Monday, April 7, 2014

Retro A to Z Challenge: F – Foo Fighters 1997 (and Captain America II Review)

Foo Fighters – The Colour and the Shape – 1997

It wasn’t their first, but this was their breakout album and established the band as a legitimate force. The songs are very catchy and include some of my favorites – Everlong, Monkey Wrench, and My Hero. The music videos also revealed the band’s humorous side!

1997 fun facts –
*Cost of a house - $124,100.
*Scotland voted to create own Parliament after 290 years union with England
*Woolworths closed its last store after a hundred years of operation
*Microsoft became the most valuable company at 261 billion
*Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone was released

Movies released –
Men in Black
Titanic
The Lost World
The Fifth Element

Music released –
Faith No More – Album of the Year
Deftones – Around the Fur
Catherine Wheel - Adam & Eve
Big Wreck – In Loving Memory

Games released –
Fallout
Need for Speed II

And why is 1997 special?
It was the year after Shannon Lawrence got married, which was a good year despite the fact they were working all the time and yet broke because she was close to extended family for the first time since she was a child.

Shannon is a writer living in Rockies of Colorado. She’s also an excellent photographer and shares the scenery and wildlife of her area on her blog. If you’re looking for places accepting submissions or contests, Shannon always has a great list. Shannon is stability in all things, especially friendship, and you can always count on her. You can find her at The Warrior Muse.

Ninja News

Book 8 of Hart Johnson’s Shot in the Light Serial is out - Belly of the Beast.

GB Miller just released Broken Promises.

Movie Review

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
The best Avengers film since The Avengers!
It’s practically impossible to discuss the story without spoilers. Let’s just say this film is a MAJOR game-changer. You don’t want to miss it.
The film is also equal parts espionage-thriller and superhero story. It’s definitely more serious than the first one. (Although Black Widow has some really funny lines.)
Captain America comes off as a butt-kicking hero from start to finish. The supporting cast is also awesome as their characters – Nick Fury, Black Widow, and Falcon. (The latter is an excellent addition, complimenting the Captain well, plus the wings are amazing.) The Winter Soldier is a total badass. However, he’s not the key point of the film.
The filmmakers have found their stride with action sequences, and of course the effects are top notch.
There's even a nod to Pulp Fiction.
And stay for the end of credit scenes. Yes, there are TWO! One after the first set of credits then another after all the credits.
Did I mention this film is a game-changer?
Highly recommended!!!

Anyone else a Foo Fighter fan? Following Shannon? Reading Hart’s series? Who else saw Captain America? (Am I right? You can’t really tell anyone the story?) And what do you remember about 1997…?

160 comments:

Chris said...

YES! I love Foo Fighters, and this was one of my favorite albums in HS. I can still remember rocking out to "Monkey Wrench" "Hey Johnny Park" and "Everlong" at the teen center or my friends' house. Deftones were one of my faves as well, Around The Fur was a solid album but my fave was their next one,White Pony

The Pedestrian Writer

Elephant's Child said...

I bought my first house in 1997 - and paid a lot less than that. And for the one we currently live in a few years after that. For which I am grateful.

Kyra Lennon said...

Wow. I can't believe the first Harry Potter was that long ago!

ilima said...

I got married in '97 as well! And The Fifth Element is one of my favorites. Great year.

My daughter is seeing Captain America tomorrow with friends. I haven't had a desire to see it but like your review, I've been hearing great things about it. I may need to cave and go.

L.G. Keltner said...

Love the Foo Fighters! I turned 12 in 1997. I got married in 2007, 10 years later. 1997 was definitely a good year for books and movies!

Sheena-kay Graham said...

Whoo! Foo Fighters fans unite! I can't wait to see the latest Captain America movie and the actor who plays Falcon drops major props in the ABC Marvel series as well. I'm so excited about Tuesday's upcoming episode! Plus the trailer they showed towards the end last week rocked the stratosphere.

*Whispers* Titanic took over the world.

Empty Nest Insider said...

Now I really want to see Captain America! Excellent review Alex! Shannon is wonderful, and I really need to visit her blog more often!

Julie

Rawknrobyn.blogspot.com said...

There are always some factoids that surprise me in these, Alex. Two things I'm shocked by are that Titanic and Harry Potter came out that long ago. Dang, I feel old.

I'm glad to be following Shannon.

