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Best Worst Movie (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on December 31, 2011

95. Best Worst Movie (available to stream via Netflix)

So, it looks like I will be watching only 95 movies in 2011. Christmas in Florida messed with my movie schedule! Either way, I am pleased that I watched this many movies.

Here is the trailer for Best Worst Movie.

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My husband said it best as we were watching this. Best Worst Movie is like a real-life Christopher Guest film. It tells the story of members of the cast and crew of Troll 2, listed on Rotten Tomatoes as the worst movie ever made.

I had not seen Troll 2, but this movie made me want to see it.  Naturally, it has emerged as a cult favorite, with annual screening parties and other events surrounding a screening happening all over the place. We meet most of the actors from the movie in the film, and watch them travel to these screenings and be embraced by fans of the film that is apparently SO BAD.

Best Worst Movie is available on DVD from Amazon for $8.49.

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Waiting for Guffman (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 30, 2011

57. Waiting for Guffman (available to stream via Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Waiting for Guffman.

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Waiting for Guffman is a Christopher Guest film, and if you know you are a fan of movies like A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, you will love this movie too.

Waiting for Guffman tells the story of a group of “performers” from the town of Blaine, Missouri.  The musical is based on the long history of the town, and will be presented to celebrate the town’s anniversary.  The cast includes Guest film regulars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey and Fred Willard, all as members of the cast.  Guest himself plays Corky, the writer and director of the show. During rehearsals, we find out that Corky has written to production companies in New York, and that a representative from one of those companies will attend the show, presumably to review its potential as a Broadway show.

This scene is so funny and awkward.

The rest of the movie is the big buildup to the opening night of the show (also closing night), and the anticipation of everyone heading off to New York to pursue the Broadway dream. This movie is great, the actors are so brilliant at improvisation and so it makes for awkward hilarity.  I can definitely recommend a viewing of Waiting for Guffman.

Waiting for Guffman is available on DVD from Amazon for $16.95.

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Best in Show (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 14, 2011

19. Best in Show (Available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Best in Show trailer.

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I don’t remember which of the Christopher Guest mockumentaries was the first one I saw, but I think that Best in Show is my favorite.  I really liked dog shows, but this movie, focusing on 5 dogs and their owners and handlers made me enjoy them a lot more.  The whole thing seems much more humorous now that I can imagine what kind of neuroses are happening behind the scenes.

Your cast of characters include:

Buck and Trevor, your dog show commentators.  Trevor knows quite a bit about dogs, Buck does not.

Christy and Sherri Ann.  That’s their show dog Butch – show name Rhapsody in White.

Gerry and Cookie Fleck, with their Norwich terrier, Winky.

Hamilton and Meg Swan, with their tortured Weimaraner, Bea.

Harlan Pepper and his bloodhound, Hubert.

Stefan Vanderhoof and Scott Donlan, and their shih tzus, Agnes on the right competes in the Mayflower Kennel Club dog show that is the titular show.

This movie is in the classic Guest style, we’re introduced to all of our characters and then see them as they prepare for and travel to the Mayflower Kennel Club dog show in Philadelphia.  They begin to cross over and interact with each other at events surrounding the dog show. They then all compete and one of them (I won’t give it away) wins the whole show.

It’s a great movie if you love dogs, I’ve seen this movie at least 10 times – another on the ever-growing list of “movies I will watch if I find it on TV and am not doing anything just then.”  I would definitely recommend buying this movie.

Best in Show is available on DVD from Amazon for $5.98!

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