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2018 is nearly here. And while we wait to see what fresh joys and horrors it will bring, let’s take a minute to rewind and see how far we’ve come.
From Google to Harry Potter, the most popular hits, movies and innovations are turning the big 2-0 in 2018. Here are some of the things that started way back in 1998, and how they’ve changed the way we live today.
1. Google says goodbye to their teenage years.
Google will finally become an adult in 2018. The search engine was launched on Sept. 4, 1998. That means Google is just another young millennial like the rest of us.
2. The iMac was born.
The desktop computer made its debut in Aug. 1998 and has since been remade with new colors, new styles, and hefty new price tags.
3. Saving Private Ryan was released.
The war drama starring Tom Hanks, Edward Burns, and Matt Damon premiered on July 24, 1998. Fun fact: it was the last film edited on a non-digital editing system and won the Academy Award for editing. Take that, technology.
4. “Doo Wop (That Thing)” by Lauryn Hill was played over and over again.
The debut song off her Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album in Nov. 14 earned the artist two Grammy awards for the song (three more for the album), a Top 100 Billboard hit, and the anthem for so many of her fans.
5. Everyone tuned into Dawson’s Creek.
The teen drama first aired on Jan. 20, 1998 on The WB (which is now the CW by the way) and it was way before The OC, Gossip Girl or even One Tree Hill was even a thing.
6. Seinfeld came to an end.
The final episode aired on May 14, 1998 and according to IMDb, cable channel TV Land honored the show by not airing any programming in their time slot.
7. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone was released in the United States.
After a year of watching the UK enjoy Harry Potter and Philosopher Stone, Scholastic finally released it to the American wizards in 1998. Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets was published in the UK this year as well.
8. Everyone’s favorite toy Furby was created.
The robotic owl monster that unexpectedly made noise for many of us was created in 1998 and was the most popular toy that year. 20 years later, the toy is still haunting children and adults everywhere.
9. Disney’s Animal Kingdom made its debut.
The theme park opened to the public on April 22, 1998 and became the fourth installment at Disney World. Also it’s one of the best. You just can’t go wrong with The Lion King or Avatar.
10. “Baby One More Time” by Britney Spears became our favorite karaoke song.
This song defined a whole generation of people. The single made its debut on Oct. 23, 1998 and Britney was also 16 years old (just put it into perspective how old we really are).
11. There’s Something About Mary made everyone laugh out loud.
This romantic comedy with stars Ben Stiller and Cameron Diaz had us rolling in the aisles. The Golden Globe nominee was one of the highest-grossing comedies of that year.
12. Total Request Live aired on MTV for the first time.
Ignoring the reboot of TRL, Total Request Live first aired on Sept. 14, 1998 with host Carson Daly and we were gifted with guest stars like Britney Spears, NSYNC, and the Backstreet Boys.
13. Armageddon became a blockbuster hit.
What do you get when you mix NASA, Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, and a hit song by Aerosmith? The science fiction action film of 1998.
14. That ’70s Show graced our television with laughter.
On Aug. 23,1998, six teenagers from Wisconsin brought us comedy and scenes to dive into what it could’ve been like in the ’70s. Also, we can’t forget singing along to the theme song every time.
15. Holes brought readers into a new world.
No, not the movie starring Shia Lebouf. The book written by Louis Sachar is the young adult novel we grew to love and appreciate how one person’s name can also be their last name. Trippy right?
16. Sex and the City introduced us to, well, sex and the city.
The HBO hit show followed four women in New York City that celebrated women empowerment and friendship. Let’s be serious, we all wanted to be Carrie Bradshaw at one point in our lives.
17. Cranium helped us learn to use our brain for once.
In 1998, creators Whit and Richard were tired of playing games with no thinking involved, so they created a board game for players to essentially use their whole brain. 20 years later and the game still tears families apart and gets your mind turning.
18. Game Boy Color made gaming so much more colorful.
The Game Boy might’ve been revolutionary in 1989, but the game boy color changed the way we played.
19. Baby Bottle Pop sweeten the candy deal.
One of the weirdest, but greatest candy idea of 1998. Although it’s only pure sugar in a bottle, nobody can compete with the catchy jingle and sweet flavors.
20. “The Boy Is Mine” by Brandy and Monica had us shook.
This R&B hit had a duet between Brandy and Monica, solidifying the two powerhouse singers. Also, fun fact, according to the Herald Sun, the song was inspired by Michael Jackson and Paul McCartney’s “The Girl Is Mine” song.
‘A Star is Born,’ ‘First Man’ And ‘Widows’ Are This Year’s Early Oscar Front-Runners
“On the first day of the Toronto International Film Festival last week, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that the Oscars will table the polarizing new category meant to honor the year’s “outstanding achievement in popular film.” Good. The award isn’t only misguided what makes a film popular, and why reward something on those grounds? but also quite unnecessary, as the festival itself made clear.
