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UtSGFoOG – Wild Card!

We’re almost done! The years’ respective winners have been announced! They are:

Home Alone, The Mighty Ducks, Point Break, Jurassic Park, Speed, Independence Day, and I Know What You Did Last Summer

I find it satisfying that each year’s winner has been my pick, except the Point Break year (I still vehemently and ridiculously stand by Hook). And technically I voted for D2 for the year of Speed, but you may remember I was torn between the two – secretly I am happy that Speed won. I think this speaks not of my superiority in choosing, but of my utter mainstreamness in all areas of pop culture. I admit it.





Anyway, on to the point of this post! Being that Chris held a lot of power to define the scope and rules and nominees in this search, he has opened up a wild card round. Now’s our chance to vote for any movies we feel he left out of the previous lists (Lane is going to fight to her death for Free Willy).

Chris’ post is well-written and enjoyable, so I suggest you to go to his post and read it yourself (and if you wish to vote you have to do it there anyway), but I will copy and paste the bottom half of his blog which contains all the rules and some suggested wild-card noms to get your brains noodling:




There is another, more treacherous element of democracy that we indeed must consider as well. The Wild Card. As your benevolent dictator of cinema nostalgia, I must at least let you grovel for a bit until the final voting period opens up. So let this be your forum. What films from your youth signify not only a time and place in which your tastes were unbound by artfulness or intelligence, but also now represent a conscious shift in movie enjoyment? What cinema treasure beckons you to find its curious entertainment value all over again 11-19 years-ish later, only to be rejoiced with crowded apartment viewing featuring snide comments and snobbish laughter? The joy is still there for me when watching these movies, it just manifest itself in a new and exciting way, equally as relentless, but magnified through a different lens. You are by no means required to follow my convoluted mess of rules when nominating Wild Card candidates, but in case you’re curious, here are my guidelines once again…

-Released between 1990-1997, the most vividly joyous years of adolescent cinema-viewing, in my estimation
-Must be in the Top 50 of the Box Office for its year, to satisfy the argument of universal cultural relevance
-Must have been viewed at least three times during the years in question, plus at least a desire to rewatch again as an adult must be prevalent
-The first viewing(s) must be concrete nostalgic memories of epic proportion, constituting an impactful childhood movie-going/renting experience
-Cannot be genuinely good, meaning the emotions derived and artfulness learned from said film in one’s youth cannot be directly similar to the emotions derived from or artfulness appreciated from viewing as an adult

Let the Wild Card ranting begin! Fill the comments with the films that have not been mentioned that you would like to make one final argument for including the final nominations. I will choose between 1-3 of the best arguments (or most backed up, so second someone else if you agree with them) from the comments section to add to the current list of seven. Here are some examples that have come up throughout the Quest to start you off…

Mrs. Doubtfire, Free Willy, Under Siege, Little Big League, Dave, Sleepless in Seattle, Rookie of the Year, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, The American President, Apollo 13, French Kiss, Now and Then, Mallrats, Sneakers, The Fifth Element (begrudgingly)

And some others grabbed from Googling the Box Office receipts for 1990-1997…

Ghost, Total Recall, Kindergarten Cop, Flatliners, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, City Slickers, The Addams Family, Father of the Bride, Backdraft, Hot Shots!, Lethal Weapon 3, Sister Act, A League of Their Own, Patriot Games, Honey I Blew Up the Kid, Cliffhanger, Cop and a Half, The Three Musketeers, The Santa Clause, The Flintstones, Clear and Present Danger, The Mask, Maverick, Batman Forever, Casper, Waterworld, Species, Mission: Impossible, The Rock, The Nutty Professor, Phenomenon, Eraser, Men in Black, Liar Liar, Conspiracy Theory, Dante’s Peak, Anaconda

Personally, I’m having a hard enough time deciding between the current final nominees that I’m not sure I’ll vote in this round. But were I to do so, I would totally be fighting for the following movies:

Kindergarten Cop
Flatliners (the ultimate move for playing 6 degrees of Kevin Bacon)
Father of the Bride
Casper
TMNT
Now and Then, or
Mrs. Doubtfire (it ushered in an unbearable amount of men dressed as women gags that while not particularly bringing me pleasure, they certainly do say something about our generation)

Vote here. There will be one more voting post before this sucker wraps up. Then we’re going to have to think of something else I can blog about bi-weekly.

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UtSGFoOG – 1997

1997, y’all!  How’s it feel to be 14??  Pret-ty good.



Chris has given us 5 movies from this fine year for us to choose as the ultimate generation-defining, not really that good, but we love it to this day, movie of 1997.  The official post is here.

After reading his post, I went straight to Netflix and added one of the movies to my instant watch list.  And watched it.  Instantly.  Any movie that can have that impact should get my vote – and it did.



