n.  an attractive man with well-developed muscles

Currently in AEW, Luchasaurus is the ring name persona of Austin Matelson. Along with Jungle Boy, Luchasaurus belongs to the professional wrestling team known as “Jurassic Express“.

Luchasaurus/Austin Matelson
Placed 5th in Big Brother 17
Has a Masters Degree (Ooooh, smart AND hunky.)

BEFORE his “heel” turn.

I like his heel look better.

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I Confess

It should come as no surprise that I love horror movies. Not the slasher films that pass for “horror” these days, though. Nope. I love good old-fashioned horror movies. In fact, in 2017 I published a series of Posts on my favorites by decade, beginning with 2010-2017 and working backward to the 1950s. (With Diego contributing a PAWS-UP to those starring Fab Felines!)

Countdown to Halloween: My Favorite Films (2010-2017)

However, my movie preferences tend to be broader than with music. (Where I admit to being more myopic.) Looking at my DVD collection I see everything from Action (Fathom, 1967) to “period pieces” (such as Marie Antoinette, 2006).

But what may come as a shocker to you, Dear Reader, is that I LOVE LOVE LOVE a good Romantic Comedy. Yep. Whether Coming-of-Age or Adult, I love Rom-Coms!!! (If they’re from the 80s, so much the better.)

10 Things I Hate About You
13 Going on 30
*40 Days and 40 Nights
About Last Night
*As Good As It Gets
Can’t Buy Me Love
*Chasing Amy
Confessions of a Shopaholic
*Deliver Us from Eva
*Doc Hollywood
Easy A (Smartly written.)
*Fever Pitch
Flirting with Forty
Foul Play
Green Card (What I wouldn’t give for that greenhouse.)
Head Over Heels
How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days
Just One of the Guys
Juwanna Mann
Kate & Leopold (Romantic comedy with a touch of Period piece.)
Modern Girls
My Big Fat Greek Wedding
Practical Magic (WITCHES!!!)
Pretty Woman
Pretty in Pink
*Sabrina (1995)
Shallow Hal (Another smartly done film.)
*She’s All That
Some Kind of Wonderful
Someone Like You
*Something’s Gotta Give
*Sydney White
*The Bishop’s Wife (Although I wrote a Post mentioning it.)
The Perfect Man
*The Proposal
*The Truth About Cats & Dogs
The Wedding Planner
*Three Can Play That Game
*Two Can Play That Game
*Two Weeks Notice
Valley Girl (Like TOTALLY 80s.)
*What Women Want
*Working Girl
Worth Winning
*You’ve Got Mail

* means I don’t own a copy (yet).

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Just In Time (for Halloween 2021)

As if I don’t have enough movies in my collection already – let alone horror films – the postman delivered these today:

The Wolfman Complete Legacy Collection contains movies made from 1935-1948: Werewolf of London (1935), The Wolf Man (1941), Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man (1943), House of Frankenstein (1944), House of Dracula (1945), She-Wolf of London (1946, starring Lassie‘s own June Lockhart), and Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948); and a number of Bonus Features (Monster by Moonlight documentary, The Wolf Man: From Ancient Curse to Modern Myth, Pure in Heart: The Life and Legacy of Lon Chaney Jr., He Who Made Monsters: The Life and Art of Jack Pierce, The Wolf Man Archives, Abbott and Costello Meet the Monsters, and more).

From the back cover:

The original Wolf Man is one of the silver screen’s most unforgettable characters and, along with the other Universal Classic Monsters, defined the Hollywood horror genre. The Wolf Man: Complete Legacy Collection includes all 7 films from the original legacy including the eerie classic starring Lon Chaney Jr. and the timeless films that followed. These landmark motion pictures defined the iconic look of the tragic monster and continue to inspire countless remakes and adaptations that strengthen the legend of the Wolf Man to this day.

Last week I received an excellent werewolf movie I ordered
which I had reviewed back in 2018:

Time to settle in with a good horror flick,
some popcorn, and my sidekick.

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“You’re out of your damn mind!”

That’s what Stephen A. Smith would say to Max Kellerman – who (along with Molly Qerim Rose) is his co-host on First Take – if Kellerman had come up with this list. I adore Stephen A., but REALLY!?! I have to call him on it…

Last Friday, Stephen A. Smith unveiled his Stephen’s A-List: Top 5 Sports Movies:

  1. Rocky III (WTF!?!)
  2. A League of Their Own
  3. Friday Night Lights
  4. Jerry McGuire (again, WTF!?!)
  5. Any Given Sunday

A shout-out to A League of Their Own but I’ve never liked the Rocky franchise and stopped seeing them after Rocky II. (Although I admit to loving the Rambo series.) And Jerry McGuire?? What the hell is up with that? When I hear the words “sports movie”, that is one that NEVER – EVER – comes to mind.

So, what would be on MY A-List: Top 5 Sports Movies? Glad you asked!

  1. Driven

    C’mon the film has Burt Reynolds, Stallone (who wrote the screenplay and co-produced), Kip Pardue, AND Gina Gershon – plus some killer special effects – where tasteful amounts of CGI were used! (Yes, I have the DVD.)

