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Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: Draft Day

by Tim Barley

Draft Day keeps the story rolling in the high stakes NFL draft

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Today is the annual NFL draft. What was once an add-on for the most diehard pro football fans, has turned into a four day extravaganza courtesy of ESPN. Now, it’s held in AT&T Stadium in Arlington, TX this year in a purposely built, temporary theater. It’s going to be a spectacle. And while it’s religion to some, most of us don’t care but to see the highlights on the news or shared via social media.

But, one movie came along a few years ago that made the behind-the-scenes drama of draft day come alive for us at Cocktails and Movies. That movie, starring Kevin Costner, is Draft Day.

Cocktails and Movies: Whaddya Got On Tap? 4/14/17

by Tim Barley & Mike Reyes

Fate of the Furious looks to run down the competition


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There’s only one big movie opening this weekend, but boy is it a biggie! The gang all returns, with all their cars and a new villianness. And a submarine! Fate should just about take ALL the money this weekend, but who will take the next nine spots?

Let’s see what’s new this week.

The 2016 “Guest List”

by Tim Barley, Duwayne Tso and Mike Reyes

Who we wanted to have a drink with last year…

2016 Movie Posters

We were all sitting around the office and asking ourselves how can we sum up the 2016 box office in only a way that can. Was it the best drinking scenes (coming soon)? Was it the best drinking movie (also coming soon)? And then we came up with “Those characters we’d love to have cocktails with…” It’s a list of favorite characters that we’d love to have a cocktail with because we loved their characters so much.

So, from the movies we saw in 2016, here is a list of characters we’d have loved to drink with:

Tim’s choices 

#1 Clay (TJ Miller) / Jeremy (Rob Corrdry) – Office Christmas Party

Why? Because they can put on a great party and just don’t give a fuck. Rocking out with cocktails and these two could be the kind of fun we aspire to around here.


War Dogs pitch#2 David (Miles Teller) / Efraim (Jonah Hill) – War Dogs

Why? Well, they have lots of money and you know they’d pay for everything just to show how much money they have. Plus, they seemed really crazy, which makes for fun and crazy drinking partners.


10 Cloverfield Lane John Goodman#3 Howard (John Goodman) – 10 Cloverfield Lane

Why? The slow burn and tense-ness of a few cocktails with this man is worth us paying for it!

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#4 Holtzmann / Mary (Kate McKinnon in Ghostbusters & Office Christmas Party)

Why? Right now, there is no one else that I’d want to have a few cocktails with and talk film and TV. McKinnon is a chameleon and should be ready to carry a movie by herself, although I find her excellent in those fun, side roles.


Captain America Civil War fight scene#5 The Entire Cast of Captain America: Civil War

Why? Similar to the final tag scene in Avengers, I would love to just hang out and drink until the carousing and in fighting started again. Plus, drinking with Tony Stark HAS to be a fun time.


London Has Fallen - Butler#6 Mike Banning / Gerard Butler – London Has Fallen

Why? Because someone needs to buy this secret service agent that keeps saving the president from the craziest situations every conceived.


Duwayne’s choices
Ben (Father) – Captain Fantastic
Elizabeth Sloane – Miss Sloane
Sgt. Howell – Hacksaw Ridge
Wade Wilson – Deadpool
Mary Jackson – Hidden Figures
Christian Wolff – The Accountant

Mike’s choices
Holland March / Jackson Healy – The Nice Guys
Harley Quinn – Suicide Squad
Dr. Stephen Strange – Doctor Strange
Mike the Mouse – Sing
K2SO – Rogue One: A Star Wars Story
Sebastian – La La Land
Baloo – The Jungle Book


Five Election Themed Movies to Get You Through The Next Few Days

by Tim Barley

wish the election was more like these movies…

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If you’re like me, you like politics, but hate politicians. And no part of our world gives us fodder for drama and comedy than the political system and the election process in particular. From as far back as 1939 and Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, filmmakers have been using the medium to share thoughts about politics.

