Headroom begins, Captain EO ends, Affleck Chases Amy and Planet Terror is Death Proof – Mar 31-Apr 6

30 years ago Max Headroom and the Tracy Ullman show captivated TV viewers, while 20 years ago brought us Chasing Amy and a JCVD + Dennis Rodman team up. This week also marks 10 years of Grindhouse and Trump shaving Vince McMahon’s head.

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-1987-

Movies

Making Mr Right – John Malkovich

Law of Desire – Pedro Almodovar film starring Antonio Banderas

Police Academy 4: Citizens on Patrol releases and is #1 this week, great poster

 

TV

3/31/87 – Max Headroom’s tv series debuts on ABC, following up a TV movie from 1985. It was a satirical scifi drama about a society ruled by TV.

3/31 – Moonlighting jumps the goddamn shark.

4/1/87 – In the season finale of Perfect Strangers, Larry is appalled when his favorite sister, Elaine, tells him that she’s going to New York to become a professional pianist instead of going to college.

4/5/87 – FOX expands its programming into prime time, inaugurating its Sunday night lineup with the premieres of the sitcom Married… with Children and the sketch comedy series The Tracey Ullman Show. In the premiere of MWC, Al and Peg Bundy meet their newlywed neighbors, Steve and Marcy Rhoades. Peg informs Marcy how to train her new husband, while Al teaches Steve how to be a man again. The two shows aired back to back three times throughout the night so that viewers had multiple opportunities to check out the new shows.

4/5/87 – ABC airs the TV Movie “Daddy,” starring Dermot Mulroney and Patricia Arquette as a young couple dealing with a surprise pregnancy

 

Music

Close to the Bone – Thompson Twins 6th album, kind of a dud apparently

Sign o’ the Times – Prince 9th album, intended to be a triple album but record companies asked for a double… overall his most critically acclaimed but didn’t sell as well as Purple Rain. Robert Smith of the Cure said it’s one of the best things to come out of the 80s. Out w sign o the times

 

1997:

Music

Sisters of Avalon – released in Japan in 96 but worldwide this week, lots of praise but didn’t get much promotion. In w title track
Midget Tossing – debut album Yellowcard
Tripping the Light Fantastic – Lit debut album
Elegantly Wasted – 10th INXS album and last one before Michael Hutchence committed suicide

 

News

Captain EO closes after 11 years in Disneyland. It reopens in 2009 after Michael Jackson’s death. Anjelica huston rules in this

 

Movies

Liar Liar is #1, it’ll make $300m

Double Team – JCVD and Dennis Rodman

The Saint – Val Kilmer, Elisabeth Shue

Fever Pitch – Colin Firth

Inventing the Abbotts – Joaquin Phoenix, Liv Tyler, Jennifer Connelly

That Old Feeling – Bette Midler

Chasing Amy

 

TV

4/1/97 – Viva Variety debuts on Comedy Central. After The State disbanded in 1995 when their CBS deal only amounted to a single TV special, four members (Tom Lennon, Kerri Kenney, Michael Ian Black, and Ben Garant) spun off a State skit about divorced European variety show hosts into a full-length show that featured in-show skits and guests. It had its moments but never could live up to what was before (The State) and after (Reno 911)

4/5/97 – The Crocodile Hunter debuts on Animal Planet, starring Steve Irwin as he travels to scenic nature locales and seeks out wildlife. It would air for five seasons, aired irregularly until 2004, with a few posthumous specials produced after Irwin’s death.

4/5: “Steve” Colbert hosts his first remote bit for Good Morning America and it is awkward as hell.

4/6/97 – The Disney Channel is revamped as… Disney Channel, with the cable premiere of Pocahontas marking the occasion

4/6/97 – One of the few canon-changing episodes of The Simpsons airs, Grade School Confidential, which cements Seymour Skinner and Edna Krabapple as a couple for a few years.

 

Games

Missed Mega Man 8

The Last Express – PC adventure game from Broderbund, takes place on the Orient Express just before WWI. Music by Elia Cmiral, who did Ronin and Stigmata. Has a Scanner Darkly visual style

 

2007:

Music

Because of the Time – Kings of Leon 3rd album
Cannibal – Static-X 5th album
Fountains of Wayne and Chevelle have new albums, two 00s incarnate bands

 

News

On April 4, 2007, during a discussion about the NCAA Women’s Basketball Championship, radio personality Don Imus characterized the Rutgers University women’s basketball team players as “rough girls,” commenting on their tattoos. His executive producer Bernard McGuirk responded by referring to them as “hardcore hos”. The discussion continued with Imus describing the girls as “nappy-headed hos”. This would lead to Imus’ TV simulcast being cancelled the next week and his radio show being cancelled later in the spring.

