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Zoolander [2001] and Empire Records [1995]

I have been in a movie-watching mode for the past weeks and decades old movies were part of the list. Zoolander and Empire Records were the ones i felt like watching.


Zoolander was produced, directed, and starred by Ben Stiller. If you haven't heard of it or was a little kid when it was shown, it is a comedy about dim-witted but good-natured Derek Zoolander (Stiller), who was ousted as the top male fashion model by the rising star, Hansel (Owen Wilson), and his reputation is further tarnished by a critical article from journalist Matilda Jeffries (Christine Taylor). There's more to the story which makes it funny but after watching it recently, i realized it's not as funny as i used to think.

One of the reasons i watched this, aside from wanting to reminisce and laugh, is to see Alexander Skarsgard before he was a viking-vampire Sherif of the 5th district of Louisiana.




Oh God. He looks ridiculous.

Have you heard of 'Blue Steel'? Yes? No? No idea what i'm talking about? Well, it is Derek Zoolander's signature face. It's funny because he gives it a different name, but it is the same face-pose.




This one is supposed to be 'Magnum'.

When i was a kid, i remember watching Empire Records because of Liv Tyler. I love Liv Tyler. My influence for liking her was my mom, she's a huge fan of Aerosmith. At that age, i only knew a handful of Hollywood actors, and she was one of them. Thinking back, i do not remember what this movie was about. Just that they're a group of teenagers working in a music store. It has been a long time since i last watched this, and i was surprised to find out that Renée Zellweger and Robin Tunney are in this movie! I didn't know who they were back then, Renée's role is slutty and she is so sexy, while Robin was bald! Maybe that's why i didn't recognize her.

The employees of an independent music store learn about each other as they try anything to stop the store being absorbed by a large chain.




Look at Liv, she's so cute. And those legs.. HNNNGG!

I love good old movies like this. It's so simple and yet during the 90s, it was the kind of movie that people watched. One of my favorite parts of the movie is in the end, when Renée sang, i love that part and i don't even know why. I just like that bit so much. I wonder what happened to the rest of the kids in this movie?
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