Without further ado, the nominees are:  Air Force One, Con Air, The Devil’s Advocate, I Know What You Did Last Summer, and Breakdown.



And now here’s my breakdown (get it?):





Air Force One:  Harrison Foooooooord!!  Don’t mess with the prez!  Loved it.

Con Air:  Didn’t see it.

The Devil’s Advocate:  Don’t remember it.

Breakdown:  Didn’t see it.

I Know What You Did Last Summer:  The N’Sync of the millenial-horror genre.  Scream successfully ushered in a slew of bad teenage horror movies and what better movie to define our generation than the first of that onslaught.  Amiright?  Look it wasn’t that great, but that didn’t stop me from watching it 12+ times in high school.  And it certainly didn’t stop me from opening up my web browser and starting this puppy up on the ‘flix.  That’s right y’all.  IKWYDLS gets my vote for 1997.



Big surprise.



Do you agree with my vote? Disagree? Go vote!

Next round is a Wild Card round where Chris will select the movies that people have made a fuss about being missing from the first round (it pays to make a fuss).  Then we’ll select the official winner from the winners.  

And that’ll be it.

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Media-Fest

Jim and I are watching TV this year. It’s nuts. I guess now that he has stuff to grade all the time, it gives us a more time to watch TV than we used to.

I’m using the term “TV” loosely, as we got rid of our TV set in favor of a computer screen that houses the “internet.” Did you know you can watch TV on the “net?” Pret-ty good. 

We watch Project Runway, Flashforward (I say with a little regret), all the NBC-funnies (Parks and Rec, The Office, 30 Rock), Community (driven by Jim), Glee (driven by me), and The Biggest Loser (also driven by me, more specifically by my insatiable desire to cry).

We also have been seeing movies. We saw Up (I cried, oh how I cried). And last Tuesday we saw The Informant. We LOVED The Informant. I can’t remember seeing a movie where the main character was so unlikable.  I was very impressed.  Plus there were so many funny people doing a great job at not being funny! Like Buster from Arrested Development, & Joel McHale, or that guy from 30 Rock.

We also have been using our Netflix, per usual. We watched the John Adams miniseries and enjoyed it immensely. I learned more from this miniseries about American History than I did in 6 years of middle-school/high school history classes. This is more a reflection on my high school than on this HBO mini-series (Go Spartans!).

And now that John Adams is done, we’re watching the first season of Star Trek Next Generation. Currently, we’re 35 minutes into the pilot. I don’t have much to say about it except that the doctor from The Hand that Rocks the Cradle guest stars in it:

Sorry this isn’t a better entry, I’m a bit out of practice. Twitter has ruined me.

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UtSGFOOG – 1996

1996, 1996, 1996! Being 13!

I think in 1996, I was mostly concerned with watching and re-watching Clueless, that I really didn’t hit the theaters much. Or maybe it’s proof, as Chris has said, that as the years progress the quintessential generation-defining movies wind slowly down to a screeching halt of boring-ness.  I guess we were old enough to realize we’d already decided on “favorite movies” and were no longer interested in seeing new fare. 

Who needs to see Twister when they could just put in their copy of Mighty Ducks?  It’s probably better anyway, right?  That’s still how I feel in fact.  Mighty Ducks > District 9.



But we proceed nonetheless.  The nominees, ladies and gentlemen, for 1996 are:  Independence Day, Twister, Ransom, Broken Arrow, and Daylight.





Independence Day: “Will Smith! I know him. He’s that guy from The Fresh Prince of Belair!” I remember thinking that this was the “cool” movie to like, and I did like it (but not for reason of being cool – because I wasn’t). And I definitely think it’s pretty generation-defining (though more than Jurassic Park? Probably not, but that’s for the masses to decide).

Twister: Along the same lines as the movie above, except less “WOAH, DID YOU SEE THAT MOVIE?!” and more of a “I should probably see that sometime. I’ll add it to my Netflix queue.” Except there was no Netflix back then, which is probably why I didn’t see this movie until a few years ago when we were driving down to Louisiana in the middle of a thunderstorm (bad choice).

Ransom: I never saw this either, though it sounds like something I would’ve totally gotten into. If I’d seen it, I probably would be voting for it. But I think “having seen the movie” is a rule.

Broken Arrow: Shock of all shocks, I saw this movie. Probably because I had a brother and adult friends that gave us all kinds of used vhs tapes (I think we at one point owned two copies of this movie? Or maybe that was Indiana Jones). I couldn’t get into it, despite the fact that I probably saw this during my John Travolta phase (“I LOVE FACE/OFF!!! THEIR FACES LITERALLY CAME OFF!!”)

Daylight: Not only have I never seen this movie, I can’t remember ever seeing ANY movie with Sylvester Stallone in it. Huh. That’s an odd revelation.





Um, I vote Independence Day. If you have an opinion on the matter, please head over to the blogulator and make your vote.

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