Monthly Archives: August 2010

The Tillman Story

The Tillman Story is a documentary that tells the story of Patrick “Pat” Tillman, a young man with a promising future in the NFL as a star player for the Arizona Cardinals football team. After playing four years in the NFL and in the aftermath of the events of September 11, 2001, Tillman enlisted in the U.S. Army as a private and was ultimately killed by friendly fire while on a patrol in the mountains of Afghanistan. The movie shows us Tillman’s life story, the tragic chain of events that led to his death and the cover up of his death by the United States Army and government. The documentary is tragic, shocking and ultimately inspiring. Read the rest of this entry


Interview With Directors John and Drew Dowdle

At the Chicago Comic-Con we had a chance to catch up with directors Drew and John Dowdle and had a conversation about their latest film, Devil.

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Piranha 3-D

Gives catch and release a whole new meaning.

Let’s face it: Piranha is not going to win any Oscars.  It won’t make anyone’s top ten list and will probably be forgotten in a couple months (but will resurrect itself in the form of a sequel if one can believe the reports).  It is a movie of the moment, an over-the-top sidestep from the stresses of reality, and a reason to grab the person next to you and throw your popcorn in the air in fright.  It is schlocky horror meant to entertain as much as scare; but is this updated throwback too late? Read the rest of this entry

Scott Pilgrim Vs The World (Lonely Devil Review)

Another summer of comic-book movies (Kick Ass, Iron Man 2). When is Hollywood going to actually start coming up with new and original ideas? Scott Pilgrim Vs The World is the latest cut and paste movie to hit movie theaters this year. This latest comic book to movie adaptation is brought to us by the director of two great movies, Edgar Wright (Shawn Of The Dead, Hot Fuzz). This time he tries his hands at directing what must be the most bizarre romance in movie history. I’ll try to explain it. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 36: Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

Rene, Jonathan, and Mike are back this week to discuss Scott Pilgrim vs. The World.

The conversation, like the film, is all over the place, but at its core, like the film, is all heart.  Listen as they examine comic book adaptation, video game homage, and could a romantic comedy survive without the romance?

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Director Spotlight: Ghosts of Mississippi

Going into watching Ghosts of Mississippi I wasn’t sure what to expect since previous Rob Reiner work I knew that became before this was This Is Spinal Tap and Princess Bride. I knew little of the plot, but I knew I had a little more serious themed film ahead of me. Read the rest of this entry

The Expendables (Devil’s Advocate Review)

It’s funny, or should I say surreal, when one realizes that their perspective on things have changed over the years.  Is it a sign of getting old or maturing, I guess that’s a matter of opinion?  I know that the answer would be the latter if I asked those who know me, well that with a few sly remarks.  For me I know this change of perspective is largely due to this site and doing reviews to make me look deeper into movies other than what one sees on the surface.  Case in point is the action packed, blow them up movie The Expendables. I can say without a doubt in my mind I would have had a different view on this film had I watched this a year or more ago.  Don’t get me wrong, my genre of choice is still action.  I know with that comes less of everything else most times with films, but it doesn’t have to.  In my opinion, action films have evolved since the 80’s to the point where action can have a good storyline and be even more entertaining like Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies versus Tim Burton’s. Read the rest of this entry

The Expendables

The Expendables is a movie made by men, for men. I’m joking, of course. You ladies are more than welcome to enjoy it with us manly men, growing our beards as we take in the visual testosterone. The pet project of Sylvester Stallone, this is a movie that celebrates, and employs most of the actors from, the action movies of the 1980’s. A plot is there, but it’s bare bones, and most of the focus is on blowing stuff up and killing dudes. It is, in a word, awesome. It’s not winning any Oscars, Roger Ebert no doubt will spit hot, vitriolic fire at it, but by God it was a fun time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Death at a Funeral

Is 2007 to 2010 too soon to remake a film?  Death at a Funeral is a remake of a British comedy of the same name.  With the death of the family’s patriarch bringing everyone together, relationships are tested, revealed, and found to be a bit disturbing.  Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Date Night

When you have a Steve Carell and a Tina Fey on board for a film, you let them do their thing.  If you rein in talent of that caliber, your film just might suffer.  Let funny people be funny. Read the rest of this entry

The Other Guys

The Other Guys is the fourth collaboration between actor Will Ferrell and Adam McKay, who previously brought us solid comedy gold with Talladega Nights, Anchorman, and Stepbrothers. I went in with high hopes, and those hopes were mostly fulfilled. It is a consistently funny movie, though with several, and perhaps, to some viewers, crippling, flaws. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 35: The Other Guys

The audio is rough this week, but it aptly matches the discussion, so don’t let it scare you away.

