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Actor’s Spotlight: Schindler’s List

“I’m trying to thank you. I’m saying I couldn’t have done this without you.”

I’m going to start this by stating the obvious. That Schindler’s List is an amazing movie. Loosely based on real events and inspired by the novel, Schindler’s Ark by Thomas Keneally, it’s quite possibly Steven Spielberg’s best movie. It’s a harrowing, at some points disturbing, look at the horrors of the Holocaust. It’s a movie that I think should be shown in every single high school and college history class as a reminder of the evils of hatred and what happened during World War II. It’s a living monument to both those that died during the Holocaust and the survivors. The movie co-stars Ben Kingsley in the pivotal and memorable role of Itzhak Stern, a Jewish accountant hired by Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) to help run his factory in the Jewish ghetto of Krakow, Poland. Schindler arrives in Poland during the German occupation and quickly sets up a munitions factory for the Nazis using Jewish slave labor. At first, Schindler is only interested in making a fortune through the necessity’s of war, in essence becoming a war profiteer. After seeing first hand the destruction of Krakow and the slaughter of the Jewish people at the hands of the evil Nazi Amon Goeth (Ralph Fiennes), Schindler decides to try to save his workers and as many Jewish people as he can in a plot to smuggle his workers out of Krakow.

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Actor Spotlight: Excalibur

I remember my first joust. It looks far worse than it feels!

When it comes to viewing (and reviewing) older movies, one has to realize how the industry is so much different nowadays. For example it’s been 30 years since Excalibur was made and while visually it was ahead of its time in some aspects, it is far from what Hollywood puts on the silver screen currently. So basically, you have to watch it on a curve so to speak.

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Devil’s DVD Disappointment: Unknown

From viewing of the trailer for Liam Neeson’s new movie Unknown one can’t help but be reminded of his 2008 action flick Taken. Other than a few short scenes and Neeson himself, comparisons stop there. After viewing the movie and thinking back to the trailers, I have to say this was very misleading and the makers of Unknown tried to ride the success of Taken.

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Actor Spotlight: The Bounty

The Bounty is a retelling of the true story of a mutiny on a British ship during the late 18th century. Anthony Hopkins stars as Lieutenant William Bligh. When we first meet him he is retelling the story of his failed mission to a board of British Admirals. He must explain himself and his actions that lead to his losing his ship on the high seas. The Bounty was a warship on a mission for the British Navy. It was supposed to sail to Tahiti in the South Pacific and then on to the Caribbean. After reaching Tahiti and setting sail for the West Indies the ship encounters trouble from the sea and within. The Bounty never makes it to the Caribbean. After a month at sea trying to get around the capes of Africa, the ship turns back around and returns to Tahiti. There the crew falls in love with island living and the beautiful women. After months of island living Captain Bligh orders the ship to set sail for home. Instead, the crew already tired of the hardships of sea living while serving under Bligh and his loyal officers stage a mutiny with most of the crew heading back to Tahiti and the other half set adrift at sea. Anthony Hopkins leads a great cast as Captain Bligh. His Bligh is a stern and overbearing sort of Captain. He’s not well liked by the crew or anyone else for that matter. His hard ways alienate him from most of his men. Mel Gibson plays Master’s Mate (First Lieutenant) Fletcher Christian who leads the mutiny after falling in love with a Tahitian island princess.

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Unknown

From viewing of the trailer for Liam Neeson’s new movie Unknown one can’t help but be reminded of his 2008 action flick Taken. Other than a few short scenes and Neeson himself, comparisons stop there.  After viewing the movie and thinking back to the trailers, I have to say this was very misleading and the makers of Unknown tried to ride the success of Taken.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: The A-Team

It is fool pitying time over here at the Devil’s Advocates Movie Review website. I shall be the pitier of the fools in question, but who are the fools in need of said pity?  Well, the fools, are those who make snap judgments about a film because it is: a) mindless action and b) a retread of an already popular property. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Clash of The Titans

There are some films out there that are simply begging for that remake.  And why shouldn’t they?  I know there are purists who think nothing should ever be updated or remade, but with all of the advancements available to filmmakers today, why not take a concept that worked and find another way for it to work?  Many fans of the original, Ray Harryhausen produced, Clash of The Titans cried foul immediately, but that didn’t stop people from flocking to the theaters.  Read the rest of this entry

The A-Team

It is fool pitying time over here at the Devil’s Advocates Movie Review website. I shall be the pitier of the fools in question, but who are the fools in need of said pity?  Well, the fools, are those who make snap judgments about a film because it is: a) mindless action and b) a retread of an already popular property. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 27: The A-Team

Eight months ago, a crack podcasting unit was sent to prison for a crime they didn’t commit. These men promptly escaped from a very light security facility, to various places scattered throughout the U.S. Today, still wanted by the government, they survive as pseudo-movie critics, which doesn’t pay much, if anything at all.  If you have a movie question, if no one else more qualified is available, and if you can find them, maybe you can hire…The DA-Team.

We are in full force this week with Joe Wilhelm, Jonathan MacFarlane, Rene Alvarado, and Mike “I Love It When a Plan Comes Together” Pampinella.  The A-Team gets the once over, maybe even a twice over.  We talk movie violence, what passes for physics in a movie, and what it takes to bring the crazy on screen.

Give us a listen or else we’ll send Jonathan over to pity you.

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Episode 18: Clash of The Titans

Zeus be damned, as Mike and Jonathan discuss Clash of The Titans.  Our Devil’s Advocates travel to where the monsters dwell, curse the 3D reshoots, and  look at the action/plot ratio. 

Kick back with some ouzo and give us a listen. 

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Clash of The Titans

There are some films out there that are simply begging for that remake.  And why shouldn’t they?  I know there are purists who think nothing should ever be updated or remade, but with all of the advancements available to filmmakers today, why not take a concept that worked and find another way for it to work?  Many fans of the original, Ray Harryhausen produced, Clash of The Titans cried foul immediately, but that didn’t stop people from flocking to the theaters.  Read the rest of this entry