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@  wonko the sane? : (28 October 2020 - 08:03 AM)

Twilight zone. Duh.

@  -LittleAutob... : (28 October 2020 - 07:52 AM)

Um.... what did I log in on...

@  Paladin : (28 October 2020 - 06:17 AM)

have they actually gotten worse than the one where Homer gets paralyzed by a spider and has to learn to communicate through his farts?

@  unluckiness : (28 October 2020 - 05:53 AM)

It's only fitting that SImpsons have halloween specials since it's been a shambling corpse of its former self since its teens.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 04:12 AM)

No I caught one of the latest one with parodies of Stranger Things which admittedly is horror series but Heaven Can Wait and The Shape of Water are Fantasy films. Plus implications of the characters being sociopaths or twisted has become a norm these days.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

Which probably adds to the "reasons they should just stop making more of The Simpsons" pile.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (28 October 2020 - 02:58 AM)

You make it sound like The Simpsons becoming less repetitive is a bad thing.

@  Maximus Ambus : (28 October 2020 - 02:48 AM)

Remember when Simpsons Halloween specials parodied horror movies and would have the characters make off out of character remarks like "we chucked donuts at a old man for kicks."? they don't and can't do that any more.

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 08:00 PM)

Tired of the same old Halloween stuff? Check out Tubi. The depths of the schlock available is astounding.

@  Donocropolis : (27 October 2020 - 11:51 AM)

Not sure if it's news or not, but I'm at Ross right now and they have Masterpiece Movie Ironhide for $24.99

@  Steevy Maximus : (27 October 2020 - 12:45 AM)

Final Fantasy 7 Remake’s Best Buy exclusive deluxe version is available for $10 as one of today’s daily deals

@  PlutoniumBoss : (26 October 2020 - 08:50 PM)

We can play the "Is it a real headline or an Onion headline" game.

@  Steevy Maximus : (26 October 2020 - 08:22 PM)

It's weird to see how much of Larry Hama's "satire" from the old GI Joe comic has no longer become satire in the past few years.

@  Maximus Ambus : (26 October 2020 - 11:29 AM)

Funny how 2020 gave me new appreciation for Dawn of the Dead 1978.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 07:43 PM)

@Fenix Twilight Sure. Just not a good one.

@  Fenix Twilight : (25 October 2020 - 04:02 PM)

@Sukoshiko Well his clothes left an impression on you didn't they?

@  TheMightyMol... : (25 October 2020 - 06:09 AM)

I just read "Tesla Cybertruck" like AC/DC's "Thunderstruck", now it won't get out of my head, so I inflict it on all of you as well.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:25 AM)

Tesla Cybertruck: amazing or just silly looking? I can't decide.

@  Sukoshiko : (25 October 2020 - 12:24 AM)

Weird question: I had to deal with a guy today... I'm not exactly up on modern fashions... or even archaic fashions... But this guy... Tuxedo Jacket and shirt, studs in all the button holes except the bottom one, blue jeans, and cowboy boots... Take a moment to imagine that get up. And this was to a business meeting, trying to impress someone. What look is that? Who on earth would dress that way? (I mean on purpose)

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:04 PM)

I think the few up here were lost to bad placement, poor weather, and the usual language trap.

@  TM2-Megatron : (24 October 2020 - 04:25 PM)

There are 5 spread around southwestern Ontario, all run by the same company. I've only been to the one in my area, but it seems to do good business even in non-pandemic times. On long weekends, when they do triple features, there's a normally a lineup to get in Friday and Saturday nights

@  Telly : (24 October 2020 - 01:51 PM)

there been one outside of my town for as long as ive been alive at least. its gone through its share of owners and periods of being closed down, but its been open for the past decade at least

@  Otaku : (24 October 2020 - 12:08 PM)

Bias from personal experience, but drive-in theaters are nearly extinct.  I grew up near one but it went out of business in the late 80s, and was torn down and replaced with some other business by the early 90s.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 07:47 AM)

Out here, I mean. Couldn't comment on their popularity in place where they actually exist.

@  wonko the sane? : (24 October 2020 - 06:44 AM)

I wouldn't know. They've only come back into vogue with the social distancing from the plague, and while some places have made an effort to shoestring the places together, it's all largely too distant to be accessible.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:46 PM)

I'd hate to see ours replaced by condos. They're a great way to spend an evening, whether with family or on a date. And they've never been as common in Canada as the US, so we cna't afford to lose as many

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:45 PM)

Largely they were either poorly placed or bought out and torn down to be replaced by something other than over priced short term parking. Mostly condos.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:14 PM)

I guess your winters are worse, so they have a shorter operating season. Drive-ins in the Toronto area can usually operate until early or mid-December; maybe even into early January if there's no real snowfall, and open up again sometime in March.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 09:13 PM)

THere's really only 1 left in the entire province?

