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.
Monday, April 29, 2013
Sunday, April 28, 2013
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.
Skinemax from Smash TV on Vimeo.
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Friday, April 26, 2013
Believe it or not, there was a time where everybody didn't have a smartphone. People made calls from their home or, GASP!, a payphone. If you needed to make a call, but had no cash, you actually had the option of calling collect and getting the other person on the line to accept the charges. This was typically really expensive, and people only called collect if they were in say, jail. But in the 90s, both AT&T and the now defunct MCI tried to make calling collect awesome.
Thursday, April 25, 2013
What do you do with a case of old VHS tapes from the Goodwill? Create a crazy, yet mesmerizing piece of entertainment. Smash TV (on Vimeo) created a video that takes commercials of the 80s and 90s (as well as some TV shows) culled from old video cassettes, mashes them up in an hour long music video wonderland. I definitely remember some of these commercials and TV idents from when I grew up, see how many you remember!
Thursday, April 18, 2013
When Jurassic Park came out in 1993, my brother Ryan and I saw it many times at the theater. Like to the point where we grew bored of being the only two inside the theater. Sure, we saw other movies that year, but when we first saw Jurassic Park, it was pretty awesome. The subsequent 200 or so times, not so much, thanks to the VHS copy we got that Christmas that got wore the hell out. I haven’t seen the movie in years, and I could watch the movie whenever I want with the Blu-ray trilogy. But the conversion to 3-D interested me. Steven Spielberg said that out of every movie he has made, this was the only one he though would be worth a 3-D conversion. So, was it necessary? And does it add anything new to the movie?
Friday, April 12, 2013
Let’s begin with this statement: Problem Child 2 is not a good movie. It’s a sequel to a movie that somehow did well enough to warrant a second installment, except it’s probably a sequel the world could have done without. So why am I even bringing this movie up? For one, it’s a movie that I saw a lot as a kid, so it was a crappy movie that I grew up with. It’s stupid and crass, but when you’re 11 years old, that doesn’t matter. But this is also a movie that really pushes the PG-13 rating to its limits on taste. It’s an early example of what would eventually become the gross-out comedy perfected by the Farrley brothers just a few years down the road.