October 2012

The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

by Alan Rapp on October 31, 2012

in Home Video

  • Title: The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel
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best-marigold-hotel-dvdDirected by John Madden, and adapted from Deborah Moggach‘s bestselling novel by Ol Parker, The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel offers a rich cast of English actors in an ensemble piece about a group of elderly pensioners who all move into the same retirement community in India.

The cast is better than the material, but The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel sports some noteworthy performances (particularly that of Judi Dench as a recent widow) and boasts the kind of feel-good story most should enjoy without becoming sappy or overly sentimental.

Our group of travelers include a penniless widow (Dench), a gay man (Tom Wilkinson) returning to India looking to reconnect with the love of his life, a henpecked husband (Bill Nighy) and his demanding wife (Penelope Wilton), a kindly but somewhat racist housekeeper (Maggie Smith) in need of a hip replacement, an aging ladies man (Ronald Pickup), and a woman (Celia Imrie) in the market for a new husband.

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Star WarsThe past hour the Internet has been all abuzz with news that George Lucas has sold Lucasfilm, Industrial Light & Magic, Skywalker Sound, and the rights to the expanded Star Wars universe to Disney for $4.05 billion (half in cash and half in 40 million shares of Disney). Kathleen Kennedy, current co-chairman of Lucasfilm, will take over as President of the company and serve as executive producer for Star Wars: Episode VII which is tentatively scheduled for a 2015 release date.

[via New York Times]

Castle – Probable Cause

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2012

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – Probable Cause
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Beckett’s (Stana Katic) relationship with Castle (Nathan Fillion) is put to the test when all the evidence in a bizarre ritualistic killing (complete with a body stuck to the ceiling of a midtown apartment) leads back to the mystery writer. His fingerprints found at the dead woman’s apartment, video evidence of Castle buying expensive jewelry for the victim, a story found on his computer that perfectly mirrors the murder, and a bag of murder gear found in the man’s apartment, all tie him to the murder.

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Variety is reporting that Frank Grillo has signed on to play Captain America villain Crossbones in the upcoming Captain America: The First Avenger sequel Captain America: The Winter Soldier starring Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson, Cobie Smulders, Scarlett Johansson, and Anthony Mackie as The Falcon

Express.co.UK is reporting that Captain America: The Winter Soldier will also soon have a Sharon Carter as well, (the S.H.I.E.L.D. Agent who is Captain America’s current love interst) as Downton Abbey‘s Jessica Brown Findlay is now the frontrunner for the role

Fables #122

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2012

in Comics

fables-122-coverMy enjoyment for the recent Cinderella mini-series and Fairest has made me take a dip in the broader Fables Universe. Fables #122 begins a new arc featuring the Big Bad Wolf and the mysterious Green Woman who has the power not only to see one’s fate, but assign it as well.

The comic begins with the wolf chasing the young sorceress through the woods and granting her a reprieve only when she offers to tell him his destiny. Learning he only has three days to life, the most powerful beast in the land slips of in deep meloncholy until another creature informs him that his destiny isn’t written in stone.

The woman of the wood doesn’t see fate, but assigns it. And, more importantly to the wolf, she can reassign it if she so wishes. Written by Bill Willingham with some great art by Gene Ha, the first issue of the new arc works extremely well playing on half-truths and magic most fables are known for. I’ll be back. Worth a look.

[Vertigo, $2.99]