Saturday, May 17, 2014

HBO releases True Blood Season 7 Trailer

I don’t watch True Blood.  Not exactly.  I don’t have HBO.  However, I do have all the DVD’s & Blu-rays and plan to watch this series eventually when I have the time to just lay around and chill out.  I already have Season 6 on order.

This will be the final Season and I’m glad.  These HBO series are pretty dang expensive.  But if you’ve been watching on a regular basis the new season commences on June 22.  Be there or be weird.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Classic Playboy Comic/Joke of the Day for 5/16/2014

A little late again.  Real life takes over as I went to dinner with my girlfriend Abigail Lou at a friend’s house.  However, in the short time I had here at the house, I did manage to repair some videos on a couple of my reviews and find replacements.

One was from my A Night to Remember review.  The trailer video no longer worked so I replaced it with a longer fan made video.  In Holiday Inn, two videos no longer worked.  One was a nice clip I had done editing both renditions of White Christmas, colorized, that are sung during the film so that they merged into one another.  The other was Fred Astaire’s Drunken New Years dance.  Of course, they were taken down out of necessity because we know the Studios and Music Company’s involved were losing billions and billions from my using their clips in a review that is at the worst, free advertising for their film.

Enough of that.  Here’s your Friday Night Comic.


Thursday, May 15, 2014

The Stupidest Trailer/Teaser I’ve Ever Wasted My Time On: Disney’s Live Action Cinderella

Disney’s live action version of Cinderella is not due to hit theaters until March of next year.  But they decided to put up a teaser anyway. 

Disney sent me a link in my email, and YouTube has the clip as well. 

From Variety:
“Downton Abbey’s” Lily James stars as Cinderella with Cate Blanchett as her step-mother. Richard Madden, Stellan SkarsgĂ„rd, Holliday Grainger, Sophie McShera, Derek Jacobi and Helena Bonham-Carter also co-star.

The film is directed by Kenneth Branagh (“Thor”), exec produced by Tim Lewis and produced by Simon Kinberg, Allison Shearmur and David Barron. “Cinderella” is inspired by Disney’s 1950 animated film.

And that’s all the information you need, and that you’re going to get at this moment in time.  So will the Teaser get you all excited and want to head to the theater next spring?  No, but it might make you think about taking a stroll to the nearest shoe store.

The video consists of a shoe, twirling and spinning around.  That’s it.  Nothing more.  So if watching one minute and fifteen seconds of a glass shoe is your idea of fun, have at it.

Playboy Classic Comic/Joke of the Day: 5/15/2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Classic Playboy Comic/Joke of the Day for 5/14/2014

Not so late today.  Home from work, too tired to write a big long article.  So this works for me!

No How I Met Your Dad Spin Off….at least not on CBS






CBS said no to the How I Met Your Mother genetic descendent, How I Met Your Dad with the explanation that there were “problems” with the pilot.  What those problems are, I couldn’t tell you.  Whether this will turn out to be a mistake on their part, only time will tell because 20th Century Fox and the producers of the show can now shop it anywhere.  And with the show’s pedigree, don’t’ be surprise if it gets picked up elsewhere.  There is nothing more satisfying to a network head than to one up your competition.

CBS wanted the pilot redone and I guess that would have been feasible except for one problem.  Redoing a pilot is not cheap and if they had filmed it, there still was no guarantee CBS would pick it up.  Better to take your wares and go elsewhere.

On the one hand, it’s actually pretty shitty of CBS after having reaped nine years of rewards from HIMYM.  But loyalty has no place in the executive offices of television networks.  Absolutely zero.  Because network executives are the smartest people on the planet and always make the right decisions.  Just ask anyone of them, they’ll tell you.

On the other hand, I’m not sure that anybody wants to see the devil spawn of Mother.  I’ve been wanting to write about the final season of HIMYM but haven’t had the time.  And I’m still going to do it despite the fact that the show is over and done with.  I’m still that pissed off about it. 


