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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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    by Published on 09-19-2010 03:22 AM
    Captain America: Patriot #1 cover

    Review by: Walt Kneeland (walt.kneeland@gmail.com )
    Quick Rating: Good
    Story Title: Born on the 4th of July

    After getting hassle for making--more than reporting--a story on Captain America, Jeff Mace goes to extraordinary measures to hold up to praise received from the war hero without losing his job as a reporter...stumbling upon startling news by issue's end.

    Writer: Karl Kesel
    Artist: Mitch Breitwiser
    Color Artist: Bettie Breitweiser
    Letterer: Jared K. Fletcher
    Cover: Mitch & Bettie Breitweiser
    Production: Damien Lucchese
    Associate Editor: Lauren Sankovitch
    Editor: Tom Brevoort
    Published by: Marvel Comics

    This story opens in 1941, with Captain America in action, breaking up a ring of German saboteurs. As one slips past Cap's guard, he gets clobbered by a reporter. Writing up the story, Jeff Mace is called to task by his boss for being too much a part of the story and not being objective. Later, following on strong suggestions from a coworker, he puts on a costume and starts taking on street-level crime. ...
    by Published on 09-18-2010 03:18 AM

    Activision has released a "Behind the Scenes" video featuring the voice talent of the new Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions game, including Neil Patrick Harris, (Spider-Man: The New Animated Series), Josh Keaton (The Spectacular Spider-Man), Christopher Daniel Barnes (Spider-Man), Dan Gilvezan (Spider-Man and His Amazing Friends).



    Spider-Man: Shattered Dimensions is available now for the X-Box 360, Playstation 3, and the Wii, with a built-from-scratch version of the game for the Nintendo DS (Developed by Griptonite Games). It has been rated "T" for Teen by the ESRB, and will be available for $59.99 (X-Box 360 and PS3), $49.99 (Wii), and $29.99 (DS).


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    by Published on 09-18-2010 02:04 AM
    Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi

Pencils: Ivan Reis, Scott Clark & Joe Prado

Inks: Oclair Albert & David Beaty

Colors: Peter Steigerwald & John Staff

Letters: Ken Lopez

Editor: Eddie Berganza

Cover Art: David Finch

Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good
    Title: A Change is Gonna Come

    The new Aqualad rises – and the truth about Firestorm is revealed!

    Writers: Geoff Johns & Peter J. Tomasi
    Pencils: Ivan Reis, Scott Clark & Joe Prado
    Inks: Oclair Albert & David Beaty
    Colors: Peter Steigerwald & John Staff
    Letters: Ken Lopez
    Editor: Eddie Berganza
    Cover Art: David Finch
    Publisher: DC Comics

    As the new Firestorm (the Ronnie/Jason gestalt) finds himself growing more and more powerful, Professor Stein thinks he’s finally figured out the truth behind the nuclear man. Meanwhile, Jackson finds himself facing a past he never knew he had.
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    by Published on 09-18-2010 01:43 AM
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    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    The world’s greatest detective is called upon to solve his strangest case yet!

    Writer: Patrick Storck
    Art: Amy Mebberson
    Colors: Amy Mebberson
    Letters: Jose Macasocol, Jr.
    Editor: Christopher Burns
    Cover Art: David Petersen
    Publisher: Boom! Kids

    The latest “Muppet Classic” miniseries casts Gonzo as the world’s greatest detective and Fozzie Bear as his faithful assistant. In this adaptation of the classic Holmes short story “The Speckled Band,” Gonzo is brought to the side of a woman suffering from an unknown illness that threatens her life, unless he can uncover the cause.
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    by Published on 09-18-2010 01:15 AM
    Writer: Len Wein

Pencils: Scott Kolins, George Perez & Walt Simonson

Inks: Scott Kolins, Scott Koblish & Walt Simonson

Colors: Mike Atiyeh & Allen Passalaqua

Letters: Rob Leigh & John Workman

Editor: Mike Carlin

Cover Art: George Perez

Publisher: DC Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Good
    Title: Crisis! & Snapshot: Resistance

    The skies turn red and a crisis strikes the DC Universe!

    Writer: Len Wein
    Pencils: Scott Kolins, George Perez & Walt Simonson
    Inks: Scott Kolins, Scott Koblish & Walt Simonson
    Colors: Mike Atiyeh & Allen Passalaqua
    Letters: Rob Leigh & John Workman
    Editor: Mike Carlin
    Cover Art: George Perez
    Publisher: DC Comics

    Paul Lincoln’s vision of the DC Universe continues to move forward this issue, as new heroes appear, the Joker grows violent again, Robin disappears and reappears, Green Arrow grows a beard… oh yes, and the skies go red with an apocalyptic light. It’s the time of the great Crisis.

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    by Published on 09-18-2010 12:46 AM
    Writer: Tim Seeley

Art: Daniel Leister

Colors: Mark Englert

Letters: Crank!

Editor: James Lowder

Cover Art: Tim Seeley & Carlos Badilla

Publisher: Image Comics

    Review By: Blake M. Petit BlakeMPetit@gmail.com
    Quick Rating: Very Good

    Cassie Hack, captive of Grinface, is going to have to become a first-class slasher slayer if she wants to survive!

    Writer: Tim Seeley
    Art: Daniel Leister
    Colors: Mark Englert
    Letters: Crank!
    Editor: James Lowder
    Cover Art: Tim Seeley & Carlos Badilla
    Publisher: Image Comics

    Cassie Hack thought she finally found a place to belong – friends that accepted her and a nice town that could be her home. But she’s been taken captive by the bloodthirsty killer called Grinface, and the girl Sarah, who could have been someone she trusted, turns out to be his accomplice. As she dangles from a scarecrow’s pole, Cassie has to find a way to escape and save herself, or her mission will be over before it starts.
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