Monday, January 29, 2018

Graham and Chad WATCH Survivor Series 1992!

Graham of TheHistoryOfWWE.com and Chad are BACK for another episode of "Graham and Chad Talk Rasslin"!

The anticipated Survivor Series 1992 episode has finally become live. I apologize for the major delay but it was worth it to give you such a fun show! This PPV is a pretty big deal to both Graham and I, so we decided to try something new and WATCH the show and give our thoughts! You can always watch along with us, or just listen to us as we:

-Describe the event.
-Discuss the buildup.
-Rebook the event.
-Thoughts on the show.
-What was done right and wrong?


And of course, it wouldn't be a show without us going completely off the rails and go off topic. Here's some of our highlights:

-The joys of South of the Border.
-Tormenting our parents with our wrestling obsession.
-The Perfect Team's Enchantment Under The Sea Dance Proposal.
- And more!


Of course, this episode was recorded BEFORE The 2018 Royal Rumble, so we share our predictions for what we hoped to see during the big night and beyond. Were we right? Were we wrong? How drunk did Graham get?

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-Chad

Wednesday, January 24, 2018

Teen Titans Hit BluRay! Booyah!

I'm having a hard time believing that 2018 marks the 15th anniversaries of so many movies or tv shows that I love so much, but that's the way it goes. 2003 was a great year for pop culture, but especially cartoons! And if you were a fan of the DC universe, you were hit with some amazing cartoons!

Teen Titans made it's debut on Saturday July 19th 2003 and left an almost immediate impact on it's audiences young and old. The animation, the writing, the great blending of humor and action really brought in people who most likely never would have watched a show like it before. Kids were falling in love with the characters and even finding a character or two to relate to, which became a huge asset to the series as it continued to air. It's audience became rabid and quite loyal to the series, so much so, that you'll find fans continue to reminisce about it in a very loving manner. It's great to know that an entire generation was exposed to these characters thanks to a wonderful series. Even better, it lead to the amazing Teen Titans Go! program, a show that is on equal ground in terms of entertainment and joy. Which, what else can you expect from a group of teenage crimefighters?


The dvd's have gone out of print sadly and for years, fans would have to rely heavily on reruns or trying to seek out an old dvd release or two. But good news, Titans Fans!


YES! Warner has given us the first season in crystal clear, hidef, bluray. All 13 fan favorite episodes on bluray for the first time!

The animation, which was impressive already looks even better thanks to a beautiful transfer that brings out the colors and fun of the show even more. Looking to upgrade from your scratched up, worn out dvd? Good! This bluray features all the episodes from the first season and features some great features including a making of, a Puffy Ami Yumi music video, a look at the voice actors and more!


Also, it's hard to have a sick day and continue to feel bad after marathon-ing this show. I definitely recommend picking this up and watching the heck out of it. Now, sit back and enjoy the great series! Preferably with pizza or waffles.


-Chad

Why Meeting Pee-Wee Herman Is A Big Adventure For Me

Well, it's been a while since I've done a more personal blog entry, but today seems like a fun time to do one. I guess blogging should capture all emotions, not just "hey, here's a review of Teen Titans" or a He-Man review or two. Not that I don't enjoy those, but I feel like my blog could use a dash of my real life here and there. Now, today's entry isn't exactly a sappy entry, it's more of one of complete joy. But I'm sure so many others will share the feelings that I expound upon.

When I was about 6, my father passed away. While for many, that would stop a child's innocence and sense of wonder would vanish in the blink of an eye, my mother made sure my childhood and childlike innocence stayed intact. Which probably explains a lot on this site and my personality. A lot of stuff from that time period really stuck with me and I never gave up on my interests or hobbies. It's a probably good thing or it's just plain stubbornness. At the same time, my mom always taught me to never apologize for the things I liked. Whether it was a fad that I had interest in or a show that nobody else watched, I clung to the things I loved! Which is why when you see me arguing on social media over why Nightmare on Elm Street 5 is my favorite of the series or why at age 10, when X-Men was super popular, I was still playing with GI Joe and He-Man. It's just always been who I am. My brother, wasn't as lucky. He had fallen into bad habits, bad decisions and a very bad crowd and became pretty aggravating to be around. You'll see why I mention that in a moment.