But there are other reasons that still make a final season rehash a worthy endeavor.

For a lot of people including myself, the opinion was that Carter/Bays seriously mucked up what could have been a great ninth year, and then proceeded to poop out the biggest turd of all which was the Season Finale.  For me, it is an object lesson in how not to throw a bon voyage party and piss off your audience that remained loyal to you through nine seasons.  It gives serialized television a bad name. 

So with several shows heading into final seasons, maybe the writers and producers of those shows will take a clue.  Are you listening Two and a Half Men?  You’ve already overstayed your welcome and this is your last chance to redeem yourself and get it right.

From Boomtron:

CBS was not in-love with the pilot and threw the idea out for them to re-do it before they would reconsider it. However, 20th Century Fox did not get a promise to be picked up and thus refused to reshoot it. Now CBS boss is upset and worried that another network will pick up the series. Here is what Nina Tassler said. To say we love this show and we love these producers is an understatement. They are beloved, and we have an extraordinary relationship with them. But there were elements in the pilot that didn’t work out…a conversation about redoing the pilot,but that’s not happening right now…. It wasn’t what they wanted to do….(we have) an extraordinary track record redoing pilots…I’m heartsick. We loved this brand, it is a very important show and we love the producers, but it didn’t work out.

That had to hurt the producers, but if it is picked up by another network it will hurt them more. With Meg Ryan being the narrator and the promising team, it seems like it would be a hit. It is just that CBS doesn’t seem to be willing to give it a try.

Classic Playboy Comic/Joke of the Day 5/13/2014

Okay, so technically it’s the 14th since it’s after midnight.  But I was working on a movie essay and haven’t done that in a while.  But to make it up to you I’ll give you a bonus cartoon and try to do better tomorrow. 



Road Trip: The Other Woman (2014)


The Other Woman (2014)
Directed by
Nick Cassavetes
Written by
Melissa Stack
Torture Courtesy of 20th Century Fox





I’ve been going to the movies more often over the past few months then I had since my son moved back east.  It’s a way to get out of the house and away from a dog’s life.  No, I won’t explain it.

I probably should have been writing about those road trips before now.  But let’s be realistic. 

By the time a new film opens there are already a gazillion reviews of it all over the internet from the IMDB to Rotten Tomatoes and far beyond.  Everybody’s a critic.  So anything I would have to add to the mix would be inconsequential especially since sometimes the movies may have been in release for two or three weeks before I get around to making the trip.  I’m not one to do opening weekends although I will make an exception now and then.

So until my blog views jump up to about five thousand or more a day instead of eking out less than a hundred a week, I don’t see the masses flocking back here to read what I have to say.  Besides, I’ll probably have to pack Clyde’s Stuff back into mothballs again sooner or later because that’s the way life works.

But hey, I can’t hang around this planet forever.  Some day I’ll be gone and my family can come here and shed a few tears over my blog and  lament why didn’t they ever visit when I was alive because I was at heart a really good person and a great writer.  Okay, so all that is mostly bullshit.  I’m not a really good person.  Just somewhat of a decent person.  Maybe more than decent depending on if we’re grading on the curve.  

But I am a great writer in my opinion and around here that’s the only one that truly counts.

To many of those related to me because we share some degree of the same genetic code, this blog has been deemed an exercise in futility and only proves that I have way too much time on my hands and I should just stay on Facebook and admire their posts related to God, Mom, and Apple Pie.  Maybe they’re right and I’m wrong.  But if so, I really don’t care.  And now that I have gotten that off my chest for the umpteenth time, let’s proceed.

A couple of the local theaters in Bakersfield now have Classic Film Festivals although I fail to see how one classic film a week constitutes a festival.  My intention back on May 3rd was to attend a showing of Coal Miner’s Daughter with Sissy Spacek doing a spot on impersonation of Loretta Lynn at the Maya Cinema.  But my girlfriend, Abigail Lou (no, not her real name but it should have been) was invited to see a movie with a friend.  In our house, friend trumps boyfriend.

