Category Archives: DA Film Review

Dagon DVD (Just For The Hell Of It)

I am a huge H.P Lovecraft fan. I discovered his world of indescribable and unspeakable terrors at a tender age, and was instantly fascinated by the ancient gods and eldritch creatures that inhabited the mind of this undeniable brilliant man. His blend of horror, sci-fi, suspense and terror was just the thing the mind of a young wulf such as myself needed, and in no time I was hooked.

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Immortals (Devil’s Advocates Review)

Immortals is a remake of Clash Of The Titans set in Mickey Rourke’s 1980’s Los Angeles apartment that….Wait. It’s not a remake? Really!?!? I have to start this review over.

Immortals is the sequel to the mostly forgettable Troy. Like Troy, this movie….What?!?! Again?!? It’s not a sequel to Troy? But, it’s got…And….It’s….I am so confused now. Please, forgive this reviewer as I try this again.

Right! I think I’ve got it now.

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Moneyball (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Let’s get this out-of-the-way first: Moneyball is not a movie about baseball; it was never intended to be a movie about baseball. And, in an unbelievable turn of events, the book Moneyball is not about baseball.  It is a story with baseball as a backdrop; more a lesson in how baseball is a business first, dwelling and hand-wringing over the bottom line, always looking to buy low and sell high. So don’t expect to see a lot of spring training montages or heated rivalries or late-inning home run heroics. Actually, that last one you may see, but don’t get your hopes up.

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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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The Troll Hunter DVD

“We need a change in troll management.”

The last few years have brought some great ideas and movies from Europe. The [rec] movies and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (Millennium trilogy) are both good examples of this. Now I’d say you can add The Troll Hunter to that list. A mix of horror comedy and mockumentary, The Troll Hunter is a fun horror movie with a great imagination and an even better sense of humor.

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Fright Night (Devil’s Advocate Review)

“I may not be drunk enough for this” – Peter Vincent

Fright Night, a remake of the 80’s horror film of the same name, aspires to be a blend of Rear Window and Dracula. But the best parts of this movie are used sparingly, giving us far less Rear Window, and more tween drama.

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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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Green Lantern (Devil’s Advocate Review)

No film is perfect and even the really good ones are missing something. Green Lantern is missing quite a few things, which in the end are really the factors that keep it from being an interstellar hit. The one truly unforgivable thing is there was no rendition of (and there are quite a few to choose from) “You Light Up My Life”. Read the rest of this entry

Super 8 (Devil’s Advocates Review)

Super 8 is so good it literally made me forget all of its predecessors. I barely remember any details surrounding Supers 1-7, that’s how good it was. All joking aside, Super 8 easily lives up to its name in terms of Summer Blockbuster speak. It is truly super and it cranks the action and suspense up to an 8. Why not a 10 if it’s so super? Read the rest of this entry

The Hangover Part II (Devil’s Advocate Review)

The “Wolf Pack” rides again, as Stu (Ed Helms), Phil (Bradley Cooper) and Alan (Zach Galifinakis) get wasted and then find out that once Bangkok has you, she just won’t let go.

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Source Code (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Sci-fi in Hollywood in the last few decades has for the most part descended into a circular, self-fulfilling argument for factory-produced garbage. Studios produce multi-million dollar projects involving nothing more than wisecracking robots, CGI explosions, and hot girls in short skirts swinging samurai swords, and people go to see them because there’s nothing else out there. Studios make back their investments to justify another round of wisecracking robots, explosions, short skirts, and swords, and people go to see them because there’s nothing else out there. Luckily, we have moviemakers like Duncan Jones to help us prove the case that there’s plenty of “something else” out there. Source Code is exactly the sort of thoughtful, provocative, naturalistic, and rewarding hard sci-fi for which fans always cry out, and which actually do exist out there in the world, as long as you’re willing to look for it.

