Gloomy Crime Drama Showdown!! UK vs Scandinavia

March 18th, 2014 by Barak

A new gloomy crime show starring Chloe Sevigny called Those Who Kill is premiering in the U.S. It’s yet another remake of a Scandinavian series titled likewise (after The Killing, The Bridge and Wallander). Is Scandinavia stealing England‘s status as the masters of quality gloomy crime dramas? We’ll take the best 5 British ones and the 5 best Scandinavian ones and try to decide – Who’s got the best gloomy crime shows in Europe?

Those Who Kill VS. Prime Suspect

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Those Who Kill (Den som dræber) is a suspenseful edge of your seat show that has some very intense and difficult to watch scenes. It’s about a female police detective and a male legal psychiatrist who together try to track down and take down serial killers. Prime Suspect starred Helen Mirren as a tough law enforcer who has to deal with a sexist police environment along with a murder investigation. These two titles actually prove that blondes have less fun.

Winner: Prime Suspect, probably Helen Mirren’s best role ever.

The Killing VS. Broadchurch

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The Killing (Forbrydelsen) is a slow burn series that demands patience. It’s about a murder investigation that uncovers secrets, power struggles and cover ups. It’s quite unique in the sense that it focuses on the story of the victim’s family who needs to cope with the tragic event almost as much as it focuses on the police investigation.

Broadchurch is another slow burn series that uses the beautiful landscapes in which the series was shot to create a haunting atmosphere. It’s about a small town murder that shocks the community. Everyone’s a suspect among the many characters of the series.

Winner: A draw. Both shows are quite similar – the plot, the mood and the quality.

Wallander VS. Cracker

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Wallander is a grumpy and slightly depressed middle aged Swedish detective who tries to apprehend psychopathic killers. Skillful cinematography add to the chilling atmosphere of the series.

Cracker’s main character was called Fitz – an obese, chain smoking, gambling addicted alcoholic who’s also an excellent criminal psychologist. This clever and suspenseful series had an American remake that failed miserably.

Winner: Cracker. One of the best crime shows ever made.

Beck VS. Luther

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Beck is a long running Swedish detective series about the detective Martin Beck and his colleagues. Beck is not especially heroic or courageous, but what motivates him and makes him a good detective is probably a strong sense of responsibility for human beings.

Luther, played by Idris Elba, is a police detective on the edge, with a strong tendency toward vigilantism. It’s a gritty and gripping show with strong performances all around.

Winner: Luther. Especially because of Idris Elba’s charismatic performance.

The Bridge VS. The Shadow Line

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The Bridge (Bron/Broen) is a mesmerizing show, the lead female detective is one of the most fascinating/weird/funny characters ever seen on TV screens. The plot has many twists and turns and the 2 main characters are flawed in a way that makes it easy to relate to them. The show has its own atmosphere and style (right from the opening theme) that distinguishes it from any other similarly themed shows.

The Shadow Line stars three excellent actors who all give fantastic performances: Chiwetel Ejiofor as a detective suffering from memory loss, Christopher Eccleston as the nicest drug lord you ever saw and Stephen Rea as an ultra-professional hitman. It’s an amazingly stylized, tense and complex Neo Noir Crime series.

Winner: A draw between these two masterpieces.

3-0 to the British series! The queen must be happy (although if she’ll watch an episode of one of these shows she might get sad). All these shows are dark and gloomy and go hand in hand with the weather in Scandinavia and in the UK. No wonder the suicide rate is considered high in those regions. If you are a British or Scandinavian resident and you are considering to end your life you’re not thinking clearly… Aren’t you just dying to know what will happen next in all of those intriguing murder mysteries?!

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Witches, ghosts, and goblins. Stealing down the street, Knock on every door way, Trick or treat!

October 31st, 2013 by Guy

It’s that time of year again boys and girls! After an entire year of watching dramas, comedies, and Hollywood action movies – It’s time to step to the dark alleys of cinema, set our eyes upon the bloody and the gory, the scary and the disturbing, the suspenseful and the tense! Tales of werewolves, ghouls, clowns, vampires and all the creatures of the night are approaching! Be warned, some of these titles might not be for the faint of heart, so better grab a friend or two to keep you safe, warm that popcorn and get ready for some bloody fun!
Last year, we took a look at some of the classic titles of horror; yet this year, we’re taking a look at some of the more up-to-date titles, so considering its a 30-40 year time-skip the scares, and torture significantly more advanced.

