THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES | (c) 2012 Warner Home Video

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: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES – I am one of those people that like to believe the Batman movies started with BATMAN BEGINS and only three movies exist that feature the Dark Knight. I can’t stand the one with George Clooney or even Val Kilmer. Only Michael Keaton’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “Obama Wins!” – Season Finale

Cartman in SOUTH PARK - Season 16 finale - "Obama Wins!" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: November 7, 2012 As SOUTH PARK winds down Season 16, the series hits a homerun with its season finale “Obama Wins!” Since this episode was pretty much done before the outcome of the Presidential election was announced, creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone could have been tempting fate with its proclamation and storyline of an Obama win or would have had to do an “alternate ending” of some sort if the Presidential election went in Mitt Romney’s direction. Regardless, “Obama Wins!” is one of the funniest […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “A Scause for Applause”

Stan in SOUTH PARK | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: October 31, 2012 After two strong weeks, SOUTH PARK heads back into iffy territory with “A Scause for Applause”, a failed attempt at dealing with the disgrace of Lance Armstrong for using performance enhancing drugs. In the SOUTH PARK version, everyone wearing “What Would Jesus Do” bracelets decides to cut them off when it’s discovered that Jesus used performance enhancement drugs to perform his miracles. This leads to a dilemma with Stan, who decides he’s not going to cut off his bracelet like everyone else – […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “A Nightmare on FaceTime”

Randy, Stan, Shelley and Sharon in SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "A Nightmare on FaceTime" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: October 24, 2012 It’s been some time since SOUTH PARK has done a Halloween episode, but it was worth the wait as Trey Parker and Matt Stone come up with a new classic with “A Nightmare on Facetime.” Sending up THE SHINING, Blockbuster Video’s financial woes, The Avengers and our obsession with Apple products, there’s enough good will here to provide ample laughs and a great story to boot. When Stan’s dad Randy comes home and says the family is going to be rich because he […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “Going Native”

Butters and Kenny in Hawaii in SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "Going Native" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Butters gets some bad news from his parents in SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “Going Native” | ©2012 Comedy Central Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: October 18, 2012 Often times SOUTH PARK tries so hard to be topical and “parody” things all the time, that you begin to expect parodies even when there is none. And sometimes, when they are sending something up – it can get quite obscure and then you feel like a complete idiot for not even getting the point of the episode. “Go Native” is one […]Read On »

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TV Review: SOUTH PARK – Season 16 – “Insecurity”

Ike and Kyle thing the UPS man is having sex with their mom in SOUTH PARK - Season 16 - "Insecurity" | ©2012 Comedy Central

Writer: Trey Parker Director: Trey Parker Network: Comedy Central, airs Wednesday nights Original Telecast: October 10, 2012 Sadly SOUTH PARK seems to be struggling during the latter half of Season 16. Joining the awful “Sarastaball” is the latest episode “Insecurity” – a painfully unfunny exercise in randomness. I sense Trey Parker and Matt Stone are trying for some commentary on how fearful the nation has become since the Colorado shootings at THE DARK KNIGHT RISES screening, but it just doesn’t really work. Things kick off when Ike sees a UPS man having sex with his mom (what he doesn’t know […]Read On »

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CD Review: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES soundtrack

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES soundtrack | ©2012 Watertower Music

The swelling, patriotic heroism that John Williams gave to SUPERMAN could just as well be a burst of crucifix-shaped sunlight in contrast to the thrumming, uber-dark approach that Hans Zimmer and James Newton Howard gave to what’s arguably the most downbeat, if not utterly grim comic book saga in movie history. And now that Howard has left the bat cave with his more emotionally conventional orchestral touch, Zimmer’s wall of beat-sound is now truly ruling the belfry, taking the musical saga to new depths of intoxicating grimness for  THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Fans of old school superhero scoring might be […]Read On »

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Brand New THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Bane teaser poster revealed

THE DARK KNIGHT RISES - Bane teaser poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

It’s been a busy Bat-week. First, ASSIGNMENT X checked out an early IMAX presentation of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES prologue (you can view it here – The Dark Knight Rises prologue review) and now Warner Bros. has released a Bane teaser poster for the film. You can check it out below (click on the image to view the larger version). There was a hint of this image in the selection of clips shown of THE DARK KNIGHT RISES and they rightly chose a variation of it for this teaser poster. Awesome. The Christopher Nolan directed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES opens […]Read On »

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Review: THE DARK KNIGHT RISES IMAX teaser presentation

THE DARK KNIGHT teaser poster | ©2011 Warner Bros.

Last night ASSIGNMENT X was invited to attend a special seven-minute presentation of the IMAX prologue to next summer’s THE DARK KNIGHT RISES Batman film (opening July 20, 2012). This early look at the film is going to be attached to select IMAX theaters showing MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL opening next Friday (you can click on the link to see which theaters will have the DARK KNIGHT RISES prologue). However, the press got the added bonus of being treated to an appearance by the film’s director Christopher Nolan. He spoke about the value of IMAX and what an amazing […]Read On »

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First Look Image of Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES

Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in THE DARK KNIGHT RISES | ©2011 Warner Bros./DC

First, Warner Bros. released an image of Henry Cavill as Superman in the MAN OF STEEL reboot, and now they’ve done it again with this first look at Anne Hathaway as Catwoman in the Christopher Nolan directed THE DARK KNIGHT RISES. Yes, there’s not much going on here (and there’s no way this is the final Cat-suit), but at least it’s a nice taste of what to expect from the third and final chapter in Nolan’s BATMAN trilogy. Click on the image below to see a larger version of it. LET US KNOW HOW YOU FEEL – COMMENT BELOW! Click […]Read On »

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