Monthly Archives: November 2009

The Road (Now With Audio)

This weekend myself and Veer “The Toorminator” Toor went to see The Road.  Once done, we had so much to say about the film and decided, rather than bounce ideas off of each other and then head home to write, that we would record our discussion.  And thus a podcast is born.

That’s right.  We had been toying with the idea of starting a podcast for so long and decided to make it a reality this past weekend.  While Veer and I acknowledge the fact that neither of us should be using a microphone for any reason (karaoke especially) we did manage to crank out an episode discussing The Road.  Give it a listen and let us know what you think:

http://pamp47.libsyn.com/index.php?post_id=554159

{Now available on iTunes}

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Ninja Assassin (Devil’s Advocate Review)

This is a crucial subject matter for me to critique, because this is the last of the three subject matters from my youth ( G.I Joe & Transformers are the others ). A subject that has taken a step forward from the back seat of the Hollywood lime light and given a chance at redemption, to take the main stage in the modern world as we know it. Read the rest of this entry

Ninja Assassin

If you want violence, action and gore, you’ve come to the right place. This is a high energy slaughter machine from start to finish, with a few pit stops to add to the “story” and maybe a bit too much special effects bling. Filled with gritty action sequences, and just barely enough substance to have you care about a character or two, this revenge saga gets the job done, albeit with considerable blood loss. This is by no means a perfect film, or even a perfect revenge flick (a la Kill Bill), but it sure as hell is entertaining. Read the rest of this entry

Director’s Spotlight: Miracle at St. Anna

We end this month’s Director’s Spotlight on controversial director Spike Lee with his most recent picture, 2008’s Miracle at St. Anna. After viewing Clint Eastwood’s 2006 war pictures Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, Spike Lee stated at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival that Eastwood should have included black Marines in his movies. Eastwood responded that they were specifically about the Japanese soldiers and the Americans who raised the flag, that there were black soldiers at Iwo Jima but they were segregated and therefore not directly involved, and that Lee should “shut his face”. Lee countered that Eastwood was acting like an “angry old man” and that he should have included them anyway. Thus, Miracle at St. Anna was born. Read the rest of this entry

Director’s Spotlight: Bamboozled

Satire. 1, a- A literary work in which human vice or folly is ridiculed or attacked scornfully. b- The branch of literature that composes such work.

2. Irony, derision or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice or stupidity. Read the rest of this entry

3-2-1: The Worst of ’09

Who isn’t looking forward to turkey this Thanksgiving?  We all are, especially the Tryptophan induced coma that comes from eating too much of it.  Here at The Devil’s Advocates Movie Reviews, we don’t always have a choice when turkey might be forced upon us. In fact, we’ve consumed our collective weight in turkey at the theaters this year.  So, we decided to bring you The Worst of ’09, with a Thanksgiving theme.   3 Turkeys (bad films), 2 Jive Turkeys (bad performances), and 1 Turkey Stuffed With Gym Socks (the worst of the worst).  See what we thought, and chime in with your own list.  Read the rest of this entry

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Devil’s Advocate Review)

So I finally bit the bullet and watched The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I have to say, it was a decent enough film. A bit over dramatic, but still better than the first. It’s a simple romance story of an obsessed teenage girl abandoned by her lover and trying to cope with an all too mundane real world. Once you have a taste of the extraordinary, how can you go back to the lame real world? Read the rest of this entry

The Twilight Saga: New Moon

There is nothing quite like seeing Twi-hards get a taste of what Star Wars fans deal with everyday. The Twilight Saga: New Moon was a lame attempt for a series that has a lot to live up to. Not that the first one was good, I found it awkward to watch. However with all the hype you gotta wonder, where and when do the makers of these films realize that subpar won’t do? Read the rest of this entry

Planet 51

It was a simpler time; a time where it was all about country, mom and apple pie.  There was an innocence that the world believed; where everything was wholesome.  For us it was the early 1950’s (as long as you take away the whole cold war nuclear threat thing) for Planet 51 that time is now.  Of all the family orientated animated movies that have come out this year, Planet 51 is the most child friendly (ages 4-7) and tells us a story of friendship and believing the universe is big enough to dream your own dreams.  That being said; the plot is average, the characters are immemorable (except the remote droid named ROVER, who acts like a dog) and the animation is forgettable.  Read the rest of this entry

