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  1. Blast Hardcheese

    Breakfast of Champions (1999)

    If you're a fan of Kurt Vonnegut, Jr., I have some unfortunate news for you:
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    Coming of Age #BackToUnspooled

    Really? I feel that Rushmore is one of Anderson's strongest films, and the one that all of his films since have followed the narrative framework of (parental issues, self-destruction, redemption, etc). It's easily one of his more relatable, less precious movies, as it doesn't feel like it's taking place in a dollhouse but rather in a real world setting. Also, this film features one of the director's best film soundtracks. Isle of Dogs has to be, in my opinion, Anderson's weakest work. It feels like he phoned it in by retreading Fantastic Mr. Fox's stop motion technique (the culturally-appropriated film takes place in a futuristic Japan, but he didn't think to go with Manga style animation, instead?)
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    Coming of Age #BackToUnspooled

    I absolutely agree with you that a John Hughes film should be considered. While The Breakfast Club does indeed take place in a high school, consider Ferris Bueller's Day Off as the ultimate expression of high school-ness in the director's oeuvre: the right of passage of ditching the confines of school and making the ultimate day of it.
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    Episode #245 - Money Plane

    Okay, so this explains why the 2:22 live episode hasn't been released yet. Or possibly that movie was a really bad experience all around. Maybe this was addressed in Money Plane and also by the gang, but a huge oversight of playing Russian roulette on an airplane is the potential for a bullet to exit the player's skull, go through the plane's fuselage and depressurize the cabin while in flight. This episode features yet another great #howdidwegetscheer story to add to the Howdies. Getting MJH to sign Paul's failed math homework was diabolically genius. These stories absolutely need to be catalogued. Like Paul, I too have fallen under the spell of matte black finishes on cars. I'm not a car guy by any means, but I have to admit matte black paint jobs on most cars (especially of the classic muscle variety) look pretty damn cool. And, since it was also brought up by Jason (and it's one of my favorite films of all time), the story behind why the police cars in RoboCop are painted matte black is a happy accident. In this movie, RoboCop is supposed to have his own, Batman-like vehicle called the "Robo-Mobile" (or the "Turbo-Car"). However, when the final product arrived on set, it was met with laughter and abject ridicule from the crew. As the film's director and producers panicked and weighed their options, a then-brand new Ford Taurus drove by. Noting the sedan's rounded features (most car's silhouettes in the 1980's were square and boxy), the Taurus, they felt, looked bold and futuristic enough (again, for the era). They went to a rental car agency to rent a Taurus and dressed for the movie using--you guessed it--matte black paint. The OCP patrol car they created fit the bill, so the production secured a couple more Tauruses for the film. The OCP patrol car has gone on to become a pretty iconic part of this franchise, having appeared in all three original movies. There have been toy cars, model kits of this vehicle and even fan-produced replicas ("cars-players?"--sorry).
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    Episode 243 - The Peanut Butter Solution

    In yet another gripping episode of How Did We Get Scheer? : Horses!!!
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    RoboCop 3 (1993)

    I only watched RoboCop 3 once, but I seem remember, at the beginning of the film, he attaches a Super Soaker to his arm and shoots his way out of his patrol car's roof in order to come to the rescue of his fellow police officers. Of course, he could have easily shaved a couple of seconds off that time by simply opening the car's door and stepping out.
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    HDTGM Quarantine-palooza! (Online Playlists and Mixtapes)

    Taking a break for the tumult to post yet another 2020 mixtape. This one features Car Seat Headrest, Built To Spill, X, Perfume Genius, The Magnetic Fields, and more!
  8. 1. Showgirls - It's time. And if it's not, Exit To Eden. 2. Waterworld or The Postman - Either one of these Kevin Costner's bloated, self-important apocalypse circle jerk series. 3. Plan 9 From Outer Space - Because it pretty much started this whole "so bad it's good" cinematic trend. Also, it would be the oldest movie on the podcast. 4. Ballistic: Ecks vs. Sever - What the hell do any of these words even mean? 5. The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen - Give Alan Moore yet another reason to hate everything.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Chris' teetering stacks of manga and Sailor Moon cosplay outfits would have blown her doctor's mind.
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    Episode 241: Ninja III: The Domination

