Chipmunks, Leo’s Romeo, Twisted Metal 2, Hank Scorpio and Borat – Oct 28-Nov 3


This week in 86 saw the end of a Chipmunks season and three less-than-good Nintendo games, then in 96 Baz Luhrmann’s hyperactive Romeo + Juliet stormed in theaters as Hank Scorpio made The Simpsons’ eighth season a hit. Then. 2006 brought us Borat. It was VERY NI… good.

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Crocodile Dundee still #1, will be until the end of November

Let’s Get Harry – Mark Harmon, Gary Busey, Robert Duvall. Director Stuart Rosenberg used famous pseudonym Alan Smithee. Famous cases where a director used their real name in theaters, but changed for TV, airlines etc are: Meet Joe Black, Dune and The Guardian, a horror movie that ends with a bloody tree full of infants. The Mission also releases in theaters.

10/28/86 – The TV Movie MANHUNT FOR CLAUDE DALLAS airs, based on the true story of a mountain man who killed two game wardens in Idaho. The movie features the likes of Rip Torn and Brent Spiner, as well as  the film debut of Annette Bening.

10/29/86 – St. Elsewhere. Guest stars Wil Wheaton as a 14 year old med student.

10/31/86 – The A-Team episode The Say U.N.C.L.E. Affair airs, pairing ATeam season 5 addition Robert Vaughn with his former The Man from UNCLE costar David McCallum. Also, Murdoch impersonates Frank Sinatra in this episode

11/1/86 – Final two Alvin & The Chipmunk episodes of 1986 airs:

NES games! Ninja Kid, super bizarre game that barely made sense to me back then. Based on a Manga but all that was stripped for US release. Plus Chubby Cherub and MUSCLE, based on the toys.

AND “Hooping It Up” The Chipmunks, the Chipettes, and a tough group of older students participate in a 1950s-themed scavenger hunt at school.

11/2/86 – Murder, She Wrote. No huge guest stars, but great episode title.


The Commodores – United, Repossessed – Kris Kristofferson
Kool & The Gang – Forever, Elton John’s least favorite album Leather Jackets, coked up
Bad Company – Fame and Fortune (most known for Feel Like Makin’ Love?)
John Lennon – Menlove Ave, 2nd posthumous album
Roxette – Pearls of Wisdom debut album, Goodbye to You
Timbuk3 – Grettings from Timbuk 3, Future’s So Bright



Luscious Jackson – Fever In, Fever Out, Naked Eye
Wilco – Being There
Danzig – Blackacidevil
Ghostface Killah – Ironman
Slipknot – Mate Feed Kill Repeat. Debut album, limited release in 96, band considers it more of a demo now than true first album. Track titles are references to Werewolf The Apocalypse. Heavy metal, funk, death, finding their sound

Romeo+Juliet, Dear God, Larger Than Life and Bad Moon release in theaters

10/29/96 – The Roseanne episode “Satan, Darling” brings on the leads from Absolutely Fabulous as guest stars. Also Roseanne dreams that Darlene has a “Rosemary’s Baby” style childbirth

11/3/96 – Another classic Simpsons episode, “You Only Move Twice” airs, featuring The Simpsons moving to Cypress Creek where Homer finds a new job working for supervillian Hank Scorpio. I remember FOX hyping the move as a big thing for some reason, like it would be permanent.

10/30/96 – The premiere and series finale of Public Morals aired. Produced by Steven Bochco and starring Donal Logue, it debuted to critical scorn and low ratings, so the other 12 produced episodes never aired.

10/30/96 – Two more notable finales this week, as The John Larroquette Show was canceled three episodes into its fourth season. Even though Larroquette toned down the dark nature of his show about a recovering alcoholic and had a Frasier cameo in its season premiere, it was abruptly cancelled and the remaining season 4 episodes didn’t air until the show was rerun on the USA Network.

11/2/96 – The 193rd and final episode of the original Ninja Turtles cartoon airs. At this point, CBS, like most networks, was phasing out of animated Saturday Morning cartoons, so only eight episodes aired this season. Shredder and Krang were no longer the main villain (that role belonged to a character named Lord Dregg) and only appeared in half the season’s episodes.

