Dinner & A Movie (Fridays) in 2009:

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Past movies:

The Truman Show, Fri. April, 18 at 9:00 pm
What would you do if you found out your life was being televised? Jim Carrey faces that dilemma when he discovers he's the star of his own reality show: An insurance salesman learns that his life has been the basis of a popular, 24-hour-a-day television show, and that even his wife and mother are just actors. He then attempts a daring escape.

Secondhand Lions, Fri. April, 25 at 9:00 pm
For 14-year old Walter, his great uncles' farm in rural Texas is the last place on earth he wants to spend the summer. Dumped off by his mother, Mae, in the middle of nowhere with two crazy old men and the promise that she'll come back for him, Walter doesn't know what to believe in. Eccentric and gruff, Hub and Garth McCaan are rumored to have been bank robbers, mafia hit men and/or war criminals in their younger days. The truth is elusive, although they do seem to have an endless supply of cash. But Walter begins to see a new side to his great uncles when he stumbles on an old photograph of a beautiful woman hidden away in a trunk and asks Garth who she is.

Ocean's Eleven, Fri. May, 2 at 9:00 pm
Dapper Danny Ocean is a man of action. Less than 24 hours into his parole from a New Jersey penitentiary, the charismatic thief is already rolling out his next plan -- the most sophisticated, elaborate casino heist in history. In one night, Danny's handpicked 11-man crew of specialists - including an ace card shark, a master pickpocket and a demolition genius - will attempt to steal over $150 million from three Las Vegas casinos owned by Terry Benedict, the elegant, ruthless entrepreneur who just happens to be dating Danny's ex-wife Tess. Coincidence or motive? Only Danny knows for sure. To score the cash, he'll have to risk his life and his chance of reconciling with Tess. But if it all goes according to Danny's intricate, nearly impossible plan, he won't have to choose between his stake in the heist and his high-stakes reunion with Tess... or will he?

Into the Blue, Fri. May, 9 at 9:00 pm
Set in the deep, shark-infested waters of the Bahamas, four young divers discover a legendary shipwreck rumored to contain millions in gold at the bottom of the sea, they believe their dream of buried treasure has come true. But nearby on the ocean floor, a sunken plane full of illegal cargo threatens their find. The friends make a pact to keep quiet about both discoveries so they can excavate the shipwreck before a rival treasure hunter uncovers their secret and beats them to the gold. But their plan goes awry when they realize dangerous smugglers are already closing in on the missing plane, and one of the friends makes a fatal decision that quickly turns the treasure hunters into the hunted.

Pretty Woman, Fri. May, 16 at 9:00 pm
The Pygmalion-like transformation of a young Los Angeles prostitute.

Wedding Planner, The Fri. May, 23 at 09:00 pm Workaholic wedding planner Mary Fiore is so devoted to her career that she doesn't have time to find a man. Things change, however, when Mary takes on a lucrative new client -- the ultra-rich Donnollys, to whom money is no object in regards to the upcoming marriage of their daughter, Fran. When Mary is victim to an unlikely accident involving a runaway dumpster during wedding preparations, she is literally and figuratively swept off of her feet by Steve Edison, a charming pediatrician -- who just happens to be the fiance of Fran Donnolly.

Rush Hour 2, Fri. May, 30 at 9:00 pm
A Hong Kong trip turns into a working vacation when two detectives stumble on a counterfeiting ring. Jackie Chan

For over a decade, Dinner & a Movie has offered a generous helping of blockbuster movies tied in with a theme menu that's cooked while you watch! Join Paul Gilmartin, Janet Varney, and chef Claud Mann as they whip up the latest movie-themed concoction. It's a recipe for excitement! And you never know when a celebrity guest may stop by. There's no such thing as too many cooks in this kitchen! A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Indiana University at Bloomington with a degree in theater and drama, Paul Gilmartin's family keeps waiting for him to get a "real" job. Instead, he's co-hosted Dinner & a Movie for eight seasons now, for which he's been nominated for a Cable ACE Award. Prior to that he was a writer for the Emmy Awards and for The Dennis Miller Show.
Paul studied at the Second City Training Center in Chicago and never looked back. He's been performing stand-up comedy since 1987 in clubs both in the U.S. and abroad. He's also appeared on dozens of shows, including Politically Incorrect, VH1's The List, HBO Comedy Showcase, and MTV's Half-Hour Comedy Hour. As a sketch actor, you may have caught him on Not Necessarily the Elections on HBO and in Sketchapalooza at the 1996 Aspen Comedy Festival. Paul's CD, "Sex, Religion, and Death", is played on radio. In spite of all this, Paul's still a sensitive guy. He writes poetry, some of which is featured on the nationally syndicated Bob and Tom Show and on his website www.paulgilmartin.com

