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Zombieland (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 2, 2011

45. Zombieland (Not available to stream on Netflix – available to buy digitally on Amazon Instant Video)

Here is the trailer for Zombieland.

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Spoiler alert! I saw Zombieland in the theater in 2009 when it arrived in theatres, and meant to watch it again on Netflix but then it disappeared from the Instant Watch list.  Luckily, Encore Action came to the rescue.

Zombieland is the tale of 4 survivors of an apparent zombie invasion.  They meet up, and after getting through some trust issues, band together to fulfill goals to get a Twinkie, get to an amusement park and maybe get to Columbus, Ohio.  The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.

I would almost want to survive a zombie apocalypse, if only for the no-guilt looting opportunities.

A lot of this movie is about timing, delivery and action, so I can’t talk too much about it without being a Spoilerfest, and while I know I warned about it, I know that people keep reading even when they haven’t seen something yet.  I can say that as someone who isn’t a big horror fan, I LOVED this movie. I can definitely recommend watching it, and I think there are many people who would be happy to add this to their DVD collection.

Zombieland is available on DVD from Amazon for $15.99.

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Remember Me (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 21, 2011

42. Remember Me (not available to stream on Netflix, available to buy digitally on Amazon)

Here is the Remember Me trailer.

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Spoiler alert! Remember Me is a 2010 film starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin.  It centers around Tyler and Ally, connected by the fact that Tyler had a run-in with her father (a cop, played by Chris Cooper) and the fact that they’ve both lost close family members.  Tyler is clearly lost, working at the bookstore and auditing classes at NYU. Ally is going to school but still living at home and doesn’t seem all that grown up.

Hmm, Robert Pattinson is hot in this movie.

They meet each other and things get serious very quickly, especially after an unfortunate incident between Ally and her father that leads to her moving in with Tyler and his roommate.

Things go well and they spend time with Tyler’s mother, stepfather and sister, who all love him, and occasionally his father (Pierce Brosnan), who seems very cold and closed off, which looks to be a result of losing his other son to suicide.  This especially hurts Tyler’s little sister, Caroline, played so well by Ruby Jerins.

Naturally, Ally eventually finds out about the link between Tyler and her father, and finds out that the reason Tyler approached her in the first place was at the prodding of his roommate, as a plan for how to get back at the cop who beat him up.  Drama ensues, Ally goes back to her father’s house, and it takes an unfortunate event that happens to Caroline to bring them back together. I will leave the rest off, because going further will spoil the movie beyond anyone wanting to watch it.

I liked the movie a lot – even though I am 31 and happy and settled in life, I can remember and still relate to watching people in their early 20s struggling with figuring things out, and then falling in love and having that be another crazy thing to deal with.  I can definitely recommend seeing this movie.  Bring tissues.

Remember Me is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.49.

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