    Is it at all possible that Chris was actually trying to turn Billy off by pouring V8 on herself? After hitting on her at the police station, not taking her very terse "no" for an answer, stalking her at her second job, standing on the sidelines as she is attacked by the gang of gym rat rapists/purse snatchers, threatening to "haul her in" after she handily defends herself from them, whisking her away in his Fletch-mobile against her will, petulantly negging her over her stance about not dating cops, and threatening to dump her in the neighborhood Axel Foley conned his way into in Beverly Hills Cop II, it's possible that Chris thought her best, last-ditch option for getting rid of this hairy-backed creep was to take him back to her junk-artist loft, don her blousiest pair of parachute panties, douse herself in sticky vegetable juice, and hopefully freak his shit out enough for him to want to finally leave her alone. Sadly, it didn't work. This episode featured one of the absolute best entries in what I hope will soon become a supercut compilation of Paul's misadventures which I lovingly refer to as "How Did We Get Scheer?" Virgin bloody marys and after school toy gun time?!? Please tell me a two sizes too big smoking jacket was also involved!
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    Episode 240: Megaforce LIVE from Montreal!

    The pacing of this movie was very stilted in spots. It felt like some scenes and cuts were just allowed to linger a little too long and it undercut the momentum of the film. It felt like Barry Bostwick would say a line of quippy dialog and then the cut would linger long enough so that his smug grin would eventually flatten out. Like Jason, Megaforce also reminded me of the toy and cartoon series from the 1980's like G.I. Joe (which premiered in it's 3 & 3/4" version the same year Megaforce came out), M.A.S.K., Centurions, Captain Power, Chuck Norris and His Karate Commandos, Rambo (yes, that Rambo!), and every other property wherein a specialized, state sanctioned militaristic force for freedom is designated specifically to take on their centralized polar-opposite evil adversary. The opening info dump at the beginning of Megaforce even sounds like the voice-over from the G.I. Joe cartoon: "G.I. Joe is the codename for America's highly trained special mission force. Its purpose: to defend human freedom against COBRA; a ruthless terrorist organization determined to rule the world." More to Jason's point, "Ace" and "Duke" are also G.I. Joe code names (Ace piloted the Skystriker jet, and Duke was G.I. Joe's second in command). To further tie this movie in with children's toy and entertainment properties, The Mighty Morphin Power Rangers also had a Super "Megaforce" designation at some point during their run. The Power Rangers, like Megaforce, also had a member named Zachary "Zach" Taylor (according to the movie's IMDB page, Megaforce's Zac Taylor forewent the "h" at the end of his name, however). Speaking of Zac Taylor, when Punky Brewster's Dad (PBD) first meets him, Zac is wearing a pair of headphones to which PBD asks him if he's listening to Gladys Night and the Pips, even though he and we can clearly hear the classical music coming Zac's headphones. Zac replies that he's actually listening to Vivaldi, to which PBD then asks which season Zac is listening to: "Winter?" "Spring," Zac clarifies. Soon after, Zac quotes Macbeth, which PBD keys into. Yet, instead of finding commonality, PBD bristles with resentment, doubling down on his simmering colonial-ish racism. Here PBD is, a stranger in a strange land, and he's alienating the one person he has any kind of cultural relationship with because they're black. After the mission goes south (somehow), PBD and Zara fly in to the war zone (in a helicopter Ace destroys at the end of the film for no inexplicable reason, yet everyone seems cool with, nonetheless) and tells Ace and his team that they can't cross the border for risk of igniting a full-scale war. Okay, so why not fly all--or at least some--of the team out in the very long, two-prop helicopter PBD and Zara just flew in on? We see at the end of the ensuing battle that Megaforce's equipment is essentially disposable anyway, so why risk the lives of his crew when Ace can load up as many Megaforcees as he can on the PBD's helicopter instead?
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    HDTGM Quarantine-palooza! (Online Playlists and Mixtapes)

    Ah, The Go! Team. What an amazing and wonderful band. My wife and I saw them play about two years ago and we had so, so, so much fun. You can't not move while listening to any of their songs. I have two mixes posted on my Mixcloud page that have The Go! Team songs on 'em:
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    HDTGM Quarantine-palooza! (Online Playlists and Mixtapes)

    Okay, NOW I know what I'm doing with me day. Thanks for these recommendations, TWB!
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    HDTGM Quarantine-palooza! (Online Playlists and Mixtapes)

    Decided to compile and post a collection of some of my favorite instrumental soundtrack songs:
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    HDTGM Quarantine-palooza! (Online Playlists and Mixtapes)

    Graham, this playlist is awesome! So many great choices here: Spoon, Tribe, Pixies, Beasties, Ghostface, etc, etc. This is my job search playlist for today. Thank you so much.