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Check out my above unboxing video. Plus, view the below photos, links and additional info. This is my first Nerd Block.

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Back to the Future 88MPH Tee
by Shirt Punch, exclusively for Nerd Block
approximately $10
This is an okay tee for a great movie. Personally I would have liked something more innovative. I can’t find this particular tee online. Here’s one on Amazon that includes 88MPH. This one is more of a cosplay style. It actually has Marty’s shirt and vest printed on it. Now I would have LOVED something like this! BTTF tees seem to retail online for about $10-20. This actual shirt was made exclusively for Nerd Block from Shirt Punch. Shirt Punch is a site that has a tee for a limited amount of time. Tees on there go for $10.

kevin smith book
Tough Shit: Life Advice from a Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good (paperback book)
by Kevin Smith
retail $13.49
I love Kevin Smith, but I have a huge stack of books to read. Hopefully this will be entertaining when I actually get around to reading it. IMHO-Books shouldn’t be a main item in a crate because it’s been my experience that they have the lowest resale value right after you buy one, even if it’s brand new. For instance, you can buy this used for 15 cents right now on Amazon. Why do I mention resale? I will resell items that I don’t want.

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Ghostbusters Ecto-1 Car
by Titan(s) Vinyl Figures exclusively for Nerd Block
approximately $20
This is exclusive to Nerd Block. I immediately resold on eBay for $10, because it’s not my style. It would probably have a projected retail price of around $20. This is the Funko that I refer to in the video. If I had received this, it would be proudly displayed in my home right now.

pacman mug
Pac-Man Heat Changing Mug
by Paladone Products
$10.99
This mug sells for $10.99 on Amazon. The design changes with heat, which is cool, but I most likely would not pay over $5 for it.

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Nerd Play Cosplayer Playing Cards
by Nerd Block
approximately $1
I’m being generous at estimating these at any type of price point as I think they are a ridiculous product.

Actual Price
almost $30

Approximate Retail Value
$55.48

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This box did not live up to my expectations. It proves that even if the items are technically worth an adequate amount, if they are not worth it to you, then it’s a waste of money.

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The Works of Kevin Smith on Netflix Streaming
Movie Quotes: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
2012 Wizard World Philly Comic Con: My Favorite Costumes-includes a photo of a customized Delorean
Style File: Strawberries Forsythe-includes a Ghostbusters cosplayer

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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)
down under

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)
comic book men

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)
red state

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)
miri mewes

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)
gay bar

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)
comic book the movie

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
scream 3

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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Movie Quotes: Zack and Miri Make a Porno
Movie Rundown: March 2011-includes Red State
Top Stoner Comedies On Netflix Streaming for 4/20-includes Too Fat for 40
Top Gay Movies on Netflix Instant Streaming-includes Chasing Amy
Top 2011 Movies on Netflix Streaming-includes Red State
Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streamingincludes Chasing Amy and Clerks
Top 1990s Teen Movies on Netflix Streaming-includes Mallrats

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This post is in the spirit of those year in review style posts. To be clear, these aren’t what I consider to be the best movies of 2011 out of every movie. Although a couple will also appear on that forthcoming list. These are just the best on Netflix. I know you need to watch something up to date every once in a while.

Technically some of these films are dated as being from 2010 but I’m going on when it was actually available to be seen by the majority of folks in the US. So I’ve included some that had a foreign, limited or festival release in 2010 but went wide on DVD in 2011.

Simply click the film’s title to be whisked away to it on Netflix.

DRAMA

Certified Copy (Copie conforme) (French) (Available Until 12/27/14)

"I'm afraid there's nothing very simple about being simple"

It’s certainly difficult to describe Certified Copy without giving away the movie. So let’s put it this way, a man and a woman who have a barbed attraction share a day together. Yes, it’s a talking movie. I loved it! The film stars Juliette Binoche and William Shimell.

A Little Help (Available Until 10/25/14)

After her husband’s passing a woman has to deal with raising her son and herself. This is a good little movie starring Jenna Fischer. Chris O’Donnell and Rob Benedict (Waiting) costar.

