‘I Know What You Did Last Summer’ is the teen slasher to die for

In case you’ve been living under a rock, or just mindless ignoring the quality content on this site, I’ve been on a 90s kick. I personally blame “Cruel Intentions.” That movie has honestly become one of my favorite movies. I decided to dive into the 90s teen slasher genre. I’ve been avoiding this genre for a while because frankly, I hate horror movies. So what a better way to start into this with probably one of the most popular teen slasher movies of the 90s. Oh, I’ve also decided to add a new rating system.

Taking it to your grave

“I Know What You Did Last Summer” was released in the fall of 1997. It was written by Kevin Williamson. He has given us the following gems: The entire “Scream” franchise, “The Vampire Diaries,” “Dawson’s Creek,” and the TV show based on “Scream.” That’s right, this man is responsible for many staples throughout the 90s, 00s, and 10s. The movie stars a lot of big names that would be featured throughout this time period. Sarah Michelle Gellar (” Buffy the Vampire Slayer” and “Cruel Intentions”), Jennifer Love Hewitt (“Party of Five” and that wonderful singing career), Freddie Prinze Jr. (“She’s All That” and being Mr. Sarah Michelle Gellar), and Ryan Phillippe (“Cruel Intentions” and “Shooter”). This cast was lit as fuck.

What an hot cast

The movie falls four friends as someone tries to seek revenge on them after they covered up a hit and run accident after their final drunken night senior year of high school. A year later, someone is leaving them notes about that night and ends up stalking them. They try to continue on and survive to figure out who is after them before it’s the last thing they do. Literally and figuratively.

This movie was actually everything. I saw the first “Scary Movie,” which was just a horror movie parody, and I didn’t realize how much they took from this movie. But still, it was actually everything. I can see why people talk so highly of it. It’s not on the same level of “Scream” but it’s still a quality slasher movie. “I Know What You Did Last Summer” is what teen slasher movies strived to be. It’s to the point where it’s one of the reasons that we have crappy movie sequels.

It’s not too gore but at the same time but know when it needs to bust out the blood and gore. It was also extremely well shot. Some of the scenes were just beautifully done and help tell the story. One scene that is everything is the scene where the killer takes out one of the main characters up in the balcony. It doesn’t show the actual killing but just the shadow of the weapon striking. It was visually awesome.

The only complaint that I have is how the characters get killed off. Some of the murders/killings were fine. Others felt like they should have died in a different way. Like there was stereotypical horror movie tropes and then some of it was kind of dumb. Without spoiling too much, I did enjoy Sarah Michelle Gellar’s scene. It was fitting for someone who is Buffy the Vampire Slayer.

Let’s rate Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe

So new rating scale will be rating Ryan Phillippe and how attractive he is. This will only be for Ryan Phillippe movies/shows. I will be rating him on a scale of 1 to 10. 10 being Sebastian Valmont, the literal best, to 1 being an extra in the background that no one notices. Because it’s Ryan Phillippe, he will never be a 1. Ryan Phillippe will never be a one.

But I would rate him in this movie as an 8. His character is a douche but an attractive douche. You’re supposed to kind of hate him because he’s a dick but at the same time, there’s a whole sequence of him working out, showering, and walking around in a towel because it’s needed for the plot. This is why he got an 8. Oh, and his acting was great too.

Verdict of “I Know What You Did Last Summer”

“I Know What You Did Last Summer” is a very good teen slasher movie. It’s not too gore and yet when it is, it does it to extend the story. I recommend watching this movie because it’s a classic when it comes to teen movies in the ’90s. The movie is beautifully shot and the acting is great. Like I said above, my only complaint is with some of the deaths in the movie. Other than that, I might actually check out the second movie, “I Still Know What You Did Last Summer.”

Rating: 4 out of 5

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‘John Tucker Must Die’ is the one for your teenage dreams

I’ve been on a teen movie kick lately. Rewatching the movies I grew up on has and watched back in the day. So I decided to grab some popcorn and watch probably what is one of the most underrated teen movies of the 2000s.

