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Tim Burton - Celebrities
I don't care for Burton's movies in general, but I thought he nailed it with the Planet of the Apes remake. He took some creative liberties (but not nearly as many as the 1960s "Apes" movie series), but overall he did fine. As for the "nonsensical ending," you'll have to dig up Pierre Boulle (the author of the original Planet of the Apes book) and take it up with him, because that's the way HE ended the story. As for Burton's BTF moment, I'd have to say it was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Not only was the movie a snoozer, but it was also a highly questionable creative decision to have Depp as Wonka bear such a strong resemblance to Michael Jackson. Since MJ at that time was all over the news for child molestation charges, it just came off as creepy. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 11, 2010, 10:45 am

Jon Hein - Celebrities
DeanofNYC said: "Hein came up with a good idea, everyone else jumped on board and it blew up." Actually, it's more like "Hein came up with a good idea, TV Guide jumped on board and it blew." :-P -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 6, 2010, 6:45 pm

George Carlin - Celebrities
I liked George Carlin's style of the 70s and early 80s, when he managed to be funny and irreverent and project a demeanor of "I'll take a swipe at anything that deserves to be made fun of," which allowed for quite a lot of possible comic material. However, in the mid-to-late 80s (I forget when exactly) he released an album that was nothing but one long conservative/religious bashing kick, and instead of being funny he came off like he was out for blood. (Instead of "I'll take a swipe at anything," his demeanor was "Killl 'em all and take no prisoners.") I'm fine with a healthy amount of humor at the expense of my own viewpoint, but that album completely left me cold. It took a LONG time for Carlin to regain any cred (in my view) as a funnyman and thought provoker, and even then, I never bought or listened to another one of his albums, nor did I buy or read any of his books. The world is a poorer place for Carlin's having left it (with one less influence to keep it on its intellectual toes), but as far as I'm concerned, the release of that album is when he boned the fish. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on September 6, 2010, 6:33 pm

Tin Foil Hat - Random Topics
'Sawright, PYL. We did ask her for pics a few times, IIRC, but she never ponied up. She did send me a pic of herself in a bikini once, and judging from that one, she would have done very fine justice to the tin foil. :-) -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 21, 2010, 7:48 pm

Tin Foil Hat - Random Topics
Whether you buy the mind-control theories or not, the tin foil hat is still a fun conversation topic. I used to have a message board pen pal who said she had not only a tin foil hat, but also a tin foil bra -- to protect the REALLY important parts, I guess. I never was quite sure how seriously to take her ... :-) -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 14, 2010, 7:53 am

Lost in Space - TV Shows
To Dean: I think the "Simpsons" writers came to the same sort of conclusion about Dr. Smith as you did. They had an episode where the actor who played Smith appeared at a Sci-Fi convention, and he was putting some moves on Bart. I know: "Eeeeeeeeewwwwwww!!!" But it does explain a few things. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 14, 2010, 7:44 am

Simpsons, The - TV Shows
Why is BTF's assessment of The Simpsons different from the Scottish Site? Simple ... The Scottish Site's heyday had some overlap with the time when The Simpsons was still consistently pretty good, which is probably when the show got most of the "Never" votes. IIRC, there was some griping about that in the comments on The Simpsons during the later years of the Scottish Site -- people wanted the displayed votes to reflect that in recent years, the majority of the voters felt that the show had gone down the tubes. BTF doesn't have the same pattern of votes on The Simpsons because it's looking at the show from roughly ten years later, when there are a lot fewer people who feel that the show has never boned. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 5, 2010, 6:53 am

Hooters (restaurant) - Random Topics
The sexiness comes from something being in a setting where you wouldn't expect it -- in this case, sexy women in tight clothing serving food in a restaurant. For another example, you wouldn't even blink to see a woman wearing a bikini on the beach, but if a bikini-clad woman turned up in an office setting, EVERY eye would be on her because of the "unexpected" factor. That's the best explanation I can think of for the Hooters appeal -- from everything I've heard, it's certainly not the food. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 5, 2010, 6:41 am

