TV Review: BREAKING BAD – Season 5 – “Say My Name”

Mike (Jonathan Banks) dumps his weapons in BREAKING BAD "Say My Name" | (c) 2012 Ursula Coyote/AMC

Stars:  Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Anna Gunn Writer: Thomas Schnauz Director: Thomas Schnauz Network: AMC, airs Sunday Nights Original Telecast: August 26, 2012 “Say My Name” is a pivotal and gut-wrenching episode of BREAKING BAD, and one that answers many of the questions that have been building since the season began.  Questions such as: Is Walt really capable of becoming “Jesse James?” In Mike’s (Jonathan Bank’s) memorable turn of phrase, just because Walt shot Jesse James doesn’t make him Jesse James.  But the opening sequence of “Say My Name” says otherwise.  Walt, Jesse, (Aaron Paul) and Mike meet the crime […]Read On »

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Movie Review: THE APPARITION

THE APPARITION | (c) 2012 Warner Bros

Rating: PG-13 Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton Writer: Todd Lincoln Director: Todd Lincoln Distributor: Warner Bros. Release Date: Aug. 24, 2012 THE APPARITION owes a fair bit to the original PARANORMAL ACTIVITY, though it is not (much) a found footage film. Borrowing between horror movies isn’t necessarily a bad thing – last year’s INSIDIOUS had plenty of inspirations and still managed to be very scary – but it can be a problem when the project in question relies on a memorable piece of lore from another source as a primary plot twist. Other issues here are that writer/director […]Read On »

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CHIMPANZEE Highlights this week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

CHIMPANZEE | (c) 2012 Disney 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: Disneynature: CHIMPANZEE – If you have seen some of the other Disneynature films (OCEANS, EARTH, CRIMSON WINGS, AFRICAN CATS), you can pretty much guess what you are in for with CHIMPANZEE. The film follows a playful and curious chimp known as Oscar as he ventures toward adulthood […]Read On »

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DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX Highlights last week in Blu-ray and DVD Releases

THE LORAX | (c) 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: DR. SEUSS’ THE LORAX – Some of the adaptations of the DR. SEUSS children’s books have been pretty good (THE GRINCH) and pretty bad (THE CAT IN THE HAT), luckily THE LORAX is actually animated, which seems to always make things better. Here the basic plot elements […]Read On »

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Car Review: 2012 Suzuki Kizashi

The 2012 Suzuki Kizashi | ©2012 Suzuki

Car Manufacturer: Suzuki Model: 2012 Suzuki Kizashi Starting Price: $18,999 Looks can be deceiving and the Suzuki Kizashi may appear like a standard mid-size car on the outside, but boy is it so much more. Here is a car that is more than transportation – it’s something you just love to drive. My preferred mode of transportation are trucks, so I do lean toward stick shifts when it comes to my vehicles. And the Kizashi comes with a stick, which gives it so much more power and fluidity than regular vehicles. We put the Kizashi to the test on a […]Read On »

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CD Review: BERNIE soundtrack

BERNIE soundtrack | ©2012 Lakeshore Records

Having assembled such varied soundtrack compilations as DAZED AND CONFUSED and BEFORE SUNRISE, Richard Linklater slices another winning piece of musical eccentricity. In the true-crime case of BERNIE, it’s from the big plate of his Texan soil, carving out a slice of home-fried country as opposed to the city SLACKER indie rock section. Jack Black has a new Tenacious D. album out. And if his diehard fans enjoy the singer’s hell-blazing approach to the ways of metal, they might even be more intrigued with Black’s subversively holy stylings as an effete funeral home manager with both a heart, and throat […]Read On »

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Comic-Con News: Noah Wyle chats about FALLING SKIES and character development

Noah Wyle in FALLING SKIES - Season 2 - "Young Bloods" | ©2012 TNT/James Dittiger

Fans of the TNT series FALLING SKIES may have wondered why there’s been such a slow burn with the budding romance between Tom (Noah Wyle) and Dr. Anne Glass (Moon Bloodgood) and at Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego, Wyle shed some light on it while speaking to the press. “It’s very difficult to write an interpersonal romance relationship on the show when you’re always trying to establish a base level of threat being ever present,” says Wyle of the hit alien invasion series which just got renewed for Season 3. “So we write these scenes where I would be on […]Read On »

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CD Review: COSMOPOLIS soundtrack

COSMOPOLIS soundtrack | ©2012 Howe Records

With nearly ever David Cronenberg collaboration, Howard Shore stretches his imagination into unexpected dimensions of inner madness, from the cathode ray synth sadism of VIDEODROME to CRASH‘s grinding metal and the slow-boil orchestral murder that accompanied A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE. In the process, Shore’s found some truly interesting collaborators, particularly as he induced Ornette Coleman’s jazz madness for NAKED LUNCH. But for all of the bizarrely visceral qualities that Shore’s Cronenberg scores have exhibited, they’ve also shown surprising beauty, most recently with the Wagnerian analysis of DANGEROUS METHOD. Now on their fourteenth ride together, Shore’s hypnotic strangeness finds perhaps his […]Read On »

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CD Review: MEN IN BLACK 3 soundtrack

MEN IN BLACK 3 soundtrack | ©2012 Sony Records

Who ya gonna call when it’s time to bust some illegal aliens? The answer of course for team Tommy and Will is Danny Elfman, who dons his dark sunglasses and suit to hit the trail with the Men in Black in MEN IN BLACK 3 soundtrack. That proves to be a real charm the third time out for this time-travelling entry that gives a huge, rejuvenating boost to the franchise after an unholy second film (not that Elfman’s music has ever been worse for the wear). Time travel’s the McGuffin that brings Agent J and K back to the 60’s […]Read On »

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TV Review: FALLING SKIES – Season 2 – “Love and Other Acts of Courage”

Connor Jessup in FALLING SKIES - Season 2 - "Love and Other Acts of Courage" | ©2012 TNT/James Dittiger

Stars: Noah Wyle, Moon Bloodgood, Will Patton, Connor Jessup, Drew Roy, Maxim Knight, Sarah Carter Writer:  Joe Weisberg Director:  John Dahl Network: TNT, airs Sunday nights Original Telecast: July 8, 2012 Whereas last season of FALLING SKIES felt like the story meandered a little too much (but it was still pretty good), Season 2 is just one big ass-kicking episode after another. With “Love and Other Acts of Courage” the 2nd Mass learns more about the Skitters and what their possible plan is after a whole gaggle of visitors are wiped out mysteriously, but not by humans. It was in […]Read On »

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