Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Top 3 Films: Janeane Garafalo

Happy 46th Birthday Janeane!

Reality Bites (1994)

This film was directed by Ben Stiller (and produced by Danny DeVito) and included a slew of (at the time) lesser known actors such as Winona Ryder, Ben Stiller, Ethan Hawke, Steve Zahn, Joe Don Baker, Andy Dick, Keith David, David Spade, and Renee Zellweger.

This movie had an awesome soundtrack in it that includes bands such as The Knack, Juliana Hatfield Three, Lisa Loeb (actually, I am pretty sure that this is the movie that broke her in the business), U2, Dinosaur Jr, and New Order.

I am pretty sure that this is the very first movie that I saw Janeane in. I still remember seeing this film at a small movie theater that was right across from Quail Springs Mall.

Dogma (1999)

Another movie with one hell (no pun intended) of a cast. This one was, of course, directed by Kevin Smith. The cast included Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Linda Fiorentino, Chris Rock, Alan Rickman, Salma Hayek, George Carlin, Alanis Morissette, Bud Cort and of course View Askew regulars Jason Mewes, Jason Lee and Kevin Smith himself.

I love this movie. I saw it in the theater like 3 times. Twice in one day!

Mystery Men (1999)

Directed by an unknown TV commercial director named Kinka Usher this comic was based on a comic book released by Dark Horse Comics called Flaming Carrot Comics.

Other than Janeane, it stars Ben Stiller, William H Macy, Hank Azaria, Paul Reubens, Geoffrey Rush, Gren Kinnear and Tom Waits.

This movie was considered a flop financially. Not surprising, a lot of movies that I liked never did well at the box office.

1 comment:

  1. I LOVE Janeane Garofalo!!!

    My Top 5 for her would be –
    1. Wet Hot American Summer
    2. The Truth About Cats & Dogs
    3. Reality Bites
    4. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion
    5. The MatchMaker

    Her part in The Cable Guy was also brilliant!

    I think that Janeane is one of those people that you either get or you don’t. There are a lot of people that can’t stand her (mostly for her politics I suspect) but she really is funny and does often provide some excellently stark commentary on America.