Saturday, May 26, 2012


A lot of people are pointing these days to this revival of interest in Nineties nostalgia. It seems like every decade there is this great wave of nostalgia for that decade that took place two decades earlier. I remember this wave of Fifties retrospectives during the Seventies (Happy Days, Grease etc), and a wave of Sixties stuff during the Eighties(Platoon, China Beach etc), and so on. And in the Nineties, they had That 70s Show.

Look at all the great things from the Nineties that are back -- what with Beavis and Butthead on TV again, with Jenny McCarthy returning to Playboy, and with David Hasselhoff of Baywatch fame guesting as a lifeguard in Piranha 3DD. Plus you have movie revivals like the latest American Pie sequel American Reunion-- not to mention the 3D version of Titanic.

Now, another Nineties fossil returns from the crypt.

Yes, that's right, Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith are back with Men in Black 3, in 3D, and based on a lot of the comments out there, a lot of people think they should go back to the Nineties where they belong, and stay there.

I don't know why -- I loved this movie series when it came out.

This series was one of the good things about the good part of the Nineties -- right there with the Austin Powers movies. Anyway, the bad and boring sequel that featured Lara Flynn Boyle put a fast end to hopes of a quick return for the franchise, but now it's back with a cool time-travel plot that sends our hero Agent J back to 1969 to stop an alien from killing off Agent K. Hey, isn't this whole time-travel plot stolen from the Austin Powers movies, too?

See, this movie is proof the Nineties are back. I definitely want to see this movie. Anyway, the box office numbers are in and even though the movie has toppled Avengers for first place, Nikki Finke thinks the numbers are somewhat disappointing. Really, though, what did you expect?

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