I didn’t just want to do a teen idols post because that’s been done a lot. Plus I had a lot of odd or not age appropriate crushes as a preteen/teen. So I chose guys who I found hot back in the 90s. Because I had decided on shirtless photos they had to have turned 18 by the end of the 90s. I also used photos from the 90s when available & applicable.
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from top upper left: Kevin Bacon, 3 Christian Bale (with Dominic West sandwiched in there), 3 Antonio Banderas, 10 Brad Pitt, Casper Van Dien, Matt Damon, 8 Johnny Depp, 2 Devon Sawa, 2 Matt Dillon, Stephen Dorff, David Duchovny, 5 Ewan McGregor, Harrison Ford, 2 Brendan Fraser, 5 Richard Gere, 2 Josh Hartnett, Thomas Jane, Jonathan Rhys Meyers, 5 Keanu Reeves, 2 Leonardo DiCaprio, Jared Leto, Mark “Marky Mark” Wahlberg, 3 Mark McGrath, Paul Mercurio, Timothy Olyphant, 4 Vincent Perez,2 Ryan Phillippe, Brad Renfro, Rider Strong, 5 Johnathon Schaech, 2 Christian Slater, Shane West.
Scream is, of course, the classic 90s movie by horror director Wes Craven that simultaneously manages to both be sarcastic about and in love with the horror genre. It’s a self aware teen slasher flick. Between this and The Craft all of us young ladies managed to fall like a ton of bricks for Skeet Ulrich that year. The film also stars Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore and Liev Shreiber. You can also catch the parody of this flick, Scary Movie, on Netflix. (Note: Scary Movie was Scream’s original title).
“I’m pulling off the biggest scam of all time. I’ve entered into their world” “Ooh, did you leave bread crumbs?”
I’m a big fan of this movie. I had already been a fan of Melissa Joan Hart for years because of her sitcoms. In this movie though she plays a popular girl. Using someone who is usually so nice really works when you try to show things from their POV. Between this and The Adventures of Sebastian Cole I fell for Adrian Grenier years before Entourage. This movie is about a trouble making outsider (Grenier) who pretends to date the popular girl (MJH) to make their exes jealous. I will never forget that eerily perfect video that shows that most of the student body are comparable to the Nazis who just blindly followed orders.
“To be an anarchist in Salt Lake City was certainly no easy task, especially in 1985. And having no money, no job, no plans for the future, the true anarchist position was in itself a strenuous job.”
SLC Punk is a fantastic dramedy that you don’t have to be a punk to love. Anyone who is an outsider can definitely get into it. The movie is about friends Stevo (Matthew Lillard) and Bob who are teens in Salt Lake City, UT in the 1980s. After high school Stevo’s dad wants him to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer but Stevo just wants to hang out and be a punk instead. This is often particularly shocking to the squares in their area as Salt Lake City is known for being particularly repressed. The film was even shot on location. You can read about the SLC locations here. Of course they end up getting into dangerous situations. The film costars Devon Sawa and Jason Segel as friends of theirs and Christopher McDonald as Stevo’s dad. So good! For more on the film visit the Official SLC Punk site which is from the film’s release (Quicktime clips!, so old & nostalgic). For tons of pictures and gifs from the movie visit the Fuck Yeah SLC Punk tumblr.
I’m definitely a fan of this adaptation of the Susanna Kaysen novel about a depressed young woman. She ends up in a mental hospital during the interim between high school and college. The film stars Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy and Jared Leto. The film is set in the 60s but since being young & misunderstood is universal and it was released in ’99 I’m including it.
The Craft (1996) (Available Until January 1, 2012)
If you were a preteen or teen girl in the 90s I’m pretty sure that you, like my friends and I, watched this film repeatedly. I remember a gaggle of us going on my 13th birthday. The Craft is about a new girl in school (Robin Tunney) who meets and becomes friends with a group of outcast girls (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True). It turns out that they are practicing witches and when they find out that she is a natural witch they get together and start casting some powerful spells. Girl power! This movie not only introduced young girls to witchcraft but also to the hotness of Skeet Ulrich. Christine Taylor and Breckin Meyer costar.
Fear (1996) (Available Until April 1, 2012)
Ah, Fear when Reese Witherspoon wasn’t anorexic but was likable, Alyssa Milano was slutty and Mark Wahlberg was buff and hot (well some things don’t change). Witherspoon is an average teen girl who falls for Wahlberg who is controlling nutjob who fingers her on a roller coaster. What’s not to love? William Petersen and Amy Brenneman costar. I recommend this fun review of Fear at the Bad Movie Art Blog.
“O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?”
“What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?”
“The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.”
