All posts tagged: Childhood

On Nostalgia & the Home in “Fuller House”

Nostalgia-TV has had a recognizable presence in the American televisual landscape for the last decade – from Hawaii Five-O (1968 – 1980, 2010 – present) to Dallas (1978- 1991, 2012 – 2014), and beyond – but in recent years, producers and networks have turned to reboots and revivals more than ever before, as the film industry follows suit. This trend towards remakes and spin-offs seems to reflect an economic model – one that depends on a preexisting audience as an example of profit potential – but nostalgia’s marketability extends beyond those parameters. As a result of revisiting an idealized past, nostalgia-TV relies on capturing the attention of viewers for whom the past is romanticized and may represent a more stable time. In particular, the recent rebooting of popular family and child-oriented 90’s series seems to tap into a specific audience with newfound political and economic power. Netflix’s Fuller House (2016 – present), a reboot of Full House (ABC, 1987 – 1995), offers an example of a series intended to rely on a passive and non-critical …

20 Facts on the 20th Anniversary of “Toy Story”

Toy Story was released on November 22, 1995, when I was only four years old. As much as my childhood memories are already beginning to fade, I’ll never forget what it felt like to see Toy Story as a child. The fun, the adventure, and the joy of witnessing toys come to life and conquer their own fears – it was magical, and in many ways, still is. As the company’s first feature-length film, Toy Story signaled the beginning of a generation of Pixar classics. In honor of Toy Story‘s 20th anniversary, here are 20 fun facts! 1. Toy Story was directed by John Lasseter. 2. It was the highest grossing film of 1995. 3. Woody and Buzz Lightyear were inspired by toys that Lasseter had as a child. 4. Billy Crystal was offered the role of Buzz Lightyear, but turned it down. After seeing the completed film, he claimed that it was the biggest mistake of his entire career. 5. The character of Sid is supposedly inspired by a former Pixar employee who would take apart toys and then reassemble them into strange creations. 6. The carpet in …

My Favorite Video Games Of My Youth: Part I

Before I do a list of my favorite childhood games, a few things need to be stated. I am a Sony fan boy, therefore PS1 and PS2 titles dominate this list. I did not own an N64 growing up, and because of that some people may not like my selections. However, I did have a Gameboy and a computer, so a few non-Sony games made the list. Also, the order to which I have ranked the games does not necessarily mean one is technically better than the other. Creating this list took an incredible amount of thought, as it is amazingly difficult to rate nostalgia. This list will always be incomplete and full of impossible decisions, so let’s just get to it. These lists/reviews will be broken into three parts, based on ranking: Part I: 15 – 11 Part II: 10 – 6 Part III: 5 – 1 15. Spyro 2: Ripto’s Rage The Spyro franchise thrust Insomniac games directly into the limelight for the PS1. Spyro The Dragon is an amazing game, however I cannot talk …

Music Videos of My Adolescence

With the Video Music Awards’s around the corner, I thought it would be a good time to take a look back at some of the best music videos of my childhood. Just kidding, the VMA’s are bogus. I just wanted an excuse to post old J.Lo and Ludacris videos. I’m Real – Jennifer Lopez Featuring Ja Rule (2001)   Welcome to Atlanta – Jermaine Dupri & Ludacris (2002)   Smile – Vitamin C (1999)   …Baby One More Time – Britney Spears (1998)   Say My Name – Destiny’s Child (1999)   Waterfalls – TLC (1995)   I Want it That Way – Backstreet Boys (1999)   It Wasn’t Me – Shaggy (2001)*** ***this is one of the best (and most outdated) music videos of all time***   Beautiful – Christina Aguilera (2004)   Tearin’ Up My Heart – ‘N Sync (1998)   S Club Party – S Club 7 (1999)   All Star – Smash Mouth (1999)   I’m Blue – Eiffel 65 (1999)   No Scrubs – TLC (1999)   Apparently 1999 was …