Everything I Ever Needed to Know I learned from… ‘Clueless’

CLUELESS (Image Credit: Paramount)

CLUELESS (Image Credit: Paramount)

All my ‘90s girls out there know that, before the Mean Girls wave crashed in, there came Clueless, brought to you by the most loveable fictional character of all time, Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone), duh. Continue reading

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The Best of Early 2000’s Celebrity Break-Up Songs

“Cry Me a River” (Image Credit: Zomba Recording LLC)

Taylor Swift might be the reigning Queen of the break-up song when it all goes sour but she ain’t the only one to pen a song about a nasty break-up. Celebs have been airing their dirty laundry for all to hear via their music for a long time! Sometimes it even ends in a war, just ask Eminem and Mariah… Continue reading

The Wonder Years: Old, but Still Gold

(Image Credit: ABC)

(Image Credit: ABC)

As my winter break came to a close, I, like many college students, scrambled to find a new TV show on Netflix that would help me veg out when needed. After a couple suggestions from friends, and being intrigued by the title – a favorite band of mine named themselves after it – I stumbled upon The Wonder Years. And I have not been disappointed. Actually, I’ve been pretty blown away.

Originally airing between 1988-1993, The Wonder Years follows twelve-year-old Kevin Arnold (Fred Savage), an average suburban boy during the ‘60s, as he learns what growing up means through his friends, love interests and family. Although this show is more than 20 years old, it still packs a load of charm. Everything from its slightly grainy picture, to its intro and family dynamics immerses its watchers into this coming-of-age tale.

Now, you may be thinking: “That sounds just like Full House/(insert any late ‘80s, early ‘90s family show).” You’d be right in this thinking, except what separates The Wonder Years from shows like it is its persistence on making you close to Kevin. You feel as though you’re growing up with him.

The way The Wonder Years achieves this is through its lack of a laugh track and its nuanced storytelling technique for its time: An adult version of Kevin narrates the action happening to his younger self. It’s as if we’re watching Kevin’s memories with him. The contemporary equivalent of this would be How I Met Your Mother.

(So, now if you start watching The Wonder Years and someone ever comments on how cool the narration in HIMYM is, you can say, “Yeah, sure. But Wonder Years did it first.”)

While this immersion is cool, the thing that really pushes this show over the edge for me is just how beautiful some of the episodes are. They’re reminiscent of perfectly written short stories centered around themes of growing up, young love and friendship.

This happens because of the show’s smart script. It doesn’t shy away from awkward silences and overthinking that goes on between 7th grade crushes, or the type of confusion one feels when their parents fight in front of them.

And this is all furthered by the terrific acting from the whole cast, most notably the three main children: Kevin, Paul (Josh Saviano) and Winnie (Danica McKellar). They do an impressive job and there’s just something magical about watching them age as the show does.

The Wonder Years is an extended coming-of-age tale that everyone can relate to. While many similar sitcoms can become blurs of familial nonsense or be hindered by cheesy writing, this one keeps things fresh with a script that has the perfect amount of cheese. The amount that makes you smile, not cringe.

It’s definitely worth checking out. Any show that won its first Emmy after just six episodes is worth that!

Who knows, it may just become your next Netflix binge. It’s absolutely become a go-to for me.

 

Bring back good ol’ Disney Channel Television shows! Please.

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

(Image Credit: Ashley Bulayo / The Daily Quirk)

Happy New Year! Let’s start off a new year with a rant. Or.. More like a favor? To Disney! Thanks to a commenter from one of my previous videos, she inspired me to create this video basically begging Disney to give us a channel with all our favorite television shows from the past. Who’s with me? Bueller? Bueller?

Cast Catch-Up: ‘Home Alone’

(Image Credit: Fox)

(Image Credit: Fox)

Home Alone can be seen everywhere around Christmastime. Luckily, it happens to be one of my family’s favorite holiday movies. The movie came out right before I was born, and I wouldn’t be surprised if I’ve seen it almost every year since then. There’s just something about a little kid beating up two grown men that screams family time. Plus, a major part of Home Alone is the idea that family should be together on the holidays.

Since Home Alone came out 25 years ago, we at The Daily Quirk thought it would be fun to take a look at where the stars of the movie are today. Read on to get your answers!

Macaulay Culkin (Kevin McCallister)

Only ten when the movie premiered, Macaulay Culkin is now grown up. For several years after his star-making performance in Home Alone, he continued acting in some well-known movies, including the Home Alone sequel, My Girl, The Pagemaster and Richie Rich. Due to the latter two movies’ poor showings at the box office, as well as family issues, Culkin stayed away from acting for almost a decade.

