It's Thursday, so that means it's another chance to dig into Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks! This theme produced a bounty of options, like, SO MANY to choose from, because quit frankly there is one made every weekend. That doesn't mean that there were a bounty of great choices, considering that this particular genre is all about quantity and not necessarily quality, but there are some really, really great ones.
But before we get into all that, it's April now, so let's recap:
Black & White Movies (made since 1970)
And now for this week's theme:
Teen comedies have been a thing for decades, but I think we can all point to the 80's as the decade that kind of made them king. So many that really struck a chord with America, and so it's no surprise that two of my three picks are 80's classics. I even dug a little further and found an Oscar nominated Teen Comedy (Best Picture, no less).
And I have a bonus pick for you too!
This may kind of be a stretch, but that's only kind of...I mean, the film is more reflective and soulful and calm than most comedies, but it is a comedy and it's downright funny in parts (lighthearted funny)...but most importantly, this movie is just so, SO GOOD! The cast is all brilliant, with Dreyfuss delivering a star making turn (where was his Oscar nom?!?!) and a pre-Star Wars Lucas proving that he can direct tender and meaningful and poignant astonishingly well.
|Fast Times at Ridgemont High|
I hate to admit that I kind of thought I would hate this movie when I sat down to watch it, but it's pretty much the quintesential teen comedy, when you think about it. It encompasses everything that teen movies are supposed to be about and is just so damn likable/quotable/memorable! That cast, that dialog, those characters, that scene...and that other scene...and then that scene...everything!
Before Mean Girls, there was Heathers. Before Jawbreaker tried and failed, Heathers succeeded marvelously. Yes, THIS MOVIE ROCKS! Bitches, badasses, murderers, psychos, explosions...utter hilarity wrapped up in the movie that made Winona Ryder a star (and sports arguably her finest performance).
|Not Another Teen Movie|
LOL, like, this movie is so absurd and yet so hilariously conceptualized. Like, the most memorable scenes from these teen comedies turned on their head...and then having Disney Princesses mocked in the process, like...effing brilliant!