Easy A (2010)


The high school movie has played an important role in American cinema ever since the 1950s, when films like Richard Brooks’ Blackboard Jungle and Nicholas Ray’s seminal Rebel Without a Cause introduced audiences to the burgeoning concept of teenagers as a culturally significant mass movement. But the genre as we know it today really blossomed in the 1980s, when John Hughes perfectly captured the modern high school experience with films like Sixteen Candles, The Breakfast Club and Ferris Bueller’s Day Off.

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Harper’s Island (DVD)

Killer show

Playing out like a Hollywood horror movie across 13 bite-sized episodes, TV sensation Harper’s Island is like Gossip Girl meets Halloween. Populated by a cast of uber-gorgeous 20-somethings, some clever plotting and genuine suspense means that, unlike so many Stateside series, this becomes more than just a guilty pleasure.

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