Cheers,
xoRobyn

Welcome to my world of verse. said...

Good post, 1997 was a year I care to forget for personal reasons.

Have a nice day

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CA Heaven said...

Foo Fighters is i a good band, for sure. I also liked Nirvana when Curt Cobain was still alive.

Cold As Heaven

Carolyn Brown said...

Foo Fighters is a great band, good choice. I like your review of Captain America, can't wait to see it, especially after your fantastic recommendation.
Oh, so has Woolworths totally closed in America? Wow, they are one of our leading supermarkets, here in Oz.

Old Kitty said...

Awwww what a lovely event to remember for 1997 for Shannon! Quelle romantique!! And brilliant news too for the most naked-est and loveliest Hart! And GB Miller too! Cap'n America sounds fab - I so want to see it!!!

Hopefully in 1997 I was happily inebriated! Ahem! LOL!

Take care
x

Huntress said...

Looking forward to Captain America. Love Foo Fighters!
Congrats to Hart and GB.

Vicki Rocho said...

GAH, now I have to see Captain America...can't handle the curiosity!

1997...hmmm...my husband and I were getting ready to move from Vegas to Iowa to be closer to family.

Liza said...

I remember a friend talking about this Harry Potter book-thing way back then. We hadn't heard of it yet. A few years later, we were a family of addicts, reading Harry out loud together, watching the movies together...when our daughter went away to camp one summer, we had to buy two books, one for her to read. She and her dad sent secret letters back and forth to each other about the book...keeping me in the dark because I was third in line for reading...

Shah Wharton said...

I've been to see Foo Fighters - Incredible live band.

1997 I was in my second year at Uni studying psychology - heavy year! But awesome fun too. :)

And I recall the Woollies closing down. They have a long heritage and it was sad. But you what, I hadn't bought anything from one of their shops for years?

CANNOT WAIT to see Captain America - hubs said we won't get chance to see it till we're in Vegas, in a couple of weeks. I'm not complaining :) Brilliant!

shahwharton.com

Cathrina Constantine said...

Have movie plans for Wed. hope I can convince a bunch of girls to see Captain America. 1997 seems like yesterday, time is flying...

Melanie Schulz said...

Captain America is the movie my four year-old son is begging me to take him to, but I have a feeling it's a little too intense for my little guy. Not quite the Spiderman and His Amazing Friends from the 70's that he's used to watching. :)

Li said...

Thanks for the review, Alex. I was on the fence about Captain America, but now I'll make plans to go and see it. :-)

Rusty Carl said...

Loved the movie! Can't wait for cap 3!

Kirsten said...

Everlong is still one of my favorite songs--ever ... ;)
Glad to see you gave the thumbs way up on Captain America. Going to check it out!

Donna K. Weaver said...

The Cap'n is my fav but I'm waiting for hubby to get back in town before seeing the film. He would never forgive me if I went alone. :)

Jemi Fraser said...

I hate to admit I haven't seen any of the Avengers movies - even though I know I'd like them. My hubby really doesn't like that kind of movie though. Time to rent some :)

Natalie Aguirre said...

Can't believe Harry Potter was released so long ago. And scary thinking how much the cost of houses has increased since 1997.

Sabrina A. Fish said...

I was a bright eyed 15 year old in 1997 and LOVED Foo Fighters and anything else on Casey's Top 40 (and I feel so old right now). And I remember that my history teacher did a big thing over Scotland having their own Parliament.
The Fifth Element is still one of my favorite movies and Titanic still makes me cry...every time.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Chris, you rock!

Elephant's Child, I didn't pay that much for mine, either.

Ilima, tag along - you'll like it.

Sheena-kay, can't wait to see S.H.I.E.L.D. on Tuesday!

Robyn, so do I...

Carolyn, that's wild they are still there.

Kitty, you always make me laugh.

Liza, that's funny.

Melanie, yeah, he needs to wait.

Jemi, watch them anyway.

Laura Pauling said...

Soooo glad we bought our house before the big price increase. :) Crazy how much just over ten years will change things. I keep hearing the Capn America movie is really good. My boys will love it. Have a great week!

DAVID WALSTON said...

Excellent review of the Winter Soldier! It is hard to do with out spoiling most of it. I will post my Spoiler Free review tomorrow.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

Harry Potter, Titanic, and Men In Black? That was a good year! :)

Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Oh good--finally a great movie for my husband and son to see! Maybe my daughter and I will even enjoy it. :)

I'd forgotten that the first Potter book came out in 97--wow! Seems like just yesterday.

