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.
The Fear Street Trilogy is Bloody Fun
Fear Street was a series of books that I devoured as a young teen, it was what I moved to directly off of Goosebumps. I remember the cheerleaders story the best, I think one girl gets cooked alive in hot steam from the showers? That stuck with me. From there, I quickly moved on to the likes of Stephen King and long forgot about the Fear Street books but when I heard that Netflix was making a trilogy of movies related to the books, I was intrigued. Skeptical but still, I love horror and thought it would be fun to check out.
I Slept on Jennifer's Body
On top of my love for trash and my love for rom coms, I adore horror. A specific kind of horror but I adore it. Supernatural and paranormal stuff is my jam. This movie is right up my alley but I avoided it like the plague. Why? Well, the 2000s were a lot. There was a major boom in sex comedies, and the culture at the time was awash with teen boy fantasies. I can remember several shows that aired geared specifically toward the dude bro demographic, The Man Show, Manswers, Keys to the VIP, all schlocky bro fests designed to make guys think they needed to be awash in a sea of bimbos who were all too eager to be with them if only they'd use the right line on them or make enough money. In a word, it was a gross and confusing time to be a girl. You were told that you had to be hot to be anything but also if you were hot, you were a clueless slut who deserved what was coming to her. It sucked and it also lead to a lot of internalized misogyny of my own that I had to work hard to unlearn for my own health and sanity.
We Need to Talk About Riverdale
I love watching trash tv. Not reality tv but fictional overwrought, dramatic garbage. It's an indulgence for me or maybe nostalgia that I enjoy teen dramas specifically. I don't watch a lot of new teen dramas, mostly I rewatch Buffy or Dawson's Creek for that but four years ago Riverdale premiered and it piqued my interest just enough to watch and, at first, it was actually pretty good. It was this weird mix of nostalgic teen show and weird Twin Peaks mystery. Sure it was over the top, sure there were bizarre moments that never get explained but it was a fun, campy mystery with a nostalgic twist and I was there for it.
IT and Why the Losers are Significant in Defeating Pennywise
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.
IT Isn't Just About a Scary Clown
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.
The Persistent and Disturbing Trend of Student/Teacher Relationships on Teen Shows
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.
I Saw The Wraith and I Have So Many Questions
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:
Isn't It Romantic Isn't Actually Romantic At All
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.