Ninja Turtles Meet Nintendo, Stanley Tucci Gets his Puck On, and the End of Everything: Thirty Twenty Ten – May 10-16

A whole bunch of television shows say goodbye, the world’s first Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles game, the most notable 90s movie is literally Shakespearean, Ricky Martin introduces us to the loca life, TV movie cheese galore, Will Ferrell headlines the most star-studded SNL sketch of all-time, and Swamp Thing is back, baby! All that 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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15 thoughts on “Ninja Turtles Meet Nintendo, Stanley Tucci Gets his Puck On, and the End of Everything: Thirty Twenty Ten – May 10-16

  1. Dynasty! A show I was too young to really give a shit about, but some of the most gorgeously designed opening titles of anything ever. I love that theme, and when I was little I found the weird Venetian blinds way names enter and exit the screen utterly mesmerizing.

  2. So what’s wrong with your younger friend liking Santana? Why would she be too young to like his music?

    1. Cam’ron is pronounced like it’s spelled Cam and Ron.

      The third Robert Langdon movie you can’t think of is Inferno. It’s actually the fourth book because they skipped the third book, the Lost Symbol, which took place in the States.

      For what it’s worth I’ve also never seen the movies (they did look like utter boring trash), but the books are fun trash to read. Angels & Demons was actually the first book, but because Da Vinci Code got popular, it’s the second movie. As mentioned above, Lost Symbol was the third book and Inferno, the fourth. The latest book, released in 2017 was called Origin. The books do a good job of mixing themes, locales, and myths. A&D was Anti-matter and the illumanti, DVC was the Vatacin and the secret of the bible, Lost Symbol was about the free masons, Inferno was about Dante’s Inferno, and Origins was about technology

  3. Ah the Nanny. One of those shows that I saw, thought was okay, but never would’ve revisited it until my future wife got obsessed with it in college and it became a part of my life whether I liked it or not. It’s also a tale of our rapidly changing media landscape.

    Picture it. Indiana. 2006. About as technologically advanced as picturing Sicily, 1922.

    My wife was obsessed with The Nanny. I think it was on Lifetime and happened to be airing at a time she was home and studying, and she had that on in the background. We were coming up on finals and gasp! She had a final scheduled right when they’d be airing the wedding episode. She was despondent, so I decided to surprise her.

    This was before DVRs were really a thing, so I went down to the local Radio Shack and bought some dust caked VHS tapes they had in the back. I’m also pretty sure I had to throw a rock at a giant spider when I couldn’t remember a Bible verse to get to that section. I then dug out an ancient VCR and wired it to my TV so I could record the show, and surprised a very happy future wife.

    Fast forward a few years. A couple of DVD sets have finally come out, but I guess sales weren’t that great because they weren’t releasing the latter seasons. So I hoisted the black flag and grabbed all the seasons off of The Pirate Bay. I then went down to the local Circuit City, bought a pile of DVD-Rs, and burned them in Windows Movie Maker so my non-technically-inclined-now-wife would be able to watch them. There were two episodes they didn’t have, the animated Christmas episode and another from the fourth season, because apparently no one had bothered to tape them, rip them, and add them to the torrent. Ah well. Those last two seasons never did get individual releases.

    The saga finally ends last year. Shout! Factory finally released a complete DVD set. You bet I snapped that shit up and presented it to my wife as a gift for some holiday or another. It included the two lost episodes, but they weren’t all that good.

    So there you have it. The story of how The Nanny got me laid on three separate occasions over a fourteen year span for going above and beyond wrangling the rapidly changing home media landscape to deliver it to my wife who loved the show and watched it over and over.

  4. Dick Durock is the guy who plays Swamp Thing when in make up. All due respect, please remember the names of stunt people since they do the harder and dangerous work.

    Anyway, Angels and Demons. Oh fucking God. I was drafted to watching that thanks to my mother. I had seen The Da Vinci Code but more I thought about it, the less I was impressed. So I had extreme hesitation seeing it. You see, I was on a trip to Colombia at the time and this was one of the things we did and it was in English with Spanish subtitles. So I understand what was going on. Mostly. It was terrible but Ewan McGregor made it worth it between that parachute CGI stunt and giggling whenever I think of him shouting “Illuminatus!” Dude looked like he was having fun playing a villain. He must have figured it was terrible but accepted it because he wanted to play a villain.

  5. Dear god do not watch S Darko. It is more terrible than you imagine.. Love this show but damn it makes me feel every one of my 42 years.