Abigail is not much of one for the Classic Film Festival circuit.  She has gone with me on occasion, most recently sitting through a showing of Easter Parade with Fred Astaire and Judy Garland on Easter Saturday.  But when I went to see the original True Grit (1969), she opted to go into a different auditorium and see the newest attempt at a trilogy, Divergent. 

For Singing in the Rain a couple of weeks before that, I simply went alone.  Okay, so we were fighting that day.  Now you know.  Let’s move on.

Since the closest we are to any theater is 30 miles, it’s not a good idea for us to take two separate vehicles to go at separate times.  There’s a couple of reasons for this. 

One:  My car is a hunk of junk.  A 1991 Buick on its last legs that I use for work and nothing more. 

Two:  The cost of gasoline makes taking two vehicles almost as expensive as buying a large popcorn and a drink at the theater. 

The only showing of Coal Miner’s Daughter was at 10 A.M.  The film that Abigail Lou and friend opted for, The Other Woman, didn’t have a showing until 11:30.  That is what made things problematic.  I would have been perfectly fine to wait for them afterwards, but they didn’t want to go that early.  So my choices were either Spiderman 2 The Amazing Spiderman 2 or joining them for The Other Woman.  As I said, I don’t do opening weekends well especially when it comes to Sony money grubbing reboots, so it was bye bye Loretta and hello Kate Upton.

So maybe Kate Upton isn’t the lead in The Other Woman.  I’ll take it anyway I can get it and if I go to see something on the big screen, I want those some things to be really really really big.  Besides, if I really truly was interested in watching Cameron Diaz, I’d watch one of my blu-rays like The Holiday or put in Shrek so I only have to hear her voice.  Okay, so that’s a bit sexist.  But if you had seen The Other Woman, you’d feel the same way because there really wasn’t much else in the film worth while.

Carly (Cameron Diaz) is all business.  She has no time for long term relationships in her life, especially since most men turn out to be nothing but insensitive, lying, finagling, cheating jerks with hard-ons.  Well, the movie is geared towards women so what kind of description did you expect?

Along comes Mark (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) who dines her, woos her, and then screws her, but it’s a two way street.  Carly begins to let her guard down, thinking that Mark may be the one.  But what Carly doesn’t know and what we know is that Mark is married to Kate (Leslie Mann).  We also begin to suspect right away that besides just being a philandering husband, he’s using his marriage for other nefarious deeds.  We know this because they insert a scene of having Mark finagling Kate to sign “business papers” and that she’s kind of a ditz so it’s obvious that wifey is clueless to what her name on the dotted line means.  And oh yeah, they didn’t put the scene in there just to pass the time.


It doesn’t take long for Mark’s subterfuge to unravel and for Carly to find out that she should not have let her original low opinion of the male species to be cast aside just because one good looking guy from Game of Thrones who is great at sex happens along.  When Mark is summoned home by a whining Kate, and is forced to cancel a dinner date with Carly and her father Frank (Don Johnson), by telling her he has plumbing problems at home, she gives him the big kiss off.  But Frank convinces her to try again and she decides to go out to the suburbs in full naughty plumber regalia, plunger in hand.  Countdown until Carly knocks on the door and Kate answers the door and introduces herself as Mark’s wife begins immediately.  It’s not like we didn’t know it would happen sooner rather than later.  But in leaving, Kate stumbles down the sidewalk, and it is about this time that for me at least, the movie began falling apart.



Later, Kate, who despite being overbearing, neurotic, and terribly clueless, manages to find her way to Carly’s office shortly after Carly has thrown one helluva temper tantrum. 

How did Kate know where to go?  Because Mark had Carly’s personal information on his cell phone or maybe in his pocket.  I can’t remember which.  That brings me to my two rules for philandering husbands.

1.  Do not tell your mistress where you actually live.  Don’t give her the town or the real address because you’re just looking for trouble, especially when you have the cash to keep a separate apartment as Mark does.

