Posts tagged as nostalgia

Weird Al on the Interconnectedness of Parody and Nostalgia

"Parody is, almost by nature, disposable. And yet, people like it so much. Especially if you hear it at a certain point in your life, and then hear it like a decade later, there's nostalgia attached to it. I'm sure people like a lot of my early parodies, but I think their enthusiasm at hearing it at a concert has as much to do with their personal attachment to the song as it does to the song itself."

- Weird Al in a new lengthy interview with Vice, in which he breaks down the making of his album Mandatory Fun, his recent Fox News interview, when Beyoncé [...]

The New American Reunion Trailer Is Surprisingly Sentimental

The theatrical trailer for American Reunion is out, and in between the jokes about beards looking like pubes, it actually has a little bit of…heart? That bittersweet guitar, strumming us futilely into the days when people wore shirts like this and hair like this, before grown-ups were grown-ups and movie studios made things like American Reunion in desperate bids to keep successful franchises going. The glory days, I mean. Let's go look at old yearbooks for a few hours.

Watch Judd Apatow and Maria Bamford Remember the '90s

As part of a series on the '90s for Vanity Fair, here's a video of Judd Apatow and Maria Bamford reminiscing about the biggest moments of Buzzfeed's favorite decade, from O.J. Simpson to Tonya Harding.

Calvin and Hobbes and the Trouble with Nostalgia

My Calvin and Hobbes anthologies sat unread at home on the highest shelf of my parents’ living room bookcase for almost ten years. My father sent them to me last week, and when they arrived in a beat-up box lined with tennis ball cans (don’t ask), I couldn’t even think of the last time I flipped through Homicidal Psycho Jungle Cat or Weirdos from Another Planet, or any of the 12 collections my mom bought me when I was a kid. Not everyone had an obsession with Calvin and Hobbes, but I sure thought they were a riot, and still do now.

I first opened Attack of the Deranged [...]

Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Dustin Diamond…but Were Afraid to Ask Screech

Having guaranteed Dustin Diamond and his management that I would remain “tasteful” in the publication of this interview, I’ll spare you the details of his sordid exposé on time spent as Saved by the Bell’s brainy misfit Samuel “Screech” Powers.

Yes, Diamond did write a book about SBTB (aptly titled Behind the Bell).

He nonetheless assured me during our hour-long tête-à-tête that he had little to do with the final product. Which is a good thing, as no matter how guilty of a pleasure the read might be (check it out immediately), it’s also rife with bafflingly egregious editorial errors, dubious-at-best rumors, racist inferences, and the gratuitous use [...]

Your Favorite Childhood Movie Is Not Very Good

Before I begin, let me put a disclaimer here: I love the 90's. In my fantasies, I would have been able to scrap up some level of fame prior to the airing of VH1's I Love The 90's, so that I could be a talking head next to Michael Ian Black, and tell the world how strongly I felt about the decade. However, sometimes re-watching something you once loved can lead to massive disappointment. Even though you may have memorized 70% of the movie's dialogue, you're shocked at the 30% of the dialogue that went over your head. Plus, with the rapid advancement of special effects today, badly executed [...]