Rhonda Albom said...

Can I admit I have never heard of foo-fighters. I am sure I have heard the music, just didn't know it. Here in New Zealand, one of our three main grocery chains is called Woolworths.

DayDreamer said...

Woolworths didn't close down till a few years later here in the UK and I'm still missing it, so handy for cheap knick knacks. Shannon was experiencing first year of married life as I was experiencing first year of motherhood in 1997.

Jo said...

1997 I was living in NC and about to leave my 50's. We had a wonderful life there.

After reading both your review and Andrew's I really want to see Captain America.

Optimistic Existentialist said...

1997 was one of my favorite years. UK went to the national championship game (they lost in overtime though) and I loved Titanic!

J.L. Campbell said...

Can you believe the Woolworth's franchise is still alive and well in Jamaica?

Like Hart's cover. Haven't visited Shannon in a bit.

Mason Canyon said...

It's fun to remember these intriguing facts about 1997. We always stay to the very, very end of a movie. It's surprising sometimes what extra you get to see. Congrats to everyone with a book release!!

Bob R Milne said...

Foo Fighters are a great band when they let loose and rock hard, but there's too much filler on most of their albums.

Em-Musing said...

Wow...I come up with a big zero on. But 1997 a good year for me. I designed my house and had it built that year.

Em-Musing said...

Wow...I come up with a big zero on. But 1997 a good year for me. I designed my house and had it built that year.

Em-Musing said...

Wow...I come up with a big zero on. But 1997 a good year for me. I designed my house and had it built that year.

Karen Lange said...

Thanks for the 1997 info. I had no idea. :) Will hop over and see Shannon as soon as I can. Happy Monday!

L.G. Smith said...

Definitely a Foo Fighter fan on this day dedicated to F.

And I've been hearing good things about The Winter Soldier. Tried to get out to see it this weekend, but it just didn't happen. Will catch it soon.

Kristin Smith said...

"97 was a great year, my junior year in high school. Loved Foo Fighters and I can distinctly remember watching Titanic for the first time on a date and wishing I was with a group of girls instead so I could swoon over Leonardo DiCaprio. Epic movie!

Captain America sounds awesome. A definite must see!

Charles Gramlich said...

I actually have liked most of the foo fighter songs I've heard on the radio but have not purchased any of their albums.

Heather M. Gardner said...

Foo Fighters rock!

Multi-pass. :)

We watched Expendables 2, cause you know, you have to watch all those crappy action stars in one film. My son sees Bruce Willis and he says, he's like in every movie ever! I had to tell him he was almost right, Michael Caine is actually in every movie ever made! :)

So glad you liked the Captain. I think we will go this weekend!

Great post!
HMG

SA Larsenッ said...

I loved learning more about Shannon. I see her picture so often when I comment elsewhere.

Gosh, 1997 was a good year for movies and music. Why does it feel so far away, now?

Al Diaz said...

Now with so high recommendations I really got to see Captain America! And to think he was not my favorite hero, but some Ninja Captain came and changed that. ;)

Pat Hatt said...

Titanic, the one movie that every one and their dog watched even when they knew how it ended haha



kmckendry said...

My daughter, Jessica was 1 year old in 1997!

I'm excited to see The Winter Soldier, sounds great!

kmckendry said...

My daughter, Jessica was 1 year old in 1997!

I'm excited to see The Winter Soldier, sounds great!

Christine Rains said...

My husband is a huge Foo Fighters fan. I met him online in 1997. His screen name was SilentBob and we talked about movies to break the ice.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Sabrina, I feel old as well...

David, can't wait to see how you did your spoiler-free review.

Rhonda, someone else said Woolworths was still alive down under.

Jo, go see it!

Joy, didn't know that.

Kristin, I'm sure your date appreciated you not swooning though.

Heather, we watched Expendables 2 as well. Not great, but better than the first one.

Al, Captains rock!

Christine, that's funny.

Francis Lee said...

Captain America was good then? I need to see it now.

Nicki Elson said...

Looove the Foo Fighters. They got nosed out of my 90's F by Friends BUT I do give 'em a mention in my N. ;)

Being near family does have a way of making everything else bearable. So happy for Shannon that she found her way there.

