May 2008

Sex and the City

by December Lambeth on May 30, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Sex and the City
  • IMDB: link

If you are in any way shape or form a fan of the series then your going to love this. It’s like 3 episodes rolled into one and a bigger screen. Same characters, more problems, strong friendships, sex, love and more just for our fanatic viewing pleasure. Many would say it was a little long, but a true fan will feel like they have just indulged in a day at the spa and a trip to a runway fashion show with their favorite BFFS from Sex and the City. It’s like the show had never been canceled, they picked up 3 years later with a lot of the same problems, plus a few new ones to boot and pretty much solved them all by the end. I wouldn’t say that it’s all buttoned up neatly, I could easily see a return of the series or another film. The great thing about Sex and the City, it’s life, at least in some fictious/realist way, and we all no that life never ends.

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Son of Rambow

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2008

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Son of Rambow
  • IMDB: link

““I am the son of Rambo!””

Son of Rambow is a nice little independent film, quirky and with a good heart.  It’s main problem is it’s not sure just who its audience is.  My main problem is I’m not sure either.  Still, indie film fans should check out the local art houses to see if it’s playing in a theater near you.

The film is built around the meeting and unlikely friendship between the school’s trouble child Lee Carter (Will Poulter) and outsider Will Proudfoot (Bill Milner), a member of the strict religous sect, the Plymouth Brethren.

Although an unlikely pair, the two are brought together by the Lee Carter’s bootleg tape of First Blood which inspires the two to create an entry in a local filmmaking contest for Screen Test featuring the adventures of the son of the famous Rambo.

The story, and the friendship of the pair, is complicated by their vastly different lives and the arrival of a instantly popular foreign exchange student (Jules Sitruk) who brings his own ideas, and his large following, onto the project.

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Tube Watch

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2008

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: In Plain Sight
  • tv.com: link

This Sunday Mary McCormack returns to television in the new USA original series In Plain Sight.  McCormack stars as a US Marshall working for the Federal Witness Protection System protecting and relocating witnesses all over the country.  Fred Weller, Lesley Ann Warren, Nichole Hiltz, and Cristian de la Fuente also star.  The show premeires Sunday night on USA at 10:00/9:00.  Check out a short trailer along with interviews from the cast inside.


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When Dirty Harry Speaks

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2008

in Home Video/DVD News 

As we told you last week about the new Dirty Harry Ultimate Collector’s Edition.  In honor of it hitting the shelves next week we share these fun moments from the various Dirty Harry films.

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Dick Martin

by Alan Rapp on May 29, 2008

in Uncategorized

As Aaron told you Tuesday, director Sydney Pollack died early this week.  Sadly, he wasn’t the only one to go.  Dick Martin, best known for being the co-host of the variety show Rowan and Martin’s Laugh-In (for which he won an Emmy), passed away of respiratory problems this past weekend.  As a comedian, host, director, and producer Martin worked on several projects duing his fifty-year career in Hollywood.  Following his stint on Laugh-In Martin would go on to a career behind the camera directing TV episodes for series such as Newhart, Sledge Hammer!, Family Ties, and The Bob Newhart Show as well as continuing his acting career by showing up in guest spots on shows such as The John Larroquette Show, Diagnosis Murder, The Love Boat, and Coach, and as a host and celebrity contestant on several game shows.  Check out some memorial clips inside.

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newuniversal: shockfront

by Alan Rapp on May 28, 2008

in Comics

“I’m seeing stuff, and…yeah, it makes no snse, but I taste what I’m seeing, and sometimes feel it or smell it.”

Warren Ellis’ reinterpretation of Marvel’s New Universe was one of more memorable projects from the House of Ideas last year.  Now Ellis returns with “season two,” a new six-issue mini-series entitled newuniversal: shockfront which picks up the further adventures of Earth’s new super-powered heroes and those who want them dead.

For those who haven’t read the first mini-series, available in trade paperback and hardcover (read the review), I’d suggest giving it a peruse before jumping into Season Two.

