September 2019

Abominable

by Alan Rapp on September 26, 2019

in Movie Reviews 

  • Title: Abominable
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Abominable movie reviewWhen it chooses to lead with its heart, DreamWorks can create a moving movie experience. More than a bit reminiscent of How to Train Your Dragon, the latest animated feature from the studio centers around a Chinese teenager named Yi (Chloe Bennet) who encounters an Abominable Snowman (Joseph Izzo) on the rooftop of her apartment building and decides to help her new friend find his way back home to the Himalayas. Along for the ride are brothers Peng (Albert Tsai) and Jin (Tenzing Norgay Trainor) who find themselves reluctant traveling companions on a quest to stay three steps ahead of a wealthy billionaire (Eddie Izzard) and his private security army hoping to recapture the creature and return it to the lab it broke out at the beginning of the film.

“Everest,” as Yi names him, offers the same mix of cute and dangerous that Toothless provided in How to Train Your Dragon. Yi’s backstory, including her distance from her mother and grandmother and a recent family loss, help ground the emotional story while Everest provides the magic. As with Toothless, Everest is revealed to be more than he seems leading to an emotional whammy as Everest’s journey offers Yi an unexpected gift.

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Supergirl #34

by Alan Rapp on September 26, 2019

in Comics

Supergirl #34 comic reviewAfter spending several issues away from Earth looking into Rogol Zaar and the destruction of Krypton, Supergirl #34 marks the return of Supergirl to Earth. An Event Leviathan tie-in, Supergirl discovers quite a bit has happened since she’s been gone including the attacks of the mystery group Leviathan on various DCU spy agencies. Discoveries when lead to tears on those lost and shock with reconnecting with others.

Along with giving us Supergirl swooping through her old stomping grounds (with Krypto no less!), the comic also offers an extended action sequence between the Maid of Might and agents of Leviathan who might have been able to take down Supergirl if not for the unexpected assist from an old friend.

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FBI – Little Egypt

by Alan Rapp on September 26, 2019

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: FBI – Little Egypt
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FBI - Little Egypt television review

FBI opens its Second Season with an episode that hits close to home for one of its stars (in that way it’s the same as every other episode of the series which somehow makes any crime personal for one of the leads). A bombing in the neighborhood he grew up in sends OA (Zeeko Zaki) and Maggie (Missy Peregrym) on a search for a white supremacist teenager (but that turns out to be only the tip of the iceberg). While responsible for the bombing, the teen was hired for the job by a Muslim looking to target his own people in hopes of raising awareness of hate crimes like the one he suffered not long ago. When the FBI fail to reveal a Muslim was behind the bombing, it also leads two youths (Nik Sadhnani and Paul Karmiryan) to begin looking for their own form of justice.

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James Bond 007 #11

by Alan Rapp on September 26, 2019

in Comics

James Bond 007 #11 comic reviewAfter breaking free of Goldfinger‘s control, Bond, Lee, and Agent K declare war on Oru. So thorough are the formidible threesome that Goldfinger decides to beat them to the punch and destroy small parts of his organization to make sure that what is left fear their master more than the troublemakers.

Leading into next month’s conclusion of the Goldfinger arc, Bond and his new friends certainly cause problems for their foe here… although trouble uncovered investigating Olympitech, and Bond and Lee’s governments refusing to sanction their current actions, lead into a final pitch by Goldfinger. It’s unlikely to sway Bond, but might it be enough to sway either of the other spies?

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Men in Black: International

by Alan Rapp on September 26, 2019

in Home Video

  • Title: Men in Black: International
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Men in Black: International Blu-ray reviewOther than its existence, the most shocking thing about Men in Black: International is that it isn’t a complete dumpster fire and does deliver some enjoyable moments over its uneven 114-minute running time (although, in the end, the entire enterprise is largely forgettable). The movie franchise dormant for seven years is reawoken by bringing in Thor: Ragnarok stars Chris Hemsworth and Tessa Thompson as the primary agents. Thompson is cast as the young woman smart enough to uncover the existence of MIB while Hemsworth is the weary agent who has been skating on his reputation for years.

The plot is more complicated than it needs to be as Agent M (Tessa Thompson) is sent to London by Agent O (Emma Thompson) who suspects something foul may be happening on the other side of the pond. M soon hooks up with Agent H (Hemsworth) only to bungle their assignment and end up on the run with a valuable piece of alien technology that a race known as the Hive are desperate to get there hands on.

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