Monthly Archives: August, 2015

Sunday Cinema – “Speed Zone!”

Speed

Coming out in 1989, this film tried to cash in on the “last gasp” of the cross-country race franchise “Cannonball Run” (the original title was “Cannonball Fever”).

The basic premise is, each year an illegal cross-country race is held each year promising fame & fortune for the one who crosses the finish line first. Based on a real race, this slapstick comedy features a plethora of actors & actresses, most notably John Candy. The cars are cool (I believe this is the first time I saw a Lamborghini Countach that wasn’t on a poster or in a magazine!), the situations hilarious.

A fun little movie to just laugh at. Trivia – Jamie Farr is the only actor to be in all three of the “cannonball” movies…

Someone posted a copy of it HERE for all to enjoy!

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Fiddy Don’t Have Cents

Fiddy Don’t Have Cents

Apparently some copyrights never die. Men at Work recently lost a copyright lawsuit involving their most popular hit, “Down Under”. The lawsuit filed back in 2009(!) alleges that the group lifted the signature flute riff from a children’s song owned by a music company. They are required to pay 5% royalties for the song going back to 2002…

We had talked about in a previous podcast about a distillery in Indiana that can make “small batches” of liquor for you to slap your own label on. Similarly, Templeton Rye has been ordered to refund customers up to $36 for purchases made because the company imported all the ingredients to make its liquor and mislead the public that it was all locally-sourced.

This is not a joke. A school system in North Carolina is rolling out an ONLINE PHYSICAL EDUCATION PROGRAM! Apparently this will involve watching videos on activities & sports and submitting videos taken of children performing the activities & sports. This won’t cause any problems, will it? And I thought adding “Dance Dance Revolution” to some physical education programs was a bad idea…

Someone has found a photo of Nixon’s last meal as president of the United States. Apparently it was an odd photo to be taken, since White House photographers usually take photos of people in action. A sad meal for sure…

More and more kids are moving back home after college because of overwhelming debt and underwhelming job prospects. This article is a bit one-sided, but does have some valid points…

And in other financial news, 50 Cent can’t personally meet his $108,000 monthly obligations and is filing for bankruptcy. Now, now, he’s not really “broke”, it’s just that his businesses hold all his money for him…

Dan the Man & MattyV talked about this a little last week with the increase in minimum wage to $15/hr. The company that raised everyone’s salary to $70,000 which is apparently the number that makes people most happy, is losing employees. The article explains that the new hires make as much as those that have been there longer & have more responsibility, which makes it unfair. Socialism at work…

The purge is on in India. No not that purge, the purge of porn. The country recently blocked 857 websites deemed to be pornographic after being petitioned that pornography led to sex crimes. You can still access porn there, but only via private networks or proxies…

Here’s a new one, a teacher was cleared of sexual misconduct with a 16 year old student because she was not under contract with the school during the summer it occurred. Since she was not in a “position of power” and age of consent is 16, there was no wrongdoing according to the court.

A law on the books that was created to take on the mob is finding new life in combatting a new foe in Colorado – pot shops. A Washington-based outfit against the use of marijuana is using the RICO law against shops selling marijuana and all of their suppliers & vendors. This tactic has shut down one shop and is working on another…

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Until next week Junkies

Sunday Cinema – “Stitches”

Stitches

The mid-to-late-1980’s brought us into the age of medical comedy/dramas at the movie theater. “Stitches” being the first, followed by “Gross Anatomy” (starring Matthew Modine) & “Vital Signs” (starring a young Diane Lane & Jimmy Smits).

The basic premise of the movie is following the misadventures of 3 medical students at the Brandtford Medical School. Interestingly, the film does have some notable stars such as Parker Stevenson (from the television show, “The Hardy Boys”), Brian Tochi (of “Police Academy” & “Revenge of the Nerds” fame), and the late Geoffrey Lewis (a character actor from such films as “Every Which Way But Loose” & “The New Guy”).

