June 2016

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #28

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2016

in Comics

Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #28While the most interesting, and humorous, parts of Buffy the Vampire Slayer Season Ten #28 are the interludes of Dawn and Xander dimension-hopping to find their way home, the latest issue also focuses on Buffy and Spike working through their relationship issues while finding a way to prevent the threat of the super-powered D’Hoffryn.

Facing defeat and rejection in their separate lives, both Willow and Giles will return to the fold (along with a few more familiar faces before the final panel). As with the end of Season Four, the issue mends together the torn fabric of Buffy and her friends just in the nick of time to set-up an united front against the big bad.

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  • Title: Mechanic: Resurrection
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In this sequel to the 2011 film, Arthur Bishop (Jason Statham) is brought out of retirement when his girlfriend (Jessica Alba) is kidnapped in order to force the hitman to take an impossible job. Tommy Lee Jones and Michelle Yeoh also star. Mechanic: Resurrection opens in theaters on August 25th.

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10 Cloverfield Lane

by Alan Rapp on June 29, 2016

in Home Video

  • Title: 10 Cloverfield Lane
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10 Cloverfield LaneI had very mixed reactions to 2008’s shaky-cam monster movie Cloverfield which kept me from seeing this sequel of sorts in theaters. Only tangentially connected to the first film, 10 Cloverfield Lane is an old school psychological thriller which begins when Michelle (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) is run off the road one night and wakes up chained to a mattress in an underground bunker with a pair of strange men (John Goodman and John Gallagher Jr.).

When the owner of the bunker (Goodman) explains that the world is under attack from aliens, which he saved her from, Michelle can offer only skepticism and struggle to escape. However, as events unfold and she gleans the truth of what happened to the outside world and her captor, the story will take several interesting turns. The first-third of the film plays out like a classic Twilight Zone episode with Michelle struggling to escape only to discover that everything which Howard has told her is true. Although the middle of the film drags at times, tension ramps up in the final act with another discovery by Michelle which once again will alter the status quo.

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Houdini & Doyle – Necromanteion

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2016

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Houdini & Doyle – Necromanteion
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Houdini & Doyle - Necromanteion

After briefly stopping home to bury his mother, Houdini (Michael Weston) joins Doyle (Stephen Mangan) and Adelaide (Rebecca Liddiard) in Canada where a murder suspect (Lara Jean Chorostecki) insists her husband was killed by a poltergeist. Also present are a spirtual medium and Thomas Edison (Peter Outerbridge) who hopes to use his invention, a Necromanteion, to speak to the recently deceased from across the veil. While Houdini dismisses the entire premise, and derides Edison over such a ridiculous invention, both Adelaide and Doyle suspect their friend has conflicting purposes for leaving his family to join this particular murder scene.

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Wonder Woman #1

by Alan Rapp on June 28, 2016

in Comics

Wonder Woman #1The first issue of Wonder Woman‘s new series features two separate stories set in just miles apart in Africa. In the main tale, following the events of Wonder Woman: Rebirth #1, our heroine traipses through the jungles looking for an old acquaintance in hopes of discovering what has happened to Themyscira. Finding, and battling her way through a small army of creatures, the final panel of the comic reveals just whose help Diana needs.

The far less interesting back-up story centers around Diana’s former boy-toy Steve Trevor who is coincidentally just a hop, skip, and a jump from Diana searching for a terrorist. This is, of course, is meant to tease the pair meeting in the next (or following) issue.

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