Sunday Cinema – “The Brain…”

 

Brain

 

For the month of March we will be looking at “green” movies! Those associated with the word green.

“The Brain That Wouldn’t Die” is one written & directed by Joseph Green(!) and was released back in 1962. Made on a budget of $62,000 (a lot of money for the time), the movie did fairly well at the box office.

Young Dr. Cortner has been experimenting on human transplantation without authorization and against the advice of his father, also a surgeon. When his girlfriend gets into a car accident, Dr. Cortner does surgery to keep her head alive until he can find a suitable “donor” body. Then it just gets creepy…

There are several different prints available from the original theatrical print to the TCM restored print. This is supposedly the rough Director’s Cut,  which was too graphic for American Television broadcast.

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Black Panther – Black Superhero

Black Panther – Black Superhero

 

We do spoil a little of “Black Panther”, so stop listening about 15 minutes in….

A conversation about “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” with J-Bob started off this episode, he’s a newly-minted fan of “Ashy Slashy”, Pablo, & Kelly. Dan the Man suggests watching the following in order to best understand the universe of Sam Raimi:

  • “Evil Dead 2: Dead by Dawn”
  • “Army of Darkness: Evil Dead 3”
  • “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” Season 1
  • “Ash Vs. Evil Dead” Season 2
  • “Evil Dead” (original)
  • “Evil Dead” (remake)

We’re all getting sick of the “where’s mine?” when it comes to the world. If it’s not license owners trying to get the maximum dollar, it’s the average Joe acting as though the world owes them something. The world owes us nothing. It’s up to us to go out and work hard for what we want in life.

An Open Letter to the Teen Boy Who Inspired My Daughter” is good for restoring one’s faith in humanity…

Nerdist has gone nuts with their coverage of the “Black Panther” movie, do not watch if you don’t want spoilers:

The majority consensus is that the film was pretty good, up there with “Ant Man”. 2 out of the 3 would rather wait for the DVD than to see it in the theater. 1 out of 3 said the movie soundtrack was amazing and is available now on Spotify.

MattyV found this article (yeah it’s from Breitbart) that spins the movie as more than a “race” movie but rather a film about our shared humanity. Watch the movie first, then read the review. Do you agree with the reviewer’s thoughts on who Black Panther & Kilmonger are a subtle allusion to?

 

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Sunday Cinema – Dennis the Menace

Dennis

 

 

Ah, love is in the air! February is often thought of as the “love month” due to Valentine’s Day. All this month on “Sunday Cinema” we’re going to be pulling out some vintage television episodes that don’t get much airtime anymore.

Way back in the first season of “Dennis the Menace”, Dennis & Tommy are desperate for money to buy swim fins in July so they get the bright idea to sell old Valentine’s Day cards around the neighborhood. Hilarity ensues & Mr. Wilson gets caught in the middle of it all. Technically not a Valentine’s Day episode per se since it takes place in July but hey, it’s got Valentines in it!

Someone posted this online in 3 separate sections for all to enjoy:

Part One

Part Two

Part Three

A Sad Society

A Sad Society

 

It’s sad that yet another school shooting has taken place in America. So far this year there have been 18 separate school shootings, many not receiving nationwide attention. We ponder as to whether social media is to blame. Years ago, kids could escape bullying when confined to the schoolyard. They could go home and find solace & peace away from the taunts/teasing. Now with social media, cyberbullying allows for 24/7 abuse of kids & adults. And I find it weird that school shootings don’t occur in other parts of the world. Surely, students across the globe deal with the same angst & bullying that our students do here. An article written a few years ago posits that the reason for so many school shootings here are due to ready-access to guns.

Companies are starting to re-think their liberal return policies after a woman earlier this year returned a Christmas tree to Costco because it was dead. She did get a refund and many employees of Costco shared a thread on Reddit about the strangest things returned. LL Bean has now changed their return policy to a one year return with receipt. Strangely, they had very little abuse of their former “lifetime” return policy. I remember garage-saleing with my parents, there was always the old man asking for Craftsman tools. Up until about 10 years ago, you could return a beat-up/rusted/damaged Craftsman tool to your local Sears without a receipt and walk out with a brand-spanking new tool.

Changes to the SNAP program (“food stamps”) for 2019 is causing an uproar. Half of recipients will receive a box filled with shelf staples such as peanut butter, shelf-stable milk, canned fruits & veggies. Opponents to the program feel that those receiving food stamps are unable to choose what they receive due to preference/dietary requirements. A recent report found that meat is the #1 item purchased with food stamps and “sweetened beverages” were #2. “Sweetened beverages” include fruit juice, sweetened teas, energy drinks, & of course soda. The report further stated that those on food stamps spent more of their food budget on soda/candy/salty snacks than a non-food stamp household.

