April 2011

Fast Five

by Alan Rapp on April 29, 2011

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Fast Five
  • IMDB: link

fast-five-posterThere’s insane and then there’s INSANE. Every time I thought the latest edition of The Fast and the Furious franchise had hit the limits of insanity they proved me wrong and found new ways to defy logic, common sense, and basic laws of nature. There’s a scene in last summer big-budget version of The A-Team where the team attempts to fly a tank that is falling through the air. The last twenty-minutes or so of Fast Five feel a lot like that.

With the exception of Michelle Rodriguez (whose character was killed off in the last installment), Fast Five brings together all the major characters of each of the films and picks up right where Fast & Furious left off with springing Turetto (Vin Diesel) from a prison bus.

Fast Five also gives us a new lawman. After the team is framed from the murder of two Federal Agents (because hunting them down for crimes they actually committed would be silly) the US Government sends the best to bring them in – Dwayne “Now that I’m back in the WWE you can call me The Rock again” Johnson.

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Harry Potter and the final trailer

by Alan Rapp on April 28, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2
  • IMDB: link

The end is nigh! Check out the trailer for the final film in the Harry Potter franchise featuring Harry’s (Daniel Radcliffe) final confrontation with Voldemort (Ralph Fiennes) and his unresolved homosexual feelings towards Ronald Weasley (Rupert Grint). Okay, I might be making the second part up. Emma WatsonHelena Bonham CarterGary OldmanTom Felton, Bonnie Wright, and Alan Rickman all return as well. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2 hits theaters everywhere on July 15th.

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Power Girl #23

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2011

in Comics

  • Title: Power Girl #23
  • Comic Vine: link
  • Writer:Judd Winick
  • Artist:Sam Basri

power-girl-23-coverSuperman and Power Girl finally discover who’s behind the magic dinosaurs rampaging across the city. Problem is, it’s Zatanna.

Okay, it’s not actually Zatanna. It’s a magic-stealing douchebag (I believe that’s the clinical term for his condition) who is trying to copy Zatanna’s powers and incorporate them into his own. Let’s just say Zatanna, Power Girl, and Superman might have something to say about that.

Also in this issue we finally see Power Girl’s new, and safe for public consumption, alter-ego Karen Starr. Despite the risks Power Girl has decided to go public in her other, less-super, identity, but she has made a few changes to help disguise the buxom blonde-haired super-woman from the public.

It’s not a great issue, but it does have magic dinosaurs and a pretty good appearance by Zatanna (who keeps to my rule that she’s far more interesting guest-starring in other books than in her own current monthly title). Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Darkwing Duck #11

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2011

in Comics

darkwing-duck-11-coverAlthough it might not be as good as last month’s issue (which was the best issue of the series so far – and one of the best comics I’ve read in 2011), this one’s still brings the fun as Darkwing Duck, Steelbeak, and Femme Appeal make their way through the secret fortress of F.O.W.L.

The issue spends quite a bit of its time wrapping up of the cool ideas and story elements introduced in issue #10, including the giant robotic Walrus and Gosalyn and Honker‘s confrontation with Ammonia Pine, before giving us an inevitable betrayal that leaves our hero at the mercy of Duckthulu (who has converted most of St. Canard into his mindless zombies – including Launchpad).

We’ll have to wait another month for the conclusion of the Duckthulu arc. I’ve enjoyed this storyline, but I’m ready for a new story arc. Even if this issue can’t quite live up to the insane level of awesome of last month it’s still definitely worth a look.

[Boom, $3.99]

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First Look – The Avengers

by Alan Rapp on April 27, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The Avengers
  • IMDB: link

Here’s a pretty pic from the set of The Avengers, which believe it or not has finally started shooting. After the jump you’ll also find a letter from director Joss Whedon to the fans.

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