I came to the 90’s action party late.
Sure, I watched a few Arnie movies as a kid, but those were the blatantly child-friendly movies. I’m talking Kindergarten Cop and Jingle All The Way, fun romps to be sure, but nothing to prepare me for the awakening I had last year.
It all began when John convinced me to watch his favourite films from the 90’s (and a few from the 80’s). I decided to indulge my husband’s nostalgia. How was I to know it would end in an movie obsession that would leave me with a classic-action-movie-sized hole, never to be filled? I’ve had a hard time identifying what it is about these action movies that is still so appealing, so I thought I’d write a post trying to figure it out.
They’re Intensely Optimistic
I recently watched Sicario. It was an intense action (/crime/thriller) flick that follows the story of Kate Macer “an idealistic FBI agent [who] is enlisted by a government task force to aid in the escalating war against drugs at the border area between the U.S. and Mexico”. While it was certainly a thought-provoking and well-executed film, it was also reeeaaaalllllllllyyy depressing.
Have you ever noticed that? Some of the “best” films out there also happen to be the ones that leave you feeling like you’ve been punched in the gut. Perhaps it’s the gritty realism of contemporary films that sets them apart from previous action films, but that realism also prevents them from being a true escape from real-world troubles.
If you go back and watch almost any 90’s action movie you can go into it knowing your protagonist won’t come out of his adventure emotionally scarred. Instead, you know he’ll just rampage across your screen, kicking butt and taking names.
With an endless amount of bullets.
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It can’t be easy making a biopic.
Err to much on the side of leniency and you get a sappy, self-congratulatory, and ultimately meaningless popcorn flick. Err to much on the side of harsh truth and you’ll often get a vicious hatchet job.
Now try doing that while the main character’s still alive.
Suddenly there’s the additional burden of being honest and fair and avoiding litigation at the hands of the offended and his or her legions of lawyers.
Now try doing that with eleven characters at once.
Against all odds, Straight Outta Compton does just that.
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Tagged 80s, 90s, antisemitism, Arabian Prince, beating, biopic, criticism, Dr. Dre, Eazy E, fuck tha police, gangsta rap, hiphop, Ice Cube, Jerry Heller, LA riots, MC Ren, misogyny, no vaseline, NWA, pac, police, police brutality, race, racism, rap, rodney king, ruthless records, Snoop Dogg, Straight Outta Compton, Tupac, Tupac Shakur, Violence, wu-tang clan
Since joining the blog in June of 2012 (yes, it’s been over a year now and yes, the romance is dead), I’ve often made reference to a mysterious musical figure by the name of “Steve Taylor”.
With the end of Year 2 fast approaching, I figure it’s about time I actually explain who this guy was.
Other than a man with impeccable taste in clothing…
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Tagged 1985, 80s, 90s, album, Blue Like Jazz, Chevelle, Christian, Christianity, Culture, film, gospel, Grammy, I blew up the clinic real good, I Predict 1990, Jerry Falwell, Jimmy Swaggart, movie, MTV, Newsboys, producer, Robert Tilton, rock, Rock 'N' Roll a Wolf in Sheep's Clothing, satanic, satire, Sixpence None The Richer, Squint, Steve Taylor, Steve Taylor & The Perfect Foil, subculture, Tarrot, Taylor, televangelists, voodoo
Just a few seconds ago, I saw a picture of a time capsule embedded in the flooring of a mall in Calgary, listed to be unearthed in the year 2999. I had misread the caption at first as 2099, and thought to myself, “Huh- seems like a waste. I’ll still be alive for that.”
The full implication of that just struck me.
I’m going to be alive in 2099.
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Tagged 150, 80s, 90s, age, aide, Alzheimer's, arthiritis, Asia, dementia, elderly, entertainment, Generation, gerriatric, grandparents, health, healthcare, homecare, nick swardson, nurse, old, parents, the first person to live to 150 has already been born, Time, time capsule, vietnam centigenarian, Vo Ngueyen Giap, vo nguyen giap, Youth