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(CNN)   Ben Stiller trying to bring Reality Bites to TV as a series. Well at least it's an original idea to have a bunch of whiny self-absorbed 20-somethings sitting around biatching about life in the early 90's while they drink coffee   (cnn.com) divider line 91
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2013-08-26 02:03:56 PM
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2013-08-26 02:04:44 PM
Are Gen Xers even nostalgic?
 
2013-08-26 02:09:24 PM

Outrageous Muff: Are Gen Xers even nostalgic?


For two things and two things only

Ecto-cooler Kool-aid and the Solid Gold Dancers
 
2013-08-26 02:10:13 PM
The only good thing about that movie was the soundtrack, and even that hasn't aged all that well.
 
2013-08-26 02:12:44 PM

Shostie: The only good thing about that movie was the soundtrack, and even that hasn't aged all that well.


THIS.
 
2013-08-26 02:13:01 PM
That ship sailed twenty years ago. The Dotcom Boom happened after the early 90s Gen-X mope-fest, and we learned that Gen Xers really will get of their asses and do shiat.

You may wish to thank us for the popular Inter Net you're using right this moment.
 
2013-08-26 02:15:14 PM
I'm generally a fan of Ben Stiller's movies, but that one sucked. Bad. Absolutely nothing redeeming about it, and I'm embarassed that it supposedly was a movie of "my generation". Didn't represent anyone I know, and certainly not me. Has more to do with the hipster movement than anything else.
 
2013-08-26 02:19:21 PM

Outrageous Muff: Are Gen Xers even nostalgic?


one, two "Gen Xers" posts
 
2013-08-26 02:20:14 PM

neilbradley: I'm generally a fan of Ben Stiller's movies, but that one sucked. Bad. Absolutely nothing redeeming about it, and I'm embarassed that it supposedly was a movie of "my generation". Didn't represent anyone I know, and certainly not me. Has more to do with the hipster movement than anything else.


THIS!

Farking hated it then, I'm sure I'll hate it now.
 
2013-08-26 02:21:41 PM

NuttierThanEver: Outrageous Muff: Are Gen Xers even nostalgic?

For two things and two things only

Ecto-cooler Kool-aid and the Solid Gold Dancers


How dare you, sir? We are NOT that shallow.

We also miss Ninja Turtle Pies.
 
2013-08-26 02:23:11 PM

Onkel Buck: Shostie: The only good thing about that movie was the soundtrack, and even that hasn't aged all that well.

THIS.


Me Phi Me, I think was the name, and the song Revival was pretty good.
 
2013-08-26 02:25:24 PM

theorellior: That ship sailed twenty years ago. The Dotcom Boom happened after the early 90s Gen-X mope-fest, and we learned that Gen Xers really will get of their asses and do shiat.

You may wish to thank us for the popular Inter Net you're using right this moment.


Fark you.  I'll thank Leonard Kleinrock, Robert Taylor, and the 1968 Network Working Group.  You can go back to polishing your Field Day participation trophies, Sparky.
 
2013-08-26 02:26:24 PM

NuttierThanEver: Outrageous Muff: Are Gen Xers even nostalgic?

For two things and two things only

Ecto-cooler Kool-aid and the Solid Gold Dancers


Bullshiat. I also demand Dr. Hook, Saturday morning cartoons including the fall Krofft Supershow preview, girls in cut offs and tank tops, and, most importantly, having kids that felt like being stuck inside the house was a punishment.
 
2013-08-26 02:27:08 PM
I graduated high school in '89, am I a gen-Xer and if I am why do not identify with a single god damn thing ever associated with them?
 
2013-08-26 02:27:36 PM

neilbradley: I'm generally a fan of Ben Stiller's movies, but that one sucked. Bad. Absolutely nothing redeeming about it, .


I swtiched to Camel Wides for a little while after seeing this flick, I have since quit smoking all together. Also, I thought Hawke's parody of a slacker with an ax to grind was pretty good

/Hey, Thats My Bike!
 
2013-08-26 02:28:39 PM
Ethan Hawke was the only good thing about that movie
 
2013-08-26 02:30:20 PM
Who told you that, your psychic friend?
 
2013-08-26 02:34:00 PM

Torqueknot: I graduated high school in '89, am I a gen-Xer and if I am why do not identify with a single god damn thing ever associated with them?


'88 here. Yes, you are 100% Gen X.

