Flashback Friday-Teen Witch (1989)

In high school, popularity is the goal for many a young girl. But being popular in high school is not all that it is cracked up to be.

In Teen Witch (1989), Louise (Robyn Lively) is unpopular. She is either ignored or teased. Then Louise discovers that she has magical powers. Her powers come from the ancestors, the Witches Of Salem. First, she will use her powers to get back at the popular girls who mocked her and her teachers who abused her. Once that score has been settled, Louise uses her powers to make the football team captain Brad Powell (Dan Gauthier) fall for her. The question is, once Louise has used her powers,  she begins to question if it was the right thing to do.

This movie has all of the hallmarks of the typical teenage movie from the 1980’s. But there is something more to this movie, especially with the message of what is important and what is not important.

I recommend it.


Flashback Friday-Scarface (1983)

For many who seek a better life, America represents that possibility. But with that possibility, comes the dark side of success.

In the classic 1983 movie Scarface, Tony Montana (Al Pacino) has just emigrated from Cuba to America. Finding himself stuck in a refugee camp, Tony finds a way out with via his friend Manny Ribera (Steven Bauer). Manny will help him move up in the world with a contract killing and a green card. Soon, they both will be working for Frank Lopez (Robert Loggia) and Tony begins to covet Frank’s world and his mistress Elvira Hancock (Michelle Pfeiffer). But what goes up must come down and Tony’s world will come tumbling down.

For many movie fans, Scarface is one of the best movies of the 1980’s. While Tony has many unlikable traits, he is a man of grit who pulls himself up by his bootstraps and continues to fight for what he wants. Despite the heavy drug use and violence that is part and parcel of the narrative, it is those qualities that keeps audiences come back to this film more than 30 years after its initial release.

I recommend it.

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