Headsup: Two Pair and a Joker

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Batman Ninja. The opinions I share are my own.

Gunsmoke Thirteenth Season Volume One Gunsmoke Thirteenth Season Volume Two
If you’re a fan of classic westerns, you’ll be happy to know that Season Thirteen of Gunsmoke is now out (spread across two DVD sets).  The series follows the adventures of iconic Old West hero Marshal Matt Dillon (played by Emmy Award nominee James Arness) as he strives to keep order amidst gunfights, bank robberies, murders, and other outlaw-ish activities, along with the help of his endearing deputy Festus Haggen (Ken Curtis).  Along for the ride are the alluring saloon mistress Miss Kitty (Emmy Award nominee Amanda Blake) and stalwart Doc Adams (Emmy Award winner Milburn Stone).  Volumes One and Two of Gunsmoke: The Thirteenth Season feature all twenty-five episodes of the 1967-1968 season (presented in color).  The only “bonus” features are original episodic trailers, which is a shame considering all they could have done with that; even though a lot of the cast and crew have gone to the big ranch in the sky, people like Burt Reynolds and Buck Taylor are still around (and I assume available to sit for a few hours to provide what would be very entertaining audio commentary).  That aside, if you’re a fan and want to make sure to get Season Thirteen on the shelf, this is your chance to grab it.  Both Volume One (fifteen episodes) and Volume Two (ten episodes) are currently available on Amazon for $22.96.

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Your Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: We Do Beg Your Pardon…

The show is Would I Lie to You?, in which a panelist from one team reads out a fact from a card. The panelists from the other team must then determine if the panelist with the fact is telling the truth or lying.

It’s always a glorious episode when Bob Mortimer is on. He is a very twisted individual. Take the following video as evidence.

Your Weekend Justice #274: Because All the Cool Kids Are Doing Timejumps

Helen Mirren AARP Selfie

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…and the title says it all.

Agenda:

  • Death vs. Inflation
  • It’s not a goddamn agenda
  • Rox and an update on world domination
  • Daguerreotypes and blackmail
  • Podcasting lets you know when the honeymoon is over
  • European tin cans are incompatible with American tin cans
  • Time zones are infinitely confusing
  • Your Antarctica update
  • Rob and an update on world domination
  • Jon’s home update
  • The meaning of Tuesday
  • Rob vs. Germany
  • HGTV parallel universe fun
  • Rock Lobster!
  • Worst adaptation of Equus ever
  • Movies for Grownups
  • Rox hasn’t seen Black Panther because sex…or something
  • Mall cops check out
  • Horrible songs
  • International Sup Initiative
  • The second line plan for DragonCon
  • Aaron Fever, comic book scribe
  • Florida, again
  • The mystery of CH
  • Sleeper cars
  • Ready Player One is a smoothie
  • Annihilation
  • Neil Gaiman: polite as hell
  • Venom
  • Jon’s kid is furious
  • Justice League
  • Non-agenda becomes agenda
  • Lost in Space
  • Curling with movie scores
  • Russians can’t stop doping
  • How to wake up
  • Altered Carbon
  • Cuisine
  • Digging in the basement

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Your Weekend Justice #252: Daredevil’s Apartment is Made From Unstable Molecules

Walking Dead Nerf Lucille Blaster

It’s Weekend Justice: the Internet’s #1 audio trainwreck…we dip into the archives, with this gem, recorded just after the invention of fire.

Agenda:

  • We join these Walking Dead observations already in progress
  • The Visiting Germans
  • Leigh and spitting on things
  • Respectability and pinball machines
  • Anticipating Civil War
  • Batman v Superman fallout
  • Suicide Squad trailers and such
  • Joker regrets
  • The arrival of PG-13
  • Cloverfield: The Franchise
  • The idea of a SHIELD spinoff show. How novel.
  • ABC Family
  • Superbook and unintended consequences
  • Androgynous Kids Looking For Jesus
  • Kasey Kasem and Battle of the Planets
  • Porn tax incentives
  • How to take care of your doctor during a zombie apocalypse
  • Multiverses and how to introduce them
  • 12 Monkeys
  • Rox’s Book Club
  • Rogue One trailer
  • Agatha Christie
  • Best-selling books ever
  • Marvel Team-Up: Daredevil and his CPA
  • The Spazhouse Zine Collection

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Infinity War & Seemingly Stupid Character Decisions, or “We’re All Going to Die But Are You Going to Eat That?”

