The Secret of Jump Street, Anacondas eat Voight and Aqua Teens hit the big screen – Apr 7-13

This week in 1987, Michael J Fox reveals the Secret of His Success and Johnny Depp heads to Jump Street. 1997 saw a giant snake eat Jon Voight alive and Laddie charm the Simpsons, while in 07 Aqua Teen Movie Film hits theaters and Funny or Die launches.

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News

April 10: As far as anyone can tell, the term “steampunk” is used by sci-fi author KW Jeter in a letter to Locus magazine.

Movies

The Secret of My Success

Night Ranger

Three for the Road – Charlie Sheen, Alan Ruck, flopped

Withnail and I: Richard E. Grant, Paul McGann

Silent Night, Deadly Night 2: https://youtu.be/i7gIpuIVE3k

The Aristocats re-release

 

TV

4/10/87 – Final episode of Amazing Stories “Miss Stardust” starring Dick Shawn, Laraine Newman and Weird Al, directed by Tobe Hooper.

4/12/87 – 21 Jump Street premieres

Johnny Depp’s breakout role as one of a group of cops who go undercover at high schools and colleges. The show would cover topics like alcohol and drug abuse, hate crimes, child abuse, and AIDS. Co-starred Holly Robinson, who also performed the theme song.

4/12/87 – The CBS movie Escape from Sobibor airs, about a mass escape from a Nazi death camp

 

Games

Rush & Attack – side scroller, have a knife and battle through waves of bad guys. Can you tell it’s during the Cold War?

Track & Field – classic button masher

 

Music

Rock the House – DJ Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince debut album
Johnny Cash is Coming to Town – 73rd album
Tango in the Night – Fleetwood Mac 14th studio album, Little Lies, sold 15 million
White Snake – White Snake 7th album but contains Here I Go Again, sold 8 million copies

 

1997:

Music

Third Eye Blind – debut album w Semi Charmed Life, Jumper, How’s it Gonna Be, 6x platinum
Dig Your Own Hole – Chemical Brothers 2nd album, you know it for Block Rockin’ Beats
Dig Me Out – Sleater Kinney

 

News

Tony Randall, 77, has child with 2nd wife (22). First wife, married for over 50 years, died 5 years before. Randall died 9 years later.

 

Movies

Paradise Road: Glenn Close, Frances McDormand

The Castle: Tiny indie comedy, voted in 2010 as the film “most representative of Australia.” Cost 700,000 dollarydoos, made more than 10 million.

Grosse Pointe Blank

Anaconda – Jon Voight in his weirdest role ever? J Lo, Ice Cube, Danny Trejo, Owen Wilson made $136m off of $50m

 

TV

MISSED ON March 31 1997 – Teletubbies debut

4/7/97 – Pauly (a FOX vehicle for Paul Shore) is cancelled after 5 episodes

4/10/97 – Fired Up debuts on NBC, yet another show given the plum spot in between established shows (Seinfeld and ER). It starred Sharon Lawrence as an executive who’s fired from her job and must move in with her assistant (played by Leah Remini) the show also featured Jonathan Banks (Mike from Breaking Bad) It would be cancelled by February 1998

4/12/97 – Rob Lowe hosts SNL, but the bigger guests are Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci who confront Jim Breuer and Colin Quinn playing them in the Joe Pesci skit.

4/13/97 – The Simpsons episode “The Canine Mutiny” features Bart getting a credit card under the pseudonym Santos L Halper, ordering a new dog Laddie, and giving away Santa’s Little Helper when his stuff is repossessed. Inspired this great exchange

 

Games

Psychic Force on PS1 – 1995 fighting game finally ported to the West in April. Not too remarkable

 

2007:

Music

Beautiful Liar is on the charts, Beyonce and Shakira. We’ve played Girlfriend,Glamorous, Sweet Escape already. Video is 4×3, just remember how the modern world didn’t begin until 2008-09

