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My top 10 Teen Movies

It’s probably fair to say that John Hughes is the father of the teen movie, spawning a a legion of (mostly poor) attempts to capture the magic of his 80’s classics. It’s a genre that is cringeowrthy when done badly but oh-so satisfying when done well, which makes it one of my favourite genres (although I suppose in most cases you could argue that it’s a sub-genre of the rom-com genre) and one where I will forgive all manner of cheesiness and absence of logic that I wouldn’t allow elsewhere. These are my favourite teen movies… some well-known classics and some that are just a little off the beaten track.

superbad-10530Superbad (2007)
Starring: Jonah Hill, Michael Cera and Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Emma Stone, Bill Hader, Seth Rogen
Brief synopsis: In the last week’s of high school best friends, Seth and Evan decide it’s time to lose their virginity at the last house party of the year. With their geeky friend, Fogell, in tow they attempt to curry favour with the girls they have their eye on by buying the alcohol for the party leading to an series of hilarious scrapes.
“Seth: You know when you hear girls say ‘Ah man, I was so shit-faced last night, I shouldn’t have fucked that guy?’ We could be that mistake!”

Sex DriveSex Drive (2008)
Starring: Josh Zuckerman, Amanda Crew, Clark Duke, James Marsden, Seth Green
Brief synopsis: After Ian’s online girlfriend promises him a night of passion if he drives cross country to meet her, he steals his older brother’s car and ropes his two best friends in for the ride. Along the way they encounter an array of interesting characters, including a very unusual Amish community.
“Lance: Dude, what the fuck?
Ian: I don’t want her along.
Lance: Oh, really? You don’t want to bring Yoko on your sex trip? Yeah, no shit. She’s always cock-blocking you.
Ian: No, she isn’t. She doesn’t even have a…
Lance: Okay, twat blocking. Professor.

DRCDetroit Rock City (1999)
Starring: Giuseppe Andrews, James DeBello, Edward Furlong, Sam Huntington
Brief synopsis: Desperate to see their favourite band, KISS, the four members of rock band, Mystery head off to Detroit on the road trip of a lifetime – one that will test everything they have and lead to stripping, fighting, stealing, lying and more than a little loving.
“Christine: Hey, you know what? Disco’s so fucking big right now, I wouldn’t be suprised if KISS did a disco song.
Lex: Man, if there’s one thing KISS will never do, it is a bullshit disco song.
Jam: No shit man!
Trip: Yeah man. Disco blows dogs for quarters man!

CluelessClueless (1995)
Starring: Alicia Silverstone, Stacey Dash, Brittany Murphy, Donald Faison, Breckin Meyer, Jeremy Sisto
Brief synopsis: In this parody of Jane Austen’s Emma, “betty” Cher, spends her time shopping an interfering in everyone else’s love lives, mostly with unexpected negative consequences until she realises that her own love life is a disaster area.
“Tai: Do you think she’s pretty?
Cher: No, she’s a full-on Monet.
Tai: What’s a Monet?
Cher: It’s like a painting, see? From far away, it’s OK, but up close, it’s a big old mess. Let’s ask a guy. Christian, what do you think of Amber?
Christian: Hagsville.
Cher: See? “

breakfast_clubThe Breakfast Club (1985)
Starring: Emilio Estevez, Judd Nelson, Molly Ringwald, Ally Sheedy, Anthony Michael Hall
Brief synopsis: Five very different high school students are trapped in a Saturday morning detention together. Initially they get caught up in their differences but they soon realise that they have a lot more in common that they could ever have imagined.
“Bender: Remember how you said your parents use you to get back at each other?
Claire Standish: [nods]
Bender: Wouldn’t I be OUTSTANDING in that capacity?”

4540945_l3Strike!  – also known as All I Wanna Do (1998)
Starring: Kirsten Dunst, Gaby Hoffmann, Lynn Redgrave
Brief Synopsis: When the pupils of all girls’ school discover that their school is going to be merged with an all boy’s academy because of dwindling funds, they set up a programme of sabotage to save themselves from co-education.
“Verena Von Stefan: Right. Just imagine. We’ll have to wash our hair every night, we’ll have to sleep on rollers till our scalp bleeds, then we’ll have to get up at six every morning for the comb out. Your lungs will be lined with hairspray. Then you need all this equipment to push up the tits and blitz the zits and spray the pits. Then, then you stagger into class and you look perfect, but you’re exhausted. You’re too tired to even think. But that’s okay, because the teachers won’t call on you anyway. Also, you don’t wanna be smarter than the boys – they don’t like that. So, to wake up you drink some coffee at lunch.”

