This year marks the 25th anniversary of 1989 Batman movie
, which is remembered for everything from the logo "that helped set the course for superhero movies"
to the ways the movie was true to the comics
, or was really a "noir" update to the 1960s Adam West Batman
. While preparing yourself for what may come in the lead-up to the June 23 anniversary date
, enjoy Batman: The Making of a Hero documentary
, a rare 25 minutes behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, from the folks at 1989 Batman
, a fansite dedicated to the movie, and its sequel, Batman Returns
. [more inside]
Canadian family lives like it's 1986 -
"No computers, no tablets, no smart phones, no fancy coffee machines, no Internet, no cable, and – from the point of view of many tech-dependent folks – no life."
, aka The Quest
(North America), aka Go Kids
(UK), aka The Spirit Chaser
(Sweden) features Henry Thomas as an American orphan in Australia investigating an aboriginal legend at a flooded quarry in Devils Knob national park. And yes, it's available in its entirety on youtube
"A great ballclub, a beautiful demonstration of what talent can do when assembled with planning and guided by intelligence." - Bill James, on the 1986 New York Mets [more inside]
Funny or Die has gone back to its archives and presents the FOD 1986 lineup
. Among the eight shows available, genre fans are probably going to be most excited about getting a chance to see Malibu Days: Nights
, but I was personally more excited at the fact they exhumed Buildings
In 1986,[Vladimir] Horowitz announced that he would return to the Soviet Union for the first time since 1925 to give recitals in Moscow and Leningrad. In the new atmosphere of communication and understanding between the USSR and the USA, these concerts were seen as events of political, as well as musical, significance. [more inside]
A news segment from 1986 explaining the possibilities of computer music: P1
A German tourist films a trip to New York City in 1983 and 86: Times Square, The Subway
Back in April 1986, Tonight Show host Johnny Carson stole a truck
. The owner eventually got it back, but the incident resulted in a messy televised trial
that gripped the nation
. Then in February 2004, the victim recounted the story to Conan O'Brien
. [more inside]
In 1986, most gamers who were lucky enough to own a new video game system at home were playing the original Nintendo
. It's launch in 1985, a year before the Sega Master System
was launched in the states, allowed it plenty of time become the most popular console in the market, and the game Super Mario Bros.
quickly became the best-selling video game of all time (a title it continues to hold, having sold over 40 million copies to date
). However, even though Nintendo commanded 95% of the North American video game market at the time and the CEO of Sega made little effort to promote and market it
, some people still bought and gave the Sega Master System a chance. Perhaps it was the 3-D glasses
or it's unique ability to read multiple media inputs... or perhaps that the original version of the system had a secret game built right into it
(and it was unbeatable!). [more inside]
22 years after letting a ball roll through his legs in extra innings to lose game six
of the 1986 World Series, Bill Buckner
returned to Fenway Park to throw out
the ceremonial first pitch on Opening Day.
Here's a post on the Curse of the Bambino and the 2004 World Series [more inside]
"I don't know anyone who calls himself that"
Bob Dylan insulted in Australia 20 years ago. It's a wonder he still does interviews at all, and he tours down under regularly. He's resiient (Part 2 of a double YouTube link)
The Double Curse of '86
- Many sports fans remember the game 6 error
(youtube) of Bill Buckner
that cost the Red Sox the championship
But a supposed new discovery
seems to show that that the Sox were saddled with not one curse
- but two
. It could be real or just a new angle for the 20th anniversary
. (previously on metafilter)
It should have been an easy out...
"If one picture is worth a thousand words, you have seen about a million words. But more than that, you have seen an absolutely bizarre finish to Game Six of the 1986 World Series."
At the bottom of the 10th inning in Shay Stadium, with the Red Sox one out away from winning the World Series, the scoreboard flashed, "Congratulations Red Sox, 1986 World Series Champions!" Moments later, the Sox' Bill Buckner would let the ball go between his legs
, allowing the Mets to win 6-5 and tie the series. Tonight, hours away from opening day at Fenway Park in Boston, take a moment to relive one of the most painful experiences in Sox history, Bucker and all
, completely reenacted with Nintendo's old RBI Baseball
$cientology pays up for once.
Lawrence Wollersheim won a case in 1986 against Co$ regarding abusive treatment, but it's taken 16 years for him to get paid. "Show me the money," indeed. (more inside)