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CORY & TOPANGA

A true power couple of the 90s… Cory & Topanga from “Boy Meets World.”

If you remember growing up with the life lessons of Cory Matthews (played by Ben Saveage) you’ll have remember his journey wasn’t complete without his sweetheart Topanga Lawrence (played by Danielle Fishel). Boy Meets World aired for seven seasons from 1993 to 2000.

Cornelius A. “Cory” Matthews is the main character of the show. In the early seasons of the show he is portrayed as a slacker who is intelligent and capable, but does not pay attention in class. Throughout the later years his “slacker” tendencies diminish, and instead he seems more neurotic. 

From season 2 onward, Cory openly expresses his feelings for Topanga. It is explained in ‘A Long Walk to Pittsburgh’ that although he teased her during the first season, “she was the girl [he] sat up at night thinking about.”

Despite his strong feelings for Topanga, he still has strong attractions to other women and has been unfaithful to Topanga on a few occasions. He had his first kiss with Topanga in season 1 episode, ‘Cory’s Alternative Friends’ and in the 7th season they got married.

Topanga Lawrence Matthews is Cory’s girlfriend and later wife. Like many characters in the show her personality changes as the show progresses. However, her change is probably the most drastic. From the first season to the second, she changes from an eccentric hippie with interests in the supernatural phenomena to a calm and collected, mature teenaged girl.

Topanga’s only romantic relationship for the duration of the show is with Cory. She proposes to Cory during their high school graduation and they marry during their sophomore year of college.

Throughout the relationship, Topanga is generally the realist to Cory’s idealist. When her parents get divorced, she is plagued by doubts and insecurities about their own relationship.

I was more of a “Shaun & Angela” fan and I loved how they’re romance blossomed and seemed so much more realistic than Cory & Topanga’s relationship because they actually had real problems and real break-ups.

However Cory was the main man of Boy Meets World and as much as his ‘unconditional love’ for Topanga made me gag Disney kept shoveing that sugar-coated moon pie fairy tale romance down my throat giving me but no option but to eat it up.

RICKI LAKE

“Go Ricki, Go Ricki!”

Ricki Pamela Lake (born September 21, 1968) is an American actress, producer and TV host. She is best known for her starring role as Tracy Turnblad in the original “Hairspray”, her ground-breaking documentary film “The Business of Being Born” and her talk show which was broadcasted internationally from 1993-2004.

Ricki Lake was Lake’s first daytime talk show. The wildly successful show specialized in topics involving invited guests and incorporated questions and comments from a studio audience (think a more female-geared and less tame version of Jerry Springer/Maury Povich).

The show debuted in syndication on September 13, 1993 and ended first-run episodes on May 25, 2004.

The best thing about taking a sickie from school was staying in bed and watching day time TV.

Back then, Ricki Lake topics were so scandalous like “Mom, let me do it int he house or I’m gone!” and “Girl it’s gonna get heated… I got proof your man cheated!”

DANGEROUS MINDS

This movie makes me feel so bad ass everytime I watch it…

Dangerous Minds (1995) is an American drama film based on the autobiography My Posse Don’t Do Homework by former U.S. Marine, LouAnne Johnson who took up a teaching position at Carlmont Highschool in Belmont, California where most of her students were African-American and Hispanic teens from East Palo Alto, a then-unincorporated town at the opposite end of the school district.

The film, starring Michelle Pfeiffer was released to mixed critical reception, but became a surprise box office success in the summer of 1995.

Louanne Johnson is an ex-marine, hired as a teacher in a high-school in a poor area of the city. She has recently separated from her husband. Her friend, also teacher in the school, got the temporary job for her. After a terrible reception from the students, she tries unconventional methods of teaching (using karate, Bob Dylan lyrics etc) to gain the trust of the students.

 

The soundtrack and its lead single “Gangsta’s Paradise” enjoyed major success and received nominations for the Grammy Award for Record of the Year.

Coolio won the Grammy Award for Best Rap Solo Performance for his vocals.

At the MTV Movie Awards 1996Dangerous Minds was nominated in four categories: Best Movie, Best Female Performance (Pfeiffer), Most Desirable Female (Pfeiffer) and Best Movie Song (Coolio).

This will forever be a legendary film. With the risk of sounding corny Dangerous Minds was inspiring and convinced me to try harder at school.

I even bought the 1996 Grammy CD just for Gangsta’s Paradise.

NOW AND THEN

Such a cute film x

Now and Then is a 1995 film starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffman, Demi Moore, Ahsleigh Aston Moore and Rita Wilson.

It has been referred to as a female version of the 1986 film, “Stand By Me.”

Four childhood friends gather together to prepare for the birth of Chrissey’s baby. While together, they reminisce about when they were kids in 1970.

The film was released on October 20, 1995 and was a commercial success.

Teen girls wanted to see this for one thing. To sneak a peak at Devon Sawa’s ass.

SAVED BY THE BELL

It’s the show that turned Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Tiffani Amber Thiessen into teenage heart throbs.

