November 2015

Sicario

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2015

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Sicario
  • IMDb: link

SicarioHow far are you willing to go to achieve justice? At want point do you draw a line you will never cross? And what happens when you are forced over that line by forces beyond you control? These questions are all at the heart of Sicario, a drama from director Denis Villeneuve and screenwriter Taylor Sheridan that stars Emily Blunt as idealistic FBI Agent Kate Macer stationed in Arizona. Kate volunteers for a joint DEA task force after the discovery of dozens of corpses in Chandler, Arizona, all tied to a Mexican drug cartel in a house rigged with explosives that takes the lives of two fellow officers.

Completely unaware of what she’s getting herself into, and lied from the beginning by the head of the task force (Josh Brolin) and his mysterious consultant (Benicio Del Toro), Kate follows the pair down the rabbit hole leading to a kidnapping in Juarez, Mexico (where she has no authority) and the torture of Mexican citizen, as she struggles with the end game of finding drug lord Fausto Alarcón (Julio Cedillo). Along the way she will discover the power of the Mexican cartel and their reach which extends into law enforcement on her side of the border.

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Longmire – Help Wanted

by Alan Rapp on November 29, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Longmire – Help Wanted
  • wiki: link

Longmire - Help Wanted

There are two major storylines at play in “Help Wanted.” The first concerns Walt (Robert Taylor) whittling down a pool of applicants to find a permanent replacement for Branch (Bailey Chase). Walt’s unusual tactics include having the applicants show off their skills on the shooting range, do a little light work in the field, and attend a book club meeting for Of Mice and Men. How they relate to the end of the Steinbeck‘s novel turns out to be as important to the town’s sheriff as any other aspect of their tryout. Although the process doesn’t make the sheriff any new fans, by the end Walt finds the right man for the job.

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A Healthy Natalie Dormer

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2015

in Books & Magazines

Natalie Dormer - Women's Health (December 2015)

Natalie Dormer is the cover girl for the December issue of Women’s Health. You can find the pics from her photo shoot inside.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #21

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2015

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #21The U.S. Army wants Buffy!? Armageddon makes for strange bedfellows as Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten kicks off with a new arc featuring the return of some fan-favorite characters when Satsu comes to town dropping names like Riley Finn to recruit Buffy to help stop the number of demons being brought into our world to wreak havoc. The first job the Army has for our vampire slayer and her blondey bear boyfriend? To help recruit vampires to their cause. Did I mention that the vampires include Harmony and Vicki?

Following the debate between Buffy and Satsu of slayers joining the army (immediately preceding by the awkwardness of Buffy’s bisexual encounter showing up on her doorstep) the issue focuses on the challenges of Buffy and Spike dealing with the new vampire alliance who not only demand the pair of heroes defeat their champions in trial by combat but also spend time attempting to undermine the couple’s new-found bliss.

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Jessica Jones – AKA Crush Syndrome

by Alan Rapp on November 28, 2015

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Marvel’s Jessica Jones – AKA Crush Syndrome
  • wiki: link

Jessica Jones - AKA Crush Syndrome

Realizing that Kilgrave (David Tennant) is both alive and responsible for Hope (Erin Moriarty) murdering her loving parents, Jessica (Krysten Ritter) works to find the mind-controlling madman by going back to the events of the night she escaped from his control by following breadcrumbs on just how he was able to survive. There’s relatively little actual detective work over the course of the show’s First Season considering that our protagonist is a private investigator. “AKA Crush Syndrome” is probably the best example of Jessica using her skills as a detective in an attempt to uncover the truth. Although she doesn’t find the season’s villain, she does get discover how he was able to cannibalize a victim in order to stay alive, and a short discussion with the doctor involved in saving the villain’s life gives Jessica a weapon to use against Kilgrave when she finds him.

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