Today’s video is Joan Jett’s Bad Reputation. Why? Because I’m finally watching Freaks And Geeks & this song has been stuck in my head for weeks since it’s the show’s theme tune.
I love Freaks And Geeks! Not sure why I missed out on it at the time as it’s a very “me” show. Set in an early 80s high school with an awesome soundtrack! Think I just had a lot going on at the time & wasn’t really watching TV. Plus I can’t say I’ve totally loved everything from most of the show’s stars & creators since, so I was never in a rush to check it out. I was wrong! If you happen to not like Paul Feig, Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, James Franco, etc… Don’t let that put you off! Freaks And Geeks is great. (It’s on Amazon Prime in the UK, FYI)
So, onto Joan Jett. I like Joan Jett but admit that I’ve never really explored her music much beyond I Love ‘N’ Roll. I actually became a little more interested in her after seeing The Runaways. I still cannot believe that I like a film starring Kristen Stewart & Dakota Fanning… But I do! I loved it. I really should buy that one. Hey, I seriously recommend both Freaks And Geeks AND The Runaways even if you don’t like the people involved!
I never actually saw the video for Bad Reputation until now. When looking it up, I noticed that it was directed by David Mallet. Mallet has directed loads of famous music videos (including two I’ve featured previously for Music Video Friday: David Bowie’s Ashes To Ashes & Billy Idol’s White Wedding). I like how this video features various record labels all rejecting Joan Jett. I’m not sure why Bad Reputation didn’t make it as big as I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll as I think Bad Reputation is the better song. Odd. It looks like Freaks And Geeks has helped the song, though, as it has been featured in loads of things since the show used it.
Here’s the video if, like me, you’d never seen it before now. Enjoy. And have a great weekend! 🙂
Yeah, you know I’m not talking about movies like Pride & Prejudice. No way! I’m talking about movies like Carrie. I’m talking about menstruation. Yep!
This is a Top Ten list I’ve been planning on posting for ages but it just never seemed the right time (of month! HA!). I was partly inspired to finally put this post together thanks to Deadpool having a JUDY BLUME joke in it! I know I was the only old American chick at the showing I went to so I was the only one who got the joke when Deadpool was bleeding all over the place & said “Are you there, God? It’s me, Margaret!”. That joke is still cracking me up. I’m so old school…
It was hard to know what order to put these in but I’ve basically ranked them according to how good/funny/memorable/graphic the movie’s period scene was. I’ve already given away my number one in that first picture but, seriously, what movie other than Carrie could EVER top the Period Movie List? 😉
So here we go! Here are My Top Ten Period (as in, Menstruating) Movie Moments:
10. Pretty In Pink
Okay, so this is the “least period-y” period moment but it’s a cute one. Duckie was so adorable. And I really didn’t want to include something like Superbad in the ten as I find that period scene pretty ridiculous (I’ve included it with some honorable mentions at the end).
9. The Blue Lagoon
Yes, The Blue Lagoon is an absolutely dreadful movie! But at least it’s realistic, I suppose, that Brooke Shields would freak out over her first period since she’s growing up without any adults & has no idea what’s happening to her. Imagine how scary that would be! I’m sure that some girls these days are still not told anything about periods before they start them and that just seems really cruel…
8. A Tale Of Two Sisters
This is a really good South Korean horror (remade by Hollywood as The Uninvited) and I’m pretty sure that the scene in which the younger sister gets her period is symbolic of… Something. But the movie was pretty confusing overall, so, I don’t know. But I’m pretty sure the period scene had some sort of important significance as to what’s actually going on! Right? 😉
7. Boys Don’t Cry
This movie upset me quite a lot as it was a true story & I’ve never watched it again but I remember Hilary Swank’s Brandon Teena having to hide his used tampons/sanitary napkins under his mattress so no one would realize he was a girl? It’s a movie I’d most definitely recommend but it’s one of the heaviest & most depressing that I’ve ever watched so be prepared for that if you’ve never seen it.
