Late Night Open Thread by John Cole| October 28, 20121:04 am| 49 CommentsThis post is in: Open ThreadsFacebookTweetEmailStripes on Blu-Ray=awesome.
Lighten up Francis.
I think that’s the first rated R movie I ever saw. My parents were pissed because my friend’s dad took us to see it (mostly because he wanted to see it but was in charge of us for the night — it wasn’t really something two 12-year-old girls were dying to see).
ETA: Nope, I’m wrong — I saw The Blues Brothers in its original run, so that was the first R. But Stripes had nudity, which is what my parents were angry about. They were okay with The Blues Brothers because it really only got an R for the language.
“That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world.”
The first R rated movie I ever saw was Shampoo. For some reason I was mad to see it, so my mother’s boyfriend, now my stepfather, took me, I’m sure with my mom’s permission. I saw it again five years ago and didn’t remember a single thing about it. Oh, well.
My first R flick was “The Accused”. Powerful shit.
It’s Czechoslovakia. It’s like going into Wisconsin.
The prophet Nostradumbass
I think the first R-rated movie I saw was Fast Times at Ridgemont High.
ETA: Actually, thinking about it a bit more, it was Blazing Saddles.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
@Mnemosyne: Yeah, well I got the shit kicked out of me once in Wisconsin.
We’ve been kicking ass for 200 years! We’re 10 and 1!
BTW, a 7.7 earthquake off the coast of British Columbia has sent tsunami warnings all up and down the West Coast, even out to Hawaii. Sounds like if you know someone who lives along the coast, you should call them and let them know.
Great flick. I happened to catch the last 45 minutes of it on cable a few weeks ago – still as funny as the first time I saw it.
“Aaarmy training sir!”
Of course having spent many years as a Government contractor and going through all the security clearance crapolla; watching from this side I can see so much that just would not happen in the real world. But hey, it’s not a documentary and if you can’t invoke your willing suspension of disbelief for a movie starring Bill Murray, when can you.
Death Panel Truck
@The prophet Nostradumbass:
That was Ms. Truck’s first R-rated movie. I ought to know, ‘cuz I took her to it. I don’t remember my first R-rated movie, but I remember the first X-rated one: Deep Throat. Did nothing for me. Deep Throat is a movie about very ugly people having sex.
Near bar-fight tonight with some old acquaintance turned Dittohead goof who drunkenly told me to pull my head out of my ass for supporting the socialist communist President Obama. This after I patiently and sympatathetically listened to him ramble on about how he is getting constantly screwed over working as an independant trucker.
@Mnemosyne: Stripes was my first R movie. My dad took me to it. I don’t think I ever told my mom that.
Ah well. Contrasting the shit weather about to descend on the east, these Santa Ana’s are screwing up my weekend. Was going to paint some trim, but its so warm and dry that the paint dries before it can level. How the hell do they paint in the desert?
No, we’re not homosexual, but we are willing to learn.
@koolearl: I’ve come to the conclusion the trucking industry is fucking evil. They pay their employees like independent contractors (which means no taxes withheld) but then bark them around like wage serfs. Then they get a nice tax bill at the end of the year because all their FICA and income taxes aren’t paid. And of course they blame the IRS.
I just realized, probably one of the biggest subconscious reasons why I like this blog is that it attracts a lot of people who were born within roughly five years of 1970.
1. Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
2. 9 to 5
3. Stir Crazy
5 Any Which Way You Can
6. Private Benjamin
7. Coal Miner’s Daughter
8. Smokey and the Bandit II
9. The Blue Lagoon
10. The Blues Brothers
Those are the top- grossing films off1980. I can quote liberally from most of these, having seen, for certain, ight of them in the theater, and all of them about 200 times each on HBO.
I’m so old I remembr when HBO went off the air at midnight and played music videos in between movies.
I’m about the age under discussion, but we lived so far out in the boonies, we had to really want to see a movie in order to make it to the theater. It was nice when VCRs and then cable TV came along. Couldn’t remotely tell you the first R movie I saw.
