The Blacklist – The Deer Hunter

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Blacklist – The Deer Hunter
  • wiki: link

The Blacklist - The Deer Hunter

The latest extra-creepy member of The Blacklist Reddington (James Spader) sends Lizzie (Megan Boone) and the FBI after is serial killer well known for the style in which the victims’ bodies are left (hung upside down, gutted, and with a bite taken out of their liver). Reddington offers a single insight that their killer is actually a woman (Amanda Plummer) allowing for a new branch of investigation and discovery of just how the Deer Hunter chooses her victims.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #12

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2015

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #12Romance is in the air as relationships are at the center of the latest issue of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten as Super-Andrew‘s new found powers allows him to help Buffy, Spike, and the Scoobies fight a sorcerer known as the Sculptor who creates armies out of dead flesh. As promised the magic potion Andrew took allows him to finally become his best self, which actually doesn’t have anything to do with his new powers which leave him as quickly as they appeared once the young man admits a not-so-well-kept secret to himself and his friends.

Spike has much soul searching to do as he rebuffs Buffy’s attempts to rekindle their romance in earnest for the first time since his soul was returned. Although he thinks he’s doing what’s best he quickly regrets his decision attempting to rectify the mistake. As expected the pair finally do find their way back to each other but not without some foreshadowing about about a murderous cost that could come into play in the coming months.

Romance doesn’t flow for Giles who continues to be stymied in his adolescent form or for Xander and Dawn who seem to finally be more at ease with themselves after months of awkwardness. Worth a look.

[Dark Horse, $3.50]

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Coming Soon

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2015

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
  • IMDb: link

We now have our first trailer for the upcoming film based on the 60s spy TV-series of the same name. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer star as American and Russian agents Napoleon Solo and Illya Kuryakin thrown together to work for U.N.C.L.E. on a mission to stop an international criminal organization (known as T.H.R.U.S.H. in the original series) from destroying the world. Alicia Vikander, Elizabeth Debicki, Hugh Grant, and Simona Caparrini also star. The movie opens in theaters on August 15th.

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Forever – Memories of Murder

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2015

in Uncategorized

  • Title: Forever – Memories of Murder
  • wiki: link

Forever - Memories of Murder

Molly Dawes (Hilarie Burton) returns as a visiting college lecturer in the latest episode of Forever which involves the murder of one of her students (Auden Thornton) who had gotten involved in a detailed 70s roleplay (complete with time-period furnished apartment and clothing) with a man (Cotter Smith) still mourning the loss of his wife years later. Despite leading Jo (Alana De La Garza) to the suspect and getting him to confess to the crime, Henry (Ioan Gruffudd) becomes less and less sure of the man’s guilt. Enlisting the help of Molly he recreates the crime scene (in the episode’s best scene) hoping to find a clue to what really happened to the young woman.

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Justice League vs. Bizarro League

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2015

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League
  • wiki: link

Justice League vs. Bizarro LeagueA LEGO Justice League movie? Okay, you’ve got my attention. The only real negative to LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is its length. Clocking in around 45-minutes it’s a stretch to say you’re getting your moneys worth with this new LEGO DC Comics Super Heroes “movie.” That doesn’t mean there isn’t an awful lot of fun to be had for fans of LEGO and DC Comics.

The plot takes place after the events of Batman Be-Leaguered (also included here as a nice extra) as a distrustful Batman (Troy Baker) has joined the Justice League which now faces a new threat with the return of Bizarro (Nolan North) who creates Bizarro duplicates of the other members of the Justice League to help him save the lifeless odd square-shaped planet which Darkseid (Tony Todd) has taken an interest in because of the powerful crystals Superman (North) has convinced Bizarro are helpless citizens he needs to protect.

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Ingrid Michaelson – Time Machine

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2015

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Ingrid Michaelson with the official video for “Time Machine” featuring Rainn Wilson, Jorge Garcia, Rob Delaney, Steve Agee, Brian Baumgartner, Dave Koechner, Garret Dillahunt, and Donald Faison.

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Kingsman: The Secret Service

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Kingsman: The Secret Service
  • IMDb: link

Kingsman: The Secret ServiceKingsman: The Secret Service isn’t the first time director Matthew Vaughn has signed on to bring a Mark Millar comic to the big screen. Like Kick-Ass, Kingsman: The Secret Service centers on the life of a young punk who enters a world of violence, ridiculous adventures, and even more ridiculous villains. This time, however, the subject of spies rather than comic book heroes is both celebrated and lampooned.

Based on Millar’s comic The Secret Service, Taron Egerton stars as a working class kid from a bad neighborhood raised by a single mother after his father died in mysterious circumstances working for a secret organization of spies (and tailors?) known as Kingsman. Recruited by the same agent (Colin Firth) who recruited his father, Egsy spends most of the film proving himself against other candidates (Sophie Cookson, Edward Holcroft, Nicholas Banks, Tom Prior, Fiona Hampton) working to take the place of the latest Kingsman (Jack Davenport) who died investigating a link between a kidnapped professor (Mark Hamill) and an eccentric billionaire known as Valentine (Samuel L. Jackson) who has some extreme ideas about lowering the population of the Earth.

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Arrow – Nanda Parbat

by Alan Rapp on February 26, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Nanda Parbat
  • wiki: link

Arrow - Nanda Parbat

Recent revelations and uncovered secrets prove to have consequences which will begin with Thea (Willa Holland) turning Malcolm Merlyn (John Barrowman) over to Nyssa (Katrina Law) and the League of Assassins and lead Oliver (Stephen Amell) and Diggle (David Ramsey) to Nanda Parbat and face-to-face with Ra’s al Ghul (Matt Nable) who, rather than torture the archer (as he’s done with Merlyn), makes Ollie an offer he may not be able to refuse.

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Atlantis – Season Two Part One

by Alan Rapp on February 26, 2015

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Atlantis – Season Two
  • wiki: link

Atlantis - Season Two Part OneAvailable on both Blu-ray and DVD, the two-disc set collects the first-half of Atlantis‘ Second Season continuing the heroic misadventures of Jason (Jack Donnelly), Pythagoras (Robert Emms), and Hercules (Mark Addy) featuring the two-part season premiere of Ariadne (Aiysha Hart) assuming the throne, the introduction of a dangerous new suitor to the Queen in the conniving Prince Telemon (Clive Standen), and the Queen’s party attacked on the road by Pasiphae‘s (Sarah Parish) forces and forced to take shelter in a tomb where the dead rise in the season finale which will turn Medea (Amy Manson) from possible friend of Jason to mortal enemy heading into the season’s remaining seven episodes.

The two disc set includes all six episodes of the season which have aired (the remaining seven may or may not air as the show has not been renewed for a Third Season) but does not include any extra features.

[BBC, Blu-ray $24.98 / DVD $19.98]

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News and Notes

by Alan Rapp on February 26, 2015

in News

Danger MouseCBR is reporting Netflix is gearing up rebooted animated series for both Danger Mouse (featuring the voice of Stephen Fry) and Inspector Gadget

/Film is reporting Matt Fraction is working on a television adaptation of Sex Criminals

Variety is reporting Warner Bros. has signed-on to help finance MGM’s upcoming Tomb Raider reboot from Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Divergent screenwriter Evan Daugherty

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