The scene that made me a NewsRadio fanatic

Their parody of “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” is never far from my mind. Still cracks me up over a decade later. I had enjoyed the show before this, but this episode as a whole clinched me on the series. (If only it hadn’t been put in direct competition with Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I would have watched it for the rest of its run.) It was this episode where “NewsRadio lost all connection with reality and more or less became a cartoon.” (Source) The insanity and hilarity of this episode is hard to match.

Celebrity Shyness

I threw up the following comment over at Baseball Think Factory where some people were talking smack about Joe DiMaggio and thought it worth crossposting here. Not sure why necessarily, but here it is:

My great-uncle was a friend of DiMaggio’s and he tells me that DiMaggio got burned early on by a few people who pretended to be his friends but were using him and his fame for their own purposes, which caused him to throw up some barriers against people he didn’t know. Add in a natural shyness and he got a reputation for being rude. Once you proved you weren’t after something from him, he very nice and generous. (I have a personalized autographed photo of him through my great-uncle.)

Side note: I have another family friend who was close to Judy Johnson but never introduced me to him because Johnson was also very shy. So, I missed on chances to meet two Hall of Famers due to their shyness.

It also probably didn’t help me that I was also very shy and young and therefore wouldn’t have known what to say in their presence anyway, adding to their discomfort.

Given these stories, I tend to assume that celebrities aren’t necessarily jerks; I’ve read that a surprising number of celebrities are actually introverts. Being an introvert myself, I know how hard it can be for them to deal with talking to strangers. Add in that they have to deal with it a lot and I’m not surprised if they sometimes snap and come off like jerks. I’d probably do the same.

Movies you couldn’t pay me to see

Entertainment Weekly has a list of 20 pop culture phenomena people couldn’t be paid to see. My comments below:

4. Anything labeled an Oprah book: Definitely. But mostly because I know anything she thinks her target audience of housewives would be interested in would not interest me in the least.
5. Buffy and Twilight: I hadn’t even heard of Twilight until seeing a preview for the movie in a theater, although it seems one of younger cousins is very into it. Buffy, though, is one of the all-time greats, especially the the first three seasons.
6. The DaVinci Code: I’m not sure which I found most annoying: the complete lack of respect for actual, the severe anti-Christian (and specifically anti-Catholic) bias, or the overwhelming media campaign behind it.
7. Godfather: I’ve never seen any of the movies and I even own the entire trilogy on VHS. They’re just longer than I feel like committing to watching. (The set of them I own is also a regift. My cousins got them from another cousin who was getting divorced. And now the second owners of them are getting divorced. I may need to get rid them as they seem to be cursed.)
8. Movies based on dancing: Bring It On! is one of my guilty pleasures. I love that movie.
10. The Goonies and ET: I just saw The Goonies for the first time in the last few years. Good, not great. I loved ET as a kid, but I think I would hate it if I were to see it now.
13. The Passion of the Christ: I’ve seen it about 6 times and still get a lot out of it, but I do understand why someone wouldn’t want to see it.
14. The Sound of Music: One of my little cousins forced my grandparents and I t watch this movie two and a half times in a single night. That was enough for one lifetime.
15. Titanic: I have testicles and therefore a strong revulsion to the thought of seeing this movie.

An addition of my own:
Forrest Gump: I’ve had too many people telling me I have to see this movie. Being the ornery sort, I’m refusing to just to spite them.

An intelligent analysis of the flaws of Red Dawn

At The Corner.

For reasons I no longer recall, Red Dawn is being criticized by a lot of people on the Left right now. I personally enjoy it, on the same level as I enjoy the Mummy series (at least the first two, I haven’t seen the third movie yet): brainless entertainment. Yeah, if you look at them closely, they’re flawed but for kicking back with popcorn and/or a beer, they’re hard to beat for entertainment value. Making them more than they are is a mistake by fans and detractors alike.

An intelligent analysis of the flaws of Red Dawn

At The Corner.

For reasons I no longer recall, Red Dawn is being criticized by a lot of people on the Left right now. I personally enjoy it, on the same level as I enjoy the Mummy series (at least the first two, I haven’t seen the third movie yet): brainless entertainment. Yeah, if you look at them closely, they’re flawed but for kicking back with popcorn and/or a beer, they’re hard to beat for entertainment value. Making them more than they are is a mistake by fans and detractors alike.

Pixishows

Joe Posnanski offers the idea of Pixishows:

OK, so it’s time for our first installment of “Pixishows.” You might recall that pixifoods are foods you found tasty as a child and found to be grotesque as an adult. So it goes with pixishows — these are shows that, when you were young, you found to be intriguing, enlightening, fun, dramatic, whatever. And these are shows that, as an adult, are SO BAD you cannot even believe what you are watching.

I would nominate Happy Days as a legit Pixishow. I honestly thought Happy Days was a good show back in the early days, when Ron Howard was Richie, before the Fonz got a library card, before Al replaced Arnold, before the producers tried to inflict Eric Moran on us as a sex symbol. But I have since seen some of those early shows and, um, they were pretty awful. PRETTY DARNED AWFUL. I had no idea.

And I think this is the key to the Pixishow. They cannot be shows you realized were stupid as a kid but you liked anyway — like “Land of the Lost” would not qualify, in my mind, as a pixishow because you knew, even then, it was pretty bad. No the key here is to find shows that you legitimately liked because you thought they were really good, only to find as an adult that they were SO BAD you could not even fathom how they made it on the air.

My nominations were as follows:

Star Blazers: I loved this Japanese import as a kid. My parents were strict about me doing my homework as soon as I got home from school until I finished it, but made an exception to allow me to watch Star Blazers because they knew they couldn’t win that one. I watched the first series of it again a few years ago on DVD and found it to be so unrealistic and cheesy.

Three’s Company: You’d think the roommates would eventually learn to make sure they had heard correctly, but no, every week someone overheard something and completely misunderstood it.

Doctor Who and Star Trek: I loved both of these shows and, sadly, even went to conventions. I think back on them now and realize they’re pure crap. Complete and utter crap. (Although, the new Doctor Who series is pretty good.)

Sledgehammer: Again, I loved this copy spoof, when I was a little kid, so I picked up the entire series on DVD from Amazon. I got about 5 episodes into it and couldn’t watch any further. A few years later, the second season is still in the original shrink wrap.

After reading the comments on Joe’s blog, I would definitely have agree with Night Court and Family Ties as well. Any other suggestions?