When he finally returned to the profession, it was in mature roles in movies like Saved! and Party Monster. Unlike many child stars, he was able to shed his cutesy image and received critical acclaim, but Culkin has only worked sporadically in the years since. Of note, he had a recurring role on NBC’s Kings and did some voice work for Robot Chicken. Most recently, it appears he’s taken to doing cameos, as he appeared as himself on The Jim Gaffigan Show and will show up in the upcoming Zoolander No. 2.

Apart from acting, Culkin wrote a semi-autobiographical novel called Junior, which dealt with his child stardom and his relationship with his father, in 2006. He is also part of a band named The Pizza Underground that mostly parodies songs by The Velvet Underground.

Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern (The Wet Bandits)

After playing Harry, Joe Pesci only stayed an actor for nine more years. During those years, he appeared in the Home Alone sequel and two sequels to Lethal Weapon, but perhaps his most well-known role was as the title character in My Cousin Vinny. In 1999, Pesci announced his retirement from acting in order to get out of the spotlight. Since then he has only appeared in a few movies and might be best known as that angry guy in the Snickers commercial. Most recently, Pesci has been connected to yet another Martin Scorsese movie.

Although Daniel Stern continued acting after Home Alone and its sequel, Marv is still the role he’s best known for. He had roles in City Slickers, Bushwhacked, Whip It and The Next Three Days, as well as a guest spot on Monk. He’s had a full life outside of acting by writing and directing TV shows, movies and plays and working as a sculptor. Stern and his wife also received service awards for volunteerism from President Obama. Most recently, he’s appeared in several TV shows, including Workaholics and Manhattan.

Roberts Blossom (Old Man Marley)

Home Alone was one of Roberts Blossom’s last acting roles before his retirement, but before he quit show business, he appeared in Doc Hollywood and The Quick and the Dead and had guest spots on Northern Exposure and Chicago Hope. After acting, Blossom spent time writing poetry until he passed away in 2011 at the age of 87. If you’re interested in learning more about his life, you should check out the documentary Full Blossom: The Life of Poet/Actor Roberts Blossom.

John Heard and Catherine O’Hara (Kevin’s Parents)

After playing Kevin’s father, Peter, in Home Alone and its sequel, John Heard has done a ton of acting with roles in well-known movies like Gladiator, The Pelican Brief and White Chicks. In 2013, he appeared in one of the greatest films of our time, Sharknado. If possible, Heard’s television career is even more illustrious than his movie career. He has had guest spots on almost every crime show imaginable, including several versions of Law & Order and NCIS: Los Angeles. A recurring role on The Sopranos as Detective Vin Makazian earned Heard an Emmy nomination, but if you want to see him in something more recent, try The Lizzie Borden Chronicles.

Like her movie husband, Catherine O’Hara has appeared in a lot of movies and TV shows since Home Alone and its sequel came out. Many of these roles have been kid friendly voiceover work in movies such as The Nightmare Before Christmas, Where the Wild Things Are and Frankenweenie. When not doing voiceover, O’Hara often shows up in comedies like Away We Go and A.C.O.D., which is fitting since she started acting as a sketch comedienne. She had a recurring role on Six Feet Under and was nominated for an Emmy for her work in Temple Grandin. Most recently, she guest starred on Modern Family and can be seen in the upcoming second season of the Canadian comedy Schitt’s Creek.

Devin Ratray (Buzz McCallister)

Buzz was perhaps the best known of Kevin’s siblings because he was the biggest jerk, especially in Home Alone 2: Lost in New York. After playing that role, actor Devin Ratray had sporadic roles throughout the late ‘90s and early ‘00s while he went to film school. But he returned to the acting business in 2009 and has had a slew of roles since then, including guest spots on Supernatural, Elementary and Marvel’s Agent Carter. He also appeared in movies such as Nebraska and R.I.P.D. In 2016, you can catch Ratray in the heist comedy Masterminds.

Since you probably can’t make your family disappear like Kevin’s, make sure you sit down and watch Home Alone with them this holiday season. And if you’re so inclined, you can update them on what all the actors are doing after the movies. That’s the best way to say “Merry Christmas.”

So, what are you waiting for? Find one of the ubiquitous showings of Home Alone and enjoy, ya filthy animals!

Cast Catch-Up: The Cast of ‘Roswell’

ROSWELL (Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)

ROSWELL (Image Credit: Twentieth Century Fox)

As a connoisseur of early 2000s science-fiction television and, I must admit, a huge fan of aliens, I loved Roswell. In addition to all the sci-fi stuff, the show also had a healthy dose of very complicated romance, which is kind of expected on a teen show. It’s hard to believe that it’s been 16 years since the show premiered on the WB – back when there still was a WB! – but those kids who graduated from high school in the series finale have grown up. Continue reading

Cast Catch-Up: Where are the girls of ‘Now and Then?’

