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TV Review: Blindspot 1.1 “Pilot”
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Blindspot
Season 1 Episode 1: “Pilot”
Created by Martin Gero & Greg Berlanti
Directed by Mark Pellington
Written by Martin Gero
Starring Jaimie Alexander, Sullivan Stapleton, Audrey Esparza, Rob Brown, Marianne Jean-Baptiste, Ukweli Roach, Ashley Johnson
NBC
Air Date: Monday, September 21, 2015, 10pm

Thor actress Jaimie Alexander strips off her Asgardian Lady Sif armor in exchange for a fully tattooed physique as amnesiac Jane Doe in NBC’s new one-hour drama Blindspot. And how Jane makes her entrance on the show is eerie and compelling.

A large duffle bag is found on the crowded nighttime streets of Times Square, the heart of “see something, say something” New York City. A tag hanging on it reads “Call the FBI.” The NYPD bomb squad is dispatched but they won’t be finding a bomb. Instead, as they approach the bag, the zipper starts opening from the inside. What emerges as if from a cocoon is a frightened, naked women who’s tattooed from neck to toe. And, she has no memory of who she is… or of anything else.

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Comic Review: Bela Lugosi’s Tales From The Grave #4
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Tales From the Grave #4Bela Lugosi’s Tales of the Grave #4
Written by Mark Finn, Lowell Isaac, Ed Polgardy, Michael Leal and Kerry Gammill
Art by John Lucas, Bill Sienkiewicz, Lowell Isaac, Rob Brown, Nik Poliwko and Kerry Gammill
Edited by Kerry Gammill
Covers by Alex Tuis and Carlos Valenzuela
Monsterverse
Release Date: August 21, 2013
Cover Price: $3.99

The fourth installment of Bela Lugosi’s Tales of the Grave contains five horror stories that are straight out of the late night tv horror shows. Campy and fun, the horror is the standard mix of cautionary tales and revenge. It also contains a poster gallery from Bela Lugosi’s Invisible Ghost, a classic movie from 1941.

A couple of the stories, “The Evil Eye” and “The Monster” deal with children being bullied. Hopeless and alone both stories have someone befriend the lonely outcast. When that friendship is taken away, they snap. The stories are fun and the consequences gruesome. Both have art styles that fit the story, though “The Monster” is definitely the more twisted, in both art and story, of the two.

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HBO Announces Season 3 Start Dates For ‘Boardwalk Empire,’ ‘Treme’
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Boardwalk Empire

HBO has announced the dates that Boardwalk Empire and Treme will return to your TVs, both entering into their third seasons, respectively.

Boardwalk Empire, which stars Steve Buscemi as corrupt politician Enoch “Nucky” Thompson, is set to begin its 12-episode season 3 on Sunday, September 16th at 9:00 p.m. ET/PT. The show also stars Kelly Macdonald, Michael Shannon, Shea Whigham, Jack Huston, Stephen Graham, Michael Stuhlbarg, Vincent Piazza, Paul Sparks, Michael KennethWilliams, Gretchen Mol, and Bobby Cannavale.

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DVD Review: The Express (Blu-ray)
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The Express
Blu-ray Edition
Directed by Gary Fleder
Starring Dennis Quaid, Rob Brown, Charles S. Dutton
Universal Home Entertainment
Release date: January 20, 2009

The Express, now out on Blu ray DVD, is an emotional sports movie in the vein of Miracle and Brian’s Song. The film, based on the book by Robert Gallagher, tells the story of Ernie Davis, the first ever black football player to win the Heisman Trophy. Chronicling his life from his humble beginnings growing up in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, to his amazing college football career at Syracuse University, Ernie seemed destined to follow the footsteps of his mentor, football great Jim Brown but life had another game plan. In the very same year that he was drafted into the NFL, Davis died of Leukemia at the young age of 23.

Written by Charles Leavitt, the movie gets your adrenaline pumping but also tugs at your heart strings. The football scenes are pretty dynamic and are very entertaining to watch. Under the direction of Gary Fleder, the football scenes were fast paced, packed a punch, and were not overtly stylized like a lot of the newer sports movies. You feel every tackle and every touchdown. While the football scenes were fun, it was the quieter moments of the film that drew me in. Rob Brown plays Ernie Davis with a quiet confidence that many felt was the calling card of Davis. Brown is far from perfect as the lead but he shows real promise as a future leading man. He more than holds his own when sharing the screen with Dennis Quaid, who puts on a great performance as Syracuse coach Ben Schwartzwalder. Both actors play off the father-son dynamic rather well.

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