Freddy Krueger fights the Dream Warriors, Jamie Foxx goes on a Booty Call, Wild Hogs roar and a Black Snake Moans – Feb 24-Mar 2

A winner is us in 1987 as we discuss NES’ Pro Wrestling, Some Kind of Wonderful, and A Nightmare on Elm Street 3. 1997 gets raunchy with Booty Call, Sex and Candy, and Al Bundy getting dumped. When 2007 rolls around, Tim Allen takes to the road in Wild Hogs, Samuel L. Jackson tries to tame Christina Ricci in Black Snake Moan, and we learn who is truly smarter than a fifth grader.

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32 thoughts on “Freddy Krueger fights the Dream Warriors, Jamie Foxx goes on a Booty Call, Wild Hogs roar and a Black Snake Moans – Feb 24-Mar 2

  1. I watched the Nightmare on Elm Street series much later in life than Halloween and Friday the 13th, and while it is largely crappy, DREAM WARRIORS is pretty damn good, and up there with the original and Wes Craven’s New Nightmare as the best the series had to offer. Gotta love that young Larry Fishbourne.

    I saw Wild Hogs at a birthday party in March of 07, and even as a soon-to-be 11 year old, I thought it was pretty bad. I have not watched it since, but whenever that and Old Dogs come up in conversation, I usually confuse the two.

  2. Haven’t had a chance to hear the episode yet, but the 80s segment had better have closed out the Dokken “Dream Warriors” because Conan Exiles isn’t the only thing with dong physics and I need a boner

  3. I’m a passionate fan of you guys and listen to multiple shows with an outlook to contribute through Patreon now that I can budget for such!

    I love listening to you all equal, it’s a true ensemble.

    Chris: You do this thing that my best friend does and I never know how to phrase it without *imposing* on basic human rights….

    My best friend doesn’t just burp – – He will relish a sound he can make from it, and sometimes doubly blow the burp from his mouth like it’s cigarette smoke – sometimes so inconsiderate that it goes in someones face.

    You used to burp a lot on air, and you’ve failed it back to the point that I figured it wasn’t natural and surely somebody said something.

    Let me just say: I can choose NOT to listen, and NOT to care because it doesn’t *hurt* anyone and it’s all really about how I’m *taking* it and nothing *you’re* doing – – – I don’t think you’re tying to gross anyone out or make anyone feel uncomfortable.

    I can’t explain it, but when I hear someone burp like that they sound like a filthy, inconsiderate beast that’s gurgling foul garbage juice. It’s the bottom rung of “unpleasant” and at the very least it makes one wonder “Surely you’re not *unaware* of what it sounds like – surely you’re not unaware of how another person would feel hearing it let alone being in the room” – – – because I only have to hear it (because again – HUGE fan of you all) – – but even people in the room will make a remark and you seem to just mutter and move on not addressing that they’re politely (or passive aggressively) letting you know it’s not cool.

    If not for me, some stranger with an opinion I should keep to MYSELF, then do it for your friends in the room (like Diana, who sounds like a right, proper lady lol) – – – – And burping isn’t something you’re scheduling or intending to convey somehow, it’s just something that comes out of us randomly, you’re practically a victim of circumstance – – but so are sneezes and yawns, and somewhere along the way we made it a natural knee-jerk protocol to cover up or excuse ourselves.

    You don’t sound like a burp is happening, you sound like you’re giving it a playful push to have a nice bubbly sound, and it’s anything but nice.
    ———

    None of this feels right to communicate because I feel like it’s up there with controlling freedom of speech or telling someone at work not to SMILE – – – I’m simply putting it out there in case you value constructive feedback from people who genuinely like you and what you have to SAY – – –

    I eagerly want to hear EVERYTHING you and the gang say because I support you and admire you, and when those relished burps come, the unpleasantness coupled with my inference of there being no consideration for your friends or listeners simply takes me out of the podcast and interrupts a flow I reckon you’re trying to cultivate…

  4. I like Shutter Island more than the Departed, which I think is one of those movies like Oceans Eleven which is stacked with famous actors SO YOU KNOW ITS GOOD.
    And I care about a live action Beauty and The Beast.

    1. I have a chip on my shoulder about the Departed considering it is a remake of a HK film. I’ve only seen Infernal Affairs once, and thought it was nifty, but it’s been over a decade so I have to get a copy again. As soon as I finish a good portion of my playlist, I guess I have to watch both.

      Haven’t seen Shutter Island, though I read the book. But since its release the main plot twist has been used SOOO many times like in sitcoms, that I don’t think I want to watch it now.

