Ringers: January 2017 Trivia

We didn’t do a trivia show in December. As usual, there was just so much to do at the end of the year … and to be honest, we were all more than a little emotionally drained from the results of the Mary Bailey v Mr. Burns election.

Anyway, January was special, because it’s also trivia co-host, and FLIM Springfield co-founder Diana’s birthday! This year, more than anything else she wanted to be a contestant at our show, and it was my job to make it happen. So I did what any loving husband would do, I reached out to some violent mobsters … no actually, FLIM Springfield Classic Trivia at The Coronado is supported by a bunch of super cool and helpful people. I was able to call on our trio of excellent co-co-hosts, Alex, Miguel, and The Klute to craft questions in secret, and Alex and Miguel did all the MCing themselves.

Miguel did notice at one point everyone seemed a little more quiet than usual, but we think everyone was just hunkered down sweating over their brain busting trivia questions. By the time of the mid-show solo contest, everyone had loosened up.

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Sample questions (highlight between the parenthesis to see the answer):

  • The Hungry Hun is know for what food? (Sauerbraten)
  • When Krusty is busy delivering pizza to Mr. Burns estate, he puts a rerun on, which includes news about this 1980’s event? (Invasion of the Falkland Islands)
  • Gil attempts to unload this brand of computer to Springfield Elementary? Bonus, what does he try adding onto the sale? (Coleco / rust-proofing)
  • These are the aliens that FBI agents Mulder & Scully bring for Homer to identify in a lineup? (Chewbacca, Marvin Martain, Alf, Gort, and Kang or Kodos)
  • The Leader of the Movementarians promises to take his followers to this alien world? (Blisstonia)

First Place winners, with 83 points out of 100 were
Wrinkly Gibberish!

Second Place was The Well Wishers with 79 points!

Followed by Kodos 2020 with a total of 69.

Best Team Name went to
The Frinkahedrons
(we think, sorry, it was too chaotic to take good notes this time)

and Chunky Lovers got the Academic Alert
for their 16 point score.

It was really fun to be on the other side of the questions this month, and I think Diana and I learned from the experience too. We’ll be back very soon, on Saturday February 25th to apply that knowledge…

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What’s the matter, ain’t you ever seen a naked chick
ridin’ a clam before?

for the
Soulmates Edition of Classic Simpsons Trivia
hosted by Flim Springfield at The Coronado!

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Fall Foilage: Last Trivia Show of 2016!

If it's clear and yella, you've got juice there fella!

If it’s tangy and brown,
you’re in cider town!

There wasn’t a December 2016 Trivia show at The Coronado, and to make matters worse, I never got around to recapping the November edition, and for that I am very very sorry.

Here’s a quick rundown of the last winners in 2106:

first prize, first prize, first prize

1st place with 91 points went to
The Mayor Quimby for Mayor Committee
They chose the $25 gift certificate

instead of…

LISA, WE GOT ANOTHER POSTCARD FROM YOUR FATHER.

THE BOX, THE BOX!
Which went to 2nd place team
Never Stop in the Middle of a Hoedown
with 86.5 points.

if only this 3rd prize were as sweet as you

and Cesspool on the Potomac
were nipping at Hodown‘s tail
with 86 points and 3rd place!

They got a $15 gift certificate, and were happy to have it!

all the best teams are affiliated with Satan

Best team name went to
GLOWER POWER
due in part to their awesome grindcore font.

and Dental Plant got the Academic Alter for earning 50 points.

Our special Guest for the evening were Rick Larsen and Jeff Cadello of the podcast Wednesday Morning Surf Report. We were lucky enough to be on their show in November the year prior, and thought it was time to return the favor!

except these two are funny.

Phoenix’s answer to
Bill & Marty

They were on the lookout for a new tagline for their show, and took suggestions from the audience! And…I’ll be honest, I forgot to write down the winning suggestion, but that person got a OKILLY DOKILLY prize pack, with the band’s new CD, and other goodies…

Merch!

Merch!

Finally, contestant and sometimes co-host The Klute discovered he has a near doppelganger in Rick Larsen, from Wednesday Morning Surf Report.

