‘Heathers’: F*ck Me Gently With A Chainsaw

By Anthony Peyton, Edited by Olivia Norwood

It’s time for another Time Warp Tuesday, folks! This time we’ve got the brilliance of the 1988 cult classic, Heathers.

That’s right, I’m talking the iconic original teen bitch dark comedy that has influenced more movies than Meryl Streep has acted in. That’s a lot, if you weren’t aware.

Heathers is basically one of the best movies any teen could watch and I highly recommend. It’s absolutely not one of good influence, but it’s a fun one. A movie from the 80s doesn’t get a 96% on Rotten Tomatoes for being “alright”.

First of all, we have the stunning Winona Ryder as Veronica Sawyer and all the talent that that beautiful woman delivers. Following her we have Christian Slater as JD, Veronica’s insane – no, like literally insane – love interest who likes explosives a little more than a person should.

Beyond that we have the beautiful title characters Heather Chandler, Heather McNamara, and Heather Duke played by Kim Walker, Lisanne Falk, and Shannen Doherty, respectively.

One of my favorite parts about this classic other than the unforgettable quotes (check the title real quick because that’s a quote) was the fact that there was not a single weak actor in this cast. They all had talents beyond their ages and their wasn’t anyone I got bored watching.

More than that was the stunning color pallete that this movie crew decided would fit best for the Heathers respective personality – head bitch Heather was red, Duke was green, and McNamara was yellow. The decision to have them visually separated added to the memorable scenes and ability to see a group of friends that were very clearly on different pedestals.

Heathers went on to influence such movies as Mean Girls, Clueless, Jawbreakers, and dozens of others. I don’t blame them, if I were a filmmaker I’d want to follow the footsteps of this cult phenomenon, too.

Aside from all the praise, Heathers unfortunately did not have – just kidding, trying to find reasons to not like this movie is next to impossible. Obviously, I love Heathers. I think it just did so much right and cultivated a culture. Even if nowadays the subject matter is a lot more touchy, Heathers is still appealing to everyone who wants a dark teen girl trope comedy.

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‘A Simple Favor’: The Perfect Dark Comedy Thriller

By Olivia Norwood, Edited by Anthony Peyton

Is it a mystery? Is it a comedy? Or is it both? The new Blake Lively film A Simple Favor is more than what it appears to be in the trailers. In all of their promos and previews, the film is sold as a murder mystery with Anna Kendrick being her awkward self. It’s safe to assume that this was where the comedy was going to come from.

But, Kendrick wasn’t the only one contributing to the comedy. Lively, Henry Golding, and other cast members were pretty much funny the entire time which is why I am deeming this a dark comedy.

When single, crafty mom Stephanie (Kendrick) meets the enigmatic Emily (Lively) through a play date, she becomes wrapped up in the drama and mystery of her disappearance. Emily’s character, being brash and self-centered, completely counters cautious Stephanie which makes for an interesting dynamic when Emily uses the words ‘fuck’ regularly in front of her kid and Stephanie feeds her child meatless Swedish meatballs.

Kendrick usually gives us the clumsy girl performance but in this she evolves from it and becomes the cunning Nancy Drew type (because we all know that Nancy Drew deserves more credit).

While Kendrick gave us the brains, Lively gave us the bitch. Not only a bitch, but stone cold and evil bitch. Her character takes what she wants and never apologizes (this was a huge point in the movie). It was reminiscent of her role in Derek Martini’s 2012 film Hick where she played a street smart grifter. These two roles are very different from the same old ones that she’s used to portraying in Gossip Girl, The Age of Adeline, and All I See Is You (characters with no real backbone).

All in all, it was refreshing to see these two actresses portray something a little different from themselves and see that A Simple Favor was able to surprise us all when seeing it for the first time.


My Rating: 93%

Acting: 3.7/4

Cinematography: 3.5/4

Story: 3.7/4

Enjoyability: 4/4

Film Forecast Friday: September 14

No podcast this week for the Film Forecast, but we do got a post for ya! September 14, 2018 has some very interesting movies coming out.

We have…

  1. A Simple Favor
  2. The Predator
  3. Unbroken: Path to Redemption
  4. White Boy Rick
  5. Lizzie

Anthony’s Opinion:

I think this week has some good movies that have been talked about pretty often lately. Specifically The Predator and A Simple Favor. The Predator is a highly anticipated remake/sequel (?) to the classic franchise. Chances are, it’ll make the most at the box office this weekend. This doesn’t mean it’s going to be the best movie, but it will probably make the most money.

