Tag Archives: High School

Margaret

17-year-old Manhattan student Lisa Cohen (Anna Paquin) can’t get over the death of a woman who’s run over by a bus; she feels guilty because of a quick interaction between her and the bus driver… Kenneth Lonergan’s second film as director was shot in 2005, but delayed for years because of several lawsuits. The editing … Continue reading Margaret

Show Me Love: Ending Boredom

TWO GIRLS. ONE LOVE.  The Russian artist Lena Katina once said in an interview that her controversial pop duo t.A.T.u. was originally inspired by this film. She and her fellow teenage performer Julia Volkova posed as lesbians, which caused quite a stir in a country that is hopelessly socially conservative. When t.A.T.u. fans learned that … Continue reading Show Me Love: Ending Boredom

The Breakfast Club

THEY ONLY MET ONCE, BUT IT CHANGED THEIR LIVES FOREVER. One of the most classic 1980s high school movies is probably also John Hughes’s most beloved film. It helps to have a location as sealed off as an empty school, helping us to focus on five students of different backgrounds who gather there on a … Continue reading The Breakfast Club

Love, Simon

HE’S DONE KEEPING HIS STORY STRAIGHT.  Teenager Simon Spier (Nick Robinson) hasn’t told anyone yet that he’s gay, but an e-mail conversation that he begins with another closeted boy changes his life. The director’s first feature in eight years is a romantic comedy for teenagers in the vein of John Hughes movies, complete with an … Continue reading Love, Simon

Lady Bird

TIME TO FLY.  In 2002, a student (Saoirse Ronan) at a Catholic high school in Sacramento struggles with her mother (Laurie Metcalf), college prospects, new friends and a boy she likes. For her solo directing debut (after co-directing Nights and Weekends (2008)), Greta Gerwig was inspired by her own life. Ronan is outstanding as the … Continue reading Lady Bird

A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

THE FIRST NAME IN TERROR RETURNS… Teenager Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) has strange dreams about a monstrous man and can feel how he’s falling under the man’s spell. This sequel imitates the original in many ways, but what makes it stand apart is its (sometimes less than) subtle gay subtext. There’s even a visit to … Continue reading A Nightmare on Elm Street Part 2: Freddy’s Revenge

In the House

THERE’S ALWAYS A WAY IN.  French teacher Germain Germain (Fabrice Luchini) becomes fascinated with a story written by one of his 16-year-old students, Claude (Ernst Umhauer), that has him essentially spying on the family of a classmate. It’s easy to find yourself in the position of Luchini’s teacher, drawn into a boy’s voyeuristic fantasies detailed … Continue reading In the House