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.

FRDAY FIVE! “Calvin and Hobbes” Snowmen

Punxsutawney Phil predicted an early spring for 2013… but apparently Mother Nature hasn’t gotten the message.  Historic winter storms continue to rock most of the United States, dumping record amounts of snow (much to the Weather Channel’s delight!).  Fortunately, with tons of snow, come tons of snowmen — I even saw one, tiny, emaciated snow…man?… on the streets of New York!

This week Friday Five! celebrates snowmen by honoring Bill Watterson and the comic strip Calvin and Hobbes, whose titular heroes create some of the most hilarious and memorable snowmen to ever grace the white, wintry landscape… real or fictional.  So, whether you’re snowed in, going crazy, or laughing at the rest of us (shut up, California), these panels are sure to entertain your brain and warm your heart.

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FRIDAY FIVE! Super Bowl Foods

The Super Bowl is almost upon us… and game day parties across the nation will feature the same boring buffet of chicken wings, nachos, hot dogs and chips — You brought chunky salsa?  I’ll treasure this unique moment forever!

Please.  No one remembers the party that played it safe.  Fortunately, dear party host, The Casual Gentlemen are here to help make your Super Bowl spread as epic as the game.  Ditch the tired classics and go bold with these five bi-costal foods native to the cities represented in the Super Bowl…  San Francisco and Baltimore!

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FRIDAY FIVE! Biggest 2013 Oscar Surprises

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Its on!

Nominations for the 85th Academy Awards were announced last week and there were a slew of wicked snubs and surprises.  Personally, I’m delighting in what is clearly the “inciting incident” (YES!) of Oscar pandemonium.  I love a good twist and the academy was sure to “flip the script” (DOUBLE YES!) on my expectations for nominees.  Seriously, this year’s list offers more head-scratchers than the Manti Te’o hoax.  And after the Golden Globes, some of the Oscar snubs seem even more outrageous.  A true award season “cliff-hanger” (OMG!  I’M ON FIRE!).

Most importantly… this means I’m going to have to work extra hard to win my 85th straight Oscar pool.

So what are the top 5 Oscar snubs and surprises this year?  Forget what you’ve read on on other lists and prepare to have your mind blown.  Here at the Casual Gentlemen, we don’t shy away from controversy.  Which leads us to…

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FRIDAY FIVE! 2012’s Guilty Television Pleasures

Television’s greatest programming routinely challenges our society, our beliefs and our fears.  Well crafted TV shows can make us think and inspire us.  Maybe even adjust our moral compass…  Yeah, right.  Whatever.  Sometimes you just want to flop on the couch, slack-jawed, beer at the ready, and let waves of pleasure wash over your stress-addled brain!  I know I do!

This Friday Five! brings you the top five guilty TV pleasures from 2012.  There is just one rule: NO REALITY SHOWS!  I cannot condone any of that.  Remember, I said waves of PLEASURE… I watched Here Comes Honey Boo Boo once and all I felt was a soul-shattering darkness.  I immediately took a shower and donated to Children International.

All the (scripted) shows on this list are awesome in their own demented way and I highly recommend you indulge in at least one or two — they just aren’t likely to show up on the family Christmas wish-list any time soon.

So enjoy!  And as you delve into television’s darker desires… imagine what shows must have been turned down!  *shudder*

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Nick Hates Hippies

Original post date: 5/27/2012

Who doesn’t, amiright? Who needs all that peace, love, and happiness? Not this guy. I’m perfectly happy to be unhappy. Not liking things is the way I like it. Why can’t we all just love each other? Because that would be boring as hell, that’s why. We need a little conflict to keep the world interesting. We need to be able to make fun of people who look like this:

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FRIDAY FIVE! 2-for-1 Special on Witches!

After a massive hiatus brought on by playoff baseball, holidays and hurricanes… Friday Five is back!  And if that wasn’t exciting enough, this week’s list is blowing up and doubling your pleasure.  That’s right!  To assuage your month long anguish, we bring you dueling lists in a winner take all Friday Five throw down (Halloween Edition!)– Good Witches vs. Bad Witches!

The top 5 Good Witches will be provided by yours truly, Brendan B.

And supplying the top 5 Bad Witches, The Casual Gentlemen are proud to introduce Ms. Jeanne LaBorne!  As our newest contributor  she is sure to add a fresh, funny, female voice to the sausage fest that is the Casual Gentlemen Blog… so stay tuned!

But for now, lets get down to business.  Are you a Good Witch or a Bad Witch?  Click the jump below and let the witch hunt begin!

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