“In every generation there is a chosen one… she alone will stand against the vampires, the demons and the forces of darkness. She is the slayer.”
On Friday, Buffy The Vampire Slayer will be turning 20. Based on the 1992 movie of the same name starring Kristy Swanson, the television show is a continuation of the movie.
Buffy Summers (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is not your average teenage girl. Yes, she had to deal with the same things that every teenage girl deals with: school, boys, friends, etc, but she is a slayer. She is the one who has the strength and the ability to fight the things that go bump in the night.
I was 16 when the show premiered, the same age as Buffy. The show ended in 2003, when I graduated from college. I grew up with Buffy, as did many of my generation.
Buffy was another link in the chain of feminism. While she looked delicate, she was clearly able to take care of herself. Every baddie she stopped was another small crack in the glass ceiling.
But the thing about the show that I will always remember is that while Buffy fought off vampires and other creatures of that ilk, she also dealt with being a teenager. High school itself is a battle, Buffy battles with the baddies on the show mirrored the experience that is high school.
Happy Birthday. Here is to another 20.
Magic is often a component of a narrative that drives the story. The question is, is the magic enough to keep the story going and the audience engaged?
In the 1999 romantic comedy Simply Irresistible, Amanda Shelton (Sarah Michelle Gellar) is a young chef whose career and love life are not exactly spectacular. Finding a magical crab, Amanda suddenly finally finds success in business. She also attracts the attention of Tom Barlett (Sean Patrick Flanery) a department store executive who is skeptical about Amanda’s new-found success. Will Amanda have both the romantic and business success she craves or will the magic present only an illusion of that success?
As romantic comedies go, this film has the hallmarks in terms of plot and narrative that exist within the genre. Unfortunately, in the ranking of romantic comedies, this film does not rank very high.
Do I recommend it? No.
Depending your point of view, Hollywood has either revisited our childhoods with live action reboots or they have plundered our memories in hopes of making an easy profit.
In 2002, Scooby Doo was transferred from the animated thirty minute cartoon on television to a live action film.
Playing those meddling kids was Freddie Prinze Jr (Fred), Sarah Michelle Gellar (Daphne), Matthew Lillard (Shaggy) and Linda Cardellini (Velma).
Let’s call it what it is, a kids movie. Or it could be for the kids at heart who are hoping to relive a small part of their childhood by watching this movie. It’s not the best movie or the best adaptation of a beloved childhood cartoon, but it could be worse.
Do I recommend it? Maybe.
About 15 years, there was a trend among Hollywood to reboot classics into stories that were palatable for the then teenage demographic.
One of these movies is Cruel Intentions.
Adapted from the novel The Dangerous Liasions, the story is transplanted from 18th century France to modern day New York City. Kathryn Merteuil (Sarah Michelle Gellar, taking a break in character and hair color from Buffy The Vampire Slayer) and Sebastian Valmont (Ryan Phillipe) are step-siblings. Annette Hargrove (Reese Witherspoon) is new to the city, her father is the new headmaster of the private school where Kathryn and Sebastian attend. She makes a public announcement to retain her virginity until she falls in love.
Kathryn and Sebastian make a bet. If Sebastian can sleep with Annette, he will get also sleep with his step-sister. If he cannot sleep with her, Kathryn will win Sebastian’s Jaguar.
This movie is well done. The plot keeps to the book and keeps the audience entertained. As an actress, Gellar shows that her range as an actress goes well beyond Buffy Summers. The fact that Phillipe and Witherspoon were married at the time throws an interesting light on their character’s relationship.
I recommend this movie.