Drinking Games

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Movie 43 was in essence an experimental film from the minds of the Farrelly Brothers. This raunchy, ribald sketch comedy film with two different wrap-around stories (depending on where it was released) featured fourteen different short films with an impressive cast. Unfortunately, the experiment did not perform too well during its release. However, there’s always life for these types of film on DVD and Blu-ray. Loaded with inappropriate humor, Movie 43 found a few fans in its original run, while others declared it one of the worst movies ever. This is your chance to be the judge, but may we suggest you judge it with some spirits on your side?

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OZ: THE GREAT AND POWERFUL

After years of development, Disney managed to travel back over the rainbow with Oz the Great and Powerful. While it wasn’t the box office juggernaut that Alice in Wonderland was, it did bring a new version of L. Frank Baum’s classic books to the big screen. The colorful fantasy world that Sam Raimi shows in Oz the Great and Powerful is appealing to children of all ages, but more importantly, it looks crazy when you’ve been drinking. If you’re taking a trip back to Oz, have a few drinks of a different color and enjoy the ride.

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When A Good Day to Die Hard hit theaters, there were a lot of questions that needed answering. What happened to the John McClane of the previous Die Hard movies? Did anyone making this movie even look at a map of Russia? Has John McClane (and now his son) become impervious to everything from smashed windows and bullets to all forms of dangerous radiation? Why were any of the characters even in Russia in the first place? Sure, these are all fine questions to ponder if you plan to watch A Good Day to Die Hard. However, if you’re thinking this clearly, the most important question is why you aren’t as inebriated as McClane was at the beginning of Die Hard with a Vengeance (or throughout this entire film). The fifth Die Hard movie is best enjoyed with some poison in your system.

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Cult television shows always end up with a certain level of melancholy because their fans feel they were canceled long before their time. It is this fan devotion that keeps these shows alive in reruns and on the various home video platforms. However, once in a while, a show gets resurrected on a different network (like Cougar Town), as a major motion picture (like Serenity), or even on a totally different delivery platform (like Arrested Development moving to Netflix). Arrested Development is one of those cult television shows that the fans refused to forget. It may never have been as popular as the similarly quirky but far more mainstream Seinfeld, but for the fans, it has worked its way into the fans’ lives as much as any show has. Take a drink to celebrate the series, and if watch enough episodes at once, you’ll end up as intoxicated as Lucille Bluth.

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The Last Stand Arnold Schwarzenegger

Well, Arnold Schwarzenegger did say he’ll be back. In fact, he said it in pretty much every movie he did after The Terminator. It lasted well into the 90s. Now, he really is back as small-town sheriff Ray Owens in the action film The Last Stand, and he is the only thing standing in the way of a ruthless drug cartel kingpin escaping to Mexico. The Last Stand was a bit of a flop in theaters. (Okay, let’s admit it: It was a huge flop in theaters.) However, that doesn’t mean it’s a bad film. It’s one of those entertaining popcorn movies that actually works well for home viewing, and it’s small-town charm lends itself to being watched with a beer in hand. While this won’t live on as one of Schwarzenegger’s greatest movies, The Last Stand is still a lot of fun to watch and offers a cool nod to his early action films. Did we mention the beer part?

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Cloud Atlas

David Mitchell’s book Cloud Atlas was long considered one of those infamous “unfilmable” books. However, that didn’t stop the Wachowskis and Tom Tykwer from giving it a go when they made the epic sci-fi/historical/mystery drama. Tying together six different stories in six different genres, the film was seen as a triumph by some and a mess by others. Running close to three hours, and starring a cast of actors in multiple (and sometimes marginally offensive) roles, Cloud Atlas can be a bit of a challenge to get through, but that doesn’t mean it shouldn’t be given a chance. You might need some liquid courage to make it to the end, that is the true-true, and that is fine. Just don’t be surprised if you start seeing double (or triple or quadruple). That’s just interesting casting and lots of prosthetics.

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2001

Even though he passed away in the last century, Stanley Kubrick continues to be one of the most revered filmmakers of all time. However, it is somewhat depressing how few people have seen some of his classic films. Love them or hate them, Kubrick’s classics should be experiences, on the big screen if possible. One of his most well-known and groundbreaking films was 2001: A Space Odyssey. While the year 2001 has come and gone many years ago, the film survives in various formats. Some people – especially in the younger generation – may complain it is a bit slow-moving, especially compared to modern films of today. For those who want to experience Kubrick’s masterpiece but need a little help, this drinking game will assist you. See? This column can be educational as well as hedonistic.

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Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’re aware of the upcoming release of Star Trek Into Darkness on May 17. If you’re like me, you might be catching up on all things Star Trek before the movie comes out. Fortunately, a whole slew of Star Trek titles are being released on Blu-ray leading up to this release, including season three of Star Trek: The Next Generation, remastered in high definition. While this series isn’t the basis for the new film, it offers a good way to get into the Trek mood before the new film comes out in a few weeks.

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With the upcoming release of Pain & Gain this week, the cinematic world looks back on director Michael Bay’s filmography. However, instead of focusing on his billion-dollar franchise installments, we can look back to his more modest days when he worked on character-driven stories: movies like Bad Boys II. The only sequel Bay has directed outside of the Transformers series was made right before his biggest domestic disappointment (The Island) and marks one of his final films in recent years that doesn’t feature giant freaking robots. Love him or hate him as a director, Bay’s films serve as big-screen beer commercials. So why not enjoy one of his most revered and reviled movies by sampling some appropriate beer?

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At the end of 2012, maverick director Quentin Tarantino brought his latest ultra-violent and over-the-top exploitation film to cinemas, raking in more than $400m in worldwide box office. Now, Django Unchained is available on DVD and Blu-ray. While King Schultz and Django Freeman travel through the American South, collecting bounties, you can relax and enjoy their ride with an ice cold beverage of your choice. Let the offensive language slide and get into the tribute to spaghetti westerns and blaxploitation cinema. Just don’t take that language with you when you shut the movie off, regardless of how many drinks you’ve had.

