Jason Takes Manhattan, LL Cool J’s Hat is like a Shark’s Fin, and Adam Sandler is Funny Again: Thirty Twenty Ten – Jul 28 – Aug 2

The worst Friday the 13th paves the way for the 90s best horror movie, Deep Blue Sea deserves another look, Tom Hanks teams with a dog, Bret Hart ruins Mad TV, Kathryn Bigelow is Queen of Dude Movies, Nintendo unleashes its first portable, Julia Roberts and Richard Gere don’t deserve a second shot, and more!

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4 thoughts on “Jason Takes Manhattan, LL Cool J’s Hat is like a Shark’s Fin, and Adam Sandler is Funny Again: Thirty Twenty Ten – Jul 28 – Aug 2

  1. I somewhat disagree on Jason Takes Manhattan. I don’t agree it’s the worst Friday the 13th film however, that I feel goes to A New Beginning (no disrespect to a friend of mine who loves it). Thing is, Jason Takes Manhattan had STUFF HAPPENING! A New Beginning besides some moments, was dull. Now does Jason Takes Manhattan have problems? Yes. Title is kind of a lie and it doesn’t make sense a lake connects to the fucking ocean. And the hallucination stuff makes zero sense and I can tell the MPAA neutered it. Do I find it fun though? Oh hell yeah. I love its kills and when the characters are assholes, their deaths are sweeter. My personal favorite being the teacher (also guardian of the final girl) who is this abusive asshole gets drowned in a barrel of toxic waste as if Jason was giving someone a swirly and it was extremely satisfying given my experience with an abusive parent.

    But yeah, I enjoy it despite these flaws. Plus, the cook that got tossed by Jason in the diner scene? Future Jason actor. He ended up playing Jason in Freddy vs Jason. Just a fun bit of trivia.

    Kiki’s Delivery Service, I remember seeing the commercial on one of the Disney videotapes. I forget which VHS, probably Aladdin and the King of Thieves, had a preview of the film with their in house English dub. I recall being curious I think, maybe taken aback because I was so used to other styles of Animation. Like Disney, Anime like Sailor Moon and DBZ, the various superhero cartoons, Nicktoons, Cartoon Network. The Studio Ghibli look was all new to me as a kid that I didn’t know what to think at the time.

    I didn’t get it but I definitely managed to get the 2003 DVD alongside The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2 DVD which makes for an interesting double feature I dare anyone to try. Finally I managed to get the 2010 DVD I got alongside various Godzilla DVDs. I watched it multiple times than before especially with better appreciation for the material. It was to the point I made an AMV of the film with Queen’s A Kind of Magic but it’s now lost to time thanks to YouTube deleting my account.

    But yes, I’d say it’s my favorite Miyazaki film. There is a lot of charm to it, I love its themes, it’s a really effective coming of age story. I think you’re right it scores well with kids because a friend of mine went to a Fathom events screening recently. She noted the kids in the audience were engaged, laughing and being silent at the right moments. The most behaved child audience she ever saw. Guess after 30 years, it’s still got it.

    The Blair Witch Project, ah yes. I don’t know how I did it but I convinced my mother to get me to see it. But I was intrigued based on watching a mockumentary on the Sci-Fi Channel called Curse of the Blair Witch, which was a promo piece but it had me sold enough to wanting to see it.

    And so I did. But to please my mother (She was abusive, don’t aww at this if Chris, Sarah and Diana find that touching), I had to say I didn’t like it.

    I have rewatched it a couple of times and it’s still creepy. It’s effective to this day as for one, it still has the feeling and even look of you shouldn’t be watching this yet you are.

    It’s the very definition of the scariest thing is what you don’t see. I get chills every time I see or think about it. It feels very authentic. Like I can buy these people, they didn’t seem like actors. The growing despair also made it effective.

    One time, I almost went to Burketsville where they shot the film. I lived in Maryland for a few months when I escaped my abusive mother. My former friend Ian told me he didn’t buy the hype of The Blair Witch Project. Thing is, he’s into cryptozoology. He didn’t believe it was real from the getgo as he told me, he would have heard it from other people who are into cryptozoology and such. So, yeah, he wasn’t fooled by the marketing.

    I wanted to go to Burketsville but there wasn’t time. I was job searching, he had his own stuff, so, nothing worked and I left Maryland in March. Though a friend of mine told me Burketsville isn’t worth it based on people not being nice there.

    Deep Blue Sea, I saw in theaters. My family was aware of my shark phase thanks to Jaws so Deep Blue Sea fed me good as a kid and I enjoyed it a lot.

