Thursday, January 7th, 2010

Stranded at the Drive-In: The 100 Best Teen Movies

Stranded at the Drive-In: The 100 Best Teen Movies

Everyone undergoes some kind of teenage trauma, and a fundamental way of coping, or rite of passage, is the teen movie. Yet until now there has been no book that explores this successful movie sub-genre with any depth. Step forward Garry Mulholland, who, taking his cue from his previous, hugely acclaimed pop culture list books (This is Uncool and Fear of Music) , seeks to create a pantheon of the very finest teen movies, or in Garry Mulholland’s words: ‘I’ll be doing what film critics have been loathe to do since the 1950s, and taking the entire subculture of teen movies seriously, making a constant and compelling argument that Grease and A Nightmare on Elm Street tell us a great deal more about modern life and human nature than Citizen Kane and The Godfather.’ From Kes to Fame, Badlands to the Breakfast Club, and National Lampoon’s Animal House to Twilight, Garry Mulholland re-evaluates a much maligned genre, and brings it all back again: the good, the bad and the traumatic.

Some reviews:

Film Juice

Live Magazine

4 Responses to “Stranded at the Drive-In: The 100 Best Teen Movies”

Cameron Findlay Says:

Hi Gary,
I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed this book as I did Popcorn.Many of the films I would have put in & expected were there & I enjoyed what you write(even if of course I dont always agree). I was pleasantly suprised at many of the entries such as A Boy & his dog – Great film! Many of my choices were in the end section which amused me too.Harking back to Popcorn you mentioned you couldnt find The Decline of Western Civilisation.If you havent had chance, just to let you know I found it on You tube.Look forward to the next book.
Best Wishes

Ryan Says:

Hi Garry,

I’ve been reading Stranded At The Drive In. Great read. Even when I don’t agree with your choices I still really enjoy your perspective on them. I’m an Australian and was wondering if ‘The Year My Voice Broke’ was considered. You mention it’s sequel ‘Flirting’ in the “movies that didn’t make it” but personally I think ‘The Year My Voice Broke’ is much bolder and better, particularly in it’s haunting second half. It’s clearly influenced by earlier teen movies you mention like ‘The Last Picture Show’ but is still really good in it’s own right.
Also considering some of your entries on kids gone wild movies like Larry Clark’s I think you’d really like a 1980’s doco called “Streetwise” on teen runaways, prostitutes and pimps in downtown Seattle. Tom Waits did the soundtrack and the film is really amazing. It’s hard to track down so here’s a Youtube link.


Raquel Says:

Hi Garry

Where can I find the book you wrote about Amy?
I’d love a copy!


Kat Says:

Dear Gary,
I just finished your “Stranded At The Drive In” book, which was great fun!! I like the humour and the added insights on the cultural/social perspectives. It made me want to watch/rewatch most of these movies. For a couple of movies, I even stopped reading after a few sentences, cause it sounded too interesting and didn’t want to read spoilers.
Please write more movie reviews in a blog or something, we’d love to read more from you!

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