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Scream 4 – Still standing!

Scream 4 (2011) by Wes Craven

(I will not reveal who is behind the mask, you have to find that out for yourself.)

The first time I heard about Scream 4, I was actually excited. And that is surprising because generally I think that enough is enough already, leave well enough alone, stop while you’re ahead. In other words, sequels don’t give me the thrills. Why is Scream different? Well, for once it’s part of the horror genre and for me that means: there are no rules. I came to the genre at the age of ten (when I read my first Stephen King novel), but didn’t know that I was actually beginning to love a genre. I thought, I just liked that author… so I discovered pretty late that I loved horror movies and Scream was one of the reasons I did. I never watched a Scream-movie at the movies only on dvd, so this was also an opportunity to have the Scream-experience.

I confess that I did not expect much of this movie. I was excited, yes, but I knew it could go either way: awesome or horrible, and the many possibilities in-between. I was not disappointed, though. I liked it. It was like meeting an old friend after a decade has gone by and you find out that you could still talk to one another for hours on end and even if you were never to meet again, the meeting was not for nothing.

 So, Sidney Prescott is back in Woodsboro, and so is Ghost Face. A lot of people get killed, film theory gets another chapter, and we wonder for roughly 111 minutes who is behind the mask – and where Dewey’s pronounced limp has gone.

This is the first time I realized how many female characters inhabit the Scream-series (I might write a blog post just about that but I think I would have to watch the other movies again before I do) and especially this installment. Of course, we have Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox reprising their roles of the classic trilogy. But then we have Emma Roberts, Hayden Panettiere, Marley Shelton, and Alison Brie. And they are great in their respective roles (though none is as absolutely awesome as Hayden Panettiere as Kirby… and I think Kirby is gay, I don’t care that she almost made out with a Culkin, she was drunk… what, other girls get drunk and kiss girls, she gets drunk and kisses guys, I think that says it all, also she so checked out Sidney!).

I was also thrilled to see Neve Campbell and Courtney Cox again. Of course, Courtney Cox is doing that rather annoying sitcom (surprisingly enough I am not talking about Friends, though I would have used the same terminology for it), but who’s honestly watching that? But what has Neve Campbell been up to since “The Company”? (Nothing worth mentioning, unfortunatelty, I just looked it up.)

You can say now that I am easily pleased and maybe I am, but I am a nostalgic person. And seeing a franchise revived without it being totally ruined is pleasing to me. And I love how Ghost Face always gets smacked around by everyone. I have just read that there are talks about Scream 5 and I already know that I will be totally there, even if just for the fun of having made film theory made cool.

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Pretty Little Liars – Follow-up

Have you ever noticed how people in TV shows and films always knock, like there was no door bell? What is that all about?

Anyways I though I come back to you on the topic of Pretty Little Liars or short the PLLs. Here is another visual, just so we don’t forget what they look like:

So, they have been back for some weeks on your tv screen and it’s getting weirder and weirder – which is not to say that it’s bad. It isn’t. The girls are likable – though still all suspect -, so are the boys who play their love-interests/suspects-of-the-week/dickless boyfriends (that last one I borrowed from Heather Hogan – I bow to her genius), and, of course, A is still vicious, and glorious at it.

I still like Emily best; but then who wouldn’t, they actually show her more in her swim suit these days than in anything else (I am so glad the actress is old enough so I can say this without perving).

But another part of enjoying the show so much are the recaps on by Heather Hogan. I may not catch each and every reference to American culture but I do get some and think they are hilarious. Heather Hogan is hilarious, sometimes I enjoy her recaps more than the actual show… okay, the visual is better on the show… and did you see Aria in that skimpy little red dress – or Spencer with a tie… I am not saying anything about Emily and swim suits again, no, I won’t.

Read the recaps here.

Okay, I was looking for one of Emily in her swim suit and found one of Shay on a Harley – I get distracted too easily!

What was I gonna say? Oh, yeah, good show, quirky, glammy, with just the right amount of dericulousness to love it… and I do love it. It’s one of my three favorites now… I will tell you about the other two, too. Soon.

