July 2012

  • Title: Political Animals – The Woman Problem
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Political Animals

At a private family dinner Elaine (Sigourney Weaver) announces to her mother (Ellen Burstyn) and sons that she intends to run against President Garcetti (Adrian Pasdar) in the next election. To help lay the foundation of his hush-hush campaign by getting the help of an old friend and pollster (Chris Ellis), Bud (Ciarán Hinds) sets out with Douglas (James Wolk) and T.J. (Sebastian Stan) under the guise of a fishing trip.

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The Flash #11

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2012

in Comics

The Flash #11The latest issue of The Flash begins a new story arc as the Scarlet Speedster has relocated to Keystone City letting everyone back home believe Barry Allen is dead. I’m less sure about The Flash leaving Central City than Barry Allen letting his true identity die (which I’m really not in favor of), but as long as writers Francis Manapul and Brian Buccellato keep this arc relatively short I’m willing to see how things play out.

Barry gets himself a job in one of Keystone City’s super-villain dives where on the first day of work he has to suit up and stop a brawl between Captain Cold and Heat Wave. The Flash makes quick work of the two villains, but on the way back to prison they’re surprised by a visit from the Golden Glider.

I enjoyed Barry as the Flash, but I’m still unsure of his life out of costume in this arc. It’s also interesting to note that in the New 52 Keystone City is compared to Gotham in terms of in terms of high levels of crime and corruption. We’ll see what the Flash has to say about that. Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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Cat Run

by Alan Rapp on July 31, 2012

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Cat Run
  • IMDB: link

cat-run-dvdWith Cat Run director John Stockwell and screenwriters Nick Ball and John Niven deliver a derivative action flick that wants so hard to be cool it’s almost embarrassing. Mixing a healthy dose of nudity with brutal stylized violence (including torture scenes with a cigar cutter and dental drill), a plot that doesn’t make all that much sense, and intentionally bizarre characters (such as D.L. Hughley as a one-armed, no legged, office worker) Cat Run is one mess of a film.

Our story takes place in Eastern Europe where genius introvert (Scott Mechlowicz) turned failed chef and his childhood best friend (Alphonso McAuley) decide (for no apparent reason) to start a low rent detective agency above a porno theater in Montenegro. Their first client is a prostitute named Cat (Paz Vega) who stole their car and phone and is the sole remaining witness to a series of brutal murders. Well, client is a rather strong word as no one actually hired these likable but ridiculous pair to find anyone.

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80’s Batmobile Cookie Jar

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2012

in Toys & Collectibles

Holy Ceramic Cookie Jar Goodness Batman! This classic 80’s style 3.25in. tall Batmobile Cookie Jar can be yours for the low, low price of $45.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles #12

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2012

in Comics

tmnt-12-coverThe Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, with the help of the Purple Dragons, finally arrive to save Splinter and take on The Shredder and his army of “stupid evil ninjas.” Issue #12 has plenty of action including the end of Splinter’s fight with The Shredder and a four-way takedown of the leader of the Foot Clan by the heroes in a half-shell.

The turtles not only manage to bust the heads of several Foot Ninja, Karai, their mutant soldier Alopex, and put a beatdown on The Shredder, but, more importantly, they get what they came for and are able to save Splinter from being killed by Oroku Saki a second time.

The issue ends with the foreshadowing of a possible Angel/Casey/April love triangle and April finally officially meeting Splinter and being able to finally thank him for saving his life. We also get the rather inglorious end to Old Hob and the news General Krang is prepared to go ahead with the ominous sounding “Plan B.” Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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The Newsroom – Bullies

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Newsroom – Bullies
  • tv.com: link

“I’m going to single-handedly fix the Internet.”
“What could possibly go wrong?”

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After a couple of on-air snafus Will (Jeff Daniels), who has been battling insomnia for several nights, shows up to a therapy season with a shrink he’s been paying for regular weekly seasons for years (he just hasn’t bothered to show up for the last four). When he finally shows up to his appointment he discovers Abe’s son Jacob (David Krumholtz) has taken over the practice after his father passed away two years ago.

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Winter Soldier #8

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2012

in Comics

winter-soldier-8-coverWhile Bucky and Jasper search frantically for Leo Novokov, the third Soviet sleeper agent trained by Bucky and now loose in the world, the pair keep coming up empty. And now that Novokov has the Black Widow he can put his plan into action.

And his master plan is to turn Natalia back into… a ballerina? Sorry? I know, I know, Novokov uses Professor Rodchenko and his brainwashing techniques to return the Black Widow to the Soviet assassin she once was, I just think it’s funny (and a little stupid) that the one instance we see of Natalia’s old self is dancing around on stage.

Meanwhile Bucky and Jasper are able to find and trace the helicopter Novokov used to make off with Natalia, but they don’t know that they are far too late because Natalia has now fallen to the dark side and is… dancing. Great idea for a story, but Brubaker’s choice of the final reveal makes the comic read far more humorous than ominous. Still, worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2012

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 Alpha Girl, Animal Man, Batwing, Courtney Crumrin, Daredevil, Defenders, Detective Comics, Earth 2, Epic Kill, Garfield, Hulk, The Lone Ranger, Looney Toons, Muppets, The Punisher, The Shadow, Spawn, Stormwatch, Worlds’ Finest, X-Men, the first issues of Black Kiss II, Dark Shadows/Vampirella, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, First X-Men, Harvest, Hawkeye, Penguins of Madagascar, Strawberry Shortcake, Think Tank, and the final issues of iZombie, Justice League International, and Mondo.

Enjoy issue #185

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Top 10 Badass Olympic-Style Moments

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2012

in Top Tens & Lists

Okay, this list began as a list of Olympic movies for obvious timely reasons, but due to the fact that would make for a very lame list, I broadened the topic. Instead, I’m focusing on training moments, montages, competition, pommel horses that appear magically in the middle of a chase, and a double dose of Dolph Lundgren. Let’s just say this list ended up being quite different, and a lot more fun, than I originally thought it would be. Let the badassery begin!

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Young Justice #18

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2012

in Comics

young-justice-18-coverThe Young Justice team heads to Africa to take down another Kobra-Venom operation run by the Brain in the Bwundan Jungle. But shortly after arriving Robin, Miss Martina, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Artemis, and Superboy find themselves attacked by gorillas suped-up on Kobra-Venom and led by Grodd.

The team, with the exception of Wolf, is captured and taken to Gorilla City, but Miss Martian is separated from her teammates and gets an unexpected visit from Grodd. There’s plenty of hero-on-gorilla action here along with a few lingering concerns between teammates, particularly Miss Martian’s concern for Aqualad’s state of mind following Tula‘s betrayal.

We also get a short cameo by Captain Marvel who is disappointed when he learns he won’t be traveling with the team on their latest mission. I’m glad to see the goofier version of the Big Red Cheese show up in a DC Comic (and still using his appropriate moniker), but, you would think of all people, Batman be able to figure out the Captain’s secret, right? Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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