The Mummy Returns again, Trey Parker and Matt Stone sell out, and Tom Cruise has a new mission: Mixology! – July 27 – Aug 2: Thirty Twenty Ten

Trey Parker and Matt Stone play ball, Pippi Longstocking is coming into your world, Lindsay Lohan teams up with herself, George Romero monkeys around, Kevin Costner and Bionic Commando swing, Tom Cruise slings hooch and, oh yes, the Hamster Dance debuts! All that and more on this edition of Thirty Twenty Ten, your auditory journey back to the week that was 30, 20, and 10 years ago.

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16 thoughts on “The Mummy Returns again, Trey Parker and Matt Stone sell out, and Tom Cruise has a new mission: Mixology! – July 27 – Aug 2: Thirty Twenty Ten

  1. Star Ocean: Second Story is one of the best jrpgs of that generation imo. It was ahead of its time with mechanics like pick-pocketing, reltionship building, and crafting. The main story was very much what you expect from a 98 jrpg, but the characters each had interesting side stories with complete arcs. It was also the first game I can remember where the players choices had real consequences. It’s a shame the franchise has been consistantly forgetable since then.

  2. When The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor came out, I wanted to see Hellboy II: The Golden Army. It was on its last week in theaters and I wanted to see it. But my mother unfortunately, wanted the dumb Mummy sequel instead of a good one. She assured Hellboy II would still be in theaters. She was wrong and ultimately, I was incredibly disappointed with The Mummy 3 because it is an all around terrible film. First of all, it wasted Jet Li and Michelle Yeoh. Second, you’re telling me Brendan Fraser can kick Jet Li’s ass? REALLY? The stupid white guy somehow beats one of China’s best martial artist/actors?

    Okay, nothing against Brendan Fraser but I’m not a fan of the Mummy movies with Brendan Fraser. I like him when he’s utilized well like in George in the Jungle. Just not The Mummy or even worse, a Pauly Shore film. Just, they’re Indiana Jones wannabes, they are. But Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon is without question, the worst one the bunch for a variety of reasons. It had the good idea of a different antagonist but how they did it was not very good. And wasn’t very funny either. It’s just terrible all around and I still feel bitter because I don’t like missing out on Guillermo del Toro. The man is a better filmmaker than Rob Cohen who directed the third Mummy. And fun fact, it was written by the dudes who were the showrunners of Smallville. Yes really.

    I want to see Midnight Meat Train though. And another thing, that Hamster Dance song. Disney sued the ever loving crap out of the people who made that song because technically, that song is a sped up version of the theme music from Robin Hood. As a result, Disney now owns that song.

  3. Really happy to hear the 30 20 10 bonus episode is coming back as hearing viewers memories is always super fun. I have an inside-baseball question that I’m hoping you can answer on it; Do you have any preference for researching pop culture from the 80’s 90’s or aughts? Is any era harder to research than the others?

  4. I’m so glad Sarah mentioned The Bold Type during the discussion of Freeform, because it’s SO GOOD. I was super skeptical too, based on the channel, but I kept seeing tweets about it and now it’s one of my favorite shows. Basically, if you liked SATC for the friendships and fashion but wished there were actually people of color in it and LGBTQ folks who weren’t lazy stereotypes, etc? You’ll probably like it. Season 2 is currently airing, but it’s all on Hulu.

    And because I’m a woman born in 1989, I watched the Parent Trap remake a million times growing up, and I still 1000% unironically love it – but man, Meredith (the mean fiancée) reeeeally gave me a false impression about what I was supposed to have accomplished in life by the age of 26. Also I’m pretty sure that this movie, in conjunction with Harry Potter, is the reason for my lifelong love of London.

  5. The Family Channel was go-to entertainment for us when stuck in a hotel. Not so much the Gentle Ben and Bonanza reruns, but Sunday mornings they ran anime (a mix of the Bible-stories shows CBN had co-produced and stuff like Voltes V and Honey Honey that never got any other kind of US release). Additionally, since my parents were pretty anti-MTV, their Saturday night show Videosyncrasy was the only place I saw music videos circa 1990.

  6. I’ve got a whole lot of memories from past episodes so sorry if they are not in the right comment page but since you’re doing a 30 20 10 bonus episode let me just spew them out:

    Killer Clown From Outer Space scared the crap out of me. Like, legitimately terrified me and gave me nightmares. I have no memories of anyone ever renting it for me, and my parents were not schlock fans so they never would have, but I somehow saw it in the late 80’s early 90’s none the less and I can still picture multiple deaths from this movie to this day. It didn’t give me a life long fear of clowns, but part of me does wonder how old my kids should be before I play it for them on some Halloween night?

