Friday, May 17, 2019

THE ELEVATOR IS WORKING AGAIN!... THE END OF THE BIG BANG THEORY


Screengrab from the BIG BANG THEORY ( The Change Constant / The Stockholm Syndrome )... Penny gets off the elevator.

The LAST two episodes of the BIG BANG THEORY aired on Thursday May 16, 2019.

I wanted this show to END while it was still loved, and while I still cared about the characters. I think many people felt the same way.

I was VERY happy with the way things ended.

The writing was clever, witty, intelligent, and sincere - the WRITERS were AMAZING.

The characters evolved - as most real people do.

It had a lot of dark humor, but it was never mean-spirited.

There was A LOT of genuine talent, in front and behind the camera.

They were resourceful. The creators of the show, made the most of what they had to work with.

All of the above things, set this show apart from the vast majority of so-called MAINSTREAM NETWORK shows.


Screengrabs from the BIG BANG THEORY ( The Change Constant / The Stockholm Syndrome ).


Screengrabs from the BIG BANG THEORY ( The Change Constant / The Stockholm Syndrome ).

The spin-off series YOUNG SHELDON, had a crossover episode. It had all the BIG BANG THEORY characters as kids.


Screengrabs from YOUNG SHELDON ( A Swedish Science Thing and the Equation for Toast )... It was a crossover episode.

It was a fun night. Two BIG BANG THEORY episodes, followed by a crossover episode of YOUNG SHELDON, and then a behind-the-scenes special.


Screengrab from UNRAVELING THE MYSTERY: A BIG BANG FAREWELL


Screengrab of the hand print ceremony at the CHINESE THEATRE ( from an online video - channel 5 - KTLA Los Angeles ).


Screengrab of the last BIG BANG THEORY vanity card.


The cast appeared on the LATE SHOW WITH STEPHEN COLBERT ( screengrab from online video ).

The BIG BANG THEORY was the ONLY mainstream network show I watched on a regular basis.

I don't know the release date for the season 12 DVD.


It ends, as it began..... Screengrab from the LAST episode.

Thursday, April 25, 2019

THIS AND THAT - APRIL 2019



YEAH, I LOVE TOMMY BOY.....

I'm proudly admitting it in public, I LOVE TOMMY BOY! So, to all the trolls..... GO FIST YOURSELVES!


Screengrabs of Chris Farley and David Spade singing ERES TU ( by MOCEDADES )... Love this scene. They're performing it with so much sincerity. That song was - and still is - extremely popular. I saw a YOUTUBE video, of it being sung in Korea by a man with a bunch of backup singers and full orchestra.


Screengrabs above, a German tv show host introduces MOCEDADES, as they perform ERES TU.... Video found on YOUTUBE and is from the 1970s.

TOMMY BOY was released on region one DVD by PARAMOUNT.




BARGAIN BOOKS.....

I got a book about NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET for $4.95 at HAMILTON BOOK.

Just for the record, I'n NOT fond of the rest of the movies, just the FIRST flick.

This SOFTcover version is LOADED with pictures and info.

It has over 350 pages, and measures approximately 6" wide, by 9" tall.

It was written by Thommy Hutson, and published by PERMUTED PLATINUM.
The ISBN is 9781618686404.

While I was at one of my local DOLLAR TREE stores, I found three mass market paperbacks.

HUNT: BEYOND THE FROZEN FIRE - I have not had the time to read this book yet.

It's written by Christa Faust.

It was published by TITAN BOOKS, and the ISBN is 9781781169940.

THE NICE GUYS - This is a movie tie-in. I did not see the film, but I did enjoy reading the book.

It's written by Charles Ardai - he's one of my favorite writers.

It was published by TITAN BOOKS, and the ISBN is 9781785652578.

FRINGE: THE BURNING MAN - This is a television tie-in for a show that aired on the FOX network. I found it much more entertaining than the episodes I watched.

It's written by Christa Faust ( I like the way she writes ).

It was published by TITAN BOOKS, and the ISBN is 9781781163115.




MAGAZINES.....

I haven't purchased an issue of TV GUIDE since the nineties. It's much bigger now. I preferred the small sized original version. Anyway, I got the issue with Johnny Galecki and Kaley Cuoco on the cover. This issue has an article on the BIG BANG THEORY.