  5. Kesha is most definitely NOT released from her contracts, and almost all of those court cases have ended in Dr. Luke’s favor, with the exception of his defamation lawsuit against her mother which was recently thrown out.

  6. I remember when Chiller first came out I was super excited, but it was total garbage, it only got good movies like last years, thats like ten years of trash, they, also have this washed out, grey looking filter or something on their channel that makes every movie look worse. They showed Cabin In The Woods recently and it looked horrible.

    1. Yeah, there’s no way in hell we’re allowed to watch 1970s 1980s horror movies in their original gorey, considering FCC regulations, cable or digital subchannels. I heard on the Nerdist there was this curated streaming service that shows nothing but horror movies, that sounds like a better fit for viewers today considering the content.

  7. I got flashbacks when you guys mentioned the North Hollywood bank robbery since it really affected me growing up in that area. The Bank of America that was robbed was and still is my mom’s bank. And my high school, Ulysses S Grant, is only a couple of miles away. I was in school while the shooting was going on, and we were put on lock down in case the robbers made their way toward that area.

    About a decade later they built a junior high across the street from the bank. I guess they felt the bank would never get robbed again?

  8. Whenever I hear the name Don Ameche I hear it said the way Weird Al says it in his version of Peter and Wolf. It’s the same with Shirley Maclane.

  9. y’know, thanks for that Carlin clip. I can’t count how many times i’ve heard that but over the years, i wore out all his albums. but i think i need his words more than ever these days.

    i agree with just about everything the man said, besides his hatred for walkmans and headphones.

  10. I was listening to this while sick with a fever and fell asleep around halfway through 1997. My brain took over and I was suddenly at a live recording of the show in my Grandma’s living room. I thought this was pretty awesome, until as the episode ended my fever addled mind figured this must mean that the 3T crew was leaving.
    So, I watched as they all hopped into a MadMax style cattle car and drove off toward the interstate.
    Great show, and thanks for the live performance.

  11. Brett I’m loving the Britishisms, ‘taking the piss’ and ‘tits up’ are firm favourites over here. We’ll have you saying queue next.

  12. Wow, Happy 30th anniversary Disney Store!
    It’s funny to hear Chris talk about Plush Mountain (that’s the official name of the fixture) because when I worked at the DisSto that was the biggest bitch to keep clean and organized. People always seem to want to yank out the most load-bearing Simba, sending the rest of the plushies on that chunk of the mountain tumbling down.

    Kinda Gross Storytime!
    So one day I was working at the cash register, when a lady came up and asked where the changing rooms were. I pointed her to the back of the store and she immediately ran off. I should have made note of the fact that she wasn’t holding any clothes she wanted to try on, and the distraught look in her eye, but whatever.
    Fast forward to half an hour later, I’m folding up wadded Buzz Lightyear shirts in the kids section when another lady quietly gets my attention and pulls me aside.
    “Um…there’s a, uh, smell coming from the stuffed animals.” And motions back to Plush Mountain. Maybe you have a hunch where this story is going.
    I go back to Plush Mountain and something does indeed reek. My first thought is ‘fuck, that rat we’ve been trying to catch has up and died in Plush Mountain’. I wish. With no gloves on whatsoever, I jam my hand into the smelliest part of Plush Mountain. I feel something wet. I grab whatever it could be.
    It is an *EXCEPTIONALLY* used maxi pad. Look, I’m a lady myself, but I have never, NEVER seen a pad so sopping with blood. Whoever was wearing it must either have some medical condition or, I don’t know, was wearing it for days on end.
    Suddenly everything clicks: the distraught lady who wanted to know where our changing rooms were. She had pulled this thing off and, realizing we don’t have trashcans in our changing rooms, dumped the evidence in Plush Mountain.
    We had to destroy a lot of Marie (from Aristocats) stuffed animals that day, they all had bloodsmears on ’em.

    ANYWAY, thanks for the podcast, LaserTimers, and I’m super psyched for next week’s podcast, being a Mar 9 ’87 baby myself!

    1. I have never bought anything from the Disney store, and I’ve been to two. One in Rockefeller Center or was it Herald Square? I don’t remember. I think there was one in this New Jersey Mall. I have a fond memory of the WB store in WTC. 🙁

  13. Diana was almost correct about the connection between Heat and the North Hollywood shootout, except it’s the other way around. The shooters were inspired to rob a bank using body armor and assault weapons after watching Heat.

    Great show as always! Keep up the good work.

  14. Woo this is my birthday week AND this time next year, you guys will be discussing the year I was born as I will turn the big 3-0.

    HOWEVER THIS YEAR IS 29. Wooooooo, last year of the roaring twenties! Celebrating by buying legos.

