In 2004 Joseph Kahn
directed the hyper-kinetic, poorly reviewed motorcycle action movie Torque
. It was Kahn's directorial debut, and though he was tapped for (one of many
) failed Neuromancer adaptations, he devoted the next six years to a largely self financed project: the horror-comedy farce Detention
. Noted cultural critic Steven Shaviro discusses in this essay
why Detention, despite also being reviewed negatively
, is one of his favorite movies of the decade. Shaviro's review contains major spoilers for the plot, and it's probably best to go into the movie blind. A brief non-spoiler synopsis is available below the jump. [more inside]
With Saturday being the 15th anniversary of the tragic departure of the Moon from Earth orbit
, it's a good time to visit The Boneyard
, home to all the disassembled remains of the Eagles used in the Space 1999 series. [more inside]
In the 1960s, the city of Sheffield redeveloped their neglected market square into a Hole in the Road
. "A small early forerunner to Meadowhall-type malls; but with more drunks and dodgy smells," the Hole was filled in and paved over in the 90s. [more inside]
Many of you Americans will be familiar with that certain kind of pop/country song that looks back on the good old days of yesteryear, those carefree, reckless days of mythical youth: driving Camaros, drinking Boone's Farm wine, singing the hit songs of the day, and, yeah, all that. Well, here's a song that springs from that same place in the heart, but in an Afghani version, and a wee bit more political in its message, here and there, than the American versions: it's Farhad Darya's Oo Ghaitaa
, translated as "Those Were the Days".
Has your neighborhood become 'upscale'? Take a San Francisco gentrification quiz from 1985 and find out.
In 1985, the San Francisco Chronicle ran a tongue-in-cheek quiz allowing readers to see if their neighborhood had turned upscale. It's interesting to see how many of these types of business no longer exist (travel agencies!) and to think about what some of the others have morphed into almost three decades later.
But in addition to our retreat into wishfulness, something else was brewing: a sense that the past was not only better than the present, but that the past’s predictions for the future were also better than what had actually become the present. No longer content to live in (or through) our memories of the past, we also yearned to live in the past’s vision of the future. We were nostalgic for yesterday’s prognostications: You could say that we succumbed to prognostalgia. Living with our backs to the future
, on the cultural fixation with past dreams of the future, on the 50th anniversary of Isaac Asimov's write-up on the 1964 World's Fair
, which is still being reviewing to track Asimov's hits and misses
[via mefi projects
] [more inside]
Throwing a theme party? Need some background music whilst checking out your ex's facebook pics? Do you pine for times gone by? Step into the Nostalgia Machine!
Iron, Steam and Coal.
Photographer Matthew Malkiewicz captures the timeless beauty of the steam locomotive and steam trains - the steam
, the tracks
, the folks who run them
and just the folks who love them
. (Via Petapixel
The World's Most Dangerous Amusement Park Opens Its Gates Again
: (Class) Action Park, perennial MetaFilter favorite, is back in business! [more inside]
“Would you like to – solve mysteries? belong to a secret club? ride, swim, travel, go to parties
with the best friends in the world? Then the wonderful adventures of Trixie Belden
are written just for you. Don’t miss a single one!” [more inside]
“Je Suis La Jeune Fille.” “Yes, that’s French they’re speaking. But no, these children aren’t French – they’re American!”
If you grew up in the late 1980s and early 1990s, or watched children's TV programming from that era in the US or UK, no doubt you saw that commercial for Muzzy (formally titled Muzzy in Gondoland
). The show was first produced by the BBC in 1986 to teach English as a second language, as seen in this playlist of five videos
, and later expanded with Muzzy Comes Back
in 1989 (six episode playlist
). The shows were both translated in to French
(and the Spanish vocabulary builder
), and Italian
(Muzzy in Gondoland, Muzzy Comes Back
During the late 1970's and 1980's, Glen A. Larson's lighthearted television dramas were incredibly popular: Knight Rider
. B.J. and the Bear
. The original Battlestar Galactica
. Quincy M.E. The Fall Guy
. Magnum, P.I. Buck Rogers in the 25th Century.