Do you remember finally getting an Atari, a microwave, a VCR? When an awesome Friday was picking out videos like Nightmare on Elm Street and having friends over for air popped popcorn with butter melted in the aluminum tray on top?
 
2013-08-26 02:34:38 PM

mentallo69: Ethan Hawke was the only good thing about that movie


Wow, really? He was the most insufferable whiny lazy prick in that movie. All he did was act superior to everybody and complain about how he's soooo misunderstood while mooching off his friends and not showing a bit of gratitude.
 
2013-08-26 02:37:05 PM

Outrageous Muff: Are Gen Xers even nostalgic?


I am. The 90s were awesome compared to the last 2 shiatty decades.

Wouldn't watch a TV show about it though.
 
2013-08-26 02:39:23 PM

Kid Lester: Torqueknot: I graduated high school in '89, am I a gen-Xer and if I am why do not identify with a single god damn thing ever associated with them?

'88 here. Yes, you are 100% Gen X.

Do you remember finally getting an Atari, a microwave, a VCR? When an awesome Friday was picking out videos like Nightmare on Elm Street and having friends over for air popped popcorn with butter melted in the aluminum tray on top?


Actually yes on all that. I was referring more to all the angsty bullshiat like the movie in TFA.

/ Atari 2600 was the shiat.
 
2013-08-26 02:40:30 PM

xalres: mentallo69: Ethan Hawke was the only good thing about that movie

Wow, really? He was the most insufferable whiny lazy prick in that movie. All he did was act superior to everybody and complain about how he's soooo misunderstood while mooching off his friends and not showing a bit of gratitude.


I liked his Bravado
 
2013-08-26 02:43:25 PM
The only character in the whole movie I could relate to was the dude from Soul Asylum who had a very brief cameo. Other than that, I was rather disappointed, which might have actually been the intent of the movie. If so, that was brilliant but I'm still disappointed that none of the characters were at all likable.
 
2013-08-26 02:44:14 PM
Meh. I'd be much more interested in watching Zoolander break bad.
 
2013-08-26 02:44:45 PM
Never saw this movie but I did see Singles, Empire Records and Clerks so I got the gist.
 
2013-08-26 02:46:12 PM
Torqueknot:
/ Atari 2600 was the shiat.

I got an Atari 2600 because my parents were too cheap to get a NES

/born in 81
 
2013-08-26 02:46:12 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Fark you. I'll thank Leonard Kleinrock, Robert Taylor, and the 1968 Network Working Group. You can go back to polishing your Field Day participation trophies, Sparky.


I'm not saying there wasn't plenty of work going on beforehand. But it wasn't going to become a cultural force until you had a generation reared on the possibilities of digital networking that wanted to make the shiat real. If it was just an engineering problem, why didn't the Internet explode in 1975?
 
2013-08-26 02:46:45 PM

Torqueknot: Kid Lester: Torqueknot: I graduated high school in '89, am I a gen-Xer and if I am why do not identify with a single god damn thing ever associated with them?

'88 here. Yes, you are 100% Gen X.

Do you remember finally getting an Atari, a microwave, a VCR? When an awesome Friday was picking out videos like Nightmare on Elm Street and having friends over for air popped popcorn with butter melted in the aluminum tray on top?

Actually yes on all that. I was referring more to all the angsty bullshiat like the movie in TFA.

/ Atari 2600 was the shiat.


We were the last on the block to get one. When we did, me and my sis...and my old man...played the hell out of it. We had all the Activision games. Kaboom, Boxing, Chopper Command...all of 'em. My dad worked crazy OT as a union welder for DuPont rail. He'd get home at 9:00, wake me up out of bed..."Get up boy, let's go. Put in that Commando tape!"

But yeah...the angsty shiat in Reality Bites? Overblown. I am, however, nostalgic now for Winona's tits.
 
2013-08-26 02:47:43 PM
centralperk.shiny-star.net
 
2013-08-26 02:48:21 PM

Torqueknot: Actually yes on all that. I was referring more to all the angsty bullshiat like the movie in TFA.


Right around that time marketing consultants decided they had figured out Generation X and went all out on advertising to them with crap like "advertising sucks, even this ad so buy a GM". Before long, the "whatever" stereotype was considered the gospel truth. Eventually someone noticed that it wasn't actually moving product and the whole thing was dropped in favor of endless articles about the Information Superhighway and the Infobahn.
 
2013-08-26 02:51:43 PM

EngineerAU: Torqueknot: Actually yes on all that. I was referring more to all the angsty bullshiat like the movie in TFA.

