The 25th Anniversary Edition 1991 Version: Movies

It’s time once again for the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we highlight the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1991. A lot of big things debuted or made a huge impact that year and so we highlight some of those in this series.

We have previously looked at the year in music and video games in 1991. We now turn to the movies of 1991. This was another huge year at the box office. There were some pretty big landmark films that released in 1991. You remember them? Let’s check them out.

Of the top 10 movies of 1991, what was the highest grossing film that year? Interesting enough, both the domestic and worldwide number 1 film was Terminator 2:  Judgment Day.  It was released on July 3rd and had the highest grossing weekend that year and broke the record at the time for the highest grossing R rated film.

What film was number 1 at the box office for the longest consecutive amount of weeks? It was actually a tie between a film released in 1990 & one in 1991.  The one released in 1990 was Home Alone and the one released in 1991 was Silence of the Lambs (released on February 14th).  They both spent 5 weeks at number 1 on the box office.  Silence of the Lambs would go on to be #4 domestically & number #5 worldwide box office with $272.7 million.

What were the other top films in the top 5 worldwide released in 1991.  They were Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (Released June 14th, 2nd worldwide with $390.4 million), Beauty and the Beast (Released November 15th, 3rd worldwide with $351.8 million) and Hook (Released December 11th, 4th worldwide with $300.8 million)

The rest of the top 10 worldwide grossing films include JFK (December 20th), The Addams Family (November 22nd), Cape Fear (November 15th), Hot Shots! (August 2nd) and City Slickers (June 7th).

Other big films that released in 1991 were Sleeping with the Enemy (February 8th), Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles II:  The Secret of the Ooze (March 22nd), Thelma and Louise (May 24th), The Rocketeer (June 21st), The Naked Gun 2 & 1/2:  The Smell of Fear (June 28th), Regarding Henry/Point Break/Boyz n the Hood (those three released on July 12th), Star Trek VI:  The Undiscovered Country (December 6th), and Father of the Bride (December 20th).

Which of the films listed was your favorite? Obviously there were so many more films that came out in 1991. Is there a film not listed that came from 1991 that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at the year in TV shows in 1991. Until then, crank up the old VCR and enjoy some classic movies.

Thursday Quote Day: Scot McKnight

This week’s “Thursday Quote Day” features another quote from author and professor Scot McKnight:

“I can shrug off a wounding comment by telling myself that even though some person (the jerk) might not like me, God loves me.” (Scot McKnight The Jesus Creed)

Sunday Devotional: Isaiah 53:1-5

“Who has believed what he has heard from us?
    And to whom has the arm of the Lord been revealed?
For he grew up before him like a young plant,
    and like a root out of dry ground;
he had no form or majesty that we should look at him,
    and no beauty that we should desire him.
He was despised and rejected by men;
    a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief;
and as one from whom men hide their faces
    he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

Surely he has borne our griefs
    and carried our sorrows;
yet we esteemed him stricken,
    smitten by God, and afflicted.
But he was pierced for our transgressions;
    he was crushed for our iniquities;
upon him was the chastisement that brought us peace,
    and with his wounds we are healed.”  (Isaiah 53:1-5)

This has been a really tough week in so many ways.  A lot of pain and hurt has been felt in some way shape or form.  And sometimes it feels we are alone in our pain and suffering.  It is times like these that I’m reminded of these verses from the book of Isaiah.

Here in these verses Isaiah was foretelling the coming of Jesus and what Jesus would go through on our behalf.  Isaiah said that Jesus would be “a man of sorrows”.  He would know what it’s like to be rejected.  He would know what grief and pain is like.  He would take it on so that we could be reconciled with God.  He would do it so that we could be healed.

There is a lot of suffering in this world.  There is a lot of sorrow and grief.  There is a lot of pain and rejection.  We all experience it.  But we can be assured that Jesus understands.  He knows what we’re going through because He experienced it first hand.  He did so willingly because He loves us.

This week, let us remember and share the hope of Jesus.  In the midst of our own sorrows and griefs, let us remember that we are not alone in it.  We have one with us who understands and who loves us.  We have one with us who can give us hope when it feels like we have no hope left.

The 25th Anniversary Edition 1991 Version: Video Games

Welcome back to the Anniversary Edition. This is a series where we are highlighting the 25th anniversary of some of our favorite things. These include movies, TV shows, video games, comics and music that came out during the year of 1991.

Last time we looked at music. This time we will look at video games that came out in 1991. On the hardware front, the big major release was the Super Nintendo Entertainment System (or the SNES) in North America.  Making its debut on August 23, the SNES was the 16-bit successor to the NES.  It would go on to be the biggest seller of that generation of consoles.

When it comes to games, there were some huge games that came out in 1991. One of the biggest made its debut along with the SNES and that was Super Mario World.  It was one of the first games that came packed in with the SNES system and also featured the first appearance of Yoshi in the Marioverse.  The game would go on to sell over 20 million copies.

Along with Super Mario World, another game that debuted along with the SNES was F-Zero.  It was a futuristic racing game that was ahead of its time as far as graphics and gameplay.  One of it’s characters, Captain Falcon, went on to become prominent in the fighting series Super Smash Bros.

For Sega, their biggest game made its debut in 1991.  That game was Sonic the Hedgehog.  Released on June 23, it became a huge hit for Sega and would lead to Sonic becoming their mascot.  The game was responsible for selling a large amount of Sega Genesis consoles especially in that year.

There was one big 8-bit NES game that released in 1991 and that was Tecmo Super Bowl (December 13).  Sequel to the original Tecmo Bowl, Tecmo Super Bowl was the first sports game to have licensing rights from both the NFL and the NFL Players Association.  This meant that the game had all the teams and players from the NFL.

The other big debut in 1991 happened in arcades.  On February 6, Street Fighter II debuted.  It was the sequel to the original Street Fighter but this version vastly surpassed its predecessor.  It was the beginning of the popularity of the fighting game genre and also led to a renaissance in arcade gaming.  It would later be ported to the Sega Genesis and SNES.

1991 was a pretty huge year when it comes to video games. Did you have an SNES? Big fan of Sonic? Is there a game that came out in 1991 that isn’t listed here that you enjoy? Leave a comment and share them here. Next time, we will look at movies from 1990. Until then, fire up your old system (or virtual console) and enjoy some retro gaming.