October 2010

  • Title: Tron: Legacy
  • IMDB: link

Featuring scenes from the upcoming film Tron Legacy, here’s Grammy Award-winning electronic music duo Daft Punk‘s “Derezzed” Music Montage from the film’s official motion picture soundtrack.

TRON: LEGACY – Daft Punk’s “Derezzed”



by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2010

in Home Video, Television Reviews 

  • Title: Sherlock – The Complete First Season
  • tv.com: link

“Do people usually assume you’re the murderer?”
“Now and then, yes.”

Created by former Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss, Sherlock takes the famous detective out of Victorian London and into modern day. The first season is currently playing in America on PBS and is available on blu-ray and DVD.

The three episode first season begins with the meeting of Holmes (Benedict Cumberbatch) and Dr. Watson (Martin Freeman) in a loose adaptation of “A Study in Scarlet” titled “A Study in Pink.” Aside from introducing the characters to us, and each other, this first episode begins the Holmes and Watson partnership as the pair hunt down a killer on the streets of London.

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Kick-Ass 2 #1 (of 6)

by Alan Rapp on October 27, 2010

in Comics

The sequel to Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.’s comic about a geeky teen turned super-hero begins here.

In a questionable choice, Millar plays with events just enough that both those who came in from either reading the first series or seeing the feature film adaptation will both be up to speed. Mark isn’t with Katie, but Mindy is living with Marcus (as the film suggested) and not with her mother (as told at the end of the first mini-series).

If the first series was about solitary heroes, this new story arc seems to be about teams. Here Mark meets new heroes who have formed their own kind of league (and we get flashes of a promised big epic super-team good vs. evil throwdown in Times Square).

It’s a solid first issue and the look and voice of the characters remain, but… For a comic called Kick-Ass this one doesn’t really. I’m sure there’s plenty of that to come, but this first issue is far more introspection than action, and those wanting to get to the good stuff will have to wait at least one more issue.

[Marvel $2.99]


Chuck vs. the Aisle of Terror

by Alan Rapp on October 26, 2010

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Chuck – Chuck Versus the Aisle of Terror
  • tv.com: link

This episode reunites Chuck (Zachary Levi) with his long lost mother (Linda Hamilton), who claims to be a deepcover double-agent. Frost proposes to help the CIA recover a terror-inducing nerve toxin to prove her loyalty. The result? Chuck gets shot in the heart (literally). And that’s just the beginning.

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The Lorax is coming to the big screen

by Alan Rapp on October 26, 2010

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: The Lorax
  • IMDB: link

It seems every few years Hollywood execs get together to delute a beloved Dr. Seuss tale with an overly long, often insipid, adaptation. (Anyone remember How the Grinch Stole Christmas?) Critics bemoan, audiences are split, and the film is quickly forgotten… until the process begins again a couple of years later. (Anyone remember The Cat in the Hat?)

The tale of The Lorax is my favorite Seuss story. I have very mixed feelings for the animated adaptation that lengthens the original tale and throws in some unnecessary song and dance numbers to what is a moral lesson concerning the effects of unchecked industrialization and greed on nature and the environment. I’m even less sure of a full-length feature starring Ed Helms, Rob Riggle, Zac Efron, and Danny DeVito as the voice of the Lorax.

If not ruined, embellished, dumbed-down, or lengthened and stretched too far, the tale could give us a great fable with a lesson every more important today than when the book was first published. Then again, it could be The Cat and the Hat all over again.