Sunday Cinema – “Ulysses 31”

Basically a re-telling of Homer’s “The Iliad” in a futuristic setting, Ulysses captains a spacecraft called Odyssey and with his crew he defied the gods and rescued his son from the clutches of Cyclops (a maniacal robot). Doomed to travel the stars in search of home, this show again lasted 1 season…

Someone apparently restored all 26 episodes, here is the first…

For the Love of Movies – “Video Violence”

For the Love of Movies – “Video Violence”

(Box art is copyrighted by its rights holder, used for illustration purposes only)

Back in the 1980’s, VHS box art was important to get people to rent your video. Sometimes the art had nothing to do with the movie, or included scenes that were cut from the film (false advertising at its finest). Sometimes it just jumped out at you from the shelf screaming, “Rent Me!”.

The box art for “Video Violence” did just that for me back in 1988. The video had two things going for it, it was a ludicrously large box with a flip cover (most vhs boxes were cardboard sleeves or plastic clam-shell cases). The second thing was the photo of the bloodied/shredded hand feeding a tape into an old VCR with the question, “Could this happen at your video store?”.

The plot is rather simple, a couple moves from New York City where the husband was the manager of a large movie theater and the wife was a paralegal to a small town upstate in search of a slower-paced life. The town is not kind to outsiders in the least, and as the film progresses you find out why.

Re-opening the video store in town and hiring the only other “outsider” (a young man that had grown up in town but went off to college), the new owner notices that the majority of his clientele are renting slasher horror & porn movies which he finds as peculiar. An unmarked tape lands in their return slot containing some horrific video. Is it real? Who are Howard & Eli and what have they unleashed?

The movie spawned a less-stellar sequel that finds Howard & Eli on their own pirate television network spewing their own brand of blood & violence for the eager masses. The distributor released a DVD compilation of both films back in 2007, since gone out of print. Used copies can be found on eBay for around $30 & someone posted it online (with Spanish subtitles)…

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Sunday Cinema – “M.A.S.K.”

Mobile Armored Strike Kommand was an elite crime-fighting unit that utilized masks that would allow them to use special powers and also change their vehicles. They were always out to defeat V.E.N.O.M. (Viscious Evil Network Of Mayhem). Technically this show had 2 seasons, but the 2nd season found the team immersed more in the car racing scene than crime-fighting.

There are many episodes online, here is the first episode…

Lovable Losers

Lovable Losers

Andrew Luck retired from the NFL at age 29 due to mental fatigue and physical issues. Lots of fans were upset and booed the quarterback as he left the field. “Deacon Blues” is the correct name of the song by Steely Dan…

Rob Gronkowski retired earlier this year due to the same reasons, we predict many more will follow suit…

An interesting article (“opinion”) that delves into the question – “Are NFL players’ salaries out of control?

$500-$1,000 all-in for a family of four to go to a major sports game these days. If the player salaries were reduced, more fans could go (and the players could potentially make more from merchandise/sponsors)…

Are sports recruiters/scouts still relevant today? Some say yes, others say not so much…

Matt Patricia has a long row to hoe...

A short read and certainly worth reading is “QBQ!: The Question Behind the Question“…

Pluto TV is a free streaming service for Roku/Android/iOS/Computer that has television shows, movies, documentaries, & even sports! You have to wade through commercials (how they make their money), but just as annoying as Hulu w/ ads or YouTube ads…

“The Banana Splits Movie” IS NOT a nostalgic romp with the lovable characters from the early 1970’s live-action kids show. This is a take on the concept from “Five Nights at Freddy’s”, where the characters go on a murderous rampage…

“Supernaturals” was the toy line that Matty was thinking of, where you could flip the characters to reveal REAL holograms!

Coming up we will be doing a commentary for the movie “Brightburn”, so stay tuned!