And why would somebody like Mark who is suppose to be so smart do such an idiotic thing anyway?  Raise your hands if you know the answer.  Boy, that’s a lot of raised hands.  The rest of you dunces go sit in the corner.

It’s because it’s the easiest but sloppiest way for a screenwriter  to get from point A to point B when it is an absolute necessity to have mistress meet wife.  Granted, I’m sure Carly could have gotten the address in some other manner but there is no indication that she did.

2.  Don’t put your girlfriend’s personal information on your cell phone or on a slip of paper or anywhere that your wife has access to.  Because she will find it.  So either Mark is not as smart as he is supposed to be, has too much faith in Kate’s lack of coherent brain function, or is too sure of himself.  Probably a combination of the three.

Kate has this odd idea that Carly and she should bond  because apparently she thinks that’s what aggrieved wives and mistresses do.  So she begins to stalk Carly continuously until Carly, who instead of having Kate committed, does the bonding thing so we can have the rest of the movie.

Later, Kate finds out Mark is still doing the hot beef injection with someone and at first believes it to be Carly and immediately confronts her about it.  Of course she doesn’t do that.  That would be too easy.  That would be the intelligent logical thing to do and we already know Kate is too much off her nut to do anything normal.  Instead she does what she usually does which is the simple-minded way and gets to whine some more, feel sorry for herself, sabotage who was supposed to be her new bff/husband’s ex mistress before she finds out that good old Mark isn’t plugging Carly but is actually messing around with a third person. 

The pair go into James Bond mode where Carly meets good guy and future love interest Kate’s brother Phil (Taylor Kinney) when they follow Mark to the beach where they find out that the girl behind door number 3 is blonde bombshell Amber (Kate Upton).  And for me at least, things finally begin looking up.

It doesn’t take long for the terrible trio of Carly, Kate, and Amber to hook up together and decide to seek their revenge on Mark pulling some pranks on him and along the way discovering what we already figured out two minutes into the movie.  That Mark is crooked and embezzling money from his clients.  And with Kate’s signature on all the bank papers, if this is discovered, she goes to jail instead of Mark. 

It is only then that the movie began to hold any interest for me at all.  And it didn’t hold much.  Maybe because I knew the pain would soon be over. 

This whole mess is full of terribly written characters and plot holes you could fly a 747 piggybacking on the space shuttle through.

We should be sympathetic towards Kate’s plight but her total lack of awareness and the fact that much of the story line depends on her having taken a class in Stupid Characters in Hollywood Scripts 101 keeps us from it.  I could have gone along with it to some degree, but it takes about ninety percent of the movie for her to finally wise up. 

Despite everything, she continually has this hankering to be with Mark, and at one point even when every single dastardly deed he has pulled is out there in the open,  she sleeps with the bastard again.  Nobody, not even Kate could be that dumb.  Well, maybe most Republican women who seem to relish male superiority, but let’s not go there.


And no, I didn’t warn of a spoiler because you deserve to know how much of your time you’ll really really really be wasting on this.  I don’t want to blame Leslie Mann, but what else can one do?  I liked her in Knocked Up.  Liked her somewhat in This is 40, but not much.  Here, I just wish she either was in another movie or her damn canine would have her for lunch.
 

At least I can tolerate Cameron Diaz.  But even she should have seen the glaring problems with this script before going in front of the cameras.  Why make one of the main characters so unlikable?  And really, would an intelligent, smart, well
heeled attorney be playing undercover cop in such a way that it leads to some really awful slapstick  on the beach while taking on the same characteristics and neuroticism of the eccentric Kate?  And why?  Because she too is suddenly jealous of a guy who screwed her then screwed her over?  Well, that and just like the terribly written device for Carly to meet Kate, this is just more lazy writing to have Carly and Kate meet Amber.

