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DEATH AT A FUNERAL (2007)

Monday, 02 December 2013 22:57

THE BUZZ

 

     If you like British humor or “everything goes fucking terrible” humor (think Meet the Parents, but don't think any of the sequels if you want your day to continue to be nice), read no further; just go watch the movie, being sure it is the Frank Oz version. Hijinks ensue when a man shows up to a funeral attempting to blackmail the family of the recently deceased with....indecent information. The less you know, the better. Anyway, the already barely-holding-it-together dysfunctional British family does not cope with this news well, and lots of different jovial plot arcs combine to create a cacophonous crescendo that has utterly droll results. Bully! And if none of that works for you, the guy who played Wash from Firefly spends almost the entire movie on drugs while wearing nothing but non-sexual male nudity.

 

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

 

     You've seen this type of movie before; essentially Final Destination, but a comedy. Literally everything goes as wrong as possible over and over and over, and the audience gets to laugh at fictional grievous inconveniences. Being that this is a British movie, the humor starts out dry and eventually goes to the outlandish. I don't use the phrase “laugh out loud” unless I actually do, but it happened several times in this film. It's genuinely funny. So many of these sorts of comedies end up as “oh, check it out; someone got hit in the face again,” and Death at a Funeral never seems to need to drop into that. It's equally shocking, but not quite as you'd expect it to be. Also, all the characters are very well cast and acted. It's a genuine, empathetic performance, and you also don't frequently get that with comedies. My favorite was Uncle Alfie. Seriously, I want to rent that guy as a motivational speaker.

 

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

 

     The typical negatives of British film (from a 'Murican perspective) exist here as well. The accents on a couple of the characters are kindof tough to discern. This is easily circumvented by putting on subtitles like a Philistine, but to those who are used to it (hopefully most people), this isn't even an issue. Also, it starts pretty dry. The payoff is definitely great, but the movie does take its time getting there, even if every detail is important. I guess by default, that adds another flaw from a party-centered perspective; you absolutely have to pay attention to this movie to get benefits out of it, so don't put it on when you're feeling chatty.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE: Cocktail Party, Casual Gathering

 

     This was a very fun movie. The characters are so empathetic and relatable that it's very easy to distinguish between them and their individual goals. And makes the stupid decisions even more painful to watch. I am willing to say that even though scatological jokes, non-sexual male nudity, and rampant swearing are part of this film, it's still a very classy humor endeavor. So I'd recommend it alongside a $9 Mai Thai or a mint julep in a chalice. Or an environment conducive to the aforementioned beverages. Or, you know, next time you want to drink and watch a good British comedy with friends. That works, too.

 

Drink:

 

Once whenever someone on drugs is onscreen (you'll know)

Every time Uncle Alfie says a line

Every time someone says the word eulogy

(Death at a Death at a Funeral mode) Chug the entire time the coffin is onscreen

HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013)

Sunday, 01 December 2013 19:07

The Buzz:

 

     The second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy which follows the novels of the same names, we see Katniss and Peeta adapting to life as victors of the 74th Hunger Games. Forced to continue the false love affair, that saved them in the games, in front of the public and go on a Victory Tour; the two see that they are seen as symbols of a growing rebellion against the Capitol. President Snow tries to convince Katniss to placate the populace, but her stubborn attitude doesn't allow that. Forced to remove Katniss from the equation in a manner that will not cause riots... President Snow and his new head game master Plutark devise that the 75th Hunger Games will be fought by previous victors... placing Katniss and Peeta back in the arena to fight for their lives.

 

Grave Encounters 2 (2012)

Friday, 06 December 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     This is another found footage film from The Vicious Brothers, and set ten years after the original film.  This is a little different of a take on the ghost horror genre because in this case the film is literally going all Meta and basing itself on another found footage film.  There are certainly more scares in this installment as they try to address the main issue in the series, but the story is still pretty solid.  The movie even starts with vlogs reviewing the first film on YouTube and one of the reviewers turns out to be the main character.  If you are a fan of the found footage genre you should definitely give this film a shot like I did, you won’t regret it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Grave Encounters (2011)

Friday, 06 December 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     You know all those crappy haunting shows?  What if they were in fact real and came across a true haunted place?  This is the premise of Grave Encounters.  The film is introduced as a found footage compilation by the producer who says it’s from a TV show of the same name.  What we get is a behind the scenes filming of the show as well as a partially finished episode.  When things start to go to hell, like they do, we get to see the various fates of the characters from their point of view.  If you can deal with a “shaky-cam” film, this has a lot to offer and is quite well crafted.

 

 

 

 

 

BREEDERS (1986)

Saturday, 23 November 2013 21:43

The Buzz:

 

     An alien crashes in to earth accompanied by a what appears to be Two-Face reincarnated as a woman… and a stripper. Crashing in the courtyard of an all girl’s school and setting up a lair in what appears to be the abandoned sex dungeon of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, the alien begins abducting the students of the school with the intent of using them to reproduce to take over the planet!

 

 

GRABBERS (2012)

Friday, 22 November 2013 16:52

The Buzz:

        A meteor hits off the coast a small Irish island, bringing with it blood-sucking aliens. And worse yet, an incoming storm cuts the island off from any outside assistance. How is this remote, polite community supposed to fend off the creatures and survive till help can arrive? By getting so rip-roaring drunk the creatures can't eat them of course!

 

V/H/S (2012)

Friday, 22 November 2013 07:37

The Buzz:

     This film is technically the first in a series with the sequel V/H/S 2, which has already been reviewed on our site.  The film is basically a montage of short films bracketed by a story that is supposed to explain why these tapes are being watched.  So it is hard to take this film and talk about it as a whole, but we can give it a shot.  If you have a thing for sci-fi and horror but a short attention span, this may very well be your cup of tea.

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

 

V/H/S/2 (2013)

Friday, 01 November 2013 04:28

The Buzz:

        Two private investigators have been hired to track down a missing college kid, but when they get to his house all they find are some TV's and a collection of VHS tapes containing strange, horrible tapes of the paranormal in this follow on to the 2012 cult hit.

 

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!

 

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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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