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    by Published on 09-21-2010 07:15 AM
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    Reviewer: Andrea Speed
    Quick Rating: Pretty Good

    Slacker Zing ends up in charge of Io, only to find himself persona non grata in this satire.

    Written & Illustrated By: James Turner
    Publisher: Slave Labor Graphics


    Turner
    is known for writing hyper-literate comics with visually stunning art, and this trade is no exception. But I’d be lying if I didn’t admit this wasn’t my favorite of his works. Still, it’s better than most of the stuff on the shelf.

    Zing is very much an irresponsible kid, obsessed with video games and dreaming of becoming a rock star, even though he’s the only son of the Emperor of Io. The Emperor, who’s a little batty and pleasure obsessed, runs off, leaving Zing in charge, which is a surprise to everyone. When his friend Moxy finds out, she urges Zing to cut the massive military budget of the planet, to which he agrees. This is when all the problems start.
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    Easy A 

    by Published on 09-21-2010 05:12 AM
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    Reviewer: James Leask James.Leask@shaw.ca
    Quick Rating: Good, summery fun
    MPAA Rating: PG-13

    In a modern day homage to The Scarlet Letter, a teenager cultivates a salacious but untruthful reputation. Hijinks ensue.


    Starring: Emma Stone, Penn Badgley, Amanda Bynes, Thomas Haden Church, Lisa Kudrow, Stanley Tucci, Patricia Clarkson
    Screenplay: Bert V. Royal
    Director: Will Gluck
    Producers: Will Gluck, Zane Devine
    Presented by: Screen Gems
    Release Date: September 17, 2010

    I’ve always loved teen comedies, even after I realized that high school was never, ever going to be as fun or eventful as promised to me by movies like Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, 10 Things I Hate About You, or The Breakfast Club. Frankly, adolescence was a disappointment. Even today, they still represent a beloved spot in my mind, a window into the well-lit, sexy adventures I’m still not entirely convinced everybody else wasn’t having while I was busy being a silly little dork. That part of me will never stop loving these movies and wishing I could have lived one of my own.
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    by Published on 09-21-2010 03:48 AM
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    by Published on 09-21-2010 03:31 AM
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    Reviewer: James Leask James.Leask@shaw.ca
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    The mystery deepens at Morning Glory Academy, where even detention comes with attempted mass murder.

    Writer: Nick Spencer
    Art: Joe Eisma

    Colours: Alex Sollazzo
    Letters: Johnny Lowe

    Design: Tim Daniel
    Editor: Kristen Simon
    Cover Art: Rodin Esquejo
    Publisher: Image Comics


    Normally, when something is described as X meets Y, I think of it as a pretty lazy, usually inaccurate way of boosting sales or generating interest. After all, I tell myself, something needs to be able to stand on its on merits. However, two issues into Morning Glories, billed as “Runaways-meets-Lost”, I’m willing to make an exception, not only because of the series’ incredible quality, but because anything that might get it into people’s hands is a very, very good thing.
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    by Published on 09-21-2010 12:48 AM
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    Nikita
    Episode 102: 2.0
    Aired September 19th 2010
    CTV, 8:00 pm

    I was a late comer to the original series from back in the day, but it put the hooks in pretty quick. What I enjoyed is how Nikita and Section were often no better than the terrorists and criminals they were hunting, but they managed to stay just on their side of the line. As well the series was slick, it had iPads before they existed, used funky words like 'security protocols' and 'intel' before it was cool. Also I'm sure it was the first show that used the super-hacker; that geek that somehow could hook into every camera and data base on earth even if they weren't on line. And I admit it Nikita was good corn ball fun.

    So when I heard a new Nikita show was hitting the airs, I thought what the heck I'll give it a shot. As can be expected things are bit different. Section is now called the Division and it has completely crossed that line I mentioned before. They are a rogue outfit, who now offer their services to those people they would usually sanction. And of course there is a woman named Nikita. Only she's played by Maggie Q, and this Nikita has escaped the Division and is determined to take it down mission by mission.
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    by Published on 09-20-2010 08:35 PM
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    The Venture Brothers
    Episode 410 - Pomp & Circuitry
    Aired September 19th, 2010
    Cartoon Network, 11:30 PM


    This episode it’s graduation day for the boys! Well, kinda. It seems their automated beds have taught them all they needed to know, and they’re ready to go onto college. They even print out a high school equivalent diploma … for Dean. One doesn’t come out for Hank.

    Doctor Venture is eager for them to get into college, and has Billy over to play “guidance counselor” and figure out what they want to be in life. This is a problem, because Dean really doesn’t want to be the “super scientist” that his dad is trying to make him, and Hank doesn’t want to go to college at all. Billy is worried that they’re completely out of touch with the real world, that the “knowledge beds” and everything else hasn’t actually fostered an understanding of how the world really works. Rusty blows this off, as he usually does.
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    by Published on 09-20-2010 08:11 PM
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    A CASE OF THE MONDAYS
    I’m not sure about you, but I know a sure fire cure for “The Mondays” is TV premiere week. Because seriously, how can you be sad when you know there are tons of wasted hours in front of you?
    Starting today, Five Things will be giving you a quick look at what’s hitting the airwaves each night. And yes, if we don’t care about a particular show, we’re entirely skipping it. Fair warning.
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    by Published on 09-19-2010 08:19 PM
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    Being Human
    Episode 208
    Aired in the U.S. September 18th, 2010
    BBC America, 7 PM


    Being Human wraps up its second season in a manner both predictable and surprising. It did something I didn’t expect, which is always nice in a serialized show. I’m sure it’ll be fixed, of course, but for now it was nice to have something unexpected occur.