Interesting how the left--or sinister twin--is invariably the evil one

I’ms seeing double
4 Krustys trivia contestants!

All in all, it was a grand evening! A great way to ring out 2016. I’ll be back soon, to recap January 2017’s “Ringers Edition” and announce our next live trivia show!

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A Flimsy Hodge-Podge of Fan Art, Factoids & “News”

An accumulation of Simpsons fan art, graffiti, articles, and things that just don’t fit anywhere else…

driven mad after being denied those Breakfast Balls

“Falling Down” starring Frank Grimes
by Mark Chilcott

Mark Chilcott is a prolific illustrator based in Wales UK and posts his amazing pop culture-themed illustrations on Instagram here: instagram.com/markchilcottart. In addition to his Simpsons tribute to the 1993 film “Falling Down,” starring Frank Grimes in the Michael Douglas role, Mark has also done awesome art based on Batman the Animated Series, a collection of fictional law enforcement officers, and some really beautiful foxes. Check out his work, you won’t be disappointed.

FLIM Springfield will probably never get around to doing a complete recasting of Falling Down, and we’re glad Mark thought up this perfect fit for the title role.

Closer to home, Phoenix has been hit by a mysterious graffiti artist:

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photo by Diana.

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Homer inspired street mural by Lived 1904.
photo by Jose Gonzales.

And in more traditional art, this piece hanging at LUX Coffee

I'm an Art

by Randy Slack

Randy Slack is a standout of the Phoenix art community, with a long resume of exhibits to his credit, whose work is collected far and wide. I recently saw this piece for the first time, which I think is a few years old, at a hip coffee shop on Central Ave.

Starting the New Year off right, Sally Forth, by cartoonists Greg Howard, Francesco Marciuliano, and Jim Keefe, put Milhouse’s signature catch phrase into Sally’s husband Ted’s mouth.

new year, old jokes

Sally Forth
January 1st 2017

FLIM Springfield also weeps for a generation not fluent in Simpsons, Ted, we understand. There’s nothing cooler and more relevant in the newspapers today than 18 year old cartoon references (Really, I mean that, sorry if it sounded sarcastic).

Online, Jalopnik’s Jason Torchinsky has done amazing detective work tracking down the overlooked origin of the Simpson family’s pink car.

Recently dubbed with the name brand “Junkerolla” on the cartoon, Homer’s vehicle seems to be based on a Chinese knockoff of the 1986 Dodge 600. The article is well worth a read, illustrating how real world objects are streamlined for cartoons, and where references are employed. In 2014 Jason also did a list of every real car from The Simpsons, it is also wonderfully thorough. He also wrote to let us know his fav’ Simpsons’ vehicle is Patty and Selma’s VW Thing…

no really, that's its name.

the Thing, military surplus.

Finally–I’ve had this in my file for ages–fellow Simpson fan Steve Kochersperger, of the Woo-Hoo: Classic Simpsons Trivia CHICAGO Facebook group, spotted this…

floating-mcdonalds

And I couldn’t agree with his deduction more. The Vintage News has a great collection of pictures from the ship in its heyday…

http://www.barnorama.com/mcbarge/

(From Barnorama.com)

30 years is a long time to sit abandoned–if only they’d kept it going a little longer…

do you want fries with that?

Give me 700 Krusty Burgers!

If you spot some Simpsons in the wild, send us a picture, maybe we’ll include it in our next roundup. Thanks for reading, everyone!

Update, Monday January 16th…

He's also got a prescription plan for Frigid Falls, Mount Seldom, Lake Flaccid...

(read the “quote” under the photo credit)

Someone at The Daily Intelligencer is a fan. Spotted by Jose Gonzales.

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Non-Giving Up Future Robot Guy 2: Judgment Day

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Movies are self-contained environments. Everything you need to know for the story in a film to work should be revealed over the course of its running time. The Terminator, made in 1984, is a pretty simple sci-fi story: Bad guy robot comes from future to kill lady, good guy follows, lady is saved, and we learn that maybe the real Terminator was inside of us all along. It isn’t complicated, but it’s well told. The Terminator was a somewhat surprising hit, so of course there had to be a sequel, and that’s where the story starts to require context, and gets pretty self-referential. (essay continues after GIF set)

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Ruth Powers as Sarah Connor
(Linda Hamilton)
Sarah Conner would never turn a gun on a human being. A Terminator, on the other hand…Smart, angry, and utterly fearless, Ruth Powers is the perfect fit for a woman stripped bare by her burden in life.

