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PACIFIC RIM (2013)

Saturday, 13 July 2013 00:00

The Buzz:

        In the near future, humanity is facing its greatest enemy ever, giant monsters, called Kaiju, who make Godzilla look like a level one Pokémon. In response the nations of the world have banded together to create a force of giant robots, called Jaegers, to take on these monsters from the deep. Humanity is on the brink of extinction, and it's down to the final battle between monster and machine.

 

POOTIE TANG (2001)

Thursday, 11 July 2013 01:02

The Buzz:

     Originally based on a sketch from The Chris Rock Show, Pootie Tang is a blaxploitation film with turn-of-the-millenium style and sensibilities. It chronicles the tale of jive-talking musician/ladies' man/crime-fighter/all-around nice guy Pootie Tang, who uses the magical whuppin' belt left to him by his father, Daddie Tang, to clean up the streets and defend inner city children from the depredations of Corporate America. Have you seen Black Dynamite? If you didn't like it, we have nothing further to discuss. If you did like it, Pootie Tang is basically Black Dynamite if it were written and directed by Louis CK. That's right, Louis CK made a blaxploitation movie, in 2001, and you should totally watch it.

IRONCLAD (2011)

Thursday, 04 July 2013 17:22

The Buzz:

     Set in Magna Carta-era England during the reign of King John (the same one from all the Robin Hood movies), Ironclad is basically a remake of The Seven Samurai, but set in medieval Europe instead of feudal Japan. It follows the central character of Marshall, a retired Templar Knight back from the Crusades, as he becomes embroiled in an ideological struggle between the autocratic King John and the more forward-thinking Barons, who want to uphold the Magna Carta’s principles of rule by consent of the people and democracy and all that good stuff. The important thing is, we get to watch a group of British badasses fight Vikings in a castle for two hours, and it’s awesome.

 

RAMBO (2008)

Friday, 24 May 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

         Fast forward about 20 years from the previous film; Rambo has found solitude in rural Thailand. Things take a violent turn though when he transports a group of Christian aid workers into troubled Burma, and they are later kidnapped by the local genocidal forces. Soon Rambo has to take up his blade once again to go and save the workers, and finally come to terms with who and what he is.

 

 

RAMBO III (1988)

Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        It seems our hero may have finally found some peace at last when Col. Trautman returns to ask for Rambo's help. When he turns him down, Trautman is later captured by the Soviets on a secret mission to Afghanistan, and now Rambo has to infiltrate the warzone to save his friend.

 

RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD PART II (1985)

Wednesday, 22 May 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        First Blood Part II picks up some time after the previous film; Rambo is in prison serving his time for the events in the First Blood, when Col. Trautman reappears to offer Rambo a way out of prison. Thus begins the one-man-army's journey back to Vietnam in search of P.O.W.'s who weren't released after the war's end. But once again events swerve out of control as Rambo finds himself caught between the Vietnamese army, devious Russians, and a country that would sooner forget the horrors of Vietnam than relive them.

 

RAMBO: FIRST BLOOD (1982)

Tuesday, 21 May 2013 16:26

The Buzz:

        This iconic movie follows one John Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone), a Vietnam veteran back from the war and looking to find some peace as a civilian again. But a contemptuous sheriff has Rambo arrested for vagrancy, which sets off a chain of events that quickly spiral out of control. Soon the town cops and even the National Guard are hunting Rambo down, as he seeks to get justice, and to just be left alone.

 

CRANK 2: HIGH VOLTAGE (2009)

Monday, 29 April 2013 15:36

The Buzz

     Jason Statham reprises his role as hitman-trying-to-go-legit Chev Chelios in a movie that takes place immediately after the end of Crank (which we have previously reviewed). This time, his heart has been stolen by Chinese gangster Poon Dong (played by David Carradine in his last ever role) and Chelios must regularly electrocute himself to keep his Jarvis artificial heart™ charged. Most characters from the first movie show up again in this excessively meta action comedy from the Neveldine/Taylor director duo. Oh, and if you thought that Crank was slightly over the top, you should know that while the directors wanted to parody action movies in general with Crank, they intended to parody Crank with Crank 2: High Voltage. It's even more absurd than it sounds.

GET THE GRINGO (2012)

Wednesday, 27 March 2013 08:28

The Buzz:

     Mel Gibson plays the title character that is thrown into a Mexican jail while trying to leave the country with two million in stolen cash.  While in prison he befriends a child (not in the Jeffrey Jones way) and learns that the kid is being left alive to culture a liver for the boss gangster in the joint.  Massive killing ensues on all sides of the conflict and good old gringo is in the middle of everything.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SNIPER: RELOADED (2011)

Friday, 01 March 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

      Have you ever been kept up at night, wishing someone would reboot the Sniper with Tom Berenger franchise? Yeah, neither have I, but someone went and did it anyway. When a Marine's entire team is killed by an enemy sniper in the Congo, he sets himself to finding their killer, and uncovering the...sinister (?) plot behind their demise.

 

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Everyone knows "The Godfather" is a great movie, but is it as great to drink with as "Roadhouse?" We can appreciate "Citizen Kane" as a masterpiece of cinema, but is it as good a centerpiece for your party as "Santa Clause Conquers the Martians?"

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