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Episode 143: Syndicated Incorporated

Wednesday, May 10th, 2017

Syndicated television shows really come in a few of different forms. There are the shows that were created for networks, first aired there, and then moved to syndicated after their run ended. There were shows that started on networks, but moved to syndication due to poor ratings and/or quality. And then there were the shows that were first aired on syndication. Well all three of these types will be discussed in Geek Salad episode 143: Syndicated Incorporated!

Join Andy, Mike, Joe, and Katherine as they go over their many memories of syndicated TV. From the highs of Xena to the lows of Small Wonder and a whole lot of the in betweens, they go through both the joys and scars of their childhood memories of TV shows that couldn't quite make it to the big networks.

Be sure and stick around till the very end as the crew revives Trailer Park in honor of The Last Jedi trailer!

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Geek Salad is intended for adult listeners and contains coarse language and profanity.  Listener discretion is advised.

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Episode 140: Dress + Animal Sidekick = Princess (Part 1)

Tuesday, March 7th, 2017

In 1937, Walt Disney and his animation studio introduced the world to the concept of a feature length film done entirely in animation. Now, 80 years later, Walt Disney Animation Studios has 56 feature films to their credit. Counting down the top 25 of those proved too big a task for the Geek Salad crew so they put out the call to anyone who would listen and the result is Geek Salad episode 140: Dress + Animal Sidekick = Princess.

As it turns out, though, counting down the top 25 Disney animated feature films also proved to be a very long task, so this episode has been split into two more manageable pieces. This first part covers numbers 25 through 11.

 

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Contact Geek Salad at geeksaladradio@gmail.com.  Geek Salad is also available on Facebook under the group heading “Geek Salad Podcast.” Check out their website at www.geek-salad.com, and please subscribe to their Twitter feed: @geeksaladradio

Geek Salad is intended for adult listeners and contains coarse language and profanity.  Listener discretion is advised.

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The Controversial Take

Wednesday, October 26th, 2016

The Controversial Take


90’s Movies This 80’s Kid Doesn’t Quite Understand the Appeal Of…


On the current season of South Park, one of running themes of the show is a fruit called ‘Member Berries, small grape-like berries that reminisce about the good old days in adorable squeaky voices.  Among the things remembered are items like “Remember Star Wars?” “Remember the 6 Million Dollar Man?” “Remember when there weren’t so many Mexicans?”

Lately, it seems like my Facebook feed has turned into an electronic ‘Member Berry.  As someone who spent his formative years, I know that the members of my generation are annoyingly susceptible to runaway nostalgia.  However, it’s my friends on the younger end of the spectrum...the ones only 5 or so years younger than me, that have taken their love of certain movies to a degree that I cannot quite fathom.  Here are a few:

The Sandlot

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This one is a complete puzzlement...especially since there seems to be a marketing renaissance for this movie that, by all accounts, was an absolute failure when it came out (the “You’re KillingMe Smalls!” apparel is a little overwhelming).  My only guess for why this movie has such happy memories for the 90’s hive is that is was the equivalent of the “HBO Classics” of my youth.  By the time this movie was released to video, it had all of the markings of a movie that mom put on to shut the kids up while she cleaned up or had to entertain gentlemen callers…

As a baseball fan, I can understand that a solid amount of history is important to the lore of the game.  But this film, where we follow a gang of lovable losers through their time playing ball in an abandoned lot and remembering the characters of the neighborhood, would have worked better as a heartwarming two part installment of “The Wonder Years.”

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II:  The Secret of the Ooze

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The original TMNT movie, released in 1990, was nothing short of a minor miracle.  Taking, what is essentially, a stupid idea; four turtles mutated in the sewers of New York by a biochemical agent that learn the ancient art of the Ninja while, all the while, enjoying a slice of New York’s finest (pizza….not police officers…), and made a tight, entertaining action comedy where the central characters, with the help of the Jim Henson Workshop, didn’t look like dudes in costumes.  The sequel, released a year later, primarily decided that the previous film wasn’t taking advantage of the inherent stupidity that could have been mined.  

