The ninety-fifthth episode of our podcast, Paul and Storm Talk About Some Stuff for Five to Ten Minutes (On Average), is now online.
This week’s episode: Storm is back from staycation, and describes the key to “That Vacation Feeling;” PAX anticipation; Paul recounts the nerd hornets’ nest he kicked over after Tweeting his opinion that The Fifth Element is not a good movie, which leads to a discussion of camp in general; Storm’s “fair” experience in a demolition derby .
AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION ALERT: What do you think a “Big Block Dandy” is? Also, feel free to make your case that The Fifth Element is not a bad movie.
fifth element; bruce willis, hot russian model, lee evans, outstandin combination.
also FIRST COMMENT!
The Fifth Element is bad – in the same way that eating a huge bag of delicious chips and washing it down with the delicious soda of your choice is bad.
Also, Big Block Dandy, well, it’s pretty much the name of my homosexually charged Tetris-clone indie-game.
Demo Derbies are pretty much consigned to the County Fairs and local celebrations around here in Central MN. I just passed a banner on the way to work for one put on by the Corcoran Lions club.
I haven’t been to one in a couple years. Apparently my local county fair conducts a combine (farm machinery) demo derby.
And I may be tainted by all the automotive talk but the Big Block Dandies sounds like a car term…
I am the photographer for our county fair. We never hosted a demolition derby until last year. PACKED the grandstand! This year we moved it to our new event arena, doubled the seating. PACKED again!
As photog, I got positioned a little closer than necessary. Ended up covered in mud. Got some great shots though!
Big Block Dandies make me think of Victorian Duplo men.
Big Block Dandies are fans of Fifth Element. It’s like Trekkies.
How can you NOT like a movie that gives you such wonderful quotable lines like, “No, I’m a meat popsicle” and of course “Leeloo Dallas, mul-ti-pass”? Not to mention such awesome characters like DJ Ruby Rhod?
Awww. Harpo Speaks was my favorite book when I was a teenager. Can’t wait to see you at my first W00tstock on the 17th.
Regarding The Fifth Element, since “good” is so subjective, I’m not going to argue that it was a good movie, but it is an entertaining movie. It sets up a cohesive world that is understandable without a lot of boring exposition telling the viewer about the world. The story moves along quickly, it’s all visually interesting. Sure, Chris Tucker was very over-the-top, but he almost had to be to stand out from the very busy background. Another point, in how many action movies (and I think it would be considered an action movie) do the hero (portrayed by Bruce Willis) and the villain (portrayed by Gary Oldman) never meet actually meet face to face?
Do you guys have connections in Cracked.com? You should look into it. They posted this today.
As if it were summoned.
You HAVE seen this, right?
Big Block Dandy? I’d say that’s someone who proves their wealth and fanciness by purchasing and flaunting the Hershey Big Block candy bars.
The Fifth Element is… well, it’s not Great Cinema, but I think it’s a good popcorn movie. Ruby Rhod is supposed to be obnoxious. Milla Jovovich acts better than a lot of male action stars. There’s a beatdown set to techno opera (soooo fun), and the rest of the soundtrack is pretty good. It’s very quotable. And you can’t really beat Gary Oldman for an over-the-top villain.
Paul’s holodeck / sensory deprivation tank sounds like it would be pretty cool for, like, a week. Then it would just annoy me by glowing while I was trying to get to sleep. Also… Dude, no wonder why you’re so pale. Vitamin D is your friend. 🙂
I believe a Big Block Dandy to be a rather dapper LEGO Minifigure.
I’m with Paul Maki; Big Block Dandies makes me think of cars. I’m visualizing this interesting juxtaposition of a Lord Byron-type rolling up in a muscle car with a huge roaring engine…
Big block dandies, really, makes me think of skyscrapers with the Dandy comic pasted on it, in massive stature.
Big block dandies are rather spiffy cubes.
I actually grew up on Chestnut Street in Gaithersburg so being only a block away from the fair grounds, I went to the Montgomery County Fair a lot during my childhood and do remember the demolition derby as one of my favorite things to see when my family went (as well as being able to sit on random farm tractors).
A Big Block Dandy is Oscar Wilde driving a classic muscle car.
I do agree that the Fifth Element is a bad movie but I like it anyway and I know enough people that hate it to not really care what other people think about it. I saw it when I was 8 (in the theaters) and it’s just one of those movies that I haven’t grown out of; it’s one of my favorites because I thought it was amazing as a kid even though I know it sucks as an adult.
When I hear the words big block dandy I automatically think of the themesong for the big rock candy mountain.
Seriously the only reason to watch Fifth Element is to see Milla’s tits. Oh wait, they don’t show that stuff on TBS. Well then, no reason to watch.
A Big Block Dandy is a a hybrid car that has a gas engine larger than 350 cubic inches. Example: the Chevy Suburban Hybrid. Really, who are you trying to fool? It’s still a living room on wheels and you’re using it to carry five bags of groceries. Wake up people!
I’m with JadeSnake – Uncle Moneybags constructed from Duplos.
Pronunciation ninja! Or nerd. Whatever. Anyway, isn’t Ralph Von Williams’ name pronounced as if it were “Rafe?” Like “Safe?” I’m pretty sure on that.
I should also say that I (as well as my wife) love the stick-on stars (and I should totally look into the paints), but they are a MILLION times better with a black-light. It’s perhaps the case that they were more difficult to obtain when you were in college, but I got myself a flourescent-tube black-light for like $5 and a cast-off lamp for it (for free) in college. Not only does it make glow-in-the-dark stuff light up awesomely, it doesn’t imbue it with as much “charge” as regular light, so they stop glowing more quickly once you turn it off.
Whoops, Ralph *Vaughan* Williams. I should really think to look these things up BEFORE I post, no? But the pronunciation guide seems to back me up on “rafe.”
Big Block Dandies was the name of a Hershey’s chocolate bar competitor in 1908. It was decent chocolate, but they included whole thyme flowers in the mix – it was too sophisticated a flavor for the consumers of the day.
(Did you know that Hershey’s introduced their original milk chocolate bar in 1900? I didn’t know that…frak, now I want chocolate… http://www.hersheys.com/products/details/hersheysbar.asp)
The first thing I thought of when I heard “Big Block Dandy” was the following picture:
It is a big block dandy… lion.
I too did a starscape on my wall, based off a projector my grandpa gave me.
I wish I could do it again.
The demolition derby is alive and well at the Spencer Fair in Central Massachusetts! It’s a totally visceral form of entertainment, kinda like the Roman Coloseum without all of the death. My family and I showed up this year five minutes before go time to scout the bleachers for a seat. No luck — the place was PACKED! But at the last minute we found some friends who scootched over to make room for us. Everyone had an absolute blast and we’ll be going again next year.
The best event is the Cop Heat, where actual policemen paint their beaters up to look like cruisers and whale on each other. These guys are NUTS and don’t hold back. One year, a cop actually fastened a Dunkin’ Donuts coffee cup to the roof of his “cruiser.”
I am the photographer for our county fair. We never hosted a demolition derby until last year. PACKED the grandstand! This year we moved it to our new event arena, doubled the seating. PACKED again! As photog, I got positioned a little closer than necessary. Ended up covered in mud. Got some great shots though!