Author Archives: Joe Wilhelm

Underworld: Awakening

The going trend for movie series is that by the fourth film is that it’s not a matter of more story telling to be had but just more money for Hollywood to make.  The stories tend to dwell off original course or tend to re-tell what has been told in a slightly different way.  Well…with the fourth installment in the Underworld series, Underworld: Awakening is the dwell off original course type.  Don’t get me wrong the premise of vampires versus werewolves is still the main focus but the element of human involvement takes a step forward here.

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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Killer Elite

I’ve been wracking my brain for more accurate titles for Killer Elite…maybe Killer Not-So Elite, Killer Amateur, or Killer Movie Clichés perhaps. With that said, I assume you can tell where this review is going.

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Genre Spotlight: Secret Santa Selections Revealed

Earlier this month we mentioned that for the Genre Spotlight we decided to do a Secret Santa amongst us Advocates. Each Advocate secretly picked a movie for another to review.  Each week we released a review that was given to us. Below is a paragraph from each Advocate on what movie they picked and why.

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Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol

Five years after the last Mission: Impossible mission Ethan Hunt returns for another assignment and yes he chose to accept it.  Of course once again Tom Cruise is back as Hunt and shows us once again no mission is impossible.

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Arthur Christmas

I don’t always get to go the theaters for animated movies since I don’t have any kids myself currently so when I do go it sometimes is a treat and makes me feel like a kid again.  Plus with me being so busy lately and lacking time for Christmas movie watching, I was excited to be able to see Arthur Christmas.  It came done to that or Puss in Boots but thankfully the kids I was with selected this.  Nothing against Puss in Boots but I wanted to get into the holiday spirit.

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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Two years have passed since Guy Ritchie brought us a new version of Sherlock Holmes to the big screen.  Bringing back the dynamic detective duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, Ritchie gives us the latest in his storytelling in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Cowboys & Aliens

Take one part James Bond, one part Indiana Jones and mix in some cowboys and throw in some aliens with a side of Olivia Wilde sex appeal and you get the latest Jon Favreau directed movie.

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Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): Go

Just so we’re clear, you stole a car, shot a bouncer, and had sex with two women?

When I found out that 1999’s Go was bestowed on me for this month’s spotlight my first thoughts were of excitement. Partly due to the fact that I haven’t viewed this film since that year and I do recall liking it and partly because I received what I deemed was a decent film in our Secret Santa genre month.  Truth be told, before reviewing it I wouldn’t be able to tell you nothing about the plot other than Katie Holmes and Sarah Polley being grocery store employees and Timothy Olyphant being a drug dealer, everything else was a complete blur.

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Genre Spotlight: Secret Santa Edition

Each and every month here on Devils Advocates Movie Reviews we dedicate a month to spotlighting an actor, director, or genre.  Getting into the holiday spirit, each available Advocate secretly picked a movie, which was randomly “gifted” to another Advocate.  Join us each week in December as our reviewers give their thoughts on the movie selected for them;  then join us on the last Friday of the month for the big reveal of who selected which movie and why.  Check out the schedule below to see what’s in-store.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Friends with Benefits

When it comes to relationships, there’s always that age-old question of “Can there be a physical relationship without the emotional?” Well, Hollywood decided this year to give us two tales of it. Earlier in the year, Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman starred in No Strings Attached and now Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis give us another take on the subject in Friends with Benefits.

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Actor Spotlight: House of Sand and Fog

Personally choosing which Ben Kingsley film to review this month for our actor spotlight was quite easy for me.  I’ve been a fan of Kingsley’s work for years but I have to admit that I for the main part have just seen him in supporting roles.  Roles he excelled in no less but still supporting.  So when I read the synopsis for House of Sand and Fog I was intrigued and geared up to see a more leading role.

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Actor Spotlight: Ben Kingsley

For the month of November, we Devils decided to honor a man who has been in the industry for over 40 years.  One of Hollywood’s underrated actors, we will be reviewing four films of his due to the release of his new movie Hugo releasing this month.  Check back with us each week to find a new review of Krishna Bhanji aka Ben Kingsley.

Week 1 – House of Sand and Fog

Week 2 – Schindler’s List

Week 3 – Elegy

Week 4 – Sexy Beast

Footloose (2011)

My wife and I decided to cut loose and put on our Sunday shoes and make our way to the theaters.  27 years after Kevin Bacon danced his way onto the silver screen Hollywood brings us another remake.  This time it was the dancing sensation Footloose.

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Director Spotlight: Jersey Girl

Isn’t that cute? It’s 8 o’clock and you both get a bottle.

Kevin Smith…what can I say about the man?!  In the 90’s, Smith hit Hollywood by storm with his “Askewniverse” series of films that I adore.  My first film that I saw of his was 1995’s Mallrats.  I was floored with his tongue-in-cheek humour which promptly has me viewing 92’s Clerks and one of my favorites 1997’s Chasing Amy.  Smith’s style of filming was an indie hit.  It wasn’t till 2004’s Jersey Girl that he kind of hit a wall when he so-called tried going more Hollywood by breaking his indie style and going a new direction.  With that said, that’s the film I’m going to discuss here.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Scream 4

Looking back, it’s hard to believe it has been 15 years since the original Scream came out. 11 years since the previous installment. I loved the first one back in ’96 and really enjoyed the sequel in ’97. The third film was by far the weakest and now Scream 4 (or Scre4m as it’s spelled on some posters) doesn’t alter that fact whatsoever. Scream 3 is still the low man on the totem pole.

