Michael J Rocks, Chris Rock & Poochie debut, Norbit takes off and tonelico teases – Feb 3-9

This week in 1987 brought us Michael J Fox as a serious rocker and Ray Charles in TWO sitcoms. Then in 1997, the Chris Rock Show debuts as Poochie’s home planet needs him. 2007 saw the debut of Norbit, the end of MXC and bizarre innuendo in crystal-sex-RPG Ar tonelico.


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19 thoughts on “Michael J Rocks, Chris Rock & Poochie debut, Norbit takes off and tonelico teases – Feb 3-9

  1. A little while back I had two tickets to see Kraftwerk play in Portland and could not get anyone to go with me. I even put it out to hundreds of people on social media that I had an extra ticket, free of charge. I ended up taking a stranger from the bar, that I met only a couple hours before the show. I ended up having a really good time regardless, and the stranger bought me a bunch of drinks.

  2. I recently watched that movie Light of Day. Man, that was just slow, and kinda weird. Joan Jett was definitely good in it – probably could have had a solid acting career.

    I haven’t seen From the Hip in years (but I remember liking it). Back in the 80s, I used to spend a week during the summer with my aunt, who had a ton of movies on VHS. While she was working her day job, I was either hanging out with my cousin, or watching movies. I watched so many movies that I wouldn’t normally have seen, just because they were there. Stuff like From the Hip, A Chorus Line, April Fool’s Day, Terms of Endearment, etc., along with the usual action and comedy stuff. That’s how I saw what I consider to be the 80s Whoopi Trilogy: Jumpin’ Jack Flash, Burglar, and Fatal Beauty. My aunt LOVED her some Whoopi.

  3. I remember the verdict in the OJ civil trial happened during the State of the Union address, and I don’t know if all networks did this but whichever one I was watching had a split screen of the announcement. There weren’t any cameras allowed in the courtroom so they had a guy running in and out relaying the results to the reporters outside. If cameras had been allowed I seriously think some of the networks would have just cut away from Clinton entirely. Weird bit of symmetry with NBC having to do the same thing during the OJ chase and the NBA Finals when the whole thing started.

  4. Brett, if you need any music for the 2007 segment during the week of Feb 14, it looks like the song “What What (In the Butt)” was uploaded to YouTube on that day. A true cultural touchstone.

    1. That brings back some memories of playing Halo 3 on xbox live circa 2007/ 2007 and being introduced to that song, and it stuck with me ever since.

  5. HANNIBAL RISING is so fucking bad. Entirely unnecessary prequel that makes Hannibal’s story too sympathetic and removes the mystery entirely. Although to be fair, I believe the backstory originated from the Hannibal (sequel to Silence) book, but still. Fuck that movie, it’s so boring and useless, I’d rather watch the Hannibal movie. Red Dragon is unremarkable but it’s *fine,* and Hannibal at least has the “THIS IS SO BAD I CAN’T STOP WATCHING” thing going for it. I’m so glad the show didn’t bother addressing a lot of his backstory beyond some hints and suggestions.

  6. I did some digging about Dead Man Walking. It was on The Saint soundtrack which was kind of like those Mortal Kombat movie soundtracks whereas it was an awesome source to learn about new(to me) techno music.

  7. All that talk about Norbit and Academy Awards and no one mentions that Norbit was actually ALSO NOMINATED! I worked at Wal Mart when the DVD came out and it even had a big sticker on the front that said OSCAR NOMINATED. It was for makeup effects that were done by RICK BAKER! What a weird movie.

  8. I was born during this week in 87. Shame there wasn’t more going on!

    Didn’t realise the Sherry Bobbins episode aired on my 10th birthday. Weird thinking that 20 years later I’m still watching it.

    The 07 music reminds me so much of uni though. Ah youth…

  9. I watched Behind the Candelabra this weekend, it was absolutely standard biopic, with characters introduced and shown for ten seconds, then it shifts several years and at some point the character who never mattered much dies, and the current gay lover seeing the main character getting into the new boy, and being bitchy. I’d heard good things about it, but it irritated me the way biopic almost always do.

    I never liked Itchy and Scratchy and Poochie, it fell into that third of season 8 that I thought was pointing the way to the crap to come from season 9 on.

  10. Ar Tonelico:
    I honestly liked the game… of course it’s got weird pervy stuff as its claim to fame, but damn, that was a neat setup for the combat mechanics.

    Elston knows, but it felt great to battle with a bunch of chumps while your singing magical girl charged up a fucking spirit bomb to drop on your poor enemies.

    My personal favorite song summoned a man in a wifebeater sitting at a table in front of dinner (obviously representing a father waiting for his daughter to come home). As turns pass and the power gauge increases, he gets increasingly pissed, develops an Akuma-like aura, and more and more foot appears on the table… when the song is finally unleashed, “pops” snaps and flips the shit out of the table, sending it and everything on it into the sky to come crashing down on enemies.

    There’s a lot to love about about Ar Tonelico.

  11. Got such a good kick out of Brett and Diana commenting on their Grey’s Anatomy “tap-out” episodes. I don’t know if you all missed it last year around this time, but the bomb episode premiered following the Superbowl in 2006. I remember watching it with a group of guy friends (average college dudes, liked 24, etc.), none of us having seen an episode before, and just losing our minds. We loved it. We were hooked on Grey’s Anatomy. So imagine our disappointment when we reconvened next week to watch the next episode and it had 0 bombs and 5 love triangles in it. That was our tap-out episode.

  12. MXC never made it over to the UK, instead we had a chopped up version of Takeshi’s Castle that had commentary from Craig Charles aka Lister from Red Dwarf.

    Also, the worst Timbaland collab is “Part of Me” with Chris Cornell from Soundgarden. https://youtu.be/_pcWbnQDMD0

  13. Dave briefly mentioned Super Bowl 41 this week, and that was the last time I got emotional over sports. I wept halfway into the game because I knew Peyton Manning and his Bud Light-sipping ass would beat the Chicago Bears. Eyes red and salty, it was then I reexamined my love of sports. I began to disengage from it for nerdier pastures despite joining my High School football team Freshman year later to quit it my Senior year. Great timing.

  14. You’ve been to PAX, you’ve probably seen the ferry from that terrible Gray’s Anatomy episode. For what it’s worth ferry accidents can be ridiculously bad, and the water in Puget Sound is definitely cold enough to be an issue.

    That episode is still garbage, and was my tap-out episode too. Still think about it occasionally when I ride that boat though.

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