January 2015

Caper

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2015

in Found on the Net

  • Title: Caper
  • IMDb: link

Caper

Created by Amy Berg and Mike Sizemore, Caper was a nine-part web series set in the fictitious now of Los Angles where a group of broke super-heroes struggled with life in the big city. For a Leverage fan, the show is most notable for Beth Riesgraf playing one of a trio of super-powered and near-invulnerable gods (along with Hartley Sawyer and Harry Shum Jr.) who share a crappy apartment with a genius human inventor (Abby Miller) responsible for an Iron Man style suit which she uses to fight crime alongside her friends.

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  • Title: House of Cards – Season Three
  • wiki: link

Netflix offers this short tease of what we may expect in the upcoming Third Season of House of Cards which is available for streaming starting February 27th.

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A Most Violent Year

by Alan Rapp on January 30, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: A Most Violent Year
  • IMDb: link

A Most Violent YearI’ve never been a big fan of gangster movies. Writer/director J.C. Chandor A Most Violent Year, however, is more a character study than a focus on the questionable business practices of a successful immigrant businessman (Oscar Isaac) during one the most violent winter’s of New York City’s history.

All things considered, Abel Morales (Isaac) is actually a good guy whose ambitions to enlarge the business leave him vulnerable to attacks from his competitors and investigations by the police. He also must deal with the ruthlessness of his wife (Jessica Chastain) and the mistakes of one of his drivers (Elyes Gabel).

A Most Violent Year is a well-made film that, even if it isn’t as satisfying as I’d like, has plenty to recommend. The entire film is built around Isaac’s performance which doesn’t disappoint. Chastain is scary at times in the role of Isaac’s wife and the daughter of a gangster (whose name gets dropped often but never makes an appearance leaving a large piece of the couple’s lives unexplored). Scorpion‘s Elyes Gabel is put to good use as the eager but distrustful immigrant who wants nothing more than to become Abel.

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Arrow – Midnight City

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Midnight City
  • wiki: link

Arrow - Midnight City

As Oliver‘s (Stephen Amell) wounds are tended to by Maseo (Karl Yune) and Tatsu (Rila Fukushima), things continue to worsen back home in Starling City where Brickwell (Vinnie Jones) makes a brazen attack on city hall abducting three hostages in an attempt to blackmail the Mayor into giving the would be kingpin complete control of the Glades.

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Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #1

by Alan Rapp on January 29, 2015

in Comics

Snake Eyes: Agent of Cobra #1Not seen nor heard from in two years since his fall from grace with G.I. JOE and his apparent death at the hands of Storm Shadow way back in Snake Eyes and Storm Shadow #20 Snake Eyes finally returns. IDW relaunched (and eventually cancelled) an entire slate of G.I. JOE titles (including some issues written by Mike Costa) without one of the franchise’s favorite characters over the past couple of years so I’m excited to see the character finally be brought back into play, although I never expected it to be as an agent for Cobra.

The comic itself is vague about how long Snake Eyes has been missing or how long it has been since he signed on with Cobra. What is clear is his current mission which includes rescuing Destro from custody. The mini-series is set to run for five-issues suggesting that Snake Eyes’ time with Destro and Cobra may be limited (and one has to ask is that even Snake Eyes under the mask?). The promise of Storm Shadow’s appearance in the series and yet another confrontation between the two should answer several questions about Snake Eyes’ short and long term future. But for now we can just be happy he’s back in action once more. Worth a look.

[IDW, $3.99]

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