What Movies Are Coming to Season 2 of “The Movies That Made Us”?

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When we’re not watching movies, we’re usually finding a way to learn about the history of the classics and the ones that really hold a special place in our hearts. The second season of “The Movies That Made Us” is here and set to hit our Netflix screens on July 23. The series is directed Brian Volk-Weiss and written by Benjamin J. Frost and Volk-Weiss.

This season the movies that will be featured are Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Pretty Woman, and Forrest Gump.

Directed by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park was released in 1993, and features Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Sam Neill. Back to the Future features Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd, and Lea Thompson. It was directed by Robert Zemeckis and released in 1985.

Pretty Woman was released in 1990 and directed by Garry Marshall and stars Julia Roberts, Richard Gere, and Jason Alexander. Directed by Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump opened in 1994 and stars Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, and Gary Sinise.

Stemming from the Netflix show, “The Toys That Made Us,” season two of “The Movies That Made Us” will focus in depth on four movies from our childhood, each with their own episode.

The episodes will dive into each movie and have interviews with crew members who talk about the production and the lasting legacy each one of these films has left on society. Each episode is estimated to be between forty-five and fifty minutes long.

The first season and a special holiday season has featured Home Alone, Ghostbusters, Dirty Dancing, Die Hard, Elf, and Nightmare Before Christmas.

The new season features four more films that have become part of the zeitgeist and continue to live on and among the classic films of our era.

Taylor Swift’s Rerecorded Album “RED” Coming This Fall

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There are many reasons to love autumn. The leaves change, you can bundle up in your sherpa jacket, and Starbucks mochas can help keep you extra cozy. But this fall, Taylor Swift has given us another reason to look forward to the season.

Many fans thought that the country gone pop singer was hinting at a release of a new version of her ‘1989’ album, but Taylor Swift took to Instagram to announce that the next rerecorded album she will be releasing is Red (Taylor’s Version). Of course, she shared what we all hope is the album’s new cover and a very Taylor message along with it.

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She writes, “I’ve always said that the world is a different place for the heartbroken…The heartbroken might go through thousands of micro-emotions a day trying to figure out how to get through it without picking up the phone to hear that old familiar voice.”

The first release of the album was in 2012. This version will include all 30 tracks that she originally wanted to release the first time around. One track will be ten minutes long! The album will include hits such as, ‘I Knew You Were Trouble,’ and ‘We Are Never Getting Back Together.’

She goes on to write that “musically and lyrically, Red resembled a heartbroken person. It was all over the place, a fractured mosaic of feelings that somehow all fit together in the end. Happy, free, confused, lonely, devastated, euphoric, wild, and tortured by memories past.”

This fall can’t come fast enough. Swifties will be counting the days to the album’s release on November 19th.

New Music from the Spice Girls and 25 Years of Wannabe!

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In 2004, I found a Spice Girls Spice CD in its original plastic for sale at the Universal Studios CityWalk CD store. It had originally been released in 1996 and the thought of unopened nostalgia sitting right in front of me felt like a sign that I should buy it.

But not even the new old stock could compare to my very much loved version of the album at home, complete with a scratched disc, rips on the CD jacket, and scuffs on the case.

Growing up, Wannabe was my jam. I did my fair share of singing it into my hairbrush and choreographed many dance routines to it in my childhood living room. I’ve listened to it many times over the years. When I was younger I wanted it to be the first song I’d listen to on the stereo when I got a car.

It’s been twenty-five years since the song Wannabe came out and it’s still my jam. When I heard that the Spice Girls were releasing new music, of course I had to do my research!

On July 9th, the Spice Girls will be releasing a digital version of a Wannabe EP, called Wannabe 25. It will include the original version of the song, a remix by Junior Vasquez, the original demo of the song, and a previously unreleased demo of a song called Feed Your Love. A limited-edition vinyl and cassette will be released July 23rd.

It’s safe to say Wannabe will be on repeat in the coming weeks.

Reclaiming Fearless

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“Artists should own their work for so many reasons, but the most screamingly obvious one is that the artist is the only one who really knows that body of work.” -Taylor Swift

There is something magical and quite comforting when you know all the words to every song on a new album. It usually takes a few weeks (or days!) of hearing the music and lyrics together to finally get all the words down, but this time when Taylor Swift releases the rerecording of her album, Fearless, I’ll know all the words simply because this album has been released before…and I seriously can’t wait for the new version!

Back in 2008, Taylor released her album Fearless on November eleventh with her label at the time, Big Machine Records. In order for Taylor to officially own her entire catalogue of music, since she wasn’t able to fully own her original master recordings, she will be rerecording her first six albums.

