Now I know I’m breaking the cardinal rule of the site by discussing pop culture after the 90s but what the hell. The Rules of Attraction which came out in 2002 could have easily been released in the 90s. I remember seeing this when I was in college with a whole group of friends. I can safely say that I was incredibly obsessed and ran out to get the book (by Bret Easton Ellis) just a week later.
Shannyn Sossamon, who is one of the standouts of the film is my personal style icon from almost any film. From her asymmetrical haircut, tomboyish attitude, and skateboard girl cool factor she’s pretty much perfect. Also, can’t help but to give James Van Der Beek an honorable mention for his role as sketchy and deviant charater, Sean. Who is a far cry from his standard 90s role of “Dawson Leery” from “Dawson’s Creek”. It’s also impossible to forget Ian Somerhalder as Paul and Victor’s whirlwind trip through Europe.
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This Spring I happened to catch “Palo Alto”, director Gia Coppola’s debut feature film based on James Franco’s book on adolescent life in Northern California. I was instantly drawn to the “Coppola aesthetic”, as it relates so much to what high school was like for me growing up in Washington, DC. It really is a film to put on your list to watch.
Jack Kilmer, who is the son of actor Val Kilmer had a breakthrough role in the film. I think its safe to say that this isn’t the last that we will be hearing from him. His honest portrayal of Teddy reminded so much of the demeanor of guys in my own classes in school. From his grungy attire and all around angst, it really put me right back to being the awkward girl in school doing random things for all sorts of reasons.
He even captured the attention of Hedi Slimane, as he walked in the Saint Laurent mens SS15 show just a few months ago. Whether actor or model he’s got an interesting look that lends to all sorts of genres.
This is one of those films that immediately captured me when I watched it the first time. Within 20 minutes it just seemed like the most accurate portrayal of meeting a stranger when traveling. Thankfully, I’ve had few experiences exactly like this one, but there are a few people I’ve met while traveling that have had a dramatic impact on my life.
The film follows an early 90’s Ethan Hawke (which says it all) and French actress Julie Delpy on a train headed to Paris. In Vienna they stop and have an amazing time getting to know each other while discovering a new city. This film also spawned Before Sunset and Before Midnight, which are just as important as this one. This first in the series is just so captivating that you almost have to watch it twice.
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I’m taking this time to pay homage to one of my ultimate 90s crushes, Ryan Phillippe. I shouldn’t even talk about him the past tense like he’s not still insanely hot. Only now he has a sleeve and is pushing 40. In the mid 90s there was literally no one who could touch him. From Sebastian in Cruel Intentions, Barry in I Know What You Did Last Summer, and my favorite Shad in Nowhere there was no film where he wasn’t wearing a tank top or soaked in water. And to whoever made that decision, we thank you. So here’s a nice collection of images from his heartthrob days…swoon.
not to worry…he still looks amazing.
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Just a few weeks ago I was doing my usual browse around the Netflix streaming app, which is as routine as brushing my teeth at this point and I found the indie gem, Little Birds. The film was released in 2012 with great reviews from the Sundance film festival and other national press outlets.
I’m so glad that I decided to take a chance because it’s easily one of the best films I’ve seen this year. The story follows two girls living in the Salton Sea out in the California desert. Completely bored with their lives and lack of excitement, upon meeting a few skaters from LA they take a chance and road trip to the East side of Los Angeles. Later in the story the girls find the guys, and the first feeling of being completely on your own run throughout their tale.
Another point to highlight would be the main star Juno Temple. Her presence is magnetic and the girls’ style reminds me much of my own when I was in high school. Even now I always find comfort in knowing that in this digital age there are still films that separate from the “mainstream” and follow the hidden subcultures and small desert towns as if nothing as changed.
Please see this film.
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Mysterious Skin, directed by Gregg Araki is one of the most powerful films I’ve ever seen. It was released in 2004 so it doesn’t quite fit the 90s mold, although the story does take place in the 90s so there’s your connection. Adapted from the book by Scott Heim, the story follows two boys growing up on different paths but with a past that connects them. Without giving too much away it is simply one of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s best roles to date. Watch the trailer below and have your mind blown.
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I know I missed the usual Menswear Monday segment by a few days but what would life be without a little mystery? Which brings me to my appreciation of 90s Stephen Dorff. Just last week I happened to be watching TV and saw that blu commercial for the new e-cig and alas my high school crush came flooding back to me. He was more of a heart throb figure in the 90s and most famously in my head was Alicia Silverstone’s bf in Aerosmith’s video, “Cryin”. Oh and we can’t forget “Blade”.
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One of the many reasons that I love Netflix is the ability to drag up some random b movies in my search for something to watch. It seems that I spend more time deciding what to watch than anything else. Much to my amazement I found that “Kalifornia” was just re-added back to the game. It’s probably one of the best early 90s films with very little budget and recognition, but in true 90s fashion has a stellar cast. Imagine David Duchovny and Michelle Forbes on the open road as journalists researching serial killer spots when they pick up drifters Brad Pitt and Juliette Lewis. Not give too much away but no one is truly what they seem at first glance. Released in ’93, this film is a B-movie not to be missed.
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Just last week I was watching “Lords of Dogtown” for the millionth time and I thought about Emile Hirsch. This then prompted me to pop in “Into the Wild”, one of my favorite films that he’s done in his film career. He’s high on my list like James Franco, as far as the new Hollywood crop of actors go. He has pretty awesome style with a total 90s “idgaf” attitude.
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Who doesn’t love a little Christian Slater? Especially when he’s running a rogue radio station while still in high school. I wish when I was 16 I could have run my own station from my mom’s basement. Oh yes, and of course in true 90s fashion style. The film came out in ’90 but has a very 80s approach. Directed by Allan Moyle, who famously directed “Empire Records” is pretty much exactly what brings me back to my youth. Another great pick if you’re looking for something to watch this holiday season.
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