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Nick T.

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  1. Your wishlist definitely came true.
  2. And I’m assuming all our past threads will disappear as well. Probably for the best. Someone might have noted an odd hair color choice by an actress five years ago. That could be construed as a micro aggression toward people who look pretty in pink. Edit: I apologize for using a gendered version of the pronoun actor.
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    Ep 250 — Under the Cherry Moon

    Love Prince, but found it excruciatingly boring to listen to an episode where their love of prince had them gushing and rationalizing over absurd moments rather than laying in in a comedic style like they would on bad movie they actually enjoyed like Face Off. I honestly don’t buy that they liked this movie.
  4. Is this trailer cut still up somewhere? Never mind, found it.
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    Episode 247 - 2:22 (Live in Portland)

    Wasn’t Sadie aka “I’m Jason”’ (audience questions) incorrect about it being episode 222? Wasn’t it not even close? If true, hilarious since June kept saying “I don’t trust her.” Haha, Jason fangirl bit was super cringe. RE: Pilot certifications and aircraft. I was about to begin a commercial pilot training program before the pandemic hit. So, I went deep into all the reqs and based on what I already know, there’s no way that guy is flying for Southwest like under a year later based on the fact alone that you need to log 1,500 hours with students as a certified flight instructor to be eligible to fly a commercial passenger plan (it doesn’t need to be with students, but that’s the only way someone other than a very wealthy person is going to be able to get 1,500 hours flying). And before you can be a certified flight instructor (CFI), you’ll be spending 7 months minimum getting your commercial pilot license (seven months in the shortest CPL program I’ve ever seen listed). And, of course, you’ll need to get added training time on whatever specific type of commercial plane you’re going to fly. You can’t just jump in a passenger plane because you have gotten a commercial pilot license.bEven a highly favored Southwest cadet (cadets are pilots in training that are part of a commercial airline’s training program) couldn’t do it that fast. Cadet spots are coveted and typically go to young folks since they want to get the maximum career mileage out of you to justify their expenses. Plus, forget being a commercial pilot if there’s anything in your medical, legal or discoverable history that establishes drug use, alcohol abuse or psychiatric issues.
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    The VelociPastor (2017)

    “A Man of the Claw.” Gotta love that. I’d have preferred “A Man of the Clawth” though. The hooker who convinces him to use his power to fight crime must be an allusion to Mary Magadalein (sp?).
  7. I now realize I agree with you, Graham, after writing this suggestion about doing more “good, bad movies.” Soulless tripe is the least likely to produce a classic episode. I’ll still hold out hope though.
  8. No film suggestion, but a general suggestion: I think HDTGM has its highest ratio of classic episodes (EG, where the hosts are super energized and we hear lots of huge host + audiences laughs & crazy movie provoked digressions) when they review critically hated movies that are widely loved (or at least widely considered entertaining/fun yet understood to be ridiculous by its own fans). Off the top of my head, I’d cite Blood Sport, Face Off, Cobra, Time Cop, Deep Blue Sea, Con Air, The Running Man and the Twilight w/the huge, imagined battle as examples of great episodes from this type of movie. We can’t miss out on amazing stuff like Miami Connection & Hell Comes to Frog Town, but maybe less widely panned big budget garbage like Speed 2, which is often just soulless tripe rather than garbage with life. The last paragraph makes me see now why a lot of folks are not thrilled to see HDTGM doing Transformers (I had said I thought it’d be funny).
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    3rd Annual(?) Howdies

