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A Dramedy in 23 Minutes

(Screencap from season one episode three)

A Dramedy in 23 Minutes

This week MattyV discusses the problem with the 23-minute drama show and how it really should be in the 45-minute format to truly flesh out the problem or drama. He points to several episodes of “Doogie Howser, M.D.” that seem to rush through the drama and wrap up the conflict in the last 5 minute of the show.

He was able to find the episodes on another site, the video is flipped but at least they are watchable.

A Stitch Called Wanda“. Episode 3 of the first season finds Doogie asking Wanda to be his girlfriend. She agrees and during a make out session at Mission Point her appendix bursts requiring immediate attention. He has to be her doctor and asks some very personal questions before having to give her a pelvic exam. There is conflict and the resolution comes in at the very end.

She Ain’t Heavy, She’s My Cousin“. Episode 9 of the first season finds Doogie & Vinnie on a double date with Wanda and her cousin who just moved back to California from Florida. Unbeknownst to either boy, the cousin is overweight. She gets a little too chummy with Vinnie (he has an issue with girls & getting close) which she takes as rejection. Again, there is conflict and the resolution comes at the very end.

Tough Guys Don’t Teach“. Episode 17 of the first season finds Doogie teaching sex education in the local high school. He gets on the bad side of the captain of the football team and ends up in a fight. There is conflict yet again and it of course is wrapped up in the last few minutes of the episode.

Doing some quick research, “Party of Five”, “My So-Called Life”, & even “21 Jump Street” were all teen dramas that spanned 44 minutes to 47 minutes an episode. Could “Doogie Howser, M.D.” been more impactful and lasted another few seasons if the episodes were longer, possibly…

Sunday Cinema – “Hydro Dipping”

Since it is back to school month for the majority of the country, We thought that this month’s “Sunday Cinema” theme would be education. Learning something new keeps our minds sharp and can often save some money or make some money.

Hydro dipping has become popular as of late, you can often see Tik Tok videos of people dipping cups, helmets, & even entire car bodies. Donut Media took on the challenge to see if DIY is a cheaper option than going to a professional.

What Up, Wiez

(MattyV & Son with Pauly Shore & Mike Young)

What Up, Wiez

MattyV took his oldest son to go see the one and only Pauly Shore at a local movie theater-turned-concert venue. Wasn’t too impressed unfortunately as you heard on the pod. Bobcat did a few jokes here & there but really shined with telling stories about his work in movies, traveling on the road, & interacting with celebrities. Pauly told a few stories, but most of the time was spent on dick/sex/homo/weed jokes (many of which fell flat). His opener, Mike Young, had a few funny jokes/bits but spent most of the time basically throwing “joke grenades” to see where/if they landed (most-often they didn’t). I would have thought there was a more-polished routine for both comedians, jokes that land no matter what part of the country they are in with a few region-specific jokes sprinkled in. A little disappointed but at least we got a free picture out of the deal.

Here’s one of his jokes that kind of fell flat out here…

Mike Young’s Twitter account he was touting constantly…

One of Pauly’s first taped comedy specials…

The first MTV appearance of Pauly Shore…

Pauly & Sam Kinison

Sunday Cinema – “ASL”

Since it is back to school month for the majority of the country, we thought that this month’s “Sunday Cinema” theme would be education. Learning something new keeps our minds sharp and can often save some money or make some money.

Sign language has been around for a long time (try as early as the 5th century BC) and has helped those who cannot hear communicate. This YouTuber will go through the first 25 hand signs in the ASL catalog of signs.

Sunday Cinema – “Yodeling 101”

Since it is back to school month for the majority of the country, we thought that this month’s “Sunday Cinema” theme would be education. Learning something new keeps our minds sharp and can often save some money or make some money.

I’m sure you have seen the videos of the young kid yodeling in Walmart that went viral worldwide back in 2018, his rise to fame found him rubbing elbows with the likes of Post Malone & Justin Bieber. There is an art to yodeling, however and this YouTuber will break it down for you

Sunday Cinema – Delirious

For the month of August on “Sunday Cinema” we will be looking at the comedy specials our parents didn’t want us to see. Comedians who are the true “kings of comedy” that made us laugh and changed the comedic landscape forever…

Eddie was a household name in the early 1980’s with his stint on Saturday Night Live bringing to life characters such as Velvet Jones, Mr. Robinson, Gumby, & of course Buckwheat. His special, “Delirious”, was much more adult than his television performances and he calls it out in the special to riotous applause.

Someone posted the special online to preserve the genius for generations…

Let’s Just, But Then…

(Photo Courtesy Anonymous)

Let’s Just…

Let’s take an iconic horror villain and reboot the story making the character female

Remember when Apple & Pepsi gave away a million iTunes downloads?

