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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: The Twilight Saga: New Moon

So I finally bit the bullet and watched The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I have to say, it was a decent enough film. A bit over dramatic, but still better than the first. It’s a simple romance story of an obsessed teenage girl abandoned by her lover and trying to cope with an all too mundane real world. Once you have a taste of the extraordinary, how can you go back to the lame real world? Read the rest of this entry

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Legion (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Delivering a biblical ass whooping to the non-believers of the horror genre, Legion capitalizes on intense action and seriously scary scenarios. Legion defies what you would think of a film based on biblical angels as it doesn’t really delve into the mythology at all. I don’t know much about the roles of the different angels and it honestly wasn’t important in this particular story. The whole story is focused on moving the action along. There is no unnecessary depth or pointless tangents. There is just enough character development to give you a sense that these characters could be anybody. The film pits a diverse cast of characters fatefully thrust into an impossible situation out in the middle of nowhere. Combining an interesting mix of religious mythos and Zombie horror Legion becomes unlike anything I’ve previously experience. It doesn’t re-invent the wheel, but is more or less a new tire on and old-timey wooden frame: interesting to say the least. Overall, Legion is an entertaining adventure and a good excuse to put angels to war and deliver awesome action from the heavens. For making the purity of the paradise here-after as demented as H-E-double-tooth-picks, I give this crusade 3.5 pitchforks. Read the rest of this entry

Ninja Assassin

If you want violence, action and gore, you’ve come to the right place. This is a high energy slaughter machine from start to finish, with a few pit stops to add to the “story” and maybe a bit too much special effects bling. Filled with gritty action sequences, and just barely enough substance to have you care about a character or two, this revenge saga gets the job done, albeit with considerable blood loss. This is by no means a perfect film, or even a perfect revenge flick (a la Kill Bill), but it sure as hell is entertaining. Read the rest of this entry

The Twilight Saga: New Moon (Devil’s Advocate Review)

So I finally bit the bullet and watched The Twilight Saga: New Moon. I have to say, it was a decent enough film. A bit over dramatic, but still better than the first. It’s a simple romance story of an obsessed teenage girl abandoned by her lover and trying to cope with an all too mundane real world. Once you have a taste of the extraordinary, how can you go back to the lame real world? Read the rest of this entry

Ong Bak 2 (Lonely Devil)

The long wait is over, Tony Jaa is finally back! This time around it’s a martial arts epic that has Jaa displaying various different styles and a larger budget. The movie itself isn’t ground breaking, but if you take it for what it is, a martial arts flick and nothing more, you may be satisfied with the outcome. 2 ½ pitchforks. Read the rest of this entry

Jennifer’s Body (Lonely Devil Review)

Jennifer’s booty – I mean – body!  Pardon me, Freudian slip there. As I was saying, Jennifer’s Body claimed to be a hot and scary gore fest chock full of blood and oozing with innuendos of sexuality… wait, what? Innuendos of sexuality? Where is the actual sexuality? I’m talking gratuitous sexual sequences with boobs man! And where is that hardcore Hostel style gore? Isn’t this movie rated R? Sure there’s some great witty dialogue and surprisingly good acting, but this is horror! I want some campy scenes and gratuitousness. It feels good coming out of the mouth, go ahead, say it gra-tu-it-tous-ness. It was kind of sexy, but I don’t remember seeing any boobs… and I was looking for them. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: Vicky Cristina Barcelona

Vicky Cristina Barcelona Woody Allen Love Sex Passion Relationships Perspectives Good.

Okay so I wanted that line to be my review, but sadly it was considered unacceptable by my Devil’s Advocates peers, however witty it may have been in my eyes. Man, honestly though, Woody Allen is a genius. It is no wonder that this film was nominated for so many awards (too many to list here, IMDB it!); it is a masterpiece of sorts. This film is yet another affirmation that Woody Allen is a master of relationship studies.

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Terminator Salvation

The first thing I thought when I went to see this movie is “Oh, no! Its directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) and the trailer was way too good for this film to live up to (remember Spider-Man 3?).” But wow, was I way off! This film fully encompasses all the greatness of the Terminator franchise (i.e. cool futuristic machinery, post apocalyptic earth, fulfillment of destiny, man vs. machine, awesome action, and a relatable character-driven story, etc.), mixed in with a little redemption story and it delivered without any filler. It is every bit as good as the trailer promised and that is saying a lot!  Although the film is a sequel/prequel (yeah it’s both… kind of) it stands alone pretty well and if you’ve never seen any of the other Terminator films you can get by just fine without the prior knowledge. Of course some awesome innuendos, allusions and well placed lines will be lost on you, but you should be able to get on just fine.

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