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 09:03 PM)

Ha! It's probably faster for me to drive to your drive in than to make my way to the only one left in quebec.

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Fortunately we still have a drive-in theatre that's exempt from the closures about a 10 minute drive away

@  TM2-Megatron : (23 October 2020 - 06:57 PM)

Theatres around here are closed again for at least another couple weeks (wouldn't be surprised if it's extended by another month or so, either), but that's what they've been doing here as well. Playing the old classics

@  Maximus Ambus : (23 October 2020 - 02:36 PM)

I got Earthrise Megatron, he's better then I thought he'd be though Netflix Megatron is still tops.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:44 AM)

The original Rocky movie is also showing. May go next weekend. That’s how you get people back in the theatres - show the old classics every adult loves.

@  wonko the sane? : (23 October 2020 - 10:35 AM)

They did a limited run showing of it up here too, back when the theaters were open... red zones suck.

@  Bass X0 : (23 October 2020 - 10:13 AM)

The original Back To The Future is showing in the Odeon in the UK now. I think I will go see it tomorrow.

@  Donocropolis : (23 October 2020 - 05:51 AM)

It was either the Bumblebee or Cliffjumper. Can't remember the colors.

@  Kalidor : (22 October 2020 - 06:43 PM)

What did it look like?

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 01:34 PM)

I swear I remember getting the Happymeal G1 minibot as a child, but I live 2.5 hours from St. Louis, which is the only place they apparently came out. It's possible that I got it on a family vacation, though, as we went to Six Flags pretty often.

@  ▲ndrusi : (22 October 2020 - 01:07 PM)

Conversely, I had the Gobot helicopter from Wendy's and I was absolutely convinced it was an actual Transformer.

@  Donocropolis : (22 October 2020 - 08:13 AM)

I used to rubber-band Hot-Wheels style construction vehicles together and pretend it was Devestator.

@  Bass X0 : (21 October 2020 - 05:26 PM)

When I was about four years old, my parents bought me Bugbite and tried to tell me it was Bumblebee. I was not yet a fan of Transformers, but I knew that wasn't Bumblebee. I didn't even have the real Bumblebee at that time.

@  Maximus Ambus : (21 October 2020 - 01:39 PM)

It would come with two soundtracks: the eighties classic and one featuring dubstep and the VAs are popular Youtubers.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 12:13 PM)

But yeah, reading it: I came off as a bit of an ass.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:52 AM)

I just couldn't think of worse music than disco...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 11:35 AM)

What were you trying to imply with the mocking sarcasm, though? Nobody suggested that '80s music was any more "of it's time" than '70s music.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 11:18 AM)

I said that disco wouldn't fare much better with the same context: media is property of it's time; biases, culture and limitations are all inherent in that. Some stuff can be brought forward because of an inherently timeless nature or the simplicity with which it was made but lots of media is a time capsule of the period of when it was made.

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 08:46 AM)

I'm not sure what you're trying to imply, or what you even think I said.

@  wonko the sane? : (21 October 2020 - 08:11 AM)

Yeah, cause disco would make the transition so much better...

@  NotVeryKnightly : (21 October 2020 - 07:17 AM)

I feel the '80s music would be jarring when running over current-day CGI instead of well, '80s visuals.


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1994 was the epitome of entertainment and I don't know how to process this information.


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#1 Rust

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 09:21 PM

1994, the year that gave us:

 

Ace Ventura

Naked Gun 331/3

The Stand

The Crow

The Flintstones

Speed

The Lion King

Wyatt Earp

The Shadow

Forrest Gump

Angels in the Outfield

True Lies

The Mask

Clear and Present Danger

The Little Rascals

The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Natural Born Killers

Time Cop

The Shawshank Redemption

Pulp Fiction

Wes Craven's New Nightmare

Clerks

Stargate

Interview with a Vampire

The Santa Clause

Leon: The Professional

Star Trek: Generations

Junior

The Pagemaster

Dumb and Dumber

Street Fighter

The Jungle Book

 

 

I just...I'm fighting with my brain over this list because I SWEAR I saw The Shadow years before I saw Star Trek: Generations and my household were all rabid Trek fans. Never mind the fact The Lion King exists the same year as The Jungle Book (Live action version), which again I feel were years apart as obviously I'd watched the Lion King but The Jungle Book was during that time where "Disney are for babies" part of my development.