Passion Play (Available Until 07/20/13)

“Fuck normal”

Oh, Passion Play. I love the entire idea, casting, visual choices, et al of this film. Mickey Rourke stumbles into a traveling sideshow and meets a beautiful young woman (Megan Fox) who plays the part of an angel. Of course they fall for each other. Then there’s the fact that he’s tangled up with some other unsavory folks. The movie costars Bill Murray, Kelly Lynch and Rhys Ifans.

Limitless (Available Until 05/16/13)

Limitless is about a writer (Bradley Cooper) who ends up trying a drug that gives you hyper focus and confidence, or as I saw one commenter remark, something like a mix of Ritalin and Cocaine. Limitless was originally entitled Dark Fields and I get the feeling that it was supposed to be darker but it still works so well as this polished finished product. I’m still not sure of the character’s motivation but yeah, it was awesome!

Last Night (Available Until 01/01/13)

Last Night is about a married couple (Keira Knightley and Sam Worthington) who’ve been together for a while but are both tempted to cheat on the same night. Knightley’s character is definitely more fleshed out and relate-able. Ah, maybe that’s just to me, she’s a novelist who currently writes fashion pieces. Her possible fling is with a hot, foreign ex. Worthington mainly seems like a stock faithful husband who is confused and tempted. It’s by Eva Mendes though so it totally makes sense. In real life I believe cheating is basically the worst thing you can ever do but when it’s possibly going to be Worthington and Mendes getting it on, well, yes, I was egging them on. And Griffin Dunne plays a writer! I love when he does that.

A Beautiful Life (Mei Li Ren Sheng) (China/Hong Kong) (Available Until 12/13/12)

A booze and high heel loving real estate agent meets a police officer. She leads him on a bit while basically using him to do things for her. It’s one of those friend zone relationships. Do they get together? Ooh.

COMEDY

No Strings Attached (Available Until 06/22/13)

Well this is one of the two fuck buddies movies that were released in 2011 and it’s not the better of the two, that would be Friends with Benefits. However this is a decent, entertaining movie. Natalie Portman and Ashton Kutcher are two acquaintances who keep meeting. Eventually they hook up and then fall into a friends with benefits situation. I adore Portman playing a woman who is now trying to compartmentalize her life into just work (as a doctor) and sex after seemingly just working for a while. Kutcher works in TV. Kevin Kline and Cary Elwes costar. I feel like they were underused. Well Kline gets some scenes but is a bit cartoony. Elwes gets to say like two words. Ludacris, Lake Bell and Mindy Kaling costar.

Take Me Home Tonight (Available Until 05/16/13)

Topher Grace stars in this 80s themed comedy as a high school graduate (who was promising) but has been squandering his time since then. He runs into a crush (Amber Heard) and decides to lie his way into her good graces. The bulk of the film is set at a party involving a ton of great actors, Anna Faris (as his sister), Dan Fogler (as his sidekick), Chris Pratt (Faris’ IRL hubby as her onscreen fiance), Lucy Punch, Michael Ian Black and Michelle Trachtenberg. Funny flick. Check it out.

Potiche (Trophy Wife) (French) (Available Until 03/17/13)

Catherine Deneuve stars as the housewife of a jerk who runs a plant. She ends up taking it over. In doing so she meets up with a youthful dalliance (Gérard Depardieu) who opposes everything that her husband stands for. And it’s set in the 70’s! The costumes are awesome.

THRILLER/HORROR

Faces in the Crowd (Available Until 10/25/16)

Milla Jovovich witnesses a murder and then is attacked by the murderer. In the process she is injured resulting in Prosopagnosia, which is severe face blindness. She can’t recognize anyone. Not only does this interfere with her day to day life but now she has no way of identifying the criminal. Julian McMahon costars as a police detective who takes a shine to her.

Hobo with a Shotgun (Available Until 08/05/14)

Rutger Hauer stars as the title character, yes a hobo with a shotgun!, in this zany exploitation flick.

The Resident (Available Until 07/20/12)

Jeffrey Dean Morgan creepily stalks his tenant, solitary doctor Hilary Swank. Lee Pace and Christopher Lee costar.

