Rookie Blue – Perfect Family

by Alan Rapp on July 5, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Rookie Blue – Perfect Family
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Rookie Blue - Perfect Family

While Epstein (Gregory Smith) and Marlo (Rachael Ancheril) continue to make progress on the bombing Andy (Missy Peregrym), Sam (Ben Bass), and Traci (Enuka Okuma) investigate the disappearance of a 16 year-old girl (Zoé De Grand Maison) which initially appears to be an abduction but the truth turns out to be far more complicated. And, in terms of the ongoing soap-opera drama happening in 15 Division, Andy continues to struggle with the knowledge of Marlo’s pregnancy unable to come to terms with how it will effect her relationship with Sam.

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Focus

by Alan Rapp on July 5, 2015

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Focus
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FocusWritten and directed by the team of Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, Focus met with mixed reactions from both audiences and critics when it opened in theaters earlier this year. It’s reminiscent of Out of Sight, the film rests largely on the performances of two photogenic and charming stars who, from time to time, need to smooth over the rough spots in the plot.

As a fan of heist and con flicks Focus is right up my alley, and it’s one of Will Smith‘s more interesting acting choices in recent years. As expert con man Nicky “Melo” Spurgeon, Smith takes a young grifter (Margot Robbie) under his wing in a screenplay that has a few too many twists for its own good but still turns out to be largely enjoyable thanks to the chemistry of its two leads. Focus may be cotton candy, lightweight with less going on beneath the surface than one would hope for, but it’s still a tasty treat that goes down easily and will momentarily satisfy your sweet tooth.

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Killjoys – The Sugar Point Run

by Alan Rapp on July 4, 2015

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  • Title: Killjoys – The Sugar Point Run
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Killjoys - The Sugar Point Run

A prisoner exchange in a city controlled by competing warlords sends Dutch (Hannah John-Kamen), John (Aaron Ashmore), and D’Avin (Luke Macfarlane) to Sugar Point where they promptly crash land on the wrong side of the city and loose their bargaining chip. In the overall arc of the show’s First Season the main importance of “The Sugar Point Run” is to show Dutch how useful D’Avin is on such jobs allowing her to offer him a birth on her ship by the end of the episode. Stuck alone repairing the ship, the episode also showcases the resourcefulness of John while the others are out searching for the escaped prisoner.

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Covering Nina Agdal

by Alan Rapp on July 4, 2015

in Books & Magazines

Nina Agdal - Cover (July 2015)

Danish model Nina Agdal can be found gracing the cover of the July issue of her home country’s Cover Magazine. You will find the pics from her photo shoot inside.

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Here’s Rihanna with her explicit and certainly NSFW (language, content, and nudity) video for “Bitch Better Have My Money.”

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  • Title: Dragons: Race to the Edge – Dragon Eye of the Beholder
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Dragons: Race to the Edge - Dragon Eye of the Beholder

Set before the events of How to Train Your Dragon 2, Netflix’ new series Dragons: Race to the Edge continues the adventures of Hiccup (Jay Baruchel), Toothless, and their friends. The two-part opener “Dragon Eye of the Beholder” deals with the return of Dagur the Deranged (David Faustino) and his search for treasure in a ship graveyard in the dense fog bank near the edge of the Archipelago, a battle with a new dragon, and the introduction of a mysterious artifact which will propel Hiccup on new adventures over the course of the season’s 13 episodes.

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Terminator: Genisys

by Alan Rapp on July 3, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Terminator: Genisys
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Terminator: GenisysHe told you he’d be back. Given the crippling disappointment of Terminator Salvation, which if not for the existence of A Good Day to Die Hard would unquestionably be the worst action sequel ever made, it’s inconceivable that somebody thought making another Terminator movie was a good idea. No less shocking is the fact that Terminator: Genisys, despite several plot points and awful title, is actually fun.

Recognizing after four films and a TV-series how screwed-up the Terminator timeline has become screenwriters Laeta Kalogridis and Patrick Lussier deliver not so much a sequel as a reboot that jumbles the events of the first two Terminator films, heavily condensing them to occurring simultaneously in 1984 while introducing a face to SkyNet and new villain to hunt down Sarah Connor (Emilia Clarke) in 2017.

One of the (many) flaws of Terminator: Salvation was its headstrong determination for John Connor to run from who the previous films had molded the character into. Here John (Jason Clarke) is the once again the prophet general of the human resistance that defeats the machines in the opening scene but not before time travel can be introduced into the equation.

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The Terminator

by Alan Rapp on July 2, 2015

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: The Terminator
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the-terminator-dvdTerminator 2: Judgement Day is a superior action flick with huge stunts and explosions. Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines is actually a very well thought out science fiction film that fits the events of the series into perspective. The first in the series however, The Terminator, is one of the most perfect monster movies of all time featuring an unstoppable killing machine sent from the future who is programmed to kill Sarah Connor and any who get in its way.

In the future the world has been taken over by machines bent on ruling and destroying what is left of humanity the war between human and machine rages on until the year 2029 when the humans led by John Connor finally achieve victory. Unable to admit defeat a Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger), a robotic killing machine covered in flesh and blood to resemble a human, is sent back in time to kill off the leader of the rebelling humans before he is ever born. Too late to stop them, the humans send one soldier, Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn), back in time to protect Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and history. The only question is who will get to her first?

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  • Title: Stitchers – A Stitcher in the Rye
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Stitchers - A Stitcher in the Rye

The latest episode of Stitchers not only introduces Kirsten (Emma Ishta) to the woman whose job she took over but also makes the new Stitcher aware that the program’s true purpose may not be to solve minds by romping through the memories of dead people. “A Stitcher in the Rye” begins with the murder of a former agent of the CIA turned conspiracy nut and food truck vendor (you know, basically a lateral career move). Discovering the man was in possession of Stitcher code sends Kirsten on a mission to find the mole within the group and leads her directly to Marta (Tiffany Hines) who attempts to impart some knowledge about the organization they both work for before she commits suicide because a member of the super-secret government organization she’s been trying to expose since waking from a coma asks her to.

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  • Title: Mr. Robot – eps1.0hellofriend.mov
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Mr. Robot - eps1.0hellofriend.mov

There are inherent strengths and weaknesses in any story presented from the point-of-view of an unreliable narrator. In that vein, USA Network’s latest stars Rami Malek as cyber-security tech Elliot Alderson who spends his off-work hours as an expert hacker. Struggling with social anxiety disorder, a contempt for corporations, a morphine habit, and a history of mental illness that includes hallucinations, Elliot is approached by a stranger (Christian Slater) who offers to make all of Elliot’s dreams come true by inviting the hacker into a select group whose target is to bring down one of the world’s largest corporations (which Elliot’s day job just so happens to offer a way in).

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