Category Archives: Secret Santa

Genre Spotlight: Secret Santa Selections Revealed

Earlier this month we mentioned that for the Genre Spotlight we decided to do a Secret Santa amongst us Advocates. Each Advocate secretly picked a movie for another to review.  Each week we released a review that was given to us. Below is a paragraph from each Advocate on what movie they picked and why.

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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

Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): Super High Me

Most discussion of documentaries, like that of a historical/period biopic, seems centered more around the subject matter than the movies themselves. A lot of documentary filmmakers have gotten away with building entire careers on this fact – one in particular (whose name I won’t mention) has managed to create and popularize his own subgenre of shrill, “ambush”-style comedy-documentary, which has dominated the industry for over two decades now, based on the fact that people only discuss him in terms of the ideas he sets forth, not on the quality of movie he actually makes (and don’t even get me started on what I think of him as a human being). Me, I enjoy a good documentary as much as the next guy, but much prefer the interview-only or fly on the wall types to the ones with lots of voiceovers, Powerpoints, and “wacky” infographics, all of which I find a bit obvious, reductive and…well, cheesy.

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Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): MirrorMask

I’m torn on MirrorMask, my DAMRB Secret Santa gift this year. I can see how people can like it, even adore it (including, I’m assuming, my fellow reviewer who bestowed it upon me), but I can also see it as a clumsy, second-rate children’s tale.

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Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): The Fifth Element

The Fifth Element is a weird movie. Almost every aspect of it is bizarre, and, for the most part, I can’t tell if it’s intentional or not. With a few caveats, it’s awesome. Read the rest of this entry

Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): Birdemic: Shock and Terror

I have seen a lot of movies. I like “bad” movies. One of my favorite movies of all time is Half-Baked. I can appreciate a B movie. Then, I watch something like Birdemic and my faith in humanity is tested to its limits. Birdemic has to be the worst movie I have ever seen on purpose. Coming from me, that speaks volumes. This makes Avatar look like Hamlet.

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Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): Almighty Thor

Before I start this review, I gotta say, I didn’t think I’d been THIS naughty this year. Cause the DAMR Secret Santa took a big ol’ poop in my stocking, let me tell ya!

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Genre Spotlight (Secret Santa): Go

Just so we’re clear, you stole a car, shot a bouncer, and had sex with two women?

When I found out that 1999’s Go was bestowed on me for this month’s spotlight my first thoughts were of excitement. Partly due to the fact that I haven’t viewed this film since that year and I do recall liking it and partly because I received what I deemed was a decent film in our Secret Santa genre month.  Truth be told, before reviewing it I wouldn’t be able to tell you nothing about the plot other than Katie Holmes and Sarah Polley being grocery store employees and Timothy Olyphant being a drug dealer, everything else was a complete blur.

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Genre Spotlight: Secret Santa Edition

Each and every month here on Devils Advocates Movie Reviews we dedicate a month to spotlighting an actor, director, or genre.  Getting into the holiday spirit, each available Advocate secretly picked a movie, which was randomly “gifted” to another Advocate.  Join us each week in December as our reviewers give their thoughts on the movie selected for them;  then join us on the last Friday of the month for the big reveal of who selected which movie and why.  Check out the schedule below to see what’s in-store.

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