Matt Damon and Ed Norton gamble on the 90s, there is officially too much Alf in the 80s, and the Coen Bros shoot Brad Pitt in the face – Sept 7-Sept 13: Thirty Twenty Ten

Pokemon catches all young TV viewers, Spyro debuts, the Coen Brothers make their funniest film in years, Hole releases a good album, Alf gets his second spin-off, Scooby Doo goes back in time, MTV awards everybody in every decade, Robert De Niro and Al Pacino combine to make one of the worst movies ever, and it’s the anniversary of the Starr Report! All this and more on this edition of Thirty Twenty Ten, your look back at the week that was 30, 20 and 10 years ago!

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19 thoughts on “Matt Damon and Ed Norton gamble on the 90s, there is officially too much Alf in the 80s, and the Coen Bros shoot Brad Pitt in the face – Sept 7-Sept 13: Thirty Twenty Ten

  1. I was 11 when the Pokémon anime came out (I’m assuming it hit the UK the same year, can’t be bothered to check) and I honestly can’t recall if I played the games first or saw this but I loved it. Having a main character that practically shared my name (Ashley) also helped as somehow it made me feel cooler (at least it helped mitigate the female Ashley gang from Recess). I remember playing the games more than being obsessed with the anime, but I did definitely watch it.

    It’s a franchise I’ve dipped in and out of for 20 years but I got tickets to the London premiere of the 20th anniversary film that came out last year that you mentioned but our audience’s response to Pikachu talking was incredulous laughter at how stupid it was.

    Still, it was a big part of my childhood and it’s been 20 years but that episode where Charmander is abandoned and nearly dies is my version of Bambi.

  2. Hannibal the TV show had my favourite version of Red Dragon. Francis Dolarhyde/Red Dragon’s crime scene is the first one seen in the show and then he appears proper in the second half of season 3. I was really amazed by how they were able to do the storyline so well with what was obviously a lot of time constraits. Bryan Fuller had said he wasn’t going to present sexual violence on the show and I was really surprised they were going to do Red Dragon since sexual violence is Dolarhyde’s MO but it was really well done. If you don’t mind the shameless plug, I did a podcast rewatch of the show with two of my lady friends that also includes a true crime case that links to that episode called “Hannibal’s Horny Hibachi”

    Also the movie version of Red Dragon is laughable.

  3. Ah, bummer that the comment show is locked up again, I really enjoy hearing everyone’s experiences. I’ve just upped my paetreon contribution, so hopefully every little bit helps.
    Age 10: I kind of sort vaguely remember the Baby Boom tv show as existing but … that’s it. That’s all I can remember about it. I think it was probably really hurt by having the boringest theme song of any 1980’s sitcom; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flFTyhj0ke0
    Police Academy the Cartoon Show, on the other hand body goes the other direction and decided that it’s story could only be told in the most 1988-way-possible; really cheesy 1988 rap – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOE0F4i7GK8
    Alf Tales! This is the sole Alf product I remember being crazy about. I know I watched the live-action show, and the other animated show, but Alf Tales was where I thought the finest Alf Humor could be found.
    Age 30: Oh man, the start of economic crash. I can still vividly, as in holo-deck level realism of a mental image, put myself in the exact moment in space-time when it really hit home to me how serious this was. I was working for a car dealership that had just completed construction of a 15 MILLION dollar new building in June of 2008. I was assistant to the General Manager (yes, make all the “assistant to the General Manager but NOT Assistant General Manager” jokes you wish) which meant I oversaw most little things in the dealership that were not worth the GM’s time. What music was played in the dealership? All me. The café in the dealership? I did everything from the hiring to the menus. And what was on the TV’s in the waiting rooms? It wasn’t something I put a lot of thought into, but I programmed that. Specifically I programmed that in June to go to CNN. News is good filler while you’re in a waiting room right? Like I said, I didn’t give it much thought until I was walking by it on September 7th, 2008 and one of the salesmanager was looking at the news with a haunted look in his eyes. With a true look of despair and anger he said to me, “Can you turn the fucking channel to cartoons or some shit?” Because shockingly enough having the news talk on and on about the economic catastrophe that was sweeping across the country and what a dire situation it was now that the feds were doing a takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was NOT the best filler to give people warm and fuzzy feelings about making the second largest financial decision of most people’s lives. I rushed up and re-programed it to ESPN, the station that dealership’s TVs stayed on for the next couple of years (until the company was sold).

  4. Oh Simon Birch – I love this movie!!! I ugly cry this movie so hard!!! While it has sappy moments…it has great one liners. My favorite: you’re already a bastard…you might as well be an enlightened one
    Jan Hooks is excellent in this film as well!!!
    Give it a chance!!!

  5. The female lead of Mystic Knights of Tir Na Nog is famous these days for her version of Samuel Beckett’s “Not I”.

  6. I never watched Fringe while it aired, but I absolutely loved the series after watching it on Netflix. It definitely steps out of the X Files shadow after a few seasons, but I can see why it would be hard to keep up with on a weekly basis. I encourage y’all to revisit it on Netflix. My wife and I both rank it among our favorite TV series.

  7. I was starting college in fall 1998 and my school had some weird schedule where classes didn’t start until the end of September. So with not much else to do I watched afternoon cartoons and Pokemon. I knew of Pokemon because I had a subscription to Nintendo Power so I was interested in it before it came out. Actually a lot of my early memories of college are Pokemon related with the game’s release a bit later. But I guess I can talk about that when the anniversary comes up.