On closer inspection, these are loafers

Ranier Wolfcastle as
The Terminator
(Arnold Schwarzenegger)
We’re not patting ourselves on the back for noticing the similarities here. It’s the role he was born to play!

Beer ‘n’ Brawl as The Corral
The bikers in this movie are shocked, SHOCKED that a fully nude man would enter their establishment and demand clothes, boots, and a motorcycle without so much as a “please.” I’ll bet that’s a weekly occurrence at Beer ‘n’ Brawl, the bar where Lurleen Lumpkin works.

But when he barks, does he shoot bees at you?

Robotic Richard Simmons as the T-1000 (Robert Patrick)
Like Ranier Wolfcastle, it’s a direct parody, but we just had fun imagining Mr. Burns’ most fearsome playing the bad Terminator role for the whole movie.

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Dolph as John Connor (Edward Furlong) 
A snotty little brat with criminal tendencies, John could have been played by any of the bullies, or even Bart. But Dolph has John’s exact hairstyle, so he was the clear choice.

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Milhouse as Tim
(Danny Cooksey)
Tim is John Connor’s mulleted sidekick who is clearly not the brains of the operation. Though he does do a convincing job of pretending to not recognize the photo of John that T-1000 is showing around, and I don’t think I could give Milhouse that kind of credit.

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Ned and Maude Flanders as Todd and Janelle Voight (Xander Berkeley and
Jenette Goldstein)
The Flanders have experience fostering little neglectarinos! But I guess they are more like a genuine version of the fake sweet version of Janelle that the T-1000 played on the phone.

He was never popular.

Dr. Marvin Monroe as Dr. Silberman (Earl Boen)
The mean and unhelpful psychologist at the mental hospital where Sarah Connor is being kept at the start of the film. Boy, was his face red when the man that he thinks Sarah is making up shows up at the hospital!

Gross.

Springfield Retirement Castle Administrator as Douglas (Ken Gibbel)
This guy offers Abe cash-based lifestyle upgrades when he finds out Abe inherited a fortune from Bea. Douglas was the ultra-sleazy hospital employee who licks Sarah Connor on the face. There are tongue baths, and there are tongue baths, amirite?

INTRUDER ALERT! INTRUDER ALERT!

Gary the Nerd as Miles Dyson (Joe Morton)
One of Homer’s brainy tutors in college could well have grown up to invent the technology that became Skynet.

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Herman as Enrique Salceda (Castulo Guerra)
Herman’s not Hispanic (to my knowledge) but there’s no one else whose interests and lifestyle coincide quite so well with Sarah’s gun-hoarding survivalist friend.

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Burns’ Executive Vice President dog as Max
He pulled a toddler from the path of a speeding car, and pushed a Terminator in front of it!

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Zaxxar as Kyle Reese
(Michael Biehn)

Hero from an alternate timeline that may never have existed.

TV shows are almost always serialized, by design, in order to draw the viewers back each week. It isn’t hard to figure out Homer, Bart, Lisa, Marge, and Maggie after their opening credit introduction, but we get a much fuller picture of who they are and their relationships after seeing… oh lets say 226 episodes and a handful of shorts. The trick of being a sitcom is that at the end of each episode things always snap back to where they were at the beginning. Even when Lisa became a vegetarian, it didn’t require a weekly reminder that she did so. Similarly, you don’t need to know Homer failed remedial science in high school, or that Maggie shot Mr. Burns. It makes the evolving world of the show richer to remember these things in the back of your mind, and you might catch a couple more jokes if you do, but even in highly self-referential episodes, such as “Homer’s Enemy” where Homer tries to endear himself to Frank Grimes by pointing out highlights from his charmed life, like winning a Grammy and traveling into space, don’t require you to know the details—it is funny enough just hearing him rattle of his absurd list of achievements as Grimy’s blood boils.

