June 2010

Avengers #2

by Alan Rapp on June 24, 2010

in Comics

The bad news? The time steam is broken. The good news? The Avengers, with the help of Noh-Varr, are ready to hop into the future and set things straight (unless Wonder Man can stop them). And any title that has a cameo from both the 2099 Universe and the original Guardians of the Galaxy gets a pass from me. Worth a look.

[Marvel $2.99]

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Superman #700

by Alan Rapp on June 24, 2010

in Comics

superman-700-coverTo be honest I haven’t been a regular reader of Superman for a very long time. Much like Batman #700 this issue gives us three tales, though here they are unrelated.

The first guest-stars the Parasite in the long awaited reunion of the Man of Steel and Lois Lane. The last is a grief stricken woman laying a planet-sized guilt trip on our hero causing him a level of introspection that seems odd given the length in his history (you’d think he’d have come to grips with such circumstances decades ago).

But it’s the middle story, guest-starring a young Dick Grayson as Robin, that works best. There are some fun moments including Superman trying to save Dick from Bruce’s wrath by quickly doing his homework and the Batman’s message to Clark in the epilogue. Worth a look.

[DC $4.99]

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Knight and Day

by Alan Rapp on June 23, 2010

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Knight and Day
  • IMDB: link

Tom Cruise is crazy. Crazy I tell you! And he’s soooo dangerous! Or is he? That’s the basic theme of Knight and Day which enlists Cruise to play the burned-out spy gone mad who happens upon the unsuspecting June (Cameron Diaz) on her way to her sister’s (Maggie Grace) wedding. One thing leads to another (don’t you hate it when a plane full of trained killers tries to take you out in mid-air?) and suddenly June is seeing much more of Roy (Cruise) than she bargained for.

In film, as in life, charm can both overcome and hide a number of flaws. And Cruise and Diaz make for a charming on-screen couple. Just not quite charming enough to hide a level of ridiculousness that even The A-Team dared not go. At no time should you attempt to think through the chain of events you are presented with which rely on the kind of dumb luck, chance, opportunity and fate you only find in movies of this genre.

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Covert Affairs

by Alan Rapp on June 23, 2010

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: Covert Affairs
  • tv.com: link

I’ve got to hand it to USA Network for churning out show after show that I want to watch. It doesn’t hurt that their latest stars Piper Perabo. I’ve been a fan of Perabo’s since she took a road trip with a certain moose and squirrel ten years ago. Covert Affairs is set to air on USA July 13th following the season premiere of White Collar.

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Incredible Hulk #610

by Alan Rapp on June 20, 2010

in Comics

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Guess who’s back? This entire World War Hulks storyline has been ridiculous but the latest issue does mark the return of one big, green, and very angry Marvel icon. It’s just about the only good thing about this issue, but the event which leads to his return is fairly well done. Hit-and-Miss.

[Marvel $3.99]

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