    June might ask what a slam is.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Taylor: I appreciate the data correction. I’m a research/factoid junky and a nitpicker. So, I love getting the correct facts. lol Anyway, in 2019, 27.6% of movies starred a minority in a leading role. Since 72% of Americans are caucasian, that seems to be a dead on reflection of population demographics. Hopefully, those movies were much more nuanced portrayals (I.E., no animated films where like we know the cow is supposed to rep an Af-Am character because it says a “you da, cow!” to his bovine buddies). EDIT: I deleted a really, way too long post related to all this stuff (I.E., what I think are worst driving factors behind all this misjustice taking place), but I think it’d be better to have a dedicated thread for those who wish to discuss these issues than risk hi-jacking the episode discussion w/political convo. I’ll leave that up to admins/mods or members who sort of fill that function. Gotta say, if this weren’t the most civil forum I’ve possibly ever seen, I wouldn’t even have dared touch these topics w/a 10 foot pole.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Interesting take, Danny. I think the movie missed a HUGE opportunity in not providing more back story for the evil ninja, especially with the shaman calling “Great Lord.” It would have made the story most compelling to have had the shaman, the good ninja or the spirit itself divulge his history and motivations (or better, yet, if she had been able to see glimpses of when possessed). Like: -has the spirit been passing through different vessels for centuries (E.G., the body we first see it in or has it been in that body for all its time? Having been called Great Lord seems to indicate it’s some legendary demon or ghost of a famous dead Shogun, Samuari, etc -And what happened to make the EN (evil ninja) and/or its spirit so malevolent? And is his malevonce indiscriminate or targeted -Was the spirit part of a clan that had once warred with the GN (good ninja) -And is that why he went after the GN and who were those people holding GN arms when he took his eye out? I could go on forever, but had they taken an hour to write a minute or two of flash backs or exposition to tell us more it would have been much more interesting. And what happened to the EN can only be killed at this specific mountain temple in Japan?
  12. Thanks for the welcome. Hopefully, they focus on their encounters with Shia Leboeuf at the gym and his wardrobes or casting stories (e.g., famously, Megan Fox’s audition literally consisted of her washing Bay’s Ferrari in a bikini...or that could just be some popular myth).
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Oh, I didn’t mean to imply I thought you were being over critical for a second. I thought you had a great suggestion. I was more saying it in context of ongoing grandstanding at Hollywood about casting diversity. On that subject, Hulu has done a great job in some of its new shows, doing Hamilton style version of black actors in period era comedy- dramas like The Great (about Catherine The Great). I’d say 40% of the actors are black despite it being 18th century Russia and the cast is effing great. I think Paul was overly critical of himself, but it came from, obviously, a good place. Love Grudian’s science fact. Hilarious! Now, I want to know what science would say about their jumping ability.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Yep, that was pretty clear. But they’ve got rug rats running around and Jason had his jigsaw puzzle.
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    Poll! Team V8 or Not-V8?

    V8 should definitely have a product placement deal with The Fast & Furious franchise. It’s all about family! And what’s better for a growing family than 2 full servings of vegetables in every can. Vin would make sure the deal specified he can’t lose to a can of V8 in a fight. I can totally see it now: In the climatic scene Dom is thrown from his car and comes to rest face down against a wall. His crew run to him and look in stunned dismay at his white cotton beater soaked in blood, but just when all is lost, Dom rolls over and holds up a crushed can of V8 with a mischievous smile and says “I ain’t rebuilding this one.” Cut to rooftop gathering. The whole family raise cans of V8 high and in harmony yell, “Family!” THE END Directed By: Tall John Scheer
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Arizona license plates are crazy distinct (or am I just thinking of New Mexico) and I missed that too. The canyons and mountains in the opening/around the golf course also don’t look like anything in LA County (except the course itself). But the area stands in for so many places it’s natural to assume it was shot here. And, the industrial areas and station almost looked liked they were shot on a big lot. Anyone else wonder why the cops were guarding the morgue inside and out like it was a Scarface mansion scene? If they had showed heightened alert or amazement at the golf course events, it’d have made some sense. But as mentioned in the show, they were casual and relaxed just hours after dozens of officers were brutally slain. PS - RE: June’s favorite art form/some well known forum member names, Lucinda Dickey was the of Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Interesting theory about the V-8 juice, but she was so strongly coming onto him that I just thought of it as more of a playful gesture. At the time, I actually thought it was foreshadowing for blood to be spilled for a moment. Paul’s home stories are sooooo crazy, that as hilarious/weird as that is, it’d be like wayyyy down on the list. Another one that’d also be way down on the list yet still funny that just came to mind for no reason was the signed Arliss Hat. But, yeah man, Paul has the craziest childhood stories and young adult misadventures (how I’d classify his desk-less, duty-less job where he was ordered to have lunch with Brittany Spears. I’m assuming Paul stories are a Howdies category. More omissions that just came to mind: -Police Baton: there’s a moment when a cop spins the baton for a sec at the cemetery fight and has the sound effect of an elaborate nunchucks display. But, more to the point, these cops know this ninja survived point blank shot gun blasts and machine gun fire and they’re trying to fight “him” with a stick?! -Police Response Time @ Golf Course: Since the ninja is still at the golf course and how fast he is, we must assume this small town has been able to deploy roughly 50 cops and a helicopter within 2 minutes. Uh, not possible.
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    3rd Annual(?) Howdies

    Also enjoyed: *The Quest: Paul’s lack of flexibility (I died laughing over that discussion) *Action Jackson: Paul talking about how June had it was spiders not ninjas that burst through the windows and then saying it was due to the TV being so far away and Paul says, “what are you talking about? It’s a huge TV at the foot of our bed. Best Business or Film Script Idea (e.g., Jason’s restaurant with 10-foot high tables, lifeguard chairs for seats and waiters on stilts (The Quest) or the 80s Aerobic Classes)
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    3rd Annual(?) Howdies

