Author Archive: MattyV

Sunday Cinema – “Mac and Me”

Back in the 1980’s, before instant streaming, movies were often “bootlegged” and released to cash in on already profitable movie property. “Mac and Me” was a movie loosely based on the premise of “E.T.” and had a bigger budget than most knock-off films. Filled with product placements from entities such as McDonald’s, Skittles, & Coca Cola, the budget of $13 million for the 1980’s was pretty significant.

NASA sends a probe to an alien planet and it “gathers” (read “sucks up”) a family of aliens and brings them back to Earth. Mac (Mysterious Alien Creature) gets separated from his family and finds protection from a boy in a wheelchair. There are a lot of similarities between this film and “E.T.” for sure, down to the characters names. Didn’t do well at the box office, accumulating less than half of its budget.

Someone posted this gem online, check it out!

Hold It Now & Hit It

Hold It Now & Hit It

Check out the book by Russell Simmons, lots of stories to inspire and information to implement in your life…

Run DMC. Beastie Boys. Kurtis Blow. Slayer???

Living Colour played music their way, wore what they wanted, & still rocked it out…

Pay attention to this matrix on finding the perfect spouse

Not quite the article MattyV referenced, but here is one from Cracked on 6 ways to beat game bosses that the makers didn’t plan on

It sounded like Dan the Man’s WoW story could have turned out like Leeroy Jenkins…

We agree that cheerleaders, lingerie football players, and women players in general should be paid scale – but only if the revenue can support it. Demanding equal pay without the revenue to back it up will bankrupt the whole thing…

Poor taste…

Would you agree that the moniker “owner” has racist/slavery overtones when it comes to sports teams?

Minority owner of the Golden State Warriors banned from games for a year for shoving a Raptors player during the finals...

Bill Buckner had a great MLB career, but will always be remembered for the ball he missed (and predicted he would miss)…

More and more stadiums are looking to extend safety netting to the foul poles due to recent injuries/deaths from foul balls…

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Sunday Cinema – “Hot Resort”

The 1980’s were filled with all sorts of teen sex comedies, from “Porky’s” to “Meatballs” – crude humor and some nudity is all it takes.

“Hot Resort” is about a group of guys flying out to a Caribbean resort to work for the summer. While there, they chase women and have some goofy adventures. A couple of stars to note, Bronson Pinchot (“Perfect Strangers”), Dan Schneider (creator of a ton of Nickelodeon tween/teen shows such as “Good Burger”, “All That”, & “I-Carly”), and “The Riddler” himself – Frank Gorshin!

Someone found a VHS copy and digitized it, check it out!

Standing Room Only

Standing Room Only

The thing is, the attraction itself was not damaged. Apparently it could have operated, but since the access road to get there was covered in a landslide. Not knowing how the policy reads, either landslide/mudslide was excluded or since what was being insured was not damaged – the claim was rightfully denied.

Route 66 had its share of tourist traps willing to take travelers’ money for odd museums, collections, & knick-knacks. Parts of Route 66 are coming back to life with people looking for nostalgia & fun/goofy things to do and see.

Here’s an easy WikiHow on how to spot or dress like a hipster…

Interesting that we had more than 200 tornadoes affect many Midwestern states over the last 2 weeks. The article states that climate change is just a small factor, but that urban sprawl has been the biggest one.

MacKenzie Bezos is giving away half of her divorce settlement away, $18 billion…

There have been many, many, many ads for the “Calm” app for Apple products. Supposedly the app is to help you meditate, relax, & fall asleep with various methods. Trouble is, there is a 7-day free trial that automatically charges your iTunes account $59.99/yr to unlock the app within a few days into the trial according to many negative reviews. And there is no phone number to call and cancel, you only have an email address that may or may not receive a response.

Netflix may be in trouble losing Disney & its ancillary media products…

Burnout is now an official medical condition…

Ryanair launched “vertical seating” 10 years ago, it didn’t “take off”…

Check out this article for insurance companies in your state that will cover Uber/Lyft/Ridesharing.

One of the poorer school district in Colorado is trying out a 4-day school week out of necessity to get better teachers and it seems to be working…

A remix for the “Max & Ruby” theme song? Really????

What if the Kents had found an evil super-child? “Brightburn” seems to tackle that question…

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Sunday Cinema – “Aloha Summer”

About the time “Dirty Dancing” came out, a lot of other studios jumped on the nostalgia bandwagon to cash in. Films like “Shag – The Movie” & “Aloha Summer” tried to capture the same nostalgia, but wasn’t able to capture the dollars that “Dirty Dancing” had (“Aloha Summer” grossed less than $500k).

1959, the year Hawaii became a state. A group of teens from different walks of life get together and have adventures during their summer holiday. There are a few stars, a young Tia Carrere (before “Wayne’s World”) & Chris Makepeace (“Meatballs” & “My Bodyguard”) among others.

