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SHE’S ALL THAT

A disgustingly predictable teen-romcom with all the clichés and a dash of Freddie Prinze. 

She’s All That is a 1999 film directed by Robert Iscove and is a modern adaptation of George Bernard Shaw’s play Pygmalion. It was one of the most popular teen films of the 1990s and reached #1 at the box office in its first week of release.

The film has received mixed reviews by critics, with rate of 38% on Rotten Tomatoes and Top Critics rating the film with 25%.

Freddie Prinze Jr. stars as a high school hottie who makes a bet with a fellow classmate that he can turn geeky Rachel Leigh Cook into a Prom Queen. Problems arise when hot shot Prinze becomes involved and in love with the transformed Cook.

 

Most of the criticism is directed to the now infamous choreographed group dance scene at the prom near the end of the movie.

Many felt it was completely unrealistic that all of these student would be so perfectly in synced with their dancing.

However many fans disagreed and argued that the dance scene fits in perfectly with the film, and is often rated among a handful of other choreographed dance scenes in a comedy as one of the best.

We’ve all seen it before… artsy weird girl gets made over transcends in highschool popularity, kicks Queen B off her thrown and gets hot jock to fall in love with her… Happily Ever Whatevs!

The staircase scene (Rachael Leigh Cook walking down in the red dress) will continue to be parodied by 90s kids while playing Sixpence None The Richer’s “Kiss Me” in the background.

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NOW AND THEN

Such a cute film x

Now and Then is a 1995 film starring Christina Ricci, Rosie O’Donnell, Thora Birch, Melanie Griffith, Gaby Hoffman, Demi Moore, Ahsleigh Aston Moore and Rita Wilson.

It has been referred to as a female version of the 1986 film, “Stand By Me.”

Four childhood friends gather together to prepare for the birth of Chrissey’s baby. While together, they reminisce about when they were kids in 1970.

The film was released on October 20, 1995 and was a commercial success.

Teen girls wanted to see this for one thing. To sneak a peak at Devon Sawa’s ass.

THE CRAFT

“Light as feather, stiff as a board. Light as a feather, stiff as a board.”

The Craft is a 1996 American supernatural teen horror film starring Robin Tunney, Rachel True, Fairuza Balk and Neve Campbell.

The film’s plot centers on a group of four teenage girls who pursue witchcraft and use it for their own gain. They all soon conjure up various spells and curses against those who even slightly anger them.

The production was geared toward earning a PG-13 rating from the MPAA. They followed all of the guidelines to earn that rating but in the final outcome the film was rated R because the film dealt with teenage girls using witchcraft.

Neve Campbell & Skeet Ulrich were both cast in this film and would later work together Scream (the first installment of the teen slasher quadrilogy). 

So it’s not Hogwarts but there’s something about those school girl skirts with thigh highs that just trumps Harry Potter.

THE LION KING

Before we found Nemo, before we played with Woody & Buzz and before we chased snipes with Russell there was a time when it wasn’t all about 3D animation and classic Disney was all about the songs and characters.

The Lion King is a 1994 animated musical adventure film about Simba (voiced by Jonathan Taylor Thomas) a lion cub tricked into thinking he killed his father, guilt ridden he flees his homeland into exile and abandons his identity as the future King.

It is the 32nd feature in the Walt Disney Animated Classic series. The story takes place in a kingdom of anthropomorphic lions in Africa and was influenced by the Bible and Shakespeare’s Hamlet.   

Released in ’94 to a positive reaction from critics, who praised the film for its music and story it brought in over $951 million worldwide as of 2011, making it the highest-grossing hand drawn film in history.

The Lion King garnered two Academy Awards for its achievement in music and the Golden Globe Award for Best Motion Picture – Musical or Comedy.  

 

A Broadway adaptation of the film opened in 1997 and won six Tony Awards including Best Musical.

If you didn’t swell up when Mufasa died, have you no heart?

This is my second favourite animation classic during the Disney Renaissance (Mulan being the first).

