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Mar 18, 2011
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Beavis & Butthead

It was only a matter of time before I posted on these guys, there was no way the90sblog was ever going to go without an inclusion of these two. This in my opinion was The Cartoon of The ’90s

Beavis and Butthead

I was a massive fan, one that had the required acquired taste which meant people either loved or hated them. There was no in between and my feet as friends would testify would be firmly planted in the love them camp. There may have been a danger of one point of my life revolving around these two. The series ran from 1993 to 1998.

In my opinion how can you look back on the ’90s without Beavis & Butthead entering your thoughts?

Beavis & Butthead started for me when I visited California in January 1994. I kept seeing them appear on TV when I was in bars or flicking around channels whenever I found myself in front of a TV but I never paid any attention to them until I went to a Superbowl party enthusiastically indulging in a very American occasion in a very British way of drinking lots of beer so I was already feeling a little merry by the half time.

Not sure what I remember between The Dallas Cowboys v The Buffalo Bills on January 30th 1994 other than The Cowboys winning but I remember well my very first episode of Beavis & Butthead.

At half time someone had switched the channel on the TV and there was all these well educated people going crazy for a cartoon so I thought this must be good so I’ll watch too, little did I know after my introduction to Beavis & Butthead I would never be the same again. For the remainder of my time in California I knew I was hooked and wanted to see more episodes of the legendary twosome. When I got back to the UK I wondered on how I can get to watch more episodes of Beavis & Butthead without ready access to MTV and my wish was granted in April of 1994 when Chanel 4 decided to screen them late every Friday night. I remember rushing home from my bar job at the time every Friday evening to get to see them.

Also in addition to telling friends on my return to the UK of the wonderful places I visted and things I did in California I also had to mention the discovery of Beavis & Butthead.

I have since found out my first episode of Beavis & Butthead was called Citizen Butthead. On President Clinton’s planned visit to their school Principal McVicker dreads the prospect of Beavis & Butthead meeting the president so from an emergency meeting in the morning he decides to give them a pass to take the day off school as it would be a disaster if these two got anywhere near The President as only the handpicked elite students would be allowed to meet The President…..but it doesn’t work out that way as Beavis & Butthead decide to walk around the school to boast to the other students about their day of freedom The Principal has given them.

Beavis & Butthead episodes are nowadays available on DVD at places such as Amazon where you can order special editions and other official episode compilations at discount prices with first class customer service and fast delivery.

It was sad in 1998 when the creator Mike Judge decided to kill them off but for me the Cornhlio impressions continued well into the noughties and I paid little attention to South Park when that became the cult cartoon at the very end of the ’90s.

In addition to the episodes that aired from 1993 to 1997, in 1996 a full feature length movie was made called “Beavis & Butthead Do America”.

As I write this in 2011 it is said that by the Summer there will be new episodes of Beavis & Butthead being shown. I hope this is true.

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Feb 13, 2011
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Assassins(1995)

Twice this week I managed to see this movie.

The first occasion was due to feeling inclined to picking it out of my DVD collection and putting it on and two days later flicking around the channels it was on TV…and you guessed it I watched it again.

First of all I am a big Stallone fan therefore decided early on that this had to be in my movie collection. I first acquired on video in 1997 when I still worked part time for Blockbuster video. This was before I even heard of the DVD format this came around 12 months later when I went into a hi-fi store in Oxford and the staff where to keen to demo this to me and the model DVD player that was utilised was a Panasonic model retailing back then for over £1000.

Onto the movie…and here’s the synopsis of it in my own words from having watched it many times:

Robert Rath(Sylvester Stallone) is an assassin who wants out of the business haunted by the memory of doing a job killing a long time Russian friend 15 years previously. This is where the movie opens up with the image of Rath in an upstairs online window where the “mark” looks up aware of his presence and is immediately take out.

He takes his jobs online(set in 1995) where the internet was still very much in the infancy, this is every much evident in the course of the movie.Anyway Rath agrees to one last assignment, he wants this to be his last payday.

Unfortunately for Rath there is no easy way out of this business, he discovers the existence of a younger, very ambitious assassin Miguel Bain(Antonio Banderas) who is obsessed with becoming number one and won’t stop at anything to take Rath’s crown.

Julianne Moore’s character Electra is the secretive surveillance expert who makes her living stealing and selling industrial secrets. She is introduced into the movie when Stallone & Banderas’s characters were both assigned by their mysterious online paymaster the job of taking her out. She like Rath & Bain is also a loner with her only company is her pet cat who she takes everywhere.

Why I like this movie?

There are many reasons for this..

Overall, I think it’s a good and generally enjoyable movie to watch.

I very much enjoy the performances of Stallone, Banderas and Moore.

The scenes around Seattle especially the monorail bring back memories of when I visited the city in 1996 & 1997.

A very ’90s song called Sour Times by Portishead features.

Overall A great action thriller.

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Nov 19, 2010
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Jerry Maguire(1996)

Jerry Maguire(1996) is a gem of a movie I acquired a few years back in the form of a DVD I paid £2 for in a cash convertors store and what amazing value for £2, it must be the best £2 I spent in a while.

It was a few years since I last watched this movie and this has to be one of the most memorable roles Tom Cruise has had in his career.

The “Show Me The Money” scene not long after he gets fired as a Sports Agent(because he’s developed a conscience) calling around his list of clients and the only client to stick is Cuba Gooding Jr’s  character underachieving NFL star Rod Tidwell.

I also think Renee Zellwegger has a particular kind of girl next door appeal in this movie and  also does well as Maguire’ s love interest Dorothy Boyd.

Great story, great characters. I could post a big review here but won’t so if you want to know more about one of the classic movies of the 90’s you ll have to watch it and you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be watching my copy again thats for sure.

With a nomination of 5 oscars its easy to see why. Get to watch Jerry Muguire, it has to be one of the best movies of the ’90s and you’ll love it, that’s for sure!

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Sep 15, 2010
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Best TV Shows of the 90s

My vote for best TV shows of the 90s has to go for Friends and X Files.
I could talk at length about both of these shows but will save that for another day.

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Jun 6, 2010
techico

The Net

Hello

Back in the days before I first bought a PC this was 1996, being a fan of the actress Sandra Bullock I decided to rent out a copy of The Net from the branch of Blockbuster I worked at back then on a part time basis. This was the store on Banbury Road, Summertown, Oxford which has been closed for the last couple of years or so.

It was a movie I enjoyed watching but I can never get how she could cross from Mexico to US on a passport in another name and later on in the movie she sneaked her way into an office in San Franciso and in a mouse click started a fire alarm for which all the office staff had to leave the building but she somehow manged to remain in there to do her thing on the PC?

Such a thought is now compelling me to watch this again, surely can pick up a copy somewhere on DVD for a couple of quid, in the meantime will check out the prices on Amazon”s UK site and to invoke more memories of this movie will also pay a visit to imdb.com

I did once own a copy of this on VHS.

There has to be a whole host of 90s movies I could write about here to my heart”s content.

Best Wishes

David

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Feb 21, 2010
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’90s TV and Movies

Many memorable TV Shows from the ’90’s here such as the Friends phenemenon that started in 1994, the success of Baywatch in many countries around the globe and if you lived in the UK in 1995 you may have looked forward to Thursday night for the latest episode of Men Behaving Badly.

Adult cartoons such as Beavis & Butthead by Mike Judge broke new ground in 1993 and later South Park emerged around 1998.

Many memorable movies synonymous with the ’90s such as Wayne’s World, Speed, Demolition Man, Independence Day,  Ghost – these are just a few and am sure that many more can be discussed here in this thread.

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