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan DVD

I’ll admit it, I jumped onto the Battlestar Galactica bandwagon late.  The show was just about to air Season 4 when I decided to give it a shot.  After hearing nothing but positive reviews of the show and constant talk on the forum board on Comic Geek Speak, I decided not having the SciFi, or now SyFy, channel wasn’t going to stop me.  I rented the first disc of the first season which was set as a mini-series and was instantly hooked.  I went on a massive dvd marathon and was caught up by the end of the first half of season 4, dubbed season 4.0, and was eagerly awaiting for the 2nd half of the final season. Read the rest of this entry

2012 (Devil’s Advocate Review)

2012 is very loosely based on the Mayan belief that the world will end in a year 2012. We’re a little hazy on which 2012. Ours or the Mayan’s. Apparently, the producers of 2012 feel that the Mayans got it close enough for someone to finance their movie. Read the rest of this entry

2012

I really only have one question (which isn’t true, because I have many.  Too many to list here).  Why does Roland Emmerich want the world to end so badly?  Independence Day, aliens blow us up good.  The Day After Tomorrow, global warming sends us into another ice age.  And now, in 2012, the earth as we know it starts disappearing out from underneath us.  If destruction and body count are what Emmerich is going for, he is truly succeeding.  Now, let’s say, for arguments sake, that Emmerich actually wants to make good films.   Well, that’s another story. Read the rest of this entry

Pirate Radio (Devil’s Advocate Review)

From the mind that brought us Love Actually, comes Pirate Radio.  I feel that this is worth mentioning, because Love Actually is a film that I actually love.  I have watched it a number of times, simply because it holds up in a way that I can’t see Pirate Radio holding up.  Read the rest of this entry

Pirate Radio

So this will be short and sweet. With Oscar season approaching with lightning speed, people gotta lighten up. Every movie is not gonna be a contender, it just isn’t.  This movie will not be at the Oscars, however it is just plain fun. Pirate Radio brings us back to a time when rock and roll was outlawed. Read the rest of this entry

The Box (Lil Devil)

Rattling through my head is William Shatner’s voice saying “What’s in the box?! Come on! What’s in the box?!”  Well, I’ll tell you what’s in store for you if you go see The Box….. bad acting and terrible execution of a storyline that showed tiny flares of life (mainly at the end) but overall fizzles. Read the rest of this entry

G.I Joe: Resolute DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

G.I . Joe: Resolute is an animated movie that was originally aired as 10 minute episodes on Cartoon Network’s Adult Swim. It’s a fresh approach to the franchise, with a realistic take on the action and intrigue.  It’s written by Warren Ellis (The Authority, Planetary), one of the greatest, mad genius’ of comic book writers and what he brings to the franchise changes it while keeping it as fun as it ever was. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: Summer of Sam

In 1999’s Summer of Sam, Spike Lee shows us how one neighborhood can react in panic to having a serial killer running amuck so close to home. From July 29, 1976 to his capture on August 10, 1977 David Berkowitz terrorized New York by going on a killing spree, claiming a neighbor’s black dog gave him orders to do so.  Originally dubbed “The .44 Killer” due to his choice of weaponry, he was eventually called “The Son of Sam”. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: Spike Lee

You could say we’re getting a late start here in November, but we look at November a little differently.  For us, November doesn’t really start until Veteran’s Day and ends the day after Thanksgiving.  

