As we enter the last weeks of the New 10s, I find myself thinking of how the decade nostalgia cycle was thrown off-course in this decade, and what that will mean for the New 20s. As I’ve often written about, I love the pop culture of the 1980s. The decade’s work got me through the dark times of the 90s and the 00s, and helped lead to my greatest successes as a writer in the New 10s. There was a lot of nostalgia for the 80s in the 00s and the New 10s, but I found myself staying away from it. I’ve never seen an episode of Stranger Things, for example, nor have I seen movies set in the 80s like Rock Of Ages or It: Chapter 1.
It was announced on December 27th, 2016 that Carrie Fisher had passed away. Whether they loved her work in the Star Wars movies or her talents as a writer, many have mourned and will continue to mourn her passing. Many have celebrated her memory, including our very own Peter Paltridge, who penned a lovely tribute.
All my life, I’ve been a fan of Disney. For that same stretch of time, I’ve been a fan of Steven Spielberg. Both the Disney studios and Spielberg’s production companies, Amblin Entertainment and Dreamworks, have created some of my favorite movies of all time. The BFG combines the two, and I feel that it’s a movie worth seeing before it leaves theaters.
As May of 2015 drew to a close, an announcement was made that, in its’ own small way, changed the course of film history. Rick Baker, the winner of seven Oscars for his achievements in film make-up, announced that not only was he selling material from his past projects, but he was retiring. As a tremendous fan of retro pop culture, I thought back on the times that I saw Rick Baker’s work. Whether it was on film or at a theme park, I was impressed by Mr. Baker’s work even before I knew his name. Herewith, I would like to pay tribute to this versatile talent.
Well first off, the title alone is a crack, but we’ll get to that in a bit.