Ropers, The - TV Shows
It's not a good sign when the coolest thing about the show is the theme music! The Ropers were great characters on Three's Company, but (as others have said), they just didn't have the stuff to carry their own show. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 5, 2010, 6:35 am

Wipeout - TV Shows
This show is funny for maybe ten minutes, and just repetitive thereafter. Day One BTF!! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on August 3, 2010, 7:07 am

Far Side, The - Random Topics
Still rocks. Like Bill Watterson, Gary Larson was savvy enough to go out while he was still on top. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 31, 2010, 2:05 am

Transformers - Movie Series
Well, a lingerie model can't do any WORSE than Megan Fox's performance in the second movie, doing basically nothing except getting in the way and jiggling all over the landscape. I think RHW deserves a try, so I'll give her the benefit of the doubt for now. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 31, 2010, 1:55 am

Bagpipes - Random Topics
JayD: Are you sure they're not playing "Scotland the Brave"? The opening notes of "Scotland the Brave" and the Old Spice jingle are VERY similar. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 17, 2010, 2:34 pm

Isis - TV Shows
To BrewMaster - agreed with you there! For a decent portion of male viewers in the 1970s, the ultimate television program crossover would have been Isis and Wonder Woman! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 3, 2010, 7:07 pm

Murder, She Wrote - TV Shows
On the flip side of Jay D's comment (and agreeing with several others), my question about this show was that since whenever Jessica was around someone got killed, how did she manage to not be treated like the Grim Reaper's answer to Typhoid Mary?! You'd think that for anyone with common sense, the mere words "Jessica's in town" would prompt a mass evacuation! Go figure ... -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 3, 2010, 6:33 pm

Magnificent Marble Machine, The - TV Shows
I remember seeing this show on TV when I was a kid. I really didn't care about the celebrities or the questions; I just wanted them to get to the big giant pinball machine. Still rocks. -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on July 3, 2010, 6:28 pm

George Lopez - TV Shows
The show BTFed when it became the "Carmen's Drama of the Week" show and Masiela Lusha left. Bringing in Veronica was a vain attempt to undo the damage. Veronica turned out to be almost as much of a drama queen as Carmen was, and an airhead to boot. Aimee Garcia was fortunate that playing Veronica didn't bone her acting career! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 26, 2010, 7:22 am

Vuvuzela - Random Topics
I can understand blowing them to celebrate a goal (hell, yes, OF COURSE blow the horns for a goal!) and when someone on the team does something spectacular. I see similar horns all the time at major junior hockey games. Blowing them at those times (for a goal, or in hockey, for a big hit or a fight) makes perfect sense, and when they're used that way, I don't mind them much. (Also, coming from a fanbase that rings cowbells at games, I'm not in any position to get overly critical about the noise.) But what's the deal with blowing them for the ENTIRE game? That's what doesn't make any sense, and that's the point at which they might as well make the things out of fish bones. If a swarm of bees were to enter the stadium, the people blowing the horns would be the LAST to know about it! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 26, 2010, 7:10 am

Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory - Movie Series
I **have** read the book, and I say Burton owes Dahl an apology. Or would if Dahl were still alive -- maybe he should make amends via seance. The musical numbers in the original actually **do** fit with the book: In the book, after each of the children leaves the tour (due to falling victim to his/her vice), the Oompa-Loompas come out and sing a sing about it, delivering a lesson in the process. The idea of singing and dancing Oompa-Loompas didn't just spring from Mel Stuart's skull! -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 17, 2010, 7:04 am

Dharma & Greg - TV Shows
Still rocks, but I'm biased: My girlfriend and I first got together by joking about the "Booty Call" episode. To Stephanie -- I agree that thinking about Greg while watching Criminal Minds is a good way to make your brain go "Tilt!", but how about this ... have Jenna Elfman do a guest spot on Criminal Minds ... as a perp! And Hotch has to catch her. How's that for tilty? :-) -- Submitted By: (Mythigator) on June 15, 2010, 9:03 pm

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