Over the years, The Disney Channel has given us the gift of Disney Channel Original Movies and, since there are so many that we absolutely love, we thought we’d start our DCOM celebration by listing off the best movies of the ’90s.

Even though The Disney Channel had been producing their own movies since 1983, it wasn’t until 1997 that the channel ascribed the title “Disney Channel Original Movies,” or “DCOMs,” to the movie masterpieces. While they may be slightly lower budget films than what you would normally find in the theater, they had (and continue to have) a huge effect on our childhoods and lives as a whole. If you grew up in the ’90s/early 2000s, you definitely know what we’re talking about.

So, without further ado, here are the movies that we consider to be the top 10 best Disney Channel Original Movies from the ’90s.

10. ‘Don’t Look Under the Bed’ (1999)

Thanks to this movie, we all felt guilty for having said goodbye to our childhood imaginary friends. Some of us may have even conjured up new friends who seemed to be a lot like Larry. Oh, and who could ever forget the twist ending in this movie? We definitely never saw that coming when we were little. It’s too bad some people think this movie is too scary for children. We’d love to watch it again, especially on or near Halloween.

9. ‘Horse Sense’ (1999)

This was the last Disney Channel Original Movie of the millennium and boy are we glad it starred two of the Lawrence brothers. We enjoy watching Joey Lawrence’s spoiled-rotten character, Michael, try to work on his aunt’s ranch in Montana. However, it’s the final act of the movie when Michael remembers what he learned about land trusts in college that really warms our hearts.

8. ‘Genius’ (1999)

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Boy meets girl. Boy likes girl. Boy reinvents himself into a slacker junior high school student to impress girl even though he’s a genius who is already in college before he turns 13. Watching Charlie transform into Chaz and act how he thinks slackers should act makes us laugh every time. However, Dr. Krickstein, the scientist Charlie works with, steals every scene he’s in. We wish the Disney Channel would show this DCOM again.

7. ‘The Thirteenth Year’ (1999)

Who hasn’t dreamed, at some point in their life, of being a mermaid or another mythical sea creature? Cody Griffin lives the life we all wished we could have had when we were growing up. That’s why we couldn’t help but glue ourselves to the TV every time this DCOM was on. Well, that and the fact that Dave Coulier who played Uncle Joey in Full House starred in this movie as Cody’s dad. Dave is just too cool.

6. ‘Johnny Tsunami’ (1999)

“The temperature is down… But the surf is up!” What could be more comical than a surfer who trades gnarly waves for powdery snow? Johnny Kapahala’s surfer lingo just sounds so out-of-place, yet so totally awesome, on the mountain. Even though we were all sitting on the edges of our seats during the important race down the mountain, there was no doubt in our minds that the grandson of the legendary Johnny Tsunami would win and inherit the title for himself. Alright, well maybe there was a little doubt. But hey, we were kids!

5. ‘Wish Upon a Star’ (1996)

Ok so maybe we’re cheating a bit here. Wish Upon a Star isn’t technically a Disney Channel Original Movie. It’s actually one of the last Disney Channel Premiere films (which are essentially the same thing). However, because it’s so beloved and often mistaken for a DCOM, we thought it was ok to include it here. Besides, it’s one of the absolute best movies to come out of the Disney Channel period. And it doesn’t hurt that it stars a young Katherine Heigl.

4. ‘Smart House’ (1999)

When Smart House first came out, people couldn’t stop talking about it. The house itself is amazing and, to this day, we still wish we lived there. Who wouldn’t want a wall that doubles as a TV screen or a kitchen that could make you fresh smoothies whenever you wanted? If we had that house, we’d have fun parties there all the time. This is just one of those films that will stick in our memories for years to come.

3. ‘Halloweentown’ (1998)

We couldn’t be happier that the Disney Channel still airs this movie around Halloween. We don’t know what we’d do without it. It’s a Halloween movie that’s second only to Hocus Pocus (and even that’s debatable). It’s so quotable and visually interesting that we are glued to the television whenever it’s on. It’s as if the DCOM casts a spell on us every time. Plus, it gave us such stimulating questions to ponder over, like “When it’s dark on Halloween, where do you put the candle?” We don’t know about you, but we will never pass up a trip back to Halloweentown.