Larson had hit after hit and it seemed he could do no wrong. But he did produce three flops in the 80's, (and another in the 90's that managed to last two seasons): Automan
, The Highwayman
and Night Man
. [more inside]
is a series of advertising mock-ups which imagines modern products with the aesthetics and production of 1970s consumer electronics. Faux-wood paneling, angular fonts, and more orange than you can shake a stick at.
? The key commands and interface are a bit different, but the monkey will still steal your lantern and you can still earn academic credit by banking the gold you find, exploring the mazes, and collecting treasure. Just like real life. [more inside]
touched a nerve at the beginning of the ’90s, as grunge rock poured from the Pacific Northwest and independent movies like Reservoir Dogs (1992), Clerks (1994), Kids (1995), and Welcome to the Dollhouse (1995) flourished. In the same way that punk and grunge felt real—not like slick stadium rock, big-budget studio movies, hokey scripted TV—Geek Love achieved a fresh kind of authenticity. The Binewskis felt real, even as their lives and their story were fantastical. There was something about the idea of a freak show, an entertainment that hadn’t thrived in American culture for generations, which felt just right in the early ’90s."
On Not Going Home
"Logically, a refusal to go home should validate, negatively, the very idea of home, rather in the way that Said’s idea of exile validates the idea of an original ‘true home’. But perhaps the refusal to go home is consequent on the loss, or lack, of home: as if those fortunate expatriates were really saying to me: ‘I couldn’t go back home because I wouldn’t know how to anymore.’ And there is ‘Home’ and ‘a home’. "
In January of 1979, ABC premiered a made-for-TV movie called Salvage
, featuring Harry Broderick (Andy Griffith) as "the junkman with a dream," which he stated simply: "I want to build a ship, fly to the moon, salvage all the NASA stuff up there, bring it back to the earth, and sell it." His crazy idea isn't so crazy, thanks to the assistance of former astronaut Skip Carmichael (Joel Higgins) and fuel/tech expert Melanie Slozar (Trish Stewart). They managed to build their spaceship and get to the moon and back, thanks to Carmichael's ingenious "Trans-Linear Vector Principle
." The movie did so well that the crew's adventures were extended into a total of 18 episodes
, split into two seasons
. [more inside]
Almost 30 years after original sale, some 80's toys are sought after for their less than pleasant odour.
If you can get hold of one today, you'll discover that the He-Man villains Stinkor and Moss Man still cling to their particular [pungent] aroma. [more inside]
uses photography and video to explore the fluid relationship between the memory, time and photography. Her series Imagine Finding Me
consists of double self-portraits, with images of her present self beside her past self in various places she has visited. (via
♪ "Believe it or not, I'm walkin on air.
I never thought I could feel so free....
Flying away on a wing and a prayer,
Who could it be?
Believe it or not, it's just me." ♫ [more inside]
What do you need to be an international CONTROL super spy fighting the forces of KAOS? A Shoe-Phone. A Cone of Silence. A Bulletproof Invisible Wall and a Laser Blazer. Then, and only then, can you Get Smart. [more inside]
Will we be able to forget things long enough to remember them again? Nostalgia Confuses Me
" is one of the most strange and powerful episodes to come out of the Children's Television Workshop. It is impossible to imagine this film being made now. Here's the pitch:
Yeah… Jim. Look, I thought we would show how milk gets made with no script and no dialogue. Yeah. Let's just go shoot footage of farmers and the milk truck, maybe throw in a crying baby and some weird, monotone music crafted by some composer who likes jazzy stuff played by a chamber ensemble. Sunny day? Nah. Let's not make it cheerful or happy. We should make it gloomy and unsettling. Oh, and Jim? To do it right, we need some crane shots, a huge decal for the truck, and about four and a half minutes running time.
Read on, for an interview
with Robert Dennis
, composer of Milk and other clips (including Cow Feeding
and the Mad Painter series of shorts
New York’s ever-changing streetscape usually transforms at a pace too slow to be discerned. All appears as it was the day before, until the day comes when you realize how long it has been since you’ve seen...a privilege sign
Josh Clark from the Stuff You Should Know Podcast, has put together two amazing galleries of old Halloween costumes. Really old, homemade costumes
, and Seventies and Eighties costumes
Fans and critics alike held their breath in anticipation of the tidal wave of exploratory, open-ended gaming that was supposed to follow, waiting to be drowned in a sea of new worlds.