@Yutsano: I work in the transportation industry and yes, IC truckers just get shit on really, really badly. I suggested to this guy that truckers need to organize and he said ” I’m a trucker but I hate all those other trucker bastards”. Alcohol, frustration and self-hate was fueling this guy. I cooled down and feel sort of sorry for him, but in social situtaions, I refuse to back down or apologize for my support of President Obama and am not into taking shit from these types.
Television used to go off at 11 p.m. and there was a test pattern.
Another Halocene Human
Our fascist overlords are here:
Side ad on BJ today is from the R/R campaign (all aboard the failtrain) “We don’t belong to the government, the government belongs to us. — Mitt Romney” superimposed over a field of white people holding miniature made in China American flags.
First of all, this slogan makes no sense. However, the second part of the slogan was emphasized… “the government belongs to us, wink wink, nudge nudge, knowwhatimean, eh?”
@koolearl: There are trucker unions (Teamsters etc) but a lot of companies will refuse to hire them unless they go as independent contractors, which limits their rights under labour law. Not to mention the individual owners don’t incorporate or go LLC so they just stay sole proprietor and get doubly screwed on their taxes. Not to mention there are very important safety reasons why truckers are so heavily licenced. It’s very easy to blame the government but not the guy handing you the cash after your haul.
Higgs Boson's Mate
I contracted (Not in trucking) for a few years. Fucking hated it. The work was fine, it was those fucking 1099s and the employers who bitched because they didn’t want to pay me any more than they were paying their employees – minus their employer contributions to FICA, etc.
If small businesses are now the main drivers of job creation in this country then heaven help the working man. I’ve never been exposed to such fuckery in my whole life.
James E. Powell
Apparently, the Romney/Ryan campaign sent out an e-mail announcing that it wants to “Expand the Map” of the campaign.
I don’t know if this is the last act of a desperate campaign or the first act of Henry V, but it strikes that it is a gimmick to get all the corporate press/media to lead their coverage with “Romney expanding campaign to several new states!”
I predict that they will all follow along with enthusiasm.
I interpret the Romney/Ryan e-mail that announces ExpandTheMap.com and begs for $1 million a day in donations to mean “we are giving up on Ohio but we can’t say that out loud.”
Why don’t people start saying it out loud for them?
@Yutsano: You are correct. I worked as a dispatcher for a intermodal trucking company and the truckers were literally working under serf conditions. The only area in my territory where this wasn’t the case was in Norfolk where the truckers were all retired Navy guys who were set-up and secure and who worked part-time mainly because they didn’t want to sit around the house all day. I quit after 4 months as it was just too much to bullshit the drivers who were trying to earn their living
@James E. Powell: The Republicans do this in every cycle. Last week or so they pretend that they’re going to try for California or something equally batshit insane.
Of course, what choice does Romney have? If Obama wins only the states in which he’s ahead and loses all the toss ups, he still wins. Romney has no choice but to go after states they hope Obama has neglected.
I got to know Gloria at the IRS the year I was sole proprietor.
I did the forms right. The guy who issued the 1099 put one income for me twice. Got a letter from the IRS and sent back the info. It worked out fine. Guy was a sleeze.
Higgs Boson's Mate
@James E. Powell:
Even more on the down low is that this is also The Grifters’ Last Stand. If it’s such a winning idea and not just a way to separate fools from their money then why doesn’t Mitt just write a check?
My first R-rated movie was probably Blue Velvet. On cable I think.
Didn’t affect me much because I watch anime since elementary school.
Jim, Foolish Literalist
Man, these people get pissy when forced to interact with us plebs
and as his kind go, Fineman is one of the better of a bad lot
@MikeJ: I’m in CA and I saw a Romney ad (or maybe it was more like an anti-Obama ad) on TV. I was like…lolwut, you actually spent money on TV spots here? Yeah sure, great use of funds. While you’re at it, why not use some hundred dollar bills to pick up dog doodoo.
@Higgs Boson’s Mate: Cuz grifters gotta grift. And Willard’s team is nothing but a bunch of expert grifters.