american-pie-crop-1American Pie (1999)
Starring: Jason Biggs, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy, Tara Reid
Brief synopsis: In this surprisingly sweet comedy four best friends make a pact to lose their virginity by their senior prom. On the way there they must wrestle with love, flutes, exchange students, singing, bathrooms and er… baked goods.
“Jim: Guys, uh, what exactly does third base feel like?
Kevin: You want to take this one?
Chris “Oz” Ostreicher: Like warm apple pie.
Jim: Yeah?
Chris “Oz” Ostreicher: Yeah.
Jim: Apple pie, huh?
Chris “Oz” Ostreicher: Uh huh.
Jim: McDonald’s or homemade?”
600full-cruel-intentions-screenshotCruel Intentions (1999)
Starring: Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, Reese Witherspoon, Selma Blair
Brief synopsis: In this teen version of Dangerous Liaisons bored super-rich Kathryn bets her equally bored and rich step-brother, Sebastian that he won’t be able to bed virginal, Annette, who has sworn to save herself for marriage. If Kathryn wins, she gets Sebastian’s car but if Sebastian wins… he gets Kathryn. But what will happen if Sebastian actually falls in love?
“Sebastian: I’m sick of sleeping with these insipid Manhattan debutantes. Nothing shocks them anymore.”

16-candlesSixteen Candles (1984)
Starring: Molly Ringwald, Justin Henry, Michael Schoeffling
Brief synopsis: On the eve of her sister’s wedding, Samantha’s life is going into meltdown. Not only does she have an unrequited crush on the hottest boy in school but the biggest geek in school is in love with her and her whole family has forgotten her sixteenth birthday.
“The Geek: How’s it goin’?
Samantha: How’s what going?
The Geek: You know – things, life, whatnot.
Samantha: Life is not whatnot, and it’s none of your business.”

10things_main10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Starring: Heath Ledger, Julia Stiles, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Larisa Oleynik
Brief synopsis: New guy Cameron falls for beautiful Bianca, but she isn’t allowed to date until her bitchy older, sister Kat does. So Cameron and his geeky best friend convince douchebag, Joey to pay school nutter, Patrick to date Kat, thinking that he’s going to be the one to date Bianca.
“Patrick: Well maybe you’re not afraid of me but I’m sure you’ve thought about me naked, huh?
Kat Stratford: [sarcastically] Am I that transparent? I want you, I *need* you, oh baby, oh baby.”

My top 10 movie couples

The top tens continue and this time the topic is lurve. I’m not really much of a traditional romantic but every now and then I’ll watch a film and find myself getting caught up. These are the couples that did it!

Kat&PatKaterina Stratford and Patrick Verona
Played by: Julia Stiles and Heath Ledger
Film: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Why: Because they bring out the absolute best in each other and because they’re two very independent individuals who have chosen to close themselves off from the world but learn to reengage their softer sides through each other.
“Patrick: Someone still has her panties in a twist.
Kat: Don’t, for one minute, think that you had any effect whatsoever on my panties.
Patrick: Then what did I have an effect on?
Kat: Other than my upchuck reflex, nothing.”

The-wedding-singer-the-wedding-singer-6290338-2560-1727Julia Sullivan and Robbie Hart
Played by: Drew Barrymore and Adam Sandler
Film: The Wedding Singer (1998)
Why: Because they’re perfect for each other and don’t realise it until it’s almost too late… and because they save each other from ending up with a pair of utter twats.
“Julia: May I ask what happened with Linda?
Robbie: She wasn’t the right one, I guess.
Julia: Did you have any idea she wasn’t the right one when you were together?
Robbie: I should have. Uh, I remember we went to the Grand Canyon one time. We were flying there and I’d never been there before and Linda had, so you would think that she would give me the window seat but she didn’t and… not that that’s a big deal, you know. It’s just there were a lot of little things like that. I know that sounds stupid…
Julia: Not at all. I think it’s the little things that count.”

The-Princess-Bride-0061Westley and Princess Buttercup
Played by Cary Elwes and Robin Wright
Film: The Princess Bride (1987)
Why: The separation, the angst, the secret identity and of course Westley’s endless devotion.
“Westley: I told you I would always come for you. Why didn’t you wait for me?
Buttercup: Well… you were dead.
Westley: Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while.
Buttercup: I will never doubt again.
Westley: There will never be a need.”

natural-born-killers-1000highMickey and Mallory Knox
Played by: Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis
Film: Natural Born Killers (1994)
Why: There is no denying that Mickey and Mallory are a pair of depraved, sociopathic murderers but somehow that makes their ability to love each other so intensely that much more touching.
“Mallory: Wherever we go, whatever happens, Mickey, when I look up at the stars, I’ll know you’ll be lookin’ up at the same ones.
Mickey: Same ones, baby
Mallory: You make everyday feel like kindergarten.”