My son was born in 1997 & I wanted to name him Harry (vetoed by the hubster) - not b/c of the Potter kid since I hadn't heard of him yet, but how cool would that have been?

Robin said...

Just back from Shannon's place. Thanks for the pointer. I don't know when I will be ready to submit ANYTHING, but I now know where to send it!!!

I really want to see Captain America II. You are the second Thumbs Up review I have read.

Karen Walker said...

Oh dear, I've never heard of Foo Fighters. Makes me feel so old. I can't remember anything about 1997. That's scary.

S. L. Hennessy said...

Fifth Element and Foo Fighters, a terrific year. And congrats to Shannon on her wonderful marriage.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I love the Foo Fighters. My husband is "My Hero."

Loved Captain America II, too.

Joy Christi said...

Fighters of the Foo, I was bitter at first, how they could move on after losing Kurt? But what were they supposed to do, make Lifetime movies for the rest of their careers? I do wish Dave Grohl went on to write comedy, guy's hilarious.
Damn, you pack a LOT of punch to each blog post, you know that? So much bang for the buck. Thanks for doing all that.

A Beer For The Shower said...

Wow, blast from the past. I loved that album. Probably one of my favorites of high school.

Also, as things would have it, we met Shannon in person back before we were even aware that the other was blogging through a writer's conference. She's an awesome person and a great writer.

Sandy said...

Your blog makes me feel old, I don't even know who most of those groups are you mentioned, or the songs, and only knew a few of the movies. lol Retro to me takes me to the Motown Sound, which is probably last time I listened much to music...never got "into" the stuff after that.

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Leovi said...

Yes, I really like Foo Fighters, also had candidates for F, but too much pace for my photos!

Mark Means said...

I've been following Shannon for a while and she's awesome. Just like here, there's a lot of great writing info over on her blog. Well worth checking out.

Something else that's awesome, as you said, was Captain America. An all around great flick and a movie done right!

Marvel continues to knock them out of the park and I couldn't be happier. Looking forward to the films based on some of the mentions by a certain S.H.I.E.L.D. agent ;)

sydneyaaliyah.com said...

I haven't seen it, yet, but I am ready. I watched Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers yesterday to make sure I am up to date. haha.
I can't wait.

Lynda Dietz said...

I seem to be about 50/50 for the 1997 memories today. I blame it on two small boys and pregnancy with the third during that time.

Suze said...

My husband is a pretty big fan of Faith No More. Any of Mike Patton's stuff, really.

Elsie Amata said...

Shannon sounds as connected as you are, Alex.

I love the Foo Fighters. I didn't catch on to them until the early 2000s. But, once I did, that was it, I was hooked.

My hubby and daughter are anxious to see Captain America.

Elsie
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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Fran, you need to see it!

Nicki, would've been funny if he didn't like Harry Potter then.

Joy, I try! And your line about the Lifetime movies made me chuckle.

Brandon and Bryan, that's cool you've met her in person!

Mark, they are knocking them out of the park. And setting up for the Avengers universe to go on forever.

Suze, your husband is cool.

Shell Flower said...

I'm going to have to check out Shannon's blog! In 1997 my son turned 2, so I was busy chasing him around. I love Big Wreck, too.

Teresa Powell Coltrin said...

I didn't know what a Foo fighter was, so I guess I'm not a fan. :) I've seen most of the 1997 movies.

Great line up.

Julie Flanders said...

I always love visiting Shannon's blog to see her wonderful photos. It seems impossible that Harry Potter came out this long ago.

David P. King said...

I really can't wait to see the Captain now! 1997 .. another good year (entering high school was actually very good for me). :)

Bish Denham said...

There were even Woolworth stores in Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. It was a sad day when the stores close.

Ruth said...

I was married in 97 too. I love the Foo Fighters.Did you ever watch Sound City that Dave Grohl made? Very well done. I follow Shannon, though I don't visit her blog as often as I should.

D.G. Hudson said...

Lots of good info in this post, Alex. I love the Fifth Element and MIB (it's the Will Smith-Tommy Lee Jones partnering I think). Willis is a fave actor too.
I want to see Winter Soldier, of course, hubs is a comic book collector.

Of course, I follow Shannon, those Colorado girls keep me interested. Her photos make me want to visit.

Mary Montague Sikes said...