Twisted Metal 2, Wave Race 64, Legacy of Kain: Blood Omen, Jet Moto and Soviet Strike all release


Bat out of Hell III: The Monster is Loose – Meat Loaf’s sequel to 1993’s Part II. So we’re coming in with Objects in the rear view mirror may appear closer than they are, it’s 10 minutes long and sold 14 million copies so let’s discus MEAT LOAF
El Mariel – Pitbull’s second album, don’t recognize anything on this but he’ll blow up soon
Endless Wire – The Who’s first album in 24 years
Playing with Fire – Kevin Federline’s only album
Deftones – Saturday Night Wrist
Songbird – Willie Nelson

Borat, Flushed Away, Santa Clause 3: The Escape Clause release in theaters

10/31/06 – Bob Barker announces that his upcoming season of The Price is Right will be his last, intending to retire in June of 2007.

11/3/06 – Premiere of Class of 3000 – A Cartoon Network Show featuring Andre 3000 as a schoolteacher

GTA Vice City Stories releases on PSP, featuring a cameo from Phil Collins!

Final Fantasy XII, Pokemon Ranger, Death Jr., Root of Evil, Need for Speed Carbon, Killzone Liberation, Power Stone Collection all release

Magical Starsign, WTF, Phantasy Star Universe, Touch Detective, Resivoir Dogs game all release this week alongside Marvel Ultimate Alliance








12 thoughts on “Chipmunks, Leo’s Romeo, Twisted Metal 2, Hank Scorpio and Borat – Oct 28-Nov 3

  1. I remember seeing like gothy trenchcoat kids wearing Slipknot t-shirts in the late 90s,, and I always assumed they were like this super heavy band — until I actually HEARD a slipknot song on MTV2 or something, and I realized they sound like a slightly more aggressive PUDDLE OF MUDD, with whiny/emo-ish vocals, etc. NOT HEAVY .___.

  2. You guys are absolutely 100% spot-on when it comes to Borat’s fans ruining the movie’s reputation. I was about to turn 13 when “Borat” hit US theaters and it cannot be overstated how ubiquitous and omnipresent Borat impressions were at my middle school. The impressions were so obnoxious and constant that it totally turned me off from every seeing the movie.

    Those were some dark days, man.

  3. I went to the 06 The Who concert and it was my first proper rock concert too. The Who was the band that got me into music when I was in my early teens and it was a pretty good night. Unfortunately some dick threw some beer in the air and it got all over me and had me soaked. Yeah sounds like a concert alright.

  4. I remember not caring about Borat in high school but I do remember the guys in the grade above would constantly inflect the voice.

  5. I haven’t watched it for decades but I really hated Romeo and Juliet. I thought the direction was just awful. Those terrible sped up scenes, it looked like I was watching a Benny Hill sketch. Zany camera zooms and Loony Toons style action are also things I do not need in my Shakespeare movies.

  6. As much as I LOVE “You Only Move Twice,” it only just hit me when you guys discussed it that the title was a joke on them having moved to Evergreen Terrace, and now moving for Homer’s new job. I always just went “yeah, the Bond movie cause it’s a loving homage to the Connery era.” D’oh

  7. I bought a ticket for Flushed Away and then snuck into Borat. I’ve never been in such a packed movie theater. That was I think the last movie I went to where people were packed in like sardines all like “I gotta see what this is all about”. It was a real, like, EVENT. It’s too bad every amateur impersonator ruined it, but I still get a kick out of “vagine like sleeve of wizard”.

  8. Oh man, Ninja Kid. That was not only a manga game reskin (like Chubby Cherub or Dragon Power), it was a reskin of a Gegege no Kitaro game. Kitaro and his fellow yokai are a MAJOR, long standing property in Japan, but they never came to America despite getting an anime in the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s, and 00s, several animated features and four live action features. It was, of course, localized in Spanish, though. The manga are only being translated in English NOW because the late artist/writer Shigeru Mizuki had recent great success here with his old critically acclaimed WWII histories and memoirs like Onward to Our Noble Deaths, Showa, Nonnonba, and Hitler.

  9. Brett, if it’s any consolation I haven’t seen Borat either. Not for any reason, just have never gotten around to it.

    I also am not a fan of FF12 either. I actually finished it, but I didn’t enjoy it.

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