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BRAVEHEART (1995)

Friday, 27 September 2013 02:51

~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.

RED TAILS (2012)

Friday, 12 July 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        This historical drama explores the lives of the Tuskegee Airmen, a famous unit of Army Airforce pilots (famous for A: being one of the most successful air units in the war, and B: for being comprised entirely of...African Americans? Is that still the PC way to say it these days?). The film follows their exploits from their early days being denied missions due to the color of their skin, to finally being able to fly cover for the bombers and their success in this mission.

 

IRONCLAD (2011)

Thursday, 04 July 2013 17:22

The Buzz:

     Set in Magna Carta-era England during the reign of King John (the same one from all the Robin Hood movies), Ironclad is basically a remake of The Seven Samurai, but set in medieval Europe instead of feudal Japan. It follows the central character of Marshall, a retired Templar Knight back from the Crusades, as he becomes embroiled in an ideological struggle between the autocratic King John and the more forward-thinking Barons, who want to uphold the Magna Carta’s principles of rule by consent of the people and democracy and all that good stuff. The important thing is, we get to watch a group of British badasses fight Vikings in a castle for two hours, and it’s awesome.

 

PAINTED SKIN: THE RESURRECTION (2012)

Tuesday, 26 February 2013 23:51

The Buzz:

     It seems that in recent decades, Hollywood has been striving to bring us ever grittier, grimier, and uglier-looking movies. For example: name one action/adventure protagonist in recent memory that doesn't spend most of the movie at least partially caked with dirt. Sure, it makes sense for people who do rough activities to have rough looks, and these days, we like our epic heroes to seem humanized by sweat and dust. We also judge the quality of visual effects mostly by how realistic they look, but let's face it: real life is actually pretty ugly.

     So where is a viewer to go for a movie that tells an epic story of adventure and romance, without sacrificing beauty? Overseas, of course! The Chinese are still making sweeping, epic costume dramas with something gorgeous in every frame, and Painted Skin: the Resurrection is an entertaining offering with enough variety to please any viewer who isn't afraid of subtitles.

 

THE ADVENTURES OF MARK TWAIN (1985)

Wednesday, 06 February 2013 02:32

 

 

 

The Buzz:

     The Adventures of Mark Twain chronicles the 100% true and factual story of Samuel Clemen's journey to meet Halley's Comet using a whimsical airship, joined by three stowaway hayseeds named Tom, Huck, and Becky. Their trip provides a framing device for a selection of Twain's short stories, all depicted in brilliant stop-motion animation, and explores some of the more interesting elements of Twain's curmudgeonly personal philosophy.

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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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