Had no idea that Harry Potter started so long ago. Am going now to check out Shannon's blog.

Mary Montague Sikes

Lisa said...

I want to see this movie! The newest Captain America I mean. I LOVED The Fifth Element and it's one of my all time fav's. I do like Men in Black as well and Titanic. I follow Sharron. I love all your fun facts! They really are fun!

Sherry Ellis said...

I was sad when Woolworth s closed. It was a little part of Americana disappearing.

Shannon is pretty awesome! I'll have to go pay her a visit.

Fanny Barnes Thornton said...

Watch out for my 'M' because I have another Monkey Wrench.
In September Scotland will probably vote for independence and leave the UK altogether. It will be interesting to find out if they can keep the pound if they do.
Good films again - loved Men in Black.
Going now to take a look at Shannon's blog.

Rachna Chhabria said...

Alex, I have never heard of Foo Fighters :(

Shannon is a wonderful blogger. And Titanic is one of my favourite movies.

Jennifer Hawes said...

Just followed Shannon:) In '97 my first son was born. He's driving now! Can't wait to see the new Captain America.

Loni Townsend said...

I'd heard on the commercials that Captain America's latest was the best super hero movie of all time. I told my husband that that was a hefty claim, but from the sounds of it, it may be spot on.

Foo Fighters! Been a while since I've listened to them. Queuing up the album now.

Carrie-Anne said...

I turned 18 near the end of '97, and moved to Massachusetts that June. My parents and brother had already moved in April, but I felt I'd been cheated out of enough that year and elected to stay with my grandparents in Pennsylvania to finish out my junior year at the same school. It wasn't easy on me, but I felt it were important to finish what I'd started, particularly since I'd finally started to like the school and feel accepted by more people at that point.

Spacerguy said...

The freaky blue alien in the Fifth Element got a neat voice. I'm following Shannon!

Sarah Ahiers said...

I'm a big Foo Fighter fan. Good times.

And Cap II was Fantastic! I cannot wait to see the spillover this week to Marvel agents of SHEILD. Yes to everything you said. Such a huge, universe-wide game changer

Chrys Fey said...

Foo Fighters is a great choice for F.

Men in Black and Titanic. Yup, '97 was another good year for movies. :)

T. Drecker said...

In 1997 my 1st son was born. Shannon has a terrific blog; love popping in on her. Nope, never heard of Foo Fighters (only of Bunny Foofoo, which is most definitely not the same.) And I HAVE to see Captain America.

Birgit said...

I have heard of the Foo Fighters-Yahoo! I am certain i know their songs but unless I hear it I can't tell you. Ok I really want to see Capt. America nowthat you gave it a rave review. I am shocked the the first Harry Potter came out in 1997. I thought it came out in the early 2000's. Wow! 1997 was a great year. I got married that year and even though we have divorced, my wedding was bveautiful and it was so lovely. We are still great friends and his family is amazing. That year was wonderful

Mary Aalgaard said...

Also the year that my second son was born. The boys saw Capt. America over the weekend with their dad. They all liked it.
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Susan Kane said...

Ahhh...1997. A year of good and bad, very memorable.

We will see Captain America's film tonight or tomorrow. We need some distractions. Thanks for the heads up about the credits.

Elizabeth Seckman said...

I've heard of the Foo Fighters. I feel less culturally stunted now.

We didn't go see The Avenger movie. My college age son didn't want to come home for the weekend and asked us to wait to see it until this weekend. My hubs agreed. That's total fatherly dedication.

cleemckenzie said...

I do follow Shannon. Her links are always very helpful. Loved Men in Black. Haven't seen Captain America yet. That will have to wait until May!

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

David, that's when you entered high school? I feel so old...

Ruth, no I didn't.

Fanny, I'll be watching!

Carrie-Anne, I would've finished at the same school as well.

Sarah,, I know! I will be watching tomorrow night.

T, definitely not the same!

Birgit, at least you still have fond memories.

Susan, don't leave early!

randi lee said...

Hi Alex! Men and Black and Fifth Element are certainly two of my most favorite movies of all time. Saw them both as a pup and they just stuck with me :-)

Juliana Haygert said...

Fifth Element is a good movie!
Oh, Titanic. I was 13yo then and totally obsessed with the movie. I knew ALL the lines by heart lol

Roland D. Yeomans said...

