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Zack and Miri Make a Porno (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on June 28, 2011

27. Zack and Miri Make a Porno (Not available to view on Netflix Instant Watch)

This is another Kevin Smith film! Use this link to get to the posts for the View Askewniverse movies.

Here’s the trailer for Zack and Miri Make a Porno.

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I saw this movie in the theatre, the night it opened.  It was supposed to be a big giant opening, but having opened on a Halloween that fell on Friday, it sort of tanked, despite being a movie that I think should have done really well at the box office. I loved it when I saw it the first time and still love to randomly watch it on TV.

So, Zack and Miri are friends who live together, have known each other since they were kids, but have not pursued a romantic relationship.  They attend their high school reunion at a point where they are having trouble paying their bills, and soon after, decide that filming a distributing their own adult film is the way to get out of debt.  Hilarity and sweetness ensues.

The movie stars Seth Rogen and Elizabeth Banks, who are both great, and the rest of the cast includes Craig Robinson, Katie Morgan, Jason Mewes, Traci Lords, Ricky Mabe and Jeff Anderson.

Note, this is a movie about making a porno. It’s rated R and is not appropriate for kids and probably not for your grandmother.

As I mentioned, I love this movie. If you are into Judd Apatow films or other Kevin Smith films, you will enjoy this movie. I highly recommend buying the DVD.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.56.

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on April 4, 2011

23. Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back trailer.

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Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is a fitting title for this movie, a giant inside joke that refers back to the previous 4 View Askewniverse movies. This time around, Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are the stars.

They find out early in the movie that the comic book with characters based on them, Bluntman and Chronic (referenced quite a bit in Chasing Amy), is being turned into a movie.  Instead of pursuing the money they could make as an extension of their previous likeness rights agreement with Holden and Banky, they decide to head to Hollywood and try and stop the movie.  Naturally, hijinks ensue.  Including a jewelry heist with hot chicks in catsuits.

Lots of great cameos from actors that have appeared in the first 4 Askewniverse movies.  Such as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon as Ben Affleck and Matt Damon.

Also appearing, Shannen Doherty, Jason Lee, Jeff Anderson, Brian O’Halloran, Chris Rock, Joey Lauren Adams, Dwight Ewell, Renee Humphrey and more.

This movie is definitely tough to appreciate if you haven’t seen and liked the first 4 View Askewniverse movies.  However, if you have, the inside jokes and references are really fun.  It’s described by Kevin Smith as a “comic book of a movie” and that is completely accurate.  It’s a fun movie and definitely worth a watch, but i highly recommend seeing the other 4 movies first.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back is available on DVD from Amazon for $10.89.

 

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Dogma (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 31, 2011

22. Dogma (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the Dogma trailer.

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Continuing our trip through the Kevin Smith View Askewniverse films, Dogma centers around 2 angels, Bartleby (Ben Affleck) and Loki (Matt Damon) who have been banished to live on Earth for eternity.  They are introduced to an opportunity to get back into Heaven, and so begin a journey to get to a church in New Jersey.

Loki and Bartleby are being pursued by the 13th Apostle (Chris Rock), the last living relative of Jesus Christ: Bethany (Linda Fiorentino), and the so-called “prophets,” Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith).  This crack team is determined to stop Loki and Bartleby from going back to heaven and therefore unmaking existence.

There are other fun performances from the supporting players in this movie.  Alan Rickman as Metatron, the first heavenly being that visits Bethany, the Last Scion.

Salma Hayek also appears as Serendipity, a muse come to earth and now stripping for a living.

There was a lot of controversy when this movie came out, and watching it 12 years later, I still don’t get it.  The movie as really funny moments, and great dramatic moments.  I don’t find it as re-watchable as the other movies in the View Askewniverse, but I still like it a lot.  It’s definitely worth a watch.

Dogma is available on DVD from Amazon for $7.99.

 

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Chasing Amy (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 29, 2011

22. Chasing Amy (Not available to stream on Netflix Instant Watch)

Here’s the trailer for Chasing Amy.

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Chasing Amy is the 3rd in Kevin Smith‘s View Askewniverse pictures, and was the follow-up to Mallrats which was less than super successful in the theatrical release. Once again, we’re presented with 2 main male characters Holden (Ben Affleck) and Banky (Jason Lee) –

– although the movie becomes more focused later on the relationship between Holden and Alyssa (Joey Lauren Adams).

Holden and Alyssa meet each other at a comic book convention, as both write their own comics and have a mutual friend in Hooper X.   They hit it off the first night that they meet, and during their second outing, Holden discovers that Alyssa is a lesbian and their attraction to each other is not as he had imagined.  They become friends and things progress beyond that, other information comes to light and drama ensues from there.

While people expect comedy from Kevin Smith movies, this movie has a few heavy moments and a lot of heart.  I have laughed and cried during multiple viewings of Chasing Amy.

Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) also appear in the movie, and while they have a short appearance, Silent Bob drops knowledge that moves the story along well.

Dwight Ewell also gives a great performance in this film as comic book author Hooper X.

The Chasing Amy Criterion Collection DVD is available from Amazon for $9.69.

 

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Clerks (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on March 22, 2011

20. Clerks (Not available on Netflix Instant Watch)

Check out the trailer for Clerks here.

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First things first, I am a Kevin Smith fan. I liked his movies as I was exposed to them(Mallrats first, then I went back and saw Clerks), and then checked out his website in the summer of 1999. Soon enough, I was frequenting a message board where I eventually met my future husband, which makes the soft spot in my heart for Kevin Smith that much bigger. (Coming soon will be a post about Kevin Smith’s podcast network.)

ClerksClerks is centered around the characters of Dante (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal (Jeff Anderson) – who work at the Quick Stop convenience store and the attached RST video store.  Clerks takes us through a day of their lives as said clerks, dealing with customers, arguing with girlfriends past and present, playing hockey, going to a funeral and conversing about Star Wars, porn, and whatever else comes to mind.

Veronica and DanteDante’s girlfriend Veronica (Marilyn Ghigliotti) appears quite a bit in Clerks, as a college student, wielder of fire extinguishers and Randal-hater. The scene featured above ends in a heated exchange about sexual partners that is one of my favorite moments in the movie.

Jay and Silent BobJay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Kevin Smith) are introduced in Clerks – only to become a major factor in the rest of the View Askewniverse films – all written and directed by Kevin Smith.  Jay and Silent Bob have a dancing scene in this movie that makes me laugh a lot.

I can’t give too much away about Clerks, because the magic is really in the dialogue.  For a movie with not much happening in terms of visuals, the dialogue is witty and funny and it’s obviously why the movie did so well in its release.  If you like comedies with a potty mouth, Clerks will definitely be enjoyable for you.

Clerks X DVDThe Clerks X DVD, loaded with special features and the extended cut of the film, is available from Amazon for $25.49.

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