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ESCAPE FROM TOMORROW (2013)

Saturday, 21 December 2013 20:19

The Buzz:

 

     The first film from Randy Moore, the picture follows a family on their final day of vacation in Disney World theme park. Odd events surround the family in a sort of surreal psycho-horror manner that, coupled with the monochrome images and low moral character of the protagonists,  serves to maintain an unsettling - yet oddly amusing - atmosphere for the audience. As the family tries to both ignore and finally make sense of the disturbing things events transpiring around them they realize that even in a place like Disneyworld… “bad things can happen anywhere.”

 

 

The Buzz:

 

     A documentary looking at the work and influence of the grandfather of stop-motion animation – Ray Harryhausen. With interviews from many acclaimed directors of modern films discussing how their pictures could have never existed if it weren't for this incredibly talented man.

 

RED LIGHTS (2012)

Friday, 15 November 2013 16:16

The Buzz:

        A psychologist and her team, who specialize in exposing phony psychics and miracle-healers, suddenly have their work cut out for them when a renowned psychic comes out of retirement.

 

TRICK 'R TREAT (2007)

Thursday, 31 October 2013 23:06

 

The Buzz:

 

     An anthology film that tells the story of a number of spooky, yet fun, tales that take place within the same town on the same Halloween night. Trick R' Treat also finally gives us the first real Halloween mascot in Sam, a small child-like Jack-O-Lantern headed demon with a love of tricks and treats and enforces the spirit of the holiday with a rather violent tendency. While this movie is super fun to watch, it is not by any means appropriate for children. But put this in after the kids go to bed or when it's just you and some friends and try not to have a smile on your face by the time the credits roll!

 

DONNIE DARKO (2001)

Wednesday, 30 October 2013 21:13

The Buzz:

 

     A young troubled teen (Jake Gyllenhaal) narrowly escapes death by following an “imaginary” friend named Frank out of the house one evening. Frank warns Donnie that in 28 days the world will end and Donnie begins seeing visions that force him to question reality and man's place in space and time. By the end of the film Donnie realizes he must make a tough choice and sacrifice in order to put right all he's done.

 

IDLE HANDS (1999)

Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:26

The Buzz:

 

     It's Halloween and stoner high school student Anton (Devon Sawa) can't find his parents (Fred Willard and Connie Ray). Mostly this is because they were killed in the night by the murderer terrorizing his town. When Anton and his buddies Pnub and Mick (Elden Henson and Seth Green) realize all evidence points to Anton they soon realize that his hand has become possessed by a demon. His hand murder's his friends, they return from the dead, his hand tries to kill his girlfriend (Jessica Alba), and generally blood and comedy ensue as Anton hunted down by a Druidic priestess played by Vivica Fox (funny, she doesn't LOOK Druish...).

 

THE CROW (1993)

Saturday, 05 October 2013 21:30

The Buzz:

 

    Eric Draven and his fiancé Shelley Webster are murdered on the night before Halloween, the holiday the two intended to be married on. A year later Draven is summoned from the dead by a crow to enact revenge on the thugs who killed him and his love and finally bring peace to Detroit (unfortunately we've all seen Robocop and know it can't last long…). The film was Brandon Lee, beloved actor and son to legendary martial artist/actor Bruce Lee, final film. He was tragically shot while filming a scene for one of the flashbacks which almost caused the film to never be released. Luckily, Miramax picked it up and made sure it was finished so that we have this fantastic flick that is a perfect eulogy to Lee. 

 

 

EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE (2000)

Saturday, 28 September 2013 20:07

The Buzz:

 

     Kuzco is a self centered emperor who is turned into a Llama and forced to become appreciative of the power of friendship in order to get his human body back. Yzma is a power hungry witch who vengefully turns Kuzco into a llama in order to usurp the throne. Kronk is a dim-witted muscle bound lackey of Yzma who secretly struggles with following the orders of a mad woman. Pacha is a simple farmer who just wants to protect his family and village from destruction by the uncaring Kuzco, but is also driven by doing the right thing to help Kuzco get his human form back. All in all a largely stereotypical set of characters in generally predictable plot somehow turn this into a lesser known gem of Disney.

SILENT HILL (2006)

Friday, 27 September 2013 14:36

The Buzz

     Christophe Gans (writer and director of Brotherhood of the Wolf) directs a highly atmospheric movie version of the first game in the highly successful Silent Hill series. A mother (Radha Mitchell) takes her daughter (somebody with a name) with severe mental issues to an abandoned town in western Pennsylvania to try to fix her; it turns out to be a fairly bad decision. There is also a subplot about Mitchell’s husband (Sean Bean) trying to find where they went, which explains a lot of the backstory and is helpful to the audience, but is largely unnecessary. If you’re a very serious horror fan or a fan of the series, this can be a very entertaining way to spend over two hours, but if you’re looking to get your party moving, the long runtime and bizarrely graphic violence may not be what you’re looking for. However, if this type of mood horror, graphic violence, and lack of jump-at-you scares is the type of film that really pushes your horror buttons, Silent Hill may end up being one of your favorites that way it ended up being one of mine.

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012)

Friday, 09 August 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman all join forces to defeat the evil of the Boogey Man Pitch Black in this family high-fantasy/adventure film.

 

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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?"

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