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Immortals (Devil’s Advocates Review)

Immortals is a remake of Clash Of The Titans set in Mickey Rourke’s 1980’s Los Angeles apartment that….Wait. It’s not a remake? Really!?!? I have to start this review over.

Immortals is the sequel to the mostly forgettable Troy. Like Troy, this movie….What?!?! Again?!? It’s not a sequel to Troy? But, it’s got…And….It’s….I am so confused now. Please, forgive this reviewer as I try this again.

Right! I think I’ve got it now.

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Immortals

Evil (and impractically helmeted) King Hyperion (Mickey Rourke) blames the gods for the death of his family and plots to free the Titans from Mount Tartarus so that they can destroy the gods. On the side of good is young Theseus (Henry Cavill) who, despite being the spat-upon bastard son of a peasant mother, is fated/groomed by Zeus himself (John Hurt when in disguise; otherwise, Luke Evans) to defeat Hyperion and save all mankind. Thus begins Immortals, director Tarsem’s (a.k.a. Tarsem Singh, Tarsem Dhandwar Singh, Tarsem Singh Dhandwar) long-in-the-making answer to Louis Leterrier’s rather unfortunate 2010 remake of Clash of the Titans.

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Genre Spotlight: Homeboy

This was supposed to be a review of Raging Bull. I’d seen it before, but couldn’t remember if I liked it or not, so I figured, hey, why not revisit it for the theme month? Then I started watching it and remembered I really don’t like Raging Bull at all. So I hopped onto Netflix to find a different sports movie to watch; I settled on Mickey Rourke’s 1988 film Homeboy. You may be thinking, Homeboy? I’ve never heard of that. I assure you, there is a reason. In short, I had made a terrible mistake.

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Genre Spotlight: Sin City

Hey, everybody, remember when Robert Rodriguez made movies that weren’t supposed to be bad? Before he pretty single-handedly started this “ironic movie” thing that’s currently happening? Yeah, me neither. But at some point before these dark days, he made Sin City, based on the comic series of the same name. And it was fantastic.

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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

Random Rewind: Angel Heart

Angel Heart is movie directed by Alan Parker(Midnight Express, Pink Floyd:The Wall) staring Mickey Rourke, Lisa Bonet and Robert De Niro. Released in 1987 the movie is most well known by the controversy that went on around it, more so than the movie itself. The lead is played by, at the time, one of Hollywood’s biggest bad boy leading men Mickey Rourke, but the controversy comes in the name Lisa Bonet, 19 years old at the time of filming. Lisa Bonet was known for playing one of Bill Cosby’s daughters in the very popular 80’s sit-com The Cosby Show. In Angel Heart she appears topless and has a sex scene with Mickey Rourke. This caused a mass media freak out before the films release because of her scenes in the film contrasted with her clean teen image on a prime time sit-com. The notorious sex scene also had to be edited a bit to get an “R” rating. Read the rest of this entry

Devil’s DVD Advocacy: Iron Man 2

There isn’t much to say about the plot for Iron Man 2 that isn’t covered in the trailer: a generic Soviet attempting to thwart Tony Stark, Stark fighting the government for control of his suit, and War Machine teaming up for a brawl. Another unseen plot point is thrown into the mix, but it remains a simple story. This is the part where many superhero movies go wrong: it is okay to stick with the basics as long as they are done well. 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

Episode 22: Iron Man 2

Recorded live, on location, with more Devil’s Advocates than you could ever need, want, or imagine, we talk about Iron Man 2 this week.  The Devil’s Advocates make their predictions, talk to a small number of fans, and brave the cold and rain to discuss the film’s merits.

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