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RC-M Poe-Vember: Tales of Terror

Saturday, 16 November 2013 00:36

Edgar Allan Poe-Vember gets underway with an overview of Corman's five-year, eight-film series of psychological horror movies, then takes a look at Tales of Terror, an anthology film starring Vincent Price, Peter Lorre, Vincent Price, Basil Rathbone, and Vincent Price!

SAW (2004)

Friday, 15 November 2013 15:29

SAW (2004)

 

THE BUZZ (HA!)

 

     Danny Glover and the Dread Pirate Roberts star in a psychological horror film about a manipulating serial killer who forces people to solve or escape punishing traps in order to learn something about themselves. I won't say much more about the plot, because much like the movie Se7en, this is the type of film that, the less you know about it, the better. It was based on an indie short that all took place in one gross bathroom, but the full-length film has a far more elaborate plot. This franchise unfortunately suffered a bit of Land Before Time syndrome, and it's a shame that a movie this good shares a name with the rest of them.

 

PUMPING IRON (1977)

Friday, 08 November 2013 16:51

     For much of the 20th century, fitness was still a fairly small industry, and bodybuilding was an extremely niche pursuit, with bodybuilding contests viewed as something like a carnival freak show by the average person. Then, in 1977, the documentary Pumping Iron changed all that, by introducing a pair of charismatic bodybuilding rivals named Arnold Schwarzenegger and Lou Ferrigno to the general public, launching acting careers for both of them and instantly making weight-lifting cool. In other words, this is the film that gave us Conan the Barbarian and The Incredible Hulk, as well as being directly responsible for the popularity of the fitness and physical conditioning hobbies to this day. In addition to its role in history, it also provides a fun look back at life in 1970s America, and depicts the intense psychological drama pervading elite-level competition. Plus, a whole lot of retro beefcake, if you're into that sort of thing.

JOHN DIES AT THE END (2012)

Sunday, 26 May 2013 00:00

The Buzz:

     The only thing that you know going into this film is the fact that John dies at the end.  This helps the viewer not have a preconception of what to expect and just adds to the enjoyment of this mind-fuck festival.  The plot centers around Dave and John who are normal people pushed into a crazy story they even they don’t fully understand.  I will not go into the plot more than that because I really do not know where to start; the film is like a fantasy world with infinite amounts of folds.  The movie comes from one of my favorite directors Don Coscarelli who created Phantasm, The Beastmaster, Bubba Ho-Tep and a sweet gem Kenny & Co.  And it’s great to see what Don can do on a bigger budget as his base ideas have always been brilliant, yet untapped.  And just remember don’t be too surprised when John Dies at the End.

 

 

MONKEY SHINES (1988)

Friday, 26 April 2013 19:26

The Buzz:

Most people that read the title above can't help cracking at least a bit of a smile, especially knowing that it supposedly applies to a legitimate, serious horror movie, rather than some kind of parody. Since monkeys are inherently hilarious and, in the case of the capuchins used in this movie, cuddly and adorable, building believable suspense via a tiny primate may seem like a tall order, but if anyone can achieve it, it would be master of horror George A. Romero. Monkey Shines starts with an interesting premise - a paralyzed man bonding with his trained helper monkey, and evolves into surprisingly nuanced and effective horror, if you can get over a few ridiculous elements.

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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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