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RED TAILS (2012)

Friday, 12 July 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        This historical drama explores the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen, a famous unit of Army Airforce pilots (famous for A: being one of the most successful air units in the war, and B: for being comprised entirely of...African Americans? Is that still the PC way to say it these days?). The film follows their exploits from their early days being denied missions due to the color of their skin, to finally being able to fly cover for the bombers and their success in this mission.

 

IRONCLAD (2011)

Thursday, 04 July 2013 17:22

The Buzz:

     Set in Magna Carta-era England during the reign of King John (the same one from all the Robin Hood movies), Ironclad is basically a remake of The Seven Samurai, but set in medieval Europe instead of feudal Japan. It follows the central character of Marshall, a retired Templar Knight back from the Crusades, as he becomes embroiled in an ideological struggle between the autocratic King John and the more forward-thinking Barons, who want to uphold the Magna Carta’s principles of rule by consent of the people and democracy and all that good stuff. The important thing is, we get to watch a group of British badasses fight Vikings in a castle for two hours, and it’s awesome.

 

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?

 

 

THE ASSAULT (2010)

Thursday, 21 March 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        Based on real events, this movie chronicles the events of the hijacking of Air France Flight 8969, and the efforts of the French government and their Special Forces, the GIGN, to rescue the hostages. Told through the eyes of an Intelligence Analyst, the terrorists, and a GIGN operative, The Assault details the events of the hijacking, and the subsequent shootout onboard.

 

LES MISERABLES (2012)

Sunday, 03 March 2013 16:58

The Buzz:

     A musical taking place in the early 19th century Paris, we follow Jean Valjean in his struggle for redemption through the adoption of young Cosette. Meanwhile, he is tracked by Inspector Javert for crimes past and swept up into the French Rebellion.

 

PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION (2012)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:51

The Buzz:

     It seems that in recent decades, Hollywood has been striving to bring us ever grittier, grimier, and uglier-looking movies. For example: name one action/adventure protagonist in recent memory that doesn't spend most of the movie at least partially caked with dirt. Sure, it makes sense for people who do rough activities to have rough looks, and these days, we like our epic heroes to seem humanized by sweat and dust. We also judge the quality of visual effects mostly by how realistic they look, but let's face it: real life is actually pretty ugly.

     So where is a viewer to go for a movie that tells an epic story of adventure and romance, without sacrificing beauty? Overseas, of course! The Chinese are still making sweeping, epic costume dramas with something gorgeous in every frame, and Painted Skin: the Resurrection is an entertaining offering with enough variety to please any viewer who isn't afraid of subtitles.

 

BLITZ (2011)

Saturday, 23 February 2013 15:37

The Buzz:

     "A serial killer is taking vengance out against London cops and nobody can stop him" is the basic tagline for this British film.  In a needed departure from his action persona Jason Statham returns to his early acting roots in this subdued crime flick.  The film is quite good for what it is, but the ending is easily the best functioning part of the film; it "ties the room together" to coin a phrase.

 

 

 

 

 

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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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