Happy New Year, Our Favorites From Last Year, Plus a Damn Fine Jim Carrey Movie

Jan. 1-7: Dennis Quaid fights Japanese internment, Mayim Bialik gets a show, talk shows get a daily wrap-up, Julia Stiles can’t dance, Nicolas Cage is a witch hunter, Benicio del Toro fights the cartels, Gwyneth Paltrow sings country, Jim Carrey finds love in jail, and we fight over our favorites of last year. 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 “Happy New Year, Our Favorites From Last Year, Plus a Damn Fine Jim Carrey Movie

  1. Closed Captioning introduced to network TV. It’s getting to the point where I am starting to just not want to watch anything I can’t watch closed captioned. How often do you use closed captioning?
    #thirtytwentyten “Come See the Paradise” Was the internment of Japanese-Americans taught in your High School history? It was in mine and we all had to do an assignment on it but I was on the West Coast and it was more big of a deal there (I went to HS 1992-1996, btw)

    NFR films. https://www.loc.gov/programs/national-film-preservation-board/film-registry/complete-national-film-registry-listing/

    Blossom. Here is the original opening: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2onENmRSTbg and I think the biggest cultural impact this show had was Joey Lawrence’s “Woe,” as I have heard people who were not born when this show was on the air clearly doing a Joey Lawrence’s “Woe” impersonation despite possibly never having seen Joey Lawrence doing “woe.”

    Talk Soup isn’t on the internet. Is that because YouTube is more or less Talk Soup with 5,000,000 unpaid interns scrounging all media to post every last bit of crazy shit they can find from everything was filmed ever?

    Traffic as the start of color correction in movies. What was the best use of color correction in a film that you can think of? The worst?

    #thirtytwentyten I’m ruminating on Diana’s comment that the old fashion movie usually wins the Oscar against the film that pushes the medium in a new direction and I have a hypothesis: Perhaps when it comes time to actually vote between the two, the Academy doesn’t actually know that the new film _will_ push the medium in a new direction? That is, they are unsure if it’s just some one trick pony that will be a flash in the pan so they vote for the film which they know is a culmination of long standing techniques? Then as the years pass and it becomes obvious that the other film did advance the art form in a way it wasn’t obvious when voting took place.

    #thirtytwentyten I _think_ I read in Freakanomics that one reason the crack epidemic rose so fast and then quickly decreased (to lower levels than it was in the 80’s and early 90’s) is specifically because so many people saw firsthand what becoming a crack addict did to a person that it discouraged much (but of course not all) of new users from taking it up. IE When it first started exploding there weren’t that many people who had been addicted to it for 5+ years but as the years went past and the absolute number of long time addicts grew, potential new users saw more and more long-term addicts with severely unappealing lives. But until that first hand evidence was before their eyes the warnings against crack felt not much different than the warnings against pot. I’m going off a hazy memory here though so please don’t cite me in any scientific journals.

    What parody did you hear before the original? I was completely radio free at this point so I actually heard this parody a bunch of times before I heard the original and I was actually surprised it was a real song, much less a real song with the lyrics, “Tonight I’m Fucking You.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r3Xmyro2nLQ

    Damn but Roger Ebert was a treasure. I wish he was still with us. https://www.rogerebert.com/reviews/country-strong-2010

    I Love You Philip Morris. Diana said this I Love You Phillip Morris may be Jim Carry’s best performance. What do you think was Jim Carry’s best _performance_? Not film, but personal acting performance?

  2. If How I Met Your Mother was just the Marshall and Lily show, I probably would hold it in high regard. But Ted & Barney’s hijinks don’t age well at ALL.

  3. Blossom – Watching that show as a 7 year old was the first time I ever heard the word “Virgin”. When I asked my Mom what that was, she told me “you’ll learn about that later” lol.

    Loser was a bad movie, even saw it in theaters, but me and my boys did co-opt their parting saying in the movie: “dust”. So, the movies brings fond memories in that way.

    Sarah – as a fellow Vampire Diaries fan, my wife bought me Stephan and Damon’s new Bourbon they’ve just created (in real life)!

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