Blu-ray and DVD picks of the week including TOWER HEIST

TOWER HEIST | (c) 2012 Universal Home Entertainment

Your time is short. We know this. So in order to expedite your buying and Netflix decision making, we provide you with a list of the cool and not-so-cool titles coming out for movies, television and everything in-between. So put your feet up, grab some popcorn and check out this week’s selections. MOVIES TOWER HEIST – It’s not that TOWER HEIST is a bad movie. Well, it isn’t a good movie either, but it certainly doesn’t deserve all the negativity it received when it came out – despite having Ben Stiller in the lead role. The problem with the movie …Read On »


TV Review: THE VAMPIRE DIARIES – Season 3 – “All My Children”

Paul Wesley and Kat Graham in THE VAMPIRE DIARIES - Season 3 - "All My Children" | ©2012 The CW/Bob Mahoney

Stars: Nina Dobrev, Paul Wesley, Ian Somerhalder Writer: Evan Bleiweiss, Based on the book by L.J. Smith Director: Pascal Verschooris  Network: The CW, airs Thursday nights Original Telecast: February 16, 2012 Well, that was the shortest plot thread in the history of THE VAMPIRE DIARIES plot threads, now wasn’t it kids? By plot thread I am of course referencing the plot where Klaus (Joseph Morgan) and all of his siblings are tied together by their resurrected witch of a mother Esther (Alice Evans), so she can make them mortal and then kill them off. Sad that it only lasted two …Read On »


TV Review: SMASH – Season 1 – “Enter Mr. DiMaggio”

Megan Hilty and Michael Swift in SMASH - Season 1 - "Enter Mr. DiMaggio" | ©2012 NBC/Will Hart

Stars: Debra Messing, Christian Borle, Megan Hilty, Katharine McPhee, Jack Davenport, Angelica Houston Writers: Theresa Rebeck Director: Michael Mayer Network: NBC, airs Mondays Original Telecast: February 20, 2012 The testament of a good show is to be able to turn it on, intending to watch a few minutes, and getting sucked in to watch the whole thing. That’s what happened while watching SMASH, the “Enter Mr. DiMaggio” episode. I was only going to check out how things held up after the first two stellar weeks, and well, I was sucked right back into the series. Of course, with the good, …Read On »


TV Review: GLEE – Season 3 – “On My Way”

Grant Gustin in GLEE - Season 3 - "On My Way" | ©2012 Fox/Adam Rose

Stars: Dianna Agron, Chris Colfer, Darren Criss, Jane Lynch, Jayma Mays, Kevin McHale, Lea Michele, Cory Monteith, Heather Morris, Matthew Morrison, Amber Riley, Naya Rivera, Mark Salling, Harry Shum Jr., Jenna Ushkowitz Writer: Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa Director: Bradley Buecker Network: Fox, airs Tuesday nights Original Telecast: February 21, 2012 And so goes the roller coaster ride that we’ve come to know as GLEE. After enduring perhaps the worst episode of the season with “Heart,” GLEE rebounds with perhaps one of the best episodes of year with “On My Way.” It’s like there are two different shows being made concurrently. On one …Read On »


TV Review: AMERICAN IDOL – Season 11 – “Final Judgment, Part 1”

AMERICAN IDOL Season 11 Final Judgment Part 1 | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Ryan Seacrest, Steven Tyler, Jennifer Lopez, Randy Jackson Network: Fox, airs Wednesdays and Thursdays @ 8 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 22, 2012 It was once again time for mass amounts of drama on the world’s greatest karaoke competition, AMERICAN IDOL, as we dwindle the remaining 42 contestants down to a svelte Top-24. And then the real competition begins and we can all start voting and kick off the really good, cute chicks because the tweens hates chicks and keep in a bunch of terrible singers that have no place in the competition and … huh, what’s that you say? …Read On »


TV Review: CASTLE – Season 4 – “Linchpin”