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Porco Rosso

by Sarah on May 28, 2008

in Anime Reviews 

  • Title: Porco Rosso
  • IMDB: link

Who said pigs can’t fly?  Porco Rosso is about a guy who was once a WWI ace fighter pilot that is now cursed to have the face of a pig for the rest of his life.  Porco, also known as Marco, began his life as a handsome fighter pilot for the Italian Air Force.

When he and his comrades were flying through enemy territory, they found themselves in the midst of a battle.  Fighter planes flying everywhere, shooting left and right and everyone except Porco was gunned down.  Porco was struck down but when he awoke, he found his plane flying by itself.  The plane rose up through the clouds to reveal a white band of planes overhead.  The planes were fallen seaplane pilots on their way to heaven.  When Porco looked to the side of him, he noticed his good friend Bellini and he called out to him but was unheard.  Bellini had just married a girl named Gina before they left for the war, and when he was flying up towards the band of pilots Porco told him that he can’t leave her alone.  After that point, he began flying for himself.  He took his seaplane and left.

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Better Days

by Alan Rapp on May 28, 2008

in Comics

“Why do I open my mouth?”
“Sir, we’re none of us sure.”

The story begins, as is often the case with this crew, with a heist which doesn’t go exactly according to plan.  The team captures a new prototype attack droid (by the skin of their teeth) only to find their contact unable to pay for the merchandise.  However, he knows where the crew can get their hands on some buried cash.  Of course this sounds like another wild goose chase, but without other options the crew agrees – only to get their biggest surprise yet.

This new three-issue mini-series, written by Joss Whedon and Brett Matthews, takes place after the events of Serenity: Those Left Behind and before the events of the film Serenity.  With Whedon on board the characters actions and words ring true, even when the looks sometimes does not.

The art by Will Conrad is a bit spotty for me as he captures some of the characters well (Jayne, Zoe, Inara) but seems to completely miss on others (Shepherd Book, Wash).  Still, I like the look and feel of the action on the page, even if the characters themselves aren’t always quite up to snuff.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on May 28, 2008

in Comics

Hmm, we’re about to talk about comics so it must be Wednesday!  Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls.  Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we look at the new comics set to hit comic shops and bookstores today from DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, WildStorm, Vertigo, Virgin, Archie Comics, IDW Publishing, Dynamite Entertainment, Devil’s Due Publishing, and Image Comics.

This week includes All Star Superman, Astounding Wolf-Man, Drafted, Ms. Marvel, Northlanders, Star Wars: KOR, and the first issues of Aletheia, Batman: Gotham After Midnight, Final Crisis, Firebreather, Giant-Size Astonishing X-Men, Marvel 1985.  Also don’t forget the truckload of new graphic novels including Black Adam: The Dark Age, Countdown to Final Crisis Vol. 1, Excalibur Classic Vol. 5, Incredible Hulk Omnibus, Superman: World of Krypton, X Omnibus Vol. 1, and much, much more.

Enjoy issue #74

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National Treasure 2 on DVD

by Alan Rapp on May 27, 2008

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: National Treasure 2: Book of Secrets
  • IMDB: link

“Gates, people don’t believe that stuff anymore.”
“They want to believe it.”

The arrival of a mysterious man (Ed Harris) with proof that their ancestor Thomas Gates (Joel Gretsch) was a member of the group which assassinated President Lincoln leads Ben Gates (Nicolas Cage), Patrick Gates (Jon Voigt), Abigail Chase (Diane Krueger), and Riley Poole (Justin Bartha) on the chase to prove the existence of another treasure and clear Thomas Gates’ name.

Although not as good as the first film (read that review), there’s still quite a bit of fun to be had in this sequel which involves trips to Paris, London, Mount Vernon, and secrets buried deep inside of Mount Rushmore.  Like the first film this one includes plots and conspiracies, rival treasure hunters, and clues and secrets which must be found and deciphered.  Plus we get the gang once again breaking into places they shouldn’t including the Oval Office, Buckingham Palace, and even kidnapping the President of the United States (Bruce Greenwood) to ask him about a President’s Book of Secrets which just might hold the answer’s Gates is searching for.

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