I remember my parental units taking me to watch this one and I genuinely think they enjoyed it as much as I did.

It had the winning combination of James Earl Jones (voice of Mufasa), witty side kicks Timon & Pumba for comic relief and a killer soundtrack with Elton John belting out ballads like “Can You Feel The Love Tonight” & “Circle Of Life.”

I owned this on VHS at one point but rewinded/replayed “I Just Can’t Wait To Be King” only about a million times before it gave way.

THE BODYGUARD

The film was the acting debut of Grammy winning R&B singer Whitney Houston and the soundtrack includes karaoke favourite “I Will Always Love You.”

The Bodyguard is a 1992 romantic thriller about a former Secret Service Agent (Kevin Costner) turned bodyguard hired to protect a high profile music star (Houston).

The movie received mixed reviews:

Owen Gleibermann, of Entertainment Weekly negatively reviewed the film, stating “To say that Houston and Costner fail to strike sparks would be putting it mildly. The movie gives us these two self-contained celebrity icons working hard to look as if they want each other. It’s like watching two statues attempting to mate.”

However, other critics praised the film, such as Roger Ebert, who gave the film three out of four stars, remarking “The movie does contain a love story, but it’s the kind of guarded passion that grows between two people who spend a lot of time keeping their priorities straight.”

I would’ve been 9 when The Bodyguard  was released in cinemas but it wasn’t until a few years down the track that I rented it on video.

Is my X chromosome to blame to as why I found this movie entertaining? I mean if I saw this in the bargain bin for $6.99 I’d buy it.

Mediocre acting aside I find myself hypnotized by Whit’s eyebrows and wanting to watch more.

The damsel in distress sub-plot never ceases to fail audiences and the way Costner carries Houston in the film is echoed in many mainstream parodies such as The Simpsons, 30 Rock & Bulletproof.

The Bodyguard: Original Soundtrack Album became the best-selling soundtrack of all time. It has been certified diamond in the US (sales of at least ten million) with shipments of over 17 million copies.

Two songs from the film, “I Run To You” and “I Have Nothing” were nominated for an Oscar for Best Original Song. The film was also nominated for four Grammy Awards winning three, including Album of the Year.

TITANIC

It was the 1997 box-office juggernaut that earned $8,658,814 on its opening day and stayed at number one for fifteen consecutive weeks in the United States and Canada.

Titanic is an epic romance/disaster film surrounding a fictionalized account of the sinking of the RMS Titanic. Jack (DiCaprio) and Rose (Winslet) are members of different social classes yet fall in love aboard the ship during its ill-fated maiden voyage.

Admit it, at some point in the 90s you did a parody of the ‘hand palm’ steam scene or the ‘I’m flying Jack’ with [arms panned out].

Cameron’s inspiration for the film was predicated on his fascination with shipwrecks, he wanted to convey the emotional message of the tragedy, and felt that a love story interspersed with the human loss would be essential to achieving this.

Why was a movie about the Ship of Dreams a must-see blockbuster and why was it pivotal to growing up in the 90s ?

  • Leonardo DiCaprio, the IT guy of our generation he had school girls and soccer moms swooning
  • CGI, heavy on the special effects this was groundbreaking stuff in ’97 and took our imagination to new heights
  • Attention to detail, real footage of the Titanic even enticed historians & Nat Geo enthusiasts  
  • Script, in the tradition of Romeo & Juliet forbidden love sells tickets 
  • With a 194 minute running time, it was the perfect date movie plus you get your moneys worth
  • Cos if you didn’t see it, you couldn’t join in the topic of conversation at homeroom

 

My Heart Will Go On

Pop Quiz hot shot: James Cameron was adamant about not including any song in the film, even over the closing credits. Composer James Horner secretly arranged with lyricist Will Jennings and singer Celine Dion to write “My Heart Will Go On” and record a demo tape which he then presented to Cameron, who responded very favorably and included the song over the closing credits. The song went on to win the Academy Award for Best Original Song.