In the years since, with politics getting shadier and shadier and filmmakers also getting clear of those little things like HUAC in the 1950’s, writers, directors and actors have turned their attention on the process we go through to elect what is more often than not the lesser of two evils. So, with that in mind, I present to you five movies about the election season that are far funnier and more interesting than what we’ve been subjected to in the last 16 months.

election-21. Election – Jim McAllister (Matthew Broderick), a well-liked high school government teacher, can’t help but notice that successful student Tracy Flick (Reese Witherspoon) uses less than ethical tactics to get what she wants. When Tracy runs for school president, Jim feels that she will be a poor influence on the student body and convinces Paul, a dim-witted but popular student athlete, to run against Tracy. When she becomes aware of Jim’s secret involvement in the race, a bitter feud is sparked.

Why it’s great: Written and directed by Alexander Payne (Nebraska, The Descendents), this was a box office bomb, but gained an Academy Award nomination for adapted screenplay and a Golden Globe nom for Reese Witherspoon. It has a 92% Rotten Tomatoes rating and it’s a great look lock-step administration and the way things HAVE to occur, an obnoxious candidate and an electorate (student body) that is just marking time until they graduate.

campaign2. The Campaign – When incumbent Congressman Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) commits a major gaffe, two wealthy CEOs decide to try to gain influence in their district by putting up a rival candidate. Their unlikely choice is a naive tourism director named Marty Huggins (Zach Galifianakis). Aided by his family’s political connections and a cutthroat campaign manager, Marty soon becomes locked in a dead heat with Cam. As Election Day approaches, each man slings mud galore in a last-ditch effort to bury the other.

Why it’s great: Directed by Jay Roach (Austin Powers, Trumbo), it has mixed reviews. BUT, it’s a great look at what happens when a four-time incumbent is finally challenged for Congress. Plus, the campaign managers, played by Jason Sudeikis and Dylan McDermott, are the greatest Machiavellian types you’ll see in a comedy.

black-sheep3. Black Sheep – Mike (Chris Farley), a slovenly gym teacher, has a terrible habit of showing up at the wrong time and embarrassing his brother, Al (Tim Matheson), who happens to be running for governor. Hoping to save his campaign, Al assigns his aide, Steve (David Spade), to take Mike to a remote cabin and hide out there for the remainder of the campaign. In the woods, the two men discover dangers that make them long for the sleazy political operatives back in the big city.

Why it’s great: No one was better when teamed up together than Chris Farley and David Spade. This was their second movie together (sadly, their last as well), and it’s a great look at what campaigns will do to hide their little secrets that might derail their campaigns…

man-of-the-year4. Man of the Year – Tom Dobbs (Robin Williams), the satirical host of a political talk show, decides to shake things up by running for president after making comments that he would be a better president than the leader who currently occupies the White House. His fans begin a grassroots campaign that catapults him into the Oval Office, but soon after moving in it is revealed a computer glitch mistakenly awarded him the presidency. Tom is left with a tough choice, stay the course or head back behind the microphone.

Why it’s great: This the candidate we wanted all along (where are you, John Stewart?!?!) and the insane scare tactic that some are spouting on the campaign trail. Robin Williams’s portrayal of a satire host turned campaigner is a brilliant poke at what every voter in real life wants to see.

swing-vote5. Swing Vote – Bud Johnson (Kevin Costner), a beer-slinging loser, has one bright spot in his life: his precocious daughter, Molly (Madeline Carroll), who takes care of them both. However, on Election Day, Molly sets off an unforeseen chain of events that results in the race for the presidency coming down to just one vote: her father’s.

Why it’s great: It’s cute and it’s a great look at what can probably happen, a swing vote, or swing state can decide the entire election.

Others that I didn’t have time for: Bob Roberts, Bulworth, Napoleon Dynamite, Primary Colors, Wag the Dog, American President.

Cocktails And Movies Review: ”Sully” – A biopic that soars in some respects, but has its wings clipped in others.

by Mike Reyes

Clint Eastwood’s latest biopic, Sully, is another fine example of the director’s biopic prowess, but doesn’t rise above a certain level of brilliance.

brody-clint-eastwoods-sully-existential-burden-1200Despite being the man that revived the Western genre for all to know and love in the modern era, Clint Eastwood is a director who loves to tell a story about people. Focusing on notable and intriguing people, be they real life figures or fictional creations, Eastwood’s bread and butter is showing us one person’s life through the lens of the experiences they have. And he’s given us plenty of those films, for better or worse, past the last couple of decades. While Sully is a step up from the dull and unfocused American Sniper, shades of those mistakes still color a film that showcases Tom Hanks’ most restrained performance.