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DARK SKIES – Aliens invasion movies are a dime a dozen in the horror genre. You just have to do a quick Google search to see just how many are actually out there. Most are crap. A few have come along that shine above the rest and the remainder are not bad to watch but nothing special. DARK SKIES falls into this last category as it isn’t bad, the acting, the spooks and even the idea is pretty good but it isn’t anything that you will remember after the credits roll. It just doesn’t have that impact. Maybe it is the result of a watered-down PG-13 rating or maybe it is just the subject matter that has been done so many times that you have seen it all at this time. Keri Russell is especially good as the concerned mother and again the ideas here are actually pretty fun, but just don’t expect it to be FIRE IN THE SKY or another quality alien invasion title.
DOCTOR WHO: SERIES 7, PART 2 – If you have ever read this column, you know that I am no fan of the splitting of television series because I think it’s ridiculous that you are forced to pay more for two sets when you could just pay less for one. That doesn’t mean that the television contained within isn’t a good just the whole idea of doing split series is the problem. The second half of the seventh season of DOCTOR WHO (modern era) brings all of the previous episodes regarding Clara (the simply beautiful and awesome Jenna Louise Coleman), the Impossible Girl, and why she has been in so many places at the same time and seemingly died helping the Doctor complete a mission. It is actually fairly interesting how they wrap up everything but then also give us a huge bombshell at the end of the finale with what will sure have people talking until the eighth season starts. I won’t spoil it but it is pretty huge. The other episodes are pretty good too with a journey inside the Tardis, a host of alien invasions (naturally) and more.
DOCTOR WHO: THE SNOWMEN – This is the Christmas special that has become nearly a tradition every year. It also gave us the second appearance of Jenna Louise Coleman as another character that interestingly enough the Doctor remembers from Season 6 and does not understand why she is alive or at least another person. This special features what would be a number of links to the entire season including the big bad villain that reoccurs throughout the season. A group of evil snowmen are terrorizing London in 1842 and the Doctor must find out why it is happening and who is doing it. Of course, there are plenty of twists and turns along the way including why Coleman’s character is there (we find out again in the finale of Season 7).
RED WIDOW: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON – Radha Mitchell (maybe most famous in PITCH BLACK among other films) stars in this interesting series where she stars as someone who gets involved with the mafia after she learns that her late husband was a mobster. She then goes into revenge mode and sets off to take out the people that did her husband in. While the main plot is solid and the acting is actually really good, there are a number of subplots that just come off as illogical and not needed. Also the labeling this as the first season is a mistake as the series was not picked up by ABC for a second season so don’t expect a second season to becoming in the fall – and why this is being released now and not in September.
LONGMIRE: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON – A show that did get picked up for a second season was LONGMIRE which is making its second season debut soon. Who knew that a modern western mixed with typical cop themes could make for not only an interesting show but in a show that is damn good Based on the popular books from Craig Johnson, the show centers on Walt Longmire, a passionate but skilled lawman that is recovering from the death of his wife. Robert Taylor is an interesting actor that grows on you as you watch the show. At first, there seems to be nothing special about him or the character of Longmire. But as the show goes on you get involved with the rustic look of the show, the good cast and even Taylor and his understated energy in the role. Worth checking out to catch up on what you missed so you can see Season 2 as it is aired.
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