I'm just heading off to see THE WINTER SOLDIER. Nice poster you found. Where do you find the image?

TITANIC saved my business. I found a source for actual movie posters of it, American and International. Fathers and boyfriends hated me for they had to buy each version I had -- then I came up with official stills. I was truly hated then!! :-)

Tony Laplume said...

Fifth Element! Woot woot!

Ella said...

This post make my Monday happy! I am a Foo Fighter Fan! Shannon rocks and woo hoo on the movie! I can't wait to see it-

1997-I was in Florida and remember we moved during a hurricane-I don't recommend it. My wings were scorched by the sun, that year.

Happy Monday Captain Cool-I mean AC!

Mark Noce said...

Love the Foo Fighters! Kind of neat where they got their name from too:) Haven't seen the new Captain America film, but I'm just have to now:)

S.K. Anthony said...

Eeek! Glad you liked Captain America...I'm even more excited to watch it now. It just looks too awesome!

Cathy Olliffe-Webster said...

1997 was special to me because that's when my first child was born... it was kinda a blur because of that, too.

His very first movie was Men in Black - he was a newborn at the time and so we took him to the drive-in. It was a double bill with Harrison Ford's Air Force One. Both great movies but Angus slept through the whole thing (thank goodness ... nothing like a crying baby to put a damper on things).

Happy Anniversary, Shannon!

Beverly Fox said...

I too am a Foo fan, and a fan of Shannon- she rocks!

Siv Ottem said...

You have been making me feel the effects of time travel. Times flies by so fast! 1997 was the year we sold our motel...seems like yesterday! Haven't seen the new Capt. America film yet but I am looking forward to it.

mooderino said...

Big thumbs up for Cap, now I'll have to see it.

Andrew Leon said...

1997 -- I moved to California. Also a game changer.

Ava Quinn said...

Yay Men In Black!! I do want to see the Winter Soldier.

Sharon Himsl said...

1997...a positive year for husband and me. Kids working on degrees, and we were still reflecting on a previous year in wonderful Malaysia. Release of Harry Potter, Men in Black, Titanic...all so good.
Shells–Tales–Sails

Kim Van Sickler said...

Captain America was shot in Cleveland, so the city is gaga about it. The Cleveland Plain Dealer has made its release a front page story! I haven't seen the movie yet, but I have seen previews and yeah, it's cool to recognize some city landmarks.

JJ said...

I don't watch too many films, but Captain America: The Winter Soldier is on my list. No one has ruined it for me yet.

Crystal Collier said...

1997... The year I met my husband, on 7/11. Yup, that's a pretty epic year.

We saw Captain America too, and we've been watching Agents of Shield, so it didn't surprise us as much as others, but we're excited about the new angle they're going with this series. I love it when writers are bold and take chances.

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Roland, that's wild. And the poster came from a Google image search.

Ella, during a hurricane would be no fun at all.

Cathy, trapped in car with crying baby would be terrifying...

Kim, that is very cool.

Shannon Lawrence said...

Yay, thank you for featuring me, Alex! <3 This was a welcome surprise in a rough couple of days.

I loved Captain America. We saw it at the drive-in Friday. It made my daughter cry, but I can't say when because it would be a spoiler.

Reading through the comments for everyone's 1997 memories was so fun.

Sandra Almazan said...

My husband graduated from vet school in 1997.

Sandra (part of the group blog Indie Writers Monthly--www.indiewritersmonthly.blogspot.com)

Cherie Reich said...

Yay for Shannon! Sounds like a great year.

And that's very cool about the new Captain America movie.

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The Happy Whisk said...

I have to super fast, scroll past your review of Captain America. Looking forward to seeing it. Or, trying to go to see it again.

Michelle Wallace said...

Shannon always posts great links.
And hey, we still have Woolworths stores that are operational this end of the globe!

Maurice Mitchell said...

That's so cool about Shannon. The next episode of Agents of SHIELD will be epic!

LuAnn Braley said...

Anyone else a Foo Fighter fan?
I can say I've heard of them, but that's about it.

Following Shannon?
Yup.

Reading Hart’s series?
I've TBR'd it on GoodReads.

Who else saw Captain America? My family did.

(Am I right? You can’t really tell anyone the story?)
Yes

And what do you remember about 1997…? I got married for the 2nd time on May 9, we moved from SLC to Ft Worth in June, we found out we were preggers with our 2nd child the week after we arrived ... those are probably the biggies. :O)

Liz Blocker said...

