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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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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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