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February 25, 2012 9:18 AM   Subscribe

Hey remember Lindsay Ellis' The Nostalgia Chick (previously) and her reviews of all things nostalgic and girly? She's done a lot more since then - Cruel Intentions- Jem! - The Craft - Mulan - and the Ne Plus Ultra of wish fulfillment Meg Ryan movies Kate & Leopold.
posted by The Whelk (27 comments total) 18 users marked this as a favorite

 
Neat!
posted by odinsdream at 9:27 AM on February 25, 2012


I've been kind of obsessed with her lately. And yet somehow I missed The Craft review! How serendipitous that this would be posted while I'm sick in bed so I can spend hours watching other videos I missed.

I like her a lot more than the Nostalgia Critic, personally. Her criticism is really great and thoughtful and her delivery doesn't rub me the wrong way like his does.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:53 AM on February 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Also she has tighter, funnier running gags. Nulla the Wo-man child is a delight.
posted by The Whelk at 9:56 AM on February 25, 2012


Nella! The My Little Pony episode which features Nella's elaborate pony mythology is awesome. Also, I highly recommend the Daria ep (which is how I found her--after recently rewatching all of Daria in 2 weeks after metafilter told me the dvds had been finally released), which really does a great job of touching on how quintessentially 90s many of the Daria tropes were.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 9:58 AM on February 25, 2012


Well, my resolve never to see Cruel Intentions again is strengthened, but now I wanna see the other two versions.

Also, my next pet is going to be named Irresistible Sexpot Malkovich.
posted by cmoj at 10:02 AM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


OK, I now feel like the time I wasted watching Cruel Intentions is now justified. (Although I will never quite manage to erase the fact that I brought my mother to see it. No, I have no idea what I was thinking. Or if I was thinking. I was in high school, alright?)
posted by restless_nomad at 10:09 AM on February 25, 2012


I'm sure Lindsay Ellis is very talented and has many good things to say, but I couldn't pay attention because I kept getting distracted by the fact that she's the absolute freaking identical twin of an old ex-girlfriend.

I'll be in my bunk.
posted by Greg_Ace at 10:39 AM on February 25, 2012


Cruel Intentions is great. When I was in college I took a class on epistolary novels and we read Dangerous Liaisons. For our final papers we wrote about different versions of some of the books we had read and I wrote about how even though Cruel Intentions might be a bad movie it is an excellent translation of Dangerous Liaisons in terms of its translation through society, language, and medium. It was a total blast to write but one of the weird side effects is that I got a copy of the director's cut of Cruel Intentions and watched the deleted scenes. There's a scene where Sebastian is writing a letter to Reese Witherspoon on the back of a cheerleader (straight out of Dangerous Liaisons) and he's holding something by I think Dickens (Great Expectations, maybe?) and says dismissively to her "You don't even know what that is" and she says "It's a book. Duh." which is something my husband and I now say to each other pretty regularly. It's funny until we remember that we're quoting the deleted scenes from Cruel Intentions and then we feel pretty weird about it. But still awesome.
posted by Mrs. Pterodactyl at 10:57 AM on February 25, 2012 [3 favorites]


I kept getting distracted by the fact that she's the absolute freaking identical twin of an old ex-girlfriend.

I have wasted a substantial amount of time on the internet trying to figure out where the fuck I know her from. There appears to be no actual connection but she's just so familiar. Drives me batshit.
posted by restless_nomad at 11:00 AM on February 25, 2012


Meanwhile, Nella looks and acts almost identically to this girl I went to grad school with, whose name (Ellen) is nearly an anagram of the chick's sidekick. I suspect cloning.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 11:06 AM on February 25, 2012


I'm halfway through her Song of the South review and it's really, really good so far. I love the nuance she brings to her analysis.
posted by PhoBWanKenobi at 11:15 AM on February 25, 2012


I recently stumbled onto Nostalgia Chick thanks to a link from The Mary Sue* to the "Top 10 'Hottest' Animated Guys", about which I initially thought "20 minutes for a top 10 list? is that a 'chick' thing?" but had me hooked two-minutes in, before she had stopped explaining why she was doing the list and started doing the list. (I was encouraged that Fred from Scooby Doo was not on the list and disappointed that nobody from Venture Brothers was, but it's too current for Nostalgia Chick, right? Still, "Top 10 Hottest Venture Brothers Characters" would be Comedy Platinum.)