Someone posted this almost-forgotten gem online, give it a view!

Sunday Cinema – Double-Feature

A serial killer is loose at a California drive-in run by a former traveling circus owner. Who is the killer? Is it the strongman? The little person? Or maybe the sideshow geek? A film trying to cash in on the “massacre” exploitation movies of the mid-1970’s, the story is thin & the acting is bad BUT the very end of the movie is creepy as hell!

Someone posted this awfully creepy gem online for all to enjoy…

Encapsulating a typical night at a Texas drive-in, “Drive-In” has an ensemble cast of basically nobodies with consistent laughs (albeit groaners) throughout. It tries to be a then-modern “American Graffiti”, but without the star power…

Someone posted this laff stomp online for all to guffaw at…

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A Game of Spoilers

A Game of Spoilers

On the small screen, The “A Game of Thrones” episode from 2 weeks ago showed us the epic “Battle of Winterfell” and many were disappointed…

One of the reasons for the disappointment was being unable to see the battle due to the dark cinematography…

Had no idea that Westeros had a Starbucks! Unfortunately, HBO has now digitally removed the cup... And apparently Starbucks got a free $250k product placement

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Endgame of Spoilers

Endgame of Spoilers

Every Easter egg in “Avengers: Endgame”…

“Avengers: Endgame” is the first in history to surpass $1 billion in an opening weekend, twice as fast as the original “Avengers”

Many theaters across the country were open 24 hours a day during the opening weekend to accomodate theater-goers…

The MCU’s “Phase 4” has a lot of punch packed into it despite “Avengers: Endgame” closing several storylines…

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Sunday Cinema – “YKDTOTV”

Since this month is MattyV’s birth month, we thought it’d be appropriate to travel through the “watching years” of his life and share some of his favorite movies & television shows!

“You Can’t Do That On Television” was a staple of MattyV’s early teen years, watching episodes after school on Nickelodeon (before they got “sanitized” and became strictly for toddlers/pre-teens). YKDTOTV was a local Canadian(!) children’s show that started in the late-1970’s. In the beginning, it was a 2-hour program modeling itself after America’s “Saturday Night Live” that featured comedy skits, prize giveaways, & live bands. As it developed, they cut out the “localized” content in order to make it more palatable for syndication. In the early 1980’s it had become a staple of after-school television for Nickelodeon, a then-fledgling network geared towards kids (something that had not been done before).

The show was filled with political & social commentary, with just a tinge of gross-out humor that made kids of all ages laugh. From “Barth’s Burgery” (“What’s in the burgers?”) to the evil teacher “Mr. Shitler” (yes, that was his name and yes he sported a mustache similar to the dictator/mass-murderer), we laughed our butts off every afternoon. Interestingly enough, in later seasons one of the cast members (there was a rotation in cast members just like SNL) looked a little familiar, Alanis. Yes, Alanis Morrissette got her start as a member of the YKDTOTV crew!

We really wish that someday the ENTIRE catalog of shows would be released, as well as the television movie pilot, “UFO Kidnapped!” (supposedly the movie was a precursor to a new show starring some of the YKDTOTV cast). But alas, we have to settle for less-than-stellar copies uploaded to the internet for all to relive their own childhood…

Spoilers, You’ve Been Warned…

Spoilers, You’ve Been Warned….

“A Game of Thrones” HBOgo users had a let-down when the entire network crashed shortly before the long-awaited premiere…

The show is loosely-based on an actual event, Wars of the Roses.

Nick Fury’s eye has been teased about in the Marvel movies for the last 12 years. In the comics, he lost his eye from a grenade during WWII. In a “reboot” from 2001, he lost it during the Gulf War. Now the recent “Captain Marvel” movie changes the injury once again…

It was interesting to see how the view of “Kree v. Skrulls” switched for the audience & Captain Marvel halfway through the movie…

According to AMC, they are developing a series of TV movies to reveal Rick Grimes’ future. Along with that, Michonne is the next to leave the series…

People are trying to cash in on the end of the current Marvel era by selling opening night tickets for $5,000!

Kyle Hill of “Because Science” goes all scientific on the “Ant-Man v. Thanos’ Butt” scenario that has the internet in stitches

What if Thanos turned the tables on Ant-Man???

West Michigan “felt the Bern” a few weeks ago when he visited a local trade union. One of the downfalls of his 2016 run was his lack of a foreign policy. He hopes to change that this time around…

Not sure if this is the same article Dan the Man mentioned about Rush Limbaugh’s immigration plan or not…

What crimes would you commit in a “The Purge” scenario?

Europeans have no idea what a “surprise medical bill” is, while all Americans know all too well…

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