September 2011

Tucker & Dale vs. Evil

by Alan Rapp on September 30, 2011

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Tucker & Dale vs. Evil
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“Oh, hi de ho officer. We’ve had a doozy of a day. There we were, minding our own business, just doing some chores around the house when kids starting killing themselves all over my property.”

tucker-and-dale-vs-evil-posterYou’ve seen this story before, but never quite like this. A group of college kids on a road trip run into a couple of unsavory types in the back woods and terror and mayhem ensue. So what makes Tucker & Dale vs. Evil so different? The script by Morgan Jurgenson and Eli Craig turns the overused premise sideways and provides one of the craziest movies of the year.

Tucker & Dale vs Evil casts the two scary looking hillbillies not as potential killers but victims in a world turned completely upside down. Dale (Tyler Labine) and Tucker (Alan Tudyk) are no killers. They’re just a pair of guys looking for some time away at their new summer home in the Appalachian Mountains.

When they save one of the girls from drowning her friends believe they pair have kidnapped Alison (Katrina Bowden) and plan to kill her. What follows is a level of insanity that’s hard to describe without giving away some of the film’s funniest moments.

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Luther – Series Two, Episode One

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Luther – Series Two Episode One
  • tv.com: link

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After providing an engaging first series centered around a troubled genius detective with a mean-streak and a penchant for breaking the rules Luther returns for another season on BBC America.

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Reason #83 Why I Love DS9 – Babel

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2011

in Top Tens & Lists

There are many reasons why I love Star Trek: Deep Space Nine and why it remains my favorite of the Star Trek franchise.

Reason #83: Babel

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Michele Williams Gives Good Face

by Alan Rapp on September 29, 2011

in Books & Magazines

Actress Michele Williams took some time to sit down with Vogue’s Adam Green and discuss the novels of Vladimir Nabokov, turning 30, nudity in films, her daughter, the heroes of her youth, her love of acting, music, the death of Heath Ledger, living life with the paparazzi, the thrill from making a child laugh, and the obstacles and difficulties in playing Marilyn Monroe in her latest project My Week with Marilyn (which opens in theaters on November 4th). She also took time to pose for a few pics in character which you can find after the jump.

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Glee – I Am Unicorn

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Glee – I Am Unicorn
  • tv.com: link

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The second episode of the season returns an old friend as the glee club takes its first tenative steps to Nationals with a boot camp for the corps less talented dancers. Meanwhile, Rachel (Lea Michele) tries out for the school musical, which Artie (Kevin McHale) will be directing with the help of Coach Beiste (Dot Jones) and Emma (Jayma Mays), Brittany (Heather Morris) begins her campaign to get Kurt (Chris Colfer) elected for class president, and Sue Sylvester (Jane Lynch) continues her crusade to end arts funding in Ohio by creating a documentary focusing on how Quinn’s (Dianna Agron) life was derailed by glee club.

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Captain Atom #1

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2011

in Comics

captain-atom-1-coverI’ve been a fan of Captain Atom since the late 80′s reboot of the character and his subsequant runs on Justice League Europe and recently Justice League: Generation Lost. He’s had more than a few ups-and-downs in his career including his unfortunate role as Monarch, that awful golden and red look, and that time he got lost in the WildStorm Universe.

The latest reinterpretation of the Charlton Comics character by writer J.T. Krul is a new version of the character far more like the Watchmen‘s Dr. Manhattan (who was coincidentally created from the Charlton version of Captain Atom) than we’ve seen before.

In the comic Captain Atom’s powers are expanding as he discovers the ability to manipulate molecules outside of himself. Our hero is informed by Dr. Heinrich Megala, the scientist in charge of the project that transformed Nathaniel Adam into a nuclear-powered super-hero, that this ability, which in turn effects his own molecules, could end up killing him.

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Green Lantern Corps #1

by Alan Rapp on September 28, 2011

in Comics

green-lantern-corps-1-coverGreen Lantern Corps is the third Green Lantern title to be launched as part of the New 52. The first dealt with Sinestro and Hal Jordan, the second with the Red Lanterns, and the fourth will follow the adventures of Kyle Rayner and… well, I really don’t care about that one. Corps looks to team up Guy Gardner and John Stewart for some cosmic ring slinging.

The issue begins with both Guy and John’s troubles leading normal lives given the fact that they’re publicly known to be super-heroes. Guy is denied a teaching position given that his presence could put students at risk and John’s high standards for safety are scoffed at those willing to build his designs only if they will allow him to cut costs.

In need of some fresh air (so to speak) the pair take a trip to Oa and learn that two Green Lanterns have recently been killed in Sector 3599. Grabbing a team that includes Brik, Isamot Kol, Vandor, Hannu, and Sheriff Mardin set out to find the cause but are unprepared for what they find. A solid opener. Worth a look.

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Castle – Heroes and Villains

by Alan Rapp on September 27, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – Heroes and Villains
  • tv.com: link

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When a samurai sword wielding vigilante hits the streets of New York and halves an attacker (James Ferris) in an alley Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) draw the case. Despite getting off-track for a non-too-subtle sequence which was little more than a commercial for Marvel Comics, the show delivers its fair share of Castle moments.

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Batman #1

by Alan Rapp on September 27, 2011

in Comics

batman-v2-1-coverIn the final issues of the old DC writer Scott Snyder was working on an impressive storyline in Detective Comics. Now after the reboot the writer continues to tell stories of Gotham’s Dark Knight Detective in the new volume of Batman.

The issue begins with Batman stopping a break-out in Arkham Asylum with the apparent assistance of the Joker (don’t worry, it will be explained). From there we are reintroduced to Bruce Wayne, Dick Grayson, Tim Drake, and Damian Wayne at a party where Bruce unveils his new plan for Gotham City.

The issue also includes an appearance by Commissioner Gordon and a nice on-the-job conversation between Harvey Bullock and Batman. Not only am I glad to see Bullock has survived the reboot, I rather like seeing that he’s the one who notices Batman has gone back to his old method of hiding in the shadows.

This one’s an easy recommendation, and a solid read (even if the final panel is an obvious red herring). Worth a look.

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Castle – Season Three

by Alan Rapp on September 27, 2011

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Castle: The Complete Third Season
  • tv.com: link

castle-season-3-dvdCastle‘s Third Season finds Detective Kate Beckett (Stana Katic) and her plucky sidekick mystery writer Richard Castle (Nathan Fillion) solving murders, refusing to admit their true feelings for each other, and delving back into the unsolved mystery of Beckett’s mother. Sounds good to me.

This year’s cases involve counterfeiters, secret underground clubs, a dead psychic (Patricia Tallman) who predicted her own murder, a treasure map, a serial killer, a dead juror, a child kidnapping, aliens (okay, not really) and a shadowy government agency (yes, really!), a secret stash of Prohibition whiskey worth killing for, a dead matchmaker, a magician (Jeff Hephner) hired to plan the perfect murder, a dead lottery winner, the search for a dirty bomb hidden somewhere in the five burroughs, a death on the set of a soap opera, a murderous feud between rival pizza owners, a trip to Los Angeles, a murdered swimmer, and a death at a beauty pageant.

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