Ask Luke's Mother-in-Law: Jack Webb, Muscles, Guns and Swallowing

Thursday, April 24, 2014 at 8:00 am


Luke's mother-in-law is former LAPD, a licensed property appraiser and a self-described crazy cat lady. None of which has prepared her for TR readers. All questions and answers are real.

Hello all. I hope you all had a good Easter holiday if you celebrate, or a good weekend if you don't. Anyway, Mrs. LYT visited for the weekend and LYT got to come up after WonderCon; he drove all the way to the desert just for Easter dinner and then back to work on Monday. On Saturday we went to the Earth Day events in Yucca Valley and then out to lunch at a great Thai restaurant in Joshua Tree. I also worked on my yard project that I showed a bit of last week (see above for the latest). So far it is a pretty cheap project. Everything but the pavers is free, and my labor. The plants all came from other parts of the yard, rocks were free and the other objects were also in other places around. Pavers are only $1.13 each so the project is going to be around $100. We even have an old bathtub that is going to be turned into a patio seat.

Yes, LYT ate everything I served for Easter dinner. I made turkey with gravy, rolls, carrots, green beans with mushrooms, cranberry, mashed potatoes, stuffing etc. He cleaned his plate.

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Arrow SPOILER Thread: Red/Dead/Redemption?

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 5:01 pm


Is this show making you red in the phase?

Cockmasters! The '80s Action Figure Line That Never Existed (or Did It?)

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 12:00 pm


The satire may be lost on kids who don't remember the '80s, but literally, the way toy lines worked back then was that somebody would think up a gimmick - aliens riding dinosaurs, things that change color, skeletons that turn into vehicles, etc. - and then a usually feeble attempt to wrap a storyline around it to form a barely animated show would ensue.

A line of hero and villain figures with guns popping out of their crotch isn't just feasible; there was one that actually kinda-sorta happened. Yep, lest you thought this was a stretch, Toy Biz actually made a Punisher figure with a crotch rocket...who also transformed into a gun that fired out his ass. Let's see Disney turn THAT into a movie.

Meanwhile, fake commercial.

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WonderCon in 20 Photos: The Great, the Genius and the Disturbing

Wednesday, April 23, 2014 at 6:00 am

Number 1: Furry's a Jolly Good Fellow.


WonderCon used to be the wholly reasonable, doable, manageable, less-crowded version of San Diego Comic Con...but that's gradually going away as more and more people figure it out. Yes, you can still get into some panels easily, and yeah, parking nearby is quite attainable if you're an hour early...and yes, most of the exclusive clips of movies shown here have been shown at prior festivals ( many people out there were STILL surprised that the new Godzilla has more than one monster in it? More than you'd think).

I took a few pictures. I thought you might like to see them.

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Agents of SHIELD SPOILER Thread: Oswalt, Cobbled-Plot

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 at 5:21 pm


This chair presumably made with Patton leather.

Secrets will be revealed - and I'm guessing one of them is that "Hiss name isss NAHT QUAID!"

Top-Down Smackdown: Is WWE Legends House Irresponsible About Addiction?

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 5:00 pm


Some five two years after it was shot - and luckily, given the wrestling business, none of the participants died in the interim - Legemds House aired on the WWE Network last week. I admit it made for compelling TV, but it also made me full awkward for being compelled, and not in the way that I expected.

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I've Seen the First Hour of How to Train Your Dragon 2

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 3:45 pm


You can't really call this a movie review - I'm not even sure exactly how much of the movie I saw, whether it was 2/3 or (I suspect) closer to half. Regardless, I was invited for a reason - that being to convey my impressions. And they're a bit all over the place.

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HBO's New Viral Video/Ad Strategy: Your Parents Are Annoying A-Holes

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 2:30 pm


HBO GO wants tech-savvy kids to use its mobile service, and to do that, they've partnered with Buzzfeed to create a series of videos in which parents of teenagers constantly ruin the HBO viewing experience by saying or doing stupid things. It's a funny campaign...and utterly misguided.

Here's why: to be effective, ads need to target the decision-maker in the household for that product - and I have never once heard of a teen paying the family cable bill. Not to mention that if you have really awkward parents, the odds that they want you watching rapey shows like Game of Thrones someplace where you can't be monitored seem vaguely slim.

Though with all that said, these parents are pretty damn cool to let their kids watch anal sex on TV. Cut 'em some slack. Besides, they got you HBO in the first place, you ingrate.

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Game of Thrones SPOILER Thread: Chains of Not-Love

Monday, April 21, 2014 at 8:00 am


It seems as good a time as any to see if we have enough interest in making this a regular deal, with the Internet abuzz over a significant change from the books that most seem to agree is for the worse.

One rule for this thread: ONLY stuff that has happened on the show so far may be discussed. Please do not mention characters and plot points from the books that have not yet appeared on TV. Uninformed speculation is fine.

TR Interview: Mark L. Lester, Director of Poseidon Rex...and Commando!

Friday, April 18, 2014 at 2:00 pm


Let's get real: Poseidon Rex, the swimming tyrannosaurus movie, is not a movie you want to pay to see in a theater, even though it will be in a few starting today. It was made with TV in mind, for an intended audience that prefers their beers in a nearby fridge and their visual effects just slightly unconvincing (I imagine, though, that this level of fakish CGI will one day induce nostalgia in a certain generation, just as not-quite-convincing stop-motion did for our parents).

And yet the director is Mark L. Lester, the guy who made Commando, which is only one of the greatest movies in the history of ever. So I couldn't not talk to the guy, in part to see how he got here from there.

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