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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Killer Elite

I’ve been wracking my brain for more accurate titles for Killer Elite…maybe Killer Not-So Elite, Killer Amateur, or Killer Movie Clichés perhaps. With that said, I assume you can tell where this review is going.

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Killer Elite

I’ve been wracking my brain for more accurate titles for Killer Elite…maybe Killer Not-So Elite, Killer Amateur, or Killer Movie Clichés perhaps. With that said, I assume you can tell where this review is going.

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Blitz DVD

A word of advice, girls. If you’re picking the wrong fight…at least pick the right weapon.

Honestly up to a week ago I never heard of Blitz till a television commercial announced the movie coming out on DVD. As an avid Jason Statham fan and action junkie there was no reason for me not to give this film a viewing. Really, was there any other reason after seeing Statham beat the tar out of a few carjackers?! Of course not.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Gnomeo and Juliet

I got a chance to catch up with Gnomeo and Juliet last Saturday…Saturday…Saturday, and Saturday night was alright for Gnome fightin’. Chock full of gnome on gnome MMA action, tractor pull races, and talking pink flamingos, Gnomeo and Juliet has just the right amount of action and comedy. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: The Mechanic

Continuing with the never-ending trend of hollywood remakes comes The Mechanic. In this revised version of the 1972 film, Jason Statham steps into Charles Bronson’s shoes. With Ben Foster starring in Jan-Michael Vincent’s role.

While I haven’t seen the original, it only takes one viewing of the trailer to know what a mechanic is. A metaphor for one who fixes thing and in this case, a hitman.

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Gnomeo and Juliet

I got a chance to catch up with Gnomeo and Juliet last Saturday…Saturday…Saturday, and Saturday night was alright for Gnome fightin’.  Chock full of gnome on gnome MMA action, tractor pull races, and talking pink flamingos, Gnomeo and Juliet has just the right amount of action and comedy. Read the rest of this entry

The Mechanic (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Continuing with the never-ending trend of hollywood remakes comes The Mechanic.  In this revised version of the 1972 film, Jason Statham steps into Charles Bronson’s shoes.  With Ben Foster starring in Jan-Michael Vincent’s role.

While I haven’t seen the original, it only takes one viewing of the trailer to know what a mechanic is.  A metaphor for one who fixes thing and in this case, a hitman.

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The Mechanic

The new, Jason Statham-ised version of The Mechanic hits the same marks, but fails to stand out from the crowd. Many may not remember the original, starring Charles Bronson; a divergence from Bronson’s earlier work as it opts for subtlety over explosions.  Statham and Foster follow the basic points – a hit man taking a protégé under his wing as he unearths the gray areas of gun-for-hire allegiance – but don’t take it much further.

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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

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