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil (Available Until 12/29/14)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vQOZHEYhVtU
This was so frickin’ funny but it wasn’t really promoted at all. Tyler Labine (Reaper, Mad Love) and Alan Tudyk (Firefly, Dollhouse) are two likeable hillbillies who’ve saved up to buy a vacation cabin in the woods. They are all excited about chilling out when they meet some yuppie college kids who only see them as scary backwoods stereotypes. A ton of hilarious deaths ensue.

Red State (Available Until 10/18/14)

Three high school kids go in search of tail but end up in a really fucked up situation in this Kevin Smith film. Supposedly Kyle Gallner actually had a real panic attack during filming. The cast also includes John Goodman and Michael Angarano. The movie drags a little at one point but it picks back up.

Dylan Dog: Dead of Night (Available Until 05/03/14)


Dylan Dog wasn’t that great or anything but I still feel the need to include it because there’s some good stuff in it. Brandon Routh is a supernatural PI who’s bestie, Sam Huntington, dies and is shocked to find out that he’s now one of the undead. Huntington always cracks me up. Routh’s chest is mesmerizing. Some of the undead stuff is pretty inventive. The big bad is way too Spawny though.

Insidious (Available Until 05/09/13)

The creative team behind the first Saw film, James Wan and Leigh Whannell, wrote and directed this flick. It’s a vintage feeling ghost story. A family has to deal with a haunting. Rose Byrne (barf) and Patrick Wilson play the parents. Eventually they bring in a team of Ghost Hunters type investigators (including Lin Shaye and Leigh Whannell). The movie has a great ambiance. I didn’t see that first little twist near the ending coming either.

Please share your 2011 picks with us in the comments section.

You may also enjoy:
Movie Rundown: March 2011-includes my initial thoughts (in video form while wearing a ridiculous wig) on Take Me Home Tonight, Red State, Certified Copy, Limitless and Potiche.
Movie Rundown: May 2011-includes my initial thoughts on Last Night and Passion Play.
Top Sexy Romances-w/ Damage starring Juliette Binoche & Wild Orchid starring Mickey Rourke
The Sexy Kyle Gallner
The Sexy Milla Jovovich
The Sexy Bradley Cooper
Movie Rundown: February 2011-includes my initial thoughts on The Resident
Web Oodles 5/20/10-includes awesome photos of Megan Fox and Mickey Rourke

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This post in my Netflix Streaming series is part of 90s Month. It is also the companion piece to my last post Top 1990s Teen Movies on Netflix Streaming.

These movies focus on characters in their 20s. Most are about people who are out of school or didn’t go to college but some include characters who are in college because I consider a movie about college characters to be different than one about teenage characters even if they overlap. It’s the 90s so slackers, Ethan Hawke, Chris Eigeman, flannel and slip dresses abound. Many of them are what my, then 11 year old sister, would have referred to as “talking movies”. What she meant by this is that they are about the characters just hanging out and talking about life.

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

Go (1999) (Available Until March 1, 2012)

This comedy is told in the Tarantino style of separate plot lines for characters who know each that are told out of order. I’ve watched this film so many times and it’s still fantastic. It takes place on Christmas Eve. The lead is played by Sarah Polley. She is a grocery store cashier who decides to do a one time drug deal to make her rent money. Timothy Olyphant plays the hottest fucking drug dealer. This was the first movie that most of us ladies noticed he’d grown up and become hot in. (We’re still trying to forget him in Scream 2 though). Other plot lines revolve around her fellow cashiers. One is a hot Brit (Desmond Askew) who goes to Vegas and ends up on the run from some really shady characters. Scott Wolf and Jay Mohr play adorable soap actors. Pretty much the only peeve I’ve ever had with the flick is that initially Katie Holmes is irritating in it. The film costars William Fichtner, Taye Diggs, Breckin Meyer, James Duval and Jane Krakowski. It was directed by Doug Liman.

