October 2011

Annihilators: Earthfall #2

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2011

in Comics

annihilators-earthfall-2-coverThe fight that was promised to us at the end of the first issue is delivered in full here as the team of Annihilators (GladiatorQuasarRonan the AccuserBeta Ray Bill and Ikon the Space Knight) throw down with the Avengers (Iron ManCaptain AmericaSpider-ManWolverineMs. MarvelValkyrie, and the Thing) who have shown up to stop the alien invaders from leveling a Colorado town… by creating more violence and further leveling the Colorado town.

On the plus side the huge amount of property damage eventually reveals the Universal Church of Truth‘s secret base. The teams come to a temporary ceasefire as they are attacked by the Church’s zealots and warriors protecting a secret deep within their once hidden base.

It’s a little cliche to see two groups of heroes get into a brawl over a misunderstanding but the action is pretty good here as the Avengers give it their all but still can’t stop the cosmic guardians. There’s also a humorous moment between Spidey and Quasar when the Web-Head meets Quasar’s space girlfriend.

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Chuck Versus the Zoom

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Chuck – Chuck Versus the Zoom
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As the show returns for its fifth (and sadly final) season we catch up with the newly created Carmichael Industries. Our spies have left the government and set up their own shop as high-priced spies for hire who, as they put it, are still working out some kinks. But that’s not the only change as Chuck (Zachary Levi) is still dealing with the fallout from last season’s finale which saw him stripped of the Intersect and, even more shocking, saw it put in his best friend.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas
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Harold (John Cho), Kumar (Kal Penn), and Neil Patrick Harris are back to save Christmas with babes, dudes, sex, violence, drugs, claymation, Jews, Mexicans, and Jesus Christ. Paula GarcésIsabella GielniakEddie Kaye ThomasDavid KrumholtzBobby LeeThomas LennonDanny Trejo, and Patton Oswalt (as Santa Claus) also star. A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas opens everywhere on November 4th. NOTE: The Red Band trailer is NSFW.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2011

in Comics

It’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! 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 offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this week from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Archie, Dynamite, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Action Comics, Amazing Spider-Man, Animal Man, Detective Comics, G.I. JOE, Hulk, Infinite Vacation, Invincible, Justice League International, Moon Knight, The Rinse, Stormwatch, Transformers, Usagi Yojimbo, X-Men, the first issues of 7 Warriors, Betrayal of the Planet of the Apes, Blood Red Dragon, Dark Shadows, Heart, Jack Avarice is the Courier, Pilot Season: Misdirection, Six Guns, Thor: The Deviants Saga, and the final issues of Crysis, Flash Gordon: Invasion of the Red Sword, Hack/Slash/Eva: Monsters Ball, and Witch Doctor.

Enjoy issue #152

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Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth!

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Batman: The Brave and the Bold – Crisis: 22,300 Miles Above Earth!
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Much to Guy Gardner‘s (James Arnold Taylor) chagrin the JLI hosts a special meeting with the Justice Society of America aboard their satellite. The gives Fire, Ice (Jennifer Hale), Captain Marvel (Jeff Bennett), Captain Atom, Aquaman (John Di Maggio), Booster Gold, Blue Beetle (Will Friedle), Martian Manhunter (Nicholas Guest), and Guy Gardner the opportunity to mix with Jay Garrick (Andy Milder), Alan Scott (Corey Burton), Hourman, Doctor Fate, Wildcat (R. Lee Ermey), Doctor Midnight (Burton), Hawkman, the Spectre, Sandman, Mister Terrific, and Starman (Bennett).

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Secret Avengers #18

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2011

in Comics

secret-avengers-18-coverThis month’s issue is a fair bit better than last month’s disappointment as Steve Rogers, Sharon Carter and Shang-Chi travel into a Bad Continuum (a malformed dimension of a Multiverse) trying to stop agents of the Shadow Council from removing transmatter from the dimension which could be used as a terrible weapon in the Marvel Universe by transforming the Earth into a sun.

Aside from feeling far more like an Authority story than an Avenger story, the comic is pretty good including a well-designed M.S. Escher like world for our heroes to battle the members of the Shadow Council.

Writer Warren Ellis even gives us an appearance by Arnim Zola (a perfect villain for this type of story), the return of the Beast (who is given most the of monologue necessary to explain the situation), and a fun cameo by Reed Richards which allows the comic to end with Steve Rogers delivering a joke. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Person of Interest – The Fix

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Person of Interest – The Fix
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Reese (Jim Caviezel) takes the job as the driver for a fixer (Paige Turco) whose number has come up. When she’s asked to retrieve a recording of an affair by shady businessman (Tim Guinee) she uncovers far more than she bargained for and puts both of their lives in danger.

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  • Title: The Mentalist – Where in the World is Carmine O’Brien
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The murder of a local sheriff (Claudia Wells) leads the CBI to begin an investigation which uncovers three suspects: a wealthy businessman (Carlo Rota) who enjoys sexually assaulting young women (Fernanda Andrade), an embezzler on the run (Todd Eric Andrews), and a local kid with a drug problem. The case gets far more complicated by the arrival of Lisbon’s (Robin Tunney) brother Tommy (Henry Thomas).

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Batman, Zatanna, and Monsters! Oh My!

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2011

in Comics

all-new-batman-brave-and-bold-12-coverI’m not sure why many of DC’s best comics come from their kids line or why it’s so hard for comic book shops to stock these, but when I find one I make sure to grab it. The latest issue of The All-New Batman: The Brave And The Bold features Batman and Zatanna and a whole host of cameos from lesser known DC heroes and villains who fit perfectly into a Halloween tale.

Batman calls on Zatanna to help him track down the person responsible for breaking into the House of Mystery and turning Abel into in a tree. Their search for the magic users responsible leads to battles Doctor Destiny and Mr. Mxyzptlk before the true culprit is unmasked.

The final battle gives us a super-sized throwdown between the conjured up villains (Man-Bat, the Monk, Dala, Blockbuster, Solomon Grundy, werewolves, monstermen) and Batman, Zatanna, and their friends (Deadman, the Spectre, Etrigan, Blue Devil, Swamp Thing, Tomcat). However, victory isn’t won with fists but with words as Batman starts to understand how to use the rules of magic to his advantage. Best of the week.

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The Good Guy Fluctuation

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Big Bang Theory – The Good Guy Fluctuation
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Halloween brings amusement for the entire gang at Sheldon’s (Jim Parsons) expense as Leonard (Johnny Galecki) is faced with a moral quandary when a beautiful girl (Courtney Ford) hits on him at the comic book store. As Leonard’s struggles over his loyalty to Priya (Aarti Mann) and his infatuation with an attractive girl who likes, and writes, comic books Sheldon plots his revenge.

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