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The Crazies

To gear up to watch The Crazies, I watched George A. Romero’s 1973 version a few days beforehand. While more modernized for our time, you can still see and feel homage to the 70’s style that made Romero known for.

While Romero serves as executive producer, Breck Eisner (Michael Eisner’s son) takes the helm as director on this one. Eisner does well setting up the premise in a fast pace, but tails off at times to give us more of a b-movie tone. Read the rest of this entry

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The Crazies (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Iowa is full of random craziness. Slipknot, meth heads, guys named Ezekiel all live in Iowa. In The Crazies, that insanity is taken to a new level.

Sort of. It all seems so familiar. Wait a minute. It’s a slick looking horror movie in 2010. Yup. It’s a remake. Of a George Romero movie that nobody saw.

The town of Ogden Marsh is a typical farming town. It’s the kind of place where everyone knows each other and they actually listen to the local police. Read the rest of this entry

Shutter Island

In Martin Scorsese’s new flick, U.S. Marshal Teddy Daniels and his new partner Chuck Aule arrive at Shutter Island, Massachusetts to investigate the disappearance of a patient at Ashecliffe Hospital for the Criminally Insane. Seems pretty straightforward, doesn’t it? Then you don’t know Scorsese. Adapted very faithfully from the novel by Boston crime aficionado Dennis Lehane (Mystic River, Gone Baby Gone), Shutter Island, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Mark Ruffalo, Ben Kingsley and Michelle Williams, is one part neo-noir, one part psychodrama, with an extra helping of suspense. It’s also chock-full of fantastic actors working very hard to up the creepiness factor in any way they can. All in all, I was very happy with Shutter Island and while it contains a flaw or two, it sustains the tension throughout the picture and keeps you guessing until the very end. Read the rest of this entry

Shutter Island (Devil’s Advocates Review)

Riding the coattails (albeit a few years later) of The Departed, Martin Scorsese once again unleashes questionable Boston accents and Leonardo DiCaprio on the unsuspecting public in Shutter Island. Shutter is a noir-styled tour through a sheltered mental asylum which harbors more than just unbalanced criminals. The head doctor (Kingsley) speaks in tangled euphemisms and the inmates warn visitors of its inescapability as DiCaprio (Teddy Daniels) searches for a missing patient. As soon as Daniels steps off the ferry onto the haunting island, dreamy visions of his deceased wife cloud his thoughts and caution him to not go prying too far into the past. Read the rest of this entry

Carriers DVD Review

Now I know what you’re thinking, Oh no! Here’s another movie about, a post-apocalyptic, near future, world, where the world’s population is plagued by a pandemic caused by a viral infection creating zombie like symptoms. OK, on the surface the film may seem that way, but let me tell you why I think this movie is worth taking a look at. Even though this may look like another zombie/ viral horror knock- off, there is a slight difference, rather than the film makers concentrating on the zombies, or even the viral infection, the main focus is on the consequences the situation may cause. Think Zombieland, (which if you haven’t seen it yet, it is highly recommended among the Reviewers here @ DA) yet more serious, and a lot less zombie killing, not to say there isn’t any just think that the film does not make it the purpose of the movie. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 3: The Best of ’09

As fair and objective podcasters we try to look at both sides of the coin.  Last week we told what we didn’t like, now you get to hear what we did like.  What we did not do is talk about what we think should be nominated for an Oscar, Golden Globe, or even a Nickelodeon Kids Choice Award.  We gave out top picks for the year.  Give us a listen and let us know what you think here, at iTunes (prefered), or at out discussion forum. 

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Episode 2: The Worst of ’09

We’ve already run out of ideas.  Second episode and we’re already resorting to old material.  So sorry.  So very, very sorry.

Actually, it was a quite lively conversation about some films that just didn’t cut the mustard this year.  Have a listen and leave us a comment at one of our various locations.

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December Spotlight: Terry Gilliam

Terry Gilliam has a new film out this month, so we decided to do his spotlight now.  Few directors have the cult following that he has, coupled with the same quantity of critical acclaim and success.  That’s why this is undoubtedly one of the most exciting spotlights to date.  Unfortunately, not every Gilliam favorite made the cut, but we chose wisely (a little Holy Grail humor there) when it came to his filmography.  So, watch along with us and leave us some comments. 

Dec. 2:  Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Dec. 9th: Time Bandits

Dec. 16th: 12 Monkeys

Dec. 23rd: Brothers Grimm

Dec. 30th: The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus

September Director Spotlight: Alfred Hitchcock

Good Evening…it is now September and we have to give another director their due.  With Alfred Hitchcock’s long career it only seemed fitting that we cover his films during a month with five weeks, so that we can watch that one extra film.  Plus, it works out that we can review his films spanning from the 1930s all the way up to the 1970s (sure he did films in the 1920s, but he really hit his stride in the 30s). 

The schedule of films to be covered, as it stands right now (there might be changes based on availability) is:

Sept. 2nd:  The 39 Steps

Sept. 9th:  Saboteur

Sept. 16th:  The Trouble with Harry

Sept. 23rd:  Psycho

Sept. 30th: Frenzy

Follow along with us, watch the movies, and feel free to leave comments.  We’d love to hear from you.

Inglourious Basterds (Might just be the best Tarantino yet)

IB as I will call it (cuz my spell check isn’t going to let the actual spelling fly)is, in my opinion, the best Tarantino film yet. I may even think it’s the best Brad Pitt film yet. I’m being as subtle as “The Bear Jew’s” bat up against a Nazi scalp I know. I freaking loved this film. Many years ago when I was all of 16 I found a movie called Reservoir Dogs. My friends and I loved it and from that day I became a disciple of the Q. Pulp Fiction all the way to Kill Bill 1 & 2. Sure there have been some misses but I’ve stayed true. IB knocks it all out of the water.

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Funny People

Funny People tries very hard to take three groups of people, and make them all like the same movie. Those who loved Knocked Up, people who like movies, and people who still listen to Adam Sandler’s Lunch Lady Land while driving in their cars. It however did not achieve that goal.

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