The same day, in an interview, Keith Richards says he snorted some of his dad’s ashes.

 

Movies

Blades of Glory #1

Are We Done Yet? – Ice Cube, Nia Long

Firehouse Dog – John Hutcherson

The Reaping – Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, Idris Elba

The Hoax – Richard Gere, Alfred Molina, about fake autobiography about Howard Hughes

Grindhouse [Planet Terror / Death Proof]

 

TV

4/1/2007 – The Tudors debuted on Showtime. A historical fiction television series set primarily in sixteenth-century England, it ran for four seasons and 38 episodes.

4/1/07 – WrestleMania 23, featuring future President Donald Trump facing off against Vince McMahon via proxy wrestlers, with the loser getting their head shaved

4/3/07 – Final episode of Bam’s Unholy Union, Bam Margera’s final show on MTV after Jackass and Viva La Bam

4/6/07 – The 30 Rock episode “Fireworks” introduces Devon Banks, Jack Donaghy’s NBC rival who would appear at least once in every one of 30 Rock’s 7 seasons. In this one, Jack asks Kenneth to try to seduce Devon

 

Games

Guitar Hero II to 360, new guitar, do remember being excited for this

Pimp my Ride on PSP, SingStar Pop on PS2

FF Fables: Chocobo Tales – spin off w cutesy chocobo, RPG light, plus card battles

Enchanted Arms – From Software’s RPG push, tactics game in between Armored Core and probably the early workings of Demon’s Souls… but yeah kinda fizzled

Thinkgeek’s April Fools items include the Wii Helmet (a helmet you can snap your Wii remote into to play games with your head) and the 8 bit tie (which later became a real item for sale)

 

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34 thoughts on “Headroom begins, Captain EO ends, Affleck Chases Amy and Planet Terror is Death Proof – Mar 31-Apr 6

  1. So I’ve probably seen The Saint well over a dozen times. Why you ask? Well this was the time when DirecTV had something called an “ALL DAY TICKET.” Meaning when you rented a movie from them, they would play it over and over and over and you’d have access to it for TWENTY FOUR HOURS.

    And well, my brother and I were staying at my grandparent’s for the weekends, who were rich enough to have DirecTV in 1997, and we were both huge fans of Val Kilmer at the time. So we asked if we could rent it, and, well, long story short, we watched it over, and over, and over, and over, and over, and over again.

    There are movies I LIKE that I haven’t seen as many times as The Saint. Maybe it was our attraction to Elizabeth Shue, maybe it was our attraction Kilmer, OR maybe it was our attraction with famed Yugslavian character actor Rade Šerbedžija. But probably we just had nothing better to do.

    More amazing than that is I don’t remember a god damn thing about the plot.

      1. Yeah, didn’t feel that much love for Death Proof, even if I liked a great deal of the actors. Planet Terror was hella fun.

  2. Since you brought up March comics, I figured I’d do April, too.

    April 1987

    Watchmen #8: Watchmen starts heading towards its conclusion as Nite Owl and Sally Jupiter break Rorschach out of jail, Sally is teleported to Mars, and the original Nite Owl, now an old man, is brutally murdered by punks.

    Wonder Woman #3: Wonder Woman leaves Paradise Island for the first time, shipping out to Boston. Princess Diana makes friends with a Harvard Professor and Ancient Greek expert Julia Kapatelis and her daughter Vanessa, while Colonel Trevor realizes his superiors are being unusually evil.

    X-Factor #15: “Whose Death is this Anyway?” After his wings turned gangrenous and were amputated, a depressed Angel is presumed killed when his plane explodes.

    April 1997

    Thunderbolts #1: After the Avengers and Fantastic Four are all presumed dead, a new superhero team emerges to save New York. The end of the issue reveals these aren’t new heroes, but actually super villains in disguise running a long con.

    Astro City #8: the penultimate chapter of “Confession,” the Confessor (a Batman type vigilante who is also a vampire) exposes Astro City’s mayor as a literal alien and dies heroically. It’s better than it sounds.

    April 2007:

    Captain America #25: Captain America, on trial for his part in Civil War, is shot by Crossbones, then shot some more by a mystery person. He apparently dies of his injuries.

    Scalped #2: I missed the debut, but here’s issue 2 of Jason Aaron and R.M. Guera’s noir set on an Indian reservation. Probably Vertigo’s last great book.

