Movie Looks: Practical Magic

A few years ago, a friend and I walked to several video stores in the West Village looking for a copy of Practical Magic. The first video attendant actually tried to look for a DVD for us. At the second store, they laughed in our faces. Another store had no idea what we were even talking about. Read More Movie Looks: Practical Magic

Retro Recap: The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo, 1.1 & 1.2

The Mystery Files of Shelby Woo ran for 41 episodes on Nickelodeon beginning in 1996 and I loved them all so much.

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Why 1994 Matters to Me: Part 1

It’s a weird feeling, getting older — nostalgia might hit you at anytime. I work with people who were born after the subjects of this column were released. I am guessing for people born in the late ’60s or early ’70s, the death of John Lennon is seen as the separation between that generation and the next. For me, it is the death of Kurt Cobain. Every time I find out someone was born after he died, it throws me off. 1994 is one of those outstanding years in music where a lot of seminal and well-recognized albums came out. Some of the albums I came to listen to later in life, but the impact was still immeasurable. The year has always had a special place in my heart; I turned twelve that year and entered middle school. I met a lifelong best friend in 1994 whose parents pretty much let him listen to anything he wanted, and I was introduced to a lot of these albums through him. Sadly, he passed in 2006, but his legacy lives on anytime I hear “Buddy Holly” or “Longview.”  Read More Why 1994 Matters to Me: Part 1

Movies I’m Weirdly Obsessed With: A Kid in King Arthur’s Court

There is this weird subsection of my movie collection that are movies that I’m inexplicably obsessed with. These movies are sometimes good, sometimes terrible. Honestly, most of them make little to no sense and for some reason incite very specific emotional responses in me. I’ve decided to go ahead and chronicle some of these movies for the P-Mag crowd, with winning commentary from both myself and the roommates I will subject to these movies. Read More Movies I’m Weirdly Obsessed With: A Kid in King Arthur’s Court

Everything I Learned (About School), I Learned from ’90s Cartoons: Hey Arnold

My first semester of grad school (all of two years ago), I took a class on “Families as Educators.”  I had planned that it would be a great supplement to the drier coursework of education policy briefs and memorizing education finance legislation as settled through Supreme Court rulings. This class was fluffier, and I probably would never use it again. Of course, I was wrong. Read More Everything I Learned (About School), I Learned from ’90s Cartoons: Hey Arnold

Everything I Learned (About School), I Learned from ’90s Cartoons: “Animaniacs”

As a millennial, I’m pretty much obligated to write about ’90s nostalgia in some way, because things were simpler when I was a kid and had zero responsibilities. Like many of my peers, I ran home every day from the bus stop to park myself in front of the TV, much to my mother’s chagrin. Well, mom, I just got my MA, so TV didn’t complete rot my brain. In fact, children’s television has always been a source of reflection and education for me. Read More Everything I Learned (About School), I Learned from ’90s Cartoons: “Animaniacs”

Are We Ready for an Adult Cory and Topanga?

As much as I love the 1990s, the nostalgia kick has been getting on my nerves recently, especially when said nostalgia comes from people who were barely alive during the decade. However, the news of a Boy Meets World spin-off has shaken my cynicism and made me grateful to the Disney Channel for coming up with the premise.  Read More Are We Ready for an Adult Cory and Topanga?

Late ’90s Pop Trends I’m Secretly Nostalgic For*

Disclaimer: I am not saying any of these trends were ever actually good, but they do warm the cockles of my adolescent heart. And if you want to bring bulletproof-style vests (a la B4-4) back, who I am to judge? Read More Late ’90s Pop Trends I’m Secretly Nostalgic For*