Claud Mann, chef on Dinner & a Movie, has put together some of the best recipes from the show for Claud Mann's DINNER & A MOVIE Cookbook (Lionheart Books, Ltd./Andrews McMeel Publishing, October 2003). A graduate of the world-renowned California Culinary Academy in San Francisco, Mann has twenty-one years of hands-on experience in all aspects of food, wine, cooking and restaurant operation. He has served as head chef in numerous restaurants in the United States and Mexico, including the top-rated Nicola in Los Angeles and the four-star Hotel Palmilla in Los Cabos, Mexico. He also performs nationally with grammy nominated vocalist, Perla Batalla (who happens to be his wife). Most recently, Mann has been traveling the world, hunting down organic spices for his spice website, www.TempleSpice.com
Movie & A Makeover (Saturdays)

Something to Talk About, Sat. April, 19 at 10:40 am
Grace King Bichon has the perfect life... Or at least that's what she's always thought--until she sees her husband giving an unknown young woman a passionate kiss on his lunch hour. Then, suddenly, everything about her picture-perfect existence begins to look very different to her. She reconsiders her traditional Southern-gentry family--her strong-willed father, Wyly King, who has built a horse-breeding empire by making sure his word is law--her gracious, genteel mother, Georgia, who has quietly acquiesed to Wyly's will for decades--her feisty sister, Emma Rae, who's the one person in the family who sees things as they really are--her young daughter, Caroline, already an expert horsewoman, but determined to ride a challenging, bigger horse in the upcoming Grand Prix competition--and of course, her husband, Eddie, Grace's college sweetheart, whose gradual disenchantment with their marriage has been all but invisible to Grace. Until now.

The Truman Show, Sat. April, 19 at 12:45 pm
(see description above)

The Goonies, Sat. April, 26 at 10:50 am
Steven Spielberg's adventure about a band of young boys who find a treasure map and embark on a magical adventure to find an old pirate ship sealed up in a booby-trapped cave.

Secondhand Lions, Sat. April, 26 at 12:55 pm
(see description above)

The Net, Sat. May, 3 at 10:10 am
As a favor to her colleague, Dale Hessman, freelance computer analyst Angela Bennett conducts a preliminary analysis of a puzzling "beta" prototype of a new internet program that peculiarly allows the user access to such highly sensitive databases as the Federal Reserve Board, the IRS, and the Atomic Energy Commission. After Dale is mysteriously killed in a plane crash, Angela travels to Mexico for a long-delayed vacation. She meets Jack Devlin, a charming young businessman who seems to share her outlook on the world. But shortly thereafter, Angela is nearly killed and her keys, passport, and all identification papers are lost. She soon learns that using the Internet, someone has altered every record of her life and given her a new name, identity, and a falsified police record. With little money, no identification and no credibility, Angela must summon the strength and resources to fight the seemingly unbeatable forces determined to silence her.

Ocean's Eleven, Sat. May, 3 at 12:15 pm
(see description above)

Along Came a Spider, Sat. May, 10 at 10:10 am
Washington, D.C. homicide detective Alex Cross is through playing mind games with criminals--that is until a methodical predator, Gary Soneji kidnaps the young daughter of a United States senator from an elite school and lures Cross into the case. Soneji's not out for ransom, he wants something much bigger--a place in the history books. His every move is planned with the precision of a spider spinning his web, and Cross and secret service agent Jezzie Flannigan are in a race against time to stop him.

The Bodyguard, Sat. May, 10 at 12:15 pm
A former Secret Service agent signs on as bodyguard to a temperamental pop star.

