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The Devil’s Advocates Have Moved!

DAMRB has a shiny new home on the internet, over at! In addition to looking different, we’re also making improvements to site navigation, adding a couple new features, and more. Head on over there and check it out!


Devil’s Playground: Movies to See Before Ixpiyacoc Comes

Friends, Ixpiyacoc is coming. The world is supposed to end on December 21 of this year (12/21/12, get it? Get it?), so you have only a short time left to watch movies. What I have for you here is a schedule for your pre-apocalypse film-watching schedule. You do four/month, then two in December. You can do it; I believe in you. I believe in you so hard. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s Playground: 2011 Top 10

Welcome to my first weekly column. You may know me from being the goofy one on many of the fine Devil’s Advocates podcasts featured on this very site. Here I will talk about movies; you like ’em, I like ’em, they sometimes like us? (I don’t know where I was going with that.) Basically, this column is a way for us to get outside the normal site format of just reviewing movies. We’ll talk about what makes ’em tick, weird trends and habits, all kinds of fun stuff.  Read the rest of this entry

C2E2 Chicago 2011

This past weekend from March 18th through the 20th, The McCormick Place in Chicago held it’s 2nd annual Chicago Comic & Entertainment Expo better known as C2E2.  For the 2nd year, my fellow comrade on this site Mike Pampinella and I attended the event.  After being veteran comic-con attendees for years we were pleasantly pleased with the 1st C2E2 held in 2010 and were wowed by 2011’s event in many ways.

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New Genre Spotlights

To add to the confusion, we’ve decided to alternate our actor and director spotlights with a genre spotlight.  So every third month we will spotlight a different genre.  This month we are going with “anime”.  Dating back to the sixties, and perfected in the eighties, anime is a true art-form that we’re recognizing this month with, Akira, Fist of The North Star, Vampire Hunter D, and a surprise fourth film, so surprising, even I don’t know what it is.

500 Posts, 50 Episodes, and One Year of Podcasting

This week the blog has been a bit bare, but that is on purpose.  For one thing, in the coming weeks, we’re going to have more content than usual (I’ll address that soon enough) and for another, I’ve been stalling so that I can have our 500th post coincide with our 50th episode of the podcast.  And not only did we hit 50 episode and 500 posts, but we also hit our one year anniversary as podcasters, which is the subject of our 50th episode.

We’re excited to be in this position of reaching these landmarks and not slowing down, even a bit, as we reach and pass this point.  While our readership and listenership could be better, our numbers are increasing all the time.   Last year at this time we had an 1/8th of the listeners we do now and probably just as many readers have climbed on board as well.  We have listeners on all continents and in some of the biggest cities, in the biggest countries on the planet.  We have a lot to be proud of.

In the coming weeks we will be doing the 12 Days of Christmas, DA style, which is being spearheaded by the man who never sleeps, Joseph “Mumbles” Wilhelm.  We’ll have our first ever Spotlight Retrospective podcast episode, where we discuss an actor or director that we spotlighted on the blog (the first will be Harrison Ford, which makes sense since his films are what bind us all).  There are changes and additions on the horizon, so stick with us and bring a few friends while you’re at it.

Give a listen to our 50th episode and any others you may have missed along the way.  And, of course, thanks for all of your support:

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Our New Weekend Column

Starting this weekend, today, right now, we will have a new weekend column. This column will feature films that up until now haven’t really fit any of our other categories.  The column will be manned by newcomer Luis Ramos and it will be called “Random Rewind.”  I think the column title says it all. They’re random, they’re and at one time they probably had to be rewound on VHS.

Check Luis out.  I’m already a big fan and I think you all will be too.

400th Post

Hitting the big 400 is quite an accomplishment.  400 didn’t come easy, but it did come with a great deal of help.

Thank you to all of the contributors who help to make this site what it is.  Thank you for giving  up your sweet, sweet time to review films without pay.  Thank you for consistently formulating new ideas in order to improve our site.  Thank you for seeing movies no one else will see.  Thank you for covering for each other.  Thank you for being who you are.

And thank you to the readers and listeners who check in consistently.  Without you, we would have closed up shop 350 posts ago.  As long as you keep checking in, we will keep doing what we do.

Thank you.