When you see my face, hope it give you hell

Released in 2006, “John Tucker Must Die” was directed by Betty Thomas. She gave us “The Brady Bunch Movie,” the Eddie Murphy version of “Dr. Doolittle,” and “Alvin and the Chipmunks: The Squeakquel.” More proof that everybody can’t make good movies all the time. The movie itself actually has a good cast. It stars Jesse Metcalfe (Desperate Housewives), Brittany Snow (Hairspray), Ashanti (She tried to have a music career), Arielle Kebbel (The Vampire Diaries), and Penn Badgley (Gossip Girl). The movie was some of their first light in the sun.

the most iconic scene from the movie

The movie follows a group of girls from different clique when end up dating the same popular jock named John Tucker like I had to literally tell you that. His name is in the movie title. After figuring this out, they decided to get revenge on John Tucker by taking the new girl in school and having her break his heart.

As a teen, I thought that this movie was everything. As an adult, this movie wasn’t as good as I originally thought it was. Don’t get me wrong, I still enjoyed the movie. But it just wasn’t that as good as when I originally saw it. I think a lot of it has to do with the fact the movie didn’t age that well. Like the plot is similar to ‘Mean Girls’ in a sense. A group team to get revenge on an individual that has wrong them or is just a dick. The movie itself is still underrated. It’s doesn’t get enough respect that it should. I mean, it gives more of a modern twist on the revenge plot. But it should be listed on the Top 50 teen comedies.

The acting in the movie is meh. It’s not horribly bad but its nothing that will get them an academy award. For most of them, it was around their first acting job. It’s a teen movie, most people don’t expect for Oscar award-winning acting. Sometimes it felt like forced acting and it didn’t click. Other times it was rather good.

Verdict

“John Tucker Must Die” is your average teen movie. It’s underrated and a classic. It still remains that even with its downfalls. The acting is meh with it failing to click in times that it needed to click. The parts of the movie didn’t age well but it still presented a more modern take on the team revenge plot.

Rating: 3 out of 5

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Forever Alone February continues with ‘Dear John’

It’s February and it’s a month of love. So every Friday in February, I’ll be watching and reviewing classic romantic movies throughout the month. So let’s celebrate love in honor of Valentine’s Day. Welcome to Forever Alone February. Didn’t expect that titled now did you?

It’s time to continue on the love movie train and talk about an popular movie that is pretty much a staple of everyone library. Literally because it was a book before it was an actual movie. Let’s talk about a Nicholas Sparks movie. You can’t have a month of love movies without a Nicholas Sparks movie.

Letter 525,600

“Dear John” was released in January of 2014. It was the 4th Nicholas Sparks novel to be turned into a film. As of February 2019, there have been 11 Nicholas Sparks novels turned into movies. “Dear John” was directed by Lasse Hallström. He’s the Swedish mind behind all the video for a little Swedish pop group named ABBA. He also directed “Safe Haven,” “The Nutcracker and the Four Realms,” and “The Cider House Rules.” The movie stars Channing Tatum (“Magic Mike” and “Step it Up”) and Amanda Seyfried (“Mamma Mia!” and “Mean Girls”).

The movie follows two people in starting in 2001. Staff Sergeant John Tyree (Tatum) returns home on leave and meets college student Savannah Curtis (Seyfried) and have a two week whirlwind of romance. Once they return to real life, they take their love to letters as they have a long distance relationship through their letters.

I have some thought on this movie. Having only seen one other Nicholas Sparks movie and that is “The Last Song.” My knowledge of these movies is limited. I can see why people truly love “Dear John.” It’s a romantic movie. But like, they all can’t be this bad. To a certain extent, the movie itself has its merits. Channing and Amanda did an amazing job with what they were given. They were the best part of the entire movie. They did well together and you can tell that they really tried to make it work.

The story is good but there’s nothing really to it. The entire movie just comes off as really generic. It was rather boring because I just couldn’t get into the story. The characters should have been just called John Doe and Jane Moe. Like there wasn’t anything there to make you want to connect with the characters. When there was, it was towards the end of the moving and that’s only because someone died and all the emotion, what little there was, came to the surface. The worst part of the entire movie is the ending. I’m not going to spoil it because the title already does that but like this isn’t how romance movies are supposed to end. The entire movie just felt like a letdown. The movie is perfect if you are looking to hook up with someone and don’t care about the plot.

The production on the movie wasn’t bad. Some of the details were good but then other times they were not so good. Like I really didn’t know that this movie started in 2001. It wasn’t until they had 9/11 take place that it truly felt like it was in that time frame.

