The Long “Game”

This week, don’t talk to Rob Long about the final episode of Game of Thrones. Seriously, don’t do it. Also, Jonah reviews the Universal Studios theme park, GLoP’s definitive 5 best movie comedies, the banning of Gone With The Wind, the trouble with Breakfast atTiffany’s and Birth of A Nation, and more general end-of-the-summer observations and hilarity.

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  1. A.D. Louis Member
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    Rob Long as Tyrion? Perfection.

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  2. Basil Fawlty Member
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    “Oh, don’t do that.  The African-Americans can do it.”

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  3. Majestyk Contributor
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    “Dinner for Schmucks” is the remake you’re looking for.  It’s a horrible movie in the sense that it made me laugh and squirm uncomfortably in equal parts.

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  4. JuliaBlaschke Coolidge
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    Jonah: I was one of those people spending way too much money on my grandkids, except at Disneyland. My excuse is I hardly ever get to see them. We went in to see Darth Vader, where an actor (in a GREAT costume) approached my 5 year old grandson and told him: “Come over to the dark side and I will make you more powerful than you can imagine”. My grandson replied “Okay”. We exited through the gift shop and once I had purchased an expensive R2D2, we were on our way to the next long wait and ride. But it was all worth it :)

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  5. Jonah Goldberg Contributor
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    JuliaBlaschke (View Comment):
    Jonah: I was one of those people spending way too much money on my grandkids, except at Disneyland. My excuse is I hardly ever get to see them. We went in to see Darth Vader, where an actor (in a GREAT costume) approached my 5 year old grandson and told him: “Come over to the dark side and I will make you more powerful than you can imagine”. My grandson replied “Okay”. We exited through the gift shop and once I had purchased an expensive R2D2, we were on our way to the next long wait and ride. But it was all worth it ?

    Julia, that’s awesome. I don’t begrudge anyone spending the money. If JPod hadn’t stepped all over my rant I would have explained. But unless you want your grandson to become Sonny Bunch one day, you should probably dissuade him from joining the Dark Side.

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  6. Gromrus Member
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    For funniest movies, no “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?”  No “Princess Bride?”

     

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  7. Quake Voter Inactive
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    Loved Rob’s mock analysis of John.  Honestly, the idea of John Podhoretz as a cross dressing homosexual is funnier than most of the movies discussed.

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  8. A.D. Louis Member
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    Quake Voter (View Comment):
    Loved Rob’s mock analysis of John. Honestly, the idea of John Podhoretz as a cross dressing homosexual is funnier than most of the movies discussed.

    JPod’s silence was perfect comedy.

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  9. RPD Inactive
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    I’ve finally given in and started watching GoT. Just finished episode 2. Downside; no one to speculate with.

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  10. A.D. Louis Member
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    @jonahgoldberg You wrote the definitive piece on Groundhog Day – I was surprised you didn’t mention it. No need to be modest – especially on a show with Long and JPod!

    Who chose the music for today’s episode? Don’t Look Back in Anger is a beautiful song and Oasis is an under appreciated band.

    Oh, and the correct list of the five greatest comedies are:

    1. Groundhog Day
    2. This is Spinal Tap
    3. Animal House
    4. Team America: World Police
    5. Shaun of the Dead
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  11. Taras Coolidge
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    Bringing Up Baby — “I’ll be with you in a minute, Mr. Foster!!!”

    Speaking of an entirely different Foster, Stephen, the slave narrator of his great anti-slavery ballad, “My Old Kentucky Home”, repeatedly uses the “d-word”  to refer to his lost family and friends.   Whatever mysterious process turns ordinary words into slurs hadn’t happened yet.  So maybe we should give Gone With the Wind, like Huckleberry Finn, a break.

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  12. A.D. Louis Member
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    RPD (View Comment):
    I’ve finally given in and started watching GoT. Just finished episode 2. Downside; no one to speculate with.

    You’re in for a treat.

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  13. A.D. Louis Member
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    Taras (View Comment):
    Bringing Up Baby — “I’ll be with you in a minute, Mr. Foster!!!”

    Speaking of an entirely different Foster, Stephen, the slave narrator of his great anti-slavery ballad, “My Old Kentucky Home”, repeatedly uses the “d-word” to refer to his lost family and friends. Whatever mysterious process turns ordinary words into slurs hadn’t happened yet. So maybe we should give Gone With the Wind, like Huckleberry Finn, a break.

    He’s from Pittsburgh and there is a statue to Stephen Foster near my home. Pittsburgh’s mayor, the great Bike Lane Bolshevik,  wants the statue of a great American songwriter taken down. You may remember him from is climate-hysteria posturing.

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  14. harrisventures Coolidge
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    This was a great episode… I laughed all the way through it. This is why I continue to support Ricochet.

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  15. J Ro Member
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    I don’t remember Ricardo Montalban’s “Japanese crime lord” in Hawaii Five-O, but I can see how he got the part after he had played a Japanese kabuki actor in Sayonara (1957, with Marlon Brando as Korean War pilot Major “Ace” Gruver, a good ol’ Southerner who puts his career at risk when he falls for a Japanese beauty).

    Since the movie was filmed in Japan, one has to wonder, was it that Hollywood just couldn’t find a Japanese actor who could convincingly play a Japanese actor in an American movie? Or was this sort of casting simply foreshadowing current trends such as the completely “blind casting” at the London Globe this season.

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  16. Chris Campion Coolidge
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    RPD (View Comment):
    I’ve finally given in and started watching GoT. Just finished episode 2. Downside; no one to speculate with.

