January 2017

  • Title: Legends of Tomorrow – Raiders of the Lost Art
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Legends of Tomorrow - Raiders of the Lost Art  TV review

“Raiders of the Lost Art” brings the Legends to 1967 in search of their lost captain. However, they aren’t the only ones looking for Rip Hunter (Arthur Darvill). The villainous team of Malcom Merlyn (John Barrowman), Damien Darkh (Neal McDonough), and the Reverse-Flash (Matt Letscher) are also on the look-out for Hunter believing he can lead them to the scattered pieces of the Spear of Destiny which the “Legion of Doom” can use to manipulate reality itself. Unfortunately for all involved the Rip Hunter found in 1967 isn’t the captain of the Waverider. Instead he’s a promising film student and classmate of George Lucas (Matt Angel) working on a student film about time traveling heroes cobbled together from hazy memories he doesn’t believe are real.

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Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1

by Alan Rapp on January 27, 2017

in Comics

Batman '66 Meets Wonder Woman '77 #1 comic reviewCollecting the first two issues of the digital-first series, Batman ’66 Meets Wonder Woman ’77 #1 brings together Adam West’s Batman with Lynda Carter’s Wonder Woman in this first issue of the series which gives us a cameo by Catwoman and flashbacks to a Wayne Manor gala event complete with Thomas and Martha Wayne, Ra’s al Ghul, a young Talia and Bruce, the League of Shadows, Nazis, and Wonder Woman. As you might expect, the evening made quite an impression on young Bruce Wayne.

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Arrow – Who Are You?

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – What We Leave Behind
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Arrow - Who Are You? television review

Arrow wastes no time in explaining the cliffhanger where Ollie (Stephen Amell) ran into Laurel (Katie Cassidy) in the Arrow Cave at the end of the last episode. First explaining she was brought back to life through the time traveling adventures of her sister, Laurel’s true story is revealed to be something far different. Turns out she’s not this Laurel at all. She’s actually Earth-2’s Black Siren recruited by Prometheus (who sounds more and more like Michael Dorn every week) to further frustrate Oliver.

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Hidden Gem – State and Main

by Alan Rapp on January 26, 2017

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: State and Main
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State and Main DVD reviewIt’s about purity. We’ll double-down on Throwback Thursday this week to take a quick look at David Mamet‘s underrated 2000 comedy State and Main in which a movie set is forced to relocate to the sleepy town of Waterford, Vermont when their star’s (Alec Baldwin) love of underage girls gets them thrown out of New Hampshire. Immensely entertaining and highly quotable, this one never fails to make me laugh.

Go you Huskies. Featuring an amazing cast, Mamet gives us Philip Seymour Hoffman as the playwright turned screenwriter, William H. Macy as the film’s director, Baldwin and Sarah Jessica Parker as the film’s stars, and Rebecca Pidgeon, Clark Gregg, and Julia Stiles as townies. All turn out to be perfect fits for Mamet’s quick dialogue that takes equal swipes at Hollywood and small town life but still finds ways to celebrate each.

Everybody needs a hobby. The conflict in the film comes from the dysfunction of the set, the uproar the movie folks have on the town (in both positive and negative ways), and their star’s latest dalliance which puts the entire project in jeopardy.

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  • Title: The Flash – Borrowing Problems from the Future
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The Flash - Borrowing Problems from the Future TV review

There’s a good episode at the heart of “Borrowing Problems from the Future,” it’s just unfortunate we have to wade through 20 minutes of Barry (Grant Gustin) being a complete dick to get to it. Troubled by seeing Iris (Candice Patton) killed by Savitar in the near-future, Barry struggles with how to try and prevent the events from coming to pass. His aggression gets taken out on Wally (Keiynan Lonsdale) who is finally allowed to strut his stuff as Kid Flash. Once all cards are on the table, “Borrowing Problems from the Future” can begin actually deal with (and attempt to change) the future while teasing us what else may be in store for the show during the second-half of this season.

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