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Sucker Punch (Devil’s Advocates Review)

As a collector of fine swords and admirer of fine ladies, Sucker Punch was my go to film for the year.  The amalgamation of swords, guns, dragons, mechs, and fetishistic fantasies should grab a hold of and keep my attention.  Not only should it do that, but it should succeed on all other fronts as well. Read the rest of this entry

The Mechanic (Devil’s Advocate Review)

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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The Tourist (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Here’s the set-up: guy meets girl, guy almost gets killed because of girl. In this basic storyline we see Elise Ward (Angelina Jolie) is being watched by the French Police, and gets a mysterious letter from an even more mysterious Alexander Pearce. She is told to get rid of the cops and take a train to Venice. She does so, and meets Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) on the train. She was also instructed to find a man with the same height and build as Pearce and make the cops think this decoy is the real thing. Angelina hooks her charms into Frank, and he almost immediately falls in love with her and keeps coming back to help her out of close-to-death situations. Soon, people think Frank is Alexander Pearce, and a bounty is put on him. Everyone tries to hand Frank over to the gangsters Pearce had stolen money from, but Frank always gets away. It becomes an international cat and mouse game which takes unexpected turns.

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Due Date (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Another week at the movies and another remake hits the theaters. This time we have a remake of the great road trip comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles.  This time with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in the roles played by Steve Martin and John Candy respectively.

Wait.

This isn’t a remake of Planes, Trains & Automobiles? I’ll be right back. Read the rest of this entry

The Town (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Last week I saw Good Will Hunting 2: Electric Boogaloo starring Ben Affleck and Jeremy…..Wait. It wasn’t Good Will Hunting 2? Damn. Gotta start again.

The Town is the latest from director, actor and Oscar-winning screen writer Ben Affleck. It’s a heist movie set in a part of Boston that’s the bank robbery capitol of America, Charlestown. The movie follows Affleck’s Doug MacRay as he continues the town’s tradition of bank robbery and crime in general. He’s part of a crew of bank robbers that’s seen Point Break a few times too many. They rob banks in outlandish costumes and for the most part avoid killing anybody. One robbery doesn’t exactly go as planned and MacRay tracks down a potential witness, a manager at the bank they just robbed (Rebecca Hall). Of course, in a movie as predictable and by the numbers as this one, they fall in love and complications arise.

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Machete (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Ladies and gentlemen, I am a fan of Robert Rodriguez and his oeuvre. I am one of very few who enjoyed Once Upon a Time in Mexico; I greatly preferred Planet Terror to Death Proof; I even own his band Chingon’s album, Mexican Spaghetti Western, which I occasionally inflict upon friends and relatives (it’s very good, I highly recommend it). All of that being said…Machete was rather disappointing. Perhaps it’s my fault for going in with raised expectations due to the sheer crazy awesome of the trailer, maybe it’s Rodriguez’s fault for not making a better film. No, it’s definitely his fault. Allow me to explain. Read the rest of this entry

The Expendables (Devil’s Advocate Review)

It’s funny, or should I say surreal, when one realizes that their perspective on things have changed over the years.  Is it a sign of getting old or maturing, I guess that’s a matter of opinion?  I know that the answer would be the latter if I asked those who know me, well that with a few sly remarks.  For me I know this change of perspective is largely due to this site and doing reviews to make me look deeper into movies other than what one sees on the surface.  Case in point is the action packed, blow them up movie The Expendables. I can say without a doubt in my mind I would have had a different view on this film had I watched this a year or more ago.  Don’t get me wrong, my genre of choice is still action.  I know with that comes less of everything else most times with films, but it doesn’t have to.  In my opinion, action films have evolved since the 80’s to the point where action can have a good storyline and be even more entertaining like Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies versus Tim Burton’s. Read the rest of this entry

Dinner for Schmucks (Devil’s Advocate Review)

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. Read the rest of this entry

Salt (Lonely Devil Review)

What happens when a CIA officer (Angelina Jolie) is revealed to be a deep cover double agent? One long chase scene involving some incredible over the top action sequences and clever storytelling.

