Julia Roberts Rescues Water, WWE Invades SNL, and a Big Week for Forbidden Dances

March 13-19: Gorby takes over, Kristen Stewart doesn’t give a damn about her bad reputation, Rutger Hauer is blind, Freaks and Geeks make a discovery, Jude Law steals organs, Jennifer Aniston gets abducted, Jamie Lee Curtis is a cop, Tom Hanks goes to the Pacific, death stalks young actors, Rob Lowe gets spanked, and the Kids in the Hall are back. 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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3 thoughts on “Julia Roberts Rescues Water, WWE Invades SNL, and a Big Week for Forbidden Dances

  1. Blind Fury sounds hilarious, and has been already mentioned, any film released in 1990 was almost certainly written in the 1980’s and had a good chance of being filmed in them, so it being “80’s as fuck” is no surprise. Has anyone seen any of the 26 (!) Zatoichi films this was based on? If so, what is the best one of those to watch?
    Was Lord of the Flies required reading in your high school? It was for me, as part of the “Humans are scum” curriculum. Seriously I’m not sure I can remember a single feel-good mandatory novel from HS and any of them that featured kids (like this and Romeo and Juliet) was all about how stupid and dumb kids were/are.

    1990 Blue Steel. Jamie Lee Curtis is a cop, and she’s a woman! Googling around, it looks like around 12% of police are women in the US in real life but yea, trying to think of a non-comedy female cop is kind of hard. Who is your favorite female police officer in any work of non-comedy fiction?
    Lambada vs The Forbidden Dance (also released as The Forbidden Dance is Lambada!). Anyone up for a watch part where the Laserino community gets drunk and watches them both in a row?
    Wonder Years “Night Out.” Has anyone here ever been to a make-out party? I’ve been to parties where people were making out but that was just individuals doing what their individual desires dictated, and doesn’t really count as a “make-out” party as seen in TV and movies. That is, I’ve never been to a party where making-out was organized in any way with any structure. If you have been, what was the structure of the make-out party and how did it work?
    Simpsons. Marge and Bowling instructor. The charges of Jerk-Ass-Homer being only a later season downgrade fall apart when you consider what type of man would give his wife, who doesn’t bowl, a bowling ball with HIS name inscribed on it? https://www.snopes.com/fact-check/abby-rode/
    Smash TV Arcade. This was such an amazing game for me to play at the arcades. The graphics blew me away but the degree to which you could co-operatively compete with a friend was pretty amazing to me in 1990. I don’t think I was ever impressed very much by the ports though. Does anyone know if there is any way to play old multi-player arcade games online against/with other people over the internet?
    Depeche Mode – Personal Jesus. I dated a stripper whose stage name was “Faith” and she would never dance to this song for obvious reasons. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1xrNaTO1bI
    Riding the Bullet. I distinctly remember when Stephen King, literally the biggest author in the world at the time (although JK would soon be nibbling out his heals, I don’t think she was there in March of 2000) tried to see if he could cut out the publishers and just go on-line. An author friend of mine thought it would be an utter disaster but me the gung-ho purveyor of the internet thought that it was going to be a game-changer. Turned out he was right and I was wrong because he made absolutely chump change compared to what he normally got. And even today the biggest authors in the world still have publishers rather than just by-pass them and sell directly (although self-publishing is proving to be a valid path to getting a contract with a publisher, which was not generally true in the year 2000).
    Final Destination. I’ve only seen one of these but I went in viewing the kids as just the mice in a Rube Goldberg-esque game of Mouse Trap and thought it was definitely fun for at least that first time but I didn’t feel the need to see it done again and again and again. For those who stuck with it for the rest of the series, do they go anywhere interesting with it?

  2. I feel like there was some commercial where the PS2 was surrounded by tanks to and bragging about how it couldn’t be exported but my google-fu reveals nothing. Did I hallucinate that? Sony’s High-Tech Playstation2 Will Require Military Export License https://www.latimes.com/archives/la-xpm-2000-apr-17-fi-20482-story.html
    The Rock hosts SNL. Nicotell. https://vimeo.com/57005174
    Christen Stewart’s Seberg was mentioned on classic corner. Anyone see it? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Tck5EBUTeoc

    Classic Corner Max Von Sydow recommendation of The Immigrants got me thinking: What are all the various ethnic groups that have a movie made about their immigrant experience in America? Please list ones you can think of below:
    Avalon (on 302010 this October) – Russian Jews
    ‘Brooklyn’ (2015) – Irish (20th century, interesting because it’s a “non-desperate” immigrant experience)
    The Godfather: Part II – Italians
    Others?
    Repo Man – Writing Meh, Acting Meh, Visual Design Meh. Very meh on all fronts. I watched it and you can definitely tell where everything is going to go from the first two minutes and it doesn’t even take you there in an interesting way.
    Polanski held in Swiss custody and almost getting extradited to the US. Googling around it looks like the Swiss courts eventually rejected his plea because “In explaining the decision, the Swiss cited the refusal by U.S. justice authorities last month to deliver confidential testimony given by the prosecutor in the case that might have upheld those claims by Polanski.” Seems odd to me they wouldn’t unseal it after all this time. http://content.time.com/time/world/article/0,8599,2003304,00.html
    The Pacific miniseries on HBO. As required by Dad Law, I loved Band of Brothers. However, I never watched this for some reason. Anyone seen this series? What are your thoughts?

    Kids in the Hall reunion movie; Death Comes to Town. I knew a girl who was the biggest KitH fan and was methodically recording episodes on VHS in the early 2000’s trying to get a complete run. I mentioned that it was almost certainly going to be available in better quality on DVD soon and she didn’t care. It was the thrill of the hunt for her and I get that. Collecting is a pretty primal experience. What have you collected more for the joy of collecting it than for actually having and making use of it?

    Scrubs finale. The final episode of Scrubs isn’t. It was a mid-season episode of a weird mutant series that had the name but wasn’t really “Scrubs.” “My Finale” the real end of the real show and one of the best series finale of all time. I don’t know if I’ll ever do a re-watch, but if I do I’m going to stop there.

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