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WITHOUT A CLUE (1988)

Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     The tale of Sherlock Holmes and John Watson has been told many times and the characters have been played by many actors.  Rarely has the story been told as a spoof, but this film does that and does it quite well.  In this instance the roles are reversed with Watson being the intelligent crime solver and Holmes the bumbling fool.  Watson acts as Conan Doyle and writes stories about Sherlock solving crimes and hires Holmes (a washed up actor) to play the detective for the public eye.  But what happens when Watson is kidnapped and Holmes must solve a crime himself?

 

 

 

 

 

 

TITAN A.E. (2000)

Tuesday, 19 March 2013 06:12

The Buzz:

     In the distant future earth has used up most of its resources and we are planning a last ditch effort to establish a new colony off-world.  Earth has also pissed off most of the galaxy and so as the colony ship is preparing to launch it is attacked by the Drej, who are an energy based race.  The earth is all but destroyed and the few survivors are either in drifter colonies around the world or all but extinct.  This film was a financial disaster that ended both the career of Don Bluth and closed Fox Animation Studios, but I think it was groundbreaking and tragically ahead of its time.

 

 

 

 

[REC] 3: GENESIS (2012)

Friday, 15 March 2013 20:09

The Buzz:

        The [Rec] series continues into its third chapter, but this time at an Spanish wedding instead of the apartment building from movies 1 & 2. Zombie demons and shaky cam commence in this somewhat quirky little horror film.

THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA (2004)

Thursday, 14 March 2013 17:16

The Buzz:

Andrew Lloyd Webber's 1986 stage adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera has become an iconic love story, synonymous with romance, beauty, and fantasy in the hearts of countless women. This is actually a real shame, because from a man's perspective, Phantom can basically be summed up as "Friend Zone - The Musical." It's the story of a smart, talented guy with lots of cool hobbies who provides years of kindness and support to the girl he's into, but is forsaken in favor of some rich pretty boy, merely because he just happens to be hideous to look upon, lives in a basement, and is not, technically, employed.*

[* Editor's Note: Not that I'm bitter or anything.]

But, close to home as this story may hit for some guys who are definitely not me, the 2004 movie version is still a beautiful, if controversial, retelling of arguably the most important show of its theatrical generation (or however theater time is measured... epochs, maybe?). For those of you who enjoy music, pagaentry, and romance, but can't spring for tickets to a Broadway revival, this film is absolutely worth seeing.

THE FRIGHTENERS (1996)

Saturday, 09 March 2013 19:24

The Buzz:


     Michael J. Fox plays a psychic investigator named Frank Bannister who can see ghosts after a tragic car accident that left his wife dead. When a serial killer returns from Hell to rack up his kill count once again Bannister must put an end to it at all costs. 

 

GOD BLESS AMERICA (2012)

Saturday, 09 March 2013 18:01

The Buzz:

     A dark comedy and political satire about a man down on his luck and sick of the world. Just when he was about to take his own life... he realizes there are those far more deserving of death than himself. Soon he's traveling the country with a 17 year old girl killing the assholes and low lifes of America.

 

ZOMBIELAND (2009)

Friday, 15 March 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     This could be considered the pre-eminent zombie comedy/horror film of all time but unfortunately Return of the Living Dead already exists.  The film centers around four strangers who are just trying to survive the zombie apocalypse and even though they try to do it alone they discover it’s better with friends.  In essence the story is National Lampoon’s: Vacation with zombies; the ultimate goal on this cross country trip is to go to an amusement park and to make merry along the way.  This film does something that not many other ones do; it makes a zombie film for everyone.

 

 

 

 

2012 (2009)

Wednesday, 13 March 2013 00:00

The Buzz:

     At the end of 2012, the world ended yet another time, this time it was a lovely day in December.  This film chronicles what Roland Emmerich thought it would be like.  That is, if no action stars or muscular men were left at the time.  This time around its 2012 and the world is ending because (insert crazy ass reason why here) and there is no stopping it, but some people can survive because (insert crazy ass reason why here).  But we are here for the destruction, death, and general insanity that comes with all disaster movies; this is one of my faves.

 

 

WATERSHIP DOWN (1978)

Friday, 15 March 2013 00:00

The Buzz:

     This film is based off of Richard Adams’ 1972 book and is a truly great film and definitely not meant for children.  The story is based around a group of bunnies that when warned leave their warren to travel to their promised land after one of their number has a vision.  Along the way they experience an amazing journey as well as danger, tragic loss and the truest love.  The final showdown with General Woundwort is terrifying and spellbinding at the same time.  This is one of my favorite films of all time and succeeds as animation mainly because of the lack of a Disney stamp. 

 

 

 

SNOW WHITE AND THE HUNTSMAN (2012)

Wednesday, 06 March 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

     Hollywood’s relatively current take on the Snow White story (I say this because Mirror, Mirror was out around the same time) is a darker tale than the ones we are used to.  It is not as dark as Grimm’s original work, which ends with the Queen being forced to step into red hot shoes and dance to her death, but Hollywood dark.  Charlize Theron plays a (hot) woman who pretends to be a prisoner and seduces/kills Snow White’s father and takes his kingdom.  The queen then sends The Huntsman (who from this point on will be referred to as Thor) to hunt down the princess so she can eat her heart.  They meet the dwarves and a partnership ensues and they overthrow the queen, good feeling all around.

 

 

 

 

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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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