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THE SHADOW (1994)

Thursday, 07 March 2013 22:30


If you remember the early '90s (and if you don't, get off my lawn!), it was a time before every other summer blockbuster was about superheroes. The Christopher Reeve Superman series was but a distant, hokey memory, and Tim Burton's Batman was the only comic book property with any mass appeal. The Shadow is a film adaptation of the enigmatic detective with hypnotic powers from the 1930s, the character who originally inspired the creation of Batman, and it offers more of the dark, psychological, character-driven superhero action that audiences loved in the Burton movies.

...And everybody seems to really hate it, but I have no idea why. The Shadow boasts an impressive cast, sleek design, and high-quality effects, and is set during a fascinating and stylish period of American history. As long as you don't go in expecting just a "run of the mill" comic book movie, The Shadow has quite a lot to offer.

 

PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION (2012)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:51

The Buzz:

     It seems that in recent decades, Hollywood has been striving to bring us ever grittier, grimier, and uglier-looking movies. For example: name one action/adventure protagonist in recent memory that doesn't spend most of the movie at least partially caked with dirt. Sure, it makes sense for people who do rough activities to have rough looks, and these days, we like our epic heroes to seem humanized by sweat and dust. We also judge the quality of visual effects mostly by how realistic they look, but let's face it: real life is actually pretty ugly.

     So where is a viewer to go for a movie that tells an epic story of adventure and romance, without sacrificing beauty? Overseas, of course! The Chinese are still making sweeping, epic costume dramas with something gorgeous in every frame, and Painted Skin: the Resurrection is an entertaining offering with enough variety to please any viewer who isn't afraid of subtitles.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN (1985)

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 02:32

 

 

 

The Buzz:

     The Adventures of Mark Twain chronicles the 100% true and factual story of Samuel Clemen's journey to meet Halley's Comet using a whimsical airship, joined by three stowaway hayseeds named Tom, Huck, and Becky. Their trip provides a framing device for a selection of Twain's short stories, all depicted in brilliant stop-motion animation, and explores some of the more interesting elements of Twain's curmudgeonly personal philosophy.

CONAN THE BARBARIAN (2011)

Thursday, 19 July 2012 13:37

The Buzz:

     A remake of a movie, based on a series of comics, Conan The Barbarian follows a Sumerian barbarian whose father and village are all killed by an evil conquerer, and who sets out on a quest for revenge. But things aren't quite so simple, as the bad guys are trying to reassemble an ancient, magical mask that will give them necromantic powers with which to take over the world.

TROLL HUNTER (2010)

Saturday, 05 May 2012 00:17

The Buzz:

Troll Hunter follows a Norwegian film crew as they investigate a local bear poacher. But they accidentally stumble into a government cover up of the existence of trolls! They embark on a quest to discover why the troll population is behaving differently than they should, and why the government wants their existence to remain unknown.

FEROCIOUS PLANET (2011)

Friday, 04 May 2012 23:57

The Buzz:

Ferocious Planet is a SyFy Channel original TV movie about a new device designed to allow the user to observe parallel dimensions. The device malfunctions however, transporting a group of people into this strange new realm where they must fight to survive and make it home.

DRAGON (2009)

Friday, 04 May 2012 23:51

The Buzz:

A band of adventurers travel through a haunted forest in order to save their realm from the Dark Elf army threatening them. But before they can reach their goal, they must first defeat the evil dragon dwelling in the woods, and face the necromancer said to dwell there.

SHERLOCK HOLMES (2010, ASYLUM)

Friday, 04 May 2012 23:41

The Buzz:

The Asylum once again goes back to their roots, ripping off Hollywood films and hoping to make a buck on someone getting the two mixed up. In this case, they rip off 2009’s “Sherlock Holmes” starring Robert Downy Jr. In this film, Sherlock and Watson are trying to figure out why fantastical creatures are suddenly appearing and terrorizing London. But there’s more to this case than there seems, and soon the duo are fighting for their lives, and the future of Great Britain.

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Tanked Matinee is the place to go for good drinking movies. What do we mean by that? Simply speaking, we evaluate and recommend entertainment media based on how much fun it is to watch with friends on the sofa and a cold beer in hand.

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?"

Tanked Matinee appreciates film as art, but when you're kicking back on Friday night with a tall Rum & Coke, you're not looking for art, man, you want to be entertained. We're here to recommend the best movies for your night in, whether it's a big party, small get-together, or just a quiet night alone with a bottle of wine or three.

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