As for Kate Upton, I’m sure you’re wondering whether she passed the test meaning can she act or was she just eye candy to get men into the theater along with their girlfriends and wives?  On the one hand she is here because the story calls for it.  But let’s face it, the former Sports Illustrated model wasn’t hired for her acting resume.  I’m not going to dish on that aspect of her presence because honestly, we never find out.  She is given absolute minimal dialogue and almost nothing to do.  Whether that was by design or necessity, I don’t know.  Maybe she couldn’t learn more than one page of dialog.  I’m not sure they did her any favors one
way or the other.  She does have a few cute flirtatious scenes with Don Johnson that worked for me and I would loved to have seen more of that.  So we’ll just say the jury is still out.

Almost forgotten is Nicki Minaj who does a hilarious bit as Carly’s secretary, Lydia.  She’s funnier, smarter and wiser than anybody else in this movie except maybe Phil.  Unfortunately, enjoy her while you can in the very few minutes of screen time given to her.  Maybe a movie about Lydia would have saved the whole mess.  Maybe a movie about Lydia being Amber’s secretary while she was wooed by the older and wiser Frank would have been terrific.  If only.

Right after having seen The Other Woman, I was asked my opinion.  At that time I was feeling generous and gave it a C-.  But the passing of time and common sense has taken over.  This is not a good movie by any stretch of the imagination and it makes the cardinal sin of stupefying its characters and plot as if that’s the only way to appeal to women. 

Yes, I enjoyed the revenge aspect at the end, and maybe I chuckled once.  But the only thing that will get you is a D+ and only because I’m still feeling a bit generous.  Then again, maybe I lowered the grade because I found out that Coal Miner’s Daughter would be the last Classic film until at least the fall at the Maya and I missed it for this colossal turd.

And speaking of turds, a note to writers, producers, directors, actors and everybody else.  A dog shitting on the floor is not funny.  It just isn’t.  It’s stupid and pointless. Not to mention the fact that every time  I think about the huge dog crapping on the floor, the more I feel like lowering the grade again.  That’s it.  That’s the real reason.  Did I say D plus?  Make that a D and get out of here while you can.





 







 


Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Once Upon a Time in 2016 There Came Some Fantastic Beasts

Now hear this!  Now Hear this!  We have a release date for the beginning of  J.K. Rowling’s Fantastic Beasts And How To Find Them trilogy. 

This much anticipated movie (it must be much anticipated by someone since this announcement is being made over two years in advance) will unwrap at your local mega cinema on November 16, 2016 so mark your calendars now.  Make no plans for that date, and try to stay healthy, or better yet just try to stay alive till then.  Me?  I’ll be happy if I make it to the end of The Hunger Games Movies.


I imagine sometime between now and then Warner’s will hire a a producer, a director, get the Harry Potter sets out of moth balls and glue them back together again.  Honestly, talk about putting the cart before the horse.  But I’m sure all those Potter Fans will flock out to see this in their Hogwarts costumes and will blow the dust off their Harry Potter spectacles even though Harry will be quite absent.

Maybe by November 2016 I’ll get all excited and try to keep from pissing my pants over this even though when you get to be my age, that gets to be a bit more difficult.

From Variety:
Tsujihara persuaded Rowling last year to spin off the Harry Potter franchise by adapting her Hogwarts textbook “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them” for the big screen. Rowling wrote the 54-page book in 2001 between publication of the fourth and fifth Potter books.

Set initially in New York about seven decades before the start of the Harry Potter story, the films will follow “magizoologist” Newt Scamander as an extension of the wizarding world — rather than being prequels or sequels.

The Warner Bros.-Rowling partnership on “Fantastic Beasts” had been jointly announced in September with Rowling adapting the script from the 2001 book, ostensibly written by the fictional Newt Scamander.

Tsujihara had said at that point that “Fantastic Beasts” would resemble the eight Harry Potter movies in response to a question of whether the films would re-use the same sets, currently housed at Warner’s Leavesden Studios in London.

Tsujihara indicated “Fantastic Beasts” would become a part of studio’s massive merchandising efforts and part of the “Wizarding World of Harry Potter” theme parks. And he indicated the project reflects the studio’s commitment to projects with high-profile talent.