Let’s take over a franchise, use the same colors & mascot and give it a similar name…

Let’s disrespect, fight with, & cry for defunding of law enforcement. Oh, wait, no Mardi Gras because not enough law enforcement?

Let’s offer high-speed wi-fi so climbers can tweet out their ascent instead of unplugging and enjoying the wonders of nature…

Let’s not spend money to upgrade our ranch vehicles & cause an employee undue physical stress ending in his death. Oh, let’s give the family $7,500 in compensation

Let’s raise the price of our EVs so consumers can’t get the tax rebate

Most EVs won’t qualify for the rebate currently…

Let’s show the rival political party voters how to switch parties in order to gain primary votes…

Sunday Cinema – Family Entertainment Hour

For the month of August on “Sunday Cinema” we will be looking at the comedy specials our parents didn’t want us to see. Comedians who are the true “kings of comedy” that made us laugh and changed the comedic landscape forever…

Our first exposure to Sam was on Rodney Dangerfield’s “Young Comedians Special” that aired on HBO. He blew up the 1980’s with his screaming & crass humor. This was his last recorded special before tragically dying in a drunken car crash (surprisingly he wasn’t the drunk)…

The video posted says pt. 1, but this is the entire VHS recording

5 Messed Up Movies

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5 Messed Up Movies

5 movies that I thought were messed-up when I saw them:

“Truth or Dare?: A Critical Madness”. I saw this movie at the local Family Video store, the embossed cover showing the title in dripping bloody lettering with a silver razor blade at the bottom caught my eye. Filmed in mid-80’s video format, Mike Strauber caught his wife in bed with his best friend. Taking off alone, Mike began to descend into madness with self-mutilation and later escapes from a mental institution to go on a murderous rampage. Tons of low-budget but super-squeamish special effects, the corkscrew scene still makes my stomach churn. When looking on iMDB, I saw that it spawned 4 sequels. Crazy…

Someone posted a copy of the movie online, be aware that it may make you sick…

“Video Violence”. Another one of those “eye-catching” video boxes that got my attention of a burned & bloody hand holding onto a VHS tape being inserted into an old-school VCR. The tagline reads, “When renting isn’t enough!!” and it’s another movie filmed using a 1980’s video camera. A couple from New York City move to a small town in upstate New York to run a video rental store. The townspeople treat them rudely as outsiders and only seem to rent violent/horror/porn videos. A mysterious tape shows up in the return bin that shows the violent execution of the town’s postmaster, who was said to have moved to Florida after retiring. One thing leads to another and the video store owner and his wife find out what happens to outsiders and those who try to move out of town. It spawned a sequel that featured 2 of the characters starting a 24 hour violence cable channel filled with cheesy commercials & television shows.

Someone posted the first movie online, again – this could make you squeamish…

“Faces of Death”. When I saw the first video, I was totally creeped out. There was a warning on the box stating that it shouldn’t be viewed by children, the elderly, or the squeamish. I thought that everything was real, including the monkey dinner scene. Years later I learned that in-between real archived film clips there were supposed “re-creations” of actual things that were reported as happening. It spawned 6 sequels, I had only viewed 3 of them (2,3,4).

Someone posted the first movie online, even YT has a disclaimer about its contents…

“Texas Chainsaw Massacre” (1974). This film has been rebooted several times, the latest being 2022 via Netflix. The original was so bizarre and crazy, just watching it gave you anxiety. Learning about the making of the film makes it that much worse knowing what the actors and film crew had to endure. It wasn’t very bloody, but more of the psychological aspect that got you.

Check out this behind-the-scenes documentary to give you a better understanding of the film and how it was made…

“Session 9”. I think my wife & I rented this movie because of David Caruso (she was a HUGE “CSI: Miami” fan at the time) and the plot sounded interesting. An asbestos abatement company wins the bid on decontamination of an abandoned mental asylum. Things start going awry as the group explore the grounds & poking through old files and such. The ending was really messed up, stuck with us for quite a while. It was shot at a real abandoned asylum and needed little as far as set dressing because much of the old equipment and files were still scattered around the building.

I could only find the trailer, not available anywhere as far as streaming or otherwise…

Well, those are 5 of the messed-up movies I could think of off the top of my head. I am sure there are more out there, be sure to share with us some of your favorite messed up movies!

Sunday Cinema – Live at the Capitol Theatre

For the month of August on “Sunday Cinema” we will be looking at the comedy specials our parents didn’t want us to see. Comedians who are the true “kings of comedy” that made us laugh and changed the comedic landscape forever…

We rememeber the “Carlin on Campus” & “Playin’ with Your Head” specials from HBO (which are available online in audio-only format), this is a black & white raw recording of his standup in Passaic, NJ where he really lets loose and shows his genius…

Someone posted this raw video online, be wary of the sound quality…