DiCaprio’s First Movie, It’s A Mad Mad Mad Ripoff, and Conan and Spy Kids Try Again

Aug. 13-19: Colin Farrell is both a cowboy and a vampire, Jet Li saves China, Martin Lawrence is talkin’ dirty, William Hurt is a bad doctor, Paul Simon rocks Central Park, Jake Gyllenhaal is in a bubble, Nicolas Cage has a mandolin, Ready Player One is ready, and Ethan Hawke is either a dream or a dud. 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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  1. What are some other films where the doctor becomes the patient?

    What is the best Gremlins rip-off?
    (Critters 3)

    Once Upon a Time in China.
    Ok, what is a movie made in the PRC that _could_ be read as criticizing the PRC?

    What is a film that you watched in the days before the internet where you tried for the longest time to recall it but you couldn’t and there was no internet to search for keywords or anything so you just had to wonder if it really existed or not?
    Sum of all Fears (the book). Clancy really needed to work on his timing at times. I _like_ techno stuff but in SoaF he starts explaining how the terrorist’s a-bomb works, in great detail, as the terrorist is rushing away from it after arming it to blow up a city. Like… dude… there would be a better place for that info dump than at literally the most suspenseful moment of the book?
    SimCity for the SNES. For many people, myself included, this is THE version of SimCity from which all other are compared and found wanting. My friend and I had bounced off of Romance of the Three Kingdoms on the NES in like 15 minutes so this was the first strategy game that really drew us in. I remember staying up super late with him _building roads_! And trying to get the right amount of police for the crime to go down. And then getting frustrated that the crime wasn’t going down enough so we spent all our money on building police station after police station after police station until we were dead broke and the city was half cops. And then the crime rate when UP again… good times.
    But the whimsy and sheer fun of this version of SimCity had it all; Bowser attacking the city and Mr. Wright giving helpful advice and a Mario statue and Soyo Oka, the composer for other SNES games like Pilotwings, Mario Kart, and Super Mario All-Stars giving us a truly awesome soundtrack…. It all just worked!
    What method do you like, in English language movies so no subtitles, for non-English speaking to be represented by people who are actually speaking English but we are supposed to know they are speaking something other than English? Accents? Starting in the other language than cutting to English? What?

    Michelle Branch – Everywhere … I had _just_ moved to Japan at this point and I was more or less completely cut off from American music for two years until I returned in August of 2003. Listening to the radio was an odd odd experience because I recognized almost no songs at all. I think I mentioned how much I liked this song when I got back to a friend and they just commented on how old it was. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HLCasyAh7ic

    I’m not the first person to point out that given how few hits he has had, Gotye is more or less, “Somebody That I Used to Know” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8UVNT4wvIGY

    What was the most surprisingly good remake you ever saw?
    Fright Night 2011. There was a GOOD film that came out of that three year period of “Let’s remake 80’s horror films!” ?? Huh. As someone who saw the Nightmare and 13th remakes that is surprising.

    Conan 2011. Did not seem like this film was on a good path from day 1: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7x38BhR29-c

    Conan the Barbarian enters public domain in six and a half years, btw.

    Are there any other kids films film with a Memento mori (Latin for ‘remember that you [have to] die’) theme?

    What is your favorite Whitest Kids You Know sketch?

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