  2. The Replacements

    An all-too-oft-told story (My favorite!) about a group of misfits who save the day! Solid cast: Gene Hackman, Keanu Reeves (I’m a BIG fan.), Orlando Jones (Office Space, Cirque du Freak: The Vampire’s Assistant), Don Favreau, Rhys Ifans (Vanity Fair, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Informers), Jack Warden, and a number of NFL alumni. My favorite scene involves the Replacements’ cheerleaders:

  3. Slap Shot

    FUCKING HANSON BROTHERS!! (Can you guess which two were played by brothers?) Stars Paul Newman (He needs NO introduction.), Michael Ontkean (Twin Peaks), Lindsay Crouse (Bye Bye Love, The Arrival), Swoosie Kurtz (Sisters) in her first movie role, and Paul Dooley (Breaking Away, Sixteen Candles, Grace Under Fire). A classic. (I have the DVD…’cause it’s a CLASSIC!!!)

  4. Remember the Titans

    Set in 1971 and based on a true story, the movie has a stellar cast: Denzel Washington (Philadephia, Fallen, The Bone Collector), Will Patton, Wood Harris (The Wire), Donald Faison (Clueless, Scrubs), Ethan Suplee (Blow), Kip Pardue (Driven), Hayden Panettiere (Raising Helen), Ryan Gosling, Kate Bosworth (Blue Crush). I especially loved the ongoing repartee between the two little girls. Inspiring – with the underlying message still relevant today.

  5. AND MY TOP PICK…drum roll, please…

  6. Major League

    Again, top notch cast and a Sports Movie CLASSIC! (Do I have the DVD? Need you even ask…) We’re talking a bunch of rag-tag misfits saving the day once again, only this time it’s MLB. Tom Berenger, Charlie Sheen – an underrated actor who I love, and fuck all you haters (Two and a Half Men, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – the only one worth watching in that film, Wall Street, Young Guns, The Arrival, Spin City), Corbin Bernsen (L.A. Law), Margaret Whitton, James Gammon (Urban Cowboy, Silverado), Rene Russo (The Thomas Crown Affair), Wesley Snipes (New Jack City, Rising Sun, Demolition Man, Blade franchise), Neil Flynn (Scrubs), and Dennis Haysbert (Waiting to Exhale, Allstate ads) as Pedro. To this day when I hear the song “Wild Thing”, this is what plays in my head:

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adj. lacking in vitality, force, or conviction; uninspired or uninspiring

The ancient Greeks felt that people are known by the heroes they crown. America is a nation of hero-worshippers. We hoist them on pedestals where the adulation lasts until someone better comes along or said hero’s reputation becomes tarnished. It’s during times of great national stress that our need for heroes becomes feverish. During such times, the crowning of a new hero makes us feel like things are gonna be OK…

By hook or by crook Tom Brady was on the path to becoming this year’s Super Bowl Hero and it appears the “stars” were aligned correctly because Tampa Bay won last night’s game by a mile. It was a strange game that really should’ve been played at the end of 2020 – a strange year. It would’ve made more sense.

In addition to being weird, the whole Super Bowl “experience” yesterday was lackluster.

Unlike the NBA which is fast-paced and athletes highlight their abilities by taking on a number of positions – all in a single game – footballers are defined by and confined to their positions on a team. As a result, at any given point in time there are very few NFL players who are EXCITING to watch. Their team may not win the game, but you sure as hell have a good time watching “that guy” do his thing – and do it with PIZZAZZ. Patrick Mahomes is one of those guys.

Even when struggling under the Buccaneer’s defensive line, watching him throw passes was still magic. He reminds me very much of Steph Curry (PT/SG for the Golden State Warriors). Whether on the court or the field both men OOZE pure joy. They are loving what they’re doing! (No small feat in the the “No Fun League”.) But aside from watching Mr. Mahomes, the rest of Super Bowl LV felt soulless – and that goes for the commercials. (In what universe could anyone call those “Super Bowl Ads”?)

Yep, in spite of Brady’s win at home (a first in Super Bowl history) I doubt if it will be remembered as memorable in any way.

If not for the wonderful company and good food, I would’ve changed the channel…

A small shoutout to the Halftime Show. Although I couldn’t stand the singer it was visually entertaining. I especially liked the backdrops and the lights on the dancers’ gloves but what was up with those mask-like face coverings? They reminded me of what Claude Raines’ character wore in The Invisible Man.

In terms of excitement, Kitten Bowl 2021 was more thrilling BUT I do have a couple of beefs:

  • What a lame excuse for their Kitten Halftime Show. I’m seeing more and more of this and it sucks: running video clips found on the web. If I wanted to watch video clips of cute cats I can see those anytime, anywhere. It was a cheap move which I hope they don’t repeat next year.
  • Hallmark’s website for the Kitten Bowl usually showcases the teams and profiles each of the cat-aletes. They did neither this year.
  • I was also disappointed they didn’t have the Cat-lete Card Creator where you can upload a photo of your cat and create your own Kitten Bowl Trading Card. Diego has three:  2017, 2018, and 2019.

Thank God(dess) football season’s over.
Now we can all focus on BASKETBALL.

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