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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

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

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

Episode 13: Oscar Picks and Predictions

This week Mike and Veer are joined by Devil’s Advoate contributor Jonathan MacFarlane in order to discuss who should win, as well as who will win. Can anyone topple Avatar? Will Sandra Bullock win, causing the earth to open up and swallow all of the legitimate actors nearby? Only one way to find out.

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Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief

Going into the movie theater with my kids I was very curious on how this movie was going to play out. I have a solid interest in Greek and Roman mythology for starters and then I also was aware that the filmed was helmed by Director Chris Columbus who was responsible for the first two Harry Potter films and also based on popular books. Read the rest of this entry

Legion (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Delivering a biblical ass whooping to the non-believers of the horror genre, Legion capitalizes on intense action and seriously scary scenarios. Legion defies what you would think of a film based on biblical angels as it doesn’t really delve into the mythology at all. I don’t know much about the roles of the different angels and it honestly wasn’t important in this particular story. The whole story is focused on moving the action along. There is no unnecessary depth or pointless tangents. There is just enough character development to give you a sense that these characters could be anybody. The film pits a diverse cast of characters fatefully thrust into an impossible situation out in the middle of nowhere. Combining an interesting mix of religious mythos and Zombie horror Legion becomes unlike anything I’ve previously experience. It doesn’t re-invent the wheel, but is more or less a new tire on and old-timey wooden frame: interesting to say the least. Overall, Legion is an entertaining adventure and a good excuse to put angels to war and deliver awesome action from the heavens. For making the purity of the paradise here-after as demented as H-E-double-tooth-picks, I give this crusade 3.5 pitchforks. Read the rest of this entry

Legion

I am awaiting confirmation, but it seems to me that Hollywood wants the world to end. Okay that may be a little harsh, but for more than a decade now the number of apololiptic or end of the world films has increased. From natural phenomena to biblical prophecy, we have over the years watched this world end, the aftermath and even the salvation of mankind. Sony now introduces their vision of the End of Days in the 2010 release of Legion. Read the rest of this entry

Extraordinary Measures

Extraordinary Measures or, as I like to call it, Indiana Jones and The Lost Enzyme of Pompe is a pretty ordinary film overall.  So ordinary that it could have easily been a CBS movie of the week.  Read the rest of this entry

Actor Spotlight: Sea of Love

Whoo-ahh, it’s Al Pacino month here on the site.  No i’m not reviewing Scent of a Woman.  My review is of a film done three years before that, 1989’s Sea of Love.  Sitting down the other night watching this with my wife made us laugh.  No this isn’t a comedy, we laughed that you can always tell an 80’s movie by the cheesy theme music played in the background in the credits and at certain points throughout the film. Read the rest of this entry

Daybreakers (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Beware  Twilight fans, there is another vampire movie out there with the lead being named Edward.  However Daybreakers is far from being the lovy dovy, teen romance flick the Twilight movies bring.  The opening scene alone, featuring a young vampire burning in the sunlight, shows us this isn’t the same type of vampire movie society is being accustumed to in the last few years, but more like everyone was familiar with years before last.  Personally i’m glad.  I’ve been a fan of the vampire genre for years and I like to see gritty in-your-face bloodthirsty vampires more interested in feeding their thirst for blood than worry about love. 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

Up in the Air (Lil Devil)

This is a tough time in America’s history. Recession means bankruptcy, and unemployment runs rampant as factories close and their roles are filled overseas. Unlike anyone else in the country, for Ryan Bingham, these are the glory days. His job is traveling to and fro between just about every city or town on the map, and giving loyal workers the professional boot. Many stories concern those who walk “the road less traveled”; Bingham takes that road, along with several thousand more. He doesn’t relish this task; he’s like the garbageman, only the garbage asks him how he sleeps at night. What he does relish is the act of flying itself, as he feels more at home in the airport terminal than the address on his driver’s license (which I suspect he doesn’t have or need). This is a one-of-a-kind character, in a one-of-a-kind movie. The movie is Up in the Air, directed by Jason Reitman and starring George Clooney, Vera Farmiga and Anna Kendrick, and it’s one trip well worth undertaking. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 4: Avatar

We made the pilgrimage to Pandora and made it back with enough time to do an audio journal.  This week Veer and myself discuss James Cameron’s much anticipated opus, Avatar.  So, don’t be a scoon, download the episode and give it a listen.   

I dare say it’s our best episode yet.  You be the judge.

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Avatar

Avatar has been in the works since 1994, back when James Cameron decided that his 114-page script required, “technology to catch up” with the demands of his fantasy-world. Now, nearing the end of a decade past our 2nd millennium, we have his newest masterpiece. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: 12 Monkeys

This week I get the task of writing a review for Terry Gilliam’s 1995 film 12 Monkeys.  As I am writing this, I honestly don’t know where to begin.  This movie is so good on many levels that I don’t know if I should start with Gilliam’s directing, David Webb People’s (and his wife Janet) screenplay, or the superb acting highlighted with Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt at their very best. Read the rest of this entry

Slammin’ Salmon (Lil Devil)

Slammin’ Salmon is the latest comedy by the Broken Lizard crew. They’re the guys behind Super Troopers and Beerfest. Not as raunchy or out there as their earlier movies, Salmon is still a fun 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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Brothers (Lil Devil Review)

Armored (Devil’s Advocates Review)

