9 items from 2011
Chuck Ep. 5.02, “Chuck Versus the Bearded Bandit”
Directed by Patrick Norris
Airs Fridays at 8pm (Et) on NBC
Over the past few seasons of Chuck, key revelations have clarified that Chuck Bartowski was more than just the guy who accidentally received the Intersect. His brain has the unique ability to handle the tremendous volume of information and special skills injected by the device. Chuck’s personality also remains intact, which keeps him from becoming too power-hungry. In last season’s “Chuck Versus the A-Team,” top CIA stars couldn’t handle this power with the same even-handed approach. Now that Morgan inadvertently has the Intersect in his head, will he face similar problems as those agents? The premiere mostly played his new role for laughs, but its follow-up shows that life isn’t so rosy for the lovable sidekick.
The majority of “Chuck Versus »
- Dan Heaton
With the Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy out on Blu-ray today, we take a look back at the 1993 classic that started it all…
You have to feel sorry for kids in the noughties, and whatever this new decade's called. They won't quite have known the joy of dinosaurs in their lives until today’s Blu-ray re-release of Steven Spielberg's classic Jurassic Park Ultimate Trilogy.
The real deal's back, and looking better than ever, now it's freshly transferred and digitally cleaned up. So if you've never seen Jurassic Park, or just need a refresher before you return to Isla Nublar, read on.
"The Lion King" roared back into theaters and grossed nearly $30 million at the box office last weekend, all thanks to its new 3D treatment. That was enough dough to earn the re-release a No. 1 slot over "Contagion" and "Drive," and stun cynics who may have doubted audience interest in the 3D-ification of a 2D animated film. Whether or not the upcoming 3D re-releases of "Star Wars" and "Top Gun" will find similar success remains to be seen (although both are probably a safe bet).
As long as Hollywood is digging through their attics and retrofitting films for 3D, though, we've got a few proposals that could make for memorable multidimensional screenings.
10. "Cool World" (1992)
- Brian Warmoth
Jeff Fahey and Justin Hartley have signed up for guest roles in the new season of Chuck. The pair will appear in the second episode of the NBC comedy-drama's fifth and final run, according to TV Line. Lost actor Fahey will play Karl Sneijder, an unscrupulous businessman who comes to Chuck (Zachary Levi) and Sarah (Yvonne Strahovski) for help when his brother is kidnapped. Fahey played Frank Lapidus on Lost and has also appeared in episodes of CSI: Miami, Cold Case and Criminal Minds. His film credits include 1992's The Lawnmower Man, 1994's Wyatt (more) »
- By Morgan Jeffery
Chicago – “Limitless” is a fun, clever riff on the timeless tale of a man who wanted the world but didn’t know the price. From Faust to Icarus to “The Lawnmower Man,” we’ve long been fascinated with the idea that not only is it possible to have it all but that those who do will pay greatly for the privilege. With the best work of Bradley Cooper’s career, stylish direction, and clever storytelling, “Limitless” is a great rental, now available on Blu-ray, DVD, iTunes, and wherever else you like to download new releases.
Blu-Ray Rating: 4.0/5.0
What if one little pill could turn your entire life around? Would you take it? You know that it’s bound to come with a few side effects and that every coin has another side but would you do it anyway? Would you take the ride for the inevitable fall? These are just »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
There was a point in the 1990s where Michael Crichton's novel, Disclosure, was something of a must read. This was a book that dared to address sexual discrimination against men in the workplace, from that man who wrote the thing with all the dinosaurs. And thanks to that combination of factors, it shot up the charts and stayed there for a long time.
Also in the 1990s, Michael Douglas was riding high. Off the back of Basic Instinct, he was Hollywood's go-to guy if they wanted someone to have sex while wearing a jumper. And thus, when the movie version of Disclosure came together, in fairly quick time, he was the obvious choice for the male lead.
Editor – Our continued coverage of the upcoming release of Mass Effect 3 takes a swerve backwards to look at the ten most important, and potentially game-changing morality decisions of the series so far…
Often in life we are faced with difficult decisions. Hopefully though, none of us will have to face the kind of decisions Commander Shepard is frequently faced with in the Mass Effect series. The most we’ll deal with daily is something as trivial as picking between two television channels or what colour tie we are going to wear in the morning. For Commander Shepard it’s more along the lines of picking between saving your best friends life or an entire race of alien lobster creatures.
Here’s my list of the Top Ten Mass Effect Moral Decisions.
Proceed with caution, spoilers aplenty.
10. Punching Manuel (Mass Effect)
Sadly it’s not Bioware’s attempt at a virtual Fawlty Towers, »
- Stephen Leigh
At first glance, I’m hard-pressed to pick a favorite when considering the list of amazing horror authors out there. There are plenty of writers in the fray whose work I’ll anxiously devour whenever a new book hits the shelves: Stephen King, Clive Barker, Bentley Little, Jack Ketchum, Skipp & Spector, Brian Keene, Edward Lee – the list is seriously endless.
Having recently acquired a Kindle, I spent the last seven months filling it with the works of my favorite novelists. In reviewing the virtual library I’ve accumulated, I was surprised to find the results so heavily weighted in one particular writer’s favor. From vampires, ancient evils, a recurring anti-hero and a sprawling menagerie of secret and supernatural histories, there is perhaps no writer as ambitious and fascinating as F. Paul Wilson.
Wilson’s first bestseller was 1981’s World War II horror story, The Keep, a page-turner about German »
- Masked Slasher
Tremors? Nightbreed? Sundown: The Vampire in Retreat? 976-evil? Are all on the list this year. And though there were not huge horror wins in sound editing through screenplays, the Technical Awards never cease to bring out the horror veterans. Notably Tim Drnec who contributed to such VHS classics as Alien Seed, Destroyer, and Prison won for his work on “Spydercam 3D volumetric suspended cable camera technologies.” An award also shared with Ben Britten Smith and Matt Davis who both also worked on Constantine.
But among all the winners, the Academy also honored some great loses in 2010. And though they mentioned some of our heroes, Dennis Hooper (Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2), Kevin McCarthy (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) and Dino de Laurentiis (King Kong), they did not mention Zelda Rubinstein or Corey Haim. But we will in this last section and the others lost to us last year.
So farewell fight fans and remember, »
- Heather Buckley
9 items from 2011
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