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Romeo + Juliet

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This movie is (I will not use past tense) epic. It really is/was THE movie that everyone was obsessed with, mostly because it featured Leo DiCaprio in his prime.

I have to admit, the first time I saw this movie (it came out at the end of ’96, so I saw it on VHS in the comfort of my home in 1997) I was a little confused by the fact that it retained the original Shakespeare dialogue set in a warped, modern-day Verona. Granted, I wasn’t even 10 yet, but to a grade schooler that seemed a little off. No worries folks: I had an older sister, thank goodness, who saw the amazingness of this movie right away and owned it. As I kept watching it throughout the years, I want to point out these things that the movie has influenced me on:

1) Leo DiCaprio is the most beautiful man on earth. Honestly, Paul Rudd (whom I’m also obsessed with) pales in comparison. Sorry, Rudd.

2) With My-So Called Life and then this, I wanted to be Claire’s BFF.

3) This is one of the first movies where I was like, whoa that sex scene is like actually beautiful. And who didn’t love that sheet scene? For about .5 seconds I wanted to be a filmmaker because of this movie.

4) John Leguizamo really threw me off in the beginning because I only knew him from To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (which really is, like, the best movie that has the longest title, ever.) He can look menacing guys! He’s not just the prettiest drag queen.

5) I was really proud of myself for figuring out the whole water-importance theme early on. A ton of important scenes happen while surrounded by water (Romeo and Juliet seeing each other through a fish tank, the balcony scene happening in the pool, when he goes to her on the night of their wedding it’s raining and when he leaves he falls into the pool).

6) I became a bit obsessed with Radiohead after this movie, as they comprised the exit theme.

Who else is still obsessed with this movie? Side note: today, upon trying to find the movie on Netflix, the recommendation popped up for a Romeo and Juliet movie for kids centered around warring families of seals. Yes, seals.

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Teen Choice Awards

The Teen Choice Awards were last night and I have to admit I watched a little bit of it. But I also have to admit that I’m really missing the TCA’s of yesteryear. Maybe it’s because I’m not really part of that demographic anymore so it’s not really as relevant or exciting to me anymore. (Even though I am a 23-year-old with an appreciation for One Direction, Bieber and Selena Gomez.) But like now celebs only show up to the show if they actually win a surfboard and they peace out afterwards. I really think it’s lost its edge and has become a poor man’s version of the MTV Movie Awards and that’s saying a lot because the Movie Awards kinda sucked this year.

But remember when the Teen Choice Awards used to be so cool? I would spend the summer carefully selecting who I would vote for to win the coveted surfboard in categories like Choice Hottie (remember when Britney and Justin both won together?!). There were awesome performances from Aerosmith, Britney, N’SYNC, etc. And they had some pretty cool hosts too like H.Duff in 2005 (I think this was also the time she and LiLo were fighting and somehow Chad Michael Murray was in the middle of it because of Freaky Friday/A Cinderella Story), Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie in 2004 (The Simple Life OMG), Jonas Brothers in 2009 and Miley in 2008.

While writing this post I was YouTubing some clips from previous years and I’ve come up with 5 of my favorites. Note that these are mostly from 2001 (the epic year of teen movies).

Old-Town

Basically this was a parody of Making the Band but for old men and it opened up the show in 2000. I just love that Justin, Chris and JC are jumping out of their seats and cracking up. Also, cue the obligatory B.Spears reaction shots.

Britney’s Medley

Because that white crop top and pants were the epitome of 90s Britney (The Britney doll I had when I was little wore that exact outfit). Plus, her dancing skills. She was the best.

Freddie Prinze Jr. wins Choice Hottie

It wouldn’t be 1999 without Freddie winning some surfboards. There is so much going on in this clip. Can we talk about his tie and suspenders? And Jared Padalecki pre-Gilmore Girls and Supernatural was passing out the surfboards this year. 

Let Me Blow Your Mind

Because I just love this song. And Keri Russell (Felicity!) makes an appearance in this clip. 

Miley Pole Dancing

Because this was when we were like, “We get it, Miley. You so wanted to get rid of that Disney Channel star image. You can’t be tamed.” But why did you have to make us feel so uncomfortable?

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My First Celeb Crush: Freddie Prinze Jr.

Oh man, I loved Freddie Prinze Jr. so much when I was younger. I still do a little bit. He was just the perfect man in all his movies — the popular, but sensitive guy who was also romantic and just plain adorable. I had posters of him on my bedroom walls, watched all his movies. She’s All That was obviously his masterpiece, but I kind of dug that underrated film he did with Julia Stiles, Down to You (it also starred Selma Blair, Ashton Kutcher and Rosario Dawson).

Freddie was king during the late 90s to early 2000s. He was in every romantic comedy or teen flick imaginable and he was dating Buffy the Vampire Slayer (a.k.a. Sarah Michelle Gellar). But then he kind of dropped off the face of the earth. I think it all went downhill with Scooby Doo. He had a TV show for one season called Freddie — he played a chef who lives with his sister-in-law, sister and niece. Plus his friend was David Silver (a.k.a. Brian Austin Green). Then apparently he blogged for World Wrestling Entertainment and was a part of their creative team for a while (now that was weird). He was also on 24 for a couple episodes, so at least that’s something. But I always thought he was destined for more, you know?

Can he please get some more roles in movies? I can see him in some grown-up romantic comedy or maybe an action movie? He’s done horror with I Know What You Did Last Summer so that could be good too. As of now, he doesn’t have much going on acting-wise, so he’s probably a stay-at-home dad to his daughter (plus the other kid he and Sarah Michelle have got on the way). I really want Freddie Prinze Jr. back in the spotlight.

