Classic Film Re-watch - Heathers

My family's weekly dinner and a movie over the last three years has covered off many a classic, and by classic, I mean something I watched that I want to share with my younger family members. A 20 year age gap separates us so some of the movies are new to them and some are in the zeitgeist. One of the movies we watched is still very much present. Heathers (1988).

Directed by Michael Lehmann, who also directed Hudson Hawk and is now helming a lot of peak tv, and written by Daniel Waters, who worked with Lehmann again on Hudson Hawk and also wrote the screenplay for Tim Burton's Batman Returns, this cult classic is definitely dark. I had forgotten how dark and absurd teenage movies from the 1980s could get. There were gasps and mutterings of disbelief from the room. The family had not experienced storytelling that was not clearly signalling the next emotional beat and they had to sit with it for a bit once the movie ended. 

As for me, I loved it. Winona Ryder and Christian Slater are just brilliant in it. The subject matter is still relevant and I know there was a stage musical and there is also a TV show that is a remake airing this year, but I do not think either of them could shake a mullet at the original. 

Classic Film Re-watch - Pulp Fiction

In the last three years, nearly every week I have been re-watching a ‘classic’ movie with some younger members of my family, who are at university. We catch up for dinner and we take the opportunity to watch a movie that they may not have had any other access to. My definition of classic is something I enjoyed and think that they should check out. So, some of the movies were by request from my family members and some of them are ones that I think they may enjoy. One of the ones we watched was Pulp Fiction (1994).

Our hot take is that this movie does not hold up. It is bloated. The whole Bruce Willis story line is unnecessary and boring and do not get me started on the manic pixie dream girl played by Maria de Medeiros. I initially thought that I enjoyed this when it first came out because I was in my 20s and this was how I understood cool, but my younger family members did not enjoy it. It is the ultimate mansplaining film and thankfully we are now acknowledging this rampant macho posturing filmmaking for what it is. Quentin Tarantino can frame a great shot and he knows how to use music, but this movie is the beginning of his man-child phase, a phase that he is unfortunately still very much in 20 years later.