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Favorite 1995 Media

On 06/30/2020 at 07:17 PM by KnightDriver

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These are my favorite five things from '95. 


The Private Life of Plants: This David Attenborough nature show blew my mind. I was always into nature documentaries but this one was special. They showcased so many plants and their incredible adaptations which are still imprinted on my mind today. If this show doesn't convince you of the intelligence of plants, nothing will. There's the flower that creates a near perfect imitation of the mate of a specific species of bee to attract it to its flower. Then there is the plant that imitates a dead caracass, including the smell, to lure insects into its maw. As a great companion to this film is another David Attenborough nature show called, The Life of Birds from '98. That one blew my mind too. 


Ace Venture: When Nature Calls: Most people I've talked to prefer either the first Ace Ventura movie or Mask over this, but I think it's Jim Carey's finest moment. Jim Carey's comedy is so cartoony to begin with it only makes sense to make a live action film with him in it feel like a cartoon. Dave Odenkirk directed, and I think he got it right. So many moments in this film are lodged in my memory. I especially love the moment in the Buddist temple where his guru tells him he's achieved oneness just to get him to leave. Also, I use the term "helpy helperton" quite often still. 


Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness: I played this game so often on my PC but never finished it. I used to play the first ten levels repeatedly. After the tenth level it got too complex and burdensome to be fun for me. But I played those first ten in every possible way. It's just a lot of fun to see a strategy work itself out. You play as either humans or orcs, accumulate natural resources and then battle it out for dominance of the map. I so wish this would be remastered and optimized for consoles. There was a PSone version way back that I played but I didn't take to it because it wasn't optimized for a controller. I'd like WCII and the first Warcraft game on my Xbox One, thank you Blizzard. 


Red Hot Chili Peppers' One Hot Minute: Most people I've talked to like the previous Red Hot Chili Peppers albums much better than this one. Dave Navarro from Jane's Addiction took over the guitarist position and hard core Chili fans didn't approve of his more heavy metal approach. I, however, discovered the Chili Peppers through the song "Warped" on this album, and I still love this album above eveything else they did; although, I do now appreciate all their funkier and punkier earlier albums.  


Oliver Sacks' An Anthropologist on Mars: I think I knew of Sacks from his famous 1985 book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat, but I really got into him with his 2007 book Musicofilia. Anthropologist on Mars is another of his collections of case studies of people with truely bizzarre brain malfunctions that sometimes come with amazing new skills or reveal new ways at looking at reality. The brain is a fascinating organ and Dr. Sacks is here to observe and reveal its hidden workings through the study of patients with neurological conditions. 



Matt Snee Staff Writer

06/30/2020 at 11:17 PM

That plant books sounds really cool. But I might check out that birds book. I really like birds. 


07/01/2020 at 05:31 PM

They're TV documentaries. All the David Attenborough hosted shows are great. Oh, there is also a book to go with both, now that you reminded me. I want. 

Cary Woodham

07/01/2020 at 07:44 PM

I graduated high school in the spring of 1995 and started college in the fall of 1995, so that year was a whirlwind for me.  But there were two games that year that stuck out in my mind (or at least I could think of off the top of my head): Chrono Trigger and Yoshi's Island.


07/02/2020 at 09:42 PM

I'm very curious about Yoshi's Island. I'd like to play that soon. 

Cary Woodham

07/02/2020 at 10:35 PM

It's one of the best 2-D platformers ever made, and one of my favorite Mario games alongside Super Mario World.


07/02/2020 at 11:52 PM

In 1995, Chrono Trigger was the best video game, but I wish I'd have gotten Earthbound. I did get Mortal Kombat II on SNES for my birthday. My dad and I went to see Mortal Kombat in movie theaters. And the other really memorable media I remember is Who Shot Mr. Burns. I actually correctly guessed that Maggie was the shooter. Unfortunately I didn't win the Simpsons house. 


07/03/2020 at 09:15 PM

I've been wanting to play Chrono Trigger for so long. I did play Chrono Cross once though. 

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/03/2020 at 07:55 PM

Is it the first or second Ace Ventura with Cannibal Corpse? 

And I bet I'd still like most of "One Hot Minute." To my knowledge I've only heard Aeroplane, but I like that song. There are probably one or two singles I don't realize are from that album I like. 


07/03/2020 at 09:19 PM

I believe it's the first one. 

I noticed that the same year RHCPs recorded a cover of Ohio Players' "Love Rollercoaster" for the Beavis & Butthead Do America soundtrack. Somehow that track has escaped my collection. That might have been the first RHCP song I got excited about followed closely by "Warped". 

Super Step Contributing Writer

07/04/2020 at 11:13 AM

First, thank you for reminding me about that cover cause I was really thinking it was a Stevie Wonder cover the other day and could not figure out for the life of me I was thinking of "Higher Ground." Now I know why I was thinking about Stevie Wonder when I heard the Ohio Players RHCP "Love Rollercoaster" cover come on the other day. Random, I know, but it's been bothering me. 

Also, I've never heard "Warped" before but wow is that different for them. I'm not sure if I like it or not. I'll have to listen again when I'm expecting that kind of sound. "Aeroplane" didn't veer away from their typical sound anywhere close to that degree. That's interesting. 


07/06/2020 at 03:53 PM

Cool. I think I was watching Beavis & Butthead Do America in the theater when that song came on and my eyes lit up. I've gotten into other bands that way too like Flaming Lips and their track in the Spongebob Squarepants Movie. 

I was getting into metal thanks to my bandmate and friend Cory at the time, so that's probably why I got excited when "Warped" came on the radio that year. I had no idea that was different than what they usually do. 

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