking great pains to spell out that this is an intensely subjective reminiscence by an old man of a story that is well over and done with before the retelling has even begun.

        BADLY want to see Parasite.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I have not seen the Irishman yet so this might be dumb but people are bitching about a story told by an old man? Of course he didn’t do it and the book the movie is based on more or less demolished his claims. its a very good book BTW.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I meant the nitpicking about the cg not being realistic enough. We arent seeing reality. We are seeing a highly subjective imagining of the past by an old man.

        What up with the book? I know nothing about the book.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I need to back track my statement about the book. The book lays out the story(and it is a story IMO) and deep dives into the teamsters, Hoffa and the Detroit and Chicago outfits. The writer is a defense attorney. who thinks he did it. I confabulated the book with some articles that pretty well debunked the whole idea. Its a good read though.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I need to check all that out. I quite like Jimmy Hoffa. It’s his no good son I could do without.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Hoffa was a mass of contradictions. On one hand he did truly believe in the working man and did good things for them. On the other hand he was in bed with the syndicate and while not personally that crooked he did abuse his office but he did so in a way that benefited the teamsters. Its bizarre code he worked on but it worked.

      • Continentalop says :

        What I laugh at is those who criticize The Irishman because it is too long and takes its times.

        A) As said, you ever talk to old people? They have an onion tied to their belt, which is important.

        B) it is about an old guy looking back with regret at his whole life.

        C) the movie opens with DeNiro as like 56-year old man mapping out a route for a round trip with a lot of stops & side trips. It’s practically telling everyone to buckle in for a long movie with a lot of detours and moments.

      • Continentalop says :

        Regarding his claim, yeah it’s BS he killed Hoffa. I believe he only made the claim to help sell his book so he could leave his children with some money (I believe it was published after his death making it exempt from the Son of Sam law).

        BUT I think he knew enough about organized crime to imagine what most likely happened to Hoffa. He just put himself into the story.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      3. Last Kingdom is great…cannot wait for the last season.

  30. tombando says :

    *Hoffa trivia–read a semi decent book on Nixon and the mob some years ago and it said Hoffa bribed Nixon twice with a million bucks to get outta jail etc. Donno how true that was but it wasn’t THAT far beyond believable.

    *Haven’t seen Oirishman yet. I will sometime.

    *Saw Knives Out just today. Pretty okay Murder on the Orient Express type flick, has Don Johnson, Gen. Zod, James Bond doing a horrible Southern Accent, urmmm Jamie Lee Curtis, etc. And there’s a fun ‘car chase’ with a Hyundai Accent. Oh Captain America is in it too. Anyways check it out it’s not great but you might enjoy it.

    *Recent rewatches of Gravity (Always fun! the GF hadn’t seen it before and got into it) and Iron Man. Works great save the kinda predictable finale and dated electronix (digital camera, cd player, the phones). Downey Jr rocked.

    *Of course I’m watching Bumbles Bounce right now. Duh.

    • Continentalop says :

      Seeing Knives Out Sunday night.

      • tombando says :

        how did you like it?

      • Continentalop says :

        Left after ten minutes because they were fucking up the The aspect ratio.

        Went and saw it again though at a different theater. Fun movie. Not as good as Lumet’s Murder on the Orient Express, Gosford Park, The Thin Man, or Murder by Death, but a good modern version of the sitting room murder mystery.

        It’s honestly fun to see an ensemble cast of recognizable actors just having fun. Has a House of the Long Shadows or Ocean’s 11 vibe in just how much joy the cast is probably having.

  31. tombando says :

    Doing the usual marathon of Odd Man Out, Third Man, King Solomon’s Mine, etc.

    The Four Feathers has really grown on me thru the years. You do have to accept the conceit of him finding these three guys amongst the 1000’s of English troops there in the Sudan etc. but it still works. C Aubrey Smith is a lot of fun in it too.