ABC Announces New Schedule for Fall 2014

The biggest surprise is that Grey’s Anatomy is moving to the 8 PM Family hour.  The reasoning is that every new show ABC has launched in that slot has failed.  What this also means is that Shonda Rhimes will own ABC’s Thursday lineup.  Not to mention that they’ll have to water down Grey’s since it will now be in that aforementioned Family Hour and I’m sure that One Million Moms already have their notepad and pencils ready to bombard the FCC with the perpetual whining they have systematically perfected.

Frankly, ABC had other returning shows that probably would have fit well into that 8 PM slot.  Agents of Shield might have been a good candidate since it’s returning even though I can’t find anybody actually talking that show up since it’s much anticipated debut in September 2012.



On the other hand, it’s not like Grey’s hasn’t become kind of milquetoast in the drama department the last few years anyway.  So much so that you have to wonder how much longer it can survive.  Most of the newer characters are just kind of blah.

But hey, didn’t ER go on forever and isn’t Law & Order: Special Victims Unit still hanging around?  I mean, won’t Mariska Hargitay be eligible for Social Security sometime soon?  Yeah, just kidding.  That was Dann Florek and Richard Belzer who hung up their stinkin’ badges cause they no longer needed those stinkin’ badges.

Other than that, I’ll leave you to hash all this out.  I have other fish to fry.

Paul Lee does the dance for THR followed by the complete schedule:
Though ABC does have its share of problems, it's mostly staying the course with this schedule. New series are filling vacant slots, with few shifts, though Tuesday is getting a significant tweak in comedy's move to 8 p.m. It's a big gamble having half-hours open the night -- newcomers Selfie and Manhattan Love Story get that exceptional challenge -- but it makes sense for the sophomore run of Agents of SHIELD. ABC recently experimented with airing the solid-ish Marvel drama at 9 p.m. to good results.

That should give a big assist to Forever. Aside from the previously mentioned Thursday hour, 10 p.m. on Tuesday has been ABC's most difficult. And a drama lead-in makes much more sense then the last three years of comedies.

“Our schedule reflects a judicious mix of boldness and stability,” said ABC Entertainment Group president Paul Lee, who just reupped with Disney. “ABC is finishing the season with momentum -- we now have building blocks on every night of the week, and we’re using them to launch our new series. This season we set out to develop passion projects from world-class storytellers and showcase the faces and voices of America. Both plans unleashed a wave of creativity and we're extremely excited about the new slate.”

ABC's Complete Fall 2014-15 Schedule
Monday
8-10 p.m. -- Dancing With the Stars
10-11 p.m. -- Castle

Tuesday
8-8:30 p.m. -- Selfie
8:30-9 p.m. -- Manhattan Love Story
9-10 p.m. -- Agents of SHIELD
10-11 p.m. -- Forever

Wednesday
8-8:30 p.m. -- The Middle
8:30-9 p.m. -- The Goldbergs
9-9:30 p.m. -- Modern Family
9:30-10 p.m. -- Black-ish
10-11 p.m. -- Nashville

Thursday
8-9 p.m. -- Grey's Anatomy
9-10 p.m. -- Scandal
10-11 p.m. -- How to Get Away With Murder
Friday
8-8:30 p.m. -- Last Man Standing
8:30-9 p.m. -- Cristela
9-10 p.m. -- Shark Tank
10-11 p.m. -- 20/20

Saturday
8-11 p.m. -- Saturday Night Football
Sunday
7-8 p.m. -- America's Funniest Home Videos
8-9 p.m. -- Once Upon a Time
9-9:30 p.m. -- Resurrection
10-11 p.m. -- Revenge

Monday, May 12, 2014

Classic Playboy Comic/Joke of the Day 5/12/2014

Here is today’s Playboy Comic chosen just for you. Three for the price of one.   Enjoy!

