2019 Film Reviews – 60: Booksmart [dir. Olivia Wilde; 2019]

Despite its (appropriate?) crudeness, there’s a real charm running all the way through Booksmart — a frenetic account of two American girls deciding, on the eve of their high school graduation, that they have to indulge in at least one night of partying, rule-breaking and all-round debauchery. As they try to fulfil this ambition, they meet a host of increasingly eccentric characters and stumble into … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 60: Booksmart [dir. Olivia Wilde; 2019]

2019 Film Reviews – 21: Clueless [dir. Amy Heckerling; 1995]

Ten minutes into watching Clueless for the very first time, I got the distinct impression that I’d seen it before. But that’s precisely because of how terrifically influential this US high-school-set update of Emma turned out to be, not just on the countless cinematic pretenders that came after it, but on an entire generation’s use of language. “Whatever” (with requisite w-shaped hand gesture). “Loser.” “As … Continue reading 2019 Film Reviews – 21: Clueless [dir. Amy Heckerling; 1995]