Skyline (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 29, 2011

82. Skyline (Available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Skyline.

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I did not expect much from Skyline because it looked like a sub-par B movie. I wasn’t totally wrong.

So, a bunch of attractive people with a rich friend (hey it’s Turk from Scrubs!) are partying it up, and wake up to an alien apocalypse.  Obviously.

He sure hopes that JD is alright.

Apparently the aliens inflict some sort of more severe version of the “hungry vampire” look from The Vampire Diaries.  That is no good.

I know! Let’s go on the roof with a handgun!  We will definitely come out on top.

Enough snark.  I don’t even think I’ll write any more about this.  I will say that I didn’t hate this movie, it’s definitely good for a popcorn-action movie type of evening.  Check it out.

Skyline is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.75.

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Empire Records (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 13, 2011

63. Empire Records (available for streaming via Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Empire Records.

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Empire Records is a story of a day, obviously in the 90s, for the employees of an independent record store on the brink of going corporate.  The film features Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Anthony Lapaglia, Robin Tunney and a bunch of other, less famous actors.

It is Rex Manning Day at Empire Records, and the young employees are preparing for having a celebrity in their midst, especially Liv Tyler who is planning on bedding the famous singer.  We have already found out that another employee, Lucas, took all of the store’s cash to Atlantic City the night before and lost it all during a game of craps.  The day goes on, and the staff deals with sharing their feelings about each other, meeting Rex Manning, trying to find a way to get around having to go the corporate music store route, and dealing with customer madness along the way.  This movie makes me wish I was 17 and working in a cool music store, instead of my actual reality which involved a green vest at Publix.

A really enjoyable part of this movie is the non-squinty and non-emaciated Renee Zellweger.

Plus, the soundtrack is pretty rad.

Empire Records is definitely worth checking out, and is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.33.

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The American President (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 20, 2011

53. The American President (Available to stream on Netflix, available to stream, rent and buy digitally on Amazon)

Here is the trailer for The American President.

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The American President is one of the movies I have seen before. Except that I have seen this movie A LOT of times.  My dad is sort of obsessed with it, he will watch it in full every time it is on television, and I’m the same way.

The American President is the story of a single US president who meets and falls in love with a lobbyist.  Naturally, drama ensues.  It features Michael Douglas as President Shepherd, Annette Bening as Sydney, and a great supporting cast including Martin Sheen, Michael J. Fox, Richard Dreyfuss and Anna Deveare Smith.

I honestly can’t say much more about it, I’ve basically summed up the plot and cast, and giving much more away is just details.  So this will be a short entry.

I obviously recommend that everyone watch this movie because I love it.  I also think it would be a great addition to a DVD collection, because I find it ridiculously rewatchable.

The American President is available on DVD from Amazon for $5.99.

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The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 9, 2011

47. The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (Available to stream on Netflix, not available digitally from Amazon)

I can’t find a trailer for this “documentary.”

Do not bother watching this. The Amazon page for the DVD provides the list of movies, and you won’t get much more from wasting 60 minutes of your time.  I imagine that whoever came up with this idea meant well, but this is just a mishmash of clips.  I watched this because I enjoy other countdowns of this nature, I think A&E or Bravo showed one about the best horror films of all time and it was fabulous.

Good countdowns need the following:

  • recognizable movies/songs/etc in the list
  • commentary from entertaining people
  • interesting facts about each thing

This doesn’t really fit any of my requirements for good countdowns.

I’m assuming that no one reading this will be interested in purchasing this mess, but the DVD is available from Amazon sellers starting at $14.99.

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100 Films in 2011: How to Be

by Jamie Sanford on March 7, 2011

How to Be is a small, independent film, released in 2009. I decided to watch it because Robert Pattinson is in it.  No shame.

So obviously, he got a lot hotter when he embraced his Edward Cullen haircut.

Here’s the trailer for How to Be.

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16. How To Be (Available to stream via Netflix Instant Watch and Amazon Instant Video)

Robert Pattinson plays Art, a college graduate in his 20s(who works as a stocker at the grocery store and who plays guitar and writes songs), having an alleged quarter-life crisis.  His girlfriend breaks up with him and he goes home to live with his parents who seem completely disinterested and mostly annoyed by him.  He reads a self-help book and ends up sending a check and a letter to the author – a Canadian who ends up flying to England to act as Art’s life coach.

The story progresses and Art works with the doctor to figure out how he can normalize himself and be happy.  He quits/gets fired from his job, continues to toy with music with friends, and works to get his parents to take a walk with him and the doctor so that they can have family bonding time.  Said family bonding is incredibly painful to watch, Art’s parents are awful and are so wrapped up in themselves and how they think their son is a mess.  They would rather ignore him and hope that he becomes normal than to try and accept him and try to support his musical endeavors.

It is painful at times to watch, which is clearly the point.  Will Art find a way to become normal, or will he accept that he is who he is?  You’ll have to watch the movie to find out.

How To Be is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.99.

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