Gwyneth Paltrow Gets A Haircut, Simpsons Hit 200, and Grand Theft Auto Decimates Everything – Apr 20-26 – Thirty Twenty Ten

Grand Theft Auto IV is officially ten-years-old, Flight of the Conchords make their audio debut, INXS is on the charts, Disney’s Animal Kingdom opens and they have an entire network to promote it, and Sliding Doors becomes a verb. All this and more on this week’s edition of Thirty Twenty Ten, your weekly look into the week that was, 30, 20 and 10 years ago…

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10 thoughts on “Gwyneth Paltrow Gets A Haircut, Simpsons Hit 200, and Grand Theft Auto Decimates Everything – Apr 20-26 – Thirty Twenty Ten

  1. Hawkwind had a million albums. They’re mostly famous for being the origin of Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead fame. They’re early albums are alright, but they were kind of like an untalented high school jam band that went too far. If you insist on checking them out try the album Warrior on the Edge of Time.

  2. I am about to be the first person in all of history to wax philosophically about Just the 10 of Us. For you see that is one of those weird sitcoms that exist for me as only one solitary memory. That is to say I’m very confident that I regularly watched the show week after week after week, for years and years and years, but now 30 years later all that remains in my mind is one single joke, and not even a good one. I can vividly recall a scene where for some reason the family ends up on a government food program, and the father doesn’t want them to be on it due to his pride. The family receives a giant cheese wheel ( it just shows up at their house from the government – because that’s totally how food stamps work) and the father says they are going to return the food. He leaves the room and when he comes back there is a big piece of the cheese wheel missing. So he yells at the top of his lungs, “All right! Who cut the cheese? “ And … that’s it. I probably watched over 100 hours of Just the Ten of Us (including re-runs and what not) during my formative years and yet that ten second gag is the sole memory I took away from all the precious time of my childhood I spent on that show. And that does make me wonder how much, if any, of the entertainment I’m consuming today I will still have in my mind in 2048. Will all of Silicon Valley be one scene to me by then? Will the Good Place be completely deleted from my memory banks? What determines if some piece of media we read or watch or listen to today, will stay with us over the long haul? And what determines if it is mere ephemera which will be deleted by the long inevitable triumph of entropy?

  3. I was just wondering if I should break out my Monty Python DVDs and show them to my girlfriend, but there are only 45 episodes, and only two episodes per disc, and the stupid A&E commercials and animated menus are SO LONG! Is it worth having to yell at the screen every time I have to fight with another stupid disc starting? She probably won’t even appreciate the effort I put into it.

  4. Great episode! I am from Welaka FL originally, I grew up down the river from Silver Springs, and I can confirm the monkeys! We used to go bow fishing in the springs, which meant using a bow and arrow with an attached fishing reel to haul in the line. The monkeys could be heard hooting in the woods, all hours of the day.

  5. In 6th grade, I picked up a cheap VHS of the original “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” from a Halloween display that included options such as “Retilicus” and a colorized “Plan 9 from Outer Space” I instantly became the only Killer Tomatoes fan I have ever seen in person (obviously I know there have to be others, but I have yet to meet one).
    It’s often mistaken as a work of accidental self-parody, but watching it is clearly not a “so bad, it’s good” movie. It’s a spoof in the vein of “Airplane!” or “Naked Gun.” The spy who infiltrates the tomatoes is caught because he asks for ketchup. The opening credits include “This space for rent! Your ad here! Call 555-5555”
    I’ve seen all four movies, but I’ll skip “Killer Tomatoes Strike Back” and “Killer Tomatoes Eat France” (“Filmed on location in France except the parts that aren’t”), and just talk about the one mentioned in this episode, “Return of the Killer Tomatoes.” One local mom and pop video store had it and I rented it over and over, weekend after weekend. The movie has a framing device of being aired on an independent TV station by a small town TV personality (who loudly complains about airing this instead of his favorite movie, “Big Breasted Girls go to the Beach and Take Their Tops Off”). The actual movie has John Astin as the mad scientist who created the Killer Tomatoes creating a new race of shapshifting tomatoes and a tomato woman running away and joining the protagonist and wacky best friend (wacky best friend played by George Clooney). The cartoon series is actually based on this movie’s plot. Part way through the movie, they claim to have run out of money and then start putting over the top product placement jokes in every scene.
    I haven’t watched these in a couple years, so I have no idea how well the hold up, but I have fond memories of these and can still sing the “Attack of the Killer Tomatoes” and “Return of the Killer Tomatoes” theme songs.

  6. Hawkwind gave us Lemmy Kilmister!!! I play in a band in Gainesville, FL and we always get a great response when we play a cover of Ace of Spades.. (Yes, I know that wasn’t Hawkwind…) R.I.P. Lemmy…

  7. Oh, man. Attack and Return of the Killer Tomatoes are both totally worth checking out. Attack is pretty rough, production wise, and can get pretty uneven, but definitely funny and a great indie gem of the era. Return is a bit slicker, production wise, but still clearly low budget. The story is better paced and the editing is WAY tighter. Clooney does stand out, but he is definitely more co-star than star. And it has some of the best sight gags you will see outside of a Zucker Brother’s movie.

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