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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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Tomorrow 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 Philadelphia 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.

Take Out Theater – 4th of July Special Edition!

by Tim Barley

This Independence Day Weekend, I’ll give you a top five “America!” list to enjoy while relaxing

4th-of-july-outdoor-moviesHello, everyone! Welcome to 4th of July 2014! Yes, it’s going to be a loooooong weekend with July 4th sitting on a Friday, so things are going to be hectic here. Three day weekends are great, but can be a real drain on the body, especially when you get to be our age! And you may find yourself with a few moments of down time in which you just want to watch a movie and kick back with a cocktail while your kids play with illegal fireworks outside.

So, in honor of our Independence Day from the tyranny of tea and crumpet eaters, here’s my top five for chilling and yelling “America, Fuck Yeah!” (that’s a hint) I didn’t choose movies that would be obvious (aka dramas that make you think) such as The Patriot, Lincoln, Rocky IV or Born on the Fourth of July. I chose movies that you can relish in their “American audaciousness”. And until my screenplay Killibuster gets green-lit (go ahead ask me about it), these are choices. And. Here. We. Go.

Cocktails and Movies: Take Out Theater – “Identity”

By Tim Barley

James Mangold’s mystery thriller provides one twist after another until the very end

Yesterday, upon the stair,
I met a man who wasn’t there.
He wasn’t there again today,
I wish, I wish he’d go away…  – “Antigonish” by Hughes Mearns

identity-2003If you know that poem, then you understand right away that James Mangold’s Identity is going to be a thrill ride. And, yes, anyone who’s watched enough whodunit’s can guess what’s really going on. But, the movie is still fun to watch to this day, even after you know its secret. It’s a mystery packed with some great performances by some great character actors all given a chance to shine, playing 10 strangers facing a killer while stranded in a Nevada desert hotel during a thunderstorm. If we had a dime for every time we heard this story… Yet, Mangold’s directing skills are able to take Michael Cooney’s script and turn it into a crisp “who’s doing what.” This week’s Take Out Theater selection is Identity. And if you’re too wired after, thinking about the big reveal at the end, we guarantee you that the accompanying cocktail should have you well on your way to forgetting what just happened and a good night’s sleep…

Cocktails And Movies Take Out Theater: “Speed Racer”

by Mike Reyes

Speed Racer Is The Closest Thing To A Living, Breathing Anime

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In 2008, when Speed Racer took a bath at the box office worldwide, The Wachowskis had transformed their careers into the form you see today. Once labeled as “visionary” and adored by most, their stars started to fade with what most considered were subpar sequels to The Matrix. While those films hold up to a certain degree, depending on who you ask, the “wow” factor of the first installment was definitely gone. However, in my opinion at least, I thought those sequels were actually rather good. Speed Racer was the first movie they produced where The Wachowskis weren’t a financial lock at the movies. Instead of making a film that could easily make its budget back, they decided to make a movie that was artistically wealthy. Critics might have panned it, and audiences didn’t exactly flock to it (which was kinda hard with Iron Man minting the Marvel Studios brand, and The Dark Knight casting a shadow on the horizon), but Speed Racer will always have a huge place in my cinematic heart.

Let’s get this engine started!

Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: “Big Trouble in Little China”

by Tim Barley

For a young Kurt Russell, “It’s all in the reflexes”

big-trouble-in-little-china take out theaterAs creator and current president/Supreme Overlord of Cocktails and Movies, I have an extensive knowledge of odd, weird and fun films – some of them great, most of them bad, some of them seen by millions, others only viewed by the most ardent of film purveyors in little art houses across the nation. It’s those movies that we try to bring to everyone, to share with them something they might have missed. And then, once in a while, when housesitting, I get a chance to flip through some of the channels I don’t have at home and there comes on a movie that I remember thoroughly enjoying for its crazy fun, big story and quotable scenes. It’s in that vein, that I present to you a movie that I first saw in high school (yes, I AM that old) and is one that I can still watch again and again. But, now I do it with cocktails.

It’s a movie that any 80’s child will tell you encompassed the rise of Asian Culture, John Carpenter at his best, the youth and machismo of Kurt Russell and a whole lot of fun.

Ladies and gentlemen, I give you this week’s “Take Out Theater” selection, Big Trouble in Little China.”