So that leads to one of my favorite shows as a child. Pee Wee's Playhouse. Oh my gosh, there was no other tv show on Saturday morning (or prime-time) quite like it. A show where every ridiculous idea or character that could be imagined, became reality. Paul Reubens was an innovator in children's television and his character Pee-Wee was something all kids could relate too. A big kid who could live in his own fantasy world where everyone loves him? He was never mean to anyone, he wanted to be everyones friend! Who didn't want to be a part of that world? So while I adored PeeWee, my brother hated him, which lead to a hilarious moment at a family meeting when my brother threw his fist down and screamed "ALLRIGHT, NO MORE PEEWEE'S PLAYHOUSE!" to which I shouted something back about him not watching MTV because I thought at age 7 I could be big and bad too and it turned into the dumbest argument you'll ever hear. I'm sure my poor mom just wanted to discuss who needed to take the trash out or something that most likely did not deserve a family meeting.

Obviously my household grew up loving PeeWee's Big Adventure, and helped sow the seeds of over the top, silly, slapstick humor that I'd grow to love and adapt as my own brand of humor. Everything in that movie just made me laugh. Well, except the scene in Frances' bathtub. Call me crazy but the scene where they show PeeWee's feet stepping into the pool, freaked me out as a child and everytime I jumped in a pool and looked under the water, I'd always look for feet. Not even Large Marge freaked me out as bad! Then again, I was like 3 or 4, so minor crap stuff would shake me up. Be that as it may, I grew up a goofy child and an even goofier adult and PeeWee helped trigger that.


So obviously, we all know what happened to Paul in the early 90s. As a kid, I didn't understand why he was being ostracized or made fun of but it just astounded me that people who loved him a year before were hopping on the "make fun of PeeWee" train. It was my first exposure to just how cruel society could be to a celebrity. Not me though. Even as I grew up, I still loved him and looked forward to his appearances in movies and tv shows. And as I grew older, I loved him even more for different reasons.


In 2003, I started working with children and I found that I was just not connecting or even doing a very good job in general. But I mean, what do you expect? I was right out of high school and knew nothing of how the real world works. When it came to working with children, I've never been that good at being a boss or even solid authority figure but I knew I was good at being someone the kids could trust  and be that person who could possibly be a role model. But at age 19? Man, I still had some maturing to do myself. I had a lot of learning and growing up to do before I could be a role model. So one day, I was searching for some old PeeWee Herman stuff online when I ran across and interview he did in the late 80s about his role in pop culture and the importance of the impact he had on children. I read it and really opened my eyes. Especially one line in particular. "I want to encourage children to never stop asking questions.". Essentially saying, listen to them and help them learn and grow.

Wow.



Talk about a real game changer. This whole time, I've been telling kids what do and not letting them ask me anything or even asking them questions. And then it came back to when I was a kid. PeeWee taught nothing but joy and love and acceptance of all religions, races, genders, and everything in between and I never noticed til I started reading this interview. If PeeWee encouraged me to be proud of my weirdness and never apologize for being an individual who stands on his own, why shouldn't I encourage the next generation to do so? It all made sense as to why the show had such a positive influence on me and others. Needless to say, after thinking about that quote from Paul, things changed for me. I loosened up, I became a little bit more of a relaxed, not just at work but I started seeing it in my personal life too, I still remained sarcastic and silly but I was more open to listening to what the children had to say. It was a different mindset than what I went in with and it paid off. For 13 years, I worked with children and was very proud of being a role model and someone kids could relate to as well as someone they could confide in. In turn, they taught me a lot about me and where my priorities lie. I got to watch a lot of kids grow up and I too grew up a lot as well. I accomplished everything I could in that time and after lucky year number 13, I moved on. But my memories of working with kids and the impact they had on me, will last forever.


And that's in part to Pee-Wee Herman himself.


So when it was announced today, around noon, that Paul Reubens would be a guest at the upcoming Monster Mania in Cherry Hill, NJ, a show I'm quite familiar with, I went through the roof. I actually leapt in the air with joy. I'll be able to tell Paul about the influence he had on me, as well as thank him. I'm sure he hears stories of his influence all the time, but I'll be happy to share mine as well. I'm looking forward to hanging out with my friends who I only see once a year, but to thank someone who had such a huge influence on me over the course of my life? That's definitely worth more than the price of admission alone.


-Chad

Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Review: IT


Synopsis: "New Line Cinema’s horror thriller IT, directed by Andy Muschietti (Mama), is based on the hugely popular Stephen King novel of the same name, which has been terrifying readers for decades.
When children begin to disappear in the town of Derry, Maine, a group of young kids are faced with their biggest fears when they square off against an evil clown named Pennywise, whose history of murder and violence dates back for centuries.

