The best film out this week and one of the best films I saw last year, Teenage is an adaptation of Jon Savage’s book Teenage: The Creation of Youth 1875-1945. Director Matt Wolf made the exceptional Wild Combination: A Portrait of Arthur Russell and I Remember: A Film About Joe Brainard.
“Teenagers didn’t always exist. They had to be invented. As the cultural landscape around the world was thrown into turmoil during the industrial revolution, and with a chasm erupting between adults and youth, the concept of a new generation took shape. Whether in America, England, or Germany, whether party-crazed Flappers or hip Swing Kids, zealous Nazi Youth or frenzied Sub-Debs, it didn’t matter – this was a new idea of how people come of age. They were all “Teenagers.”
A hypnotic rumination on the genesis of youth culture from the end of the 19th century to the first half of the 20th, TEENAGE is a living collage of rare archival material, filmed portraits, and diary entries read by Jena Malone, Ben Whishaw, and others. Set to a a shimmering contemporary score by Bradford Cox (Deerhunter / Atlas Sound), TEENAGE is a mesmerizing trip into the past and a riveting look at the very idea of “coming-of-age.””
Her name is Carrie, if you didn’t know. Judging by the trailer, this looks to be a cut above similar (and usually awful) contemporary horror remake/horse-flogging exercises. Director Kimberley Pierce also made Boys Don’t Cry, so one might hope that the film has an interesting bit of weight, right? Julianne Moore should be something of a match for Piper Laurie’s terrifying turn as Carrie’s mother in the De Palma original, but will it do anything or even capture something of that film’s intensity and panache? Worth a watch to see hey? Oh and this is what Lally has to say about the original.
I’m really glad this film has gotten a DVD release and that we’ve gotten it in. In lieu of my own thoughts – the post is late this week, I apologise – here’s a great review by Amy Taubin at Artforum. I love Candy Darling and it’s important that films like this get made.
A more enthusiastic review than I’m capable of can be found here. Needless to say, I will probably watch this because it’s Robert De Niro in Normandy.
Statham plays a DEA agent whose quiet family life is rocked by yucky James Franco (meth kingpin) and his merry band of drug traffickers. The backwater vigilante film vibe – if obviously compromised by Stathan’s gov’t job – is kind of attractive, as is the sight of him stabbing someone with a gas pump. Winona Ryder is never ever a bad thing and Franco looks more than plausible, a rarity for that polymath of pose. Most importantly though, STALLONE adapted the screenplay oh yes!
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posted by William Goodey