  32. Xiphos0311 says :

    So its “mid season/winter” break time for TV so I thought I would take a quick look at how TV is doing(hint: think dire)

    I bailed on every single new network show i set out to watch because all three were crap. Unfortunately a lot of the cable stuff wasn’t any better.

    probably the one show I liked the most was For All Mankind an alternate history take on what could’ve happened if the USSR got to the moon first. What i really liked about it was that they went after Sturmbannführer Herr Doktor Engineer Wernher Von Braun hard. Von Braun was a man who sold both his soul and humanity in order to get his precious rockets to the moon. He is morally, ethically and legally responsible for what occurred at the Mettlewerks and what happened to the mostly French and Polish prisoners from Dora-Middlebau concentration camp that were used as slave labor. in fact more people died from building the Metlewerks V-2 factories then died from the V-2 itself.
    yeah the show more then occasionally veered off into silly soap opera plots and obligatory SJW nonsense but over all it was a pretty interesting show.

    The Witcher, on the other hand sucked long and hard. It was so bad and such a train wreck that it almost made GOT seem ever so minimally competent. jesus this show was awful.

    M. Night Shamalamadingdong’s new Philly set joint Servant. The show is atmospheric as hell but what its about I don’t know. religion? Rosemary’s baby? Magic? The Devil!? all that or none? I don’t know! Dark haired Mycella Baratheon floats through the entire show as a repressed nanny with ‘secrets” I guess? the parents she works for are truly terrible characters and need to die in an acid explosion and fire while getting ripped apart by Komodo dragons. Oh and the twist or better yet twist 1 happens in the first five minutes and is dumb. Twist number 2 was even more stupid.

    Watchman, dire on every level and I can’t even bring myself to watch the last 2 episodes.

    The Mandalorian is pretty decent. Its miles better then the last 5-7 SW movies(at least) However since its Disney it does lack any sort of edge and it definitely play it safe, unless you are a droid or clone. baby Yoda will sell a shit ton or merch.

    There are probably other new shows I am forgetting but that should tell you what I think about them if i can’t even remember watching them.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      STUMP TOWN! That’s the one I forgot and is the only network show I stuck with, however after a strong start its plateaued significantly.

      • tombando says :

        Have you stuck with Evil? Still haven’t bothered–am watching first couple years of Mannix (A Quinn Martin Production!) on DVD right now….

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        No I bailed on Evil Tom after about 4-5 episodes. After a great pilot the quality dropped like it was thrown off a cliff with a boulder tied to it.

      • tombando says :

        oh ok. I haven’t bothered-currently watching Mannix and his boss fighting it out, his boss is having visions of seeing Dana Elcar (McGuyver’s boss) everywheres he looks etc. It’s a good time.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Watchmen…bailed after the first episode.

      Mandalorian- last episode was pretty good. It being star wars and all, there will be no edge. They can’t. Which I am fine with since it’s star wars, I’m not looking for gritty. Rogue One is the most we will get in that regard (my favorite movie right after Empire).

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Empire was pretty gritty, so was Solo in places. As much as I dislike Jedi I can make a case for that one also.

        if you are making a show about a bounty hunter on the galaxy’s rough frontier and using western tropes as a basis for your story I think “grit” is almost a mandated part of the show.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        I hated Solo, so if there was grit in there, I missed it. Horrible movie.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Yeah Solo wasn’t good however the part where Solo meets Tallahassee and his group on the battlefield up until the end of the heist gone bad had some grit to it.

  33. tombando says :

    *Star Wars Rise of Skywalker AKA Undoing Last Jedi Boogaloo. I saw this with a big group of folks who are fellow SW fans-and I overall enjoyed it. There’s way too much chasing after a magic Doohickey–planetary hopping etc–and some of the last battle showing the Emperor’s powers–he’s souped up like Thanos almost—and I will have to watch it again to let some of the other things sink in–but essentially–I had a good time with it. I like the three leads, I liked (some) of the fan service, I wished a couple more of the characters had bigger arcs, hrmmm not so sure about one of the main characters’ little change of hearts, and they just HAVE to replay that final Death Star Attack (TM) thingy in Every one of these–but whatevers. It’s very much a JJ Abrams movie, and certainly worthy of checking out if you are a fan.

    The Leia stuff is kinda choppy but they make it kinda work, ahhhh…I had no idea that was Keri Russell til afterwards in her part, it’s fun to see Lando and a couple prominent Ghosts and the Emperor again etc. Check it out but be mindful it’s trying to please too many fanboys pissed at the way the last one went. I liked it better than Last Jedi not as much as Force Awakens for what it’s worth.

