Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Best of Mr. T's Be Somebody Or Be Somebody's Fool

There are certain things I really wait for the right time to post. It just has to feel right. And today being the 5th anniversary of me rebranding this blog as "The Horror Movie BBQ", feels like the right time to finally sit down and review one of the greatest things you'll ever witness. That's right, I'm talking about the legendary motivational guide to change your life for the better. I present to you from 1984...MR. T'S BE SOMEBODY (OR BE SOMEBODY'S FOOL).


You don't know what this tape is all about? Well, I pit you fool. But that's ok, because I'm here to educate and so is Mr. T and some of his (borderline) famous friends! This tape was produced in hopes to to deter children from making bad decisions and show them the true ways to avoid becoming a fool. It was also produced at a time when pretty much every celebrity lent their name and image to a motivational/workout tape/ponzi scheme, and at that time, the only bigger celebrity than Mr. T was KITT the Car from Knight Rider and I didn't see that car in line at "Hands Across America", so no tape for Feeny. 


This tape doesn't just entertain you. Heavens no! It inspires you and helps you grow. It's all about helping the kids...while not talking trash about your friends mother. So are you ready? Good, because the pity I previously offered won't last long. Why? Because after watching this tape, you'll learn so much that you won't be a fool!. You'll walk in merely a boy but walk out a MAN. Strap yourself in, grab a notepad and prepare to change your life!



I should preface this by saying there's about 14 topics discussed in this. Now while that is a lot for anyone to pay attention to, I just wanna touch on the winners here, because it did get a bit dull at times. But I promise if you've never seen this, it'll be worth it and you'll be scouring eBay for it almost immediately.

Friday, June 15, 2018

TPIF: Thank Pod It's Funny! Episode 8: Dads!



After a 3 week hiatus, the boys are back to discuss the dads! Carl Winslow, Earl Sinclair and even...Mr Cooper?!?!? Yup, all the dads are here and ready to celebrate Fathers Day!

Also discussed:

-Heather Langenkamp
-Scott Hall
-Retron Con
-Diabetes Movies
-Chinese Food
-Growing Pains
-Is "Carol" an old lady name?

Please be aware, there were some technical issues, so a lot of cuts had to be made.



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So sit back, enjoy and send us feedback! Please leave a comment and rate us on iTunes, please!



-Derek, TC, and Chad


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Orange Cream-Mania!

Y'all can eat all the strawberry cake and drink all the cherry soda you want this summer, you can bake all the s'mores you wish, but nothing...NOTHING...can take the place of the deliciously citrus taste of orange cream.

Ok, now that may have been a bit harsh, but I am as passionate about orange cream as others are about Stranger Things or breathing oxygen. It's a different strokes for different folks situation, because I'm fully aware not everyone grabbed the orange freezer bars out of the box of Fla-Vor-Ice like I did but you have to remember that the taste of artificial strawberry and cherry made me nauseous, so I had to have something to cool me down. Even now, I'd rather have an orange soda over a beer when I'm having a cheeseburger off the grill.

So what kind of items are my favorites? Well, I'm glad you asked...

TASTYKAKE:


For those of you who didn't grow up in the northeast, Tastykake, imagine a classier Little Debbie. Cakes, pies, cookies, it's essentially a super processed bakery from Philadelphia, but the pies are like Tastykake has certainly stepped up it's game in the orange cream arena. As great as all of their delicious treats are, the summertime exclusive pie is really where I'd put my money. These orange cream mini pies are a perfect treat, I highly suggest picking one up along with your Wawa hoagie. It'll be a match made in heaven.


FLINTSTONE PUSH POPS:

Yabba Dabba Yum!

These are still being made, but without the Fred Flintstone endorsement. Apparently Fred saw it more financially prudent to just lend his image to a cereal. Respect. But he had a good run. The last time I remember buying a pack of these at the grocery store, was in 2004 when my girlfriend at the time came over to spend the night and she brought these because she hadn't seen them in years. All 6 bars were gone by midnight.

