Archive for December, 2011

Dirty Harry turns 40 years old

Posted in movies, nostalgia, pop culture with tags , , , on December 24, 2011 by Paxton

Dirty Harry poster
(Via jmillerdp)

Dirty Harry opened on Christmas Eve, 1971.

Here’s the theatrical trailer:

9 Loves and Hates from the Sounds of the Season digital music channel (2011)

Posted in Christmas, holiday, music, pop culture with tags , , , on December 21, 2011 by Paxton

So, Steph and I listen to the Sounds of the Season digital music channel during the month of December.  Actually, we start listening to it right after Thanksgiving.  So, after over a month of listening to the channel, you hear certain songs over and over again that you hate.  And there are some songs you start out hating that you wind up enjoying. If you read my article, Festival of the Tree, you’ll see not only the argument that Steph and I have every year about stringing the tree with lights, but that Feliz Navidad was my most hated song of the year because they played it until my ears bled.

So, listening to the digital music channel this year to decorate the house, here is a new batch of songs that I’ve grown to hate…and grown to love, but feel ashamed because I love them.

The Angel in the Christmas Play – I hate this song.  Like literally HATE it.  Most of the songs on the digital channel that are sung by kids, I hate.  This is one of them.  It’s supposed to be cute.  But it’s not.  It’s horrific.

Nuttin’ For Christmas – Another horrifically terrible song sung by a precocious scamp (who needs to be hit with a shovel). These are so awful I actually want to punch something when they come on.  That’s how bad these songs are.  They make me violent.

My Birthday Comes on Christmas – Head explodes into white hot rage.

Dominic the Donkey – Okay, this song is awful. I do hate it. However, I started singing it to PJ when it came on and we both started enjoying it. So I have a love/hate relationship with this song. I know it’s terrible, but it gets stuck in my head and I like it.  And I hate myself for it.  Yes, this song makes me ashamed of myself.

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Nerd Lunch Episode 15: The Trial of Michael Bay

Posted in movies, podcast, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , on December 20, 2011 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Our newest podcast is live. This week we are joined by Jeremy from Geek Chunks as we put one of the most controversial directors of our time on pop culture trial, Mr Michael Bay.

I am Michael Bay

Jeeg is the prosecutor, CT is the defender and I’m the judge.  Regardless of your stance on Mr Bay, I guarantee you your views will be corroborated by someone in this podcast.  So join us to see if based on our verdict, Michael Bay will be allowed to continue to make movies.

Download it from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. We are also in the Zune Marketplace.

Brandon Peat’s Star Wars Alphabet – A is for Ackbar

Posted in movies, pop culture, Star Wars with tags , , , on December 16, 2011 by Paxton

Our good friend Fitz from the Nerd Lunch Podcast sent me a little gift in the mail.  It’s a small booklet for my son, PJ, featuring the Star Wars Alphabet.  Each letter represents a character from the Star Wars Universe.  It’s pretty awesome. The book was written by Brandon Peat and drawn by Peat’s wife. Check out Brandon Peat’s site to find out how to obtain these.

Here are a few of the letters.

Here is the letter A, which is for Ackbar.

A is for Ackbar

B is for Bossk

A is for Ackbar

Check out Peat’s website to see more of the letters. I may post up some more of them next week.

And thanks Fitz, for the great gift. PJ will love it.

Nerd Lunch Episode 15: Brilliant but Cancelled

Posted in podcast, pop culture, TV shows with tags , , , on December 14, 2011 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Our newest podcast is live. Actually, this episode went live yesterday, but apparently we are so damn popular that we broke the Internet.

Check it out:

Nerd Lunch is too damn popular

Pretty awesome, right? That it is.  Our bandwidth should be reset by now and the podcast again ready for download.

Anyway, this week’s episode is called Brilliant but Cancelled. We are again joined by Fitz who previously joined us for Episode 8: Nerd Decor.  We are discussing TV shows we loved that were cancelled too early.  A lot of good TV is mentioned, many of which you can catch on Netflix streaming.  Come join us.

Download it from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. We are also in the Zune Marketplace.

Still waiting for the f**king Teen Wolf cartoon on DVD

Posted in cartoons, monsters, TV shows, werewolf, werewolves with tags , , , , , , on December 9, 2011 by Paxton

Teen Wolf cartoon
So, I’ve talked many times on this blog about my love for the cartoon adventures of Teen Wolf and my desire for a North American release of the complete series (It was already released in Australia).  Well, I was writing my On the Shelves column this week for Strange Kid’s Club and two very obscure cartoons popped up as having complete season sets being released.  The two cartoon series are Captain Power (1987) and Skeleton Warriors (1994).

Teen Wolf Australian DVD set

Don’t get me wrong, both of these series are pretty good.  Skeleton Warriors is actually a pretty awesome concept, but the cartoon itself is, like I said, rather obscure.  What’s next?  Mummies Alive?  King Arthur and the Knights of Justice?  Oh yeah, BOTH of those cartoons already have DVD releases (here and here).  What the hell is the hold up for the release of Teen Wolf cartoon episodes?  They wouldn’t have to do much more than remaster the Australian set into NTSC format.  I don’t really care about extras.  Why hasn’t this been done?  As I’ve seen the parade of odd 80s-90s cartoons get their releases on DVD I become more and more baffled.  The Herculoids get a complete series release?  The f**king Herculoids?  Frankenstein Jr?  Moby Dick and the Mighty Mightor?!  Seriously?  The Teen Wolf cartoon was based on a popular movie.  There’s a fairly decent TV show on MTV right this very f**king moment also based on said movie.  How much more current or relevant can you get?!

At this point, I have to assume there’s a rights issue. Maybe the fact that MTV is airing the TV show is also causing the rights to the cartoon to be up in the air or on hold.  But that’s not my problem.  I want the show.  I’m tired of watching shi**y, grainy episodes on YouTube like I used to watch porn movies on old pay cable stations.  I want these bitches on DVD and I want them NOW.

I mean, The Mighty Hercules was released on DVD.  THE MIGHTY GODDAM HERCULES.

Hollywood, your ancestors are WEEPING!

Nerd Lunch Episode 14: The Star Wars Holiday Special

Posted in Boba Fett, Christmas, holiday, movies, pop culture, Star Wars, Thanksgiving with tags , , , , , on December 6, 2011 by Paxton

Nerd Lunch Podcast

Welcome to Episode 14 of the Nerd Lunch Podcast. This week, the podcast is hosted by yours truly and I abuse the powers granted to me by hosting to choose the topic. It is the holiday season so I wanted to do a drilldown on the Star Wars Holiday Special.  I also used my hosting power to select our special guest.  This week we are joined by long time friend of mine and winner of the Access Hollywood Ultimate Star Wars Fan, Jason Collier.

So amongst grumbling from the Trekkies in the podcast, we all prepared to watch one of the most bootlegged and maligned TV shows of all time.

SW Holiday Special cover

Come listen to the Nerd Lunch crew run the “nerd marathon” and watch the special and marvel at the cardboard sets, Bea Arthur as a bartender and Chewie’s dad watching Star Wars porn.  It’s A-MAZING.

Download this episode from iTunes or listen to it on Feedburner. And yes, we are still on the Zune Marketplace.  But maybe not after this episode.

FYI, this is my 500th published post on the blog.  Yipeee!