This week Mike and Toor discuss The Other Guys, which is the buddy cop equivalent of our podcast.

Listen as they discuss Will Ferrell the Manchild vs Will Ferrell the Funny Man, Mark Wahlberg’s anger management needs, and who is the baddest onscreen personality.

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Director Spotlight: The Princess Bride

In 1987, Director Rob Reiner’s film, The Princess Bride, was released to the big screen. This started a sort of cult-following of the film. The movie, which is based off a book with the same title, followed the story of the love between a farm boy and a beautiful girl. The movie stars Fred Savage, as a 10-year old boy who is sick from school. His grandfather, played by Peter Falk (who is most recognized as playing Colombo), comes to his bedside, and reads him The Princess Bride to make him feel better. The actual story starts off with Westley (Cary Elwes) as a farm boy and works for a beautiful country girl, Buttercup (played by Robin Wright in her debut role). The both love each other but do not know of the other’s love. Once they realize they both love each other, Westley leaves his farm boy job to search for his wealth elsewhere so they can marry. Buttercup hears of Westley’s untimely death by the hand of the Dread Pirate Roberts, and delves into a deep depression. Meanwhile, Prince Humperdink (played by Chris Sarandon) has to choose a wife amongst the eligible women of his land. He chooses Buttercup, and she reluctantly accepts his proposal, knowing that her Westley was dead. However, before their wedding, Buttercup is kidnapped by three men claiming to be lost (played by Mandy Patinkin, Wallace Shawn, and Andre the Giant). Buttercup and Prince Humperdink’s lives start to unravel, as does the kidnappers’ plan, when a man dressed in black shows up and tries to foil their plans. Read the rest of this entry

Dinner for Schmucks

Dinner for Schmucks is memorable if only for its amazing ability to waste talent; high-profile, honorable, comedic talent.  It seems that more and more these valuable resources are squandered in mediocre films either spouting inane comments or filling in as human wallpaper. Read the rest of this entry

Dinner for Schmucks (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Dinner for Schmucks, the latest from director Jay Roach, starring Steve Carell and Paul Rudd,  entertains the notion that people can be unintentionally entertaining, to intrinsically horrible people.   Carell plays Barry, a well meaning oaf, who is “befriended” by Rudd’s overly ambitious Tim.  They embark on a series of exploits, which in the end amount to little. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: This is Spinal Tap

“There’s such a fine line between stupid and clever.”

This Is Spinal Tap was Rob Reiner’s first movie as a director. It’s a mockumentary, or fake documentary, that follows a British rock n’ roll band known as Spinal Tap on their comeback tour during 1982. They are releasing an album called “Smell The Glove’ and this would be their first tour of America in sixteen years. What follows is one of the funniest movies ever made. Read the rest of this entry

August Director Spotlight: Rob Reiner

At the behest of my two New York correspondents we have decided to do a Rob Reiner spotlight.  We will be following the career of “Meathead”, post All in the Family. The films being reviewed are:

Week 1: This is Spinal Tap

Week 2: The Princess Bride

Week 3: Ghosts of Mississippi

Week 4: Bucket List

Follow along each week and see what our contributors have to say.

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Kick-Ass

Kick-Ass is half awesome, half boring as the growing grass. As someone on Twitter commented to me, it should be called “Half-Assed.” For me, the far more exciting second half was enough to overcome the turgid beginning, but that may not be the case for audience members less swayed by over-the-top violence and fun stupidity. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 34: Dinner For Schmucks

Toor and Mike got together this week to discuss dinner guests, comedic pairings, and foreign films remade for the American mainstream audience.

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400th Post

Hitting the big 400 is quite an accomplishment.  400 didn’t come easy, but it did come with a great deal of help.

Thank you to all of the contributors who help to make this site what it is.  Thank you for giving  up your sweet, sweet time to review films without pay.  Thank you for consistently formulating new ideas in order to improve our site.  Thank you for seeing movies no one else will see.  Thank you for covering for each other.  Thank you for being who you are.

And thank you to the readers and listeners who check in consistently.  Without you, we would have closed up shop 350 posts ago.  As long as you keep checking in, we will keep doing what we do.

Thank you.