paramount films

65. The Addams Family (not available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for The Addams Family.

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The Addams Family is a 1991 film based on the classic television show.  It stars Raul Julia, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd and Christina Ricci as members of the Addams clan.

In the story, it has been 25 years since the disappearance of Fester Addams, and they hold a seance to try and connect with his spirit.  An impostor shows up in an attempt to access the family fortune, and so the movie goes.

66. Addams Family Values (not available for streaming via Netflix or Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Addams Family Values.

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Addams Family Values is a sequel that actually surpasses the original film.  It begins with the birth of Pubert Addams, which creates the need for a nanny.  The Addams’ soon hire Debbie, played brilliantly by Joan Cusack.  She manages to get Wednesday and Pugsley off to summer camp while she tricks Fester Addams into marrying her, in an effort to access his fortune.

Both Joan Cusack and Christina Ricci stand out in this film.  They’re both brilliant.  Christina Ricci shows off the crazy amounts of talent she had even as a child.  Raul Julia is also great.

I really enjoy both of these movies.  They’re dark and funny and have fabulous costumes and I want to live in the Addams mansion.

A double disc of both The Addams Family and Addams Family Values is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.99.

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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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100 Films in 2011: Pretty in Pink

by Jamie Sanford on February 3, 2011

I think I’m officially behind since I’m only on the 7th movie and it is February.  I think it might snow some more this weekend, so perhaps I’ll watch and write about some more movies.

7. Pretty in Pink (not available to stream on Netflix)

First, let’s take a look at the trailer:

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OK, so this has given you a really good idea of what happens in this movie.  Molly Ringwald is gorgeous but from the wrong side of the tracks.  She falls for cute rich boy and issues ensue – while her best friend (Jon Cryer) is in love with her the whole time.

I had totally seen this movie before, because hello, it is an 80s John Hughes movie.  This is in required viewing for any teenager – along with Sixteen Candles, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and the best movie ever made about high school, The Breakfast Club.

The “Everything’s Duckie” edition of the DVD is available for $7.99 from Amazon.

I would be remiss in not mentioning the soundtrack to this movie, which is also awesome and features some OMD.

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The Pretty in Pink soundtrack can be purchased for $7.99 from Amazon.

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