November 2011

The Smurfs

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2011

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: The Smurfs
  • IMDB: link

smurfs-blu-rayThe Smurfs were a staple of my Saturday morning cartoons growing up. For those unfamiliar, Smurfs are small blue magical creatures named after their most prominent characteristic (giving us characters like Handy Smurf, Jokey Smurf, Poet Smurf, Sneezy Smurf, and the like). They live in mushroom houses, feed on Smurfberries, and spend most of their time singing and hiding from an evil wizard who wants to destroy them.

Fleeing from the evil wizard Gargamel (Hank Azaria) a handful of Smurfs find themselves pulled through a magical portal into our world. Now Papa Smurf (Jonathan Winters), Smurfette (Katy Perry), Grouchy (George Lopez), Brainy (Fred Armisen), Gutsy (Alan Cumming), and Clumsy (Anton Yelchin) find themselves in New York. To find their way home they enlist the help of a stressed out marketer (Neil Patrick Harris) with an egomaniacal boss (Sofía Vergara) and a pregnant wife (Jayma Mays).

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The Flash #3

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2011

in Comics

flash-new-52-3-coverThanks to a super EMP whammy Central City in a total blackout, every electronic device including cars and planes are non-functional, and so its up to the Flash to save 3.5 million people from the dark.

As the Flash races around the city the clones of Manuel close in on the original and Iris West‘s trip to Iron Heights prison, now in dark lockdown, gets the intrepid female reporter far closer to one of the Flash’s Rogues than she ever wanted.

Once again Francis Manapul gives us a strong story to go along with some absolutely beautiful art. There are also a couple of fun moments here including Barry on horseback and some early narration explaining how the Flash learned how to use his speed in various ways (and why he never drinks coffee).

Fans of the Golden Age should also pay attention to the mention Keystone City, especially now that we know some form of an Earth-2 Justice Society of America is scheduled as part of DC’s New 52. Best of the week.

[DC, $2.99]

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Leverage – The Experimental Job

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2011

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Leverage – The Experimental Job
  • tv.com: link

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The team is hired to investigate a psychology student (Jonathan Keltz) who is running sleep deprivation studies on former soldiers suffering from shell-shock including a homeless man whose daughter (Meredith Adelaide) is sure the experiment is what caused her father’s death.

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This Week in Independent Film

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2011

in Film News & Trailers

  • Title: Shame
  • IMDB: link

In Shame Michael Fassbender stars as a sex addict whose unique lifestyle is interrupted by the unannounced arrival of his equally screwed up sister (Carey Mulligan) who decides to stay on his couch for an indefinite period of time. Nicole BeharieAlex Manette, Hannah Ware, Elizabeth Masucci, James Badge Dale, and Anna Rose Hopkins also star. The NC-17 rated film opens in theaters in select cities on Friday.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2011

in Comics

It’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this week from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Archie, Dynamite, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Angel & Faith, Archie, Avengelyne, Avengers Origins: Thor, Fables, FF, Ghost Rider, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Hack/Slash, Irredeemable, Queen Sonja, Savage Dragon, Sonic the Hedgehog, Star Trek, Super Dinosaur, Tiny Titans, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Uncanny X-Men, The Walking Dead Weekly, X-Men Legacy, the first issues of Atlas Unified, Flash Gordon: Zeitgeist, T.H.U.N.D.E.R. Agents, Uncharted, and the final issues of Herc, Jack Avarice is the Courier, Red Skull, and Samurai’s Blood.

Enjoy issue #156

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