TMNTIITSOTO is the equivalent of the later, more awful, seasons of the cartoon.  First off, parents groups complained about the use of weapons in the first film.  Yes...they were upset that the ninjas were using non-lethal force with weapons.  So to counter this, the Turtles are tasked with using other, stupider tools as weapons.  In a deli shop?  Here’s a giant pepperoni!  Secondly, there is too much breaking the fourth wall, mugging for the camera, and just overall stupidity that sinks the film.  Shredder’s mutated sidekicks, stand ins for BeBop and Rocksteady, are immediately rendered as comic foils when it’s revealed immediately after they show up on screen, that they’ve got the minds of babies.  It’s been 27 years...still not laughing…

Then, there’s Vanilla Ice.  The entire centerpiece of the the film’s marketing campaign was to focus on minute 14:58 of his 15 minutes of fame.  The commercials and trailers featured Ice prominently.  The song, “Ninja Rap,” still recalls fond memories from the people who were kids when it was released, but as someone who was an honest to god, buying lotto and porn legally, adult, it was worse than “Ice, Ice, Baby”...and that song was written by a man who honestly didn’t think he was ripping off Queen.

Home Alone 2:  Lost in New York

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I was originally going to include the first movie in this article.  However, I have plans for it when I eventually get around to listing out the Christmas movies that are vastly overrated.  What I don’t get about Lost in New York, is how it is allowed to be discussed like it’s a completely separate entity in the Home Alone series.  Having spent movie money on this when it came out in 1992, I recall being pissed that I spent my hard earned dollars on a film that was, essentially, a shot-for-shot remake of the original.

Taking out of the conversation that fact that it takes place in Manhattan and not in the John Hughes go-to Chicago suburb, Lost in New York follows the exact same beats as it’s predecessor.  

  1. Kid gets separated from his extended, awful, family during a mass excursion to another country for Christmas

  2. Kid ends up realizing his plight, happily repeating what he just realized…upbeat jazzy tune ensues

  3. Kid runs into his nemeses, two functionally retarded idiots,who are scheming to rob a place far beyond their capabilities.

  4. Kid befriends an elderly person who he originally is terrified of.  Elderly person comes to his rescue in the end.

  5. Kid creates a Rube Goldberg meets John McLain lair to kill the idiots several times over.

  6. Kid learns the true meaning of family and is reunited with his awful relatives.

So if you don’t believe me, please feel free to watch both of them back to back.  

(and on a side note; I’m amazed that Trump didn’t build up his two second cameo as the reason to why it had such a YUUUUUGE box office haul)

Empire Records

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Confession; I was, in the 90’s, and still today, a pretty big Gin Blossoms fan.  In fact, I still have my New Miserable Experience t-shirt from the concert I went to where they were sandwiched on the bill between Cracker and The Spin Doctors.  So when I heard the song “When I Hear It From You,” I was pretty excited for a new album.  Instead, I found out that it was being released on a soundtrack to a new movie from the director of my generation’s “The Catcher in the Rye,” “Pump Up the Volume.”  The movie, “Empire Records,” looked and proved to be, solely an excuse to sell records.  

So why does it get so much traction?  The only thing I can think of is that the children of the 90’s, who were, in all likelihood, younger than the characters running the most unrealistic record store in the history of movies, and therefore thought that they were the archetypes that they should ascend to being.  

So if you want to be seen as either lonely, angry, or impish, then sure, “Empire Records” is the movie to live your life to.  Otherwise, check out “Pump Up the Volume” to see how insufferably introspective the kids of my generation aspired to be!

Hook

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This one is probably gonna be the one that loses me followers.  There are people, many of whom I consider to be my best friends, who adore this movie.  However, I can’t see this version of Peter Pan; The 401K Years as anything more than a product of the films of the early 90’s, where adults were seen as being as one dimensional as the parents in kid’s cereal ads.  