  6. Holy shit I remember the night that Family Ties aired it’s final episode. It was mothers day and also one of my cousins high school graduation so I had to tape it. It wasn’t just Family Ties final but also The Jim Henson Hour with one half of the episode the Muppets Network and the other half with a special Miss Piggy in Hollywood episode featuring many cameos and ended with her making out with a soberish Dudley Moore. Then Family Ties and after that the Network premier of Ferris Buellers Day Off. It was a tape that I watched over and over again.

  7. Okay, CRAZY coincidence with Amityville 4 and The 400 Blows lining up in the same week. Couldn’t be further apart thematically or in terms of quality, but when I first saw The 400 Blows in my college film class, my immediate thought at the end of the movie was of Amityville 4. Why? Both end on a dramatic freeze-frame by the ocean- only in Amityville 4, it’s of the evil escaping (again) into a cat. The way the cat’s glowing eyes and meow are added in post is one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I’ve ever seen in a movie.

    Also! Amityville 4 is notable for being the kick-off of what we amity-heads call “the great Amityville garage sale.” The rest of the pre-reboot sequels (excluding the unrelated Amityville Curse) all feature a boring object brimming with evil from the DeFeo house- starting with the lamp, then a clock, a spooky mirror, and a dollhouse. This is by far the least interesting of the four, but we have it to thank for the genuinely enjoyable direct-to-video Amity flicks of the 90’s.

  8. Okay, CRAZY coincidence with Amityville 4 and The 400 Blows lining up in the same week. Couldn’t be further apart thematically or in terms of quality, but when I first saw The 400 Blows in my college film class, my immediate thought at the end of the movie was of Amityville 4. Why? Both end on a dramatic freeze-frame by the ocean- only in Amityville 4, it’s of the evil escaping (again) into a cat. The way the cat’s glowing eyes and meow are added in post is one of the most unintentionally hilarious things I’ve ever seen in a movie.

    Also! Amityville 4 is notable for being the kick-off of what we amity-heads call “the great Amityville garage sale.” The rest of the pre-reboot sequels (excluding the unrelated Amityville Curse) all feature a boring object brimming with evil from the DeFeo house- starting with the lamp, then a clock, a spooky mirror, and a dollhouse. This is by far the least interesting of the four, but we have it to thank for the genuinely enjoyable direct-to-video Amity flicks of the 90’s.

  9. Hello for the final time for a while. I’m here to talk about the AYAOTD season six season finale: ‘The Tale Of Bigfoot Ridge’. The tale follows two siblings, the brother played by Hayden Christensen before his role in Star Wars, who lost a friend on the backside of the mountain they used to snowboard on together and one day the siblings go to look for their friend when they find a shapeshifting demon that sucks the life out of people by looking them in the eyes. I honestly despise this episode, mostly because the main characters are all morons. I say this is the series’ worst episode and I’m honestly glad this wasn’t the last episode of the series, but I will be gone until next February, with the start of season 7. I’m looking forward to it and until the time comes

    Stay spooky

  10. Oh wow, “See No Evil, Hear No Evil” came out right before Gene’s wife, Gilda Radner died 🙁

    Didn’t “Livin LaVida Loca” the catalyst for that “latin explosion” the media tried to make a fad out of? I remember CBS even showed the Latin Grammys for a couple of years trying to bank on it, until it was supposed to air on 9/11.

    Oh! That upsetting movie with the girl from Welcome to Dollhouse with the baseball bat, and then the bad kids made her say she liked it on cassette. Lifetime was showing that movie all the time there for a while.

