Chasing Amy (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 29, 2011

22. Chasing Amy (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the trailer for Chasing Amy.

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Chasing Amy is the 3rd in Kevin Smith‘s View Askewniverse pictures, and was the follow-up to Mallrats which was less than super successful in the theatrical release. Once again, we’re presented with 2 main male characters Holden (Ben Affleck) and Banky (Jason Lee) –

– although the movie becomes more focused later on the relationship between Holden and Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams).

Holden and Alyssa meet each other at a comic book convention, as both write their own comics and have a mutual friend in Hooper X.   They hit it off the first night that they meet, and during their second outing, Holden discovers that Alyssa is a lesbian and their attraction to each other is not as he had imagined.  They become friends and things progress beyond that, other information comes to light and drama ensues from there.

While people expect comedy from Kevin Smith movies, this movie has a few heavy moments and a lot of heart.  I have laughed and cried during multiple viewings of Chasing Amy.

Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) also appear in the movie, and while they have a short appearance, Silent Bob drops knowledge that moves the story along well.

Dwight Ewell also gives a great performance in this film as comic book author Hooper X.

The Chasing Amy Criterion Collection DVD is available from Amazon for $9.69.


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Mallrats (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 25, 2011

21. Mallrats (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here is the Mallrats trailer.

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Continuing on my Kevin Smith movie run, Mallrats is the second of Smith’s theatrical films.  Once again, the movie centers around 2 male characters, Brodie (Jason Lee) and TS (Jeremy London).

TS and BrodieTS and Brodie start their day the same way, both being dumped by their girlfriends.  In an effort to make themselves feel better, they take a trip to the mall, and the rest of their day is spent trying to sabotage a TV game show, wreaking havoc with the Easter Bunny and eventually trying to win back their girlfriends.

Jay and Silent BobJay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) also appear in Mallrats, in a large capacity as they try all day to dodge mall security guard LaFours and shut down the TV game show.  Their blueprints are some of my favorite parts of the movie.

Brodie and ReneI forgot to mention that Brodie’s girlfriend Rene is played by Shannen Doherty, who was deep into her run on Beverly Hills, 90210 at the time.

Stan LeeComic legend Stan Lee also appears as a spirit guide of sorts to Brodie.

Shannon HamiltonOne of my favorite actors, Ben Affleck, also appears in Mallrats as resident d-bag Shannon Hamilton.

Mallrats isn’t a cinematic masterpiece – it didn’t do very well in theatres when it was released.  I saw it when a friend brought me the VHS tape in college when I was having a bad day, and it did the trick.  The movie is really funny and for me is something that is re-watchable, multiple times.

Mallrats DVDThe Mallrats Collector’s Edition DVD is available from Amazon for $6.49.

Here are the posts for all of the View Askewniverse movies:

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Clerks (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 22, 2011

20. Clerks (Not available on Netflix Instant Watch)

Check out the trailer for Clerks here.

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First things first, I am a Kevin Smith fan. I liked his movies as I was exposed to them(Mallrats first, then I went back and saw Clerks), and then checked out his website in the summer of 1999. Soon enough, I was frequenting a message board where I eventually met my future husband, which makes the soft spot in my heart for Kevin Smith that much bigger. (Coming soon will be a post about Kevin Smith’s podcast network.)

ClerksClerks is centered around the characters of Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) – who work at the Quick Stop convenience store and the attached RST video store.  Clerks takes us through a day of their lives as said clerks, dealing with customers, arguing with girlfriends past and present, playing hockey, going to a funeral and conversing about Star Wars, porn, and whatever else comes to mind.

Veronica and DanteDante’s girlfriend Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) appears quite a bit in Clerks, as a college student, wielder of fire extinguishers and Randal-hater. The scene featured above ends in a heated exchange about sexual partners that is one of my favorite moments in the movie.

Jay and Silent BobJay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are introduced in Clerks – only to become a major factor in the rest of the View Askewniverse films – all written and directed by Kevin Smith.  Jay and Silent Bob have a dancing scene in this movie that makes me laugh a lot.

I can’t give too much away about Clerks, because the magic is really in the dialogue.  For a movie with not much happening in terms of visuals, the dialogue is witty and funny and it’s obviously why the movie did so well in its release.  If you like comedies with a potty mouth, Clerks will definitely be enjoyable for you.

Clerks X DVDThe Clerks X DVD, loaded with special features and the extended cut of the film, is available from Amazon for $25.49.

Here are the posts for all of the View Askewniverse movies:

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