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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Transformers: Dark of the Moon

To say the hype and expectations for the third movie in the Transformers movie series were greater than the previous installment would be an understatement. After disappointing reactions from Revenge of the Fallen, even Michael Bay himself acknowledged that he was going to do what he can to make Dark of the Moon superior to its predecessor.

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Transformers: Dark of the Moon

When the first Transformers hit I found myself having difficulty being objective.  Giant freaking robots were on the movie screen, fighting, flying, and falling all over.  Then the second film rolled into theaters, but for some reason I was able to resist its “charms” this time around. Now the third film, Transformers: Dark of the Moon is out and I find myself somewhere between the first and second film, or, in other words, between a moon rock and a hard place. Read the rest of this entry

Transformers: Dark of the Moon (Devil’s Advocate Review)

To say the hype and expectations for the third movie in the Transformers movie series were greater than the previous installment would be an understatement. After disappointing reactions from Revenge of the Fallen, even Michael Bay himself acknowledged that he was going to do what he can to make Dark of the Moon superior to its predecessor.

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Episode 69: Lebowski Fest

Mike and Rene made the pilgrimage out to Columbus, Ohio to see what Lebowski Fest had to offer.  See what they and others had to say after two days of Lebowski fans, bowling, and what-have-you.  An episode so big even Bunny Lebowski would flinch at its girth.

Give us a listen, because even if you don’t like us well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man.

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Lebowski 3-2-1

As part of our spotlight, and trip to Lebowski Fest, Joe, Rene, and myself have collaborated on a 3-2-1 list which covers our: 3 favorite quotes, 2 favorite scenes, and 1 favorite character.   Check out our lists, listen to our Lebowski Fest episode, and then watch for our first ever video podcast of our time at Lebowski Fest.   Read the rest of this entry

Lebowski Week

In honor of our visit to Lebowski Fest in Columbus, Ohio, we are dedicating the final week of our Coen Brothers Spotlight to the Dude and friends.  The week starts with this week’s episode, which is our coverage of Lebowski Fest, then a midweek Lebowski themed 3-2-1 posting, and a special video episode to round out the week.

So if you like the Dude’s style, or even the occasional acid flashback, check out our homage to all things Lebowski.  And say what you like about the tenets of Devil’s Advocacy, Dude, at least it’s an ethos.

Follow the links below to our Lebowski Fest episode, recorded at the event in Columbus, Ohio:

iTunes Feed:

http://itunes.apple.com/WebObjects/MZStore.woa/wa/viewPodcast?id=343227972

RSS Feed:

http://pamp47.libsyn.com/rss

Director Spotlight: O Brother, Where Art Thou?

“For that you traded your ever lasting soul?……Well, I wasn’t using it.”

Continuing our look at the movies of The Coen Brothers this month, this week we’re looking at 2000’s O, Brother Where Art Thou. I am a big fan of The Coen Brothers and I had never seen this movie. I am not too sure why I had never gotten around to seeing this until now. I think it might be because in my head I thought of this as a different movie. To me it was always a musical and I really can’t stand movie musicals. I think the only musical I actually like is Spinal Tap.

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Director Spotlight: Miller’s Crossing

Miller’s Crossing is the third film directed by the Coens, and tells the story of warring gangsters in 1920’s America, with Gabriel Byrne’s Tom Reagan as the main protagonist of the piece, right hand man of Leo (Albert Finney), an irish gangster who runs the unnamed town in which the film is set. Tom is caught in the middle of a brewing gang war between Leo and Johnny Caspar (Jon Polito), who wants Leo to hand over Bernie Bernbaum (Jon Turturro), a two-bit swindler cutting in on his gambling action. Leo is protecting Bernbaum, who is the brother of Verna (Marcia Gay Harden), who he is in love with, and he has promised her that he would look out for Bernie. Seeing the danger of protecting Bernbaum, Tom tries to convince his boss to give up Bernie before an all-out bloodbath breaks out.

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Director’s Spotlight: Miracle at St. Anna

We end this month’s Director’s Spotlight on controversial director Spike Lee with his most recent picture, 2008’s Miracle at St. Anna. After viewing Clint Eastwood’s 2006 war pictures Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, Spike Lee stated at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival that Eastwood should have included black Marines in his movies. Eastwood responded that they were specifically about the Japanese soldiers and the Americans who raised the flag, that there were black soldiers at Iwo Jima but they were segregated and therefore not directly involved, and that Lee should “shut his face”. Lee countered that Eastwood was acting like an “angry old man” and that he should have included them anyway. Thus, Miracle at St. Anna was born. Read the rest of this entry