Let’s Review Channing Tatum

It’s the time in the review where I review Channing Tatum. I’ll be reviewing him on his hotness and his performance in the movie. Let’s get one thing straight. Channing Tatum could be a playing a corpse and it would be a hot corpse. But on a scale of 1-10 with 10 being good, I’d probably rate him a 7. His character is super attractive but like, it would be more attractive if there was more to him. As I said, it’s just generic character. It’s like dating someone for the looks and then once you break up that you get to see a little bit more of a personality. I wish there was just more to the character.

Verdict

“Dear John” isn’t the movie that I would recommend to watch unless you are looking for a movie to hook up during. It’s just too generic and doesn’t really make you feel any sort of emotion until about the end of the movie. Even then, that feeling is angry because the ending sucks. It’s anti-climatic and feels like a major let down.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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Get ready for Amanda Bynes’ gift in ‘She’s The Man’

Since Amanda Bynes has recently returned into our culture and looking I might add, I thought it was time that we looked into the past and her filmography go back to the gift that she has given us that we haven’t properly thanked her for. What is that gift you may ask? CHANNING. FUCKING. TATUM. Let’s just get into the review of “She’s The Man.”

we all know the reason this gif is here

Inside every girl, there’s a boy

“She’s The Man” was released in March of 2006. It was directed by Andy Fickman, who gave the world “The Game Plan,” “Race to Witch Mountain,” and “Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2.” Sigh. The movie stars Amanda Bynes (Your Childhood and “What I Like About You”) and Channing Tatum (Your mother’s closet and “Magic Mike”). This was one of Channing Tatum’s big breaks in the early to mid-2000s. Besides “Step Up” that came out in the same year, this was our real first look at the man that would literally be in everyone with a pulse’s dream. The movie is also based off of the Shakespearean play “Twelfth Night.” A lot of people thing that it’s based off on the 1985 teen movie “Just One of the Guys.” It’s not, it’s just based off of the same play. Less nudity.

This wasn’t a scene in the movie. They just shot this for “promotion.”

The movie follows Olivia as she tries to get revenge on her former high school’s boy soccer team and her hot yet douchy boyfriend. The school cut the funded the girl’s team and the sexist coach refused to let them try out. So Olivia decides to pose as her twin brother and attend his new school, which happens to the rival school. The movie follows Olivia as she tries to fit in with her new teammates while also trying to get her new hot roommate to fall in love with her.

When I watched this movie back as an adult, it wasn’t as funny as I remember it to be. In fact, I’m not really sure why I thought so fondly of it. I still think it’s a good movie but it’s honestly just not as good as I remember it to be. Could it have been because a 14 years old version of me was just interested in Channing Tatum and watched anything that Amanda Bynes did? The world may never know. But what I do know is that this movie wasn’t ‘All That.’ Get it?

The acting in it was okay. It wasn’t horrible but yet it wasn’t anything that would win an Oscar. Amanda Bynes was probably the best in the film just because comedy and situationally comedy is her strong point. She really tried her best. But like I said, there was no real breakout acting. I mean, Channing Tatum did a great job with then limited acting experience. But it was your average teen romantic comedy acting.

Left: Amanda as her Brother
Right: Amanda as Olivia

The production on the film was actually pretty good. It was on par with other movies out at the time. It wasn’t anything too exciting but yet it wasn’t anything over the top. I was just your average 2000s teen movie. The message behind the movie is still extremely powerful and relevant. It wasn’t something that is overly empowering but it still gives you a message about gender stereotypes and breaking those barriers.

Now I thought about rating Channing Tatum on how was in the film both by performance wise and hotness but that would be rating a baby seal on how adorable it is. We all know it’s adorable so why state the obvious?

Verdict

“She’s The Man” is an okay movie. It’s nothing too special but yet it’s nothing too great. It’s just kind of there for teen movies. Amanda Bynes and Channing Tatum give the best performances in the movie. Because this movie is in her wheel house, and she’s the star, Amanda is the highlight of the entire movie. I do recommend watching it as the message is still a good and relevant message. “She’s The Man” is the perfect rainy day movie or if there isn’t anything else on.

Rating: 2.5 out of 5

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