I Spit on Your Grave (2010)

Jennifer Hills drives up to her isolated forest-home in order to find some peace of mind. She’s in the midst of writing her book, and the quiet should do wonders for her focus. Alas, some local men notice Jennifer and decide to “pay her a visit”. Unfortunately, Jennifer gets horribly abused, but the men’s mistake was not making sure she’s dead, cause she’s coming for them, with a raging vengeance. This is a remake of a 1978 movie of the same name, though this one is much more rough, and merciless.

Evil Dead (2013)

We proceed with yet another remake this time for the 1981 movie of the same name, which was actually developed into trilogy of sorts. Five friends drive up to an isolated cabin in the woods to try and get their friend Mia to quit drugs cold-turkey, since she almost OD’d. While in the cabin, they stumble upon the “Book of the Dead” which awakens a powerful evil force that corrupts all of them slowly, turning them against each other.

Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D (2013)

The remakes keep on coming! Although we wrote about the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre last year, I felt it was important to mention the new version since it was a surprising box office hit in theatres, which instantly got a green light for a sequel. Heather Miller inherits her grandmother’s mansion in Texas. Little does she know that once she’ll get there, she will encounter the notorious Leatherface and his chainsaw.

Mama (2013)

This chilling ghost movie is based on a short film of the same name, and take it from someone who watched it fellas – In it’s most fearsome moments, it’s so tense and scary that as much as you want to look away, you just can’t, as if the ghost has a hold of you aswell. That is the sign of a great horror film. The story revolves around 2 little girls that are found in the forest and are adopted.  In trying to readjust to everyday life, the ghost of their mother is not having it, much to the distress of the girls and their new adoptive family.

Carrie (2013)

It almost seems as if 2013 is the year of horror remakes Smile Honestly though, It’s not an easy thing to come up with an original horror concept that actually works.

Carrie!

Carrie!

That being said, “Carrie” is a remake of a’76 film of the same name, which revolves around a young girl that has telekinetic powers. Despite being so special, all that Carrie wants is to be normal like everybody else. However, getting bullied 24/7 can only be tolerated for so long before you break.

The Host (2006)

This foreign monster film from Korea revolves around a middle-aged man who runs a snack shop on the banks of the Han river in Seoul. Park Gang-Doo houses his family with him as well. One innocent day a sea-monster emerges from the Han river and abducts his little girl. When the family realizes that she’s not dead, they are determined to save her as fast as possible. This film is notorious for being highly tense while still managing to stay humorous throughout. Incredibly original and highly recommended.

The Walking Dead (2010-ongoing) – TV

One of THE most popular TV shows currently running. Notoriously known for bringing ‘slow-zombies’ back into popularity, and also creating a bleak and chaotic post-apocalyptic world that actually feels real. It’s uncompromising approach towards it’s characters is one of the more chilling aspects of this series that tells the story of ex-sheriff Rick Grimes who tries his best to keep it together after waking up into the zombie apocalypse.

Big Bad Wolf (2013)

This recent Israeli horror was praised by Quentin Tarantino as one of 2013’s best films. “Big Bad Wolf” tells the story of a series of brutal child murders, and focuses on one parent that recently lost his daughter to one of those murders. That same parent heads out on an obsessive revenge quest to find his child’s killer and exact justice on him in a most brutal way.

Dead Set (2008) – TV

“Dead Set” comes from the creator of the technophobic mini-series “Black Mirror” and tells us the tale of a zombie outbreak which happens no less than in the middle of the ‘Big Brother’ reality show. This mini-series takes itself very seriously. It is gory, scary, suspenseful and original to top it off. Like I mentioned earlier, It’s not often that you get to see something different.

Hellraiser (1987)

I’d like to finish with an oldie that is fast approaching with a remake of it’s own. “Hellraiser” tells the story of a man who inadvertently opens up a gate to hell, and in doing so, loses his earthly body to a trio of demons known as the Cenobites. His mistress finds a way to bring him back to life by bringing human sacrifices to her house. Only by killing the victims, the man can gain a little more body essence to reclaim his body.

