Lets talk about iconography – or things that had such a massive impact on our world, media, and interpersonal conversations that they’re often times more important for what they ushered in, versus what they actually are.
Following a binge of ’90s’ stuff that influenced the stuff we watch, listen too, play, and enjoy now, I figured I’d toss the question out to the BOD.
Top 4 ‘Iconic’ Movies of the 1990s:
1. Pulp Fiction – I recently saw this movie in its entirety for the first time since graduating high school and holy crap its finger prints are everywhere. I mean this flick crowned “I’m gonna go Medieval on your ass!” for crying out loud. Toss in the scene where Travolta and the heroin dealer go through how to use the adrenaline shot has such a ribald energy you’re not sure if it’s supposed to be funny, sad, or silly, and all the strange and obscure references to American culture, and it’s impossible to not at least appreciate this movie for what it did, even if you hated it.
2. Terminator 2 – Here’s a movie that by ushering in the age of CGI effects, prevented a movie like Terminator 2 from ever being made again. I mean this flick features a real-life helicopter flying under a highway overpass. It had the first digital wire removal in cinematic history, and was simply masterful at everything it accomplished. I cannot stress enough how cool watching this movie with James Cameron’s commentary is.While Titanic was a more popular movie, the groundwork for combing CGI with practical effects was started here, until Starship troopers decided who needs practical effects.
3. Reservoir Dogs – Yes, another Tarintino movie – but it’s iconic for different reasons – namely the way it played with time and was only in a few different locations. This movie was so brutal at the time it came out, people literally walked out during the ‘ear cutting’ scene that I honestly didn’t even know was a ‘thing’ until I saw the movie and realized it was parodied in an Itchy and Scratchy cartoon in The Simpsons.
4. Armageddon – Definitely the most ‘iconic’ of all the destruction movies that came out in the 90s, with Ben Affleck, Bruce Willis, and a bunch of crazy CGI effects, along with the ‘major’ debuts of Liv Tyler and Affleck to a mainstream audience. The ‘Leaving on a Jet Plane’ thing, despite being wildly impossible in real life, was an awesome moment, too.
Top 4 Iconic Wrestling ‘things’.
1. Hogan Slams Andre – This moment is so iconic people who don’t know a THING about wrestling know who Hulk Hogan is, and likely know what Wrestlemania 3 was, too.
2. Montreal Screwjob – We all know why.
3. Savage / Elizabeth – An angle that typified what pro wrestling could be when executed flawlessly.
4. Stone Cold Steve Austin – Just everything, really, attitude era, stunning Vince, cross-over recognition, made being bald ‘cool’, you can’t go wrong here.
I’ll leave music and games and specific songs to you guys, but what say you, Otters?
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