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Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

Two years have passed since Guy Ritchie brought us a new version of Sherlock Holmes to the big screen.  Bringing back the dynamic detective duo of Sherlock Holmes and Dr. John Watson, Ritchie gives us the latest in his storytelling in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows.

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Episode 47: Due Date

This week Rene, Jonathan, and Mike hit the road as they discuss Todd Phillips’ latest film Due Date.  Is Robert Downey Jr. destined for high praise and acclaim?  Is Zach Galifianakis more than just a beard?  All this and more on this week’s episode.

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Due Date (Devil’s Advocate Review)

Another week at the movies and another remake hits the theaters. This time we have a remake of the great road trip comedy Planes, Trains & Automobiles.  This time with Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis in the roles played by Steve Martin and John Candy respectively.

Wait.

This isn’t a remake of Planes, Trains & Automobiles? I’ll be right back. Read the rest of this entry

Due Date

The immediate impulse upon hearing the premise of Due Date is to think of the 1987 classic Planes, Trains and Automobiles. The performances by Steve Martin and John Candy, fueled by great chemistry and sharp character relationships, teased the very best that the two major comedians had to offer. It’s a shame that a large portion of the moviegoers who will see Due Date will never see that movie. They might be able to find just how it’s supposed to be done. 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

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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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

Iron Man 2 (Devil’s Advocate Review)

To say expectations are high for Iron Man 2, two years after the original was a smash hit, would be an understatement.  On most levels it delivers, but it doesn’t mean there isn’t flaws here as Robert Downey Jr. returns as the man in the iron suit.  The common mistake that one makes when making sequels is simply trying too hard to top the predecessor.  Examples can be found in many of movie franchises whether it’s from the 80’s, 90’s, and down to current films being released.  Iron Man 2….no exception. Read the rest of this entry

Episode 5: Sherlock Holmes

This week your regular host Mike has an irregular co-host (I kid, I kid) in Joe Wilhelm.   Listen as they try to make elementary out of Guy Ritchie’s Sherlock Holmes.

And we’d like to apologize in advance for the sound quality.  It wasn’t until after we concluded our recording, and listened to the audio, that we realized there was a poor connection with the microphones.  Sorry.  We promise to work it out for next time. 

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Director Spotlight: The Gingerbread Man

While I’m familiar with some of Robert Altman’s work, I know there are films that I never heard of that he worked on.  That’s why I choose 1998’s The Gingerbread Man for this month’s Director’s Spotlight.  It was a film that I wasn’t aware of and after seeing the cast, I quickly volunteered for.

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