• Title: Blood & Treasure – The Curse of Cleopatra
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Blood & Treasure - The Curse of Cleopatra television review

The two-hour series premiere of Blood & Treasure introduces us to former FBI agent turned antiquities expert Danny McNamara (Matt Barr) who is lured back into the field when his mentor (Alicia Coppola) is kidnapped after making a historic find in Egypt. Needing all the help he can get, Danny recruits a world-class thief – his ex-girlfriend Lexi Vaziri (Sofia Pernas). The two-part opener of Blood & Treasure is goofy and could be helped if the show embraced what it is wholeheartedly instead of attempting to straddle a semi-serious line throughout the premiere as the pair bicker and make goo-goo eyes at each other.

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Photograph

by Alan Rapp on May 22, 2019

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  • Title: Photograph
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Photograph movie reviewWriter/director Ritesh Batra‘s Photograph offers audiences a low-key romance between a tourist photographer (Nawazuddin Siddiqui) struggling to scrape money together to pay off family debts and the daughter (Sanya Malhotra) of a well-to-do family unhappy with both the current state of her life and her parents’ plans for her future. Neither is all that happy with their lives, but until their meeting neither of them has ever thought about attempting to make a change, either.

A chance encounter between the two leaves Rafi (Siddiqui) with Miloni’s (Malhotra) photograph, taken at the Gateway Of India. Hoping to ease the worry of his grandmother (Farrukh Jaffar), Rafi includes the stranger’s photograph in a letter suggesting that he has finally found love. When the grandmother decides to come into town to meet her, Rafi scrambles to find the stranger and convince her to play along for a few days. What could just as easily have been a throwaway plot to a regrettable Hollyood romcom works fairly well here, as the unusual offer comes at just the right time as Miloni feels oppressed by the expectations of by her own family.

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Danger Man – The Gallows Tree

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2019

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  • Title: Danger Man – The Gallows Tree
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Danger Man - The Gallows Tree television review

Our Throwback Tuesday post takes us back into the Cold War spycraft of Danger Man. The discovery of fresh fingerprints from an enemy spy (Paul Rogers) believed to be long dead sends John Drake (Patrick McGoohan) to the edge of the world after a slippery target who alluded Drake’s one chance to bring him in more than a decade before. While NATO believes the spy may be involved in some kind of smuggling operation what Drake finds is a retired man who has long ago given up spycraft and appears to be content running a small bar and inn far away from his old life.

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Naomi #5

by Alan Rapp on May 21, 2019

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Naomi #5 comic reviewWe all need a best-friend like Annabelle. Naomi #5 fills in the missing pieces to Naomi‘s story both through flashbacks to the cave and through Naomi telling her best friend that she’s from an alternate Earth, has super-powers, and that her adoptive parents are aliens from outer space. Annabelle takes things pretty well.

Through the artifact, which she absorbs into her skin, Naomi not only unlocks her god-like powers, but also receives a message from her long-lost biological parents explaining who she is, the world she is from, and why they were forced to send her away to keep her safe from another mad god on their own Earth who wanted the child dead. All things considered, Naomi takes things pretty well, too.

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  • Title: Game of Thrones – The Iron Throne
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Game of Thrones - The Iron Throne television review

Closing the show’s controversial final season is a lackluster series finale that acts as epilogue to the events of Daenerys (Emilia Clarke) burning Kings Landing to the ground. Dispensing with the two most likely candidates for the thrown by having Jon Snow (Kit Harington) kill Daenerys leaves a gaping hole for the final half of the episode to stumble through and awkwardly come up with a suitable candidate to sit on the (now melted) throne. The writers, who promised a “big surprise” on who would emerge as the new ruler, turn to the blandest choice possible as the survivors come together to crown Bran the Boring (Isaac Hempstead Wright), first of his name.

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