Friday, April 24, 2015

Star Wars Rebels Season Two trailer

This year's Star Wars Celebration gave fans a trailer for the upcoming second season of Star Wars Rebels.

The Blacklist - Leonard Caul

Picking up immediately following the events of the last episode with Reddington (James Spader) bleeding out in the middle of the street, the latest episode of The Blacklist will finally reveal the Fulcrum and motivate Lizzie (Megan Boone) to finding out more about Red and her connect to him. Her actions over the course of the episode will help save the life of her mysterious benefactor but also lead to the FBI agent into making some powerful enemies likely to seek some revenge.

Raven by Juliana Nasome

The Age of Adaline

The Age of Adaline takes an intriguing premise about a woman who has lived for more than a century, through the rise of women's rights, technological booms, two world wars, and the rise of an Information Age all of which it effectively turns into a Nicholas Sparks trashy romance novel. Blake Lively stars as Adaline Bowman who, through a ridiculous premise of laughable pseudo-science a narrator (Hugh Ross) is needed to help explain, stopped aging and looks the same today as she did in 1929. Hiding for most of her life with only a daughter (Ellen Burstyn) who knows her secret, Adaline sheds her identity every ten years to hide her condition. Preparing for just such a move, Adaline encounters a wealthy artist (Michiel Huisman) and, for the second time in her life, falls in love.

Despite the film's sci-fi set-up neither director Lee Toland Krieger nor screenwriters J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz are interested in exploring the various times and lives Adaline has lived except in the most superficial of ways. It's sad because the film casts an actress that looks at home in a variety of styles and the period set direction (what little we see) is competently done.

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Arrow - The Fallen

Finding Thea (Willa Holland) near death with no hope of recovery other than a dip in the Lazarus Pit, Oliver (Stephen Amell) leads his team back to Nanda Parbat where he chooses to trade his life for that of his sister. Teased a few episodes back, the full introduction of the Lazarus Pit opens the door the the mystical and magical side of the DCU which (other than Constantine) the TV universe has been slow to develop. Keeping with the comics, the Pit renews life but also introduces a temporary madness within those it saves (a madness which has become more permanent for Ra's given the number of dips he's taken over the years). "The Fallen" refuses to give us an exact age of Ra's al Ghul (Matt Nable), but based on various conversations it's obvious he's looking forward to retiring after leading the League of Assassins for a very long time.