Oh I love Dave Grohl! And was the first Harry Potter book really released in 97? That seems like a really long time ago...

Brandon Ax said...

OH man Captain America was so good. It really was equal to the avengers to me.

Foo Fighters is still one of my favorite bands.

Brandon Ax: Writer's Storm

Stephen Tremp said...

I need to talk the wife and daughters into seeing Captain America or break away and watch it myself. Will do so by the end of this weekend for sure.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

I am following Shannon and I love Captain America. My husband and I went with my youngest son and his long time girl friend like a double date. Fun times. And I want some of those wings like the Hawk has. I bet Stark could improve them.

Joylene Nowell Butler said...

The scary part for me is 1997 doesn't seem that long ago. Course, I don't remember much about it. LOL. I mean, it doesn't stand out in my mind as special. A quiet year. I'm rambling, so I better get back to work.

Chemist Ken said...

OMG! We will be seeing Captain America tomorrow night. I've heard it's awesome, but based on your review, I'm stoked! I had to survive a brutal winter to get to April, but it's been worth it.

Tamara Grantham said...

When I think of the Foo Fighters, I think of the guys in high school being goofy and dancing to Monkey Wrench. Good times.

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

I loved Captain America. And I've started calling Chris Evans "Captain Washboard." Seriously, it fits.

Lexa Cain said...

Thanks for all the news of '97! The Fifth Element is one of my favorite movies!

Congrats to Hart and GB!

I'm petty surprised Capt America was good. Now, I'm looking forward to seeing it. :)

Brian Miller said...

captain america 2 was the bomb...very well done...and did not feel like a superhero movie but was one....was thing more like bourne you know...cool ending too...

wonder what that is going to do to agents of shield this week too...

faith no more...i need to dig out my old music....

Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Shannon, you're welcome. And no, you can't say why. The whole movie is a spoiler.

Ivy, no spoilers, I promise!

Michelle, they all seem to be south of the equator.

Maurice, yes it will!!!

LuAnn, yes that was a major year for you.

Susan, that's probably who made them originally...

Ken, go enjoy!

G. B. Miller said...

Alex: Thanks for the shout out.

About the only I really remember from 1997 is hooking up with my current employer and dealing with fatherhood (son was 5 at the time).

Got that Foo-Fighters c.d. and I agree it was a good one.

farawayeyes said...

I opted to see 'Noah' yesterday instead of "Captain America" and it (Noah) was awful. I had my doubts about trusting Hollywood with a Biblical story, but what they cranked out was UNBELIEVABLE.

I Do know Shannon, but haven't been by her place in a long time. I think I go over there now. Thanks for the reminder.

Truedessa said...

Well, I do like the Foo Fighters so you caught my attention right away.
Titanic was a movie filled with all
the elements to make it a success. I
have not seen the new Captain America but, I would like to see it.

I really enjoy reading your theme posts. So clever Alex..

J E Oneil said...

I promise, I'll stay through the credits to see both scenes.

1997...what was I doing that year? I was in sixth grade...oh. Oh no. Please no.

I don't want to remember 1997.

Patricia Lynne said...

I've always enjoyed the Foo Fighters on the radio, but never bought an album.

Captain America: The Winter Soldier was awesome. Hubby and I really need to catch up on Agents of Shield now.

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mshatch said...

Thanks for the heads up on the Captain America movie! I'll have to tell my brother cuz I know he'll want to see it.

Lee Lyons said...

I live in Cleveland and they filmed the new Captain America here last year. I was walking downtown and I walked right through one of their scenes. Some big guy starts yelling that I can't cross the street. Well I started yelling back that I have to get to that building behind him. I had no idea they were making a movie here. I didn't get that memo. I'm always the last to know. I finally saw the first one last week. I'm not really a fan of it.

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Angela Brown said...

When I think of the Foo Fighters, I think of the movie City of Angels. For some reason, I keep thinking they did a song for that movie.

And I haven't heard a lot about The Winter Soldier but I did see the actor who plays Falcon on Ellen and he was hilarious. For that reason alone, I hope to catch this movie before it leaves the theater.

Samantha Geary Jones said...

