November 2018

Vanessa Hudgens is one Healthy Woman

by Alan Rapp on November 26, 2018

in Books & Magazines

Vanessa Hudgens - Women's Health (December 2018)

Vanessa Hudgens is the cover girl for the December issue of Women’s Health. You can find her pics and a video for the article inside.

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G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Silent Option #2

by Alan Rapp on November 26, 2018

in Comics

G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero - Silent Option #2 comic reviewG.I. JOE: A Real American Hero – Silent Option #2 continues the search for the Helix as the team of Dawn Moreno, Alpine, Throwdown, Topredo, and Bombstrike continue to follow the path of bodies the missing Helix leaves in her wake while targeting human traffickers.

Following evidence that Helix has been taken by the human trafficker she has been hunting, who has ties to both Firefly and the Red Ninjas, leads the team to an offshore oil platform where they will eventually find Helix, after slicing their way through an army of Red Ninjas, with a bomb strapped to her side and being thrown out of moving plane straight towards them.

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Creed II

by Alan Rapp on November 24, 2018

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Creed II
  • IMDb: link

Creed II movie reviewPart Rocky III and part Rocky IV, Creed II offers the highs and lows of boxer Adonis Creed (Michael B. Jordan) who wins the title but is then faced with a ghost from the past in the return of Ivan Drago (Dolph Lundgren) and the introduction of his son Viktor (Florian Munteanu).

Despite the film going full-on-Rocky at times, director Steven Caple Jr. works to stay true to the tone of Creed by focusing as much on what is going on outside the ring with Adonis Creed as what is happening inside the squared circle. Sylvester Stallone returns again as mentor, although one conflicted about the history tied up in a Creed v. Drago match. Tessa Thompson and Phylicia Rashad reprise their roles as Creed’s support system and family whose love will be tested when Creed accepts the challenge from Viktor Drago over their objections, and those of Rocky.

With Munteanu speaking very few lines of dialogue, the script relies on Lundgren to act as the film’s more vocal villain (while also exploring the reasons for Ivan needing this match for his prosperity and a future for his son).

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Ralph Breaks the Internet

by Alan Rapp on November 21, 2018

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Ralph Breaks the Internet
  • IMDb: link

Ralph Breaks the Internet movie review2012’s Wreck-It Ralph introduced movie viewers to old school video game villain Ralph (John C. Reilly) and his journey to become a hero (leading to quite a bit of chaos for everyone involved). The sequel opens in much the same way with Ralph’s attempt to help his best friend leading to disaster and a trip to the Internet for Ralph and Vanellope (Sarah Silverman) in search of a steering wheel for her video game which is the only thing that can stop the machine from officially being retired from the arcade.

Screenwriters Phil Johnston and Pamela Ribon have fun introducing the two characters to the wider world of the Internet including E-bay, Internet videos and memes, a Grand Theft Auto style video game called Slaughter Race, and a chance for Vanellope to learn about a special talent of princesses from those who know it best. The later provides some of the film’s best scenes including a musical number I hope gets Oscar consideration. While the story meanders a bit more than the original, there are plenty of big laughs while still delivering a nice message about friendship for a younger audience (and Ralph).

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Firefly #1

by Alan Rapp on November 20, 2018

in Comics

Firefly #1 comic reviewTaking place prior to the events of Serenity, BOOM! Studios new comic takes us back to the ‘verse where Captain Malcolm Reynolds and his crew aim to misbehave. Opening with Serenity in bad shape, the first issue offers new troubles for the crew in the form of ghosts from Mal and Zoe‘s past. Marooned on a moon in the Outer Rim with a bounty on their heads and in need of repairs they can’t pay for, it will take some work to get the crew of Serenity flying once again.

Writer Greg Pak manages to capture the humor of the original show, and I’m so glad to see a new story featuring Wash (who met his untimely end in the film). I’m a little more on the fence about Dan McDaid’s blocky art which fits some characters better than others.

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