The Wedding Planner, Sat. May, 17 at 10:10 am
(see description above)

Pretty Woman, Sat. May, 17 at 12:15 pm
(see description above)

Wake up to host Mia Butler for Movie & A Makeover on weekends for the hottest movies and coolest makeovers. And when we say makeover, we're talking all kinds of makeovers, from stunning fashion and beauty looks to dramatic home and garden projects. We have a team of designers, stylists, make-up artists, landscapers, nutritionists, and other experts to offer fun, innovative and helpful tips on everything from how to look drop-dead gorgeous for a first date to how to re-do a kitchen with the latest painting techniques! Mia Butler is no stranger to TV. Some of you may already know her from her role as host for BET's NY/LA and many other BET programs and specials. She's hosted SummerFest '98, the Georgia Campaign for Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention's Youth Summit and the Hoops for Hope Celebrity Basketball Game.

TBS Movie Extra (Thursdays)

Men in Black, Thu. April, 17 at 9:00 pm
A hot-shot police officer gets mixed up in an alien invasion. NYC cop Will Smith thought he'd seen it all. Then he went from busting the city's worst criminals to taking out the scum of the universe! Tommy Lee Jones.

Jersey Girl, Thu. April, 24 at 9:00 pm
Ollie Trinke is a smooth and successful Manhattan music publicist who seems to have it all. When his perfect life is suddenly tragically upended--leaving him as a single father unqualified for the role--he snaps. Before long Ollie's big city life is a memory. Out of a job and out of luck, he reluctantly moves in with his father back home to New Jersey where he was raised. It is the lowest point in his life. Just ask him. The years pass and with them Ollie's plans for his future. Stuck in an unexciting, deadend job, he sees no way out and no way back to the life he used to love. But he adores his young daughter Gertie, and she loves their life in the 'burbs. To her, Jersey is paradise. While renting Gertie's favorite movie for the zillionth time one day, Ollie meets Maya, who challenges his priorities and perspective. He begins to realize that sometimes you have to forget about who you thought you were, accept who you are and acknowledge what makes you happy.

My Best Friend's Wedding, Thu. May, 1 at 9:00 pm
A 28-year-old woman, who years earlier made a pact with her closest male friend that if neither were married in ten years time they would marry one another, now faces the fact that the man is about to marry someone else. He asks her to be his "best man" and she agrees, planning to go to the ceremony and then break up the couple before they exchange their vows. Instead, she accepts the turn of events and realizes she doesn't need to be married to be happy.

Van Helsing, Thu. May, 8 at 9:00 pm
Gabriel Van Helsing is a man cursed with a past he cannot recall and driven by a mission he cannot deny. Charged by a secret organization to seek out and defeat evil the world over, his efforts to rid the world of its nightmareish creatures have been rewarded with the title that now follows him: murderer. Van Helsing roams the globe an outcast, a fugitive, a loner, himself hunted by those who don't understand the true nature of his calling. When dispatched to the shadowy world of Transylvania, Van Helsing finds a land stll mired inpast--where legendary creatures of darkness come to life--a place ruled over by the evil, seductive and unfeatable vampire, Count Dracula. And it is Dracula that Van Helsing has been sent to terminate. Anna Valerious is one of the last of a powerful royal family, now nearly annihilated by Dracula. A fearless hunter in her own right, Anna is bent on avenging her ancestors and ending an ancient curse by killing the vampire. Joined by a common foe, Van Helsing and Anna set out to destroy Dracula along with his empire of fear. But in challenging an enemy who never dies, Van Helsing uncovers a secret he never imagined and comes face-to-face with the unresolved mysteries of his own enshrouded past.

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery, Thu. May, 15 at 9:00 pm
A hip secret agent frozen in the '60s thaws out in the '90s to face his greatest enemy in this 007 James Bond spoof. Mike Myers, Elizabeth Hurley, Michael York, Mimi Rogers, Robert Wagner, Charles Napier, Will Ferrell. Groovy, Baby! Written & co-produced by Myers with Demi Moore. Cameos by Carrie Fisher & Tom Arnold.

Diary of a Mad Black Woman, Thu. May, 22 at 9:00 pm
Helen McCarter has seemingly had the perfect life with husband Charles McCarter. Over the years, Helen has been a faithful and loving wife, while Charles built a successful and lucrative career as a prominent Atlanta attorney. They wear the latest fashions, drive the nicest cars, have all the possessions they need, and they live on an expansive estate complete with an extravagant mansion, swimming pool, tennis court and all the trappings of wealth--a little piece of paradise away from the city. However, on the eve of their 18th wedding anniversary, Helen's paradise begins to crumble as Charles announces that he wants a divorce. He abruptly and literally tosses Helen out of the mansion to make room for the other woman. With all of her possessions packed in a moving van, Helen starts on her journey to put the pieces of her life back together. Through the assistance of her friends, family, faith, and a twist of fate, Helen finds the strength and empowerment she needs to get control of her circumstances. She also finds that the tragic events of her life soon become comic, especially with the guidance and help-- mostly unsolicited, by the way--of her pot-smoking, gun-toting, and much beloved, grandmother figure Madea.