Sandy is on track and moving at 14 miles per hour. She was moving at 9 miles per hour this morning.
Update was at 2 a.m. EDT from NOAA.
I doubt we’ll know before tomorrow afternoon when and where she will land on the east coast.
Governor Christie is on the line with this storm. He can’t afford to screw it up.
@James E. Powell: I clicked the link and figured “grifters gotta grift”.
But then I saw this disclaimer at the bottom of the page and wondered WTF its relevance was…
@James E. Powell:
Of course they will.
Hell, the Village is still pushing the Mitt-mentum nonsense. Fineman is pretending the Des Moines Register’s endorsement will win Willard the Presidency.
They’ve got nothin’, so they lash out at Nate Silver.
@The prophet Nostradumbass:
My first R flick was Barbarella. I can still see Jane Fonda doing a “weightless” striptease to start the movie. She was an awfully pretty young lady.
I think my first rated-R was Porky’s, which may be why I have such a sentimental fondness for it and its sequels. The reruns on USA Up All Night didn’t hurt, either.
James E. Powell
@Jim, Foolish Literalist:
I read where Howard Fineman considers it “political malpractice” that Obama hadn’t met with the editorial board of the Des Moines Register since 2008.
Somebody ask him if he considers it “editorial malpractice” to let personal pique dictate the board’s endorsement.
@James E. Powell: One of the DMR editors posting a tirade on the paper’s blog after the President’s off-the-record interview seemed strange at the time, but it sort of makes sense now. I suspect they were going to endorse Willard all along, but couldn’t do it on the merits.
So many people have already voted in Iowa. I doubt the DMR’s endorsement has much of an effect.
The DMR’s first Republican endorsement in 40 years goes to the inveterate liar Willard Romney. The man has zero core political convictions, and has run the most mendacious Presidential campaign in modern history, but that shitty paper endorses him.
James E. Powell
Also too, because I can’t sleep, I wonder why we aren’t seeing a Charlie Christ “Friends, I want to talk with you about Medicare” TV ad running this weekend in Florida. I think it would help.
I’d give the guy a cabinet post if it worked.
Tried to hop a fence stumbling home from the bar, something caught and ripped and I ended up bleeding all over myself. By the time I was done patching myself up, my bathroom looked like reservoir dogs. I’m pretty sure I only gashed into my left palm and it caused a gigantic mess. Sayonara, Jacket and Jeans; who knew a hand could bleed this much?
Though I pre-date HBO by several decades, can remember when they first started up there was no such thing.
When one movie ended… the next movie began.
Although saw many movies before the ratings were instituted, trying to recall the first one rated R.
Maybe The Damned?
Even so, R was restricted to applying to selling tickets to those under 16 then, and I was older than that so the rating didn’t mean much.
So the Big Tsunami warning tonight came and went —
Just now heard the Honolulu (Oahu) mayor tell the media, live, “I’m going to give you as little information as possible because people might misinterpret it.”
I want to say my first R movie was Kiss of the Spider Woman (which i saw in theater in 1985) but in reality, it was probably The Breakfast Club
@Hill Dweller: Maybe they should have asked him about his tax returns. He’s actually going to get away with that shit.
I’m so old I remember when TV went off the air at midnight & didn’t start again until 6AM! Actually I am old enough I remember getting our first TV but thats sort of besides the point!
I guess John is working drive-by blogging = throw up an open thread & ignore it. Several people asked for updates on his dad in his last OT. I even tried to be clever & ask “How long before your dad stumps his nose at us?” thinking that might fire up JCs snark-O-matic & force him to tell us.
@Death Panel Truck:
Deep Throat was a big hit for two reasons – it came out at a time when social mores permitted people to sneak into see it (and the old style large movie houses were failing so they really needed the business)
The other reason was it was produced with some production values. It had a story (not great but much better than the old 8mm b/w crap people knew for porn previously), decent setting, lighting and even a twisted sense of humor. Great film it is not but a huge advance over its genre up till then it was.
Stripes in underpants, awesomer.