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Blockbuster Is Opening Up A Limited Time Pop Up Shop And OMG It Is Everything

Media changes are not just technical transformations, but also cultural ones. Just think about the telephone and how it brought new types of connections among people in different geographical locations. But perhapa the biggest change of them all when it comes to the entertainment industry is the shift to digital formats and the phasing out of physical content “containers” such as tapes and CDs. 

You see kids, a long time ago this is what humans used to watch movies on.

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These were bulky plastic boxes that played your films and TV shows. This format became standard worldwide even though it was inferior to the competitor Betamax.

And to do so they had to insert those VHS tapes into these machines.

They were pretty tough but once it got old you could hear the very annoying tape tuuuuurning slooowly.

And you had to rewind the tape before returning it to the video rental store.

There was even a penalty fee if you didn’t rewind the tape before returning it!

And a video rental store looked like this.

This was a magical place where you looked for the movies you missed at the cinema or where, if you were a teenager, you wished to score a movie with some mild nudity in it. Come Halloween, the place was swarming with people trying to get the goriest films. 

And the first step of a date night consisted in browsing one of these shelves, so not such thing as Netflix and Chill for 1990s humankind

If you survived choosing a film together then maybe you were meant for each other. There was of course ACTII microwave popcorn at the checkouts! It was a one-stop shop for a date night before Netflix made us browse endlessly. 

And did we mention what TV boxsets looked like? Binge watching actually MADE YOU GET OUT OF THE COUCH! The horror, the horror!

Nothing worse than getting the perfect position on the couch and having to get up to change the tape… only to find out someone put in in the wrong damn box!

Then things got easier and humans got DVDs that didn’t need rewinding

A short push of a button, a big step for humanity. 

But we had to deal with nasty incidents like your DVD being scratched and not working… 

Once the DVD got scratched it would skip scenes or stop working all together! If it was a rental from Blockbuster you better wish the dude at the front desk did not check it before entering into the system, 

So along came other formats like Laser Disc and Blu-ray, but the real game changer was Netflix and its huge streaming catalogue.

So now we could watch it all comfortably! But is more necessarily better?

So Blockbuster stores and other video rental places went kaput.

In 2014 most of the Blockbusters in the world shut down and so an era came to an end. 

And people got lazy…

Can you believe there is actually an Airbnb property specially designed to Netflix and Chill? Come on, where is the fun in that? Yes, be malpensados. 

But some also miss Blockbuster and its rituals so they are opening a Blockbuster pop-up!

Clothes store Dumbgood is opening a pop up shop in New York City for all those nostalgics who probably hate to scan the Netflix catalogue and remember how amazing and definitive it was to exit those blue and yellow shops knowing exactly what you would watch. As The Hollywood Reporter informs us: “Although almost all Blockbusters shuttered by 2014 — today, one lone store in Bend, Oregon remains — clothing label Dumbgood is resurrecting this millennial mainstay in a new, officially licensed streetwear collection.

The line will be available at a Blockbuster pop-up shop in New York, running from Dec. 6 to 15″. Stepping into the SoHo location will be just like going into one of these now ancient stores, as THR continues: “Film posters and white shelves full of cult classic VHS tapes line the space. In addition to fresh popcorn and themed drinks (“No More Late Fees” was a vodka and grapefruit option), the Dec. 5 opening party featured a step-and-repeat with a backdrop made of hundreds of VHS case bindings”. It sounds amazing both in a hipster ironic and X-gen non ironic way!

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These ’90s Movies Are The Perfect Nostalgic Feels To Make It Through The Holiday Season

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These ’90s Movies Are The Perfect Nostalgic Feels To Make It Through The Holiday Season

Quick disclaimer: These are not holiday movies but they will take you back as we all make it through the rest of the holiday season.

These are different holidays than we’ve ever seen. It is a good thing not to see your family and stay where you are as we brace for the rest of Covid’s second wave. To get through it, we collected some ’90s movies to help you make the best of your holidays.

1. “To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar”

“To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything! Julie Newmar” is truly a classic. Three New York City drag queens set off for a national drag competition in Los Angeles. Along the way there are lessons in being the best drag queen you can be. Of course the lesson translate into real life experiences when the queens face a homophobic sheriff in a tiny town in Nebraska. John Leguizamo is Chi Chi Rodriguez, the youngest and newest drag queen of the bunch. You have to watch Leguizamo’s incredible glow up from beginning to end.

2. “Jawbreaker”

“Jawbreaker” is a classic teen murder film. What starts as a birthday prank takes a horrible and fatal turn for one high school student on her 17th birthday. The worst part is it happened because of her best friends. To hide their crime, three girls give a less fortunate classmate a makeover and make her one of the popular ones. However, not everything goes to plan. Tatyana Ali is part of the cast of high school students as Brenda living in a movie as the mystery of Elizabeth Purr’s death unfolds.

3. “Clueless”

We all know “Clueless.” The wildly successful movie gives people a peek into the lives of the rich and spoiled teenagers of Beverly Hills. Stacey Dash plays Dionne, Cher’s best friend, and is there for her bestie through it all. There are makeovers, complicated love stories, one terrifying freeway drive, and a mugging deep in The Valley. Combined, they make one of the greatest movies created in the ’90s and you’re better for watching it.