And then, nothing. The legacy of Myst, 20 years later
TEEN GIRL SQUAD! Cheerleader! So-and-So! What's Her Face! The Ugly One!
presents! Fondly recalling kindergarten
! Battling it out with the bands
! Coping with grievous tragedy
! In twenty-four great-smelling colors
! Off to camp
! Sitting on the babies
! Exempting those exams
! Attending Teen Girl Prom
! Meanwhile, Sci-Fi Greg, DnD Greg, Open Source Greg, and Japanese Culture Greg step into the
Apple Store robotic dragon's lair
It's not tough to use a computer!
Especially if you've got... Komputer Kindergarten!
Home Sweet Home
"'I told him I did live my life forward, but sometimes I couldn’t help thinking about the past, and it was rewarding,' he says. 'Nostalgia made me feel that my life had roots and continuity. It made me feel good about myself and my relationships. It provided a texture to my life and gave me strength to move forward.' The colleague remained skeptical, but ultimately Dr. Sedikides prevailed. That lunch in 1999 inspired him to pioneer a field that today includes dozens of researchers around the world using tools developed at his social-psychology laboratory, including a questionnaire called the Southampton Nostalgia Scale
. After a decade of study, nostalgia isn’t what it used to be — it’s looking a lot better."
In the beginning there was Windows 2.0 its screen, and it was either on or off, but never was it "saved." The developers at Dynamic Karma
said "let's make some pretty graphics while your computer is idle" or something of that sort, and lo, they made Magic
, and it was good. The people rejoiced, and asked, "why for are you giving this away, when we would happily pay for it?" And then they united with software engineers at the Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, and they brought forth Flying Toasters
, after figuring out how to build the screen saver structure on the Mac. [more inside]
Youtube user Thepeterson puts together collections of the major radio hits, movies, video games, and technology of a given year. So why not take a time machine trip to the media landscape of : 1997
, and 2002
Between 1986 and 1993, rather than showing a test pattern
, Global Television would, in the dead hours of the night, broadcast long videos of walking
. [more inside]
How we made Knightmare
The creator and the dungeon master of the 1980s fantasy game show revisit dodgy technology and terrified children. The wikipedia entry
explains more. Knightmare mentioned previously on mefi
Ever wanted to watch a video games award show from 1994 hosted by Leslie Neilson and Jonathan Taylor Thomas? Well, your extremely questionable prayers have been answered
(single two hour youtube link, stick around for all the commercials and a very early appearance by Will Arnett)
The Chopsticks Brothers (筷子兄弟)
[Google translated bio
] are Xiao Yang and Wang Taili,
Chinese indie musician/filmmakers making internet short films which generally function as extended music videos for their original songs.
(42 min, english sub) October 2010
] - over 52 million views
on YouTube, english subtitles [more inside]
are a Perth band whose videos for the fuzzed out pop songs Telecom
(NSFW language) use found footage to invoke and skewer a sense of nostalgic Australiana.
Check out the official 85 Years of Oscar
poster, commemorating every Best Picture winner for the last 85 years.
I'd been searching for this
for some time and recently discovered that someone had unearthed it. [more inside]
Digging up long forgotten memories for a generation who spent their formative years glued to the boob tube, Memorex
is a veritable nostalgia nuke for children of the 80s. Endless beach parties, Saturday morning cartoons, claymation everything, sleek cars, sexy babes, toys you forgot existed, station idents, primitive computer animation, all your favorite sugary cereal mascots, and so much more. An ode to the hyper consumerism and sleek veneer of a simpler time. (previously
"'Personally, I think it’s slightly sad how easy it was to get,' Jessica says, referring to the building. She brightens. 'But everyone at Chipotle was really excited to get this spot because of the history, the chance to be a part of Boston’s history. This is the oldest retail location in Boston