By now I hope we have all come to terms with the reality that this blog is basically a front for a personal catalogue of every movie that has been important to me at some point in my life, like a very intimate Netflix queue. When I write these screencap-based posts for you, I almost feel like we are at our very own slumber party. And when I get up to put in a new VHS, you put my bra in the freezer and stick a whoopee cushion underneath my booty. YOU JERKS. Anyway, we are going to leave the 80’s film obsesh for a bit and delve deep into a time when the art of thrifting was in its prime…when our cups runneth over with Orbitz and most importantly…when I had a spikey butch hairdo. Yes that’s right my friends, we are now exploring the cinema that influenced my teenage years aka the mid-to-late ’90’s era.
Nowhere was the final installment from director Gregg Araki’s “Teenage Apocalypse Trilogy.” It followed The Doom Generation which I wrote about here, and before that, The Living End. Nowadays you might know him from Mysterious Skin (which I can only watch ONCE in my life) and Smiley Face...which I haven’t seen but have been advised not to. Most people either loved or hated Gregg Araki movies. I obviously loved them back then. They were weird as fuck and filled with graphic sex and violence, but there was even more for me to love! Everything from the wardrobe, the actors he chose, the colorful sets and demented sight gags were all things that spoke to teen Marie!
Nowhere took us through a day in the life of a group of hopeless L.A. teenagers who care for nothing much more than sex, drugs and partying. At the center of this is a boy named Dark (James Duval aka the bunny from Donnie Darko) who wants monogamy from his polyamorous girlfriend (played by Rachel True from The Craft – yes that one is coming too) yet is exploring his own infatuation for a boy named Montgomery (who has one blue eye and one brown eye which I remember thinking was SO HOT BACK THEN and still do)
Araki always made sure to have the bedrooms in his movies make a statement. Outfits matching wallpaper always brings a smile to my face.
Friends climbing in through windows was soooo 90’s!!! I think the last time I saw that was with Joey Potter in Dawson’s Creek. MISS EWE
The cameos in this movie are THE BEST. We have Rose McGowan (who was also in The Doom Generation), Traci Lords, and none other than Shannen Doherty as three Valley Girls who get zapped by an alien! HOW PERFECT IS THIS TRIFECTA.
Debi Mazar and Jeremy “The Right Kind of Love” Jordan have a very erotic yet disturbing scene. Can I confess to you something my brothers and sisters? In high school, I borrowed a Jeremy Jordan cd from one of my friend’s and listened to it for one month straight. EVERY DAY!! The month before was The Chronic by Dr. Dre AND the month after was Mariah Carey’s Daydream. WTF? Honestly this is no different than today. My obsessive music listening has been going on for too many years. I was really embarrassed about that though.
Christina Applegate is SO AWKWARD in this! I love it.
I was so in love with Ryan Phillippe during this time.
Even Mrs. Garrett shows up!
Also loved this random scene with Devon Odessa (the bff who Angela ditched for Rayanne in My So-Called Life) and Staci Keanan (from My Two Dads and Step By Step.)
Sometimes I wonder how much of the aesthetic of Nowhere rubbed off on me. Sadly, the movie is not available on DVD in the U.S. so we can’t even Netflix it! HOWEVER…I did watch all of it on youtube! Enjoy…or hate it. Let me know!