  15. Okay, I have a special connection to “Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader” that few people can claim: the host, Jeff Foxworthy, is my uncle. I don’t talk to that side of my family all that much anymore– they’re VERY conservative and I’m VERY liberal– but Jeff himself is one of the nicest, most down to earth guys you’ll ever meet.

    A while back, when the show was still on the air, I visited that side of the family while they were in LA filming a season. (Most game shows film a whole season in about a month– that’s the only reason my uncle agreed to do it, because he could take his whole family from Atlanta where they live to LA for filming, then go back.) They let me sit in the control room during a couple episodes, and it’s pretty remarkable to see how they shoot game shows. For one, they edit the whole thing live while filming, so as soon as the game is done, they already have the episode mostly ready to go. And for two, I could see what all of the 5th Graders were writing on their screens, which you only get to see during the episode if a contestant uses them as a sort of life-line. And let me tell you, those kids are WICKED smart, far smarter than most of the contestants. And I’m not even saying that as a knock on the contestants, because they’re all at least of average intelligence– like Brett pointed out, the show’s premise wasn’t that people are dumb, but that a lot of basic info you learn in elementary school isn’t retained if you don’t use it consistently, and many of us don’t.

    Incidentally, one of the producers on the show is from my hometown of Derby, Kansas. And when the crew found out that I also grew up there, I inadvertently ruined some funny lies he had been telling them about Derby, preying on people’s misconceptions of Kansas. “Did you ride a horse to school, too?!” they asked, to which I had to reply “…what? No. My high school had 2,400 students. Derby is a suburb of Wichita, the biggest city in Kansas. It looks like any other city.” Your image of Kansas as a giant wheat field with a few barns and some sporadic sunflowers isn’t ENTIRELY inaccurate, there are definitely places like that. But there are also big cities, too. Looper is set in Kansas, and it’s actually not a terrible depiction of what the state is like: big city giving way to endless plains of crops.

    Anyway, just wanted to share a bit of a connection I have to a topic in today’s episode. I know Jeff Foxworthy is seen as the dumb hick comedian, but there’s a difference between him and Larry the Cable guy. Foxworthy’s redneck jokes are eminently relatable, and were always intended to show that EVERYONE is like that, even if you try really hard not to be. He always described redneck as a “glorious lack of sophistication,” and that includes people from everywhere.

  16. Chris is right about PTA’s Hard Eight going by a different name. I’m a bit misty on the details but the studios had it originally as Sydney and tried to block PTA from final cut. He later went on his own to edit the film and submitted it to Cannes as Hard Eight. It received a lot of praise and the studio soon afterwards released the version PTA wanted. Since then, PTA always made sure to get final say over the released cut of the film because of what happened with Hard Eight. Also, you are severely underselling Hoffman in Hard Eight. In the short 4 minutes that he is in the film, he steals the movie (at least for me). Hoffman is the best, RIP https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N5m6FrFsi8Y

  17. Ooh. I hope Lasertime will stream some Die Hard Arcade if anybody can obtain a copy of the Japanese PS2 version. I played that and the Dreamcast sequel and it was just hilarious considering the crazy bosses I fought,.

  18. Michael Gross being a sleazy guy in a courtroom extends to his roles in Law & Order. He was the bad guy in at least three different L&O shows, each one sleazier than the last!

  19. oh god i remember my mom getting me that terrible Hulk PS1 game at Ames when I was really young. Never got past the first stage. I really hope that gets featured on the shit show

  20. Man, just utterly no-selling BOI-NGO? “Not My Slave” is probably my all time favorite song by them, and probably top 10 songs for me ever.

  21. Okay……Just have to say this. I’m a new supporter to the Network and this show is one of the best things out there. This a show my parents even would get a kick out of, as soon as they figure out the meaning of “Podcast”

    More importantly, I have a weird connection to Mr. Belvedere. I am from Beaver Falls, PA. Which is where the show is “based.” The show was based on a play written when Beaver Falls was a much more pleasant place. That time had long passed when the show aired. Anybody that can afford a butler does NOT live in Beaver Falls. It’s the saddest of Rust Belt towns.

    As a kid it was a fun place to be; like growing up on the set from escape to New York. We had defunct incline lines, abandoned steel mills. There was even a defunct chinaware manufacturer where we would break plates and coffee cups. Many kids have regional activities that define their childhoods: Swimming, sailing, hiking, riding….
    Kids in Beaver Falls broke the detritus of industry by day and wondered where Mr. Belvedere’s house was at night.

    1. This is a really cool story, and “The Detritus of Industry” would also make a really good band name. Or at least the album name for an indie band.

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