The Curve (1998) (aka Dead Man’s Curve) (Available Until January 31, 2013)

The Curve was the melodramatic version of Dead Man On Campus. The film was direct to video and as I recall was also played on TV in that same time span. It even felt like a made for TV movie. It’s about a group of college friends who plan to kill one of each other to get a 4.0 because of the policy of the college to give them out automatically if your roommate commits suicide. It’s not the best movie but all of the lead male actors were eye candy at the time. It stars Matthew Lillard, Michael Vartan, Randall Batinkoff and Keri Russell.

A Life Less Ordinary (1997) (Available Until June 1, 2012)

“Don’t even ask where I’ve gone”
“Don’t even imagine that I care”

To say that I was obsessed with this movie is an understatement. It’s a romantic fantasy about some angels (Holly Hunter and Del Roy Lindo) who are trying to get an unlikely couple together. The couple is a spoiled rich bitch (Cameron Diaz) and a poor janitor (Ewan McGregor). When McGregor is fired he freaks out and accidentally and kidnaps his bosses’ daughter, Diaz (with prodding from her). Then they fall in love while they are on the run and trying to get ransom money out of her dad. I love everything about this movie. I knew that it was too weird to last at our small town box office for more than a week. I saw it three times that week and I was correct when it was rushed out by the next Friday. This movie was released the same year as Excess Baggage (which has a similar plot) and both were picked apart by critics. However Ewan won best actor of the year in my own movie awards for that year. Silly, yes, but I don’t care and I was 14. The film costars Ian Holm, Stanley Tucci, Dan Hedaya, Tony Shalhoub, Christopher Gorham and Timothy Olyphant. It was directed by Danny Boyle (Trainspotting).

Picture Perfect (1997) (Available Until December 1, 2011)

This is still my favorite Jennifer Aniston movie. She plays Kate who is in advertising but is having trouble advancing because she doesn’t have a family. (It’s like the 90s equivalent of a male storyline in the 50s!). She has a big crush on her jerky co-worker (Kevin Bacon). Plus she has a kooky best friend (Illeana Douglas). Things get complicated when she is accidentally photographed with videographer (Jay Mohr) and everyone assumes that he’s her boyfriend. She then decides to spin a web of lies to use that photo as the springboard for her promotion. It’s an adorable romantic comedy with a love triangle and really cute 90s outfits.

Good Will Hunting (1997) (Available Until January 1, 2013)


Plot: “Will Hunting, a janitor at MIT, has a gift for mathematics but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life.” (from IMDB.com. Stars Matt Damon, Ben Affleck, Minnie Driver, Casey Affleck, Stellan Skarsgard and Robin Williams.

Chasing Amy (1997) (Available Until April 1, 2012)


Chasing Amy is a great comedy that proposes the question “Isn’t Ben Affleck so hot that a lesbian would fall for him?”. Just kidding, she falls for him as a person. The problem is that he can’t get her exes out of his head (which could happen in any relationship). Because it’s a Kevin Smith film (from his View Askew oeuvre) it has his trademark filthy humor but is also touching. Plus they are all comic writers (or tracers) so it’s like a good geek fantasy. The film stars Joey Lauren Adams, Jason Lee (Banksy!) and Jason Mewes. Characters from this film make a cameo in his later film, Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. This title is also included in my Top Gay Movies on Netflix Streaming post.

Walking and Talking (1996) (Available Until June 1, 2016)

This is a great independent comedy starring Catherine Keener who is having trouble with just dating guys while her best friend Anne Heche is getting married. The movie costars Liev Schreiber, Randall Batinkoff and Kevin Corrigan.

Beautiful Girls (1996) (Available Until June 1, 2016)


Beautiful Girls is a great film. The film is about Timothy Hutton’s character who is conflicted and visits his family. While he is there he develops feelings for his teen neighbor Natalie Portman because she has her whole life ahead of her. He always spends a lot of time with his friends. All of them have their own problems and all of their characters are really fleshed out, which is often ignored in a film like this. The film costars Lauren Holly, Michael Rappaport, Mira Sorvino, Matt Dillon, Uma Thurman and Rosie O’Donnell. This title is also included in my Top Romantic Comedies on Netflix Streaming post.

