March 2014

The Mentalist – Violets

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Mentalist – Violets
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The Mentalist - Violets

When Jane (Simon Baker) decides to loan the unit out to help another FBI agent (Pedro Pascal) catch a gang of murdering art thieves every member finds a role to play in an elaborate con involving misdirection, stolen art, Cho punching a suspect in a crowded bar, and a marching band. The team only knows a small fraction of the overall plan to entrap the leader of the crew (Charles Mesure), which is revealed to them as it is to the audience, by first using Abbot (Rockmond Dunbar), Fischer (Emily Swallow), Cho, and Lisbon (Robin Tunney) to bait one of his subordinates (Sean McGowan) and offer the crew a job too good to pass up.

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  • Title: Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher
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Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & PunisherI’m disappointed that DC Animation is headed full-speed into the New 52 era, but I guess I should count my blessings that despite falling from their former greatness at least they aren’t sharing the gutter with Marvel animation. There’s so much awful it’s impossible to know where to begin when discussing their latest straight-to-DVD feature Avengers Confidential: Black Widow & Punisher, but I’ll start here: This is the worst Punisher movie I’ve seen (and that’s saying something!).

The story features a forced team-up between T&A Bishoujo Black Widow (Jennifer Carpenter) and murdering Punisher (Brian Bloom) to take down the terrorist group Leviathan who is using stolen S.H.I.E.L.D. technology to create mind-controlled soldiers. Featuring an anime-inspired style Marvel has fallen in love with recently (and even DC is using more of), the storyline also involves Black Widow’s former lover turned terrorist (Grant George) and a mid-level thug (Kyle Hebert) the Punisher is killing his way through the streets to get his hands on.

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Ellie Goulding – Beating Heart

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2014

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s English singer-songwriter Ellie Goulding with the official video for “Beating Heart” from the Divergent soundtrack.

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Once Upon a Time – Quiet Minds

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Once Upon a Time – Quiet Minds
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Once Upon a Time - Quiet Minds

Magic has a price. The return of Rumpelstiltskin (Robert Carlyle) in the major thread in both the current storyline in Storybooke and the flashbacks to the Enchanted Forest where Neal (Michael Raymond-James) raises his father from the grave unaware of what will be taken from him. An injured Neal’s arrival in Storybrooke, unaware of the events which happened over the past year, leads him to joining the search for his missing father, but the closer Emma and Neal get to finding him the more obvious it is that something is quite wrong. Before the end of the episode both Emma and Rumpelstiltskin will loose someone they love.

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Rocky and Bullwinkle #1

by Alan Rapp on March 31, 2014

in Comics

Rocky and Bullwinkle #1The first issue of Boom Studios new Rocky and Bullwinkle comic is fun, if not quite as madcap and zany as I would have hoped. In the style of the television show, the two parts of Rocky and Bullwinkle‘s main story (involving Bullwinkle’s accidentally acquiring psychic powers, and Boris and Natasha playing fake psychics) are interrupted by a short Dudley Do-Right adventure involving Snidley Whiplash‘s plan to increase Dudley Do-Right‘s attractiveness to Nell allowing the villain freedom to commit his crimes in peace.

In both the main story and the Dudley Do-Right interlude the villains are defeated by their own actions as Boris and Natasha are unable to keep up their fraud (or kill moose and squirrel), and the horse pheromones Whiplash sprays Dudley lead not only to the villain being captured by the Mountie but also chased down by stampeding mares.

As a fan of the show, and the variant cover by Stephanie Buscema, I’m glad I picked up this okay first issue, but I’m not sure how long I’ll stay with the title. For fans.

[IDW, $3.99]

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