Halloween finds water, James Franco and Seth Rogen board the Pineapple Express, and beware of The Blob – Aug 2-9: Thirty Twenty Ten

NWA’s first album coincidentally debuts the same day as Yo MTV Raps, Nic Cage rolls a Snake Eyes, Laurie Strode celebrates Halloween both early and late, Whose Line returns to TV, and Seth Rogen and James Franco keep the train a’rollin! All that and more on this edition of Thirty Twenty Ten, your weekly look back on the week that was, 30, 20, and 10 years ago.

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10 thoughts on “Halloween finds water, James Franco and Seth Rogen board the Pineapple Express, and beware of The Blob – Aug 2-9: Thirty Twenty Ten

  1. The Blob remake I really, really dig. Saw it last year as part of my Horror movie marathon for October. Watched it as a double feature with The Dark Half, the George Romero directed adaptation of the Stephen King story of the same name. I do like the idea of the thing being some kind of weird government experiment gone awry which gives it something of an anarchist edge and stuck to the original theme of teenagers being the ones to save the day while the adults are useless or in this case, corrupt. Practical effects were amazing, same with the visual effects and plenty of kick ass moments like blowing up the sewer hole cover with a bazooka, what’s not to like? I am curious if the last scene of the film was supposed to be a sequel set up but yeah, I just adore this remake. Admittedly I’ve never seen the original Blob but I’m willing to try it. Funny how the original ended up on the Criterion Collection at one point. But yeah, the remake is awesome and would love to show off to friends of mine.

    Straight Outta Compton, who hasn’t listened to it? I remember being hyped by the marketing for the NWA bio film (also called Straight Outta Compton) that I listened to the song a lot. Awesome and I do sing the lyrics (leaving out the n-word however) and Fuck the Police, also familiar with-even through pop culture osmosis.

    Halloween H20, first time I watched the film was on FX where they showed an extended cut of the film just for TV with deleted scenes and such. I do remember seeing the poster when I was a kid constantly but was too young at the time but I finally watched it just when I was getting into Horror films at age 13. When I did rent the film on DVD, I was surprised to see the short running time because I remembered the TV cut being longer. But I do own the Blu-Ray via the Halloween Collector’s Edition box set from Shout Factory, godsends of the Horror genre for home video releases; they are Horror gods in this field! Anyway, fun tidbit; the Halloween franchise almost went direct to video after the sixth film going so badly…until Jamie Lee Curtis came in and said she wanted to do another one and so, Dimension Films gave it to the go ahead to make it theatrical and along with a couple of rewrites of course.

    I enjoy the film a lot. Has its problems like too many jump scares and could have been a bit longer but some stuff I like such as the son of Laurie Strode being a target of Michael Myers as well as the climax and ending when Laurie Strode confronts Michael Myers and fights back. The ending would have been an appropriate ending had they not made Halloween Resurrection especially when that film killed off Jamie Lee Curtis in the first. Fucking. Five. Minutes. That is SHIT! You don’t do that! At the very least, the upcoming Halloween film will give it an even more appropriate send off for Jamie Lee Curtis. Especially since it does away the 2nd film’s twist with Michael being Laurie’s sister. That was only done because of the TV cut for the original film airing on CBS and for the second film so they’re tied for whatever reason. Also, with all due respect, bullshit the Lasertime Facebook community calling Rob Zombie’s Halloween films and 4 being the worst. No, both cuts of 6 and Resurrection are the worst. Heavily disagree since those two Halloween films piss me off. They are an insult. At least Rob Zombie’s films were doing something new regardless of quality. Wow, sorry, quite the rage but you see what these films do to me? But anyway, those sequels having me enraged aside, H20 is a decent film the way I see it. I’d say it’s good and enjoyable enough.

    The Pineapple Express, funny enough, also directed by David Gordon Green. This one I enjoy a lot; the climax being the best part where cylinders are fired all over the place and Seth Rogen and James Franco do have fun chemistry and the action is well done. Though I agree about the girlfriend subplot, that was kind of pointless. And saw parts of The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2 on TV but I really like the first film.

    And Bernie Mac, I remember that death being a big deal. Especially since I remember seeing the trailer for Soul Men with Samuel L. Jackson. I never did see his show but I understand The Bernie Mac Show was cancelled due to said death. I think the very final episode was more of a tribute to him.

