Rio 2

by Alan Rapp on August 16, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: Rio 2
  • IMDb: link

Rio 22011′s Rio was a colorful (if mostly by the numbers) film featuring a domesticated Spix Macaw (Jesse Eisenberg) who finds himself stuck in the wider world in your basic fish (or in this case bird) out of water storyline. The sequel doesn’t stray far from the original as Blu (Eisenberg) once again is put in uncomfortable new surroundings only to eventually prove he has what it takes to survive and thrive.

After the discovery of other Macaws, Blu and Jewel (Anne Hathaway) head into the Amazon with their children (Rachel Crow, Amandla Stenberg, Pierce Gagnon) where Blu finds it increasingly hard to fit in (and that’s before meeting Jewel’s disapproving father). Once again the movie gives us both human and bird enemies, unnecessarily returning Jemaine Clement as the vengeance-obsessed Nigel, along with the supporting cast of the first film and a few new faces (most notably Kristin Chenoweth as a poisonous tree frog) as well.

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Pre-order your own Guardians of the Galaxy Rocket Raccoon Fabrikations Plush Figure for the low, low price of $20.

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Ella Henderson – Glow

by Alan Rapp on August 15, 2014

in Music News & Reviews

This is British singer-songwriter Ella Henderson with the official video for “Glow,” the second single off her upcoming album Chapter One.

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The Blacklist – The Complete First Season

by Alan Rapp on August 15, 2014

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: The Blacklist – Season One
  • wiki: link

The Blacklist - The Complete First SeasonWhen the FBI’s most wanted turns himself over to authorities and agrees to help them catch infamous villains (many of whom the government isn’t even aware of) the life of Agent Elizabeth Keen (Megan Boone) changes in a flash as she finds herself in a world of secrets, half-truths, and lies concerning all aspects of Raymond Reddington (James Spader) and why the master criminal chose her as his liason to the FBI.

The set collects all 22 episodes of the show’s First Season in which Reddington leads the team (Harry Lennix, Diego Klattenhoff, Parminder Nagra, Hisham Tawfiq) to take down a member of The Blacklist every week while Lizzie deals with ugly truths in her own life which Reddington’s prescence brings to light – including the truth of her husband Tom (Ryan Eggold). The uneven First Season is a bit too secretive for its own good (much like Red), but does produces some strong episodes.

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  • Title: Franklin & Bash – The Curse of Hor-Aha
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Franklin & Bash - The Curse of Hor-Aha

Kicking off the show’s Fourth Season, Franklin & Bash returns with some notable absences. With Rachel (Heather Locklear) moving on to greener pastures and Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) facing serious charges, control of the firm has fallen on the shoulders of Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). It seems the inmates are in fact now running the asylum. Along with Locklear’s exit, the premiere is also missing series regulars Dana Davis and Kumail Nanjiani as the Peter and Jared’s go-to investigator Carmen and hypochondriac helper Pindar who have both, apparently, left the show with big holes to fill.

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Fairest #28

by Alan Rapp on August 14, 2014

in Comics

Fairest #28Continuing to mirror the events in Fables as both series move towards their end, Fairest #28 offers more of the animal uprising on The Farm where the non-human creatures demand the glamours promised to them. The creation of a handful of glamours chosen by lottery passifies the angry mob (at least for now).

In the comic’s other story, we witness Reynard be forcefully rejected by Snow White only to find some love, and much more trouble, on a farm not far removed from the Fables’ home.

Fairest #28 is a solid issue, but it still lacks the strong female lead that the series was built upon (unless Reynard’s new love interest turns out to be more than she seems) making it feel much more like an issue of Fables which bothers me a bit as the spin-off doesn’t look like its going to get a chance to go out on its own terms. A short interlude focused on the odd Mr. Webb is actually far more interesting than either of the main plotlines of the issue. For fans.

[Vertigo, $2.99]

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Perception – Silence

by Alan Rapp on August 14, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Perception – Silence
  • wiki: link

Perception - Silence

Kate (Rachael Leigh Cook) calls in Daniel Pierce (Eric McCormack) after sniper’s (Chris Coy) attack on a Federal building injures one agent and a second shooting less than 24-hours later leaves another dead. The numeric scribbling left behind by the sniper makes Pierce believe their shooter may be suffering from both Arithmomania and Hypergraphia along with an irrational fear of X-rays and radio waves which led to the attack. Pierce’s own discomfort and distrust of big brother is revisited here as his own experiences will be instrumental in finding a sniper who actually didn’t mean anyone harm.

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Covert Affairs – Grounded

by Alan Rapp on August 13, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Covert Affairs – Grounded
  • wiki: link

Covert Affairs - Grounded

With Annie‘s (Piper Perabo) secret revealed, Annie, Joan (Kari Matchett), and Calder (Hill Harper) all find themselves the subject of governmental hearings as to what else Miss Walker may have been hiding besides her medical condition which even puts the the recent win of taking down Nathan Mueller (Max Martini) into question. Despite being put on desk duty and preparing to testify in front of those who control her future with CIA, Annie’s attention is split when she’s contacted by Auggie‘s (Christopher Gorham) conspiracy nut asset who reports to have information about who was really behind the Chicago bombing.

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Grayson #2

by Alan Rapp on August 13, 2014

in Comics

Grayson #2The second-issue of Dick Grayson‘s new series featuring Batman‘s former partner working undercover as an agent for a shadow spy organization known as Spyral finds Grayson and Helena Bertinelli after the mad-scientist inventor of a bizarre piece of technology known as an “enhanced stomach” which has gifted the woman with super-speed but also turned her into a bloodthirsty cannibal.

Although it keeps the feel of last month’s opening issue, Grayson #2 isn’t quite as strong (probably because the enhanced stomach sounds more dumb than exotic or dangerous). The second issue does continue to develop Dick and Helena’s relationship while offering us a good look at how motivated Spyral is to get its hand on technologies which can help them in their secret endeavors.

Also of interest is the fact that Midnighter returns for a cameo, still fuming at being beaten by an unknown Spyral agent meaning we’re likely to get another battle between the pair fairly soon. For fans.

[DC, $2.99]

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Pretty Little Liars – A Dark Ali

by Alan Rapp on August 13, 2014

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Pretty Little Liars – A Dark Ali
  • wiki: link

Pretty Little Liars - A Dark Ali

While Emily (Shay Mitchell) and Ezra (Ian Harding) both attempt to convince Alison (Sasha Pieterse) not to take A‘s bait and finger the man who has come forward to accept responsibility for her kidnapping (which never happened) along with the murders of Alison’s mother and Bethany Young, the other Liars worry about what exactly A has planned. Not able to convince the rest of the group to use Shana‘s (Aeriel Miranda) evidence of Alison’s movements during her supposed captivity, Spencer (Troian Bellisario) turns her attention back to Melissa (Torrey DeVitto) and the secrets under her own roof as the series offers another emotional scene between sisters who can’t quite bring themselves to trust each other with the truth.

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