February 2012

Hawaii Five-0 – Lekio

by Alan Rapp on February 29, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Lekio
  • tv.com: link

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James Caan guest-stars as a private investigator and retired NYPD bomb expert who is Five-0′s leading suspect behind the murder of a famous DJ (Dennis Miller) killed in the middle of a broadcast when his his recording studio aboard his yacht explodes while at sea.

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  • Title: The Avengers
  • IMDB: link

Although it’s still giving away nothing about the threat, other than the presence of Loki (Tom Hiddleston), I’ve got to say I’m pretty positive on this second trailer for this summer’s big budget super-hero flick The Avengers. Sure Captain America’s (Chris Evans) costume still doesn’t quite look right, and, more importantly, the action looks far too Michael Bay for my tastes (and even includes a giant Depticon-ish looking monstrosity in the final shot), but that shot with Thor (Chris Hemsworth) bringing down his Hammer on Captain America’s shield? Yeah, that looks pretty cool (and a hellova lot better than that awful new poster). Robert Downey Jr., Scarlett JohanssonCobie SmuldersMark Ruffalo, and Samuel L. Jackson also star. The fun stars everywhere on May 4th.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7

by Alan Rapp on February 29, 2012

in Comics

Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #7The latest issue of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles reboot not only gives us the first appearance of General Krang and the early beginnings of Casey and April‘s relationship, but an entire army of Mousers for Splinter, Leonardo, and Donatello to take on.

With the exception of the introduction of Krang, which I’ve got to admit works better than I thought it would, storywise this one’s a little light as it merely inches the existing stories incrementally forward. However, in terms of action the latest issue proves to be a hell of a lot of fun as the Turtles protect their home from a seemingly endless supply of killer robots.

If you’re not reading this comic, I don’t know what to tell you. It’s got talking brains inside mechanical bodies, giant philosophical rats, and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Honestly, what more do you want? Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Morning Glories #16

by Alan Rapp on February 29, 2012

in Comics

This month’s issue picks up the thread’s of issue #13 (from way back in October) as we finally learn a little more about what happened to Casey and Miss Hodge. The final panels of the earlier issue are true, the pair have traveled back into the past, but far further than Miss Hodge had planned.

Casey comes face-to-face with a father who doesn’t recognize her (his daughter is only three years-old and safe at home in bed), and has to deal with torture, shock, and an understanding that her life has been turned completely upside-down (even more so than her time at Morning Glories Academy).

The issue works pretty well. I’d like a little more explanation in how Miss Hodge enforces her will on others, and how Casey has the same ability. Is it a natural talent, until now untapped? Or is this something Hodge granted her? In either case a little clarity (which I’ll admit is asking quite a bit from this comic) would have been nice.

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Introducing Jim Lee’s Avengers

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The Avengers
  • IMDB: link

Seriously? Take a look at this and tell me it doesn’t remind you of countless examples of photoshopped characters, all staring in different directions, and always against random destruction in the background, that has become a staple of Justice League since the New 52 reboot.

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Castle – Once Upon a Crime

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – Once Upon a Crime
  • tv.com: link

“You get cute when you get angry, but not when you get angry with me.”

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When a young lawyer is found dead, apparently mauled by an animal and wearing a Red Riding Hood costume, and another victim dressed as Snow White, Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) are put on the trail of an elaborate serial killer with a fairy tale fetish.

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I Melt with You

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: I Melt with You
  • IMDB: link

i-melt-with-you-blu-rayI Melt with You is a mess. The film gathers four 40 year-old friends (Thomas JaneJeremy PivenRob LoweChristian McKay) together for a wild alcohol and drug-fueled reunion. Most of the film’s first hour is little more than stars acting crazy, drinking and snorting everything in sight, and trying to hide how bad each of their lives has gotten from their old friends.

As unstructured and pointless the first 50-minutes are, the rest of the movie is worse. The film takes a dark, and bizarre, turn when one of the friends commits suicide the others gather together to hold to a pact they made when they were kids. They hide the body from a curious local cop (Carla Gugino) who has begun to snoop around due to reports of their wild partying, and agree to carry out the plans their dead friend put into motion.

It’s impossible to care for the self-deluded bunch of assholes that are assembled here. The script does its best to strip anything likable from each of the actors in every frame of film.

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Short Film: Time Freak

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: Time Freak
  • IMDB: link

Written and directed by Andrew Bowler, the Oscar-nominated short Time Freak stars Michael Nathanson as a neurotic inventor who creates a time machine and becomes lost while trying to fix the mistakes of the previous day. John Conor Brooke and Emilea Wilson also star. You can see the full short on iTunes for $1.99.

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London Boulevard

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: London Boulevard
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london-boulevard-dvdRecently released from prison, and unwilling to go back to the life that got him sent there, Harry Mitchel (Colin Farrell) goes to work for a reclusive English actress (Keira Knightley). Charlotte has holed up in her home, with only a friend (David Thewlis) for company, hiding from the never-ending pressure from the paparazzi who are continuously camped outside her house for the chance at a single photograph they could sell to the tabloids.

The trouble for Mitchel is his old life won’t let him go. Even though he doesn’t ask for it, Mitchel’s old pal Billy (Ben Chaplin) gets him a collecting job for a local crime boss named Gant (Ray Winstone) who sees Mitchel’s worth and wants to make him part of his organization.

Mitchel’s life is further complicated by his failed attempts to take care of his insane sister (Anna Friel), and a personal vendetta as he hunts down two teens who killed a homeless man (Alan Williams) Mitchel considered a friend.

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Person of Interest – Risk

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Person of Interest – Risk
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To help out a cocky young trader (Matt Lauria) at an investment bank Reese (Jim Caviezel) poses as a wealthy investor and learns about a multi-million dollar financial scam that his latest person if interest is about to uncover that may very well get him killed.

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