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THE RED CHAPEL (2009)

Monday, 23 December 2013 20:36

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.

THE CROW (1993)

Saturday, 05 October 2013 21:30

The Buzz:

 

    Eric Draven and his fiancé Shelley Webster are murdered on the night before Halloween, the holiday the two intended to be married on. A year later Draven is summoned from the dead by a crow to enact revenge on the thugs who killed him and his love and finally bring peace to Detroit (unfortunately we've all seen Robocop and know it can't last long…). The film was Brandon Lee, beloved actor and son to legendary martial artist/actor Bruce Lee, final film. He was tragically shot while filming a scene for one of the flashbacks which almost caused the film to never be released. Luckily, Miramax picked it up and made sure it was finished so that we have this fantastic flick that is a perfect eulogy to Lee. 

 

 

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.

Art of Darkness (Ommegang Brewery)

Friday, 14 June 2013 15:09

The Buzz:

        A dark, rich, chocolaty beer from the Ommegang Brewery in Cooperstown, New York, Art of Darkness is one of their Brewmaster Obsession series. It is described by the brewery as uniting “barley and wheat malts, flaked oats, Ommegang yeast, and noble hops in a bewitching demonstration of the brewing arts.”

 

ZERO DARK THIRTY (2012)

Monday, 25 February 2013 00:28

The Buzz:

     Zero Dark Thirty is a historical drama that follows a CIA operative, Maya, as she attempts to hunt down Osama Bin Laden post 9/11. Based on true events, this film tries to accurately depict the efforts of our government and military in finally bringing justice after almost a decade. 

 

About Us

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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