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Note: mild season 2 spoilers

Pablo Schreiber as Mendez aka "Pornstache"
Season 2, Episode 9 “40 OZ of Furlough”
Directed by SJ Clarkson, Cinematography by Yaron Orbach

Today’s entry for The Film Experience’s Hit Me With Your Best Shot series is about the awesome show, Orange is the New Black, instead of a movie. I’m sure that there are many moments that I could have chosen from. Some may have been more deep or more important but I just fucking love this shot!

At this point in season 2, we are watching Red and Nicky discuss Red’s troubles. This is about 2/3 of the way through the season and Pornstache is finally back! or as he himself says, “Mendez is back, bitches”. Pornstache is truly the type of character that one loves to hate. Plus he’s not only a jerk but also pathetic.

For me, this scene is so perfect because it’s not only fab for those of us who are addicted to OITNB. I feel like someone could sit down, see this scene and totally get Pablo Schreiber’s character within a minute. He’s a douchebag with a job that gives him too much control over others.

Yes, the reintroduction of his character is actually used to spur the plot forward so he’s not just needlessly there but aside from that it’s just so fun.

I’d also totally love to do a collage of Natasha Lyonne as Nicky going down or getting eaten out by other girls from this season. She’s fantastic.

You can stream seasons 1 and 2 of Orange is the New Black here on Netflix.

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Yes, there are more Disney movies than the following available on Netflix, but in keeping with the original theme of this series, these are the ones that I truly enjoy.

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Pocahontas (1995)/Pocahontas 2: Journey to a New World (1998)

Pocahontas was released at the tail end of my childhood, bookending into the dreaded teen years. Luckily it was awesome enough to draw me in even though I’m sure I acted too mature for it at the time. Pocahontas was inspired by the life of the famous Native American, known for working in harmony with the early colonists of Jamestown, VA. While history indicates that she did save the life of John Smith, they were not in a relationship. However that is not the film’s take, which I quite enjoy. The basic plot is the early colonists trying to take over the Native American’s land. The love story between Pocahontas and John Smith throws a monkey wrench in the works.

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Watching the movie in my youth I was drawn in by the music (Tia Carrere has a beautiful voice) and seemingly magical properties of the Native Americans. While watching it early this year I not only was able to enjoy that but also the comedy. Seriously, rewatch it as an adult and guffaw at the awesomely fab songs by the baddies who openly admit their plans to steal the Native American’s land. Plus, the villain’s henchman is super flamboyant. The animal sidekicks (on both sides) are also a treat.

I have not had a chance to watch the sequel yet but I assume it’s some fun.

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The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
I’m not sure if there’s anyone who isn’t at least passingly familiar with Tim Burton’s stop motion masterpiece at this point. The super quick rundown is that a skeleton king who resides in Halloweentown discovers Christmas. Fun ensues when he gets things a bit wrong.

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Dumbo (1941)
I identify to much with the character of Dumbo to have watched it all that often. Dumbo is an unpopular elephant who is criticized for his large ears. Aw. Even before I hit adolescence and understood this type of cruelty I still found it a sad tale. The film involves Dumbo going to visit his mother. It also includes Dumbo accidentally getting drunk and crows that I (and many others) have found to be racially demeaning. So yeah, if you are planning to watch Dumbo with a child, I’d recommend using it as a way to teach acceptance to those who are different/unpopular but be prepared for questions on his inebriated state and why “the crows talk like that”.

So, what are your Disney favorites that can be found on Netflix? Yes, Mulan is in my queue.

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Scary Movie (2000)
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The first Scary Movie spoofed many of the films listed on this list, as well as others that are not currently available on Netflix. Though it was officially released in 2000, it definitely belongs here. Anna Faris and Shannon Elizabeth costar in this Wayans brothers comedy that is mainly based on the original Scream flick. Fun fact: Scream’s working title was Scary Movie.

Teaching Mrs. Tingle (1999)
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The first Kevin Williamson penned movie on this list is the black comedy Teaching Mrs. Tingle. Katie Holmes, Marisa Couglan (Super Troopers), Barry Watson (Sorority Boys) and Helen Mirren co-star. The simple plot is about teens who want revenge on their bitchy teacher, the always sexy Helen mirren.

