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Oh man is tonight a busy TV night. My DVR will be working overtime to record the season premieres of the Emmy winning Outstanding Drama Homeland’s second season, along with the return of Once Upon a Time, now with 100% more magic in present day, and the show that I anticipate most week to week, Dexter. Spoilers will follow on Dexter‘s shocking season 6 finale. You sir, have been warned.

When we last left our favorite vigilante serial killer Dexter, he was literally caught red handed by his sister (and police lieutenant) Debra. For six seasons we have seen him do everything in his power to avoid this moment, lying, pitting the blame on others, and even killing to protect his secret. What will he do now that he has been exposed? And what will she do? I’m sure the wounds that Dexter’s serial killer brother left on Debra in season 1 will resurface as she battles with herself about turning him in or not. This is just the sorta twist that the show needed to stay fresh and after season six split the audience with love and hate (I personally loved it), the show might have a lot it needs to prove to old fans.

The series costars Michael C Hall, Jennifer Carpenter, Lauren Velez, Desmond Harrington, James Remar, and David Zayas. Joining them this season will be special guest stars including Yvonne Strahovski from Chuck, and Ray Stevenson from Punisher: War Zone. Tune in tonight on Showtime at 9pm if you subscribe. If not, there are a lot of other shows for you to check out tonight.

8PM

ABC: Once Upon a Time (magical drama)
CBS: Amazing Race 21 (reality)
FOX: The Simpsons/Bob’s Burgers (animation)
NBC: Sunday Night Football (sports)
PBS: Call the Midwife (drama)
FOOD: Cupcake Wars (gameshow)
TRAVEL: Making Monsters (docu)

9PM

FOX: Family Guy/American Dad! (animation)
ABC: Revenge (drama)
CBS: The Good Wife (law drama)
AMC: Hell on Wheels (drama)
BRAVO: The Real Housewives of New Jersey (reality)
FOOD: The Great Food Truck Race (reality competition)
OWN: Oprah’s Next Chapter (docu)

10PM

ABC: 666 Park Avenue (horror drama)
CBS: The Mentalist (crime drama)
SHOW: Homeland (drama)
BBC: Copper (drama)
E!: Married to Jonas (reality)
ID: Unusual Suspects (docu)
TLC: Breaking Amish (reality)

Release Date: September 28th, 2012
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director: Genndy Tartakovsky
Voice Cast: Adam Sandler, Kevin James, Selena Gomez, Fran Drescher, Steve Buscemi, Molly Shannon, David Spad, CeeLo Green, Jon Lovitz, Chris Parnell, and Andy Samberg
Plot: Welcome to the Hotel Transylvania, Dracula’s lavish five-stake resort, where monsters and their families can live it up, free to be the monsters they are without humans to bother them. On one special weekend, Dracula has invited some of the world’s most famous monsters – Frankenstein and his wife, the Mummy, the Invisible Man, a family of werewolves, and more – to celebrate his daughter Mavis’ 118th birthday. For Drac, catering to all of these legendary monsters is no problem – but his world could come crashing down when a human stumbles on the hotel for the first time and takes a shine to Mavis.

Thoughts: I absolutely love love love the classic monsters. Dracula, Frankenstein, the Mummy, the Wolfman, etc, the list goes on. Growing up one of my favorite movies was The Monster Squad, which brought so many of these characters together in one movie. Sure, at the time I thought it was a horror movie and it took many years to realize that it was more of a family comedy than an actual horror movie. Nevertheless, even as an adult, the movie still works on all levels for me. I have high hopes for Hotel Transylvania and I hope that the animated flick can capture even just a little bit of the magic of The Monster Squad. The voice cast is a who’s who of modern comedy with Adam Sandler as Dracula and Kevin James as Frankenstien and enough ex-SNLers to fill a truck. The director, Genndy Tartakovsky, has a ton of TV animation work on shows such as Dexter’s Laboratory, The Powerpull Girls, Samurai Jack, and Star Wars: Clone Wars. I am familar with the shows, but have not watched enough of any of them to get an actual opinion on the guy. He works, and works a lot, so I’m sure that is a good sign.

This very well could be a hit or miss. It has talent behind it, but will it have enough heart? We’ll see on October 5th. Are you going to be checking into Hotel Transylvania?