Swingers (1996) (Available Until September 1, 2012)

“I don’t want you to be the guy in the PG-13 movie everyone’s really hoping makes it happen. I want you to be like the guy in the rated R movie, you know, the guy you’re not sure whether or not you like yet. You’re not sure where he’s coming from. Okay? You’re a bad man. You’re a bad man, Mikey. You’re a bad man, bad man.”

Swingers is still a great movie. It’s about a group of friends who are trying to break into acting. Jon Favreau wrote the film and stars in it as the sappy one who is also trying to find love. It’s called swingers because there was a whole swing dancing revival in the 90s (check out this clip of 90s film Blast From the Past). Even though times change there is still the same dynamic between men and women. For instance, they have a big conversation about how long to wait to call a girl back. Now we have to consider how long to wait to text someone back (Note: I hate texting mind games!). Plus since it’s set in LA they get to take a trip to Vegas. This was Vince Vaughn’s breakout role. Ron Livingston and Heather Graham costar. It was directed by Doug Liman.

Bio-Dome (1996) (Not Currently Available)

Yes, I’ve listed Bio-Dome before but how can I not list it here? Pauly Shore and Stephen Baldwin are some dim bulbs who accidentally get locked in a bio-dome and hilarity ensures. Joey Lauren Adams costars.

She’s the One (1996) (Not Currently Available)

This is a dramedy by and starring Edward Burns. It’s about a group of Irish Catholic brothers and their relationships. Jennifer Aniston, Cameron Diaz and John Mahoney costar.

SubUrbia (1996) (Available Until January 1, 2012)


This dramedy by Richard Linklater is about a group of slacker friends who hang out at a convenience store in a suburb of Austin, TX. They are forced to examine their lives when a former member of their clique shows up and is now a big rock star. The movie stars Giovanni Ribisi. Steve Zahn and Parker Posey costar.

Before Sunrise (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

“And I have this idea for this show that would last twenty-four hours a day for a year straight, right? What you do, is you get three hundred and sixty-five people from cities all over the world, to do these twenty-four hour documents of real time, right, capturing life as it‘s lived. Um, you know, it would start with uh, a guy waking up in the morning, and, uh, you know, taking the long shower, eating a little breakfast, making a little coffee, you know, and, uh, reading the paper.”

Before Sunrise is one of my all time favorite romances. Ethan Hawke was in his perfect slacker mode at the time. Hawke meets a French woman (Julie Delpy) on a train and they enjoy talking to each other so much that they hang out in Vienna talking some more for a whole night. 9 years later the sequel Before Sunset was released. I was initially disappointed in the sequel (the character is more like Hawke himself at that point in his life, pretty unlikable due to the dissolution of his marriage to Uma Thurman because he cheated on her) but you still have to watch it after seeing the first one. It is also available on Netflix Streaming, here (Available Until January 1, 2012). It was written and directed by Richard Linklater.

Kicking and Screaming (1995) (Not Currently Available)

Noah Baumbach’s Kicking and Screaming is about a group of college graduates who don’t want to grow up. The movie stars Chris Eigeman, Carlos Jacott, Josh Hamilton, Eric Stoltz, Olivia d’Abo and Parker Posey.

Reality Bites (1994) (Available Until May 1, 2013)



“There’s no point to any of this. It’s all just a random lottery of meaningless tragedy and a series of near escapes.”

It sounds silly because Reality Bites, as is common, stars ridiculously good looking leads but it’s a movie that gets better the older that you are because it’s so realistic. You will have to do things like beg for terrible, menial jobs in your life or become so depressed that you don’t get off the couch for a week. It’s about a group of friends who are starting their working lives after college. They also have to deal with love and modern life. Winona Ryder stars as an aspiring documentary filmmaker, Ethan Hawke is a frequently unemployed singer, Janeane Garafalo manages the Gap and Steve Zahn is in the closet. Ryder has an entry level job in her field but gets herself fired because she can’t stand her boss (John Mahoney). She has an unrequited attraction for Hawke which is fine until he gets upset because she starts dating a yuppie played by Ben Stiller (who also directed the film).