“I gave thee mine before thou didst request it!“
I was a huge fan of William Shakespeare as a little girl (what, you weren’t?, xd) and all of us loved Leo back in the day. So I freaking loved Baz Luhrmann’s young, hip version of the classic play. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Romeo and Claire Danes stars as Juliet. The film is loud, gorgeous and romantic. It costars John Leguizamo, Paul Rudd, Jamie Kennedy, Jesse Bradford, Pete Postlewaite, Paul Sorvino and Brian Dennehy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hLg4uID6BHg “It’s Rex Manning Day!”
Empire Records is just an awesome movie. Yes, I was one of those people back in the internet dark ages who petitioned for them to put out the Special Remix DVD edition with deleted scenes because we love it so much. It’s about a bunch of teens who work at a record store (If you ask me what that is you are getting smacked.) for a laid back boss. One of them is a bit off and decides to borrow money the boss had earmarked to prevent a takeover buy a big chain store. So they have to find a way to raise a ton of money, put up with a washed up singer (Maxwell Caulfield as Rex Manning), deal with a shoplifter and their personal issues in a day. It has great music, compelling characters and a ton of teen angst. It is the only film I’ve ever found (and believe me I spent time looking over the years) in which Anthony LaPaglia and Rory Cochrane are certifiably hot. It also introduced the world to a ton of other great actors including Ethan Embry, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Johnny Whitworth, Brendan Sexton the 3rd and Robin Tunney. I recommend reading Reel Sex: The Slacker Sex God which mentions Rory in Empire Records.
Hackers (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)
So much has been written in the last few years about the tech inaccuracies in Hackers but I don’t give a shit about that. It’s a movie. Movies are about escapism. None of us really knew what the net had in store for us back then and wouldn’t it be cool if you were a teen who was smart enough to bring down big corporations? Fuck yeah. Plus it has the super sexy combo of the then totally young and hot (and later married, in a bloody wedding, for a short period of time) Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie. Jonny Lee Miller stars as a super hot computer hacker who meets a group of like minded kids (Angelina Jolie, Matthew Lillard, a very young Jesse Bradford) at his new school in New York City. Of course because it’s the 90s they get to wear fucking amazing cyber clothes while rollerblading. Since they are hackers they end up tangled in a big mess that they have to hack their way out of. Fisher Stevens (always amazing, why isn’t he in more stuff?) is their main nemesis. Well theirs a cop too but he doesn’t know how to use a computer so he’s not really threatening. Check out Geek Bliss’s cool etsy shop for Hackers lip balm.
The Doom Generation (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012) “You are a life support system for a cock.”
Doom Generation was the first Greg Araki movie that I ever saw and it’s an understatement to say that I was blown away. In Rose McGowan’s first real role (she had a tiny part in Encino Man) she plays a hot, tweaking teen on a bizarre road trip with her boyfriend. The movie costars Johnathon Schaech (yum), James Duval and Parker Posey. I’m so glad that there was a big video store a town over when I was young that had stuff like this or I wouldn’t have seen it. I recommend checking out Agent Lover’s Getaway Girl Style: The Doom Generation.
Technically Mallrats is about two guys who have graduated high school but they are drifting. They haven’t decided whether to go to college or get jobs yet. They are basically trying to extend their teen years by being mallrats. So I think that it fits here better than in my Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streaming post. This great Kevin Smith flick stars Jeremy London, Jason Lee (during his hottest phase), Claire Forlani, Joey Lauren Adams, Shannen Doherty & Ben Affleck.
I’ve already mentioned My So Called Life which focuses on the realistic teenage emotions and rebellions of Angela Chase (Claire Danes) so I’ll just let you gaze at these hot pics of Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto).
NOTE: Clicking most of the hyperlinks of actors’ names will take you to their official twitter profiles.
You know Grease. As a child it’s that really awesome movie with the fun singing and a hot, young John Travolta. As an adult it’s not quite the same. This is a re-release sing along. Apparently they think it will go over with today’s teens because of their love of High School Musical and Glee (yuck! on both counts). I saw Grease on the big screen during the 1998 re-release. Oh, who am I kidding? If we were actually getting it here I’d go see it again. Side Note: Musical teachers love to have kids perform songs from this but change the words because they are “offensive” (okay, pussy wagon is a bit offensive for 11 year olds but changing art is fucked up). My sister encountered this as a pre-teen in show choir. It was also spoofed on an episode of SNL hosted by Christopher Walken.
Predators is another one of these movies that is a sequel/remake/reimagining thing. I’m sure you know by now that Predators are some freaky ass aliens. I’ve seen some of the Predator movies and I’m not a big fan. They’re okay but I’m not going out of my way to see them. I really don’t get the commercials/trailers for this that try to avoid showing the Predator. It’s not like a whole new character we’ve never seen. C’mon on. The film stars Adrien Brody (yum), Laurence Fishburne, Danny Trejo and Topher Grace (who I haven’t seen in any ads?). It was directed by Nimrod Antal who also did Armored and Vacancy (ugh).
