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Charlie’s Angels (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 27, 2011

56. Charlie’s Angels (available for streaming via Netflix and Amazon)

Here’s the trailer for Charlie’s Angels.

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Charlie’s Angels was one in a slew of TV shows turned into movies happening in the late 90s and onward.  However, it was actually enjoyable, so it was better than many of its contemporaries.  Starring Drew Barrymore, Cameron Diaz and Lucy Liu, Charlie’s “angels” are a crimefighting team working for a private investigation firm backed by an anonymous millionaire named Charlie.

So, the premise is obviously based in a realistic scenario.

This is a fun, girl-power type of movie – but for both genders because the girls also happen to be hot.

Lots of action and good performances by the supporting cast including Bill Murray, Sam Rockwell, Crispin Glover and a personal favorite of mine, Tim Curry.  Charlie’s Angels is a remake that surpassed my original experience with the TV show.

Charlie’s Angels is available on DVD from Amazon for $6.73.

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American Grindhouse (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 16, 2011

49. American Grindhouse (Available to stream on Netflix, available to watch on Hulu, not available digitally on Amazon)

Here is the trailer for American Grindhouse.

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American Grindhouse is a documentary discussing the origins and development of exploitation films in the United States. It’s a great story about what was happening in cinema that was not coming from the major Hollywood studios, especially in the 40s and 50s.

John Landis is one of the interviewees of American Grindhouse.

There are great interviews in this documentary, from people like John Landis who are famous filmmakers to the lesser-known people who were involved in the development and distribution of some of the exploitation films.  My favorite part was seeing some of the early “gore” films, which were pretty disgusting and graphic.  This documentary showed 2 seconds of someone’s hand being cut with a saw from Hostel, and that was really gross, but another image of someone’s tongue being pulled out in a movie from the 60s was just as messed up!

This documentary is not rated, but there is quite a bit of nudity in the clips from the films being discussed, so you should take that into account if it bothers you or is inappropriate for the company that you’re in.

American Grindhouse is available on DVD from Amazon for $17.99.

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Clerks 2 (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on April 6, 2011

24. Clerks 2 (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Clerks 2 trailer.

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Clerks 2 is the last film (so far) in the View Askewniverse series, all written and directed by Kevin Smith.

It takes place roughly 10 years after the original Clerks film, and features the 2 main characters from the first film, Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson).

Also featured again are Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith), still drug dealers but having just completed a stint in rehab.

New characters introduced in this film are Becky (Rosario Dawson),

Elias (Trevor Fehrman),

 and Emma (Jennifer Schwalbach).

Clerks 2, like the original, takes plan over the span of a single day.  We find out at the beginning of the film that Dante and Randal have been working at a fast food establishment since Randal inadvertently burned down the Quick Stop, their place of employment during Clerks.  It’s Dante’s last day before he moves to Florida with Emma, his fiancee. Naturally, the day doesn’t go as smoothly as planned, and the day ends up with an unplanned pregnancy, a dance number and a donkey show.

I really liked this movie – so many people were worried that Clerks 2 would suck in comparison to the original film, and this movie doesn’t try to be that.  Yes there are things that are reminiscent, but it tells a new story about these friends and has a lot of heart.  I’ve watched it quite a few times and I really like it.  It is definitely watchable, and definitely one to own.

Clerks 2 is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.99.

Here are the posts for all of the View Askewniverse movies:

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on April 4, 2011

23. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back trailer.

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a fitting title for this movie, a giant inside joke that refers back to the previous 4 View Askewniverse movies. This time around, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are the stars.

They find out early in the movie that the comic book with characters based on them, Bluntman and Chronic (referenced quite a bit in Chasing Amy), is being turned into a movie.  Instead of pursuing the money they could make as an extension of their previous likeness rights agreement with Holden and Banky, they decide to head to Hollywood and try and stop the movie.  Naturally, hijinks ensue.  Including a jewelry heist with hot chicks in catsuits.

Lots of great cameos from actors that have appeared in the first 4 Askewniverse movies.  Such as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Also appearing, Shannen Doherty, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson, Brian O’Halloran, Chris Rock, Joey Lauren Adams, Dwight Ewell, Renee Humphrey and more.

This movie is definitely tough to appreciate if you haven’t seen and liked the first 4 View Askewniverse movies.  However, if you have, the inside jokes and references are really fun.  It’s described by Kevin Smith as a “comic book of a movie” and that is completely accurate.  It’s a fun movie and definitely worth a watch, but i highly recommend seeing the other 4 movies first.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.89.

 

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Dogma (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 31, 2011

22. Dogma (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Dogma trailer.

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Continuing our trip through the Kevin Smith View Askewniverse films, Dogma centers around 2 angels, Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon) who have been banished to live on Earth for eternity.  They are introduced to an opportunity to get back into Heaven, and so begin a journey to get to a church in New Jersey.

Loki and Bartleby are being pursued by the 13th Apostle (Chris Rock), the last living relative of Jesus Christ: Bethany (Linda Fiorentino), and the so-called “prophets,” Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith).  This crack team is determined to stop Loki and Bartleby from going back to heaven and therefore unmaking existence.

There are other fun performances from the supporting players in this movie.  Alan Rickman as Metatron, the first heavenly being that visits Bethany, the Last Scion.

Salma Hayek also appears as Serendipity, a muse come to earth and now stripping for a living.

There was a lot of controversy when this movie came out, and watching it 12 years later, I still don’t get it.  The movie as really funny moments, and great dramatic moments.  I don’t find it as re-watchable as the other movies in the View Askewniverse, but I still like it a lot.  It’s definitely worth a watch.

Dogma is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.99.

 

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