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Astro City #47

by Alan Rapp on September 19, 2017

in Comics

Astro City #47 comic reviewWith Astro City #47 writer Kurt Busiek and guest-artist Mike Norton introduce perhaps the most adorable Astro City hero ever. The latest issue is an origin story, but an unusual one. In the first page of the story introduced to a small-time thief and the cute Corgi he “borrows” as collateral to get the money owed to him as a friend. While he never gets the money, he does make a quick connection with the dog who will turn out to be man’s best friend.

Later, after stealing an amulet from a house full of super-hero memorabilia, our two characters find themselves combined into a half-man half-dog creature. While initially planning to use his good fortune to rob and pay back mobsters he owes, the influence of his dog Hank helps our protagonist find a new path and become the world’s most adorable super-hero G-Dog.

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Human Target – Baptiste

by Alan Rapp on September 5, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Human Target – Baptiste
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Human Target - Baptiste television review

Throwback Tuesday takes us back to another episode from the First Season of Human Target. “Baptiste” may be my favorite episode of the series, although the final episode of the show’s First Season does give it a run for its money. As the title suggests, the episode marks the first appearance of Christopher Chance‘s (Mark Valley) old friend Baptiste (Lennie James) who arrives in Washington for a high-target assassination. The episode also marks the return (and sadly final appearance) of my favorite recurring guest-star as, needing all the help he can get, Chance turns to FBI Agent Emma Barnes (Emmanuelle Vaugier) to stop Baptise from murdering the delegates of a secret Chinese/Taiwan summit in Georgetown.

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  • Title: To Catch a Thief
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“I’m in love with you.”
“Now that’s a ridiculous thing to say.”

To Catch a Thief (Special Collector’s Edition)A new string of burglaries along the French Rivieria prompt police to suspect the notorious John Robie (Cary Grant) has returned to his life of crime. The trouble is Robie is innocent. However no one, not the police nor his former friends, will believe him. With the help of an insurance agent (John Willliams) Robie hatches a plan to catch the thief in the act and clear his name.

Our retired thief cleverly insinuates himself into the lives of a wealthy widow (Jessie Royce Landis) and her beautiful daughter Fraces (Grace Kelly) knowing that their jewels will be on the list of the imposter. What he doesn’t anticipate is Frances recognizing him as the Cat and still being attracted to him.

In terms of enjoyment and escapism there are few films as well made as this one.  Though not on the level of some of Alfred Hitchcock‘s more important films like Psycho or Rear Window (also starring Grace Kelly, read that review) aside from North By Northwest it’s the most fun film the great director ever made.

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Castle – A Rose Everafter

by Alan Rapp on August 24, 2017

in Television Reviews 

  • Title: Castle – A Rose Everafter
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“She’s the one that got away.”

Castle - A Rose Everafter TV review

Throwback Thursday takes us back to the Second Season of Castle with one of my favorite episodes of the series. Alyssa Milano guest-stars as Castle‘s (Nathan Fillion) college girlfriend Kyra Blaine and a bride whose bridesmaid is murdered on her wedding day. The reunion is bittersweet, bringing back old feelings while evidence points to her groom-to-be (Brady Smith) as a likely murder suspect. While Castle dates different women during the series before getting involved with Beckett, including a second go-round with his ex-wife, Kyra is the only one who we see him present deep feelings for. And meeting Kyra also clues Kate into a little more about Castle’s past, including the idea that he can fall seriously for someone “real.”

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  • Title: Human Target – Salvage & Reclamation
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“Shut up, Doug.”

Human Target - Salvage & Reclamation television review

“Salvage & Reclamation” may not be my favorite episode of Human Target but the episode has it all in an exotic location, humor, action, and a lovely guest-star with a tie to the past of our mysterious protagonist. Perhaps more than any other episode of the series this one shows the potential of the show’s concept when handled correctly. Called into service by an old flame, Christopher Chance (Mark Valley) heads to South America where he rescues English anthropologist Doug Slocum (Kris Marshall) who has uncovered the location of a plane full of gold which many are willing to kill for. Neither the rescue nor Chance’s reunion go exactly as planned as Chance, Maria (Leonor Varela), and Doug head into the the jungle hunted by the army, drug runners, and a superbly-evil corporate goon (Kim Coates).

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