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This is a slow week for DVDs. Seriously, it is. When one of the biggest releases is the incestuously Presidential Hyde Park on Hudson (and who wants to watch that clunker, drunk or not), there’s not many options. Even the big movies opening this week are thin. Who wants to drink with Remember the Titans or Glory Road to get in the spirit for 42? Finally, I wouldn’t saddle anyone with another reason to watch one of the Scary Movie movies. In my desperation to find a relevant title for a drinking game this week, it dawned on me that we have never published one for the deliciously awful Troll 2. So, relevant or not, that became my focus because we could all use a little more Troll 2 in our lives, any day of the year. Cheers!

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By now, if you’re a horror fan, you are at least curious about the upcoming Evil Dead remake that is hitting the theaters this weekend. Whether you pooh-pooh the thought of remaking a classic film or if you’re eager to see a new, bloody installment in the franchise, you can’t help but have the Sam Raimi original on the brain. With about 847 different versions of 1981’s The Evil Dead available on various home video formats – from VHS and Betamax to the current Blu-ray release – as well as being available this month on Netflix Instant, there’s no better time than to check out this groundbreaking film. If the gore isn’t enough to make you queasy, why not try this drinking game to make your head spin by the end?

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Die-hard Channing Tatum fans can breathe a sigh of relief this week because finally Jon M. Chu’s sequel G.I. Joe: Retaliation is hitting theaters after a nonsensical delay from last year. In 3D. With more Channing Tatum. Now that Paramount and Hasbro have seen fit to finally release this cinematic masterpiece, you’re likely going to want to revisit 2009’s G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra so you don’t miss any nuances of the plot or subtle subtext from film-to-film. After all, why else would you watch a Stephen Sommers’ movie? To enhance those nuances and subtext further, have a few adult beverages at your side while prepping yourself for the deep, complex plot that is sure to accompany the new film in theaters.

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After a lot of gnashing of teeth about splitting it into three parts, complaining about the 48 fps presentation, and debating whether it would make a billion dollars, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey is now available on 3D Blu-ray, standard Blu-ray and DVD. So it’s a fine time as any to tune your HDTV to your favorite settings and enjoy the film in the comfort of your own home and the control of your own image. If you have the love of Middle-Earth (and the tolerance for alcohol) to make this a marathon of Tolkien movies, you can play our Lord of the Rings drinking game from last year as well. However, Peter Jackson’s three-hour first installment of The Hobbit should give you plenty of reasons to knock a few back as if you were a dwarf at Bilbo’s table. Enjoy the first third of this Lord of the Rings prequel with your favorite blend of Middle-Earth-inspired brew.

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St. Patrick’s Day is coming up this weekend, and we know everyone is looking for any excuse to drink some green beer or slam a few shots of Irish whiskey. Sure, we could enjoy a few drinks to Darby O’Gill and the Little People, but why not celebrate with a true cinematic classic like 1993’s Leprechaun? There have been six Leprechaun films to date, and honestly, this game could work for almost all of them to a degree. However, it’s Warwick Davis’ original turn as the offensive Irish stereotype that is most enjoyable. Cheers, and Éirinn go Brách!

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Well, folks, it’s finally over. The Twilight Saga rang its final bell this past weekend with the release of Breaking Dawn: Part II on DVD and Blu-ray. Chances are, the fans out there have already secured a copy and have had it on a continuous loop since it hit the streets. If you happen to be the significant other (or father or super good best friend) with a Twi-hard making you watch the last installment in the franchise, you’ll want to knock back a couple drinks in the process. Raise your glass to the end of an era, an end of a franchise, and an end of body glitter in the multiplex.

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Nominated for three Oscars, The Master was a passion project for director P.T. Anderson. It pulled the veil back on a fictionalized account of Scientology as well as proving that Joaquin Phoenix can secure award nominations for any role in which he beats up plumbing. Thought not entirely mainstream, it was a darling of art-house film fans, and The Master also prominently features homemade booze as a subplot and symbol. This is enough of an excuse to knock back a few drinks while watching the film’s crisp transfer on Blu-ray or DVD.

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Almost ten years ago, sci-fi fans went nuts over the reimagined Battlestar Galactica series. The show wrapped up several years ago, and the prequel series Caprica came and went as well. However, there’s a new movie on DVD and Blu-ray that can take you back to a time of war with the Cylons. Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome started off as a web series, but now is available in its full form on home video. Sure, it’s nowhere near as good as the actual series, but it’s entertaining enough to return to space with a young William Adama. So by the gods, enjoy the movie with a glass of your favorite adult beverage.

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Skyfall is the most successful James Bond movie ever, raking in more than a billion dollars in worldwide box office. This week, it is available on DVD and Blu-ray for convenient home viewing. Though Bond is known for his signature drinks of vodka martinis (shaken not stirred) and more recently Vespers, the character has rarely been known to turn down alcohol in any form. Since all women want James Bond and all men want to be him, a great way to connect with the character is to enjoy a drink or two, or three, or 007 while watching his latest film.

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The upcoming Die Hard sequel causes a range of emotions. There are joyous ones, knowing that the film will be rated R and John McClane’s famous catchphrase will be spoken without being drowned out by a gunshot. There are also less happy emotions with the knowledge that A Good Day to Die Hard is being released in February rather than in the more traditional summer months. Whether you’re chomping at the bit for the new movie or if you’re bellyaching that it will be more sanitized like the fourth film, you can still always enjoy the original. Grab your Christmas-themed drink and hop on the horse to get drunk hard.

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