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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Contagion

Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s return to “mainstream” cinema, boasts a lot of big-named Hollywood stars, but at what cost? For each plot thread picked up by a Damon or a Fishburne just as many are left to flounder without consequence or reason.

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Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Midnight in Paris

The very first Director Spotlight we did on this website was Woody Allen, starting with Annie Hall and ending with Vicky Cristina Barcelona. Annie Hall got me on a path of reverence for the neurotic comic genius that is Allen. Since Annie Hall, my first real introduction to his work, I have watched a number of his films, each with a different lens, each with a different outcome. Now, today, I have the pleasure of discussing his latest comic opus, Midnight in Paris. Read the rest of this entry

Contagion

Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s return to “mainstream” cinema, boasts a lot of big-named Hollywood stars, but at what cost? For each plot thread picked up by a Damon or a Fishburne just as many are left to flounder without consequence or reason.

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Director Spotlight Revisited: Midnight in Paris

The very first Director Spotlight we did on this website was Woody Allen, starting with Annie Hall and ending with Vicky Cristina Barcelona.  Annie Hall got me on a path of reverence for the neurotic comic genius that is Allen.  Since Annie Hall, my first real introduction to his work, I have watched a number of his films, each with a different lens, each with a different outcome.  Now, today, I have the pleasure of discussing his latest comic opus, Midnight in Paris. Read the rest of this entry

Inception

Ahhhhh there it is.  What?? Oh hello I was just expressing a sigh of relief for a movie that makes you utilize your brain. Inception in a word….Amazing. Christopher Nolan the man who revitalized the Bat and brought us Memento, and Insomnia is back and screwing with your brain. I can only imagine the joy I’m gonna have seeing this again, and oh yes kids I will be seeing it again. Take one part James Bond,one part Italian Job, add Linklater’s Waking Life, and shake it up. Take what you get and throw it on to that MC Escher painting and you have Inception. Read the rest of this entry

Inception (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Christopher Nolan follows up his blockbuster The Dark Knight with a film that goes back to his Memento or even The Prestige ways with a true puzzler of a film called Inception. Trying to tap those roots, Nolan tries to please the mind more than the eyes.  Don’t get me wrong there is plenty of action to be had, especially in the second half of the film. 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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