A while back I reviewed Stomp The Yard for the Naperville Sun and I was pretty harsh to the film.  I did, however, decide that I enjoyed Columbus Short as an actor and vowed to watch his career and act as a sheperd, guiding him in his career.  Now, Short isn’t taking my calls, so the best way I can think to reach him is through this site.  Read the rest of this entry

Armored

Generally, when I read the tagline “not screened for critics, and we all know what that means” in the newspaper’s brief description under movie guide, I have mixed thoughts about it.  In the past I saw movies with such a tagline and enjoyed them immensely, but other times they are right on the money for what they are hinting at.  Watching Armored was one of those times. Read the rest of this entry

An Education (Lil Devil Review)

Sometimes, the simplest stories are the most effective. There doesn’t need to be any surprising plot twists or flashbacks-within-flashbacks; the key to a great movie (especially in the coming-of-age genre) is to just be as genuine and believable as possible. Thus is the case with An Education, a new British film directed by Danish-born Lone Scherfig and adapted by Nick Hornby (High Fidelity).  It’s a lovely period piece with an excellent newcomer in the lead, and a very strong supporting cast by her side. It’s the kind of movie where you have a strong feeling of knowing where it’s going, and yet you enjoy every mile on the road there. Read the rest of this entry

The Blind Side (Lil Devil)

I’ll admit, I had no clue The Blind Side was based on an actual story till the ending credits rolled and they showed actual photos of the real life people portrayed in the film.  Call me out of the loop, or whatever, but football hasn’t always been a sport that I follow regularly.  However I must say after watching this movie I found myself looking to put a Baltimore Ravens game on and not to mention browse the internet to read more about Michael Oher. Read the rest of this entry

Director Spotlight: Monty Python and The Holy Grail

Monty Python and The Holy Grail has multiple misconceptions surrounding it. It’s thought to have only geek appeal and is meant for anglophiles solely. When the name Monty Python is uttered people think, “absurdly cerebral comedy, that appeals to a select few.” The film actually has mass appeal, as it addresses multiple styles of comedy. There’s slapstick, erudite, surreal, and even bodily function humor. Holy Grail is more diverse in its offerings than most comedies made today, thus…mass appeal. Read the rest of this entry

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

Fantastic Mr. Fox (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Mr. Fox (George Clooney) gave up his life of chicken-thievery when his wife (Meryl Streep) told him she was pregnant. Two years later (that’s twelve fox-years), he impulsively moves his family into the base of a tree bordering on the three meanest farmers around: Boggis, Bunce and Bean (Michael Gambon). He also starts stealing again, triggering a slowly mounting feud with the farmers that becomes the major crisis of the film. But equally important are the family dynamics present: Fox has become reckless, endangering those around him as he tries to relive the thrills of his past and causing a schism in his marriage. His son Ash (Jason Schwartzman), who wears a cape and has no athletic ability whatsoever, also has an ongoing rivalry with his visiting cousin Kristofferson, a “golden child” in terms of physical prowess but with a sadness that comes to those with a firm moral compass in an immoral environment. Read the rest of this entry

Director’s Spotlight: Miracle at St. Anna

We end this month’s Director’s Spotlight on controversial director Spike Lee with his most recent picture, 2008’s Miracle at St. Anna. After viewing Clint Eastwood’s 2006 war pictures Flags of our Fathers and Letters from Iwo Jima, Spike Lee stated at the 2008 Cannes Film Festival that Eastwood should have included black Marines in his movies. Eastwood responded that they were specifically about the Japanese soldiers and the Americans who raised the flag, that there were black soldiers at Iwo Jima but they were segregated and therefore not directly involved, and that Lee should “shut his face”. Lee countered that Eastwood was acting like an “angry old man” and that he should have included them anyway. Thus, Miracle at St. Anna was born. Read the rest of this entry

Director’s Spotlight: Bamboozled

Satire. 1, a- A literary work in which human vice or folly is ridiculed or attacked scornfully. b- The branch of literature that composes such work.

2. Irony, derision or caustic wit used to attack or expose folly, vice or stupidity. Read the rest of this entry

Planet 51

It was a simpler time; a time where it was all about country, mom and apple pie.  There was an innocence that the world believed; where everything was wholesome.  For us it was the early 1950’s (as long as you take away the whole cold war nuclear threat thing) for Planet 51 that time is now.  Of all the family orientated animated movies that have come out this year, Planet 51 is the most child friendly (ages 4-7) and tells us a story of friendship and believing the universe is big enough to dream your own dreams.  That being said; the plot is average, the characters are immemorable (except the remote droid named ROVER, who acts like a dog) and the animation is forgettable.  Read the rest of this entry

Battlestar Galactica: The Plan DVD

I’ll admit it, I jumped onto the Battlestar Galactica bandwagon late.  The show was just about to air Season 4 when I decided to give it a shot.  After hearing nothing but positive reviews of the show and constant talk on the forum board on Comic Geek Speak, I decided not having the SciFi, or now SyFy, channel wasn’t going to stop me.  I rented the first disc of the first season which was set as a mini-series and was instantly hooked.  I went on a massive dvd marathon and was caught up by the end of the first half of season 4, dubbed season 4.0, and was eagerly awaiting for the 2nd half of the final season. Read the rest of this entry

2012 (Devil’s Advocate Review)

2012 is very loosely based on the Mayan belief that the world will end in a year 2012. We’re a little hazy on which 2012. Ours or the Mayan’s. Apparently, the producers of 2012 feel that the Mayans got it close enough for someone to finance their movie. Read the rest of this entry