A Simple Favor is a movie I’ve been looking forward to for ages now. It’s starring Anna Kendrick and Blake Lively as two very different woman, but it has a very intriguing plotline I’m excited to see pan out. It’ll make the second most at box this week, behind The Predator.

The next three movies (Unbroken: Path to Redemption, White Boy Rick, and Lizzie) won’t make big – if any – impressions at box his weekend. However, I will say I’m incredibly excited for White Boy Rick, as it looks like it has potential to be a good movie. Lizzie is starring Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart and tells yet another story of the infamous Lizzie Borden.

Olivia’s Opinion:

Listen. The Predator looks like crap. Will it stop people from seeing it? Unfortunately, no. I want it to tank but it won’t so that is the reality that we (mostly me) are living through.

The new Blake Lively film A Simple Favor is one film that I am excited to see. With costars such as Anna Kendrick and Henry Golding, I expect a huge turnout for this sexy mystery and I expect to see Henry Golding shirtless again. So, that’s a big thumbs up from me.

As for the lesbian drama that no one expected Lizzie, I think this might garner a lot of attention from the indie following. It stars Chloe Sevigny and Kristen Stewart and maybe their acting will finally be seen as serious with this new thriller after their past few unnoticed films.

As for Matthew McConaughey’s White Boy Rick (which reminds me a lot of Johnny Depp’s Blow), I think this will be a box office hit. Not necessarily as big as other films like A Simple Favor or The Predator. More on the box office status of other 2018 films like BlacKkKlansman or Eighth Grade. 

Overall, The Predator is taking home big money this weekend. Big money from a big YIKES movie. Let’s go shirtless Henry Golding for A Simple Favor!

Surviving ‘Apocalypse’: Top Ten ‘American Horror Story: Murder House’ and ‘Coven’ Characters

American Horror Story: Apocalypse only aired last night and it’s setting us all on edge. Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk are obviously going back to their roots with this sinister, almost comical representation of the apocalypse. While we endure the agonizing wait until next Wednesday, we’ve put together a list of the top 10 Murder House and Coven characters.

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10. Moira

Murder House‘s Moira made #10 on this list for being such an anchor point of her season. I can’t imagine Murder House without picturing Young Moira being murdered by the beloved Constance, or without picturing Ben seeing Young Moira in several, uh, compromising positions. Beyond that, what would season 1 have been in Frances Conroy’s Moira wasn’t bonding over Vivien and protecting the house from all evil – in or outside the boundaries.

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9. Vivien

Vivien was another anchor of the first season of American Horror Story. Granted, she was also the one with the most issues. I mean, she *SPOILER* (but if you haven’t seen Murder House, then get to it) gave birth to the damn antichrist and was raped by an angry spirit. Now THAT’S some emotional baggage. Vivien was someone who I loved watching on screen, no matter what storyline she was stuck in. I’m serious, the number of happy moments that woman has is, like, zero.

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8. Zoe

Seeing Taissa Farmiga for the first time since Murder House was absolutely life-changing the first time I saw her as Zoe. Zoe Benson was one of the several coven witches from Coven that we very quickly came to love. She was a powerful witch, even if she didn’t always look it at times. We loved watching her bond with the rest of the coven and her franken-boyfriend Kyle. Zoe proved to be a kindred soul that only wants the best for her coven and the people who care most about her. Who cares if that means having several threesomes with a boyfriend stealing b*tch?

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7. Marie

Based on the real life “Voodoo Queen of New Orleans”, Marie Laveau added a touch of history to the third installment, Coven, as well as a new fanbase for the legend. Portrayed by Angela Bassett, we introduced to a new story and a new persona that many in New Orleans would question if it weren’t done so eloquently. Not only is Marie the Queen of Voodoo but she’s also an immortal bad bitch hair stylist who got reparations by giving her racist enemy, Delphine, an immortal life- in a coffin below the city of New Orleans. She gets revenge in the sweetest way and never gives pity apologies to the ones she’s hurt (let’s be honest, they probably deserve it). A Queen in her own right.

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6. Constance

Constance from Murder House snagged the #6 on the list for proving that as long as you’re confident enough, you don’t need to be scared of no ghost. Although most of her children are suffering very severe consequences for their actions, Constance remains strong. She has moments of fragility, which are usually cleared up pretty fast by medium Billie Dean Howard and her spiritual guidance. She is the mother of Tate and knows about every single spirit in Murder House. Even with this overwhelming knowledge, she survives and remain the one that all the spirits are scared of. Mess with her and you’ll suffer the same consequences as those before.

