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“Rattlers’ Class of ’63” – Top 5 Scenes


The Rockford Files was a show from the 1970s starring the legendary James Garner as Jim Rockford. The story revolved around a private investigator, Jim “Rockford” Rockford. The show follows his various investigations and other capers he finds himself in Los Angeles County, California. This video pretty much sums up the character of Jim Rockford. Today I will be reviewing what I thought were the top 5 scenes of the episode “Rattler’s Class of ’63”. It is the 8th episode of the 3rd season.

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James “Jim ‘Rockford’ Rockford” Garner

With an Original Air Date of 11/26/1976, it will hit the ripe old age of 40 in just two and a half months. Here’s a link to the iconic theme of The Rockford Files.

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It’s $200 Per Day, Plus Expenses, Bitch!

This episode is of particular interest because it was written by David Chase, who went on to create The Sopranos. Which is one of my favorite shows, sparking my interest into his other earlier works. Leading me to The Rockford Files. He wrote 30 episodes of The Sopranos and directed 2 (The Pilot and Made In America – the final episode). The Sopranos is still widely considered to be the greatest show of all time, even though it’s been 9 years since the final episode.

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David Chase, Creator Of The Sopranos

And here’s a link to TV Guide’s “Top 50 Shows” list from April 26, 2002. Notice that not only is The Rockford Files is ranked 39th, but The Sopranos is ranked 5th already. Just to remind you, the list is from 2002, more than 5 years before The Sopranos final episode.

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David Chase With His Partner In Crime, James Gandolfini

Onto my top 5 scenes of “Rattlers’ Class of ’63”, the fifth ranked episode of the series, according to IMDB. Unfortunately, I could only find one video from the episode on YouTube, but it can be found on Netflix.

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Big Pimpen In Cali

5). 11:13-13:37 – Bobby Boyajian and his goons walk in his sister Regine’s apartment while she’s talking to Rockford. Bobby points out, “here’s the guy that pounded me at the church,” while pointing at Rockford. Chubby guy with curly hair (Leo I think?) punches Rockford in the stomach and Bobby and the other goon hold Rockford. They pull him outside where Leo says to Rockford, “You’re in deep trouble, Mr. Brewmeister!”. Then cocks his elbow back ready to swing into Rockford’s gut. Rockford is able to fight back and flee. Epic chase scene ensues. Rockford pulls away and his pursuers lose sight of him. He then hides behind a corner and surprise sucker-punches Leo causing him to fall into the pool.

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Nothing Like A Good Old Smoke Break

4). 5:36-6:40 – Regine Boyajian and Angel Martin (Stuart Margolin) are tying the knot. Regine’s brother, Bobby Boyajian, barges in and interrupts the wedding, saying “what do ya call this?!…I gotta hear it from your landlord?” Bobby then sucker punches Angel. Next, Rockford grabs Bobby to stabilize him, and Bobby tries to punch Rockford and he gets bitch slapped. Rockford don’t take no shit. Bobby cries out, “He’s not even Armenian!”. I was surprised no one else in the Boyajian family in attendance intervened to control Bobby’s outburst.

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Wedding of Regine and Angel

3). 28:10-31:52 – We see Rockford walking with Regine at Bobby’s wake. In this emotional moment, Rockford assures Regine that he and Angel had nothing to do with her brother Bobby’s death. It’s surprising to me that the victim’s family would even allow someone who was suspected of the man’s murder at his wake. Regine goes into details on how in recent months, Bobby became closer to people like Leo and has always been drunk and “perpetually” broke. Here’s an interesting video of the “women of The Rockford Files”. Rockford knows Regine and Angel aren’t making love so he wants to swoop in and help a woman out!

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How’d I End Up In This Mess Guys

2). 33:30-35:28 – Rockford talks to his friend LAPD Sergeant Dennis Becker (Joe Santos). He inquires as to what Dennis found on Chechick and Leo Cale. The duo buried Eddie Groger and another body in the landfill (Boyajian Brothers Sanitation Co.) and forced the sleazy car salesman to buy the property. Rockford keeps trying to pry for further information. Dennis forcefully lets Rockford know he’s being charged with “conspiracy to commit”. And Rockford sarcastically repeats “conspiracy to commit?”. Rockford promptly zips his lips.

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I’m So Nice

1). 41:20-43:09 – We find Rockford and Angel talking in a trailer, waiting to be attacked by whoever is pursuing them. Then we see the used car salesman and some other man in the driver’s seat, watching them from a distance. Soon after, Angel hears noise outside the trailer. Rockford says to wait to attack until the person gets inside because they’re gonna stick with the plan they already set up. We then hear the man messing with the gas cap, and Angel remembers that he did not lock it. The car salesman lights fire to the gas tank and the trailer explodes, but Rockford and Angel escape and exchange fire with the guys. It’s the fat guy from the landfill driving the getaway car for the used car salesman. They get stuck on a rock and Rockford catches up to them (ironic?).