“Hook,” which announced a powerhouse cast of Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, and Bob Hoskins, should have been pretty amazing.  Tackling the Peter Pan/Captain Hook dynamic after Peter grows up and has kids could have had a lot of potential.  However, the issues of this movie are the same issues that plagued the lamer parts of the otherwise pretty funny “City Slickers”; that adults should feel shame that their lives are dedicated to making a comfortable life for their families, but should be completely oblivious to the fact that they are spending their lives making a comfortable life for their families.  I’m a father of two kids.  My wife stays home to care for them.  I also work in excess of 50 hours a week, which includes nights, weekends, and holidays.  There isn’t a moment that my not being there all the time doesn’t twist in my gut.  So to present Peter as an oblivious evil yuppy is where the movie rolls off the tracks.

What hurts most is that “Hook” is directed by Steven Spielberg.  Now this was the pre Jurassic Park/Schindler’s List Spielberg that was giving us snoozers like “Always” so I can understand that this is where his mind was, but does that excuse the excessive schmaltz that comes out of line delivery like “Jack, I had my one happy memory!  And it was you!’?  Probably not...and I still attribute that line to the start of my functional alcoholism….

Visually, “Hook” is beautiful.  But the overall themes, the modernization of the Lost Boys to turn them into human beat boxes, and the Freudian undertones of Hook “just needing a mother” really place this one on the head scratching “classic” list.

...and to Mike G...I’m sorry I trashed one of your favorite movies!   


Episode 127: Under the Sea with Prince Ali

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2016

Ever since Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs premiered in 1937, Disney's films have, for the most part, been widely praised for their music. Whether a jaunty upbeat song like "I Just Can't Wait to be King", or a touching love song like "Candle on the Water", the songs are sometimes even more beloved than the films that spawn them. And so, to honor those wonderful tunes, Andy, Mike, Joe, and Katherine are counting down the top 22 Disney songs as voted by the Geek Salad audience in episode 127: Under the Sea with Prince Ali!

The voting was all over the place and there were 80+ nominees, but while not every song made the list, the fact that there were that many shows that everyone loves at least some of the songs. And I think most everyone will agree that the 22 that made this list are really some of the best to ever come from the House of Mouse. But don't worry. Just because it's Disney doesn't mean that the crew will tone down their usual crass humor.

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Also, check out the Podbean App where you can stream anddownload the entire Geek Salad archive right from your Android or iPhone!  You can get the app at either the Google PlayStore or the Apple App Store! 

Contact Geek Salad at geeksalad@yahoo.com.  Geek Saladis also available on Facebook under the group heading “Geek Salad Podcast.”Check out their website at www.geek-salad.com, and please subscribe to theirTwitter feed: @geeksaladradio

Geek Salad is intended for adult listeners and containscoarse language and profanity.  Listener discretion is advised.

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2015 Year in Review

Thursday, December 31st, 2015

It is the last day of 2015 and to celebrate the year that was, Andy and Mike take a moment to go over the year that was, honor those that we lost in the world of entertainment, and look forward to some of the movies coming out in 2016.

Oh yeah, and they might give their non-Spoiler thoughts on a little movie called Star Wars: The Force Awakens, as well.
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Also, check out the Podbean App where you can stream and download the entire Geek Salad archive right from your Android or iPhone!  You can get the app at either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store! 

Contact Geek Salad at geeksalad@yahoo.com.  Geek Salad is also available on Facebook under the group heading “Geek Salad Podcast.” Check out their website at www.geek-salad.com, and please subscribe to their Twitter feed: @geeksaladradio

Geek Salad is intended for adult listeners and contains coarse language and profanity.  Listener discretion is advised.
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Episode 122: Operation Chimney Sweep

Friday, December 18th, 2015

Happy holidays to one and all from Geek Salad! And as an early Christmas gift, the crew is giving you Episode 122: Operation Chimney Sweep. Sit back and enjoy as Andy, Mike G, Joe, Katherine, and Autumn get ready for lots of coal in their stockings because this year, they're taking on the big man himself, Santa Claus!

