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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: 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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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Red

After seeing trailers for Red, one assumes you are in stored for a mindless action comedy that looks like just plain fun. You are 100% right. Going into see this film I was expecting it to be a senior version of The A-Team or The Expendables. Okay, technically half of The Expendables was of members of the AARP too. Coming out of the film I got more than both those movies. A-Team tried to incorporate laughs while The Expendables did the same with testosterone, Red excelled with blending the two and just give you a fun time at the theaters.

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12 Days of Christmas: Die Hard & Harder

Die Hard is, without a doubt, a shining example of the 80’s action genre. Is it, or it’s sequel, Die Harder, a Christmas movie? Not strictly speaking, but they do take place on Christmas Eve, and Die Hard almost entirely at a Christmas party. And one of it’s most memorable lines says “ho ho ho.” So that’s something. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: The Expendables

The Expendables is a movie made by men, for men. I’m joking, of course. You ladies are more than welcome to enjoy it with us manly men, growing our beards as we take in the visual testosterone. The pet project of Sylvester Stallone, this is a movie that celebrates, and employs most of the actors from, the action movies of the 1980’s. A plot is there, but it’s bare bones, and most of the focus is on blowing stuff up and killing dudes. It is, in a word, awesome. It’s not winning any Oscars, Roger Ebert no doubt will spit hot, vitriolic fire at it, but by God it was a fun time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

Red

After seeing trailers for Red, one assumes you are in stored for a mindless action comedy that looks like just plain fun. You are 100% right. Going into see this film I was expecting it to be a senior version of The A-Team or The Expendables. Okay, technically half of The Expendables was of members of the AARP too. Coming out of the film I got more than both those movies. A-Team tried to incorporate laughs while The Expendables did the same with testosterone, Red excelled with blending the two and just give you a fun time at the theaters.

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Actor Spotlight: Death Becomes Her

“Do you know what they do to soft bald Republicans in prison?…….I’ll get the shovel, dear.”

This time on our Actor’s Spotlight I’m taking a look at a movie that I hadn’t seen, Death Becomes Her. Once again, I was surprised by how much fun and good this movie is. I don’t really remember it from when it came out in the theaters and from what I’ve read it wasn’t a box office smash. I never caught it on video or cable. But, it’s a great hidden gem of a movie for fans of Streep and the rest of the cast (Bruce Willis and Goldie Hawn). I’d also recommend it for horror fans. It’s got some nice ideas and twists to the ideas of eternal life and what that entails. It’s really not what I picture when I think of “a Meryl Streep movie”. It’s very funny. And, for me it toes the line between being a dark comedy and a horror comedy like Shawn Of The Dead or Zombieland.

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The Expendables (Devil’s Advocate Review)

It’s funny, or should I say surreal, when one realizes that their perspective on things have changed over the years.  Is it a sign of getting old or maturing, I guess that’s a matter of opinion?  I know that the answer would be the latter if I asked those who know me, well that with a few sly remarks.  For me I know this change of perspective is largely due to this site and doing reviews to make me look deeper into movies other than what one sees on the surface.  Case in point is the action packed, blow them up movie The Expendables. I can say without a doubt in my mind I would have had a different view on this film had I watched this a year or more ago.  Don’t get me wrong, my genre of choice is still action.  I know with that comes less of everything else most times with films, but it doesn’t have to.  In my opinion, action films have evolved since the 80’s to the point where action can have a good storyline and be even more entertaining like Christopher Nolan’s Batman movies versus Tim Burton’s. Read the rest of this entry

The Expendables

The Expendables is a movie made by men, for men. I’m joking, of course. You ladies are more than welcome to enjoy it with us manly men, growing our beards as we take in the visual testosterone. The pet project of Sylvester Stallone, this is a movie that celebrates, and employs most of the actors from, the action movies of the 1980’s. A plot is there, but it’s bare bones, and most of the focus is on blowing stuff up and killing dudes. It is, in a word, awesome. It’s not winning any Oscars, Roger Ebert no doubt will spit hot, vitriolic fire at it, but by God it was a fun time at the movies. Read the rest of this entry

Cop Out

When I was a junior in high school I worked for a video store. Little did I know I was in training to do the glorious job of criticizing films for Devil’s Advocates. We were allowed free rentals and use of the preview copy rack. These were the screener studios sent us so that we would buy copies and rent out their movie. One day I find a weird titles movie called Clerks. It was vulgar, funny, and in black and white. Two slacker clerks and their adventures when one wasn’t even supposed to be there that day. That began my love of Kevin Smith films. Naturally I wanted to see Cop Out, or as it was originally titled Couple of Dicks. While his style has remained the same over the years Smith has become wiser about what sells. That being said onto the movie. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: 12 Monkeys

This week I get the task of writing a review for Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys.  As I am writing this, I honestly don’t know where to begin.  This movie is so good on many levels that I don’t know if I should start with Gilliam’s directing, David Webb People’s (and his wife Janet) screenplay, or the superb acting highlighted with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt at their very best. Read the rest of this entry

Surrogates

Back in 2003, Robert Vendetti came up with a manuscript for a story.  This story worked well enough to have Top Shelf, a comic company, make a graphic novel out of it-but unfortunately it doesn’t quite translate well into a feature film. Surrogates starring Bruce Willis is based on the Surrogates graphic novel and doesn’t hit the mark. Read the rest of this entry

Surrogates (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Surrogates is a sci-fi movie about robots controlled by people too lazy or too ugly to go out in public.  Nice to know that even in the near future some things don’t change much. I like consistency in my fake futures. The movie stars Bruce Willis and one of his worst wigs ever. Seriously, it looks like a surrogate for his hair.  It looks like a blind man”s comb over. Read the rest of this entry