Clerks (1994) (Available Until February 29, 2012)


“I’m not even supposed to be here today”

Clerks was Kevin Smith‘s first film which he notably financed himself with credit cards. The reason that the film was shot in black and white is because black and white film is cheaper than color. This also makes it hard to get some people to watch it. I didn’t see Clerks when it first came out because I was too young but when I saw it a few years later it became a favorite of mine. It’s about two friends who work at adjoining convenience and video stores. Dante Hicks (Brian O’Halloran) is the lead who hates his job and is attending college at the same time but isn’t taking it very seriously. His friend Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson) gets mad at the customers too but he doesn’t let it get to him so much. The movie is set during a day that Dante is supposed to be off but must go into work instead so he doesn’t take things as seriously as normal and a few crazy things happen. This was the first movie in Smith’s View Askew Universe and characters that are in or are discussed in this film appear in many of his other releases. Clerks: The Animated Series aired in 2000 but was quickly canceled despite being hilarious. The sequel, Clerks 2, was released in 2006. Some original fans of Clerks dislike the sequel but I love it. It’s ridiculously funny.

Airheads (1994) (Available Until May 13, 2012)


Airheads is a super funny flick about the band heavy metal band The Lone Rangers. It stars Brendan Fraser (when he was hot), Adam Sandler (when he was likably stupid) and Steve Buscemi (man, he’s awesome). Plus there are tons of other actors in the huge cast. The dimwitted band members end up holding a radio station hostage to get their music heard.

With Honors (1994) (Not Currently Available)

This is a cheesy movie but I liked it. It’s about a group of students at Harvard who let a homeless man (Joe Pesci) live with them. The movie stars Brendan Fraser, Patrick Dempsey, Josh Hamilton and Moira Kelly.

The Chase (1994) (Not Currently Available)


“There’s no rule that says that when you’re kidnapping, you can’t be cordial and nice.”

This is my second favorite Adam Rifkin movie (Detroit Rock City is tops). It stars Charlie Sheen as a wrong convicted man who ends up kidnapping a heiress (Kristy Swanson). They fall for each other during their high speed chase from the cops and media. Henry Rollins, Ray Wise, Cary Elwes, Flea and Anthony Kiedis costar. It’s such a fun movie.

Bodies, Rest & Motion (1993) (Available Until April 30, 2012)


This relationship drama centers on some dreamy twentysomethings. It stars Phoebe Cates, Bridget Fonda, Tim Roth, Eric Stoltz and Alicia Witt.

Slacker (1991) (Available Until January 21, 2012)


“I may live badly but at least I don’t have to work to do it”

Richard Linklater’s Slacker is the classic independent film shot in Austin, Texas that is about an ensemble of slackers. It’s a free form film that only focuses on each character for a few minutes.

Metropolitan (1990) (Available Until February 12, 2012)

Whit Stillman’s Metropolitan is a comedy of manners about a group of yuppies at a ball during a break from college. The film stars Chris Eigeman, Carolyn Farina, Taylor Nichols and Dylan Hundley.

Last Updated: November 2011

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This post in my Netflix Streaming series is a part of 90s Month.

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

Scream (1996) (Available Until August 22, 2012)


Scream is, of course, the classic 90s movie by horror director Wes Craven that simultaneously manages to both be sarcastic about and in love with the horror genre. It’s a self aware teen slasher flick. Between this and The Craft all of us young ladies managed to fall like a ton of bricks for Skeet Ulrich that year. The film also stars Neve Campbell, Matthew Lillard, David Arquette, Jamie Kennedy, Courtney Cox, Rose McGowan, Drew Barrymore and Liev Shreiber. You can also catch the parody of this flick, Scary Movie, on Netflix. (Note: Scary Movie was Scream’s original title).

