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Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: “LA Story”

by Tim Barley

LA Story celebrates Los Angeles in a well-written, funny, layered look at the City of Angels

LA Story harris telemacher Cocktails and Movies Take Out TheaterRecently (two recently’s, actually), LA had a small earthquake, which reminded me of the scene in LA Story at lunch where everyone just sat around while it happened. And that made me think of one of my favorite movies. Personally, there is no other movie that made me want to move to Los Angeles than the smart, funny romantic comedy LA Story, written by Steve Martin. When you spend your time walking from one lecture hall to the next at the University of Wisconsin in -5 degree temperatures, you cling to the hope that the love story set in the warmth of Southern California on the screen in front of you is real and that it CAN happen to you. It’s a remarkably funny, smart and when taken apart, upbeat look at life and love in the City of Angels. The movie takes a lot of pokes at the “culture” of Los Angeles, from restaurants, celebrity (before the advent of the internet, sex tapes and “instant celebrity”), art, architecture, weather and yes, even Shakespeare. Martin is quoted as saying that it took him over seven years to write this movie and in that time, LA went through a lot of social and cultural change. It’s all there on the screen, with a great supporting cast, including a freeway sign that has lost its voice. This week, Cocktails and Movies shares with you one of our favorites about Los Angeles and it’s warm, sunny “culture.” This is “LA Story…”

Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: “Just Friends”

by Mike Reyes

Cocktails and Movies Swears (By The Moon, And The Stars, And The Sky) That You’ll Love This Movie As More Than A Friend!

Cocktails and Movies Take Out theater Just FriendsLess than aweek until Christmas, and we’re still muddling through here 12 Days of Christmas Cocktails at C&M. The Boss is in Michigan, and I’m in New Jersey, but we’re both on the same time zone now – so that’s something. Other than that, we’re just preparing some stuff around here for the Holiday season: the stockings are hung by the copier with care, in hopes that somebody will notice they’re there. (I forget, did we remember to let the Interns out?)

Naturally, with another week of merriment around these parts, we have another #TakeOutTheater pick for you to indulge in, and it’s another Christmas comedy. I can’t top Boss Tim’s pick of A Midnight Clear, because I haven’t seen any other really good serious Christmas themed movies that are obscure enough for note. I’ve seen Die Hard, but so has everyone! I’m sure a fair number of you have seen Love Actually, and if not then maybe I’ll pimp it for Valentine’s Day. (It’s The Nightmare Before Christmas for the Chick Flick set.)

Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: “A Midnight Clear”

by Tim Barley

One of the most overlooked Christmas films is this week’s “Take Out Theater” selection

cocktails and movies A-Midnight-ClearWar movies very rarely have anything to do with Christmas. It’s a fact. And, unfortunately, this movie has been criminally overlooked by audiences, even when it was released. It might have been the fact that it was released in April of 1992 or that it was rated R (today, this movie would have been rated PG-13). But, the mystery remains why this movie, with a superb cast and a beautiful message about warmth, human understanding and the power of the shared holiday of Christmas can break through even the horrors of war. To this day, it still holds an 86% freshness rating at Rotten Tomatoes and when you ask those who have seen it they like, they’ll tell you it’s one of their favorite “Christmas” movies. Today’s Take Out Theater selection is “A Midnight Clear.”

Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: “Fright Night (2011)”


Cocktails and Movies bites off more than audiences could chew, as we suggests an overlooked horror flick.

Remakes are a dime a dozen, especially when they’re based on older horror franchises. Most of the time, just like a remake of any other genre of film, the purpose of the original is discarded for something a little more modern. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. After all, not everyone is George Clooney. This week, we present to you one of the remakes that worked so well it didn’t find an audience. Everyone thought it was a bad idea, and I was one of those people who had grown up with the original Fright Night, only to worry they were going to Twilight this one to the hilt. Thankfully what we got instead was a smart-assed bloodsucker flick, with a villain that was an actual improvement over his original form. Looks like the lesson of the day is if you want to remake an 80’s vampire flick, you should hire one of the producers of Buffy The Vampire Slayer to help write it. In honor of Halloween, and our programming theme of “Just When You Thought It Was Safe,” we welcome you to Fright Night (2011).

The Film

Fright Night (2011)
Directed By: Craig Gillespie
Year Released: 2011
Starring: Anton Yelchin, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Imogen Poots, and David Tennant
Rating: R
Runtime:  106 Minutes
Studio: Dreamworks Pictures

Cocktails and Movies Take Out Theater: “Compliance”

by Mike Reyes

A disturbing true story leads to one of the most disturbing films of the last few years on this week’s Take Out Theater

take out theater snacks_tray cocktails and moviesWe’re going to open this week’s #TakeOutTheater with a warning: this movie isn’t for everyone. In fact, the content in this film has been known to seriously disturb and put off audience members watching this film. It’s a brutal, devastating look at the abuse of trust, the illusion of power, and what happens when we let ourselves get carried away in the name of “cooperating with the authorities.”  It is not for everyone, but if you can handle it, it’s a really well made film that covers very disturbing subject matter. That subject matter being trust in our institutions of authority. It’s something that we’re raised with, something that is as inalienable as the rights that those institutions uphold. But what if a random stranger with malicious intent were to hijack one of those said institutions, or at least their guise? What’s more, what if that stranger had the trust of those who were our direct superiors, and could control them in any way shape or form?

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