It is apparent that 2013 on it’s own had an incredible amount of horror remakes. It’s not much of a surprise either since horror plots are usually very much the same; It’s either a serial killer, zombie outbreak, group of promiscuous kids looking around where they shouldn’t, eventually leading to everyone getting sliced, bitten, infected, and horribly tortured in one way or another.  People get bored from seeing the same thing over and over, so the logical thing would be to give a visual upgrade of sorts with the advancement of technology in visual effects and create a more realistic feeling to the gore.
Some of the remakes actually work and add to the original, and others are rather pointless. As long as we don’t change our state of mind in terms of delivering a realistic story, I’d expect us to see more remakes in the future, and then it’s just a 50/50 chance of receiving something good.
With that note, I wish everyone a happy Halloween, filled with scares that will leave you with a taste for more!

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Reboot! What Is It Good For?

June 10th, 2013 by Ran

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Absolutely nothing like war? Let’s see. Man of Steel, a reboot of the Superman saga, is coming out this weekend, which is a good a reason as any to check the value of reboots. Those who oppose this new trend claim it stems from a lack of creativity, laziness and greed. Those who condone it say that sometimes movies become outdated, because of cultural and technical changes (special effect, CGI and such), and a reboot is a means of making the same story relevant to today’s viewers. This sounds like a noble endeavor in theory, but does it pass the reality test? For my research I have chosen 10 titles and their respective reboots and compared between them. I wanted to examine what has been changed (and why) in terms of mood or even plot, whether those reboots have something of value to add to the original or just intent on being a money milking machine. For the latter I take a look if they at the very least succeeded at making the money they so desperately need (to make other reboots, of course).

Here we go:

1. The first Batman Trilogy (1989, 1992, 1995) vs. the second Batman Trilogy (2005, 2008, 2012)

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I know the first series had a fourth film, but because it sucked so badly I decided to leave it out. Thank you for your understanding.

What has Changed?

Everything really. The mood of the new trilogy is much bleaker, showing Batman as a very troubled superhero, who searches for his path in life. The old Batman does have his demons, but he seems a lot more together and less vulnerable. Plus, the new trilogy looks almost realistic, and very different from any other superhero film, while Tim Burton’s style is more campy than Christopher Nolan’s.

Box office comparison: $411,348,924,  $266,822,354,  $336,529,144 vs. $374,218,673, $1,004,558,444, $1,084,439,099

Verdict

There’s no question that the new Batman trilogy gave new life to this series. Both series are very different, which is very good, and both boast an excellent  cast. While The Dark Knight is generally regarded as the best superhero movie of all time, I prefer the less ambitious Tim Burton films, but you could call it a tie.

2. Spider-Man (2002) vs. The Amazing Spider-Man (2012)

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What has changed?

They added the word ‘Amazing’, but it just makes them look insecure. Andrew Garfield is more serious than Tobey Maguire as the arachnoid superhero. The new villain is a mad scientist (Rhys Ifans) instead of a mad businessman (Willem Dafoe), and while the original version put an emphasis on Peter Parker’s unfulfilled love with Mary Jane Watson (Kirsten Dunst), in the new version love does flourish with Gwen Stacy (Emma Stone).

Box office comparison: $821,708,551 worldwide for the original vs. $752,216,557 for the reboot.

Verdict

It’s hard to surpass the ‘original’ version, as it became kind of a modern classic, with memorable scenes that have been referenced a lot since. While the reboot is not bad, it doesn’t feel fresher than the original. Hence, I conclude that this reboot was a mere money milking machine, and unfortunately it succeeded at that.

3. Judge Dredd (1995) vs. Dredd (2012)

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What has changed?

Sylvester Stallone became Karl Urban; 2D became 3D; the new version has a Neo Noir style and much more gore, with a dash of dark humor for good measure. For what it’s worth (and not a lot as you’ll see) critics liked the reboot a lot more than the original.

Box office comparison: A knockout for the critically bashed original – $113,493,481 vs. $35,626,525

Verdict

The gore and darkness of the reboot probably scared off viewers, which is a shame, because it’s much better than the original.

4. Star Trek (1966 – 1969) vs. Star Trek (2009)

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What has changed?

While the original cult franchise had a very serious tone, J.J. Abrams’ reboot has a lot more humor, a faster pace and a definite Hollywood tone that did not exist in the series. Captain Kirk is more of a hotshot in the new version, but he’s also haunted by the past, and the death of his father, an element that does not exist in the series (as far as I know).

