Rollerblading Nazis, Your Dad’s Favorite Mini-Series, and Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Us Sick

Sept. 3-9: Maury becomes a paternity expert, Gene Hackman runs from the KGB, Fred Ward fights Lovecraftian horrors, another bad musketeer flick, the single worst film of 2011, we go inside Herman’s Head, Mark Wahlberg becomes a rock star, Britney handles snakes, Prince gets off, and MMA gets a good movie for once. 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. 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 “Rollerblading Nazis, Your Dad’s Favorite Mini-Series, and Gwyneth Paltrow Makes Us Sick

  1. My family got cable literally the week before that MTV VMA’s. We had just moved, and cable was my 13th birthday present. I was so excited to watch the Awards, and it definitely did not disappoint. Also, I loved Herman’s Head.

  2. #thirtytwentyten Only 37 more years until St. Petersburg has been _reverted_ to its original name of St. Petersburg longer than it was called Leningrad. Given my demographics, I’ll probably live to see that milestone! (Or I could get hit by a bus tomorrow, you never know!) But yea.. I’m probably as young as you can be and still have some memories of having a contemporary very very rough understanding of the geopolitics of the Cold War ending (above the “Rocky IV” level) and I’m not a young man. (The median human on the planet was born after the Berlin Wall fell, BTW, for context)

    Prayer of The Rollerboys Anyone think this is a fun bad watch?
    Pee-Wee Herman appearing on the MTV music awards was HUGE at my elementary school. In 1991 I definitely think that there was a larger sense of “the monoculture is going to ditch you if you screw up badly” in the popular culture than today so to see him appear in character was shocking. Everyone at school talked about it but I didn’t know anybody who had recorded it and could show it around. That was another huge difference at the time; there could be a fascinating cultural tv event and if you didn’t happen to see it at the specific time it aired you might not ever be able to see it again.

    Was R.E.M at the 1991 MTV music video the band at its height of it’s popularity? Not saying they didn’t have plenty of other good songs after that, but if you were to pick one moment in time when the band was the most mainstream it ever was, I might choose that moment. Also, singer Michael Stipe changing t-shirt after t-shirt to show a different political message is something I don’t think has ever been done before or since at an awards show?

    Cast a Deadly Spell is on HBO Max. Originally it was a TV movie so I’m surprised that the video quality looks as good as it is. Were most TV movies recorded on film or tape?

    Darkwing Duck. This is my favorite show of the Disney Afternoon. What’s yours?

    Do you have any favorite episodes of Herman’s Head and if so what was the basic plot?

    I was a big fan of Herman’s Head when it was first airing, as I was for many of the “early FOX weirdness” shows and still think the concept is a pretty sound one. The episode that really sticks out in my memory though is the one where Herman forces himself to stay up and up and up and up late at night. IIRC various aspects of his personality fall asleep one by one until it’s just the “party-dude” aspect left and I actually thought that was a decent analogy for being super tired/drunk and having the more responsible parts of your mind just peace out.

    On your _schoolyard_ what were all the kids saying OPP actually stood for? We thought it was “Other People’s Problems.”

    In the long arc of pop culture memory it’s fairly common for celebrities to be remembered as only looking like their most iconic moment. Marylyn Monroe and James Dean both wore a variety of outfits but if you see them referenced today it’s almost always dressed in the white dress from The Seven Year Itch or the jacket from Rebel Without a Cause. I think that in four or five more decades if Britany Spears is referenced at all it will either always be pictured as the schoolgirl from “Oops I did it again” or with this snake:

    What’s your favorite piece of media about WWII?

    Thinking it over… I think that Band of Brothers is either my favorite piece of media about WWII or my second favorite piece (right behind Patton ).

    As far as I’ve been able to tell no one has made one Super-Cut of all the best parts of the Jerry Lewis Telethons? Seems like it could be a good Netflix special if nothing else.

    The game could never ever ever live up to the Dead Island trailer, but for my money this is _literally_ the best video game trailer that has ever been made if you are judging it _in and of itself_ rather than showing you what the game will be like:

  3. I thought that Rockstar box office bombed because it came out the weekend before 9/11, but turns out it wasn’t even at the top of the box office the weekend before 9/11. It was a bomb just because it was bad.

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