4. “The Sandlot”

Boys everywhere know “The Sandlot” like it was their own childhood. A group of neighborhood boys spend the coming-of-age summer living the All American boy dream. There is baseball, fake drowning in a public swimming pool, and a legendary junk yard monster play out before our eyes. If you haven’t seen this, or just want a walk down memory lane, give this a watch. Mike Vitar plays Benjamin Franklin “Benny the Jet” Rodriguez and his friends have the most epic summer and grow significantly by the end.

5. “10 Things I Hate About You”

Andrew Keegan plays a less than desirable man in “10 Things I Hate About You.” Desperate to be the coolest, Keegan’s character Joey offers someone money to date his crush’s sister in a bid to date his crush. The plan quickly unravels, as one would expect, and Joey gets his comeuppance.

6. “Romy And Michele’s High School Reunion”

Jacob Vargas plays Ramon in “Romy and Michele’s High School Reunion.” If it wasn’t for Ramon, Romy and Michele would have never made it to Tucson for their 10-year high school reunion. The two women are not successful in making up their lies to impress people but the adventure is incredible to watch unfold.

7. “The Blair Witch Project”

“The Blair Witch Project” terrified little millennials everywhere. The movie shot as if it is found footage of a horrific event struck fear into the hearts of all of us. We can thank Cuban director Eduardo Sánchez for making this a crucial point in our fear development. The director created this gem in 1999 and he went on to work on other horror films, including multiple sequels of “The Blair Witch Project.”

READ: Remembering All Of The TV Latino Crushes You Had In The 90s Will Save You During This Time

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Olmec And The ‘Legends Of The Hidden Temple’ Is Getting A Reboot And Fans Are Divided On If That’s A Good Thing Or Not

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Olmec And The ‘Legends Of The Hidden Temple’ Is Getting A Reboot And Fans Are Divided On If That’s A Good Thing Or Not

The ’90s television series Legends of the Hidden Temple is coming back with adult contestants. The rebooted series will be released on the mobile-first streaming app Quibi. The Nickelodeon kids’ competition will now only have grown-ups competing as the same six original teams.

Executives know only old people want to watch this. Real kids today are too busy protesting climate change and making Juice WRLD TikToks to care about this. Shout out to all the Green Monkeys out there. Shout out to all the kids in the hood who wanted to go to space camp too. 

The new Legends of the Hidden Temple will be tougher. 

Even though kids are youthful and spry, producers have decided to make millennials do more challenging exercises. In the original series, six teams of two (the Purple Parrots, Red Jaguars, Blue Barracudas, Orange Iguanas, Green Monkeys, and Silver Snakes) competed in three challenges.

The first required a moat crossing race, the second a series of trivia questions, and then a physical challenge through the obstacle course. Each week on the original the obstacles were different, and the team had three minutes to complete it. All of this was filmed in front of a studio audience. Well, the new version is quite different. 

The reboot “will preserve many of the favorite original elements of the show—the Moat Crossing, Olmec and the Temple Run—but will see them ‘grown-up’ for an audience that’s grown up along with them. The entire set will be taken out of the studio, into a jungle and scaled up with tougher challenges and bigger prizes on the line.”

Millennials basically live in the cloaked shadows of dusty office buildings, putting us in the jungle with fresh air might do something crazy like clear our pores. I’m not ready. Call it market research but these people seem to know what’s good for a nostalgia-loving generation of people who sit in front of computers all day.

“I love this beyond all words in the human language that describe affection,” one excited fan said on Twitter

The series’ episodes will run differently on Quibi.

“Bringing back Legends for Quibi is a dream come true. I have been so lucky to be part of this defining millennial show, and now there is a defining millennial platform to go with it. I couldn’t be more excited,” producer Scott Stone, and original co-creator, said in a press release. 

Founder Jeffrey Katzenberg intends for Quibi to be made for a mobile generation. Thus, the episodes of all of the platform’s shows will be 10 minutes or less. Because of all the series are made for mobile devices, two versions of the footage will be produced: one vertical, and one horizontal. 

Quibi will launch next April at $5 a month or $8 for the ad-free version. Quibi is investing quite a bit of money in its projects and has courted notable directors like Steven Spielberg, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, and Sam Raimi to create series. 

The original Legends of the Hidden Temple only aired three seasons. 

The strange kids competition about the vaguely-Mayan stone god Olmec and the treasures in his temple aired from 1993 to 1995. However, reruns of the show aired on various Nickelodeon properties up until 2015. 

According to writer Chelsea Blackstone the show was basically unwinnable. 

“Apparently, out of the 120-episode run of Legends of the Hidden Temple, only 32 teams ever won. That’s just over a 25% chance of beating the Temple, and those are pretty low odds,” she wrote in Gemr. 

In 1995, one Entertainment Weekly writer compared the series to an American Gladiators knock off for kids.  Legends was considered an American Gladiators meets Indiana Jones pastiche rip off but after decades in syndication, its impact on a generation is clearly lasting. Even the millennials most exhausted from being pandered to with reboots wants in on this. 

“Am I the only one tired of these reboots? Can’t we just remember the shows as they were when we were kids… (With that said, I would still like to be a contestant),” reporter Morgan Parrish said on Twitter. We’re all part of the problem! 

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