  8. Oh wow that Hole song, total bad memories of Sophomore year of high school. That druggy voice, “AUGH MAKKEH ME OVYURRRR”

    And then back in 2003-ish (shout out to Sarah) Vh1 would always use that awful song in every clip show with c-level cable celebrity commentary.

    My newspaper published a special part of the paper? that had excerpts of the Starr report. 15 year old me immediately snuck that thing up to my room when mom wasn’t looking to read it.

    1998 was the first year I checked out on the vmas. I remember being disappointed that the awards wasn’t in New York that year.

    A couple of weeks ago, I mentioned how this girl I met first day of college, Pam, and I went to see Hamlet 2 the second day of college, and I thought we were going to be bffs. She two faced me a few months later. ANYWAY, I remember us seeing the trailer for The Women that day, and her saying “I want to see that movie!” I shoulda known..

  9. Ran is absolutely fantastic. The ocean of flags in several scenes are just gorgeous. Plus, as Diana said, it’s King Lear. It’s entrancing to watch everything fall apart!

  10. All that discussion of the financial crisis brought me back. My wife and I had been married a little less than a year. We lived in the second biggest city in our state, and I desperately wanted to move to the biggest city where I was going to grad school. I was commuting two hours one way on Fridays to attend grad school classes and it sucked. We both wanted out, but she hadn’t gotten any nibbles in our city of choice on her first go-round so we were putting in time in a city we didn’t care for.

    My wife got a call from a recruiter in August. She interviewed at a couple of places in mid-August and got some offers. We set everything up and were moving within two weeks in early September. A couple of days after we settled into our new apartment in what passes for the big city around here Lehman Brothers entered bankruptcy, the commercial paper market came to a grinding halt, and the 2008 recession became the 2008 financial crisis.

    The timing has always been vivid because my wife is an actuary working for insurance/finance companies. All hiring for pretty much all of these companies shut down the week after she settled into her new job. If we hadn’t gotten out of that city we didn’t care for then we likely would’ve been stuck there riding out the financial crisis. I visited the place a few years later for a conference and it was a shell of its former glory. The financial crisis took a rust belt corpse of a manufacturing town and finished it.

    It was a touch of good timing for us in an otherwise crappy situation for just about everyone.

  11. Hey guys. He had to sit down to pee because his prostate was swollen from all the sex. That’s what that stupid line was all about. Have a great week!

    1. I didn’t even think it out to the prostate level. My mind immediately went to Jim Carrey wildly peeing on the bathroom wall and surprising himself, then yelling “Irene, why am I peeing like I had sex all night?” in Me, Myself, and Irene.

      Sometimes a dude pee is difficult to wrangle after sex.

  12. If this double-posts, my appologies. My posts don’t seem to be going through; Ah, bummer that the comment show is locked up again, I really enjoy hearing everyone’s experiences. I’ve just upped my paetreon contribution, so hopefully every little bit helps. Age 10: I kind of sort vaguely remember the Baby Boom tv show as existing but … that’s it. That’s all I can remember about it. I think it was probably really hurt by having the boringest theme song of any 1980’s sitcom; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=flFTyhj0ke0 Police Academy the Cartoon Show, on the other hand body goes the other direction and decided that it’s story could only be told in the most 1988-way-possible; really cheesy 1988 rap – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YOE0F4i7GK8 Alf Tales! This is the sole Alf product I remember being crazy about. I know I watched the live-action show, and the other animated show, but Alf Tales was where I thought the finest Alf Humor could be found.
    Age 30: Oh man, the start of economic crash. I can still vividly, as in holo-deck level realism of a mental image, put myself in the exact moment in space-time when it really hit home to me how serious this was. I was working for a car dealership that had just completed construction of a 15 MILLION dollar new building in June of 2008. I was assistant to the General Manager (yes, make all the “assistant to the General Manager but NOT Assistant General Manager” jokes you wish) which meant I oversaw most little things in the dealership that were not worth the GM’s time. What music was played in the dealership? All me. The café in the dealership? I did everything from the hiring to the menus. And what was on the TV’s in the waiting rooms? It wasn’t something I put a lot of thought into, but I programmed that. Specifically I programmed that in June to go to CNN. News is good filler while you’re in a waiting room right? Like I said, I didn’t give it much thought until I was walking by it on September 7th, 2008 and one of the salesmanager was looking at the news with a haunted look in his eyes. With a true look of despair and anger he said to me, “Can you turn the fucking channel to cartoons or some shit?” Because shockingly enough having the news talk on and on about the economic catastrophe that was sweeping across the country and what a dire situation it was now that the feds were doing a takeover of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac was NOT the best filler to give people warm and fuzzy feelings about making the second largest financial decision of most people’s lives. I rushed up and re-programed it to ESPN, the station that dealership’s TVs stayed on for the next couple of years (until the company was sold).

  13. I can’t believe I forgot to say how much I loved A Pup Named Scooby-Doo. I’ve always been a fan of Scooby-Doo, but this cartoon is way better than the other versions. The music is great the show is funny and a lot of fun. And they totally parody the old show almost every episode.

  14. Sara(h) – I have to say that you’ve been a welcome addition to the Laser Time crew, and your voice is truly delightful! “Creepy” compliment aside, please keep the Gossip Girl talk alive! Love that show, and the quote from the show’s narrator you dropped during this episode! Chris was right: I WAS fist-pumping after you dropped that quote, haha!

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