Box office comparison: N/A, but I don’t think you can rival the cult status, popularity and obsession that surrounds the series. the reboot made $385,680,446.

Verdict

Rebooting a franchise of this magnitude is very dangerous, but has a big upside. If the trekkies don’t like it you’re in big trouble, but if they do, the box office numbers can go where no film has gone before. All in all, it’s a great film, that can be enjoyed by old fans and new, with a strong story and great visuals.

5. Planet of the Apes (1968) vs. Rise of the Planet of the Apes (2011)

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What has changed?

Everything really. In the original film Charlton Heston lands in a distant planet ruled by apes only to discover that (spoiler…) it’s actually earth. The reboot of the franchise tells us the first phase of the story of how the apes came to rule our planet.

Box office comparison: $32,589,624 vs. $176,760,185 (domestic), but the original made five times more than its budget, compared to twice as much for the reboot.

Verdict

There’s definitely value in the reboot, which tells the story from the beginning, but I prefer the original’s surprising Twist.

6. Conan the Barbarian (1982) vs. Conan the Barbarian (2011)

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What has changed?

Arnold Schwarzenegger was replaced by Jason Momoa. John Milius, the director of the original, decided to skimp on special effects and supernatural elements to make the film more realistic, while the reboot goes all-out on effects, sorcery and stuff like that.

Box office comparison: The original made $68,851,475 (or more than 100,000.000 according to some sources) while the reboot bombed with $48,795,021.

Verdict

The new version doesn’t come close. There’s a unique style to the original, which elevated it to cult status, while the reboot looks like any other big budget film.

7. Battlestar Galactica (1978) vs. Battlestar Galactica (2004)

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What has changed?

There’s more emphasis on couple relations in the newer version and relations in general, which makes it more complex than the 70s series.

Success comparison: While the original series lasted only one season, the reboot had four, and became a cult series.

Verdict

This is easy, as the new show surpasses the old one in every parameter, with good special effects for a TV show, and a more complex storyline. Reboot wins!

8. The Hulk (2003) vs. The Incredible Hulk (2008)

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What has changed?

Here they added the word ‘Incredible’… Guys, this insecurity thing is becoming worrisome. Ang Lee’s original was slower paced and heavier than its reboot, focusing more on what it means to be a hulk and on family relations, while Zack Penn’s version has a lighter touch and is more action oriented.

Box office comparison: $245,360,480 for the original, $263,427,551 for the reboot.

Verdict

I personally prefer the slower heavier Ang Lee version. Regardless, I think that the reboot was unnecessary, and we were better off with a sequel or something.

9. A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984) vs. A Nightmare on Elm Street (2010)

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What has changed?

Unfortunately nothing, except for the century.

Box office comparison: $25,504,513 domestic for the original (done on a minute $1.8 million budget) compared to $63,075,011 for the reboot (on a $35 million budget)

Verdict

If there’s a lesson to be learned from this exercise is: don’t touch cult films. Usually their remake feels older than the original. I’m sure the lesson is wasted, but I’m putting it out there.

10. Friday the 13th (1980) vs. Friday the 13th (2009)

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What has changed?

One of the original Slasher films gets a reboot, and this time Jason is a bit more sympathetic than in the origin, depicting him as a down on your luck character. The girls are sexier and older than the teenagers in the original.

Box office comparison: $39,754,601 domestic for the original compared to $65,002,019 for the reboot.

Verdict

While it’s better than the Nightmare on Elm Street reboot, all signs point to the fact that this too was supposed to be a money milking machine, even if it had mediocre success at that. The original film has more freshness and still is scarier than the reboot.

My research conclusion: If you do a reboot, make sure it has something to contribute to its source material, and something original of its own offer up. Otherwise, it will probably bomb at the box office or suck in general. Thank you for your attention.