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American Pie

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Ahh, American Pie. What a classic. It was raunchy, but it wasn’t gross. If you know what I mean — it had heart to it. Now, I know what you’re thinking, “Sarah, you were like 10 when the first American Pie came out. It was before your time.” But you’re wrong. Yeah, I saw American Pie on VHS when it first came out. My mom wasn’t really big on movie/television ratings. I watched Beverly Hills, 90210 (the old version, not that lame excuse for a remake they’re airing on the CW nowadays) with her when I was five or six. That Kelly Taylor sure did look like my Barbie doll.

Anyways, the beauty of watching American Pie when you haven’t quite learned about um, the birds and the bees yet is just the naivete of it all. Sure, I knew where babies came from and that people have sex, but I didn’t know what getting to second base was (in sexual terms and in baseball terms, I wasn’t a sporty child). And like why was this guy putting a pie in his crotch? Or why did that girl do that thing with the flute? Um, uncomfortable?

I really didn’t know what was going on, but everyone looked like they were having fun and they were really cool. Plus, that kid from A Kid in King Arthur’s Court was in it and he was pretty cute. And because I was probably one of the few in my elementary school class who watched American Pie, I thought I knew this cool secret. My two other friends that saw it and I would talk about how funny it was all day long, while our other friends would whine about how their parents wouldn’t let them rent it at Blockbuster. Sob story.

Now they’re reuniting the whole gang 13 years later for a fourth movie, American Reunion. It comes out on April 6th. I’m really excited to see it, first of all because it’s bringing people some work who haven’t really worked since the late 90s/early 2000s (Tara Reid, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Chris Klein, Natasha Lyonne…I’m looking at you guys). Second, because I’m actually going to understand everything that’s happening now.

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S/S Saturday Selects: The Next Teen Movie Remake

This Saturday’s topic is the next teen movie remake. Everyone’s seen a few of these at least once in their lives. But what if these classics were made in the 21st century? We pick which ones we’d like to get remade:

Sarah’s pick: She’s All That

Oh, Freddie Prinze, Jr. My first celeb crush. I was obsessed with him and it’s all because of this little movie called She’s All That. Did I mention that I watched it about five times in one day? That’s dedication right there. It’s a timeless story of popular guy gets dumped and then makes a bet with annoying friend that he’ll turn any girl into a hottie, popular dude takes the nerdy girl and makes her over (with much resistance, I might add) but falls in love with her in the process, annoying friend messes it up by revealing the secret, nerdy girl and popular guy get in a fight, cue romantic gesture and they make up and end up together forever. THE END.

Forget Twilight and Hunger Games, we gotta show these kids these days what real teen romances are — and they don’t need to involve vampires, werewolves, kids killing kids and especially, virginity. Who can relate to that? If you look back at this teen movie with 21st century eyes, you’ll see it was pretty genius. Here are my favorite parts:

Freddie Prinze, Jr: Duh, I was going to put him in here. Where else will we find a dude who’s Mr. Popular, class president, straight-A student, captain of the soccer team and a sensitive soul at heart?

Makeover scene: Who didn’t love the stairs scene set to “Kiss Me?” Also the future Sookie Stackhouse, Anna Paquin, tweezed the eff out of her eyebrows and put a tight red dress on Rachel Leigh Cook and suddenly Laney Boggs was hot. Oh Sookie.

Usher: Usher plays the school DJ. Sidenote, did anyone out there have a DJ in their high school? I was really disappointed when I found out that I didn’t have my own David Silver at my high school (which was all-girls’ so that made a little more sense.) Usher should still play school DJ in the remake. He hasn’t aged a day.

The ending: Dancing under twinkling lights to “Kiss Me.” So romantic. Why hasn’t this happened to me yet? Plus, Freddie Prinze, Jr. reveals he wants to do performance art. Ohhhh-kay.

I’d love to see this movie get remade. It’s my favorite teen comedy and people need to know how brilliant it is. Can Freddie make a cameo?

Sam’s pick: Some Kind of Wonderful 

I basically already detailed this in another blog, but I’m totally going (late) 80s and choosing Some Kind of Wonderful as the next teen movie that needs to be remade.

Original Premise: Girl best friend loves guy best friend. Both are poor, from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks sort. Guy wants popular girl. Popular girl decides to give him a shot. They like each other, but she realizes she needs to stop relying on guys (what?) and backs out, especially after finding out that the girl best friend is in love with said guy. Guy realizes he loves best friend.

Oh, the romantic hopeful’s Pretty in Pink. Or realist’s Pretty in Pink? Or the holy shit am I the best friend who’s in love with his or her best friend and they better get together….Pretty in Pink? Anyway, tough luck Duckie, Watts played your game – and won.

New premise: Guy (Josh Hutcherson if I had my pick) falls for super-pretty, super-popular girl (Lucy Hale), with the help of BFF (Emma Roberts). (I know what you’re thinking, but let’s get real, the new Watts has to be super pretty too. She could like, cut her hair or wear glasses, as ipso facto that makes for teen movie ugly.) Popular girl ends up falling for him, despite protests from the popular crowd. Guy takes a chance and asks her to prom. She says yes. She then goes with another guy, because SURPRISE she isn’t nice like the audience thought she was. It’s okay though, because BFF is there (and dolled-up) ready to rock out at prom. Kiss. End movie. (Don’t hate me just cause I changed Pretty in Pink’s ending to a more real life scenario).

Seriously though, this is prime material for a teen remake. Let’s get on it. But keep the corny-deliciousness of it. That’s what MAKES the movie.


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