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JOHN DIES AT THE END (2012)

Sunday, 26 May 2013 00:00

The Buzz:

     The only thing that you know going into this film is the fact that John dies at the end.  This helps the viewer not have a preconception of what to expect and just adds to the enjoyment of this mind-fuck festival.  The plot centers around Dave and John who are normal people pushed into a crazy story they even they don’t fully understand.  I will not go into the plot more than that because I really do not know where to start; the film is like a fantasy world with infinite amounts of folds.  The movie comes from one of my favorite directors Don Coscarelli who created Phantasm, The Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep and a sweet gem Kenny & Co.  And it’s great to see what Don can do on a bigger budget as his base ideas have always been brilliant, yet untapped.  And just remember don’t be too surprised when John Dies at the End.

 

 

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.

 

DEFENDOR (2009)

Friday, 17 May 2013 05:49

The Buzz:

     To build off of the current superhero craze (see our podcast for more info), we are going to look at a Canadian superhero; no not Powdered Toast Man, but Defendor.  I say Canadian because the film was made there and never got an American release, which is a damn shame.  The film is the story of a special needs (I don’t know if that’s PC, but if not….who the fuck cares) man who takes on the persona of Defendor to protect people from the bad men sent by his nemesis Captain Industry.  Along the way he meets a crack-addled prostitute who he sees as a lady in peril and a dirty cop working for his nemesis.  Will his actions help him defeat the Captain or will they lead him to a painful end?

 

 

STAKE LAND (2010)

Wednesday, 15 May 2013 05:23

The Buzz:

     In a dystopian future, the world has fallen under the curse of vampirism; it started as a disease and became a global epidemic.  We enter the story years into the decline of humanity and learn quickly that people have been reduced to living in pocket communities or they are members of the Brotherhood  (a religious sect that believes the zombies are a cleansing solution from God to make the Brotherhood the ultimate form of humanity).  We follow Mister and (for lack of a better word) his “adopted son” through this wasteland on the way to New Eden AKA Canada.  It’s a moody horror film that flew under the radar but thanks to Netflix is readily available to the public.

 

 

IN SEARCH OF LOVECRAFT (2008)

Friday, 10 May 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        I guess continuing my recent theme of low-budget independent movies, In Search of Lovecraft follows a news team who are stuck with the seemingly waste-of-time Halloween piece about the works of H.P. Lovecraft. However their journey into the Mythos of Lovecraft soon takes a turn for the weird, and they're soon fighting for their lives against a mysterious cult, and the real-life monsters of Lovecraft's stories.

 

FRIGHT NIGHT (2011)

Friday, 10 May 2013 00:00

The Buzz:

     Twenty-six years after Fright Night (a cult film at best) was released, Hollywood decided that yet another flick cannot be left well enough alone and needed to be remade.  This time around the story is set in Las Vegas, rather than suburbia, but I think that adds well to the story because a night lifestyle is accepted there.  If I were a vampire I would definitely consider a city that never sleeps and is a tourist/hooker honeypot as my home.  This time Charley is a geek acting under cover as a cool kid in order to score major poon tang, which I totally respect.  Colin Farrell pulls off a very good Dandridge character; smoldering good looks help him out in this category.  They tweaked the Peter Vincent character a bit because late night horror shows don’t exist anymore.  Instead, he is an over the top Vegas showman/vampire killer, and man, David Tennant puts on a hell of a show.  Oh yeah, Anton Yelchin doesn’t suck like the original Charley did either, but the same cannot be said about Evil Ed.

 

 

FRIGHT NIGHT (1985)

Thursday, 09 May 2013 02:45

The Buzz:

     Charley Brewster is your normal high school nerd except for the fact that he has a girlfriend (which, as a geek, I can say is pretty strange).  He does well at school and comes home to a loving mother and what we can assume is a metric ton of porn.  One of his vices is late night horror movies hosted by none other than the greatest vampire hunter of all time: Peter Vincent.  Oh, and there is one other thing, his new neighbor is a vampire and nobody believes Charley.  Is Jerry Dandridge really a vampire or is Charley just a little bit nuts?

 

 

 

 

 

TOTAL RETRIBUTION (2011)

Saturday, 27 April 2013 00:00

The Buzz:

        A small band of human commandos are trapped on a space station orbiting Earth as they battle the undead. At stake is a weapon capable of destroying the Earth itself. And one woman struggles to recover her memories of how she awoke on this space-born hell.

 

JURASSIC PARK (1993)

Thursday, 25 April 2013 04:20

The Buzz:

     We all know the story of man playing God and then God saying, “Wait!  Fuck You!” and then everything goes straight to hell.  This is the general plot of Jurassic Park and I think it is one of the coolest science fiction films I have ever seen.  The basic premise is that mosquitos that lived in the Jurassic age got trapped in amber and had a precious blood cargo that we could use to make dinosaurs.  Of course when you have B.D. Wong making dinosaurs then something is bound to go horribly wrong, and it does.  With the recent 3D overhaul this film is definitely worth a re-visit as it has held up as one hell of a good time.

 

 

 

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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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