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Stephen’s Kings and Paupers

September 20th, 2012 by Ran

Stephen King turns 65 tomorrow. Is it rude to wish someone a happy birthday the day before? I don’t know. (Happy birthday anyway Steve? Can I call you Steve? Thanks.) What I do know is that while Stephen King is most recognized with the horror genre, he has probably written every genre there is during his prolific career (which seems far from over). Under his belt you can find novels, short stories, scripts, comics, directions to his house and even grocery lists. His work has been adapted into feature films, TV films, mini-series, comics, theatrical plays and even video art installations (not really). It seems that every Stephen King novel automatically comes to a screen near you, as if there’s a machine that turns his written words into moving images. As such, you’re bound to have your hits and misses; and hey, that’s what we’re here for today: to celebrate the good and the bad of this great popular writer. I chose to leave out the obvious hits, like The Shining, The Green Mile, and The Shawshank Redemption, in favor of making things a bit more interesting. So let’s see the best and worst titles based on books or short stories by King, divided into arbitrary categories:

Future Dystopia

Best: The Running Man (1987)

Not only did Battle Royale beat The Hunger Games to the same idea, King wrote this book in 1982. Arnold Schwarzenegger stars here as a reluctant contestant in a futuristic TV show on which convicts are pitted against one another to see who survives. While it’s not as good or disturbing as the Japanese film, this sci-fi thriller’s campy look, Arnie’s one-liners, and fast pace will entertain you for sure.

Worst: The Stand (1994)

I wasted six hours of my life on this mini-series. Most of the time you see people walking in a post-apocalyptic world preparing for the ultimate showdown between good and evil. I am not opposed to slow films, don’t get me wrong, and I thought I would be compensated for my patience at the end, but the so-called ultimate battle was an utter disappointment. So do yourselves a favor, avoid this shocker.

Writer’s Life

Best: Misery (1990)

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One of King’s best adaptations, without a doubt. Kathy Bates stars as a mentally unstable fan, who rescues her favorite writer (James Caan), after he’s involved in a car crash. Caan goes from being thankful to being held captive by a psychotic woman that can’t deal with the fact that her idol has killed off the heroine of her favorite novels. Bates’ performance of a lifetime (Oscar winning), the great tension build-up, and the minimalistic production all make for a very scary film.

Worst: Secret Window (2004)

I guess Stephen should have stopped writing about writers after Misery, but I also guess he couldn’t help himself. Starring Johnny Depp and John Turturro, one would think this film has a chance to be somewhat watchable, but the story is so predictable and recycled, that you find yourself just waiting for it to be over. It’s kind of the opposite of Rob Reiner’s modern classic.

Objects Come to Life

Best: Christine (1983)

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The story behind this film doesn’t sound like much: A vintage car possesses the young man that bought it (Keith Gordon), changing his character from an insecure geek to a dark and arrogant youngster. Strangely, this is a very compelling horror thriller, with great atmosphere, that will make you wanna get in your car and drive.

Worst: Maximum Overdrive (1986)

He shouldn’t have super-sized from cars to trucks. King even directed this silly horror sci-fi about trucks trying to kill some guys at a diner in North Carolina. While this is a bad movie in every aspect, there are some unintentional comic elements that are perhaps worth an ironic viewing. Perhaps.

Youth

Best: Stand By Me (1986)

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Another Rob Reiner film, and another modern classic. I guess he should direct all of Stephen’s adaptations. After all the horrors, suspense and supernatural stuff, King comes to us with a beautiful and touching coming of age story, revolving around a group of young friends who find a dead body (We’re still talking about Stephen King). To this day directors try to recreate its feel, cementing it as a timeless and essential film.

Worst: Carrie (2002)

Not that this movie is that bad, but it is a useless remake that pales so much comparing to the original Brian De Palma classic from 1976, that I had to put it in. This was a made-for-TV movie, that was supposed to be a pilot for a TV series. With an astonishing runtime of 132 minutes, an inferior cast, direction and production, you will not be able to decide whether you’re more bored or more disappointed from this film. (and a shout-out to the original, you should have been here.)

Animals Attacking

Best: Pet Sematary (1989)

I have only one problem with this film, and one message to viewers: Cats do not behave like this when they’re alive! Stop demonizing them! Aside from that, this is a creepy horror film (as horror films should be), that still holds some scare power. With a memorable role by legendary actor Fred Gwynne, and a great title track by The Ramones, you will not be disappointed.

Worst: Graveyard Shift (1990)

If you’re into guilty pleasure, this might make the cut, but otherwise just leave this one alone. So during a graveyard shift, people discover a deadly creature in the basement. Low budget, shoddy direction and a plain silly plot are the makings of this truly bad film. Brad Dourif’s character as a wacky exterminator is not enough to make it worth watching.

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Schooling with Jinni!

