July 2019

Uncanny X-Men #22

by Alan Rapp on July 30, 2019

in Comics

Uncanny X-Men #22 comic reviewThis version of Uncanny X-Men comes to a close with an odd issue the feels pressured to fit into larger events in the long-term scope of Marvel’s favorite mutants. Emma Frost‘s plan is revealed, which turns out to be fairly benign in making the world forget about mutants, a major supporting character is killed, and the X-Men and Hellfire Club come together to battle Robert Callahan and O.N.E.

The run of Cyclops, Wolverine, and some marginal other characters will likely only be remembered for bringing Scott Summers back to life and reincorporating him with the team. Speaking of the team, the rest of the A-List X-Men arrive suddenly to help out the mutants and offer the reunion some fans have been waiting decades for.

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Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood
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Once Upon a Time ... in Hollywood movie reviewThe latest from writer/director Quentin Tarantino includes all the trappings that fans have come to expect over the past two decades. Overly talky, in need of a little editing, with a few too many shots of his characters’ feet, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood is still quite entertaining and easily the best film Tarantino has made since 2009’s Inglourious Basterds. Most comparable with Death Proof, Once Upon a Time offers a slow build-up focused on character and snappy dialogue before jumping headfirst into an explosive finale.

Set in 1969 Hollywood, the plot follows the exploits of western star Rick Dalton (Leonardo DiCaprio) on the downside of his career, his friend and stuntman Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), his new neighbor Sharon Tate (Margot Robbie), and the Manson Family. The separate threads will eventually intertwine late in the film’s final act on one fateful night in the Hollywood Hills, but for most of the film Tarantino takes his time with each, featuring the Dalton/Booth friendship most prominently with plenty of inserts of the the actor’s glory days as the star of Bounty Law which came to an abrupt end after he started chasing a movie career.

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Elementary – The Latest Model

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Elementary – The Latest Model
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Elementary - The Latest Model television review

“The Latest Model” offers two cases for Holmes (Jonny Lee Miller) and Watson (Lucy Liu). First, Odin Reichenbach (James Frain resurfaces with a case involving a potential killer. As he proposed to Holmes, he offers the detectives a chance to prove to the billionaire that his system isn’t correct in identifying and eliminating the man prior to his crime. The case here involves a podcaster (Roderick Hill) whose idea was stolen by a filmmaker who has turned it into fame and fortune while prolonging lawsuits to bankrupt the podcaster from ever seen a dime. As Reichenbach suggests, evidence does seem to point to the man committing crime that would injure both the guilty party and several bystanders. Holmes comes to an alternate solution to prevent the crime from occurring, and seems on the brink of pushing the billionaire into a less violent solution to the would-be criminals he identifies, but given the events at the end of the episode I’d say there is little chance for collaboration between Odin and the detectives (or any reason to suggest him changing his methods).

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The Boys – The Name of the Game

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: The Boys – The Name of the Game
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The Boys - The Name of the Game television review

I’m not a huge Garth Ennis fan,but with success Wanted and Kick-Ass in theaters and Preacher (also created by Ennis) on television it’s hardly a surprise to see The Boys make it to live-action. Adapted from the comic of the same name, the show centers around a group of normal people whose lives have been destroyed by super-hero celebrities and the consumer market which makes them all but untouchable. In the opening episode we meet smart but lazy Hughie Campbell (Jack Quaid) whose girlfriend is murdered in front of him by a speed-racing hero (Jessie T. Usher). After being offered compensation from the corporation who markets the heroes and sweeps under any mistakes they make along the way, Hughie is offered a second path by a vigilante pretending to be an agent of the FBI (Karl Urban) with his own personal baggage where super-heroes are concerned.

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Comic Rack

by Alan Rapp on July 29, 2019

in Comics

Comic RackIt’s a new week so it must be time to talk about comics! Welcome back to the RazorFine Comic Rack boys and girls. Pull up a bean bag and take a seat at feet of the master as we offer you this quick list of all kinds of comic book goodness set to hit comic shops and bookstores this month from all your favorite publishers including DC, Marvel, Dark Horse, Archie, Dynamite, IDW, Image Comics, and others.

This week includes Angel, Avengers, Canto, Fantastic Four, Friendly Neighborhood Spider-Man, Frozen: The Hero Within, G.I. JOE: A Real American Hero, GLOW, Green Lantern Annual, Paper Girls, Punk Mambo, Red Hood Outlaw Annual, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Samurai Jack: Lost Worlds, Shades of Magic, She Said Destroy, Spawn, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Thanos, Uncle Scrooge, the first issues of Death’s Head, Killers, Leave on the Light, Manor Black, Powers of X, Sonic the Hedgehog: Tangle and Whisper, and the final issues of Batman: Who Laughs and Casper’s Spooksville.

Enjoy issue #270

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