Showing posts with label Movies. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Movies. Show all posts

"Dinner & a Movie" on TBS

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

"Beans and Cornbread had a fight... Beans knocked Cornbread out of sight!"


All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the main competitor to WWE and preferred wrestling brand of yours truly, recently announced that tonight, January 5th, 2022, the company would be moving its flagship show from TNT to TBS.  AEW Dynamite will bring wrestling back to TBS, which fans of the NWA/WCW days know is historically significant.  To celebrate this move, they posted the below image on their official Instagram page, paying homage to the glory days of TBS in the early to mid-90s.  



The caption on the image sparked a long-lost memory of mine.  "Gotta imagine Dinner & A Movie would follow up #AEWDynamite, right?" 

Man, I spent many a Friday night watching that program, and I had completely forgotten its existence.  

Dinner & a Movie wasn't the first television program to combine a full-length feature movie with comedic scripted interludes wrapped around either side of the commercial breaks.  Nor was it the only one of its kind on television during the 90s, but it is likely the one my generation remembers most fondly.  It's undoubtedly the one I watched most.

Growing up, I found myself right in the middle of the high school political mine-field.  I was a Varsity athlete and had many friends that were jocks and popular kids.  I also had many friends that were the loners, nerds, and part of the unpopular crowd.  I didn't get invited to many places, and those I did get invited to, I often didn't go because I'd usually rather be at home on the computer or watching television.  I spent many Friday nights watching tv and chatting on AIM, perfectly happy.

The Superstation, or TBS, was always one of my favorite channels growing up.  TBS was often the first channel I'd search for when the lineup would change on our cable box, and it seemed like it did pretty often back in the early days.  I'd then update it on the list of channels Dad had Scotch-taped to the back of the remote control (yes, remotes used to be that big you could do such a thing.)  We'd use the list to flip to the correct station number without having to guess.  This was also before the channel name was displayed on the TV screen (a horrific thought, I know), so if you didn't know the number, you'd have to rely on the logo on the bottom corner of the screen.  Back then, it wasn't always on-screen like it is these days.

When we first got cable, TBS was where my Dad, Brother, and I would always watch "The Andy Griffith Show" together.  We'd laugh at Andy and Barney and the loveable town drunk Otis after dinner right before being sent to bed.  On Saturday nights, TBS is where I'd always watch pro wrestling... at 6:05PM, of course.  

As I grew, it was also where I could watch syndicated reruns of classic sitcoms like Gilligans Island or The Brady Bunch.  I could find "comfort food" sitcoms like Saved by the Bell or Everybody Loves Raymond to watch or just have on as background noise at nearly any hour of the day.  These days, at work when I'm spending one of my many nights in a hotel room, I can pretty much guarantee the channel lineup includes TBS.  I can always find Seinfeld or Friends for some other mindless viewing on the channel.

When I was in the 6th grade, TBS started something new on Fridays that introduced me to many old and (relatively) new movies.  There are several big movies that I've only ever seen through this program.  The comedic interactions of the hosts helped shape the way my naive adolescent brain thought adults hung out together or how dinner-date conversations go.

I spent some time googling, and there isn't as much coverage on the internet as I thought.  So, I thought it'd be a good reason to look back and honor TBS' classic dinner date of the 90s:

"Dinner & a Movie."

Streaming Service Halloween Movie Lists

Wednesday, September 29, 2021

Here's a list of movies I've found that are available to stream "On Demand" on several of the most popular streaming services.    

As a disclaimer, it's all subject to change, of course.  Also, most of these are paid streaming services but I'm sure with some creativity you could find them online.  Not that I'd ever suggest doing that.

Five Movie Theater Memories Summer of 2003

Monday, June 14, 2021

One thing that always makes me think of summer?  Going to a movie theater to see new movies! 

I love the entire experience.  The smells, sounds, excitement, and anticipation... even the funky black and neon carpet.


Growing up, we had a small 2 screen theater, but when I was in high school, they built what was at the time the second-largest mall on the East Coast only 15 minutes from my house.  On the 4th floor, there was a giant 25 or 30 screen Loews Cinema (at the time) but it is now an AMC.  It really was the first of its kind in our area with reclining seats, stadium seating, and a snack bar that was more than just popcorn and soda.  There was nothing available like the gourmet meals some places serve today, but a step up from just stale popcorn and flat soda at the other places.

Really Retro Movie Review: 1954's "The Long, Long Trailer"

Monday, March 22, 2021

To me, "The Long, Long Trailer" is such a great film. Perhaps you have to tow a travel trailer across the country with your significant other to truly understand the emotions in this film, but, seeing how I loved this movie as a child nearly 30 years before I ever towed our trailer clear across America, I'd say it does a great job of conveying those emotions to the uninitiated viewer.

