All posts tagged: 1997

THROWBACK THURSDAY – Ghost by Michael Jackson

Because we will undoubtedly make reference to Thriller this month on The Nostalgia Blog, it seemed appropriate to throwback to the less popular short Halloween-like film Michael Jackson released entitled “Ghosts.” In 1997, The King of Pop released a short film/music video that was co-written by horror writer Stephen King. In it Jackson plays a scary Maestro with supernatural powers who is being forced out of his small town by its mayor. Jackson also plays the mayor and 3 other characters…props for doing a decent job. I fondly remember the 3D graphics including Jackson breaking his skeleton-skull. The 30+ minute film was shortened for music video release (song also called Ghosts), which you can watch below…  

Big Willie Style – I miss Will Smith’s music career

It’s hard to believe it’s been almost 17 years since Will Smith released Big Willie Style, an album that kicked off a 2 year reign where Will Smith was the king of the radio. Will Smith could possibly be the best and most successful cross-over artist. Many have forgotten that he was a celebrated music act because of his successful film career. While he has yet to win an Oscar, he has been nominated twice, along with four Golden Globe nominations. But did you know that he’s had four Grammy wins! His 1997 comeback album (he was a rapper in the 80s before The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air) won him two of those Grammy awards. Smith followed up Big Willie Style with the also awesome Willenium. Look at the all of the singles that came of these two albums… JUST THE TWO OF US (look at little Jayden….man I hate that kid) GETTIN’ JIGGY WITH IT MIAMI (notice Eva Mendes at 01;08) JUST CRUSIN’ WILD WILD WEST FREAKIN’ IT WILL 2K SO FRESH   Will …

Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed

It’s the show that magicians around the world DON’T want you to see! It’s also the television special/series that most of America didn’t want to see either, but that didn’t stop FOX. Breaking the Magician’s Code: Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed started as a four-part TV special in 1997/98 that starred “The Masked Magician”, as he shows you how all of the biggest tricks are pulled off. It wasn’t long before magician was revealed to be Val Valentino, a struggling artist who had yet to make any real splash for himself up until that point. The first specials were billed as a “must watch TV event” and they felt like it. This was so new and seemed forbidden. I watched in awe as the Masked Magician outed David Copperfield and others. It made me both want to go see a magic show, and never again watch anything so fake…I’ll stick to wrestling thank you very much. A decade after the success of the initial TV specials, Magic’s Biggest Secrets Finally Revealed finally became a full …

Movies I Forgot Exsisted: Buddy, Born to Be Wild and Ed

Hollywood studios tend to copy each other on the strangest things sometimes. You’ll see it from time to time, when one movie about a mall-cop comes out, another is released months after, despite the fact that there has never being any other movies about mall-cops. Or even now, Jake Gyllenhaal stars in Enemy where he’s confronted by someone who looks exactly like him. Jesse Eisenberg stars in The Double, where’s he’s confronted by someone who looks exactly like him. You wonder if this is because of studios wanting to compete with one another or if it’s pure coincidence. In the late 90’s for some strange reason, studios were all about Apes. I’m not talking about Planet of the Apes, I’m talking about family comedies about someone’s friendship with an ape.   It all started with Born to Be Wild, a 1995 film about a juvenile delinquent who befriends a gorilla.   Then in 1996 out came Ed, a story about a chimpanzee joining a baseball team. Side note: did you forget that Matt LeBlanc was …

Failed pilot of Justice League of America

Do you love Superman? How about Batman? and Wonder Woman? Well then you would HATE this (let’s say comedy?) version of The Justice League of America. You can read a much more in depth article here at splitsider, but basically back in 1997 CBS created one of the worst attempts of a superhero based television show. Ever. While the show did have recognizable characters such as The Flash and Green Lantern, they filled out the rest of the cast with a whose-who of superhero shit, with names like Fire, The Atom and Ice. It is claimed that the producers wanted to avoid big superhero names so not to draw too much of an “audience” that would point out all the flaws in the show. Yeah, cause that’s how you make a TV show popular CBS, by avoiding drawing audiences. I guess they had confidence in drawing healthy numbers to the show with the greatest super villain ever, The Weatherman – who was just an evil weatherman… …Sorry, my brain stopped working for a second there. Anyway, …