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High Fidelity (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 9, 2011

“Books, records, films – these things matter.” -Rob Gordon, High Fidelity

High Fidelity is one of my favorite movies of all time. Perhaps even my Top 5? I own the DVD and have watched it a LOT.

17. High Fidelity (Not available to stream on Netflix)

Here’s the High Fidelity trailer:

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The movie centers around Rob Gordon, played by John Cusack, working through a breakup with his girlfriend Laura (Iben Hjejle), be rehashing his Top 5 breakups, contacting his ex-girlfriends trying to find out what it all means.

He owns a record store called Championship Vinyl, and works there with Dick (Todd Louiso) and Barry (Jack Black), where they live in their world of music snobbery and review their Top 5 lists in various categories.

Jack Black is Walking on Sunshine

Jack Black makes me laugh so much in this movie.

Also making great appearances in High Fidelity are Tim Robbins as Ian/Ray, Joan Cusack as Liz and Lisa Bonet as Marie de Salle.

(NSFW language in the beginning of this video.)

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This movie is really funny and great, but is also a great study in relationships and the ups and downs that come along with them. The acting is fantastic, the music is great, and it’s incredibly quotable.

I would highly recommend watching and owning this movie, it is definitely one to watch multiple times.

High Fidelity DVDHigh Fidelity is available on DVD from Amazon for $21.59.

Watching High Fidelity always makes me think of my own top 5 of things, and it’s so hard to choose in a lot of categories!  Music and movies in particular.  If you want to try it, please leave a comment.


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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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100 Films in 2011: Zoolander

by Jamie Sanford on February 18, 2011

Covering a movie that I’ve seen way too many times.

12. Zoolander (Not available for streaming on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the trailer for this fine piece of filmmaking.

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I really love this movie.  It’s on my list of movies that I will definitely watch if I catch it on TV, and I already own the DVD.  However, I couldn’t pass up the chance to feature it here.

David Bowie makes an appearance which automatically raises the awesome factor on this movie.

There’s a scene featuring the music of Wham! and a strange concoction known as “orange mocha frappuchinos.”

Will Ferrell as Mugatu and this dog are likely my favorite part of the movie.  Also, I want a sweater like that that says JAMIE across the chest.

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Or I want to just be as hot as Milla Jovovich as Katinka Ingabogovinan…na.

Owen’s Wilson‘s arms are the most male model-like thing happening in this movie.

I can highly recommend this movie for watching and purchasing, because it is incredibly quotable and fun.  If you enjoy other movies with Ben Stiller and Owen Wilson and Will Ferrell, this one should be added to your collection.

Blue Steel is so much better than the Zoolander DVD cover.

The Zoolander Special Edition DVD is available from Amazon for $8.99.

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