Kevin Smith Does Horror, Kenneth Branagh Does Hitchcock, and Adult Swim Debuts

Aug. 27-Sept. 2: Mr. Rogers leaves the neighborhood, Robbie Coltrane is the pope, Tilda Swinton is off the deep end, Héctor Elizondo is in the kitchen, Chucky’s done…for now, a very Swingers reunion, Helen Mirren settles her debts, more high school Shakespeare, and Beyonce is on top. 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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2 thoughts on “Kevin Smith Does Horror, Kenneth Branagh Does Hitchcock, and Adult Swim Debuts

  1. #thirtytwentyten What is a DVD you watched that most enhanced your subsequent viewings of that film?*
    *I think I may be legally bound to ask this question.

    #thirtytwentyten [30 years ago this month]
    “He parked his tanks on the river just across from the White House, and was then ordered to drive them over the bridge and position them outside the parliament itself.

    Once there he struck up a conversation with one of the demonstrators, a businessman called Sergey Bratchikov.

    “He scrambled up on to my tank and asked me this question. ‘Are you going to shoot at us? Or maybe you’d rather come over to our side and start defending the parliament?'”

    Sergey Yevdokimov was worried that the businessman might be from the KGB, but was persuaded to go into the White House and talk to some of the senior deputies inside.

    When he came down he ordered his men to encircle the parliament, and turn their tanks round so that the guns were pointing out, away from the building and towards any potential attack.”

    Yea… I think that moment, right there, when the Soviet Army more or less decided to side with the forces of reform and democracy instead of cracking heads, is the moment that pro-democracy movements worldwide have expected/hoped/wished for again and again during the last 30 years. But, sadly, as we just saw in Cuba that was probably an incredibly low probability event.
    Gorbachev was almost certainly crucial in that and seems a massive outlier. It appears as if the vast majority of long lasting tyrannies just do not end up ruled by a man who, at his fundamental core, actually believes said tyrannies fundamental myth: ie that the state is truly working for the best interest of the people it rules and therefore the people love the state as much, or at least close to as much, as the state’s propaganda says it does. I wonder if Monarchy has had such a horrible run in the 20th and 21st century because monarchs were just much more likely to believe that myth compared to tyrants. .

    #thirtytwentyten Beast Master 2: Through the Portal of Time. Never seen any Beastmaster film. I understand this is a bad film. But is it fun?

    #thirtytwentyten The Pope Must Die.
    What other films were not worth the controversy? (As Siskel claims here)

    #thirtytwentyten What was the _WORST_ Child’s Play film?
    1.1 Child’s Play (1988)
    1.2 Child’s Play 2 (1990)
    1.3 Child’s Play 3 (1991)
    1.4 Bride of Chucky (1998)
    1.5 Seed of Chucky (2004)
    1.6 Curse of Chucky (2013)
    1.7 Cult of Chucky (2017)

    #thirtytwentyten Dead Again. I watched it for the first time just now and I have to side with Chris: This is a goofy goofy movie by 2021 standards. The jumps and leaps were so big and the use of scissors was meant to be so very very symbolic but just felt corny beyond my ability to take it the least bit seriously. That being said, Robin Williams gives one hell of a speech about how either you are a person that has quit [negative habit, in this case cigarettes but really it could be anything] and has decided that you don’t do that anymore, or you are not and that bit rang very very true to me with a lot of wisdom in it.

    #thirtytwentyten Hey Dude ends.

    I feel like the “Nickelodeon” years are often so very very brief for a lot of people. Like, it’s common to encounter people who watched a ton of it for two-to-four years but rarely longer than that. Thirty twenty ten has moved beyond all shows on Nic that I have any nostalgia for but when it started it was so very deeply in love with the channel.
    Or am I wrong? Do many people here have fond memories of watching Nickelodeon for a decade or more?

    #thirtytwentyten E-news premiers. I watched a ton of shows about entertainment news in the 1990’s and I can pretty much remember none of it.

    #thirtytwentyten Liquid televison. The ONLY thing I ever enjoyed about LT was Aeon Flux but that just BLEW MY 13 YEAR OLD MIND MAN!

    #thirtytwentyten Pearl Jam Ten. So not that I’m complaining but why is pretty much every album available on YouTube? I mean, why would I buy an album if I can get it for free on YouTube?

    #thirtytwentyten To End All Wars. So…sorry but again what is the rationale behind letting a movie be seen for free on YouTube? How does that make sense to the rights holder?

    #thirtytwentyten Jeepers Creeper

    #thirtytwentyten The Big Sleep.

    #thirtytwentyten Body Heat

    #thirtytwentyten I love that when asked, “What 1980’s film should we do in this music video?” the answer for Last Friday Night was ALL OF THEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    #thirtytwentyten Christiaan Barnard (First Heart transplant). So my brother-in-law is a literal heart surgeon and during my bachelor party we went out and played paint ball. For some reason I was perfectly place and began just firing on him again and again and I hit his hand again and again. I felt like _total shit_ for a bit thinking I had messed up a heart surgeons hands but thankfully he was fine within like an hour.

  2. Fun fact: Mary J. Blige mispronounced “dance soirée” and sang “dance-ery” on the “Family Affair” song.

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