Buffy the Vampire Slayer (seasons 1-7, the full series) (1997) (Available Until April 1, 2012)

I’ve mentioned my love of the Buffy the Vampire Slayer movie before but I haven’t mentioned the series. I was a latecomer to the series (season 4) but then I quickly caught up and got into it. Buffy is just your normal teen girl who has to, uh, kill vampires and demons, no biggie. She also ends up falling for some of them like Angel (above). I’m actually a bigger fan of the Angel spin off but Buffy is, of course, a great show too. Plus there were so many great supporting characters who grew into their own as the show progressed (Willow in particular). The talented cast of this Joss Whedon series includes Nicholas Brendon, Alyson Hannigan, Anthony Stewart Head, James Marsters, Emma Caulfield, Michelle Trachtenberg, Charisma Carpenter, David Boreanaz, Amber Benson, Seth Green, Marc Blucas (who I hate on here but love in everything else), Danny Strong, Adam Busch, Tom Lenk, Juliet Landau, Mercedes McNab, Clare Kramer, Alexis Denisof (Hannigan’s real life husband) and Camden Toy. You can check out some pics of the cast and I at an Angel convention I went to years back here. Although the Buffy conventions have seemed to die down many of the cast still do the con circuit.

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Drive Me Crazy (1999) (Available Until November 1, 2012)



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“I’m pulling off the biggest scam of all time. I’ve entered into their world” “Ooh, did you leave bread crumbs?”

I’m a big fan of this movie. I had already been a fan of Melissa Joan Hart for years because of her sitcoms. In this movie though she plays a popular girl. Using someone who is usually so nice really works when you try to show things from their POV. Between this and The Adventures of Sebastian Cole I fell for Adrian Grenier years before Entourage. This movie is about a trouble making outsider (Grenier) who pretends to date the popular girl (MJH) to make their exes jealous. I will never forget that eerily perfect video that shows that most of the student body are comparable to the Nazis who just blindly followed orders.

SLC Punk! (1999) (Available Until March 1, 2012)

“To be an anarchist in Salt Lake City was certainly no easy task, especially in 1985. And having no money, no job, no plans for the future, the true anarchist position was in itself a strenuous job.”

SLC Punk is a fantastic dramedy that you don’t have to be a punk to love. Anyone who is an outsider can definitely get into it. The movie is about friends Stevo (Matthew Lillard) and Bob who are teens in Salt Lake City, UT in the 1980s. After high school Stevo’s dad wants him to follow in his footsteps and become a lawyer but Stevo just wants to hang out and be a punk instead. This is often particularly shocking to the squares in their area as Salt Lake City is known for being particularly repressed. The film was even shot on location. You can read about the SLC locations here. Of course they end up getting into dangerous situations. The film costars Devon Sawa and Jason Segel as friends of theirs and Christopher McDonald as Stevo’s dad. So good! For more on the film visit the Official SLC Punk site which is from the film’s release (Quicktime clips!, so old & nostalgic). For tons of pictures and gifs from the movie visit the Fuck Yeah SLC Punk tumblr.

Girl, Interrupted (1999) (Available Until October 31, 2012)


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I’m definitely a fan of this adaptation of the Susanna Kaysen novel about a depressed young woman. She ends up in a mental hospital during the interim between high school and college. The film stars Winona Ryder, Angelina Jolie, Brittany Murphy and Jared Leto. The film is set in the 60s but since being young & misunderstood is universal and it was released in ’99 I’m including it.

The Craft (1996) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

If you were a preteen or teen girl in the 90s I’m pretty sure that you, like my friends and I, watched this film repeatedly. I remember a gaggle of us going on my 13th birthday. The Craft is about a new girl in school (Robin Tunney) who meets and becomes friends with a group of outcast girls (Fairuza Balk, Neve Campbell and Rachel True). It turns out that they are practicing witches and when they find out that she is a natural witch they get together and start casting some powerful spells. Girl power! This movie not only introduced young girls to witchcraft but also to the hotness of Skeet Ulrich. Christine Taylor and Breckin Meyer costar.

Fear (1996) (Available Until April 1, 2012)

Ah, Fear when Reese Witherspoon wasn’t anorexic but was likable, Alyssa Milano was slutty and Mark Wahlberg was buff and hot (well some things don’t change). Witherspoon is an average teen girl who falls for Wahlberg who is controlling nutjob who fingers her on a roller coaster. What’s not to love? William Petersen and Amy Brenneman costar. I recommend this fun review of Fear at the Bad Movie Art Blog.

Romeo & Juliet (1996) (Available Until February 1, 2012)

“O, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?”
“What satisfaction canst thou have tonight?”
“The exchange of thy love’s faithful vow for mine.”
“I gave thee mine before thou didst request it!

