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Director Spotlight: Jersey Girl

Isn’t that cute? It’s 8 o’clock and you both get a bottle.

Kevin Smith…what can I say about the man?!  In the 90’s, Smith hit Hollywood by storm with his “Askewniverse” series of films that I adore.  My first film that I saw of his was 1995’s Mallrats.  I was floored with his tongue-in-cheek humour which promptly has me viewing 92’s Clerks and one of my favorites 1997’s Chasing Amy.  Smith’s style of filming was an indie hit.  It wasn’t till 2004’s Jersey Girl that he kind of hit a wall when he so-called tried going more Hollywood by breaking his indie style and going a new direction.  With that said, that’s the film I’m going to discuss here.

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Director Spotlight: Chasing Amy

See that man right there? He the Devil, understand? Never take your eye off the man.

The first film in our Kevin Smith spotlight is Chasing Amy, one of Smith’s most lauded and well received films.  The movie tells the story of Holden McNeil, played by Ben Affleck and Alyssa Jones, played by Joey Lauren Adams, and the romance that could never be, but somehow was. Alyssa is a lesbian, so right off the bat you can see the complication.  Interestingly enough, the complications don’t stop there as the revelations keep coming.     Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: The Town

When I went to school the nuns only used small arms, no automatic weapons.

I’m just going to start with saying I will not be able to look at a nun now without envisioning a machine gun in hand.  An old stereotype is to say that catholic nun’s are strict and weld a ruler like no other.  Well…..this movie however has me thinking that is a thing of the past and now are more modernized for our time.

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The Town

When I went to school the nuns only used small arms, no automatic weapons.

I’m just going to start with saying I will not be able to look at a nun now without envisioning a machine gun in hand.  An old stereotype is to say that catholic nun’s are strict and weld a ruler like no other.  Well…..this movie however has me thinking that is a thing of the past and now are more modernized for our time.

Great….just started my review and I’m already off track. 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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Episode 39: The Town

This week Rene, Joe, and Mike discuss the latest opus from director/actor Ben Affleck. Listen as they ponder on bank heists, father/son relationships, and being in front of and behind the camera all at once.  

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Extract (Devil’s Advocate Review)

First, and foremost, a lot of what I will say, deals with the writer/director Mike Judge, whom coming off a short hiatus from his last directorial film, Idiocracy (2006) is hungry to put the tongue-in-cheek comedy back onto the main stage. His main staple, his claim to fame, is the two animated characters of Beavis & Butthead. Knowing that at least some point in the ninety’s you’ve heard of these two colorful characters, gives you a slight idea of how the mind of Mike Judge works. Further more, if you haven’t seen his film Office Space, or are unfamiliar with the film, it is HIGHLY recommended you see it first, even before you read any further into this review. I guarantee that film will set the tone of how interested you may become in spending 10+ bucks to see Extract.

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Extract

After a hiatus to tackle more existential realms (Idiocracy), Mike Judge returns to the normal, everyday working world with Extract.  He trades in his white collar heroes/criminals of Office Space for a grungy, factory blue one, but fails to find the hilarity that made his first film a cultural phenomenon.

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