Atomic Drops: WRESTLEMANIA XI: All Your Dreams Have Now Become Your Tonightmares

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WrestleMania XI (April 2, 1995) – Hartford Civic Center (Hartford, CT) – Main Event: Lawrence Taylor vs. Bam Bam Bigelow – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, Jim Ross, and Todd Pettengill.

WRESTLEMANIA XI might very well be the easiest WrestleMania to hate, and not just for the preponderance of mullets. It represents not only the height of Vince McMahon’s starfucking, but sees the company in a decided downturn. Instead of being an assured, confident production, WRESTLEMANIA XI feels much closer to an amateur night at your local high school than it does the “greatest spectacle in sports entertainment” as Jerry “the King” Lawler decrees before he starts rambling incoherently about Hollywood and Broadway.

It should be remembered, though, that if you’re watching WrestleMania as a fan of wrestling, you’re only part of the intended audience. Much like the NFL knows the Super Bowl attracts more people than the…

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Better In The Dark – Episode #160: The Fastest American Incubus’ Wild Car Maidens

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It’s time once again for the most anticipated show of the BITD calendar year: The Obscure Movie Episode! Join Tom and Derrick as they discuss Roy Orbison’s first and only movie, demonic cars, generational sagas in cartoon form, and Shatner speaking Esperanto! All this plus permanently puckered hands, why adults are scared of teenagers, and secret agent midgets! You know you don’t want to rely on a three-fingered special effects man, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #160: The Fastest American Incubus’ Wild Car Maidens

Atomic Drops: WRESTLEMANIA X: He Who Made Kittens, Put Snakes in the Grass

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WrestleMania X (March 20, 1994) – Madison Square Garden (New York NY) – Main Event: Yokozuna (c) vs. Bret “Hitman” Hart (WWF Championship) – Announcers: Vince McMahon, Jerry “the King” Lawler, and Todd Pettengill.

For better and for worse, WRESTLEMANIA X sets the fallback blueprint for how the WWF/WWE runs WrestleMania. There is a mix of phenomenal matches and ridiculous cartoons and “celebrities” and an attempt to get newer wrestlers over with the crowd. At ten years of age, WRESTLEMANIA X is less an event that has come into its own as it is an example of wrestlers who are finally outpacing the company. Vince-esque favorites are still here: the Quebecers, Man on a Mission, Crush, Doink the Clown, and Yokozuna are all here to fulfill Vince’s need for cultural stereotypes and physical oddities, but not even Vince and Jerry “the King” Lawler’s cartoonish, end of the world announcing can…

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Better In The Dark – Episode #159: The House that Challenged Hammer – An Appreciation of Amicus Pictures (Guest: Jim Moon)

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The Boys Outta Brooklyn finally make good on a promise they made back in their first year to profile the studio that was The Master of the Portmanteau Film: Amicus Studios! Join Tom, Derrick, and special guest host Jim “Hypnogoria” Moon as they explore this legendary British studio, from its inception right up to the bizarre new wave horror mash-up The Monster Club. Plus crawling hand fetishes, Peter Cushing as Doctor Who, and the creepiness that is Angela Pleasance! You know you don’t want to be killed by a funky robot, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #159: The House that Challenged Hammer – An Appreciation of Amicus Pictures (Guest: Jim Moon)

In Defense of Michael Bay Movies

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Before heading to the theaters to see TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, I wanted to watch the first three Michael Bay TRANSFORMERS movies to see if I still felt the way I did upon watching them the first time: I loved the first one, hated the second one, and thought the third was okay.

I watched TRANSFORMERS last night and I still love it, even with all of its Shia LeBeouf-ness, and it got me thinking about the kinds of movies Michael Bay makes. The internet is awash with Bay bashing because the internet loves nothing more than an easy target (and Bay is certainly a self-created easy target), but for all of the talk of how EXTINCTION will surely suck, it’s still going to fly by $100 million at the domestic box office on its opening weekend.

That’s a whole lotta people going to see a movie the internet would…

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Better In The Dark – Episode #158.5: We Used to Be Fans – The Veronica Mars Movie, the Expanded Universe, and Geek Jealousy

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The Boys Outta Brooklyn are back after a long lay-up, as Tom gives his views on the Veronica Mars movie, and he and Derrick discuss the impact of its surprise success. Plus, Derrick pervs on Tom’s college girlfriend and throws him a challenge, and a discussion of why actors are compelled to take on less-than-appealing projects. We used to podcast a long time ago, so get to clicking! (And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow!)

Better In The Dark – Episode #158.5: We Used to Be Fans – The Veronica Mars Movie, the Expanded Universe, and Geek Jealousy

Better In The Dark – Episode #158: The Badass with the Bladed Heart – The Career of Danny Trejo

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It’s time for the latest induction into the BITD Hall of Great, Great Men. This time we honor Danny Trejo, a man who is great both on and off screen! Join the Guys Outta Brooklyn as they celebrate the Mexican character actor who shows great character in his personal life as well. Plus, we review Machete Kills, come up with a movie teaming Trejo with Michael Cera, and Tom answers the deathless question: If he was a Time Lord, which companion would he ride with? You know BITD don’t twitter – no, wait, we do @BITDShow, so get to clicking!

Better In The Dark – Episode #158: The Badass with the Bladed Heart – The Career of Danny Trejo

Better In The Dark – Episode #157: The Point Five that Stretches

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It started out as a Point Five about directors of the 1980s and 90s retiring from film, and quickly spun out of control as Derrick and Tom discussed Pacific Rim, Man of Steel, why Hannibal is superior to The Following, and why people are stupid for buying Jordans (Editor’s note: HEY!). Join the Boys Outta Brooklyn for this hour-long, freeform discussion. You know cable is the way to go, so get to clicking (and don’t forget to follow us on Twitter at @BITDShow)!

Better In The Dark – Episode #157: The Point Five that Stretches

Slater’s Signature Finisher: Top 10 wrestling DVDs of 2013

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The following is by no means comprehensive. I did not watch every professional wrestling DVD that was produced by the major companies in 2013. I did watch a lot of them, though. And, what follows is a list of my 10 favorite. They are in order from my favorite to 10th favorite. The tally for who made what is as follows: WWE has 7 of 10. Ring of Honor has 2 of 10. And independent wrestler Adam Pearce has one. Continue reading

Slater’s Signature Finisher: #7LevelsOfHate

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WRESTLING HISTORY LESSON: if you were a professional wrestler in the 1970s and 1980s, there were three major titles you vied for. There was the World Wrestling Federation Championship, the National Wrestling Alliance Championship, and the American Wrestling Association Championship. Continue reading