Category Archives: 90s

Film Friday: Three Ninjas Kick Back

Last week was Three Ninjas so it is only natural that this week’s Film Friday is the sequel, Three Ninjas Kick Back.

Join Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum as they travel to Japan to return a dagger to the Grand Master at a martial arts tournament. They are met with trouble when Koga, a martial artist their grandfather beat many years ago at the tournament, tries to steal the dagger.


Film Friday: Three Ninjas

The ’90s martial arts theme continues this week with Three Ninjas (1992).

The film is a cross between Karate Kid and Home Alone. It tells the story of three brothers who are trained in Ninjutsu by their Japanese grandfather Mori Tanaka (played by Victor Wong). Life becomes complicated when Hugo Snyder, the leader of an organized crime ring, visits his former master, Tanaka, and tells him to stop his FBI son-in-law’s quest to capture him. See, all the characters are connected. Snyder then hires three surfer wannabes to kidnap the boys, but the brothers use their Ninja skills to fight their kidnappers and help their grandfather take down Hugo Snyder.

Grab your Gi and learn Ninjutsu with Rocky, Colt, and Tum Tum.

Film Friday: Surf Ninjas

It’s the first Friday of April! That means it is time for a new Film Friday theme.

I hope you have been practicing your roundhouse kick because this month’s theme is  ’90s martial arts, and we start off with Surf Ninjas (1993). The family comedy tells the story of two brothers living in Los Angeles when they discover they are the crown princes of Patusan, a country ruled by the nasty, half-metal dictator, Colonel Chi, played by Leslie Nielsen. Yeah, the one and only Leslie Nielsen. So, what happens when the young princes gain the magical powers? They return to Patusan, of course, to fight Colonel Chi’s oppressive army. The film also stars Rob Shneider, Tone Loc, and a buff Ernie Reyes Jr. Surf Ninjas is definitely campy, but that’s why we love the 90s. Have fun!

Original Photo: Dig Boston

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Introducing Pop Culture Nexus: Post-Grad

Life after graduation can be a stressful time – applying for jobs, finding an apartment, and paying off those student loans. That’s why we created the Tumblr site, “Pop Culture Nexus: Post-Grad,” which chronicles the difficulties many students face after college/graduate school through a pop culture perspective.


Pop Culture Nexus: Post-Grad

Film Friday: Home Alone

Home Alone is a 1990 film produced by John Hughes and directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Macaulay Culkin as Kevin McCallister who is sent to sleep in the attic the night before the family leaves for vacation. The next morning, the family rushes to the airport to catch their flight but forgets one thing…Kevin. Kevin is left home alone believing his wish to make his family disappear came true. He lives a carefree life eating ice cream and sledding down the stairs, but this comes to a halt when two bandits try to break in. Kevin must quickly devise a plan to defend his house.

To get into the Holiday spirit this weekend with Home Alone.

Film Friday: Little Giants

Want to root for the underdog this weekend? Then watch this amazing 1994 family comedy about pee-wee football.
The film stars Rick Moranis, Ed O’Neill (currently on Modern Family), Shawna Waldron, and Devon Sawa (“Owen Elliot” on Nikita).
When four kids are cut from making the only pee-wee football team in Urbania, Becky O’Shea decides to defy the rules and create her own team, proving that all you need is heart and a will to win “one time” to succeed. Of course the “Annexation of Puerto Rico” helps too!

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100 Little Things We Love About Pop Culture

Happy 100th post, fellow pop culture fans! To celebrate this exciting milestone, we decided to compile a list of 100 little things we love about pop culture. Think of it as an updated version of “My Favorite Things,” but way more awesome, and it won’t get stuck in your head all day long. Once you’ve read our 100 tidbits, leave a few of your own favorite things in the comments, or tweet us @PopCultureNexus.

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A Letter to Ringer from Buffy Fans

Dear Ringer,

Do not take the Buffy comparisons personally. It happened and it will happen again.
When they announced your arrival we thought – same girl, same network affiliate, but different show. The years of Sarah Michelle Gellar playing Buffy Summers are long gone. Now, we make room for Bridget and Siobhan. Ringer is not Buffy, and we never expected it to be. However, the tendency to compare you to Buffy is irresistible, which was apparent during the season premiere. We made references to vampires, called Siobhan to get a stake when she was being attacked, and thought of the Buffy bot when Gellar appeared as twins on screen. Call it stubbornness. Call it Buffy fever. Call it whatever you like. Joss Whedon’s Buffy the Vampire Slayer has left an indelible mark on television viewers and writers (see videos below). Sure, we’ll continue making Buffy references but that does not mean we expect you to be Buffy. We have given you your own space.  You have established a different tone and found a home in a different genre. We are happy to welcome you to the TV family.

                                                                      Stake in your heart,
Buffy Fans

Buffy the Vampire Slayer references in Pop Culture.
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Watch Ringer tonight on the CW at 9/8c.

Film Friday: Lion King in 3D

Want to view a classic Disney film on the big screen?
Today, Disney’s The Lion King 3D hits theaters.
I’ll be the first to admit that I am not a fan of the 3D craze but there is no way I can say no to Simba. I hear that “Nants ingonyama bagithi Baba” and I turn into a five year old child. I sing along to the songs and my heart breaks when Simba loses his father. The Lion King strays away from the prince and princess love story typically found in older Disney films. Instead, The Lion King is a story about a son’s journey of self-discovery and his return to become King. It’s a great film for all ages. So put on those 3D glasses and sing “Hakuna Matata” because it WILL solve all your problems.

Will you go out this weekend to watch The Lion King in 3D? What Disney film would you like to see return to theaters?

Nestor Carbonell on Brotherly Love with a European Accent?

I came across this video on YouTube and I had to do a double take. Eduardo Vega looks a lot like Nestor Carbonell (Lost, Ringer).
Check out this clip from Brotherly Love.

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