    And yeah, it’s self aware. No question. It’s played very over the top on purpose. It’s very loud, it’s just fun big budget B-movie fun. As I said, my co workers still talk about it. They even remember the LL Cool J song. My friend Austin pointed out why it’s more remembered than Lake Placid. Lake Placid is white. It’s not very diverse. Deep Blue Sea had some diversity and is more memorable. I haven’t seen Deep Blue Sea in years but a lot of it I still recall.

    The Collector, I have friends who like it but I didn’t. It’s one of those films like Night at the Museum where I love the premise but the execution was lacking. It was boring and I get disappointed every time I think about it.

    I haven’t seen The Hurt Locker but I an forever amused Kathryn Bigelow and that movie winning the Oscars over her ex husband James Cameron with his film Avatar will forever amuse me. Queen of the world indeed!

  2. Aw. i’m a little sad you dismissed The New Tetris so quickly. Us N64 owners were really hurting for games by this point, and not only did we finally get Tetris, but it was actually a good version of it. It was one of the earlier Tetris versions to have a 4-player mode, and there was a unique mechanic where forming a 4×4 square would increase the points and lines when you later cleared it off the stack. There was also an overall progression where it tracked line totals and slowly unlocked new models of landmarks, more backgrounds, and more great music. That last part was thanks to Neil Voss, an electronic music composer that created some excellent videogame tunes in that era.

