Thursday, August 18, 2016

Film Fridays: New York Nostalgia!

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If you haven't figured it out by now, I'm a pretty big movie buff. Impatiently waiting for someone to create some sort of sub culture based on film and pop culture, kinda like Drag, but not. With all the random movie quoting I do, do to my extensive film knowledge, I thought i'd start recommending some of my faves.
This week for #FlashbackFriday, I'd like to recommend some underrated throwback randoms. The theme this week, New York Nostalgia!
These featured films were all released between 1990-2000, not too ancient not too recent, and all take place in NYC, so its sure to give you some flashbacks. You'll find that a lot of my movie picks take place in New York, because well, I mean do you really need me to explain?

If you asked my favorite film genres, I'd have to say teen flicks and cult classics, and this film is both, mixed with crime and drama. What I love most about this film though, is that it features cyberpunk fashion/culture. A underground scene in the 90s that was TOTALLY overshadowed by grunge and hip hop culture.. 
Not to mention there's a teenage Angelina Jolie...need I say more?

(Plot summary via iMDb)
A young boy is arrested by the U.S. Secret Service for writing a computer virus and is banned from using a computer until his 18th birthday. Years later, he and his new-found friends discover a plot to unleash a dangerous computer virus, but they must use their computer skills to find the evidence while being pursued by the Secret Service and the evil computer genius behind the virus.

This movie is currently streaming on Hulu.

If you knew me personally an explanation as to why I love this movie wouldn't be needed. Five 20 something badass women trying to make it on their own in NYC. Nuff said? Plus Coyote Ugly is a real place. Ladies night, who's coming with?

(Plot summary via iMDb)
 Aspiring songwriter Violet Sanford, after getting a job at a women-run NYC bar that teases its male patrons, comes out of her shell.

My only issue with this movie, is that they used the HELL out of Tyra Banks to sell tickets. Don't be fooled by all the movie posters and trailers, Tyra is only in about 5 minutes of the entire movie.

The movie that inspired the theme of this post and perhaps the most nostalgic one of the bunch. This film, like Hackers, combines my two favorite film genres but is also very heavy on the drama. As a native New York City girl, similarities to life, culture and music are the main reasons why I keep coming to back to this flick.

This flick is serious fashion inspiration and is currently streaming on Netflix.

We've all heard the stories about the days of Studio 54, how it was a magical place that made you feel like you were in a dream. A place elites like Michael Jackson and Andy Warhol, and the most unique individuals of all ages and walks of life came to escape reality for a few hours. 

(Plot summary via wiki) 
Shane O'Shea (Ryan Phillippe) is a young Jersey man, handsome enough to become a bartender at Studio 54. There he befriends aspiring singer Anita (Salma Hayek) and her husband, Greg Randazzo (Breckin Meyer). Shane gets sucked into the hard-partying scene at Studio 54, as his life spirals downward, so does the club.

Its places like Studio 54 and The Cotton Club that really make me wish I could time travel, just for a night. Lucky bastards.

In my opinion this film is SUPER underrated. One late night, flipping through channels, I came across this movie. Ushers name is what initially caught my attention, but as the movie began I became intrigued by the story. Its crazy that at a time where police brutality, civil rights and poverty are all top issues in this country, this movie isn't more popular. Plus Usher, Fredro Star and Arnez (from "One on One") fine selves all star in this film.

Gangsta Usher is kind of a turn on. He better not shoot bae (Fredro)  though.

Side Note: This movie supposedly takes place in a Jamaica, Queens public highschool. Which one do you think it is? My money is on Jamaica High or Jackson,
 Comment below.

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