IT stars Bill Skarsgård (Allegiant, TV’s Hemlock Grove) as the story’s central villain, Pennywise. An ensemble of young actors also star in the film, including Jaeden Lieberher (Midnight Special), Jeremy Ray Taylor (Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Road Chip), Sophia Lillis (37), Finn Wolfhard (TV’s Stranger Things), Wyatt Oleff (Guardians of the Galaxy), Chosen Jacobs (upcoming Cops and Robbers), Jack Dylan Grazer (Tales of Halloween), Nicholas Hamilton (Captain Fantastic) and Jackson Robert Scott, making his film debut."


Hiya, Georgie...

IT became one of the most beloved and popular movies of 2017, and with good reason. Pennywise made his first appearance onscreen since the 1990 made-for-tv miniseries starring the likes of John Ritter, Seth Green, and of course Tim Curry as the dancing clown himself! While there's a lot of restrictions on a tv movie, this movie had a lot more they could get away with. The gore, the kills, the graphic nature, more time to elaborate on Pennywise's backstory. So while certain fans were ready to dismiss it because they loved the original, so many others were ready to embrace a brand new take on the classic.




Bill Skarsgård puts on the clown makeup and dons the big red wig as the new Pennywise and as great as Curry was, Bill put on a different performance. He was a more gory killer and in my opinion, more frightening and much more physical. A lot of attention came, rightfully so, from Bill's performance and in turn, actually helped revived Pennywise as a horror icon by breathing life into him and giving him a second life.s


The coming to age and puberty themes were something horror touches on but not as often as you'd think. Being a kid going through these things isn't exactly fun. Falling in love, a young girl having her first period, struggling to deal with bullies, making new friends, child abuse. This movie covers all those and more. I feel like a lot of these scenarios I could relate too (especially the bullying and having that first crush). Of course, I never had to battle a killer clown but, the rest is still pretty spot on. Even better? Every child in this movie is someone you'll see either as yourself or some of your childhood friends. Every insecurity or feeling of not belonging is represented somehow in each of the characters. For me? I was totally Richie, the overcompensating, loudmouth, always trying to convince others I was a lot more confident than I truly was.


Some great features added on the disc as well:
- Pennywise Lives!
- The Losers' Club
- Author of Fear
- Deleted Scenes


For my money, the best featurette is "Author of Fear", a rare interview with the author of IT and everyone's favorite king of creep, Stephen King! I'm a huge fan of hearing what goes into creating characters, so this along with "Pennwise Lives!" a look at how Pennywise was fleshed out, are simply fantastic!


In my opinion, IT was the horror movie of 2017. It was a great year, with great offerings for every kind of horror fan. But I think IT helped create a new icon and even brought Stephen King back into the mainstream. If this movie is any indication, Part 2 is going to be even bigger and better.


-Chad

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Review: Orca







Synopsis:


Captain Nolan (Oscar® nominee Richard Harris, Harry Potter and The Philosopher's Stone) is a man of the sea. Brave and headstrong, he is a fisherman who takes up the fight of his life against one of nature’s most fearsome creatures – the killer whale. Orca seeks to avenge the death of his pregnant mate, left murdered in blood red waters. Rising from the ocean, leaving behind it a wake of destruction and mayhem, the deadly marine creature lures his human adversaries to a match of wits and survival in the chilly arctic waters.

Also starring Bo Derek (10), Charlotte Rampling (The Night Porter), Will Sampson (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest), Keenan Wynn (Dr. Strangelove) and Robert Carradine (Django Unchained) and featuring the music of award winning composer Ennio Morricone, ORCA is a thrilling aquatic adventure of breathtaking scope. 
 
Extra Features:
  • Audio commentary by film historian Lee Gambin
  • MOBY DICK ala DE LAURENTIIS: Martha De Laurentiis remembers 
  • ORCATheatrical Trailer

When one movie works, studios rush to find a way to cash in on it. Between 1975 to about the early 90s or so, so many people wanted to take a bite out of the big Jaws trend. Any and all creatures of the deep suddenly became the nightmare of any summer going tourist and Orca was no different.

Orca was another entry into the seemingly endless series of Jaws-ripoffs but somehow it stood on it's own completely. What's bigger and deadlier than a great white shark? According to this movie, a killer whale. I mean..."killer" is literally it's name. But while it's the bigger, more deadlier foe, it isn't always the most beloved movie which I hope is no longer the case due to this great release from Umbrella. There is a LOT going on here that can potentially stick with you and leave your jaw on the ground. There's scenes of animal miscarriage, legs being bitten off, a whale trying to kill itself. I've heard these scenes a referenced by others and even in other avenues like Jim Norton but never sat down to watch it. I've been told by several friends that the "whale miscarriage" will stick with me as long as I live and they weren't kidding. It doesn't take long for this movie to kick into high gear.