As a big time Soprano’s fan, I definitely found it interesting to go back in time and see some of David Chase’s ealiest works. However, I did not see much in this episode of The Rockford Files that reminded me of anything in The Sopranos. Regardless, it was still an entertaining 50 minutes of my life.

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He’s Not Afraid To Have Old Friends

Please share your thoughts and comments! Of course my list is imperfect, and not all peeps will agree with my opinions.

And keep your fingers crossed for a The Rockford Files movie!

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He Drove Off Silently Into The Night

‘A Fistful of Dollars’ (1964) Top 5 Scenes


*SPOILERS*

In the past 5 years, I’ve become a relatively big fan of the comedian Joey Diaz. At least once a month, he talks about “A Fistful of Dollars” (AFD) and the “Dollars” trilogy. AFD is the first installment of this trilogy which also included “For a Few Dollars More” and “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”. He has nothing but good words to say about the film. It’s clearly one of the greatest films ever created, in his opinion. So I finally decided to bite the bullet and watch it for myself. I was definitely not let down by the experience. In fact, I found the film very inspiring.

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Here’s Who You Have To Thank For This Post

On that note, today I’m going to recap what I thought were the top 5 scenes of AFD. AFD was released in 1964 in Italy and in 1967 in the States. Yes – even at over 50 years old (52 to be exact), it still holds up today. It even has one of the highest scores on Rotten Tomatoes, 98%. It was Clint Eastwood’s first leading role as “Joe”, or more famously, “the Man with No Name”.

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No Name Required

The film was directed by Sergio Leone, the famous director of 60’s era Spaghetti Western films. As a matter of fact, Leone is considered the “creator” of the entire Spaghetti Western genre. I think the genre is called “SPAGHETTI” Western because they were made in Italy, and that’s from where the world got spaghetti. Furthermore, AFD is treated as the film that established the genre. It is set in San Miguel, Mexico in the late 19th century.

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No One Fucks With the Leone

Sergio Leone also happens to be Quentin Tarantino’s favorite director. In addition, Tarantino’s favorite film is “The Good, the Bad and the Ugly”, also directed by Leone, and the final member of the “Dollars” trilogy. You can definitely see the Spaghetti Western influence in pretty much all of Tarantino’s films. However, the influence is most apparent in “Django Unchained” (2012) and “The Hateful Eight” (2015). But I digress; let’s start out by looking at the #5 scene from AFD, as decided by me, Jules Didlio.

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The Spaghetti Western Starter Pack

5). At 5:30 “Joe” (Clint Eastwood) rides into town (San Miguel). One of the first things he passes is a noose hanging from a tree. Next, a man crosses paths with Joe. Joe turns around to see there’s a sign on the man’s back that says “adios amigo”. This scene sets the tone for the rest of the movie. He definitely isn’t riding into small town, suburban, peaceful America. He’s entering the violent, lawless, ruthless Mexico of the 19th century.

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Welcome to San Miguel. Population: Declining

#4). At 58:05 Joe is shown shooting the groin of a suit of armor, I found some humor in this scene. My first thought upon watching this was the multiple mentions throughout the film of aiming for people’s hearts when shooting. And also the literal shooting of people’s hearts throughout the film.

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Someone Get The Man A Black And Mild

Before I could even finish my thought, as Joe is walking towards the armor, Ramón Rojo shoots the heart-area of the armor. The man actually forms a heart with his bullets in the armor. This scene contains my favorite verbal exchange of the whole film:

Ramón declares, “When you want to kill a man, you must shoot for his heart, and the Winchester is the best weapon”. Joe replies, “That’s very nice, but I’ll stick with my .45.”. Ramón answers, “When a man with a .45 meets a man with a rifle, the man with the pistol will be a dead man.” **Spoiler alert**, this is a HUGE foreshadowing of the end of the movie.

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Say Hello To My Little Winchester

#3). At 25:42 Joe is watching from a safe distance as a massacre of the Mexican Army is occurring. Ramón of the Rojo family is doing the killing. This is just a cool, action packed scene. Reminds me of the “Say Hello To My Little Friend” scene from Scarface. This is exactly what comes to mind when I think of what should happen in western movies. This scene is significant to the storyline for a couple of reasons. One is it shows that, even though San Miguel is in the country of Mexico, the Mexican government has very little control over the people of this particular town, and the 2 sparring families are the real authority in the area. It also shows that Joe doesn’t have to answer to anyone, because the “legitimate” government has no authority.

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The Real Say Hello To My Little Friend

#2). At 1:02:08 Joe is shown shooting up a room full of men. He walks in and says “Hello!” This way they can look the man in the eye who has come to take their souls. They’re all gone in less than 5 seconds. After shooting, Joe starts ransacking the room, and while he’s not paying attention, one of the men starts to move. Marisol warns him of the movement. He quickly throws the machete into the man’s chest and solves that small issue.

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Beauty!