    We just finished Season 1.  It’s worth the trip.

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  17. Chris Campion Coolidge
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    And although it was obvious, you should announce “spoiler alert” before you actually spoil the show.

    Just a thought.  Pro tip for you Hollywood dudes.

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  18. Chris Campion Coolidge
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    Jonah @ Davidson College.  I’ll be there.

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  19. Jason Zimmermann Inactive
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    Jonah, regarding your opinion of Jon Snow’s stupidity (40:00 mark): surely you don’t mean to suggest that he should’ve agreed to Cersei’s offer, and trust her promise to fight alongside him and Dany!  That would go against the only reliable maxim in Westeros: never trust Cersei Lannister.

    Be wise as serpents…

    (“Fellas, fellas…”  Sorry, Rob!)

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  20. Majestyk Contributor
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    A.D. Louis (View Comment):
    Who chose the music for today’s episode? Don’t Look Back in Anger is a beautiful song and Oasis is an under appreciated band.

    The 20th anniversary of “Be Here Now” just happened.  That’s incredibly difficult for me to believe.

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  21. A.D. Louis Member
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    Majestyk (View Comment):

    A.D. Louis (View Comment):
    Who chose the music for today’s episode? Don’t Look Back in Anger is a beautiful song and Oasis is an under appreciated band.

    The 20th anniversary of “Be Here Now” just happened. That’s incredibly difficult for me to believe.

    Time is merciless. Cynical rock critics were salivating at the chance to knock Oasis down a peg after two critically and commercially successful albums. Here’s Chuck Klosterman’s measured take on Be Here Now.

    Heathen Chemistry, The MasterplanDon’t Believe the Truth, and Dig Out Your Soul are all superior to Be Her Now. But the tracks “Stand By Me” and “Don’t Go Away” remain essential.

     

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  22. Merrijane Inactive
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    Very funny episode! I enjoyed it a lot. I’ll be one of the 10 who watches THE DINNER GAME, John. Also, I totally feel you on the jacked up amusement park prices. We’ve been multiple times to Universal on both coasts. Even doing it “cheaply” is more expensive than a really nice stay anyplace else.

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  23. Rightfromthestart Coolidge
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    Part of the ‘thing’ with Airplane, which I had to explain to my son, is that up until that movie Nielsen ,Stack, Bridges and Graves were all well known to us as dramatic actors , that made it funnier.

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  24. Jason Zimmermann Inactive
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    Rightfromthestart (View Comment):
    Part of the ‘thing’ with Airplane, which I had to explain to my son, is that up until that movie Nielsen ,Stack, Bridges and Graves were all well known to us as dramatic actors , that made it funnier.

    I saw a great interview with one of the directors (Jerry Zucker, I think) where he explained how difficult it was to explain to Peter Graves how to shoot his scenes (e.g. “Have you ever seen a grown man naked?”).

    Graves, nervous about the content, would ask: “Shouldn’t I at least smile when I ask the question, so the audience will know that I’m joking?”

    Zucker assured him that it’d be funnier if he kept a straight face.

    Graves: “Well okay, if you say so…”

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  25. Jonah Goldberg Contributor
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    FWIW here’s Ricardo Montalban as a Japanese crime lord in Hawaii 5-0.

     

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  26. Percival Thatcher
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    Well, Rob might be a RINO squish man-baby with connectivity issues, but at least he hasn’t fallen prey to the “Game of Thrones” cult.

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  27. katy Coolidge
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    So there was a Dukes of Hazzard movie released in 2005. Was there any controversy about it then?

    I grew up in SC in the 80s and 90s and never encountered racism. My high school was almost 50% black. Growing up with my generation watching the Dukes of Hazzard, I never thought of the confederate flag as racist. More like southern pride. Granted, I didn’t fly a confederate flag, and I never asked my black friends how they felt about it. But I grew up thinking the world of segregation and racism was in the distant past, and that mine was a generation able to value people for who they were, and not just see skin color. Things seem much worse today. Obama seems to have opened up old wounds, and Trump doesn’t seem to be the one to help heal them.

    Sometimes I’ve seen writers I generally agree with condemn the south and all of her history and heroes. I think everyone I knew growing up  would’ve agreed that slavery was abhorrent  and rightly ended. But there were heroic southern men who fought primarily to protect their homes and states, and I don’t believe all of them were motivated by racism and oppression, just as there were northerners who weren’t fighting only to free the slaves.

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  28. kylez Member
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    Percival (View Comment):
    Well, Rob might be a RINO squish man-baby with connectivity issues, but at least he hasn’t fallen prey to the “Game of Thrones” cult.

    I was coming here to comment on how the discussion of that show was several minutes after Jon called GWTW “horrific” because a white character alive in 1860 said “darkie”.

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  29. Basil Fawlty Member
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    kylez (View Comment):

    Percival (View Comment):
    Well, Rob might be a RINO squish man-baby with connectivity issues, but at least he hasn’t fallen prey to the “Game of Thrones” cult.

    I was coming here to comment on how the discussion of that show was several minutes after Jon called GWTW “horrific” because a white character alive in 1860 said “darkie”.

    I found it amusing that JP evidently hadn’t seen the horrific racism of GWTW in the years prior to the “last” time he viewed it, yet is appalled that the makers of the film hadn’t seen that same horrific racism back in the 1930s.

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  30. RPD Inactive
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    Did Jonah actually admit to making a ‘living wage’ at 1:03? I guess we have to call of egging Lowry’s house.

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