Samurai Jack #7

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2014

in Comics

Samurai Jack #7With Samurai Jack and the Scotsman both turned into females by the Leprechauns the pair’s two-issue gender-bending adventures continue as Samurai Jacqueline and the Scotswoman seek to complete their bargain with the devious imps and confront the giant Cuhullin the Cruel.

Only after confronting the massive creature in battle do Jack and the Scotsman uncover just how much they’ve been played by the evil imps and decide to do what they can to set things right. With the spell broken due to the giant’s wailing breaking the music of the curse (which is only slightly less awkward than it sounds), the restored Jack and Scotsman come up with a plan to help Cuhullin and teach the Leprechauns a much-deserved lesson.

Available in a cute variant cover by Agnes Garbowska, Samurai Jack #7 wraps up the bizarre adventure that despite its unique set-up stays true to the style and themes of the original cartoon. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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Hawaii Five-0 – Ku I Ka Pili Koko

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Hawaii Five-0 – Ku I Ka Pili Koko
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Hawaii Five-0 - Ku I Ka Pili Koko

On a bad tip by an ATF informant (Alvin Joiner) Five-0 helped put in prison, the group is lured into an explosion leaving McGarrett (Alex O’Loughlin) and Danny (Scott Caan) trapped under several feet of rubble. While Catherine (Michelle Borth) and Grover (Chi McBride) help with the rescue effort, Kono (Grace Park) and Chin Ho (Daniel Dae Kim) head back to the prison to find the source of the tip and the reason someone was willing to blow up and entire building to take out members of Five-0.

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All-New X-Men #25

by Alan Rapp on April 14, 2014

in Comics

All-New X-Men #25The “monumental” 25th issue of All-New X-Men feels much more like a forgettable annual rather than an important issue of an ongoing comic. Centered around the Beast‘s conversations with an over-talkative Watcher, the framework is a relatively weak excuse to bring in a variety of artists to give takes on their version of various X-Men characters in the present and possible futures (including Magik as Sorceress Supreme) all put in jeopardy by McCoy’s decision to bring the younger versions of his friends into the present.

Don’t get me wrong, there’s some very nice artwork here (highlighted for me by Bruce Timm’s showcasing Jean Grey in her various forms), some of it quite funny, but as a fan of the original idea of The Watcher as a silent observer I’m less than satisfied with this verbose version that even goes so far as to insult the X-Man after speaking his mind. For such a momentous issue All New X-Men #25 can easily be skipped by those not willing to pay $5 for a story that doesn’t do much of anything to further ongoing stories and whose absence won’t be felt going forward if you choose not to read it. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel, $4.99]

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  • Title: Wander Over Yonder – The Birthday Boy
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Wander Over Yonder - The Birthday Boy

Playing on the running gag of the series that Wander (Jack McBrayer) doesn’t understand that Lord Hater (Keith Ferguson) really, really doesn’t like him, “Birthday Boy” finds Wander and Sylvia (April Winchell) invited to Hater’s birthday party inside the villain’s new Doom Arena as a surprise by Peepers (Tom Kenny) in an attempt to try and please his lord.

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Scandal – Flesh and Blood

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2014

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  • Title: Scandal – Flesh and Blood
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Scandal - Flesh and Blood

Setting all the pieces in place for next week’s season finale, “Flesh and Blood” deals with the immediate fallout from Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington) shutting down B-613 unaware that she’s blinding the U.S. Government just as her mother and her co-conspirators have put together a plan to kill President Grant (Tony Goldwyn). Working with her father, against Jake’s advice, Olivia and her team find the bombmaker who just happens to be Maya‘s (Khandi Alexander) one true love who Rowan (Joe Morton) gleeful murders when given the opportunity.

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The Family

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: The Family
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The FamilyAfter mixed success in the low-rent action genre, writer/director Luc Besson turned his attention to dark comedy with 2013′s The Family. The results of an American mobster (Robert De Niro) and his family (Michelle Pfeiffer, Dianna Agron, John D’Leo) in Witness Protection in small town in Normandy, France, is actually better than some of Besson’s other recent efforts (such as Taken 2).

Centered mostly on the family’s inability to adapt to new surroundings yet again after being forced to relocate by the FBI agent (Tommy Lee Jones) in charge of their safety we see several instances of “The Blakes” using violence, intimidation, and even explosives to get what they want.

De Niro has fun with the mobster’s selfish actions involving attacking both a plummer and the head of a local chemical plant polluting the water supply while working on memoirs no one in the FBI ever wants to see the light of day. He even agrees to speak at a local film debate where his real personal experience comes in very handy.

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The Crazy Ones – Love Sucks

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2014

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  • Title: The Crazy Ones – Love Sucks
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The Crazy Ones - Love Sucks

Featuring an appearance from Robin Williams‘ old Mork & Mindy co-star Pam Dawber as Simon‘s new love interest, the latest episode of The Crazy Ones deals with the highs and lows as love as Simon also tries to help Gordon (Brad Garrett) who is despondent after his husband abandons him for not being spontaneous and too stuck in his anti-social ways. It all ends it wacky (and somewhat unfortunate) karaoke sequence that’s better of forgotten for Gordon and Simon getting a door slammed in his face (despite the attempted assistance of David Copperfield).

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Elementary – No Lack of Void

by Alan Rapp on April 13, 2014

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  • Title: Elementary – No Lack of Void
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Elementary - No Lack of Void

When a pickpocket in holding dies from exposure to Anthrax, Sherlock Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu) are called in to help Captain Gregson (Aidan Quinn) in the police’s hunt to discover the source of the biological weapon which killed the thief before it is used to do far more damage. While working the case Holmes is also forced to deal with the unexpected death of his old friend Alistair (Roger Rees) and the repercussions of how his friend celebrating more than three decades of sobriety met his end.

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Sports Illustrated 2014 Swimsuit Cover Model Kate Upton

After previously sharing with the galleries of Danish cover model Nina Agdal and American cover models Lily Aldridge and Chrissy Teigen, we turn our attention to the American model chosen to grace a variant cover of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit IssueKate Upton. You can find a gallery of her photos inside.

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Draft Day

by Alan Rapp on April 12, 2014

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Draft Day
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Draft DaySet over the course of a single day, Draft Day offers the opportunity for sports-film go-to-guy Kevin Costner (now a little too long in the tooth to star as an actual player) to star as the general manager of the Cleveland Browns on the team’s biggest day of the year. Fighting the recent death of his father, an aggressive new head coach (Denis Leary), an owner (Frank Langella) demanding a “big splash,” his own beliefs on the right move and the player he wants to draft (Chadwick Boseman), and the news that his not-so-secret girlfriend (Jennifer Garner) is pregnant, Sonny Weaver Jr. (Costner) will struggle through the day to do what he believes is best for the team.

The script by Scott Rothman and Rajiv Joseph along with the framing of cinematographer Eric Steelberg captures the pressure, size, and scale of the moment Sonny finds himself in the middle of when he makes a questionable deal to trade for the number-one pick to draft “a sure thing” in quarterback Bo Callahan (Josh Pence). Although I think the script does falter a bit in Sonny’s final moves, straining believably, the story director Ivan Reitman sets out to tell is enganging, well-paced, and a hell of a good time.

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