    Togo: Pretty good retelling of the 20’s Alaska Diphtheria outbreak-huskies to the rescue etc. Lotsa CGI icebergs and mountains, but it’s done well, Willem Dafoe is good, the dogs are fun and you might like it. It’s a good streaming movie and you will enjoy it if you give it a chance I think.

  34. Xiphos0311 says :

    Blitz did you see the two part finale yet for Mr Robot?

    • M. Blitz says :

      I did! Earlier today. I have a variety of particular opinions about it, but haven’t quite worked out what they add up to yet.

      Need to think about it a bit. Which would be easier to do if I could turn off Bojack Horseman for five goddamn minutes. Started it a little after Silicon Valley ended and good grief it is sooo good.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I am a GIANT fan of Bojack its an amazing show. How deep are you into it?

        Yeah Mr. Robot needs some pondering.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I’m in the middle of s5 of Bojack. I love the show. Also watched s4 of Rick and Morty, which was pretty good.

        I watched s1 of Mr Robot. Now that it’s done, is it worth watching the rest?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Did you the entire fourth season of R&M? I saw it came in most places except the States. I have not been able to track it down.

        S2 of Mr. Robot is tough slog I won’t cover for it. So is the first like half of S3 but then it becomes pretty amazing.

      • Judge Droid says :

        I’ve seen 5 s4 eps of Rick and Morty and as far as I know, that’s all there is for s4. It’s on Netflix here.

        Okay, so I’ve got to slog through another season and a half of Mr Robot to get to the good stuff? Hmmmm… You’ve seen the conclusion. Is it worth it?

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Maybe it was just Europe R&M episodes leaked out in. yeah I’ve only seen the first five eps also.

        For me yeah the conclusion of Mr. Robot was worth it. But I can also see how people would not care for it. It really depends I guess on how invested in the characters and their story you are. The last hand full of S3 episodes brought me back in so it worked for me.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Alright. I’ll put Mr Robot on the list. The other show I’m prob going to start soon is The Americans.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I never connected to The Americans. great production values writing acting etc but i couldn’t even muster the interest to watch the final season.

      • Judge Droid says :

        Considering it’s 6 seasons, that’s damning for a guy about to start it.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        your mileage may vary.

      • Judge Droid says :

        As with most shows, I’ll give it a go. It just seems like a show I’d like.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        On a technical level its a good show i just never got into it.

      • M. Blitz says :

        I am about halfway through season 6.
        I was not prepared for how amazing it is, and real. I fucking hate myself on a deep, deep level lmao and damn if this show doesnt get that shit LOVE it. Love.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Bojack is an amazingly insightful show and bonus, its funny AF.

      • M. Blitz says :

        It covers all bases in terms of funny. From gut laughs to rye amusement. I like all the rhyming too. I ran out of eps last night and have started over from the beginning.

        I wanna know more about the guy that came up with it. He’s surprisingly young. Like, 35?!?! Disturbing lol

  35. Judge Droid says :

    Happy Festivus, Changians.

    Recent viewing…
    Star Wars Episode IX – Ctrl-Z… Because it’s so obsessed with trying to “fix” what The Last Jedi did, it’s a relentless, manically paced, shallow, chaotic, forgettable chore.

    Zombieland 2… Quite funny and entertaining, but clearly not as good as the first one and wasn’t really necessary. The end credits scene was very funny.

    6 Underground… Typical Bayhem. It was slight, but okay overall. There are better Bay movies.

    Hobbs and Shaw… Okay. Really felt the lack of the other F&F characters. And I guess these movies have officially transitioned into science fiction. Pretty funny if you think about this movie compared to the first F&F movie.

    Ad Astra… Right up my alley, so my disposition is to like these movies. This one was pretty good. Good performance from Pitt.

    Gemini Man… My guess is someone opened a time-capsule buried in 1997 and discovered this movie inside. Which isn’t a bad thing necessarily. But it feels like a throwback. It’s also a pretty shameless vanity project for the Fresh Prince. It’s fairly entertaining.

    Soapdish… Mildly amusing.