  11. Return of Swamp Thing. I wanted to like this movie. I wanted to like any comic book movie, even comic books movies about characters I had never heard of, but no amount of wanting to like an unenjoyably piece of media can make you like it if it’s _ unenjoyable _, that’s a tautology , and such was the case here. I recall eagerly wanting to watch it only to then force myself with all the willpower 11-year old me had to finish it. But I did just that because it was a comic book movie and two years earlier the sole comic book movie I got for the entire year was Superman IV: The Quest for Peace and the year prior the sole comic book “film” I got for the entire year was the TV Movie The Incredible Hulk Returns. That was the pop-culture world that resulted in an 11 year old kid struggling to finish watching a film , something 11 year old’s don’t usually voluntarily do. I know in my heart that there will come a day when Super Hero movies go the way of the Western but when I think of what paltry fair I grew up with I can’t do anything but smile at all the richness of comic adaptations that my kids, and I, have today.
    It’s interesting how the decades flow into each other. Why did my Dad take me to “See No Evil, Hear No Evil”? Probably because Richard Pryor and Gene Wilder made a funny movie together in 1976, a time when my Dad would have been several years younger than I am today. Flash forward to 1989 when he’s got an 11 year old son and he sees that they are back together again so he decides to give it a chance. I can totally understand that because I came _this_ close to seeing Holmes & Watson solely because it was the Will Ferrell & John C. Reilly re-union that I’ve wanted for a while. So I watched See No Evil, Hear No Evil and while I probably missed a lot I thought it was pretty funny and here I am 30 years later still able to completely recall the scene where Richard Pryor pretends to not know that his is Black. And so to this day I wonder if Stevie Wonder’s line, “It’s tough being blind but at least I’m not Black,” was semi-copied from this film or if it was the other way around. All, probably, because of a film made before my birth.
    I would have sworn Wayne Gretsky played a man who is completely honest and who Phil Hartman thinks is a total dork because of that, but googling his SNL appearance shows that sketch isn’t on it. Anyone know who plays the honest guy? I feel like it was someone who didn’t require much acting talent.
    Shit Alexis Says https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jgby5Gj3wGY
    Family Ties was a huge part of my pop culture awakening. I really liked Back to the Future and Marty McFly was the first character I can recall ever wanting to _be_ (and yes I did the “hold-onto-a-car-while-riding-a-skateboard-thing and yes please never tell my kids that I did such a dangerous thing when I was their age) and here was Marty McFly appearing every weak on my TV! Only it wasn’t Marty McFly. Hmmm… while I knew movies weren’t real I think it was coming to the understanding that an actor played both Marty McFly and Alex P. Keaton that made me aware of ‘actors’ as a thing after which I became such a huge Michael J. Fox fan. What’s interesting to me in retrospect is that I grew to love Alex P. Keaton while completely not understanding a fundamental aspect of the show, the conflict between Reaganite Alex and his hippy parents. Oh, I knew that Ronald Reagan was the President for almost all of the show but he might as well been “King” or “Grand Poo-bah’ as I had zero conception that political differences were even a “thing” at that young of an age; Being for or against The President was exactly like being for or against a sports team in my mind. And yet the show consistently delighted me. It makes me wonder just how much my kids understand when they watch shows today.
    TMNT on the NES. Almost everyone of around my age and in my social reference group knows this game well and has fond memories it while at the same time almost everyone in my social reference group will bitch and moan about what a bad game it is. We bitch about how weak some characters are vs others, we bitch about the overworld, and oh man do we bitch about the seaweed. And yet when it comes to NES games it is still well liked from what I can tell. A huge part of that is nostalgia for TMNT the brand of course. Like many others, outside of an arcade, this was the only time I got to play in the Turtles world and that mere fact alone got me excited about the game and that excitement has rose-tinted my view of the game ever since. But I still played it a couple of times in emulation, which is not something I’ve done with say, Back to the Future the NES game. Therefore, I think this game is a great illustration that something can be bad and still be enjoyable. TMNT the NES game _is_ poorly designed. Any fresh out of college game designer could make huge improvements to it without breaking a sweat. But it’s still fun to play in a way that watching Swamp Thing the movie just isn’t. I find that distinction between bad and unenjoyably to be pretty useful. Oh, and I’ll have to try the over world theme music as productivity music https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OGIIo1vPvGc
    Rocky Marciano: I was this years old before I learned that Rocky Balboa was named after a real life boxer.
    My Name is Earl as the “non time traveling redneck Quantum Leap” is a gold line Diana. GOLD! I’m almost done doing a speed watch of How I Met Your Mother. I have neither the time nor the inclination to binge the entire show so I just found a top 15 episodes of all-time list and I’m watching those. I’m obviously missing a lot but I’m still enjoying it and I think I might do a similar thing with My Name is Earl.
    Leisure Suit Larry is a pre-internet porn game series that keeps trying (and failing) to make it in the post-internet porn world. It was originally bought by horny teenager’s eager to get anything that would make the tiniest dent in their insatiable lust. And then an almost infinite amount of free erotic material of every genre and fetish known to man was given to this demographic and … there was just no place for Leisure Suit Larry anymore. But. They. Keep. Trying. Anyway. I don’t get it. What’s some other series that were killed by internet porn?
    Shel Silverstein – What’s your favorite Silverstein poem? Mine is “I cannot go to school today.” Also, I had ZERO idea he was a songwriter and a fairly major one at that. “Boy Named Sue” and “Cover of the Rolling Stones” are both songs that are probably household names. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JrU279Ye_qI

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