Best Worst Movie (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on December 31, 2011

95. Best Worst Movie (available to stream via Netflix)

So, it looks like I will be watching only 95 movies in 2011. Christmas in Florida messed with my movie schedule! Either way, I am pleased that I watched this many movies.

Here is the trailer for Best Worst Movie.

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My husband said it best as we were watching this. Best Worst Movie is like a real-life Christopher Guest film. It tells the story of members of the cast and crew of Troll 2, listed on Rotten Tomatoes as the worst movie ever made.

I had not seen Troll 2, but this movie made me want to see it.  Naturally, it has emerged as a cult favorite, with annual screening parties and other events surrounding a screening happening all over the place. We meet most of the actors from the movie in the film, and watch them travel to these screenings and be embraced by fans of the film that is apparently SO BAD.

Best Worst Movie is available on DVD from Amazon for $8.49.

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Zombieland (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on August 2, 2011

45. Zombieland (Not available to stream on Netflix – available to buy digitally on Amazon Instant Video)

Here is the trailer for Zombieland.

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Spoiler alert! I saw Zombieland in the theater in 2009 when it arrived in theatres, and meant to watch it again on Netflix but then it disappeared from the Instant Watch list.  Luckily, Encore Action came to the rescue.

Zombieland is the tale of 4 survivors of an apparent zombie invasion.  They meet up, and after getting through some trust issues, band together to fulfill goals to get a Twinkie, get to an amusement park and maybe get to Columbus, Ohio.  The film stars Jesse Eisenberg, Woody Harrelson, Emma Stone and Abigail Breslin.

I would almost want to survive a zombie apocalypse, if only for the no-guilt looting opportunities.

A lot of this movie is about timing, delivery and action, so I can’t talk too much about it without being a Spoilerfest, and while I know I warned about it, I know that people keep reading even when they haven’t seen something yet.  I can say that as someone who isn’t a big horror fan, I LOVED this movie. I can definitely recommend watching it, and I think there are many people who would be happy to add this to their DVD collection.

Zombieland is available on DVD from Amazon for $15.99.

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The Crucible (100 Films in 2011)

by Jamie Sanford on July 4, 2011

28. The Crucible (Available to view on Netflix Instant Watch)

Click here to watch the trailer for The Crucible.

I watched this today when I found it on television, and my husband said “are you watching The Crucible again?” Yes dear, yes I am. I don’t remember when I first saw this movie, but I assume that it was around the time it was released (November 1996), because in April 1997, I was heavily involved in the production of the play at my high school. Perhaps the large amount of memories I have about the Arthur Miller play is why I will pretty much always watch the movie when I catch it on TV.

In the opening of the film, some girls from the village of Salem get into some sketchy dealings in the woods, involving a Barbadian slave and drinking chicken blood. They are caught and soon enough, 2 girls are unconscious and will not wake up.  This leads to suspicion of interference from the devil, and the girls end up accusing the Barbadian slave of witchcraft in order to avoid any trouble of their own.

Soon we are exposed to the illicit relationship between John Proctor and Abigail Williams.  Abigail worked in John’s home with his wife and children, and naturally, they got it on.  Abigail was found out by Elizabeth Proctor and was put out of the house.

I am not interested in going into the whole story, but basically, the whole town goes on a crazy witch hunt, lead by little girls who seem to love the attention.  I cannot recommend this movie enough, it’s so good, and Daniel Day-Lewis is AMAZING as John Proctor.

He is serious about his name people!

Anyway, as I mentioned, I definitely recommend a viewing of this movie.  I can’t say that it would be something everyone would want to own, but you should check it out anyway.

The Crucible is available on DVD from Amazon for $4.99.

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Sights and Sounds #9

by Jamie Sanford on April 5, 2011

Sights and Sounds #9.  I love when I find things that are appropriate for these posts.

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I have avoided watching the whole Rebecca Black video but I’ve heard enough to know that it’s a mess. Plus, I don’t need to watch it when I can watch it with GloZell and her hilarious commentary.

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Britney is a good sport and filmed a little scene with Johnny Knoxville, her own Jackass stunt. This showed on Jimmy Kimmel – you can see all of the videos of her night on JK including her best performances yet here.

Even more Britney – check out her Japanese bonus track here, called “Scary.” I love it.

ZooBorns bringing the cuteness as always – this time with baby orangutans.

Jessica Claire shot a fabulous Black Swan fantasy wedding – click through for the full set of photos.

Sights and Sounds posts come at least once a week, please post links, images, etc to share on the Facebook page!

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