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Movie Crush: Before Sunrise

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This is one of those films that immediately captured me when I watched it the first time. Within 20 minutes it just seemed like the most accurate portrayal of meeting a stranger when traveling. Thankfully, I’ve had few experiences exactly like this one, but there are a few people I’ve met while traveling that have had a dramatic impact on my life.

The film follows an early 90’s Ethan Hawke (which says it all) and French actress Julie Delpy on a train headed to Paris. In Vienna they stop and have an amazing time getting to know each other while discovering a new city. This film also spawned Before Sunset and Before Midnight, which are just as important as this one. This first in the series is just so captivating that you almost have to watch it twice.

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Throwback Thursday : Pump Up the Volume

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Who doesn’t love a little Christian Slater? Especially when he’s running a rogue radio station while still in high school. I wish when I was 16 I could have run my own station from my mom’s basement. Oh yes, and of course in true 90s fashion style. The film came out in ’90 but has a very 80s approach. Directed by Allan Moyle, who famously directed “Empire Records” is pretty much exactly what brings me back to my youth. Another great pick if you’re looking for something to watch this holiday season.

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Throwback Thursday : Poison Ivy

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If there was ever a film in the 90s that I still want to live in, it would be Poison Ivy. I wish that I could say that I relate more to Drew Barrymore’s character with her never ending confidence and badass leather jackets, but I definitely was more like Sara Gilbert’s character growing up. One of the many reasons why I’m glad I kind of grew out of the awkward phase.

Poison Ivy was filmed in ’92 centered around a mysterious teen who becomes friends with a loner at her new high school. Well, the story takes many twists and turns in this classic 90s drama. I think almost every teen girl has had the bad influence friend at least once in their life. Except in my tale she didn’t dress this awesome.

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Throwback Thursday : Hackers

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I really wish I could go back in time and know what I know now and experience the 90s for the second time. I have no idea if that even makes sense but I want to do it. We are always so unaware at the time of the albums and films that really define who we become as adults.

Hackers is a perfect example of amazing casting and pretty much everything you could possibly want in a 90s film. Now, back in the day the concept of computers and “hacking” just seemed like something we couldn’t even begin to grasp. Now almost 20 years later it’s engrained in our brain like clockwork. The film tells a tale of a group of hackers trying to cause mayhem via a computer virus that we can’t even begin to comprehend. Can we also bring back this techie weirdo 90s raver vibe?  I would kinda dig this in moderation.

Not to mention when’s the last time you saw Angelina Jolie, Matthew Lillard, Jonny Lee Miller, and Jesse Bradford all in the same movie? I thought so.

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Throwback Thursday: Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas

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“Fear and Loathing” always reminds me of high school. I think that this is one of the first movies when I started high school that I was really obsessed with. Of course that obsession turned into an entire 6 month binge on everything Hunter S. Thompson. The film is based on his book of the same name and it’s pretty much a drug induced Vegas trip from the depths of your craziest dreams, mixed with actual journalism. Hunter S. Thompson was very much into exploring the definition of the “America Dream” as much of his books in the 70s touched on the subject.

“Gonz” played by the amazing Johnny Depp and his lawyer, played by Benicio Del Toro are the two main characters in this film. I’ve only been to Vegas once but I can only imagine what this would have been like in the early 70s. I was watching part of this film the other day and I made me think about how I need to move this back into rotation.

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Menswear Monday: Brad Pitt

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For me Johnny Depp and Brad Pitt are my top two favorite actors in the 90s. To be fair, they are still at the top of my list even now. Brad Pitt really needs no introduction into the scene but I think I most identified with them in my adolescent years. They remind me of being 15 in my room and also discovering my love for cinema.

I’ve always appreciated his grungy, rugged type of look that he owned throughout most of the late 80s and 90s. “Interview with the Vampire” and “Fight Club” have to be my all time Brad moments. He pretty much defined the word “heart-throb” in the 90s.  I feel like this post is straight out of YM Magazine in 1998.

These days he’s partners with the amazing Angelina Jolie and he’s still kicking ass and taking names in the industry.

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Throwback Thursday: Top 10 90s Movie Soundtracks

Incidentally I have never written a post on my favorite movie soundtracks.Bah, crazy right?! All of these are also some of the best movies ever but even better, they have amazing music to go with them. Now these are not in ranking order because to ask me to do that would drive me to a near stroke. Think of them all in a straight line together.

