#TheNet (1995) starring #SandraBullock: How Some Things Never Really Change in Nearly 20 Years

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It’s been almost 20 years since Sandra Bullock starred in The Net (1995.) In the first 5 minutes of the movie, Sandy’s character manages to order pizza online, have a fake fireplace using her desktop, and have a weird, Siri-sounding cyber-date with someone she’s talking to in a chatroom. Now, we can still do all of those things–we order pizza from GrubHub, have a Yule log on our flatscreen TV, and sometimes awkward Skype-dates. There are a few things that have been extinct for years now though–floppy disks and dial-up connections. Oh, the floppy disks…so many floppy disks. Apparently, there are places online you can still buy them. Bullock plays Angela Bennett, a computer programmer who is sort of a hermit. But, when she goes on vacation, she meets Jack Devlin (played by Jeremy Northam in his American film debut.) Northam’s character is basically a super-sleaze set on taking her down because she go a hold of super-sensitive information. All I have to say about the Sandra Bullock/Jeremy Northam relationship is it’s basically a PSA for being careful who you talk to online. And then there’s the whole stolen identity thing. It all proves that some things never change.

 

Watching “Mystic Pizza” Makes Me Hungry

Matt Damon  made his film debut in Mystic Pizza, a small indie film from 1988 starring Julia Roberts (whom he later co-starred in Ocean’s 11,) Annabeth Gish, Lili Taylor, and Vincent D’Onofrio. He had one line: “Mom, do you want my green stuff?” He is now one of the most successful screenwriters and actors ever. Mystic Pizza has always been one of my favorite guilty pleasure movies. It’s a movie I go to in order to unwind. It’s also a movie that makes me crave pizza and lobster. Do you ever notice that when you watch something, if the actors are eating, you might just end up wanting whatever they are having? Sort of like the old woman in When Harry Met Sally, without the fake orgasm. There also happens to be a REAL MYSTIC PIZZA in Mystic, CT. It’s where screenwriter, Amy Holden Jones got the idea for the movie in the first place. Since the movie, business boomed and you can even find your own Mystic Pizza in the freezer section of your local grocery store. Then, you can go home and eat while you watch the movie, Mystic Pizza. How very metaphysical. So kick off your weekend with this movie and a slice of pizza. Throw in a cold beer while your at it.