TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Understudy”

Uma Thurman in SMASH - Season 1 - "Understudy" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Jason Grote Director: Mimi Leder Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: April 9, 2012 Sometimes you just wish you could holler at the writers of SMASH ”the play’s the thing.” This episode, “Understudy,” gets it, well, almost. We’ve still got lyricist Julia (Debra Messing) still dealing with her husband leaving her, which is sad and all, but we’re not seeing its affect on the show. Dev (Raza Jaffrey) is having a really, really bad day, being passed up for a much-wanted promotion to a scumbucket – but again, just …Read On »


TV Recap: DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 14 – Week 4 – Ballroom and Rock don’t mix

Peta Murgatroyd and Donald Driver on DANCING WITH THE STARS - Season 14 | ©2012 ABC/Bob D'Amico

Stars: Gavin DeGraw, Donald Driver, Roshon Fegan, Melissa Gilbert, Katherine Jenkins, Gladys Knight, William Levy, Maria Menounos, Sherri Shepard, Jaleel White Network: ABC, airs Mondays, Tuesdays Original Telecast: April 9th, 2012 Some things don’t go together…mayonnaise and peanut butter…driving and texting…class and Kanye West. And now we see that ballroom and rock also don’t mix. DANCING WITH THE STARS – Season 14: Rock Week blew a fuse, but not in a good way. It was close to a disaster; nearly everyone under performed, while gallantly trying to keep up with music more suitable for head banging than heel-toe pivots. Even …Read On »


TV Review: GRIMM – Season 1 – “The Thing With Feathers”

David Giuntoli in GRIMM - Season 1 - "The Thing With Feathers" | ©2012 NBC/Scott Green

Stars: David Giuntoli, Russell Hornsby, Bitsie Tulloch, Silas Weir Mitchell, Reggie Lee, Sasha Roiz, Bree Turner, Claire Coffee Writer: Richard Hatem Director:  Darnell Martin Network: NBC, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: March 31, 2012 In the latest episode of GRIMM, “The Thing With Feathers,” cop Nick Burkhardt (David Giuntoli) decides to get away with his girlfriend Juliette (Bitsie Tulloch) in order to propose only to find Grimm activity a few feet away. While staying at a getaway cabin, Nick discovers there’s a Klaustreich (Josh Randall) abusing another creature lady Robin (Azura Skye) who can essentially lay a golden egg (well, …Read On »


TV Review: GAME OF THRONES – Season 2 – “The Night Lands”

Liam Cunningham in GAME OF THRONES - Season 2 - "The Night Lands" | ©2012 HBO/Helen Sloan

Stars: Peter Dinklage, Emilia Clarke, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Peter Dinklage, Michelle Fairley, Aiden Gillen, Jack Gleeson, Iain Glen, Kit Harington, Lena Headey, Isaac Hempstead-Wright, Richard Madden, Sophie Turner, Maisie Williams, John Bradley, Charles Dance, Carice Van Houten, Stephen Dillane, Liam Cunningham, Robert Pugh Writers: David Benioff & D.B. Weiss, based on George R.R. Martin’s “A Song of Ice and Fire” Director: Alan Taylor Network: HBO, Sundays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 8, 2012 GAME OF THRONES usually has a lot of fighting and sex. There’s plenty of the latter in “The Night Lands” but, curiously for an episode referring to the …Read On »


TV Review: BEING HUMAN – Season 2 – “Partial Eclipse of the Heart”

Sam Huntington in BEING HUMAN - Season 2 - "Partial Eclipse of the Heart" | ©2012 Syfy/Philippe Bosse

Stars: Sam Witwer, Meaghan Rath, Sam Huntington, Dichen Lachman, Kyle Schmid, Natalie Brown, Deena Aziz, Susanna Fournier, Pat Kiely, Gianpaolo Venuta, Andreas Apergis, Kyle Gatehouse Writer: Lisa Rudolph, adapted for U.S. television by Jeremy Carver & Anna Fricke, created for U.K. television by Toby Whithouse Director: Adam Kane Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 9 PM Airdate: April 2, 2012 Setting aside that BEING HUMAN has managed to almost totally separate its leads once again (and when the show does that, we might as well be watching an anthology), the episode “Partial Eclipse of the Heart” gets to expected results in two …Read On »


