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Best Worst Movie (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on December 31, 2011

95. Best Worst Movie (available to stream via Netflix)

So, it looks like I will be watching only 95 movies in 2011. Christmas in Florida messed with my movie schedule! Either way, I am pleased that I watched this many movies.

Here is the trailer for Best Worst Movie.

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My husband said it best as we were watching this. Best Worst Movie is like a real-life Christopher Guest film. It tells the story of members of the cast and crew of Troll 2, listed on Rotten Tomatoes as the worst movie ever made.

I had not seen Troll 2, but this movie made me want to see it.  Naturally, it has emerged as a cult favorite, with annual screening parties and other events surrounding a screening happening all over the place. We meet most of the actors from the movie in the film, and watch them travel to these screenings and be embraced by fans of the film that is apparently SO BAD.

Best Worst Movie is available on DVD from Amazon for $8.49.

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Skyline (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 29, 2011

82. Skyline (Available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Skyline.

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I did not expect much from Skyline because it looked like a sub-par B movie. I wasn’t totally wrong.

So, a bunch of attractive people with a rich friend (hey it’s Turk from Scrubs!) are partying it up, and wake up to an alien apocalypse.  Obviously.

He sure hopes that JD is alright.

Apparently the aliens inflict some sort of more severe version of the “hungry vampire” look from The Vampire Diaries.  That is no good.

I know! Let’s go on the roof with a handgun!  We will definitely come out on top.

Enough snark.  I don’t even think I’ll write any more about this.  I will say that I didn’t hate this movie, it’s definitely good for a popcorn-action movie type of evening.  Check it out.

Skyline is available on DVD from Amazon for $9.75.

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Scream (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 21, 2011

78. Scream (available to stream on Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Scream.

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Scream is what brought back scary movies in the 90s.  Released in 1996, it launched a string of scary movies released in the following years.  Not so much horror films, these movies were lacking in severe blood and gore, but lots of suspense and murders. (Spoiler alert starts now!)

Drew Barrymore GETS IT in this movie. And her little boyfriend too.

The story opens with a heinous double murder where the killer calls Drew Barrymore and taunts her like crazy with movie trivia and killing her boyfriend before eventually killing her too.  This is a BFD in the little town of Woodsboro.  We meet Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell), and find out that her mother was murdered the previous year.  We also meet her friend Tatum (Rose McGowan), her boyfriend Billy (Skeet Ulrich) and Tatum’s boyfriend Stu (Matthew Lillard).  Supporting cast includes reporter Gail Weathers (Courtney Cox), Dewey (David Arquette) and Randy (Jamie Kennedy).

Sidney gets stalked on the phone by the same killer and is attacked in her house.  From then on, its a string of death until we finally find out who the killer is.  Who they are, actually, but that’s all I am sharing.

I love Rose McGowan! She’s great in this movie, and her death is awesome!

This is a great addition to your October movie playlist.  It’s funny and scary and twisty and even if you’ve seen it before, it is fun to watch again.

Scream is available on DVD from Amazon for $13.89.

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Nothing But Trouble (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on October 10, 2011

75. Nothing But Trouble (available for streaming on Netflix and Amazon Instant Video)

Here is the trailer for Nothing But Trouble.

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Nothing But Trouble is a movie I had completely forgotten about, but was reminded of by my wonderful friend Tiffany.  I watched this movie on a sketchy VHS a lot of times, because I didn’t remember the beginning so much.  Anyway, the story centers around Chevy Chase, a financial publisher (important distinction) and Demi Moore, a lawyer who has been screwed over by her client/boyfriend.  They intend to crash an event in Atlantic City, end up taking some of Chevy Chase’s Brazilian clients with them on their road trip.

A little detour for a picnic results in a high-speed chase, a pat-down by John Candy, and a trip to a little town called Valkenvania. They have a showdown with a creepy judge played by Dan Akroyd, who is scary and a bit gross in this movie.

They get detained for the night, and the rest of the movie is dealing with a giant crazy mansion, bizarre characters, and an appearance by Digital Underground, which at the time featured a young Tupac Shakur.  This movie nearly defines the word random.

Nothing But Trouble is available on DVD from Amazon for $5.98.

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Welcome to the Rileys (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on September 1, 2011

58. Welcome to the Rileys (not available to stream via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Welcome to the Rileys.

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I added one Kristen Stewart movie to the Netflix queue and ended up adding a bunch, so that explains the Kristen Stewart-heavy movies as of late.  I have really enjoyed watching her in non-Twilight movies, and in this movie especially since I think her performance was great.

Welcome to the Rileys is the story of an unlikely friendship developed between Doug (James Gandolfini), a man in a disaster of a marriage due to the death of his daughter, and Mallory (Stewart), a runaway teenager turned stripper, working in New Orleans.  Doug meets Mallory, who looks a bit like the daughter he once had, and is immediately drawn to her, and tries to help her improve her life through home repair and improved manners.  Doug’s wife, meanwhile, is at home, where she has been trapped in the house for years, unable to leave since the death of her and Doug’s daughter.  Soon enough, Doug’s announcement that he is staying in New Orleans “for a while” forces his wife Lois (Melissa Leo) to finally force her way into the world again.  She joins Doug in New Orleans, meets Mallory, and eventually tries to help her as well, before both Doug and Lois recognize that they cannot replace their lost daughter.

In addition to Kristen Stewart’s strong performance in this movie, James Gandolfini and Melissa Leo are also spectacular.  James Gandolfini made me forget about Tony Soprano, which is the best compliment I can give.  Melissa Leo disappears into her characters, and this was no different, she is brilliant.

Welcome to the Rileys is available on DVD from Amazon for $19.99.

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