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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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Remember Me (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 21, 2011

42. Remember Me (not available to stream on Netflix, available to buy digitally on Amazon)

Here is the Remember Me trailer.

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Spoiler alert! Remember Me is a 2010 film starring Robert Pattinson and Emilie de Ravin.  It centers around Tyler and Ally, connected by the fact that Tyler had a run-in with her father (a cop, played by Chris Cooper) and the fact that they’ve both lost close family members.  Tyler is clearly lost, working at the bookstore and auditing classes at NYU. Ally is going to school but still living at home and doesn’t seem all that grown up.

Hmm, Robert Pattinson is hot in this movie.

They meet each other and things get serious very quickly, especially after an unfortunate incident between Ally and her father that leads to her moving in with Tyler and his roommate.

Things go well and they spend time with Tyler’s mother, stepfather and sister, who all love him, and occasionally his father (Pierce Brosnan), who seems very cold and closed off, which looks to be a result of losing his other son to suicide.  This especially hurts Tyler’s little sister, Caroline, played so well by Ruby Jerins.

Naturally, Ally eventually finds out about the link between Tyler and her father, and finds out that the reason Tyler approached her in the first place was at the prodding of his roommate, as a plan for how to get back at the cop who beat him up.  Drama ensues, Ally goes back to her father’s house, and it takes an unfortunate event that happens to Caroline to bring them back together. I will leave the rest off, because going further will spoil the movie beyond anyone wanting to watch it.

I liked the movie a lot – even though I am 31 and happy and settled in life, I can remember and still relate to watching people in their early 20s struggling with figuring things out, and then falling in love and having that be another crazy thing to deal with.  I can definitely recommend seeing this movie.  Bring tissues.

Remember Me is available on DVD from Amazon for $14.49.

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