7 years after making him a star, Arnold Schwarzenegger and James Cameron resurrected the T-800, this time a franchise-minted hero! But how? At the end of the first Terminator, the bad robot was destroyed, failing in its mission to kill the future savior of humanity, thereby eliminating the very timeline it came from, from ever existing—right? That’s where T2 uses the scraps of the previous movie to build some great continuity on. It turns out, the trashed skeleton of the T-800 have been scooped up by the Cyberdyne company, who exploit the future-tech, and wind up causing the disaster that creates the whole robot-overrun dystopian future to begin with. It’s best if you don’t think about it too hard.

Intricate references to previous episodes isn’t something The Simpsons does much. In fact, the show regularly contradicts itself with multiple versions of Marge & Homer’s wedding, Mr. Burn’s age and childhood, and countless other small incidents. (We won’t mention a certain pointless retcon from season 9, under penalty of torture.) Television shows are created by dozens or hundreds of writers over years, it makes sense that some plot points, important for just a few seconds in one episode, get lost in the shuffle over time. As long as the stories stay true to the series’ premise, and the characters remain moderately consistent, the show keeps working. The Simpsons’ creators have even had fun at the expense of obsessive fans by “lampshading” intentional contradictions and retcons. For long-running shows, though, time causes bigger problems: each season becomes another layer of bricks in the show’s structure—the house gets bigger, but the pile of raw materials gets smaller. There are fewer new stories to be told, and the variations available get sliced thinner to the point were emotional beats and plot points feel rehashed.

The same problem of diminishing returns has effected the Terminator franchise. T2 told the definitive story its world was meant to tell, but when they drive a dump truck of money up to your door, even an unstoppable killing machine is only human. There have been three additional sequels to the Terminator, plus a TV show on FOX. There’s not much for audiences to come back for except increasingly convoluted time travel schemes, bonkers excuses to explain why the apocalypse is still happening, and an entire CGI industry built around making an aging action star the perpetual hero in Sarah Connor’s story. As long as the brand keeps making money, though, and as long as we keep buying it, there’ll be more. Who knows what adventures the Terminator will have between now and the time the franchise becomes unprofitable.

This recasting was something Diana picked out. Diana had a really weird upbringing, and was not allowed to watch certain things, such as Saturday morning cartoons. But when her drunk, neglectful, Homer-like father was around, anything went. If he was watching TV, and he likely was, there was a good chance that what was on the screen was either The Simpsons or a video of Terminator 2. Even as a 7-year old that probably shouldn’t have been watching it, she loved this movie. The combination of a cool female protagonist, a kid protagonist, and rad fighting robots, made this an action movie even a little girl could love.

A few months ago, local cult movie concern Cult Classics showed Terminator 2 at a theater in Tempe. We went to see it, of course -the first time we’d seen it on the big screen. We had a great time, and of course we had to recast it. It’s a no-brainer; besides Diana’s history with the movie, The Simpsons paid homage to Terminator 2 several times in the show – the famous scene of Homer melting into the bushes, Homer chasing down Flanders’ car, Principal Skinner tailing Bart through a river, and of course the Robotic Richard Simmons that we chose for this film’s antagonist. Hope you enjoyed it!

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We Got Scooped on a Recasting: Presidential Edition

Over on twitter, Marc Debiak recently posted his take on the forthcoming Presidential Administration of Donald Trump. I recognize almost all the characters picked, there’s one or two that come from post season 10 episodes, but he did a great job anyway…

Democracy just doesn't work

2017, translated for Simpsons fans (by Marc Debiak)

Marc runs Paper Tiger, a fancy design firm. Look them up if you need some work done, and thanks for letting us share this.

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The Simpsons & Coping with Loss: Tovar, Cohen, Castro and More in November 2016

2016 has been a rough year for losses in the entertainment industry, and culture at large. November has been a particularly terrible month, it seems that nearly everyone in Springfield has been touched by the passing of some significant cultural figure.

therev

Hallelujah.