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5. Cordelia

This whole paragraph is about to be spoilers, so avoid reading this one unless you’ve watched the almighty season of Coven. When we meet Cordelia, she is quite fragile while being one of the strongest witches in the coven. She’s a mentor and a guide, and keeps her calm at all times. She literally blinds herself just because she cares more about the coven than she cares about herself, just to find out she’s a little more powerful than she imagined. When I think about the fact that this queen is about to be in Apocalypse, I internally scream. Cordelia is a witch of power and a witch of ultimate love and gratification, the supreme anchor of the coven. Screw top 10 of Murder House and Coven, she’s in the top ten of all time.

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4. Violet

What would Murder House be if Violet, the moody teenager, wasn’t there to fall in and out of love with the ghost of a mass murderer? Well, we would have to find a love story in Ben and Vivien because Violet and Tate were the original OTP (one true pairing) of American Horror Story. Not only is Violet lovestruck but she’s also the slightly gothic character in all of us. As a teenaged viewer, you could relate to Violet’s inner struggles which included depression and thoughts of suicide. She’s goes through all of the things that teenagers go through with the added bonus of living in a haunted house inhabiting ghosts that want you dead like them while your parents are on the verge of divorce. Despite her unfortunate ending, I think we can all give Violet a medal for putting up with that much trauma and drama at 16 years old.

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3. Misty

The Swamp Witch who’s a mega-fan of the infamous White Witch Stevie Nicks. Misty is second to Cordelia as the sweetest and most morally disciplined character in Coven. This is due to the fact that her special power is bringing people and animals back to life. She has a love and appreciation for life and nature that can sometimes get in the way of her progression in magic but, she’d rather die before killing another living things. Which is admirable and melancholic at the same time. Aside from having an interesting hippie style, Misty is one of those characters that we love for her heart and not just her icon status.

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2. Tate

Look, people have very mixed opinions about Tate. Let me get this out of the way right now and say that I definitely think Tate is an awful person. It’s not a debate whether or not he was a good person when he shot up a school, but from a character standpoint, he’s splendid. So splendid, in fact, that he made #2 on this list. Tate Langdon is a classic American Horror Story character for all sorts of reasons. First of all, him and Violet’s relationship was one of the first couples in the series that I actually wanted to happen. Even if they do seem slightly – very – toxic. They were still cute. There were also times in season 1 where you really just felt for Tate. The times when he forgot he was a mass shooter and a total serial killer and just surfaced the fragile loving side of himself. If you want to push it even further, his son just so happens to be one of the main characters of Apocalypse

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1. Fiona

All hail the Supreme. Don’t disrespect her, don’t try to dismiss her, only love her with your entire being. If you don’t, she will gladly kill you and destroy your body. Fiona Goode is the definition of iconic. She has some of the MOST quotable lines in the series and some of the most memorable moments. Most people, if they were given the honor of becoming the Supreme, would end up just like Fiona. She cared purely for herself, not for anyone else. So much so that she actually did end up killing someone out of fear that she was being run out. She barely cared about her daughter, but occasionally you would see that side poke through. She absolutely never gave up on anything, not until her dying breath. She became the queen of AHS, and even in a world of amazing Jessica Lange characters, Fiona Goode remains at the top of the list. Power is a dream that most can never receive, but Fiona Goode remains the baddest witch in town.

‘The Room’: The Best Worst Movie Ever

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Therese Gardner

The Room is infamous for many reasons. Its strange origins, how absolutely terrible it is, and the cult following it has developed.

The man, the myth, the legend, Tommy Wiseau, wrote, directed, and starred in this film. Even those closest to him are unsure how he got the money to make this film which cost roughly $6 million to make which, if you’ve seen it, is quite hard to believe.

But Wiseau’s money isn’t the only thing that’s mysterious about him. For the longest time no one knew exactly how old he was, but after a quick internet search it seems we may have finally settled on 63. People also aren’t sure exactly where he’s from as he used to claim he was from New Orleans, but his accent told a different story.

The mystique surrounding Wiseau and The Room was a large contributor to its cult following. However, that isn’t the only factor. It also helps that it’s so bad that it makes you actually want to watch it. While most bad movies make you want to turn them off, The Room somehow has you coming back for more.