Yay, Shannon! She's an amazing person & brilliant writer:) I'm taking my gifted teen writing class to see The Winter Soldier *we're working on superhero stories, so, ya know, it's research*

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Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Brian, that's what my wife said - it reminded her of the Bourne movies.

GB, you're welcome.

Faraaway, I heard it was terrible and totally lacking in God.

Truedessa, thank you!

JE, sixth grade? You could be my daughter...

Lee, that's cool you were on the set. Literally.

Angela, Red Hot Chili Peppers did a song for that soundtrack.

Samantha, you couldn't select a better movie for that.

Cathy Keaton said...

1997 was my favorite year ever! I was in college, but majored in U2. Went to my first U2 concert that summer, and just generally had the time of my life as much as possible that year. Oh, to be so young and free again!

I saw all these movies mentioned when they came out (something I NEVER do, anymore, but movies were cheaper back then), but I don't even remember The Lost World. What was that one about?

D Biswas said...

I want to watch Captain America, hope it is still in theaters by the time I'm back home!

Helena said...

For me there's something weirdly addictive about the Fifth Element. Every time I happen to catch it on TV, I just have to watch it.

I trust your judgment on Captain America, so of course I've now got to see it. If it's a game changer and has some great supporting characters, then I'll be in for a treat.

Gossip_Grl said...

From reading your post '97 looked like a good year but it was all a blur to me. The first part of that year was spent in Dr visits and tests at the hospital then surgery on my hand and the rest of the year in physical therapy. I cannot really remember anything about that year. :/

Beverly Stowe McClure said...

I never heard of Foo Fighter.
I remember Titanic. Loved it.
And Men in Black.
My memory just doesn't recall much else.

Mel Chesley said...

I love Foo Fighters! Good post, as usual, Alex. :D

Medeia Sharif said...

So many good movies and music here. I was in college at this time. Ah, memories.

M. J. Joachim said...

Man there were some wonderful movies in 1997. Second week, here we come...

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Lanise Brown said...

I've seen all of the movies you mentioned in 1997, lol. Titanic was my favorite by far. I haven't seen Captain America yet and will probably check it out on DVD. I'm really looking forward to next Amazing Spiderman installment though. Thanks for sharing, Alex!

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Patricia Stoltey said...

Men in Black was such a fun movie. That might have been my 1997 highlight. Movies were my break from the heavy work load and stress at a demanding job.

Nilanjana Bose said...

Watched CA over the weekend, both kid and parents enjoyed it. Can't believe Titanic was that long ago!

Donea Lee said...

Did like the Foo Fighters, haven't seen Winter Soldier yet, but I want to. I've been hearing good things!! And 1997 will always be a special year for me, because it's the year my daughter was born. :) Happy Tuesday, Alex! (And my daughter is also an Alex(andra)!)

Mina Burrows said...

Oh my god I can't wait to see CA! Great review.

Love Foo Fightters & love 5th Element!

Jean said...

My aunt was an etiquette expert and MTV once had her come on concerning "prom etiquette" according to her daughter, my cousin. The Foo Fighters were on with her, and they were all wearing prom dresses. My aunt was in her late seventies and found them pretty fun to do a show with. She was a very cool person.
jean

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I remember 1997 ... it was a good year, the year before a new job. Stopped by after I saw Shannon's post, so it was fun to learn more about her too.

Stacy S. Jensen said...

I remember 1997 ... it was a good year, the year before a new job. Stopped by after I saw Shannon's post, so it was fun to learn more about her too.

Tina said...

Aww...you featured Shannon! Missing her so much. For those of you reading - she was an A-Z co-host for several years, along with her other impressive credentials. A true friend.

Have seen all the movies in your "released list" and they are some of my favorites.

In 1997 The Transporter was born!!!!
Tina @ Life is Good
A to Z Team @ Blogging From A to Z April Challenge 2014

P V Ariel said...

Hi Alex,
Thanks for this informative post,
the foo fighters is really interesting and informative, a new info to me!
and thanks for the intro of Shannon Lawrence, I know her from previous years a to z blog challenge, she is very friendly and as you said you can count on her!!
Best
Phil

Deniz Bevan said...

Love Foo Fighters!
And, hmm, 1997... I'd just graduated from high school the year before.

The Happy Whisk said...

No spoilers are good. Thanks. I am I think, now about caught-up with your A to Z posts. I think ...

Very cool to see you posting so much. Cheers and boogie boogie.

Time to do dishes ....