Jack-and-Sally-nightmare-before-christmas-17658813-720-440Jack and Sally
Voiced by: Chris Sarandon and Catherine O’Hara
Film: The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Why: Because they’re so weird that neither of them could never be with anyone else. Also because Sally is Jack’s heart and the only thing that keeps him from going completely dark.
“Jack: My dearest friend, if you don’t mind… I’d like to join you by your side. Where we can gaze into the stars…
Jack and Sally: And sit together, now and forever. For it is plain, as anyone can see. We’re simply meant to be.”

Its-a-wonderful-life-jimmy-stewart-donna-reedGeorge Bailey and Mary (Hatch) Bailey
Played by: James Stewart and Donna Reed
Film: It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
Why: Because they’re best friends as well as husband and wife and they demonstrate what really being there for someone else means. Also at the time showing such an equal partnership between husband and wife was pretty inspiring and they have great banter.
“George: What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That’s a pretty good idea. I’ll give you the moon, Mary.
Mary: I’ll take it. Then what?
George: Well, then you can swallow it, and it’ll all dissolve, see… and the moonbeams would shoot out of your fingers and your toes and the ends of your hair… am I talking too much?”

brokeback-mountainJack Twist and Ennis Del Mar
Played by: Jack Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger
Film: Brokeback Mountain (2005)
Why: Because they are the light of each others’ lives. It’s also the ultimate forbidden fruit/star-crossed lovers pairing, burning with intensity but also incredible tenderness.
“Ennis Del Mar: This is a one-shot thing we got goin’ on here.
Jack Twist: It’s nobody’s business but ours.
Ennis Del Mar: You know I ain’t queer.
Jack Twist: Me neither.”
before-sunriseJesse and Celine
Played by: Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy
Films: Before Sunrise (1995), Before Sunset 2004, Before Midnight 2013
Why: Because their chemistry and banter is so good that we couldn’t resist coming back three times to revisit their connection. Also because if you’ve ever had in instant overwhelming, unexpected connection with someone, you’ll be able to identify with them.
“Jesse: I feel like this is, uh, some dream world we’re in, y’know.
Celine: Yeah, it’s so weird. It’s like our time together is just ours. It’s our own creation. It must be like I’m in your dream, and you in mine, or something.
Jesse: And what’s so cool is that this whole evening, all our time together, shouldn’t officially be happening.
Celine: Yeah, I know. Maybe that’s why this feels so otherworldly.”

arnacoeurAlex and Juliette
Played by: Romain Duris and Vanessa Paradis
Film: L’Arnacoeur (2010)
Why: Because watching all of Alex, the supposed king of seduction, actually fall in love and fall apart is hilarious and beautiful and because Juliette is just so cool.
No quote because it’s in French. Nightmare!

stardustTristan and Yvaine
Played by: Charlie Cox and Claire Danes
Film: Stardust (2007)
Why: Because they paint such a heart-warming and engrossing portrait of two people gradually realising that they’re falling in love.
“Tristan: Did you really mean what you said in the caravan?
Yvaine: What I…? But… You were a mouse! You were a mouse… you wanted cheese! You didn’t… I asked you to give me a sign!
Tristan: And risk you being too embarrassed to keep saying such lovely things? You want to know what the Captain really whispered to me that day? He told me that my true love…was right in front of my eyes. And he was right.”

Who are your favourite cinematic lovers?

My top 10 movie characters

I enjoyed doing last week’s top 10 so much, that I thought I might do a few more. So this time it’s my favourite movie characters… the ones I laughed at, was intrigued by, fell in love with and couldn’t take my eyes off.

Film: Everything is Illuminated (2005)
Played by: Boris Leskin
Quote: Grandfather actually says very little himself, but this quote from Alex kind of sums him up
“This is Sammy Davis Jr. Jr… She is Grandfather’s Seeing Eye bitch. Father purchased her for him not because he believes Grandfather is blind, but because a Seeing Eye bitch is also a good thing for people who pine for the opposite of loneliness. In truth, Father did not purchase her at all, but merely retrieved her from the home for forgetful dogs. Because of this, she is not a real Seeing Eye bitch, and is also mentally deranged.”

