Saturday, July 27, 2013

Box Office Bombs Of The 90s

This year has seen quite a few big movies absolutely tank at the box office. Movies like R.I.P.D, The Lone Ranger, White House Down and After Earth have fizzled while lower budget films such as The Heat, Now You See Me and The Purge have made bigger returns on their investment. Part of this has to do with studios now pandering to overseas markets, the Chinese and Russians are now bigger markets than ever before, and they love big budget films with big name actors attached. While Hollywood seems to be blowing its wad all over the place in the past few years, the 90s was the real starting point of the big budget disaster.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013

1998: The Best Year In Music (At Least To Me)

Out of all the years in the 90s, the year that sticks out most in my memory for music is 1998. It was a pretty important year for music: it saw the rise of Britney Spears, brought back the boy bands, and was the last great year for alternative rock. Brandy and Monica owned the summer charts with "The Boy Is Mine", a song so hot, it lasted 13 weeks on the top of Billboard's Hot 100. Really, you couldn't go 20 minutes without hearing this song on the radio in the summer of 98.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Hey, Remember When Jennifer Love Hewitt Had That One Song?

Yeah, that one song she did for that movie, I Still Know What You Did Last Summer. I guess if you're at the height of your TV and film career, you're obligated to do music, right?

What's funny about this song is that it seems so out of context with the movie. It's a light pop song for a horror movie. I honestly can't think of any horror movie since then that has had the actress perform a song for the film. But then again, the 90s was a time where we had things like this. Sony was probably out to milk JLH's celebrity for all she was worth back then, and this was at the height of her career.

So, enjoy this 90s curiosity, because that's what we're here for!

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Gran Turismo Turns 15, Still Not Old Enough To Drive

Gran Turismo was and still is an influential racing franchise. Not only was it a racing series that brought realistic driving to the masses, but it also was responsible for getting auto manufacturers like Subaru and Mitsubishi to bring their cars that were only available in Japan into the United States. Without GT, there would be no Forza Motorsport, which is one of Microsoft’s lone franchises for the Xbox that doesn’t involve shooting at things. Gran Turismo made me a bigger fan of cars than I used to be. Sure, I had Hot Wheels as a kid (I still remember that purple Nissan 300ZX that I loved), but I wouldn’t go as far to say I was an automobile enthusiast. And while I did like racing games, they were usually games like Super Mario Kart, F-Zero, Cruisn USA (the arcade version) and San Francisco Rush. Really, games that were more arcade like in gameplay. The N64 system never had anything that was close to Gran Turismo (World Driver Championship came kind of close, but the cars were generic), so I was used to playing more arcade style racers.

Saturday, June 29, 2013

90s Hall Of Fame : Sandra Bullock

Sandra Bullock’s latest movie The Heat opens this weekend, which is more than appropriate of a time to roll out a new little feature here: The 90s Hall Of Fame. Bullock’s film career began in the 90s, with a string of hits and misses, but by the beginning of the 2000s, she demonstrated that she was bankable enough to be a leading actress, which subsequently led to even more hit or miss projects. Bullock remains a likeable personality to this day, bringing an “everywoman” quality to her characters, and is versatile in any genre of film, be it a comedy, drama or action film. So let’s start in 1992, where her career began!

Friday, June 21, 2013

So It's A Category, Now

Maybe it's been a category on the show for some time now, but I just realized that The 90s is a clue for the puzzle on Wheel Of Fortune now. At least the answer below is not quite 20 years old, but it may as well be!


Sunday, June 16, 2013

Now Isn't This Ironic? Alanis Morrisette Doing Bubblegum Pop!

When you hear the name Alanis Morissette, who do you think of ? The angsty, shrill alternative artist that gave us classic 90s hits like "Ironic", "Hand In My Pocket", "You Oughta Know" and "Thank U"? Maybe you remember from her Nickelodeon days from You Can't Do That On Television? But you probably never thought of her as the next Robin Sparkles, singing bubblegum pop on her original debut album! That's right people, thanks to the glory of the internet and YouTube, Alanis Morissette's little pop skeleton just exploded out of the closet, all in it's teased-hair glory.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Drop Dead Fred Did It!

Universal/New Line
Drop Dead Fred is one of those movies that kind of came and went when it came out back in the early 90s. It wasn't a huge success, and at 13% on Rotten Tomatoes, it wasn't a critical success, either. Maybe the concept was over the top, or maybe the movie seemed harsh on the surface. But Drop Dead Fred is a movie that grew on me over the years, a movie that while far from great, is still actually fairly entertaining and actually dared to do something different.

A (Somewhat) Hot New Look!

So, this things been around for a year now, and I felt like it was time to freshen things up a bit. The background is familiar, yet a bit more upgraded. I also decided to lighten things up by having the background fade into white, rather than the black background which served this blog well for a year. There are a few other subtle changes as well, some probably not all that noticeable. Hopefully I'll be working on some new content soon, I just haven't had the time to come up with anything new, and when I DO get the time, I can't think of anything. Kind of a problem when I'm the only one generating content here. But, sooner or later, I'll throw something out there.

Monday, April 29, 2013

You Drive Me Crazy - The 10 Ugliest Cars Of The 90s

So last year, I ripped into the 3rd generation Ford Taurus and Mercury Sable a bit for being a very ugly looking car. But that wasn’t the only car that was beaten with the ugly stick, oh lord no. Every decade has its share of automotive embarrassments, and the 90s was no different. Take a look at the cars that must have been designed by someone on a crack/crystal meth cocktail, and marvel at as to why these automakers thought releasing these cars onto the general public was a good idea.

Sunday, April 28, 2013

But Wait, There's More!

Did you like the "Memorex" video from Smash TV that appeared here not too long ago? Here's another gem from the video editor, this time delving into the movies of the late 80s and early 90s. The video is called "Skinemax", and it's another near-hour video journey through movies like Demolition Man, Cool World and Addams Family Values. Enjoy.

Skinemax from Smash TV on Vimeo.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Stalk The 90s On Twitter And Pinterest!

Hey! You!

AOT90s is on Twitter and Pinterest! Follow AOTS90s on Twitter through @aot90s, and check out the 90s board on Pinterest here!

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