P.S.: I must confess that I have a crush on Caleb. I could say that it is because he looks and dresses like a lesbian but I won’t say that. Instead I would suggest it is because he is so wonderfully butch compared to dickless Sean.

As of this weeks episode I figured it out: Caleb IS a lesbian (and I guess, so is Toby…). Maybe I haven’t been paying attention but the only time I read about one person asking another: “Are u sure?” when they were about to have sex was in Xena-fanfiction, and Xena-uber-fanfiction (spreading through all genres, I swear!).

P.P.S.: Regarding A – I figured out there must at least be 4 or 5 As. Think about it, u have to have at least four to stalk each PLL and possibly one who does all the other mischief, keep an eye on parents etc. Anyways, now that Paige kissed Emily A probably already has a picture of it… hmmm… I wonder which parent is gonna get mail these days. Will we have another girl outed by photos sent by mail, a certain redhead, for example?

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Back to tv: Pretty Little Liars

The “back to”-reference of the title is due to German tv showing the Back to Future-movies at the moment. And I guess, it is also because I sometimes forget how good tv shows can be. Of course, there will never be another Xena but then I thought there could never be another show like Moonlighting. Then again, was I wrong? I still love Cybill Shepherd (there was actually a time when I instinctly knew how her last name is spelled, these days seem to be over).

As a kid and young adult I watched a lot of tv. I was pretty much addicted and watched whatever was on and living with my parents I see how easy it is to fall back into that habit after not having owned a tv set for several years. But I try to distinguish and mainly watch crime shows with hot female leads…

Anywho, I was watching some tv – or rather some illegal internet sources – lately and I came across Pretty Little Liars. Okay, I read there was some girl-on-girl action going on and I was curious. Curious is over in a way but the show has intrigued me. Which should bring me to another question: why do I enjoy watching teenage shows/movies so much? I am over thirty, people… but maybe that is a better question for my faux anthropology blog.

The show is based on teenage girl books (correct me if I am wrong about the teenage girl-part of this statement) and as other people before me, I don’t want to read any spoilers in the comments, y’all. It’s about four teenage girls who have lost a friend when they were sleeping in a barn on the property of one of the girl’s parents. A year later the main character Aria comes back to town, the body is found, everybody is suspicious and suspecting. A whodunit-glamor-teenage-show in the tradition (if there is already one) of Gossip Girl.

So, history seems to repeat itself for the girls. Not only is Allison (the dead girl) again the center of their lives (as she was when she was still alive since she was the queen bee within the clique) but Aria is falling for her teacher (her dad had an affair with a student a year ago), Spencer is again snogging her sisters boyfriend/fiance (as she has already done a year ago), Emily has another girl-crush (the first one having been Allison, and now it is the girl who moved into Allison’s last home), and Hanna is trapped in some sort of limbo where she is not the queen bee anymore (which she has become after Allison died) but again the girl everybody rejects (her boyfriend, her father, but wait, maybe it is just the male characters in her life). And having the wrong kind of posse does not help either.

Needless to say that I like Emily best, not just because she’s into girls (or not, the writers didn’t seem to be clear about it yet) but because she is soooo cute. I know, teenage girls but I looked it up, the actress is actually 23.

What intrigued me most was how the relationships these four enter do not seem real because these new aquaintances are all suspicious (not the least of them being Maya, Emily’s love interest). But, of course, so are the four girls themselves. Then there is Jenna who was blinded by Allison, and her brother, who consequently took the blame because Allison had something on him. And then there is the question who is sending text messages (and other kind of creepy messages) to the four friends and calls him/herself “A.” Is it Zombie-Allison out for revenge because her friends did not safe her? Is it Jenna who may or may not be able to see? Does her brother Toby help her while he is helplessly falling for Emily and may have the potential to cheat his sister out of her petty revenge)? Is it Aril’s dad? Her new boyfriend/teacher? Her dad’s ex-student/now co-worker/ex-lover? Or someone else entirely? Will it still interest me tomorrow or am I going to be hooked on something else? Like Covert Affair?

I keep you posted.

WTF: I just watched yesterday’s episode. Please, somebody tell me that Emily is not dead… then again, don’t tell me. I have an inkling she is not but if not her… who is? And where is Maya? Suspense!!!