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TREASURE PLANET (2002)

Friday, 16 May 2014 04:06

The Buzz: 

        Treasure Planet is one of those Disney movies that many people seem to have nostalgia for, despite practically nobody having actually seen it when it came out. This movie, along with the similarly action-oriented Atlantis: The Lost Empire, was made during a brief period where Disney was experimenting with epic, somewhat gritty animated adventure films involving male leads, as this was before they settled on the massive money-making potential of just slapping princesses all over everything and calling it a day.

RARE EXPORTS: A CHRISTMAS TALE (2010)

Saturday, 21 December 2013 18:35

The Buzz:

     Every culture has a slightly different version of the Santa Claus story, for instance in America it is simply a fat Tim Allen that has many memorable Christmas adventures.  In other cultures Santa was an incarnation of a real person such as St. Nikolas in Germany and he even travels with an assistant Black Peter.  In this Finnish fantasy/horror film they go with the OLD Santa Claus story, where Santa was a demon of sorts that would take children that were “naughty” and devour them.  On the surface that sounds like a pretty awesome concept for a story….because it is!  So sit back and enjoy this Christmas tale and remember….Santa’s always watching…always…

 

 

 

 

 

NIGHT WATCH (2004)

Friday, 27 September 2013 16:07

The Buzz:

        Superhuman “Others” live among us, split between the forces of Light and Darkness. Long ago during a great battle between the two forces, a truce was struck so that neither force could directly influence the mortal world. Each side would patrol the other; the Light setup the Night Watch, and the side of Dark set up the Day Watch, each making sure the other didn't break the truce.

 

THE SECRET OF NIMH (1982)

Friday, 06 September 2013 00:42

The Buzz:

     As I have mentioned before, there was a lack of well-made animation in the early to late 80’s, as the Disney Empire was crumbling under the iron thumb of Michael Eisner and there were virtually no other Americans in the medium.  That is until two lone animators broke off from Disney and decided to create their own studio, based purely off the success of a made-for-TV animation called Banjo: The Woodpile Cat and a hand animated arcade game known as Dragon’s Lair.  They got their funding and released their first full-length picture based off a little-known children’s book.  The film was not a commercial success, but at least for me it is a cult classic and my favorite film of all time.  I give you The Secret of NIMH.

 

WOOCHI (2009)

Saturday, 10 August 2013 19:41

The Buzz:

     In the beginning humans and animals lived in harmony.
Except animals were huge and bipedal and wore clothes. Then they stopped living in harmony and the big bipedal animals are magically sealed in gourds. During the Joseon Dynasty in Korea a mischievous Taoist wizard in training named Woochi is framed for murdering his master and sealed in a scroll. Now in present day Korea the evil bipedal animals are back and Woochi is released by the three immortal wizards who put him in the scroll. Shenanigans ensue.

 

 

RISE OF THE GUARDIANS (2012)

Friday, 09 August 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        Jack Frost, Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and the Sandman all join forces to defeat the evil of the Boogey Man Pitch Black in this family high-fantasy/adventure film.

 

MONKEYBONE (2001)

Friday, 02 August 2013 21:25

The Buzz:

     Stu Miley, played by the always-likeable Brendan Fraser, is a kind-hearted artist and creator of Monkeybone, a mischievous cartoon primate who could have provided the inspiration for the "John Chimpo" character in Super Troopers. When a car accident puts Stu into a coma, he falls into the Land of Sleep, a surreal carnival dimension populated by dreams, mythical beasts, and other figments of the imagination, including Monkeybone himself. Stu and his creation have to work together to escape Limbo and return to the land of the living... but things get kinda complicated.

THE LITTLE NORSE PRINCE (1968)

Thursday, 06 June 2013 16:38

 The Buzz:

The first animated feature directed by Isao Takahata (Grave of the Fireflies), with an animation crew including the legendary Hayao Miyazaki (pretty much every other anime film you’ve ever heard of), The Little Norse Prince is a magical adventure set in Iron Age Scandinavia, which includes many familiar fantasy tropes but tells a story all its own, realized in subdued but pleasant ‘60s animation. Though it’s less detailed, gritty, and intense than more recent Japanese animation, there’s still plenty of charm and artistry on display that make it worth checking out.

TANKED MATINEE TREMORS MARATHON!

Thursday, 04 April 2013 08:15

   

 

     I wish to preface this Marathon Review by saying that this started out as having a drink and re-watching one of my favorite goofy sci-fi films.  My life was then transformed when I saw Netflix had all of the sequels as well, I figured “what the hell” and went for it.  What follows is the culmination of just a shade over six hours of viewing and the gruesome murder of two six packs and a little bit of moonshine.  Follow me on this journey of soul searching, finding the meaning of life, and farting on the couch and I mean a lot of that!  I proudly bring you a Tanked Matinee Marathon of the Tremors films.

 

 

ATLANTIS: THE LOST EMPIRE (2001)

Friday, 22 March 2013 16:34

The Buzz:

        One of those Disney films from our childhood that flopped in the box office, but we all seem to remember fondly, Atlantis follows one Milo Thatch as he seeks to uncover the lost continent from legend. He meets up with an old friend of his grandfather's, who funds his expedition and provides an expert crew of explorers to aid him in his quest.

 

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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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