    As for the expected stuff, it was still well done, and ultimately quite depressing, but Being Human has never been a feel good laugh riot. It’s an extended allegory about how being different and trying to “fit in” is a sucker’s game, and maybe the best you can hope for is to find similar folks and form your own alliance. If your family rejects you, make your own, even if the family in question is the Human race.
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    by Published on 09-19-2010 07:31 PM
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    Reviewer: Philip Roland
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    MPAA Rating: R (Sensuality, Some Nudity)

    Three childhood friends come to terms with their very unique and ultimately tragic destinies.

    Starring: Carey Mulligan, Keira Knightley, Andrew Garfield, Sally Hawkins, Charlotte Rampling, Natalie Richard

    Screenplay: Alex Garland, from the novel by Kazuo Ishiguro
    Director: Mark Romanek

    Producer: Alex Garland, Andrew MacDonald
    Presented by: 20th Century Fox
    Release Date: September 15, 2010

    Never Let Me Go almost seems like a more refined, gentler version of Soylent Green: too polite, too genteel, too fundamentally British to lose its cool and scream itself hoarse in spite of its lurid and terrifying sci-fi premise. One could almost joke about it, but despite the film's aching beauty, it's too hard to crack a smile, too hard to feel anything other than a deep sense of quiet sadness. I wanted to scream at the film, at the three leads, tell them to run, to pack everything into a car and get the hell out of there -- forget never letting go, try never looking back -- but could instead do nothing but watch and damn myself for being useless. This is not a feel-good film. It's Requiem For A Dream with infinitely more sympathetic characters, depressing and brutal and beautiful.
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    by Published on 09-19-2010 06:55 PM
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    Episode 188: Looking For News
    by Blake M. Petit, Kenny Fanguy, Mike Bellamy & Daniel Jacob

    The guys get together in a particularly slow news week ...
    by Published on 09-19-2010 08:26 AM

    Reviewer: Adam Chapman adam.chapman@sympatico.ca
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    Steve Rogers finds himself with his super-soldier serum rendered inert, and at the mercy of Machinesmith!

    Writer: Ed Brubaker
    Artist: Dale Eaglesham
    Colors: Andy Troy
    Letters & Production: Virtual Calligraphy's Joe Caramagna
    Cover Art: Carlos Pacheco, Tim Townsend & Frank D'Armata
    Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Publisher: Marvel Comics

    It's definitely refreshing to have Brubaker writing a Steve Rogers solo book again, even if only a mini-series, and reading through this issue just served as a reminder of how much I enjoyed the voice he gave Steve back prior to the character's death, when he was still the main character in Captain America. The plot here is a fun and engaging one, with a certain level of reliance upon the artwork to help carry the script through the relatively thinner parts of the script. Eaglesham is absolutely fantastic here, he's in top-form, and it's fascinating how different his artwork is now than it was over a decade ago when he first pencilled Captain America, a few months into Heroes Return.
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    Devil 

    by Published on 09-19-2010 05:43 AM
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    Reviewer: Philip Roland
    Quick Rating: Beelze-dud
    MPAA Rating: PG-13

    Five people are trapped in an elevator, and one of them is not what they seem. (Hint: It's the Devil)

    Starring: Chris Messina, Bojana Novakovic, Bokeem Woodbine, Geoffrey Arend, Jacob Vargas, Logan Marshal-Green

    Screenplay: Brian Nelson, from a concept by M. Night Shyamalan
    Director: John Eric Dowdle

    Producer: M. Night Shyalaman, John Eric Dowdle
    Presented by: Universal Pictures
    Release Date: September 17, 2010

    The best thing I can say about Devil is that, at 76 minutes long, it's more of a quick dance with the Devil than a slow ride through Hell. The widely-ridiculed premise is the sort you would have thought to have been inadvertently crafted by a few stoners sitting around a campfire, passing the beers and blunts around with carefree abandon, trying bravely and obliviously to keep the ugly truths of the real world and the prospect of having to find real jobs safely, if temporarily, at bay. It's an Agatha Christie whodunit gone terribly wrong, the sort of fevered dream that you would think can only come from a mind primarily occupied with jam bands, Cherry Garcia ice cream, Mitch Hedberg quotes, and whether or not Robocop could take down a Terminator. "What if you were drifting at sea in a lifeboat ... with a bear?" "What if the next GOP candidate ... is really a bear in people clothes?" "What if an airplane were suddenly infested ... with snake-bears?" "What if a bunch of strangers were trapped in an elevator ... and one of them was the Devil? Who can also turn into a bear?"
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