Saturday, March 14, 2015

VHS Treasures at the Goodwill 2

Dude. DUDE! Duuuuuuude.

I paid my local Goodwill store a visit last week, and I walked away with what I consider to be a sweet haul of VHS cassette goodness. I previously wrote about other cool finds from Goodwill, and I think this batch equals or even exceeds that haul.

The first of the tapes I'll mention is the 1990 comedy My Blue Heaven, starring Steve Martin and Rick Moranis. I've loved this movie since I first saw it, and I always thought it deserved a lot more attention than it's received.

Next up, The Great Muppet Caper, the second ever Muppet movie. As much as I've loved the Muppets all my life, I don't think I've ever seen this one in its entirety--now's my chance.

Next, the Alan Arkin comedy The Return of Captain Invincible. I picked this up only because I've seen the movie's poster a number of times (I think it used to hang in the old video store my parents' patronized) and I've been curious as to what it's like.

I'm proud--proud!--to now say I own the one, the only, Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! Chances are you are already familiar with this cinematic classic, but the edition I purchased happens to be the director's cut including long lost footage! Which may actually be bunk, as the text on the box contains several gags and jokes, so I guess I'll just have to watch and see what's different.

Side note: as a young child, I was deathly afraid of the opening credit sequence and song, but that's a story for another day.

Finally, I bring you the cream of the crop, the two cassettes I covet the most from this batch of goodies--Transformers: The Movie and GI Joe: The Movie! Not the 21st century live action films, the original animated films from the 80s! I have never, ever seen them, and I've wanted to see the Transformers move since it first came out, so finding this on VHS is like finding the Holy Grail!


The best part about buying these films--the entire haul costs me only a dollar. Not a dollar each, all six for a total of one dollar! That, my friends, is how you bargain shop.

See you later. I have a lot of viewing to do. Please let me know your opinion of these movies in the comments. Thanks!

Friday, February 20, 2015

List O' Links for Friday, February 20th, 2015

If it's Friday, it must be List O' Links time! And boy do I have a fine selection for you this week!

This article presents some amazing outer space artwork from French comics published in the 1970s. Beautiful stuff, and something I want to see more of!

You guys! Star Blazers action figures from Japan!

Speaking of toys from Japan, here are oodles and oodles of Japanese TV commercials for the original Transformers toys. This was long before they came to America; they weren't even called Transformers at the time!

One of my most well-received articles for the blog is the one I wrote on Jaws movie posters, and how iconic the original poster is in pop culture. I've since been sorry to learn that the original painting by artist Roger Kastel used for the first paperback edition of the novel and movie poster has been missing for many years! For shame!

For ages I tried to find information on a kids show that aired on PBS briefly in the 80s that was a blatant rip-off of Nickelodeon's You Can't Do That On Television, but couldn't find anything--until now! Read all you ever wanted to know about the YCDTOT clone Don't Look Now!

Finally, to end on a positive note, enjoy these lovely superhero-themed inspirational messages courtesy of Imgur.

Have a great weekend!

Friday, February 6, 2015

CBS Saturday Morning TV Commercials, August 3, 1985

This weekend, be a kid again by virtually traveling back in time to Saturday, August 3, 1985 and enjoy almost a half hour of commercials and cartoon credits from that very morning as they aired on CBS television. Featuring the Get Along Gang, Muppet Babies, Dungeons & Dragons, and more!

Have a great weekend, Gen X-ers!

Friday, January 30, 2015

List O' Links for Friday, January 30, 2015

Football! Super Bowl! Halftime show! Deflation! Commercials! It's Super Bowl Weekend!

Eh, I don't watch football.

But I do follow the Internet, and here are some fun things I found whilst doing so!

My former employer, TV GUIDE magazine, has an awesome part of their Web site dedicated to all of the amazing covers they've published in their 50+ years of existence. Get lost in them here!

With all the buzz surrounding the upcoming Ghostbusters reboot, it's a good time to check out this rad Pinewood Derby car made to look like the Ecto-1 car from the first movie. Fantastic!

Des Taylor is a great artist, and no where is this fact more evident than in this series of renderings of Supergirl. Beautiful work!

If he were a real person and not a fictional character, The Rockford Files's Jim Rockford would disapprove of this blog, and Facebook, and Twitter, and all of social media. See him go on a rant about the dangers of data mining back in the mid-70s!

Finally, this is as much a work of art as anything. A cake made to look like an Atart 2600! Brilliant!

Have a great weekend! Don't drink and drive! Don't eat too many buffalo wings! Go [insert favored football team here]!

Friday, January 16, 2015

List O' Links for Friday, January 16th, 2015

Welcome to what I hope for you is a nice long weekend. Spend it at these fine links!

It'll take you at least one of the next three days to enjoy the top 50 web comics as chosen by Pleated Jeans. There are some fantastic comic strips here!

For all you MS-DOS fans (and you know who you are), you can now play almost 2,400 classic DOS-based video games in your browser, courtesy of the Internet Archive. Play away!

One of my favorite novelty music acts is Spike Jones and His City Slickers. Now they can be your favorite too, thanks to Music for Maniacs. Enjoy every song the band recorded in their first seven years!

Next Tuesday, January 20th at 3pm Eastern time, Marvel Comics is going to make a major announcement about this year's upcoming Secret Wars event, which, unlike every other event from the major comics publishers, is actually supposed to change the Marvel Universe forever for real. Bookmark this link to follow along with the announcement and see what all the hubbub is about! The link won't be live until the actual event, so proceed with caution.

Long before TGI Fridays became the default place for potato skins and Jack Daniels riblets, it's first location was quite the swanky place. Learn this and more about the restaurant chain's surprisingly colorful past here!

As long as we're learning things about people and places we thought we already knew, here are 19 facts you didn't know about the legendary band Fleetwood Mac. You may be sick of them due to egregious overplay by radio, but they really are a great band.

Finally, I've professed my love for Adventure Time before, but for a twist on the popular animated series, check out this--let's not call it a rip-off, let's just say it's apparently inspired by AT. From a young group of independent animators in China comes "Legend of Lucky Pie." It's weird, it's trippy, it's mathematical!

Have a great weekend! If you're serving your community this Monday, thank you!


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