Category Archives: Comic Book Films

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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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Thor

“I still don’t think you’re the god of thunder… but you ought to be”

Marvel Studios (the movie branch of the comic publisher) struck gold with Iron Man – a movie whose success they’ve been trying to replicate ever since. Does Thor once again capture lightning in a bottle, or is the thunder-god’s movie just a passing drizzle? Read the rest of this entry

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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Episode 82: Captain America

This week Mike C, Jonathan M, Rene A, and Mike P talks some Captain America.

This is the first in a two part episode, covering the super soldier serum, who has the best Avengers lead in, and dying a virgin.

This second part of the Captain America episode features a 3-2-1 list of Marvel movie favorites and bombs. Oh and Joe joined us as well.

Plus as an added bonus, a couple Devils talk trailers in a separate bonus episode discussing The Dark Knight Rises, Amazing Spider-Man, & Avengers.

Give us a listen because it’s better than watching Howard the Duck.

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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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Captain America: The First Avenger

Marvel Comics has been on quite a roll with their movies this year (Thor, X-Men: First Class) and Captain America: The First Avenger keeps that streak going. Directed by Joe Johnston (The Rocketeer, Jumanji) and starring Chris Evans as Steve Rogers/Captain America and the great Hugo Weaving as his arch-villain the Red Skull, Captain America is a great thrill ride of a movie. It’s a comic book movie with the patented silliness that comes with the genre, but the movie is done with such style that you just go along for the ride regardless of how silly everything is.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

When the first Transformers hit I found myself having difficulty being objective.  Giant freaking robots were on the movie screen, fighting, flying, and falling all over.  Then the second film rolled into theaters, but for some reason I was able to resist its “charms” this time around. Now the third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is out and I find myself somewhere between the first and second film, or, in other words, between a moon rock and a hard place. Read the rest of this entry

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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Genre Spotlight: Constantine

Constantine, the final film in our Comic Book film spotlight, is adapted from the comic book “Hellblazer”.  The protagonist, John Constantine spun out of the pages of “Swamp Thing” due to his popularity and has been going strong ever since.  The series, while on the fringe of the DC comic book universe, grew in popularity under the Vertigo label.  Once the movie was a reality, the studio needed to differentiate “Hellblazer” from the horror film franchise Hellraiser, and thus Constantine was born. Read the rest of this entry

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

Green Lantern

Beware my power, Green Lantern’s light!

Warner Brothers’ latest attempt to transform a DC Comics’ property into a franchise scores, but Green Lanterns‘ light doesn’t burn as brightly as it could.

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Genre Spotlight: The Rocketeer

It’s a rocket.
A rocket?
Yeah. Like in the comic books

Based on a comic book series that first appeared in 1983 by Dave Stevens, and directed by Joe Johnston (who is helming the up coming Captain America movie), The Rocketeer recreates 1930’s Hollywood, complete with gangsters, Nazi spies, and the innovation and danger of the golden Age of Aviation. With a chisel-jawed hero that could have walked straight from the pages of a pulp comic from that same era, and featuring mid-air chicainary and amazing stunt flying that stuck in my mind at the impressionable age of thirteen, the film has always been one of my favourite fantasy adventure films. Read the rest of this entry

Genre Spotlight: 30 Days of Night

Barrow, Alaska is the northernmost city in the United States, one of the northernmost cities on Earth in fact, and as a dyed-in-the-wool city (and warm-weather) person, the mere act of typing the words “Barrow, Alaska” into Google Maps was enough to put me off my morning tea (you’ll notice that the airport is actually about as big as the entire town, which makes me wonder if the number one activity in Barrow, Alaska is getting the hell away from Barrow, Alaska). Just 1300 miles south of the North Pole, Barrow is well within the Arctic Circle, which affords it, every winter (at least in the world of the book and movie – you can look online for yourself to see how it really works), the titular 30 Days of Night.

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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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Genre Spotlight: Sin City

Hey, everybody, remember when Robert Rodriguez made movies that weren’t supposed to be bad? Before he pretty single-handedly started this “ironic movie” thing that’s currently happening? Yeah, me neither. But at some point before these dark days, he made Sin City, based on the comic series of the same name. And it was fantastic.

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Thor

“I still don’t think you’re the god of thunder… but you ought to be”

Marvel Studios (the movie branch of the comic publisher) struck gold with Iron Man – a movie whose success they’ve been trying to replicate ever since. Does Thor once again capture lightning in a bottle, or is the thunder-god’s movie just a passing drizzle? Read the rest of this entry

Actor Spotlight: Hellboy

“Look Sammy, I’m not a very good shot……but the Samaritan here uses really big bullets.”

