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Ask the Advocates Episode 19: Who Should Be the Next Batman Director?

This week listener Callum Reavey asks the Advocates, “Who should direct Batman after Christoper Nolan?”

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Episode 103: Worst of 2011

This week the Advocates discuss the Worst of 2011.

They talk poppers, January Jones, and other sleep inducing items.

Give us a listen because it’s time better spent than watching the films we’re discussing.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: 50/50

When you say the words, “50/50 chance of survival” out loud it doesn’t sound entirely hopeless. Then you start to think, “70/30 or even 60/40 would certainly put my mind a little more at ease.” Ultimately, can any set of numbers or odds help an individual come to terms with what they’re facing? That is the question that the latest Joesph Gordon Levitt film aims to answer. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 102: Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol

This week the Advocates take a look at the blockbuster juggernaut, Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

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Director Spotlight: Fight Club

“I am Jack’s smirking revenge”

 

The second film in our David Fincher spotlight is…you do not talk about Fight Club.  Which will make this rather difficult, so I’m going to break that rule at the risk of incurring the wrath of Tyler Durden.   Read the rest of this entry

Episode 101: The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

This week Mike, Jonathan, and Mike try to discuss The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo.

They talk fetishism, bad accents, and The Hot Chick.

Give us a listen and…sorry.  Really, really sorry.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Moneyball

Of the two Michael Lewis books made into movies in recent history, I’d have to say that Moneyball has a leg up over The Blind Side. Why you ask? Well first of all, no Sandra Bullock. Big check in the plus column. Second of all, the story is neither exploitative or schmaltzy. And third of all, and I can’t stress the point enough, no Sandra Bullock. Everyone wins.

Moneyball is the story of a major league baseball team and the general manager who is given the task of putting together a team with limited funds. Billy Beane, played by the ever so talented Brad Pitt, enlists the help of Jonah Hill’s Peter Brand to help put together a team that stays within their means.

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Martha Marcy May Marlene

Martha Marcy May Marlene is the story of a young woman who joins a cult and has difficulty re-acclimating to the world after her return. For people who have not seen the film, the one question that will arise is, what kind of cult are we talking about? Are they religious fanatics? Gun nuts? Republicans? All of the above? Read the rest of this entry

Episode 100: 12 DAs of Christmas

This week we have our 100th episode list-stravaganza, as we count down the 12 DAs of Christmas.

In the first half we talk favorite films, sequels, bad guys, guilty pleasures, and more.

In the second half we talk favorite disaster and animated films, favorite actors and directors, and our one, must have film, of all time.

Give us a listen because…as if you need a reason after 100 episodes.

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Episode 99: Golden Globe Nominations

This week the Advocates react to the Golden Globe nominations.

Give us a listen because we have no clue what Carnage is either.

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Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story

My Secret Santa this holiday season is none other than Jonathan MacFarlane, our resident Batman expert.  And being a Batman expert he decided it would be best for me to review Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story.  Receiving this film for Christmas, from Jonathan, actually stems from a debate that took place on an episode of our wildly popular podcast of the same name.  Our debate was whether Walk Hard was a strong enough selection to qualify as his favorite comedy or if he should submit to me and choose a time tested comedy such as Airplane, Ghostbusters, or Country Strong. Read the rest of this entry

Ask the Advocates Episode 18: Best Decade for Films

This week listener Callum Reavey asks the Advocates, “What is the best decade for films?”

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Episode 98: The Descendants

This week Mike, Rene, and Mike discuss Alexander Payne’s latest film The Descendants.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Midnight in Paris

The very first Director Spotlight we did on this website was Woody Allen, starting with Annie Hall and ending with Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Annie Hall got me on a path of reverence for the neurotic comic genius that is Allen. Since Annie Hall, my first real introduction to his work, I have watched a number of his films, each with a different lens, each with a different outcome. Now, today, I have the pleasure of discussing his latest comic opus, Midnight in Paris. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 97: Martha Marcy May Marlene

This week Rene and Mike discuss Sundance’s sweetheart Martha Marcy May Marlene.

Give us a listen, because we can deprogram brainwash victims.

