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DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER (2013)

Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:36

THE BUZZ

     This documentary chronicles the rise and works of Drew Stuzan, and industry giant that you've probably never heard of (I certainly hadn't), but who you definitely are familiar with. If you've seen any movie posters ever, you've probably seen his masterpieces. He's an amazing artist who did (among a vast number of others) the art for every Star Wars film, Back to the Future, Big Trouble in Little China, any Harry Potter movie, the Muppets movies, and you know what, so many more, I'm going to go ahead and stop here. He's so ubiquitous that you probably can name several more just from knowing a couple that he did.

THE LEGO MOVIE (2014)

Saturday, 15 February 2014 18:41

The Buzz:

 

     The evil Mr. Business controls all the lands of LEGO. He is obsessed with order and plans to unleash his devastating weapon The Kragle on the world on Taco Tuesday. However, there is a prophecy that a Master Builder will arise to stop him. In comes Emmet, a construction worker who finds the legendary Piece of Resistance that marks him as the one the prophecy spoke of. 

THE FP (2011)

Thursday, 06 February 2014 20:46

THE BUZZ

     In a post-apocalyptic wasteland, gangs vie for control of Frazier Park (abbreviated as titular The FP) through a brutal blood sport much akin to the thunderdome. Except instead of any real blood sport, it’s a dance game called Beat-Beat Revolution. After his brother BTRO gets literally served to death by a rival gang’s superior performance, JTRO (played by writer and director Jason Trost) leaves the FP. However, a year later, the park is in shambles due to the evil gang’s malevolent rule, and JTRO must return to save the day and serve up some white-hot BBR revenge. Featuring awesome sets, insanely high BPM techno, good costuming, and ……..odd humor, this film was ignored by many, shat on by a bunch of critics, and watched by few. But fuck the haters, this movie is awesome, and you should watch it.

COCKNEYS VS ZOMBIES (2012)

Wednesday, 05 February 2014 12:00

The Buzz:

        At the same time brothers Terry & Andy (Rasmus Hardiker & Harry Treadaway, respectfully) have teamed up with their cousin (Michelle Ryan), their friend (Jack Doolan), and the local psychopath (Ashley Thomas) to rob a bank in order to keep grandpa's (Alan Ford) home from being closed down, wouldn't you know it, zombies. What follows is a delightful little comedy-horror about the brothers trying to rescue granddad, and escape the undead hordes.

 

MUTANT GIRLS SQUAD (2010)

Saturday, 01 February 2014 18:38

The Buzz:

 

     Rin is a nerdy Japanese school girl who everyone picks on until her 16th birthday when her heritage is revealed that she is a descendant of a race of mutants who each display unique powers. Forced to defend herself from a population who doesn’t understand her self she is rescued by others of her kind who wish to take revenge on humanity. 

 

BLACK SUNDAY (1977)

Friday, 31 January 2014 15:28

The Buzz:

        Palestinian terrorists plan to use a bomb in the Goodyear Blimp, piloted by a Vietnam Vet, to attack the Super Bowl. Now the FBI and an Israeli agent are hot on their trail as they try to unravel the plot before it's too late.

 

THE COLONY (2013)

Friday, 24 January 2014 12:00

The Buzz:

        Some time in the future man has discovered how to control the weather (since apparently in that universe there has never been dozens of movies made showing just how bad an idea this can be). And sure enough, it's all gone to hell, and now Earth is stuck in a permanent ice age, with survivors living in small colonies. When our heroes receive a distress call from a nearby colony that then goes silent, and expedition is sent out, which causes an avalanche of events that spiral out of control (a description about as cliché as this film).

 

LONE SURVIVOR (2014)

Saturday, 18 January 2014 19:09

The Buzz:

 

     The film adaptation of the non-fiction book by the same name recounts the failed US Navy SEALS mission Operation Red Wing to track and kill the Taliban officer Ahmad Shah. The title references the one person, Marcus Luttrell, to make it home alive to recount the tale of how only four men used their skill and camaraderie to battle against close to 50 enemy combatants in the hills of Afghanistan.

 

THE INBETWEENERS MOVIE (2011)

Friday, 17 January 2014 07:00

 

The Buzz:

     This is the follow-up film to the widely successful British TV series, which followed four friends through their equivalent of High School.  If you are asking yourself why the series didn’t just continue, remember that British television shows for the most part are designed to end.  That is one major reason that adaptations of these series have rarely worked in America as we run our shows till there is only one remaining original cast member and all the humor is gone.  The show was great for its brutal honesty with how awkward and aggressively horny teenagers are, but also showing how stupid they are.  The film brings back all important cast members and starts out with their graduation and release to summer holidays.  What follows is the vacation that we all thought about having, and when we finally went fell to shit in the most glorious fashion.

 

 

 

 

CASA DE MI PADRE (2012)

Monday, 13 January 2014 22:20

THE BUZZ

 

     If The Other Guys didn't give you your fill of Will Farrell (or you want to try something a bit stranger), then perhaps this would interest you; Farrell teamed up with just about every major player in the Mexican movie industry to create an entirely-in-Spanish comedy lampooning the traditional over-the-top telenovela style. Essentially, Farrell plays Armando Alvarez, the somewhat slow (but genuine) son of a well-off Mexican ranch owner, and he must save the ranch and the day from evil drug cartel members. The more you know about Mexico or Mexican programming, the closer to home this film will hit for you. It's very entertaining and clearly was made as a labor of love; whether you speak Spanish or not, there is a lot to like about this film, and it's a very easy recommendation for both fans of Farrell and those who think he's a bit played out at this point.

 

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

 

     This movie is loaded with Naked Gun type gags that make it really accessible for everyone, but the true gem here is how many tropes of Mexican daytime TV get mocked. The whole script is needlessly flowery and silly, and as someone who speaks Spanish, I was utterly amazed at how proficient at the language Will Farrell is. The best part is that even though he's super white, no one even seems to notice, which adds this extra layer of comedy when he's over-enunciating like he's onstage in a theater production at actors and actresses who clearly are speaking in a very natural tone. The script is awesome, the plot is fully aware of how contrived the general story is, and everything is acted excellently. Considering all the humor has to work in two languages at once, it's all very natural and manages to do the unthinkable by genuinely being funny. Also, and this may be minor to some, the costuming and music kicks as much ass as the wardrobe and soundtrack in Mexican westerns tend to.

 

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

 

     This movie is pretty damn silly. Anyone who's seen El Sabado Gigante is already going to be used to this, but even so, if you aren't a fan of sight gags, you may find this movie tiresome. Also, the whole movie is in Spanish except for an English speaker at the very beginning warning you that it's entirely in Spanish. This should tip you off that this film has a good deal of meta humor in it, which I have heard does not float everyone's boat. Also, it really does shine mostly for those who have seen enough latino programming to catch the fairly large number of references the movie makes, meaning it may be less of an experience for you if that's not really your thing. Considering this was made for Americans, though, it really does translate well.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE: Date Night, Casual Gathering, Cocktail Party

 

     This really is a nice movie for casual occasions. Being that it's PG-13 and could conceivably be referred to as a cultural experience, it works for situations where less graphic material is desired. It's genuinely funny, has an easy to follow story, and is legitimately well made as a movie. You could do worse than to put it on for some open-minded, relaxed guests, and I hope you do! It really deserves more attention than it got.

 

DRINK:

 

Once for each simile or metaphor

Twice for each tobacco product smoked onscreen

Thrice for each time you hear or read English (excluding subtitles)

(Cartel Killer mode) Take a shot for each person who gets shot

About Us

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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