TV Review: MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD – Season 2 – “What They Become”

Skye/Daisy (Chloe Bennet) in MARVEL'S AGENTS OF SHIELD "What They Become" | © 2014 Kelsey McNeal/ABC

Cast: Clark Gregg, Ming-Na Wen, Chloe Bennet, Elizabeth Henstridge, Nick Blood, BJ Britt, Iaini De Caestecker, Brett Dalton, Henry Simmons, Adrianne Palicki Writer: Jeffrey Bell Director: Michael Zinberg Network: Airs on ABC, Tuesdays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: Nov. 18, 2014 There was a lot going on in the winter finale of MARVEL’S AGENTS OF SHIELD. And that’s a good thing considering winter finale’s need to have an impact. It’s a better thing for show such as AOS that at times seems to drag its feet on a lot of its storylines or misses the boat entirely. The first half …Read On »

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CD Review: DRACULA UNTOLD soundtrack

DRACULA UNTOLD soundtrack | ©2014 +180 Records

Between the sword and sorcery that helps seat the GAME OF THRONES to the tongue-sucking plague brought on by THE STRAIN, Ramin Djawadi has been having a hell of a time giving eerily adventurous production value to genre TV. Now with DRACULA UNTOLD, Djawadi gets to unleash a truly epic supernatural score that bat wings its way to the top of his work. Vlad the Impaler gets his most emotionally vulnerable treatment a la that other not-so villainous revisionist movie MALEFICENT the horror springing from the character’s humanity. Djawadi powerfully responds by giving Dracula a memorably bold, darkly heroic theme …Read On »

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DVD Review: WICKED, WICKED

WICKED WICKED DVD | ©2014 Warner Archive

Stars: David Bailey, Tiffany Bolling, Randy RobertsEdd Byrnes, Scott Brady, Diane McBain, Madeleine Sherwood, Roger Bowen, Arthur O’Connell Writer-Director: Richard L. Bare Distributor: Warner Archive Suggested Retail Price: $18.95 One of the great things about the Warner Bros. Archive Collection is the company digs up some truly obscure films to put out On Demand. Whereas the profit margin for a standard DVD or Blu-ray release would not be worth it, this formula seems to benefit interesting and bat-crap crazy films that would otherwise gather dust on the shelves. WICKED, WICKED is one of the more interesting Warner Archive releases as …Read On »

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CD Review: THE HERO OF COLOR CITY and NINJAGO soundtracks

THE HERO OF COLOR CITY soundtrack | ©2014 Varese Sarabande Records

Varese Sarabande continues to diversify to different audiences, in these two cases musically appealing to the younger set. The wee ones, particularly children with a thing for crayons, should enjoy repeated listening to THE HERO OF COLOR CITY. There’s a sweet, gentle enjoyment they’ll find in the songs and score by ex Ziggy Marley drummer Angel Roché Jr and Zoë Poledouris-Roché, who helped her dad Basil cook up an especially important theme for the way-more adult CONAN THE BARBARIAN back in her younger days. Tunes like “Color the World” and “Heave Ho” have cleverly rhyming lyrics and catchy melodies perfect …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator”

TJ Thyne and John Boyd in BONES - Season 10 - "The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator" | ©2014 Fox/Jordin Althaus

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Michael Grant Terry, Shalita Grant, Miriam Flynn, Shannon Collins, Chastity Dotson, Grant Harvey, Reva Rose, Mary Gillis Writer: Hilary Weisman Graham, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Tim Southam Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: December 4, 2014 The BONES episode “The Mutilation of the Master Manipulator” does a fine misdirect with its whodunit aspect. When parts of a murdered man turn up in garbage all over a tri-state area, the Jeffersonian team seeks to learn his …Read On »

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Blu-ray Review: THE DARK HALF

