CASUAL GENTLEMENT AT THE MOVIES: “Olympus Has Fallen”

Welcome to the first edition of Casual Gentlemen at the Movies… You have chosen wisely.  Movie tickets are ridiculously expensive these days and were here to help you get the most bang for your buck.  Casual Gentlemen at the Movies is not a movie review in the traditional sense, instead, it exist to make sure you know what you’re getting into and whether, straight up, you should go see a movie.

We’re her to talk violence and laughter and nudity, explosions and car chases, slick shots and cool locations, great acting and even better special effects.  All the things that really draw you to the movies.

Our first film is the bloody, high concept action extravaganza, Olympus Has Fallen.  It’s been out for quite a while, but maybe it passed you by.  Or you’re still debating whether to go or not.  Well, lucky for you, the Casual Gentlemen have all the answers.  Let us break it down for you.

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You know exactly what you’re getting with this film… it’s Die Hard at the White House.  Plain and simple.  The supporting cast is surprisingly strong for a generic action/thriller, featuring the talents of Aaron Eckhart, Morgan Freeman, Melissa Leo, and Dylan McDermott.  But let’s be serious, you’re here to watch Gerard Butler blow shit up.  And, oh, does he deliver.  I haven’t see him kick this much ass since Corliolanus (what up, Shakespeare).  Rom-Coms are all fine and good, Gerard, but its so much more fun to watch you stab North Korean terrorists in the head.

And there are a surprising number of knives to the brain.  It’s sort of this movie’s thing.

Bottom Line: As far as action movies go, Olympus Has Fallen is better than most.  Bullets fly with abandon and a solid, high concept premise carries the film through some of it more tired and uneven character moments.  Go see it.

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Glenn’s Guide #5: The Academy Awards, and the Oscar viewing party

Good evening, gentlemen.

Now that the blackout at the SuperBowl is officially over (thanks for nothing, Bobby Jindal!), I can refocus some of my attention back on the rest of the world.   Today, I will take time to tell you all how to handle the upcoming pop-culture event known as “The 85th Academy Awards.”  That’s right, y’all, Oscar night is coming February 24th, and you must needs be prepared.

They're coming!  Run!

They’re coming! Run!

If you, like me, spent the end of last year locked away deep in a subterranean Mayan apocalypse zombie-proof bunker, you haven’t seen many of the key films nominated for tiny gilded men this year.  It’s okay.  I can help you fake it well enough to survive any social interaction on the subject.  With my help, you’ll be able to attend an Oscar night party with the film-buffiest of cineastes and fake it like a true Casual Gentleman.

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FRIDAY FIVE! Best Movie Feasts

Happy Thanksgiving!  …Or merry Black Friday if you’re into that sort of thing (shame on you).

This week, in honor of separatists, native peoples and good ‘ol American overindulgence, the Casual Gentlemen bring you the top five most mouth-watering film feasts.  These cinematic tributes focus on delicious food (of course) as well as presentation.  If you can make the worlds greatest gravy, great!… but if you can deliver it to me on a miniature choo-choo train that chugs around the table.  Well.  You’ve just made the top five!

Which iconic movie feast takes the cake?  Click the jump to find out.

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FRIDAY FIVE! Best Movie Mustaches

Hello faithful readers.

As you may or may not know, The Casual Gentlemen are taking part in Movember, an annual, month-long event that raises awareness of Men’s heath issues (from depression to prostate cancer).  We have taken it upon ourselves to grow swanky, suave or just plain creepy mustaches… I’m growing out the “Shakespeare,” natch!  Check out Zane’s post to see all the fun shaving action that happened at the beginning of the month.

The Casual Gentlemen will be chronicling our mustache growth (at the moment, mine looks like a blonde, starving caterpillar…) on our very own Movember web page.  If you enjoy watching us profane or faces with sad attempts at pure testosterone, and have a few extra dollars in your pocket, we ask that you donate to the Movemebr charity.  All money donated goes directly to important charity work, predominately the awareness and treatment of prostate cancer.  Thank you.

So, in honor of events to keep us bros healthy and looking good (or smarmy), I present the top 5 movie mustaches!  The rules are simple: only movie characters that are NOT based on real people.  Will your favorite ‘stache make the list?  Find out after the jump.

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FRIDAY FIVE! Best Back-to-School Movies.

Once more for your pleasure, The Casual Gentlemen present FRIDAY FIVE!

This week, in observance of children nation-wide returning to school (not a moment too soon, I might add… you don’t realize how many there are out there until the little hell-spawn start swarming your streets with nothing to do!), we bring you the Top Five Back-to-School Movies.

Take note, dear readers, this is not simply a list of the best school movies.  Some poor attempt to get you excited about early morning classes and cafeteria food.  That would just be silly.  No, all these films feature older characters returning to school… and that’s the rub!  So grab your backpack or messenger bag (you hipster!) and click the jump to find out what movies made the list.

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