Tiesto, Cloud Cult, Blonde Redhead, tons of albums I’ve never heard of and have no sales accolades

 

News

4/12/07 – Funny or Die launches with “The Landlord”

 

 

Movies

ATHF: Movie Film

Slow Burn – Ray Liotta, LL Cool J, Mekhi Phifer

Lonely Hearts – Travolta, Jared Leto

True Story look at the Lonely Hearts Murders, a killer who lured in victims via personal ads

Perfect Stranger – Halle Berry, Bruce Willis, Giovanni Ribisi

Redline – street racing movie most known for being funded by subprime loans just before everything melted down

Pathfinder – Karl Urban, slight remake of a 1987 Norweigan movie that was nominated for best foreign language film in 1988. Sami legend

Disturbia

Now, if that sounds similar to another film, it got sued by the the Trust who owned tthe rights to “It Had to Be Murder, the Cornell Woolrich short story that provided the basis for Rear Window.

 

TV

MISSED ON APRIL 5: Human Giant debuts on MTV

4/10/07 – Jon & Kate Plus 8 premieres

4/9/07 – NBC debuts the show Thank God You’re Here, where comedic actors are thrust into a sketch not knowing anything about it besides the costume they’re wearing. The first episode’s guests are Wayne Knight; Bryan Cranston; Joel McHale; Jennifer Coolidge; with: Mo’Nique; Kevin Nealon; Richard Kind and Edie McClurg.

4/15/07 – Drive debuts on FOX, an action-drama about people taking part in a mysterious cross-country race. The cast included Nathan Fillion, Dylan Baker, and ACADEMY AWARD WINNER Emma Stone. Drive’s Twitter was the first official show account to livetweet an episode (https://twitter.com/foxdrive). Only three episodes aired on TV, the rest were put online after cancellation

 

Games

Super Paper Mario – v cute, reviewed this, might’ve had first review? Luigi evil robot, the Brobot. Nice sign that there would be “normal” games for Wii. And it also began as a GC game. Flip perspective

 

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37 thoughts on “The Secret of Jump Street, Anacondas eat Voight and Aqua Teens hit the big screen – Apr 7-13

  1. ATHF:MFFT! I was a big fan of Aqua Teen and the day the film came out me and 3 friends went to go see it. We decided to get insanely baked in the parking lot before hand and it was the best combination. The movie starts with a PSA by the great prog-metal band Mastodon berating people for bad movie theater etiquette, and I was so stoned that by the end of the song I was gripping the arm rests from the ridiculousness and intensity of the song. From there the movie does the normal ATHF thing of jumping around into nonsense situations. Again, I was fucked up and each time the plot made its way back to an earlier situation/setting because of all the jumping around, I would realize I forgot what the movies “point” was and would remember what I was watching and that just made the movie all the better. Insanoflex, origin stories, talking watermelons, Dr. Weird, Nude Love, Neil Pert, this movie had it all. One of the guys that went to movie with me had never seen ATHF and he walked out of there astonished and confused that this movie existed. All in all great movie and great theater experience.

  2. Outside the US, Rush ‘n’ Attack is known as Green Beret. Coming so soon after Contra it’s clear that Konami were definitely playing up the Cold War angle on their US releases.

    It’s also another Konami game with awesome boxart on the home computer versions.

    1. Teletubbies is a British import as I’m sure you guys are aware but Ragdoll Productions, the company behind it have been creating nightmare fuel for decades.

      In the mid-80s they were responsible for Pob’s Programme, a sort of proto-Teletubbies educational show that was presented by the kind of puppet you could imagine someone’s soul being banished into. It had a memorable introduction, with Pob speaking in tongues while standing in front of a strobing kaleidoscopic background, then spraying the screen with what appears to be spittle before writing his name in it. All while accompanied by the most unsettling off-key farty synth brass. Even as a child I remember wanting it to be over so I could watch Land of the Giants afterwards.