6. The Legend Of Billie Jean
Aww. This movie is SO Eighties but I can’t help but have an affection for it. It’s weird to hear Yeardley Smith’s Lisa Simpson voice talking about getting a diaphragm after finally starting her period for the first time while on the run with “fugitive” Billie Jean.
5. The Runaways
I thought this was a great movie (even though Kristen Stewart, as Joan Jett, was in it) and I had to include the graphic period scene since a drop of blood falling onto the ground (from Dakota Fanning, as Cherie Currie) is the opening shot of the film. Here’s the beginning of the movie:
4. My Girl
I love My Girl and love love love the scene, after Vada realizes that she isn’t hemorrhaging to death, where she pushes Macauley Culkin over after he asks if she wants to go swimming and she shouts “and don’t come back for five to seven days!” Haha! It really is a bloody good movie.
3. Sixteen Candles
I think this scene is absolutely hilarious. What the HELL kind of drugs did she take for her cramps?! I want some of that!!
2. Ginger Snaps
I thought that Ginger Snaps was quite a good & clever film (as far as horrors go) and can’t believe it took so long to make a movie linking puberty, periods, full moons, and werewolves. It makes perfect sense!
Plug it up! Plug it up! My god this scene is horrifying. I think this scene most accurately portrays what it’s actually like when this happens for the first time. I don’t care what anyone says! “Beautiful” and “all part of becoming a woman” my ass. The first time feels like a horror movie and that’s even when you actually knew it was going to happen eventually (unless you also had a crazy bitch of a mother like Carrie’s…).
– Square Dance (aka Home Is Where The Heart Is) (I think I’m the only person in the world who saw this coming-of-age movie starring a young Winona Ryder)
– The Thorn Birds (I love The Thorn Birds! And it’s soooo not a “me” movie!)
– Pitch Black (the period bit is a stupid scene within an entire movie filled with outrageous stupidity)
– Superbad (I actually think the “perioded on my leg” thing is pretty dumb)
Do you have any idea just how many fruit & vegetable-related movie associations there are? I didn’t until I started making this list! So, I lied – this is a Top 20! There were just too many to narrow it down to ten but my anal retentiveness insisted that I call this a Top Ten to match all my other posts. 😉
I’ll just do a simple list for 20-11 then elaborate a bit more on my Top Ten. I’d really love for people to add any they can think of which I’ve missed. Let me know in the Comments & I’ll add yours to the end of this post & link to your blog.
Now, counting down from 20 to 1, here are My Top Twenty Movie-Related Fruits & Vegetables:
20. TIE: Jack Lemmon, Eve Plumb, Mr Bean & Barry Pepper. Yes – Barry Pepper! Two for one! (FYI – he’s an actor in The Green Mile). Also, I think Chuck’s cousin, Marvin Berry in Back To The Future, deserves a mention. 😉
19. Strawberry Fields in Across The Universe
18. The strawberries (and various other food items) in Nine 1/2 Weeks
17. The banana in the tailpipe in Beverly Hills Cop
16. All those tomatoes in Attack Of & Return Of The Killer Tomatoes
15. The “blow job carrots” in Fast Times At Ridgemont High
10. F*%k The Pain Away by Peaches As Heard In: Lost In Translation, Drive Angry, My Little Eye
Oh, Peaches – I do admit that I love some of your filthy songs. The most well-known, of course, seems to be Fuck The Pain Away as it’s been used in several movies, including the excellent Lost In Translation.
9. Day-O (The Banana Boat Song) by Harry Belafonte As Heard In: Beetlejuice
Who doesn’t like this song? Who doesn’t like this scene?! You know, I actually haven’t watched Beetlejuice in years – I really should watch it again! Was never really my favorite Burton film (it’s no Edward Scissorhands…).
8. Poisoned Apple As Seen In: Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs
Had to be in the top ten – it’s iconic! Not my favorite princess movie but I do love those Seven “Dwarfs”.
