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Reign Of Fire DVD (Just For The Hell of It)

A really “Marmite” of a film, this post-apocalyptic dragon yarn delivers a nice slice of B-Movie fare, though its character-based rather than balls to the wall attitude to storytelling seems to infuriate many.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: The Fighter

The first thing we see when The Fighter begins is Dicky Ecklund being filmed for a boxing documentary. He’s definitely seen better days. Drugs have destroyed his body and mind. He shows the classic signs of a drug addict. Not just someone addicted to one drug. This is a person addicted to every drug. Ecklund talks about his career in the ring and the fight of his life against Sugar Ray. He talks about living on the rough streets of the suburbs of Boston, how drugs have changed his life but one day he’ll be back in the ring. He even mentions about how much he loves his little brother, Micky Ward. Ward’s a boxer working in the New England boxing scene. He says he hopes Micky makes it bigger in boxing than he did.

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The Fighter

The first thing we see when The Fighter begins is Dicky Ecklund being filmed for a boxing documentary. He’s definitely seen better days. Drugs have destroyed his body and mind. He shows the classic signs of a drug addict. Not just someone addicted to one drug. This is a person addicted to every drug. Ecklund talks about his career in the ring and the fight of his life against Sugar Ray. He talks about living on the rough streets of the suburbs of Boston, how drugs have changed his life but one day he’ll be back in the ring. He even mentions about how much he loves his little brother, Micky Ward. Ward’s a boxer working in the New England boxing scene. He says he hopes Micky makes it bigger in boxing than he did.

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Public Enemies

In Johnny Depp’s latest film Public Enemies, we get another great performance from an actor who oozes charm and charisma into yet another role.  Here he gets to play John Dillinger, the 1930’s bank robber/gangster.  The movie is Michael Mann’s latest addition to a string of films of the law and lawless that started from his 1981 film Thief to such films as 1995’s Heat to 2004’s Collateral.

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Public Enemies (Devil’s Advocate Review)

This is my second film this week exploring the criminal element on screen and why we are so fascinated by wrong doers and the wrong they do.  Now, with The Godfather all I had to worry about was the mafioso banging down my door for retribution if I didn’t give it a favorable review.  This time around I’m treading lightly, because the much more dreaded Bank Robbers Association  Of America is lurking about and I don’t want to step on their toes.

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Terminator Salvation

The first thing I thought when I went to see this movie is “Oh, no! Its directed by McG (Charlie’s Angels: Full Throttle) and the trailer was way too good for this film to live up to (remember Spider-Man 3?).” But wow, was I way off! This film fully encompasses all the greatness of the Terminator franchise (i.e. cool futuristic machinery, post apocalyptic earth, fulfillment of destiny, man vs. machine, awesome action, and a relatable character-driven story, etc.), mixed in with a little redemption story and it delivered without any filler. It is every bit as good as the trailer promised and that is saying a lot!  Although the film is a sequel/prequel (yeah it’s both… kind of) it stands alone pretty well and if you’ve never seen any of the other Terminator films you can get by just fine without the prior knowledge. Of course some awesome innuendos, allusions and well placed lines will be lost on you, but you should be able to get on just fine.

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Terminator Salvation (Devil’s Advocate Review)

It doesn’t feel pity, or remorse, or fear, and it absolutely will not stop. Ever. Until you are dead.”

Those words were spoken by Michael Biehn’s character, Kyle Reese, in the original Terminator film and it summed up everything you ever needed to know about the futuristic killer that was on the loose.  And now everything we thought we knew is marred by the desire to create all of these extra, unnecessary constructs, simply for the sake of creating them.

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