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Episode 96: The Muppets

This week the Mikes discuss The Muppets, starring…a bunch of Muppets.

Give us a listen because…MANAH MANAH!

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Ask the Advocates Episode 17: Favorite Christopher Nolan Film

This week the Advocates discuss their favorite Christopher Nolan films.

Thanks go out to listener Callum Reavey for the question.

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Actor Spotlight: Sexy Beast

I was perplexed by this film before watching it.  Nothing major.  Someone had once said to me that it was a complex, hard to follow, puzzle of a film.    Upon watching the movie, I had a different experience.  I did have to turn on the subtitles since the actors were so cockney it was a bit hard to follow, but nothing too complex.  I didn’t find it really complex at all, though there was one mystery that eluded me the entire time.  Who is the Sexy Beast of the title? Read the rest of this entry

Episode 95: Harold, Kumar, Puss, and Bats

This week the Advocates are in full force discussing Batman: Year One, A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, Puss in Boots, and even a bonus discussion on The Captains, the new documentary that has Trekkies beaming with joy.

Give us a listen, because not many shows have the guts to talk stoner comedies and kid’s films in the same episode.

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Ask the Advocates Episode 16: George Lucas and the SW Prequels

Listener Jim Dietz of the Legion of Dudes podcast asks, “Would you go back in time and kill George Lucas with a shovel to stop the Star Wars prequels from being made?”

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Episode 94: Immortals

In this episode the Mikes, Jonathan and Rene discuss the latest mytho-rama film Immortals.

Give us a listen, because we have the bodies of Greek Gods and the brains to match.

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Ask the Advocates Episode 15: Favorite Eighties Slasher Film

For this episode listener T.J. Tunnington of the FBombcast asks the Advocates:  What is your favorite eighties slasher film?

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Episode 93: In Time

This week Jonathan and Mike C return to take Mike to task over the new sci-fi thriller, In Time.

Is the film a waste of, or a nice way to kill some time?  Only time and the Devil’s Advocates will tell.

Give us a listen, because there is no better way to spend the last hour of your life.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2

Eight films into the series, what else can be said about these films? I…uh…like the cool magic effects? Honestly, it is difficult talking about the eighth film in a series without getting too repetitive, but I shall try my best. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: The Change-Up

Finally caught up with The Change-Up, while up in the…something that rhymes with up. Director David Dobkin developed, directed, and distributed (that last one is likely untrue, I just wanted the alliteration) the film, with stars Jason Bateman, Ryan Reynolds, and Leslie Mann. How does The Change-Up measure up? Read the rest of this entry

Episode 92: Red State

This week Mike and Rene check out the latest film from October Spotlight Director, Kevin Smith.

Does it instill true terror or is it simply a commentary on society as a whole?  Listen to find out.

Give us a listen because we love to snootch to the bootch.

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Ask the Advocates Episode 14: Best Non-Traditional Film Slasher

This week listener T.J. Tunnington of the FBombcast asks the Advocates:  Who is your favorite film slasher who is not named Freddy, Jason, or Michael Myers?

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Crazy, Stupid, Love

Love can be a noun or a verb. It’s never typically used as an adjective. I never find myself saying, “That fruit smoothie was certainly love.” That said, I actually struggled with the title, Crazy, Stupid, Love, knowing full well that you really only need to separate the Crazy and Stupid with a comma, since those are the modifiers (i.e. adjectives) and love is the concept (i.e. noun). Then it hit me. They’re not describing love as anything. It’s just playing word association. In order to be in love, you must be a) Crazy and/or b) Stupid. Or maybe love makes you those two things. In this Steve Carrell vehicle, the latter is almost certainly true. Read the rest of this entry

Ask the Advocates Episode 13: Robocop vs. Timecop

In this edition the time jumping, counter straddling Timecop goes toe to toe with the machine powered officer from Motor City, Robocop.  Mike and Rene settle this age old debate in under 12 minutes.

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Episode 91: Ides of March

This episode Rene and Mike take a look at George Clooney’s latest directorial and actorial (not a real word, right?) opus Ides of March.

Give us a listen because we make up cool words like actorial.

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