#1). Our winner! At 42:00 Joe is shown shooting at a man’s feet who is guarding a door, “the bullet dance”. Immediately I thought of the scene in Goodfellas with Spider (Michael Imperioli) doing the bullet dance while Tommy (Joe Pesci) is shooting at his feet – eventually shooting one of those feet. Which is also alluded to in The Sopranos when Christopher (Imperioli, again) shoots at the feet of a bakery worker, causing him to do the “bullet dance”, eventually shooting one of his feet. Is it a coincidence that the “bullet dance” was featured in Italian Spaghetti Westerns, and also mob movies and shows that came after it? All I can do is point out that this type of scene appears in both genres.

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Xplosive!

And that’s all folks. Remember this list is MY opinion. And I’m not a film expert. So I’m sure there will be some people out there who disagree with me. I had a handful (or Fistful) of runners-up and stressed out mucho over this list. So please give me your opinions and also your opinions about my opinions.

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He Was Sore The Next Day

Richard Simmons The Enigma


When I was a young 7-year-old child (I’m now 27 born in 1989) in early 1997, I caught my first glimpse of sweat guru Richard Simmons. I don’t remember what exactly he was doing when I first saw him, but it was probably something like this. This was an eye-opening experience for such a young boy growing up sheltered in the midwest. I simply didn’t get it.

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Hi Guys

None of the men I knew at that point in my life talked or acted like that. He was a grown man, with curly hair, who talked like a girl, skipped around in short shorts, and was leading a group of women in a cardio workout. He has quite the personality, to say the least. This was a bunch of paradoxes I couldn’t reconcile. Hell didn’t even know what “paradox” meant at age 7.

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Old Richard

Between that first “run-in” with Richard and today, August 8, 2016, I’ve seen the man on TV only a handful of times. All in all there’s definitely been less than 20 instances of me hearing about the guy in the past 20 years. At least 3 of these times have been on the Howard Stern Show, where he is a popular punchline.

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Real Men Cry

Well, randomly today, I started thinking about him. There must have been a disturbing, repressed, memory lodged deep somewhere in my brain that got triggered by something insidious in my environment today. I don’t know what it was, nor do I even have a hunch, but I bet it would give even the late Sigmund Freud the heebie jeebies. Anyways, it’s a good question, what is Richard up to? I honestly haven’t heard anything about him in well over a year.

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Come on Everybody Get Down – Eminem

So, here’s some background on Richard Simmons. He was born July 12, 1948 – making him 68 years old. Almost exactly 4o years older than me! Too bad I couldn’t have published this post on his birthday. Oh well, maybe next time. He grew up in Louisiana as a Catholic (even though his momma was Jewish). By the time he graduated high school, he was 5’7″ 268 lbs. That’s really big for someone who’s 5 foot 7 inches. I’m 5’10” 225 lbs. with a layer of muscle and I feel fat and look fat. No wonder he took the career path he did.

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Happy Halloween!

Around the time of his high school graduation, Simmons flirted with the possibility of becoming a Catholic priest. Is it just me or does that joke almost write itself? I’m not taking that bait. After college, he moved to New York, then Los Angeles. In LA he opened “Asylum”, now called “Simmons” and still in operation at 9306 Civic Center Drive, Beverly Hills, CA 90210. It was in LA that dropped 123 lbs, down from a high of 268 lbs. For all you math majors, he was down to 145 lbs. There’s no argument about it, definitely a great achievement and inspirational.

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When in Scotland

Here’s an hour-long Simmons led workout. Definitely geared more towards women, but I can see how it took off in popularity. It was something different. It was someone different. Not a big manly beefcake of a man who was going to try to bang you. Not a woman who was bitchy and had an attitude. But a feminine man who was not threatening and also dropped over a hundred pounds, so he was credible. He was also entertaining, and I’m sure the people exercising with him were having fun. At the very least, it was clear he was having fun. And at the end of the day, that’s all that counts.

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Now You See Me Now You Don’t

Not that it matters, but Richard Simmons has never publicly confirmed his sexual orientation. Who really cares what he does in his private life? I for one think he’s straight. Flamboyant yes, but maybe it was all an act, or a ruse. He was around women constantly, his workout videos are marketed to women. For the most part, all the participants in his videos are women. I think he’s not only straight but a big time pimp. It’s a free country and we’re all allowed to have our own opinions.

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When You Want To Smile But Don’t Like The Person Taking Your Picture

Over the course of his career, Simmons estimated he’s been the inspiration behind the loss of 12 million pounds. That’s a pretty impressive claim. Its believable too, considering he’s released so many workout tapes and started his own fitness studio.

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Sweatin’ To The Oldies

Unfortunately, in the past 2 years, we haven’t heard much from the man. Other than he was in the hospital in early 2016. I’m very happy he’s out and home safe. And also in early 2015, the LAPD made a welfare check on him and confirmed he, not the housekeeper, was in control of his life. Keep the man in your prayers and respect all he’s accomplished.

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Stop It You’re Too Cute