Back to the Future Goes West, Tom Cruise Loves Limp Bizkit, and two American Movies Duke it Out in the Middle East

May 22-28: Nic Cage is a top gun, 50 Cent doesn’t die tryin’, Jackie Chan goes west, Disney adapts a videogame series poorly, Sex and the City leaves the city for the desert, Jesus comes to Canada, Eminem is Slim Shady, and goodbye to Andy Richter, Michael J. Fox, Tracey Ullman, and You Can’t Do That on Television. 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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4 thoughts on “Back to the Future Goes West, Tom Cruise Loves Limp Bizkit, and two American Movies Duke it Out in the Middle East

  1. Interesting timing on “A Killing in a Small Town”. The two nights before that, ABC aired a miniseries called “Voices Within: The Lives of Truddi Chase” starring Shelley Long. Truddi had been abused by a terrible stepfather, and developed several other personalities that helped her survive. She tracked down that stepfather and planned to kill him, though I believe she ended up grabbing scissors instead of an axe (and as I recall, ended up walking away and letting him live). Just thought it was another odd example of networks copying each other’s ideas.

  2. Chris, I’m gonna fight you over that Mission Impossible take. Rouge Nation is one of the best spy thrillers Ive ever seen

  3. I agree with the Tom Cruise take. I want to hate Tom Cruise but he clearly loves movies and the art of movie making. He’s a great actor.

    I remember Malcolm and Eddie. I was a big fan but it was on “black night” on UPN so I get why it will wallow in obscurity.

    Lost, Desperate Housewives, and Greys Anatomy premiered in 2004 and saved ABC. It was when the ensemble drama really kicked off and really changed TV. I never watched Lost but do remember when around season 2 or 3 people were already growing tired of it and tapping out.

    I saw Dewey Cox in the theatre opening weekend. It was so good and introduced me to so much different music 18 year old me didn’t know about. Also I get why it failed. My friends didn’t want to see it because “I don’t know who Dewey Cox is”. People really didn’t realize it was a parody movie and not another Oscar bait music biopic.

  4. The (first) end of 24 has me thinking about the awesome breakdown of the series Jon Bois did. He uses the same smooth jazz and well produced charts everyone loves from his sports videos to show how Jack Bauer is the most miserable bastard in the world who ruins everything around him. Check it out!

    https://youtu.be/_P52G4Kyq5M

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