10 Signs You’re Watching a ’90s Movie


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If you’re a “Real ’90s Kid,” chances are you watched a lot of movies. The decade that gave us Jurassic Park and Crystal Pepsi had more than its share of clichés and tropes. Here are 10 of the pre-millennial era’s most notorious.

10. Hackers

Before everybody and their Grandma was on Facebook, the Internet was something new and exciting. And also something that absolutely no one in Hollywood understood. ’90s movies almost always had “hacker” supporting characters spouting techo-babble that sounds like pure gibberish today.

9. Skaters and/or Surfers

We’ll throw these two into one entry because it was tough to spot a single ’90s movie that didn’t have somebody “gleaming the cube,” “ripping the curl,” or whatever it is that rollerbladers did.

8. Environmental Awareness

During the ’90s, Mother Earth was the hottest actress on the planet. (Well, after Claire Forlani. Yes, she was a popular actress. Google her, young ‘uns.) So we all got behind fixing the ozone layer and saving the whales. Suddenly the bad guy in every Steven Seagal movie was a crude oil baron and/or seal clubber.

7. Grunge Music

As the Seattle scene dominated the world of music, it was reflected in the casting of male leads wearing tons of flannel and sporting questionable facial hair. (See Reality Bites, Singles, Empire Records, etc.)

6. The Big Makeover Scene

It was literally impossible to find a teen movie in the ’90s that didn’t have a makeover scene where a previously nebbishy character was revealed to be a total hottie once she took off her glasses and let down her hair.

5. Don LaFontaine, aka “The Voice of God”

With his trademark “In a world…” opening, trailer voiceover king Don LaFontaine was associated with many of the biggest flicks of the decade. Yes, even Booty Call.

4. Liquid Metal

After the massive success of Terminator 2: Judgement Day, the “liquid metal” effect pioneered in that film’s CGI was copied ad nauseum.

3. Natural Disasters

With Y2K looming, the ’90s were all about the end of the world, whether by earthquake, volcano, or massive meteorite crashing into the planet.

2. Product Placement

Marketing went bananas during the ’90s, with companies shelling out big money to get their brands on-camera. Good thing that trend went away…

1. The Cranberries

The Irish alt-rock group released their debut album in 1994 and for half a decade it was impossible to find a movie that didn’t have “Dreams” or “Zombie” on the soundtrack.

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Holiday Extra Special

Make The Holidays ’80s Again

Enjoy the holiday cheer Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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Whatever happened to the kind of crazy-yet-cozy holiday specials that blanketed the early winter airwaves of the 1980s? Unceremoniously killed by infectious ’90s jadedness? Slow fade out at the hands of early-onset millennial ennui? Whatever the reason, nixing the tradition was a huge mistake.

A huge mistake that we’re about to fix.

Announcing IFC’s Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special, starring Tony Hale. It’s a celeb-studded extravaganza in the glorious tradition of yesteryear featuring Bridget Everett, Jo Firestone, Nick Thune, Jen Kirkman, house band The Dap-Kings, and many more. And it’s at Joe’s Pub, everyone’s favorite home away from home in the Big Apple.

The yuletide cheer explodes Wednesday December 21 at 10P. But if you were born after 1989 and have no idea what void this spectacular special is going to fill, sample from this vintage selection of holiday hits:

Andy Williams and The NBC Kids Search For Santa

The quintessential holiday special. Get snuggly and turn off your brain. You won’t need it.

A Muppet Family Christmas

The Fraggles. The Muppets. The Sesame Street gang. Fate. The Jim Henson multiverse merges in this warm and fuzzy Holiday gathering.

Julie Andrews: The Sound Of Christmas

To this day a foolproof antidote to holiday cynicism. It’s cheesy, but a good cheese. In this case an Alpine Gruyère.

Star Wars Holiday Special

Okay, busted. This one was released in 1978. Still totally ’80s though. And yes that’s Bea Arthur.

Pee Wee’s Playhouse Christmas Special

Pass the eggnog, and make sure it’s loaded. This special is everything you’d expect it to be and much, much more.

Joe’s Pub Presents: A Holiday Special premieres Wednesday December 21 at 10P on IFC.

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It Ain't Over Yet

A Guide to Coping with the End of Comedy Bang! Bang!

Watch the final episodes tonight at 11 and 11:30P on IFC.

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After five seasons and 110 halved-hour episodes, Scott Aukerman’s hipster comedy opus, Comedy Bang! Bang!, has come to an end. Fridays at 11 and 11:30P will never be the same. We know it can be hard for fans to adjust after the series finale of their favorite TV show. That’s why we’ve prepared this step-by-step guide to managing your grief.

Step One: Cry it out

It’s just natural. We’re sad too.
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Step Two: Read the CB!B! IMDB Trivia Page

The show is over and it feels like you’ve lost a friend. But how well did you really know this friend? Head over to Comedy Bang! Bang!’s IMDB page to find out some things you may not have known…like that it’s “based on a Civil War battle of the same name” or that “Reggie Watts was actually born with the name Theodore Leopold The Third.”

Step Three: Listen to the podcast

One fascinating piece of CB!B! trivia that you might not learn from IMDB is that there’s a podcast that shares the same name as the TV show. It’s even hosted by Scott Aukerman! It’s not exactly like watching the TV show on a Friday night, but that’s only because each episode is released Monday morning. If you close your eyes, the podcast is just like watching the show with your eyes closed!

Step Four: Watch brand new CB!B! clips?!

The best way to cope with the end of Comedy Bang! Bang! is to completely ignore that it’s over — because it’s not. In an unprecedented move, IFC is opening up the bonus CB!B! content vault. There are four brand new, never-before-seen sketches featuring Scott Aukerman, Kid Cudi, and “Weird Al” Yankovic ready for you to view on the IFC App. There’s also one right here, below this paragraph! Watch all four b-b-bonus clips and feel better.

Binge the entire final season, plus exclusive sketches, right now on the IFC app.

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Everybody Sweats Now

The Four-Day Sweatsgiving Weekend On IFC

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This long holiday weekend is your time to gobble gobble gobble and give heartfelt thanks—thanks for the comfort and forgiveness of sweatpants. Because when it comes right down to it, there’s nothing more wholesome and American than stuffing yourself stupid and spending endless hours in front of the TV in your softest of softests.

So get the sweats, grab the remote and join IFC for four perfect days of entertainment.

It all starts with a 24-hour T-day marathon of Rocky Horror Picture Show, then continues Friday with an all-day binge of Stan Against Evil.

By Saturday, the couch will have molded to your shape. Which is good, because you’ll be nestled in for back-to-back Die Hard and Lethal Weapon.

Finally, come Sunday it’s time to put the sweat back in your sweatpants with The Shining, The Exorcist, The Chronicles of Riddick, Terminator 2, and Blade: Trinity. They totally count as cardio.

As if you need more convincing, here’s Martha Wash and the IFC&C Music Factory to hammer the point home.

The Sweatsgiving Weekend starts Thursday on IFC

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