      Should you want to take a look yourself – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3dqxZo_myyA

      1. What is it with people in their 30s being afraid of certain things on PBS? Like the Yip Yips and the Teletubbies? My generation must really worship the Eldritch lords without realizing it.

  3. let me tell y’all about Silent Night Deadly Night Part 2. It’s so much more than “Garbage Day!”. While that part always gets a laugh, jockish sweater man is operating at 11 for the entire movie, and his eyebrows never stop moving. There are more perfect bad films out there, but that guy is my be all end all favourite bad performance of all time.

    You’ll never need to watch Part 1, because yes the first half of Part 2 IS a condensed version of Part 1, sandwiched between eyebrow jock telling the story to a psychiatrist with all the maniacal gravitas of Doctor Doom. Then once the movie runs out of clips, dude kills the doctor and heads out on a ridiculous rampage that includes impaling a man with an umbrella, shocking a guy’s mouth with a car battery until his face explodes, and of course “Garbage Day”.

    HIGHLY recommended. watch it with your family next Christmas.

    1. Reminds me of Boogeyman 2 from 1983, over half of its 79 minute runtime is made up of ‘flashbacks’ to the first film.

      1. The only thing I remember about the 80’s Boogeyman movies is some kid sticking his head through a window yelling “Boogeyman!”, then the window crushes his neck. hahah

  4. Next week(timeline wise) is actually kind of a bigish deal for me the 19th of April is when I finally came out to my mom on my 16th birthday(turns out I’m not really gay but actually trans well soft trans I’m too short to pass and just kind of have a masculine Ellen Page look but it’s NBD) and subsequently got kicked out. I kind of overreacted since it was a very open secret since I hit puberty I even had a couple girlfriends I brought home & my older brothers & lovable but spineless dad already stated they’d always love me and I had a younger sister who seemed to kinda accept me as well I could’ve likely comeback the next day and talked it out instead I kinda took it as a chance to start over get my GED go to a youth shelter, enter Community College change my name to something “cool” (I went with Axl, yes like Rose Mustaine was plan B) and before 19 leave New Hampshire & Vermont and go to Cal Berkeley on partial scholarship and get a degree in Materials Science. If not for that day I’dve still gotten a Science Degree and gotten to continue playing sports which Iloved but my life kinda worked out aside from some major depression episode shit but that’s NBD I guess.

    1. Oh I should mention that all happened in 2007 which is why it’s a big deal I’m an idiot left that out

    2. That’s a lot heavier than most of the stuff I’ve brought up in relation to these episodes so I kind of feel like a doof, but it’s great that it worked out for the most part in the end

  5. My friends and I did a double (triple?) feature of ATHF : The Movie and Grindhouse, being 17 years old you can imagine we had an amazing time! Though the funniest part of the whole day was actually having my Mom buy all of the tickets for us.

    1. Would like to ad that people give Kurt Vonnegut’s “Welcome to the Monkey House” a read, I read it at 13 and it changed the way I saw the world.

  6. my sister was really into teletubbies and the only memory i have of it was taking all four of her teletubbie toys opening them and swapping the voice boxes. so when she went to play with them they all started saying the wrong things and she cried, occasionally she still brings it up.

  7. The only memory I have of Anaconda is that I get it mixed up with the 100 time campier film about a giant snake, Python that came out 3 years later. The movie is only notable for 2 things. First, it stars Wil Wheaton, Jenny McCarthey, Robert Englund, and Casper Van Diem. Second, it opens up with a lesbian sex scene. where the lesbian couple is promptly killed by the titular Python., which was the first time 12-year me a saw a naked woman in a film.

  8. Withnail & I is one of my favourite movies of all time. I get excited every time Richard E Grant appears in anything (most recently Girls, Logan and Game of Thrones) simply because of how much I love him as Withnail. Nearly every single line he delivers in the movie is endlessly quotable.

