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A Friend to Die For (1994)
Culture of affluence
"Death of a Cheerleader" recounts the true story of the murder of Kirsten Costas by Bernadette Protti, two students at Miramonte High School in Orinda, California, in 1984. Names of persons and places involved are changed in the movie. Orinda (Santa Mira) is an affluent, conservative suburb. Expectations for success and achievement are inordinately high, as expressed in a student assembly by the high school principal. Stacy (Kirsten Costas), played by Tori Spelling, is a popular cheerleader and athlete and leader of the Larks social sorority. Angela (Bernadette Protti), played by Kellie Martin, comes from a family of more normal economic means, is smart and likable, but is obsessed with being liked by Stacy. Angela doesn't fit in easily with the hyper-inflated expectations of the affluent environment around her, whereas Stacy thrives in it. Angela wants to be like Stacy even though Stacy tends to be cruel toward those she sees as below her social status. Angela is accepted into the Larks sorority but is still rejected by Stacy. When Angela dupes Stacy into going with her to a party one night, she confesses her semi-worship of Stacy, who calls her "pathetic" and "weird". Angela flips out and stabs Stacy to death. It takes the FBI six months to catch Angela, and then there is a highly publicized trial. What the viewer must decide is if this murder is the act of one sick girl or is caused by the distorted values of an affluent community. After all, affluence and its values are the exception, not the norm.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
1976 American youth culture
Dazed and Confused takes us back to the last day of school in 1976 at a high school in Austin, Texas. I am a child of the 70's so there is some nostalgic appeal to this film for me. The rock soundtrack, playing continuously in the background throughout the film, is what I liked most. Artists include Aerosmith, Alice Cooper, Foghat, ZZ Top, Peter Frampton, Kiss,Ted Nugent, War,Edgar Winter, amongst others. The fashions and hairstyles of teenagers at the time are captured well. It was interesting to see the freedom the teenagers had in experimenting with pot and beer, not something I experienced at my high school. It was fun to see all the 70's muscle cars in this movie. Many popular actors of the present appeared as young actors in this movie: Matthew McConnaghey, Adam Goldberg, Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Jason London, Joey Lauren Adams. Something apparently specific to 70's Texas depicted in this movie were the hazing rituals of the senior boys paddling the freshmen boys and the senior girls pouring mustard and ketchup and flour on the freshmen girls. Writer/director Richard Linklater does a good job of recreating the youth culture of 1976 Anglo- American America. This movie and Fast Times at Ridgemont High are my favorite high school movies.
Pure Country 2: The Gift (2010)
Uplifting, good music
I stumbled across this movie on HBO. I don't normally listen to country music, but I really liked Katrina Elam's singing, plus she's great to look at. Her acting is decent, plus she had some similarities to Bobbie Thomas, having gone to Nashville to make it in country music. The plot held my interest, kind of corny but uplifting. Bobbie falls for a rodeo cowboy, but the movie is so wholesome they don't even kiss. The three angels added a light hearted element to the movie, and country fans will like seeing George Strait's brief appearances, although fans of the first Pure Country will be disappointed that this movie isn't a continuation of the original. All in all, a good movie for families, Christians, country music fans.