2. ‘Zenon: Girl of the 21st Century’ (1999)

Zetus lapetus! Zenon is the (second) best! Who could ever in a million light-years forget all of the cool outfits, futuristic lingo, or Proto Zoa and his band Microbe? To this day, whenever we hear the song “Supernova Girl” or even just the word “zoom,” we can’t help but burst into song. Looking back on it, we can’t believe Zenon was only supposed to be 13 years old in this movie. She was one of those girls that girls wanted to be and boys wanted to be with. Zenon was just so cool.

1. ‘Brink!’ (1998)

No matter where you are or what you’re doing, if you mention Brink!, chances are that somebody around you will respond with something along the lines of “Brink! is the best!” or “I love Brink!” Erik von Detten (who we really miss seeing on TV) plays one of the most likable and relatable characters out of all of the DCOMs, not just the ones of the ’90s. Andy “Brink” Brinker and his fellow Soul-Skaters made skating look like so much fun, especially when they were always being compared to the nasty members of Team X-Bladz. We’ll never forget that final race between Team Pup ‘N Suds and Team X-Bladz. It was just too good. Fingers crossed that the Disney Channel puts this movie into its lineup again sometime soon.

So there you have it. Those were our top 10 favorite Disney Channel Original Movies from the ’90s. Be on the lookout for our DCOM countdown for the 2000s, which will be coming soon to a computer screen near you. Until then, you can check out this list of every DCOM ever and try to predict which ones from the 2000s will make our next countdown.

Which of these ’90s Disney Channel Original Movies is your favorite?

Major changes coming to ‘Sense8’ season 2

And I'm excited about what happens next.

11:00 am EDT, May 30, 2016

Sense8 is currently in production for their second season, and they’ve gotten pretty far. Here are some important things you need to know about what’s to come for your favorite cluster!

Ever since Sense8 debuted on Netflix a year ago I’ve been obsessed. Not only because it was such a fantastic premise of connecting 8 people, but because it was so immensely diverse and represented so many people from all over the world. Now that we’ve got a season 2, it’s about time to start learning what it’ll be about.

There’s some major things about Sense8 season 2 that are going to be dramatically different, and we’ve gotten an update on what our favorite characters will be up to this season thanks to BuzzFeed.

There’s only 1 Wachowski left

One of the biggest draws of Sense8 was the fact that it was a Wachowski sister production. These sisters have brought us The Matrix and Cloud Atlas so we knew when we heard that last name that this was going to be an epic series.

This year, only Lana Wachowski is staying on to direct the show. Lilly Wachowski is taking the much-deserved time off after having just come out as transgender in March, and is using the time to focus on herself. Should the show return to Netflix for a third season then she’ll probably return.

The return of only one sister isn’t something that should affect the show too much, and I’m sure if it does then any changes will be welcome and give the show a fresh vibe — not that it needs it.

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Capheus has been re-cast

For those who enjoyed Capheus’ story in Kenya the most prepare yourselves for a major change. Due to disagreements between Lana and Aml Ameen, who portrays Capheus in season 1, Ameen left the show before production began.

Capheus’ story isn’t one you can just replace and end so suddenly, so instead of writing him out Wachowski opted instead to re-cast him. Toby Onwumere will now play the part.

For those of you concerned with any disagreement between Ameen and Wachowski being over her being transgender, Jamie Clayton, who plays Nomi, was adamant about stopping that rumor.


The good news is that Onwumere has been completely welcomed by the cast and he felt immediately connected to them upon meeting them at dinner for the first time. This makes me more confident that his chemistry with the actors will show on screen, which is one of the reasons I love Sense8 so much – the chemistry has been fantastic in every episode with all 8 actors.

But these changes can be amazing!

Even though they’re major changes from how the show operated last year, I feel like the new single director and the new actor is going to bring a welcome fresh take for the new season.

Every show can use something new in each season they come back just to keep it interesting and unique every year. I feel like, thanks to these changes made to the cast and crew, the story isn’t going to have to change too drastically just for the sake of change. Obviously it’s going to probably take to places we don’t expect, but that will be because the story is naturally progressing, instead of them trying to change actors and plots already set.

Are you excited for season 2 of ‘Sense8’

Hollywood reacts to ‘Begin Again’ director’s candid criticism of Keira Knightley’s acting skills

Should the trust between actors and directors ever be broken?

