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Music is fine now, but the radio really IS awful. I think they have a playlist of about 20 songs, and it doesn't seem to change. When I was a kid, the radio station had MORE songs than I had in my house.


I had to look it up but the original Jumanji came out in 1995. That's after the youngest Gen Xer was 12 and into the next generation. So I guess that makes this the first remake of a movie from after my time but I'm not sure since it's hard to keep up with all the silly movies they make nowadays.

sean martin

Actually, the original Jumanji, despite its vintage CG, holds up pretty well. I kinda doubt the remake will. I'm sure it'll be fun and all, but, you know, the Rock aint no Robin Williams, who really made a lot of that film so much fun to watch.

Personally I love watching Dwayne's movies. They're complete and utter brain candy with zero pretension. And he appears to be having a blast making them, so why not enjoy them in the moment before they hit the five buck bin at WalMart?

But in all seriousness, the whole remake thing really is getting way out of hand. Now we're seeing Ocean's 8, with an all female cast. I imagine it's going to ride a wave of popularity until it actually opens and folks find out it's a whole lot of nothing, just like the attempted GHOSTBUSTERS reboot last year.

I'm waiting on the Millennial movie exec who says, "Hey, know what people would really like to see again? CITIZEN KANE! But this time we'll make it all dark and edgy!" You know it's gonna happen, Mike.

Kathleen E Donnelly

I was at UC Berkeley in the 60s, and the music from The Big Chill fits right in. We liked Motown! The FSM members fifty years later haven't changed - teachers, lawyers, social workers, some businessmen, trying to make the world better, even in retirement. The first baby-boomers were college freshmen in 1964.

Ben Fulton

I was twelve in 1979. The Dukes of Hazzard debuted and the Bee Gees won four Grammys and Tom is so very, very wrong.

Mike Peterson

We liked Motown -- I saw the Tops and Dionne Warwicke more than once -- but the idea of former radicals getting together for a weekend without any Airplane or Doors or Big Brother or the Dead or even the Beatles sounds more like a product placement deal than a serious attempt to tell the story.

And I think 12's a little young, but the point remains.

Paul Berge

The CG in the original Jumanji was supposed to be a little off, as I remember. I'm not sure how the new movie explains how the original involved critters breaking out into the real world while the sequel has real people getting sucked into the game, but I'm not worried about it, either.
On the other hand, how come Emperor Palpatine couldn't use the Dark Side of the Force to stop himself from falling to his death, and who the hell is Snoke?

Mike Peterson

BTW, Kathleen -- agree that the idea everyone sold out and became bankers is BS. Of my politico friends, as you say, they became teachers, social workers, attorneys, one in the EPA, all continuing from within. I can only think of one real sell-out and he's more than counterbalanced by some true social heroes.

And when we get together, we don't sit around asking each other if we've sold out because it's pretty freaking obvious that we haven't, which is another strike against Kasdan's attempt to be John Sayles.


Yeah, if Jumanji is going to recognize a change in the cultural nostalgia, then it really marks the beginning of the end of Gen-Xs hour in the sun, because 1995 is getting into their time and out of ours (which would be things like the 80s revivals). Much like the job market where we got two quarters a few years ago where we were the dominant force (between Boomers retiring in December and Millennials entering at the end of school), Gen-X spent most of it's time being co-cultural nostalgic with one or the other. Such is our way... we Finlandize with the generations around us, not caring much about our role in things. Our power is in our lack of power.


Well, "Big Chill" is better than "Dazed and Confused" which is the generational movie for us Late Boomers. Although "Dazed" has better music than "Chill." ;)

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