Tag: Devil’s Advocate Month

Devil’s Advocate Month Mystery Men

Mystery_Men_film_posterSo we continue Devil’s Advocate Month with a different kind of movie. We started out with The Longest Yard. A good movie that was held in the shadow by the far superior movie that it remade. Tonight, we will look at a movie that was made ‘before its time’. These are the tragic movies that the only reasons that they were held down is due to the fact that they were made before an audience was built around the sub genre. There are several movies that were made several years before the audience was created that if they were made during the height of its popularity, they would have killed at the box office and with critics. Movies like this tend to garner a cult following over time, while others… Well others just kind of fade into obscurity. Today we are going to look at one of these movies, Mystery Men. I will say it right now! Mystery Men is the precursor to all modern-day superhero movies and it is finally time it got its due! If you are at all confused, please allow me to explain below after a little synopsis. Continue reading “Devil’s Advocate Month Mystery Men”

Devil’s Advocate: The Longest Yard (2005 Film)

MV5BMTc1NTQyNDk2NV5BMl5BanBnXkFtZTcwOTE2OTQzMw@@._V1_SX640_SY720_Ah the month of May! Everything is starting to really warm up here in North America, sometimes getting as hot as hell itself. I’m being a little melodramatic, I know. But I’m trying to make a transition into the theme of the month of May which is Devil’s Advocate Month! For the month of May I will be looking at movies that were either not well received or received praise from critics and give… A differing opinion on each of them. Now does this necessarily mean that if a movie was absolute shit that it is the exact opposite and is an amazing movie? No, it simply means that the movie was not judged fairly and should received a higher… or lower grade then what it was given.

So we start off Devil’s Advocate month with an Adam Sandler movie of all things. I have not even attempted to hide the fact that I hate Adam Sandler comedies. It is well documented that at this stage in his life, Adam Sandler makes movies for the mere fact that making a movie means a vacation to location X… Which explains why a lot of his movies now take place in Hawaii or Tropical Island X. The man can be good when he wants to be, but for the most part his style of comedy I do not find funny. Especially when you mix in his little cavalcade of annoyance mascots like Nick Swardson, Rob Schneider, and so forth. Let’s not talk about how many Grown Ups have been made at our expense so Sandler and his buddies can enjoy hurricanes in the Tahiti sun. But that isn’t to say that all of Sandler’s movies have been bad. I enjoyed Happy Gilmore as you know and I have found some of his other earlier movies to be decent. So I thought that considering the past, let’s start this off with an Adam Sandler movie that I quite like, the remake of the Burt Reynolds classic, The Longest Yard

NOW LET’S GET SOMETHING OUT OF THE WAY RIGHT NOW! This movie does not compare to the original and we will talk about that in detail later. But I want to stress that I am not making that claim. I am merely saying that this movie was judged quite unfairly upon its release and deserves a little bit of due credit. Continue reading “Devil’s Advocate: The Longest Yard (2005 Film)”