    The Larry Sanders show holds up in 2018! I can say this from person experience having watched a couple of episodes this year; the tech is dated and it’s not 2018 HBO cinematography, but the humor is still very biting and funny as all hell.

    Big did indeed make me think that someday I could be an “Ideas Man,” but like Chris said, reality has shown me that there is literally not a single company on the planet that actually needs an “Ideas Man.”

    Roger Rabbit is absolutely one of the best movies of all time….. IF you were born before the 21st century. Let me explain: Roger Rabbit works so well because of the cultural osmosis of shorts from the 30’s to the 50’s. Those shorts were known to darn near everyone between the ages of 10 and 60 in 1988. I loved it and I grew up watching big blocks of shorts from the 1940’s on my local kid show; Ramblin Rod. But those shorts are NOT something my kids will consciously chose to watch. I’ve tried to show some Disney shorts to my kids, but I had to search it out and they weren’t thrilled. It wasn’t quite, “eat your vegetables” but it wasn’t, “More of this!” either. The simple fact is that the vast bulk of Cartoon shorts are around 70 years old, roughly speaking. It’s really really ridiculously rare for any part of pop cultural to stock around that long and still be relevant, as apposed to just vaguely remembered by pop cultural geeks. I doubt there is a single non-internet radio station in all of the USA that plays songs from the 1940’s, for instance. And… kids in 2018 by and large do not watch old shorts. As such, Roger Rabbit just isn’t as inherently cool to them as it was to kids in 1988.

  7. James Michner Alsaka is one of his worst “Giant Huge Historical Books About a Geographical Area.” I might even call it his worst “Giant Huge Historical Books About a Geographical Area.” Check out his books about South Africa, or Hawaii instead.

    Armageddon is probably the film that made me realize that I didn’t actually “have to” watch just it even though it was a “Giant Big Summer Movie.” I was a huge film geek in the 1990’s (even had a subscription to Premiere magazine, and for some reason I felt a need to watch anything that was huge, even if it was just by watching it on video in a few years. But when Armageddon came along I finally realized that there was no prize at the end of that tunnel, that there was no reason I actually should watch anything I don’t actually want to watch. And for 20 years now I have said “no” to watching Armageddon, and I am still holding strong.

    Freakazoid – when you deconstruct the words “freak” and “zoid” it’s pretty much just saying that someone is a Sex-robot.

    Phantasm III was my first experience with geek culture meeting the internet! I remember chatting on AOL Online and seeing that there was some Phantasm event where the star was going to “chat” with his fans – I never had heard of the series but having a star chat online was so new and different at the time that I decided to join it. I then proceeded to ask stupid question after stupid question until the moderator banded me. I was lacking in decorum and was probably a huge jack ass. A. Michael Baldwin (star of the film) if you are listening I apologize for my younger self.

    License To Drive – what is it like to be a teenager? I was not friends with any teenagers in 1988 (being 10 at the time a teenager was sooooooooooooo much older than me that I just didn’t interact with them) so when I watched films and tv shows about teenagers some part of my brain went, “OK, this is what it will be like when I am a teenager.” Spoiler warning; it was not.

    Short Circuit 2: The phone dialing to give directions via song lyrics is burned into my brain to this day!

    The Beasty Boys: I have been trying to listen to every single Year End Billboard Top 100 Song from 1946 to now (currently in 1997). You mentioned that the Beastie Boys remained popular rap/hip-hop artists because they were white. While I’m not denying that as playing a role let me present another factor: My sense is that all rap / hip hop songs that reach the year end top 100 list have a greater than average chance of fading away faster than a lot of other songs and while there are probably multiple reasons for this, I think swear words play a big big part. The 18 year old in 1996 who listened to “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” on his boom box in high school stands a decent chance of hearing that same song played when they are a 38 year old shopping for diapers in the super-market. But if a song uses the F-word or the N-word? Nope, not much a chance of that. The Beastie Boys songs have very few swear words and I don’t think that can be ignored as a reason for their longevity. Also, side note It looks like every single last member of the Beastie _BOYS_ is now eligible to join the American Association of Retired Persons.