 

THIS KNOWLEDGE HAS TAINTED ME AND NOW YOU MUST ALL SUFFER AS I HAVE!



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Posted 11 June 2020 - 09:26 PM

There was a live-action Jungle Book in the '90s?

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Posted 11 June 2020 - 10:24 PM

Huh, there was also:

 

Highlander the Animated Series

WildCATS

Reboot

Battletech

Gargoyles

A bunch of Marvel superhero toons

Space Ghost: Coast to Coast

Where on Earth is Carmen Sandiego

 

And overseas:

J-Decker

Magic Knight Rayearth

G Gundam

Sailor Moon S

Macross 7



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Posted 11 June 2020 - 10:55 PM

On the videogame front, there was Sonic 3 & Knuckles.


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 11:01 PM

I mean what's a world without the Lion King? But otherwise there's nothing in the OP I couldn't live without. 

 

But I'm an old man. 


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 11:04 PM

Yeah, I'm pretty sure every year has roughly this many notable things that people will remember. I agree that Pulp Fiction is definitely older than Shawshank Redemption though. 


Shouldn't gravity be doing something?
 
Of course there's a figure of Rodimus as some kind of animal girl. Why would I be surprised by this?

 


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Posted 11 June 2020 - 11:48 PM

hug i loved that battletech cartoon. i had some of the figures, but i think they all got sold off except for the elemental. 



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Posted 12 June 2020 - 06:27 AM

Yeah, 1994 was when Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla came out, so I would definitely not consider it the epitome of entertainment. At least not worldwide.

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 06:53 AM

Yeah, 1994 was when Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla came out, so I would definitely not consider it the epitome of entertainment. At least not worldwide.

I've seen people describe that movie as a Godzilla-flavored knock-off of the first episode of Dragonball Z.



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Posted 12 June 2020 - 09:45 AM

In broad strokes, I suppose thats an accurate description of the kaiju scenes. The human bits are kind of all over the place. Its just...not a good movie.

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 12:56 PM

I agree that Pulp Fiction is definitely older than Shawshank Redemption though. 


See, I'm opposite. I swear Shawshank is older than Pulp Fiction.

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Posted 12 June 2020 - 03:41 PM

I think the most 90s movie was Batman Forever because regardless of the quality, that movie had all the popular media trends crammed into it.



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Posted 12 June 2020 - 03:57 PM

hug i loved that battletech cartoon. i had some of the figures, but i think they all got sold off except for the elemental. 

 

I think I had the Timber Wolf.  It's main selling gimmick was if you hit a trigger with another toy's weapons, you'd eject the cockpit with the action figure inside.

 

Ironbite-they were trash.


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Posted 12 June 2020 - 04:43 PM

i loved the ones i had. i had the hunchback, the ax man and the mauler.  



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Posted 13 June 2020 - 08:16 PM

52 weeks in a year, and those were the best of the movies that came out... wow there must have been some absolute stinkers then too



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Posted 13 June 2020 - 08:43 PM

52 weeks in a year, and those were the best of the movies that came out... wow there must have been some absolute stinkers then too

I'm not under any delusion that all 90s entertainment was good, but the entertainment industry was more willing to experiment and take risks back then.



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Posted 14 June 2020 - 09:21 AM

in the year that had 3 jim Carry movies, 2 arnold movies, 3 franchise sequels a tom cruise movie and the pagemaster cashing in on home alone... 

 

the only risks I see in the list are the comicbook movie and the videogame movie. 

 

heck even the shadow wasn't as risky as it would seem looking back...  I saw that in the theater, I knew it was a pulp adaptation even back then... 

but I mean what's risky about it when the cast includes: Peter Boyle, Jonathan Winters, Ian McKellen  and MF'n Tim Curry. 

 

also Alec Baldwin 

 

we clearly have 90's Dick Tracy to thank for the execs green lighting the Shadow... 

 

and I like to think the shadow helped get the Phantom made in '96... so its all golden now and everything in the world was set right

 

 

*sigh* ... you were to beautiful for this world '96 Phantom... 



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Posted 14 June 2020 - 12:41 PM

Risk was less risky back when budgets were within sane limits. Hollywood really trapped itself.


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Posted 14 June 2020 - 12:54 PM

Risk was less risky back when budgets were within sane limits. Hollywood really trapped itself.

This is why movies with a lot of special effects have to be at least 3 hours long, because only movies that long are allowed to have budgets big enough to cover the cost of all the whistles and flashing lights.






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