Film: Warm Bodies (2013)
Played by: Nicholas Hoult
Quote: ”I don’t wanna be this way. I’m lonely. I’m totally lost. I mean, I’m literally lost. I’ve never been in this part of the airport before.”

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Film: Lawless (2012)
Played by: Tom Hardy
Quote: “I thought I walked.”

holly-golightly1Holly Golightly
Film: Breakfast at Tiffanys (1961)
Played by: Audrey Hepburn
Quote: “The blues are because you’re getting fat and maybe it’s been raining too long, you’re just sad that’s all. The mean reds are horrible. Suddenly you’re afraid and you don’t know what you’re afraid of. Do you ever get that feeling?”

Film: Despicable Me 1 & 2 (2010 & 2013)
Voiced by: Mostly Pierre Coffin
Quote: “Banana!”

kill-bill-uma-thurman-whysobluThe Bride
Film: Kill Bill Vol 1 & 2 (2003 & 2004)
Played by: Uma Thurman
Quote: “Those of you lucky enough to have your lives, take them with you. However, leave the limbs you’ve lost. They belong to me now. Except you, Sofie! You stay right where you are!”

Patrick VeronaPatrick Verona
Film: 10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Played by: Heath Ledger
Quote: “What is it with this chick, she have beer flavored nipples?”

tyler-durdenTyler Durden
Film: Fight Club (1999)
Played by: Brad Pitt
Quote: “All the ways you wish you could be, that’s me. I look like you wanna look, I fuck like you wanna fuck, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not.”

draven5Eric Draven
Film: The Crow (1994)
Played by: Brandon Lee
Quote: “He was already dead. He died a year ago the moment he touched her. They’re all dead. They just don’t know it yet.”

MissCongeniality10Gracie Lou Freebush/Gracie Hart
Film: Miss Congeniality (2000)
Played by: Sandra Bullock
Quote: “I am in a dress, I have gel in my hair, I haven’t slept all night, I’m starved, and I’m armed! Don’t mess with me!”

My top 10 movie soundtracks

There will be no Film Friday this week. In between not having any internet or Sky for almost two weeks and using up the entire 3G quota on my iPad, I just haven’t been able to fit in the requisite four films. I didn’t want to go for a whole week with no cinematic content so I have decided to go all Cinema Parrot Disco and do a top 10, combining my two greatest loves – film and music.

So with no further ado, I bring you my top 10 movie soundtracks (in no particular order). For the purposes of this top 10 I am considering a soundtrack to be made up of actual songs rather than backing music, which would be a score. I’d love to hear your favourites. (Stuck in the 90’s? Me? Never!)

thecrowThe Crow
Release date: 1994
Iconic song: Big Empty by Stone Temple Pilots
Romeo+Juliet-Soundtrack1William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet
Release date: 1996
Iconic song: Lovefool by The Cardigans

tumblr_inline_mho437c8Rm1qz4rgpWarm Bodies
Release date: 2013
Iconic song; Hungry Heart by Bruce Springsteen

Crazy-Heart-Soundtrack Crazy Heart
Release date: 2009
Iconic song: The Weary Kind by Ryan Bingham

BSO_10_Razones_Para_Odiarte_10_Things_I_Hate_About_You-Frontal10 Things I Hate About You
Release date: 1999
Iconic song: I Want You To Want Me by Letters to Cleo

american_pie_soundtrack_aAmerican Pie
Release date: 1999
Iconic song: Mutt by blink-182

863903_01The Wedding Singer
Release date: 1998
Iconic song: You Spin Me Right Round by Dead or Alive (performed by Adam Sandler on the soundtrack)

0000016035_500Empire Records
Release date: 1995
Iconic song: Til I Hear it From You by The Gin Blossoms

Complete+Dazed++Confused+Soundtrack+disc+1+dazedn+and+confusedDazed and Confused
Release date: 1993
Iconic song: School’s Out for Summer by Alice Cooper

500-days-of-summer500 Days of Summer
Release date: 2009
Iconic song: Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want by The Smiths

Film Friday #125: Special Edition: FAMILY MOVIE MARATHON

I spent Easter weekend with my in-laws in Chelmsford last weekend. Like me, the whole family are big cinephiles so it was suggested that each family member pick a film in order to create a weekend long family movie marathon… with no vetoes. As there are five of us, this should have resulted in five films but we somehow underestimated the amount of lying in, cooking and visiting we needed to do and never quite got to my brother-in-law, David’s as yet undisclosed pick.  So that leaves us with four films for The Film Friday Easter Family Special Edition.

