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Funny Girl (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on December 18, 2011

94. Funny Girl (available for streaming via Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Funny Girl.

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Funny Girl is the 1968 film based on the Broadway musical.  Starring Barbra Streisand and Omar Sharif, we are told the story of Fanny Brice, or at least the fictionalized version of her, seeing as Fanny was a real person with the same basic story as the Fanny Brice in this story.

We meet Fanny when she is struggling to find her way onto the New York stage.  She auditions for anything that will come along, and ends up getting a break on roller skates that turns her luck around.  She meets a man named Nick Arnstein who helps her get a high-paying gig (while being totally handsome and charming).  Months later, she is starring in a big Ziegfeld show and Nick Arnstein shows up to celebrate with her.  They hit it off and then he vanishes off into the night to do some “business.”  Months later they meet up again, and after trying to play it cool, Fanny lets her love be known, and Nick reciprocates.

The rest of the film takes us through ups and downs in Fanny and Nick’s life, leading to an ultimate decision of whether or not they are meant to be together or not.  My husband didn’t know that this movie was mostly a love story, and expected more of a “struggle for the career she always wanted” from Fanny.  However, it is more of a love story than anything else.  It is a great, classic musical, and I definitely recommend a viewing.

Funny Girl is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.49.

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The Craft (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 18, 2011

76. The Craft (available to stream on Netflix and Amazon)

Here’s the trailer for The Craft.

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I think everyone in my age group loves this movie.  It is SO 90s, and it’s about witches, and I love some witches/magic/supernatural stuff in my entertainment.  Witches, vampires, etc, I tend to enjoy it all. Spoiler alert starts now!

The Craft is a movie about a group of teenage witches trying to get through high school.  Sarah (Robin Tunney) moves to town, and soon enough becomes the 4th (and most powerful) member of their little coven.  We also have Bonnie (Neve Campbell), Rochelle (Rachel True) and Nancy(Fairuza Balk).

So, everything goes well for a while, they impart some mostly harmless spells, and have fun with glamouring and getting a bit of revenge on Chris (Skeet Ulrich), who wronged Sarah early in the movie.

Naturally, it all goes to hell.  The girls get deep into it one night at the beach, by invoking some big magical spirit.  Nancy gets struck by lightning and goes a bit over the edge.  Sarah starts to see that things are going too far, and after a warning by the magic store owner, she is more nervous than ever about the consequences of the magic.  Nancy ends up killing Chris with her powers, and Sarah tries to bind Nancy’s powers so that she can’t hurt anyone else.

Obviously, Nancy isn’t happy, and recruits the other to gang up on Sarah so that she comes back into the fold.  Big showdown commences, and eventually, Sarah invokes her power and protects herself from Nancy.  Nancy ends up in a mental institution, and the others end up without powers, while Sarah maintains hers.

The Craft is available on DVD from Amazon for $4.49.

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Vintage Shopping at The Fancy Lamb

by Jamie Sanford on October 17, 2011

Vintage Shopping at The Fancy Lamb

I love vintage items, especially accessories and electronics.  I was on one of my Etsy binges, where I start out looking for one thing and end up viewing about 20 different categories, when I came across The Fancy Lamb, touted as “reinvented vintage goods.” I saw a lot of things that I loved, so I had to write a post featuring some of my favorites.  Here we go.

Vintage Deer Antler as decor? You know I’m all over that. $22 from The Fancy Lamb on Etsy.

I really love the look of the round suitcases, and we just don’t see them anymore.  This one has a beautiful green color too, it’s obviously old but not hideous. The vintage round suitcase is $48 from The Fancy Lamb on Etsy.

Apparently it is hard to really know if something is an Eames or Herman Miller, but this has  the original Herman Miller sticker!  I love this chair, I would love to have it in my future office. The vintage Herman Miller is available for $400 from The Fancy Lamb on Etsy.

I love the idea of this, collection sets of letterpress letters in the letter of your choice. I am very attached to my J, so i can definitely get behind this.  The Fancy Lamb doesn’t have a J set, unfortunately, but this set of R letterpress letters is available for $32.

Another piece of luggage, but this is a fabulous train case that would be wonderful for storing any number of things in your home.  The blue color is great.  This vintage American Tourister case is available from The Fancy Lamb on Etsy for $42.

I love cameras, and expect that when I have some more space, that I will end up with a collection of cameras as sculpture.  This Argus C3 Rangefinder is such a beautiful example of the way cameras used to look.  The vintage camera is available for $48 from The Fancy Lamb on Etsy.

Check out the entire collection from The Fancy Lamb here on Etsy.

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Empire Records (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 13, 2011

63. Empire Records (available for streaming via Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Empire Records.

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Empire Records is a story of a day, obviously in the 90s, for the employees of an independent record store on the brink of going corporate.  The film features Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Anthony Lapaglia, Robin Tunney and a bunch of other, less famous actors.

It is Rex Manning Day at Empire Records, and the young employees are preparing for having a celebrity in their midst, especially Liv Tyler who is planning on bedding the famous singer.  We have already found out that another employee, Lucas, took all of the store’s cash to Atlantic City the night before and lost it all during a game of craps.  The day goes on, and the staff deals with sharing their feelings about each other, meeting Rex Manning, trying to find a way to get around having to go the corporate music store route, and dealing with customer madness along the way.  This movie makes me wish I was 17 and working in a cool music store, instead of my actual reality which involved a green vest at Publix.

A really enjoyable part of this movie is the non-squinty and non-emaciated Renee Zellweger.

Plus, the soundtrack is pretty rad.

Empire Records is definitely worth checking out, and is available on DVD from Amazon for $11.33.

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The Experts (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 8, 2011

61. The Experts (available to stream via Netflix)

The trailer for The Experts doesn’t appear to be available online, so instead I share this scene where John Travolta dances with Kelly Preston.

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The Experts is a movie about an elaborate KGB operation to infiltrate American society – they have built a town for their operatives to live in, which is meant to be in Nebraska, where they speak only English and generally act like Americans.  The major issue is that the town they’ve created is stuck in the 1950s.  One of the program leaders challenges this issue, and decides to bring in actual Americans to teach the town about the modern world.  They are naturally referred to as “The Experts” because everyone in the town assumes that they are KGB as well, brought in to test them.

Look at this hotness.

Travis (John Travolta) and Wendell (Arye Gross) are spotted in New York City and recruited with money and freedom to come to “Nebraska” and open a nightclub.  Thanks to some sleeping medication, the flight to the town in Russia goes by in a blink and they realize that they are in a town that looks to have stepped back 40 years.  They proceed with opening the club, and soon enough, they’re impacting everyone in the town.  The KGB project leaders aren’t happy and so things go downhill from there.

The Experts is a hotbed of 80s amazingness. John Travolta has an amazing mullet, Arye Gross’ wardrobe is a tribute to fashion of the 80s, and Kelly Preston emerges as the hot girl who can wield a gun.  I had a VHS of this movie that I recorded from the TV and I watched this movie probably 100 times.  Not sure why, but I watched it a lot in the early 90s.  I made my husband watch it with me, and he didn’t get it at all, and had trouble understanding if Wendell’s clothing was meant to be a mess or if he was the cool guy. The Experts is not a timeless film, but it is worth a watch.

This is super fitting – I am unable to find this movie on DVD.  However, a bunch of people are selling used VHS versions of The Experts on Amazon.

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