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Release Date: June 21, 2013
Studio: Pixar/Disney
Director: Dan Scanlon (Tracy, Mater and the Ghostlight)
Voice Cast: Billy Crystal, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Helen Mirren, Sean Hayes, Dave Foley, Charlie Day, Alfred Molina, Tyler Labine, Nathan Fillion, and Aubrey Plaza.
Plot: Mike Wazowski and James P. Sullivan are an inseparable pair, but that wasn’t always the case. From the moment these two mismatched monsters met they couldn’t stand each other. “Monsters University” unlocks the door to how Mike and Sulley overcame their differences and became the best of friends.

Thoughts: Honestly, I’m not sure when I’ll be seeing Monsters University. I want to see it, but I’m afraid it will be a let down on the level of Cars 2. And I like Monsters Inc much more than I do Cars. In fact, Monsters Inc is a top five “all time” movie in my eyes. The movie has a perfect blend of comedy and action- with some of the most likeable characters in animated movie history.

Monsters University is a prequel. I’m not a fan of prequels for a number of reasons, the first being that all of the character development we saw in the original film is out the window. These are versions of the characters from (way) before we met them, which pretty much means they are different characters. The story focuses on them in college, which means that it is a very different type of story. Don’t get me wrong, I love the fact that they are expanding Monstropolis, but I think I would have preferred a spinoff/sequel with new characters (and returning characters in supporting roles) in the “new” city powered by children’s laughs, rather than a prequel.

How about you? Are you excited for Monsters University? Would you have preferred a sequel?

Reaper comings to a close tonight

Tonight at 8pm on the CW is the series finale of Reaper. The supernatural drama reaches its end prematurely at the close of its second season. Titled “The Devil & Sam Oliver”, the episode sees Sam (Bret Harrison) challenging the devil in a game to win back his soul.  Did the producers foresee cancellation and prepare a satisfying finale for the fans, or will another series just end abruptly? We’ll have to tune in tonight to find out.

Also on TV…

8PM

  • ABC: According to Jim (Comedy)

9PM

  • ABC: Diamonds (Drama)
  • CW: Hitched or Ditched (Reality)
  • FOX: Mental (Drama)

10PM

  • FX: Rescue Me (Drama)
  • HIST: Life After People (Documentary)
  • SCIFI: ECW (Wrestling)

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Reaper was one of my favorite new shows of last season. As opposed to all of the dark stuff on TV, it is light hearted and fun. The supernatural twist and perfect relationships (of course I’m talking about Sam, Sock and Ben here) make for a very entertaining series. This is the third episode of the new season, and it really needs a bit more support and viewers. The CW put the show in a tough timelot with no lead in and it faces off with American Idol. Lets hope for the best.

In the new episode Sam and the gang face off with a 1950s boxer who escaped from hell. Will Sam be able to knock him out in the ring? I doubt it, but he’ll try.  The new episode airs tonight at 8pm on the CW.

Also on tonight…

8PM

  • ABC: Dancing With the Stars: Performance Recap (Reality)
  • CBS: NCIS (Crime Drama)
  • FOX: American Idol (Reality)
  • NBC: Biggest Loser: Couples (Reality)
  • MNT: Street Patrol (Reality)

9PM

  • CBS: The Mentalist (Crime Drama)
  • MNT: Jail (Reality)
  • SCIFI: ECW (Wrestling)
  • TNT: Trust Me (Drama)

10PM

  • ABC: Primetime: What Would You do? (News)
  • CBS: Without a Trace (Crime Drama)
  • NBC: Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (Crime Drama)

Reaper might not be back on the air until March 17, but we finally have something to hold us over. A teaser for the new season.

For those who missed its first season, Reaper follows a young man whose parents sold his soul to the devil before he was born. In return, he must act as the devil’s bounty hunter and return escaped souls to hades. The series stars Bret Harrison, Tyler Labine, Rick Gonzalez, Missy Peregrym, and the great Ray Wise as The Devil. It airs on The CW network.