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Before Its Time: "Bring It On" and the Black TikTok Strike

If you've watched "Bring It On," the ongoing TikTok drama should feel familiar.

The Clovers are the blueprint

The late-90s to early 2000s was the heyday of cult-classic, kitschy high school dramas.

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Before Its Time: "Blue Crush" and the Coconut Girl Aesthetic

What is a Coconut Girl? The latest Y2K TikTok cool girl is who we all wanted to be after watching "Blue Crush" and "Aquamarine."

The OG Coconut Girls. The Blueprint

A few months ago, I rewatched Blue Crush for the first time since I first saw it as a pre-teen.

It was winter, I was cold, and instead of running through my own rolodex of escape fantasies or scrolling through social media, I turned on the TV and decided to rewatch the 2002 Kate Bosworth film.

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Before Its Time: "Videodrome" and Mainstream Media Brainwashing

David Cronenberg's cult classic horror was a box office bomb in 1983, but its warning signs ring truer in 2021.

Videodrome

One of the most impressive feats a film can accomplish is becoming more relevant as the years pass.

The events that swept 2020 were way more terrifying than films like Contagion or Get Out could even begin to depict. But a cult classic horror film, Videodrome, comes startlingly close to today's real-life terror as it challenges our loyalties to mainstream media.

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Before Its Time: Jessica Alba and Jensen Ackles in James Cameron's "Dark Angel"

Once upon a time in 2000, "Transgenics" (genetically enhanced humans) were violently attacked by the public, stripped of rights by the government, and shamed into hiding in plain sight. Sound familiar?

Back in 2000, Jessica Alba, Jensen Ackles, and Michael Weatherly starred in a James Cameron-helmed TV series about a dystopian cyberpunk future.

Yes, you heard that right. Chuck D of Public Enemy even composed the theme song with the group's producer, Gary G-Wiz, and Cameron later praised the production as "the best experience [he] had working with other writers." And yet, few people have ever heard of the series, so what happened?

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Before Its Time: 1996's "Romeo + Juliet"

Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale that takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020.

Pandemics are known for triggering upheaval and societal change.

It's probably no coincidence, then, that Shakespeare penned Romeo and Juliet around 1595—directly in the middle of the deadly Bubonic plague pandemic that ravaged Europe. Amidst today's pandemic, the most relevant adaptation of this timeless and classic tragedy was made nearly 25 years ago.

Baz Luhrmann's 1996 Romeo + Juliet is an ecstasy-infused, colorful retelling of the star-crossed lovers' tale. Romeo + Juliet made a decent ranking at the box office, but it was heavily overlooked for awards, only receiving one Oscar nomination for best art direction.

Had Luhrmann waited just 10 years to release Romeo + Juliet, there may have been more positive reactions to the film. At one point, Baz himself doubted that the movie would ever be made. During a 2015 interview discussing the film, Baz said: "When we went to Twentieth Century-Fox with it, under the terms of my first-look deal, I think rather than let me go, they sort of said, 'We'll give him $100,000, let him do his little workshop and maybe it'll go away.' Well it did not."

Romeo + Juliet takes a 425-year-old story and strangely reflects society in 2020. Here's why:

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Before Its Time: Rodgers and Hammerstein's 1997 "Cinderella"

Fans are calling for Cinderella to be added to the massive selection of nostalgic '90s movies on Disney+.

Update Feb 4:

It's happening! Millennials everywhere rejoice as Brandy Norwood as Cinderella will join Disney+ on February 12.


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