The Flintstones, Freddy Krueger, and Sideshow Bob Return

April 24-30: Martian invaders land on Halloween, British criminal twins, a digital-video experiment, Natalie Portman lives in a K-Mart, Stefon knows the best clubs, so many TV movie biopics, Brendan Fraser is attacked by animals, and our stomachs are attacked by Human Centipede. All that and more this week on Thirty Twenty Ten, your weekly look back on the week that was 30, 20, and 10 years ago.


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3 thoughts on “The Flintstones, Freddy Krueger, and Sideshow Bob Return

  1. I remember my husband’s frat played Human Centipede constantly in the living room one semester.

    As a native Michigander, I remember the Kavorkian saga well. I was a little kid in Catholic school. My teacher at the time was a really cool nun but she was very, very against Kavorkian and his deeds. Now that I’m a bit older, I understand where she was coming from but I think our cultural understands has come far now that most of us (at least I think) dont think of that end of life option as controversial.

  2. Hubble Telescope. One of the answers to the Fermi Paradox (“If Aliens are real, where are they?” is that as soon as the advanced aliens spot a species developing high tech (via radio signals, hypothetically) they send a huge meteor traveling at 10% of lightspeeed (or whatever) to kill them.
    What was the first film you ever walked out of the theater of? For me it was Spaced Invaders. As an eleven year old I thought the idea of aliens being mistaken for kids trick-or-treating was genius (GENIUS!) and begged and begged my step-sister and her boyfriend (now husband) to take me to it. They agreed and within ten minutes or so, he leaned over and said, “This isn’t very good. Do you want to leave?” I said no as I was sure it would get better, but it did not. After another half hour he leaned over again and said, “I really think we should leave.” And I actually agreed with him by that point. We walked out and I got shit about choosing that film for YEARS from him.
    The Crays. What is it that makes an outlaw become famous? Is it all just plain luck or is there some other key factor?
    What TV series do you think was helped the most by syndication? There were plenty of shows that were HUGE when they were on and HUGE when they were syndicated, but I’m looking for ones that were just so-so in the ratings but that became bigger in syndication. I don’t think it was My Two Dad’s but it was interesting hearing how few seasons it got as I would have thought there were way more episodes of My Two Dad’s than that.
    Papa Roach Suffocation. Here is the Richard Cheese version for those interested

    Time Code. What other films fit the “OK, someone did that. No need for it to be done ever again, now.” I’d say the shot for shot remake of Psycho qualifies. . AFAIK, a remake on that level of copying had never been done before. And once it was, I don’t see any reason anyone needs to try it again.

    Flintstones in Viva Las Vegas. Other than vitamins and cereal, what is the best thing the Flintstones have ever done?
    Frequency. This, and back to the future, both tap into a really interesting desire: What if you could talk to your parents when you were both the same age?
    Cor, Blimey!
    What is the best film about or significantly featuring Mussolini?
    Human Centipede. Would you rather catch your kid watching porn or watching The Human Centipede?

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