The Faculty (1998)
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This high school alien invasion flick from Robert Rodriguez is a must see. It’s The Body Snatchers meets The Breakfast Club. A truly fab 90s cast, including Josh Hartnett, Elijah Wood and Shawn Hatosy, is able to give life to the teen archetypes presented here. The teachers in the film are played by so many amazing actors that I’m not even going to list them, just watch it.

Disturbing Behavior (1998)
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Disturbing Behavior is a creepy look at high school jock mentality. Something (and or someone) is changing these small town teens into shiny, 50’s style goodie two shoes, except when they get horny and then homicidal. Katie Holmes shines as sexy “trash” in this Kevin Williamson penned guilty pleasure. James Marsden (X-Men) costars as the new kid.

Bride of Chucky (1998)
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Definitely my favorite Chucky flick, this one is over the top fun. Jennifer Tilly is a boobaliscious, goth trailer chick who she gets her wish and brings back her ex, now in Chucky’s body, of course. Things get completely zany when he also transfers her soul to doll form. A young Katherine Heigl and John Ritter (as her angry dad) costar. Also keep an eye out for Alexis Arquette who is amazing in this.

Scream (1996)
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You’re most likely familiar with Wes Craven’s Scream. A hot cast of well known actors mixed with up and comers appear in this slasher movie that is so in the know that Jamie Kennedy’s character even lists what must happen in a horror flick in one of the definitive scenes. The cast is rounded out with Neve Canpbell (as the hero), Skeet Ulrich (as his hottest), Matthew Lillard, Rose McGowan (as a blonde), Henry Winkler, David Arquette and Courtney Cox. Some of the sequels are also available on Netflix.

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I’ve been a huge fan of Kevin Smith ever since I first rented a VHS copy of Mallrats from the since closed Hollywood Video. It was then that I finally took the advice of my issues of Premiere Magazine and rented Clerks. I then forced everyone that I knew to watch Clerks. So it’s only natural that I devote an entire Netflix post to Smith’s work.

Click the film titles to be taken directly to the film on Netflix.

Jay and Silent Bob Go Down Under (2012)
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I have not had a chance to check this special out yet but it’s a Kevin Smith special with Jason Mewes (ah), I don’t think you can go wrong with that. It was filmed in Sydney, Australia.

Comic Book Men (2012 Seasons 1-2)
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I haven’t had cable in a few years so I had not heard of this series. It’s basically AMC’s geekier version of Pawn Stars. I didn’t think I’d be into it. I’ve never been a fan of comic books. It’s not like I never tried reading them, but they just aren’t my thing. I enjoy comic book films and the characters’ stories though.

I’m very happy that I decided to give this a chance as I love it. I can’t help marathoning the episodes. I’m a flea market/yard sale/ebayer, who used to collect action figures so it’s actually a great fit for me. Each episode recaps something interesting that took place at Kevin Smith’s comic book store in Jersey, Jay & Silent Bob’s Secret Stash. The guys who work in the store discuss these events with Kevin on every ep, so yes he’s always on the show. Plus you get appearances from other View Askew actors such as Jason Mewes and Brian O’Halloran.

Red State (2011)
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Red State has nothing to do with the View Askew universe. After Cop Out, Smith went in yet another direction with this movie. This horror/thriller is very unique, so much so that I don’t like to give too much away about the plot. It starts out with a group of teen guys (including the yummy Kyle Gallner) talking sex at school. It soon turns into a very creepy horror flick involving religion. The movie costars Michael Angarano, Anna Gunn, Stephen Root, Kevin Pollak, Marc Blucas and John Goodman.

Kevin Smith: Burn in Hell (2011)
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If you want to know more about the above movie, Red State, then check out this Kevin Smith appearance.

Kevin Smith: Too Fat For 40 (2010)
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This particular Smith special includes many interesting stories about Zack and Miri Make a Porno, Cop Out and weed, among other issues. It was filmed in Jersey.

