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BILL & TED’S EXCELLENT ADVENTURE

This got me jumping on the couch and chating “San Dimas Highschool Football Rules!”

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure is a 1989 science fiction-comedy bromance film and the first installment in the Bill & Ted franchise in which two metalhead slackers travel through time to assemble a menagerie of historical figures for their high school history presentation.

It stars a young Keanu Reeves as “Ted” Theodore Logan, Alex Winter as Bill S. Preston, Esquire and George Carlin as Rufus.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure received reviews which were most positive upon release and was commercially successful. It is now considered a cult classic. 

The film opens in San Dimas, California in the year 2688 AD. Rufus (Carlin) prepares to use a time-traveling phone booth to travel back to 1988 to ensure the Two Great Ones–Bill S. Preston, Esq. and Ted “Theodore” Logan – remain together to form the band “Wyld Stallyns” whose music will become the core of the future’s Utopian society.

Rufus finds that Bill and Ted are on the verge of failing their high school history class and should Ted fail his father will ship him off to an Alaskan military academy, effectively ending the pair’s dreams of forming a band.

Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventurewas a financial success, grossing $40.4 million domestically on a budget of about $10 million.

Most memorable quotes:

  • “This is a dude who, 700 years ago totally ravaged China and who we were told 2 hours ago, totally ravaged Oshman’s Sporting Goods.”
  • “Be excellent to each other. And… PARTY ON, DUDES!”
  • “Sounds good, Mr. The Kid!”
  • “So, Bill, what you’re telling me, essentially, is that Napoleon was a short dead dude.”
  • “Oh, you beautiful babes from England for whom we have traveled through time… will you go to the prom with us in San Dimas? We will have a most triumphant time!”

A theatrical sequel, “Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey” was released in 1991 and an untitled third film is planned to be released in 2013. Yipee!

Fingers crossed they don’t massacre a classic.

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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.

THE WIZARD

A stellar eBay purchase, I jumped around when my DVD copy of The Wizard was finally delivered.

The Wizard is a 1989 adventure dramedy film starring a young Fred Savage, Luke Edwards and Jenny Lewis (scrapes into the 90s because it was released in Australia in 1990).

The film follows three children who run away from home and hitch cross country to compete in the ultimate video game championship. 

The Wizard is famous for its numerous references to video games and accessories for the NES and has been called a feature length commercial.

The film was also well known for being North America’s introduction to what would become one of the best-selling video games of all time, Super Mario Brosthers 3.

Remember the “Power Glove” LOL.

Imagine being a video games savant… gotta be every kids dream in the 90s and WTF Nintendo, a magic flute that let’s you warp worlds! Love it.

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