*the 'girl geek culture' blog that is objectively better than 90% of 'boy geek culture' blogs, in spite of being part of Dan Abrams' Mediaite network... but then, one of my other fave 'geek culture' blogs is io9, from the Gawker Network.
posted by oneswellfoop at 11:21 AM on February 25, 2012


I have wasted a substantial amount of time on the internet trying to figure out where the fuck I know her from. There appears to be no actual connection but she's just so familiar. Drives me batshit.

Please let me know if you solve the mystery. Personally, I suspect that it has something to do with a screw-up at a Romanian crime lab.
posted by Navelgazer at 11:31 AM on February 25, 2012


Her apologia of the Lion King rerelease is quite good, but the montage at the end of people doing the Pride Rock pose with their cats/chihuahuas/beagles is worth the price of admission. (I never realized how regal Boston terriers could be.)
posted by restless_nomad at 11:52 AM on February 25, 2012


I was 90% sureI knew her from an event I do until I looked at some old photos and the girl I know has some tattoos she doesn't but yeah, same face, same voice, same sense of humor.


Werid. Erire. Werire
posted by The Whelk at 12:07 PM on February 25, 2012


I love the depth of her reviews, especially when she truly loves or truly dislikes something, and then spends 15 minutes on it.

And her X-men crush is adorable.
posted by Theta States at 12:28 PM on February 25, 2012


"Everybody's favourite dissatisfied Olive Garden patron, John Malkovich" is comedy gold.

I ORDERED A MARINARA
posted by Sebmojo at 12:37 PM on February 25, 2012


She makes a great point in one of the older videos about the "Dreamworks aesthetic" really starting with Aladdin of all things.
posted by Navelgazer at 1:13 PM on February 25, 2012


I generally get pretty bored with things of this nature -- I think too many video bloggers think they're much more interesting than they actually are. But she has something to say -- she has a smart point of view and is also funny. She's not just snarking to do it -- she has legitimate criticisms (and praise!) that she expresses well. The videos are also edited together perfectly and are very entertaining. I'm more impressed with these than I thought I'd be and I think I'll be back for more.
posted by darksong at 1:21 PM on February 25, 2012 [2 favorites]


Well my afternoon has been devoured by The Nostalgia Chick
posted by the_artificer at 3:38 PM on February 25, 2012 [1 favorite]


So after spending all day on this site I am basically entirely in love with this woman by now already, but she completely won me over with her line at the end of the Song of the South analysis:

"This film is a boring part of our history."
posted by Navelgazer at 5:23 PM on February 25, 2012


I have wasted a substantial amount of time on the internet trying to figure out where the fuck I know her from.
She looks and sounds like a young version of Janeane Garofalo. So I googled "young Janeane Garofalo" And found this, which is just her complaining about young people. But whatever.
posted by delmoi at 7:12 PM on February 25, 2012


So I'll admit to looking up images of the Nostalgia Chick before I watched any of the videos just because everyone was going on about how cute/familiar she was. I'm shallow that way. And wow if this is not a person of whom rule 34 fan art exists. If this isn't today's keenest barometer of internet celebrity, it should be. (I think she looks sort of like Ellen Page, random data point.)

6:30-9:00 of the review of The Craft should be mandatory viewing for all writers of fiction. I'm not kidding.
posted by kittens for breakfast at 6:36 AM on February 26, 2012


Well my afternoon has been devoured by The Nostalgia Chick

I've had a depressing day, but watching these cheered me right up. Thanks!
posted by jenfullmoon at 5:36 PM on February 26, 2012


Oh man her review of Milo And Otis, I had no idea about the controversial backstory and FLINGING KITTENS OFF A CLIFF.
posted by The Whelk at 12:48 PM on March 7, 2012


Oh my God. OH MY GOD.
posted by restless_nomad at 1:12 PM on March 7, 2012


The latest take down of The Lorax is pretty sweet, it's even partly in rhyme!
posted by The Whelk at 9:32 AM on March 15, 2012


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