Embedded above: a visual history of the greatest prop t-shirts — and the occasional tank, polo, and sweatshirt — from film! A full list of every tee, film, and year of release is included below after the jump. What’d we miss? Post your thoughts, complaints, and critiques in the comments!
T-shirts are the currency of the realm here at It Goes to 11, but on occasion we turn our gaze to cool accessories. Like, say, sunglasses.
Even cooler than normal sunnies (as the Australians might say) are shades from the reel world (that is to say, film). To wit, we’ve cobbled together a supercut of our favorite movie sunglasses and embedded it above.
Between classic selections from Back to the Future, Dr. Strangelove, and pretty much everything Tom Cruise appears in to a variety of carefully vetted darkhorse entries, we’ve stitched our excellent eyewear into a triumphant aggregation, all soundtracked to a 1966 Dean Martin gem entitled “Shades” (apropos, yes?).
Or maybe not. Try this one instead:Five dealbreakers, as I see them:
1. Where’s Coach Flinstock and the comic relief?
2. Likewise, no basketball? That was a core component of the original, and one through which the film’s lessons — persistence, teamwork and staying true to one’s self, chiefly — are communicated.
3. The writers needlessly retrofitted the origin story, altering it from an inherited genetic condition to an active wolf bite (in the wilds of Los Angeles, no less), all so they could, one assumes, pander to the Twilight-set. Argh.
Lest you decry my wayward cynicism, I’ll let MTV’s producers hang themselves with their own words:
“The reinvention comes alive as a sexy thriller set against the drama of high school life with a forbidden, romantic love story at its core… ‘We are always up for creative challenges at MTV,’ said Liz Gateley, MTV Senior Vice President of Series Development. ‘We loved the conceit of the original film and knew the title had a great hook. The creative challenge was to take that title and reinvent it as a horror series for the MTV audience. It combines romance and high school to make Teen Wolf the perfect thriller for MTV.'”
That sound you hear is me banging my head against the wall in frustration.
4. Where’s Boof? The subtext of the original — don’t overlook the sweet-hearted girl next door in favor of the flashy blonde — is completely missing in the update.
5. Stiles has been, excuse the pun, defanged. Where, do tell, are his signature ensembles?
In any case, said deficiencies bring to mind this quote from the original, which rings true as faint praise for its current-day replacment:
Harold Howard: “I was hoping it would pass you by.”
Scott Howard: “Well, Dad it didn’t pass me by. It landed on my face.”
Halloween is creeping closer, which, naturally, begs the following question: got costume? For those suffering from a lack of inspiration, fear not, loyal readers: your friends at Found Item Clothing are here to help!
We’ve just posted our annual Halloween Costume Guide, which takes the Found Item model to its logical terminus, sourcing not only the shirts in question but all of the related elements and props necessary to build a convincing ensemble. This year’s version adds seven movie-themed get-ups to the mix, bringing the grand total to a whopping 28. Included among them are a few gems that you won’t find anywhere else, including Coach Steroid from The Ramones’ camp classic, Rock & Roll High School and Edgar Frog from the 80’s vamp classic, The Lost Boys. By popular demand, we’ve also developed hilarious outfits for Bob Wiley (What About Bob?) and Mr. Larson (Happy Gilmore). Click on the image/links above to see the entire spread. Because you never know when you might need a good costume…