The PC Thug: Re-Visiting “The Weekenders”

PCThug-logoThe constant about kids animated programming is that we almost always see children going to school. From “Hey Arnold!” and “Rocket Power,” we always see them going to school. Heck, eventually “Ed, Edd, and Eddy” began featuring its core cast going to school. What was so fun about “The Weekenders” is that every episode took place during the weekend and only the weekend. Hence, the title. In 1999, Disney helped create the antidote to the wildly popular animated series “Recess,” which centered on kids going to school, and instead focused on a show about a group of friends whose weekends were almost always wild or eventful.

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Camp Dread (2014) (DVD)

campdreadDirector Harrison Smith’s “Camp Dread” is a mixture of “My Little Eye” and “Friday the 13th.” In fact, go watch those movies instead. In all seriousness, “Camp Dread” has a pretty clever premise, it just has absolutely nothing to do with it. It’s a straight faced slasher film set in a summer camp and barely uses the opportunity to reference the “Friday the 13th” films, and yet it takes full advantage with Danielle Harris as the local sheriff. Her character’s brother is named Michael, and she hates horror movies. You see, it’s opposite. It’s clever because it’s opposite!

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Five Great Danielle Harris Performances

harris11Danielle Harris is one of the more celebrated actresses in the horror community whose managed to cement herself as a bonafide scream queen, also capable of pulling in strong performances when necessary. Harris has returned to horror over the last decade, producing, directing, and starring in many popular and news making horror titles and doesn’t seem to be quitting any time soon. To celebrate her newest release “Camp Dread,” we list our five favorite performances from the immortal Ms. Harris.

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DK Level 2 Reader: WWE John Cena Second Edition [Hard Cover]

dkAt thirty two pages in length, early readers looking to educate themselves in pro wrestling, or have a school assignment, will find this second edition of the John Cena biography entertaining. Aside from the easy to read pages, and large colorful illustrations, the Second Edition covers most of the Cena’s life and career, from his beginnings with performance, his work in football, and his eventual transformation in to a wrestler.

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The History of WWE: 50 Years of Sports Entertainment [Blu-ray]

wwe-50It’s surprising how “The History of WWE” feels less like a documentary and more like a press kit for the WWE organization. There’s only about two hours of a film here, and most of the more important facets of the organization are completely glossed over. I really would have loved to learn more about the WWF, why and when it became the WWE, and for the filmmakers to feature many more wrestlers in their profile. Surely, Hulk Hogan helped revive the popularity of the WWE for the eighties, but there were also folks like Roddy Piper, Bret Hart, and Stone Cold, all of whom really helped bring the WWE in to the new generation.

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No Holds Barred (1989) [Blu-ray]

nhbIn the eighties, Hulk Hogan was a titan who stood tall in influence and adoration alongside Arnold Schwarzenneger. In the age of the cold car, Hogan is the hero America wanted. He was blond, large, charismatic, heroic, and garnered a handlebar mustache that made him look like a buff trucker fighting for the country. “No Holds Barred” perfectly demonstrates why Hogan was such a force in the sports world, with a charismatic performance in an otherwise goofy movie.

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Mario Covone’s “Video Nasty”

VN-1UK Label Reaper Comics teams up with creator Mario Covone to bring audiences a six issue comic book series entitled “Video Nasty.” The creative premise takes real world politics and government dealings with filmmakers during the Video Nasty era of censorship and drops it in to a horrific murder case in the vein of “Scream.” The “Video Nasty” titles are selling all over England in 1983, and with its burgeoning popularity, someone has decided to start viciously mutilating passersby at parks and streets.

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All-New Ghost Rider #1 & #2

All-New-Ghost-RiderI appreciate the fact that Marvel are appealing to a more diverse audience of readers by turning their more dynamic characters in to alternate versions more interesting and complex. Surely, there will always be a place for the eighties Ghost Rider, but “All New Ghost Rider” is pretty fantastic in its own right. It dares to change the entire mold of Ghost Rider and manages to build a titillating and complex look at a corner of the Marvel Universe rarely explored: The lower class struggling to get by. Mostly though I appreciated Felipe Smith’s writing abilities, as he touches upon a lot of elements growing up in inner city neighborhoods. Robby Reyes is a high schooler caring for his disabled little brother alone, and in one scene there’s gun fire in the distance, followed by police sirens. “Remember, we never go outside when we hear firecrackers,” Robby tells his brother Gabe, after convincing him the gun fire was firecrackers.

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Lesson of the Evil (Aku no kyôten) (2012)

Lesson_of_the_EvilIt’s so gratifying to see Takashi Miike returning to his chaotic roots that helped make him such a beloved auteur. While I’m sure his court room movie “Ace Attorney,” and the “Ninja Kids” actioner were fine outputs, “Lesson of the Evil” is a return to form for a man who proves he hasn’t lost a bit of his step. “Lesson of the Evil”  isn’t just shocking, but it’s gory, disturbing, and features some of the most surreal supernatural elements I’ve seen in years. Miike comes back with a bang, and I had a difficult time turning away from “Lesson of the Evil,” even when it was tough to sit through.

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