Waiting for Guffman (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 30, 2011

57. Waiting for Guffman (available to stream via Netflix and Amazon)

Here is the trailer for Waiting for Guffman.

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Waiting for Guffman is a Christopher Guest film, and if you know you are a fan of movies like A Mighty Wind and Best in Show, you will love this movie too.

Waiting for Guffman tells the story of a group of “performers” from the town of Blaine, Missouri.  The musical is based on the long history of the town, and will be presented to celebrate the town’s anniversary.  The cast includes Guest film regulars Catherine O’Hara, Eugene Levy, Parker Posey and Fred Willard, all as members of the cast.  Guest himself plays Corky, the writer and director of the show. During rehearsals, we find out that Corky has written to production companies in New York, and that a representative from one of those companies will attend the show, presumably to review its potential as a Broadway show.

This scene is so funny and awkward.

The rest of the movie is the big buildup to the opening night of the show (also closing night), and the anticipation of everyone heading off to New York to pursue the Broadway dream. This movie is great, the actors are so brilliant at improvisation and so it makes for awkward hilarity.  I can definitely recommend a viewing of Waiting for Guffman.

Waiting for Guffman is available on DVD from Amazon for $16.95.

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The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide

by Jamie Sanford on May 17, 2011

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is now available after a very long wait by Twilight fans around the world.

As many of you know, I am into Twilight.  Even though after being exposed to some Twilight fan fiction, I think I might like that better.

I picked up Twilight after seeing the trailer for the movie and thinking that Robert Pattinson was hot.  I had previously been a Buffy/Angel watcher and so enjoyed some vampires, so it was a natural progression.  I bought a cheap paperback copy of Twilight and started reading.  About a day later, I was completely sucked into the vortex that so many have fallen into as well.  I was out buying New Moon almost immediately, only to then find out that Eclipse and Breaking Dawn were only in hardcover! Luckily, my husband indulged me and bought me the Twilight box set containing all of the books.  I plowed through the rest quickly, only stopping to occasionally sleep, go to work, and text my friend Christina about how I felt about the major plot points.

Anyway, this Twilight Official Guide was already in the works before the first movie even came out.  However, it got pushed back and pushed back and I guess it is OK.  This book is packed full of information about all of the major characters in the series, it has a plot synopsis, illustrations from the artist who did the Twilight graphic novel, etc.  With another 6 months to wait before Breaking Dawn: Part 1, The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide will keep a fan busy for at least a few days.

The Twilight Saga: The Official Illustrated Guide is available from Amazon for $13.88.

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