January 2013

Arrow – Vertigo

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Green Arrow – Vertigo
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“Fantastic. Looking forward to my new and exciting career as a drug dealer.”

Arrow - Vertigo

Both Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Laurel (Katie Cassidy) step in to help after Thea‘s (Willa Holland) arrest for driving under the influence of a new street drug named Vertigo. While Laurel gets her father (Paul Blackthorne) to talk with the judge (Serge Houde) who throws out a plea arrangement to make and example out of one of Starling City’s elite, Oliver calls on the help of an old friend working as a vice cop (Janina Gavankar) to find the mysterious Count (Seth Gabel) who is supplying the city with the powerful hallucinogenic compound that 56 people died to perfect.

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Ben Folds Five – Erase Me

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2013

in Music News & Reviews

Here are Ben Folds Five performing “Erase Me” on Conan from The Sound of the Life of the Mind, the band’s first new album in more than a decade.

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Paperman

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2013

in Short Films

  • Title: “Paperman”
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Disney’s Oscar-nominated short “Paperman” (originally released with Wreck-It Ralph) has finally hit the Internet. It skews to a slightly older audience than most of Pixar’s shorts (making sense as to play to the older, nostalgic, video game audience for Ralph), but it’s no less enjoyable. If you haven’t seen it, or even if you have, you should take a look.

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The Lying Game – A Kiss Before Lying

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Lying Game – A Kiss Before Lying
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The Lying Game - A Kiss Before Lying

As Sutton (Alexandra Chando) reclaims her life Emma (Chando) grows restless tutoring Ethan (Blair Redford) at the cabin, and things get really interesting when Alec (Adrian Pasdar) and Rebecca (Charisma Carpenter) arrive for their long-delayed honeymoon. Forced to head to a cheap motel she learns Sutton is hiding a secret about her time in the same hotel and finally decides to leave the lies behind and jump a bus to Los Angeles to be with Thayer (Christian Alexander). However, when she arrives unannounced to find Thayer alone with his new half-naked blonde surfer friend (Kasey Stevens) she realizes she may have made a very big mistake.

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on January 31, 2013

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Upside Down
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Kirsten Dunst and Jim Sturgess star as star-crossed lovers from twin worlds with gravity that pulls in opposite directions who risk everything for a life together. The sci-fi romance from writer/director Juan Solanas also stars Timothy SpallVincent Messina, and James Kidnie. Upside Down opens in theaters on March 15th.

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  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – Out of the Frying Pan into the Inferno
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Pretty Little Liars - Out of the Frying Pan into the Inferno

As Aria (Lucy Hale) and Emily (Shay Mitchell) discuss whether or not to tell Spencer (Troian Bellisario) that Aria’s father (Chad Lowe) saw Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) outside Alison’s (Sasha Pieterse) house the night she disappeared, Spencer deals silently with the revelation that Toby (Keegan Allen) has been working for A the entire time they have been dating. Further shaken by a text message she believes to be from Aria, Spencer makes the mistake of revealing the truth to Ezra (Ian Harding) about Maggie (Larisa Oleynik) and his son – the truth Aria has been keeping from him for months.

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White Collar – Brass Tacks

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: White Collar – Brass Tacks
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“You’re a real son of a bitch, Neal. But you’re the best damn son of a bitch I’ve ever seen.”

White Collar - Brass Tacks

While looking into the case that destroyed Neal’s (Matt Bomer) family and his father’s (Treat Williams) career as a police officer, Neal and Peter begin an investigation into Senator Pratt (Titus Welliver). Not only do they believe Pratt is one of the a former dirty cops who was on the Flynn’s payroll, but it’s also highly likely he is the man responsible for Ellen’s (Judith Ivey) death. While Peter gets the measure of the man, Neal uses his charm to get a look at the Senator’s itinerary from his attractive assistant which allows Diana (Marsha Thomason) to place a bug on the man’s phone.

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Fables #125

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2013

in Comics

Fables #125With Bigby and Stinky off on a road trip in the magical car that used to be an evil witch (remember, the one introduced in the opening arc of Fairest) searching for Bigby’s missing cubs, Snow White has her own troubles to deal with with the unexpected arrival of old friends.

There’s quite a bit of fun here involving Bigby learning to drive a flying car that move between various worlds and dimensions (and nearly crash into several of them). Aside from the car, the comic also brings in Briar Rose fresh from her own Fairest arc to spend some quality girl time with the troubled Snow White.

However, Snow White’s troubles are just beginning as Bigby’s wife is surprised by the return of Prince Brandish, “protector of the realm, marshal of the west, and the first and one true husband of Snow White.” I think things are about to get interesting. Worth a look.

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The Following – Chapter Two

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Following – Chapter Two
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The Following - Chapter Two

With serial killer Joe Carroll (James Purefoy) in custody, newly reinstated FBI Agent Ryan Hardy’a (Kevin Bacon) work is just beginning as one of Carroll’s disciples (Steve Monroe) commits his first triple homicide and three others (Valorie CurryNico TortorellaAdan Canto) have kidnapped Carroll’s young son (Kyle Catlett) in an effort to force his ex-wife (Natalie Zea), and Ryan’s former lover, to visit the killer in prison.

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Bones – The Twist in the Plot

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2013

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Bones – The Twist in the Plot
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As Daisy (Carla Gallo) returns to the Jeffersonian intern rotation for the first time since breaking up with Sweets (John Francis Daley), Booth (David Boreanaz) and Bones (Emily Deschanel) investigate the murder of the death duola of a cancer victim who was buried with the young woman in a shallow grave. Sweets talks with the cancer victim’s husband (Larry Dorf), as Bones and Booth talk with the new age alternative burial director (Chuck‘s Vik Sahay) about the murder and burial of his former partner. With a focus on character and murder (rather than yet another quirky plotline) the show succeeds in finding a little of its old magic for the best show of the season so far.

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