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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.

 

Life of the Party:

        At the time of this writing the Super Bowl of 2014 is in less than a week, and so I thought it might be appropriate (...in a way...) to watch Black Sunday. Let me open this by saying that this film isn't like today's “Agents & Terrorists” (...that could be the next game young kids play instead of “Cops & Robbers;” someone work that into a “dystopian near-future” film...) entertainments, with running gun battles, spy intrigue, and lots of explosions. Black Sunday is slower and much more methodical, following both the authorities' attempts to track down the terrorists and unravel the plot (told primarily through the viewpoint of Israeli agent Kabakov, played by Robert Shaw), and the terrorist Dahlia (played by Marthe Keller) and the pilot Lander (played by Bruce Dern).

        Besides an interesting, pretty haunting story, the acting and production are also pretty good (even by today's standards, if you can forgive 70's level special effects and the like). But for me the real standout is the stunt work. Sure most of the film doesn't have much in the way of stunts, but just wait until the final action scene. Whichever poor bastard had to pull that off (no spoilers), I hope he's still alive somewhere and that I can meet him and buy him a drink. In fact the whole final climax is pretty goddamn impressive when you think about it, which makes up for a lot of the slow, plodding nature of this 150 minute runtime.

 

I had a roomate in college who'd answer the door this way too...

Potential Hangovers:

        The movie is slow. I ended up really enjoying Black Sunday, but somewhere in the third quarter (...that wasn't intentional, but hell I'll let it stick) it was getting to be a bit of a struggle.

 

Back when the majority of our action heroes were men (grumpy, potentialy alcoholic men, but still better than some we have today)

The Vibe: Casual Gathering

        Fans of classic cinema, as well as spy/terrorist dramas, should really consider adding Black Sunday to their list of things to watch. While you could probably enjoy the film solo (I did), I'm only listing Casual Gathering because the long runtime, combined with the slow pacing, means that you might want some friends on hand to keep you invested, through means both alcoholic and comedic.

 

Plus/Minus:

+ Well executed and acted

+ Good storyline, which is kinda haunting in our post 9/11 world

- Slow

 

Drinking Game Ideas:

~ Drink like it's the 70's. Find you favorite classic-cocktail recipe just keep it flowin'. No real "rules" necessary.

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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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