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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.

RAMBO III (1988)

Thursday, 23 May 2013 12:00

The Buzz:

        It seems our hero may have finally found some peace at last when Col. Trautman returns to ask for Rambo's help. When he turns him down, Trautman is later captured by the Soviets on a secret mission to Afghanistan, and now Rambo has to infiltrate the warzone to save his friend.

 

FDR: AMERICAN BADASS! (2012)

Friday, 08 February 2013 00:14

The Buzz:

 

     Saint James St. James does it again! There is absolutely nothing about this movie that isn’t fantastic.  We’re talking about an all-star cast: Barry Bostwick, Lin Shaye, Brush McGill, Ray Wise, Hercules (some know him as Kevin Sorbo) and of course, Ross Patterson!  If these names don’t make you tingle with prepubescent joy, then I do not believe this site is for you.  

 

BENEATH HILL 60 (2010)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 22:55

The Buzz:

     Based on true events, both sides of World War I use miners to tunnel under the opposing trenches and destroy them. Beneath Hill 60 follows Australian miner Oliver Woodward as he faces the horrors of trench warfare, and the terror of underground tunnels that can collapse or be broken into by enemy soldiers at any moment.

AGE OF HEROES (2011)

Tuesday, 11 December 2012 22:47

The Buzz:

     The true story of how Britain's 30 Commando Unit was formed during World War II. Led by Ian Flemming, the new unit is sent on a top secret mission to Norway to steal the Nazi's newest RADAR technology.

EXIT HUMANITY (2011)

Monday, 10 December 2012 18:55

The Buzz:

     Six years after the end of the Civil War, Edward Young returns home to find his wife killed by zombies, and his son missing. Thus begins his adventure through a living-dead infested Tennessee as he searches for his son, fights the zombie menace, faces off against renegade ex-soldiers, and discovers the source of the undead plague.

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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