Save the Last Dance, Thu. May, 29 at 9:00 pm
Sara, a 17-year-old high-school student, sets her sights on being a professional ballerina, but she has to put her plans on hold when her mother is killed in a car accident and she is forced to move to her father's bleak Chicago neighborhood. Intimidated by inner-city life, she turns to the clubs for refuge, where she meets Derek, a young black man who shares her love for dancing. As their mutual respect evolves, they soon discover that peer pressure is a more formidable obstacle to romance than differences in race or class.

Mr. Deeds, Thu. June, 5 at 9:00 pm
When Deeds inherits controlling interest in a media corporation from his deceased uncle, he's quickly besieged by opportunists gunning for their piece of the pie. When Babe, a television tabloid reporter posing as an innocent smalltown girl, is sent to do an expose on Deeds, she instead feels herself falling in love.

Austin Powers in Goldmember, Thu. June, 12 at 10:00 pm
It's been three years since Austin Powers, that swinging international man of mystery, has faced his arch-nemesis, Dr. Evil. But after Dr. Evil and his accomplice Mini Me escape from a maximum-security prison, Austin is called to action once more in this third installment of the highly successful "Austin Powers" movie franchise. Teaming up with the mysterious Goldmember, Dr. Evil hatches a time-traveling scheme to take over the world, one that involves the kidnapping of Nigel Powers (Michael Caine), Austin's beloved father and England's most renowned spy. As he chases the villains through time, Austin visits 1975 and joins forces with his old flame, Foxxy Cleopatra (Beyonce Knowles), a streetwise and stylish detective. Together Austin and Foxxy must find a way to save Nigel and stop Dr. Evil and Goldmember from their mischievous mayhem.

The Man, Thu. June, 26 at 10:00 pm
A Federal Agent turns up dead on the mean streets of Detroit. When it's learned that the Agent was "on the take" in a multi-million dollar arms heist, all eyes turn toward his partner, Derrick Vann, a hardcore undercover Federal Agent known for his untrusting, street-wise style. Vann's given 24 hours to recover the stolen arms and find the cop killers, but he's about to stumble upon an unlikely ally. Enter Andy Fiddler, an affable, optimistic dental supply salesman in town for a two-day convention. When the bad guys mistake Andy to be the buyer in a stolen arms deal, Vann is forced to utilize the talkative salesman as "the face" of his sting operation. With the clock ticking, this unlikely duo speed through the streets of Detroit in an intense and hilarious adventure that uncovers much more than they could have ever anticipated.

If it’s happening in Hollywood, it’s happening on TBS Movie Extra! TBS has joined forces with the long-running, nationally syndicated entertainment newsmagazine “Extra” to bring you TBS Movie Extra, a Thursday night movie showcase which combines blockbuster movies with the hottest buzz from Hollywood. Each week TBS Movie Extra will take viewers for an irreverent A-list red carpet ride, providing incredible access to the biggest events and hottest stars in movies, music and television. During breaks in the movie, hosts Mike Siegel and Michele Merkin go star sighting for the latest celebrity news and gossip. Plus, we’re on the sets of major films, television shows and the sexiest celebrity photo shoots. Still looking for something extra? TBS Movie Extra delivers with first looks at upcoming movies and television shows. We’ll also bring you unparalleled access inside Hollywood celebrity activities and offer in-depth interviews with entertainment's finest.

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Major League, Sun. April, 20 at 11:20 am
Story of the losing Cleveland Indians baseball team threatened with relocation to Miami. When a crooked owner tries to throw the season, some misfit players band together to make a run for the pennant and ruin her dream of selling the team.

Selena, Sun. April, 27 at 9:55 am
By the age of 23, Selena Quintanilla Perez had seen almost all of her dreams come true. She and her family had risen together to a level of success they had hardly imagined, and their upward climb showed no signs of stopping. Selena, with her blend of natural talent, boundless energy and magnetic charm, was poised to become popular music's next big superstar, until her life was cut short at the hands of a friend she had thought loyal.

