CHERNOBYL DIARIES Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

CHERNOBYL DIARIES | (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: CHERNOBYL DIARIES – This was purported to be a found footage film about a group of tourists that go on an “extreme” adventure into the wastelands of Chernobyl. Luckily, there are no shaky cams as it is only filmed from the perspective of the poor bastards rather […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 Finale – “The Phantom”

John Hamm and Elisabeth Moss in MAD MEN - Season 5 finale - "The Phantom" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Jonathan Igla & Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Matthew Wiener Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 10, 2012 It’s funny. I thought following on the heels of last week’s episode of MAD MEN, that there would be a HUGE finale that would leave fans reeling, but honestly it felt more like a normal episode with not a lot of huge revelations taking place. “The Phantom” just seems like it […]Read On »

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The Top Ten WOW Moments of MAD MEN Season Five

MAD MEN poster - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC

The fifth season of MAD MEN has been interesting. There have been lots of changes and losses and even some gains. The series still manages to keep me completely entertained and ready for the next episode as soon as the current one is ending. Since there have been so many random WOW moments this season (and the finale hits Sunday night), ASSIGNMENT X decided it was time to look back at the best (and in some cases most disturbing moments) of Season 5. 10. Megan gets a musical introduction Making sure to show that Megan (Jessica Pare) is not just […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Commissions and Fees”

Jared Harris as Lane Pryce in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Commissions and Fees" | ©2012 AMC/Ron Jaffe

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Andre Jacquemetton & Maria Jacquemetton, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Chris Manley      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: June 3, 2012 I really think the only way to start this MAD MEN review is…DAMN! Just when you think things couldn’t go darker in the offices of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce, we have “Commissions and Fees”. There is only one episode left of the season and I really have absolutely NO idea […]Read On »

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Interview: MAD MEN star Elisabeth Moss on Peggy and Season 5

Elisabeth Moss in MAD MEN - Season 5 | ©2012 AMC/Frank Ockenfels

AMC’s series MAD MEN, now in its fifth season Sundays at 9 PM, has some things in common with its character Peggy Olson, played by Elisabeth Moss. When MAD MEN, created by Matthew Weiner, began its run in 2007, no one knew that it would turn out to be an award-winning juggernaut. Likewise, when Moss’ Peggy joined the Madison Avenue advertising firm then known as Sterling-Cooper in 1960, no one foresaw that she would become the company’s first female copywriter and one of the strongest people there. Moss has been nominated for the Supporting Actress in a Drama Series three […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “The Other Woman”

Jon Hamm as Don Draper and Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "The Other Woman" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener& Semi Chellas, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Phil Abraham    Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 27, 2012 This fifth season of MAD MEN is all about game changing. This can happen in subtle ways, or it can be something that strikes the audience over the head. “The Other Woman” is one of the best episodes  this season. The degradation of Sterling Cooper Draper Pryce Campbell has been inching its […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Christmas Waltz”

Jessica Pare and Jon Hamm in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Christmas Waltz" | ©2012 AMC/Jordin Althaus

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Victor Levin & Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Michael Uppendahl       Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 20, 2012 “Christmas Waltz” is such an odd episode of MAD MEN to me. It feels like little bits and pieces of various characters’ stories without any kind of a central through line to tie them together as well as some episodes in the past. There are so many significant moments in this […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Dark Shadows”

January Jones in MAD MEN - Season 5 - "Dark Shadows" | ©2012 AMC/Jodrin Althaus

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Erin Levy, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Scott Hornbacher      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 13, 2012 “Dark Shadows” is an interesting episode of MAD MEN since, in a way, it revolves around Betty (January Jones). Betty has had a long journey from being the innocent wife that most of us felt sorry for in the first season of the series. Her character was perfectly justified in wanting a divorce from […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “Lady Lazarus”

Jon Hamm in MAD MEN - Season 4 - "Lady Lazarus" | ©2012 AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Matthew Wiener, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Phil Abraham      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: May 6, 2012 “Lady Lazarus” is a good episode for all of the MAD MEN Megan (Jessica Pare) haters out there.  Clearly we weren’t meant to be kept in suspense as to what her father last episode was referencing when he asked her not to give up on her dream. Megan wants to be an actress. So […]Read On »

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TV Review: MAD MEN – Season 5 – “At the Codfish Ball”

Elisabeth Moss as Peggy Olson in MAD MEN At the Codfish Ball | (c) 2012 Ron Jaffe/AMC

Stars: John Hamm, Elisabeth Moss, Vincent Kartheiser, Christina Hendricks, Jared Harris, John Slattery, January Jones, Jessica Pare, Robert Morse, Aaron Staton, Rich Sommer, Kiernan Shipka Writer: Jonathan Igla, Series created by Matthew Wiener Director: Michael Uppendahl      Network: AMC, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: April 29, 2012 “At the Codfish Ball” has some lovely moments for MAD MEN. Post last episode’s huge Don (John Hamm) and Megan (Jessica Pare) drama it is nice to see the two working as a couple both in the home and in the workplace. The simple fact that Megan’s idea is the one that saves […]Read On »

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