Monthly Archives: July 2010

Actor Spotlight: Flashback

Before I get started talking about 1990’s Flashback starring Dennis Hopper and Kiefer Sutherland, I want to take a second and say thank you to Hopper for a long and entertaining career.  You will be missed for not only your film work, but for your television work as well.  Afterall it takes pure talent to make a Keanu Reeve’s film decent like you did with Speed without the use of the Wachowski’s or Patrick Swayze.  All kidding aside, rest in peace Dennis Hopper and for that matter, Swayze as well. Read the rest of this entry

Salt (Lonely Devil Review)

What happens when a CIA officer (Angelina Jolie) is revealed to be a deep cover double agent? One long chase scene involving some incredible over the top action sequences and clever storytelling.

Angelina Jolie heads up a great ensemble cast of some very talented actors in this thriller. Jolie plays Evelyn Salt. A seemingly loyal and patriotic CIA spy. We first meet her as she’s being rescued from North Korea by her loving husband (August Diehl) and CIA chief (Liev Schreiber). Back in the States after her rescue, Agent Salt finds herself interrogating a Russian defector who asks to be interviewed by the CIA. The defector talks. Too much it turns out and we’re off. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 33: Inception

Rene, Jonathan, Monnie, and Mike are back with their take on Inception. Listen as they discuss characterizations, who’s the real antagonist of the film, and what the ending really meant.

Special Note:  We did record two episodes on Inception this week, a non-spoiler and spoiler edition.  Both episodes can be found at the following links.

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Actor Spotlight: Blue Velvet

I get it.  I get Blue Velvet on every level.  I really do.  Of course, that doesn’t give it a pass.

I will start by saying that this, our third film in the Dennis Hopper spotlight, has one of the best Hopper performances I’ve seen to date.  His Frank Booth was so unbelievably nasty and vile.  A villain you truly love to hate. Hopper delivers each and every venom filled line with gusto and precision.  And when he needs to be a sniveling, drug addled cry baby, he pulls that off without a hitch.  Perfect casting on the part of director David Lynch. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Clash of The Titans

There are some films out there that are simply begging for that remake.  And why shouldn’t they?  I know there are purists who think nothing should ever be updated or remade, but with all of the advancements available to filmmakers today, why not take a concept that worked and find another way for it to work?  Many fans of the original, Ray Harryhausen produced, Clash of The Titans cried foul immediately, but that didn’t stop people from flocking to the theaters.  Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Repo Men

Repo Men, based on the novel Repossession Mambo, is an odd movie. At turns both awesome and befuddling, the film demonstrates influences from classic sci-fi b-movies to more modern action thrillers. The cast, with one exception, is strong. Jude Law and Forest Whitaker play Remy and Jake, who are the titular repo men. They work under Frank, played extremely well by Liev Schreiber, for an artificial organ manufacturing company called “The Union.” When customers fall far enough behind on payments on their organ(s), repo men are sent to reclaim said organs. As seen in the film’s trailer, Remy suffers an on-the-job accident, and receives an artificial heart, for which he is unable to pay.

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The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (Lonely Devil Review)

We’ve all heard the folklore of Merlin the Magician and when we think the words, Wizard or Sorcerer, Merlin would mostly come to mind. So when in the likeness of Fantasia and the feel of Pirates of the Caribbean, it was only fitting that Disney and Producer Jerry bruckheimer, would once again come together to bring the Sorcerer’s Apprentice to the big screen. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 32: Get Him to the Greek (Late Edition)

We got to the Greek late, but better late than never, I always say.  Russell Brand and Jonah Hill attempt to bring the funny in this rock and roll buddy film.

Listen as Mike and Veer work their way through the raunch and bile to find the appeal of this film.

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Actor Spotlight: Tracks

“I love. And, I hate. Because I love I hate. And, I love!”

Dennis Hopper was one of a kind and a great actor.  He was the type of actor that makes a bad movie watchable (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2). He did it all.  He was a character in GTA: Vice City. He played the leader of Fiddler’s Green in George Romero’s Land Of The Dead (“We don’t negotiate with terrorists!”). He was also a great director (Easy Rider and Colors). He truly was one of the best talents to come from the generation that gave us Spielberg, Lucas, Scorsese and Coppola. He will be missed. Read the rest of this entry

Despicable Me

In the search for the next feel good, animated, family film of the summer of 10′, comes Despicable Me, the story of Gru, a super-villian whose plan in the ultimate theft, is to steal the moon, which involves him adopting three orphaned girls. Gru voiced by comedian actor Steve Carell, slowly begins to have an emotional attachment to the three girls after adopting them for his scheme. Due to the situation, Gru begins to have conflicting conclusions, between the girls, and gaining the title of being the number one super- villian which is currently held by his arch- nemesis, Vector ( Jason Segel). Read the rest of this entry

Inception

Ahhhhh there it is.  What?? Oh hello I was just expressing a sigh of relief for a movie that makes you utilize your brain. Inception in a word….Amazing. Christopher Nolan the man who revitalized the Bat and brought us Memento, and Insomnia is back and screwing with your brain. I can only imagine the joy I’m gonna have seeing this again, and oh yes kids I will be seeing it again. Take one part James Bond,one part Italian Job, add Linklater’s Waking Life, and shake it up. Take what you get and throw it on to that MC Escher painting and you have Inception. Read the rest of this entry

Inception (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Christopher Nolan follows up his blockbuster The Dark Knight with a film that goes back to his Memento or even The Prestige ways with a true puzzler of a film called Inception. Trying to tap those roots, Nolan tries to please the mind more than the eyes.  Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of action to be had, especially in the second half of the film. Read the rest of this entry

Predators

“This planet is a game preserve. And, we’re the game.”