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle Of Life, Sun. May, 4 at 10:50 am
Archaeologist and explorer extraordinaire, Lara Croft, journeys to a temple which has sunken underwater in search of lost treasures. During her expedition, Croft happens upon a sphere that contains the mythical Pandora's Box, only to have it stolen from her by Chen Lo, the leader of a Chinese crime syndicate. Chen Lo is in league with a bad guy named Reiss, who wants to use the priceless Box as a doomsday weapon.

The Weather Man, Sun. May, 11 at 10:35 am
Popular Chicago TV weatherman David Spritz has a shot at the big time when "Hello America," a national morning show, calls him for an audition. At the top of the world professionally, David is approaching disaster on a personal level as rapidly as the weather changes. His painful divorce, his dad's illness, and trouble with his kids have David poised on the knife's edge between stability and calamity. Trying to gain control of his situation, David slowly comes to realize that life, much like the weather, is completely unpredictable.

The Replacements, Sun. May, 18 at 10:50 am
Shane "Footsteps" Falco is a disillusioned football player who believes his dreams have all but dissipated. Once a red-hot All American prospect, Shane now regrets ever believing that the NFL would draft him. However, fate takes a strange twist for Shane when during the 1997 NFL season, a player's strike leaves the fields (and stadiums) empty, leaving team owners scrambling to fill uniforms as fast as possible. When the Washington Sentinels bring back the contentious and self-retired head coach Jimmy McGinty to seek out players who will play with their hearts rather than their wallets, he picks Shane to lead his mismatched crew of outsiders through the strike. To everyone's surprise, the ragtag team goes on an unprecedented winning streak as they discover in themselves the ability to hope for more than they ever thought possible...maybe even the playoffs, which has been denied to the Sentinels for seven years.

Clueless, Sun. May, 25 at 10:50 am
If anyone in Beverly Hills is clued in, it's Cher. She's almost 16, she's rich, she's way popular, and she loves letting the world benefit by her expertise in all of life's important issues--like dating, fashions and looking good. During this school year, however, Cher is going to feel her sense of control slipping as she discovers that the world is too chaotic to be manipulated by even someone as supremely clued in as she is. She's going to discover that, when it comes to matters of the heart, she's... clueless.

A Knight's Tale, Sun. June, 1 at 10:20 am
When his master dies unexpectedly, Medieval squire William Thatcher decides to try his luck at jousting. Lacking an acceptable pedigree, he enlists the help of his friend Chaucer, who, in his pre-"Cantebury Tales" days, supplements his income by forging genealogy papers. With his newly-minted history in hand, young William sets out to prove himself a worthy knight at the country's jousting competition and finds romance along the way.

Kicking & Screaming, Sun. June, 8 at 10:50 am
Phil Weston is an average Joe who's had to put up all his life with his overly competitive father, Buck. When Phil decides to coach his 10-year-old son's soccer team, he goes head-to-head for the league championship against Buck, who coaches his own young son on the preeminent team of the league. Old scores come into play as Phil and Buck find themselves going to extreme measures to win the championship trophy.

Sleepless in Seattle, Sun. June, 15 at 10:30 am
A motherless boy uses a radio talk show to find a new wife for his father. Tom Hanks

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TBS Weekend Extra has pop culture covered with our hosts Rossi Morreale and Tanika Ray who always have plenty to say about what’s making news each week. Plus, our man Carlos Diaz will bring us the latest and greatest straight from the Las Vegas strip! Yes, if it happens in Vegas, it happens right here on TBS Weekend Extra! If people are bubbling about it, it’ll be in TBS Weekend Extra’s “Water Cooler”. Our flagship segment gives three comedians the chance to have some fun with the talkers of the week. Also, we’re always looking for that “fish out of water” story to send our “Man on the Street” comedian to cover. Then for a kicker, we’ll round up the latest CD’s, Video Games and must haves in “Plugged In.” Bottom line: TBS Weekend Extra is going to turn the world of pop culture reporting on its ear…without causing any permanent or psychological damage.
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Weekly World MonsterVision Mailbag Week of April 19, 1999
JBB chews the fat

Hi Joe Bob!

Here's my question. Unless I was asleep at the wheel so to speak, there has not been a Joe Bob cooking class on MonsterVision. I think you've covered just about everything else but this. Have you done a show involving Briggsian cuisine?