Sunday, May 11, 2014

Amazon DVD/Blu-ray Deals of the Week: 5/11/2014 to 5/17/2014

There are a couple of good classic TV  series on sale at Amazon this week.  I’m certainly thinking of buying at least one if funds will permit.  Of course, I could afford one of these deals at least a teensy bit more often if you’d turn your ad blocker off and click one of my ads once in a while.  You don’t have to buy what’s in the ad for me to get credit, just use it as a passport to get to the site and then buy what you want. 

Ad blocker is one of the reasons I haven’t updated my Amazon links in a while.  Keeping them up to date is a lot of work that has to be done in my spare time which I don’t have much of.  And if people can’t see them, then I’ve wasted quite a few hours for nothing.   

Even before ad block I was lucky to get $30 or $40 dollars a year in commissions as it was and I simply took that in a gift certificate since the amount was always so small anyway.  But it would buy me a couple of DVD’s or go towards a blu-ray or two.  But I’m willing to give it another go.

The first series up this week is the one I’m considering for myself.  That would be Quantum Leap starring Scott Bakula and Dean Stockwell.  Yes, it has been available for streaming.  It also has had episodes missing from that stream which is a real bugaboo.  And there’s always the case of streaming today but gone tomorrow.  Don’t matter though.  I love this show.

In case you’re wondering, or for some reason know nothing of the series, here’s the IMDB synopsis. 

Doctor Sam Beckett led a group of top scientists into the desert to research his theory that a man could time travel within his own lifetime. Unfortunately, in order to save his funding, he was forced to enter the accelerator prematurely and vanished. He then found himself in someone else's body with partial amnesia. His only contact from home is Al, a holographic image only he can see and hear. Setting right things which once went wrong, Sam leaps from life to life, hoping each time that this is the final leap home.

And although it explains it quite well, the execution of the idea is much better on screen thanks in no small part to Bakula who had to switch characters from week to week and managed to pull it off and make it believable.  Here is the text link to the ad.  And it’s a bargain at just $63.99.  You’ll find the picture link at the bottom of the page but you’ll have to either pause, turn off, or allow ads on this page if you have ad blocker.  You can also try using the picture insert, but it’s a new method I’m trying since Amazon instituted their new system so there’s no guarantee it’ll work.

Another series on special this week at Amazon is JAG.   It is a show I really didn’t watch on a regular basis but my girlfriend was a regular viewer.  I have no idea if the series streams.  The show ran for 10 years from 1995 to 2005.  The IMDB sums it up this way:

Commander Harmon Rabb, Jr. and Lieutenant Colonel Sarah MacKenzie are JAG lawyers, who together investigate and litigate crimes committed by Navy and Marine personnel. Occasionally, they engage in adventurous activities in order to solve their cases. With Rabb's fighter pilot background, and MacKenzie's good looks, they are a hot team both in and out of the courtroom.

This Special Edition Collector’s Boxed Set of the Complete Series will set you back $109.99, but remember that’s only about $10 a season.  And take a look at all the other goodies you get with it.  Frankly, I wouldn’t mind having it but I’ll probably have to wait until the next time.  Still………. 

Anyway, if you have the cash to spare and you loved the series, or if you’ve never seen it like me you can use this as the text link to have a look.  The picture ad will be at the bottom of the page.  Or you can try using this picture by clicking on it.

 

Sex & The City is a series we already own.  I say we because I actually bought it for my girlfriend who loved this HBO series that spawned two feature films.  Yes, we own those as well.

I can tell you we paid a lot more for it than this weeks deal of $82.99.  If you’ve never seen it, or have only seen the movies, or maybe you were too young to watch when it aired and momma made you leave the room, you’ll have a good time.  I know this because I’ve watched most of the episodes even though this is obviously geared towards a feminine viewpoint, guys can have a good laugh as well.  You can use this link or use the picture link at the bottom of the page or the following insert.

