Goin’ Campin? Tucker & Dale vs Evil

19 01 2012

It is my pleasure to introduce to you, the latest camp/cult classic, Tucker & Dale vs Evil.  These two well mannered rednecks just want to fish and hunt at their newly purchased vacation house.  The only problem is there’s evil in dem woods…and college kids keep dying around them.  Blood, gore and laughter abounds.  I know, it really sounds sick and twisted combining gore with laughter, it actually sounds borderline psychotic, but the feeling of the movie, while being suspense ridden at times, is really quite light hearted. 

Tucker & Dale vs Evil hit store shelves December 9th of 2011 and has been picking up substantial speed as a cult classic.  With recognizable characters, above average acting (for a camp slasher), creative deaths and a hilarious plot it’s no mystery why Tucker & Dale is popular.  In fact, watch it now instantly on Netflix or run down to wherever it is you kids buy DVD’s and pick it up.  You won’t be disappointed.

And I wouldn’t leave you guys to watch it without a drinking game to go with it.  Grab a group of friends or get socially-unhealthy-drunk alone.

Tucker & Dale vs Evil drinking game:

  • Anytime someone dies. *DRINK*
  • Anytime Allison gets knocked unconscious. *DRINK*
  • Anytime Dale is socially awkward. *DRINK*
  • Anytime a beer is cracked open. *DRINK*
  • Anytime the names “Tucker” or “Dale” are said.  *DRINK*

Well have fun with that one kidos, it’s one of my favorites of 2011.  Ring in the new year with a new classic.

Burke

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Don’t Miss “Attack the Block”

13 01 2012

Horror and Sci-Fi fans rejoice, Attack the Block is here and apparently I’m just now finding out about it.  Attack the Block was released here in the states on October 25th of last year and if you missed it then, I suggest you watch it now. 

Attack the Block is about a gang of teenagers who manage to kill an alien that crash lands right in front of them.  After gloating about their kill, they’re soon met by more wolf like alien reinforcements.  Action and mayhem ensues.

Attack the Block is a refreshing take on the alien genre.  The aliens look amazing and don’t scream CGI, classic stunts and superb special effects make Attack the Block a unique experience you don’t get in this “Green Screen” era. 

Attack the Block has a wonderful cast of characters who’s personalities mesh extremely well together.  The british slang is humerous and is pretty easy to understand, adding a great deal to the “Block” feel.  This is their block and they’re going to do whatever it takes to defend it…or defend themselves.

I won’t even suggest this movie to just horror or sci-fi fans, Attack the Block is an all around great movie, I suggest that everyone see it.  Do not miss it.

Burke

 

 

 





Fright Night ReVamped

16 12 2011

Fright Night (2011) is the Blu-ray/DVD you should have bought this week. I was really excited to see this movie when it released last summer but, I was never able to make it actually into a movie theater.  So I patiently waited for my chance to catch it on my not-so-big-but-big-enough 50″ TV in the comforts of my living room.  I was a fan of the 1985 original and tend to dislike remakes, or “re-imagining”, but I’m here to say this Fright Night delivers.  I’m going to let the goofy jump on the 3D bandwagon cinematics go and focus more on the great story and excellent acting by each cast member.  Colin Farrell really outdoes himself and plays the creepy vampire vibe perfectly.  Christopher Mintz-Plasse, in my opinion, played a much better Ed/Evil Ed than his predecessor, and Anton Yelchin (Charley) with David Tennant (Peter Vincent) were a great vampire slaying duo. 

It may have felt more personal to me having it take place here in Las Vegas.  I actually tried locating that neighborhood on googlemaps and ended up finding one very close to what appears in the movie.  But I think the neighborhood in the film doesn’t exist or had some CG touch ups since the neighborhood I found in the West end of Las Vegas off of Fort Apache had an elementary school right next to it that didn’t appear in the film.  But either way it was very easy to relate to the film seeing familiar sights that you come across every day.   

The new Fright Night offers steady thrills and good laughs throughout the whole film.  Nothing feels melodramatic or forced.  You’ll be impressed with how well the movie flows and ask for seconds when it ends.  Don’t miss Fright Night, out now on Blu-ray/DVD.

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The Muppets are Back!!!

23 11 2011

We haven’t heard much from our friends since The Muppets’ Wizard of Oz in 2005, but thanks to the brilliant writing/producing of one Jason Segel, The Muppets return from their 6 year hiatus and bring us an instant classic.  THE MUPPETS ARE BACK!!!  It may be my love of funny musicals, Jason Segel and Amy Adams, or maybe just my love of the Muppets in general.  But I loved The Muppets (2011)!  And I’m not the only one, scoring a certified fresh score of 97% on Rotten Tomatoes has to be proof that this Muppet film is the real deal.  I don’t care if you have kids or don’t, if you like musicals or not, hell, even if you don’t know who the Muppets are, you should really see this movie.

The Muppets (2011) is full of nostalgic memories of the Muppets glory days, classic musical numbers, bright human actors, and plenty of star studded cameos.  The cameos were so well placed and always left you asking yourself, “is that who I thought it was?”.  Even NPH had a perfect line while answering phones for the Muppet Telethon, “Yeah, I don’t know why I’m not in it.”  NPH can do no wrong.  Other cameos included Feist, Dave Grohl, Whoopi Goldberg, Donald Glover, Sarah Silverman, and even Mickey Rooney.  Jack Black and Zach Galifianakis play great support roles late in the film also.  The Muppets won’t make your abs hurt from laughing, or leave you thinking it was an Oscar award winning masterpiece, it just genuinely made me happy throughout the whole film.  I don’t know what else you could ask for?  Why wouldn’t you want to smile through an entire movie?  Do not wait to experience The Muppets, grab your loved ones or grab yourself (preferably before you’re in the theater), and go see this movie.  You can thank me later when your life is a little brighter because of it.