10:33 am EDT, May 30, 2016

After Begin Again director John Carney’s candid comments about Keira Knightley’s acting went viral, Hollywood has taken to Twitter to defend the British actress.

In case you’ve somehow not heard the story, here’s the sitch:

Over the weekend, The Independent released an interview with Irish director John Carney, in which he had some harsh words for former colleague Keira Knightley.

The pair worked together on the 2013 musical rom-com Begin Again, where Knightley starred opposite Mark Ruffalo as a promising young folk singer recovering from a broken heart.

Carney evidently wasn’t satisfied with Knightley’s performance, claiming she “always has an entourage that follow her everywhere so it’s very hard to get any real work done.”

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Going on to praise both Ruffalo and Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine’s performances, Carney said, “I think that that’s what you need as an actor; you need to not be afraid to find out who you really are when the camera’s rolling. Keira’s thing is to hide who you are and I don’t think you can be an actor and do that.”

“I like to work with curious, proper film actors as opposed to movie stars,” he continued. “I don’t want to rubbish Keira, but you know it’s hard being a film actor and it requires a certain level of honesty and self-analysis that I don’t think she’s ready for yet and I certainly don’t think she was ready for on that film.”

Carney concluded, “I learned that I’ll never make a film with supermodels again.”

Now, Carney clearly had a frustrating experience working with Knightley on this film, and his distinction between ‘proper film actors’ and ‘movie stars’ may be legitimate in theory. Begin Again certainly wasn’t the great critical hit that Carney’s Once had been, and at the time of the movie’s release, Keira Knightley herself admitted that she struggled with the material, not being a singer-songwriter herself and having no great appreciation for music.

“It’s terrible. I know nothing about music whatsoever,” she told The Guardian. “I was always more into reading and drama. I was such a geek. … There’s often a huge link between music and memory. And I’ve got such a bad memory.”

But the issue Hollywood professionals have with Carney’s comments seem to have less to do with Knightley’s specific performance, and more about the fact that Carney made these comments at all.

Ava DuVernay certainly makes a great point about why Carney should have stayed silent:

Both industry professionals and notable journalists have joined DuVernay in speaking out against Carney. Here are some of their reactions:

All the same, there are some that find Carney’s candidness refreshing.

What do you think? Should John Carney have held back his criticism of Keira Knightley out of professional courtesy? Or was he right to share his negative experience?

John Carney rose to international fame with Once in 2007, and this year he’s coming out with a musical drama titled Sing Street.

Spectre director Sam Mendes is officially not returning for more James Bond movies.

While we wait for (almost certain) confirmation that Daniel Craig won’t reprise his role as 007 in the next James Bond film, we can at least contend with the knowledge that Sam Mendes will not direct Bond 25.

The two-time James Bond director came on board the franchise for the wildly successful Skyfall, but his follow-up Spectre was not considered as great of a success.

Even before Spectre‘s release, Mendes was talking about quitting the all-consuming franchise, saying at the time, “I don’t think I could go down that road again. You do have to put everything else on hold.” But it was only during a Welsh literature festival that he finally confirmed his departure.

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“It was an incredible adventure. I loved every second of it, but I think it’s time for somebody else [to direct],” said Mendes, as quoted via The Sydney Morning Herald. “I’m a storyteller. And at the end of the day, I want to make stories with new characters.”

Bond 25 is likely to be completely new chapter of the franchise, with Daniel Craig set to follow Mendes’ lead and officially announce his departure soon. Everyone’s been expecting him to bow out ever since his controversial promotional campaign for Spectre, and it’s even more likely now that his two-time collaborator has called it quits.

On the speculation about who might replace Craig, Mendes says, “I can guarantee that whatever happens next it will not be what you expect.”

“[Bond producer] Barbara Broccoli chooses who is going to be the next Bond, end of story. And without that there would have been no Daniel Craig because public support for Daniel was zero. It was her saying: ‘That man over there, he’s going to change the whole tenor, I’m going to cast him.’ That turned the whole thing on its head,” says Mendes.

Rumor has it that Tom Hiddleston is in talks to be the next James Bond, but until we learn more, we can speculate away as we wish! It’s also time to start making those Bond 25 director wishlists. Anyone know if Ava DuVernay is available?