Right around that time marketing consultants decided they had figured out Generation X and went all out on advertising to them with crap like "advertising sucks, even this ad so buy a GM". Before long, the "whatever" stereotype was considered the gospel truth. Eventually someone noticed that it wasn't actually moving product and the whole thing was dropped in favor of endless articles about the Information Superhighway and the Infobahn.


Yeah, I never knew anyone ""angsty". I just knew that we were supposed to be.
 
2013-08-26 03:07:14 PM

theorellior: Benevolent Misanthrope: Fark you. I'll thank Leonard Kleinrock, Robert Taylor, and the 1968 Network Working Group. You can go back to polishing your Field Day participation trophies, Sparky.

I'm not saying there wasn't plenty of work going on beforehand. But it wasn't going to become a cultural force until you had a generation reared on the possibilities of digital networking that wanted to make the shiat real. If it was just an engineering problem, why didn't the Internet explode in 1975?


Point taken, but GenX doesn't get sole credit, either.
 
2013-08-26 03:08:21 PM
Ben, go get your meds adjusted.
 
2013-08-26 03:09:58 PM

Benevolent Misanthrope: Point taken, but GenX doesn't get sole credit, either.


Perhaps my original post was a tad hyperbolic. ; )
 
2013-08-26 03:10:03 PM
Gen X was perfect for helping get rid of the over-stylized shell that the 80s had become.  A little less hairspray and glitz, a little more humanity back in pop culture.  The problem, as always, came after it was commercialized.

I remember some company tried marketing a deodorant called Teen Spirit.  The commercial had some stoner idiot talking about how great it is.  You can imagine some 40-something douchebag ad executive waiting to see the money roll in after people get that gag association ("hey, what deodorant is that?  It smells like ____  ______!")  Ugh.
 
2013-08-26 03:13:21 PM

theorellior: Benevolent Misanthrope: Point taken, but GenX doesn't get sole credit, either.

Perhaps my original post was a tad hyperbolic. ; )


Hang on, hang on.  You guys aren't allowed to meet in the middle when arguing a point.  This is FARK.  We defend our opinions as if they were objective facts, and twist objective facts around to suit opinions.  We'd rather get the kill in the argument than be right in the first place, and people who don't agree are trolls.

We'd rather die before acknowledging another person's valid point!  Get with the program!
 
2013-08-26 03:16:14 PM
Just what we need, another Seinfeld pushing a culture of self-absorbed cynicism on America.
 
2013-08-26 03:19:57 PM

Apik0r0s: Just what we need, another Seinfeld pushing a culture of self-absorbed cynicism on America.


www.washingtonpost.com

Maybe you're right. For us Xers, this was Monday night.

Not very cynical. Except that biatch Nelly.
 
2013-08-26 03:21:07 PM

Orgasmatron138: I remember some company tried marketing a deodorant called Teen Spirit. The commercial had some stoner idiot talking about how great it is. You can imagine some 40-something douchebag ad executive waiting to see the money roll in after people get that gag association ("hey, what deodorant is that? It smells like ____ ______!") Ugh.


That's exactly how I felt about OK Soda. It looked exactly like what a Boomer marketing executive thought GenX slackers would want to buy. I said, "How about no."
 
2013-08-26 03:21:44 PM

Mugato: Yeah, I never knew anyone ""angsty". I just knew that we were supposed to be.


Maybe it was a regional thing.  It seemed like the angsty always came from being from the pacific north west.  I know I never saw any of it oustide of hipsters in my small town midwest upbringing.
 
2013-08-26 03:22:27 PM

Orgasmatron138: theorellior: Benevolent Misanthrope: Point taken, but GenX doesn't get sole credit, either.

Perhaps my original post was a tad hyperbolic. ; )

Hang on, hang on.  You guys aren't allowed to meet in the middle when arguing a point.  This is FARK.  We defend our opinions as if they were objective facts, and twist objective facts around to suit opinions.  We'd rather get the kill in the argument than be right in the first place, and people who don't agree are trolls.

We'd rather die before acknowledging another person's valid point!  Get with the program!


Fark you.

/Howzzat?
 
2013-08-26 03:25:21 PM

Saiga410: Mugato: Yeah, I never knew anyone ""angsty". I just knew that we were supposed to be.

Maybe it was a regional thing.  It seemed like the angsty always came from being from the pacific north west.  I know I never saw any of it oustide of hipsters in my small town midwest upbringing.


