Tag Archives: comedy

The Breakfast Club (1985)

14 Apr

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Teen movies, as well as comedies, are rarely astonishingly good and I always try to find the ones that are worth watching.  After doing a little bit of research I have come to the conclusion that the best years for teen movies were the 80s. Films back than reflected the issues teenagers go through in a serious, structural manner, putting them in the environment that mirrors their distress. They took all the negativity and sorrow and combined it with the rebellious and comic side of youth and so managing to create films that affect you, changing your perspective on things or at least to take them in regard, and entertain you with scenes filled with the beauty of being a teenager.

The Breakfast Club is a 1985 American comedy-drama film written and directed by John Hughes. This man is known as the king of teen movies, a name well deserved because he directed or scripted some of the most successful teen films of the 1980s such as: Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, Weird Science, The Breakfast Club, Some Kind of Wonderful, Sixteen Candles and Pretty in Pink. Most films today regarding teenage issues are put in a superficial way, making most of the time, the young ones seem self-involved obsessed with the idea of losing one’s virginity. John Hughes films are so much more than that, they analyse all the struggles teens go through, from parents ignorance to love and betrayal.

The Breakfast Club is my most loved teen movie off all times, it presents the coming of age of five high school students, which are from different cliques, report for detention on a Saturday morning. These kids know each other, but rarely interact and now they are forced to spend eight hours together, which will change their lives forever. The teacher in charge of the detention asks them to write an essay about who they thing they are, regardless of the fact that he has already labelled them all – “criminal” John Bender (Judd Nelson), “athlete” Andrew Clark (Emilio Estevez), “brain” Brian Johnson (Anthony Michael Hall), “basket case” Allison Reynolds (Ally Sheedy), and “princess” Claire Standish (Molly Ringwald).

I found the plot of this film unique and fascinating, in eight hours, the students do everything there is to do in forming a friendship at that age. They fight, exchange secrets, do acts that are against adult approval, experience love, but at the end of the day they are conscious that their friendship will not exist anymore once the detention is over. The scenes cut from a serious moment between the group, to a hilarious one in which they either run from the teacher in the school’s halls or Bender going through the ventilation shaft.  This film is the pick, of what a teen movie should be about, not only is it well written and put together, but the sound track goes perfect with the scenes, the actors seem natural in their role and it is really well filmed. I am fascinated by it and if you guys have not seen it yet, I suggest you watch it – believe me you will not regret it.

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Hotel Transylvania (2012)

7 Apr

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I am quite excited about this post because I love animation. Believe it or not I am little bit of an otaku and yes this is not an anime, but I find comparing and analysing the Western animation with the Eastern one, is quite culturally satisfying. In the end, I decided on writing about Hotel Transylvania and not an anime because: 1) recently seen it and wanted to review it;
2) the kid inside me went hysterical after seeing it.

If you are a 90’s kid, then you have most likely grown up watching Cartoon Network shows and it is my greatest honour to write about the feature film debut of Genndy Tartakovsky, the creator of Dexter’s Laboratory, Samurai Jack, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Sym-Bionic Titan. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, Hotel Transylvania is a 2012 computer-animated American comedy, directed by Genndy Tartakovsky -the creator of some of my most loved childhood animations– and produced by Michelle Murdocca.  This raised the expectations I had for this animation miles high and I am most glad to confess that it met them all the way. If this has not convinced you already to see this film than the cast list surely will. This film features the voices of Adam Sandler (Count Dracula), Andy Samberg (Jonathan), Selena Gomez (Mavis), Kevin James (Frank), Fran Drescher (Eunice), Steve Buscemi (Wayne Werewolf), Molly Shannon(Wanda Werewolf), David Spade (Griffin the Invisible Man) and Cee Lo Green (Murray the Mummy).

The structure of the plot has pretty much a decreasing flow, which allows you to get enough information, on the protagonists at least, and to get attached to the characters. We are introduced in the mythical land of Romania in the region called Transylvania, where our protagonist Count Dracula, after losing his wife, decides to build a place where he can raise his daughter Mavis and shelter other monsters that seek refuge from the human world. All is well until the arrival of a human, the 21 year old Jonathan, which turns Dracula’s life upside down. The story is incredibly entertaining and original, pulling you in a world of fantasy filled with all the monsters you can think of. It is like a monster open buffet, you have werewolves, Frankenstein and his wife, a mummy, Big Foot, Griffin the Invisible Man, zombies, witches, vampires, walking skeletons and so on.

The script is so well written that the jokes make you laugh out loud, and the voices are synced with the animation permitting it to flow naturally. The animation itself is what I appreciate the most about this film. Tartakovsky’s style is observable in the way the characters interact, their expressions – especially Dracula’s angry face reminds me of Dexter’s father-, but more polished than the series he worked on. As his feature film debut, I consider, he did a marvellous job.This film is so good that it was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Animated Feature Film and a sequel, titled Hotel Transylvania 2, has already been scheduled to be released in theatres on September 25, 2015. I recommend this film wholeheartedly for all you animation lovers out there, believe me, you will not regret watching it. Enjoy!