  3. Matt Frewer played Moloch, the low level villain that Rorschach harassed throughout Watchmen. Stephen McHattie played the original Nite Owl.
    Also, The Last Express was designed and directed by Jordan Mechner, the creator of the original Prince of Persia

    1. Yeah, I was gonna comment that, just because I know of McHattie as a fellow Canuck with a pretty decent film resume and knew he was Hollis Mason. Didn’t realize that Moloch was Frewer though.

    2. Speaking of Matt Frewer in comic book roles, he was also the villain in the terribawful “Generation X” X-Men TV movie from in the ’90s. He played Dr. Russell Tresh, a sort of campy Freddy Kreuger mad doctor wannabe who would attack people in their dreams.

  4. Captain EO is indeed closed again in Disneyland. “What took it’s place,” you ask? A place where you can wait in line to watch a trailer for the next Star Wars movie in 3D.

    1. The Star Wars IP is going to DESTROY the living shit out of the integrity of the Disney parks, mark my words.

  5. I’ve seen all but a few of the earlier Almodovar movies, and all of the John Waters movies, and I’d say Almodovar’s 80’s movies are similar to John Waters’ 80’s movies, unusual, but not nearly as weird and offputting to the mainstream as Waters’ 70’s movies. Almodovar’s later movies seem like regular movies to me, but it could just be that I’ve spent so much time watching directors of this type of less-usual movies that I could be desensitized. It’s worth watching his oeuvre, though.

    I’m pretty sure I saw the Max Headroom movie before the show started, and I watched the show all the way through. I watched it again a few years ago, and it’s still pretty good, it stands up to bingeing better than a lot of 80’s shows, it doesn’t feel so much like the same formula every week like stuff like the Fall Guy or A-Team do (even Rockford Files was hard to watch too many shows too quickly.) I love Matt Frewer, I followed him on to Doctor Doctor, which also starred Julius Carry, who I knew as Sho Nuff, and later loved as Lord Bowler.

    Our local UHF channel turned into Fox, so I went from watching LoneStar and F Troop to Tracey Ulman. I don’t remember ever liking it much, but I watched every week, mostly for the Simpsons.

    It’s hard to believe Guitar Hero 2 is only 10 years old, it seems like I’ve been playing Rock Band for 15 or so years, and when I first played Guitar Hero 2 I played on my girlfriend’s nephew’s 360, using the control pad, since I hadn’t gotten into using the guitar controller yet.

  6. I think Diana needs to watch more 70’s B movies and exploitation movies, they usually have a lot of down time before anything you care about happens. Even the good 70’s movies feel like there’s a lot of unimportant stuff taking up runtime a lot of the time.

  7. I’m very glad Diana said that about Deathproof. That movie made me realize that I don’t like Tarantino movies. Having one badass scene doesn’t make up for how boring the rest of the movie is. I feel the same way about Inglorious Bastards.

  8. Hell yeah! One of my comments got read!

    I never got to see Grindhouse when it was in theaters, unfortunately. Hell, I didn’t even know it existed until friends were talking about it, but by the time I had the time and money to go see it, it was already too late. I eventually did see “Planet Terror” (and the “Machete” movies) but never got to see “Death Proof” or “Hobo with a Shotgun”

  9. After Grindhouse flopped in the US, the distributors released Death Proof and Planet Terror as totally separate movies in Europe – they even marketed Death Proof as ‘The New Tarantino Film’ on the posters, as if it was his fully-fledged follow up to Kill Bill. Still never seen either film as a result.

  10. One of the perks of being in movie theater management, is that we have access to early screenings of movies. these are not critic’s screenings, but “exhibitor” screenings. These would usually be at 10:00 AM a few weeks before a movie’s release. Sometimes the movies aren’t even finished – they could be missing digital effects, color correction, title/end credits, and still have the temp score. The level of attendance was directly proportional to the anticipation of the movie. On the high end, a couple dozen people will show up. On the other end, well, let’s say I watched a few movies by myself.

    Which brings us to Double Team. I went to the early screening, and much to my surprise, I wasn’t alone. A group of four people sat in the back of the theater. And when JCVD cut off the skin on his thumb to use it on a thumb-print device, one of the guys chimed in “It just went from bad to worse.” By the end of the movie, they had all bailed and I was by myself, watching JCVD and a neon colored Dennis Rodman fighting Micky Rourke and a tiger inside the Coliseum, before blowing it up, of course.

  11. please consider watching Double Team as a Monday Night Movie, I promise you it is a Fun Time. And get Diana in there!

  12. 1) Not that it really matters, it wasn’t Qaddafi in the Cafe 80s, it was Ayatollah Khomeini. You’re confusing the Libyans in the parking lot.

    2) Kevin Smith’s views on the complexities of queer identities seemed profound when I was 16. I can see why he has his fans, but he’s a sophomoric man with sophomoric films.