The Kids Are All Right-7/09
The plot is that the daughter of a lesbian couple wants to find her dad (I mean sperm donor). This looks like the type needlessly dramatic movie I usually avoid except Annette Bening is playing one of the moms. I just think she is a fantastic actress. So I will eventually rent it. Julianne Moore is the other mom. Of course she’s a good actress but I feel like so many of her flicks are hit or miss. Mark Ruffalo is the sperm donor. I used to ogle him but this is not an oglable (invented word) role. The daughter is Mia Wasikowska who recently played Alice in Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland.
The Sorcerer’s Apprentice-7/16
This is a Disney flick that should appeal to the 13 year old boys out there. Nic Cage plays a sorcerer who takes Jay Baruchel under his wing as his apprentice and they fight a bunch of CGI generated dangers. This is obviously a part of some contract Cage has with Disney that probably includes The National Treasure movies. You know, he needs the money. It looks okay but major things about this movie bother me. In any other movie like this the main “boy” would be in his teens. Baruchel is 28. If I were casting it I would have picked someone who was 16 or 17. Then you have Alfred Molina playing a villain. Molina doesn’t scare me at all. I didn’t understand when they put him in Spider-Man 2 and I don’t get it here either. When he comes out in his elaborate costumes trying to strike fear into one’s heart I feel like he should be stepping onto a stage to lip synch a song. Yes, he looks like a big drag queen. I like drag queens but they don’t scare me. As usual, Nic Cage is somehow hot despite his strange hair.
This is the 2nd really cool looking mind bending flick from Leonardo DiCaprio this year. The film is about people who go into your dreams and steal your secrets. It looks deliciously trippy. Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ellen Page, Kem Watanbe, Cillian Murphy, Michael Caine and Lukas Hass are also in the cast. Even the promo they are doing for the flick is killer. Go here to watch the trailer.
Salt is about a CIA officer (Angelina Jolie) who may or may not be a Russian spy. Do we even care anymore? I would have been all over something like this in 2000 but can you really even look at Jolie anymore without thinking about her crazy approach to mothering? I prefer the sexualcutter.
Life During Wartime-7/23
Plot from IMDB: “Friends, family, and lovers struggle to find love, forgiveness, and meaning in a war-torn world riddled with comedy and pathos.” I am a fan of Todd Solondz’s films. I’m not really sure what this movie is about but I’m sure I will rent it and figure that out in the future. The cast includes Allison Janney, Paul Reubens, Ally Sheedy, Gaby Hoffman and Chris Marquette.
Dinner for Schmucks-7/30
This is the July released that I am super-psyched about. It’s a comedy about a succesful group who meet to have dinner parties and see who can invite the biggest idiot like the non-sexual version of a dogfight. The cast includes Paul Rudd, Steve Carell, Zach Galifianakis, Ron Livingston and Bruce Greenwood. This is a remake of the 1998 French film The Dinner Game which I have seen a few times since my sister owns it. The Dinner Game was very funny and starred Thierry Lhermitte, whose name I wouldn’t recognize but whose face I always do. Dinner for Schmucks looks fantastic. They’ve been playing the trailer here for months but I still laugh everytime. I was a little worried that they put everything good in the trailer but I saw a commercial earlier with some other funny bits so I’m hoping it’s gonna be as awesome as I expect. It was directed by Jay Roach who did the Meet The Parents movies (ew) and The Austin Powers movies (cool). Go here to watch the trailer.
The Extra Man-7/30 (Limited)
Kevin Kline is an old, misogynistic, gigolo who speaks like an Oscar Wilde character. Paul Dano (The Girl Next Door) is the young guy who is finding himself and is fascinated with Kline. John C. Reilly and Katie Holmes co-star. I’ll be renting this when it trickles down to Blu-Ray since it’s only opening in NY & LA.
Get Low-7/30 (Limited)
Robert Duvall is a hermit who wants to throw a funeral party. It’s a funeral that you have while you are alive. It looks pretty interesting. The cast includes Billy Murray, Sissy Spacek, Gerald McRaney and Lucas Black.
Cats & Dogs: The Revenge of Kitty Galore-7/30
I would normally ignore this lame children’s sequel but I must mention how strange it is. First of all the title is an homage to the often parodied James Bond character Pussy Galore which would be weird enough. I’ve been seeing parts of the commercial though and it’s got some strange ass shit in it like a cat unzipping itself from a dog suit. Just look at the posters. I’m pretty sure if I was a little kid I would get “3D” nightmares from this. As if I wasn’t already afraid of the future from listening to the woes of the youth of America every night. If this is what little tiny kids want to watch I’m pretty sure we’re all fucked.
