Just back in December a crowd funding project over at Kickstarter broke records for money raised for a film/TV project. What that project was was to bring back a cult classic show called Mystery Science Theater 3000. If you’re unfamiliar, not only is your life inherently worse than mine because of it, but I’ll fill you in on the premise. A guy and a couple of robots, which are puppets, are trapped in a space station by a mad scientist and forced to watch really bad public domain movies, their only way of dealing with this torture is to make fun of everything. So the crowd funding project raised almost 13 million dollars for a new season of MST3K after it’s been off the air for over 15 years. This has prompted a lot of discussion about the show and one article in particular caught my eye. Here’s a link. The article is about how MST3K helped a man through two rough times in his life when he otherwise may have lost everything… he attributes MST3Ks ability to make light of the worst things as what saved him. And that got me thinking as to why MST3K is my most favorite show ever… and what it means to me. And I realized that while not only would there be no Tanked Matinee if it were for MST3K (this whole site was started by a bunch of friends watching bad movies and making fun of them), but it has a very special and personal impact on me as well.
A party of potential FBI profilers embark on a final test to make it into the Bureau, but of course it’s not a movie unless one of them is secretly a SERIAL KILLER! In a modern re-telling (well…kind of) of “12 Little Indians,” out group of…characters (not quite heroes) must figure out which one of them is the Puppet Master aka Bad Guy before their evil plan ends in all of their deaths.
Josh Brolin plays Joe Doucett, a man who wakes up one morning to find himself trapped in one small room. After being held captive for 20 years with no reason or contact from the outside world, he is suddenly released, and challenged to find out who imprisoned him, and why. A Spike Lee remake of the 2003 Korean classic by the same name.
The true(ish) story of the serial killer Robert Hansen. A young prostitute escapes the clutches of a man who murders young women, setting off a chain of events that eventually led to the killer's capture by the Alaskan State Troopers. Starring Nicholas Cage, John Cusack, and Vanessa Hudgens.
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So, if you're anything like me, you probably saw those first two names and started to have some doubts. But I'm here to tell you to go ahead and dispel them; Cage and Cusack turn out a pretty good crime-thriller. The story is intriguing, even if I don't know just how “based on true events” the film is
Jake is a driver for a club that runs a prostitution ring, taking the girls to their rendezvous and keeping them safe. But when the woman he's developed feelings for winds up dead, he begins a quest for revenge as he evades the cops, gangsters, and his boss' goons.
We truly have reached an interesting time when mildly popular internet memes are enough to inspire entire films. The ad depicted on the poster actually did run in Backwoods Home Magazine back in 1997 (Spoilers: It was a gag written by a staff member) and many years later was rediscovered as one of those mildly interesting bits of weirdness that floats around online imageboards. The suggestion of supernatural adventures lurking just outside the periphery of normal life was just mildly interesting enough to inspire writer/producer Derek Connolly and director Colin Trevorrow to create this movie, about a crew of journalists who track down the ad's mysterious author and try to determine whether he's completely mad, or a genuine mad scientist.
Let’s be honest. You’ve probably seen Hot Fuzz if you’re on this site. And that’d be unsurprising. It had a wide release, was well marketed, and is arguably the best British buddy cop mystery satire action drama released in 2007. On the surface, it stands as a very good example of how to lampoon a genre while being an excellent entry in said genre at the same time (The Other Guys also does a good job with this). It’s the second entry in the “Blood and Cornetto” trilogy that also includes Shaun of the Dead before it and The World’s End after. Masterminded by Nick Frost, Simon Pegg, Edgar Wright, and a ton of other bit actors, the whole set of movies is worth your time. Loaded with inter-movie references, tight shots, very smart comedy, and great action, if you have not seen this film before, you desperately need to.
If you remember the early '90s (and if you don't, get off my lawn!), it was a time before every other summer blockbuster was about superheroes. The Christopher Reeve Superman series was but a distant, hokey memory, and Tim Burton's Batman was the only comic book property with any mass appeal. The Shadow is a film adaptation of the enigmatic detective with hypnotic powers from the 1930s, the character who originally inspired the creation of Batman, and it offers more of the dark, psychological, character-driven superhero action that audiences loved in the Burton movies.
...And everybody seems to really hate it, but I have no idea why. The Shadow boasts an impressive cast, sleek design, and high-quality effects, and is set during a fascinating and stylish period of American history. As long as you don't go in expecting just a "run of the mill" comic book movie, The Shadow has quite a lot to offer.
After his wife is murdered by a brutal serial killer, a FBI agent (played by Sylvester Stallone) spirals into a deep depression, and eventually ends up at a rehabilitation center in the middle of nowhere. But very quickly things take a turn for the worse, as the staff and patients are picked off one-by-one. Now it's up to Stallone to catch the killer as a storm sets in a cuts them off from the outside world.