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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Skyline (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 29, 2011

82. Skyline (Available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Skyline.

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I did not expect much from Skyline because it looked like a sub-par B movie. I wasn’t totally wrong.

So, a bunch of attractive people with a rich friend (hey it’s Turk from Scrubs!) are partying it up, and wake up to an alien apocalypse.  Obviously.

He sure hopes that JD is alright.

Apparently the aliens inflict some sort of more severe version of the “hungry vampire” look from The Vampire Diaries.  That is no good.

I know! Let’s go on the roof with a handgun!  We will definitely come out on top.

Enough snark.  I don’t even think I’ll write any more about this.  I will say that I didn’t hate this movie, it’s definitely good for a popcorn-action movie type of evening.  Check it out.

Skyline is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.75.

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The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 9, 2011

47. The 50 Worst Movies Ever Made (Available to stream on Netflix, not available digitally from Amazon)

I can’t find a trailer for this “documentary.”

Do not bother watching this. The Amazon page for the DVD provides the list of movies, and you won’t get much more from wasting 60 minutes of your time.  I imagine that whoever came up with this idea meant well, but this is just a mishmash of clips.  I watched this because I enjoy other countdowns of this nature, I think A&E or Bravo showed one about the best horror films of all time and it was fabulous.

Good countdowns need the following:

  • recognizable movies/songs/etc in the list
  • commentary from entertaining people
  • interesting facts about each thing

This doesn’t really fit any of my requirements for good countdowns.

I’m assuming that no one reading this will be interested in purchasing this mess, but the DVD is available from Amazon sellers starting at $14.99.

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100 Films in 2011: About Last Night

by Jamie Sanford on February 16, 2011

Maybe this month, I will focus on 80s movies.  My husband is horrified at my current movie picks, but maybe I’ll get to more classic movies in March.

11. About Last Night (This movie is available to stream on Netflix)

Here’s the trailer for About Last Night (side note: trailers in the 80s are sort of hilarious):

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So this movie centers around a relationship that builds out of an initial one-night stand between Demi Moore and Rob Lowe.

Was Rob Lowe the Robert Pattinson of the 1980s?

Anyway, this is one of the Brat Pack movies.  Click through to see all of the movies considered in that list – I’ve already talked about Pretty in Pink this year, and I have my DVR set to record St. Elmo’s Fire later tonight, so that will be up on the blog soon.

Sorry, got sidetracked.  Anyway, Rob and Demi meet at a bar, have sex, then end up getting into an actual relationship.  They interact with each other and their friends James Belushi and Elizabeth Perkins.  The friends in this story seem to be hell-bent on the relationship between Rob and Demi ending, and James Belushi won’t stop using the word “broad” which just sounds gross coming out of his mouth.  I won’t even go into the 80s fashions in this film.  The Breakfast Club (which I’ll so be writing about at some point too) came out the year before and everything seemed so much more flattering.  Demi Moore keeps wearing sweaters that are 8 times too big for her and it’s just sad.  Even moreso when you get to the part of the movie where she is naked and you can see just what a disservice she’s doing herself by wearing those heinous sweaters.

Unfortunately you can’t see the size of the sweater, but I think you get the idea.  The hair is also pretty hot.

I am not really interested in watching this movie again anytime soon.  I think I had only seen parts of it before, and it just seemed really odd to me.  I don’t want to spoil it, but since it’s like 25 years old I don’t know how much of a big deal it is.  If you don’t really know the person you’re dating, why the hell would you move in with them?  Isn’t that a big step?

Anyway, the movie has good moments, I would definitely watch it on Netflix but probably wouldn’t buy it on DVD.

Having said that, About Last Night on DVD is available for $7.49 from Amazon.

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100 Films in 2011: The Social Network

by Jamie Sanford on January 26, 2011

Keeping it going with a new movie, taking it away from the older movies I’ve been covering.  I have already talked a bit in other places about the score, composed by one of my favorite musicians, Trent Reznor, with his co-composer and bandmate Atticus Ross.

Actually, let ‘s cover that right now – the score for this movie is fantastic and has already won a Golden Globe, amongst other awards.  I purchased the album a few months ago when it came out, and it’s fantastically dark and works so well in the film.

It’s a hot deal!  The MP3 download of the album is $5.00 on Amazon.

6. The Social Network (not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

I really enjoyed this movie – although my husband has changed it a bit with his research into how different the real story is from the way things are portrayed in the movie.  However, I think that the way the creation of the site is portrayed is so interesting and exciting, and the rest of the story is about friends who start a project, and how that spectacularly falls apart.

The DVD is great too – it’s a 2-disc set, and there are 2 commentaries as well as a disc full of special features – the “making of” documentary is really well done, and there are a group of smaller features about visuals, the post-production, the score, etc.

This isn’t the movie for everyone to own – unless you really like the movie or you are a special features nerd.  I love some special features and commentaries, so this is definitely for me.  However, I would suggest to most people that they watch the movie by renting it before committing to the DVD purchase.

This fantastic DVD that I am happy to now own is $12.99 from Amazon.

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