It is that time of the year again, this Sunday, September 23rd, on ABC is the 64th Primetime Emmy Awards. The Best Drama category is damn impressive and for the first time in a long time I think that ll of the shows are very deserving, and while only one can get the award, I don’t think anyone could have hard feelings for which show is ultimately chosen. Lets take a look at the nominees.

Game of Thrones – Not Going to Win.
I can not tell you how excited I am that Game of Thornes got the honor of a nomination and the second season of supernatural medieval drama would be well deserving of a win… but sadly there isn’t a chance of it happening. The series has already taken home six Creative Arts Emmys; Outstanding (non-prosthetic) Make Up, Costumes, Art Direction, Visual Effects, Sound Mixing, and Sound Editing. The show also has the real possibility of  Peter Dinklage taking home his second Best Actor Emmy for his portrayal of Tyrion Lannister, afterall this past season rested firmly on his shoulders and he knocked it out of the part.

Broadwalk Empire – Not Going to Win.
The second HBO series to get the Best Drama nomination and the show did already take home the Creative Arts Emmys for behind the scenes work, but like Thrones is not going to win. The second season of the period gangster drama was well received by fans and critics and ended with a (literal) bang, but it just didn’t have the raw power to overcome the beyond strong seasons delivered by Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and newcomer Homeland.

Downton AbbeyThe Wild Card.
I have to admit here, I have not seen the wildly popular PBS series. It has a very strong cast and an even stronger following and could actually surprise people like me with a win here. In its third season the show is a drama, but does it have the intensity to win? Does every episode leave the viewer wanting and needing to know what happens next?

Mad Men – A Strong Possibility.
Normally this would be a sure bet. Mad Men returned with a top notch season; featuring great writing, acting, direction, etc. But in a sense it was just more of the same. It gave us exactly what we wanted, but was it surprising or shocking? Sure, Christina Hendricks’ Joan Harris took an unexpected turn well as the fate of Jared Harris’ Lane Pryce, but they were two turns I would have preferred not to see.

Homeland50/50.
I avoided watching the first season of Homeland for as long as possible, but I could only last so long with everyone telling me that I needed to give it a shot. And I am very happy I did. The storytelling was tight and suspenseful. They kept me on the edge of my seat like only Breaking Bad and Dexter usually can. Claire Danes, Damian Lewis, and Mandy Patinkin all had award caliber performances.  My only gripe was the disappointing and drawn out season final. It was a half an hour too long. Had it been as tight and well paced as the other episodes than Homeland might have a sharper edge for the win.

Breaking Bad50/50.
What can I say about a show that gets better and better with every episode? It has drama, action, thrills, and laughs, along with one of the best casts of television. Between Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, Giancarlo Esposito, Anna Gunn, Jonathan Banks, Bob Odenkirk, Dean Norris, and Betsy Brandt there is not a weak link in the bunch. The story always feels like it is moving forward going into surprising and entertaining directions. The rise of Walter White, in the nominated season in particular, to the dark side puts Darth Vader to shame. And that is saying something.

Who do you think will take home the Outstanding Drama Emmy?

Release Date: September 28, 2012
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director:  Rian Johnson
Starring: Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Bruce Willis, Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, Jeff Daniels, Garret Dillahunt, and Piper Perabo.
Plot: In a futuristic gangland in the year 2042, a 25-year-old assassin named Joseph Simmons (Gordon-Levitt) works for a mafia company in Kansas City as a “Looper”. Loopers kill and dispose of agents sent by their employers from corporate headquarters in Shanghai from the year 2072. Loopers are foot soldiers, paid on the condition that all targets must never escape.

When Simmons recognizes his target as a future version of himself (Willis), his older self escapes after incapacitating him. The failure of his job causes his employers to come after him, forcing him to fight for his life as he hunts his older self.

Thoughts: I don’t understand why Looper didn’t come out in the May through August release calendar. The trailers are thrilling. The casting could not be better, headlined by the always impressive Joseph Gordon-Levitt and action legend Bruce Willis, with top notch supporting talents including Emily Blunt, Paul Dano, and Jeff Daniels. The time travel paradox/assassin/mafia concept is right up the alley for both genre fans and action flick fans. And Rian Johnson. You might not know the name, but you should. He directed the pitch perfect Brick, which also starred JGL, and the very creative and entertaining The Brothers Bloom, with Rachel Weisz, Adrien Brody and Mark Ruffalo. This is a director with a clear vision who surrounds himself with some of the best working talents around. I can’t wait to head to the theater to check out Looper, then maybe I’ll go back in time and see it again for the first time.