4.3.2.1 (2010)
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Smith plays the character of Big Larry in this movie. The plot of this British crime thriller involves four female friends and diamond thieves.

Phineas and Ferb (2010)
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Smith made an appearance on an episode of this childrens’ animated series about two stepbrothers during their summer vacation. Smith portrays Clive Addison, a special effects guru. This episode also included an appearance by Seth MacFarlane.

Zack and Miri Make a Porno (2008)
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I can’t even explain how much I love this movie. Wait, yes I can, just go check this out. Though not a part of the Jersey trilogy this is, to me, a classic Kevin Smith film. It’s an awesome, filthy comedy about down on their luck characters. Plus it’s set in Pittsburgh (I’m from Southwestern PA). It stars one of my favorite actors, Seth Rogen, and Elizabeth Banks as best friends who decide to make a porno together since they are in desperate need of money. It includes so many other awesome actors as well, such as Jason Mewes, Craig Robinson and Justin Long.

This Film Is Not Yet Rated (2006)
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If you are a movie buff then you probably have some questions about how the movie ratings system operates. It has a lot to due with dollars. Find out more in this documentary.

Small Town Gay Bar (2006)
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Kevin Smith was an executive producer of this documentary about “The story of community in the Deep South that is forced to deal with the struggles of ignorance, hypocrisy and oppression.” (via IMDB.com). I haven’t seen this but Kevin mentions how he got involved in this project during his Burn in Hell special.

Comic Book: The Movie (2004)
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Mark Hamill stars in this comedy about “The relationship between Hollywood and comic book culture is lambasted in this mockumentary as a beloved heroic character is rung through the studio system.” (via IMDB.com). This isn’t really up my alley but I plan on trying to give it a go one day.

Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back (2001)
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“What the fuck is the internet?”-Jay
Jay and Silent Bob is the most in your face, self referential of the View Askewniverse flicks. Jay and Silent Bob get caught up in a diamond heist/animal theft while trying stop Miramax from making a movie. The movie is based on the comic Bluntman and Chronic (from Chasing Amy) who were based on Jay and Silent Bob. Basically everyone from the past Jersey flicks is in this and often play multiple characters and/or themselves.

Donnie Darko (2001)
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Kevin Smith is credited with a special thanks credit on this movie. He is also included on the DVD commentary. I’m not actually a big Donnie Darko fan. It was interesting but it’s just not a favorite of mine. The movie stars Jake Gyllenhaal as a teen having Doomsday visions.

Scream 3
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Scream 3 is definitely not the best Scream movie in the series. Serial killer survival Sidney Prescott (Neve Campbell) visits Hollywood since they are making her story into a movie. Smith appears as Silent Bob on a Hollywood backlot in a cameo role.

Law & Order (2000)

I’m not at all interested in this crime drama show. However Smith did appear in the 17th episode of season 10 from 2000 entitled, “Black, White and Blue” as “Tony’s Wife’s Nephew”. The plot of this particular episode involves racial issues and the police.

Chasing Amy (1997)
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I haven’t watched Chasing Amy as much as Smith’s other movies because it’s more serious. It’s still awesome, of course. Ben Affleck and Jason Lee play comic book creators who meet Amy (Joey Lauren Adams). She becomes involved with Affleck’s character even though she had previously identified as a lesbian.

Good Will Hunting (1997)
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Smith was a co-executive producer on this movie that helped launch his friend Ben Affleck’s career. Matt Damon stars as a janitor who’s actually a genius at math. This touching Gus Van Sant flick deals with classism and love.

Clerks (1994)
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Ah, Clerks, the movie that started it all. This hilarious, dialogue heavy comedy is about two friends who work at adjoining convenience and video stores. It’s set during a typical day as a clerk, based heavily on Smith’s own young life. Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) and Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) were so popular that not only was there later a cartoon version, Clerks: The Animated Series but also, eventually, Clerks 2, which is so fuckin’ funny. Plus Kevin Smith has announced plans to make a Clerks 3 in the future, woot!

