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16th Sep '17 3:55:37 PM nombretomado
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* This is a big part of the plot of Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/MidnightInParis''. The story features Gil, a writer played by Owen Wilson, who is writing a novel about a man that runs a nostalgia shop, and the writer himself has a nostalgic view of the 1920s in Paris as a sort of Golden Age, something that his fiance and her family constantly rag on him for. Eventually, Gil discovers a mysterious taxi cab that arrives every night at midnight and transports him back to a nostalgia filtered 1920s Paris, where he meets many famous authors and falls in love with Adriana, a woman who is at the time Picasso's mistress. As time goes on, the writer discovers that Adriana has feelings for him too and decides to live in the 1920s with her. However, soon after Gil confesses his love for Adriana, they are picked up by a mysterious carriage that transports them back to LaBelleEpoque of the late 1800s, where they meet various artists, writers, and other famous folk. Adrianna immediately proposes they stay here, as in her mind, '''this''' is the Golden Age of Paris. However, the artists of ''that'' era pine for the TheRenaissance. [[spoiler:Gil decides that despite the allure of the nostalgia filter, it's best to take the present for what it is, and decides to go back to the present.]]

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* This is a big part of the plot of Creator/WoodyAllen's ''Film/MidnightInParis''. The story features Gil, a writer played by Owen Wilson, who is writing a novel about a man that runs a nostalgia shop, and the writer himself has a nostalgic view of the 1920s in Paris as a sort of Golden Age, something that his fiance and her family constantly rag on him for. Eventually, Gil discovers a mysterious taxi cab that arrives every night at midnight and transports him back to a nostalgia filtered 1920s Paris, where he meets many famous authors and falls in love with Adriana, a woman who is at the time Picasso's mistress. As time goes on, the writer discovers that Adriana has feelings for him too and decides to live in the 1920s with her. However, soon after Gil confesses his love for Adriana, they are picked up by a mysterious carriage that transports them back to LaBelleEpoque of the late 1800s, where they meet various artists, writers, and other famous folk. Adrianna immediately proposes they stay here, as in her mind, '''this''' is the Golden Age of Paris. However, the artists of ''that'' era pine for the TheRenaissance.UsefulNotes/TheRenaissance. [[spoiler:Gil decides that despite the allure of the nostalgia filter, it's best to take the present for what it is, and decides to go back to the present.]]
30th Aug '17 4:27:17 PM MrThorfan64
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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', King Robert is fond of reminiscing about the good old days, before he was king. His brother Renly eventually gets sick of this and asks him exactly which days he's talking about - the time when the entire country was plunged into a bloody civil war, the time when [[TheCaligula Aerys]] roasted people alive because of the voices in his head, or the time when dragons went around burning villages to the ground.

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* In ''Series/GameOfThrones'', King Robert is fond of reminiscing about the good old days, before he was king. His brother Renly eventually gets sick of this and asks him exactly which days he's talking about - the time when the entire country was plunged into a bloody civil war, the time when [[TheCaligula Aerys]] roasted people alive because of the voices in his head, or the time when dragons went around burning villages to the ground. Of course [[{{Hypocrite}} Renly]] then proceeds to contribute to a war by [[TheEvilPrince attempting]] to [[TheUsurper usurp]] the throne after his brother's death...
8th Aug '17 3:17:41 AM Limelite
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* "It Was A Very Good Year", sung by FrankSinatra. A song being sung by an old man reminiscing over various periods in his life and the women he enjoyed.
29th Jul '17 12:27:28 PM nombretomado
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* Creator/JamesRolfe, aka WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, did this, too, but for video games. Because, sure, the 80s-90s generation have fond memories of playing ''Videogame/SuperMarioBros1'', ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''Videogame/MegaMan1'' for the old {{NES}}... But the games that are fondly remembered are in no way indicative of the average production values back in those days, they were more like diamonds in a steaming heap of crap, and James made sure to remind us all of this fact by producing over 120 episodes dedicated to shitty games that suck ass.

