February 2012

Castle – Once Upon a Crime

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – Once Upon a Crime
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“You get cute when you get angry, but not when you get angry with me.”

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When a young lawyer is found dead, apparently mauled by an animal and wearing a Red Riding Hood costume, and another victim dressed as Snow White, Beckett (Stana Katic) and Castle (Nathan Fillion) are put on the trail of an elaborate serial killer with a fairy tale fetish.

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I Melt with You

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: I Melt with You
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i-melt-with-you-blu-rayI Melt with You is a mess. The film gathers four 40 year-old friends (Thomas JaneJeremy PivenRob LoweChristian McKay) together for a wild alcohol and drug-fueled reunion. Most of the film’s first hour is little more than stars acting crazy, drinking and snorting everything in sight, and trying to hide how bad each of their lives has gotten from their old friends.

As unstructured and pointless the first 50-minutes are, the rest of the movie is worse. The film takes a dark, and bizarre, turn when one of the friends commits suicide the others gather together to hold to a pact they made when they were kids. They hide the body from a curious local cop (Carla Gugino) who has begun to snoop around due to reports of their wild partying, and agree to carry out the plans their dead friend put into motion.

It’s impossible to care for the self-deluded bunch of assholes that are assembled here. The script does its best to strip anything likable from each of the actors in every frame of film.

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Short Film: Time Freak

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in Nework & Cable TV News 

  • Title: Time Freak
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Written and directed by Andrew Bowler, the Oscar-nominated short Time Freak stars Michael Nathanson as a neurotic inventor who creates a time machine and becomes lost while trying to fix the mistakes of the previous day. John Conor Brooke and Emilea Wilson also star. You can see the full short on iTunes for $1.99.

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London Boulevard

by Alan Rapp on February 28, 2012

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: London Boulevard
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london-boulevard-dvdRecently released from prison, and unwilling to go back to the life that got him sent there, Harry Mitchel (Colin Farrell) goes to work for a reclusive English actress (Keira Knightley). Charlotte has holed up in her home, with only a friend (David Thewlis) for company, hiding from the never-ending pressure from the paparazzi who are continuously camped outside her house for the chance at a single photograph they could sell to the tabloids.

The trouble for Mitchel is his old life won’t let him go. Even though he doesn’t ask for it, Mitchel’s old pal Billy (Ben Chaplin) gets him a collecting job for a local crime boss named Gant (Ray Winstone) who sees Mitchel’s worth and wants to make him part of his organization.

Mitchel’s life is further complicated by his failed attempts to take care of his insane sister (Anna Friel), and a personal vendetta as he hunts down two teens who killed a homeless man (Alan Williams) Mitchel considered a friend.

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Person of Interest – Risk

by Alan Rapp on February 27, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Person of Interest – Risk
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To help out a cocky young trader (Matt Lauria) at an investment bank Reese (Jim Caviezel) poses as a wealthy investor and learns about a multi-million dollar financial scam that his latest person if interest is about to uncover that may very well get him killed.

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