In regards to the tv listings, it's useless to me. Why?... Because, most of the channels listed are pay channels, and I do NOT subscribe to any of them. It's over-the-air or nothing! Just for the record, most of the people I know, have eliminated their cable service.

While I was attending a local auto show, I signed up for a FREE subscription to MOTOR TREND magazine. I've been a GEARHEAD for most of my life, so I didn't have to think about this. plus, I can't argue with the price, can I?



At DOLLAR TREE, I saw four magazine titles that I had never seen before. They're all from last year, and they were in a special cardboard display.

Each periodical seemed to be compiled from previously published stories, that appeared in PARADE ( newspaper supplement ).

The original price for each rag was $4.99.

The subjects were food, hairstyles, health, and entertainment.



Above are photos of southern California yearbooks from 1980 and 1981 ( photo source EBAY ).

HIGH SCHOOL YEARBOOKS.....

If I could travel back in time, what would I do differently? Well, I would try to correct all the mistakes I've made. However, I would most likely make NEW mistakes. I really feel, that sometimes bad things happen for a good reason - and living through bad times makes us better people.

I realize we all do foolish things when we're young. I can NOT take back the stupid comments I made to a girl I cared about. The asinine gibberish that spilled out of my mouth, were the last words I said to her.

Both of us, were part of a special program that was held at a local airport, and the students were from different schools throughout the county. Anyway, she never showed up for graduation ( it was separate from regular school graduation ). I never saw her again. She has entered my mind frequently, during the past few years.

I don't know if she's alive and well, and I've come to the realization that I'll probably never have closure in regards to this matter. This is important to me, for reasons that I don't want to share.

I've tried to find her and others from this class. But, I've had NO luck.

I've been told to use FACEBOOK, but I'm NOT going to give my private information to such a NEFARIOUS COMPANY.

I found a website called CLASSMATES.COM.

I'm NOT going PAY to use any website, especially a company like CLASSMATES.


Screengrabs of the CLASSMATES website.

It seems like ninety-five percent of the reviews I've read for CLASSMATES have been NEGATIVE. The few good reviews must have been written by delusional douchebags on drugs... or maybe employees of the company?

QUOTE below is from the CHICAGO READER ( By Michael Miner and published on Jan. 20, 2011 )

"Classmates made news last August, it wasn't flattering. Andrew Cuomo, then attorney general of New York, announced Classmates was one of a handful of sites that would each pay $2.1 million in fines and restitution over fraudulent hidden fees"

They post digital versions of high school YEARBOOKS online. According to the complaints I've read, they also sell very LOW quality reprints that people can NOT get refunds for.

Apparently, many of the yearbooks they have posted online, have very personal inscriptions in them.

QUOTE below is from the CHICAGO READER ( By Michael Miner and published on Jan. 20, 2011 )

"nestled among the golden oldies of our collective memories is the jagged residue of love, longing, and loss. These are the complicated and eternally painful memories that are no one's business but our own"



In regards to the special class I attended, our instructor had taken a class photo, but I never got a copy. In addition, my graduation certificate had my name spelled incorrectly. Well, I finally got a replacement certificate, but they don't know anything about the class photo.

They also could NOT provide me with a list of my classmates. So, that was my reason for browsing the CLASSMATES website.


Above are photos of southern California yearbooks from 1980 and 1981 ( photo source EBAY ).

They have small thumbnails of yearbook pages and lists of former students. However, it's useless to me. I need to see a photo of the person with their name listed under it. That's the only way I'm going to find out, if they're the individual I'm seeking. Unfortunately, the only way to see the full-sized photo, is by paying them.

There is NO FUCKING WAY am I going to give these assholes my personal information and credit card info!

Just for the record, I doubt they have a legal right to reproduce yearbooks without permission from the schools.



Above is a bumper sticker for KROQ HD-2 ( front and back of sticker ).

KROQ ONLINE.....

Southern California wouldn't have had the same vibe to me, without KROQ ( Los Angeles ).

If you love punk / new wave music, then this is the stations for you.

You can listen to one of their HD channels online for FREE.

Below is a link.....

KROQ HD-2




The above screengrab is from the DAILY MAIL website ( April 2019 ).

PATHETIC AND DESPICABLE.....

I am so FUCKING TIRED of hearing SOME folks in the mass media referring to many YOUTUBERS as CELEBRITIES.

