Food designed for American children has always been a melting pot of preservative-laden, teeth rotting, diabetes-inducing deliciousness, but never was this as true as it was in the 90s. I can remember the forgotten favorites from my elementary school Ninja Turtle lunch box and the joy of pulling each magnificent morsel out of its colorful, environmentally devastating packaging.
I’m a fat kid at heart as well as in body composition, so I’ve already wrote much about discontinued brands of food that litter my childhood memories. I feel that these three examples of snacking perfection deserved their place in the sugary spotlight as well.
The sign of a legendary television show is the length of its syndication. One of my favorite teen sitcoms of all time, Saved By The Bell transcends all boundaries. Still in syndication twenty some years later in pretty vigorous rotation, the show was a landmark series.
It showed NBC that kids were willing to watch live action shows on Saturday mornings outside of their usual cartoon lineup. It blossomed several young stars, spawned a spinoff college series featuring the unforgettable Browns beast Bob Golic, a wedding special, and even a more modern “New Class” version that sucked all kinds of ass.
Along with its television iterations, Saved By The Bell was responsible for all kinds of merchandising. We’re going to visit one of the most 90s examples of television-show-turned-trading card and appreciate it for all of its cheesy, colorful, neon, saccharine glory. Today, we have the pleasure of looking at some sensational Saved By The Bell Trading cards.
The Halloween movie franchise has always been my favorite iconic horror series, and not just because it’s named after my favorite holiday of the year. It was one of the first R-rated slasher films I remember my sister watching on our family VCR. She’s 4 years older than me and would reach the level of maturity necessary to watch films like these without running panicked into Mom and Dad’s room in the dead of night to request a spot in their bed well before I had.
As an inquisitive youngster, I could never keep my eyes away despite my parents telling me I wasn’t allowed to watch the films. I would sneak downstairs while they were out of the room and take a seat next to my sister on the couch. When she wasn’t mad at me, she would hold off on tattling and give me a chance to soak in some of the gory glory.
Halloween is not just about scaring people. Everyone’s favorite sugar-filled holiday is also about paying tribute to characters you’ve loved your whole life. Whether it be the Power Rangers, Dracula, or Freddy Krueger, there are an endless number of ways to dress up as your favorite people and creatures.
Debuting in 1998 and written and directed by the inimitable Coen Brothers, The Big Lebowski is an absurd, sardonic, adventurous and comedic detective story of the highest caliber. Helping the film achieve its cult-like status were surely its endlessly quotable lines of dialogue and a cornucopia array of unforgettably whacky characters.
Should you decide to plan on an homage to The Big Lebowski during this year’s upcoming Halloween celebration, you’re in luck because most of the items involved in the making of this costume can be purchased cheaply online or from secondhand stores. I’m going to show you what to look for as you’re scanning over musky thrift store shelves.
Personally, my favorite character from the film will forever be Jeffery Lebowski himself. While Walter Sobchak could almost be tied for that title, he’s a very very close second. Anyway, I always felt a kinship with Jeffery Lebowski, from here on out referred to as “The Dude,” and his slacker mentality. He’s a man who feels perfectly at home in the year 1991. He’s an easygoing, pot smoking pacifist who enjoys bowling with his friends and sipping on White Russians. I’ve decided to dedicate this article to preserving his memory and helping you become The Dude for a day.
Sports movies are a huge part of film history because of their inherent drama and tension. Sports themselves are full of all of the ups and downs and do or die scenarios that make for great stories. Add in a human element, some great characters, and an underdog-overcoming-adversity cliche and you’ve got the makings of a successful movie.
While there are tons of movies about football, basketball, race car driving, and even a good number of hockey movies, there aren’t a whole lot that focus on the whitest sport in the history of mankind–golf.
Traditionally a sport reserved for business professionals and snooty aristocrats, I’ve always been a fan of chasing a little white ball around a sprawling, scenic sea of grass, trees, sand and water. And, while Caddy Shack is the quintessential golf comedy film, I will always have a huge appreciation for Adam Sandler’s comedy golf romp as well. I’m talking of course about the trash-talking tough guy golfer with a heart of gold called Happy Gilmore.