July 2012

The Newsroom – Bullies

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2012

in Television Reviews 

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“I’m going to single-handedly fix the Internet.”
“What could possibly go wrong?”

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After a couple of on-air snafus Will (Jeff Daniels), who has been battling insomnia for several nights, shows up to a therapy season with a shrink he’s been paying for regular weekly seasons for years (he just hasn’t bothered to show up for the last four). When he finally shows up to his appointment he discovers Abe’s son Jacob (David Krumholtz) has taken over the practice after his father passed away two years ago.

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Winter Soldier #8

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2012

in Comics

winter-soldier-8-coverWhile Bucky and Jasper search frantically for Leo Novokov, the third Soviet sleeper agent trained by Bucky and now loose in the world, the pair keep coming up empty. And now that Novokov has the Black Widow he can put his plan into action.

And his master plan is to turn Natalia back into… a ballerina? Sorry? I know, I know, Novokov uses Professor Rodchenko and his brainwashing techniques to return the Black Widow to the Soviet assassin she once was, I just think it’s funny (and a little stupid) that the one instance we see of Natalia’s old self is dancing around on stage.

Meanwhile Bucky and Jasper are able to find and trace the helicopter Novokov used to make off with Natalia, but they don’t know that they are far too late because Natalia has now fallen to the dark side and is… dancing. Great idea for a story, but Brubaker’s choice of the final reveal makes the comic read far more humorous than ominous. Still, worth a look.

[Marvel, $3.99]

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2012

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 Alpha Girl, Animal Man, Batwing, Courtney Crumrin, Daredevil, Defenders, Detective Comics, Earth 2, Epic Kill, Garfield, Hulk, The Lone Ranger, Looney Toons, Muppets, The Punisher, The Shadow, Spawn, Stormwatch, Worlds’ Finest, X-Men, the first issues of Black Kiss II, Dark Shadows/Vampirella, Deadpool Kills the Marvel Universe, First X-Men, Harvest, Hawkeye, Penguins of Madagascar, Strawberry Shortcake, Think Tank, and the final issues of iZombie, Justice League International, and Mondo.

Enjoy issue #185

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Top 10 Badass Olympic-Style Moments

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2012

in Top Tens & Lists

Okay, this list began as a list of Olympic movies for obvious timely reasons, but due to the fact that would make for a very lame list, I broadened the topic. Instead, I’m focusing on training moments, montages, competition, pommel horses that appear magically in the middle of a chase, and a double dose of Dolph Lundgren. Let’s just say this list ended up being quite different, and a lot more fun, than I originally thought it would be. Let the badassery begin!

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Young Justice #18

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2012

in Comics

young-justice-18-coverThe Young Justice team heads to Africa to take down another Kobra-Venom operation run by the Brain in the Bwundan Jungle. But shortly after arriving Robin, Miss Martina, Aqualad, Kid Flash, Artemis, and Superboy find themselves attacked by gorillas suped-up on Kobra-Venom and led by Grodd.

The team, with the exception of Wolf, is captured and taken to Gorilla City, but Miss Martian is separated from her teammates and gets an unexpected visit from Grodd. There’s plenty of hero-on-gorilla action here along with a few lingering concerns between teammates, particularly Miss Martian’s concern for Aqualad’s state of mind following Tula‘s betrayal.

We also get a short cameo by Captain Marvel who is disappointed when he learns he won’t be traveling with the team on their latest mission. I’m glad to see the goofier version of the Big Red Cheese show up in a DC Comic (and still using his appropriate moniker), but, you would think of all people, Batman be able to figure out the Captain’s secret, right? Worth a look.

[DC, $2.99]

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