    I would say though, don’t go into it expecting a broad comedy, because it really isn’t that. It doesn’t even really have jokes as such, or much of a plot for that matter. It has a kind of bleak, rainy tone to it – as Diana says it’s a film that tries to encapsulate the tail end of the 1960s – the ‘hangover to the biggest party the world has ever known’. It may not blow you away on first viewing, but it’s kinda like The Big Lebowski, in that it kind of grows on you the more times you watch it.

    Also, fans of Wayne’s World will get a kick out of the character of the drug dealer played by Ralph Brown, who went on to play basically the exact same character in Wayne’s World 2 (I’m sure at the behest of Mike Myers), as the roadie with the amazing, peculiar delivery and stories about Ozzy Osbourne and “Brown M&M’s”.

      1. How to Get Ahead in Advertising is one of the films we hired from the bloke who ran a rental shop from the back of his car, so it holds a special place in my heart. The UK Blu-Ray of Withnail & I includes the HD transfer of How To Get Ahead in Advertising as a special feature.

  9. The Castle is a huge deal down here in Australia, as Diane said. Coincidentally, the group of people who made The Castle are the same people that invented “Thank god you’re here.” They’re called Working Dog. So there’s a little connection between the 20 and 10 segments. Working Dog are responsible for a lot of great comedy here in Australia. they go back to a comedy sketch show in the early nineties called the Late Show, and a bunch of comedy shows that I could name but probably wouldn’t mean anything to you guys. They also made a Sam Neil movie called The Dish, which also starred Patrick “the Tick” Warburton!

    p.s. Your Australian accents are awful! but 5 bucks a month for all this entertainment, I can deal with it 🙂

  10. What’s always funny about listening to Thirty Twenty Ten is how some things from the same time period don’t seem so long ago to me, whereas others feel like they came out in a totally different era. For example Grosse Point Blank feels relatively recent to me, whereas Anaconda seems so dated that it might as well have come out a million years ago.

  11. Go Australia! Very excited to hear a mention of ‘The Castle’ this week. A great low budget film made by a production company called Working Dog, made up of Rob Sitch, Tom Gleisner and Santo Cilauro amongst others. They started out as a sketch comedy group in the 1980s and made the greatest sketch comedy show in Australian history, ‘The Late Show’, which ran for two seasons in the early 1990s. They have also made television and films in a number of formats since then. The other big film they made was ‘The Dish’, about the role that Australia played in televising the 1969 moon landing and starring Putty from Seinfeld.
    They had a long-running comedy current affairs show in the late 1990s/early 2000s called ‘The Panel’, which was a format sold to a number of countries, the most famous one being Ireland, hosted by Dara o’Briain.
    What links ‘The Castle’ in 1997 and ‘Thank God You’re Here’ in 2007 (as briefly mentioned this week) was that the show was originally a Working Dog production in Australia, then sold to the UK, and then to the USA.

  12. Fun fact: back when the Internet was newish and chat rooms were The Big Thing I used to use Santos L Halper as my screen name. I cybered so many “ladies” as a cartoon dog.

  13. Every episode makes me realize how little attention I paid to all of this stuff when it was coming out as a kid in 97, only really remember the stuff like the music that has played ever since and the Simpsons that I committed to my memory like my life depended on it. Then 07 comes around and I’m like, wait that was ten years ago? Oh god where has my life gone?
    Keep up the great work even if it fills me with existential dread at the forward movement of time.

  14. Diana is right – Gay of Thrones is hilarious. The nicknames they use for every character and location (Brienne = ‘Tilda’, Stannis = ‘Between Jobs Jason Statham’, The Iron Islands = ‘Seattle’, Vaes Dothrak = ‘Coachella’) always make me laugh out loud.

  15. April 13, 2007 was the date Lil’ Wayne released Da Drought 3. It was a free mixtape released exclusively online so it’s not a surprise that it was missed, but if you ever wonder how or why Lil Wayne got so popular, this mixtape is the answer. Aside from introducing the world to his crazy sizzurp soaked mind, the mixtape was one of the earliest signs of the streaming boom and the free hip hop album explosion of the next decade, and has played a big role in destroying the music industry. Though not an official album, this mixtape has had probably the biggest impact on hip hop in the last 10 years.