The Commitments

This 1991, Roddy Doyle classic was my mum-in-law’s pick… possibly because she’s of Irish descent, but also quite possibly because of its fab soundtrack.  Robert Arkins plays Jimmy Rabbitte, an aspiring music manager who puts together a band in the hope of bringing soul music to Dublin. Under his, and mysterious horn player, Joey “The Lips” Fagan’s, “expert” tutelage it’s not long before The Commitments start to experience success. But tensions between band mates are never far from the forefront and Jimmy will have to fight if he’s going to keep his dream alive. This is a pretty predictable plot but the musical elements are excellent if you’re a soul fan. Overall the best thing about The Commitments is the hilarious and very typically bawdy Irish banter. Great for a laugh with a bit of heart. 3.5/5


Blue moooooooooooon, I saw you standing aloooooooooooone!

Twelve Monkeys

Being of a science fiction bent, this was Paul’s pick. After an unnamed virus has wiped out most of mankind and sent the survivors below the surface, violent prisoner, James Cole (Bruce Willis) is sent back in time to find information about the origins of the disease in exchange for a pardon. Returned to the wrong year, Cole finds himself locked up in a mental institution where he meets two people who are going to change not only his life but also the future: fellow patient, Jeffrey Goines (Brad Pitt) and psychiatrist, Kathryn Railly (Madeline Stowe). This film has the particular madness of Terry Gilliam stamped all over it. Dystopian future: check. Sinister and controlling government: check. Mysterious and terrifying medical machines: check. Characters with exaggerated movements and sounds: check. Intense and overpowering score: Check. It’s almost Brazil 2. If you like that kind of thing, like I do, you’ll love this. Pitt reminds us yet again that he wears crazy very well and Brucie does a good turn of unhinged with a heart. Excellent. 4/5


I’m telling you, one day I am going to have sex with Angelina Jolie!

The Day the Earth Stood Still

Paul inherited his love affair with Sci-Fi from his dad, who picked this 1951 alien invasion epic. Alien Klaatu (Michael Rennie) arrives on earth with a message and is promptly shot and incarcerated by Americans. Adamant that he wants to speak to representatives of all earth’s people at once, Klaatu implores the American president to arrange this. It being the height of the Cold War, he of course refuses. Klaatu then goes to ground in a type of boarding house, where he meets widow, Helen Benson (Patricia Neal) and her son, Bobby (Billy Gray). As his time starts to run out, he must put his faith in Helen to help him get his message across, while also preventing the giant robot he’s left in his spaceship from kicking the shit out of everyone. I think I might have found this more compelling if Klaatu’s message had been a little more compelling but at the time that it was made it must have been a great reflection on Cold War hysteria and the poor relations between different countries. It wasn’t really for me, but apparently it’s a thousand times better than the 2008 Keanu Reeves remake. 3.5/5


Chill, Winston!

10 Things I Hate About You

The last pick was mine… and I couldn’t resist a film I’ve watched over and over again for the last fourteen years. Loosely inspired by The Taming of the Shrew, 10 Things I Hate About You follows the story of Cameron James (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) who falls for Bianca Stratford (Laris Oleynik) on his first day at a new school. Unfortunately there’s a catch – Bianca’s dad won’t let her date until her sister Kat (Julia Stiles) does and Kat happens to be a “heinous bitch” with no interest in the boys at school. With the help of his dorky best mate, Michael (David Krumholtz), Cameron tricks handsome twat, Joey Donner (Andrew Keegan) – who also happens to have a Jones for Bianca – into paying mysterious school nutter, Patrick Verona (Heath Ledger) to win over and date Kat. On the surface this is a relatively predictable teen romcom but somehow it has that elusive magic ingredient that makes it so much more. Is it the whip smart and endlessly quotable dialogue? The magnificently deranged supporting characters (my favourite being Allison Janney playing Ms Perky, the dirty novel writing school counsellor)? The epic soundtrack? Heath Ledger in his first featured film role playing the bad boy all teen girl fantasies are based on  – you know that one that’s a bit dangerous on the outside but a total romantic underneath? Probably Heath. It also benefits from excellent set-pieces and female characters you can both identify with and root for. My only criticism is that the absence of Bianca and Kat’s mother, which is alluded to but never explained is underutilised. They just don’t make teen movies like they used to! 4.5/5

I call this one, the headlock of love

I call this one, the headlock of love

Have you ever had a movie marathon with your family? If you did, what do you think everyone would pick?