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From ‘Cruel Intentions’ to ‘She’s All That': Why 1999 Was the Golden Year of Teen Movies

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What do Cruel Intentions, American Pie, 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s All That, Never Been Kissed, Varsity Blues, Drive Me Crazy, Election, The Virgin Suicides, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and Jawbreaker have in common? Aside from representing much of the canon of newly classic teen movies, every single one of these films came out 15 years ago, in 1999. What was it about that year, specifically, that led to this cinematic gold rush?
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Celebrating the Take-No-Prisoners Cynicism of ‘Heathers’ On Its 25th Anniversary

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In order to appreciate what a dirty bomb Heathers was when it was originally released 25 years ago, on March 31, 1989, you have to remember what exactly the “high school movie” was back then. The entire sub-genre was basically worked over in Heathers’ wake, with movies like Mean Girls and Jawbreaker and television shows like Buffy the Vampire Slayer depicting high school as a virtual (sometimes literal) hellscape — jaded, cynical, bitter little pills. But the 1980s began with giggly sex comedies like Porky’s and Fast Times, and then John Hughes took over, imbuing high school narratives with an earnest kindness and “be yourself” messaging. And then here came Heathers, a film whose key image is that of a bomb-toting high school student hoisting his middle finger, and getting it shot …Read More

50 Essential Movies About Exhilaratingly Bad Women

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Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street is a three-hour epic featuring a number of debaucheries committed by the men who rule the country’s financial institutions. While the film has sparked debate over its depiction of drugs and sex, many critics have complained of its lack of a feminine perspective. If you’re looking for the chance to see female characters going head-to-head with their devious male counterparts, you’ll likely have to skip Scorsese’s latest picture. The good news, however, is that cinema has a long history of devious women and femmes fatales. Here are 50 of the most notorious and downright thrilling bad women in movie …Read More

5 Cult Movies That Deserve Straight-to-Video Sequels

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Showgirls fans rejoice! Rena Riffel, who played minor character Penny Slots in the original film, has written, produced, and directed a sequel to the classic B-movie, aptly titled Showgirls 2: Penny’s From Heaven. And yes, she reprises her original role. This time, Penny heads to Los Angeles to chase her own dreams of stardom in what appears to be a cinematic amalgamation of the original Showgirls, Black Swan, Mulholland Drive, and Beyond the Valley of the Dolls
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10 Cult Classics The Critics Got Dead Wrong

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Alex Cox’s odd, cool, darkly comic, and frankly brilliant Repo Man hits Blu-ray this week via the cinematic angels over at the Criterion Collection. It’s always a blast to see a movie as subversive and fun as this one getting its respect as a classic, but it’s worth noting that many of our favorite cult movies were less than beloved at the time of their release. Don’t believe us? Click through to see what some of the less enlightened critics had to say, back in the day, about Repo Man and nine more cult …Read More

The Baddest Girl Gangs on Film

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This summer’s cinema slate is all about teen girls gone wild, with Harmony Korine’s Spring Breakers and Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring bringing the crime spree to theaters. Last week week, we listened to the Skrillex soundtrack for Korine’s neon bacchanal and looked at some awesome fan-made posters for the film. The trailer for Coppola’s Bling Ring also appeared online, and got us excited for celebrity-obsessed teens that rob from the rich. Girl groups that willfully break boundaries are rare in cinema, and we wanted to spotlight more of these troublemakers. These brazen all-girl gangs proved men don’t necessarily have the upper hand when it comes to kicking ass and taking …Read More