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5 Best Quotes From Clueless
Amy Heckerling’s 1995 cult classic teen film Clueless jams all the plaid outfits and quotable zingers you need into ninety-seven minutes of nineties teen nostalgia. Based on Jane Austen’s iconic book Emma, Heckerling’s adaption brings love and society to 20th century house parties and LA teenagers. Seeming to find a romantic companion for everyone but herself, the socially successful Cher spends her days between high school, her daddy’s mansion, and the mall, avoiding romantic loneliness with her two best friends. What naysayers may dismiss as a shallow and superficial take on the high school experience (as if!), Clueless is an overlooked piece of cinematic gold. With some of the best writing and most quotable lines of the twentieth century, Clueless is one to watch with a diet coke in one hand and a bowl of Cheetos in the other.
5 Tips To Be A Better Runner
The hardest part of any runner’s journey is the beginning. There are more reasons to not run than to run, and the first several runs are usually excruciating as all hell. But beyond these tiny hurdles and over these mental barriers is a kind of running that can feel intoxicating, a kind of running that can only be achieved through consistent work and perseverance. Here are five tips to help you get to these runs, not only making you a better runner, but make you enjoy your runs more too.
3 Books by Australian Women about Australian Women
Whilst the sunshine refuses to come out and shine, and we, in Melbourne, Australia, have no choice but to stay inside, keeping entertained, or at least not terminally bored, is a challenge plagued by many in this (sixth) lockdown. Although movies and TV have remained a source of content for so many of these days spent at home, it’s books that I’ve discovered, or perhaps rediscovered, a solace in. Open a book and be transported far away, to a different place, a different time, a different body, and not for two hours or so or for the length of a show’s first season, but for what feels like a small eternity. Some of the books I’ve found a special resonance and comfort in are books written by fellow female writers from where I live. Whether writing about Melbourne or elsewhere in Australia, or about countries far away, these three books by three Australian women are ones suited very much for escaping into the worlds’ of whilst our world outside continues to ravage on out of control.
3 Wholesome Films to Watch
My home city has, yet again, been surprised-attacked with another lockdown. Besides from it being our sixth time the government has sent us away to our homes with only few reasons to leave them, I haven’t quite yet exhausted every movie necessary to get me through quarantine. But while the world outside is still adamant on reminding us just how dark it can get, I’ve been craving some more wholesome content for nights spent in front of the TV. Here are three wholesome films that you can (try to) forget about the pandemic to.
Shiva Baby (2020), Reviewed
What began its life as a short film in 2018, Emma Seligman’s directorial feature debut Shiva Baby is an experiment in trapping its audience unknowingly in a 78-minute-long panic attack. Set at a shiva of someone she only kind of knew, Danielle, a directionless college student, finds herself confined in a claustrophobic mess of prying family members, high school ex-girlfriends and sugar daddies.
Gossip Girl Reboot: Reviewed
Hot people doing hot things. That’s how I would sum up the new Gossip Girl reboot series in a sentence. There’s obviously a lot more to it than that (or is there?), but when it comes down to the why of the need to reboot such an iconic series that is so intrinsically tied to the early noughties with its side fringes and belts over t-shirts, it may be just as simple as that.
Film Review: Little Women (2019)
Watching Greta Gerwig’s adaption of Louisa May Alcott’s famous novel Little Women felt like coming home. Between the aesthetics and clothing of 1860s America, the real-life wholesome friendship of actors Saoirse Ronan and Timothee Chalamet, and writer/director Greta Gerwig’s seemingly perfect writing of a story of four sisters, this movie sits up there with those of the Classics.
Film Review: Cruella (2021)
The release of Disney’s newest instalment in re-creating and re-envisioning iconic characters from the Disney / Marvel / Star Wars universes prompted little more than an eye roll and shrug of the shoulders from me. Zeroing in on the backstory of Cruella De Vil with the super-likeable Hollywood gal Emma Stone at the reigns may have conjured the excitement of nostalgia and enthusiasm of newness for some, but the reaction that I just couldn’t shake was the same reaction many of us have had in the past few years or so of an abundant number of adaptions and spin offs, that reaction being: why?
Picnic At Hanging Rock (1975)
Peter Weir’s Picnic at Hanging Rock (1975) represents a key moment in Australian cinema because of its help in the resurgence of the Australian film industry and the creation of a now famous Australian folklore. Based on a book of the same name by Joan Lindsay, Weir’s film follows the disappearance of several schoolgirls and their maths teacher during an afternoon spent picnicking at Hanging Rock on St. Valentine’s day in the year 1900.
WHY LOGAN (2017) IS THE BEST SUPERHERO MOVIE OF THE 2010s
Since it’s 2017 release, I’ve heard the odd comment about James Mangold’s latest Wolverine instalment Logan, with both fans and superhero movie-avoidants alike claiming that this film is one of the better ones to grace the Marvel cinematic universe. I’m not super into superhero movies, I’ve gotta say, but I am into movies. And when a film can surpass the expectations that the hundreds of muscled men (and some women) in colourful tights and cheesy names have laid before them with their saving-the-day tropes and out-of-this-world powers, and when this film can venture into just existing as a good film in itself, I’m almost inclined to give it more credit than it deserves.
Film Review: Infernal Affairs
I’d heard little about Infernal Affairs before I decided to finally move it from my to-watch list on Netflix to my watched list on Letterboxd, but what I had heard about the film was that it is the origin story that inspired Martin Scorsese’s 2006 blockbuster The Departed. The 2002 crime action thriller by Hong Kong directors Andrew Lau and Alan Mak may be forever affiliated by western viewers with its proceeding Hollywood adaption, transported from the city of Hong Kong to the streets of Boston, but Infernal Affairs is a film that belongs with its own spotlight.