It’s fitting that Taylor would choose Fearless as her first rerecorded album. The 2008 version of the album was one of the best-selling albums of the 21st century and brought with it the singles, Fearless, Love Story, White Horse, Fifteen, and You Belong With Me.

The upcoming version of Fearless, aptly named Fearless (Taylor’s Version) will be released thirteen years after the original and on April ninth (4+9=13); thirteen famously being Taylor’s favorite and lucky number.

Fearless (Taylor’s Version) will include the original thirteen tracks, plus six songs from the Fearless platinum edition, the single from the 2010 film, “Valentine’s Day” called Today Was A Fairytale, as well as six songs that have never been released on one of Taylor’s albums.

On Good Morning America, Taylor said this about her upcoming rerecorded album, “my version of ‘Fearless’ will have 26 songs on it, because I’ve decided to add songs from the vault, which are songs that almost made the ‘Fearless’ album, but I’ve now gone back and recorded those so that everyone will be able to hear not only songs that made the album but the songs that almost made it.”

I still remember the very first song I ever heard by Taylor Swift. It was I’d Lie. I found it on a friend’s Myspace page and I couldn’t help but keep pressing play each time it ended.

Right from the beginning, I knew there was something about Taylor that was different than other artists. For starters, she was my age and she was actually writing her songs. Her songs sounded like diary entries and being the ever so prolific writer in my high school years, I could totally relate. I’ve always been a sucker for a cute notebook. Taylor wrote about the things that, at the time, an insecure 18 year old wanted to hear and connect with.

Each one of her albums has a special place in my heart. Each one became part of the soundtrack that represents different times in my life; my high school days, junior college, college, and life after college. I can’t wait to hear the new recordings of her second album. I’ve enjoyed decoding her messages in her recent posts on social media. The messages in her lyric booklets are a Taylor staple when it comes to secrets behind each song. I wonder if she’ll continue that in her new lyric booklets. We can only wait and see!

Here’s to lucky numbers and reclaiming Fearless.

I Watched The Last Blockbuster Documentary and All the Fond Memories of Scanning the Aisles of Videos Came Rushing Back!

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Be kind, rewind. (Kids today won’t understand this 😩)

There isn’t an experience quite like meandering up and down the aisles of videos in search for the perfect movie to watch on a Friday night. Whether I was in the mood for the most recent feature film or a childhood classic; each visit felt new. If I thought I was sad when the CD stores closed, I wasn’t prepared for Blockbuster to close its doors.

With technology changing and everything switching to online and streaming, the once video giant has closed its doors…all except one nestled in Bend, Oregon. My dreams of visiting the store will have to wait, but thanks to the documentary, The Last Blockbuster, I was able to revisit what made each trip to the video store special.

You could see what other people were choosing as you roamed the store. You could pick up a copy of a movie you thought you’d be leaving with, but end up taking home something totally different. I loved going with my friends and seeing what they would pick and a lot of the time, we’d each pick a movie and battle it out to see whose movie we’d end up watching later that night. You know, its those memories I remember most!

There were snacks too. No need to stop at the grocery store, you could pick up some popcorn or candy when you were at the checkout counter preparing for the rental process. They’d scan your Blockbuster card and check that the movie was inside its case. They’d let you know how many days you had before you’d have to return the movie so you wouldn’t be hit with the dreaded late fee.

So to reiterate, you’d have to physically scan the rows for movies, get in line and check out. You’d get to experience that smell of old, peeling plastic on the movie cases, and years and years of family fun. Now, with just a few clicks the movie is in front of you ready to be played, and like the documentary reminded me, where’s the fun in that?

I do have to admit though, I’m guilty of using a streaming service to watch The Last Blockbuster. Yes, that’s correct, I rented the movie from iTunes which is ironic because the film is about how streaming has gobbled up most of the last remaining video stores. But to make myself feel better, I’d like to think that if I lived in Bend, I’d be renting it from my friendly neighborhood Blockbuster.

I’d also like to think that if I lived in Bend, I would’ve been one of the lucky few who got to spend the night at Blockbuster for its 90s night when it was doubling as an Airbnb! For four dollars a night, you could stay at Blockbuster and stay up all night watching movies. Who hasn’t wanted to do that? You can check out the Buzzfeed article here.

Watching the documentary brought up so many good memories from my childhood. It reminded me of simpler times, even though kids today could argue, where’s the simplicity of going to a store to pick out a movie when you could do it from the comfort of your own home, hidden away from the world behind a screen? But that’s just it, it was more than just a store. It was an experience. It was a place that gave us the opportunity to go up and down the aisles and physically pick up a video. We could talk with friends as we scoured the racks for the perfect film. We made an outing out of going to the video store. Blockbuster provided us with the movies that made our weekends or special occasions truly memorable. I recommend this film to anyone who wants to relive the nostalgia and reminisce about the good old days.