Category Archives: Tysto

Night of the Living Dead (1968)

Night of the Living Dead

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Join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs as I (and some spoooky devil dogs) join him and together we wax poetical about George Romero and his zombie film, the one that all zombie films afterward use as a template.

We discuss the enduring format of the siege picture, the race and gender issues, the acting, the direction, the difference between zombies and ghouls (ghouls rule, zombies drool), and of course whether Harry & Helen are Homer & Marge Simpson or Thurston Howell III & Lovey (me: both; John: neither).

We compare it to all the other zombie movies, disaster movies, and Invasion of the Body Snatchers. We discuss the social commentary, the social impact, and social media. Bonus: I explain women’s suffrage, altho frankly everyone should know about it already from the rockin’est School House Rock song of all time.

We’re watching streaming versions (great HD one on YouTube). Cue up the first frame before the title-card-on-the-road opening.

RoboCop (1987)

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robocopJoin me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs for Paul Verhoeven’s shoot-em-up classic (no not that one, and no not that one–okay he made a LOT of shoot-em-ups) RoboCop. This is the 1987 one, not the remake that is definitely terrible even tho we didn’t see it.

It’s the heartwarming tale of a simple law enforcement officer caught in the strange machinations of a major corporation and finding love, laughter, and many, many bullets. We discuss its relevance to today (timely!), it’s similarity to traditional stories (Frankenstein, Pinocchio, and Showgirls), and how close this came to being a terrible movie.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Cue up the first frame of black after the Orion Studios logo fades and start with the countdown.

Avengers: Age of Ultron

IMDbAge of UltronJoin me as I join John Pavlich of Sofa Dogs for a dive into the second Avengers film. We compare it to other Marvel films, Frankenstein, and Barb Wire. We praise nearly every part of it but come out feeling like it largely missed the mark.

We’re watching the Blu-ray. Cue up the first frame of black after the Marvel Studios logo fades and start with the countdown.

Switch to Blubrry PowerPress

After many complaints about broken downloads, I’ve finally fulfilled my promise to switch to another MP3 player/downloader plugin, Blubrry PowerPress. I thought it was going to be a hassle but turned out to consist of confirming some settings and disabling the old plugin, so now I feel like an ass for not doing it sooner.

Hopefully that solves the problem and all will be well in Tystoland.* Please let me know if you encounter any problems.

This success has encouraged me to make a couple of other changes, namely adding a Twitter feed for the joint Tysto-Zarban twitter account, and changing the picture in the upper right.

* Tystoland is a wholly-owned subsidiary of TystoZarban Productions Incorporated, a division of Halliburton.

Genius Kids Find Century-old Train Robbery Gold

For a remarkable second time, youngsters have found a hoard of treasure buried on the property of Todd and Amy Hundt. Long-time readers of this writer may remember the 2007 case of Jacob Bennitt and Alexandra Lohse unraveling the mystery of a buried treasure involving invisible ink and coded messages. Yesterday afternoon, cousins Keely Kovach and Connor Hundt (both 13) of Bremen, Indiana, discovered the missing loot from a 1901 train robbery.

The full set of pictures…

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Hiatus

I’m going to go on hiatus for a couple of months. Some life changes (possibly menopause) are sapping my time and attention. I hope to get back to doing commentaries in January, but until then I need to focus on real life.

I appreciate the feedback I’ve gotten recently. It’s all been really positive. I know the site continues to present issues with downloads sometimes, which baffles me despite my best preventative measures.

Welcome, Iron Man fans, I guess (or bots?)

According to the PodPress statistics, my commentary with the Doctor from Speakeasy for Iron Man has been downloaded more than 33,000 times. That’s about 15x more than my next most popular commentary, The Phantom Menace (which is actually a remix of Red Letter Media’s work, so it isn’t really even mine).

Maybe a celebrity tweeted about it or a DJ talked about it on the radio or something. I don’t know. Maybe it’s one obsessive nerd just really into it. Or maybe it’s software bots gone crazy. It only has one comment, so maybe it’s bots?

Regardless, welcome, whoever you are. I guess.