Mario Kart Loses a Wheel, The Office Returns, and Steven Seagal and Teletubbies Make Their Debut – Apr 6 – 13: Thirty Twenty Ten

Dunder-Mifflin returns from the writer’s strike with an unforgettable dinner party, George Michael gets caught in a bathroom, KC and JoJo begin their reign over the highschool slow dance, and the best-selling Mario Kart iteration is also its worst! All this and more, this week on Thirty Twenty Ten, your weekly look back on the week that was, 30, 20 and 10 years ago…

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18 thoughts on “Mario Kart Loses a Wheel, The Office Returns, and Steven Seagal and Teletubbies Make Their Debut – Apr 6 – 13: Thirty Twenty Ten

  1. As a Brit (though I grew up in a military environment where checking under your car for IRA car bombs was routine) my knowledge of the Good Friday agreement is limited, however I think it’s a mistake to say the Troubles are entirely a thing of the past, sadly. It’s my understanding that the peace has always been fragile, and now Brexit threatens to jeopardise everything, as it could potentially result in the UK to breaking the terms of the Good Friday Agreement, and there’s a very real possibility that we’ll see an eventual relapse into violence and hostilities in Great Britain. Fun times!

  2. Holy shit! I finally realized what movie Diana was psyched to talk about in July! I’m so excited!

    1. Also, the used condom was in Overnight Delivery. It was a fake since they never actually had sex.

  3. Mariokart Wii is good, the motion controls are completely optional. It introduced some good tracks and was a perfectly fun game 10 years ago. MK8 on wii u and switch are obviously better so their is no real reason to go back but still mk wii is not bad.

    The tilt controls worked great for a lot people, not myself though

  4. So the discussion of Prom Night actually brought back a weird memory of that film’s marketing. I think the film holds the honor of being one of the only physical versions of a screamer video.

    So the standees for the film were made up of these huge doors with the logo over them and the cast in fancy dress, and the doors had signs that said something along the lines of “Open For A Night To Die For”. And when you opened the doors, the film’s poster would be behind them and canned audio of a girl shrieking played. VERY jarring for 12 year old me at the time.

    Here’s a video of the standee, sort of: https://youtu.be/MT-Rcuez6uM

  5. Redbelt is a terrible MMA movie. It just totally misunderstands the sport, and is built around a rigged, broken tournament that no post-2000 athletic commission would ever approve. But it’s a really fun fable and well-written film, and Tim Allen pretending to be Sylvester Stallone is shockingly entertaining.

  6. I have seen someone come out of a bathroom in a book store and return product to the shelf. It was in a Books-A-Million. I walked to the magazine section. As I approached, an old dude walks out of the bathroom and puts a magazine back on the rack.

    So gross….

  7. I only remember the articles about secret talents of the stars, and a judge said something that sounded a little like a gay joke to George? Something offensive to him? And how figure skater Sasha Cohen’s acrobatics was kind of uncomfortable to watch.

  8. I have seen nearly all the 1998 movies this week. I had recently moved from my northern Westchester suburban movie theater job to working in a more urban neighborhood in Yonkers, much closer to New York City. Watching films like The Players Club and Species II in our multiplex taught me, a kid who grew up in a 95% white small town, how different it is when the audience is mostly black: down here people talk directly to the screen. One of the perks of working in a multiplex is being able to casually drop in and out of theaters at will, allowing me to see my favorite parts over and over again. In the case of Species II, the movie is disgusting and not worth rewatching EXCEPT during key shocking/grossout moments when I knew the audience would be the most riled up. I taught myself exactly when to walk in to overhear the choicest reactions possible and it was always the scene where the “villain,” aware that he is infected by an alien parasite, blows his own head off with a shotgun…only for the parasite to REBUILD HIS HEAD. This is all done with terrible 90s CGI but it always drove the crowd NUTS. My favorite was the man who said, with a hint of despair in his voice, “oh hell no”
    At the time I thought Species II was one of the most extremely violent movies I had ever seen. Today the shotgun clip is on YouTube where anyone can see it: https://youtu.be/vxTyxT5z0hs

  9. Random fact, the wall Diana mentions in Belfast is to my knowledge still there and the door/gate closes each night at 7. Still segregates Protestants and Catholics.

  10. Regarding the public restroom arrest of George Michael, for many closeted gay men, hooking up in public was their (maybe not best, but) easiest choice for finding gay sex.
    They make a quick reference to it in the wonderful film “Beginners” with Christopher Plummer and Ewan McGregor.
    I understand that it sounds crazy to a lot of people who never had to live in fear of being outed, but it was incredibly common.
    And, I know it doesn’t sound logical either, but, first, when is sex logical, and, second, it does make some sense if you’re having to live that life.

  11. I agree with Diane about the Goo Goo Dolls song Iris. It was over played at the time but coming back to it I find that I really like it.
    One thing about it is it has an unusual time signature for a chart topping pop song. I’ll admit I had to look it up to be sure, but Wikipedia says it alternates between 4/4 and 6/8. I always thought it was in 3/4 time (why 6/8 isn’t the same as 3/4 is beyond me. It would be in math).
    I never saw City of Angels but I did see Wings of Desire (Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds! Woo-Hoo!) and lyrically, I always felt that Iris captured the tone of the film’s theme very well, as well as standing on its own as a wonderfully crafted pop song.

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