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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, fails to sail into new territory as it simply treads the water of the previous installments. Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow was initially rivaled by Captain Barbossa the undead pirate, then came Davy Jones the undead pirate, and now we have Captain Blackbeard the (yeah, you guessed it) undead pirate. With so many undead menaces lurking around, is there a chance that the fourth go around has breathed new life into the franchise? Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Rango

In a million years, I never once thought I could admire such a gangly, discolored looking fellow, but I really do like Johnny Depp…I mean Rango. But really, they are one in the same, no? Read the rest of this entry

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, fails to sail into new territory as it simply treads the water of the previous installments. Johnny Depp’s Jack Sparrow was initially rivaled by Captain Barbossa the undead pirate, then came Davy Jones the undead pirate, and now we have Captain Blackbeard the (yeah, you guessed it) undead pirate.  With so many undead menaces lurking around, is there a chance that the fourth go around has breathed new life into the franchise? Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Disappointment: The Tourist

Sharing the screen for the first time is mega blockbuster actors Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. With two major draws like that the movie can’t miss….right?! Past films have shown us that there are hits and misses for this recipe. For every Mr. & Mrs. Smith there is a Gigli or even an Australia.

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Rango

In a million years, I never once thought I could admire such a gangly, discolored looking fellow, but I really do like Johnny Depp…I mean Rango. But really, they are one in the same, no? Read the rest of this entry

Episode 53: The Tourist

This week Mike and Joe go abroad to discuss The Tourist.  They ponder over star power, twists that aren’t really twists, and Angelina and Johnny’s chemistry exam.

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The Tourist

Sharing the screen for the first time is mega blockbuster actors Johnny Depp and Angelina Jolie. With two major draws like that the movie can’t miss….right?! Past films have shown us that there are hits and misses for this recipe. For every Mr. & Mrs. Smith there is a Gigli or even an Australia.

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The Tourist (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Here’s the set-up: guy meets girl, guy almost gets killed because of girl. In this basic storyline we see Elise Ward (Angelina Jolie) is being watched by the French Police, and gets a mysterious letter from an even more mysterious Alexander Pearce. She is told to get rid of the cops and take a train to Venice. She does so, and meets Frank Tupelo (Johnny Depp) on the train. She was also instructed to find a man with the same height and build as Pearce and make the cops think this decoy is the real thing. Angelina hooks her charms into Frank, and he almost immediately falls in love with her and keeps coming back to help her out of close-to-death situations. Soon, people think Frank is Alexander Pearce, and a bounty is put on him. Everyone tries to hand Frank over to the gangsters Pearce had stolen money from, but Frank always gets away. It becomes an international cat and mouse game which takes unexpected turns.

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Episode 14: Alice in Wonderland

This week we fall down the rabbit hole, for what feels like an eternity (it’s a long one this week), and discuss overdone Depp, competent CGI craftsmanship, and the wonder that is Wasikowska.

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The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus

Terry Gilliam never disappoints me. I know that when I see his film it will be like nothing I’ve ever seen before. At the age of 10 I found Time Bandits and I was hooked.  The Imaginarium… was an artistic wonder. Once again I’m torn with the Avatar problem.  Visually I found the film to be a work of art; however the plot a little muddled.  It seems to me it’s a movie best set for The Music Box, and not the Cineplex. That’s not to say I didn’t dig it. I don’t think the average movie viewer will. Read the rest of this entry

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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