Lori Loughlin's dum-ass daughter, Olivia Jade Giannulli, is NOT a celebrity. In fact, even her mom isn't much of a CELEBRITY!

Shit-heads like her daughter are also referred to as influencers. Exactly who the fuck do they influence?! It's certainly NOT sane ADULTS!




AND FINALLY.....

Hope you get a good laugh out of these pictures.



LAUGH and CRY as the world crumbles before your eyes... and SPEAK-UP, or FOREVER HOLD YOUR PEACE.....

Sunday, April 14, 2019

MY FAVORITE VALLEY GIRL.....


Screengrab of Heidi Holicker in VALLEY GIRL.

Heidi Holicker was - and still is - the very definition of the word ADORABLE.



Yeah, I know Deborah Foreman got most of the attention in VALLEY GIRL. For me, it was Ms. Holicker that made my heart beat faster.

Her performance feels genuine, not forced.

I am going to focus most of my attention on Ms. Holicker's movies.



A zillion articles have been written about VALLEY GIRL, and I have nothing new to add in regards to the film. I can only tell you how this movie makes me feel now - as opposed to when it was released.

I feel a combination of joy and sorrow when I watch it. VALLEY GIRL brings back a flood of memories of when I lived in Southern California. Most of those memories were horrible and surreal, but many were also fantastic.

This movie has been released many times. On VHS, DVD and BLU-RAY. I don't know if it was ever released on BETA, CED, or LASERDISC.

My VALLEY GIRL screengrabs were sourced from my SURE THING / VALLEY GIRL double feature DVD.


Screengrabs from an interview with E. G. Daily and Heidi Holicker. It took place in 2018 ( channel 5 - KTLA - Los Angeles ). They're discussing the BLU-RAY, their memories of the film, and showing off an original soundtrack album - I would love to own one.


Music from the movie was released on vinyl ( only a few songs were on it ), audio cassette, and CD ( not all of the songs in the movie are found on the tape or CD ). A second CD was released, it contains songs that were NOT on the fist CD.


The two screengrabs on top are of SPARKS performing EATEN BY THE MONSTER OF LOVE ( on AMERICAN BANDSTAND ). They performed it LIVE. I repeat, they did NOT lip sync!... NOTE - I don't think it's on the first soundtrack album. Below are screengrabs of the PSYCHEDELIC FURS performing LOVE MY WAY, and MODERN ENGLISH performing I MELT WITH YOU - These songs are all featured in VALLEY GIRL.


Screengrabs of Heidi Holicker in the humorous music video for LEADER OF THE PACK ( by TWISTED SISTER )... Yes, Bobcat Goldthwait is also in the video.


Above is a screengrab from the music video for THIS TIME ( by John Meloncamp ).

Just for the record, I'm NOT fond of Mr. Meloncamp's or TWISTED SISTER's music.


Screengrab of Heidi Holicker in MALIBU BIKINI SHOP.

Ms. Holicker's screen time appears to be less than a minute.

This movie was released on VHS.

I don't know if it was released on region one DVD.


Screengrabs of Heidi Holicker in RUSH WEEK.

If you've been to this website before, you know how I feel about one-dimensional horror fanatics, YOUTUBE TROLLS, and internet trolls in general.

Trolls and hardcore horror freaks, LOVE bashing this flick - and that makes me like it even more. They prefer seeing blood over female nudity. Violence arouses them. These types of delusional misfits need professional help.

Here's some advice I know they'll ignore... Try watching a NON horror movie - or tv show - for once in your lives. You may also want to try READING A BOOK!... And by book, I don't mean a fucking comic!

Do you think it's possible for those retards to stop jerking-off to Jason Voorhees - or the latest superhero - and join the human race?

RUSH WEEK is available on VHS and DVD.

I watched it online ( via YOUTUBE ).


Screengrab of Heidi Holicker in JOY OF SEX.

I was bored out-of-my-mind by this movie. Now, I know why I had forgotten about it.

Ms. Holicker is only in this movie for one or two minutes.

JOY OF SEX is available on VHS.

I watched it online ( via YOUTUBE ).


Screengrabs of Heidi Holicker in PINK MOTEL.

I guess this qualifies as an anthology. Because we're treated to different stories. Slim Pickens and Phyllis Diller appear in this movie, but they don't have a lot to do. But, I still like it.

PINK MOTEL was released on VHS, but as I write this, it still has NOT been released on legit region one DVD.