  2. Fun thing about that Cubs game; it was supposed to be the day before, August 8th, but got rained out in a massive thunderstorm. My family and I, most of them Cubs fans, were watching it on a tiny TV while camping across the lake in Michigan and it was kind of hilarious watching Wrigley get drenched.

    As for why the Cubs didn’t have night games until 1988, ordinances are one factor but there was also a matter of being slaves to tradition and people going on about how real baseball was only played during the days and other such nonsense (the Cubs fans have a weird thing about tradition, one of the reasons that the Cubs still play in a dump like Wrigley instead of finally building a modern stadium).

  3. I vaguely remember the embassy bombings but what really made me remember it is that it’s a major plot point on the Hulu show The Looming Tower which is basically about the FBI and CIA bickering with each other about intelligence over OBL and how that pretty much led into 9/11 and the 9/11 commission. Good series.

  4. I remember absolutely loving Braid! It was the first time I looked at a game and said aloud “Wow, this is art!”. I still think that, but I also now think that it is pretentious, like Chris said. It really was a pleasant surprise that it succeeded, and this game brings back memories of summer of arcade for all summers up until the Xbox One released. It was just amazing to have a curated selection of smaller games released in a slow summer month right before the busy holiday season started, where I would go back to playing the annual Call of Duty title with my friends.

  5. I’ll vouch for Maximum Bob. It’s about a right-wing judge, yes, but it’s a surreal comedy about a Roy-Moore type whose wife, a trophy wife with big hair, has psychic powers, and there’s a bunch of “Florida Man” types a decade before viral videos made the rest of the country aware of them. I’m sure it wasn’t the greatest show, but Chris really undersold it by acting like it was a failure because it was about a guy who was reprehensible. It was just too off-beat to immediately find an audience, and got dumped into the summer. It was also fun to have a show that was so aggressively set in Florida, where mermaid shows and alligators show up repeatedly. Obviously it’s no Twin Peaks, but I think I liked it for the same reasons.

  6. Can one of you guys breakdown why Braid is pretentious? I played/beat it one time after it was finally released on the PS3 many moons ago. I have vague recollections of the final battle and how you’re actually the bad guy…but beyond that, I don’t remember much about the game. I don’t follow the developer guy on social media, so whatever views he’s had wouldn’t really matter.

  7. It’s interesting to me that Yo MTV Raps premiered in 1988 because at that point there had not been a single rap song that broke into the Billboard YEAR END top 100 list. The closest that comes is Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel which at the 2:30 second mark has a brief bit of rap – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YJc80Xgubk

    I am listening to every single billboard year end top 100 song and for 20 seconds this 1988 song features rap and nothing but rap. and that is the very first time that rap appeared in any form in the YEAR END top 100 list. The rest of the song is R&B/proto-Hip-Hop which I have heard before but that 20 seconds flow? That is the first time that quantitatively popular music featured straight up rap in any fashion.

    Obviously this doesn’t mean there weren’t rap songs before hand, there obviously were otherwise Yo MTV Raps would do nothing but play that 20 second clip again and again, but we would have to wait until 1989 for a rap song to break into the year end top 100 list. And what song was that? You’ll have to wait until 2019 to find out! (Or google it yourself, I’m not your Mother).

  8. It’s interesting to me that Yo MTV Raps premiered in 1988 because at that point there had not been a single rap song that broke into the Billboard YEAR END top 100 list. The closest that comes is Bobby Brown – Don’t Be Cruel which at the 2:30 second mark has a brief bit of rap – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7YJc80Xgubk

    I am listening to every single billboard year end top 100 song and for 20 seconds this 1988 song features rap and nothing but rap. and that is the very first time that has happened. The rest of the song is R&B/proto-Hip-Hop which I have heard before but that 20 seconds flow? That is the first time that quantitatively popular music featured straight up rap in any fashion.

    Obviously this doesn’t mean there weren’t rap songs before hand, otherwise Yo MTV Raps would do nothing but play that 20 second clip again and again, but we would have to wait until 1989 for a entire song featuring rap to break into the year end top 100 list. And what song was that? You’ll have to wait until 2019 to find out! (Or google it yourself, I’m not your Mother).

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