  13. Man, I loved the Saint movie back in the day. I watched the VHS so many times, in the end it was a blurry, static-y mess of cold fusion and russian ultra-nationalist hardliners. Kind of like the future we all have to look forward to. Hay-OOH!

    Eli Roth was the guy in Death Proof who calls mistakenly Shana “Shauna”.

    “It’s Shana-Banana, not Shauna-Banauna.”

  14. No problems with political jokes and commentary on LT network shows, but man, kinda wish you guys could skip over his appearances in pop culture for thirtytwentyten…hearing his voice genuinely disgusts me and bums me out.

    But whatever, love the show, boys.

  15. Also, Guitar Hero II on 360 was HUGE for me and my friends. I was a sophomore in high school and while I knew about the ps2 GH games, this is when it blew up in my school and became something EVERYONE was playing.

    Near the end of the school year, we had a long-term substitute teacher who basically let us get away with anything. My friends and I brought my 360 and Guitar Hero II into school, hooked it up to the shitty little classroom TV meant for school announcements, and skipped classes all day to hang out in there and play it. We had huge crowds of kids blowing off class to crowd around this tiny TV and play Guitar Hero–one of my most-fun in-school memories.

  16. I think Max Headroom really spoke to my dad because more than once he has excitedly brought it up to me and my brother like he expects us to remember it … but I was 2 when it premiered and my brother wasn’t born yet.

    and now, BOOKS FOR APRIL!
    1987: Couldn’t get an exact date on this, but the first Calvin and Hobbes book collection came out in April ’87. Worth mentioning, especially since the debut of Calvin and Hobbes was only about six weeks before 302010 started (November 18, 1985).
    1997: April 15: Thomas Pynchon – Mason & Dixon – I never finished this, but it’s basically a retelling of the guys who surveyed the Mason-Dixon Line. It’s mostly grounded, but it’s narrated by a character named Reverend Wicks Cherrycoke, and it prominently features a talking dog and a robot duck. I should really retry this one but it’s a real doorstop.
    2007: No books of note I could find, but pour one out on the curb and play the Talking Simpsons death jingle, ’cause Kurt Vonnegut died 10 years ago (April 11, 2007). So it goes.

    Also, jam band update: I listened to Leftover Salmon’s Euphoria on Spotify. It’s mostly bad, but “Funky Mountain Fogdown” and “Cash on the Barrelhead” are a couple of pretty good songs.

  17. The Saint soundtrack was how I found out about Daft Punk. My cousin would play “Da Funk” from that soundtrack as we would cruise around Cerritos, California in a beat up 84 Honda Accord, bopping our heads to the beat. Yes. Indeed we thought it was cool.

  18. This will probably fall under TV in the next couple weeks, but the GI Joe movie’s original release date was April 18, 1987, which basically ends the Sunbow animated series and brought us this amazing intro. It is a really weird departure and seems to be setting up for a drastic shift for the 1987 season that never happened. Plus, the death of Duke was changed due to the response to the death of Optimus Prime in the TF movie. Prime was quickly resurrected a couple months ago (in 1987), which had to be a hastily thrown together response to his death,

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4Ah2I166f_U

  19. Oh, man. One day my dad will die, and at his funeral I will tell everyone the Max Headroom story so they understand what a Dad is to me.

    For Halloween in 1987 or 1988, my dad set about building me a Max Headroom costume for trick-or-treating, and it was goddamned amazing. He found a large cardboard box to act as the TV set, cutting a my-torso-sized hole in one side (with thumb holes for me to use to keep it from tipping to one side while I walked) and attaching the front frame from an actual TV set onto the open side. He rigged shoulder straps to help me bear its unwieldly size and weight, which I then wore UNDER the black sportcoat he fitted me with, along with the mirror shades and intricately coiffed hair to mimic Max’s plastic hairdo.

    He hung a curtain around the bottom of the set, to hide my damned legs when I walked! He affixed a series of differently colored ribbons in parallel lines behind me, in three directions meeting in an off-center spot behind my head, to mimic the glitchy effects happening in the background of the display. And despite ALL OF THIS, he was mildly disappointed that he ran out of time before Halloween arrived, because his master plan was to install servos which would’ve made the ribbon panels undulate behind me. He couldn’t figure out how to do it without making the rig too heavy for little me to walk around in.

    It was beyond amazing. I have no vocabulary strong enough to explain how gratifying this experience was. Even if Mom had to carry my candy pail because both of my hands were under a curtain, thumbs in a box, steadying the large pretend-TV mounted on me, doing my best glitchy-voiced twitchy-headed Max Headroom impression all the while.

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