HOME |  CULT MOVIES | COMPETITIONS | ADVERTISE |  CONTACT US |  ABOUT US
 
 
 
Newest Reviews
American Fiction
Poor Things
Thunderclap
Zeiram
Legend of the Bat
Party Line
Night Fright
Pacha, Le
Kimi
Assemble Insert
Venus Tear Diamond, The
Promare
Beauty's Evil Roses, The
Free Guy
Huck and Tom's Mississippi Adventure
Rejuvenator, The
Who Fears the Devil?
Guignolo, Le
Batman, The
Land of Many Perfumes
Cat vs. Rat
Tom & Jerry: The Movie
Naked Violence
Joyeuses Pacques
Strangeness, The
How I Became a Superhero
Golden Nun
Incident at Phantom Hill
Winterhawk
Resident Evil: Welcome to Raccoon City
Maigret Sets a Trap
B.N.A.
Hell's Wind Staff, The
Topo Gigio and the Missile War
Battant, Le
Penguin Highway
Cazadore de Demonios
Snatchers
Imperial Swordsman
Foxtrap
   
 
Newest Articles
3 From Arrow Player: Sweet Sugar, Girls Nite Out and Manhattan Baby
Little Cat Feat: Stephen King's Cat's Eye on 4K UHD
La Violence: Dobermann at 25
Serious Comedy: The Wrong Arm of the Law on Blu-ray
DC Showcase: Constantine - The House of Mystery and More on Blu-ray
Monster Fun: Three Monster Tales of Sci-Fi Terror on Blu-ray
State of the 70s: Play for Today Volume 3 on Blu-ray
The Movie Damned: Cursed Films II on Shudder
The Dead of Night: In Cold Blood on Blu-ray
Suave and Sophisticated: The Persuaders! Take 50 on Blu-ray
Your Rules are Really Beginning to Annoy Me: Escape from L.A. on 4K UHD
A Woman's Viewfinder: The Camera is Ours on DVD
Chaplin's Silent Pursuit: Modern Times on Blu-ray
The Ecstasy of Cosmic Boredom: Dark Star on Arrow
A Frosty Reception: South and The Great White Silence on Blu-ray
You'll Never Guess Which is Sammo: Skinny Tiger and Fatty Dragon on Blu-ray
Two Christopher Miles Shorts: The Six-Sided Triangle/Rhythm 'n' Greens on Blu-ray
Not So Permissive: The Lovers! on Blu-ray
Uncomfortable Truths: Three Shorts by Andrea Arnold on MUBI
The Call of Nostalgia: Ghostbusters Afterlife on Blu-ray
Moon Night - Space 1999: Super Space Theater on Blu-ray
Super Sammo: Warriors Two and The Prodigal Son on Blu-ray
Sex vs Violence: In the Realm of the Senses on Blu-ray
What's So Funny About Brit Horror? Vampira and Bloodbath at the House of Death on Arrow
Keeping the Beatles Alive: Get Back
   
 
  Beyond Clueless Teen Dreams
Year: 2014
Director: Charlie Lyne
Stars: Fairuza Balk
Genre: DocumentaryBuy from Amazon
Rating:  6 (from 1 vote)
Review: There was a spate of teen movies made from around Clueless in 1994 to around fifteen years later that did not receive a lot of critical attention, never mind love, but as they were aimed at the young have gone on to be treasured by Millennials as something they grew up with, an important link to their pasts which mean as much to them as whatever the heyday of the teen movie was for the older generations, be they the Beach Party series of the sixties or the eighties post-Animal House "outrageous" style of comedy and drama designed to make the audience see something daring.

But while the eighties had plenty of analysis, the same kind of efforts from around the turn of the millennium were neglected until pieces like this montage, essay documentary from writer Charlie Lyne, who made this kind of examination and collection his stock in trade - the BBC iPlayer epic Fear Itself, about horror movies, was perhaps his most visible example of this style. While these were rather sneered at as lazy, there were instances of them, such as Rodney Ascher's Room 237 or Mark Kermode's Secrets of Cinema television series, which caught the welcoming eye of film buffs.

Beyond Clueless was not so prominent, probably because it did not have a killer hook unless you grew up with these movies. And even if you did, finding a lot of people who had fond memories of, say, Disturbing Behavior was going to be a big ask, no matter how far Lyne went to clip it as proof of his theories. Ironically, the later, similar clip doc Romantic Comedy was made by the band who did the music soundtrack for this, Summer Camp, and as that had a bigger impact as far as its subject matter reached, it would probably supplant the earlier picture in many minds of those who caught it.

However, that was not to say Lyne's work here was worthless, as he produced some pretty decent montages from about two hundred movies, many of which went by too fast to identify even films you would have recognised - you read the credits at the end and think, hey, I've seen that! But you did not pick up on it. That said, some are given more space than others, revealing this genre to be obsessed with conformity to the point that it will celebrate non-conformity, but only to the very limits of adolescence, as after that you really have to grow up. And conform. Or else you're just a sad bastard (the ending of 13 Going on 30 comes across as more depressing than a triumph in this context).

Elsewhere, of course Mean Girls was under the microscope, being the epitome of the smart, funny post-Clueless teen flick, yet there was also surprising weight given to such items as horrors Idle Hands or The Faculty, both fun films that could do with more respect (or appreciation, anyway), and comedy Eurotrip which is revealed as a succession of gay panic situations for a protagonist in denial about his never-admitted gay sexuality. A few more instances of that strain of radical theory would have benefitted the documentary, but too often Lyne shied away from going for the jugular, perhaps because he held these in too much affection, so what you had was a lightly probing set of chapters that might make you want to check out some of these, some are very enjoyable on whatever terms you want to apply, but maybe you had to be there to get truly enthusiastic. Not a bad conversation starter, nevertheless. Former teen star Fairuza Balk provided the deadpan narration.

[Click here to watch on MUBI.]
Reviewer: Graeme Clark

 

This review has been viewed 986 time(s).

As a member you could Rate this film

 
Review Comments (0)


Untitled 1

Login
  Username:
 
  Password:
 
   
 
Forgotten your details? Enter email address in Username box and click Reminder. Your details will be emailed to you.
   

Latest Poll
Which star probably has psychic powers?
Laurence Fishburne
Nicolas Cage
Anya Taylor-Joy
Patrick Stewart
Sissy Spacek
Michelle Yeoh
Aubrey Plaza
Tom Cruise
Beatrice Dalle
Michael Ironside
   
 
   

Recent Visitors
Darren Jones
Enoch Sneed
  Louise Hackett
Mark Le Surf-hall
Andrew Pragasam
Mary Sibley
Graeme Clark
  Desbris M
   

 

Last Updated: