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  1. Has there been any 'news' on DC Universe, specifically any sort of plan for the shows?  With Stargirl being broadcast on The CW & Doom Patrol going on HBO Max I am a little confused. 

    Airing Swamp Thing on The CW I understand: Bringing a finished product that is new to most people when new programming with be lean.  Makes sense.

  2. 19 hours ago, The Master said:

    My to-die-on hill is that most comedies don't age well. I don't mean one or two jokes are iffy in current times (though that certainly is important to talk about). I mean, they were funny in that exact moment but not beyond. It's why I rarely rewatch them unless I'm inebriated and / or in a group.

    I think comedy (in general) does not have the highest degree of repeatability, once the punchline is given.  The initial visceral laughter is gone.  I can't remember the last one I rewatched.  And that extends to stand up as well.  I have piles of albums, but beyond Mitch Hedberg, I don't revisit.

  3. The planet being destroyed.  Googled since then, but I've not watched the movies nor really understand any potential relevance to the wider Star Trek mythos.  Like I mentioned, it just felt like at times I was not only to have seen all the shows and movies, but also to remember every minute detail.

  4. Finally got around to watching Picard.  I enjoyed it.  The episodes kinda flew by, which I haven't felt in a while.  Will say the final episode lacked any impact because I've seen science fiction before.

    My main issue was the feeling that I was missing things I was left with.  This show was built on nostalgia.  I get it.  See Patrick Stewart revisit the character we all love.  So seeing more familiar faces makes sense.  But there are some deep cuts.  And those are just the ones I noticed.  Sure there are more.  And like Romulus.  I have no idea where that came from.  Was it a blind spot of my Trek knowledge?  Or was it completely new for the series?  Not really new/casual Trek viewer friendly?  Or maybe I'm just in that sweet spot where if I knew less these things wouldn't occur to me.  Still liked it.


  5. If I can wildly speculate with my tin foil hat on... Could finally releasing New Mutants on 8/28 just be an offering to theaters?  In that, theaters are not happy about the idea of a same day digital release.  New Mutants is clearly a movie that Disney doesn't really care about.  But it is a finished movie.  So, make nice with the theaters and give it them. And if no one goes (for legal/health reasons or general disinterest), Disney can claim 'we tried, but it was too soon'.  Thus giving them a reason to same day digital a film they care about, ie Black Widow. 

  6. The Money is the Bank 'match' was trash.

    But you know what was not trash?  Xavier Woods & Cesaro talking about Rick Rude being atomic dropped on this past Friday's UpUpDownDown video.  Then Cesaro taking an atomic drop in his match with Jeffy Hardy on the preshow and trying to channel Rick Rude.  He didn't go full Rude, but who can?

  7. Just finished Pennyworth.  The acting is well done, but the writing is rather unfocused.  Started as a political/spy show, then suddenly went off on a supernatural tangent before suddenly shifting back to political intrigue.  Plus, I think 3-4 of the side plots were just time filler, which it being only ten episodes seems odd.  Which led to me not feeling like I got a proper climax.  Like, they knew then ending point, but wasted too much time, so the last episode was a blur to get to that point.  It was renewed for a second season (who knows anymore), so I'm onboard if it happens.

  8. 4 hours ago, slothian said:

    Exactly how a) popular, b) funny was Fran Drescher's The Nanny sitcom? I need to know for Hey, An Actor research.

    It's weird.  I remembered it as an older show than it was.  I mean, I have no recollection of it lasting until 1999.  Like Dan said, even tho I didn't watch the show, I was aware of it.

    But, at least for me, it wasn't in syndication.  I'm sure it was on cable, but I only had the networks.  And while every sitcom (longstanding enough to qualify) I can think about from that time period was, The Nanny was not.  I'd get hour blocks of Newsradio, Living Single and Mad About You.  So that may speak to popularity a bit.

  9. Now, for some late 70s made-for-TV movies

    Dr. Strange (1978) - In hindsight I'm glad I started with this one.  It is clearly the worst of the lot.  The broomstick that is the lead offers nothing.  And neither does the plot.  Nothing happens.  I was disappointed.  70s + Dr. Strange + amounts of drugs should have produced something.

    Amazing Spider-Man (1977) - This was something.  I give the costume and effects a pass.  But this dies at the feet of Nicholas Hammond.  He is not good, and the story doesn't help him much.  A complete schmuck.  Also, wrestling has ruined kendo sticks as effective weapons for me.

    Captain America (1979) - Interesting choices made here.  Steve just wants to drive his van and paint.  Sounds right.  Don't know if Reb Brown has range, but he nails mellow.  But good lord that costume.  Fantastic.

    Captain America II: Death Too Soon (1979) - Odd, in that nothing really changed (beyond the costume), but this was better.  Better may be the wrong word.  More fun?  Perhaps without having to do an origin the story had more to do.

