Double Take: Mean Girls

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So for this week’s Throwback Thursday movie edition, I am revisiting the popular movie Mean Girls. Back then I remember people all around me couldn’t stop talking about Tina Fey’s screenplay debut onto the big screen. This movie provided so many teens and probably some adults with ways to “read” or get revenge on those who have wronged them. Day after day I would hear friends quote this movie from its catchy and memorable quotes. This was also a look at how High Schools have changed since the John Hughes days of High School. Mean Girls brought it with its witty insults and in your face harsh truths. Backstabbing and two-face friends went hand in hand in this teen comedy in 2004.

“What is Fetch?”

So in the spirit of the movie, this is my harsh truth regarding the movie: I saw this movie one time in theatre and walked out thinking, “It was okay.” Yes, there is actually someone out there that didn’t praise the movie Mean Girls like the majority. When I tell certain people on how I didn’t favor this movie that much, they were just as confused as someone saying they don’t like Beyoncé. They didn’t get it and were prepared to crucified for saying it out loud. I can’t explain why I didn’t like it. Maybe it was too catty and hateful for me to enjoy it. Maybe I just didn’t understand the humor that was presented to me. Or maybe this movie just isn’t a good movie. Some of you probably want to just stop reading cause I’m full of crap but my fellow followers, you knew what you were getting into. I like and sometimes dislike movies that most people really enjoy. It isn’t on purpose, sometimes it just works out that way. Don’t banish me just yet. Even though my memory of this movie is like a bad taste of a fart in my mouth, I am using this project as a platform to re-watch the movie and see if it has changed my mind. It has been a little over a decade since its release. Let’s see if I’ve matured enough to enjoy this film and pray anyone reading will not put me in their own burn book.

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Spending Turkey Day going down memory lane.

For this Thanksgiving holiday, while most of you are thinking about your bellies and eating all the food you can eat today, it is also still considered throwback Thursday. I have been behind schedule posting a weekly entry to my Throwback Thursday movie edition project. Today I am playing catch up by watching some older movies to fulfill my day along with the food. For today, I wanted to watch movies that were a little upbeat and fun and to make sure I am on par with this project, below are the movies I decided to watch for J, K, and L.

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Double Take: IT

And when you’re down here…YOU FLOAT TOO!

So I actually have been looking forward to this week’s throwback Thursday movie of the week. I really enjoy this film a lot. Tim Curry, a brilliant and talented actor, nails his role as a supernatural being who preys on kids by disguising himself as a clown named Pennywise. Anyone who grew up in the 90’s may know who this character is. What I remember from watching it as a kid was that it was meant to be scary and some scenes were very effective. However it wasn’t the clown that scared me back then. It was Eddie Bowers, the town bully. He didn’t give me nightmares or anything but at moments of heavy suspense were the scenes with him in it picking on one of the members of The Losers Club. The supernatural element was just a perk on making this a great mini series to watch. Pt 2 of this miniseries wasn’t as entertaining because i wasn’t an adult back then. I related more to the movie when they were kids. Now that I am an adult, I wonder if that will change.

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Double Take: Go (1999)

Go, the young adult answer to Pulp Fiction.

This week I went with a movie that really resonated with me back then. After watching Pulp Fiction I was fascinated with the idea of having multiple interwoven plotlines mashed up into one movie. This is where you have many characters and stories in one movie but it is shown in different order and all connect in a specific way. Most of the movie also takes place during a 24 hour period. I always say that the best movies take place in one day. I really like putting the pieces together or just seeing the same story being played out from different perspectives. I remember this movie being a lot of fun, different, and also I was just turning 18 so I felt like such an adult finally able to go to the movies without an adult present with me and one that I didn’t have to sneak into to watch. Shhh…don’t tell anyone. I want to see if this movie still holds up to how it made me feel back then.

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Double Take F stands for Fear

If this movie has taught us anything is it’s not so glamorous going after the bad boy. Try out the nice guys for once.

Back in 1996 a gem was released called Fear. This film taking place in Seattle, my hometown, already had a hold on me in interest. This was also a part of Seattle that I didn’t live in. I was about the same age as the main character in the film but I wasn’t a part of the grunge rock generation discovering sex, alcohol, and being rebellious. All I know is when I saw the trailer I saw an exciting thriller that was rated R that I just had to see. I don’t have much memory watching this at the movies but once I did watch it I remember making this one of those movies I had to include in my collection. I remember the movie being fun, suspenseful, violent, and satisfying as all the other thrillers that made my heart pound. I want to re-watch it to see if it still packs that same punch it had for me back then.

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Double Take: E for Event Horizon

When you ask someone “What is one of the scariest movies they have seen?” One common answer is Event Horizon. Till this day I can’t figure out why. I guess you can say this movie reach a bit of cult classic status since over the years I have heard someone bring this movie up as one of the best Sci-Fi/horror films out there. I went to the movies to see this and I don’t have great memories of this movie. The only memory I have is that a hand floated across someones face real close to the screen which scared the hell out of me. Unfortunately, that was the only thing good about this movie.

So this week I have decided to watch this film again to see if i would have a better understanding and appreciation for it now that I am older and wiser. Released back in 1997 Paul W.S. Anderson (Resident Evil Franchise) directed the film involving a rescue team who is responding to a signal located on the ship named Event Horizon. Once they find the ship, they learn why the crew and the ship went missing. Bring on the Terror!

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Double Take: C For Candyman

Say his name five times in the mirror and turn off the light. Candyman will appear.

So leave it to my brother to take me to see this movie when I was only 11 years old. It was him that got me into all this horror and supernatural movies. So for anyone who has seen this movie, you know how bloody, gory, and terrifying it is. I am 11 years old, in a big theatre, it’s dark, loud surround sound, and me a frightened little kid who had no one to hide under because everyone else in the theatre was afraid too. With each jump scare and spooky music composed by Phillip Glass, I was hyperventilating in the movie theatre. Something that has never happened to me before. I had nightmares for weeks and couldn’t even use the bathroom or look in the mirrors for a while.

Back in 1992, a movie called Candyman, directed by Bernard Rose and written by Clive Barker, hit theatres and with the help of the unknown actor at the time Tony Todd created one of the best horror villain icons still talked about till this day. It has been a long while since I have seen this movie. Does it still have what it takes to scare the crap out of me like the film did before? I wonder if this 24-year-old movie stood the test of time as one of the creepiest films ever made.

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