    TV
    Over the past few months I’ve watched a couple of seasons of Curb, 3 Sunny and 3 Supernatural. I watched SN up to season 12, and instead of picking up there I decided to start from the start and watch all 15 seasons (over the course of about the next 12 months). Nearly finished S3. It’s been fun to go back and see them young and fresh-faced.

    Not watching anything current at the moment. I have stockpiled a few shows, like Servant, Mandalorian, Watchmen, His Dark Materials and For All Mankind. Will watch those at some stage.

    Hope everyone has a great Christmas and all the best for 2020.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      it’s now time for the feats of strength!

      Mandalorian and For All Man Kind good watches. The others well not so much. Well I don’t know about Dark Materials haven’t watched it.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Dark Materials has been solid, certainly well made. Decent enough that I will watch subsequent seasons, not a big commitment anyway with 8 seasons.

  36. Continentalop says :

    Merry X-mas.

  37. M. Blitz says :

    Merry xmas everybody!

    It’s almost 2020 ffs.
    We are shockingly far into the future bros!

  38. Xiphos0311 says :

    Merry baby Yodamas to everybody! best wishes for a happy and healthy 2020.

  39. Barfy says :

    Hello. Sneaking in for a very quick Merry Christmas. Best holiday wishes to all.

  40. M. Blitz says :

    Get this stuck in your heads with me.
    All damn month, on a loop, in my head 🙂

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Usually with Jeff Lynne I get this stuck in my head.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Damn i forgot he was even in that. Posting Turn to Stone exorcised it from my mind. To be replaced with Sweet Talking Woman. D’oh!

        Then i did a stint of dejectedly and repeatedly watching Whit Stilman movies, and now it’s More More More. Finally solving the mystery of where I knew Gavin Belson from. He’s in Last Days of Disco!

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        You forgot about The Wilbury’s? for shame Blitz. FOR SHAME!

  41. Just Pillow Talk says :

    Rise of Skywalker….

    I thought it was a giant ball of meh. While I would consider the second half better than the first, it was a mess of a movie. The final battle was horrible, just horrible.

    Wu Assassin Netflix show – this is…bad. Production value of something like Xena, fight scenes are hit or miss, and the damn central character is hardly in it, nor does he do anything Wuish.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Yeah it wasn’t good. JJ screwed himself from the jump but then he tried to correct so many issues he was handed it way beyond his ability. Kathleen Kennedy set the stage for failure with her horse shit. Ruin Johnson gleefully heaped on more layers of shit with the Last Jedi. instead of reasoning backward from a social agenda why not move forward from, you know, good story telling and characters point of view.

      • tombando says :

        I enjoyed it more than you guys but it’s not That good, it’s on a ROTJ level for me sorta.

        Watching a box set of some Spielberg stuff the GF got me–Duel is first up. Haven’t seen this in yonks. Am enjoying.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        ROTJ sucked so that’s about right.

  42. Xiphos0311 says :

    Finished S1 of Yellowstone and I’m a couple of eps into S2 here are some thoughts:

    How can so much crap happen to one family? I mean seriously its enough for like a dozen families.

    The second oldest son is an epic daddy’s boy pussy.

    Kevin Costner is missing a mustache to twirl

    The Only daughter is a train wreck of soap opera like proportions and annoying AF. Want a good drinking game? take a shot every time she says ‘daddy” to Tin Cup. You will pass out in like 7 minutes. She does do her job of protecting the ranch well. She does get naked a lot so there is that.

    The Utah tax breaks must be gigantic, since they moved the show there after the pilot episode was filmed. Utah is a beautiful place except for the Mormons. However like New Mexico, in Longmire, Utah and Montana don’t look much alike. Still pretty though.

    Hipster SEAL son. The SEAL thing is mentioned once in the first episode never mentioned again except when he’s refereed to, repeatedly, as a “soldier”. Get your shit together fucktarded writers you stupid fat fucks. Dude is one hundred percent a liability to the story and his son needs to GO. The Eurasian broad that plays his,”Native American” wife is a smoke wagon.

    Everybody else in the cast are just various forms of card board cut outs with names.

    I will point out that the show is rife with SJW history altering nonsense in the name of “progress” which is annoying, however they are spectacularly correct that Montana is home to the largest collection of wealth ever concentrated in one place. there are more billionaires and multi millionaires per square mile than most any place on earth. They all want to pretend they are men and to play at being a cowboy.