TV Review: FRINGE – Season 4 – “Everything In Its Right Place”

Seth Gabel as Lincoln in FRINGE - Season 4 - "Everything In Its Right Place" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Joshua Jackson, John Noble, Anna Torv, Seth Gabel, Lance Reddick, Jasika Nicole Writer: David Fury & J.R. Orci based on a story by J.R. Orci and Matt Pitts Director: David Moxness Network: Fox, airs Friday nights Original Telecast: April 6, 2012 After last week’s monster-of-the week storytelling detour with the sluggish “Nothing As It Seems,” FRINGE returns to the backbone of its storytelling greatness with the excellent Lincoln (Seth Gabel) episode “Everything In Its Right Place.” After feeling shafted by Olivia (Anna Torv) forgetting any of the advances they made in their relationship, Lincoln feels it’s time he got …Read On »



AMERICAN REUNION poster | ©2012 Universal Pictures

Rating: R Stars: Jason Biggs, Alyson Hannigan, Eugene Levy, Chris Klein, Thomas Ian Nicholas, Tara Reid, Seann William Scott, Mena Suvari, Eddie Kaye Thomas, Natasha Lyonne, Jennifer Coolidge Writers: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg, based on characters created by Adam Herz Directors: Jon Hurwitz & Hayden Schlossberg Distributor: Universal Pictures Release Date: April 6, 2012 Shortly after it was released in 1999, AMERICAN PIE was hailed as revitalizing the American R-rated teen sex comedy genre. Actually, few others got the recipe quite right, but the film brought forth two highly likable and funny sequels, 2001’s AMERICAN PIE 2 and 2003’s …Read On »


AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Recap: America Gets Brackensick of DeAndre, He’s Kicked Off, Seven Left

DeAndre Brackensick is eliminated on AMERICAN IDOL - Season 11 - "Top 8" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Becker

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: April 5, 2012 It was decision time once again on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL. But who was it? Well by now, you know that DeAndre Brackensick was given the boot from the show, leaving seven in the competition. But things aren’t looking good for Elise Testone and Hollie Cavanaugh who were also in the bottom three. Funny, I’ve been railing on DeAndre all year because I didn’t get what the judges loved so much about him. Glad …Read On »


TV Review: COMMUNITY – Season 3 – “Pillows and Blankets”

Donald Glover in COMMUNITY - Season 3 - "Pillows and Blankets" | ©2012 NBC/Tyler Golden

Stars: Joel McHale, Gillian Jacobs, Danny Pudi, Yvette Nicole Brown, Alison Brie, Donald Glover, Ken Jeong, Chevy Chase, Jim Rash Director: Tristram Shapeero Network: NBC, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: April 5, 2012 This week’s COMMUNITY is essentially the second part of last week’s cliffhanger where long time friends Troy (Donald Glover) and Abed (Danny Pudi) start a war against each other when one wants to build a pillow fort in the school and the other a blanket fort. So how does this all pan out? Well, “Pillows and Blankets” becomes a faux Kevin Burns-esque documentary on the battle lines …Read On »


Movie Review: ATM

ATM movie poster | ©2012 IFC

Rating: R Stars: Brian Geraghty, Alice Eve, Josh Peck Writer: Chris Sparling, story by David Brooks & Chris Sparling Director: David Brooks Distributor: IFC Midnight Release Date: April 6, 2012 At the beginning of ATM, we have genuine curiosity about what we’re seeing. By the end of the movie, we get an explanation and realize that there was the potential for a good thriller here. However, what we get in the middle is one of those horror thrillers where the main characters behave in such counter-intuitive ways that we lose patience with them. It’s a freezing cold night as an …Read On »

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