Reverend Lovejoy had to spend extra time in quiet solitude with his trains, contemplating the loss of Leonard Cohen, whose music he found and loved while still in Seminary School. Tim’ll spin “Stranger Song” on his old turntable, watch the little trains go ‘round, and contemplate how such sad music could bring him closer to the greatest joy.

lisa

Lisa cannot go jam with the Little White Girls’ Blues Quartet because she is sad.

Lisa was shocked by the passing of Leon Russell, but especially Sharon Jones. She took her sax down to The Jazz Hole and joined in a goodbye jam, lending a particularly deeply-felt solo on “100 Days, 100 Nights.” Jones extraordinary soul was an inspiration to Lisa, she felt a kinship in the hardships of such a talented woman.

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Burns feels that movies were sexier when the actors kept their clothes on.

Mr. Burns was broken up over the surprise passing of young ingenue Lupita Tovar, star of the 1931 Spanish language version of Dracula and 32 other films. Lupita was his first celebrity crush—she even had an uncredited cameo in “A Burns For All Season”. To honor her, Burns demanded all her films be shown in his private theater—even the lost ones!

fidel

Excellent.

Mr. Burns’ sadness was alleviated somewhat at the end of November, when nature finally assassinated Fidel Castro, giving him revenge for the theft of his Trillion Dollar Bill.

marge

If liking the Brady Bunch is lame, then I guess I’m just a big lame.

Marge lost one of her idols too, with the passing of Florence Henderson. Marge saw Mrs. Brady as a figure of awe for her ability to keep a glamorous house and tame her wild husband on The Brady Bunch. Marge also enjoyed the actresses many racy, adventure-filled appearances on The Love Boat.

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The G.R.A.M.P.A. from U.N.C.L.E.

Abe Simpson took over the TV room at the Springfield Retirement Castle, and broke out his complete set of THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. VHS tapes, to remember the life and works of actor, charming badass, and patriot Robert Vaughn. Even though Abe never quite got used to the idea of Solo teaming with a Ruskie–or the show broadcasting to color–he never stopped watching. It was one of the things Abe and young Homer could enjoy together.

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You inspire me.

Even one of Springfield’s finest was hit with a bullet of hot stinging loss. Officer Lou is mourning the passing of Ron Glass, who rookies on the force know best as Shepherd Book from Firefly. To Lou, Glass will always be the urbane, smooth, and smart Detective Ron Harris on the progressive ’70s cop show Barney Miller. On Miller, Glass wasn’t just a cop, he was a black Detective, an author, and acknowledged as the most cultured member in the squad room. The character inspired Lou to go into law enforcement, and to grow his cool mustache.

Lou will also be playing that killer Barney Miller theme song in heavy rotation in the squad car today, in memory…

 

Hang in there, Simpsons fans, 2016 has been a tough year, it seems like the wrong people are the only ones with something to celebrate sometimes. . .

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[howling]

But Classic Simpsons episodes will always be there to keep your spirits up when the going gets rough, and the fan community will too.

Sincerely, JRC & Diana

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OKILLY DOKILLY Album Release Concert (photo recap)

Last night, Friday November 11 2016, nerdcore Nedalcore band OKILLY DOKILLY released their first full length album, Howdilly Doodilly at a concert at Phoenix’s Crescent Ballroom.

The show also featured bands The Oxford Coma, and American Standards. There was a big crowd, great music, and high spirits. Flim Springfield was on the scene, and took these blurry photos…

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The Stage

230 Channels Locked out!

230 Channels
Locked out!

 

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Thread Ned!

 

stead-ned

Stead Ned!

stage-rage

Stage Moshing

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tonight we are all left handed!

 

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Red Ned!


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side-of-stage

 

dew doot dew dew dew, do do do doot!

Taking the stage

 

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donut mosh!

 

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rootin’tootin’ hoedown!

 

NOTHING.

 

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AT.

 

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ALL.

 

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Head Ned!

 

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8 Bit

 

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Jalipaz Nelson ofAudio Confusion Recording

Jalipaz Nelson of
Audio Confusion Recording

 

Merch!

Merch!

 

 

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