Back in 2000 when X-Men came out, comic book movies pretty much were very poor received at the box office.  X-Men started a new trend that continued with success for other comic franchises such as Spider-Man and 2004’s Hellboy. While the other two were well-known characters, Hellboy was not a household name and studios were obviously concerned of what kind of draw that the movie would receive.

From the mind of Mike Mignola, Guillermo del Toro brings what he calls “his dream project” to life with a little help from Ron Perlman.

Conjured by evil but raise by good, Hellboy follows a demon that spends his days fighting evil to preserve what’s good in the world.

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All Star Superman

I have a confession to make. I hate Superman. Not on a Lex Luthor level. I don’t want to kill him or step on his cape or anything. He never kicked my cat or froze my dog with his breath. No, nothing like that. I just never got into the character. Sure, the original Superman with Christopher Reeve and Margot Kidder is a classic and so is Superman 2. But, to me, old Supes will always be the Big Blue Boy Scout. He always had a solution or a power for every problem or obstacle. That’s not fun. To me, that gets old and boring very fast.

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Iron Man 2

There isn’t much to say about the plot for Iron Man 2 that isn’t covered in the trailer: a generic Soviet attempting to thwart Tony Stark, Stark fighting the government for control of his suit, and War Machine teaming up for a brawl.  Another unseen plot point is thrown into the mix, but it remains a simple story.  This is the part where many superhero movies go wrong: it is okay to stick with the basics as long as they are done well. 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

The Losers

With keeping the notion that things happen in threes comes The Losers.  The first of three like movies coming out this movie season involving military type teams involved in far-fetched action appealing to the action junkies.  The others, A-Team and The Expendables, ironically were shown in the previews while I sat in theatre waiting to see this one. Read the rest of this entry

Kick Ass

Kick-Ass is half awesome, half boring as the growing grass. As someone on Twitter commented to me, it should be called “Half-Assed.” For me, the far more exciting second half was enough to overcome the turgid beginning, but that may not be the case for audience members less swayed by over-the-top violence and fun stupidity. Read the rest of this entry

Kick Ass: Special Preview from Damian Smith

By Damian Smith

Editorial Note: Here’s Damian Smith/Lord Shaper’s Kick Ass review/preview. He saw it at the Australian world premiere. Damian is a friend of the Devil’s from Australia and was lucky enough to have cool friends and get a sneak peek at Kick Ass.

Dave Lizewski is an unnoticed high school student and comic book fan with few friends and who lives alone with his father. His life is not very difficult and his personal trials not that overwhelming. However, one day he makes the simple decision to become a super-hero even though he has no powers or training.

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G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra (Lonely Devil)

After waiting years for my childhood loves of Transformers and G.I. Joe to come to the silver-screen, I finally got to fulfill that want with G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra. Getting a 2nd Transformer film was icing on that cake as well.

With the Chicago Comic-Con in town, I was torn on when I was going to see Snake Eyes come to life and battle Storm Shadow for ninja supremacy. I was able to sneak a couple hours in for a matinee late Sunday morning and watch the characters I grew up with on the big screen.

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Watchmen: Director’s Cut Blu-ray (Lil Devil)

Let me begin this by saying that I am a huge fan of Watchmen. The comic book is one of my all time favorite comic books. The movie is now one of my top ten favorite movies. I really enjoyed this movie. I think it was marketed badly and too much for most people to handle. It’s not your typical story and it definitely is not your typical Hollywood blockbuster. Hopefully, with the Blu-ray and DVD release it will get the second chance it deserves.

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Transformers: Revenge of The Fallen

As I sat with Mike & Veer Wednesday night after seeing Tranformers: Revenge of the Fallen, I realized while yes it is easy to point out all the flaws of this movie, you should just take it as the summer action flick it’s supposed to be.  Doing so will allow your inner teenage self to enjoy those big butt-kicking, transforming robots we grew up with and loved.

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Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, No More than Meets the Eye (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Of the hyped blockbusters of 2009, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen was among the top of my “to-watch list” this summer.  Think about it, it has everything a summer blockbuster should have; action, adventure, explosions (It set a Guinness Book World Record in this category) and of course state of the art special effects.  In the end the movie suffers from the Michael Bay sophomore curse: poor acting and a storyline that leaves one scratching your head.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine (Devil’s Advocate Review)

I was on the fence before seeing X-Men Origins: Wolverine, and continue to straddle said fence days later.  Since I fall under the so-so, “not the worst movie I’ve seen, but not the best either” category and my partner for this week was “pro-Wolverine”, I will have to argue against.

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X-Men Origins: Wolverine

While it isn’t the pure essence of comic book culture lure, X- Men Origins: Wolverine is certainly a movie that would please most of the garden-variety movie audiences. Whether it’s the avid comic book fan, or a fan that’s entirely new to the genre itself, everyone would get a sense of enjoyment watching this film.

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