    Spider-Man Strikes Back (1978) - Maybe a cheat to call it a movie (since it is two episodes of the show), but it is how my VHS labels it & Wiki has it had a theater run in Europe.  So I'll count it.  Same as with Cap, this is better than the first.  Hammond is still a schmuck.

    Spider-Man (Supaidāman) (1978) - Again, maybe a cheat, but how can I not?  Only 20 minutes, so call it a short?  I loved this.  It is Spider-Man fighting puttys and calling on Megazord power.  Pretty sure I did the same thing with action figures.

    The Incredible Hulk (1977) - The classic.  Blows everything else here out of the water.

    Spider-Man: The Dragon's Challenge (1979) - AKA the last two episodes of the series.  But released as a movie in 81, so valid.  The best of the American Spider-Man.  Finally figured out how to use his web.  Hammond is slightly less of a schmuck.  Slightly.  Portrays Jonah as a person, which is nice.   Also has the most incompetent henchman I've seen in a long time.  And a random Ted Danson.

    The Return of the Incredible Hulk (1977) - Breaks the trend of the 2nd being better.  More to do with the guest cast than anything, which I'd imagine is a theme in the series. 

    After all of this, why did the Hulk work, and the others didn't.  On first glance, it is Bill Bixby.  He can act.  Hammond & Brown not so much.  But I think it is more than that.  Hulk is played seriously and is ultimately a tragedy.  You get the sad walking away music and the quest for something.  Everything else had an upbeat funk groove and had no thru-plot. 

    Random notes:  The 70s had a seemingly endless supply of gorgeous women.

    Since all these aired on CBS, kinda surprised that the Hulk wasn't used to launch the other series, backdoor pilot style.  Was that a thing?  Or were TV movies into series more common?

  10. This time I watched movies so I could listen to 5 year old podcasts.  Synergy?

    X-Men: First Class - (2nd viewing) - Still seems like an odd grouping of mutants to use.  But they are all disposable beyond the key 4, so what do I know.  Some of the effects are rough.

    X-Men: Days of Future Past - (1st viewing) - The best of the McAvoy films.  Nice attempt to tie everything together.  Not sure it works if you think about it hard enough, but don't think that matters.

    X-Men: Apocalypse - (2nd viewing) - Always felt I missed things by not seeing DoFP beforehand.  I was wrong.  This is an incredibly boring film.  And overly long.  The entire 20 minutes spent on the military base were pointless filler only serving to provide a cameo.

    X-Men: Dark Phoenix - (1st viewing) - Don't think this was as bad as the reviews I heard upon release.  Been forever since I've seen Last Stand, but I think I just watched it here.  Redoing Phoenix I get.  But not when it was written but the same guy who missed the first time.  Also, I thought Jennifer Lawrence looked disinterested in Apocalypse, but it was an entire new level here.

    My overall feelings on these movies is a big meh.  And I think DoFP is the reason why.  While it is the best of the bunch, it causes more problems then it solved.  Being the direct sequel to First Class is issue one.  Outside of the core 4 (Magneto, Xavier, Mystique & Beast), and a cameo, every single character from First Class is dead.  We, as the viewer, were given no chance to attach to that team.  Just dead.  But we get all the old favorites.  Or some.  But they aren't the main story and generally upstaged by the other future mutants.  Who we dont get attached to and, then, dead.  Moving on to Apocalypse, we focus on some of the original movie team.  Fine enough, but that also removes the characters from all danger.  The ending of DoFP show most alive and well.  So while the events don't follow the timeline we know as X1-X3, we still know in this timeline no one dies.  Thus, my boredom.

    Hindsight and all, if the movies were tweaked and the order mixed around (with DoFP as the last film), that would have been a fitting sendoff for the Fox X-Men franchise.  Kinda similar to Endgame, but fitting.  And I some of the reviews I listened to today talk about 'nerds complaining about continuity.  Stupid Nerds.'  While I am, it is only because they started it by trying to tie the Stewart & McAvoy films together. 


    When Marvel gets around to making X-Men movies, I hope that Magento is nowhere to be seen.  He has been in every single one.  And these 4 all had multiple heel/face turns.  It got old.  "Let's save the day.  No, I'm gonna murderkill everyone.  No, save the day.  Anybody fancy a game of chess?".  Has to be something better.

  11. MLB

    Just tried to find the positional defensive WAR for Pete Rose. Instead found his Hold rate for flyballs hit to Left Field with a runner on 3rd base, with less than two outs.


    I really miss baseball.

  12. 6 hours ago, The Master said:

    I gotta rewatch Turtles 3. Of the first five, it's the one I've seen the least. Also need to see Out of the Shadows.

    What's the plot point from Part 2?

