January 31, 2018
Friends, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and The X-Files were hitting their peaks on the small screen.
James Cameron's Titanic swept up 11 Oscars at the 70th Academy Awards ceremony.
U.S. President Bill Clinton denied having sexual relations with Monica Lewinsky. The world's largest airport opened in Hong Kong. Microsoft released Windows98. Apple birthed the iMac.
Singer-songwriter Khalid, pop heartthrob Shawn Mendes, and Modern Family's Rico Rodriguez were all born. A British author by the name of J.K. Rowling published the second novel about a boy wizard called Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets. A former Mickey Mouse Club member named Britney Spears dropped her first single called "...Baby One More Time." And after the successful cloning of Dolly the sheep, 19 European nations agreed to forbid the cloning of humans.
1998 was another year during which lots of things happened. Celebrities died, disasters occurred, and scandals erupted throughout those 12 months.
And yours truly (gulp) graduated from high school.
20. Years. Ago.
January 11, 2018
"My My My" is the track, and it's an adequately catchy electro-pop number about young passion...and intertwining one's tongue with the teeth of a lover. "I die every night with you" goes the chorus, and it's a line that will undoubtedly launch a thousand memes, GIFs, and various posts among the singer's 7 million-plus followers.
As for the video, Troye sings and shakes his hips in an abandoned warehouse that could arguably double as an underground sex club. It's an artsy, black-and-white piece with enough strobe lights to warrant a seizure warning at the top. Enjoy:
January 05, 2018
Properly kicking of the new year requires a proper track.
And that track is "Say Anything" from Australian quartet MOBS. The single takes its name from the beloved 1989 John Cusack movie that was written and directed by Cameron Crowe and even incorporates a few sampled notes from the film's signature song, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes."
The result is an irresistible slice of electro-pop that feels nostalgic and fresh all at once.
Then, once you've fallen in love, try their latest, "Growing Up."
January 03, 2018
Is it me, or has there been a sudden surge of the word "American" in the titles of movies and TV shows over the past 20 years? Seriously, take a look...
An American Christmas Carol
All-American Christmas Carol
An American Tail
The American President
American History X
American Ninja Warrior
American Crime Story
American Horror Story...
I ask this question because I have a theory. Hear me out...
I believe the increasing appearance of the word "American" in titles is a result of a growing sentiment in the United States, pride, which is, in itself, a result of an increase in nationalism. We're living in a time when the rest of the world is portrayed as scary, unwelcoming, and harmful, a time when "globalism" has become a dirty word. And when something is "American," certain people will invest their time in buying it, consuming it, experiencing it.
One could then argue that blatantly slapping on the word as an adjective is a lazy marketing exercise, an attempt to lure in a certain group of people that won't bother consuming content that appears to be foreign or unfamiliar. Throw in the word "American," and people will know what they're getting. This was made here in the US of A, dagnabbit! This is for the red-blooded citizens of The Greatest Country on Earth!
In other words, this could very well be another example of the dumbing down of consumer culture -- or society -- selling something in the most digestible, accessible, approachable manner.
I can't think of any other country that exhibits its nationalistic pride in the titles of its own film and TV shows to this extent. There's no German Horror Story. No Australian Beauty. Not even a Brazilian Psycho. So what gives, America? Why the need to label "American" so much? Do you feel compelled to mark your property, to make it clear that America makes the best stuff? Huh?
*This was written in a drunken stupor last year.
The trailer for the long-awaited big-screen adaptation of the myth behind the Internet's most popular boogeyman, Slender Man, has dropped.
It's an eerie mood piece that sets the tone nicely. Little dialogue. No gratuitous title cards. Just pure, dread-filled imagery that promises a horror blockbuster for 2018 (and of course, a frightening, new franchise for Sony).
P.S. - Congrats Sarah!
January 02, 2018
Not only is January a time for people to preoccupy themselves with resolutions that will fall apart by Valentine's Day, it is also a time for post-holiday doldrums, continuously dreary weather, and for Hollywood to dump crap movies into theaters. That's why you need to inject some fresh music into your life.
Starting with these (check back for new additions throughout the season)...
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When one nostalgically binges on all seven seasons of The Golden Girls like me (I swear I have a life), you pick up on a few things. C...
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