The newest installment of the Fast and Furious franchise came out last week, The Fate of the Furious. It has been getting great reviews and its something I’ll probably go see because I love the movies, but it made me think about the original, The Fast and the Furious.
The original movie with Paul Walker and Vin Diesel opened up in theaters back in 2001, 16 years ago. The first movie had the Supra dragging down the street as Jordana Brewster watched. The original movie was all about the underground world of drag racing and working for a crime family. It’s crazy to look back at the first movie when Honda Civics were being used to rob VCRs out of a truck compared to the insane action scenes we have today. I mean, The Rock is being chased by a nuclear sub in the new movie, yeah, we have come a long way from the first movie.
Ah, Lord of the Rings. This was/is one of the greatest series of movies in my living history. The image above if from Return of the King which, good lord, came out in 2003. Yeah, 14 years ago it came out and when it comes on TNT or TBS, I will still put it on no matter how many times I have seen it.
I love these movies because they are epic on so many levels. The story is great as Frodo and the ring make their way to Mordor but to me, the battles are the best. I love the war scenes as the Orcs, men, elves, and a dwarf all battle it out to save Middle Earth. The Return of the King has arguably the biggest battle in the entire series with Rohan riding to save Gondor. It is so epic as the horse lords ride into the Orcs and save the day, if only for a short time. They are doing well before those elephants get called it. The movies are so good and even after 14 years, they are still great even compared to what rolls out of Hollywood these days.
For this TBT, I decided to look back at an old cartoon that I loved so much and have recalled in a former past top series of old cartoon, Ed, Edd, n Eddy. This hilarious cartoon had some great one liners, some pretty adult jokes that I missed as a kid, and some hilarious situations. This clip is still one of my favorite of all time. Ed is grounded and his buddies are trying to break him out of his room, but his parents have other ideas that are a little insane.
This TBT goes out to all my USF friends, followers, and fellow Bulls family. This is a TBT song that comes from my first year at USF and the annual talent show. This group put together one of the best R&B spoof songs of all time, the Andros Song, that explains how first dates usually went at USF. It was hilarious because the center of the song was good old Andros. Andros was a cafeteria on campus that was open late, but for the average college kid with no money, it may have been the only place to to take someone on a first date. Now a days Andros is under massive construction and the old dining hall is long gone, but this song will remain forever.
There is a new Power Ranger movie out in theaters right now and the reviews have been pretty solid so far. It’s all new, its action packed, and the new characters are being designed to breath new life into this legendary Japanese series, but for me, I am loyal to the old school series, the original Mighty Morphin Power Rangers. I am also beginning to realize how old I am sounding each time I post one of these blogs.
Growing up as a kid, the Power Rangers were a huge favorite of mine. Billy was my favorite, I loved to hate the Green Ranger, had a crush on the Yellow Ranger, and the White Ranger was just a badass when he appeared in the series. If anyone remembers the original rangers then you know why this series was so good. It was a fun action series with teenagers fighting, using karate with powered up suits and weapons, and beating enemies down. Then when things got real tough, they could all the Megazord and take anything down (the sword falling from the sky was so cool to watch). One question that always bothered me though, why did sparks come off of the rangers when they got hit? Seemed weird, but for a show that used cardboard cities, I can let it slide.
Yeah, I’m really show my age once again, but the original Power Rangers will always be the best no matter how good the new movie is.
Ah, here are some great memories for a Throw Back Thursday. The original Yugioh trading card game was a fun hobby as a kid. The show, which has gone through a lot of changes over the years, first aired on Fox (4Kids Entertainment) back in 2006. It was something so new that everyone fell in love with it and the merchandise.
The first decks of cards you could buy were either Kaiba’s and the Blue-eyes White Dragon set or the Yugi’s Dark Magician deck. Both were loaded with monster, magic, and spell cards from the show and led to a lot of fun duels with friends. As time went on there were other card sets that entered the market like Joey’s and there always the booster packs, but the original were Kaiba and Yugi. Personally I picked the Yugi deck because back in the day, Dark Magician was my favorite. It also had the Celtic Guardian, Curse of Dragon, and many other childhood favorites.
Ah, the good old days when beating your friends in a children’s card game meant everything.
Time for some fun with a TBT. I decided to go back into my childhood and look back at Goosebumps! Yes, the books written by RL Stine way back in the day were some of my favorites growing up.
For those who don’t know (darn kids), Goosebumps was a series of horror books designed for kids. They were meant to be scary, creepy, but not over the top. It was something that would scare a kid and would be fine for a parent. The line of books eventually became a TV series on Nickelodeon, bringing the scary books to life. The TV series was pretty good, but the books were always the best.
I recall the Revenge of the Living Dummy as one of the books that scared me as a kid. I thought my toys would come to life like they did in the book, something that was a little unsettling for someone that was 7 or 8 years old. Stine was a master and these books were a lot of fun to read growing up.