 
Amazon is also offering up to 58 per cent off the individual Mystery Science Theaters episodes.  I’ve watched the show and get a kick out of it.  A lot of people collect these and if you’re wanting to now would be the time to start or to add a few to your library because the general rule in the past is that these DVD’s have not exactly been cheap.  Use this link to purchase.

And last, but not necessarily least, Amazon has a bunch of DVD and Blu-ray titles that will get you a coupon towards seeing a movie in the Warner Brothers Spring sale.  You might even get in for free if you play your cards right and go to the right theater at the right time of day on the right day of the week. 

The coupons are good towards either Godzilla, Blended, or Edge of Tomorrow.  Blended is the Adam Sandler/Drew Barrymore outing that looks to be a lot better than the crap Sandler usually puts out there.  Their other film, 50 First Dates is one of those Sandler films I actually was able to tolerate.  A DVD purchase gets you a $5 coupon and a blu-ray purchase gives you an $8 coupon.  On top of that, the prices on the ones you can purchase are way more than reasonable.  You have until June 22.



You can get more information for this deal by using this link.  That’s about it for now.  Enjoy your show and thanks for the support.   And check for updates on more deals I run across at the bottom of the page.  Thanks again.

 

   

Think You’re Converting People? Think again.

I can understand why 25 percent of the faculty left.  Like most educators, the don’t want to have more dunces in a nation being overrun  by stupidity as if it were an art form.  One of the fastest growing groups in this country is atheism. 

Why?

Because you're driving young people away from religion and the church.  You think all the constant proselytizing and strict interpretation of the bible is a good thing and will bring people into the flock.  You're wrong it won't.  It's having the opposite effect.  It drives them away because there's one thing humans have been born with that you can't change.     Common sense.  And common sense tells them that Creationism in seven days is a load of crap along with many other things being foisted on the general populace.  I have nothing at all against religion.  That is until you start doing your best to foist your particularly odd beliefs onto everybody and everything into insert it into every aspect of everybody's lives including trying to establish a theocracy in this country.  Frankly, I’m sick of having it rammed down my throat day in and day out.

From Times News

DAYTON, Tenn. — Student dissent is heating up in a controversy over beliefs about Adam and Eve at the Tennessee college named for one of creationism's most famous defenders.

The dispute at Bryan College, named for William Jennings Bryan, began in February when trustees clarified the school's statement of belief to state that Adam and Eve were historical people who were not created from previously existing life forms.

Since then, the conflict has escalated with a majority of professors voting "no confidence" in the school's president, and students and alumni penning petitions in response to the controversy.

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reported that in a day of action last week, students wrote notes to the Board of Trustees, signed petitions, wore black armbands and expressed their opinions on social media, among other actions.

The protest was prompted by the loss of at least nine of the college's 44 full-time professors, two of whom were fired after rejecting the college's clarified statement of belief, and statements by Bryan College President Stephen Livesay, who has downplayed the controversy.

After a school fundraiser last month, Livesay told the Times Free Press that students are happy and "the reality is we are solid."

Some students last week said that the comments were disheartening.

"There seems to be an emotional disconnect with what we're seeing and how Dr. Livesay perceives things," student body vice president Allison Baker said.

Read more: Bryan College losing nearly 25% of faculty after 'Adam and Eve' controversy | Kingsport Times-News http://www.timesnews.net/article/9076475/bryan-college-losing-nearly-25-of-faculty-after-adam-and-eve-controversy#ixzz31RyJYfiM

And then to emphasize that you can’t fix stupid, this happens shortly after I posted this. 

Classic Playboy Comic/Joke of the Day 5/11/2014

I started posting these old Classic Playboy Cartoons and Jokes on my Facebook page, and they’ve seem to gone over quite well.  But, I am limited as to what I can do there.  So I decided to use my blogs to post these on a daily basis.  At least for now.

As for the blog itself, I hope to get it back in full swing once I finally get my personal business arranged to make it possible if that ever happens.  For now enjoy today’s comic and visit my Clyde’s Stuff Facebook page for previous editions.