10 Years Of Movies

Every January, I go through the movie ticket stubs I acquired during the previous year and paste them into a small scrapbook. As I was going through my collection this weekend (while also ignoring the obvious signs of hoarding, of course), I noticed something. The oldest ticket stub is for Shattered Glass. I saw it in November 2003.

For exactly ten years I have been saving my ticket stubs. There are 220 ticket stubs in total. That’s seven Harry Potters, five Woody Allen movies, four Lord of the Rings, two Sex and the Citys, two Hunger Games and plenty more. Here is small a sampling of my stub collection.

1. 2003 to 2004

Shattered Glass; Lord of the Ring: Return of the King; Mystic River, Big Fish; Miracle; Jersey Girl; Mean Girls; Troy

This is the very first page from the scrapbook. I was 15 when I saw these movies. I can’t believe I saw Troy in theaters and I still can’t believe Mean Girls came out 10 years ago. Continue reading “10 Years Of Movies”

Busey in a Bubble: The Best Commentary on the Irrelevant?

The final image of the MTV Movie Awards was probably the best unintentional commentary on the annual awards show possible.

The charismatic crazy charmer Gary Busey was in a bubble inches away from the cast of the Twilight movies as they accepted the award for Best Movie. Does he know where he is? What is he grasping at? Is he reaching out to touch Taylor Lautner? One can only dream.

For a show as ridiculously irrelevant as the Twilight MTV Movie Awards, I couldn’t ask for a better end note. Since we have to deal with Twilight at least until 2013, Busey and his bubble should be on call to remind us that this awards show is just mindless fodder to start the equally mindless summer movie season.

A Cinematic Alphabet

26 letters in the alphabet, 26 movies.

This meme has appeared on various blogs the past few days and I finally had the time to create mine. It was unbelievably challenging to think of movies for some letters (X, Q) and limit my choices for others (D, E, M). In the end, my list is very reflective my personal study of cinema — before, during and since college. My interests in classical Hollywood cinema, experimental cinema, Neorealism, and post 9/11 American independent cinema comes through.

Here it goes.

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TeenNick: Making Your Dreams Come True

Attention all you recent college grads who can’t get to sleep at a decent hour because of the stress of trying to get your life in order (thanks crappy economy!). TeenNick is coming to the rescue! Beginning this fall TeenNick is launching a new midnight-to-2 a.m. programming blockThe ’90s Are All That. This is your chance to rewatch all your favorite shows like Rugrats, Kenan & Kel, Pete & Pete, The Amanda Bynes Show, All That and Clarissa Explains It All.

This the best fall programming news yet. Why should I waste my time with the new shows the networks are trying to shell out when I can just spend my late nights with Clarissa Darling or Pete & Pete?

My one request: Please let the ’90s version of Veronica Mars, Alex Mack, make an appearance!

What was your favorite 90s show? And if you haven’t seen this ode to teen shows of yesteryear, do so now. (Really, I insist!)

Just call me Patti Mayonnaise, ’cause I dig your Doug

I am a 90s child. As a kid there was nothing I loved more than a quality tween show – All That, The Secret World of Alex Mack, Saved by the Bell, Boy Meets World, and Doug. Some shows –Clarissa Explains It All and Saved by the Bell – I didn’t necessarily watch when they were broadcast, but there was always morning repeats that I watched before school. I even named my cat after Salem on Sabrina the Teenage Witch.

In the video embedded below, one YouTube vlogger goes where no other has gone before. She writes and performs a wonderfully, nostalgia-ridden song called “We’ll Always Be All That,” about the tween shows of the 1990s. It is a catchy tune that references everything from Keenan and Kel to Sister, Sister to Guts. Not only am I obsessed with this song, but I am very impressed. Enjoy!