These Push-Ups were pretty popular in my town. I don't know how popular they were with you and your friends, but the fact that these not only included orange, but a cartoon character, helped make this an easy purchase from the ice cream truck. And they weren't just ice cream, they were sherbert. To me, sherbert was only brought in to the equation was during Christmas, when it was mixed with ginger ale or 7-Up, so this was a special treat. Also available in Bedrock Berry and Lime Rock Lime, these provided a cool, tasty distraction from the heat.


STEWART'S:
I'm surprised it made it home with me...


This one isn't regional or discontinued, so you're in luck.

Imagine taking a giant orange creamsicle, melt it, carbonate it and put it in a glass. That's EXACTLY what this tastes like. I didn't have this before I moved up to NY, so it's not a traditional favorite for me personally, but I envy those who grew up drinking this. I bet it would go well with just about anything at your upcoming cookout. Besides, who doesn't love drinking sodas out of glass bottles?


TWIZZLERS:

That's summer right there...


 I've never been a fan of Twizzlers/Red Vines/licorice. The flavor always bothered me, as mentioned at the beginning. But once I discovered they had these bad boys, I was singing a new tune. I'm sure these will taste little too sugary from some people's personal preference, but I still suggest picking them up! It seems they're only around for a few weeks at the beginning of the summer and then vanish, only to be seen again next year for a short time. I've already found them clearanced at Target, so time may be up for them.

ORANGE CREAM SLUSH:


Eating a handful of Sonic's delicious tots and slurping this is what I imagine my summer to be in a nuthshell. This is seriously amazing. And don't forget a topping of whipped cream to send the point home. Yes, it's sugar/orange cream overload, but it's so worth it!


MARKET PANTRY ORANGE DREAMSICLE ICE CREAM:


 My white(and orange) whale.

This was introduced a few years ago but to the best of my knowledge, no one I know has actually tried it! I'm assuming it's either regional or produced in very, very limited batches because I've never seen it pop up at any of the stores in my area. Sure, it's nothing but orange sherbert, but Market Pantry ice cream is some of the best hard pack ice cream ever, so my hopes are insanely high for these. Apparently they're also available in bar form, but I have yet to see those either. If anyone at Target is reading this, PLEASE SHIP THESE OUT TO WESTERN NY! I WANT TO GIVE YOU MY MONEY! ALL MY MONEY.


FRUITY YUMMY MUMMY:

The king. His royal orange-ness. This guys its upon a throne of orange creamsicle goodness and demands respect. For good reason.

I don't have the memories of eating this as a child, but when it was brought back in 2013 after an almost 25 year absence, I had to try it. The hype surrounding it was enormous, as those who had it as kids sang it's praises. Well, after months of hearing how great it was, I finally got my hands on a box and...AND...

I actually remember this day, my first bowl of Yummy Mummy.

IT SURPASSED THE HYPE.

Oh the taste. It was like everything above crammed in a blender and mixed with a cereal.  Whereas I never had this as a kid, something about it made me feel like a kid anyways. Maybe it was the bright colors and marshmallows, maybe it's the box, maybe it's the taste, maybe it's the mascot maybe it was the experience of being in my first apartment on a Saturday morning in October, while eating these and watching Saved By The Bell (which is something I still do!). It brought a lot of happiness to me and certainly anyone who tasted it. I don't really recall anyone hating it, although if you weren't a fan of orange, I can imagine you'd wanna stick with Frute Brute or Frankenberry. But for me, this gives Chocula a run for his (blood) money.

Sadly, Yummy Mummy hasn't been back since 2013 and every year, fans continue to hope for his epic return. Hopefully it won't take another 25 years.


So there you have it, a fun list of orange creamy goodness. If there's one thing this list convinced me of, it's that I need to stock my freezer with all of these items all year round.



