August 2015

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In the final episode before the season finale, “Breaking Up the Band” introduces the idea of major shake-ups with 15 Division should Rookie Blue get renewed for another season. It seems the corruption within the department has the higher-ups discussing city-wide transfers which could mean several new faces if the show does indeed get renewed (a possibility the show’s dismal ratings are making less possible). Andy‘s (Missy Peregrym) reaction to Sam‘s (Ben Bass) new fatherhood is one of the major storylines covered in the episode as “Breaking Up the Band” also teases a break-up between the pair. Cooler heads prevail and it looks like, renewed or cancelled, fans of the show will indeed get to see a wedding before the season comes to a close.

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Attakus has a series of new 7.5in. Resin Statues hitting stores in early 2016. Prices range from $55 for Yoda up to $180 for Emperor Palpatine. Boba Fett, Jango Fett, Darth Vader, Imperial Guard, R2-D2, and Stormtroopers are also available. Better hurry though as some have already sold out in pre-order.

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Here’s Jean-Michel Jarre and Little Boots with the official video for “If..!”

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Enjoy five minutes of the awesome dickishness of William Zabka.

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Setting the stage for the season finale, “Sins of the Fathers” heats up Vincent (Jay Ryan) and Catherine‘s (Kristin Kreuk) battle with Liam (Jason “Iron Eagle” Gedrick) who gets Catherine investigated by Internal Affairs and Vincent suspended from the hospital just as he prepares to take his revenge against the entire Ellingsworth family. Out of time and options Catherine and Vincent agree drastic measures are needed beginning with Vincent breaking Catherine’s father (Ted Dykstra) out of prison.

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Digging for Fire

by Cap'n Carrot on August 28, 2015 · 0 comments

in Film

digging-for-fire-posterMiddle-age apathy is the major theme of Digging for Fire as a husband (Jake Johnson, who co-wrote the screenplay along with director Joe Swanberg) and wife’s (Rosemarie DeWitt) separate weekend plans while on vacation let each work through the listlessness of their shared existence and eventually find their way back to each other. It’s a story that’s been done several times, sometime much better (like Massy Tadjedin‘s 2010 film Last Night) and more often far worse (any number of middle age brain-dead romcoms).

More archetypes than fully fleshed-out characters, neither Tim nor Lee are all that interesting. Tim is your typical mid-life crisis male wanting to spend time with old friends and recapture lost youth. Lee is worried about the future, her marriage, and loosing her sense of self under the weight of marriage and parenthood. Johnson and DeWitt give the characters a bit of a spark but it’s Tim’s unusual obsession with finding a bone and old revolver buried in the back yard of the home where the family is staying that proves to give the movie something unique to explore, if not something terribly original to say.

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Tesla Watch

by Cap'n Carrot on August 28, 2015 · 0 comments

in Toys and Gizmos

You can grab your own Tesla Watch for the low, low price of $60.

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Mistress America

by Cap'n Carrot on August 28, 2015 · 0 comments

in Film

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Written and directed by Noah Baumbach (and co-written by the movie’s star Greta Gerwig), Mistress America is an uneven comedy that has a tone and feel more befitting a stage play than even an independent theatrical release. That’s not to say it should be easily dismissed. Despite its issues, when the film gets it right it gets it just right (such as an extended sequence in a yuppie suburban home where the quick-hitting back-and-forth dialogue finally hits on every note). Taken as a whole, Mistress America is neither as good as its brightest moments or as bad as it valleys where the lack of laughs exposes just how thin a story Baumbach is working with.

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justice-league-gods-and-monsters-blu-rayI was ecstatic when I heard Bruce Timm was returning to DC for a new animated feature. One of the creators behind Batman: The Animated Series and Justice League Unlimited, the animated DCU just hasn’t been the same since his departure. When I heard the premise of the movie, however, I was more skeptical. It turns out I need not have feared that Bruce Timm might be corrupted by the grit of the New 52 that’s turned so much of DC’s comic and video output to shit. Timm certainly delivers a darker and more adult story than expected but it’s still grounded in a profound understanding and love for these characters that is far too often lacking in much of DC’s current output.

Although the word Elseworlds doesn’t appear in its title that’s exactly what Justice League: Gods and Monsters is: a story set in an alternate version of the DCU vastly different from the any we know. The result is as unexpected as it is enjoyable. It may not be classic Timm, but the man certainly hasn’t lost his knack for characters, design, or storytelling.

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Tame Impala – Let It Happen via videos.antville.org

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