Many of the movies that premiered and screened in Toronto are crowd-pleasers destined to earn piles of cash and offer the sort of skillful prestige the Oscars favor. Already I can pinpoint three awards front-runners with solid shots at revenue exceeding the coveted $100 million mark: “A Star Is Born,” “First Man” and “Widows.”
All three have obvious selling points that could vault them into blockbuster territory. “A Star Is Born” is a beloved story exquisitely reimagined by the uberfamous Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga; “Widows” is an electrifying thriller featuring an all-star cast led by Viola Davis; “First Man,” which reunites Ryan Gosling with “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, depicts Neil Armstrong’s 1969 lunar journey imagery that’s seared into the American consciousness.
If all goes well, these movies will hit the sweet spot between commercial success and artistic merit that the academy seems to think eludes its grasp. (Never mind that “The Shape of Water,” a dreamy sci-fi romance with $195 million in worldwide grosses, scored this year’s Best Picture trophy.) “Star,” “Widows” and “First Man” are major studio releases distributed by Warner Bros., Fox and Universal, respectively, giving them the leverage needed to sail into the national zeitgeist long before fall’s top awards are announced. ……………………….”
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The Coen Brothers Films Ranked!
“With the 20th anniversary re-release of The Big Lebowski, we rank the duos films (directing only), from their 1984 debut Blood Simple to this years The Ballad of Buster Spruggs
18. The Ladykillers (2004)
What on earth was this about? A remake of the Ealing crime-caper classic (with Tom Hanks in Alec Guinnesss crackpot mastermind role) at least proves, if proof were needed, that the Coens have excellent cinephile taste. But this was pointless and baffling. A case of No Coen Do.
What a dogs brunch of a film: a strained and unfunny black comic gang-show of big names, with one or two good gags and an admittedly intriguing turn from Brad Pitt as a dopey fitness freak.
16. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)
This period Capraesque comedy about an ordinary guy a rather uncharismatic Tim Robbins who is elevated to corporate greatness as part of a share-price scam is an example of how the Coens comedy can sometimes lack focus: too quirky and spongy.
15. O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
The Coens love of Preston Sturges resurfaced in this film that whimsically takes upon itself the title of the desperately serious social-realist movie being planned in Sturges 1941 Sullivans Travels. It is an appealing, likable film about three runaway chaingang convicts in depression America who pass themselves off as a bluegrass trio, their record somehow becoming a hit. Silly, amiable stuff that has faded with time.
14. Hail, Caesar! (2016)
More golden age Hollywood nostalgia with this cantering comedy about tinseltown: the boozers, the fixers, the divas, the hoofers, the scribblers. It features George Clooney as a none-too-bright ageing star in a cheesy toga-wearing Roman epic. The movie reminded the world what a great dancer Channing Tatum is.
13. True Grit (2010)
Unprecedented commercial success was what the Coens found with this handsome remake of the 1969 John Wayne classic; or rather a new adaptation of the original novel by Charles Portis. Jeff Bridges was probably the only possible casting as the no-account Rooster Cogburn, with Hailee Steinfeld as his employer, the 14-year-old Mattie Ross. It is a good-natured, well-made movie, but perhaps without the strong taste of the original, or the Coens other films.
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Burt Reynolds: the Easygoing Cannonball of Old-School Hollywood Manliness | Peter Bradshaw
In his heyday in movies like Smokey and the Bandit, Reynolds became a hugely popular star who embodied the twinkly-eyed mans man with a touch of the rebel
“At his peak, Burt Reynolds had the kind of face, the kind of body, the kind of masculinity and appeared in the kind of movie that hasnt been fashionable in Hollywood for decades. From 1978 to 1982, Burt Reynolds in all his easygoing ruggedness was the undisputed king: the industrys top grossing star every year in that time for increasingly unfashionable but lucrative pictures. It was a short but legendary reign, after which his awful career moves, calamitous personal investments and matrimonial woes put his star into the descendant. But, like Travolta, he enjoyed a hip and postmodern comeback in the 1990s as the porn movie mogul in Paul Thomas Andersons Boogie Nights (1997), a role with a streak of darkness which reconnected to him to the disturbing John Boorman picture that made his name in 1972, Deliverance, the story of four white salarymen who go on a trip to the Georgia wilderness, unwisely patronise the locals and encounter a situation which unlocks ruthless violence in Reynoldss character.
But Deliverance however sensational it was was a slightly atypical role for Reynolds. In his glorious, sunlit heyday, Burt Reynolds was an easygoing figure. He had a wide, handsome and very intelligent face: sometimes accessorised with a big moustache, he appeared in an outdoors-guy leather, denim, sometimes in lawmans uniform or sports kit the kind of rangy look that was later co-opted by the gay community. Reynolds had a fine singing voice and appeared opposite Dolly Parton in the musical The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas, and in 1973 released a country album called Ask Me What I Am…………………..”
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