September 13th, 2012 by Guy

Summer vacations are always a great deal of fun, but all good things must come to an end, and with that the school year comes around again! It’s been quite some time since my days as a student, but it’s not as bad as it’s usually cracked up to be.

For most people, high school and college set the courses during which their personalities will take shape for the rest of their lives, and with good reason: There are geeks, bullies, hunks, metal heads, whacky teachers and students alike, just take your pick on which suits you the most! As for me, I’ll give you a little piece of advice on which movies or TV shows you can watch to ease your transition from freedom to bashing your head against the desk. Smile

First Period – The Suspenseful Angle

Donnie Darko (2001)

You can’t start off the school year without a cult classic. Jake Gyllenhaal stars in this high school thriller about a mentally unstable student that has visions of a gigantic bunny rabbit which manipulates him to commit crimes that he doesn’t remember later on.

Brick (2005)

The pace of this movie is very different. It revolves around a loner teenager called Brendan who is more of an amateur detective trying to solve the murder of his ex-girlfriend, which he is still in love with. Brendan’s wittiness incorporated with many clever twists and turns makes this neo noir very true to itself and keeps you on the edge of your seat.

Recess – The Stoner Angle

21 Jump Street (2012)

This recent remake to the ’87 TV series, brings the comical duo of rising stars Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill. Both actors play the stereotypical geek and high school hunk who become partners against crime after graduation. As cops, they both underachieve, so they become reinstated back in high school as undercover cops, and while on the job, they switch roles inadvertently.

High School (2010)

Remember kids, don’t do drugs! You know why? Cause when you do, nothing will go right, which is just what happens in this humorous comedy that tells the story of a high school valedictorian who gets acquainted with drugs for the first time. A school-wide drug inspection then ruins his plans to make it to college. Creating further disorder, he teams up with the high school stoner, who comes up with a crazy plan to make the entire school fail the inspection. Featuring Adrien Brody as a crazy drug dealer named Psycho Ed. Priceless.

Introducing – The Whacky Ensembles!

Community (2009)

This sitcom centers around a lawyer whose education deems void by the Bar so he is forced to enroll in a community college in order to get his bachelor’s degree. It features a whacky ensemble cast that shows the offbeat side of college with some really hardcase students. This may strike you as very common grounds to base a sitcom on, but it’s talkative style, combined with lots of irreverent humor, always keeps you laughing for more.

Saved By The Bell (1989)

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We all grew up watching this show, don’t try to deny it! This show had it ALL – jocks, geeks, gossip and rumors, a fashion lover and a feminist. You could easily relate to this high school show as a kid, when all you cared about was social relationships with the people around you, instead of dealing with teachers and the boring homework you had all day long. This is the show that was known to have launched the careers of Elizabeth Berkley and Tiffany Amber Thiessen.

The Inbetweeners (2012)

From MTV Studios comes this remake of the successful British series. It’s always hard to find your place in high school. Everything is being defined by coolness, popularity and a long line of social awkwardness! To help you figure it out better, join Will and his high school buddies who will absorb the humiliation for you.

Final Period of the Day – The Dramatic Angle

Rules of Attraction (2002)

Notorious filmmaker Roger Avary (known for penning Pulp Fiction with Quentin Tarantino) directs this romantic college drama, with his familiar irreverent post-modern style. It features early roles from some very notable actors such as James Van Der Beek, Jessica Biel,  Kate Bosworth and Ian Somerhalder. The film is very stylized and witty, and features multiple stories of a variety of college characters but centers mostly around a love triangle between a womanizer, a virgin and a bisexual.

My So-Called Life (1994)

We’ve got to have a little bit of 90s in the mix, and this talky drama, best known for helping Claire Danes make her breakthrough into stardom, revolves around it’s main character – Angela and her emotional conflicts on the matter of falling in love with boys and what to do with her life in the future.

The Breakfast Club (1985)

We can’t conclude without this modern classic, a coming of age drama about five high school students who must sit through detention together. Despite their social differences, they find more in common than they initially thought they had. They converse about all the teenage problems in life, from parental issues to sexual relations. This film is most known for it’s famous makeover scene of a social misfit who turns beautiful in a heartbeat and captivates the heart of the main protagonist in an uplifting manner.

So with a positive note, I’d like to wish all you students good luck for the new school-year. Don’t slack off too much, or a dedicated educator will be on your case forever!

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