Predators is the latest sequel in the Predator movie series and is something of a reboot for the franchise. It still has the same Predators and basic premise of the first two movies. An alien creature is hunting a group of people one by one. This time we have Adrien Brody in the badass lead role (Arnold Schwarzenegger in Predator and Danny Glover in Predator 2). We also have new people behind the scenes of this Predator movie. The movie is produced by Robert Rodriguez (El Mariachi and Planet Terror) and directed by Nimrod Antal (Vacancy and Armored). Their style of low-budget, gritty storytelling makes this the best action movie of the year and my favorite of the Predator movies. Read the rest of this entry

Predators (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Finally, after what seems like at least 3 years, another Predator movie. This time, however, we’ve lost the Alien component, gone back to the jungle, and also gone back to people who know how to make good movies, namely Robert Rodriguez (executive producer) and Adrien Brody (star).  While they do succeed in many regards, Predators does have its flaws. Weaknesses which the titular hunters will use to their advantage. There, in the tree! Read the rest of this entry

Episode 31: Predators

The hunt is on and we have called in backup. Jonathan, Rene, and Mike are joined by Johnny M and Russell L of the Legion of Dudes podcast. This week, in our Predators discussion, we totally geek out.

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[Rec]2

Ah, remakes and sequels. Sequels to remakes. Remakes of a sequel. Sometimes it’s really difficult to keep track of all the rehashed nonsense that Hollywood pumps out these days. And, because of that some movies get lost in the shuffle.

The [Rec] movies ([Rec] because everything is being recorded on a video camera and that’s what the viewer sees) are great examples of what I mean. Read the rest of this entry

Actor Spotlight: Easy Rider

I’ll come right out and say it.  I did not care for this film all that much and think those stinkin’ hippies got what they deserved.

I was being a bit facetious there, but in all honesty, I did not get out of Easy Rider what I was meant to.  In preperation for this piece, I read Roger Ebert’s review from 1969 and he tells an anecdote in which Henry Fonda, father of actor Peter Fonda, came out of the film confused and slightly underwhelmed.  That sums up where I am on the movie.  I simply didn’t get the tone and direction of Easy Rider, which could be a generational thing.  It could also be that I’ve been spoiled by the direction film making has taken since 1969.  I don’t know. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 30: Toy Story 3

This week Mike is joined by Veer and they discuss a film, made by this little upstart company named Pixar.  That’s right, this week Toy Story 3 takes center stage.  They discuss Pixar’s secret to success, what makes the Toy Story franchise so marketable, and technology then and now.

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The Last Airbender

In order to write a fully realized review of M. Night Shyamalan’s latest  film, I would have to think very carefully about it.  I honestly do not wish to think about it at all, (uh oh…am I wearing my opinion on my sleeve again?) but I shall try my best.  Let me put on my half cocked, bush league critic’s hat for just a moment.  Ignoring all of the hypercritical, fanboyish nuances that go along with being a devotee of the television series, I’d like to talk simply about where the film went wrong. Read the rest of this entry

Actor Spotlight: Dennis Hopper

In honor of the recently deceased Dennis Hopper, we have chosen to make July Dennis Hopper month.   The movies that will be discussed are:

Week 1: Easy Rider

Week 2: Tracks

Week 3: Blue Velvet

Week 4: Flashback

Join us as we travel down the independent road that Hopper paved in Hollywood and leave us feedback regarding your favorite Hopper performances.

The Twilight Saga: Eclipse

Twilight has released its 3rd movie of the series and continues to show the struggle Bella (Kristen Stewart) has to face while living in a dead-end town of Forks, Washington and is stuck between two very good looking boys: a pale-skinned Vampire, Edward (Robert Pattinson) and a Native-decent Werewolf, Jacob (Taylor Lautner). All the actors are reprising their roles, with the exception of a few new replacements. One is the ever-persistent Vampire Victoria, who was previously played by Rachelle Lefevre is now played by Bryce Dallas Howard. And one of the insignificant Volturi members was replaced to my dismay (I liked the first actor because he was in Sweeney Todd and will be in the upcoming Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Parts 1 and 2). Read the rest of this entry

Knight and Day

Knight and Day is the latest from the Snark Master Supreme, Tom Cruise (who happens to be turning 48 today; happy birthday Tommy Boy).  Along with co-star Cameron Diaz, Cruise is back and in top form, being “that guy”.  And when he is “that guy” you can expect a “Tom Cruise in his prime” performance. Read the rest of this entry