It was the Gen Y’s answer to Glee minus the random breaking out into song.

Saved By The Bell was a US sitcom set at Bayside High School. The series is a re-tooled version of the 1988 series Good Morning, Miss Bliss which was itself later folded into the history of Saved by the Bell. The series followed the exploits of several students along with their principal.  

The Baysiders were made up of the usual suspects:

  • Cool kid trouble maker Zach Morris
  • The jock AC Slater
  • Resident nerd Screech Powers
  • Teen dream Kelly Kapowski
  • Gossip queen Lisa Turtle
  • Feminisit & straight A student Jessie Spano

The show brought fame to the SBTB kids however many were typecast for many years to follow. No surprise there.

The show often incorporated dramatic elements into episodes by dealing with real teen issues such as friendship, drug use, driving under the influence, homelessness, financial issues, divorce, graduation, college, sibling rivalry, bullying, death and environmental issues.  

The show’s popularity allowed for two spin-off series: SBTB: The College Years, a prime time series which followed several of the original characters’ college experiences and SBTB: The New Class. 

The series also spawned two TV movies and a short-lived comic book series. Although it received extremely negative critical reception, it became the highest-rated show on NBC.

Is there nothing TV can’t teach us? SBTB opened the doors for more risque shows like 90210, Dawson’s Creek and The OC to introduce young target audiences to critical moral matters.

SBTB had me rooting for Slater and Jessie to live happily ever after.

After the piss poor attempt of a movie about Zach & Kelly’s Hawaiian wedding I knew it was the end of the era.

Especially the fact that Elizabeth Berkley only had a few scenes due to her big screen commitment to Showgirls which flopped. No surprises there.

GO BAYSIDE!

THE BODYGUARD

The film was the acting debut of Grammy winning R&B singer Whitney Houston and the soundtrack includes karaoke favourite “I Will Always Love You.”

The Bodyguard is a 1992 romantic thriller about a former Secret Service Agent (Kevin Costner) turned bodyguard hired to protect a high profile music star (Houston).

The movie received mixed reviews:

Owen Gleibermann, of Entertainment Weekly negatively reviewed the film, stating “To say that Houston and Costner fail to strike sparks would be putting it mildly. The movie gives us these two self-contained celebrity icons working hard to look as if they want each other. It’s like watching two statues attempting to mate.”

However, other critics praised the film, such as Roger Ebert, who gave the film three out of four stars, remarking “The movie does contain a love story, but it’s the kind of guarded passion that grows between two people who spend a lot of time keeping their priorities straight.”

I would’ve been 9 when The Bodyguard  was released in cinemas but it wasn’t until a few years down the track that I rented it on video.

Is my X chromosome to blame to as why I found this movie entertaining? I mean if I saw this in the bargain bin for $6.99 I’d buy it.

Mediocre acting aside I find myself hypnotized by Whit’s eyebrows and wanting to watch more.

The damsel in distress sub-plot never ceases to fail audiences and the way Costner carries Houston in the film is echoed in many mainstream parodies such as The Simpsons, 30 Rock & Bulletproof.

The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album became the best-selling soundtrack of all time. It has been certified diamond in the US (sales of at least ten million) with shipments of over 17 million copies.

Two songs from the film, “I Run To You” and “I Have Nothing” were nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film was also nominated for four Grammy Awards winning three, including Album of the Year.

TITANIC

It was the 1997 box-office juggernaut that earned $8,658,814 on its opening day and stayed at number one for fifteen consecutive weeks in the United States and Canada.

Titanic is an epic romance/disaster film surrounding a fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) are members of different social classes yet fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Admit it, at some point in the 90s you did a parody of the ‘hand palm’ steam scene or the ‘I’m flying Jack’ with [arms panned out].

Cameron’s inspiration for the film was predicated on his fascination with shipwrecks, he wanted to convey the emotional message of the tragedy, and felt that a love story interspersed with the human loss would be essential to achieving this.

Why was a movie about the Ship of Dreams a must-see blockbuster and why was it pivotal to growing up in the 90s ?

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, the IT guy of our generation he had school girls and soccer moms swooning
  • CGI, heavy on the special effects this was groundbreaking stuff in ’97 and took our imagination to new heights
  • Attention to detail, real footage of the Titanic even enticed historians & Nat Geo enthusiasts  
  • Script, in the tradition of Romeo & Juliet forbidden love sells tickets 
  • With a 194 minute running time, it was the perfect date movie plus you get your moneys worth
  • Cos if you didn’t see it, you couldn’t join in the topic of conversation at homeroom

 

My Heart Will Go On

Pop Quiz hot shot: James Cameron was adamant about not including any song in the film, even over the closing credits. Composer James Horner secretly arranged with lyricist Will Jennings and singer Celine Dion to write “My Heart Will Go On” and record a demo tape which he then presented to Cameron, who responded very favorably and included the song over the closing credits. The song went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.