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Sunday Cinema – Petticoat Junction

Petticoat

 

 

Ah, love is in the air! February is often thought of as the “love month” due to Valentine’s Day. All this month on “Sunday Cinema” we’re going to be pulling out some vintage television episodes that don’t get much airtime anymore.

Floyd the conductor has been courting a “Lonely Hearts” woman through the mail and when she ends it after seeing his photo, Kate tries to find him another woman in Hooterville. BUT, Floyd takes her interest in his love life as a crush so now Kate is stuck with trying to let him down without breaking his heart again.

Someone posted the episode online for all of us to remember…

 

The Long-Lost Podcast

The Long-Lost Podcast

 

It has been found! The podcast originally scheduled for Jan 16th has been found in a far corner of one of our external hard drives. We present to you this lost episode, keep in mind – we do talk about “Star Wars: The Last Jedi”, so if you haven’t seen it yet then you can’t call yourself a true pop culture junkie like us!

 

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Sunday Cinema – “The Big Raffle”

Navy

Ah, love is in the air! February is often thought of as the “love month” due to Valentine’s Day. All this month on “Sunday Cinema” we’re going to be pulling out some vintage television episodes that don’t get much airtime anymore.

 

From the first season of “McHale’s Navy”, a lovely French woman helps out McHale’s crew as they try to put together money for Quartermaster George “Christy” Christopher’s new baby. This episode is essentially a “McHale-less” episode with Ernest Borgnine showing up in the beginning of the episode and at the very end. Sure, another non-Valentine’s Day episode but it did air around Valentine’s Day and has some “lovely” material…

Someone posted this episode online for all to enjoy!

Say it ain’t so, Chachi…

Say it ain’t so, Chachi…

Is the “metoo”/”time’s up” movement getting too much traction to where accusers are coming out of the woodwork to charge men for their sexual impropriety from years ago when the evidence is basically “he said/she said”. Scott Baio is the latest accused by former child actress Nicole Eggert. She claims he molested her since she was 14, he claims that they had sex when she was 18 and it was consensual. Many feel Aziz Ansari is essentially being assassinated by an anonymous woman who claims that she was pressured into sex with the star after a first date.

The PC Police win – the Cleveland Indians are phasing out the beloved mascot “Chief Wahoo” in 2019. The mascot has become a high-profile controversy in the last 7 years as more and more people are calling for “political correctness” and eliminating potential “hate” symbols. Roger Goodell from the NFL doesn’t think that Washington will be changing the name of their football team from the Redskins.

San Francisco is expunging minor marijuana convictions & review/re-sentence marijuana felonies from 1975-forward thanks to AB1793 that was passed on Jan 9th. Prop 64 allowed for those convicted to petition the court for review/expungement but this costs several hundred dollars. The district attorney found this unfair to those who cannot afford such costs, the passage of this bill allows them to review/expunge at no cost to the convicted.

With the success of Pokemon Go & Super Mario Run, Nintendo is releasing a version of their super-popular franchise Mario Kart

Can’t we have anything nice? Even ancient ritual lines?

 

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Sunday Cinema – “The Valentine Show”

 

Ozzie

 

Ah, love is in the air! February is often thought of as the “love month” due to Valentine’s Day. All this month on “Sunday Cinema” we’re going to be pulling out some vintage television episodes that don’t get much airtime anymore.

 

“The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet” was I suppose an early entry into “reality television” in that the show revolved around a real family – The Nelsons. Us Gen Xers will be familiar with the Nelsons because of their grandchildren – Matthew & Gunnar Nelson of the rock group Nelson. On this episode, Ozzie and his wife are concerned about the money their son David is spending on his date for the Valentine’s Day dance. Ah, simple problems from a simpler time…

Someone posted this episode online for all of us to revisit and enjoy!

Sunday Cinema – Changing a Tire

tire

 

This month we are doing a sort of PSA on skills that you may want to pick up in the new year. Everyone talks about reading more, or exercising more, or saving money but no one chooses practical skills. So enjoy this month of new skills to learn!

There are now “parties” where you can go and drink wine while learning how to sew a button or bleach your clothes. We’ve become such a consumer-focused society that we would rather throw something out rather than fix it or call a professional instead of handling minor issues that with a little time and research can be done ourselves.

One thing that we rely too much on is roadside assistance when we get flat tires or need a jumpstart. The folks at Howdini have many helpful videos on doing everything from baking cakes to taking care of a new puppy.

This video has close to 1.5 million views, so I think it’s pretty informative. If you’ve seen the photo floating around of the person who used everything from a crowbar to a chisel in order to remove their tire (makes me cringe every time I see it), this is the “proper” way to do it

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