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* Creator/JamesRolfe, aka WebVideo/TheAngryVideoGameNerd, did this, too, but for video games. Because, sure, the 80s-90s generation have fond memories of playing ''Videogame/SuperMarioBros1'', ''Videogame/TheLegendOfZeldaI'' and ''Videogame/MegaMan1'' for the old {{NES}}...UsefulNotes/{{NES}}... But the games that are fondly remembered are in no way indicative of the average production values back in those days, they were more like diamonds in a steaming heap of crap, and James made sure to remind us all of this fact by producing over 120 episodes dedicated to shitty games that suck ass.
19th Jul '17 9:53:55 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''Film/{{Help}}'': "Help", thinking about "when I was younger, so much younger than today. I never needed anybody's help in any way".
16th Jul '17 8:14:33 PM eowynjedi
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* In the ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' episode "Space Seed," the crew revives a 21st-century dictator named Khan Noonien Singh. Kirk, Scotty, and Bones practically fanboy over him, speaking with much admiration about how he was the best of the warlords, because he wasn't ''as'' brutal as the rest, and [[ManOfWealthAndTaste he had a respect for culture and knowledge]]. Spock tries to remind them that they're still talking about ''a totalitarian autocrat'' and that "did not commit quite as many atrocities" is really not a basis for such praise. They brush him off until, surprise surprise, Khan and his superhuman followers (and a traitorous lieutenant) take over the ship and treat the crew brutally.
12th Jul '17 12:40:16 PM bfunc
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** Also "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley.

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** Also "Boys of Summer" by Don Henley. Though in that one the singer acknowledges his foolishness becase "those days are gone forever, I should just let 'em go":
--> ''Out on the road today, I saw a Deadhead sticker on a Cadillac''
--> ''A little voice inside my head said "Don't look back, you can never look back."''


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** On a semi-related note, Music/SteeleyeSpan's "Hard Times of Old England" is more or less the inverse of this trope, though it concludes on the hopeful note that the singer is looking forward to a day when he'll be able to play the trope straight and look back on "jolly good times."
8th Jul '17 11:39:53 PM ecuvulle6267
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* ''WebVideo/TheHappyVideoGameNerd'': Averted and/or subverted; HVGN proves that there really is some stuff in the past that is really good, some of it just got passed over.
** Played straight in his reviews of ''VideoGame/MegaMan9'' and ''[[VideoGame/MegaMan10 10]]''. He acknowledges that he rated ''9'' -- which helped kick off the recent {{Retraux}} trend -- as highly as he did partly for this specific reason. Now that "all that's old is new again" is getting...well, old again, he was able to take off his nostalgia-tinted lenses for ''10''. He does stand by his original review for ''9'', though, and cites other reasons why ''10'' is a weaker game.
8th Jul '17 7:07:27 PM FranksGirl
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* This [[http://twitter.com/#!/Discographies/status/5687865124069376 tweet]] by Discographies on Music/{{Journey}} sums up the phenomenon perfectly.

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* This [[http://twitter.com/#!/Discographies/status/5687865124069376 tweet]] by Discographies on Music/{{Journey}} sums up the phenomenon perfectly. The channel itself is a ruthless aversion, stripping away the filter with pithy and accurate sum-ups of the output of classic bands across the spectrum:
-->''"Journey: 1-3"You are getting sleepy..."; 4-13 "When you wake, it will be the future, and no one will be able to remember how lame this was."''
8th Jul '17 10:49:27 AM nombretomado
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* In the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' short story "The End of the Pier Show", a group of WorldWarTwo veterans in TheSeventies have used the psychic powers of one of their wives to create a bubble where it's still TheForties. Jeperson, a Holocaust survivor, is horrified by their belief that you can bring back the StiffUpperLip, Dig for Victory attitude without getting the Nazis as well.

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* In the ''Literature/DiogenesClub'' short story "The End of the Pier Show", a group of WorldWarTwo UsefulNotes/WorldWarII veterans in TheSeventies have used the psychic powers of one of their wives to create a bubble where it's still TheForties. Jeperson, a Holocaust survivor, is horrified by their belief that you can bring back the StiffUpperLip, Dig for Victory attitude without getting the Nazis as well.
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