    The David Warner professor states when making the anti-ooze that he has no idea if it will work because he deliberately altered the Ooze when making Tokka and Rahzar, thus making them less intelligent.   I always took it as he didn't know the anti-ooze would work because the formation of the ooze was an accident to begin with.  Small thing, but never noticed.


    I forgot to mention that this is the first time that I watched any of these after I read the original comics (well, Vol. 1 - 4, but mainly the first).  Shocking how much the movie follows a lot of the first 20 or so issues (at least the Foot based story).  And that is also why I like TMNT III.  Yeah, time travel, but they went to space in issue 5.  So time travel isn't so bad.

  13. Clearing things off the pile of unwatched DVDs.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - The first and the best.  I don't know if this is nostalgia coloring things, but I think the suit still look great and work better than the CG to come.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II - Probably my most watch movie growing up.  It's a downgrade, to be sure, but sill fun.  Knowing that it was pumped out in a less than a year is obvious looking at it now.  And I think I noticed a plot point I never noticed upon the previous 742 viewings. 

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles III - I never understood why this one in particular was criticized when it is no worse than II.  It tried something different, and I like it for that.  Also, learned that "The Sacred Scroll of Death" was a subtitle used at some point.  Seems a bit much.  And the switch of puppeteer shops is very noticeable.

    TMNT - It's fun.  Villains are weak and rather unimportant to the story.  Feels short and more like a pilot 'movie' to a new series than a theatrical movie.  Didn't realize Chris Evans was in this either.  At the very least, the rooftop fight is awesome.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014) - I hate the redesign of the turtles and Shredder .  I dislike the CG, but I get it.  Otherwise, it is an okay movie.  First half is a little boring and I get disinterested in the CG battles, but it had moments.

    Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Out of the Shadows - Better of the two.  That still puts it at number 5 overall, so faint praise. Shredder looks much better, but Casey is horrible so even trade.  Nice that it only took six movies for no one to get captured.

    Turtle Power: The Definitive History - Documentary that was anything but.  Suffers from something most documentaries I watch do, pacing.  At 95 minutes, it feels like they scratched the surface on, say the comics.  Went pretty in-depth on the toys & the first movie.  But then everything after the first movie is rushed.  The video games, the comics post Eastman & Laird split, the Eastman & Laird split.  And the second wave with the 03 cartoon was never even mentioned.  With something like TMNT there is so much to cover.  If this was a focus on the rise of TMNT ending at the movie, it could have been excellent.  As is, it is a decent rush thru the 30+ years, with some surprising home video footage.

    As a side note:  I found it incredible odd that they could show footage of the movie/cartoon, but any audio from the clips was not original.  Most notably was the cartoon theme.  That seems like a weird copyright issue I have never seen before.

  14. WWE is currently releasing talent due to reasons.  Released: Kurt Angle, Aiden English, Drake Maverick, Heath Slater, Lio Rush, Karl Anderson, Luke Gallows, Eric Young Curt Hawkins, EC3, Sarah Logan & most shocking to me, Mike Chioda.

    And while I went to bathroom, more added.  Erick Rowan, Primo, Epico & producers Lance Storm and Shane Helms.

    Edit as soon as I hit post: Add Mike Bennett & Maria to the list.  And Fit Finlay.

    Edit part 2: Zack Ryder. & No Way Jose.


    What interests me is Lio Rush in particular.  He publicly talked about not working until conditions improve.  And with the company 'respecting the wishes of those that wish stay home', it sends a conflicting message.

  15. Don't know if anybody here has been following Dana White (and therefore UFC) having this insane need to keep this fight card on 4/18 happening. 

    The TL/DR of it all:  Arenas in the US were no go due to state mandates.  State athletic commissions refused licenses. Tried Dubai.  They closed borders.  They lost the main event.  Were going to run at a casino on tribal land because the rules do not apply.  The association of ringside physicians said no.  Oh, and they apparently bought an island so international fighters that couldn't get into the country because travels bans could fight.

    Then Disney, their exclusive PPV broadcaster, said no.  Then event canceled.  DISNEY was the voice of reason.

    Here are people more qualified people talking about it


  16. On 4/9/2020 at 3:45 PM, Professor said:

    Catching up.


    I loved Gargano vs. Ciampa: The Final Beat.


    This is all.


    Having now listened to my normal round of podcasts and youtube reviews, I am shocked at the overwhelming dislike this match is getting.  I just don't understand sometimes.

  17. Going thru the larger stack of DVDs I bought and never watched.

    Machete - Great stupid fun as always.  The fake De Niro political ads are a little too real these days tho.

    V for Vendetta - Hadn't watched this in well over a decade now.  Don't think it lived up to the memory.  And it is a way longer film than I think was needed.  Also, I forgot a part of the plot which, given current events, took me out of the film for a minute.