    It sounds like I’m hating on the show and to a certain extent I am. The scenery porn is spectacular so i recommended for that reason alone. Plus its basically a soap opera and if you come at it from that angle its OK enough entertainment especially since its the holiday TV doldrums right now. If you want to watch a better show set in an ersatz Montana watch Longmire, even though it has Starbuck in it.

    its funny to me that the dude who created the show, directs most episodes and writes them played the dopey cousin from the crime family in S2 of Veronica Mars.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I officially retract anything good I said about this garbage show. Fuck fat fuck Hollywood writers that don’t know shit from shinola but pretend they do. Fuck fat ass writers who think they are clever but aren’t because their brains are stopped up with gravy and butter. fuck the producers. Fuck Costner. Fuck the lame retread loser cast. Fuck Utah, Fuck fake Montanan and MOST ESPECIALLY FUCK ALL HOLLYWOOD HACK WRITERS. I HOPE THEY ALL GET CANCER OF BOTH THE PRICK AND THE ASS AND DIE SCREAMING IN PURE AGONY THE WORTHLESS FUCKING HUMPS.

  43. tombando says :

    Sugarland Express-never watched it save for randomly catching the finale a couple times. Pretty good! Goldie Hawn’s great, and it has William ‘This Man has no Dick’ Atherton in the lead. Plus you get Ben Johnson being Ben Johnson. Not bad. Very 74 era stuff too.

  44. Jarv says :

    Merry Christmas and Happy New Year one and all!

    Seen Rise of Mary Sue- it’s shit. White hot shit. Too much mess to untangle from the previous film, boring unlikable characters, particularly Rey, and the whole nonsense with the emperor coming back sounds like bad fan fiction.

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      Yeah the Rise of the Maryiest of Sues was not a good movie. its was bad bland and boring. the only one to come out of that mess in way good was Petulant Solo. he tried to do something with the shit sandwich he was handed.

      And a happy new year to you and yours.

      • Jarv says :

        I could honestly spend all day kicking it into oblivion, because it’s just a bad film. Hot take- the Prequels are better than the Sequels.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        i would agree with that but with the caveat just barely.

      • Jarv says :

        The only question for me is which has the best film? AOTC and TLJ are both dire, ROS and TPM likewise, so is Sith better than TFA? marginally, I’d say so. At least it tried something new.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        Sith wins because TFA was just A New Hope redone.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        I’m in the middle of your new post and I have some thoughts, the largest being, yup I agree. but I’ll flesh that out in a bit.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        So while I will agree the prequels tried some new things (unfortunately failed miserably and the acting was horrendously awful), I cannot say they were better than the sequels. Overall acting was better for the most part and as you said, Solo v2 was good, and Hamill was in a portion of them. Pains me to say, but probably still better overall than the prequels. The fact that this is even a topic of discussion tells you how big a failure the sequels are.

      • Jarv says :

        Truth. We should not be comparing.

    • ThereWolf says :

      When I saw the trailer for ROTS I thought the emperor was gonna be a ‘Force ghost’ ad possess somebody or whatever. Then I read he was alive. Think the Disney explanation was something like ‘well, he’s died before and come back…’

      Erm, when?

      • Jarv says :

        In the film he literally puts it down to forbidden space magic. And that’s it.

      • tombando says :

        Not seeing the same films youse guys did. But that’s fine. Different strokes. I can’t say I liked the middle one that much. I’m not that hard to please with these and the Marvel/DC things, so–that’s just me. I really liked Rey, and Finn, and I’m glad they were there all three movies. I didn’t like how the Emperor was shoe horned in ala Luke and Leia suddenly are sibs etc.–and the finale was truly bonkers–but at least this thing moved. I might buy the DVD, I donno. It’s another JJ Abrams flick you know? And who knows just what they’re gonna do with these further trilogies they keep talking about?

    • tombando says :

      Hey it’s Jarv! And a happy belated Boxing Day? was that pandering enough?

    • M. Blitz says :

      Happy New Year Jarv!

  45. ThereWolf says :

    Hope everyone’s having a Merry Solstice, and a Happy New Year to you all!