    Has Best Actor Nickname/Paul Name Gaffe (e.g., Stellar Skateboard or actor/activist Ron “Silva”) been done? BTW, I had a momentary brain fart when I saw Best Abuse of a Guest and thought it was referring to the audience question segment, which in turn reminded me of the Jason of Our Group (Hell Comes to Frog Town ep I believe). That guy was part of a circle of good friends my girlfriend of 12+ years (so, I’ve heard every story she has to tell ad nauseum) growing up and she always told me stories about what a spaz (more specifically, the awkward kid type who compensates by being excessively gross/lewd. When he got up and said his name I thought no way and then groaned when he uttered his famous line. Anyway, my Stitcher auto play recently played an old minisode I had never heard in which Paul said he ran into him at a restaurant and he flagged him down to excuse his appearance due to his being “shit-faced.” I’m betting he somehow contrived running into Paul. His family is very wealthy, he doesn’t really work (so, has a lot of free time) and a lot of friends in the biz (who might know where Paul eats often).
  20. I’m new to the forum (but have listened since 2014) so my opinion may not count, but I think the ongoing Transformers bit has been funny (better than many of the insipid questions asked) and judging by crowd reactions they do as well. No one is going to love every movie pick (I include myself), but I think it’ll be funny to listen to them tearing Bay a new a-hole. PS - Love how Tall John has like officially become Paul’s nickname. That pizza lady must have been bonkers to insist that was the order name.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    I appreciate the sentiment and support the cause as well. I’ve been speaking out on police conduct for 25+ years. In fact, my family and I got one cop fired for misconduct through a lawsuit (long story). However, one thing I think many people forget is that blacks/African-Americans (not really sure there’s any consensus on what term is more appropriate) is that they compose only 8% of the population. People always talk about under representation, but I’d bet much more than 8% of new releases have a black lead or co-lead. The point being is that there are just a lot more white and Latino folks around. Asians, black, etc. are a tiny demo in comparison. My point really being that what people often tend to think of as a lack of proactive efforts at inclusion are simply down to sheer numbers. I get how some might be listening for a break from this 24/7 situation might not like it, but I feel/hope that, due to the type of person this show attracts, the mass majority will be and understand they can just fast forward past it if they don’t want to hear it. PS - I listened to the Stealth episode with the little Key & Peele guy. Bloodsport is my favorite HDTGM episode and Nicole was hilarious in that. Her guest appearance on The Meg was amazing too. She’s been a great regular. Can’t wait until the Arclight gets that special “Nicole Buyer will be yelling at the screen during this viewing” feature Jason suggested.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Crazy, cause I immediately assumed it was Arizona and not LA (where I live). The deserts/brush land around LA do not look like anything seen in the golf course scene Also, they mentioned Beverly Hills maybe due to the beautiful palm trees, but the houses were all dumps. Clearly not Beverly Hills.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Oh, I also wanted to share this video cause before I found it on Amazon Prime for free, I looked on YouTube and caught this scene. I thought this music was from the movie and thought “damn! this movie has got a killer sound track!” That song (especially starting at the one minute mark) makes the scene so much more compelling to me.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Ninja III = Free on Prime Video (w/subscripton) 4 Glaring Omissions: 1. Billy’s line: “Listen, there’s an officer in the the Asiatic Division. He said there’s this guy downtown that the local Japanese swear by.” Cause we all know how small, suburban Arizona towns in the 80s had police departments with African, “Asiatic,” Balkan, Indosesian, etc. divisions...I died! 2. The Doctor: “Physically, you’re great. I see no problem. You are under severe stress, of course. But otherwise, Dr. Bowen the psychiatrist you saw, said there’s nothing out of the ordinary. Aside from your exceptional extrasensory perception and your preoccupation with Japanese culture.” What stress aside from being stalked by Billy? What exceptional powers of extrasensory perception? What cultural obsession (a sword she found)? 3. Police Response Time @ Golf Course: Since the ninja is still at the golf course and how fast he is, we must assume this small town has been able to deploy roughly 50 cops and a helicopter within 2 minutes. Uh, not possible.  4. Police Batons: there’s a moment when a cop spins the baton for a sec at the cemetery fight and has the sound effect of an elaborate nunchucks display. But, more to the point, these cops know this ninja survived point blank shot gun blasts and machine gun fire and they’re trying to fight “him” with a stick? PS - Anyone else wonder why the cops were guarding the morgue inside and out like a Scarface mansion scene? Had they showed heightened alert due to the golf course events, it’d make sense. But as J,J&P said, they were casual & relaxed just hours after dozens of fellow officers were brutally slain.
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