“Baskets” is Matty’s new favorite show. Give it an episode or two and you will be hooked by this WEIRD show. Louie Anderson plays Mrs. Baskets & here he talks about the inspiration for his character

Louie’s story about his brother the safe cracker is hilarious…

Zach’s Funny or Die skit, “Between Two Ferns” is getting a feature-length movie on Netflix…

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Sunday Cinema – “Jayce & the Wheeled Warriors

In a distant future where technology & magic co-exist, Jayce and his friends set off across the universe searching for his father while fighting the evil menace of the Monster Minds. This series lasted one season and did not even have a series finale, so the plot never got resolved…

Someone posted almost the entire series online, here is the first episode…

By the Wayside

By the Wayside

Interesting how our immigration laws differ from places like Mexico & the United Kingdom…

First it was K-Mart. Then Toys’r’Us (although they are seeing a resurgency this coming holiday season in a few major cities). Now higher-end stores are starting close their doors due to more and more people doing their shopping online.

Under pressure from environmental groups, Coca-Cola will begin offering their Dasani-brand water in aluminum cans rather than plastic bottles. They are also experimenting with “hybrid” plastic bottles utilizing plant material & recycled plastic.

Door Dash changes it’s tipping model after backlash that it was using the tips to pad the driver’s guaranteed delivery payment

Amazon returns/liquidation pallets” are the latest get-rich-quick internet scheme. Thing is, it’s harder to make money at it than people realize

Resale Rabbit on YouTube buys abandoned storage units, liquidation pallets, & entire store close-outs as a part of his business. He does admit that it can be VERY difficult to make money on pallets…

Just call them foreign “hobos” & “bums”, yet another example of how millenials think they are “entitled” to certain things…

Yes, Eddie Murphy is Rudy Ray Moore – better known as “Dolemite”

Sunday Cinema – “Good Morning, Miss Bliss”

Back in 1987, a little-know pilot television show would later get re-vamped and turned into a cultural icon that people of all ages still enjoy. “Good Morning, Miss Bliss” is an earlier version of the popular cult classic, “Saved by the Bell”. This particular episode does not feature any of the regular cast, they were replaced in later episodes with the familiar faces you remember.

In this episode, Miss Bliss (Disney’s Hayley Mills) helps a student going through a difficult time in dealing with the death of her brother.

The show dealt with a lot of issued teens were facing in the late 1980’s from sex to drug addiction.

Someone posted this rare, only-aired-once episode online for all to admire.

For the Love of Movies – “Dawn of the Dead” (1978)

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For the Love of Movies – “Dawn of the Dead” (1978)

It was the early 1980’s. The local college hadn’t taken over one of the downtown theaters, the Cold War was still raging, & George Clooney was on a sit-com called E/R. Our town had 3 video rental places, 2 “mom & pop” establishments and a chain store (Family Video). I remember when my dad got a VCR and hooked it up to our HUGE console 25″ television. We all headed to Video Today as a family to pick up some videos to watch.

I remember the building it was housed in, when it was originally built it was a plumbing supply store I believe from the turn of the century. You knew it was from the turn of the century because the building had a border of ceramic tiles of different colors & designs, one of the designs being that of a swastika. This symbol was a symbol of good luck/good fortune before it was appropriated by the Nazi party.

The photo above is the VHS cover I remember fondly staring at me from the video shelf. There have been many covers over the years, but this is the one that drew me into the world of George R. Romero’s zombie survival world.

Wikipedia has a great entry on the film, and the website WhatCulture has an article on why the film could be the greatest film of all time (a stretch).

As promised, here is a link to the full “director’s cut” of the film (with a running time of over 2.5 hours) that someone posted online.

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Sunday Cinema – “The Substitute”

Bill Cosby up until recent years had been a beloved comedian, author, speaker, & champion for education. Having several television shows under his belt, “The Bill Cosby Show” from the early 1970’s has the distinction of being his first solo comedy television program and the first African American-led comedy series.

In this episode, Chet Kincaid (Bill Cosby) the high school gym teacher juggles teaching sex education, babysitting his brother’s kids, & trying to make a date with the new substitute teacher.

Someone posted this episode online so others can see the comedic genius that was Bill Cosby…

The Lost Patience

The Lost Patience

This week we’re down a podcaster yet again, but never fear. Today the discussion was on media being instantly available nowadays and how it has possibly affected society…

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