  46. Xiphos0311 says :

    to all, proper greetings concerning a faulty calendar based on bad math!

  47. Xiphos0311 says :

    Happy New Year and decade everybody. I hope the new year and decade is happy healthy and fulfilling.

    • M. Blitz says :

      Happy new year Xi! This is probably gonna be a really fucked up decade, and last decade was SO fucked. But, hey, at least it gave us this…

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        probably one of the highlight moments from TV last year. Damn that was a great season. Its going to be hard to top it. I bet the hack writers will go super broad and goofy.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        As far as the decade there was all these stupid post online how its going to be the “roaring” twenties” all over again. I’d be all for if I can dress and talk like Noir gum shoe.

      • M. Blitz says :

        The only roaring 20s reference I’ve seen was a guy I know hoping instead for it to be “the boring 20’s”.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        right around New Year’s Eve/Day here were a few articles online about 1920/2020 comparisons. They were mostly tongue in cheek.

  48. tombando says :

    *Further watching of the Speilberg box today…

    *Always from 89. Never saw this one. Was good! A remake of the Spencer Tracy ‘God is my Co Pilot’ WW2 film, this time starring Richard Dreyfus and John Goodman and Holly Hunter as firefighting pilots. Has a small role for Audrey Hepburn as a Guardian Angel, Keith David as token black guy in the crew, and the CSI star Marge Helgenberger who is a greasemonkey. Dreyfus dies trying to put out a fire and comes back as a guardian spirit for Holly Hunter and this block of wood Brad Johnson who winds up replacing him in Hunter’s life. It’s a good movie, has heart, I thought Hunter and Goodman came off the best, Dreyfus is okay but not as into it as the rest. Nice fireflight sequences you can tell it’s a Spielberg. It’s not Great by any means, pretty sentimental, but I enjoyed it.

    *Jurassic Park–93. I haven’t watched this one all the way through in forever, just on TV or whatever cut up etc. Had forgotten the beginning, and a few other parts that crop up. Still a really good monsters on the loose flick, has a few dumb dumb parts that are only there for the plot(fence climbing, etc.) but hey it’s worthwhile. Younger version of Sam Jackson in this too. They did a good job here. Much better than the follow up.

    • Just Pillow Talk says :

      Better than all the follow ups.

      • tombando says :

        Yes am watching the Lost World right now, which I’ve never liked. I’m not sure that’s gonna change here, either. But hey I have the DVD so why not give it another shot….

  49. Just Pillow Talk says :

    The Witcher – right, so finished this and it was…underwhelming. I would just call it a middling effort, not familiar with the source material. Special effects were…hit or miss. The hopping of the timeline in the season was sort of irritating and yet again a show where the title character in most cases is MIA for large chunks of episodes. Still better than Wu Assassin 👍

    • Xiphos0311 says :

      I will go a step further and say The Witcher is terrible. The stupid choice with the fractured timeline made it hard to care about anybody. The final battle scene was decent enough. unlike some other medieval style shows I could name you can actually see WTF was going on.

      Cavell was OK grunting his way through the show and It was nice to see that somebody actually consulted some of the very many old manuals on sword fighting and incorporated those techniques into the fight sequences.

      • Just Pillow Talk says :

        Yes, true enough on actually seeing that final battle, which they did do a good job on. But any mage who bit the dust it was a simple shrug of the shoulders, their death had zero impact.

        Also heard Last Kingdom won’t be released until summer? That sucks.

      • Xiphos0311 says :

        That’s cool for some reason i didn’t think The Last Kingdom came back until late fall

  50. M. Blitz says :

    Droid….how close are you to these fires?

    • Judge Droid says :

      Hi Blitz, I live in an inner-Melbourne suburb, so not close to the bushfires. The only impact on me here is the air. It’s hazy due to the smoke. Main areas impacted are on the east coast. They’re burning up a string of national parks.

      • M. Blitz says :

        Some of those fire maps looked like half the country was on fire. Glad you aren’t being menaced by actual flames. And hope the air clears up (do you have a mask?) So horrific. Can’t imagine being a volunteer firefighter in those conditions. Also…..fires that generate lightening? FUCK.

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