  8. Something About Mary: This film was HUGE when I was in college and I’ll never forget the one girl who dressed as Mary with the Sperm-Mouse hairstyle for Halloween Whoever you are, now 40-year old lady, know that in my memory your image shall remain ever-green!
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    Sifl and Olly: In the days before widespread video on the internet, I feel it was still possible to still be shocked by; “What is this weird thing” and S&O did just that to me. I first encountered that at a meeting of people who posted on the Usenet (kids – usenet was like a primitive reddit but it had less nazis) group rec.arts.tv.mst3k.misc and as you can imagine such a group loved the weird and bizarre. We traded tapes and seeing Sifl and Olly sing, “We got a great big convey” was both my introduction to them and to the song; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ATRaqBsCBus I kind of miss a world were weird videos could still surprise me merely by the fact that they existed.
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    I’m really glad you guys covered the end of Family Matters. Like many people I watched it when I was very young but then out-grew the (very very stupid) show. But it’s interesting hearing just how crazy it got and how it ended without actually having to watch it.
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    Kokomo is probably the only thing from cocktail that has lasted, as you can still hear it on many a cruise ship. And you know, It is not often that artists have top 100 songs separated by 20+ years or more, but it does happen and it’s interesting to see how one of the Beach Boy’s biggest hits … wasn’t really a “Beach Boys” song. The band had been broken up for years when Kokomo had been performed, (and Drummer Dennis Wilson had drowned five years earlier) while the emotionally fragile Brian Wilson was in a band with his therapist/caretaker/abuser Dr. Eugene Landy.
    The Beach Boys had been recruited to record Kokomo at a time when they paid the bills by doing oldies gigs at state fairs and amusement parks (and a cover of ”Wipeout” with the Fat Boys)
    The Beach Boys took the job but the actual composition was done by Mamas and the Papas founder John Phillips ( of ”California Dreamin”’ and ”Monday, Monday.” Fame). Kokomo being a hit allowed them to release Still Cruisin’, which went platinum. With that late-in-life success would all the members of the Beach Boys realize the joys of having a drama-free sunny relationship with each other? (Spoiler alert: They would not).

  9. Swing vote actually has a decent message. It’s about a guy who doesn’t give a shit about voting, but his underage daughter does, so after polls close she sneaks in and forges his vote. Cause she’s a kid, she does it wrong, so he needs to cast his vote again cause the candidates are tied.
    They two go on a full on campaign to try and convince this one guy, taking any little thing he says and making ads directed at him, etc.
    It ends with him deciding to give a shit about choosing the leader of the country, and it ends with him holding a Q and A with the two candidates so he can have the info he needs to make an informed decision.

  10. I was very excited about Soul Calibur IV – I’d been a Soul series fan since Soul Calibur II (which had guest stars Heihachi from Tekken on the PS2, Link from Zelda on the Gamecube and, for some reason, Todd MacFarlane’s Spawn on Xbox) but it was largely because of Darth Vader and Yoda, coming as it did right at the tail end of my initial interest in Star Wars (having been a huge fan until about 2006 then downgrading to a passing interest until 2015 or so). What you didn’t mention is that there was a THIRD Star Wars guest star in the game, namely “Starkiller”, Darth Vader’s secret apprentice and the main character of the disappointing game “The Force Unleashed”. Even so, the game turned out to be disappointing and I fell off the series and fighting games in general after that.

    Despite having been a huge fan of the first two Brendan Fraser Mummy movies, to this day I’ve never seen the third one. I feel like it must be the last major Hollywood movie which goes in for the whole African Queen/Naked Jungle/King Solomon’s Mines-style Indiana Jones adventure movie, where a lovable rogue (leather jacket and fedora optional) goes on an adventure in an exotic location, though maybe you folks will know some more recent ones.

  11. When I was in high school, this poor girl in my chorus class (I think she was a little special) would carry around the vhs of Ever After in her backpack, and always ask our teacher if we could watch it whenever my teacher had the vcr out. Ms. Forrest would always say no. I always cringed for the poor girl.

  12. OMG! The hamster dance!

    I first heard that song on Radio Disney. Then it was on their Kid Jams CD. One night, my brother had a friend over for a sleepover. It was the three of us in our room playing this song on repeat. They both fell asleep before me. After a while, I realized this and decided not to turn the song off until I memorized the whole thing. That’s probably the only time I’ve done anything like that.

  13. I fucking love Basketball!! Wake up bitch you’re my new best friend! I quote that line and Steve perry, all the time.

  14. i’m soo late, but “Funny People” sounds like clean Kilborn-era Daily Show, almost??? Like the way the correspondents to interview wacky people back in the day.

    //rofl, Chris just said what I posted, nice thinking, Chris!!//

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