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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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Chasing Amy (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 29, 2011

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

Here’s the trailer for Chasing Amy.

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Chasing Amy is the 3rd in Kevin Smith‘s View Askewniverse pictures, and was the follow-up to Mallrats which was less than super successful in the theatrical release. Once again, we’re presented with 2 main male characters Holden (Ben Affleck) and Banky (Jason Lee) –

– although the movie becomes more focused later on the relationship between Holden and Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams).

Holden and Alyssa meet each other at a comic book convention, as both write their own comics and have a mutual friend in Hooper X.   They hit it off the first night that they meet, and during their second outing, Holden discovers that Alyssa is a lesbian and their attraction to each other is not as he had imagined.  They become friends and things progress beyond that, other information comes to light and drama ensues from there.

While people expect comedy from Kevin Smith movies, this movie has a few heavy moments and a lot of heart.  I have laughed and cried during multiple viewings of Chasing Amy.

Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) also appear in the movie, and while they have a short appearance, Silent Bob drops knowledge that moves the story along well.

Dwight Ewell also gives a great performance in this film as comic book author Hooper X.

The Chasing Amy Criterion Collection DVD is available from Amazon for $9.69.

 

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100 Films in 2011: Jaws

by Jamie Sanford on March 3, 2011

I wish I remembered when I first saw Jaws all the way through.  I can tell you that I think it wasn’t until sometime in the last 6 years, and it has become one of my favorite movies ever.  Like others on this list, I will almost always watch this movie if I catch it on TV and I have some time to waste.

Here is the Jaws trailer.

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15. Jaws! (Available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch!)

I just found out that Jaws was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture!  It lost to One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and won a few technical awards.

Anyway, this is an iconic movie.  I don’t know if anyone on my list or readers hasn’t seen this movie, because it’s so prominent in culture.  There are references to it everywhere, it spawned multiple horrible sequels.  I knew more about Jaws than I probably wanted to because of the references contained within all of the Kevin Smith movies, including the scar-comparison scene in Chasing Amy that so well mimics the one on the Orca.

So if you don’t know, Jaws is the story of a small town, launched into a full on panic attack after a very large and in charge great white shark invades the area during the summer beach season.  The water-fearing police chief, played by Roy Scheider, is charged with dealing with it, and he ends up on the water, shark hunting with the old salt boat captain played by Robert Shaw, and the young shark expert played by Richard Dreyfuss.

Yeah, we’re definitely gonna need a bigger boat.

I don’t think I’ll give away any more about the film, but I definitely will be acquiring the DVD that I’m listing here as it has fantastic special features – from what I know about it, the making of Jaws is almost as interesting as the movie itself.

The 30th Anniversary Special Edition Jaws DVD is available from Amazon for $9.99.

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