THE DARK HALF Blu-ray | ©2014 Shout! Factory

Stars: Timothy Hutton, Amy Madigan, Julie Harris, Michael Rooker Writer George A. Romero based on the book by Stephen King Director: George A. Romero Distributor: Shout! Factory Suggested Retail Price: $24.97 Poor George A. Romero. He got the chance to do a big studio movie with THE DARK HALF, which was an adaptation of the Stephen King novel of the same name, and then it was mired with production problems and a studio at the time (Orion Pictures) which was on the verge of bankruptcy. The film sat on the shelf for years until it was dumped into theaters where …Read On »

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TV Review: SUPERNATURAL – Season 10 – “Girls, Girls, Girls”

Jensen Ackles as Dean and Jared Padalecki as Sam in SUPERNATURAL - Season 10 - "Girls, Girls, Girls" | ©2014 The CW/Katie Yu

Stars: Jared Padalecki, Jensen Ackles, Misha Collins, Mark A. Sheppard, Erica Carroll, Travis Aaron Wade, Ruth Connell, Michael Antonakos, Chelsea Hobbs, Kirsten Comerford, Elysia Rotaru, Steve Belford Writer: Robert Berens, series created by Eric Kripke Director: Robert Singer Network: The CW, Tuesdays @ 9 PM Original Airdate: November 25, 2014 You’ve got to love a SUPERNATURAL episode that packs together online dating, demon pimps, a coven-seeking witch (Ruth Connell), angels making ethical choices, Dean’s (Jensen Ackles) vengeful stalker – and Crowley’s (Mark A. Sheppard) mother. Even better, Robert Berens’ teleplay for “Girls, Girls, Girls” drops most of them in just …Read On »

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CD Review: JOHN WICK soundtrack

JOHN WICK soundtrack | ©2014 Varese Sarabande Records

Any Russian mobster who watched THE MATRIX would know better than to mess with Keanu Reeves. Fortunately as THE EQUALIZER reboot recently proved, these enduring villains du jour don’t seem to watch a whole bunch of familiar former hit-man movies. And their latest f-up of killing a bad ass’ puppy gives DEVILS REJECTS Tyler Bates, BEYOND THE MAT‘s Joel J. Richard and an assist by Dyland Eiland (i.e. the DJ known as Castle Vania) carte blanche to get some rocking payback. Starting off with some slow-burn ambience to get across “John Wicks” retired killer street cred, Bates, Richard and Eiland …Read On »

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Movie Review: POKER NIGHT

POKER NIGHT movie poster | ©2014 XLerator Media

Rating: R Stars: Beau Mirchoff, Ron Perlman, Giancarlo Esposito, Corey Lange, Titus Welliver, Halston Sage, Ron Eldard, Michael Eklund, Kieran Lange Writer: Greg Francis Director: Greg Francis Distributor: XLerator Media Release Date: theatrical, VOD & iTunes December 5, 2014 POKER NIGHT straddles several genres, two of which are so seldom paired that this aspect is a pleasure – the cop film and the anthology film. Not that POKER NIGHT is a straight anthology; in fact, here the framing device is the main story, with a number of vignettes spicing it up and making good use of the supporting cast. Another …Read On »

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TV Review: BONES – Season 10 – “The Puzzle in the Pit”

Emily Deschanel in BONES - Season 10 - "The Puzzle in the Pit" | ©2014 Fox/Jordin Althaus

Stars: David Boreanaz, Emily Deschanel, Michaela Conlin, TJ Thyne, Tamara Taylor, John Boyd, Carla Gallo, Sean Marquette, Alison Haislip, Mindy Cohn, Debbon Ayer, Sam Lloyd, Jack Tapalian Writer: Nkechi Okoro Carroll, series created by Hart Hanson, based on the life and writings of Kathy Reichs Director: Chad Lowe Network: Fox, Thursdays @ 8 PM Airdate: November 20, 2014 Squintern Daisy Wicks (Carla Gallo) has spent Season 10 of BONES heavily pregnant, and in “The Puzzle in the Pit,” she gives birth, surrounded by her lab “family.” This is at once pleasant and a little depressing, as since Daisy isn’t really …Read On »

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