Monthly Archives: January 2011

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Monsters

Monsters is an indie science fiction movie that follows a photographer as he tries to get his boss’s daughter through northern Mexico to safety across the border to the US. They’re both stranded behind the “infected zone”. It’s a few years into the future and most of Mexico has become a dangerous place. More so than usual. A space probe sent to investigate signs of alien life in our solar system crash-landed in Mexico. Soon after the probe crashes back onto Earth, and alien creatures start to literally sprouted up from the ground and now most of Mexico is quarantined. Both American and Mexican military forces have gone into the infected zone and never returned. So, now it’s off-limits to everybody. And, when the story begins, 48 hours from being bombed into oblivion. Fire is the only thing that can stop these alien creatures and the infected zone from spreading.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Let Me In

I understand the Twilight fans. I understand the True Blood fans. I do. I really do. We all want to live forever. Or, at least, we think we do. But, I think most of us have never really sat down and thought about what it would mean to live forever. Hollywood has recently started to explore different ideas behind what it could be like to live forever. T o be undead and immortal. A vampire.

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Director Spotlight: Switch

Do you know how many poor animals they had to kill to make that coat?

Know how many animals I had to f**k to get this coat?

 

Finishing our Blake Edwards spotlight, I got to watch 1991’s Switch.  I do recall watching this when I was younger and enjoying it.  Nothing changed in that aspect.  Switch in my opinion can be considered a timeless comedy classic.

Edwards dons both the director’s and writer’s hat for this film.  From what I’ve read of Victor Victoria, he took a similar concept but a different approach to come up with this story.  Basic concept here, a male chauvinist gets murdered by his angry ex-girlfriends and gets reincarnated as a woman.

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No Strings Attached

I have come to terms that I seem to have reviewed more so-called “chick flicks” than almost everyone on this here blog.  I guess being in a marriage under 2 years does that.  Anyways…..onto the newest chick flick rom-com No Strings Attached.

No Strings Attached has a simple premise.  Can two people have sex and not develop feelings for each other?  Will it be the girl who succumbs to feelings? Will it be the guy? Both?

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Episode 56: The King’s Speech

This week Toor schools Mike on the royal family, as they navigate The King’s Speech.  They discuss the ins and outs of being royalty, nature vs. nurture, and Colin Firth’s much deserved Golden Globe win.

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The King’s Speech

The King’s Speech tells the story of King George the VI and his battle with his stammer and lack of confidence stemming from it.

Colin Firth plays King George the VI in the latter part of the film, but initially he is struggling simply to be the Duke of York.  With a debilitating speech impediment, the Duke finds being in the public eye difficult.  Firth portrays this struggle with amazing proficiency and intensity.  Geoffrey Rush plays his speech therapist Lionel Logue, who uses some unorthodox methods to help the Duke find his way verbally.  For a man near sixty, Rush plays Logue with an amazing amount of enthusiasm and animation, so much so that he puts his younger co-stars to shame. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Saw 3D

Another Halloween, another Saw. They say it’s the last but who knows. This time around we get 3D, hence the title Saw 3D. Personally I dislike the current 3D phase Hollywood seems to be pushing. In this economy I don’t feel the need to add a few extra dollars to my movie ticket price for something that half way through you forget the 3D factor.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Red

After seeing trailers for Red, one assumes you are in stored for a mindless action comedy that looks like just plain fun. You are 100% right. Going into see this film I was expecting it to be a senior version of The A-Team or The Expendables. Okay, technically half of The Expendables was of members of the AARP too. Coming out of the film I got more than both those movies. A-Team tried to incorporate laughs while The Expendables did the same with testosterone, Red excelled with blending the two and just give you a fun time at the theaters.

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Random Rewind: JCVD

JCVD (2008) is a crime drama film starring action star Jean-Claude Van Damme.  This is no normal Van Damme, it’s actually Jean-Claude Van Damme flexing his acting chops instead of his muscles.  The film takes bits of Van Damme’s real personal life into a fictional setting to deliver a something that you might not expect from Van Damme but something that must be seen. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: Victor/Victoria

“A woman, pretending to be a man, pretending to be a woman?”
“Ridiculous!”

Toddy (Robert Preston) and Victoria (Julie Andrews) are two down-and-out performers in 1930s Paris. After a chance meeting and an amusing case of mistaken identity, Toddy gets a brainstorm that he’s sure will have them rolling in money and becoming the toasts of Paris: convincing the world that Victoria is in fact Victor Grazinski, a fictitious Polish count who also happens to be the world’s greatest female impersonator. If that weren’t complicated enough, enter King Marchand (James Garner), powerful Chicago gangster/nightclub impresario who falls head-over-heels for Victor/Victoria, as Victoria herself, against all rational thought, falls for him right back.

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Episode 55: True Grit

Rene proves himself to be a man of true grit this week as he and Mike discuss…True Grit.  This week they ruminate on the Coens, the dude, and the man that killed Yogi Bear.

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Green Hornet

Green Hornet, written by the titular character himself Seth Rogen and partner Evan Goldberg, tells the story of socialite Britt Reid and his friend Kato, and their secret war on crime.  After a drunken encounter with a group of muggers, the liquid courage quickly becomes something resembling real courage, and the Green Hornet is born. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: S.O.B.

“I could sue you for calling me that. A shyster is a disreputable lawyer. I’m a quack.”

