Mr. Harrigan’s Phone (2022) – John Lee Hancock

John Lee Hancock adapts the Stephen King short story to the screen and gives us a thoughtful rumination on technology, life, forgiveness, and letting go. Jaeden Martell returns to the King-verse this time as young Craig, a student, a young man who is dealing with the death of his mother, navigating the world of high…

Mean Girls (2004) – Blu-Ray Steelbook Review

Paramount Pictures delivers a fun new edition of Mean Girls on blu-ray, in a collectible steelbook designed to look like the film’s Burn Book. Mean Girls, which has since inspired a stage musical, is still a delightful, and incredibly funny film written by Tina Fey, about high school and specifically teenage girls, their cliques and…

The Faculty (1998) – Robert Rodriguez

A Kevin Williamson script, a Robert Rodriguez film, and a cast back to the rafters including Elijah Wood, Salma Hayek, Josh Hartnett, Jordana Brewster, Piper Laurie, Famke Janssen, Jon Stewart, Robert Patrick, Usher, Bebe Neuwirth, and Daniel von Bargen. Sounds decent right? Honestly, it ends up being a pretty solid science fiction film, giving a…

Gwendy’s Button Box (2017) – Richard Chizmar, and Stephen King

I’m always delighted to dig into a Stephen King story. Equally so when it takes me back to Castle Rock (not sure I’d want to visit Derry anytime soon). He pairs up with author Richard Chizmarto to deliver a unique coming-of-age tale. Gwendy Peterson is a young girl who encounters the enigmatic and vaguely unnerving…

The Mary Shelley Club (2021) – Goldy Moldavsky

So I have been reading a lot of science fiction of late, and wanted to shake it up a bit, and find something a little bit more from the horror/thriller genre, and a top horror novels of 2021 list returned the Young Adult (I hate that term) novel, The Mary Shelley Club. Well I put…

Some Kind of Wonderful (1987) – Howard Deutch

While arguably a riff on his own Pretty In Pink, John Hughes delivers another fantastic teen dramedy, overseen by director Howard Deutch that plays role reversal with its Molly Ringwald alter-ego film. This time the main character is Keith Nelson (Eric Stoltz), a high schooler who wants to be an artist, but his family’s blue…

Beverly Hills 90210 – The Ultimate Collection

Teen drama. The words are synonomous whether you watch television or not, because every teen is drama, whether they admit or not. And Darren Star knew he had struck gold when he took typical teen stories, filled with angst, love, heartbreak and social issues and placed them in what, thanks to the show, has become…

Millennium (1998) – TEOTWAWKI, and Closure

Remember when the Y2K bug felt like a semi-legitimate fear? That’s what the first episode of Millennium is about. Written by Frank Spotnitz and series creator, Chris Carter, this story, which also takes on school shootings, first debuted on 16 October, 1998. Frank Black (Lance Henriksen) settling back in a little further back at the…

Millennium (1998) – Anamnesis, and A Room With No View

Catherine (Megan Gallagher) and Lara (Kristen Cloke) fund themselves working on the same case in this episode written by Erin Maher and Kay Reindl. It first debuted on 17 April, 1998. Catherine is called in to help a young teen girl who claims to have had a holy vision, and claims to be the prophet…

Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982) – Amy Heckerling

Amy Heckerling directs from a Cameron Crowe screenplay, which he adapted from his own book, so you knew going on that with Heckerling and Crowe on board the film was in good hands. And then the cast was filled with up and comers, and an iconic scene which any teen boy who grew up in…