  3. Re: So much stuff coming out that you don’t have time to hate stuff. Very true. Given that there is far more stuff coming out (that I want to watch) than I have time to actually watch, I just don’t feel any sense of hatred at stuff that’s obviously not for me being made. I still feel some annoyance when people mess up an IP of something I have an attachment to but I wouldn’t call it actual hatred. If you too are beyond really hating stuff for coming out; what was the last movie that inspired hatred in you?
    Friday the 13th Part 8: Jason Takes a Boat. During An Elm Street Nightmare last year, I watched all the F13 films and I agree that this is the worst of all of them but it does have one of the most awesome and emotionally real moments in any F13 film. I’m currently taking Taekwondo classes. Most people are taking them, like me, as a fun hobby or as a way to stay in shape. But some people, the most emotionally driven ones, are there because they have a deep need to feel safe. They are genuinely worried about their self-defense and are committing themselves to a practice that takes a ferocious amount of discipline and will to obtain a true level of mastery. And in this cheesy slasher film, I see a character who deeply cares about boxing and is putting everything he has into it to such a degree that I think there is a deep need to feel safe and in control behind that character’s eyes. And in a moment this badass dude has been devoting his entire life to, he faces a predator intent on killing him and his friends. And so, like the warrior he is, he fights him. He fights him with every skill he has spent years developing. He fights him until his fists are a bloody mess. He uses every ounce of will and determination to push his body to a point of total exultation, battling the monster until he can barely stand and …. It doesn’t have the slightest effect. In his final moment he sees that his life’s effort was completely wasted as the killer was unfazed by everything he has to offer. And then he dies. I doubt the screenwriter intended it, but that’s some Greek Tragedy level shit right there and it my favorite moment in all of the Friday the 13th films, bar none.
    What is your favorite moment from any F13 film?
    Oh, and side note: It wasn’t a prom cruise, it was a high school graduation cruise and I 100% know for sure that those are a real thing that happens because my High School Graduation Party was a graduation cruise! We cruised on the Portland Spirit up and down the Willamette River in Portland Oregon, and I guess if a supernatural killer had massacred the crew we could have floated out to sea. That of course didn’t happen but there was a dance area that was almost as jumping as the one in the film, but what I really remember was the “Casino Night” poker area where somehow I managed to win a mini-fridge! At the end of the cruise someone asked to buy it from me but I’m so glad I turned them down because that sucker lasted me my entire dorm room college career. And I with all the self-control an 18-23 year old has, pointed out that I won it playing poker at pretty much every poker game in my dorm room.
    Final Side note: It’s a bummer that the F13 the game got frozen and we’ll never get to see a boat location in it. Behind the “Paranoia Mode” that never came about that was the thing I was most looking forward to.
    Turner and Hooch – It’s odd, I know I saw this film but I could not remember anything you were talking about, nothing was ringing a single bell, right up until you said that the dog dies. And then in a lightning quick flash I could see, perfectly clearly see, Tom Hanks comforting a dying Hooch. I was curious to see how close my minds-eye memory was to the actual death scene so I looked it up and sure enough, the mental image in my head was very close to what was actually on screen. Memory is so very very weird. How did I hold onto that scene for 30 years without knowing I was holding onto it? https://youtu.be/PGiMf05KFdk?t=29
    The Jim Henson Hour. I had _no_ idea that this existed until this moment. Anyone have a favorite episode that they could recommend or even one that even just remember after all this time? (I’ve also never seen _The Storyteller_. Do people familiar with it agree with the host that it is his best work?
    “I love Trash” I think this song is popular because kids really do love trash. Did anyone else ever actually go to junkyards when they were young? I remember going a couple of times and when I did it was a like a “kids-own-adventure” scene where I was picturing myself turning on old bathtub into a jet sled or whatever. There is also a scene in The Explorers where the kids go to a junkyard and talk about all the amazing things they could do with all the, through their eyes, treasures. And when I was young I 100% agreed with them but when I re-watched it recently all I could see was trash. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Hb5dBxtp58
    Like everything else Nintendo in 1989, The Gameboy was the talk of the playground but the way I remember it was that kids were most excited about Super Mario Land and that the Tetris pack in wasn’t cared much about. I know that was the case for me but despite being a lifelong Mario fan today the only memory I have of Super Mario Land is the replacement of “fireballs” with “bouncing balls” and every other aspect of it went down the memory hole. Do I remember any levels? Nope. The ending? No clue. Did I like it? ….Maybe? But I can vividly remember when I first experienced the Tetris Effect. I was up late playing it on the Gameboy and when it was time to go to bed the shapes and the BLOCKS WON’T STOP DANCING IN MY EYES!!!!!!! It freaked me out so I went crying to my folks. Keep in mind this is 1989; no internet to look up The Tetris Effect and my parents certainly didn’t play video games so they didn’t know what I was talking about when I shouted with all the calmness of a kid who thought he broke his brain, “THE TETRIS BLOCKS WON’T GO AWAY!” They put me back in bed and eventually I went to sleep, with the Tetris effect still dancing in my mind until unconsciousness came, but that was such a weird experience for 11-year old me. Did you ever experience the Tetris Effect?
    Poll time! Without googling, what do you think “The Frenchman” by the Verve is about? Abortion? Suicide? Killing in hazing?
    Second poll. Do you think Deep Blue Sea knows how cheesy it is and is self-aware about it?
    Deep Blue Sea – Rap – link
    “Food Inc. The hosts were talking about how hard it is to cook for every meal so I’m curious about the eating habbits here. How often do you eat food you cook vs food you do not cook? (This includes fast food, frozen food, and preparied foods). I cook almost every meal from scratch. I eat a non-home cooked meal once a month or so. I eat a non-home cooked meal once a week or so. I eat a non-home cooked meal once a day or so. I almost never eat a home cooked meal.
    Funny People – Dianna’s critique makes complete sense to me that it tries to be multiple movies; “Comedy-sunset Blvd.” “Lonely Celeb realizes he has no friends.” “Celeb tries to get old girlfriend back.” “Celeb tries to get into group of friend.” But I was still surprised that apparently this movie gets a lot of hate because while I haven’t seen it in ten years I remember it being a joyous and incredibly funny film, and it’s probably my favorite Adam Sandler film of all time. Granted I saw it in the perfect mood. My wife and I were on a sabbatical and we bicycling from our house in Portland Oregon to San Francisco when this came out. Each day we pedaled for hours and hours and arrived at our destination dead tired. One of the places we stayed was across the street from a movie theater so we saw this film together and laughed our asses off the whole time. I don’t remember it as being the least bit long as I was so tired that I didn’t want to move a muscle, I just wanted to let humor wash over me and that’s what this film gave me.
    Oh, and I was expecting this to be a turning point for Adam Sandler. The montage of his fake movies read to me as, “I’m done with this type of dreck.” Sigh.
    What was the last movie website you went to? For me I think it was Return of the King.
    Fat Princess was the first game I ever remember seeing a youtube examination of the politics behind a game. I ended up following the Game Overthinker for years until I just kind of outgrew him honestly. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y1IQfLItmBE
    Herman Melville’s 200th birthday celebration. The persistence of popular memory of fictional works is growing into a hobby of mind and Moby Dick is really fascinating case of how you CANNOT predict what will last. At all. Even with a whole lot of hindsight. The taste of future society is just utterly unpredictable. Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick in 1851. He died in 1891. So he had plenty of time to see how his contemporaries thought of his work. And … it was a nothingburger. It made no splash. No accolades. It was just one book among many. And 40 years after published, as he was nearing death, if he thought about it at all it was probably as some minor work that would quickly be forgotten. But after his death it rose and rose in popularity, becoming regarded as one of THE American novels of all time.

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