NOW AND THEN (Image Credit: New Line Cinema)

NOW AND THEN (Image Credit: New Line Cinema)

Like many others, the movie Now and Then was a huge part of my adolescence. My older sister owned a VHS copy of the movie, and I would borrow it (with or without permission) as often as possible during my formative years. I loved the friendship the movie showed, and I loved the back-and-forth storylines of the main characters as girls and as women. The enduring friendships and the numerous life lessons encompassed in that movie seriously stuck with me, and I often find myself wondering what some of the cast members went on to after the movie wrapped. While the actresses who played the adult versions of the characters are well known, I never heard much about the actresses who played their younger selves. Keep reading to find out where they are now! Continue reading

Easy-Bake, ‘Parent Trap,’ and Beanie Babies, Oh My! (What I Would Put In My Nostalgic Memory Crate)

Easy-Bake Oven (Image Credit: Hasbro) / Lindsay Lohan in THE PARENT TRAP (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Easy-Bake Oven (Image Credit: Hasbro) / Lindsay Lohan in THE PARENT TRAP (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

Before writing this article I’d never really sat down to think about all the things I loved from my childhood and what happened to them. Turns out, most of them have been taken off shelves and replaced with something “better,” but if you ask me, these things are as good as it could get. The folks over at Man Crates asked if I could put together my own personal memory crate and what it would be filled with. If I could have anything from my childhood delivered to my doorstep, what would it be? Continue reading

Why we can’t wait for Netflix’s ‘Fuller House’

(Image Credit: Candace Cameron Bure/Instagram)

(Image Credit: Candace Cameron Bure/Instagram)

If you grew up in the 1990s or watch a lot of ABC Family, you probably know and love the classic sitcom Full House – the show about widower Danny Tanner (played by Bob Saget) trying to raise daughters D.J., Stephanie and Michelle (Candace Cameron, Jodie Sweetin and the Olsen twins respectively) with the help of his best friend Joey (Dave Coulier) and brother-in-law Jesse (John Stamos). Continue reading

Cast Catch-Up: ‘The Chronicles of Narnia’

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

THE CHRONICLES OF NARNIA: THE LION THE WITCH AND THE WARDROBE (Image Credit: Walt Disney Pictures)

10 years ago, The Chronicles of Narnia: the Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe premiered in theaters. Disney’s adaptation of the classic children’s book by C.S. Lewis starred four unknown young actors as the Pevensie children, a wondrous young family that discovers the magical world of Narnia in an enchanted wardrobe. The film’s release in 2005 spawned two sequels and made the young cast household names. Since leaving their Narnia roles behind, William Moseley, Anna Popplewell, Skandar Keynes and Georgie Henley have moved on to prestigious educations, starring roles in TV and independent films and charity work. Continue reading

Everything I ever need to know, I learned from… ‘The Golden Girls’

THE GOLDEN GIRLS (Image Credit: Touchstone Television)

THE GOLDEN GIRLS (Image Credit: Touchstone Television)

If there’s one show that stands the test of time, it’s The Golden Girls. Dorothy, Rose, Blanche and Sophia are some of the best characters in television history. Somehow a show about four female senior citizens manages to appeal to people of all ages. Dorothy’s sarcasm, Rose’s innocence, Blanche’s vanity and Sophia’s candor won our hearts for seven wonderful seasons. While the ladies always made us laugh, their stories also taught us some important life lessons. Continue reading

Five 90s products we want back!

Dream Phone

(Image Credit: Milton Bradley Games)

 

You can’t deny it. The 90s keep making a comeback one way or another, especially in 2015. Personally, I don’t think it’s going to stop anytime soon. Have you seen the latest trend? Fashionistas everywhere are bringing back the tattoo chokers. What was once a questionable fashion trend is now getting an automatic OK. Continue reading

Top 5 Movies from the 90s

OFFICE SPACE (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

OFFICE SPACE (Image Credit: 20th Century Fox)

If the acid wash mom jeans and babydoll dresses are any indication, the 90s are back in fashion in a big way. So why not take a break from assembling your collection of Doc Martens and relax with a 90s movie? The thing is, the 90s were so full of fantastic movies, how do you choose? Continue reading

The Top 5 Patrick Swayze Movies

GHOST (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

GHOST (Image Credit: Paramount Pictures)

Oh, Patrick Swayze. My first celebrity crush, with the pouty lips and the brooding stare. He was a treasure gone too soon from Hollywood, and I’m still sad that there will never be another movie poster hot off the presses with his roguish jawline front and center. But, even though all I’ve seemed to mention were Swayze’s good looks thus far, no one can argue that what he brought to films and TV was something special. Swayze had the ability to make us laugh, cry, fall in love and want to wrap him up a cuddle him until everything was all better. Whether it was comedy or drama, he made us truly believe that the characters he portrayed were real people, and that’s what watching a movie is all about. Continue reading