Author Archives: Ervin A. Villanueva

DVD Devil’s Advocacy: 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

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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

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

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Green Zone

Heading to the theatre, I felt I needed a Jason Bourne fix, the dude is simply a bad ass and after viewing the trailer for Green Zone, I had thought I finally found something to hold me over, but did I really see a military version of the Bourne films? Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Daybreakers

Brief synopsis of the film goes like this: in the near future of 2019 it seems that a bat carried a mutation that transformed any person bitten to take on the characteristics of a Vampire ( no reflection, burst into flames in sunlight, craves blood, etc.) and the problem isn’t that the vast world’s population are Vampires but the fact that their human “food crops” are placing the human population to zero. Now the vampires look to their Hematology researchers to find an “alternative” food source. Ethan Hawke plays the lead researcher on the quest to “save” the Vampire species. His journey leads him to find more than an alternative but possibly a solution to end all problems. Read the rest of this entry

Green Zone (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Heading to the theatre, I felt I needed a Jason Bourne fix, the dude is simply a bad ass and after viewing the trailer for Green Zone, I had thought I finally found something to hold me over, but did I really see a military version of the Bourne films? Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Saw VI

Incredibly they actually have gotten away with making 6 of these films, and yet it’s claiming to be a juggernaut franchise to make even more? The weekend has barely passed and shooting for the 7th film has already gone under way. To me, that’s jumping the gun and showing no regard for the success of the previous film, and that’s more of an attitude that the film makers are just going to continue on and on with the series until the viewers lose complete interest. Read the rest of this entry

Daybreakers (200th Post)

Brief synopsis of the film goes like this: in the near future of 2019 it seems that a bat carried a mutation that transformed any person bitten to take on the characteristics of a Vampire ( no reflection, burst into flames in sunlight, craves blood, etc.) and the problem isn’t that the vast world’s population are Vampires but the fact that their human “food crops” are placing the human population to zero. Now the vampires look to their Hematology researchers to find an “alternative” food source. Ethan Hawke plays the lead researcher on the quest to “save” the Vampire species. His journey leads him to find more than an alternative but possibly a solution to end all problems. Read the rest of this entry

Carriers DVD Review

Now I know what you’re thinking, Oh no! Here’s another movie about, a post-apocalyptic, near future, world, where the world’s population is plagued by a pandemic caused by a viral infection creating zombie like symptoms. OK, on the surface the film may seem that way, but let me tell you why I think this movie is worth taking a look at. Even though this may look like another zombie/ viral horror knock- off, there is a slight difference, rather than the film makers concentrating on the zombies, or even the viral infection, the main focus is on the consequences the situation may cause. Think Zombieland, (which if you haven’t seen it yet, it is highly recommended among the Reviewers here @ DA) yet more serious, and a lot less zombie killing, not to say there isn’t any just think that the film does not make it the purpose of the movie. Read the rest of this entry

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

Saw VI

Incredibly they actually have gotten away with making 6 of these films, and yet it’s claiming to be a juggernaut franchise to make even more? The weekend has barely passed and shooting for the 7th film has already gone under way. To me, that’s jumping the gun and showing no regard for the success of the previous film, and that’s more of an attitude that the film makers are just going to continue on and on with the series until the viewers lose complete interest. Read the rest of this entry

Zombieland (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Set in an alternate universe, in the United States, it seems the world has been over-run by a virus that turns people into mindless zombies. Via receiving a bite from an infected, the bitten victim then succumbs and in turn, becomes a zombie themselves, causing a ripple effect where as the ratio of infected to non-infected, staggers heavily toward infected. Simple zombie ethics imply that they hunger for flesh, can only be stopped by fatal blows to the head and brain. Other than being short of intelligent, the zombies are attracted to sounds, lights & disturbances. Read the rest of this entry

Extract (Devil’s Advocate Review)

First, and foremost, a lot of what I will say, deals with the writer/director Mike Judge, whom coming off a short hiatus from his last directorial film, Idiocracy (2006) is hungry to put the tongue-in-cheek comedy back onto the main stage. His main staple, his claim to fame, is the two animated characters of Beavis & Butthead. Knowing that at least some point in the ninety’s you’ve heard of these two colorful characters, gives you a slight idea of how the mind of Mike Judge works. Further more, if you haven’t seen his film Office Space, or are unfamiliar with the film, it is HIGHLY recommended you see it first, even before you read any further into this review. I guarantee that film will set the tone of how interested you may become in spending 10+ bucks to see Extract.

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District 9 (Devil’s Advocate Review)

District 9 is a Sci-Fi action film set in an alternate Earth, where a mysterious alien aircraft descends upon Johannesburg, South Africa in 1982. The film opens through a documentary type film style, where  the situation is explained from events covered by eye-witness interviews and media coverage. While contact wasn’t initially made, as six months past, anxious humans decide to force their way onto the ship and make contact. The humans find that the aliens seem to be aboard a refugee ship and are malnourished and in a sickly state of health. Geneva convention rules on refugees are applied and the aliens are shipped to militarized refugee camps just beneath the hovering ship, called District 9. As roughly thirty years pass, rehabilitating the aliens turns into exploitation, while the camps turn to slums and human/alien integration runs rampant between the aliens labeled “Prawns” and feuding Nigerian warlords.

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Harry Potter and The Half- Blood Prince (Devil’s Advocates Review)

"I grabbed my spelling book instead of my spell book.  I'll be right back."

"I grabbed my spelling book instead of my spell book. I'll be right back."

Wow…for one, it has been a long time since I’ve tapped the keys for the Devil’s Advocates, and I would like to say it’s a much enjoyed feeling to return to the blog. I missed the challenge, and effort to figure why would you want to, or want not to see the blockbusters for the big screen.

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Angels and Demons (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Much to my dismay, a lot of what are viewed as Angels & Demons‘ short comings, coupled with comparisons to the book, actually lived up to the challenge that the conversion from book to film always loses.  Instead of following the complete translation of book to film basically word by word to preserve the essences (dude, look for another word besides “essences”) of Author Dan Brown’s masterpiece, Director Ron Howard decided to invoke a more updated and modernized conflict of the book’s basic plot. Even if the conflict is not page for page according to the book, they are similar none the less.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

While it isn’t the pure essence of comic book culture lure, X- Men Origins: Wolverine is certainly a movie that would please most of the garden-variety movie audiences. Whether it’s the avid comic book fan, or a fan that’s entirely new to the genre itself, everyone would get a sense of enjoyment watching this film.

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