March 2019

Arrow – Star City 2040

by Alan Rapp on March 20, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Arrow – Star City 2040
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Arrow - Star City 2040 television review

Arrow spends an entire episode in the future with “Star City 2040” as Mia (Katherine McNamara), William (Jack Moore), Connor Hawke (Joseph David-Jones), Zoe (Andrea Sixtos), and Dinah (Juliana Harkavy) rescue Felicity (Emily Bett Rickards) and race to stop Kevin Dale (Raj Paul) from blowing up Star City. “Star City 2040” features plenty of questionable old age makeup and future tech as the heroes are not only to storm the castle and rescue the princess but even win back an old ally to their side. Still, Dale has big plans for Star City and Archer (which looks to be the thread which will eventually tie events back to the show’s current storyline).

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Elle Fanning – Dancing On My Own

by Alan Rapp on March 20, 2019

in Music News & Reviews

Here’s Elle Fanning with “Dancing On My Own” from the Teen Spirit soundtrack.

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  • Title: The Umbrella Academy – The Day That Wasn’t / The Day That Was
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The Umbrella Academy - The Day That Wasn't / The Day That Was TV review

We get alternate versions of the same day in back-to-back episodes, but because the focus of each episode is different not much repeats, although the family ticking off Vanya (Ellen Page), once again by excluding her, remains a constant. After a brief look at Klaus‘ (Robert Sheehan) time in Vietnam, much of “The Day That Wasn’t” focuses on Number 5‘s (Aidan Gallagher) new job with the Temps Commission as the bides his time, and puts out a couple of poison pills which force Cha Cha (Mary J. Blige) and Hazel (Cameron Britton) into difficult decisions, before bombing the fuck out of the commission and heading back home with a lead.

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Here’s Carly Rae Jepsen with the official video for “Now That I Found You.”

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London Fields

by Alan Rapp on March 20, 2019

in DVD Reviews 

  • Title: London Fields
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London Fields DVD reviewLondon Fields is a flawed but ambitious film that struggles mightily with adapting the 1989 novel of the same name for the big screen. The film’s biggest strength is Amber Heard, cast in the role femme fatale Nicola Six who toys with men’s affections for her own selfish gratification and amusement. Despite the film’s many failings, Heard’s performance isn’t one of them nor is the cinematography of Guillermo Navarro (Pan’s Labyrinth, Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and Pacific Rim) who so lovingly frames the beautiful star on-screen. Semi-clairvoyant, Nicola knows the time and place of her death (but not the identity of her killer).

Our other main character is American novelist Samson Young (Billy Bob Thornton) in London attempting to find inspiration for one more novel. Immediately buying into her tale, Samson convinces Nicola to let the author tell her story. Like with Heard, Thornton is put to relatively good use (although the scripting of the noir voiceover fails him at times – but also provides one of the film’s more clever moments as the film pauses to allow Samson to rewrite a scene).

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