I watched it online ( via YOUTUBE ).

Sunday, February 17, 2019

"KISS ME IN THIS APOCALYPSE"



Most of the world's population is once again worried by the prospect of world war III. The only individuals that don't seem to be concerned, are those that choose to be oblivious to everything that's happening around them. They don't want to deal with the real world. They prefer living in their own versions of fantasyland via YOUTUBE, FACEBOOK, TWITTER, and any other online cave they can find.

I can not begin to count the number of nuclear war nightmares, that I - and most of my friends - had during the seventies and eighties. It didn't help that we were surrounded by military installations of all types - including places that 'officially' did NOT exist.

When Reagan became president, those nightmares became much more tangible. Thank goodness for Mikhail Gorbachev - and a few other folks. The world owes him big time!



A song called BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE has brought back a flood of memories of the nuclear eighties. The song has disturbing lyrics, and yet, it's sung in the most beautiful way imaginable.

Two of my favorite lines from the song are, "Love me in the nuclear rain", and "Kiss me in this apocalypse".

They call themselves FUTURE FIRE, and the album is called SHATTERED LIGHT.

BEAUTIFUL DISGUISE was written by Darren Burgos and Dylan Willoughby, with vocals by a singer named Kid Moxie. I think her voice is mesmerizing.

The members of FUTURE FIRE were interviewed by a radio show called ECHOES.

They seem like a couple of really introspective and funny guys.



"Stupidity... has a habit of getting it's way", this quote is from a movie called THE DAY AFTER. It's about world war III. I think it may be the most famous made-for-tv movie ever made.



The amount of attention the movie received was truly amazing, and so were the emotions people had towards it.



One of the things I've been flashing back to, is a movie called MIRACLE MILE.

It's about a man that answers a call from a phone booth. The person on the other end tells him that nuclear war has started.

Anthony Edwards and Mare Winningham are in this film, along with a bunch of other familiar faces.



It was written and directed by Steve De Jarnatt.

The movie's history would make a great documentary.

From the first time I saw it, MIRACLE MILE has remained in my mind. It's both heartbreaking and beautiful, and it made me feel genuinely emotional. That's something very few films have been able to accomplish.



As a kid, FAIL SAFE, PANIC IN THE YEAR ZERO, THIS IS NOT A TEST, LAST WOMAN ON EARTH, and IDAHO TRANSFER, were movies that made a big impression on me ( FAIL SAFE was the most frightening ).

As a young man, it was MIRACLE MILE, TESTAMENT, and THE DAY AFTER, that pushed my emotional and intellectual buttons.

I hope we have a better future than the characters in these films.....

Saturday, February 16, 2019

CHEAP DVDs - TAKE THIS WALTZ



So-called romance flicks are usually NOT on my must-see list. However, there are exceptions, and this movie is definitely an exception to the rule.

FYI - this is a Canadian film, written and directed by Sarah Polley. It stars Michelle Williams and some other familiar faces. I also want to mention how beautifully filmed this movie is.

I remember hearing a lot about TAKE THIS WALTZ. Unfortunately, it was only about the nude scenes. I never heard or read much about the story.



I think of WALTZ, as an unromantic slice of life. Yes, it has romance, and comedy in it. But, those things do NOT make this a romantic comedy.

The romance in this movie is NOT the cliched crap you've seen in other flicks and the comedy in WALTZ is dark.

None of the characters are assholes, so you don't really cheer against anyone, but you do find yourself cheering for Margot ( Michelle Williams ).



As for the nudity, is it worthy of all the hype?... Yes, in my opinion it is. Michelle Williams has some full-frontals in this film, but the movie is actually worth watching.

I found this DVD at the DOLLAR TREE. So, do I want my money back?.... NO!



TAKE THIS WALTZ

DISC INFO

FORMAT - region one DVD ( MAGNOLIA )

BOOKLET / FOLDER / SHEET? - None

SLEVE? - None

WIDEscreen

EXTRAS? - Yes, there are trailers for 2 DAYS IN NEW YORK, 360, THE GOOD DOCTOR, STEVE JOBS THE LAST INTERVIEW, AXS TV, and TAKE THIS WALTZ.
Also, MAKING OF TAKING THE WALTZ, and AXS TV A LOOK AT TAKE THIS WALTZ

RATING - R

PRICE - One dollar!