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Cocktails and Movies Review: “Inferno” – A Hell Of A Letdown

by Mike Reyes

Perhaps the year’s greatest disappointment since Jason BourneInferno has one really good set-piece, some excellent performances, and no substantial film to prop them up with.

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I remember when The DaVinci Code became the literary success of the year back in 2003, which was an event practically begging for two things to happen: for me to read the book, and for Hollywood to eventually make a movie. Both happened, and to a great extent, as The DaVinci Code and its literary predecessor Angels and Demons, were both excellent literary experiences that translated to equally good films. And yet, when I returned to read The Lost Symbol, I was so disenchanted with the series that I not only wanted the film to never exist, I didn’t even want to return to the world that I had once loved. Unfortunately I did, hoping that Inferno would impress, despite my not having completed the book before my screening. Sadly, I think I’ve grown out of this series, as this movie is a damned mess.

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. 

Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: “Gangster Squad/Django Unchained”

Cocktails and Movies Presents: A Dirty, Bloody Double Feature… For Those of You Who Hate Going Out In Public

It’s Wednesday, and that means that it’s time for another installment of the new, the wonderful, the cost effective alternative to the classic date night question, “Honey, what are we doing tonight?” That’s right! It’s Take Out Theater! This week, we’re giving you a double feature in your DVD player, as well as a double feature from the drinks cart. It’s time for some Dirty, Bloody fun, as we present:

The Dirty, Bloody Double Feature!

Cocktails & Movies Review: “Lincoln” – Worthy of a Spot Higher on Mt. Rushmore

Cocktails & Movies review of "Lincoln"“Lincoln” is simply an amazing film. It works on all fronts, from an amazing, well paced script (very hard to do for a historical character study), to fantastic performances by a river-boat load of accomplished lead and character actors, to a beautifully shot scenes of subtle emotional beauty by Steven Spielberg.

If there is one thing you come away with after watching this amazing film, it’s that Abraham Lincoln was funny, fond of telling stories and had some seriously big brass cajones. I know! WHO thought he was funny? (According to biographer Doris Kearns Goodwin’s book, Team of Rivals, on which a lot of Lincoln’s character is based he WAS.) He was a consummate professional political tactician and held to his convictions even in the face of seemingly insurmountable odds. Those odds: a Civil War in the United States, an even more divided Congress on the issue of slavery and the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, and a family torn apart by loss and heartbreak.