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    No guest in Durham?

    So I went to the Durham show and it managed to even beat my high expectations, but there was no special guest. Granted, I’ve realized that no guest is definitely better than a bad guest, because the regular hosts know how the show works (and each other) so well. Are they just not doing guests for this tour, or did something happen to the particular guest for that night? An interview with Paul in a local indie paper suggested that there was going to be one, but that their identity was under wraps. Hopefully I’m not breaking any forum rules by posting this really minor episode spoiler. Oh, and if they’ve taken up a policy of dropping guests who didn’t actually watch the movie, then more power to them.
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    Tour Meet & Greet

    Not 100% sure because I haven’t done it myself, but Jason made some offhand comment during the Durham show about “I hope you’re coming to meet & greet,” which implies that it happens afterwards. I’m surprised that there aren’t more details with your tickets.
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    Inspector Gadget (1999)

    Was a fan of the show as a kid, which I later learned was usually pretty formulaic. Saw the movie as a tween, and I could probably list everything I remember about it: -Gadget was a security guard who wanted to be a cop and got severely injured in a “wacky” accident involving a bowling ball that he had rolling loose in his car while chasing the bad guys. Someone with the necessary resources found him to be the permanent candidate to give the Six Million Dollar Man treatment to. -A gag heavily featured in the trailers where he was making out with a girl and his being turned on makes a rocket fire out of him. Turns out that was just a sequence in his imagination and didn’t even “really” happen in the movie. -He uses a ridiculous number of magnifying glasses to finally read “SI” on a small clue, and then asks for a Spanish translation. A robotic voice from his gadgets says “‘Si’ means yes.” Probably the best gag in the whole movie. -I think I maaaybe remember that being followed up with a scene where he’s riding in a car trying to figure out what “SI” is and a giant truck goes past him with the answer on it and he doesn’t put it together. -Oh, and Penny is in it. I can’t even remember if the dog is in it or not.
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    How quickly do tickets normally sell out?

    Whelp, there were actually at least two babies in the show, although Jason didn’t actually hold either one.
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    What to expect at live shows?

    So I have tickets to the Durham show this weekend, and of course, I am psyched! I’ve heard plenty of live shows, but have never been to one, or actually any discussion-based podcast. I’ve read on this forum that there’s a lot more going on at the live show than what makes it into the final podcast. What else can I expect at a live HDTGM show that I wouldn’t know from the podcast itself?
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    Ghost Dad (1990)

    I feel like the chances of this happening now that he’s been convicted are pretty much nil. Too bad, as it looks like it would have been a good one. Mayyyyybe several years down the road, but we’ll see.
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    Starcrash (1979)

    Guess this means that they’re finally breaking with their long-running unwritten rule of not doing movies that MST3K has done, at least for the new version of the show. Good, I say. Maybe now we can finally get them to do Manos.
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    How quickly do tickets normally sell out?

    FWIW, tickets for the Durham sale went on pre-sale on 6/5 and “don’t even need the obvious offer code” kind of general public sale about three days later, and they’re not yet fully sold out. So I guess they don’t sell out that quickly for the shows outside of LA and maybe NY. Durham got to about 4/5ths sold out before they opened up an entire additional balcony level and started selling tickets there a week or two ago. The show is now two weeks off.
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    American Dreamz (2006)

    I love that it’s under “Classics Trailers” solely because it would be bad marketing to categorize it under a more accurate title, like “Kind-of-old movies that weren’t that great.”
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    Toy Story

    Hey, how about some more discussion about the movie and episodes themselves, or maybe the broader franchise? On those topics: -Dunno why Paul and Amy seemed convinced that the toys can't die, because the third movie pretty unquestionably showed that they can. -Jessie was added starting with the second one to give the series a female character with some more depth than Bo Peep had in the first one. -Toy Story 2 was almost accidentally deleted. -Disney and Pixar had a falling out early in the planning of Toy Story 3. Disney started up their own CGI animation studio, Circle 7 Animation and started working on a story with an interesting plot where Buzz Lightyears everywhere start manufacturing and are recalled back to the factory in Taiwan. The other toys realize that Buzz is possibly going to be destroyed and go all the way there to rescue him. After Michael Eisner left, Disney was bought out by Pixar, and the Pixar people wanted a totally clean slate. That same Wikipedia link also has a different discarded plot that Circle 7 considered.
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    Toy Story

    Gotta agree with @Cam Bert that it’s not a problem with the movie itself, but with the AFI list, perhaps it’s criteria. The full criteria list is on the list’s Wikipedia entry, and two of them are: Historical significance: A film's mark on the history of the moving image through visionary narrative devices, technical innovation or other groundbreaking achievements. Cultural impact: A film's mark on American society in matters of style and substance. Both of these strongly imply “Trailblazers and influence on other films.” The list is lousy with films that are those things but aren’t great by themselves today, but are hugely influential on other films. The original list had Birth of a Nation on it, for dang’s sake. But it just feels like too many of the voters gave too much weight to these two criteria out of the seven. TV Tropes has an enormous page for what I was just talking about called “Seinfeld” is Unfunny.
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    Jungle 2 Jungle (1997)

    I liked this movie as a kid, but we all know that those movies make up a LOT of the best HDTGM materials. What can I remember from that would be good fodder for this podcast?: -An important sub-plot involving the stock market that kids are supposed to be able to follow. I was 11, the older end of the kid demographic, and I barely even knew what the stock market was. -The kid’s name loosely translates to “cat piss.” The mom said she did it because he was about five at the time and he liked it. So she waited until he was five to name him, gave him the dumbest name imaginable, and also he wanted a name that would get him made fun of constantly. -Somehow Tim Allen (or maybe it was his assistant) not only gets a cell phone (maybe a sat phone?) to work on the remote island and connect it to a laptop, the natives get the laptop to access a porn-ish site within five minutes of first seeing it. Also, the laptop connected to a sat phone in 1997 can easily stream video. That was a better gag back when people didn’t know anything about how realistic that sort of thing was.
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    Monkeybone (2001)

    I was in highly school when this movie came out. I remember one thing from the TV spots: It had Monkeybone dancing around to The Offspring’s “Come Out and Play” kinda cartoonishly. Well I liked The Offspring, cartoonishness, monkeys, and especially wacky monkeys, so it looked pretty awesome to me. But then I started noticing how many movie trailers/TV spots said almost nothing about the movie got into a personal small obsession with the topic. Were those movies so bad that they were trying to hide their plot? (Answer: Sometimes). Then the reviews started rolling in and I found out not to come near it.
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    HDTGM and the Oscars

    *Sudden realization brought on by the topic headline* Maybe HDTGM should have an annual Razzies-focused episode the way that Unspooled has an Oscars-focused one.
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    The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

    That’s a pretty good answer. There was definitely something unusual about this gold in that it could somehow be mistaken for sand. Maybe it was a lot of really tiny bits of dust that they could only separate from the dirt so well in their makeshift sluce.