Thursday, August 20, 2020
Thursday Movie Pick: Female Buddy Movies
In the 34th week of 2020 for Wandering Through the Shelves' Thursday Movie Picks. We go into female buddy movies where it’s about the ladies and them being sisters to one another. Even if they had to involve themselves in misadventure and chaos. Here are my three picks:
The 1960s saw a new wave of films from Czechoslovakia that was known as the Czech New Wave as this film is one of its pillars. A story about two young women just causing all sorts of crazy-ass shit as a way to rebel against society is just absolutely insane from start to finish. Yet, Vera Chytilova just lets the absurdity go all out and there is never a dull moment in the film at all. Even when things slow down, it never stops the fun as it’s a film that a lot of people need to see.
2. Modern Girls
An underrated film from the 1980s by Jerry Kramer, the film revolves around a night where three young women go clubbing as one of them wants to find a rock star while another stands up a date with a nice guy. It is a film of its time yet the performances of Cynthia Gibb, Virginia Madsen, and Daphne Zuniga as well as Clayton Rohner in a dual role as the rock star and the nice guy do keep it engaging. Even as it features an amazing music soundtrack from acts like Icehouse, Toni Basil, the Jesus & Mary Chain, and Depeche Mode.
Andrew Fleming’s 1999 film about two teenage girls who play a role in the Watergate scandal is probably one of the strangest films in the 20th Century that explore the world of political scandals. Though the identity of Deep Throat has been unveiled, the idea that two dim-witted teenage girls in Kirsten Dunst and Michelle Williams being Deep Throat is hilarious. Yet, Dunst and Williams really maintain that air of exuberance and joy while the film features Dan Hedaya in probably the most definitive performance of Richard Nixon while the ensemble that features Will Ferrell and Bruce McCullough respectively as Woodward and Bernstein, Jim Breuer as a guilt-ridden John Dean, Harry Shearer as G. Gordon Liddy, Dave Foley as Bob Hadleman, and a young Ryan Reynolds. It's just a joy from start to finish as it does create a valid explanation about the missing 18 ½ minutes of tape that Nixon erased.
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