I was a huge fan of William Shakespeare as a little girl (what, you weren’t?, xd) and all of us loved Leo back in the day. So I freaking loved Baz Luhrmann’s young, hip version of the classic play. Leonardo DiCaprio stars as Romeo and Claire Danes stars as Juliet. The film is loud, gorgeous and romantic. It costars John Leguizamo, Paul Rudd, Jamie Kennedy, Jesse Bradford, Pete Postlewaite, Paul Sorvino and Brian Dennehy.

Empire Records (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)


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“It’s Rex Manning Day!”

Empire Records is just an awesome movie. Yes, I was one of those people back in the internet dark ages who petitioned for them to put out the Special Remix DVD edition with deleted scenes because we love it so much. It’s about a bunch of teens who work at a record store (If you ask me what that is you are getting smacked.) for a laid back boss. One of them is a bit off and decides to borrow money the boss had earmarked to prevent a takeover buy a big chain store. So they have to find a way to raise a ton of money, put up with a washed up singer (Maxwell Caulfield as Rex Manning), deal with a shoplifter and their personal issues in a day. It has great music, compelling characters and a ton of teen angst. It is the only film I’ve ever found (and believe me I spent time looking over the years) in which Anthony LaPaglia and Rory Cochrane are certifiably hot. It also introduced the world to a ton of other great actors including Ethan Embry, Liv Tyler, Renee Zellweger, Johnny Whitworth, Brendan Sexton the 3rd and Robin Tunney. I recommend reading Reel Sex: The Slacker Sex God which mentions Rory in Empire Records.

Hackers (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)



So much has been written in the last few years about the tech inaccuracies in Hackers but I don’t give a shit about that. It’s a movie. Movies are about escapism. None of us really knew what the net had in store for us back then and wouldn’t it be cool if you were a teen who was smart enough to bring down big corporations? Fuck yeah. Plus it has the super sexy combo of the then totally young and hot (and later married, in a bloody wedding, for a short period of time) Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Jolie. Jonny Lee Miller stars as a super hot computer hacker who meets a group of like minded kids (Angelina Jolie, Matthew Lillard, a very young Jesse Bradford) at his new school in New York City. Of course because it’s the 90s they get to wear fucking amazing cyber clothes while rollerblading. Since they are hackers they end up tangled in a big mess that they have to hack their way out of. Fisher Stevens (always amazing, why isn’t he in more stuff?) is their main nemesis. Well theirs a cop too but he doesn’t know how to use a computer so he’s not really threatening. Check out Geek Bliss’s cool etsy shop for Hackers lip balm.

The Doom Generation (1995) (Available Until January 1, 2012)

“You are a life support system for a cock.”

Doom Generation was the first Greg Araki movie that I ever saw and it’s an understatement to say that I was blown away. In Rose McGowan’s first real role (she had a tiny part in Encino Man) she plays a hot, tweaking teen on a bizarre road trip with her boyfriend. The movie costars Johnathon Schaech (yum), James Duval and Parker Posey. I’m so glad that there was a big video store a town over when I was young that had stuff like this or I wouldn’t have seen it. I recommend checking out Agent Lover’s Getaway Girl Style: The Doom Generation.

Mallrats (1995)


Technically Mallrats is about two guys who have graduated high school but they are drifting. They haven’t decided whether to go to college or get jobs yet. They are basically trying to extend their teen years by being mallrats. So I think that it fits here better than in my Top 1990s Movies about Twentysomethings on Netflix Streaming post. This great Kevin Smith flick stars Jeremy London, Jason Lee (during his hottest phase), Claire Forlani, Joey Lauren Adams, Shannen Doherty & Ben Affleck.

My So Called Life: The Complete Series (1994) (Available Until March 1, 2013)

I’ve already mentioned My So Called Life which focuses on the realistic teenage emotions and rebellions of Angela Chase (Claire Danes) so I’ll just let you gaze at these hot pics of Jordan Catalano (Jared Leto).

NOTE: Clicking most of the hyperlinks of actors’ names will take you to their official twitter profiles.

Last Updated: October 2013

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