November 2014

Atlantis – Telemon

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Atlantis – Telemon
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Atlantis - Telemon

Ariadne‘s (Aiysha Hart) coronation as the new queen of Atlantis brings a new set of games to the city and a new suitor in Prince Telemon (Clive Standen) who arrives for the dual purpose of winning the games and the queen’s hand in marriage. Despite initially befriending the young man in the woods, Pythagoras (Robert Emms) and Hercules (Mark Addy) begin to have doubts about the man’s true nature based on the word of another fighter (Lashana Lynch) who turns up dead after voicing her suspicions about his criminal past.

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Abigail Breslin – You Suck

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2014

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Abigail Breslin with the American actress’ first music video for “You Suck.”

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Uncanny X-Men #28

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2014

in Comics

Uncanny X-Men #28While others react to his recent move of attempting to befriend rather than stop the dangerous Omega-level mutant, Cyclops works to attempt to convince Matthew Malloy to join his team of X-Men offering Scott Summers a big gun and game changer in his standoff against S.H.I.E.L.D.

Although the unstable Malloy is still far from A) Joining Cyclops team or B) Being able to control his powers to be able to join the team, Cyclops’ offer leaves Beast, Maria Hill, and others at a complete loss of what to do next. The only one who seizes the opportunity to act is Magneto who finally returns to the series after a lengthy abscence not all that keen on what Cyclops has been doing in since his departure.

I’m happy to see Magneto’s return but sad to learn that he appears to be at odds with a move that could take the X-Men, and the series, to an entirely new level. Worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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The Flash – Power Outage

by Alan Rapp on November 30, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Flash – Power Outage
  • wiki: link

The Flash - Power Outage

When a new metahuman shows up in town with the ability to drain power from everything from the city’s electrical grid to a living person the Flash (Grant Gustin) is left temporarily without his powers. As Cisco (Carlos Valdes) and Caitlin (Danielle Panabaker) work to find a way to restore Barry’s speed Blackout (Michael Reventar) shows up at the ruins of the accelerator looking for Harrison Wells (Tom Cavanagh) who he blames for the accident.

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  • Title: Birdman
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BirdmanWriter/director Alejandro González Iñárritu‘s tale of a washed-up celebrity’s last chance to reclaim his career is a bizarre look at the life of a man who may, or may not, have super-human abilities who has bet his entire career on a Broadway production that is in continual struggle as opening night looms.

Making good use of Michael Keaton‘s role of Batman back in the early 1990s, Iñárritu casts the actor as Riggan Thomson best known for his role as a super-hero film series star who no one inside the industry takes seriously. Riggan is haunted by his former alter-ego Birdman who continues whispering to him in a gruff Batman tone voicing displeasure about the current state of the star’s life. In a script that ebbs and flows (and often gives us too many first-person walking shots down halls where nothing happens), Keaton keeps Birdman on track delivering his best performance since donning his own tights.

The rest of the cast and crew of the production fall into unremarkable (workmen, staff, etc.) or hopelessly neurotic (Naomi Watts, Emma Stone, Andrea Riseborough) and egomaniacs (Edward Norton).

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