I bet many of us have felt confused and existentialist after realizing that kids born in 2000 are already 17, or that 2010 isn’t “the other day” anymore. Pretty much like Jaden Smith reading those mind-blowing facts.
The thing is, time flies by, and there is not much we can do about it, just feel nostalgic about those crazy 90s that are never coming back. To make you feel even older and shake off the dust from some memories, we bring you 5 things that are turning 20 in 2017.
5. Backstreet Boys’ U.S. Debut Album
The Backstreet Boys’ first two albums were released only internationally, but they earned the band a huge success. In 1997, the iconic boy band debuted in the U.S. with their self-titled album, which was a compilation of songs from the first two. Back then, all the girls were in love with Nick’s blond, perfectly straight hair, AJ’s attitude and bad boy sunglasses, Brian’s dazzling blue eyes, Howie D’s exotic looks and Kevin’s cute shyness. I would literally fight with my friends about who would get married with who.
4. ‘Buffy the Vampire Slayer’
This amazing horror series is a 90s classic. It was premiered in March 1997, and featured beautiful Sarah Michelle Gellar as Buffy Summers, “the Slayer,” chosen by fate to fight the evil forces. Created by Joss Whedon, the show was loosely based on the 1992 film of the same name, and lasted seven seasons, until 2003.
3. ‘Good Will Hunting’
The acclaimed film, directed by Gus Van Sant, was premiered in the U.S. in December 1997. The story written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck earned them their first Oscar, for Best Screenplay. The drama film follows the story of a janitor that is actually a math genius and the struggles he has to deal with after assaulting a police officer. The movie also earned Robin Williams his first Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role.
2. ‘Men in Black’
The sci-fi comedy classic was released on July 2, 1997, directed by Barry Sonnenfeld and starred by Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith in the role of two agents of a secret organization called Men in Black. Their job is to supervise extraterrestrials and aliens that live on Earth, hiding from ordinary humans. The most memorable things are definitely how good Will Smith looks in a suit and the legendary mind-eraser flash.
Yes, one of the most important and transcendental films ever made is already 20 years old. Premiered on December 19, 1997, the James Cameron epic romantic classic earned the Oscar for Best Picture and is till today the second-highest-grossing film of all time. The film starred Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, falling in love and willing to risk it all, aboard of the historic ship that crashed against an iceberg.