Car Review: 2012 MAZDA3 4-DOOR

The 2012 MAZDA3 FOUR-DOOR | ©2012 Mazda

Car Manufacturer: Mazda Model: 2012 Mazda3 4-DOOR Suggested Retail Price: $24,970 ASSIGNMENT X tackles our latest car review as we test drove the 2012 MAZDA3 FOUR-DOOR. Keep in mind, we’re not car experts, but that’s the point of the review – we represent the average consumer so we won’t be talking tech, we’ll be talking about what we feel makes the car cool. “Zoom Zoom” has been a catch phrase of Mazda for some time and the 2012 MAZDA3 4-DOOR lives up to that name and then some. A nice, compact, smooth ride, the MAZDA3 is a sporty four-door without […]Read On »

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TV: FALLING SKIES review – Season 2 – “Shall We Gather at the River”

Will Patton commands on FALLING SKIES - Season 2 - "Shall We Gather Down by the River" | © 2012 James Dittiger/TNT

Cast: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter Writer: Bradley Thompson, David Weddle Director: Greg Beeman Network: TNT, Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Original Telecast: June 17, 2012 It hasn’t been a very good few days for Tom Mason (Noah Wyle) in the first two episodes of FALLING SKIES. So far he’s been: Abducted (voluntarily mind you) by aliens Tortured by aliens Shot Had some creature pulled from his eye Blow up Yet, he keeps on ticking. There are two things going on in “Shall We Gather at the River.” The first is […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 2 – “World’s Apart” – Season Premiere

Noah Wyle as Tom Mason in FALLING SKIES "World's Apart" | © 2012 James Dittiger/TNT

Cast: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter Writer: Mark Verheiden Director: Greg Beeman Network: TNT, Airs Sundays at 9 p.m. Original Telecast: June 17, 2012 Full disclosure: I did not watch the first season of FALLING SKIES. I did not see it when it aired last year, I did not watch it on DVD. So I am a fresh face to all of this, so forgive me if something seems obvious but isn’t. Here’s what I got from the opening montage from Season One: Aliens pull an INDEPENDENCE DAY on us. Steal […]Read On »

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CD Review: Haley Reinhart – LISTEN UP!

Haley Reinhart - LISTEN UP! | ©2012 Interscope Records/19 Entertainment

Distributor: Interscope Records/19 Entertainment Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 As AMERICAN IDOL has de-volved into an on-going parade of white guy with guitar winners and even blander Top 10 finalists, Season 10 did prove to have a diamond in the rough. Her name was Haley Reinhart. She wasn’t country. She wasn’t a Whitney clone. She was an original with a jazzy sound, a great look and unfortunately too much criticism heaved on by the biased judges that made sure she didn’t get past the third position in the competition even though she deserved to be in the final two (and honestly, […]Read On »

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SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS Highlights DVD and Blu-ray Releases for the Week

SHERLOCK HOLMES A GAME OF SHADOWS | (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 SHERLOCK HOLMES: A GAME OF SHADOWS – I wasn’t a big fan of the first SHERLOCK HOLMES movie as I never really got behind the legendary detective as an action hero versus, you know, doing actual investigative work. So when the sequel came out I wasn’t expecting […]Read On »

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CD Review: Best Coast – THE ONLY PLACE

The Best Coast - THE ONLY PLACE | ©2012 Mexican Summer

Distributor: Mexican Summer Suggested Retail Price: $7.99 While I heard nothing but raves about the Southern California buzz band Best Coast when they release their 2010 debut CRAZY FOR YOU, I found the 1990s inspired alt-music thin and the echoy vocals hard to get my head around. The vibe was there, the songs weren’t. With the Best Coast duo of Bethany Cosentino and Bobb Bruno back for their sophomore effort THE ONLY PLACE, I suspected it would be more of the same. Yet here’s an excellent follow-up record that lives up to the promise of CRAZY FOR YOU and then […]Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 5 – “Force Quit”

Colin Ferguson as Jack Carter in EUREKA | (c) 2012 Justin Stephens/Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Kavan Smith, Wil Wheaton Writer: Terri Hughes Burton Director: Mike Rohl Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: April 30, 2012 When last we left EUREKA, the ground crew had found where the doomed Astraeus had gone, but was too late to rescue the ship’s crew, being kept in a virtual trance by the evil Beverly Barlow (Debrah Farantino) under the command of Senator Wen (Ming Na). And Jack (Colin Ferguson) had just figured out that Wen was behind the removal. In “Force Quit,” the key is to find out […]Read On »

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TV Review: EUREKA – Season 5 – “The Real Thing”

The cast of Eureka Season 5 | © 2012 Art Streiber/Syfy

Stars: Colin Ferguson, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Joe Morton, Erica Cerra, Neil Grayston, Niall Matter, Kavan Smith, Felicia Day, Wil Wheaton Writer: Bruce Miller Director: Michael Robison Network: Syfy, Mondays @ 8 PM Original Airdate: April 23, 2012 We’ve got the 20-member crew of the Astraeus kidnapped by Beverly Barlow (Debrah Farantino) and being kept in some sort of trance state in which they think they’re back in EUREKA four years after the launch. Only because Allison accidentally found herself locked on board when the launch was taken over, there are actually 21 people under Barlow’s control and care. So now we find out in “The Real […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Tommy Madsen” – Season Finale

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

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Jennifer Johnson, Daniel Pyne Director: Aaron Lipstadt Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 26, 2012 It’s not just San Francisco. That’s pretty much what we learned on the season finale of ALCATRAZ “Tommy Madsen”. Warden James (Jonny Coyne) has sent inmates from The Rock (and maybe other places) all over the U.S. Why he is sending these people to the present day – some 50 years into the future – is unclear. It actually is even less clear than when the whole […]Read On »

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TV Review: ALCATRAZ – Season 1 – “Garrett Stillman”

Jonny Coyne in ALCATRAZ - Season 1 - "Garrett Stillman" | ©2012 Fox/Michael Courtney

Cast: Sarah Jones, Jorge Garcia, Sam Neill, Parminder Nagra, Jonny Coyne, Robert Forster Writers: Leigh Dana Jackson, Coleman Herbert Director: Eagle Egilsson Network: Fox, airs Mondays @ 9 p.m. Original Telecast: March 26, 2012 While billed as the season finale of ALCATRAZ, the first episode of the two-hour finale was more of a setting the stage for the second hour which was actually the finale. In “Garrett Stillman”, the Alcatraz retrieval crew is on the hunt for Stillman, a notorious thief that in the present day is once again up to his old ways robbing three armored cars in order […]Read On »

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