099 SUMMER MOVIES: 1997

20th Century Pop! is a podcast that tries to understand the present by living in the past.  Each week hosts Bob and Tim take a sociological look at the pop culture of the '80s and '90s.  Its a ruining of their childhood that hopefully explains how they became adults.

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SUMMER OF SUMMER-TIME SUMMER: “I guess there’s a Speed 2?” (1997) In the summer of ‘97, a nation already mourning the loss of TV’s Wings turned to their Cineramadome to ask in anguish “How much Nicholas Cage can one marquee take?” It was a heated season full of Lost Worlds, Fifth Elements and more Batman and Robin physiology than a latex body suit cast by the shaky hands of an 80 year old man servant should render. So now, 22 years (and a two month hiatus) later, Bob and Tim take to this podcast to survey the fiascos of that fabled summer complete with a momentary reference to the Danny Glover/Joe Pesci debacle “Gone Fishin’.” Welcome back!

00:00:00  PRE-SHOW PRATTLE - and everything they know about Speed 2
00:00:38  BACK TO THE MICS - and one before 100
00:04:08  POST COLLEGE DYSPHORIA - going (and not going) to California
00:14:49  MYER(S)ED IN START DATES - and an element of awareness
00:22:21  DINO—SOUR - and indie actors in green screen
00:27:37  BROS & CONS - in celebration of the Cinerama-dome (sp?)
00:36:12  SINK THE SEQUELS - Boats, bats and Bob mentions Frank Miller
00:45:51  ROM-CONFLICT - and the movie Tim was thinking of is “The Next Best Thing”
00:49:00  CAGE MATCH - and getting off people’s planes
00:58:13  THE FULL MIMIC - missing the movie-going experience
01:06:20  FLAILING TO CINEMA - and a changing relationship to art
01:13:10   CLOSINGS - contacts, plugs and no catch phrase 

Make up your own mind on the legitimacy of Mike Myer’s singing with this performance of “BBC” BY MING TEA.


Dodge some savage blows while while hitting all the high notes of THE FIFTH ELEMENTS’S DIVA DANCE.

Down a little Dramamine to better follow along the bobbing blog post FRANCHISE KILLERS: SPEED 2 CRUISE CONTROL originally posted on the LEBEAU’S LE BLOG.

Take the more journalistic approach to what happened on this summer’s screen with these articles from DEN OF GEEK, THE TROUBLED BLOCKBUSTER SUMMER OF 1997 and WARNER BROTHERS AND THE DISASTEROUS MOVI SUMMER OF 1997 both by Simon Brew.

Watch Vinne Barbarino do his Randy from Vally Girl in this CASTOR TROY AS SEAN ARCHER SCENE FROM FAE-OFF

Hear Tim talk through the entirety of a comic book flop in an attempt to defend Joel Schumacher’s choices in this original, full-length audio commentary from 20POPCAST’S EPISODE 055: BATMAN AND ROBIN.

And, finally, check out a couple comic book fiascos Bob and Tim didn’t get to with the double impact of “ugh” for the ORIGINAL THEATRICAL TRAILER FOR SPAWN and AN EQUALLY ORIGINAL TRAILER FOR STEEL (if you are only going to watch one trailer this show notes … make it the Steel trailer).


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MUSIC FEATURED IN TODAY’S EPISODE:

“Super Poupi ” (opening theme) and "Poupi Great Adventures: The Arcade Game" (closing theme) performed by Komiku from the 2018 album POUPI'S INCREDIBLE ADVENTURES available at Freemusicarchives.org.   Cleared for public domain use through Creative Commons under a CCO 1.0 Universal License.   

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