Dark Skies is one of those programs that reached for the skies [literally] but didn’t quite catch the public’s attention in spite of being a very high quality production. An intelligent, frequently thrilling alien invasion show, Dark Skies is but one of many one-season wonders that I wish had been given the time to tell their story. Unlike most of them, however, Dark Skies is getting an impressive DVD release – Shout!Factory is making Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series available on January 18th.
Follow the jump to the press release; a clip of the moment when Congressional aide John Loengard’s [Eric Close] world is changed forever, plus links to several more clips.
Continue reading Dark Skies: The Declassified Complete Series – Everything You Know About History Is Wrong!
Com.X – the British comics/graphic novel publisher that has received critical acclaim for books ranging from Watchmen-like dystopias, anthropomorphized animals, and tales of horrific alternate dimensions – is releasing a graphic novel , called Seeds, that tells the story of writer/artist Ross Mackintosh’s experiences as his father fought against a spreading cancer.
It’s a moving tale, told in a straightforward manner that evokes the kind of power of a Persepolis. The art page that serves as the marketing tease for the book follows the jump. Seeds will be available for order in the February Diamond Catalogue.
Continue reading Com.X Takes An Unexpected Step Into Real Life With Autobiographical Graphic Novel Of A Life Changed By Cancer!
Dinner for Schmucks is an American remake of a much darker French farce called Le Diner de Cons [loosely translated, The Dinner Game]. It is built around the idea that Tim Conrad [Paul Rudd] can win a promotion not because of a brilliant idea he pitches at a board meeting of Fender Financial, but by bringing the most spectacular guest to a very special dinner – a dinner where each of the company’s top executives befriends a person of “extraordinary talent” and brings them to said dinner. The catch is that “extraordinary talent” is a euphemism for “idiot.” If Tim can bring the most the spectacularly idiotic person to the dinner, he can gain his promotion.
Continue reading DVD: Dinner For Schmucks Absurd Comedy Is Just Mean Enough!
For a movie that came about because of fan reaction to a faux trailer that part of the full package of Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino’s Grindhouse. The story – a Mexican federale named Machete and his partner attempt to rescue a kidnapping victim but it’s a trap, and the corrupt cop kills his wife and daughter. Three years later, in Texas – a corrupt politician’s equally corrupt top advisor hires Machete to shoot the politician but it’s a set-up and Machete is out for revenge – is typical B-movie fodder, but Rodriguez and Danny Trejo [as Machete] capture the extreme violence and savage wit of the best ‘60s and ‘70s exploitation flicks.
Continue reading DVD: Machete – They Just +&@!ed With The Wrong Mexican!
Starz isn’t premiering Camelot until April, but we have a first look for you here.
Why should you watch? We’ll let Joseph Fiennes [Merlin] answer: ‘People should watch because… it’s not a musical.”
A press release listing primary cast members and an overview of the series follows the jump.
Continue reading First Look: Starz’ Camelot!
After what seems like eons, V [ABC, Tuesdays, 9/8C] returns with Red Rain, an action packed episode of the sort that should have been run when the series premiered, last season.
Continue reading V: Is Red Rain Too Little, Too Late?
ABC Family’s teen soap Pretty Little Liars [Monday, 8/7C] returns with the aftermath of the nearly fatal attack on Hannah – and secrets come a tumbling down.
Continue reading As Pretty Little Liars Returns, It’s Better To Have A Really Good Lie!
When Castle returns from its holiday hiatus [ABC, Monday, 10/9C], Kate Beckett meets Nikki Heat – at least, she meets Natalie Rhodes, the actress who will plying Heat in a movie based on Richard Castle’s novel.
Continue reading On Castle It’s ‘Kate Beckett, Meet Nikki Heat!’
It’s been an interesting year in film. From powerhouse performances [James Franco in 127 Hours; Jennifer Lawrence in Winter’s Bone] to terrific ensemble pieces [Scott Pilgrim vs. The World]; from unexpectedly great remakes/re-imaginings [Let Me In, True Grit] to spectacular animated features [Toy Story 3, Megamind] there has been no shortage of entertaining films.
Continue reading Movies: Sheldon’s Favorite Fifteen For 2010
There are now so many television channels – and so much programming – that Sturgeon’s Law [‘90% of everything is crap’] may apply, but it’s no longer relevant! Now, with hundreds of channels to choose from, it’s virtually impossible to not find at least thirty or forty really good programs. I know because I watch about that many on a semi-regular to regular basis – and there are many more that I check in on from time to time.
Continue reading Television: Sheldon’s Favorite Fifteen for 2010
Earlier this month, Michelle posted her list of the best home video releases of 2010, but most of them were Blu-ray releases. Here’s a best of list for the majority of us who have yet to upgrade to high-def.
Continue reading DVDs: Sheldon’s Favorite Eleven For 2010