January 2012

Castle- An Embarrassment of Bitches

by Alan Rapp on January 24, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – An Embarrassment of Bitches
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When the judge (Ed Francis Martin) at a dog show is murdered shortly after giving out the prize for Best in Show Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) are called into investigate. There are no shortage of suspects as they uncover angry dog owners, dog breeders, drug trafficking, a rabid member of paparazzi (Scott Lowell) with a doggie cam, and a reality-television star (Hilarie Burton) who was seen leaving he victim’s dressing room right around the time of death.

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Happy Happy

by Alan Rapp on January 24, 2012

in Home Video

  • Title: Sykt lykkelig
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happy-happy-blu-rayAfter his wife (Maibritt Saerens) has an affair with a another man, Sigve (Henrik Rafaelsen), moves his family and their adopted Ethiopian son Noa (Ram Shihab Ebedy) into the Norwegian countryside. The couple’s only neighbors are the perky Kaja (Agnes Kittelsen) whose sunny disposition is matched only by her husband’s (Joachim Rafaelsen) grumpy disinterest of everything to do with his wife.

Happy Happy, or Sykt lykkelig (it’s original Norwegian title which translates more exactly into “insanely happy” – which can have both a positive and negative conotation) reveals its secrets through Kaja’s intense loneliness and the brave smile under which she hides it.

Kaja’s affair with Sigve reveals both couples’ dysfunction. It’s obvious Sigve would rather spend his nights with Kaja, Elisabeth (Saerens) may have been better off with the man she was having an affair with, and Eirik’s (Rafaelsen) week long trips into the woods have far more to with his closeted urges than hunting game.

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  • Title: Chuck
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After five years Chuck‘s run finally ends this Friday with a two-hour finale. As sad as it is to say goodbye, this does give us the opportunity to look back and remember. Check out this video featuring the series central bromance between Chuck Bartowski (Zachary Levi) and Morgan Grimes (Joshua Gomez).

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50/50

by Alan Rapp on January 24, 2012

in Home Video

  • Title: 50/50
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50-50-blu-rayWhen a 27 year-old journalist (Joseph Gordon-Levitt) wakes up to discover he has a rare form of cancer he’s unprepared for how much his life will change in the coming months. He’s afraid to tell his overprotective mother (Anjelica Huston), his girlfriend (Bryce Dallas Howard) tries but fails to handle the situation, and his best friend (Seth Rogen) thinks he should use his situation to try and pick up chicks.

Director Jonathan Levine and screenwriter Will Reiser deliver a story that balances humor and the drama of the situation well for most of the film’s 100 min. running time. Sure the film goes for laughs, but its also surprisingly frank about the emotion of the situation (which is not surprising given the story was adapted from Reiser’s own experiences).

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Daredevil #8

by Alan Rapp on January 23, 2012

in Comics

daredevil-8The conclusion of “Devil and the Details” (which began last week in Amazing Spider-Man) finds Daredevil helping Spider-Man and the Black Cat discover who set her up for the theft of the hologram projector. Once again Mark Waid delivers a great story featuring some nice banter among all the three characters.

The comic includes the Black Cat throwing herself at Daredevil, Spider-Man’s angsty hyperbole at seeing the two kiss on the rooftop, and another clever way to show off why you don’t use a hologram projector to fight a blind super-hero.

Although I’m not sure how the missing corpse of Matt Murdock’s father is going to play into the next story arc I did like how learning about it derailed Daredevil’s make-out session with the Black Cat. The pair could make an okay couple swinging over rooftops but I’m having trouble seeing Matt Murdock and Felicia Hardy together anywhere outside of the (probably very steamy) bedroom. Best of the week.

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