July 4, 2018

July's Mystery Move: Third Clue

Clue #3: This month's movie was suggested by our projectionist Nikki when our original pick turned out to be not as awesome as we remembered. Once we realized what holiday this screening lands on, we couldn't think of a more fitting movie for the holiday. It's 100% American from the setting to the bad guy, but it's also a shining example of what immigrants bring to our culture.

But that's not all! 
This month's screening falls on the 4th of July, so starting at 5pm we'll be hosting a potluck-grilling party outside the lobby of the Trylon! Bring something to grill/share, and then watch our carefully selected JCVD flick! (See our Facebook event page for more info.)



Tape Freaks Presents: July's Mystery Movie at the Trylon CinemaWednesday, July 4th, BBQ @ 5:00-7:00pm, movie starts @ 7:00pm, only $5!


July 2, 2018

July's Mystery Move: Second Clue

Clue #2: Two of the producers of this month's movie are responsible for a healthy amount of our favorite horror movies.
But that's not all! 
This month's screening falls on the 4th of July, so starting at 5pm we'll be hosting a potluck-grilling party outside the lobby of the Trylon! Bring something to grill/share, and then watch our carefully selected JCVD flick! (See our Facebook event page for more info.)


Tape Freaks Presents: July's Mystery Movie at the Trylon CinemaWednesday, July 4th, BBQ @ 5:00-7:00pm (movie starts @ 7:00), only $5!


July 1, 2018

Van Dammage: Expendables 2

We saw the first Expendables in the theater and enjoyed it pretty well, but our excitement for the second installment was very high due to the inclusion of Van Damme! The first one is fairly perfect embodiment of 80/90s action movies, in all the best, and worst ways. The sequel is just more of that with some lovely Jean-Claude Van Damme bad-guy acting added to the mix.


The plot unfolds something like this: The Expendables are hired to do something that runs them up against Vilain (Van Damme). Lots of explosions and gunfights ensue.

Mindless action: There is truly only one reason to watch these movies, nonstop over the top action. And they deliver on that front handily.

JCVD as the villain: Van Damme's goofiness actually translates well to the hammy villain role, but the filmmakers didn't seem to know how to work his character into the plot, leaving us wishing there had been more of him in the film.

Other Expendables in the news: Terry Crews just testified for the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the Sexual Assault Survivors' Bill of Rights. While answering question from Senators, Crews brought up being pressured by Expendables' producer Avi Lerner (who's been accused of sexual harassment himself) to drop his suit against Adam Venit (who also happens to be Sylvester Stallone's agent (Stallone who's more recently been accused of rape by two women)). Crews pointed out to the Senators that predators protect each other and he realized had to make a choice: continue to work with men who prey on other people, or take a stand. We're really glad he chose the latter.

Too bad: We won't be watching any more of the Expendables movies (though we also haven't seen the 3rd), but I am really excited to see what kind of action movies come out of Hollywood after all this scumbag ousting. Maybe we'll even get to see more JCVD. (But those odds aren't really in his favor...)










June 29, 2018

Van Dammage: The Tape Freaks Binge



Once upon a time the Tape Freaks household was sucked into an epic Jean-Claude Van Damme marathon. We watched 36 of his films from 1986-2012 leading up to the release of Expendables 2, and each one was wonderful in it's own right. Here are some of the tidbits we learned on our epic journey through the Jean-Claude Van Damme catalogue.

He plays doubles more than you'd think: If you were to guess, you might say JCVD played his double two, maybe three, times. But you'd be wrong. Van Damme played his double in four different movies. Early on he played twins in Double Impact, and then again in Maximum Risk (though both twins are never on screen at the same time). He also played multiples of his character in Time Cop, and in Replicant he plays his character's genetic copy. (Replicant is the outlier of the group as it came out in 2001, and the other three came out in the 90s. Why was that so popular in the 90s?)

Bloodsport and Kickboxer are basically the same movie: And we watched them way too close together.

JCVD had to cool it on doing the high kicks: His signature high kicks were apparently extremely hard on his hips, forcing him to have surgery on both. (Rumor has it that not long after his surgery, he shot that commercial where he does the splits over two semi trucks.)

Almost all of his movies explain his accent in throwaway dialogue, but it's (almost) never about him being Belgian: There are lines in his movies about being everything from French to French-Canadian, but only in JCVD do the filmmakers go with him being Belgian. (Though JCVD takes place in Brussels, so it hardly counts.) This would be less aggravating if Van Damme hadn't been referred to as "The Muscles from Brussels" for most of his career.

He had a reality TV show: Oh no, I'm sorry according to his IMDB he had a "TV series documentary", my mistake. Never the less, if you wanted to know all about what JCVD was getting up to in 2011, I'm sure you can find the whole series on the internet.


June 27, 2018

July's Mystery Move: First Clue

Clue #1: This month's theme is Van Dammage! That's right, we're screening a Jean-Claude Van Damme movie, and it's a Van Damme goodie.

But that's not all! 
This month's screening falls on the 4th of July, so starting at 5pm we'll be hosting a potluck-grilling party outside the lobby of the Trylon! Bring something to grill/share, and then watch our carefully selected JCVD flick! (See our Facebook event page for more info.)


Tape Freaks Presents: July's Mystery Movie at the Trylon CinemaWednesday, July 4th, BBQ @ 5:00-7:00pm, movie starts @ 7:00pm, only $5!


June 6, 2018

June's Mystery Move: Third Clue

Clue #3: Although this film is usually lumped into the shot-on-video category, it was actually shot on an old newsreel camera and edited down to VHS.


Tape Freaks Presents: May's Mystery Movie at the Trylon CinemaWednesday, June 6th @ 7:00pm, only $5!

June 4, 2018

June's Mystery Move: Second Clue

Clue #2: The majority of this movie's cast and crew did not work on another film, except for one actor who was in a handful of stuff including some notable exploitation movies, a great short lived 00's sitcom, and a Coen brothers movie!


Tape Freaks Presents: May's Mystery Movie at the Trylon CinemaWednesday, June 6th @ 7:00pm, only $5!