1987 brings Contra to arcades and has The Smiths singing about how music is sad, while 1997 brings our minds on a strange trip down Lost Highway to a Namco Museum. In a packed 2007, we discuss Reno 911: Miami’s move to theaters, pinpoint the worst Lost episode ever, and wax nostalgic on Crackdown and Sonic the Hedgehog’s Wii-exclusive adventure.
Other topics covered include:
Fawn Hall, former secretary to Oliver L. North has been granted immunity in the Iran-contra affair. She says she feels “nervous” but “famous” for her new role as a key figure in the Iran-contra scandal.
Square Dance – Winona Ryder, Rob Lowe nominated for Golden Globe
Death Before Dishonor: Fred Dryer
Morgan Stewart’s Coming Home: Jon Cryer
Candid Camera’s 40th anniversary airs alongside the Miss America pageant
Murder, She Wrote “Death Takes a Dive” with guest stars Ernest Borgnine, LeVar Burton, Jerry
Orbach, and Adam West
TV movie “Love Among Thieves” starring Audrey Hepburn and Robert Wagner
Contra released in arcades, comes to NES in 1988, around Nintendo Power’s ascent. Side scrolling and then vertical, running into the screen, great music, two player simultaneous was the big NES sell. Clearly Arnold / Stallone homages, very Rambo meets Aliens.
Fighting the World – Manowar
The World Won’t Listen – compilation album by The Smiths, Morrisey frustrated that mainstream radio wasn’t picking a lot of songs up, has There is a light that never goes out, Shoplifters of the World Unite, Panic
Lost Highway soundtrack – Trent Reznor-led for Lynch’s movie, Perfect Drug main hit, other songs from other albums. Rammstein pre-Du Hast songs Heirate Mich and Rammstein from Herzeleid
Secret Samadhi – third Live album, loved Throwing Copper, Lightning Crashes still on the radio a lot but Selling the Drama, Shit Town etc are great
Wannabe is #1 – talked about the debut album last year, but the song is finally blowing up, kicking Unbreak my Heart off the top
Scottish scientists announce they’ve cloned a sheep! And her name’s Dolly!
Lost Highway: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette
Miss Evers’ Boys (HBO): Laurence Fishburn, Alfre Woodard an adaptation of a play about the Tuskeegee experiments where black men with syphillis were left untreated
Empire Strikes Back SE – mostly cleaned up picture, a few additional CG touch ups, person in wampa suit
ABC airs Hey Hey It’s The Monkees, a one-hour comedy special. The show features all four of the original Monkees and would be the last time Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones, Michael Nesmith, and Peter Tork would appear together.
CBS airs the tv movie, The Perfect Mother, starring Tyne Daly. It’s basically fatal attraction, but it’s a mom instead.
The Friends episode “The One The Morning After” airs, where Ross deals with the fallout of sleeping with another woman after Rachel suggests they temporarily split up. Coined the phrase, “we were on a break”!
C Bear and Jamal ends its two season 13 episode run, featuring Tone Loc as the aforementioned C Bear
NBC airs Schindler’s List uncensored with few breaks, 65 mil. watch
NAMCO Museum Vol 3 – Ms Pac-Man, Galaxian, Dig Dug, Phozon, Pole Position II, The Tower of Drauga
DISTURBING MS PAC MAN ROOM:
Kidz Bop 11!
Welcome the Night – The Ataris’ follow up to So Long Astoria, which had Boys of Summer 2003
All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone – Explosions in the Sky fifth album, Welcome Ghosts
Rafael Garcia – a videographer records some 30 to 50 rats through a window of a closed-KFC-Taco Bell restaurant in Greenwich Village. “There were enough creatures in that room that they could have devoured a human being… It was frenzy. They were going up walls. They were jumping up and down. They rats even came to the front window – like they were playing to the camera! Garcia said he has made a profit from the tapes – which have been shown on morning shows and the like. “It’s exciting to me to do that kind of business. Exhilarating. And there are no dead people involved.”
The Astronaut Farmer
The Abandoned, Amazing Grace, The Number 23
Reno 911 Miami
Fox News debuts “The Half Hour News Hour,” a right-leaning comedy show a la The Daily Show. Initial ratings are strong, but sank fast and it is canceled after 17 episodes.
2/22/07 – The 30 Rock episode Hard Ball actually features the MSNBC show hardball, where Jenna Maroney gets in trouble mixing up Osama Bin Laden and Barack Obama
The Lost episode Stranger in a Strange Land airs. It’s often called the worst episode of Lost, and it motivated the producers to work with ABC to set an end date.
The OC finale, “The End’s Not Near, It’s Here” airs, ending the show’s run after 4 seasons and 92 episodes
MACH – PSP jet racing game.? Stands for modified air combat heroes, partly a jab at Air/Ace Combat, could tinker with jets
Metal Slug Anthology on PSP
Supreme Commander on PC – hotly anticipated RTS from Gas Powered Games, Dungeon Siege people. Could zoom in and out, so far to see the whole battlefield. Extremely demanding of hardware
Crackdown – Realtime Worlds, largely remembered as the way to play the Halo 3 Beta, but it in a pre-GTA IV, pre-Saints Row, pre-numerous open-world Spider-Man games, this was an unimaginably fun mix of superhero feats of strength and sandbox fun. 1.5m sold, one of the first big live play sessions we did at GR,
Sonic and the Secret Rings – Sonic Team making Wii-specific content, good audience match and a case of a third party actually trying.
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