Guess Who’s Coming Home to the Snake Pit? OJ.

 

Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

Joanna Drayton comes home unexpectedly to announce to her parents, publisher Matt (Spencer Tracy) and art gallery owner Christina (Katharine Hepburn) she’s getting married to John (Syndey Poitier). Joanna’s progressive parents have taught her race shouldn’t be a determinate in how you treat other people, but their theoretical posturing is put to the test when they realize their little girl is going to marry a black man.

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America entered its twenty second decade: a look back at the films of 1986

In 1986,

Spain and Portugal entered the European Community, the predecessor to the European Union;

The first computer virus was formed;

Pixar Animation Studios opened;

Halley’s Comet made its second visit to our solar system in the 20th century;

The Mir space station was launched;

The The Legend of Zelda was released;

Out of Africa was named the Best Picture of 1985,

Microsoft became a publicly traded company;

The first child was born to a surrogate mother;

Geraldo Rivera opened Al Capone’s secret vault;

A mishandled safety test at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant killed over 4000 people;

Captain Midnight interrupted the HBO satellite feed;

NBC celebrated its 60th anniversary;

The Montreal Canadiens won their 23rd Stanley Cup;

Hands Across America took place to raise awareness for hunger relief efforts;

Dragon Quest was released;

The Space Shuttle Challenger disintegrated 73 seconds after launch;

Argentina won the FIFA World Cup;

Len Bias died of a cocaine overdose 48 hours after being selected 2nd in the NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics;

The Statue of Liberty was reopened following an extensive refurbishment for its centennial;

Prince Andrew married Sarah Ferguson;

American Greg Lemond won the Tour de France;

The first film from Studio Ghibli, Castle in the Sky, was released;

Patrick Sherrill’s attack on his coworkers at the post office in Edmond, Oklahoma birthed the phrase “going postal,”

Desmond Tutu became the first black Anglican Church bishop in South Africa;

The Oprah Winfrey Show premiered in syndication;

The Andrew Lloyd Weber musical The Phantom of the Opera opened in London;

The New York Mets defeated the Boston Red Sox in the World Series;

A Lebanese magazine reports the United States has been selling weapons to Iran in secret, exposing the Iran-Contra affair;

Mike Tyson won his first world boxing title;

The NBC soap opera Search for Tomorrow went off the air after 35 years;

Peyton Hillis, Mischa Barton, Lauren Conrad, Amber Riley, Charlotte Church, Jerod Mayo, Brittany Snow, Jamie Bell, Alexandra Daddario, Scott Eastwood, Lee DeWyze, Leighton Meester, Amber Heard, Marshawn Lynch, Jenna-Louise Coleman, Robert Pattinson, Lena Dunham, Grace Gummer, Megan Fox, Rafael Nadal, Oona Chaplin, Shia LeBeouf, Kat Dennings, Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen, Lindsey Lohan, Armie Hammer, Florence Welch, Lea Michele, Shaun White, Emmy Rossum, Heidi Montag, Drake, Emilia Clarke, Oscar Pistorious, Jimmy Graham, Desean Jackson, Jamaal Charles, and Ellie Goulding were born;

While Christopher Isherwood, Donna Reed, L. Ron Hubbard, Adolph Caesar, Ray Milland, George O’Keeffe, James Cagney, Simone de Beauvoir, Jean Genet, Otto Preminger, Wallis Simpson, Broderick Crawford, Tenzing Norway, Fritz Pollard, Theodore White, Sterling Hayden, Benny Goodman, Kate Smith, Rudy Vallee, Vincente Minnelli, Murray Hamilton, Forrest Tucker, Scatman Crothers, Cary Grant, Desi Arnaz, Elsa Lanchester, Harold Macmillan, and Andrei Tarkovsky died.

There are my top ten films released in 1986:

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In Back to the Future Part II, why didn’t anyone tell Marty that Bill Cosby was a rapist, Hulk Hogan was a racist, and Donald Trump might be our next President? A look back at 2015

In 2015,

Cuba and the United States resumed diplomatic relations,

New Horizons became the first spacecraft to fly by Pluto,

NASA announced liquid water had been found on Mars,

Volkswagen admitted to widespread cheating of emission testing,

A group associated with ISIS attacked the Bataclan theatre and other sites in Paris,

Syed Rizwan Farook and Tashfeen Malik attacked a holiday party for the employees of the San Bernardino County Department of Public Health,

Katy Perry performed at halftime of Super Bowl XLIX,

“Hello” by Adele became the first song to record over one million digital copies in a week,

Saïd and Chérif Kouachi stormed the offices of the French satirical newspaper, Charlie Hebdo,

NBC suspsended news anchor Brian Williams after he admitted to embellishing his activity in the 2003 Iraq War,

Saturday Night Live celebrated its 40th anniversary,

19 Kids and Counting was suspended after allegation surfaced that Josh Duggar had molested his younger siblings years earlier,

Charlie Sheen confirmed he was HIV positive,

Businessman and reality show host Donald Trump emerged as the frontrunner for the Republican nomination in the 2016 US Presidential election,

In Obergefell v. Hodges, the United States Supreme Court held that homosexual couples have a right to marry,

Dylan Roof attacked Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina,

Subway spokesman Jared Fogle pled guilty to possession of child pornography and having sex with a minor,

Comedian Bill Cosby was charged with aggravated indecent assault

Former Olympic decathlete Bruce Jenner became Caitlyn Jenner,

The WWE released Hulk Hogan after tapes of him making racists comments were released,

Princess Charlotte of Cambridge was born,

While Mario Cuomo, Lesley Gore, Leonard Nimoy, Anthony Mason, Terry Pratchett, Percy Sledge, Ben E. King, B.B. King, Christopher Lee, Dusty Rhodes, Ron Moody, James Horner, Dick Van Patten, Roger Rees, Omar Sharif, E.L. Doctorow, Roddy Piper, Yvonne Craig, Wes Craven, Oliver Sacks, Dean Jones, Yogi Berra, Moses Malone, Jackie Collins, Maureen O’Hara, Flip Saunders, Fred Thompson, Scott Wieland, Haskell Wexler, Lemmy, Natalie Cole, and Wayne Rogers died.

These are my top ten films released in 2015:

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The Stellar Mr. Arkadin Crawls at Night in Indochina

Interstellar (2014)

Interstellar (2014)

In the not so distant future, a planet-wide blight has hurled humanity backwards into a semi-agrarian society.

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Children in America

Children of Men (2006)

It’s 2027, and, for unexplained reasons, mankind has been infertile for almost twenty years.  Theo Faron (Clive Owen) is an activist turned bureaucrat whose marriage disintegrated after his son died in a flu pandemic. His ex-wife, Julian Taylor (Julianne Moore), is a leader of The Fishes, a militant group fighting for the rights of immigrants.

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