My two suggestions are:

1. Texas chili.

2. Maybe a stew where the dismembered heads of TNT's Paul & Annabelle are bobbing around in clear view.

It's not that I don't care for your TNT peers. But, was this some sort of desperate attempt by TNT to suck in the generation-X'ers or yuppies or whatever the heck they represent????

Anyway, I didn't intend to bring up any hidden agendas or TNT icon hatreds, but I really would like to see you tie on an apron and show your kitchen prowess to the viewing audience.

Thanks for having this forum for MonsterVision viewers and Joe Bob worshippers worldwide.

Elaine Puricelli

(Editor's note: "Dinner and a Movie," hosted by Paul Gilmartin and Annabelle Gurwitch, appears on our sister station TBS)

Dear Elaine,

You've obviously missed our three episodes of "Dinner and a Six-Pack," in which I've prepared, among other things, Wild Boar Casserole and a "prisoner special" called Nacho Hook-Up. On all three occasions I have made merciless fun of "Dinner and a Movie" in an effort to get a rise out of them or incite a retatliatory show. They have proved dull to the point of incomprehension. I can't prove it, but I don't think they even watch the movie.

Preciate the suggestion, though. Brilliant minds think alike, etc.

Hang in there,
Joe Bob

Dear Joe Bob,

You were asking if anyone could explain the appeal of the "Italian sectional sofa" look, as demonstrated by that guy played by Everett McGill in "People under the Stairs".

I believe there are two factors at work here. The exact degree to which one views such things with alarm is up to the individual, of course, but I think you'll agree that Something Must Be Done.

Factor Numero Uno:

A single leather garment can be attractive and evocative. The smell, the feel, the look, etc. If the lovely Rusty has ever deigned to wear a leather skirt or jacket in your presence, I think you can imagine what I mean. While Wes Craven is a cinematic genius, and someone I'd quite like to have lunch with just for the heck of it, he seems to be of the More Is More, and More Means Better school. If the ladies think James Dean in a leather jacket is cool/sexy/dangerous/not entirely repellent, why then it follows that Everett McGill, while admittedly no James Dean, will be that much more sexy/terrifying if he's clad in tight, studded leather from top to bottom. What this proves, alas, is that sometimes More is Too Much. Also, that Canadians should probably not be allowed to run around in tight clothing, which brings me to...

Factor the Second

Everett McGill appeared in "Dune," wearing a tight rubber suit that was supposed to conserve bodily moisture or something like that. I'm thinking that maybe he liked it a little *too* much if you know what I mean and you know the rest of it. Perhaps McGill insisted that he be allowed to wear tight bodysuits in uncomfortable materials as part of his compensation for doing the movie.

And wasn't he married to Wendy Robie on Twin Peaks?

Your faithless viewer,
Emily Gifford

Dear Emily,

First of all, never ever invite me to a free meal unless you mean it, because I'm liable to show up.

Second, if you're implying that Everett McGill is a little lean in the leotards, and that in fact he requires oxygen deprivation caused by tight shiny black leather constricting his arteries, so as to fully express his Everettness, then I would have to say you've arrived at a level of genre-movie deconstructionism into the depths of which I have heretofore been reluctant to plunge. If you're saying that Wes Craven did it because it just plain LOOKS NASTY, then I completely agree with you.
People Under The Stairs host segments

Joe Bob

Dear Joe Bob,

Last night, while watching Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome, my wife and I noticed something that we could just not figure out. Why didn't Auntie "?" (Tina Turner) blow him away at the end? I mean, he had just wrecked her utopia, and let the little Tarzan/cowboy genius midget escape- why wouldn't she just blow him away at the end? My wife also pointed out something that seems to be one of her pet peeves. Why, when people are dying of thirst in the desert and they find a canteen of water, do they spill half of it on their faces? I mean, you'd think they'd be extra careful having just experienced a near death situation -- can you explain this?

Jack and Julie Henderson

Dear Jack and Julie,

Well, maybe you missed my commentary there at the end, but I made this same point when I said that Tina Turner lets him go to wander the desert, thereby to completely copy the first "Road Warrior" even though it doesn't make sense here. And yes, the throwing of water on the face is one of my desert-movie peeves, but it's nothing compared to the one where, when they run out of water, they throw their empty canteens down in the dirt! So if, five minutes later they come to a spring, they have nothing to PUT THE DAMN WATER IN!

Thank you for letting me rant there for a minute.

Joe Bob
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome host segments

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