TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Sonny Burnett”

Sarah Jones and Wendy Crewson in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Sonny Burnett" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Robert Hull Director: Nick Copus Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 5, 2012 Fox burned off two episodes of ALCATRAZ on Monday, making my life hell since I gotta do both hours. The first episode “The Ames Bros.” had a good deal of mythology and flashbacks that made it interesting to a degree even with the payoff being (at least for now) lame. The second episode, “Sonny Burnett”, offered little to none of this and was more of the inmate-of-the-week centered on […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “The Ames Bros.”

Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "The Ames Bros." | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Robert Hull Director: Nick Copus Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 5, 2012 How much of a baddass is Emerson Hauser (Sam Neill) on ALCATRAZ? The guy must be in his ’70s (if we are to believe he was 20-something when he first began as a guard at the prison), yet could care less if he’s standing on a land mine, he gets shot and brushes it off as if a flesh wound and gets blown up by dynamite only to grumble […]Read On »

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Blu-ray and DVD Picks of the Week Including THE THING

THE THING | © 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 THE THING – I’m torn over the prequel to John Carpenter’s science fiction horror fiesta of the same name (which was a remake of the classic monster movie). On one hand, I really enjoy the nostalgia aspect with the film focusing on the Norwegian Antarctic camp that […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Cal Sweeney”

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Cal Sweeney" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne Writer: Elizabeth Sarnof Director: Brad Anderson Network: Fox, Airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 30, 2012 The biggest question coming out of the “Cal Sweeney” episode of ALCATRAZ is: What’s behind door No. 1? While the episode itself was another inmate of the week returning to modern day in order to cause havoc on San Francisco, kill a whole bunch of people and steal loot. It turns out that Sweeney (the inmate in question) wasn’t just wooing lonely tellers in order to get swag but instead a […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Kit Nelson”

Sam Neill in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Kit Nelson" | ©2012 Fox/Liane Hentscher

Stars: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill Director: Jack Bender Network: Fox, airs Monday nights Original Telecast: January 24, 2012 Like all new genre series, the pilot usually kicks things off in grand fashion, but the next few episodes are all about finding a tone and a way to do epic stories on a much smaller TV budget. The other issue – how much mythology to dole out week by week without confusing new viewers? ALCATRAZ definitely follows that pattern as the third episode “Kit Nelson” struggles to find a workable tone and an engaging mystery without coming off as […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Pilot”/“Earnest Cobb” – Series Premiere

Sarah Jones and Jorge Garcia in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Pilot" | ©2012 Fox/James Dittiger

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra Writers: Elizabeth Sarnoff, Jack Bender Directors: Danny Cannon, Steven Lilen, Bryan Wynbrandt Network: Fox, Airs Mondays at 9 p.m. Original Telecast: January 16, 2012 Whenever I see something about Alcatraz, I can’t help but think of THE ROCK. Just because it was sooo Michael Bay at his explosive finest and sooo over-the-top Sean Connery (and his quotes about doing the prom queen and generous use of expletives) that it makes for a great watch – not to mention batsh** crazy Nicolas Cage. So throughout the two hour season premiere for ALCATRAZ […]Read On »

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I SAW THE DEVIL is one of the Blu-ray and DVD Picks this week

I SAW THE DEVIL Blu-ray | © 2011 Magnet Releasing

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 I SAW THE DEVIL – You gotta hand it to the Koreans. They are making some great films. From THE HOST, to OLD BOY, to I SAW THE DEVIL when they do something right they do it freaking right. Monster movies, revenge action and now serial killer/revenge […]Read On »

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Profile: Julianna Marguiles remains THE GOOD WIFE

Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth in THE GOOD WIFE | ©2010 CBS/Justin Stephens

THE GOOD WIFE’s Julianna Marguiles takes time off the set to promote her hit drama’s second season. Playing a lawyer, says Marguiles, 44, isn’t unlike that of portraying a doctor on ER. Things happen very quickly, sometimes in a ridiculously short period of time, all for the sake of good drama. TAKE 1 On how, unlike in real life, things happen very quickly on TV… “Well, it has to because it’s only a 42-minute show,” says Marguiles. ” I mean, my husband is a lawyer, and the first time he saw (the show) — he wasn’t a big television watcher.  […]Read On »

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127 HOURS One of the Highlights in This Week’s DVD/Blu-ray Round-up

127 HOURS | © 2011 Fox 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: 127 HOURS – Regardless of what you thought about James Franco’s either aloof or disinterested or high character he played during the Oscars on Sunday night, there’s no denying the man can act – whether it’s on GENERAL HOSPITAL or in this Oscar-nominated film based on true […]Read On »

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MEGAMIND is one of the Highlights on Blu-ray and DVD This Week

MEGAMIND Blu-ray| © 2011 Paramount 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 MEGAMIND – There is something about today’s animated films that are a breath of fresh air among the Hollywood schlock that keeps being churned out. Maybe it is because they go beyond just being a remake or a sequel or just some comic book adaptation or superhero […]Read On »

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