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Unfortunately most of my favorite musicals are no longer available on Netflix. I haven’t had time to watch all of the below films but they are in my queue and I plan on checking them out in the future. Plus I’ve heard good things about them.

Footloose (2011)
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I have not watched this remake yet. I do enjoy Julianne Hough and dance movies (ala Step Up though). Hot Donna told me it was decent and I will eventually get to watching it. It’s a remake of the 80’s original. You probably know the gist, teens aren’t allowed to dance in some weird hick town, so they rebel by dancing.

Velvet Goldmine (1998)
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Yes, I fucking adore Velvet Goldmine. I went into it with a love of Ewan McGregor and gay men and just came out someone even more awesome, if that’s possible. It taught me about glam rock and Oscar Wilde and accessorizing with copious amounts of glitter. Plot, you ask? Christian Bale plays a young reporter tasked to find out what happened to a supposedly dead bisexual glam rock star Brian Slade (basically a fictionalized version of David Bowie). Yes, that’s Ewan rocking out above as Curt Wild (inspired by Iggy Pop). The amazing cast also includes Eddie Izzard.

The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

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Have you ever been inside of a Hot Topic? Yes, then you’ve probably seen Jack Skellington before. So you know his visage but have you seen the movie? Well hopefully, it’s been out for fucking ever and it’s amazing. Tim Burton’s stop motion puppet musical is a gothic love tale about Halloween Town. Halloween Town is home to a bunch of awesome ghoulies. The movie is about how the sweet Jack Skellington stumbles onto Christmas Town and tries to bring their traditions back to his town. He also meets Sally, whom he falls for.

Footloose (1984)
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Yes, this is the original Footloose starring Kevin Bacon. Yes, it’s about a town that’s outlawed dancing. I was born a year before this film’s release. I grew up with it being overplayed on TV and Bacon even goofing on his performance on other shows. So I’m not like a big fan or anything but he sure could dance.

The Muppet Movie (1979)

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Plot: “Kermit and his new found friends trek across America to find success in Hollywood, but a frog-legs merchant is after Kermit.” (via IMDB.com) I haven’t watched The Muppet Movie since I was a small child but Miss Piggy is an idol of mine so I really need to get on that.

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (1968)
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Plot: “A hapless inventor finally finds success with a flying car, which a dictator from a foreign government sets out to take for himself.” (via imdb.com) I’m never watching this movie again. That’s not an insult, I just watched it so much as a child that I couldn’t do it again. Yeah, my dad is a big Dick Van Dyke fan.

Carmen Jones (1954)
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Plot: “Love, passion, betrayal and tragedy. Carmen Jones is an adaptation of Bizet’s legendary opera, Carmen. It tells the story of a young, free spirited woman called Carmen Jones whose great beauty is the object of many men’s desires. However, Carmen sets her sights on young army officer Joe, who is engaged to his sweetheart, Cindy Lou. Joe quickly succumbs to Carmen’s charms , forsaking his Cindy Lou, thus beginning the tragic love story.” (via IMDB.com) It seems wrong that I’ve never gotten around to watching this as it’s considered a classic film but I’m so behind on anything pre-1960s. Not a great excuse, I know.
Stars Dorothy Dandridge.

There’s No Business Like Show Business (1954)
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Plot: “Molly and Terry Donahue, plus their three children, are The Five Donahues. Son Tim meets hat-check girl Vicky and the family act begins to fall apart.” (via IMDB.com). Okay it’s not really my cup of tea but you know I love Marilyn Monroe. She performs the following songs in this film, Lazy, Heat Wave and After You Get What You Want, You Don’t Want It.

A Star Is Born (1937)
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Plot: “A young woman comes to Hollywood with dreams of stardom, but achieves them only with the help of an alcoholic leading man whose best days are behind him.” (via IMDB.com) Okay, this is one of three versions of A Star Is Born and I haven’t seen it yet. I’ve only seen the Streisand version because, c’mon I love her. I am totally going to give this one a try though. In case you are curious, no I haven’t seen Garland’s version yet either, which is insane.

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