Monthly Archives: December 2012

American Horror Story: Season 1 – Spoiler Free Review

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American Horror Story: Season 1 – Spoiler Free Review

• DVD/Blu-Ray Release Date: September 25, 2012

• For fans of The Walking Dead, True Blood, Twin Peaks, and The Shining

Wildly provocative and stylishly macabre, American Horror Story fills a void in television’s psychological horror genre. By embodying classic horror tropes, the series evokes haunting moments that play on our worst conceivable fears in love, marriage, and progeny, bearing the weight of its ambitious narrative without succumbing to it. Not for the faint of heart, Season One is an entertaining and frightening deconstruction of the contemporary American family.

Continue reading for a spoiler free overview of FX Network’s American Horror Story – Season 1.

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 9 Review – ‘Year’s End’

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In the mid-season finale titled Year’s End, Oliver throw’s a Christmas party and faces off against a lethal copycat archer.

Continue reading for a spoiler filled review and recap of Arrow Season 1, Episode 9:

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Animated Movie Review

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Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1 – Review

• DC Universe, Animated Original Movie

• Release Date: September 25, 2012

For many of us, there are times when we wish we could watch our favorite movies or read a book for the first time all over again. One of the joys of catching up on graphic novels and DVD/Blu-Rays is the excitement of experiencing something new. A lot of pop culture art/entertainment that appear to be new are actually recycled or reinterpreted from eras gone by. But there’s something about retelling the stories of enduring superheroes like Batman that holds meaning for each new generation. The following is a straightforward and spoiler free review of Batman: The Dark Knight Returns, Part 1:

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Arrow: Season 1 Episode 8 Review – ‘Vendetta’

Courtesy of CW

Courtesy of CW

This week’s ‘Vendetta’ is a near perfect conclusion to the two-episode arc featuring Helena Bertinelli (DC comic’s The Huntress). Vendetta seamlessly integrated Arrow’s underlying themes on the nature of vigilantism, with conflicting perspectives on justice and an engaging character-driven story.

Oliver’s dangerous quest to honor his father’s dying wish has isolated him from the closest people in his life, with the exception of Diggle. Revealing his secret identity to his family and friends could put their lives at risk to criminals, mafia and the triads whom would undoubtedly seek retribution. Nor could his family and friends possibly relate to his damaged psyche and crusade for justice having not endured their own crucible.

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5 Reasons Why Hobbit Mania Is Taking Over Middle-Earth … Again

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Can Peter Jackson recapture the magic of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle-Earth more than ten years after the debut of Fellowship of the Ring? If the enthusiastic fan reaction at the premiere of The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey in Jackson’s hometown of Wellington, New Zealand is any indication, Hobbit Mania is about to set the world on fire … again.

The Hobbit Controversy

Despite being one of the most highly anticipated movies of 2012, the making of The Hobbit has been mired in controversy. After nearly two years of pre-production, Guillermo Del Toro (Hellboy, Pan’s Labyrinth) announced he was no longer directing the prequels to the Lord of the Rings film trilogy. During production, disputes with the actors union over employment laws almost caused the movie to be filmed overseas.

In April 2012, early footage of The Hobbit sparked a heated debate over the use of 48 frames per second technology versus the standard 24 fps. At the world premiere, animal activists called for a boycott of the film and held posters saying “3 horses died for this film” and “Middle Earth unexpected cruelty” after allegations that more than 20 animals were killed in the movie’s production.

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5 Reasons Why Hobbit Mania Is Taking Over Middle Earth … Again

Bringing The Hobbit to the big screen has been a battle in and of itself for director Peter Jackson. Through the turmoil and controversy, the one thing that will continue to endure is J.R.R. Tolkien’s fantasy classic and the legacy of the Hobbit. If you are not already excited, here are some reasons why you are about to be infected with Hobbit Mania!:

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The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 8 “Made To Suffer” Review

Courtesy of AMC

Courtesy of AMC

The prison gets visitors, Rick leads the mission to rescue Glenn & Maggie, Michonne faces off against the Governor, and the Dixon brothers reunite in the mid-season finale of The Walking Dead Season 3 Episode 8 titled “Made to Suffer”.

Let’s dissect the episode! Continue reading for my initial reactions and spoiler filled thoughts.

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Batman And Robin (The New 52) Volume 1 Born To Kill Comic Review

Batman And Robin (The New 52), Vol. 1 ‘Born To Kill’ Comic Review

Release Date: July 10, 2012. Peter J. Tomasi (Writer), Patrick Gleason (Penciller).

Note: The New 52 is DC’s relaunch of comic book titles, making it more accessible to new readers who have no knowledge of previous story lines.  “Born To Kill”, which collects issues 1-6 of Batman and Robin, is not a lighthearted, “buddy-cop” story.  It’s worthy of discussion that scratches beneath the surface. This is a recommendation article that contains some spoilers as it sets up the story, outlines the themes and introduces the characters, including the villain who is revealed in the first page of the graphic novel.

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The dynamic between Batman and Robin in ‘Born To Kill’ is not that of hero and sidekick. Nor master and protegé. It’s a father and son relationship that plays out in an engaging manner.

Damian is Robin, the ten-year old son of Bruce Wayne and Talia Al Ghul. At the age of three, Damian started to train with the League of Assassins. Cold blooded violence and a killer instinct have been indoctrinated into him from an early age. Add to the fact that Damian is incredibly impulsive and is acting out of his resentment towards his father makes him an unpredictable, killing machine in the making.

“There’s a part of Damian that is broken, and it’s my job, my responsibility — to fix him,” Bruce confides in Alfred. To which Alfred replies, “It’s your job to be a father, not a mechanic, Master Bruce.” Bruce’s heart is in the right place but his attempts to repair and protect his son from himself only serves to push Damian to the edge. There’s an internal conflict in Damian that desperately wants his father’s approval for who he is and relate to the dark rage that he is suppressing.

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