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Genre Spotlight: Mystery, Alaska

I play hockey and I fornicate, ’cause those are the two most fun things to do in cold weather.

Those who know me know that I am a huge hockey lover beside a movie lover. So when we decided to do a month dedicated to sports, it was a no-brainer for me. The only question was “What hockey movie to review?” 2004’s Miracle about the 1980 USA Olympic team was a consideration. I even contemplated 1986’s Youngblood with Rob Lowe and Patrick Swayze. Sure there are The Mighty Ducks movies as well. Ultimately I went with 1999’s Mystery, Alaska. Sure there is also 1977’s Slap Shot, but I felt I couldn’t do that movie enough justice with a review for that is the Holy Grail of hockey movies.

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Killer Elite

I’ve been wracking my brain for more accurate titles for Killer Elite…maybe Killer Not-So Elite, Killer Amateur, or Killer Movie Clichés perhaps. With that said, I assume you can tell where this review is going.

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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

To say the hype and expectations for the third movie in the Transformers movie series were greater than the previous installment would be an understatement. After disappointing reactions from Revenge of the Fallen, even Michael Bay himself acknowledged that he was going to do what he can to make Dark of the Moon superior to its predecessor.

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Warrior (Devil’s Advocate Review)

I’ll tell you what: you do that to someone on the street and they’d lock you up and throw away the key! Break out the yellow tape, Sam. Tommy’s walking away from the cage like he’s leaving a crime scene.

Warrior like almost every other movie out there currently is not anything original. In the day and age of movie remakes. Warrior takes a bit of other previously done movies and adds new twists.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: X-Men: First Class

Set to tell the tale of the early days of how the X-Men came to be is the prequel of sorts to the previous X films is X-Men: First Class. Matthew Vaughn directs this film to show the origins of the two main leaders of the warring factions in the mutant community Charles Xavier aka Professor X and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto.

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Blitz DVD

A word of advice, girls. If you’re picking the wrong fight…at least pick the right weapon.

Honestly up to a week ago I never heard of Blitz till a television commercial announced the movie coming out on DVD. As an avid Jason Statham fan and action junkie there was no reason for me not to give this film a viewing. Really, was there any other reason after seeing Statham beat the tar out of a few carjackers?! Of course not.

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Actor Spotlight: Excalibur

I remember my first joust. It looks far worse than it feels!

When it comes to viewing (and reviewing) older movies, one has to realize how the industry is so much different nowadays. For example it’s been 30 years since Excalibur was made and while visually it was ahead of its time in some aspects, it is far from what Hollywood puts on the silver screen currently. So basically, you have to watch it on a curve so to speak.

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Cowboys & Aliens

Take one part James Bond, one part Indiana Jones and mix in some cowboys and throw in some aliens with a side of Olivia Wilde sex appeal and you get the latest Jon Favreau directed movie.

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Friends with Benefits

When it comes to relationships, there’s always that age-old question of “Can there be a physical relationship without the emotional?” Well, Hollywood decided this year to give us two tales of it. Earlier in the year, Ashton Kutcher and Natalie Portman starred in No Strings Attached and now Justin Timberlake and Mila Kunis give us another take on the subject in Friends with Benefits.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Devil’s Advocate Review)

To say the hype and expectations for the third movie in the Transformers movie series were greater than the previous installment would be an understatement. After disappointing reactions from Revenge of the Fallen, even Michael Bay himself acknowledged that he was going to do what he can to make Dark of the Moon superior to its predecessor.

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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Unknown

From viewing of the trailer for Liam Neeson’s new movie Unknown one can’t help but be reminded of his 2008 action flick Taken. Other than a few short scenes and Neeson himself, comparisons stop there. After viewing the movie and thinking back to the trailers, I have to say this was very misleading and the makers of Unknown tried to ride the success of Taken.

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X-Men: First Class

Set to tell the tale of the early days of how the X-Men came to be is the prequel of sorts to the previous X films is X-Men: First Class.  Matthew Vaughn directs this film to show the origins of the two main leaders of the warring factions in the mutant community Charles Xavier aka Professor X and Erik Lehnsherr aka Magneto.

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Actor Spotlight: Proof

With our May’s Actor Spotlight of Anthony Hopkins coming to an end, I close out the month with 2005’s Proof.  Up to a few weeks ago I never heard of the film so I did a quick IMDB search to get  a feel for what I was in for.  Many compared this film to 2001’s A Beautiful Mind with Russell Crowe but since I didn’t see that film I won’t be doing any comparisons of my own.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: The Mechanic

Continuing with the never-ending trend of hollywood remakes comes The Mechanic. In this revised version of the 1972 film, Jason Statham steps into Charles Bronson’s shoes. With Ben Foster starring in Jan-Michael Vincent’s role.

While I haven’t seen the original, it only takes one viewing of the trailer to know what a mechanic is. A metaphor for one who fixes thing and in this case, a hitman.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: 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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