June 2011

  • Title: Covert Affairs – All the Right Friends
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When a simple spy exchange goes horribly wrong, Annie (Piper Perabo) finds herself in Argentina handcuffed to a man (Ignacio Serricchio) she’s not sure if she can trust, in a country whose government hasn’t been apprised of the operation, and with an assassin on her trail. Or, as Annie might call it, just another day at the office.

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  • Title: White Collar – Dentist of Detroit
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Although this episode gives us a peak into Mozzie’s (Willie Garson) past – including showing us where his nickname came from, I’ve got to say I was a little disappointed in the latest episode of White Collar. It’s not bad, but it’s also not up to the show’s usual standards.

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Leverage – The Long Way Down Job

by Alan Rapp on June 30, 2011

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  • Title: Leverage – The Long Way Down Job
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Leverage kicks off its Fourth Season by sending the team up a mountain to help a widow (Haley Talbot) stop her husbands’ business partner (Cameron Daddo) from mortgage fraud which is costing hundreds of people their homes every day. The trouble is the only proof, if it even exists, is a notebook on the dead man’s body lost on the top of a mountain.

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Flashpoint: Reverse-Flash

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2011

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flashpoint-reverse-flashComic readers who have absolutely no idea who the Reverse-Flash is, or need a little background into his history battling the Flash should find this one-issue primer worth a quick look. The trouble is, for the rest of us, there’s no real reason to pick it up.

Although it’s released as a Flashpoint one-shot, this single issue has absolutely nothing to do with the events inside this alternate version of the DC Universe, nor does it take any steps to explain how Professor Zoom was able to rewrite history to such a large extent.

That’s not to say it’s a bad read, but there’s little here for those of us who already know the backstory between Barry Allen and Professor Zoom including Zoom’s repeated attempts on Iris Allen‘s life, his attempts to rewrite history by stopping Allen from becoming the Flash, and his death at the hands of his hated foe. Worth a look (but only for those who need a brush-up on the character).

[DC, $2.99]

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G.I. JOE #2

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2011

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gijoe-2-coverCobra Commander may be dead, but that doesn’t mean COBRA is going away quietly. With Duke stuck in Washington for a series of bureaucratic meetings, COBRA sets out a two-pronged attack. The first sends in two of their best agents to infiltrate the Pit and the second attempts to take out the Joe’s leader in the nation’s capital.

Zartan creates all kinds of chaos here (although it’s a little unclear if the Joes know about him or he’s being reintroduced as a new character) taking out members of the team to assume their identities with one purpose – to silence the COBRA prisoner. As to what Storm Shadow‘s true mission is, I guess we’ll have to wait for that to be revealed next month.

Meanwhile Duke and Dial Tone fight their way out of a government facility, not knowing who to trust. Anyone could be an agent of COBRA. Remember, it’s not paranoia if they’re really after you. Although I’m not totally sold on Javier Saltares’ artwork, writer Chuck Dixon gives us pair of strong stories. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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  • Title: Transformers: Dark of the Moon
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transformers-dark-of-the-moon-posterIt’s official, Michael Bay can now be legitimately named the serial rapist of my childhood. Three Transformers movies and the man still doesn’t know what the hell a robot is (let alone a Transformer). Short version: Despite showing a momentary early glimmer of promise of not totally sucking, the film wastes what little it had going for it by making a series of mistakes and beating you down with a level of stupidity it’s hard to believe was done on purpose. For the first, but certainly not the last, time in this review, let me just say: Fuck you Michael Bay.

What works? The special effects are well done. The 3D isn’t Avatar level but is still impressive. Everything else? Hold on to your seats boys and girls this is going to get messy. Spoilers be damned, I’ve got a hellova lot to talk about. You’ve been warned!

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Ultimate Spider-Man #160

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2011

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ultimate-spider-man-160-coverI’ve largely stayed out of Marvel Comics’ Ultimate Universe. The revamped look at classic heroes never really caught my fancy. The one exception to this was Ultimate Spider-Man, which I read sporadically for a short while before eventually moving on to other titles.

The Ultimate Universe has gone through quite a few shakeups in recent years including the deaths of numerous heroes. This issue, however, delivers the death of the hero with the longest running on-going Ultimate title – Peter Parker.

Of all the choices involved in this version of Peter the best was took keep his youth intact throughout his run. This Peter never graduates high school, and after the events of this issue it’s clear he never will. This also makes his death, at such a young age, much more tragic.

I liked this Spidey, but I was far less impressed with the Ultimate version of the Green Goblin, who plans the villain of this issue. After taking a bullet for Captain America in the previous issue our wounded hero makes his way to Queens to save his loved ones from the Goblin’s latest attack. He’s successful, but at a high price.

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Suits – Pilot

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2011

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  • Title: Suits – Pilot
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Suits is one of the new slate of shows USA Network has premiering this year. The “Pilot” shows promise, but also quite a lot of room for improvement.

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Princess of Thieves

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2011

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Princess of Thieves
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princess-of-thievesWhen I learned there was a Robin Hood movie out there I hadn’t seen that starred Keira Knightley I knew I had to track it down. Princess of Thieves isn’t the most original tale of a headstrong young girl showing her father she can stand on her own, but it does provide its share of moments.

The film didn’t have the biggest budget (it was a made-for-TV project which premiered on The Wonderful World of Disney), but in look and style (if not writing) it compares favorably to similar projects including the recent Robin Hood BBC series.

The film centers around the daughter of Robin Hood (Stuart Wilson) and Marian (Hannah Cresswell) who has grown estranged from her father, whom she sees rarely. When news reaches that Richard the Lionheart is dying the king sends his chosen heir, his only son Phillip (Stephen Moyer), into Robin Hood’s keeping and away from the treacherous plans of Prince John (Jonathan Hyde).

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Megamind: Bad. Blue. Brilliant. #2

by Alan Rapp on June 27, 2011

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megamind-2-coverApe Entertainment’s second issue of this Megamind mini-series gives us three more tales including the continuation of “Minion’s Day Off” where Megamind has unintentionally activated and unused plan of evil to shoot Metro City into space. Whoops! Where’s Minion when you need him? Limboing on the beach, obviously.

In “Bad Minion, Bad” one new experiments goes awry when his newest machine (designed to turn evil people good) has an unexpected effect on Minion – who becomes the new master villain of Metro City. With the help of Roxanne, Megamind tries to track down his sidekick and even attempts to replace him (in an effort to make him jealous), but in the end must face the new master of crime in battle.

The final short tale involves a field trip of school children accidently setting off various inventions in Mega Mind’s lair. Much like with the first issue of the series (but thankfully without a high school story this time around), this one should provide some fun to fans of the character – even if it is grossly overpriced for a comic aimed at younger readers. Worth a look.

[Ape Entertainment, $3.95]

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