The Best Worst Movie, Richard Gere and Some Women, and the Last Jackass

Oct. 9-15: Joan Allen should be vice president, Winona Ryder looks for her mom, Memphis Belle fights Nazis, Tim Meadows gets a movie, The Simpsons return, Andrew Garfield is a clone, Ryan Reynolds is buried, Bruce Willis is a retired hit-man, and the Bronies begin. 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 “The Best Worst Movie, Richard Gere and Some Women, and the Last Jackass

  1. Memphis Belle. I remember it as a really good WWII flick but I also remember it as the first WWII flick where I actually knew what WWII was. I had some vague mental images of “War” and “WWII-ish” wars, but when I watched Memphis Belle for the first time I actually had learned about the invasion of Poland, The Battle of Britain, D-Day, the Holocaust and whatnot. It was no longer this vague “People are fighting” time but a series of events in chronological order and this movie was taking place during a very specific year of that time.

    I watched Troll 2 a few months ago and I remember very little about it. It was a busy time in my life but it was also only a few months ago. I wonder if my brain just doesn’t keep bad movies in it the way it did when I was young because it knows how unimportant they are. I still want to watch Best Worst Movie though. Maybe that’ll jog my memory. Looks like it’s free on Prime.

    Simpson’s Season 2. Honestly this is where the Simpson’s really became the series I love. The first season is so rough for me now that other than the Christmas special I can’t imagine every rewatching it.

    The Secret of Monkey Island may be the game I am the most nostalgic for. Oh, I was probably more into Super Mario 3 when I was 10 than I was into Monkey Island when I was 12 but it was a different type of experience. See, I was a huge George Lucas fan in 1990. Not just Star Wars, but Indiana Jones and Willow. Hell I, as a 12 year old, bought More American Graffiti on VHS just because I wanted everything George Lucas ever made. But in 1990 that was a rather small list. Being a fan of someone in 1990 was HARD! There were no websites, not unlimited streams of data about someone assemble 24/7 in whatever quantity you desired. I worked to find out what George Lucas did and when I discovered that he “made” The Secret of Monkey Island? I had a whole WORLD I could explore to my heart’s content. It wasn’t like re-watching Star Wars for the 75th time because when I replayed Monkey Island I always tried different things I had never tried before and saw responses that I had never gotten before. Eventually, yea I pretty much did everything it was possible to do in that game. But that took me a long long time to try practically every single dialogue tree and every single Use Rootbeer on Tree Stump (or whatever) combination. I think more than anything else I really wanted to go to a different world with the entertainment of my youth and I think Monkey Island was the first game that made me feel like I was already there because it felt like I WAS Guybrush sailing from Scabb Island to Melee Island in a way I never felt like I WAS Mario jumping on a groomba talking to the Princess.

    My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic was the first show I could actually get some enjoyment out of while my kids watched it. The early TV shows that really young toddlers like, for example LIttle Einstien’s, just board me to tears. But MLPFIM had an actual plot! And interesting characters! And… lore? And a really deep bit of worldbulidng? The hell? I discovered it organically via watching with my daughter, before I knew Bronies were a thing, but when I heard about them I totally got it. Friendship is Magic really felt so vastly different that I could easily see why it was a success outside of its target demographic. I stopped watching when my daughter stopped watching, around season 3 or 4 I think, but unlike every other young TV show I watched with her I still think about it and if I ever get more free time (HA!) I could see myself binging the rest of the series. I remember it as that good and if you do have free time I recommend it to pretty much everyone.

  2. To Sleep With Anger is essential viewing y’all, and it would be PERFECT for October. Burnett is such an amazing director & it pulls from some of the same family drama themes as his other movies, but makes it scary. Social obligation as horror, super under-developed subgenre.

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