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DEAR MR. WATTERSON (2013)

Friday, 11 July 2014 12:00
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The Buzz:

        A documentary that examines the popularity of Calvin & Hobbes, through interviews with various comic artists, archivists, and fans.

 


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THE SUMMIT (2012)

Thursday, 13 March 2014 20:28
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THE BUZZ

     Among serious (read: crazy) mountain climbers, Everest is easy mode. The locals call it “the mountain that is slightly taller than the other mountains.” It’s tough, but the base-to-summit climb is way easier to take in stages than most of the “Eight Thousanders (mountaineer lingo for the 14 peaks that reach 8,000 meters above sea level), and all of the camps along the way are better equipped and better established. And even though more people have died climbing Everest than any other mountain, it is not the most dangerous. However, the second tallest peak in the world, K2, has killed one person for every four who has made it to the summit. And in 2008, it killed eleven people in one day. This awesome documentary chronicles the incident how it went down as best as the survivors could determine after the whole ordeal was over with a mixture of original footage, high-budget re-enactments, and interviews with the survivors. It makes for a hauntingly gripping documentary, and damn good viewing.


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DREW: THE MAN BEHIND THE POSTER (2013)

Thursday, 27 February 2014 22:36
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THE BUZZ

     This documentary chronicles the rise and works of Drew Stuzan, and industry giant that you've probably never heard of (I certainly hadn't), but who you definitely are familiar with. If you've seen any movie posters ever, you've probably seen his masterpieces. He's an amazing artist who did (among a vast number of others) the art for every Star Wars film, Back to the Future, Big Trouble in Little China, any Harry Potter movie, the Muppets movies, and you know what, so many more, I'm going to go ahead and stop here. He's so ubiquitous that you probably can name several more just from knowing a couple that he did.


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WE STEAL SECRETS: THE STORY OF WIKILEAKS (2013)

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 12:00
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The Buzz:

        This documentary takes a look at the controversial website WikiLeaks, it's founder Julian Assange, and the events that brought them to the world's center stage. Featuring archive footage of Assange and interviews with his co-workers and those he interacted with, this film follows the history of the site, and reveals the details behind it's most controversial leak from the actions of Chelsea (Bradley) Manning.

 


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THE RED CHAPEL (2009)

Monday, 23 December 2013 20:36
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THE SUMMARY

     A Danish documentarian (Mads Brugger) goes on a trip to North Korea with two Danish comedians (Jacob Nossell and Simon Jul) who were adopted from South Korea as children. The reason they told DPRK officials for the trip was as a small theatre/comedy group intending cultural exchange. The real reason is to try to get an inside look at North Korea. Although the subject seems to be a pretty lighthearted endeavor, the film pretty quickly becomes dark as hell and genuinely unsettling. Jacob has spastic paralysis and is physically disabled to an extent; DPRK is rumored to have an official policy of killing the disabled so as not to reflect poorly on their hermetic, tightly controlled image. So what it ends up being is a deeply creepy 90 minutes of equal parts fetishizing over and loathing of Jacob and a disconcerting painting of how truly fucked up of a nation North Korea is with regards to the disabled as they parade him around the country for wantonly transparent propaganda purposes.


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NOLLYWOOD BABYLON (2008)

Friday, 20 December 2013 03:03
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     If I asked you to name an African movie, you'd probably be hard-pressed to come up with anything that wasn't either The Lion King, District 13, or that 30-second trailer for Ghanaian Terminator vs. Predator. Though most people in the West aren't aware of it, the African country of Nigeria (with some help from Ghana) actually has an extremely prolific film industry - it ranks third in the world behind only India (Bollywood) and the US (Hollywood), and has come to be affectionately known as “Nollywood.” Nollywood Babylon gives us a brief tour of the country, explains how its unique style of filmmaking came to be almost by accident, and follows along with several directors and producers of today, providing a fascinating look at the unique culture of West Africa interpreted through a familiar art form.


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RAY HARRYHAUSEN: SPECIAL EFFECTS TITAN (2011)

Sunday, 17 November 2013 19:15
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The Buzz:

 

     A documentary looking at the work and influence of the grandfather of stop-motion animation – Ray Harryhausen. With interviews from many acclaimed directors of modern films discussing how their pictures could have never existed if it weren't for this incredibly talented man.

 


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PUMPING IRON (1977)

Friday, 08 November 2013 16:51
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     For much of the 20th century, fitness was still a fairly small industry, and bodybuilding was an extremely niche pursuit, with bodybuilding contests viewed as something like a carnival freak show by the average person. Then, in 1977, the documentary Pumping Iron changed all that, by introducing a pair of charismatic bodybuilding rivals named Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno to the general public, launching acting careers for both of them and instantly making weight-lifting cool. In other words, this is the film that gave us Conan the Barbarian and The Incredible Hulk, as well as being directly responsible for the popularity of the fitness and physical conditioning hobbies to this day. In addition to its role in history, it also provides a fun look back at life in 1970s America, and depicts the intense psychological drama pervading elite-level competition. Plus, a whole lot of retro beefcake, if you're into that sort of thing.

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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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