Pooh Debuts, Terminator comes to TV and Dave Chappelle and Cloverfield release their best movies – Jan 12-18

The Sarah Conner Chronicles debuts on TV, while JJ Abrams launches a fantastic entry in the slowest movie franchise in history. but first, Winnie the Pooh becomes the unsung hero of the Disney Afternoon and Dave Chappelle makes his starring debut in Half Baked. All this and more, this week on Thirty Twenty Ten!

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28 thoughts on “Pooh Debuts, Terminator comes to TV and Dave Chappelle and Cloverfield release their best movies – Jan 12-18

  1. I watched Half Baked for the first time this past spring/summer and it definitely holds up. Beyond being actually funny, the way it deals with pot itself doesn’t feel dated (other than it being a big legal issue), and I’d definitely say any Chapelle fans should check it out, even in 2018.

  2. Listening to the show now…in regards to the Winnie the Pooh attractions at Disneyland and Walt Disney World; Neither are trackless. The only trackless incarnation of the attraction is in Tokyo.

  3. Return of the Living Dead Part II I’ve seen on Showtime, it was halfway through but even so, I think I saw it before the first film and well being 13, I didn’t care since I wanted zombie action and laughed at the stupid jokes. But I did find interesting information about the film years later. As supplements to the Return of the Living Dead documentary More Brains, they did talk about the second film in its own section and pretty much nobody wanted to do it to the point where William Stout, the production designer of the first film threatened to sue the producers if they used his designs. Then again, I hear producer of the first film and the second film, Tom Fox, he didn’t seem well liked or apparently understood why the first Return of the Living Dead was successful. Apparently to Fox, it was the title that got people seeing it and also the guy continuously fought with Dan O’Bannon.

    And the director of the second, Ken Wiederhorn, he never liked Horror films, he hated the genre. Brian Peck pointed out to him like “Why are you here if you didn’t want to be?” He was kind of a miserable guy but really, Wiederhorn shouldn’t have complained given his previous film was Meatballs II. But a humorous fact about this film, Brian Peck was the Michael Jackson zombie at the climax of the film, the director took one look at Peck in the makeup and went, “Nope!” but at the very last minute, he was told “Go!” and he got on, did a few dance moves and flopped to the ground (the zombies were being electrocuted for context’s sake) and it was a case of, “do it and ask for forgiveness later.” Bizarrely, the film was popular in Japan and the rest of Asia and on a radio show, they wanted to discuss the Michael Jackson zombie.

    Scooby Doo and the Ghoul School I watched on Cartoon Network a couple of times, honestly, looking back, who am I kidding? Hanna Barbara’s garbage to me and this movie doesn’t help. It’s basically typical HB stuff, stupid jokes, uninteresting plot and so forth. This is no different and don’t get me started on the Scrappy Doo rap because goddamn hearing that again, I gritted my teeth. Oh and whatever you do, don’t go to deviantart in regards to the Ghoul School girls because, oh boy. I’ll just leave it at that.

    New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh I watched a couple of times but I don’t remember much of the show except for the theme song. Though the youtubers and deviantart members seem obsessed with doing crossovers with this show. How odd.

    Fallen I only know about because some review compared Wes Craven’s Shocker to the film in regards to somebody possessing others by touch.

    Cloverfield like everyone else I saw the teaser for when it premiered in front of Transformers, EVERYONE was talking about this film, Nostalgia Critic, other random youtubers, everyone was talking about this teaser. Missed out unfortunately but I did see the sequel which, yeah, I love. I even defend the last 10 minutes of the film.

  4. How could Diana not have remembered what is arguably the greatest movie about a mental health facility, One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest?

  5. When Matt was going on his insane theory that there is any semblance of depth or meaning in the work of Hannah-Barbara, I could only think of George Weiss from “Ed Wood”:

    Weiss: Kid, you must have me confused with David Selznick. I don’t make major motion pictures, I make crap.
    Ed: Yes — but if you take that crap and put a star in it, then you’ve got something!
    Weiss: Yeah. Crap with a star.

  6. Winnie the Pooh was one of those properties that felt like a Disney Channel only character when I was a kid. During a free preview my mom was able to snatch the Many Adventures off of it and I grew up on that until it founds its way onto ABC Saturday morning. And I’m pretty sure Princess and the Frog is the film that killed 2D for Disney, the Winnie the Pooh that followed was kind of an after-thought and not expected to do much, and it’s a damn shame because those two films are beautiful.
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    I really enjoyed The Sarah Connor Chronicles during its short life. It has kind of a lull in the second season, but it’s a pretty compelling show otherwise. It got a sort-of finale that works okay as a series finale but also left a little window open in case it got picked up for a third season, which it obviously did not. It’s a good show, though not so good that I’ve ever felt the need to re-watch. I guess if you are real down on the current state of the film franchise it might be fun to re-visit or see for the first time.
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    Did we miss it last week, or did I miss it, but American Gladiators re-debuted on January 6th of ’08 to a pretty big audience that didn’t stick around. I remember thinking, “oh cool, they’re bringing it back,” when I saw the plugs through-out the fall but man was that show bad. The original show was a lot of fun because the contestants were at a major disadvantage when taking on the gladiators, but the 08 gladiators were fucking terrible at all of the games. I just remember some guy named Wolf who was clearly hired because he looked like a tough guy, but he seemed to get schooled in every event. I think the show managed to survive for 2 seasons, but I probably only watched 2 or 3 episodes.

