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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: The Hangover Part II

In Hollywood the adage “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” rings truer than ever. If audiences shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars for a product once, they’re very likely to do it again. And again. And, if not, there’s always the reboot. Why create when it is so much easier (and more lucrative) to re-create? Because you may end up with The Hangover Part II.

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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Limitless

Even a film like Limitless has its limitations. It tries to deny them, overlook them, and even, at times incorporate them, but they are there. 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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The Hangover Part II

In Hollywood the adage “if it’s not broke, don’t fix it” rings truer than ever. If audiences shelled out hundreds of millions of dollars for a product once, they’re very likely to do it again. And again. And, if not, there’s always the reboot. Why create when it is so much easier (and more lucrative) to re-create? Because you may end up with The Hangover Part II.

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Episode 66: Limitless

This week Mike and Rene reach their limit as they discuss Bradley Cooper’s latest film Limitless.  They discuss dangling plot threads, ADHD filmmaking, and what the anti-drug people should be saying about this film.

Give us a listen because we excel without the use of mind altering drugs…most of the time.

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Limitless

Even a film like Limitless has its limitations. It tries to deny them, overlook them, and even, at times incorporate them, but they are there. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: The A-Team

It is fool pitying time over here at the Devil’s Advocates Movie Review website. I shall be the pitier of the fools in question, but who are the fools in need of said pity?  Well, the fools, are those who make snap judgments about a film because it is: a) mindless action and b) a retread of an already popular property. Read the rest of this entry

The A-Team

It is fool pitying time over here at the Devil’s Advocates Movie Review website. I shall be the pitier of the fools in question, but who are the fools in need of said pity?  Well, the fools, are those who make snap judgments about a film because it is: a) mindless action and b) a retread of an already popular property. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 27: The A-Team

Eight months ago, a crack podcasting unit was sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a very light security facility, to various places scattered throughout the U.S. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as pseudo-movie critics, which doesn’t pay much, if anything at all.  If you have a movie question, if no one else more qualified is available, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…The DA-Team.

We are in full force this week with Joe Wilhelm, Jonathan MacFarlane, Rene Alvarado, and Mike “I Love It When a Plan Comes Together” Pampinella.  The A-Team gets the once over, maybe even a twice over.  We talk movie violence, what passes for physics in a movie, and what it takes to bring the crazy on screen.

Give us a listen or else we’ll send Jonathan over to pity you.

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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Valentine’s Day

Sometimes gimmick movies pay off. In the case of Valentine’s Day, it paid off 52.1 million times opening day weekend. That’s a number surely to drop off dramatically going into week two. I should not need to mention what gimmick here is being a movie called Valentine’s Day that was released on valentine’s day weekend. Oops just did. The obvious target audience here is the romantic types to take their significant others to watch this film. Being that be the case is why Spencer and I are reviewing this film since my wife and his girlfriend desired to see this. Read the rest of this entry

Bradley Cooper Gets Picky

With the success of The Hangover Bradley Cooper has a right to be choosey when it comes to his projects.  After duds like All About Steve and Valentine’s Day, Cooper is likely to be a bit gun shy. 

Cooper was initially on board to do a spy comedy with Reese Witherspoon called This Means War, but has dropped out citing that he intends to focus on a sequel to the summer hit, The Hangover

Valentine’s Day

Sometimes gimmick movies pay off. In the case of Valentine’s Day, it paid off 52.1 million times opening day weekend. That’s a number surely to drop off dramatically going into week two. I should not need to mention what gimmick here is being a movie called Valentine’s Day that was released on valentine’s day weekend. Oops just did. The obvious target audience here is the romantic types to take their significant others to watch this film. Being that be the case is why Spencer and I are reviewing this film since my wife and his girlfriend desired to see this. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: The Hangover

The Hangover stars Bradley Cooper (Phil, a married teacher who hates his students), Ed Helms (Stu a dentist who has a harpy of a girlfriend that controls his every move), Justin Bartha (Doug the groom), and the always hysterical Zack Galifianakis (Alan the extremely weird and creepy brother of the bride).  Four actors, who up until now lived their careers as supporting actors; I found them all to be an excellent ensemble.  Ok down to it.  I enjoyed the hell out of this movie.  It took all the necessary components of a bachelor party movie (i.e. cool car, strippers, trashed hotel room, and we can’t find the groom and he’s getting married in ten minutes) and then made it an original.  It was pumped up by the fact that nobody can remember what happened the night before.  In my opinion the best film of this type since the classic Very Bad Things. Read the rest of this entry

All About Steve (Lil Devil)

This weekend I went to see the film All About Steve, or as I like to call it, “an excuse to see previews for films I’d much rather be watching.”  What films did I see previews for, you ask:

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The Hangover

Have you ever had so much fun one night, you couldn’t remember any of it? I have.  My first time in Vegas, the night we arrived was a blur.  Stories told at every get together always end the same way, “and then he passed out by the pool and was seriously sun burnt.” Words like stripper, making out with a stripper, and up 700 bucks and not realizing it pop up every time. Sounds like I had fun, but then again I wouldn’t know. I was drunk. That is nothing compared to the newly released The Hangover. A story brought to you by Todd Phillips who gave us Old School, Starsky and Hutch, and Road Trip. The Hangover is about four friends on the way to Las Vegas for a one night bachelor party.  Needless to say things don’t go as planned.

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The Hangover (Devil’s Advocate Review)

I went in with high hopes for The Hangover, and those hopes were met if , I  was looking to watch a crude and over the top vulgar depiction of a bachelor party gone wrong.

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