Blake Edwards was someone who most movie audiences now probably don’t remember. But, they have probably heard of his movies or have seen at least one of them. He was a filmmaker who’s most famous for creating The Pink Panther movies with Peter Sellers and for Breakfast at Tiffany’s. I really didn’t know what to expect or what was going on when I started watching this movie. When I first started watching this, I had no clue what I was watching. I thought, “Why is the chick from A Sound Of Music dressed in a bad homeless costume? And, why is she singing such an awful song.” Turns out that’s all part of the story of S.O.B. A very smart and stinging look at Hollywood in the 1970’s.

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Episode 54: The Fighter

This week Rene stands victoriously over Mike as he kisses the cinematic canvas, while they discuss The Fighter. They debate the best crackhead performances, Mark Wahlberg’s overwhelming restraint, and how this compares to other boxing films.

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Black Swan

Black Swan is a movie about ballet.  Men and women dancing in unitards to orchestral music.  Ballet.  Wait…no.  It’s not about ballet. It’s about the principle of morality.  NO…BALLET!!!  MORALITY!!!  BALLET!!!   I’m really of two minds on the issue. Read the rest of this entry

Gulliver’s Travels

Director Rob Letterman, who up until now had only done animated films like Shark Tale and Monsters vs Aliens, makes his live action debut with Gulliver’s Travels.  The pairing makes sense for two reasons: first of all this take on the 1726 novel by Jonathan Swift looks like live action animation and secondly, there is so much CGI in this movie, it may as well have been fully animated. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Piranha

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

Random Rewind: Bronson

Bronson is a 2009 film starring English actor Tom Hardy, directed by Danish filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn and has nothing to do with the actorCharles Bronson.  Bronson is a film based on the life of Michael Peterson who is known as being one of England’s most violent and infamous prisoners.  He is still in prison to this day.  A good portion of that time in prison if not most of it has been spent in solitary confinement. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: Breakfast at Tiffany’s

Blake Edwards’ first big film Breakfast at Tiffany’s, is a romantic comedy starring Audrey Hepburn and George Peppard.  Receiving high critical acclaim, a number of Oscar nominations and wins, Edwards bursts on to the scene with a roar and whimper (the movie has some rather touching moments).  The story, based on a novella written by Truman Capote, revolves around socialite Holly Golightly and novelist Paul Varjak.  At first the focus is on the formation of their friendship and moves gradually into romantic territories. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 53: The Tourist

This week Mike and Joe go abroad to discuss The Tourist.  They ponder over star power, twists that aren’t really twists, and Angelina and Johnny’s chemistry exam.

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True Grit

Constantly reinventing themselves, the Coen Brothers throw their ten gallon hats in the ring with their adaptation of the 1968 Charles Portis novel, True Grit.   The story centers in on young Mattie Ross, played by newcomer Haillee Steinfeld whose main goal is avenging her father’s murder by capturing the man responsible.  Knowing her limitations she seeks out the help of U.S. Marshall Rooster Cogburn, played by the dude himself, Jeff Bridges.  Backing up Cogburn on the treacherous manhunt is Matt Damon’s Texas Ranger, who simply goes by LaBoeuf.  The Coens, who both adapted and directed the film, manage to create a western that holds true to the genre, while also finding appeal within the mass market.   Read the rest of this entry

January Director Spotlight: Blake Edwards

On December 15th Blake Edwards, the director of 10, Micki + Maude, and Skin Deep, passed away.  While he is probably remembered most for his work on the Pink Panther films, he had a number of gems that we plan to spotlight this month. We’ll start the month with the Audrey Hepburn classic Breakfast at Tiffany’s, then we move to Victor/Victoria, followed by S.O.B and Switch.

Follow along each week and see what we thought and see if you agree or disagree.

The Illusionist

Tatischeff is a journeyman magician in the last days of the great dance halls. The 1950s are coming to a close, and his audience is slowly being swallowed up by television and rock and roll. Soldiering on at a gig at a tiny inn in Scotland, the magician wins the fascination of Alice, a young girl who seems to believe that all of his magic is real. Alice follows him to Edinburgh, where he’s forced to take a series of odd jobs to supplement his performance income and to keep up the illusion of his magic with the girl. What will happen when reality encroaches on their fantasy world, and the magic (and the money) runs out?

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Machete

2010 has been a great year for movies. And, for some reason, it’s been an especially good year for movies with a lot of action, female nudity and testosterone. But, the thing to keep in mind is that for the most part, the action movies this year have been good. Machete is the latest action movie to hit the theaters this summer. It’s a great end to 2010’s summer at the movies.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Catfish

In 2007, photographer Nev Schulman received a painting of one of his published photographs from 8-year-old artist Abby Faccio. Impressed with her work, the two begin an online friendship through Facebook, and many more photographs and paintings are exchanged. Nev, via Facebook, email, IM, and telephone slowly becomes drawn into and involved in Abby’s home life, particularly with her mother Angela and attractive older sister Megan, but as time goes by certain details of their “story” just don’t quite add up, and things get…interesting. Finally Nev, his brother Ariel, and Ariel’s filmmaking partner Henry Joost set out for the Faccio’s home in rural Michigan to find out what exactly their deal is.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Dinner for Schmucks

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.

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Random Rewind: Ip Man

Ip Man (2008) is a Hong Kong film starring Donnie Yen,  directed by Wilson Yip with fight/martial arts choreography by Sammo Hung.   It’s a very semi-biographical film, very loosely based on the life of martial arts master Yip Man, who was a practitioner of the Wing Chun style of Kung Fu and was a onetime teacher of a young Bruce Lee. Read the rest of this entry