Although not very popular at the time of its release in 2003, it has now grown to cult status with regular midnight showings across the country that Wiseau himself will often show up to and sign stuff for fans.

The intrigue surrounding this film even sparked a movie, The Disaster Artist, which stars James Franco and is based off the book by Greg Sestero who co-starred in The Room. The Disaster Artist gives a detailed look into how this strange film came to be.

All in all, The Room definitely made an impression on the film community. It’s hard to pinpoint what about it makes it so watchable despite how bad it is, but to be so widely talked about 15 years after its release is quite impressive for any movie. Especially for one known as the worst movie ever made.

 

‘BlacKkKlansman’ Is The Wake Up Call We Need

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

BlacKkKlansman tells the true story of Ron Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African American to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Shortly after joining the department, Stallworth decides to go undercover and infiltrate the Ku Klux Klan.

While Stallworth connects with the KKK members over the phone, white police officer Flip Zimmerman (Adam Driver) interacts with them in person. Together they are able to gather valuable intel on the KKK and anticipate some of their attacks.

This movie does an excellent job at showing the ugly truth of the hate that is just as present in America today as it was in the early 70’s when this story took place. It makes you uncomfortable and angry, especially with all its reminders that this kind of hate is still heavily prevalent today.

The film definitely does not shy away from its fair share of references to Trump. One such reference is when the Grand Wizard of the KKK, David Duke (Topher Grace), says to Stallworth that we need someone in office who will help America achieve greatness again.

Being produced by the same team that made Get Out, I had high expectations for this film and I was not disappointed. Everything about it was superb and aided its message.

I was especially impressed by the acting in this film. These were all very heavy roles to play considering not only the fact that it was based on a true story, but also that the story surrounds such sensitive subject matter. But every single person in this film was brilliant, and you know they were doing a good job based on the fact that the film was so hard to watch at times.

Overall, BlacKkKlansman forces you to see the hate and racism that lies within America. It even ends by showing clips of the violent protests that took place in Charlottesville, VA exactly one year ago, killing 3 people and injuring many others. It also shows clips of Trump, and clips of the real David Duke still doing hateful talks to this day. These serve to remind us that even though the story the film tells took place in the early 70’s, it is just as relevant today as it was then.


My Rating: 91%

Acting: 3.7/4

Cinematography: 3.6/4

Story: 3.8/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4

‘The First Purge’ Predicts an Eerie Future for America

By Julia Wilson, Edited by Anthony Peyton

The First Purge is the fourth installment in The Purge series and acts as a prequel to the other films as it depicts the very first and experimental Purge which took place solely on Staten Island, not on a countrywide scale.

Each of these films depict a not so distant America in which one night a year all crime is legal. Now, although on the surface this premise seems pretty absurd (I really don’t foresee legalized murder becoming a reality anytime soon), the principles it illustrates deep down are not only very real, but are happening right now.

This film in particular really focused on the virtual war between the government and the lower class. In the film, this is illustrated by the government sending in troops to kill off those in low income areas once they realize civilian participation in The Purge is not nearly where they thought it would be.

Now obviously this isn’t actually happening, but a government that supports the wealthy more than those that need it the most is a reality and one the film is clearly trying to showcase, along with the racial tensions that go along with it.

One thing I loved about this new installment in the series is that it bears a message. And a very powerful one at that. The first three films came out pre-Trump, and the message of those seemed to be something like “wow America sucks”. I really like the first three films (well actually I hate the first one, but I digress), but they are not nearly as powerful as The First Purge which has a slightly different tone.

This is perfectly illustrated in the last two lines of the film. One of the characters, after surviving the first ever Purge, asks “what do we do now?” To which one of the other characters replies “we fight.”

Not only does this film attempt to motivate its audience to act through its compelling message, but the film itself is very well done. The acting is superb and much better than you see in most horror movies.

Also, the cinematography and direction actually gave me goosebumps. And then the way it is all edited together helps the audience gain perspective on how horrific the events in this film are. Which in turn helps spread the overall message of the film by giving you time to stop and evaluate the state America is in today and how, by principle, it isn’t much different than the America shown in the film.

Overall, The First Purge is a beautifully done film with a strong and highly important message for America. A film with so much meaning that is also well done is a rarity in any genre – especially horror. But even if you aren’t a horror fan, see this movie. It will give you a lot to think about.


My Rating: 90%

Acting: 3.4/4

Cinematography: 3.8/4

Story: 3.7/4

Enjoyability: 3.5/4