“I’m psychic detective Shawn Spencer and that’s my brother Daryl, and my other brother Daryl.”
After Henry (Corbin Bernsen) discovers a body of a young woman, Shawn (James Roday) begins to suspect that the victim’s plastic surgeon (Lori Loughlin), and a former flame of Henry’s, who the victim was suing might be responsible. Running his own investigation, Henry uncovers another patient (Rebeka Montoya) as well as rival plastic surgeon (Gregory Harrison) both of whom had motive for the murder. However, Shawn’s theory looks more promising, especially after Henry finds the drug used to kill the victim in his former flame’s purse (and gets knocked unconscious by her shortly afterward).
When the sixth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise plays to its strengths (fast cars, good cinematography, beautiful women kicking butt, and some terrific action sequences) it works well. Sadly, we are also forced to sit through the franchise’s usual hamfisted attempts at dramatic tension and clichéd (not to mention extremely corny) dialogue which give us a mopey Vin Diesel for the first half-hour of the film and an inexplicable subplot involving Paul Walker in prison that doesn’t so much shit in the face of logic as refuse to exist the concept exists at all.
Director Justin Lin reassembles the team from the last film as Hobbs (Dwayane “It’s Okay To Call Me The Rock Again” Johnson) recruits Toretto (Diesel) and his drivers to take down a mercenary group of high-speed thieves attacking military targets. For Hobbs its about using the lesser of two evils to stop a greater one. For Toretto its about bringing a lost member of his family back home when Hobbs informs him that Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) is alive and working for the murderous leader (Luke Evans) of the group.
Today LEGO unveiled the largest LEGO model ever built, a life-sized X-Wing Fighter (43ft. long with a 44ft. wingspan) composed of 5,335,200 LEGO bricks. The life-size model includes “a photo booth in the cockpit, engines that light up, and a slate of sound effects.” Very, very cool.
When he realizes that the rest of the Titans won’t fall for anymore of his pranks, Beast Boy (Greg Cipes) turns to the team’s most gullible member by making Starfire (Hynden Walch) believe she has accidentally killed her teammate. To further torment the Tamaran princess, Beast Boy decides to begin haunting Starfire as his ghost.
Sideshow Collectibles had crafted some seriously cool statues and figures over the years but this Thanos and Mistress Death Polystone Diorama set is downright amazing. Thanos’ base includes Captain America’s shield, Thor’s hammer, Iron Man’s helmet, and the Silver Surfer’s board and you get a switchable head for Mistress Death as well. And the Infinity Gauntlet on the villain’s right hand lights up! The limited edition run is long sold out, so you’re likely going to have to search to find it and likely pay far more than the $350 original price tag.
With The Hangover Part III, fans of The Hangover series will get to see one more misadventure concerning Phil (Bradley Cooper), Stu (Ed Helms), and Alan (Zach Galifianakis) in a script by Todd Phillips and Craig Mazin that returns to the lingering consequences of the Wolfpack’s original Vegas vacation while largely ignoring the events of The Hangover Part II. (In fact, other than a cameo by Jamie Chung as Stu’s wife and one or two quick mentions of the trip to Bangkok, the events of the second film are completely ignored.) The result is an adequate final chapter hell-bent on providing audiences with its share of both laughs and groans.
On the plus side the series breaks from tradition by giving us a new story rather than simply recycle the same storyline used in both the first two films involving the threesome slowly piecing together events from a hazy night while searching for a missing friend. Once again Doug (Justin Bartha) is left out of most of the chicanery as the trio are forced by a pissed of Vegas mogul (John Goodman) to find Leslie Chow (Ken Jeong) and the millions in gold bricks the maniac stole from him during the threesome’s original trip to Vegas.
Sent into space to scout the fleet of Chitauri warships on their way to destroy the Earth, Nova bites off more than he can chew when the young hero decides to stage a preemptive attack on the fleet. Although things start off well, Sam soon finds himself at the mercy of the aliens and a former member of the Nova Squadron who blames Sam’s father for the loss of his eye and his current predicament.
There’s quite a bit of action here, and I like the character of Titus (seriously, what’s not to like about one-eyes space tigers?). However, Titus’ motivations seem a little shaky, as does his version of events concerning the actions of Sam’s father which led to him being forced to work for the Chitauri.
The story gets a little sloppy int the middle, and there’s no Rocket Raccoon, but the series continues to be fun and high-spirited, and promises more of Titus and a perhaps even a direct attack on Sam’s family in the next issue. That, along with some more great art by Ed McGuinness, is enough to make me come back next month for more. For fans.
The Snow White arc comes to an end with the character (finally) refusing to no longer play the victim to Prince Brandish physical and mental attack which over the past few months has included breaking her arm, turning her husband into a glass statue, threatening to murder her children, borderline sexual assault, and keeping her hostage from the rest of Fabletown.
As her friends work to cancel the magical protections surrounding Brandish, Snow and the man claiming to be her true husband have a final duel which leaves Snow White free of Brandish but not without a price as one of Fables leading characters won’t survive the issue (although in a land of magic and resurrection anything is possible).
I’ve had very mixed feelings about this arc which cast Snow in the role of victim for fall too long. Although she finally gets some justice, the loss of Bigby actually makes it feel like Brandish is the real victor here. Hit-and-Miss.