They enjoy movie day, but they're picky about what they like: nothing with wizards, monsters, superheroes, etc. "Teacher! It's for children!" they cry.
They like cop / mafia action flicks, and of course things like FAST AND THE FURIOUS. (Anything with careless driving.)
Recently we watched these two movies:
THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS, from 1998
THE TRANSPORTER, from 2002.
While watching them, I had a moment of dawning realization:
Why the fuck hasn't style or music changed in 15 or 20 years?
I mean, think about it. If you watched a movie from 1980 in 1995, you'd laugh at the hairstyles and such. If you watched a movie from 1970 in 1985, you'd be amazed how different it looked.
1983's VALLEY GIRL, which we can safetly say looks entirely fucking different from 1998s THE REPLACEMENT KILLERS.
The world has changed tremendously, in terms of technology, economics, and so forth, in fifteen years, but nothing else in America has. I know I wear the same kind of clothes I was wearing 20 years ago (modified FRIENDS casual, I guess?) and don't feel behind the times.
Watch a Michael Bay movie from 1995:
and does it look too much different from a Michael Bay movie from 2015?
Look at something like the FAST AND THE FURIOUS franchise -- it started in 2001, adding a seventh installment last year, and the styles, music, and everything else looks pretty much identical. Give or take a tattoo or a shaved head.
One funny thing to me though, you watch a Russian or Indian movie from 2000, they look VASTLY different:
versus today, when pretty much everybody in the world looks like this:
I mean, add a beard or a tattoo or whatever, swap the skin tones out, and that's prime time TV everywhere in the world. Find me 10 differences in the cast of FRIENDS and the cast of NEW GIRL. Of course there's exactly one: a couple of them have darker skin tones and parents from other countries.
You may say to me, oh, but that just means that fashion is done; one can wear the best of whatever stylistic era now, and it will be accepted. Whether you wish to be a hip-hop doofus, an extreme-sports tattooed wraparound sunglasses guy, rock a suit, or be a flip-collar preppie, it's all cool in the 21st century.
To which I say: There are a LOT of styles that the future has yet to explore.
Music, too. The same blonde teenagers singing the same auto-tuned pop, and the same generic hip-hop and R and B, often sung by exactly the same people. (More big asses these days, I guess?) If Adelle's album had come out in 2000, would people think, "Wow, that really sounds ahead of it's time!" Or if Eminem's first album was released now, would people say, "Oh that is some tired old-hat shit!"
English Teacher X says, nup!
I feel this is a significant observation, but I'm not sure exactly what it means. It would be dramatic to say something like "the terrorists hit pause on American culture when they hit the World Trade Center!" but I'm not sure that's exactly it. More of a general case of arrested development, I think, our general culture of sequels and nostalgia plundering, of reboots and rehashes and "hacking" for profits rather than thinking of something original.
I mean I guess I'm as guilty as anybody. This blog is 13 years old, and counting.