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Red State (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 12, 2011

76. Red State (streaming On-Demand, available for DVD pre-order)

Here is the teaser trailer for Red State. I’m not showing the whole trailer because I think you should watch the movie without seeing it, for full effect. You can find it online though.

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Red State is not the film you expected from Kevin Smith. It is a non-traditional horror film, a study of how extreme religion can go in a very bad direction.  If you’re interested in watching this movie, please go and watch it and don’t read anything about it.  I avoided as much as I could about more than the bare bones information, and I’m glad for it.  This movie is disturbing. I’m not sure it would have had the same effect had I known too much. So, don’t read anymore if you don’t want to know more about it.

At the beginning of Red State, we get a glimpse of the Cooper family, a Westboro Baptist Church-style group of extremists who hate nearly everyone, claiming that it is God’s will.  They protest funerals and essentially promote hate crimes towards homosexuals.  We then transition to following 3 high school boys who are planning to go on a sexual adventure with a woman who apparently wants to have sex with all of them.  They make their way to Cooper’s Dell, the home of the Cooper family, and we find out that they were lured into a heinous trap.

We are then exposed to a little sermon by Abin Cooper, played with creepy brilliance by Michael Parks.  It is exposed that the Cooper family pass judgement and impart sentences on their own, based on their belief that these sinners have to die.  Naturally, the 3 boys who tried to go and have sex with the same woman fit the bill.  The boys manage to start running, which results in the launch of a massive gunfight inside the compound.  At the same time, an unfortunate instance with a police officer outside sparks involvement of an ATF agent played by John Goodman.

The government gets involved and a war between the ATF agents and the Cooper family results.  I won’t tell you how it ends.

I didn’t mention them here, but Melissa Leo and Kerry Bishe in this movie also give brilliant performances.  I loved them both in the movie.

As I mentioned, you can watch Red State On-Demand right now, or pre-order the DVD from CoopersDell.com.  The DVD packages vary in price up to $499, which gets you a whole lot of signed stuff and a clothing item from the film.

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F-ck: A Documentary (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 3, 2011

69. F*ck: A Documentary (not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the NOT SAFE FOR WORK trailer for F*ck: A Documentary.

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F*ck: A Documentary is an examination of the alleged origin of a vilified word that is quite popular.  Broken into chapters about different dislikers of the word, it is full of interviews with both proponents and opponents of the word.  All in all, it is very entertaining.

Hunter S. Thompson, who the film is dedicated to, shares his wisdom in F*ck: A Documentary.

Other notable interviewees in the film are Tera Patrick, Kevin Smith, Drew Carey, Sam Donaldson and Alanis Morissette.  There isn’t much more about it I want to say – it’s something you would either be interested in watching, or totally not.

F-ck: A Documentary is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.58.

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Cop Out (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 26, 2011

43. Cop Out (Not available for streaming on Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Cop Out.

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If you search around this blog a bit, you’ll find that I generally enjoy Kevin Smith films.  KS did not write this movie, but was brought on to direct, which I think he did because of a non-hidden love for Bruce Willis.  (Although I’ve heard via podcast since then that working with Bruce Willis SUCKED.)  The movie is obviously meant to be a rehashing of the buddy cop movies of the 80s and early 90s, a la Lethal Weapon and the like. It moderately succeeds.

Tracy Morgan plays Bruce’s partner.  Seann William Scott plays a parkour enthusiast criminal, the guy from Half Baked plays a big drug dealer, and Adam Brody is a cute rookie detective.  Tracy and Bruce get suspended for some bad handling of a situation, and so they go rogue trying to recover a rare baseball card that originally belonged to Bruce. (I’m not even bothering with character names.)

I would only recommend watching this movie if you are on a desert island and have nothing else in the comedy genre. I’m sure you can find another movie that will have more flow than this one.  This movie has very funny moments that made me laugh a lot, but some of it just feels incredibly uncomfortable.

Cop Out is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.05.

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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on June 28, 2011

27. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Not available to view on Netflix Instant Watch)

This is another Kevin Smith film! Use this link to get to the posts for the View Askewniverse movies.

Here’s the trailer for Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

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I saw this movie in the theatre, the night it opened.  It was supposed to be a big giant opening, but having opened on a Halloween that fell on Friday, it sort of tanked, despite being a movie that I think should have done really well at the box office. I loved it when I saw it the first time and still love to randomly watch it on TV.

So, Zack and Miri are friends who live together, have known each other since they were kids, but have not pursued a romantic relationship.  They attend their high school reunion at a point where they are having trouble paying their bills, and soon after, decide that filming a distributing their own adult film is the way to get out of debt.  Hilarity and sweetness ensues.

The movie stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, who are both great, and the rest of the cast includes Craig Robinson, Katie Morgan, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords, Ricky Mabe and Jeff Anderson.

Note, this is a movie about making a porno. It’s rated R and is not appropriate for kids and probably not for your grandmother.

As I mentioned, I love this movie. If you are into Judd Apatow films or other Kevin Smith films, you will enjoy this movie. I highly recommend buying the DVD.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.56.

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Clerks 2 (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on April 6, 2011

24. Clerks 2 (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Clerks 2 trailer.

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Clerks 2 is the last film (so far) in the View Askewniverse series, all written and directed by Kevin Smith.

It takes place roughly 10 years after the original Clerks film, and features the 2 main characters from the first film, Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson).

Also featured again are Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith), still drug dealers but having just completed a stint in rehab.

New characters introduced in this film are Becky (Rosario Dawson),

Elias (Trevor Fehrman),

 and Emma (Jennifer Schwalbach).

Clerks 2, like the original, takes plan over the span of a single day.  We find out at the beginning of the film that Dante and Randal have been working at a fast food establishment since Randal inadvertently burned down the Quick Stop, their place of employment during Clerks.  It’s Dante’s last day before he moves to Florida with Emma, his fiancee. Naturally, the day doesn’t go as smoothly as planned, and the day ends up with an unplanned pregnancy, a dance number and a donkey show.

I really liked this movie – so many people were worried that Clerks 2 would suck in comparison to the original film, and this movie doesn’t try to be that.  Yes there are things that are reminiscent, but it tells a new story about these friends and has a lot of heart.  I’ve watched it quite a few times and I really like it.  It is definitely watchable, and definitely one to own.

Clerks 2 is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.99.

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