October 2016

  • Title: The Good Place – Most Improved Player
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The Good Place - Most Improved Player

After revealing herself as the source of the trouble in The Good Place, Eleanor (Kristen Bell) sits down with Michael (Ted Danson) to discuss her future and her past. Of course things are complicated by the recent murder and reboot of Janet (D’Arcy Carden) whose help in retrieving Eleanor’s file leads to a (surprisingly funny) running gag of the computer program constantly confusing any request for that of a cactus. While Eleanor does good on the basic questionnaire (suck it Bachelor viewers!), things get a bit more complicated when Janet finally locates the missing file. Once again, we get highlights of Eleanor’s life on Earth, this time in her deposition to Michael as she describes a series of events with her friend Madison (Angela Trimbur), who, through Eleanor’s actions became to be known as “The Dress Bitch.”

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Green Lanterns #9

by Alan Rapp on October 30, 2016

in Comics

Green Lanterns #9Teased in the previous issue, Green Lanterns #9 kicks off a new arc centered around the “Phantom Ring” (a power ring anyone can use). Set entirely from the perspective of Frank Lamninski we get a feel for the jealousy and obsession a normal person can be corrupted by in a world full of super-heroes. While not quite on the the same level in terms of storytelling, this issue reminded me of Astro City and its focus of showing a world of heroes through the eyes of others.

Ever since the first appearance of Green Lantern, Frank Lamninski has been obsessed with power rings. Seeing more and more humans chosen over the years has only increased his drive to become worthy enough to earn his own ring. Green Lanterns #9 highlights that drive and obsession and the moment when all his work was ultimately dashed.

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Legends of Tomorrow – Shogun

by Alan Rapp on October 29, 2016

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Legends of Tomorrow – Shogun
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Legends of Tomorrow - Shogun

“Shogun” is more interesting for the potential impact of several plot points than the events themselves as the team’s number continues to grow and one character is left at a crossroads in his own super-hero career. With Ray (Brandon Routh) and Nate (Nick Zano) trapped in feudal Japan and the ship in need of immediate repairs (both caused by Nate testing out his new super-powers), Sara (Caity Lotz), Mick (Dominic Purcell), and the stowaway Vixen (Maisie Richardson-Sellers) head after the missing Legends.

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Iana Little - Vanquish (October 2016)

Model Iana Little is one of the cover girls for the October issue of Vanquish. You can find pics from her photo shoot inside.

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Inferno

by Alan Rapp on October 28, 2016

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Inferno
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InfernoWith each successive entry, the film series based on the Robert Langdon novels of Dan Brown becomes less and less watchable. At this rate the fourth movie may actually make audience bleed out of their eyes. Opening with an incomprehensible first 10 minutes filled with hellish images floating through an injured Langdon’s (Tom Hanks) mind, the film attempts to up the ante by forcing the professor not only to solve riddles and clues to find the truth but this time to do so with amnesia. Along for the ride is his latest attractive European brunette co-star, this time a genius doctor (Felicity Jones) with a love of puzzles (of course) who helps Langdon escape a hospital in Florence when the men who kidnapped him attempt to reacquire the college professor to find a deadly virus.

Rather than unraveling the mysteries of the Holy Grail or delving into a Papal conspiracy, this time Langdon is set after a man-made plague known as Inferno. Created by a billionaire (Ben Foster) obsessed with purging the world of its excess populace, the madman of course left near-indecipherable clues that would make it nearly impossible to see his plan carried out.

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