Two flavors of Wes Craven, Borderlands is 10, and This Is It for Michael Jackson

Oct. 25-31: A shocking serial killer, wackée Jackée, Lou Diamond fights bats, Melanie Griffith goes crazy, a semi-demi-presidential anniversary, animated French cowboys, designing blackface, Jemaine Clement and Matt Berry are the same person, and what is a trickbaby? 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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2 thoughts on “Two flavors of Wes Craven, Borderlands is 10, and This Is It for Michael Jackson

  1. “Big Shrug Movies; They don’t matter and no one cares.” At the 30 year mark, I wonder what % of movies become this? I gotta imagine it’s at least 95% or above. (And that’s from the sample size of movies that were released on a large scale, not just every movie ever made.)

    Worth Winning. I watched this when I was young and when I was young this plot made sense; Mark Hammon’s character is really good at having sex with attractive women, but his friend, Mark Blum, can’t stand this (for some reason) and so Blum bets his wife’s Picasso that Hammon can’t get engaged to three different women in three months. When I was 11 and really didn’t understand the adult world I could watch that and not blink. Looking back at I want to grab the movie and shout, “THESE CHARACTERS ARE SECRETLY ALL ALIENS!!! ALIENS!! HUMAN BEING DON’T ACT THAT WAY!”
    Over-thinking it, if we assume that the characters are the same age as the actor was at the time of filming ( and I’m going to assume that there is nothing in the Worth Winning Extended Universe that contradicts that statement) then that means they are both around 38 years old. Thirty. Eight. Years. Old. I know 38 year olds. 3 years ago, I was one myself. And of those of us who are married NONE would give a gnats fart about our unmarried friend’s “too-much-sex”-life. We have mortgages to care about! Lower back pain! Kids! And that one of us would bet our wife’s (Not even our own, but our -wife’s-) Picasso on the most idiotic of bets imaginable instead of …. Oh, I don’t know asking our wives if we could sell it and retire in our 40’s is utterly something that I can’t imagine any real human 38 year old doing ever, ever, ever.

    One of things I’ve loved about listening to 302010 is remembering myself growing from a kid to a tween in real time. When the show first started it was covering stuff that came out when I was 7 and ½ but now it is covering stuff that came out when I was 11 & ½ years old and there is such a HUGE difference between a 7 ½ year old and an 11 and ½ year old. Take for instance, Shocker, a film I’ve never seen. And yet I can recall seeing adds for it and talking about those ads and who had and who had not seen it on the schoolyard and that’s simply not true for even huge movies like Top Gun or Crocodile Dundee or Aliens back when you were covering 1986. First-Segment-Me was/is now fully pop culturally awake in a way that he just wasn’t when you started the show.

    Designing Women. This isn’t the only 80’s sitcom that tackled blackface. I have a very vivid memory of Nell Carter explaining to a girl (who tricked a little boy into wearing blackface) that she had hurt her. And I can remember going, “OK, I guess putting black make-up on my face hurts black people, I should not do that” and never saw any reason to question that decision since. So as a result of a cheesy sitcom, I can honestly say I’ve been baffled at white people who put on blackface since I was six years old. So I guess I’m safe to run for political office! Well… except for the Hookers and Blow, but that goes without saying, right?

    Santana. “Under the Moon.” I think we’ve all listened to a song we loved to the point where we cease to love it. But, does that go away for you? It certainly does for me. I wasn’t doing rigorous journaling to be 100% sure, but I think I’ve taken effective ten year breaks from songs and then been happy to hear them again. How long does it take you?

    At first I thought Chris was saying that all of the 302010 video game content was going to be discussed on VGA but then I guess he was saying that it’s going to be a (weekly?) bonus episode for patrons? I’m cool with both options as I do think the video game conversations have been one-sided and would be greatly helped by people for whom video games were a central aspect of their lives when they were released, but I’m still a little unclear on what exactly is happening with video games and 302010. Anyone know for sure?

    “When music was important-“ If we are going to use money as a quantitative measurement for importance (and we are!) then 302010 is pretty literally at PEAK MUSIC in 1999 and it will all be downhill from here! From “now” on the music industry starts falling and falling hard. Despite the US’s population being 17% larger than it was in 2000, the music industry’s total sales are a mere 40% of what they were 20 years ago. That’s a huge collapse and while the industry does streaming in a big way today, I think any Music Exec in the year 2000 would (rightly) say that his 2019 counterparts had lost and lost big time.

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