Angelina Jolie heads up a great ensemble cast of some very talented actors in this thriller. Jolie plays Evelyn Salt. A seemingly loyal and patriotic CIA spy. We first meet her as she’s being rescued from North Korea by her loving husband (August Diehl) and CIA chief (Liev Schreiber). Back in the States after her rescue, Agent Salt finds herself interrogating a Russian defector who asks to be interviewed by the CIA. The defector talks. Too much it turns out and we’re off. Read the rest of this entry

Inception (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Christopher Nolan follows up his blockbuster The Dark Knight with a film that goes back to his Memento or even The Prestige ways with a true puzzler of a film called Inception. Trying to tap those roots, Nolan tries to please the mind more than the eyes.  Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of action to be had, especially in the second half of the film. Read the rest of this entry

Predators (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Finally, after what seems like at least 3 years, another Predator movie. This time, however, we’ve lost the Alien component, gone back to the jungle, and also gone back to people who know how to make good movies, namely Robert Rodriguez (executive producer) and Adrien Brody (star).  While they do succeed in many regards, Predators does have its flaws. Weaknesses which the titular hunters will use to their advantage. There, in the tree! Read the rest of this entry

Sex And The City 2 (Devil’s Advocate Review)

This weekend I took one for the team and went to see Sex And The City 2. I survived. Barely. I do have an overwhelming urge to buy a lot of expensive shoes. Weird. Anyway, SATC2 is the latest Halloween movie from Rob…..Wait, that make-up wasn’t for a horror movie? Wow. Read the rest of this entry

Shrek Forever After (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Shrek Forever After The Final Chapter 4 (how many names has it gone by now) is typical, summer family entertainment.  Talking animals, enchanted creatures, and the newest staple in animated films, three dimensions worth of action.  All of these elements coalesce into a film that offers fun for kids and adults alike. Read the rest of this entry

Iron Man 2 (Devil’s Advocate Review)

To say expectations are high for Iron Man 2, two years after the original was a smash hit, would be an understatement.  On most levels it delivers, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t flaws here as Robert Downey Jr. returns as the man in the iron suit.  The common mistake that one makes when making sequels is simply trying too hard to top the predecessor.  Examples can be found in many of movie franchises whether it’s from the 80’s, 90’s, and down to current films being released.  Iron Man 2….no exception. Read the rest of this entry

A Nightmare On Elm Street (Devil’s Advocate Review)

A Nightmare On Elm Street is the latest remake to come out of the “no idea zone” that Hollywood has morphed into during recent years. This movie is one of the most unnecessary remakes ever made. The original is still a horror movie classic. But, this remake is saved by two things. A good performance by Jackie Earle Haley (Rorschach from Watchmen) and a very smart and modern story that doesn’t sugar coat what makes Freddy such a unique and truly terrifying movie monster. Read the rest of this entry

Date Night (Devil’s Advocate Review)

When you have a Steve Carell and a Tina Fey on board for a film, you let them do their thing.  If you rein in talent of that caliber, your film just might suffer.  Let funny people be funny. Read the rest of this entry

Hot Tub Time Machine (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Hot Tub Time Machine has not only a crazy name, but also a crazy premise and crazy antics. Is that enough crazy for you? If not, you can check out the film and see the crazy hair, crazy fashions, crazy energy, and crazy comedic components. Hot Tub Time Machine brings the crazy and it’s hilariously rendered for our enjoyment. 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

The Crazies (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Iowa is full of random craziness. Slipknot, meth heads, guys named Ezekiel all live in Iowa. In The Crazies, that insanity is taken to a new level.

Sort of. It all seems so familiar. Wait a minute. It’s a slick looking horror movie in 2010. Yup. It’s a remake. Of a George Romero movie that nobody saw.

The town of Ogden Marsh is a typical farming town. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows each other and they actually listen to the local police. Read the rest of this entry