Episode 59 – Mel Gibson

From the brand new Cinematic Tangent production studio (a laptop and a mic), Chad and Brad talk the complete filmography of writer/director Mel Gibson: Braveheart, Passion of the Christ, Apocalypto, and Hacksaw Ridge.

Episode 58 – Let’s Do This, 2017!

Yeah, The Cinematic Tangent is late to the party – so what?

Chad and Brad have a detailed, spoiler-ridden discussion of The Circle, The Lost City of Z, and Alien: Covenant. Also, hear Brad talk about Rock Dog!

Episode 57 – 2016: The Top 10

After a long hiatus, The Cinematic Tangent returns to talk some of the noteworthy films of 2016.

Episode 56 – ‘Live By Night’, ‘Silence’, and ‘A Monster Calls’

It’s 2017, and the year already sucks. Because Donald Trump is President.

After a lengthy apology for The Cinematic Tangent’s unreleased blogs and lost episodes, Brad and Chad start the year fresh by discussing a couple of films sure to earn Oscar buzz – A Monster Calls and Silence. And one that won’t – Live By Night.

Episode 55 – ‘The Lord of the Rings’

The Cinematic Tangent finally sits down to talk Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy and J.R.R Tolkien’s Middle-earth.

Day 4: ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies

For some unknown reason, people love Christmas with the Kranks, and every year I end up watching the film despite my attempts to avoid it. Few movies make me cringe like this one – the Kranks (Tim Allen and Jamie Lee Curtis) are a perfectly reasonable couple who wish to escape the cult of Christmas by spending time together on a cruise. Their fascist neighbors have other plans; through disturbing and illegal acts of coercion, the neighborhood systematically makes the lives of the Krank family a living hell until the couple agree to conform to society and celebrate Christmas like all good people must do.

Be it the abuse of police power or invasive caroling, the tactics used by the pro-Christmas forces are nothing short of horrific. I shiver instead of laugh as a maniacal block captain Vic Frohmeyer (Dan Aykroyd) brainwashes an army of children to protest the Krank’s refusal to decorate their home with an inflatable Frosty the Snowman. The justification for this idiocy is Frohmeyer’s looming fear that his neighborhood will lose some asinine award for Best Decorated Street. And to the movie, that seems perfectly reasonable. Continue reading Day 4: ‘Christmas with the Kranks’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies

Day 1: ‘The Christmas Bunny’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies

With little ability to concentrate on a movie due to an excessive backlog of paying work, our 12 Days of Christmas Movies begins with whatever crap I can find on Netflix. The pickings are slim, probably so you’ll feel compelled to run out and buy your favorite films on Blu-ray or DVD, thus feeding the for-profit beast that Hollywood sends out to devour moviegoers every season.

If you’re tired of the rich, white families on the Hallmark Channel who inexplicably learn the value of Christmas despite their obsession with material possessions, turn to Netflix and watch The Christmas Bunny. It features white people who are down on their luck. So, it’s a little different. Continue reading Day 1: ‘The Christmas Bunny’ – 12 Days of Christmas Movies