The Three Golden Amigos and Mars Attacks Jerry Maguire – Dec 9-15


Eddie Murphy saves the world in The Golden Child as Steve Martin masquerades as one of Three Amigos. Then this week in 1996 brings us a Star Wars shooter and both Mars Attacks and Jerry McGuire, while 2006 sees the end of The Wire’s fourth season.

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Final performance of The Smiths on 12/12, anti-apartheid show

Iran-Contra Tower Commission is underway – testimonies to come!

Crimes of the Heart, The Three Amigos and The Golden Child all release in theaters

12/9/86 – Circus of the Stars 11 airs, with Dick Clark, Barbara Eden, Merv Griffin and Dionne Warwick as ringmasters. Amongst the performers were Shannen Doherty, Nicole Eggert, Dorothy Hamill, Mary Hart, Lorenzo Lamas, Alan Thicke, and Alfonso Ribeiro

12/9/86 – 22nd annual airing of Rudolph

12/12/86 – 21st annual airing of A Charlie Brown Christmas. Also the 17th annual airing of Frosty the Snowman

12/13/86 – Final episode of Star Wars: Ewoks, which debuted in September of 1985

Astro Warrior – Not entirely sure, but it’s December in Japan so it’s probably around this time. SMS game, vertical shooter, not great

Legendary Wings – arcade release, comes to NES in ‘88

Good Music – Joan Jett and the Blackhearts fifth album
The Way It Is by Bruce Hornsby and The Range is #1 song, song about segregation and civil rights and thankfully we all learned an important lesson. Sampled in Tupac’s Changes



Five Smokin’ Tracks from Lit – short EP, predates first album and years before Worst Enemy
Muddy Waters – Redman album, certified gold, would parner w Limp Bizkit in N Together Now
Unbreak my Heart still #1

The Preacher’s Wife, Mars Attacks and Jerry McGuire release in theaters

12/9/96 – MTV debuts Idiot Savants, a game show where contestants are quizzed on their most knowledgeable subject. I remember this because when I watched I wondered whether my category would be Simpsons or Back to the Future. Moot point since the show only lasted five months.

12/12/96 – CNNSI launches, a collaboration between CNN and Sports Illustrated. It would air NASCAR qualifying, Wimbledon matches, National Lacrosse League matches, and televised the now-defunct Women’s United Soccer Association before closing in 2002.

12/14/96 – Three comedic forces meet when Beavis and Butthead cameo on Norm MacDonald’s weekend update on SNL (skip to 40m44s of season 22, episode 9, play to 41m30s)

Two notable Saturday Morning staples ended their runs this week. On 12/12, Earthworm Jim’s last episode aired after 2 seasons and 23 episodes.

California Dreams, the teen show about an up and coming rock band, concluded after 5 seasons and 78 episodes. It aired after Saved by the Bell for quite some time and shared some of the same producers, too.

In more positive SBTB news on 12/14/96 The Max burns down on Saved By The Bell: The New Class, and Slater comes back to Bayside to share fond memories with the New Class

Also on this day, Doug’s Secret Christmas airs, in which Doug feels ignored by his family as they have another child and has a secret Christmas with Porkchop in his room. Doug’s little sister Cleopatra Dirtbike Funnie is born in this episode.

Last but not least, on 12/15/96, The Lois and Clark episode “Twas the Night Before Mxymas” airs, where Mister Mxyzptlk traps Superman in a time loop on Christmas eve, starring a notable 80s/90s comedian as the villain.

Missed Ten Pin Alley, Bubsy 3D, Dark Forces on PS1. FPS released at the height of the post-Doom, pre-Quake craze. Had verticality, personality, look up & down, plus set in the SW universe at a time when not much else was going on. Originally in 95, PS port is 96 and not well received. Kyle Katarn

Also missed Batman Forever: The Arcade game….

Dragon Force on Saturn – RTS game with tons of sprites on screen, cool scaling effects, great sense of massive battles happening. Every in-game “week” (a fixed amount of time on the world map), the player attends to administrative duties. During this time, players may give awards to generals (increasing the number of troops they can command or items that increase their capabilities), persuade captive enemy generals to join the player’s army, search for items or recruit generals in the ruler’s territory, fortify castles, and save the game



Thing a Week 3, Thing a Week 4 are out this period, part of an experiment by Jonathan Coulton to write and record a song every week. Includes Re: Your Brains, which was in L4D2, and we’re coming in w Christmas song Chiron Beta Prime.
Irreplaceable by Beyonce is #1
Tyrese, Sonic Youth, Ghostface Killah, Taylor Hicks all have new albums

Peter Boyle dies, age 71

Dreamgirls, Charlotte’s Web, The Pursuit of Happyness and Eragon release in theaters

12/10/06 – The Wire’s season 4 finale “Final Grades” airs

12/11/2006 – A Sci-Fi Channel three day miniseries, The Lost Door airs, starring Peter Krause, Kevin Pollak, Julianna Margulies, and Elle Fanning. It’s about a mysterious hotel room that contains magical items within. Why is this so unheard of with that cast?!

