buddy films

Cop Out (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 26, 2011

43. Cop Out (Not available for streaming on Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Cop Out.

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If you search around this blog a bit, you’ll find that I generally enjoy Kevin Smith films.  KS did not write this movie, but was brought on to direct, which I think he did because of a non-hidden love for Bruce Willis.  (Although I’ve heard via podcast since then that working with Bruce Willis SUCKED.)  The movie is obviously meant to be a rehashing of the buddy cop movies of the 80s and early 90s, a la Lethal Weapon and the like. It moderately succeeds.

Tracy Morgan plays Bruce’s partner.  Seann William Scott plays a parkour enthusiast criminal, the guy from Half Baked plays a big drug dealer, and Adam Brody is a cute rookie detective.  Tracy and Bruce get suspended for some bad handling of a situation, and so they go rogue trying to recover a rare baseball card that originally belonged to Bruce. (I’m not even bothering with character names.)

I would only recommend watching this movie if you are on a desert island and have nothing else in the comedy genre. I’m sure you can find another movie that will have more flow than this one.  This movie has very funny moments that made me laugh a lot, but some of it just feels incredibly uncomfortable.

Cop Out is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.05.

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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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Clerks (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 22, 2011

20. Clerks (Not available on Netflix Instant Watch)

Check out the trailer for Clerks here.

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First things first, I am a Kevin Smith fan. I liked his movies as I was exposed to them(Mallrats first, then I went back and saw Clerks), and then checked out his website in the summer of 1999. Soon enough, I was frequenting a message board where I eventually met my future husband, which makes the soft spot in my heart for Kevin Smith that much bigger. (Coming soon will be a post about Kevin Smith’s podcast network.)

ClerksClerks is centered around the characters of Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) – who work at the Quick Stop convenience store and the attached RST video store.  Clerks takes us through a day of their lives as said clerks, dealing with customers, arguing with girlfriends past and present, playing hockey, going to a funeral and conversing about Star Wars, porn, and whatever else comes to mind.

Veronica and DanteDante’s girlfriend Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) appears quite a bit in Clerks, as a college student, wielder of fire extinguishers and Randal-hater. The scene featured above ends in a heated exchange about sexual partners that is one of my favorite moments in the movie.

Jay and Silent BobJay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are introduced in Clerks – only to become a major factor in the rest of the View Askewniverse films – all written and directed by Kevin Smith.  Jay and Silent Bob have a dancing scene in this movie that makes me laugh a lot.

I can’t give too much away about Clerks, because the magic is really in the dialogue.  For a movie with not much happening in terms of visuals, the dialogue is witty and funny and it’s obviously why the movie did so well in its release.  If you like comedies with a potty mouth, Clerks will definitely be enjoyable for you.

Clerks X DVDThe Clerks X DVD, loaded with special features and the extended cut of the film, is available from Amazon for $25.49.

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

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100 Films in 2011: Men in Black

by Jamie Sanford on February 9, 2011

Still behind.  Either way, I caught this movie on TV and watched it over the weekend.

8. Men in Black (Not available on Netflix Instant Watch)

I don’t remember if I saw this movie back in 1997 when it came out, but I remember one thing from that time—

Will Smith got sexy all of a sudden!  In the “Men in Black” video! My friend Christina and I did not go to high school together, sadly, but we talked a lot, and once we had cars, hung out a lot too.  I have a specific memory of talking about this with her and having her comment on how Will Smith’s dancing in the music video is SEXY.  The steps are pretty basic but Will Smith brings out some swagger here that has lasted, because he is still hot.

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Anyway, back to the movie.  It’s classic summer blockbuster fare, and I think it is mostly really entertaining.  It’s a comedy with some action in it.  I would have recast Linda Fiorentino with another actress, but I think that I am not a big fan of hers in general.  I also just read that Tommy Lee Jones was a second choice to Harrison Ford, and I can’t imagine the movie without the Agent K that we know and love.

Men in Black is available on DVD from Amazon for $8.99.

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