  7. My mom had a friend who had a couple of ferrets that she named Catherine and Vincent, after the Beauty and the Beast characters.

  8. THANK YOU three for helping me learn the name of a movie that’s been bugging me since 1989 or so. I had a babysitter at some point that year who brought two video tapes to our house. The only one I remember watching was about a teenage boy who failed his driving test, and until today, I was positive that the movie had a one-word title… and I kept thinking it was called “Rad”. Years ago I saw clips of the actual ’80s move “Rad” and realized that it could not possibly be the same movie. Now I realize that it was “License to Drive” (so obvious in retrospect) and the OTHER movie the babysitter brought must have been “Rad”. I was beginning to think that I had made up the “License” movie as a six year old.

    1. Man, now that I’m looking into this movie, it features BOTH Coreys Haim and Feldman, James Avery, Heather Graham, AND Carol Kane?! Looking forward to July when you all get to talk about it.

      1. License to Drive was on Netflix not too long ago, but I think I read that it just left streaming. I enjoyed it as a kid, and watched it a year or so ago, and it wasn’t that bad all these years later.

  9. I’m a big fan of Sarah Connor Chronicles and will make another comment about it later, but for right now I have to say: Chris you are the only person in the world who says “Cersei” like that and it’s both irritating and hilarious.

  10. This made me go back and look up The Secret World of Alex Mack.

    I can’t believe in hindsight, there was a character on it named Vince Carter, the name of a future NBA All Star.

  11. I disagree with Cloverfield. Not a fan of that shaky cam bullshit . I’ve avoided some movies that I want to see due to this camera style. It’s lazy and makes things poorly shot and difficult to follow.

    1. The monsters in Cloverfield apparently sense shaky cam, so every time the main characters go anywhere the monsters instantly appear, forgetting anything else they might be doing. They go underground, bam, little monsters appear, they go across the river, come up miles from the big monster terrorizing the city, bam, big monster stops his city crushing to attack a few random people with a shaky cam. 10 Cloverfield Lane was much less annoying.

    1. He might have done the evil version of Piglet, who I guess would be Niglet, or Negapig, but who could imagine him as Piglet?

      1. I also agree with everyone that the 2011 Pooh mike was very good. But who thought it was a good idea to cast Tom (Spongebob) Kenny as Rabbit?

  12. Dang – you just had to take a shot at the Browns? 🙁 Us Browns fans deserve it, though!

    Alex Mack was one of my first childhood crushes before Topanga (they were 1-2 in my 10 year old book).

  13. Hey!

    I can accept differing opinions, but I cannot stand for the slandering of The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh at Magic Kingdom. Yes, it is a god damned tragedy that we lost Mr. Toad’s Wild Ride, even if it was the lesser, truncated version of it. But that said, The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a great dark ride. The Heffalumps and Woozles section and the following Rainy Day section are brilliant examples of Imagineering magic. We get a wonderful recreation of Pooh’s fever dream that is then followed by two of my favorite ride and scenic effects. In the Rainy Day we get a beautiful series of lighting effects representing rain drops as light trails, representing the rain, fall from the sky and then hit the flooded ‘ground’ resulting in illuminated circles that ripple out in a beautiful visual effect. Couple this with the fact that the motion of the ride vehicle changes to represent your floating through the currents and you get nothing short of design brilliance. The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh was also one of the first queues to feature interactive play elements to make your wait a little less boring.

    In short: it’s a tragedy we lost Mr. Toad, but The Many Adventures of Winnie the Pooh is a great dark ride and deserves to be respected as such.

  14. So I actually saw Rent-a-Cop back in the day on HBO. Or at least some of it. All I remember is that the killer wore a suit made of Kevlar and a bulletproof motorcycle helmet, so that he was basically unkillable. He also used these mini-grenades for weapons. Anyway, during the final battle, the only way Burt Reynolds is able to stop the guy is to shove one of the mini-grenades up into the guy’s helmet and blow it up.

    And then comes the part I will never forget: As Burt Reynolds and Liza Maneli do there whole “hug and kiss in the aftermath of movie climax” thing, Reynold’s partner(?) checks on the bad guy’s body. Liza asks “Is he dead?” and the partner looks at her and says: “Lady, he ain’t got no head.”

  15. You were talking about Crash Course and I knew it by genre only at first. There were a few of these in the 80’s and 90’s, where the casting was mainly based on who was on sitcoms at the time. You played the BD Wong rap and it still wasn’t quite ringing a bell, until he got to “We Be Drivin’,” and suddenly I could hear my younger sister (12 at the time) and her best friend chanting “We be drivin'” constantly. I still don’t specifically recall the movie…

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