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AC DC - Music Groups
Never boned. You always know what you're getting with AC/DC. They're consistent and their songs still stand up after 30-odd years. Old bands can go three ways if they manage to stay together. They can become worn out parodies of their former selves, they can go into semi-retirement and tour around playing by-the-numbers concerts of their old hits as much for their own entertainment as for the audience (nothing wrong with that, by the way), or they can go pandering to Hollywood, writing drivel for movies and/or licencing their classic songs to corporate advertisers. AC/DC is one of the few classic rock bands that have remained relevant, stayed true to what they do, and continued to release new albums and enjoy legitimate stardom. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 13, 2010, 5:54 pm

American Chopper - TV Shows
The Teutuls became celebrities. Somewhere along the line (possibly the move to TLC) the show became more about their everyday doings than about the bikes they built. What made the show good was that it documented really cool bikes from start to finish, with the bonus of this really quirky family running the shop. I didn't even mind when they started putting the Teutuls in contrived situations to film what happens. But then it just got to be a little Teutul soap opera, the bikes got less creative and eventually just kind of faded into the background. The change from two-part to single episodes might well mark the exact boning point, since that was pretty much where they stopped documenting whole projects. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 3, 2010, 12:34 pm

Gong Show, The - TV Shows
I still don't understand how this show became a lightning rod for TV bashers. I mean, it was goofy, cheesy and occasionally risque, but it's head and shoulders above a lot of the crap out there today. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 3, 2010, 12:20 pm

Benson - TV Shows
Definitely when Benson became Lt. Governor. What made Benson funny was that he was not a powerful person, but he was smarter than those who were and not afraid to show it. On soap and for most of Benson, he was a smart guy working for clueless and eccentric people. When he goes from being staff to boss, that's gone. Of course, the show was pretty tired by that time anyway. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 3, 2010, 12:16 pm

Indiana Jones - Movie Series
Come on. Why is nuking the fridge such a bad thing? Indy walked into a 50s structural effects test. It was funny. Besides, you could put a nuclear explosion into almost any movie and I'd like it. Nukes and aliens sort of make sense, since the setting moves from the 30s to the 50s, when the b-movies were full of nukes and aliens. And if nothing else, Crystal Skull is the one movie where I actually thought Cate Blanchett looked hot. A small detail, but significant, I think. But Shia LaBoeuf? Why does he keep getting put into movies? -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 3, 2010, 12:07 pm

Buzz Aldrin - Celebrities
Never boned. I always admired Aldrin, even more than Armstrong. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 3, 2010, 11:50 am

Wikipedia - Websites
Definitely the bunch of know-it-alls swaggering about deleting useful information and slapping "citation needed" on everything they disagree with. They don't seem to care much for first-hand knowledge at Wikipedia either. I hate it when a citation is needed for some event that anyone over the age of 30 probably remembers. And yet if you wish to challenge or remove something, you need no specific knowledge whatsoever. I recall reading an entry on New Orleans sourdough bread. Where it mentions the bread to be more light and airy than most breads, there is a note: dubious - discuss. I took a look at the discussion, thinking some baker would explain why this is an exaggerated claim. Instead, it's just some loser who thought the claim conflicted with the bread also being described as hard and crusty. You have to wonder if this guy has ever eaten bread. And in spite of person after person explaining that it can be crusty on the outside and airy on the inside, nobody had dared to take down the "dubious" notation. Ridiculous. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on April 3, 2010, 5:28 am

Salvage One - TV Shows
I used to watch this. Loved the TV movie where they built the rocket and went to the moon. It was silly and the effects were by no means state of the art even then, but it was fun. I liked the series less, but I did like it. For me, it boned when they ran out of story ideas that could make decent use of an old junk dealer with a rocket. In hindsight, somebody should have figured out that there weren't very many before they went and made a series out of it. As a premise, it doesn't leave a lot of room to move around. And seriously, once you've been to the moon, where do you go from there? But I guess none of that dawned on anybody until it was too late. So we got stories that didn't use the rocket at all, stories where it made a token appearance, stories that had the characters using it basically as an airplane for travel. And, of course, stories where they use the rocket for something other than a rocket, either whole or in pieces. The iceberg episode. Why? -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on October 10, 2009, 1:18 pm

