Dec 16, 2017
I find it derivative of 1980s high school nerd movies, complete with sneering bullies, sadistic teachers, and The Girl walking across the room in slow motion while every guy in the class stares at her in rapture. Hetero-horniness is endemic; gay people do not exist.
And I have a lot of nit-picks:
1. It's Michigan, but always warm and sunny, even in winter.
2. Characters are introduced, then vanish, never to be seen or mentioned again.
3. The fundamentalist Christian girl crosses herself -- only Catholics do that.
4. And her church holds a dance -- fundamentalist Christians do not dance.
5. The time frames make no sense. They go trick-or-treating for hours in broad daylight. Lindsay goes to dinner at the Mean Girl's house, hours of plot time pass, and she goes home -- where her family is just sitting down to dinner. Do they eat at 9:00 pm?
Still, the characters have an endearing quality, the 1980s references give me a nostalgic glow, and there is ample beefcake.
Here are the top 12 beefcake highlights:
1. Teddy bear Ken (Seth Rogen)
3. Aspiring musician Nick (Jason Segel).
If these three sound familiar, it's because they've been starring in each others' movies for 17 years.
Plus Mean Girl Kim (Busy Phillips) and focus character Lindsay Weir (Linda Cardellini)
The Geeks: a group of underdeveloped, non-athletic Star Wars fans:
4. Tall, thin, laconic Bill (Martin Starr). He's still tall, thin, and laconic.
6. Prepubescent focus character Sam (John Francis Daley) was 18 at the time, although he could easily pass for 14. He's grown up a lot since.
More after the break.
Dec 15, 2017
I wanted to see how Archie and the gang have changed over the years, becoming more and more buffed, more defined to meet the changing expectations of masculine beauty.
Archie is thin, even underdeveloped, with little attention to realism in his arms and shoulders. He looks like a cartoon character.
Archie and Jughead appear in the Dan Montana house style, with some indication of pecs and maybe a line down the stomach to indicate abs.
When I was reading Archie comics as a kid, there was a lot more attention to the detail of pecs, shoulders, and biceps, particularly in the "muscle bound" Big Moose.
The guy's got a chest and abs, but no biceps.
A rather realistic Archie, with chest, abs and biceps.
Whoa, Reggie's got a 6-pack, plus shoulders, pecs, and biceps. Of course, he's parodying the tv show Jersey Shore, but still, he's come a long way in 70 years.
Dec 14, 2017
In “Groin Pull” (October 1992), Randy is cast as Peter Pan in the school play. First he is horrified because he must “prance” rather than fly: as his father states, “Men don’t prance. We walk, we run, we skip if no one’s looking. . .but we never prance!” Then he discovers that Peter Pan is generally played by a woman, and almost drops out of the play, before Dad confinces him that he can re-create the role as heterosexual, “a man’s man. . .a man with hair on his chest.” And it works: Randy comes home after the performance and exclaims triumphantly, “I saw Jennifer looking at me!"
. His character became a teen dream operator, intensely attractive to girls -- never to boys -- and intensely heterosexually active and aware.
But Randy was not content to be just another of the girl-crazy hunks who populated 1990s tv. He often supported liberal causes, in opposition to his conservative father, and his episodes often drew the series into serious themes, such as Randy questioning his religion or facing a possible cancer diagnosis. When JTT left the series in 1998, it was explained that Randy had been accepted into a year-long environmental study program in Costa Rica.
Tom and Huck (1995), and with Devon Sawa in Wild America (1997). He played a bisexual hustler in Speedway Junky (1999), opposite Jesse Bradford, and a gay teenager in Common Ground (2000).
He moved into voice work, guest starred on Smallville, and went to college, graduating from Columbia University in 2010 with a degree in history.
In 2011, tv personality Lo Bosworth re-ignited the rumors by stating that he was gay on the Chelsea Lately program.
There's a sausage sighting story on Tales of West Hollywood