Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Thursday Movie Picks: Teen Angst


Oh there is so much angst out there. It takes different forms but when its all about angst-y teens, things get crazy, 'real', emotional and sometimes tragic. Chose a classix, a favourite and a new-ish discovery that I'm so glad I found.

Also its a day early as I might forget tomorrow - my timing is all messed up as the sleeping issues continue.

Don't forget to check out what Wandering Through the Shelves picked, the blog that started Thursday Movie Picks.

Turn Me On Dammit
Less angst and more frustration really but still a brilliant film and finally from a teenage girl's perspective. Alma lives in a small village in Norway and she has a crush on a boy. She spends her free time hanging out with her friends at a bustop drinking cheap alcohol and calls a sex line everyday. Alma really wants to have sex. But when the boy she likes weirdly pokes her with his dick and then later denies it, Alma is then picked on and ostracized from her friends.

Rebel Without a Cause 
The ultimate teen angst film which I had to include as James Dean makes a star turn. Three disillusioned teens, with problems at home, end up together after being arrested for different things that reflect their issues. I saw this years ago and loved it but I think I need to see it again as I can't quite remember what else happens.

Heathers
I think I've used this film before but it fits so perfect AND I've got a couple of the off-broadway musical songs in my head. The Heathers are the ruling clique at highschool but their friend, Veronica, once an outsider, has grown tired of them and their ways. When new dangerous kid, JD arrives, he and Veronica start something after killing the lead Heather and framing it as suicide. A brilliant film that isn't given enough credit and is actually a prelude to films like, Mean Girls. The musical music is pretty good too, wish I had seen it on stage.

15 comments:

  1. I've only seen Rebel Without a Cause (I found it ok), but both Heathers and Turn Me On Dammit are in my watch list! Great picks!

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    1. Yey!! One for Turn Me On Dammit! I think you'll enjoy it as, the same with Haethers.

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  2. I haven't seen your first but the other two are tremendous picks! Rebel really was a trendsetter and Dean, Natalie Wood and Sal Mineo just tear at your heart giving very real performances. Heathers is so smart and clever. Winona is spot on and Slater, who is very much an acquired taste, is perfect for the unnerving JD.

    Teen angst gets a lot of play in film which gave me a wide variety to chose from so I tried to mix it up a bit.

    Kitten with a Whip (1964)-After shivving a guard and trying to torch juvie hall, delinquent hellcat Jody (Ann-Margret) takes it on the lam roosting at the coop of rising politico David Patton (John Forsythe). Mad for a pad to lay low she puts the shine on him while throwing off lingo like "Why do you think you're such a smoky somethin' when you're nothin' painted blue?" Cool to her ridicule he gives her the gate. She splits but flies back to his igloo with two other hooligans and forces Dave to burn rubber down Tijuana way, it’s a bad scene though and they’re all slated for crashville. The tagline for this far-out opus? “She’s all out for Kicks…and every inch of her spells EXCITEMENT! She’s a real smoky kitten!” Its mad hipster crazy cool, baby!

    The Doom Generation (1995)-Two disconnected teenagers pick up sexy drifter Xavier, who radiates a savage vibe and who leads them down a path loaded with sex and violence. As they travel through a series of small towns a cloud of doom hangs over them which no matter how they try clings to them.

    Teen Wolf (1985)-Scott (Michael J. Fox) is a normal mopey teen mooning over a girl who doesn’t know he exists and playing on a losing basketball team. Then he begins to notice when he gets upset he starts to feel different. He father pulls him aside and shares something he’s kept from him. Surprise! He’s part werewolf. By letting his inner beast out he becomes popular, the girl notices him and the team starts winning but he has to control his anger or the wolf will take over. Silly but fun comedy is helped immeasurably by Fox’s charm in the lead.

    Honorable Mention-To Sir, with Love (1967)-Unable to find a job in his chosen profession American Mark Thackeray (Sidney Poitier) accepts a position teaching a group of angry rebellious teens in Eastern London. Using somewhat unorthodox methods he confronts their initial jibes and defiance ultimately garnering their respect and helping them work through their angst.

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    1. Loving that Teen Wolf was your pick - I still need to see this, forget the plastic show - this is where its at. I can't believe I haven't seen it yet. Kitten with a Whip also sound pretty good. My friend is a Gregg Araki fanatic and he's always told me to watch Smiley Face but I think The Doom Generation sounds good too - I;ve seen some trailers and I'm intrigued.

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  3. Yay Heathers! I haven't heard of your fist pick, but that's a pretty catching title. I'll have to look into it. lol

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    1. Ah yes the title - its exactly what it says on the cover. It's worth seeing, small town teen angst in Norway.

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  4. I've seen Rebel Without a Cause way too many times and it's one of my favs. And I loved Heathers. Haven't seen Turn Me On Dammit but it sounds interesting.

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    1. I need to see Rebel again - its been too long since I saw it.

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  5. I have not seen Turn It On and not sure it appeals to me. I picked Rebel as well because it just seems to be the teen angst films of all teen angst films. I still have to see Heathers and it is one film I need to see one day soon.

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    1. Turn Me On Dammit is a whole different kind of angst - I was pleased to see a teenage girl at the centre of this kind of story for a change.

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  6. Yay, Heathers! I still need to see the other two.

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    1. Yay to Heathers! I kinda wish I had that scrunchie...

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  7. Great picks! It's hard to believe how mature the performances by James, Natalie, and Sal in Rebel Without a Cause. They're all so good. Heathers is one of my all-time favorite movies. I read the script a few years ago, and it's one of my favorites. Everything about it is so clever and original.

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    1. I'd love to read the script! Have you seen the musical? I love the music.

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  8. Love Heathers. It's so so dark and funny.

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