They start their beef with the right jolly old elf for presents either not provided or grossly overrated, before moving onto dealing with some of the different incarnations of the fat man, both naughty and nice.

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Also, check out the Podbean App where you can stream and download the entire Geek Salad archive right from your Android or iPhone!  You can get the app at either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store! 

Contact Geek Salad at geeksalad@yahoo.com.  Geek Salad is also available on Facebook under the group heading “Geek Salad Podcast.” Check out their website at www.geek-salad.com, and please subscribe to their Twitter feed: @geeksaladradio

Geek Salad is intended for adult listeners and contains coarse language and profanity.  Listener discretion is advised.
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Episode 118 (Part 2): Star Wars: I Would Have Preferred Order 69!

Saturday, October 10th, 2015

Welcome back to the galaxy far, far away as Geek Salad brings you the conclusion to episode 118: I Would Have Preferred Order 69! Join Andy, Mike, Joe, Katherine, and Andy's awesome toy-making cousin Anna discuss the highs and oh-so-lows of Attack of the Clones, the Clone Wars TV series and movie, and Revenge of the Sith. If you're very lucky, they might even share some of their anticipation for The Force Awakens.

Aww, who am I kidding? Of course they'll gush their excitement about The Force Awakens. The trick would be to get them to shut up about it.

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Also, check out the Podbean App where you can stream and download the entire Geek Salad archive right from your Android or iPhone!  You can get the app at either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store! 

Contact Geek Salad at geeksalad@yahoo.com.  Geek Salad is also available on Facebook under the group heading “Geek Salad Podcast.” Check out their website at www.geek-salad.com, and please subscribe to their Twitter feed: @geeksaladradio

Geek Salad is intended for adult listeners and contains coarse language and profanity.  Listener discretion is advised.

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Episode 115 Deleted Scene (Comic Con Chat)

Sunday, August 9th, 2015

Here it is, a little late, but still fun all the same. Cut from episode 115, but saved from the editing room floor (actually a hard drive), is the discussion the Geek Salad crew had on some of the trailers that had their debut at Comic Con.

Will Andy's ambivalence for all things DC keep him from enjoying the Batman v Superman trailer? Will Deadpool swear up a storm in his trailer? If you're listening to this clip, you probably already know the answers. Still, it's a fun conversation.

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Contact Geek Salad at geeksalad@yahoo.com.  Geek Salad is also available on Facebook under the group heading “Geek Salad Podcast.”  Please subscribe to their Twitter feed: @geeksaladradio and check out their website at http://www.geek-salad.com

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Retro Episode 6: With Music Written for, or Inspired By, the Podcast “Geek Salad”

Wednesday, July 15th, 2015

Time, once again, to take a journey back in time to the early days of Geek Salad. Set the time circuits for November 22, 2008, and sit back as we bring you Geek Salad's retro episode 6: With Music Written for, or Inspired By, the Podcast "Geek Salad".


Join Andy and Mike C as they welcome Jim for his very first Geek Salad appearance, then they all discuss the highs and lows of movie soundtracks. Mike G also chimes in with an audio clip.

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Contact Geek Salad at geeksalad@yahoo.com.  Geek Salad is also available on Facebook under the group heading “Geek Salad Podcast.” Check out their website at www.geek-salad.com, and please subscribe to their Twitter feed: @geeksaladradio

Geek Salad is intended for adult listeners and contains coarse language and profanity.  Listener discretion is advised.
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The Reason Why We Lost the Pringles Sponsorship

Monday, July 6th, 2015

Hey Geek Salad Fans!

While you wait for our latest installment, here's an out take from that recording session where the team tries out Food Truck Pringles....more specifically, cheeseburger and chicken taco...
...needless to say...hilarity ensues!
Enjoy!  And stay posted for our latest installment, which should be coming within this week!
andy
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