Old, old, old

While doing research for 50 Foot DVD, on the long-gone vistas of 1967, I started thinking about a few things that had some impact on the then ten-year-old me.  Of course, YouTube has it:

Yes, I owned a toy sniper rifle in its own case. There was a lot of incredibly un-fun crap going on in the late 60’s, but goddamn how I miss them sometimes.

Somehow made more poignant by last night, when my ten-year-old finally prevailed upon me to watch Alien vs Predator: Requiem, a viewing which was fraught with multiple pronouncements of “Awesome!” from him.

Here, let me spare you the incredibly spastic nature of the YouTube comments by embedding this here:

It wasn’t as awful as I’d been led to believe, but then few things are.  It was pretty much standard action movie mediocrity wrapped in a fairly large budget, and continued the first AvP movie’s pattern of a large cast of undeveloped characters about whom the viewer could not be bothered to care. The more I think about this movie, the more  I think this course of affairs deserves closer examination in that old, venerable project of mine, The Bad Movie Report… but that would also mean watching this, the first one, and Alien 3 and 4 again, and that could get ooky.

I have joked that since my son professes the original Alien vs Predator to be his favorite movie (it edged out The Empire Strikes Back), I may have to disinherit him… but then, he’s ten. And I have to ponder how my parents felt, forty years back, when yours truly watched that psychedelic Levis commercial raptly, over and over again… on a black and white set.


  1. Is it wrong that I simply hate those orange barrels they are required to have on the (very rare) toy gun today, even if conceivably they could actually save a life?If you say yes, screw ya all then.Also, I want them to bring back toys like the original Creepy Crawlers set with the heavy metal plates that got so hot they could make you into Johnny Tremain. And Jarts.

  2. That… was a commercial for JEANS??Also: The last time I had to describe Jarts to someone, she thought I was making them up. She wasn’t even that much younger than me, sadly.

  3. I’d like to point out that 10% of players, TOPS, were ever impaled with a gigantic Jart whilst playing a round.Well, more if they were playing drunk, of course. Even then, only about 10% were actually impaled through the head.

  4. To quote Joel Hodgson, “We used to have a saying: Learn with the Thingmaker, <>BURN<> with the Thingmaker.”

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