Jennifer Beals, Josh Stamberg, Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic in CASTLE - Season 4 - "Linchpin" | ©2012 ABC/Colleen Hayes

Stars: Nathan Fillion, Stana Katic, Susan Sullivan, Molly Quinn, Tamala Jones, Seamus Deaver, Jon Huertas, Penny Johnson Jerald Writer: Andrew W. Marlowe Director: Rob Bowman Network: ABC, Monday nights, 10 p.m. Original Telecast: February 20, 2012 “Linchpin” is one of those odd episodes of CASTLE that feels satisfying in the moment, but when you think about it later, something feels off. Maybe it’s because it falls back on the ol’ “Who’s the Real Bad Guy” routine that’s more than a little clicheed. Or that even hoarier cliche of having to save the world. So Castle (Nathan Fillion) and Becket (Stana Katic) just barely get out …Read On »


TV Review: ONCE UPON A TIME – Season 1 – “Whatever Happened to Frederick”

Ginnifer Goodwin in ONCE UPON A TIME - Season 1 - "What Happened to Frederick" | ©2012 ABC/Chris Helcermanas-Benge

Stars: Ginnifer Goodwin, Jennifer Morrison, Robert Carlyle, Lana Parrilla, Jared Gilmore, Josh Dallas, Raphael Sbarge Writer: David H. Goodman Director: Dean White Network: ABC, Sunday nights, 8 p.m. Original Telecast: February 19, 2012 If you want to know “Whatever Happened to Frederick,” keep your eye on the guy with the soccer balls in the school scene.  That’s because just about everyone in Storybrooke, Maine, has a fairy tale counterpart in ONCE UPON A TIME.  We’ve got two basic problems in the episode, both revolving around the relationship between Snow White and Prince James Charming and their real world counterparts Mary Margaret (Ginnifer Goodwin) and David (Josh Dallas) and that problem …Read On »


TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Johnny McKee”

ALCATRAZ S1 Johnny McKee | © 2012 Fox

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Toni Graphia Director:  Brad Turner Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Feb. 20, 2012 I’m beginning to doubt the longevity of ALCATRAZ. This isn’t a show like FRINGE or SUPERNATURAL that can give us compelling and cool experiments and weird s*** happening all the time in a non-mythology story or even two or three episodes that will stand alone and we’ll be happy. The whole premise of the show is finding out why these inmates have traveled through time and are re-appearing and …Read On »


TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 7 – “Repo Man”

Mark Pellegrino in SUPERNATURAL - Season 7 - "Repo Man" | ©2012 The CW/Jack Rowand

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Mark Pellegrino, Russell Sams, Nicole Oliver Writer: Ben Edlund, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Thomas J. Wright Network: The CW, Fridays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: February 17, 2012 The standalone plot of SUPERNATURAL’s “Repo Man,” scripted by Ben Edlund, dovetails nicely into the arced storyline, featuring Sam (Jared Padalecki) being continuously bedeviled by his visions of Lucifer (Mark Pellegrino). The thematic resonance between the two works well, and having a recurring smartass along for the ride, especially one as insinuatingly menacing as Pellegrino’s Devil in Chief, works even better. Four years ago in …Read On »


Exclusive Interview: THE WALKING DEAD wants the brains of Robert Kirkman and David Alpert

Andrew Lincoln, Sarah Wayne Callies and Jon Bernthal in THE WALKING DEAD - Season 2 | ©2012 AMC

Robert Kirkman created the Eisner Award-winning THE WALKING DEAD comic book series, first published in 2003 and still running today. The comics chronicle the travails of a small group of people trying to survive after the world is overrun with the title element. When AMC commissioned THE WALKING DEAD as a series which began its run in October 2010 – Season Two is currently running Sundays at 9 PM – Kirkman came aboard as one of the executive producers and staff writers. Kirkman and David Alpert, another of WALKING DEAD’s executive producers, are available for a quick private chat about …Read On »

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