All adolescents are angsty. GenX gets the rep because you could make money selling movies on videotape about it during our coming of age years. James Dean was f*cking angsty, too.
 
2013-08-26 03:26:33 PM
The 90s were great. We only had one, quick war and people had jobs.
 
2013-08-26 03:31:45 PM
I graduated from high school in '89. I loved the 90's. Loved every moment of it, from chimpan-a to chimpan-z.

Then 2001 rolled around, and I watched my country lose its goddamn mind.
31.media.tumblr.com
 
2013-08-26 03:32:19 PM

Mugato: Outrageous Muff: Are Gen Xers even nostalgic?

I am. The 90s were awesome compared to the last 2 shiatty decades.

Wouldn't watch a TV show about it though.


I don't know if the pop culture was necessarily superior (though we had some great bands and films), but life in general was great. I was fortunate enough to spend 1992-2000 as a twenty-something, and it was great. Gas was a dollar and change even when wages weren't vastly below what we have now, politics were not as caustic, the future was something to be welcomed and not dreaded (despite the insufferable characters in the film), college was reasonably priced (though rising), we made leaps and bounds with computers and communications, etc. I wouldn't call it The Golden Age or anything, but it sure beats what we're living in now.

As for the movie, I saw it once because everyone kept telling me it was the defining film of my generation (born in '75). Pfft, my ass.

Oh, and one note to any boomers or "greatest generation" folks in this thread: Generation X seemed lazy for the same reasons your parents thought you were. You were young.
 
2013-08-26 03:36:33 PM

dickfreckle: Oh, and one note to any boomers or "greatest generation" folks in this thread: Generation X seemed lazy for the same reasons your parents thought you were. You were young.


And turn that around for the people who like to rag on Millenials. I teach these kids, they're all right. You get your slackers and your overachievers just like in any other group. I know some people in their early 20s who are pretty awesome.
 
2013-08-26 03:36:50 PM

Kid Lester: Not very cynical. Except that biatch Nelly.


Christ, what a c*nt. At least her mom had some redeeming scenes. I can't remember his name, but I'm surprised the husband wasn't a raging alcoholic or an opiate addict. Anything to get away from those two.
 
2013-08-26 03:37:49 PM

dickfreckle: Mugato: Outrageous Muff: Are Gen Xers even nostalgic?

I am. The 90s were awesome compared to the last 2 shiatty decades.

Wouldn't watch a TV show about it though.

I don't know if the pop culture was necessarily superior (though we had some great bands and films), but life in general was great. I was fortunate enough to spend 1992-2000 as a twenty-something, and it was great. Gas was a dollar and change even when wages weren't vastly below what we have now, politics were not as caustic, the future was something to be welcomed and not dreaded (despite the insufferable characters in the film), college was reasonably priced (though rising), we made leaps and bounds with computers and communications, etc. I wouldn't call it The Golden Age or anything, but it sure beats what we're living in now.

As for the movie, I saw it once because everyone kept telling me it was the defining film of my generation (born in '75). Pfft, my ass.

Oh, and one note to any boomers or "greatest generation" folks in this thread: Generation X seemed lazy for the same reasons your parents thought you were. You were young.


I was born in 69, and I think the true xers(the older ones like myself) did not try hard to be a member of one particular group, we were open to bands, people, films, culture of all times.

I grew up in New Orleans and it was nothing for me to see a hair bond 1 day, a goth band the next, and then second lining with a dixieland jazz band.  Though New Orleans is more culturally diverse than most place, and also where many cultures intermingle instead of staying in their own enclaves.

John Hughes movies in the 80s got teenagers right.

I think of of the funniest thing in Singles is when they are at the concert and his buddy has a computer watch and he "says man I got like 25 phone numbers tonight" And the guy says, "really, but man are you gonna call?"
 
2013-08-26 03:39:21 PM

verbaltoxin: people had jobs.


Including our President,

THANK YOU! GOODNIGHT!
 
2013-08-26 03:44:55 PM

dickfreckle: Kid Lester: Not very cynical. Except that biatch Nelly.

Christ, what a c*nt. At least her mom had some redeeming scenes. I can't remember his name, but I'm surprised the husband wasn't a raging alcoholic or an opiate addict. Anything to get away from those two.


Pretty sure his name was Niles Olsen. And some of the best scenes are when he would finally have taken enough shiat from the wife and then come across with a pimp hand verbal smackdown, and she'd storm off in a huff. "Get 'me, Niles! Don't take no shiat off that battle axe!"
 
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