Wednesday, October 31, 2012

I actually never liked the Misfits . . .

..but remember you have until they take the stage to submit.

Then you can shift to a band I did like:

Monday, October 29, 2012

I do love the word “twaddle.”

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Comment of the year.

Could I get John Cleese to read this in the architect sketch character?

Call for submissions update

If your ability to send your ms by the original deadline will be affected by Sandy, please feel free to give yourself until midnight on Monday, Nov 5.  Honor system.

Be safe, everyone.

Friday, October 5, 2012

About Not For

Movies for teenagers are abundant enough (“teen sex comedy” is even a genre, as far as I can tell), and the case for greatness can be made for quite a few of them, but as I was watching a movie last night, it occurred to me that my precious about-not-for distinction in books applied to movies in interesting ways. Thus, my decidedly personal list of favorite movies about teenagers (none of which were conceived of as movies for teens):

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4. The Prime of Miss Jane Brodie: A more perfect portrayal of the gradual dissolution of the myth of adulthood I can hardly imagine. Fascinating things going on with POV, too.  (Full disclosure: I’ve never read the book.)

Brick Poster

3. Brick: OK, maybe this was marketed to teens. I don’t know; I heard about it first on Fresh Air, so probably not. Best portrayal of a high school ever. Also: most meaningful use of negative space where adults are concerned.

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2. A Clockwork Orange: Language. Adult fear of the teenage monster they’ve created. Language. Language. Language.

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1. Margaret: The new sheriff in town. I just saw this movie last night and was blown away. Lisa is the most fully imagined and unflinchingly portrayed teenage character I’ve ever seen in a movie. The adult-teen relationships in this movie are brutal and painstakingly observed. Every thwarted attempt at meaningful connection is heartbreaking. Sublime.

So, suggestions? What have I missed?