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65. The Addams Family (not available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for The Addams Family.

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The Addams Family is a 1991 film based on the classic television show.  It stars Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci as members of the Addams clan.

In the story, it has been 25 years since the disappearance of Fester Addams, and they hold a seance to try and connect with his spirit.  An impostor shows up in an attempt to access the family fortune, and so the movie goes.

66. Addams Family Values (not available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Addams Family Values.

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Addams Family Values is a sequel that actually surpasses the original film.  It begins with the birth of Pubert Addams, which creates the need for a nanny.  The Addams’ soon hire Debbie, played brilliantly by Joan Cusack.  She manages to get Wednesday and Pugsley off to summer camp while she tricks Fester Addams into marrying her, in an effort to access his fortune.

Both Joan Cusack and Christina Ricci stand out in this film.  They’re both brilliant.  Christina Ricci shows off the crazy amounts of talent she had even as a child.  Raul Julia is also great.

I really enjoy both of these movies.  They’re dark and funny and have fabulous costumes and I want to live in the Addams mansion.

A double disc of both The Addams Family and Addams Family Values is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.99.

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Monster (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 28, 2011

44. Monster (Not available to stream on Netflix – available to buy and rent digitally on Amazon Instant Video)

Here is the trailer for Monster.

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Spoiler alert!  Monster is a slightly dramatized story of the life of convicted (and later executed) serial killer Aileen Wuornos, played brilliantly by Charlize Theron, who rightfully won an Oscar for her performance in this film. She gained 30 pounds and wore some heinous prosthetics and fake teeth in order to embody AW, and it is a disturbing transformation. Christina Ricci co-stars in this movie as Selby, Aileen’s girlfriend (a dramatization of Aileen’s real-life girlfriend).

Not surprisingly, this movie is DARK. I love documentaries and after seeing this film the first time, I watched 2 documentaries on Netflix about Aileen Wuornos, both containing interviews with her.  It turns out that Charlize Theron was constantly watching these documentaries as well to best portray Wuornos. She does quite a good job, as I was just as freaked out by the movie as the documentaries.

The story is such that it shows a slow descent into near madness as Aileen feels that she has no choice but to murder potential clients (AW was a prostitute) to rob them and steal their cars.  She eventually is caught and has to watch Selby turn against her and work with the police and the prosecutors to convict her of the murders.

This movie is really well done, but doesn’t give the warm fuzzies.  I recommend watching it but be prepared to be disturbed.

Monster is available on DVD from Amazon for $8.49.

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100 Films in 2011 – Top Secret and Penelope

by Jamie Sanford on January 3, 2011

So, part of my blogging resolutions for 2011 is to write more content.  I’ve decided to put more content of a personal nature here, since I think it all ties in to what I post here.

I’ve watched 2 movies in the last 2 days, and it occurred to me that with the advent of Netflix instant watch, I could easily watch 100 films in 2011.

It is so on. I’m going to try it out.  I mean, if Jenny can put out the effort to come up with 365 outfits, I should definitely be able to get my act together to watch 100 movies.  Naturally, I will document all of the movies I watch here on the blog and will link to information on watching or purchasing.

#1: Top Secret (available on Netflix to watch instantly)

Top Secret

Top Secret is only available from Amazon Sellers.

Top Secret was a movie that my husband wanted to watch – how is it that I have no memory of this movie even existing?  Starring a young Val Kilmer, it’s a very Naked Gun-esque comedy – not surprising since it had the same creative team.  It was pretty good. I would recommend watching on Netflix and not buying the DVD.

#2: Penelope (available on Netflix to watch instantly)

Penelope

Penelope is available for $11.99 from Amazon.

I caught Penelope during the very beginning earlier tonight, and I had been interested when I heard about it but never got around to seeing it.  I really liked it! I am a big fan of Christina Ricci and she was great and I enjoy fairy tale-type stories and this fit the bill. I think the story has a good message and would definitely buy the DVD for a young girl.

98 movies to go.

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