• Title: Some Kind of Beautiful
  • IMDb: link

Reuniting on-screen for the first time since 2004’s After the Sunset, Pierce Brosnan and Salma Hayek, along with Jessica Alba, star in this romantic comedy about a college professor whose life is turned upside down by a pair of sisters. Some Kind of Beautiful opens in theaters on August 21st.

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Godzilla in Hell #1

by Alan Rapp on August 1, 2015

in Comics

Godzilla in Hell #1Written and drawn by James Stokoe, Ishirō Honda‘s creation is sent to Hell (literally) in the first issue of the new series. Without a single word of dialogue, Godzilla in Hell #1 chronicles Godzilla‘s fall deep into the Earth and the monster’s run-in with a variety of nightmarish creatures.

The reasons for Godzilla’s fall aren’t explained. What is the heroic kaiju doing in Hell of all places? Whatever the cause for the monster’s new surroundings, it’s obvious from this first issue that Godzilla has his work cut out for him as his continued descent into Hell continues.

The setting does allow for any number of bizarrely-designed threats Godzilla might encounter. Although I like the look of Godzilla here, his desolate surroundings and nightmarish antagonists don’t do much for me. Readers more geared to horror comics are likely to get far more out of both the first issue and ongoing series than I will. Still, despite not explaining how he got there, Stokoe delivers a brand-new type of Godzilla story fans of the creature may appreciate. For fans.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
  • IMDb: link

Mission: Impossible - Rogue NationWhile Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol and Mission: Imposible III may have more dramatic weight given the personal motivations that drive each film, director Christopher McQuarrie instead focuses solely on delivering an immensely enjoyable summer popcorn flick that feels like an old Bond film (complete with multiple locations around the globe and a swagger the Daniel Craig films lack) mixed with the sensibilities of Ocean’s Eleven. The result may or may not be the best in the franchise, but it is arguably the most fun film the series has produced.

What makes my enjoyment of Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation all the more surprising is I’m not the biggest fan of the plot-framing device McQuarrie chooses to recycle in planting our heroes on the outside of their agency working essentially as rogue agents to save the day for those not smart enough to listen to them (here played by Alec Baldwin). The series tried it once, with Brian De Palma‘s bastardization of the original series, with mixed results. The plot is so common the Bond franchise has used it multiple times (License to Kill, Quantum of Solace, Diamonds Are Forever to name three – none of which would be considered among the series’ best).

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Here’s Florence + The Machine with a combined NSFW official video for both “Queen of Peace” and “Long and Lost” from the band’s third studio album How Big, How Blue, How Beautiful.

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Stitchers – Future Tense

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Stitchers – Future Tense
  • wiki: link

Stitchers - Future Tense

In an episode that ends the ongoing marriage proposal storyline and reveals Liam (Jack Turner) to viewers to have less-than-honest motivations concerning Kirsten (Emma Ishta), “Future Tense” also sets up next week’s summer finale as the Stitcher team investigate the murder of an online psychic and try to prevent a second murder the dead woman saw in a vision which only Kirsten believes will come to pass.

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Nina Agdal - Love|Haus (Summer 2015)

Danish model Nina Agdal was one of the models chosen for Love|Haus‘ Summer of Sexy campaign. You can find her pics inside.

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Clipped – Mo’s Ma

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Clipped – Mo’s Ma
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Clipped - Mo's Ma

In an episode that introduces Dot-Marie Jones as Mo’s (Matt Cook) mother the barber struggles with the news that his parents are getting a divorce after 30 years of marriage. Although Mo can’t see a reason why the marriage is ending ,his co-workers strongly suspect it may having something to do with Mo’s mother being more attracted to the fairer sex. This, of course, leads to plenty of cheap lesbian jokes as the characters dance around the issue without sharing their suspicions with Mo for most of the episode.

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Pretty Little Liars – FrAmed

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – FrAmed
  • wiki: link

Pretty Little Liars - FrAmed

The local gallery presenting Aria‘s (Lucy Hale) work as one of four finalists brings the Liars out despite concerns by Ella (Holly Marie Combs) about her daughter’s safety. Tanner‘s (Roma Maffia) heavy police presence keeps the Liars safe but doesn’t stop A from making an appearance as the Liars‘ adversary replaces Aria’s photographs with images from the girls’ captivity. The shock to the system brings Aria momentarily closer to Ezra (Ian Harding) admitting to both herself and her former beau the lingering effects of her captivity and how A was able to ruin on of the happiest moments of her life. The fact that the police are actively searching for Charles DiLaurentis gives the girls some hope, although Alison (Sasha Pieterse) has a far more conflicted reaction to the brother she barely remembers becoming public enemy #1.

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  • Title: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2
  • IMDb: link

We now have our first trailer for The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 which concludes the story of Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) and the revolution against the Capitol which she’s kinda-sorta the inspiration for. Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth, Woody Harrelson, Elizabeth Banks, Julianne Moore, Jena Malone, Natalie Dormer, Robert Knepper, Philip Seymour Hoffman, and Donald Sutherland all return. The Hunger Games franchise concludes in theaters everywhere on November 20th.

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  • Title: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles – Return to NYC!
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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles - Return to NYC!The latest single-disc collection of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles includes the group’s final adventure before returning to New York and the first six episodes of their return following the Kraang takeover and transformation of their home. The set primarily focuses on the Turtles working to put their family back together and reclaiming the streets of New York from the Kraang.

The episodes include Casey Jones‘ (Josh Peck) attempt to prove his worth, the two-part “Battle for New York,” the Turtles’ search for Karai (Kelly Hu), and the long-awaited introduction of the newly mutated Rocksteady (Fred Tatasciore) and Bebop (J.B. Smoove).

Even with Rocksteady and Bebop finally making an appearance the set lacks a real stand-out episode that is a must-have. That said, the episodes are all solid and fans collecting these single-disc collections (and don’t mind the continued lack of extras) should still enjoy themselves.

[Nickelodeon, $14.98]

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