-Chad



 

Saturday, June 9, 2018

Review: Death Wish 4 and 5

Synopsis: 


 Death Wish 4: The Crackdown
Four times the action, four times the suspense - notorious crusader Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson, The Dirty Dozen) returns to settle old scores and make new enemies in Death Wish 4: The Crackdown, from veteran action director J. Lee Thompson (The Guns of Navarone, Cape Fear)
With the tragic cocaine-induced death of his girlfriend's teenage daughter Kersey steps into the breach and faces-off against two rival drug gangs waging war in the blood-drenched inner city.
Even at the best of times the streets of LA are never safe - run by pimps and ruthless drug traffickers, they remain a melting-pot of crime and violence. But when original urban vigilante and one-man justice machine Paul Kersey reaches into his extensive arsenal of weapons to take check, it's time to run for cover.
Death Wish 5: The Face of Death

After battling on the streets in cities from coast to coast, vigilante, Paul Kersey (Charles Bronson, The Magnificent Seven), has moved back to New York. But when his beautiful fiancee, Olivia (Lesley-Anne Down, Hanover Street), is killed and her daughter kidnapped by a kingpin of the underworld, Kersey finds himself back in the war.
Kersey's plan to live anonymously is shattered when he learns that his fiancee was the victim of a protection racket run by her ex-husband, criminal Tommy O'Sheay. One by one Kersey hunts down the criminals. Once again upholding the law becomes his way of life... And this time it's for good.


Death Wish 5 was one of the final films produced by 21st Century Film Corporation, a company owned by former Cannon Group boss, Menahem Golan.
  


Review:

Towards the end of Cannon's run, two stars stood above everyone else in the company: Chuck Norris and Charles Bronson. While Norris's star was on the rise due to his intense charisma and exciting kung-fu abilities, Bronson was on the way out. Charles wasn't really as in demand as he had been in his hey-day but he was still a familiar face that Cannon could trust and bank on, which at that time, Cannon needed.

It's been said by the time these sequels came out, Bronson wanted to make better movies but Cannon's scripts called for his roles to become more and more intense in a way to rival even Schwarzeneggar or Stallone's star-power. Sadly, it just wasn't meant to be and these movies suffered as a result. Instead of establishing a new character or new stars (like Michael Dudikoff who had a bright future had he been a star in outside projects), Cannon made the same mistakes that World Championship Wrestling did towards the end of their run: make the same movie over and over and didn't invest in their future. Death Wish 4 and 5 are often regarded as the least popular movies in the series. Instead of a decent script, Cannon just decided to make more " blow 'em up" movies.

Now, of course that's no fault of Bronson, who just needed a paycheck and no other studio would've paid him what he was asking at that point other than Cannon. He realized he had to fall back on the role that made him a household name. Leaning on rocket launchers, big stunts and other action movie cliches, both Death Wish 4 and 5 delivered that signature Cannon spark that turned into a gigantic explosion for the eyes. If you're in the mood for a big action movie with a lot of bullets and a familiar face then I do suggest picking these up. Because, let's face it, sometimes the cheesiest, silliest, most over the top action films are the best to watch and enjoy.



And speaking of reasons to buy, check out these great extras:

  • AUDIO COMMENTARIES BY PAUL TALBOT
  • THEATRICAL TRAILERS
  • TV SPOT
  • TV BROADCAST PROMO
  • VHS PREVIEWS
  • IMAGE GALLERY

The most pleasant surprise comes in the form of the "TV Broadcast Promo" spot was a nice surprise, since it was a tv spot from "New York's Movie Station" WPIX 11. If you grew up with that familiar voice narrating your favorite weekend programing, then you can definitely appreciate this being included!

I just want to thank Umbrella for giving us so much Cannon goodness. Cannon has always been home of some of my favorite movies and Umbrella has certainly done these movies justice with terrific releases. I've written about their fantastic releases before and you can find that here. To complete your "Cannon Classics" collection, pick this up from Umbrella Entertainment.



-Chad