3-2-1: The Worst of ’09

Who isn’t looking forward to turkey this Thanksgiving?  We all are, especially the Tryptophan induced coma that comes from eating too much of it.  Here at The Devil’s Advocates Movie Reviews, we don’t always have a choice when turkey might be forced upon us. In fact, we’ve consumed our collective weight in turkey at the theaters this year.  So, we decided to bring you The Worst of ’09, with a Thanksgiving theme.   3 Turkeys (bad films), 2 Jive Turkeys (bad performances), and 1 Turkey Stuffed With Gym Socks (the worst of the worst).  See what we thought, and chime in with your own list.  Read the rest of this entry

October’s Director Spotlight: Steven Spielberg

There was some debate as to whether we should feature Spielberg or his non-union, Mexican counterpart Señor Spielbergo.  In the end it turns out Steven Spielberg has made more films, which makes our job easier.  The films that will be featured this month are:

Oct. 7th: Sugarland Express

Oct. 14th: 1941

Oct. 21st: Amistad

Oct. 28th: Saving Private Ryan

So many great movies to choose from and so little time.  We’ll certainly have to do a second spotlight just to get to the others (Raiders of the Lost Ark is on my list).  So follow along and feel free to comment on the films as the reviews go up. 

September Director Spotlight: Alfred Hitchcock

Good Evening…it is now September and we have to give another director their due.  With Alfred Hitchcock’s long career it only seemed fitting that we cover his films during a month with five weeks, so that we can watch that one extra film.  Plus, it works out that we can review his films spanning from the 1930s all the way up to the 1970s (sure he did films in the 1920s, but he really hit his stride in the 30s). 

The schedule of films to be covered, as it stands right now (there might be changes based on availability) is:

Sept. 2nd:  The 39 Steps

Sept. 9th:  Saboteur

Sept. 16th:  The Trouble with Harry

Sept. 23rd:  Psycho

Sept. 30th: Frenzy

Follow along with us, watch the movies, and feel free to leave comments.  We’d love to hear from you.

Devil’s Advocates Present….

Recently, the idea came up that there are some very niche specific ideas that we could implement on the site.  We wanted to create spots on here where certain genres of film could be featured, for the people that want to write about that specific type of film.  Unfortunately, the site does have its limitations so we came up with another idea.  Instead of cramming everything into one site we would have a number of “sister” sites that would feature one type of film.  For instance, we have a site that caters to foreign cinema, and foreign cinema only.  The website is now a couple weeks old, but hasn’t been publicized well.  Another website, that is in the works, focuses on independent films. 

On the toolbar to the right you’ll find the “Devil’s Advocates Present…” links. If you happen to be on here and tooling around, make your way over to our other sites…well right now just the one.

3-2-1…The Summer Summation

Summer means a lot of different things to a lot of people.  Time off from school.  Days at the beaches.  Baseball.  And for those of us working here, it’s all about the stale popcorn and pertified “soft” pretzels. 

We spent a lot of time at the movies this summer.  In fact, this site went live with X-Men Origins:  Wolverine, the first film of the summer and our first film reviewed.   It only seems fitting that we sum up how our time was spent based on our likes and dislikes.   We’ve decided to go with a 3-2-1 format:  3 summer favorites, 2 summer disappointments, and 1 post-summer prospect (something we’re really, really looking forward to in the last half of ’09).   In a collaborated effort we bring you the summer as seen through the eyes of The Devil’s Advocates: Read the rest of this entry

Weekend Box Office (What did and what didn’t)

WEEKEND TOP 10 STUDIO ESTIMATES, August 21 – 23, 2009.

1 Inglorious Basterds $37.6 M
2 District 9 $18.9 M
3 G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra $12.5 M
4 The Time Traveler’s Wife $10.0 M
5 Julie & Julia $9.0 M
6 Shorts $6.6 M
7 G-Force $4.2 M
8 Harry Potter and The Half-Blood Prince $3.5 M
9 The Ugly Truth $2.8 M
10 Post Grad $2.8 M

All in all not a bad week. A combined 105.1 million and who knows how much in popcorn. In fact I think 105.1 million is the price of a large popcorn nowadays.

July Director Spotlight: Francis Ford Coppola

July will be hot, hot, hot.  That’s why we plan to stay in, watching one DVD after another.  In order to insure that we get the most quality indoor time, we’ve chosen Francis Ford Coppola, since his movies tend to clock in at 150 plus minutes.    More movie and AC to enjoy.

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Some Additions To The Site

Since this site is boring as hell (not really) we’re going to spice it up a bit.  Starting with the addition of a new page that will feature a Director Spotlight each month.  The first month will be the films of Woody Allen.   Director Spotlights will be immune to our two main rules:  First, they will contain spoilers and second they will not reflect the Devil’s Advocate Review method.  Just a straight up critique, run down, and maybe some biographical information on the director.

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Double The Devilishness and Dueling Devils

Alright.  It was not expected that within one week’s time we would see two reviews (the Underworld Rise of The Lycans DVD and Angels and Demons), but we have some very enthusiastic reviewers here.   The Angels and Demons reviews will be up soon, which leads me to the other part of this post.

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