  16. Woody Allen was “Jimmey Bond” and a villain if I recall from memory. The only things worth remembering about that movie and a wiff. I feel like the Comicbook store dude.

  17. Wish you guys had more to say on Sleater-Kinney’s Dig Me Out. It’s one of my favorite albums of all time, by maybe my favorite band. “One More Hour” is one of the most beautiful knock-down, drag-out breakup songs ever. It really marks the beginning of SK being one of the best rock bands on the planet, as it is the introduction of drummer Janet Weiss. Janet just barrels through the entire album. She adds an element of precision and exactness to the band that really comes to define them in the long run. If you’ve never listened to Sleater-Kinney, I’d really recommend giving this album a try. It’s definitely not for everyone, but I do think everyone should at least see if it’s for them.

    Also, goddamn I miss Kurt Vonnegut. I think the part of the Vonnegut bio you missed when you mentioned his re-emergence was that he could not stand by during the Iraq War and the Bush years. It pushed him back into public life. Vonnegut is someone who completely changed the way I see the world. He advocated for a specific, wonderful form of humanism that was warm, funny, and moral. Reading his work over and over has become necessary to surviving the Trump era. RIP Kurt.

  18. Shout out to my mom, who 30 years ago was stuck waiting for me to pop out. She had to wait until the next week (4/16/87, which happened to be Good Friday I think) for me to be born. This is why I love this show, it pretty much encapsulates my whole life exactly.

  19. On the subject of steampunk, I think the genre originated with the novel The Difference Engine, co-written by Bruce Sterling and William Gibson (better known as the godfather of cyberpunk with the short story “Burning Chrome” and novel Neuromancer). The premise is that if Charles Babbage had actually created his computer prototype, the difference engine, in the first half of the 19th century, we could’ve had the computer age over a century early. The novel is a detective-esque adventure story taking place in the UK and US that explores all of those alternate history implications. It actually deals a lot with the Bone Wars, an escalating conflict between two early American paleontologists– Edward Drinker Cope and O. C. Marsh– who discovered a HUGE portion of the dinosaur fossils we have now, mostly out of professional rivalry and spite to one another. They would often try to sabotage or discredit each other, and their zeal to discover new species lead to a lot of shaky science and taxonomy, which is why we have the current Apatosaurus/Brontosaurus confusion– Marsh had discovered the Apatasaurus first, but the skeleton was missing a skull. He later found a similar but complete dinosaur skeleton that he rushed to classify as a whole new dinosaur (which he called Brontosaurus), but it ended up just being another Apatosaurus.

    Anyway, it’s a fairly entertaining adventure book, without many of the trappings of the modern genre. I’m particularly interested in it because my degree is in geology and I have minors in geography, history, English, and religious studies, so it’s a book that kind of covers every area of my academic interest.

  20. Fantastic episode, as always!
    Very impressed by Diana’s synopsis of The Castle. Many phrases from the film have entered the Australian vernacular – for example, when someone receives an ornamental gift they might express their approval with, “This is going straight to the pool room”. If the asking price for an item is too high, we would “tell him he’s dreaming”. In situations where someone has difficulty elucidating their reasoning behind a decision, they might say, “it’s the constitution, it’s Mabo, it’s justice, it’s law, it’s the vibe…”
    Anyhow, nice work, and I hope the podcast continues for many years!

  21. I watched GROSSE POINT BLANK because of the talk about it during this episode and the fact that it is on Netflix, and it was a pretty enjoyable time. The movie’s not terribly long, it’s got some legitimately funny scenes, it avoids the Garden State stupidity of acting like he’s better than everyone he left (actually, seems reasonably accurate in that everyone’s life is kind of eh by then), and it’s pretty entertaining. If anyone else was curious about it because of this episode, I’d say go for it – it’s one of the better Pulp Fiction copycats that were produced.

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