Spike Lee will not get shortchanged here…we will still look at four films (the day before Thanksgiving will be a double feature).   Today, the first film, Summer of Sam, will start us off.  We are going out of order on this one, due to schedule conflicts, but it looks to be one of our best spotlights yet.   Here is the list of films, so you can follow a long at home:

Nov. 11th:  Summer of Sam

Nov. 18th:  Do The Right Thing

Nov. 25th:  Bamboozled and Miracle at St. Anna

The Men Who Stare At Goats (Devil’s Advocate)

In the 70’s and 80’s, the U.S. Army did research into the paranormal as part of a possible program to train psychic spies to beat the Ruskies. It was largely unsuccessful, but some elements did reach the American public, such as the use of the theme to Barney the Dinosaur in torture methods. This is the story of one man’s search for those behind this movement, and where they are now. At least, this is the premise of The Men Who Stare at Goats, directed by Grant Heslov and starring George Clooney, Ewan McGregor, Jeff Bridges and Kevin Spacey. It’s not the sharpest of comedies, especially when it attempts to satirize the war in Iraq, but when it utilizes its own absurdity and the deadpan seriousness of its performances, it definitely has its moments. Read the rest of this entry

The Men Who Stare At Goats

Finally, after all of these years, we get to see what Star Wars might have been like, if it starred George Clooney, took place on Earth, and was fueled by loads and loads of LSD.   Of course, the LSD thing could be true about the original Star Wars.  From a production standpoint, that is.  Read the rest of this entry

The Fourth Kind

The Fourth Kind is a tale of two movies eliciting two wildly different reactions – all of it completely relying on what you believe.  Or who you believe.  The underlying skepticism that determines one’s joy or misery does not come from a trust in the supernatural and their nocturnal dealings – the main plot of the film – but whether or not to trust Milla Jovovich. Read the rest of this entry

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Tis the season and Disney is putting on the full court press.  It seems the animators at Disney (not Pixar) are getting the studio running in anticipation of December’s The Princess & the Frog by remaking for the third time A Christmas Carol (Previous versions were Mickey’s Christmas Carol and The Muppet Christmas Carol).  This time around  Disney turns to Director Robert Zemeckis to tell us the holiday staple and he uses a lot of the lessons he learned from The Polar ExpressRead the rest of this entry

Disney’s A Christmas Story (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Ahh it’s that time of year again. The time of year when it gets cold, and movies come out about it being cold. Here’s the thing about A Christmas Carol…I love Charles Dickens. He showed the world how cold and cruel Victorian England was. The poverty, filth and despair. I’m just not sure it was ever meant to be animated. Read the rest of this entry

Inferno Cage Match: Freddy Krueger Vs. Edward Scissorhands

 Inferno Cage Match 8

In this corner we have one sick dude. So sick he was burnt alive by people who hated him. He took Michael Jackson’s style and said “ok that’s cool, but what if I wanna cut $#^%.”  In the Black fedora, knifey glove, and bad skin we have…Freddy Krueger!!!

In this corner a man of many parts…Literally. Upping Freddy by one hand.  Black hair, pale complexion, and no possible way of masturbating.  We have Edward Scissorhands!!!!!!!!!

 

(300) Days of 2009: Our Oscar Picks So Far

The Oscars are upon us already! Just yesterday they announced the hosts, Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin. To get prepared for the upcoming season, I asked each member of the staff (if they could find the time, which is difficult these days) to make a list of their 5 favorite films so far and two picks each for the other major categories (although they didn’t have to use all the spots). Here are the full lists for those who were able to participate: Read the rest of this entry

Ong Bak 2 (Lonely Devil)

The long wait is over, Tony Jaa is finally back! This time around it’s a martial arts epic that has Jaa displaying various different styles and a larger budget. The movie itself isn’t ground breaking, but if you take it for what it is, a martial arts flick and nothing more, you may be satisfied with the outcome. 2 ½ pitchforks. Read the rest of this entry

A Serious Man

When attempting to categorize comedy, there are roughly three types that come to mind. One is the normal kind of comedy, full of ironic jokes and punch lines. Another is slapstick, overly dramatic falls to the ground and what-not. The third is black comedy, where the audience doesn’t laugh so much as wince at the misfortune that befalls those in the film. Joel and Ethan Coen have become the masters of such a realm (primarily for Fargo, The Big Lebowski, and most recently, Burn After Reading). Read the rest of this entry

Law Abiding Citizen (Lonely Devil)

As pointed out to me by my colleague here on the blog, I’m the unofficial Gerard Butler reviewer here after writing this review for Law Abiding Citizen.  Of the movies I reviewed of his in the last few months, that include the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth and the action film Gamer, this was the best of his work this year thus far. Read the rest of this entry