Now I gotta confess, I've never been a huge Jaws fan but due to the sympathetic nature of the title character, I definitely like this movie more than I do Jaws. Yes, I'm fully aware that's considered pure blasphemy but it's the truth. Whereas Jaws was just kind of a dick, Orca has reason to go after humans. The underlining theme of "humans started this war" really makes me ponder our treatment of animals more and more. I think Orca was very justified in going after the people who killed his mate and exacting revenge. Now, is this movie a little silly? Oh of course it is. Even the dead whale fetus is as ridiculous looking as it gets. But there's still some heart to it. But within the first 10 minutes, you'll end up rooting for Orca but the end of the movie really gets you.


The transfer on this release from Umbrella is absolutely perfect. The crystal clear picture may expose some of the silliness of the movie but it still presents the movie as it should be viewed. Will you want to go out and hug a whale after this? Yes. Will you love this movie and want to watch it again? Yes. Will YOU possibly choose this over Jaws? I mean, I don't know. But I know I love it upon first viewing.



-Chad

Monday, January 1, 2018

Lost Entry: Pepsi Fire

(Since it's a new year, I thought I'd dust off a few entries I either didn't complete or just got so busy I didn't post. There may be a little more hindsight within these than I intended as a lot of content was never finished but, hey, better late than never! I really wanted to have this entry aprticular all completed and posted but finishing #MOTUMonth seemed to be a bigger priority. Hope you enjoy this entry more than I did drinking it! )


Pepsi Fire is here, ladies and gelm. Are you ready for it? We'll see. I'm still not sure if I was ready. I'm still a little taken aback at Pepsi's boldness for mixing cinnamon and soda. Normally I'd just write it off as a bad idea with good intentions but as I get older, I'm more open to try radical new ideas such as this. After all, Pepsi usually rolls out their experimental falvors around summer time and it usually results in something memorable one way or the other. I'm still trying to get Sev's "Same Old Song" remix for Pepsi Blue out of my head 15 years later. Thanks a lot, Pepsi.

Is it worthy of it's amazing hype and ridiculous idea that you can mix cinnamon and Pepsi? Well, let's take a quick look and either fall in love or call poison control:

For an experiment such as this, I'm gonna be stealing my fiance's Wonder Woman mason jar-glass. I feel it's appropriate as Wonder Woman may be the only only truly brave and bold enough to accept the challenge of such a powerful yet unknown foe.



So we're not starting off very well. The smell of this stuff is a little much. It hits you like a fist but what else would you expect from a soda that's called "FIRE"? Ok, ok, now it's game time. No more fooling around. It's time to put on our big boy pants and dive in. Wish me luck...



Oh...

Kay...

Here we go...



Hmmm. I hate to be a Negative Nancy but I'm just not feeling it. It just isn't a good combination. It's more along the lines of flat Pepsi with paprika and cinnamon mixed in. It's not what I had hoped it would be, but then again, I feel like maybe my hopes were of a somewhat medium level, so it may have been higher than they should've. Common sense never truly comes into play when it comes to unique soda flavors. I will say, I kinda like the redish tint the soda has. I love the look of a deliciously cold soda in a glass, but it's usually just straight up black. A little redness goes a long way though. Just ask Shazzam.

Ok, ok. Let's do some rumor busting. It seemed rather inevitable that comparisons toy Holiday Spice would be made, especially since both sodas had a cinnamon twist. Now, I never had that legendary Christmas flavor, despite the cool packaging and promotional machine behind it, but I expected this to be similar to that from how others described it. Sure enough, from what I'm told, it's as close to a "Pepsi Summer/Holiday Spice" as we can get these days. Sadly, the Polar Express would just fly right by this soda without a second thought.


Pepsi's had a lot of failures in their day, and they'll probably add this to their list, but one thing's for sure, they're always willing to be inventive. So while I'd rather drink expired Ecto Cooler from 1988 than this again, I still applaud Pepsi for going outside the box and giving this flavor a trial. Will we see it next year? Probably not but I'm sure Pepsi will bounce back from this and it's terrible publicity and I'm sure we'll get something bigger, bolder and better to drink by the pool next year.


I just hope there's no cinnamon involved. I still love ya, Pepsi.


-Chad