Posts tagged "J.J. Abrams"

Mid-Year Movie Report Card: 10 Best and 5 Worst

Mid-Year Movie Report Card: 10 Best and 5 Worst
We’re halfway through 2013, and having seen 102 new movies so far, now seemed as good a time as any to take stock of what this year has had to offer audiences.  There have been huge blockbusters (Iron Man 3, with nearly $1.2 billion worldwide), surprise hits (Now You See Me), and big flops (Jack... Read more »

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness

Movie Review: Star Trek Into Darkness
STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS Genre: Sci-Fi/Action Rating: PG-13 Running Time: 132 mins. Premise: Kirk (Chris Pine), Spock (Zachary Quinto), and the rest of the Enterprise crew are sent on a revenge mission to catch and bring to justice war criminal John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch) after a massive terrorist bombing, but neither Harrison nor the mission itself are... Read more »

J.J. Abrams Is Directing The Next Star Wars - Awesome! So What Does That Tell Us?

J.J. Abrams Is Directing The Next Star Wars - Awesome!  So What Does That Tell Us?
In the past few months, my world has been rocked by two huge movie-related announcements.  The first was October 30, 2012, when, while stuck in mediation, I learned that Disney acquired Lucasfilm for some $4 billion dollars, and that not only were they going to make Star Wars Episodes VII-IX, but that other new Star... Read more »
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New Fall TV: This "Revolution" Will Be Televised

New Fall TV: This "Revolution" Will Be Televised
REVOLUTION (Mondays at 9c on NBC). It should come as no surprise that one of the most ambitious television shows of the new fall season has J.J. Abrams behind it.  Here, he partners with co-executive producer (and director of the pilot) Jon Favreau, and creator Eric Kripke (Supernatural).  If you know me, you know that... Read more »

"Alcatraz" Is The Love Child Of Lost and Fringe, And That's A Good Thing

"Alcatraz" Is The Love Child Of Lost and Fringe, And That's A Good Thing
ALCATRAZ Genre: Hour-long mystery thriller Airs: Mondays at 9/8c on Fox Premise: Before shutting down its prison operations in 1963, all of the Alcatraz inmates were transported off the island.  Only that’s not what happened.  Instead, they all mysteriously disappeared.  Cut to some 40 years later, and the missing inmates are now resurfacing and wreaking havoc.  It’s... Read more »

"Ghost Protocol" Is One Mission You Should Choose To Accept

"Ghost Protocol" Is One Mission You Should Choose To Accept
MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – GHOST PROTOCOL Genre: Action Premise: After being framed for blowing up the Kremlin, super-spy Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) and a small team (Simon Pegg, Paula Patton, Jeremy Renner) find themselves disavowed from the Impossible Mission Force and on the run.  They have less than 36 hours to stop a villainous Swede (Michael Nyqvist) from... Read more »
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Hammering Out . . . Morning Glory

Hammering Out . . . Morning Glory
JOHN: I’ll go on and state the obvious: I was excited to see Morning Glory based on J.J. Abrams’ involvement as a producer.  As far as workplace comedies go, it’s decent.  Easily watchable.  I’ve always enjoyed Rachel McAdams on screen, and she’s got the comedic chops to carry the movie on her shoulders, which she... Read more »

TV Review - Undercovers ("Pilot")

UNDERCOVERS Airs: Wednesdays at 8/7c on NBC Genre: Spy action comedy The Set-Up: 5 years after falling in love on the job and retiring, a married couple (Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Boris Kodjoe) are reactivated as CIA agents to locate an old chum and, you know, save the world.  Lots of sexpionage ensues.  But what’s the... Read more »