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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.

 

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

     If you're interested in the film industry at all (and you are), this film is a no-brainer. The guy is immensely talented, and the entire runtime, you will be shocked at how widespread his work has gotten. Hell, he even composed an Alice Cooper album cover. On top of that, the guy is just endlessly likeable, and the documentary is loaded with interviews from Hollywood giants from start to finish talking about how crucial he is to their films. It really is great to learn about a staple of film like this guy, especially if you find documentaries about contemporary artists intriguing. As a moving portfolio, this flick really does Stuzan's work justice, and rarely is a documentary so uplifting without being syrupy.

 

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

     This isn't really a party movie. Though informative, well constructed, and fascinating from start to finish, it's not what I'd call triumphant in the Bill and Ted definition of the word. It's the type of gem you'd want to put on when everyone is focused on the screen. Which, frankly, isn't a down side at all.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE: Cocktail Party, Casual Gathering, Family Night

     Considering how great of a documentary this is, it really works well for any occasion where people want to pay attention. As such, it would be an awesome film to put on while you're serving classy drinks. You can pretend you're curating or something. Incidentally, being that it's about all sorts of movies over the past several decades and is completely devoid of anything anyone could remotely consider objectionable, it'd be a great family night movie as well, assuming your kids are cool with watching documentaries. But whatever, they don't pay the bills anyway, so it's not like they have a right to complain. Either way, check it out! I bet you'll be as impressed as I was.

 

DRINK:

Once when you recognize a piece of artwork that you've seen before

Twice when you recognize someone giving an interview about Drew

(Industry Titan Mode) Take a shot for each series Stuzan drew multiple entries for

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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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