 





Kevin Smith directs the Hell out of Red State

22 10 2011

Promise me this, if you see one movie this month, hell, if you see one movie this year, you MUST see Red State.  Kevin Smith writes and directs a spectacular film that I know is flying well below the radar.  I’m a huge fan of Kevin Smith and had heard Red State is nothing like anything he’s done previously.  He ventures out of the comfortable witty comedic dialogue and ventures deep into a religious fanatical horror flick.  He enlists a power house cast including John Goodman, Stephen Root, and Kevin Pollak.  Honestly, you mention Kevin Smith and John Goodman working together in one sentence, and I’ll intently watch whatever it is.

Red State is the refreshing film I’ve been looking for all year.  A horror movie that keeps you at the edge of your seat without feeling the need to “startle” you with loud crashes and bangs.  The suspense is intense and the gore is adequate.  We jumped on the opportunity to stream it upon it’s arrival to Netflix, and all of us getting up and screaming at the screen when our internet connection slowed, was a true testament to how the movie was effecting our stress tolerance.  Following all of Kevin Smith’s movies since Clerks, I’ve come to expect the in depth dialogue and character development he brings to the screen, Red State, follows up with this surreal intensity.  I was extremely impressed with this film, making it one of the most impressive films I’ve seen this year, and further cementing Kevin Smith as one of my favorite writer/directors of the past two decades.  If this is a sign of his future projects, I look forward to seeing what he plans to experiment with next.

        





Tonight, We Hunt Trolls.

27 09 2011

Nothing says appetizing like troll piss.  Movie Night strayed away from it’s B-movie roots last night when we decided to venture out of our familiar comfort zone and watch the import from Norway, Troll Hunter.  I had heard good things and thought it would be a great opportunity to see what troll’s looked like intoxicated.  The trolls weren’t drunk of course, but the Old Speckled Hen I was consuming made sure I was. (For your enjoyment the Troll Hunter Drinking Game is at the bottom of this page)

Troll Hunter was released in Norway in 2010 but we weren’t lucky enough to get it here in North America until June of 2011.  Troll Hunter is filmed in a mockumentary fashion making you believe you’re watching lost footage kept secret by the government.  It starts out about college students filming a documentary on a serial bear poacher.  During their investigation they meet up with the suspected  poacher, Hans, and literally stalk him into the night where they find his truck abandoned in the woods.  They’re soon face to face with Hans where he informs them they should run by screaming the safe word “TROLL!!”  The student’s car is destroyed by the giant troll and Hans decides it’s best to just take them with him.  And that’s where their journey begins, the film keeps rolling as Hans gives up all the deep dark secrets about trolls and how he hunts them.  The description was extremely generic to not give away any spoilers.

Troll Hunter is fantastic, that is, if you don’t mind subtitles.  Even fairly inebriated I had no problem reading and keeping up with the story.  The filming was spot on, the part of Norway they filmed in was gorgeous, and the troll animations were brilliant.  The trolls were designed so well and the animations added into the film were done so flawlessly, it really looked like they were moving and knocking down trees right in front of you.  I also liked their take on how the government hid the trolls from the general public.  Blaming the trolls ground shaking walk on earthquakes.  “Fencing” in trolls by using acres of large power lines.  It was all quite interesting.  Troll Hunter isn’t an action packed thrill ride, although it does have it’s moments, instead it engages you with the relationship between Hans and Thomas, one of the students.  Hans seems to want to instill all his knowledge of troll hunting to Thomas who is very excited and interested about all of it.  As the movie progressed I almost felt it was going to end with Hans passing the proverbial torch to Thomas.  The conclusion of the movie is spectacular and ends just at the right time.  Troll Hunter is an experience not to be missed.

Troll Hunter Drinking Game

  • Anytime anyone says “Troll”. *drink*
  • Anytime you see goo/ooze. *drink*
  • Anytime you see flashing lights. *drink*
  • Anytime the name “Thomas” is said. *drink*

It doesn’t seem like much, but it’s easy and you’ll get your drinks worth.  Trust me.

 

 

 

 





Strange Brew in 3B!

7 09 2011

This weeks movie night came to us from our neighbors of the great white north.

Karookookookookookookoo!!! Watch the shit, you’ll know what that means immediately.  Listen hoseheads, if you haven’t seen Strange Brew you’re missing out on everything that is life.  It’s a movie that you have to experience in 3B, “3 beers and it looks good, eh”.  Although it seems very hypocritical of me to say you have to see Strange Brew pissed eh, since my first time watching the movie was stone sober on basic cable at two in the morning.  The official movie poster almost sums up the whole movie eh, beers, brainwash hockey, flying dogs, heroes and villains, and even electric ghosts.  Hell, the movies even educational, watch in amazement as you learn how to get free beer by raising mice, how to get jobs at breweries, and how to ruin a movie at the cinema with only a jar of moths.  Beauty eh.  Strange Brew, released in 1983 is a timeless classic, like a one-man army, like Charlton Heston in “Omega Man.” You ever see it? Beauty.

“I am your father, Luke. Give in to the dark side of the force, you knob.”