I'm an author and blogger from Canada who loves to consume and muse about entertainment and pop culture. Check out my book, Lost Souls on Amazon.
Someone on Twitter once asked what book or film you could write a thesis on and for me, it's definitely IT. Last time, I talked about how IT isn't just about a scary murder clown and continuing with that theme of hatred and indifference breeding evil, let's take a look at why it's the Losers that could ultimately bring down Pennywise the Dancing Clown and what makes them so special.
So, I finally saw IT Chapter 2 and I have a lot of thoughts. I was not happy with IT Chapter 1, it got close but ultimately supremely missed the mark for me. It was loud, it was like watching other people walk through a haunted house, there was not much death (kind of important to the story), and worse, it made Beverly Marsh a damsel in distress. I was so disappointed in it that I almost completely lost interest in seeing the second part. I'm really glad I gave it a shot because it fixed so many of the issues I had with the first. I'm also glad it brought back the kids for some extra scenes because they were not at all the reason I disliked the first movie and deserved to act in something better.
This topic has been on my mind for a really long time. I noticed it with Dawson's Creek but I shrugged it off as a one time discomfort. Then recapping Glee I saw the April Rhodes story and while she's not a teacher, she is an older woman and was depicted (as a sight gag no less) to have had relations with a few underage students. Then I heard about Pretty Little Liars and that student teacher relationship which people actually shipped. Then I saw Life Unexpected and dear god that student/teacher relationship was the worst example I'd ever seen. It doesn't stop there, there's The OC, One Tree Hill, and even recently with Riverdale. It got me thinking...why is this such a common thread and why is it almost always handled so freaking poorly? I can only thank god that Freaks and Geeks was cancelled before Judd Apatow ruined things by making Lindsay have a thing for Mr. Russo.
Do I have a treat for you guys! I think all my Dear Readers (all two of you :P ) are well aware by now that I adore trashy movies and so bad they're good movies. If a movie is ridiculous, I will love it. As chance would have it, I stumbled upon a movie called The Wraith on Amazon Prime. It was from the 80s and starred Charlie Sheen, Randy Quaid, Nick Cassavetes, and the one and only Sherilynn Fenn aka Audrey from Twin Peaks and I'd never heard of it before. On top of this list of recognizable stars it's a horror movie and Clint Howard is in a supporting role. I'm sold. Especially since Clint is sporting this tremendous hairdo and his name in the movie is "Rughead". Seriously, just take a look at this:
So, I unapologetically love rom coms. I think the good ones are fun and sweet and let you relive a moment of happiness at their best and the bad ones can usually at least give you some entertainment in their stupidity. I love them all the same and have no time for people that write off the whole genre because they're formulaic. News flash, most entertainment is, especially superhero movies. The trick to good storytelling is creating an interesting character or narrative that makes use of its tropes wisely.
Twilight has always fascinated me. I first heard of it from my cousins, who were quite taken with the books and, having read Harry Potter after watching them madly consume those books, I thought why not? The first book struck me as overly melodramatic and verbose. I chuckled at what felt like the overuse of the word 'chagrin' but it was cute enough. There were moments where I thought they'd actually explore the problems with a vampire/human relationship and the conflict of Bella wanting to be turned while Edward didn't, kind of intrigued me. So, I picked up the second book and read that too and that's when all the problems became glaringly obvious to me. I didn't continue past that point. I didn't like the messages being pushed, I didn't like the wasted potential of good stories being sidelined for boring explanations of locations or how hot or bitchy someone was. I didn't like the "my life is over if I don't have a boy" narrative. Mostly, I was mad at the ignoring of any actual plot.
After diving into the problematic elements of Student/Teacher relationships in teen shows on my blog, I thought to myself, "That was absolutely depressing and rage inducing, probably won't do that again." but then I had another thought. How are we presenting these types of relationships to adults? Are we doing any better there? The answer is kinda? Maybe? Not really.
After confessing my embarrassing penchant for repeatedly watching a rather badly made Christmas Rom Com, I discovered a cute little gem on Netflix. I avoided it for the first while, thinking what a silly concept to have a tv show set around Christmas because how would that work as the seasons went on? It kept popping up in my recommended and curiosity finally got the better of me and I'm so glad it did.