Category Archives: On Screen

The place where overview on television and film releases that are in our wheelhouse are offered up. The focus is music, comic book related and Science Fiction.

Opening Today: “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen” (6/24/2009)

The Transformers will roll again in their battle to protect the Earth from the evil Decepticons as the sequel to the first film comes with “Transformers: Revenge Of The Fallen”. Here is the films official poster.

Poster - Transformers Revenge Of The Fallen - 2009
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Airing Tonight: “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” Season 4

Attention all KISS Fans and Reality Television Fans of the world, it is time to unite once more because Season 4 of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” begins tonight on the A&E Network. Have you watched this program yet? I hope so if you are a KISS fan of any kind.

Photo - Gene Simmons Family Jewels

For those who are unaware of the premise even after three seasons have run, I can quickly say that it follows the life and times of Gene Simmons, musician and businessman along with his significant other Shannon Tweed and gives you an inside look into his happenings. I’ll admit I am a little bit behind in the program myself but I love it. Of course I’ve been a KISS fan since about 1977 or so and as a former business student I love getting the chance to see what Simmons does to keep his name in the public eye. His kids are actually also a lot of fun as they are well rounded individuals and show no signs of being spoiled by good fortune. I think if you enjoy these kinds of shows that you should find some interest as the show reaches its fourth season. That’s all I have for you right now my friends, its time for me to set the VHS Recorder now in case I cannot stay up from all these shows.

Official Show Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_Simmons_Family_Jewels

The first three seasons of “Gene Simmons Family Jewels” are available on DVD and I’ve embedded some links for you to purchase on Amazon.com – Enjoy.

Opening Today: “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (5/1/2009)

They’ve been talking about a solo tale of Wolverine’s past for awhile now and here it is, the origin story that takes place before the first “X-Men” film. It stars Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine and its clear to me that he loves this role. That is fine with me.

Poster - X-Men Origins Wolverine
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Airing Tonight: “That Metal Show” Season 2

Earlier in the year, VH1 Classic gave us a brand new program that was dedicated to “all things Hard Rock and Heavy Metal” and it was hosted by radio personality Eddie Trunk and called “That Metal Show”. He is joined by co-hosts Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine who are both comedians. Tonight begins the second season of the program and I’ve used the blog to showcase the occasional television or film subject that works in our readers interest so let’s continue the practice and herald stuff like this.

As with the first season, the show remains at a half hour so its over before you know it (well at least it feels that way to me when I sit down to watch it). The segments of “Stump The Trunk” and “The Throwdown” will return for the sophomore season and the publicized guests are as follows. Please check your local listings for the airing times/dates.

1 – Pantera: Vinnie Paul
2 – Anthrax: Frank Bello
3 – Extreme: Nuno Bettencourt and Gary Cherone
4 – Anvil: Steve “Lips” Kudlow and Robb Reiner
5 – Guns N’ Roses: Duff McKagan
6 – Queensrÿche: Geoff Tate
7 – Thin Lizzy: Scott Gorham
8 – Heaven & Hell: Ronnie James Dio and Geezer Butler
9 – That Metal Show Presents: Download Festival ’09 Tommy Lee, Slipknot, Hatebreed, Tesla, Mike Portnoy, Buckcherry, Duff McKagan, Tim “Ripper” Owens and many others

Watch Full Episodes HERE if you are curious about it. Comments are open on this post to let us know what you think about the show.

Official Website: http://www.eddietrunk.com
Official Facebook Page: https://www.facebook.com/thatmetalshow

VH1 Classic Gives Us “That Metal Show”

The other night VH1 Classic gave us a brand new program that is dedicated to “all things Hard Rock and Heavy Metal”. It’s name is “That Metal Show” and its hosted by radio personality Eddie Trunk (from the “Friday Night Rocks” and some Sirius XM stations) along with comedians Don Jamieson and Jim Florentine.

Initially I was surprised to see this happening on VH1 Classic but then again the original station along with MTV are more about R&B/Rap styles and “reality” programs about teen pregnancy, sobriety or how to find love if you are an aging music personality these days. Sigh. I remember the days when MTV first showed killer videos and then you at least had VH1 when the original station stopped. The times they are a changing eh? I guess this was the only place it had to land.

So what’s the premise? OK, the show is done in a talk show format with Eddie and his co-hosts discussing a number of Hard Rock or Metal related topics and of course since two of them are comedians there is a lot of ribbing on Eddie being done. They also do a quick interview with a guest of the week and the debut show found eighties rocker Lita Ford which I found to be a little bit of a surprise on a debut show. If I had the ability to launch something like this I would have really tried to get a super power lead off and not someone who most Metal fans stopped being curious about ages ago. Perhaps Lita’s new album had something to do with it. In this episode the guitarist shows her appreciation of the support she was given on her touring return and we even get a quick appearance by her husband Jim Gillette. I posted a review of the NYC appearance of Lita a few months ago which can be enjoyed HERE. There was not the biggest crowd to be quite honest so maybe that had me wondering why she was the first guest. There was also a rant from Eddie and a segment they call “Stump The Trunk” where Eddie tests his Metal cred against the viewing audience who pose questions to him. If the audience wins the shows “Miss Box Of Junk” comes out and gives them a prize. The girl who is assigned the role of Miss Box of Junk is the lovely Keri Lee Tucker. The show is filmed in NYC and runs for one half hour. I will be honest and say that the show moves very quickly especially if watching on DVR and bypassing the commercials.

Thoughts On It? Well, it is nice to have another Hard Rock and Metal related program on television and Eddie has been around long enough to deserve being the host. I am not sure what I think about the presence of the comedians after only one episode and only hope that they do not have too much banter and hence time wasted that could have been used on interviews and things of that kind. Upcoming guests for the season are said to be Yngwie Malmsteen, Rush and Twisted Sister along with many others. Good and legendary artists for sure but nothing that is pushing the envelope as far as bands are concerned. The show is very different when compared to the no longer running “Talking Metal On Fuse” which I really liked (and not only because I was one of their couch guests for an episode – seen HERE).

I’ll remain hopeful that the show will offer some insight and attention into a bunch of things that make Metal a special genre to me and that we don’t get the same old same old. Congrats to you Eddie and good luck with the show.

Season One Guests:
1. The Runaways – Lita Ford
2. Yngwie Malmsteen
3. Twisted Sister – Dee Snider and Jay Jay French
4. Dream Theater – Mike Portnoy
5. Mike Piazza
6. KISS – Ace Frehley
7. Rush – Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson

Official Websites:
Eddie Trunk: http://www.eddietrunk.com
That Metal Show: http://www.vh1.com/shows/that_metal_show/series.jhtml
Don Jamieson: http://www.donjamieson.com
Jim Florentine: http://www.jimflorentine.com