Himalaya: Listen. Learn. Grow.
After almost a month Stevil and Matty return with a new Convicted Cinephiles. This week we explore that fun time in everyone's development as a human being, teen angst! With the help of guests Jstebz and our friend, a guest from our comic show Booked, Noah Dorsey, the panel breaks down four very different films. With stories ranging from Saturday detention to the outright murder of the popular clique in school, we have all bases covered. So alright, alright, alright, let's dig in!
These are our Staff Picks of the week!
Noah comes equipped with two picks for us this week. Proving it gets better and better with each viewing, it's really a no brainer why Big Hero 6 was the Academy Award winner for Best Animated. It's got a big heart, lovable characters and some really great action. Will this be the kick in the pants Matty needs to see it? Time will tell.
For Noah's second pick he suggests a horror film from writer/director Eric England, Contracted, about a woman who thinks she's caught an STI but in actuality is some much worse. Noah features in the sequel, which will be released later this year.
Matty's pick this week digs into one of his favorite genres, westerns, and features one of his favorite actors, Mads Mikkelsen, in The Salvation, a brutal tale of vengeance. A story that takes place in America, directed by a Danish director and filmed in South Africa, this is definitely an international collaboration that moves like a living painting. One of the best films of 2015 so far.
When Stevil's away Jstebz will play...... with Netflix. Making the informed decision to watch Blackfish, Jen quickly put herself in a weeping, humanity hating stupor by watching this heartbreaking documentary about killer whales in captivity.
How did she combat the tears and horrible feelings that washes over her from this eye opening film? By heading to the Valley with Alicia Silverstone and a young and handsome Paul Rudd in Amy Heckerling's Clueless. It has to be stated how Heckerling had a finger on the pulse of high school comedy in two separate decades, the 80s and 90s.
Stevil's pick was a really surprise hit for him. From writer/director Riley Stearns and starring his wife, Mary Elizabeth Winstead, and Leland Orser, Faults is a movie that will leave your brain twisted. Following a disgraced cult deprogrammer who is hired by a couple who wants him to save their daughter from a cult called Faults. When he starts to try to get in her head and make sense of everything she starts to push back into his psyche. A very cool movie with an incredible twist.
For the main subject of teen angst films, our panel explains why they made their choices:
"I chose Heathers because, like me, it tries to be witty, dark, and funny at the same time. But, unlike me, the movie succeeds on all levels. Christian Slater and Winona Ryder are at the top of their game, the dialogue is smart, catchy, and repeatable, and the movie itself holds up as one of the best teenage angst movie ever to exist." - @noahalexanderd
"Dazed and Confused is definitely in my top ten, and that's saying something because I hate lists. It's not the angstiest movie of the bunch but it did reminded me the most of my childhood. Getting stoned, drinking, finding something to do and listening to damn good music will doing it." - @mattydub604
"I chose Thirteen because it was a movie that hit close to home for me. The time in which the story unfolds is around my highschool days and I watched as all of my friends and I adapted to what we thought we were supposed to be. Some of my friends ended up like Evie and Tracy. I related to this movie because I had seen it all happen before. Watching it now as a parent changed the viewing experience, but it still hits me so hard. Now, understanding Holly Hunter's point of view a little more, it just makes the movie all the more difficult to watch. Although some people feel like it's an exaggeration of the transformation from girl to woman, I feel like Thirteen is very spot on and truthful." - @jstebz_
"The quintessential high school movie and arguably the best movie of the 80s, The Breakfast Club is the crown jewel of John Hughes' fantastic career. A movie following a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal, this film feels completely timeless as we are always ready and willing to spend a Saturday detention with each of these characters, completely angsty in their own individual ways. Plus, John Bender (and for that matter, Judd Nelson) is one of the most likable anti-hero characters ever. And don't get me started on that Simple Minds track. *Fist Pump*" - @thestevildead