I've always been a fan of trailers and motorhomes. Even as a young kid, while some kids were into race cars or rocket ships, I was into airplanes and RV's. There's just something about a self-contained mobile unit that excites, and oddly, comforts me.  It's likely why every storyline I made up with my action figures included them having an "escape-mobile" where they could all pile in with the supplies needed to make a safe yet comfortable getaway. 


I first learned of "The Long, Long Trailer" when I was around 7 or 8 years old. My Uncle knew I loved RV's as well as watching "I Love Lucy" with Dad in the evenings on Nick-at-Nite.  Being a classic TV and film buff with a fairly extensive collection, he loaned me his VHS copy of "The Long, Long Trailer." 

I remember asking, "So, it's Lucy and Ricky in an RV?" His reply was, "Sort of.  It's Tacy and Nicky towing an RV. It's a completely separate movie with the actors who play Lucy and Ricky playing other people."  

Confused, because I thought Lucy and Ricky WERE Lucy and Ricky, I popped the tape into the VCR when he went home. 

I was instantly mesmerized. 

Pee-Wee's Big Adventure turns 35!

Monday, August 31, 2020

Some of my earliest memories include Pee-Wee Herman.  My brother took piano lessons when I was really little, and on Saturday mornings after his class, my mother would take us to the video store (remember those, kids?) followed by the pet store just to wear us out and keep us occupied for a while.  At the video store, for the longest time, my brother and I wanted to rent nothing but Pee-Wee's Playhouse tapes.  I had all of the Pee-Wee figures and playset growing up, up until fairly recently too, but they were ruined in a flood in my parent's basement during Hurricane Irene.


Somehow after weeks of renting the Playhouse tapes, we found out there was a full-length movie, Pee Wee's Big Adventure!  I had to be around 5, which would make it 1989 or 1990, a few years after the initial release.  Clear as day, I remember my brother Matt and I both had bomber jackets on in the living room early one Sunday morning as the two of us sat watching the rented Pee Wee's Big Adventure before church.  It was either winter time and a little chilly in the house, or I just thought it was cool, or for all I know, the heat was out. Still, I distinctly remember wearing that bomber jacket because when Large Marge scared the crap out of me, I went running out into the kitchen where my parents were drinking their morning coffee, and I was wearing that coat.

If you're one of the long time readers here, you'll know I love any movie or tv show that involved traveling and road trips, and Pee-Wee' Big Adventure didn't disappoint.  I love everything about this movie.  It has always appealed to all of my senses... as weird as it sounds.  I can almost taste the gum and smell the dust in the magician's shop, and I can smell the popcorn, candy, and car exhaust at the drive-in at the end of the film.

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation 30th Anniversary

Sunday, December 1, 2019

For most of us one of the best parts of Christmas is watching our favorite holiday movies over and over (and over) again.  In what I'd like to be the first in a series this coming year reviewing one of my favorite film franchises, the National Lampoon's 'Vacation' series, I'll be taking a look back at my all-time favorite Christmas movie as it turns 30 this year.

Christmas Vacation is an absolute must watch in my house every year immediately following Thanksgiving right through Christmas Day.  My wife and I often have the television on as we fall asleep at night and during the Christmas season we often drift off as the DVD for this film plays.  We even make sure to play Christmas Vacation after our Christmas dinner is over for those that have moved into the living room to loosen the belt buckle and relax.


December 1st, 2019 marks the 30th Anniversary for this film and what better way than to honor it with a look at how it reminds us of our own family get-togethers and the lighter sides of the holiday season.  This movie covers everything you could want in a Christmas movie:  comedy, drama, the value of family, the stress we all face, and the child like joy during the holidays.  The Griswold's are all of us as we attempt the picture perfect Christmas.

Elvira's Haunted Hills

Monday, October 14, 2019

Many people know Elvira, be it from her cable show Elvira's Movie Macabre her or 1988 feature film Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, but what most people aren't familiar with is her 2001 follow-up movie Elvira's Haunted Hills.  It's not quite a sequel but is loosely based on the Elvira character and the hopes most viewers have knowledge of Mistress of the Dark.


Elvira, real name Cassandra Peterson, got her start in entertainment with small parts as a show girl, go-go dancer, background singer, and model for men's magazines.  The Elvira character was born in 1981 when Los Angeles based weekend cable show Fright Nights auditioned for a new host to introduced B-rated horror movies.  Elvira quickly caught on with audiences with her "Valley-Girl" speech pattern and risqué and sarcastic commentary.  Personally, I don’t think her cleavage exposing tight fitting black dress didn’t hurt, but all joking aside, Elvira herself deserves the credit for her own success.  Her campy sense of humor teeming with double entendres and one-liners won over audiences both men and women alike.