7. A Clockwork Orange As Seen In: Umm… A Clockwork Orange!
Not my number one favorite Kubrick film (that’s easily The Shining) but I do rank it highly despite being uncomfortable with some of the material. Plus, there’s not a damn orange in sight!
I’ve put this fairly high on the list even though I’m not crazy about the song. However, it’s awesome that it was included in two of my all-time favorite movie soundtracks (Dazed & Confused and Guardians Of The Galaxy). Also, it gives me the opportunity to recommend the movie The Runaways, which is about the band (obviously). It starred (don’t run away, ha) Kristen Stewart as Joan Jett & Dakota Fanning as Cherie Currie. Seriously – Stewart & Fanning?! Ugh! But… you know what?! I loved it! They were, well, very good. Especially Stewart. Well worth a watch!
I do love a good Tangerine Dream score! It was the best thing about the strange Miracle Mile (a movie loads of fellow bloggers seem to like!) and I’ve always loved the piece Love On A Real Train from Risky Business.
3. The Big Apple As Seen In: Countless films!
The Big Apple (as in, New York City) – Is there any other city in the world that has SO many films set in it?! I’ve chosen When Harry Met Sally as it’s a favorite. Yes, I’ll be doing a Top Ten NYC movies someday (probably after I finally get around to reviewing Escape From New York!).
2. The Cucumber As Seen In: This Is Spinal Tap
Ha! I’ve put this high on the list as it’s one of the first things I thought of when I came up with the idea for this list. Again, I’ve not actually watched this movie in years, although I loved it. I need to again. Who wants to watch it with me??
1. Peas In The Pod As Seen In: Toy Story 3
Yes, I know this may seem an odd choice for number one. But, if anyone here knows me at all, you’ll know I have a thing for anthropomorphism – especially adorable anthropomorphic food! I love these Peas in the Pod!!!! So. Damn. Cute. I may have bought the cuddly toy of this at The Disney Store after watching this movie. I’ve (reluctantly) given it to my daughter now. I clearly love her. 😉
Didn’t Make The List:
(before you add your own ideas in the Comments, here are some more that I did already think of)
Violet Beauregarde turning into a blueberry in Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory
Withnail And I – The Camberwell Carrot (the biggest joint ever)
The garlic used in The Lost Boys
Popeye’s spinach & also Olive Oyl in Popeye
Cornholio (did he make an appearance in Beavis & Butthead Do America? I think so…)
Carmen Miranda & Josephine Baker
The Red Hot Chili Peppers in various films such as Point Break & The Chase
Peanuts! Okay – I’m adding this at the end as most won’t agree to it being a veg (or fruit?!) but I’m really excited about this movie coming out!!
Movies I’ve Not Seen:
The Grapes Of Wrath
PHEW! I’ve spent way too much time thinking about fruit & veg this past week in preparation for this post. Now let me know if you have any more to add & I’ll link to you HERE – Ideas From Other Bloggers:
Cindy Bruchman: Ann-Margret in the white living room swimming in a room of canned beans coming out of her television in The Who’s Tommy
Eric from The IPC: Sherilynn Fenn using her tongue to tie a knot in a cherry stem in Twin Peaks (the TV show but I’ll accept it) 😉
sgliput of Rhyme Or Reason: Fried Green Tomatoes, “ogres are like onions” from Shrek, the pumpkin in Cinderella, the berry interrogation in Sound of Music, the giant cherry in Wreck-It Ralph, What’s Eating Gilbert Grape, and “Can you say mango?” from Paulie.
MovieRob: The blueberry pie in Stand By Me, Herbie Goes Bananas, The 9 1/2 weeks parody in Hot Shots, The Oranges in ALL 3 Godfather movies, The Apple Dumpling Gang, Pineapple Express, Poisoned dates in Raiders of the Lost Ark
And since I gave this scene a thorough re-watching for, ah, research…. I might as well share: