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Drama

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CAPTAIN PHILLIPS (2013)

Friday, 21 February 2014 04:03
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The Buzz: 

      In 2009, the Maersk Alabama was boarded and taken over by four somali pirates. Not peg legged, hook handed, jolly roger flying vagabonds, but true to life murderous sons of bitches with legitimately nothing to lose. Captain Phillips tells the story of...Rich Phillips, the captain of the Alabama who was taken hostage by the pirates and forced to be their bartering chip.

 


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LONE SURVIVOR (2014)

Saturday, 18 January 2014 19:09
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     The film adaptation of the non-fiction book by the same name recounts the failed US Navy SEALS mission Operation Red Wing to track and kill the Taliban officer Ahmad Shah. The title references the one person, Marcus Luttrell, to make it home alive to recount the tale of how only four men used their skill and camaraderie to battle against close to 50 enemy combatants in the hills of Afghanistan.

 


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HUNGER GAMES: CATCHING FIRE (2013)

Sunday, 01 December 2013 19:07
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     The second installment of the Hunger Games trilogy which follows the novels of the same names, we see Katniss and Peeta adapting to life as victors of the 74th Hunger Games. Forced to continue the false love affair, that saved them in the games, in front of the public and go on a Victory Tour; the two see that they are seen as symbols of a growing rebellion against the Capitol. President Snow tries to convince Katniss to placate the populace, but her stubborn attitude doesn't allow that. Forced to remove Katniss from the equation in a manner that will not cause riots... President Snow and his new head game master Plutark devise that the 75th Hunger Games will be fought by previous victors... placing Katniss and Peeta back in the arena to fight for their lives.

 


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HARRY BROWN (2009)

Monday, 18 November 2013 22:01
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THE BUZZ

 

     Michael Caine stars as an ex-military widower attempting to avenge his best friend's death in this gritty revenge drama. Caine is the titular Harry Brown, who lives in a rapidly deteriorating district in London, rife with crime and bored, aggressive punks who attack people for no reason. The elderly Harry decides to take justice into his own hands after his last friend gets killed by said bored punks. What follows is an awesome intersection of brutal revenge and class war raging in the streets; a stellar film that is at once gripping realism and broad-level allegory. And also damn fun to watch.

 

THE LIFE OF THE PARTY

 

     There are lots of movies coming out showing aging actors doing badass stuff you tend to see younger action actors doing, but they typically try to play it more tongue-in-cheek and comic booky. The end result is the same slow-motion flex-fests, but with more wrinkles. Harry Brown ain't got time for that new-school shit. Harry looks tired as hell the entire movie. Caine plays a talented ex-operative very well. He's relatable and incredibly competent, but definitely too old to be doing this stuff. So it adds a completely different type of suspense to the mix. Additionally, this is just an objectively well-made film. The stellar script is acted very well by good actors, which is never a given in a quasi-action movie. The music is excellent, and it's all shot and arranged very well. And for those of you who like a bit of seamlessly integrated social commentary in your action films, this one will do it for you.

 

POTENTIAL HANGOVERS

 

     We tend to put party movies on this site for those looking for nothing but laughs, but frankly, this movie is pretty grim. It's got brutally realistic action along the lines of the Bourne series, but is way more straightfaced. It's the type of movie where you really can't tell if the good guy is going to win or not, and the environment is incredibly tense throughout its whole runtime. It is full of action, but I'd also say it's got way more dialog than anything you'd typically call action. So I guess on the whole, this is a pretty dour film that isn't one you cheer along with. I'd say it's badass in the same way Breaking Bad is badass. Take that as you will.

 

THE ATMOSPHERE: Man Cave, Deep Thoughts

 

     Okay, after hearing all the reservations I had on Harry Brown in terms of it not being the most uplifting of films? That is not whatsoever saying this wasn't a fun movie. It was amazing. It isn't the type of film where explosions happen in slow motion. It's the type of film that is fun that's fun because it's so gritty. The dark, hopelessness just makes Harry look more awesome when he overcomes it, which happens frequently enough to be satisfying. Sure, it's got subtext and is pretty morally grey for a revenge movie, but the bottom line is that it is a really enjoyable, badass film if you have the time to pay attention to it. I'd say put it on as your first movie of the night.

 

DRINK:

Once when someone gets shot/stabbed

Twice when Harry Gets injured

(Hard Mode) Take a shot every time fire shows up on screen


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REDEMPTION (2013)

Friday, 08 November 2013 15:33
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        Ex-special forces soldier Joey (Jason Statham) now lives on the streets while trying to hide from society and a court-martial. But unforeseen events allow him to take on the identity of another man, and with it a chance to do some good, and possibly redeem his sins.

 


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THE GREAT MAGICIAN (2011)

Friday, 04 October 2013 12:00
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         In post Revolutionary China, a mysterious magician returns from abroad, and is wrapped up in a scheme to overthrow the local Warlord. But he also has to win back his old love, the Warlord's 7th wife. And the Warlord's closest advisor may not have his best interests at heart. And the Japanese are involved and evil somehow. And there's magic shows. And kung-fu fighting. And WHAT THE HELL FILM, ENOUGH ALREADY!

 


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BRAVEHEART (1995)

Friday, 27 September 2013 02:51
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~The Buzz:

     Back in the '90s, the three-hour epic film was still a fairly rare thing, restricted pretty much to a pair of wildly-fictionalized accounts of historical events. The second and most successful was James Cameron's Titanic in 1997, but the other was the ultimate Mel Gibson vanity project, Braveheart. When I was a young lad, I remember being amazed when my parents rented this movie from Blockbuster and it came as a set of two VHS tapes. TWO OF THEM. Nowadays, the LotR series has made us all accustomed to extremely long movies filled with sprawling battles, gorgeous vistas, and a love story tacked on just for fun, but it was still a pretty big deal when Braveheart was made almost twenty years ago.

     So, what does this film have to offer now? Though Mel Gibson has become pretty ridiculous nowadays, there's no denying he's a good actor and a skilled director, who's unafraid to take risks to put his vision on screen. It's kindof a shame this particular vision sacrifices historical accuracy for cartoonish villains and “look at how handsome I am” cinematography, but that doesn't make it any less fun to watch. On the contrary, Braveheart is worth watching today because it's a serious film, but is selectively over-the-top just often enough that it never gets dry.


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JEFF, WHO LIVES AT HOME (2011)

Saturday, 21 September 2013 19:56
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     Jeff, per the title, lives at home. With his mom. At the age of 30. He's a pothead. He has a somewhat successful brother who is a bit of a dick. His father died when he was younger and ever since he's been preoccupied with trying to listen for what, exactly, the Universe is trying to tell him. Everyone in Jeff's family is broken, including himself, and no one gets him. But by the end of the day it may just be Jeff's idiosyncracy that saves them all.  

 

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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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