12/12/2006 – Barbara Walters’ “The 12 Most Fascinating People of 2006” airs, featuring Andre Agassi; Sacha Baron Cohen; Patrick Dempsey; Joel Osteen; Steve Irwin & Terri Irwin; Jay-Z; Nancy Pelosi; Brad Pitt & Angelina Jolie; John Ramsey; Anna Wintour

The 2006 Spike Video Game Awards aired December 13, 2006, at the Galen Center in Los Angeles and were hosted by Samuel L. Jackson. The Game of the Year winner was The Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion, which beat out Gears of War, Guitar Hero 2, and Ōkami

12/13/06 – The final episode of the Nickelodeon cartoon The X’s airs, about a family of spies. it only aired for one season with 20 episodes, but  it had a pretty notable cast with Patrick Warburton, Stephen Root, Chris Hardwick, and Wendie Malick as the stars and guests featuring the likes of Jason Schwartzman and Randy Savage.

12/14/06 – The Office episode “A Benihana Christmas” airs, where Michael Scott’s single mom girlfriend breaks up with him after he superimposes himself over her ex in a christmas photo, so he and Dwight find dates with Benihana waitresses instead

12/15/2006 – The final episode of Krypto The Super Dog airs on Cartoon Network

Blazing Angels, FMA: Dual Sympathy, Zatch Bell: Mamodo Fury and Zelda Twilight Princess release on various platforms. The latter game is one of the harder GameCube titles to obtain, so if you have one or SEE one, consider picking it up!








14 thoughts on “The Three Golden Amigos and Mars Attacks Jerry Maguire – Dec 9-15

  1. I’m very surprised that Chris didn’t like Three Amigos all that much since our tastes usually align very well. (I don’t know any other person that loves Flight of the Navigator and Donald Duck cartoons as much as me.) Three Amigos is one of my favorite movies, and I try to watch it once a year. There’s a lot of memorable and hilarious scenes that I look fondly on. It’s such an absurd film.

    I’m not sure how recently the Thirty Twenty Ten crew has seen it, but if it’s been awhile I say give it another shot, maybe for one of the Monday Night Movies.

  2. @ 1:12:55
    That is the first thing youve ever said Diana thats invoke an excited response from me while listening!
    It was underrated, they let it die on valentines day.

  3. That Mister Mxyzptlk episode of Lois and Clark sounds terrible… I’m sure the visual for it isn’t much better.
    Fittingly enough, it was recently announced that good old Mxyzptlk is going to appear on SUPERGIRL this season, in what I assume while be an infinitely better portrayal.

  4. I have serious fond memories of Astro Warrior, because by the time my neighbors got an SMS it was the pack-in. for some reason I always remember it as being Compile’s first Aleste game, but it wasn’t (that was Power Strike).

    Love the hell out of the Earthworm Jim cartoon, and basically everything Jim-related except EWJ3d.

    And I probably saw 3 Amigos 50 times in my youth when my parents had a conversion van with a TV/VCR in it for road trips, but have not seen it in probably 28 years.

  5. I recorded Three Amigos from a Saturday mid-afternoon showing on ITV back in the very late 80s and I probably rewatched it a hundred times. Even for an early timeslot, I only remember them making one edit to the scene where the Amigos notice the German’s biplane. They cut the line “Didn’t you notice its little balls?”, and manage to ruin the whole mail/male plane gag.

    Other than that, I always thought it was a great kids’ film, with a plethora of fun, memorable scenes.

  6. Diana remarked Tom Cruise movies being Tom Cruise movies (when trying to think of the few times he wasn’t the star) – – There’s a great article I’ll try to link to the comments feed this or next week that outlines Tom Cruise’s strategies early in his career to avoid being typecast as one of the “brat pack” and was arguably (before Mission Impossible exploded) the guy you did a movie with and win an oscar along. He was smart about in fact *not* being the main focus (Rain Man, Colour of Money) and helping in fact other actors to the gold!

    An interesting guy!

  7. Thanks for the belly laughs. The Will Smith YouTube bit send me into a bubbly bounce of hilarity. Love ya guys.

    P.S. My favorite Cary Grant movie is “Bringing Up Baby” (I know I am a few weeks off commenting on this but…). I saw it in my 20’s back when cable was for rich dudes. One more thing about Cary Grant, He was Ian Flemming’s 1st choice for James Bond on film. Also he was married to Dyan Cannon so pretty sure he was not a queer (not that there is anything wrong with that).

  8. I meant to comment on the Dec 1 show about Contra: Legacy of War…then forget. But it got a passing, unnamed mention in this one and so I’m back with my comment lol. Legacy of War was a terrible game, yes, but it had really good music and it was playable right on the disc if you popped it in a CD player. I think at least one of you should find that pretty interesting 😉 But yeah, check out the music. It’s much better than the game.

  9. Re: Three Amigos
    I have the Randy Newman Anthology. One of the four CDs has movie music, which includes recordings of the Three Amigos theme song, My Little Buttercup, and Blue Shadows, ALL performed by Randy Newman himself, not the movie recordings. Can’t find a YouTube link for that. It’s fun to hear tho.

    And the Randy Newman version of the theme song does have him doing “three aaahhhhhh-migos!”, tho not as long as in the movie.

  10. I have a bachelor’s in history and a law degree, where’s my parade?! I also have a page 1 hit if you google “Eragon podcast,” a trash movie that I reviewed more than four years ago!

    Not only does this film feature looking wistfully looking into lens flare sunsets longing for adventure, it also features uncles being murdered by stormtroopers, I mean, the “Ra’Zac,” basically forcing Eragon on a hero’s quest. Also a tattered old hobo tags along (played by Jeremy Irons[!!]), and is revealed to be part of the mystical order of “Dragon Riders,” a formerly powerful but now thought dead order of cool dudes. And this is all in the books, it’s not Hollywood’s fault this is derivative garbage. Also, spoilers from the books, the Ben Kenobi character is revealed to be Eragon’s real dad!

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