This week in 86 brought us Sid & Nancy plus a trio of Capcom classics, then 1996 saw the Spice Girls hit it big, Ransom in theaters and Clinton elected for a second term. Flash to 2006 and Gears of War redefines shooters as good-vibe-police spring into action on the Nintendo DS.
Other topics covered include:
Midterm elections give Democrats control of the Senate, but fresh-faced 50 year old congressman John McCain wins Arizona’s Senate seat.
52 Pick Up – Roy Scheider, Vanity
Modern Girls – Virginia Madsen
Sid & Nancy – British biopic, released in US this week, Gary Oldman as Sid Vicious
Something Wild – Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, Ray Liotta
Jeff Daniels plays a NY businessman who’s working his way up the corporate ladder after his wife left him and took his kids. He randomly meets manic pixie dream girl Melanie Griffith after skipping out on a diner bill. She takes him on a sex vacation that culminates in her hometown where they pretend to be a married couple for her mother and at her high school reunion. There she meets an abusive ex played by Ray Liotta, and it gets really dark from there. Melanie Griffith, Jeff Daniels, & Ray Liotta were all nominated for Golden Globes, none of them won
Tai Pan – De Laurentis movie where they IRL clashed with communist China to get it made – allegedly the first English movie shot in China!
Quiet Cool – James Remar
11/4 – All 3 networks pre-empt at least part of their prime-time schedule for mid-term Election Night coverage (would this happen outside of presidential elections nowadays?)
11/8/86 – Saturday Night… Taped?! Due to Game 6 of the World Series between the Mets and Red Sox, NBC had to pre-record the Rosanna Arquette/Ric Ocasek episode of SNL, which ran two weeks later with an opening featuring Mets pitcher Ron Darling apologizing. This was also the second appearance of The Church Lady, proving that SNL does indeed overuse some of its most popular characters.
11/8/86 – The Golden Girls episode “Isn’t It Romantic” airs, where Dorothy’s friend Jean (Lois Nettleton), a lesbian, comes to visit after her longtime partner dies. Rose and Jean have a lot in common and they strike up a fast friendship, but Jean starts falling in love with Rose, who’s unaware of her new friend’s sexuality (she mixes up Lesbian and Lebanese). This episode won a best directing Emmy.
11/9/86 – The Walt Disney World 15th Anniversary Celebration airs, with guest appearances from Emmanuel Lewis and The Golden Girls!
Capcom titles 1942, Ghosts n Goblins, Commando, Data East’s Karate Champ
AND “Hooping It Up” The Chipmunks, the Chipettes, and a tough group of older students participate in a 1950s-themed scavenger hunt at school.
The Pretenders – Get Close, My Baby
Yngwie Malmsteen – Trilogy
Kate Bush – The Whole Story, 4x Platinum in UK
They Might Be Giants – Debut Album aka Pink Album.
Spice Girls – Spice debuts in US, incl Wannabe, Say You’ll Be There, 2 Become 1. 31 million sold worldwide, one of the most successful albums of all time
Beavis & Butt-Head Do America Soundtrack – Rollercoaster cover
The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory, 2Pac’s first posthumous album, cleared 4 million
II – PUSA, includes Mach 5
Unchained – Johnny Cash’s 82nd album??
1996 Presidential Election, with Democrat Bill Clinton defeating Republican nominee Bob Dole and Independent Ross Perot.
California passed Prop 215, the Compassionate Use Act.
Ransom – Mel Gibson, dir. Ron Howard
Set It Off – Jada Pinkett, Queen Latifah, Vivica A Fox, Dr Dre
Santa With Muscles – Hulk Hogan, Mila Kunis’ first role
Brassed Off – Ewan McGregor, Pete Postlethwaite
Seinfeld episode “The Checks,” where Jerry learns he’s semi-celebrity in Japan but gets carpal tunnel signing low-paying royalty checks from his appearance on a Japanese show (this coincides with Kramer housing Japanese businessmen in his large bureau drawers). Meanwhile, George is angry when a carpet cleaning cult doesn’t recruit him and Elaine is angry when her boyfriend won’t let his favorite song be their song (Desperado)
Simpsons episode “The Homer They Fall” where Bart gets the world’s greatest belt and Homer discovers his ability to get hit in the head without getting hurt gets him a major boxing match against Drederick Tatum
Go – The Very Best of Moby, mostly post-Play stuff but lordy do I love Play
Eisenhower – The Slip, only know them from Guitar Hero’s bonus tracks
The Great Burrito Extortion Case – Bowling for Soup
Breaking & Entering – Jude Law
A Good Year – Russell Crowe / Ridley Scott
Harsh Times – David Ayer, Christian Bale, Eva Longoria
The Return – Sarah Michelle Gellar, perhaps explains why she wasn’t in Grudge 2
Stranger Than Fiction – Will Ferrell, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Dustin Hoffman, Queen Latifah again!
11/4/06 – Premiere of Rob & Big, the reality show about the daily lives of skateborder Rob Drydek and his large bodyguard Christopher “Big Black” Boykin. The main set of the show was Rob’s office/skate park. I once went to an X-Games party held there! IT IS NOT A GOOD PLACE TO DRINK.
11/5/2006 – Treehouse of Horror 17 airs, with the segments “Married to the Blob,” where Homer becomes The Blob, “You Gotta Know When To Golem,” where Bart controls a Golem, and “The Day The Earth Looked Stupid,” where 1930s Springfield residents are fooled by War of the Worlds. Guest stars included Dr Phil, Sir Mix A Lot, Richard Lewis, and Fran Drescher.
11/6/06 – Studio 60 Episode “Nevada Day” features John Goodman as a small-city Judge who hates Studio 60 and won’t let one of the stars out of jail in time for the show
11/10/06 – Nickelodeon earns its highest ratings ever with a 24-hour Spongebob Squarepants marathon leading up to the original episode “Best Day Ever”
Gears of War, Elite Beat Agents, FFV GBA, Lumines II, Guitar Hero II, Tony Hawk’s Project 8
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