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TMR 053 – The Devil's Advocate

Total Movie Recall

Release Date: 01/10/2021

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This week on Total Movie Recall, it’s Steve’s turn to not get it when Ryan forces him to snooze this way through the 1997 hambone, The Devil’s Advocate. This movie has it all -- a grand guignol of sex, violence, operatic depictions of Hell and Satan, Keanu swinging and missing, Pacino putting his blood pressure medication to the test -- and yet, somehow, it’s still boring! Please don’t waste Steve’s time with these faux-provocations. Show him something really controversial, like a basketball game.

The Devil's Advocate (1997)

d. Taylor Hackford

Based on the novel by Andrew Neiderman

Starring:
Keanu Reeves
Al Pacino
Charlize Theron
Jeffrey Jones
Judith Ivey
Connie Nielsen
Craig T. Nelson
Don King

Aspiring Florida defense lawyer Kevin Lomax accepts a high-powered position at a New York law firm headed by legal shark John Milton. As Kevin moves up in the firm's ranks, his wife, Mary Ann, has several frightening, mystical experiences that begin to warp her sense of reality. With the stakes getting higher with each case, Kevin quickly learns that his mentor is planning a far greater evil than simply winning without scruples.

Things discussed in the show:

Psychedelic horror

Mandy (Panos Cosmatos, Nicolas CageAndrea RiseboroughLinus Roache)

Midsommar (Ari Aster, Florence PughJack ReynorVilhelm Blomgren)

Beaches (Garry Marshall, Bette MidlerBarbara HersheyJohn Heard)

Romeo and Juliet (Franco Zeffirelli, Leonard WhitingOlivia HusseyJohn McEnery)

West Side Story 1960 (Jerome RobbinsRobert Wise, Natalie WoodGeorge ChakirisRichard Beymer)

West Side Story 2021 (Steven Spielberg, Ansel ElgortRachel ZeglerAriana DeBose)

The political divide: Boogaloo boys & Antifa making out

Irreversible (Gaspar Noé, Monica BellucciVincent CasselAlbert Dupontel)

Rebel Without a Cause (Nicholas Ray, James DeanNatalie WoodSal Mineo)

Natalie Wood's mysterious death

Step Brothers and the Catalina Island wine mixer (Adam McKay, Will FerrellJohn C. ReillyMary Steenburgen)

Romeo + Juliet (Baz Luhrmann, William Shakespeare, Leonardo DiCaprioClaire DanesJohn Leguizamo)

The Great Gatsby (Baz Luhrmann, Leonardo DiCaprioCarey MulliganJoel Edgerton)

Moulin Rouge! (Baz Luhrmann, Craig Pearce, Nicole KidmanEwan McGregorJohn Leguizamo)

Strictly Ballroom (Baz Luhrmann, Paul MercurioTara MoriceBill Hunter)

Tromio and Juliet (Lloyd Kaufman, James Gunn, Jane JensenWill KeenanValentine Miele, Sean Gunn, Lemmy of Motorhead)

My So Called Life (Winnie Holzman, Bess ArmstrongWilson CruzClaire Danes, Jared Leto)

This iconic photo of Monica Bellucci and Leonardo DiCaprio

O (Othello, Tim Blake Nelson, William Shakespeare, Mekhi PhiferJulia StilesMartin Sheen)

Titus (Julie Taymor, William Shakespeare, Anthony HopkinsJessica LangeOsheen Jones)

Raised By Wolves (Aaron Guzikowski, Travis FimmelAmanda CollinAbubakar Salim, Ridley Scott)

The Great Deluge & Nephilim

The Book of Enoch

Noah (Darren AronofskyAri Handel, Russell CroweJennifer ConnellyAnthony Hopkins)

Barabbas 1961 (Richard Fleischer, Christopher Fry (screenplay), Pär Lagerkvist (novel), Anthony QuinnSilvana ManganoArthur Kennedy)

She-Ra and the Princesses of Power (Noelle StevensonAimee CarreroMarcus ScribnerKaren FukuharaKeston John)

The Vow (NXIVM, Anthony AmesSarah EdmondsonBonnie PiesseMark Vicente)

Seduced Inside the NXIVM Cult (Jaclyn CangroTabitha ChapmanSteve Hassan, India Oxenberg)

Apocalypse Now – Redux (Francis Ford CoppolaJohn MiliusMartin SheenMarlon BrandoRobert Duvall)

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse (Fax BahrGeorge HickenlooperDennis HopperMartin SheenMarlon Brando)

Chuck Berry: Hail! Hail! Rock 'n' Roll (Taylor Hackford, Chuck BerryKeith RichardsEric Clapton, Bo Diddley, Etta James, John Lennon)

Ray (Taylor Hackford, Jamie FoxxRegina KingKerry Washington)

Blood In, Blood Out (Taylor Hackford, Damian ChapaJesse BorregoBenjamin Bratt)

Angel Heart (Alan Parker, Mickey RourkeRobert De NiroLisa Bonet)

The Wire (David Simon, Dominic WestLance ReddickSonja Sohn)

Pedophilia in Hollywood yet again

Rosemary's Baby (Roman Polanski, Mia FarrowJohn CassavetesRuth Gordon)

V.C. Andrews

Villains based on Trump

Home Alone 2 Lost in New York (Chris Columbus, Macaulay CulkinJoe PesciDaniel Stern)

Free will and time travel and the butterfly effect

Sliders (Tracy TorméRobert K. Weiss, Jerry O'ConnellSabrina LloydJohn Rhys-Davies)

Lethal Weapon 4 (Richard Donner, Mel GibsonDanny GloverJoe Pesci, Rene Russo, Chris Rock, Jet Li)

Once Upon a Time in China (Hark Tsui, Jet LiRosamund KwanBiao Yuen)

John Woo

Double Impact (Sheldon Lettich, Jean-Claude Van DammeGeoffrey LewisAlonna Shaw)

Black Mask (Daniel Lee, Jet LiChing Wan LauKaren Mok)

Knock Off (Hark Tsui, Steven E. de Souza, Jean-Claude Van DammeRob SchneiderLela Rochon)

Next week: Kung Fu Cult Master