This is a repost of my own, original work from 1998. Feel free to skip ahead to the-future, present or past, depending on when you read this, here to my associated post, so that’s it more relevant. But, I’m reposting it here, for reference.
The 1st Annual MMM Awards
In the words of Sickboy (Jonny Lee Miller) (Trainspotting 1996) (The Academy Awards means) “f*** all” So vote for your favorite movie, actor, etc. & have your say. The following movies were released in 1997 & the tv awards are pertaining to this tv season. By the way my name is Mary Marie Miracle, hence the title “MMM Awards”.
And The WINNERS are !
Don’t Forget To Come Back & Vote Again Next Year!
WINNER***Ewan McGregor-A Life Less Ordinary***WINNER 35%
Val Kilmer-The Saint 26%
Mike Myers-Austin Powers:International Man of Mystery 21%
Kevin Kline-Fierce Creatures/In & Out 12%
Jay Mohr-Picture Perfect 6%
WINNERS***Alicia Silverstone-Excess Baggage 26%
Cameron Diaz-A Life Less Ordinary***WINNERS 26%
Julia Roberts-My Best Friend’s Wedding 24%
Elisabeth Shue-The Saint 18%
Jennifer Aniston-Picture Perfect 6%
3. SUPPORTING ACTOR
WINNER*** Jamie Kennedy-Scream 2***WINNER 44%
Ben Affleck-Good Will Hunting 23%
Ruperett Everett-My Best Friend’s Wedding 12%
Alan Cumming-Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion
Steve Buscemi-Con Air 9%
WINNER***Along Comes Mary-Bloodhound Gang***WINNER 32%
Wishful Thinking-Duncan Sheik 18%
Life In Mono-Mono 12%
In The Absence of the Sun-Duncan Sheik 9%
5. TV ACTOR
WINNER***Peter MacNicol-(John,The Biscuit) Ally McBeal***WINNER 29%
Scott Bairstow-Significant Others 23%
Joshua Jackson-Dawson’s Creek 23%
James Van Der Beek-Dawson’s Creek 16%
Gil Bellows-(Billy) Ally McBeal 9%
6. TV ACTRESS
WINNERS***Katie Holmes-(Joey) Dawson’s Creek 32%
Lisa Kudrow-(Phoebe) Friends***WINNERS 32%
Calista Flockhart-Ally McBeal 24%
Lisa Nicole Carson-(Renee) Ally McBeal 6%
Michelle Williams-(Jen) Dawson’s Creek 6%
7. TV SHOW
WINNER***The Simpsons***WINNER 41%
Dawson’s Creek 36%
Ally McBeal 16%
Significant Others 7%
Veronica’s Closet 0%
8. BEST PICTURE
WINNER***My Best Friend’s Wedding***WINNER 31%
A Life Less Ordinary 30%
The Saint 22%
In & Out 13%
Picture Perfect 4%
* YOUR SAY:
Other than the movies listed under Best Picture, what is your fav movie movie of 1997 ?
*If it has an * next to it more than one person voted for it.
An American Werewolf in Paris
As Good As It Gets
Austin Powers:International Man of Mystery*
Good Will Hunting
I Know What You Did Last Summer*
Romy & Michelle’s High School Reunion
These awards are based on my own opinions
The Full Monty-Best Picture
Why didn’t I nominate it to begin with ? I hadn’t seen it yet because I unfortunately don’t live in a social mecca. Now I wish I had, so here’s there mention.
David Spade-Best TV Actor
Now what’s my excuse ? I watched this show when it first came out, but this year I could never figure out when it was on. It’s a good thing that they added it to Must See TV Thursday
TO VOTE: simply e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org with each number & the letter you choose. (ex.4 for song & c if you choose Deadweight) There is no need for you to include the category name or title/name you choose. Numbers are sufficient. Also submit your favorite movie if you choose. All will be included on this page when I list the winners. So if you wish to know the winners bookmark this page & return April 19th or later.
1. Do not submit multiple entries.
2. For the Your Say section you can submit any movie from 1997 that you want except for a movie that is nominated for Best Picture.
3. Titanic-Why didn’t I nominate it or anyone in it ? I’m sick of the hype about it. Don’t say that I probably didn’t even see it, I saw it twice. Yes, I think that Leonardo DiCaprio is a talented, handsome actor, but was he robbed of an oscar ? No. Personally I’ve always enjoyed his movies, but if it takes Titanic for him to win you as a fan you’re no fan of his.
4. Contest ends April 17th & results will be posted April 19th.