Robert Downey Jr as Tony Stark in Avengers: Infinity War

Warning: This skews fairly serious towards the end and since I’m not Pixar, I’m going to actually tell you in advance so you don’t get blindsided. You’re welcome. Also, DO NOT READ THIS if you have not seen Infinity War.

So there’s something in Infinity War that’s been bothering me. Well, it was bothering me but now it interests me a great deal. I’m talking about certain decisions that the characters made. Specifically, bad decisions. And much has been made about some, not so much about others. Some examples:

When half of the life of the universe is in the balance:

  1. Why would Star-Lord lose his shit and screw up The Entire Plan?
  2. Why would Gamora give up the location of the Soul Stone to save Nebula?
  3. For that matter, if Gamora knew something so valuable that Thanos finding out would mean Utter Doom, why didn’t Gamora just kill herself?
  4. Why would Vision not get sacrificed from the get-go and the Mind Stone get destroyed to keep it from winding up in Thanos’ hands (well, on his hand, specifically)?

Granted, for this last one (and possibly for all of them), when a Time Stone is in play, a large number of bets are off. But I think you get the gist.

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Music Whenever: Denys Baptiste, Kid Congo, Gal Costa & More…

Denys Baptiste

We start with a performance from UK saxophonist/composer Denys Baptiste: it’s “Dusk Dawn,” from last year’s album, The Last Trane. As you might expect from that album title, it’s based on the work of John Coltrane…this track is specifically from Coltrane’s 1965 album, Kulu Sé Mama. There’s really only one other thing to say about this: let it be your life goal to love something you do as much as the gentleman drumming in this video absolutely freaking loves playing the drums.

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Monday Morning Mental Sorbet: How to Destroy a Ryan Gosling

Greg Davies‘ latest stand-up show, You Magnificent Beast, is now available on Netflix. So far, it has managed to break Doc, Cosette and myself. So we recommend it to you. Because he is a sick man, however, here is a vid from The Graham Norton Show in which Davies also breaks Ryan Gosling.

You might not want to watch this during lunch, especially if you’re enjoying a curry.

Headsup: Music, Mayhem, and Manicurists

Disclaimer: Warner Bros. Home Entertainment requests we note that it provided a free copy of Suicide Squad: Hell to Pay and Claws: The Complete First Season. The opinions I share are my own.

Can anyone conjure up a cuter image of (literal) puppy love than when Lady and the Tramp share a strand of spaghetti in their eponymous film?  Fans will be glad to know that the classic movie is now out on Blu-ray as the sixth title in the Walt Disney Signature Collection (alongside Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Beauty and the Beast, Pinocchio, Bambi, and The Lion King).  This new release presents the film in its original theatrical version, a sing-along version, and an “Inside Walt’s Story Meetings” version, where the viewer hears reenactments of Walt’s story sessions with animators as the film runs.  Along with previously released bonus features (a featurette with memories from Walt’s daughter and a look at the never-recorded song “I’m Free as the Breeze” meant for Tramp), new bonus features in the Signature Collection release include deleted scenes, a special about the dogs Walt Disney had over his lifetime, a tour of Walt’s historically re-created office on the lot, and a lesson on how to make the perfect meatball from teen chef Amber Kelley and Oh My Disney show host Alexys Gabrielle.  All disc versions of Lady and the Tramp: Signature Collection are now available on Amazon– the Multi-Screen Edition set (Blu-ray, DVD and digital copy) is currently priced at  $23.99, the Limited Edition Blu-ray Steelbook at $41.75, and the Storybook Edition (which also includes a 32-page storybook) at $41.80.

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