Suburbs: The endless sprawl of identikit mass produced housing that surrounds most towns and cities in the western world. Lacking the rural tranquility of the countryside and the spirit, history and community of the inner cities they are designe to enduce a life numbing stupor into it’s inhabitents to keep the ‘prolls’ under control. Also known as concrete deserts, they are the loneliest, most soul destroying and down right dull places on the face of the planet.
Since World War II, North Americans have invested much of their newfound wealth in suburbia. It has promised a sense of space, affordability, family life and upward mobility. As the population of suburban sprawl has exploded in the past 50 years, so too has the suburban way of life become embedded in the American consciousness. Hollywood has been quick to capitalize on the suburban lifestyle and the angst and fears of its inhabitants. Here is burbia.com’s list of the Top 10 Movies with ‘Neighbors from Hell’ part 1 and 2.
The 10 Best, part 1
The 10 Best, part 2
Coming of age is a young person’s transition from adolescence to adulthood. The age at which this transition takes place varies in society, as does the nature of the transition. Often the individual(s) has developed in some way, through the undertaking of responsibility, or by learning a lesson. Movies of this genre are a very popular; either they are greatly loved by the generation they represent, or illustrate the issues that affect a peer group as a whole.
thelistuniverse.com has posted their Top 15 Iconic Teen Movies:
Other films that we thought deserved mention include (summaries by IMDb):
Dystopia: an imagined place or state in which everything is unpleasant or bad, typically a totalitarian or environmentally degraded one. The opposite of Utopia.
Several weeks ago, Snarkerati posted a list of the Top 50 Dystopian Movies of All Time. After its release, many people took the site to task for its rather loose interpretation of the term, dystopian. Specifically, term does not mean sci-fi, or cyberpunk, or anything like that. It refers to a political or social state. That means it could take place in the future or the past. Some could consider a movie about WWII Germany a dystopian movie. A movie that has robots, grime, etc. in it does not automatically make it a dystopian movie.
One reader, a fan of the genre, commented:
This list has started a discussion in my household at to what a dystopian movie actually is. You’ve got it defined here as…
‘The simplest definition of a dystopia is as follows: An imaginary place or state in which the condition of life is extremely bad, as from deprivation, oppression, or terror.’
This is fine, and holds up to most of the list. But if you think about dystopia as the opposite of Utopia, the perfect society, you start to sharpen the idea of what a dystopian movie or novel is supposed to be.
Society goes to hell for one of three different reasons:
- By accident: The global pandemic, the post-apocalypse, the oil suddenly runs out, the aliens take over, the machines have decided they’ve had enough, or any other natural disaster/extinction-level-event that turns the world mad in an instant. Movies based on this definition of dystopia specifically deal with the aftermath of such an event, of which The Road Warrior, A Boy and His Dog, 12 Monkeys and Children of Men (hey, all the sudden we can’t make any babies) are perfect examples. (more…)
“An idiot or stupid person. An insensitive, selfish, ignorant, cocky person who is inconsiderate and does stupid things.” — Urban Dictionary
Everybody knows one. Whether at work, on the road, or at home, we’ve all been confronted by them. In life, they’re bad, but on the silver screen writers seem to bring out the worst in some characters:
Johnny in Karate Kid (1984) – Yeah! Okay, here’s your first lesson: how to take a FALL! [He sideswipes Daniel, knocking him over the edge and down the embankment.]
Philips in The Sandlot (1993) It’s easy when you play with rejects and a fat kid, Rodriguez.
Col. William Tavington in The Patriot (2000) – [After killing another innocent man] You know, it’s ugly business doing one’s duty… but just occasionally it’s a real pleasure.
Ed Rooney in Ferris Buellers Day Off (1986) – [Whistling for the dog with a vase in his hands] Come here doggy! Look what Uncle Ed’s got for you, you little f*cker!
Commodus in Gladiator (2000) – They tell me your son… [Maximus stops] squealed like a girl when they nailed him to the cross. And your wife… moaned like a whore when they ravaged her again and again… and again.
Extreme Sports Punks in Harold and Kumar go to White Castle (2004)
Deebo in Friday (1995) & Next Friday (2000) – [yelling out before kicking his brother in the stomach] You know I gonna find you and when I do, I’m gonna put my foot up in your ass!
Biff in Back to the Future (1985) – Biff Tannen: And uh, where’s my reports? George McFly: Uh, well, I haven’t finished those up yet, but you know I… I figured since they weren’t due till… Biff Tannen: Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Huh? Think, McFly. Think! I gotta have time to get ‘em retyped. Do you realize what would happen if I hand in my reports in your handwriting? I’ll get fired. You wouldn’t want that to happen, would ya? Would ya?
Originally from Cameltap