This post is brought to you by Testrick. All opinions are our own.

Recently we took a look at three of my favorite online games. Now I’m going to take a look at Testrisk, a site that lets you play a bunch of different versions of one of my absolute favorite games, tetris. And best of all? They are all free to play! Pictured above are four of more than eighteen games that they offer, including (starting at the top left) Original Tetris, Boom Box Tetris, Simpsons Tetris, and Funny Tetris.

The Original Tetris is as addicting as ever. It loads right up and you play with a mix of your directional pad and the spacebar. It gives you three options for difficulty, the traditional easy, medium and hard. I can play this game for hours and hours.

Boom Box Tetris is a futuristic version of Tetris where blocks with four colors fall and you have to match up the colors by spinning the boxes around. In addition to the colors, you’ll occasionally get boxes with countdowns that explode and take out the blocks around them. There is a box that shows you your “Boom Power” percent. There is a variety of music you can scroll through while you play. Overall this is a much more in your face tetris game.

Simpsons Tetris is just like the original Tetris game but it is themed with the long running Fox animation. The game play is normal, but the box is a bit smaller than regular which can be a little annoying.

Funny Tetris is a bit silly. Instead of shapes you have little cartoon guys that stack up. You need to match the characters together to make lines, but it is really distracting. None of the text is in English, which slightly complicates things. Overall, it is a lot of fun and very different than I’m use to.

Other Tetris game options include Diamond, Stuck Up, Phit, Sonic, Mario, Egypt, 3D, and Jellytris. I’m sure that you will find the right game for you, and best of all, it is always free!

Posted on September 17th, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment (3)
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Release Date: September 14, 2012
Studio: Sony Pictures
Director: Paul W.S. Anderson
Starring: Milla Jovovich, Sienna Guillory, Michelle Rodriguez, Bingbing Li, Johann Urb, Boris Kodjoe, Oded Fehr, Kevin Durand, and Shawn Roberts
Plot: The Umbrella Corporation’s deadly T-virus continues to ravage the Earth, transforming the global population into legions of the flesh eating Undead. The human race’s last and only hope, Alice, awakens in the heart of Umbrella’s most clandestine operations facility and unveils more of her mysterious past as she delves further into the complex.

Thoughts: In 2002 if you would have told me after I watched the horrible adaptation that was Paul WS Anderson’s original Resident Evil that they would follow it with four sequels I would have laughed in your face. Yet here I am writing about Resident Evil: Retribution, the fifth movie in the horror turned action series. Not only that, but I’m excited for this latest installment, as I was the last one. This series has turned into a guilty pleasure and I hope a sixth, seventh, and eighth movie follows this one. Keep them coming and I’ll keep watching them and will be entertained.

The new movie introduces fan favorite character (and my personal favorite character from the games) Leon S. Kennedy, along with Ada Wong and Barry Burton from the games. The movie brings back Sienna Guillory as Jill Valentine, who had a cameo in the closing minutes of the last film, along with the return of characters that died in past films, including Oded Fehr as Carlos and Michelle Rodriguez as Rain. Which side, good or bad, these characters are on is unknown, but I’m sure it will be a fun ride finding out. Noticeably absent from Retribution are Claire and Chris Redfield, portrayed by Ali Larter and Wentworth Miller in Afterlife. Rumor has it that they will return in a sixth movie, if it gets made… And I have no reason to think that it will not get made.

Today, Marvel Comics brings us the third chapter of “Breaking Points” in X-Factor #243. Years of stories by Peter David are coming to a head and the story arc promises to “change the face of X-Factor forever.” Part one saw long time member Strong Guy split up from the team and join forces with a mysterious villain, while part 2 had Darwin hunting down Wolfsbane’s child. What do parts 3 and 4 hold for X-Factor?

X-Factor #243
“Breaking Points” PART III: Discovering a long-buried secret from the past, one member of X-Factor will be driven insane.

X-Factor #244
“Breaking Points” PART IV: Devastated by the recent tragedies befalling X-Factor, one member of the team makes a terrible sacrifice in hopes of making things right.

The series is written by Peter David with art by Leonard Kirk and covers by David Yardin. Issue 243 came out today, September 05, 2012, and issue 244 comes out in two weeks on September 19th, 2012.

Posted on September 6th, 2012 by ThePit | Leave a Comment
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