1. Dazed and Confused, Even More Dazed and Confused, 1993

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Ok I had to put these two first. Dazed and Confused which was released in ’93 is still one of my favorite movies ever. These albums definitely contributed to my exploration of classic rock when I was in high school. I think “Slow Ride” by Foghat just might have to be played at my funeral. Featured artists; ZZ Top, Black Sabbath, The Edgar Winter Group, Peter Frampton, etc…

2. Reality Bites, 1994

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I think I learned all the words to Lisa Loeb’s “Stay” because of this movie. If any of you seriously feel like you live this movie then this is the soundtrack for you. This one still makes it on almost every mix I make on my iPod.

3. KIDS, 1995

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While the movie Kids is unforgettable some people often forget that there was a soundtrack released. Now, it’s long out of print and rather hard to find but you can find the songs individually online out there. I definitely credit this soundtrack for my introduction into the amazing world of Daniel Johnston.

4. The Craft, 1996

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Just look at that cover. And that list of artists. My personal favorite on this album has to be Letters to Cleo “Dangerous Type”. An ultimate girl rock anthem if I’ve ever heard one.

5. Trainspotting, 1996

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I simply love when movies release two volumes of soundtracks. Trainspotting is such a stellar film with an incredible brit-pop soundtrack. Notable mention: Lou Reed’s “Perfect Day” is def one of the highlights.

6. Singles, 1992

61G6ZP6A0PLThis wouldn’t be a grunge based blog without the “Singles ” soundtrack on here. One of the best rom coms ever centered around the Seattle scene in the early 90s and with the best music you could ever imagine. Artists include Alice in Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, and Chris Cornell.

7. The Doom Generation, 1995

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What do you get when you mix an underground industrial soundtrack with a Gregg Araki movie? This is what you get. It’s a little hard to find now but try to track it down for some awesome tunes by Medicine, Curve, and Jesus and Mary Chain.

8. Romeo + Juliet, 1996

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This film defined by junior high years and so did the soundtrack. It’s an alternative rock fans dream with music from Everclear, Radiohead, and The Cardigans. There was a Vol. 2 of the series but it mostly included instrumentals so I opted to leave it off this one.

9. Clueless, 1995

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The film that defined the mid to late 90s generation. Aside from being able to recite this film by heart, I also am transported back to each scene in the film when I hear this soundtrack. It’s worth it alone just for “Supermodel” by Jill Sobule.

10. Empire Records, 1995

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Last but certainly not least, Empire Records. Now, this definitely is one of those movies that you wish had a volume two. Mostly because all of the memorable tracks are left off the album. It does however have “Till I Hear It From You” by the Gin Blossoms and “Sugar High” sans Gina unfortunately.

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Throwback Thursday : A Life Less Ordinary

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Now this hasn’t happened to often, but there are some times when the soundtracks of the movies draw me in. I love the importance of soundtracks in movies. An art that I really think has taken a steady decline over the past few years. Maybe next week I’ll do a countdown of the great 90s movie soundtracks. Hmm…

This brings me to “A Life Less Ordinary” which stars Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz. It’s basically one of the classic late 90s twisted comedy/ satire flicks. Although this one featured a lead single from Beck called “Deadweight” and was directed by  Danny Boyle who directed ‘Trainspotting”. The story about a janitor who gets fired from his job who then decides to kidnap his bosses girlfriend and you’ll have to see the movie to see where that goes.  This film is definitely worth the watch and definitely worth a spin of the soundtrack.

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Throwback Thursday: Go!

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Keeping in mind that even though the movie Go! was released in ’99, it still counts in my throwback post guidelines. I can remember when this film came out in the theaters. Not only did it have one of the best late ’90s casts ever, but it was a different type of structure where three separate stories seem to collide throughout the film.

Who can resist a movie set in the 90s with Breckin Meyer, Timothy Olyphant, and Katie Holmes all with an underground rave party as a co-star? Oh, not to mention there is a trip to Vegas involved, drugs, and a crime spree. I won’t spoil it but if you haven’t seen it then put it on your to-do list.

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Throwback Thursday: Alyssa Milano

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I had no bigger wish when I was young than to be Alyssa Milano. This probably stems from my 80s obsession with the tv show, “Who’s the Boss?”. She played Samantha, the tomboy daughter of Tony Danza. Soon after she starred alongside Reese Witherspoon in “Fear”, another amazing 90s movie. And I mean amazing. During my high school years she played Phoebe in “Charmed”, a story about three sisters who discover their destiny as witches. Always known as a 90s vixen back in the day, and we love her for it.

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Alyssa Milano of the ‘90s (4)

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