Friday, January 27, 2017

Angel Season 11 #1 (Dark Horse)
Released January 18th 2016
Cover Price: $3.99
Writer: Corinna Bechko
Artist: Geraldo Borges
Covers: Scott Fisher, Jeff Dekal, Bilquis Evely

It will take an Angel and a goddess to save the world!

Vampire Angel is tormented by a vision linking his shameful past to something very big—and very bad—that is coming. The goddess Illyria gives Angel some insight and incentive. Then she really gets involved, and Angel discovers that it might be possible to change the future by changing the past.

* Writer Corinna Bechko (Tomb Raider, Star Wars) brings you the vampire Angel in his own series!

* Featuring Fred and Illyria!

Review by Stephen M.

It is incredible when you think about how the comic book series of Angel with this issue is now longer than the TV series that the comic is suppose to continue.  Despite being far removed from the television series which ended way back in 2004, Joss Whedon's presence is still very much apart of the series as Executive Producer of the comic but you really have to hand it to Writer Corinna Bechko for capturing the feel of the show with its humor and intensity.

The artwork and coloring is a bit uneven at times but still works well to compliment Bechko's storytelling.  The first issue takes Angel to Dublin with a nice setup story for future issues.  Those that haven't been following the series or doesn't know who or what Angel and Fred/Illyria is may be a little confused at first with little background given to the characters.  New readers gets a very brief summary in the credits page but more could have been given.

Overall, a good first issue filled with enough intrigue that will have me reading a few more issues at least.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Stars

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Patriots Day
Released January 13, 2017
2 hr 10 mins
Rated R


Writer: Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Paul Tamasy, Eric Johnson; Screenplay: Peter Berg, Matt Cook, Joshua Zeturner based on book Boston Strong by Casey Sherman & David Wedge
Director: Peter Berg

Mark Wahlberg as Boston Police Department Sergeant Tommy Saunders
John Goodman as Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis
J. K. Simmons as Watertown Police Sergeant Jeffrey Pugliese
Vincent Curatola as Mayor of Boston Thomas Menino
Michelle Monaghan as Carol Saunders, Tommy's wife and an RN.
Kevin Bacon as Richard DesLauriers, Special Agent in the FBI's Boston field office
Alex Wolff as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev
Themo Melikidze as Tamerlan Tsarnaev
Michael Beach as Governor of Massachusetts Deval Patrick
James Colby as Boston Police Superintendent William Evans
Jimmy O. Yang as Dun Meng, the driver the Tsarnaevs carjacked on April 19
Rachel Brosnahan as Jessica Kensky, wife of Patrick Downes
Christopher O'Shea as Patrick Downes, husband of Jessica Kensky
Melissa Benoist as Katherine Russell, Tamerlan Tsarnaev's wife
Khandi Alexander as Police Interrogator
David Ortiz as himself

Review by Stephen M.

Peter Berg and Mark Wahlberg works well together in these heart felt based on true story dramas and Patriots Day is no difference.  Based on the book Boston Strong that covers the Boston Marathon bombing back in 2013, we get a look at all the behind the scene procedural that led up to the resolution of the case.  It was also a nice touch to include interviews and updates on the actual people that the film mentions.

The film as with all of Mark Wahlberg's dramas focuses on his character in this case, Boston Police Department Sergeant Tommy Saunders.  The film was heavily criticized for emphasizing on this one person, and it is true, but of course this is Hollywood's story.  Thankfully, Mark delivers an outstanding performance in this rousing patriotic movie showing how Boston came together as a city.  Mark is not alone as the film is actually quite solid throughout including the bombers themselves played by Alex Wolff as Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and Themo Melikidze as Tamerlan Tsarnaev.

Overall, the film is a great pick me up in spirits type of film.  The attack scenes are heart wrenching as expected and quite bloody.  However I imagine they could have done a lot more gore if they wanted and thankfully they didn't.  The only complaint for the film would be that if you know the actual facts of the events and the people involved you may be taken aback by some of the portrayals and omissions.  But otherwise a good film to watch while it is still out.

Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

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There’s Futureworld airing:

Sunday, January 22 at 2am/1C 
Wednesday, January 25 at 6/5C 
Saturday, January 28 at Noon/11C 
Monday, January 30 at 6/5C

Two years after the original Westworld tragedy, The Delos Corporation have reopened a variety of theme parks, but all is not what it seems.

There’s Mad Max airing:

Wednesday, January 25 at 2am/1C 
Saturday, January 28 at 6/5C

In a not-too-distant dystopian future, Max (Mel Gibson), an officer with the Main Force Patrol, launches a personal vendetta against the gang when his wife (Joanne Samuel) and son are hunted down and murdered.

There's Rollerball airing:

Friday, January 27 at 8/7C 
Saturday, January 28 at 8/7C 
Sunday, January 29 at 2/1C

In a remake of the 1975 classic, LL Cool J invites viewers to join in the new sport of… Rollerball. It’s a violent extension of roller derby with motorcycles, metal balls and adventure so intense it will cause Chris Klein to flee the country for his life.

Flash Gordon airing:

Friday, January 20 at Noon/11C

Flash… Ahhhh… King of the impossible! Ming Merciless has set his sights on destroying earth, and only one man can stand in his way…

Final Encounter airing:

Friday, January 21 at 10/9C 
Friday, January 27 at 6/5C

Young soldiers (Dean Cain, Justin Whalin) become involved in a war that has lasted more than a century.

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