Harper Valley P.T.A. (TV series) - TV Shows
Day one. Not a great song, but it had enough material to make a pretty funny movie. But how did anybody think there was enough there for a series? -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on October 10, 2009, 1:01 pm

Crank - Movie Series
I generally like Jason Statham, but Crank was damn near unwatchable. In fact, I did stop watching, which is rare for me. It was just a jumpy, confusing assault on the senses. I know that was the idea, but when ramping up the action, there is a point at which it stops being fun and just gives you a headache. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on October 10, 2009, 11:58 am

William Shatner - Celebrities
Shatner is as entertaining as ever, particularly since he embraced his hammy reputation and started making fun of himself. The guy can get laughs and applause just by appearing in something. He's become both a pop-culture icon and a parody of one. Never boned. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on October 10, 2009, 11:50 am

Adam West - Celebrities
Never boned. I always liked West for his cheese factor, and he's still a lovable cheeseball who can get a laugh just by appearing in something. He knows it, and he doesn't mind poking fun at himself. He's the poor man's Bill Shatner. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on October 10, 2009, 11:44 am

Keanu Reeves - Celebrities
To be honest, I don't think he's been convincing in anything since Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure. That said, I can't decide if he's sucked for 20 years or never boned. All depends on how you watch him. Every one of his characters seems the same, his delivery is wooden, and Mr. Spock could do a better job of showing emotion. But that can be entertaining in itself if your sense of humour runs to the ironic. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on October 10, 2009, 11:38 am

Jericho - TV Shows
As far as I'm concerned, it never had a chance to bone. I'm just glad the story was tied up satisfactorily at the end. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on October 10, 2009, 11:20 am

Weekend at Bernie's - Movie Series
Very true. The first was funny and maybe even clever, but where else can you go with this premise except downhill? Milking the same gag in a sequel was, to mix metaphors and make a pun, beating a dead horse. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on October 10, 2009, 11:15 am

Queen - Music Groups
While I agree that Freddy Mercury was unique, I wouldn't want to see the band dissolve just because he's not there. I think they've done pretty well in overcoming a major obstacle that was beyond their control, and they're out there playing those great songs live for another generation. Better to hear the songs from the surviving members of Queen than from a cover band or to never have the opportunity to hear them performed live. Queen's glory days are behind them, but they never boned. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 28, 2009, 10:13 am

Star Blazers - TV Shows
One of the first anime shows I ever saw, and still one of my favourites after all these years. Never boned. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 28, 2009, 10:06 am

Spider-Man - Movie Series
While I agree that the third movie tried to cram in way too much, and that a good deal of it made no sense at all (the butler knew Spidey didn't kill Harry's father, but just never got around to telling him?), I have to say that the franchise started going downhill in part 2. Spider-Man 2 had the most kick-ass Spidey villain, Doc Ock, who was just right. But Ock kept taking a backseat to the subplot of Peter balancing his priorities, and that dragged the movie down. Part 2 wasn't the worst of the movies, but it failed meet its potential, and it was a disappointing sequel. I think it marks the beginning of the downward slide. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 28, 2009, 9:34 am

Blair Witch Project, The - Movie Series
Liked the first. It was a nice little movie that left the scares up to the viewer's imagination. It held my interest, and actually had more of an effect afterward, while settling down to sleep in the dark. But, how do you make a sequel to a fake documentary built around video footage found in the woods? I knew it couldn't be done well, but I also knew the movie was profitable enough that common sense would go out the window in the mad rush to make more money. Whether somebody seriously believed they could catch lightning in a bottle a second time, or the intention was to slap the profitable name on a crappy horror movie for a quick buck, I don't know. All I know was that Blair Witch 2, an attempt to make the sequel a traditional horror film by setting the story in the "real world" outside the first movie, was a complete failure as both a sequel and standing on its own. Totally misguided pursuit of more money. -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 28, 2009, 9:23 am

Robocop - Movie Series
Robocop 2 isn't a bad movie, but it was a big drop from the original, which really seemed to have everything right. The third movie was crap. So Robocop definitely boned as soon as somebody started talking sequel. Why can't a good movie ever be left to stand on its own? -- Submitted By: (AndyC) on September 22, 2009, 6:53 pm


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