Cheesy, not well-developed, the movie was so bad that the director asked for an “Alan Smithee” credit to protect himself.

Someone posted a VHS(!) copy of it online for us to enjoy!

Sunday Cinema – “They Still Call Me Bruce!”

Bruce

Back before the internet and all of its movie & video wonderousness, we had few options when it came to watching movies. We could go to the theater (costs $$$), rent a videotape (still costs $$$), or watch movies on television. One of my favorite shows to watch was “Commander USA’s Groovie Movies” on the then fledgling USA Network. He would come on usually in the late afternoons and would feature a couple of really cheesy movies (probably because they could be licensed for on-air usage cheaply). The most fun would be the “bumpers”, or sections where the Commander & his pal “Lefty” would riff on the movie or get into some crazy situation either before or after the commercials & before the movie would start again.

Someone was cool enough to save a VHS recording(!) of one of the movie afternoons and digitally-transferred it to the internet for those born after 1980 to enjoy. This recording includes “They Still Call Me Bruce!” with Johnny Yune, Robert Guillame, and John Travolta’s little brother, Joey Travolta!

Sunday Cinema – “Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser”

Joe Dirt

When I initially heard about the possibility of a “Joe Dirt 2” in the works, I was a bit skeptical. But as the information started pouring in that almost all of the original cast was signing on, I knew that this was going to be something special.

Joe Dirt returns with another crazy journey that involves time-travel(?) and mashes together several different movies together into one interestingly wacky adventure (“Back to the Future”, “The Wizard of Oz”, “It’s A Wonderful Life” among others). Being a 14 year gap between the two, David Spade pulls off Joe Dirt quite nicely.

Crackle, the free movie & television show site (and owned by Sony), produced this wonderful feature and is available for viewing NOW! It costs nothing to join and much like Hulu, there are ads during the feature to help support the site…

And if you haven’t seen the first film, “Joe Dirt” is also available for free

Selfie Safety

Selfie Safety

Did you know that increasing sex frequency from once a month to once a week brings a level of happiness on par with having an extra $50,000 in the bank? According to these researchers, it’s true!

Law enforcement agencies are complaining that their budgets are in jeopardy thanks to the new laws regarding “civil forfeiture”. John Oliver explains the concept of “civil forfeiture” and it sounds insane!

A council in England has lost a 9 month court battle over a piece of orange peel that was dropped and may end up having to pay the legal costs of the supposed litterer…

Do we really think that raising the minimum wage to $15 will stop people from placing their scrotums on our food? The douchebag in question was mad because the customer called just before closing. Reminds me of this scene from the movie “Waiting”…

Selfies have become so dangerous in Russia that they had to come out with a “Selfie Safety” brochure… Really?

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Until next week Junkies

Sunday Cinema – “The Stone Age”

Stoned

When it was initially released in 1994, “The Stoned Age” was panned as a knock-off of the previous year’s sleeper hit “Dazed and Confused”. But I think they got it wrong. Although the movies take place in or about the same era (the mid-to-late 1970’s), each has their own identity. “Dazed and Confused” followed the more “popular” kids on the last day of school, the shenanigans, the partying, the drama. “The Stoned Age” had a different premise probably more in line with the movie “American Graffiti” than with “Dazed and Confused”.

Joe & Hubbs are a couple of long-haired loners that like Blue Oyster Cult, drinking “tall cans”, & cruising around Torrance, CA looking for something to do. When one of their buddies tell them about a couple of chicks who were going to a party near Frankie Avalon’s place, they pile into the “blue torpedo” on a wild night of adventure.

There are a few known actors (Taylor Negron, Jake Busey, & an uncredited Danny McBride!) and of course Frankie Avalon had to be in it since the pair’s quest take them to his place.

Don’t go into it with pre-conceived notions that this is a “Dazed and Confused” wannabe and you will be pleasantly surprised…

A kind soul has posted this ditty on YouTube, enjoy!