Monthly Archives: October 2011

Will Smith

Batman:Year One

Batman: Year One is a 2011 animated superhero film based on the four-issue story arc Batman: Year One printed in 1987.

It dropped in stores in DVD and Blu Ray on October 18th

The film stars Bryan Cranston, Ben McKenzie and Eliza Dushku.

Batman: Year One follows Lt. James Gordon arriving in Gotham City after an unfortunate career-derailing incident in Chicago where he turned in a corrupt cop. Gordon is already defeated and cynical, and he sees his stint in Gotham as being condemned to hell on Earth. But he’s still determined to be a good cop, and not to join in the corruption around him. Meanwhile, a young Bruce Wayne comes back to Gotham after years away and is determined to do something about the criminal elites that killed his parents.

It follows both characters over the course of a year — Bruce Wayne trying to fight crime in a simpler disguise, before hitting on the Batman identity, and then getting hunted by the cops. And Gordon, becoming a father, while getting more and more at odds with the corrupt cops, including the Police Commissioner. Wayne has a mission, that he pursues single-mindedly, but life for Gordon is much more complex — he wants to do the right thing by his wife and kid, and he already knows what happens to cops who turn against their own.

Here is the trailer for Batman:Year One

How To Make It In America

I’ve been watching since the premiere last year, but this is officially now my new favorite show.

This show which is on HBO, follows two enterprising twenty-somethings hustling their way through New York City’s fashion scene, determined to achieve their version of the American Dream. Trying to make a name for themselves in the city’s competitive fashion scene, Ben Epstein and his friend and business partner Cam Calderon use their street knowledge and connections to make their way up. With the help of their well-connected friend Domingo and Cam’s cousin Rene, who has ambitions of his own—a new energy drink called Rasta-Monsta—the burgeoning entrepreneurs set out to make it big.

The ensemble cast is terrific, including Bryan Greenberg, Victor Rasuk, Lake Bell, Shannyn Sossamon, Kid Cudi, and the always-hilarious Luis Guzmán.

It comes on HBO Sundays at 10:30PM est

This is the teaser for Season 2.

The Avengers

Joss Whedon brings together the ultimate team of superheroes in the first official trailer for Marvel’s The Avengers

When an unexpected enemy emerges that threatens global safety and security, Nick Fury, Director of the international peacekeeping agency known as SHIELD, finds himself in need of a team to pull the world back from the brink of disaster. Spanning the globe, a daring recruitment effort begins.

The Avengers continues the epic big-screen adventures started in “Iron Man,” “The Incredible Hulk,” “Iron Man 2,” “Thor” and “Captain America: The First Avenger”. Starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner and Samuel L. Jackson, and directed by Joss Whedon, “Marvel’s The Avengers” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963 and a comics institution ever since.

Summer 2012

Al Davis

Al Davis, the renegade owner of the Oakland Raiders whose battles with the National Football League gave him an outlaw image matching that of his silver-and-black- clad team, died at the age of 82.

“History will dictate what my legacy is,” Davis said in an interview for “Straight Outta L.A.,” a documentary directed by rapper Ice Cube for ESPN in 2010. “Maverick is fine, ‘cause I am. Outlaw I’m not. But if believing in what you believe and sticking up for your rights and sticking up for the rights of others from time to time — do it your way. Don’t let the culture tell you what do. That’s being a Raider.”

Davis was inducted in 1992 into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, which hailed him as the only person to work in professional football as personnel assistant, scout, assistant coach, head coach, general manager, commissioner and team owner.

RIP Al Davis

“Just Win Baby”

Luther – BBC America

This is officially one of my new favorite shows.

Luther, played by Idris Alba John Luther is a Detective Chief Inspector working for the Serious Crime Unit in series 1, and the new Serious and Serial Crime Unit in series 2.

A dedicated copper, Luther is also a genius. He is obsessive, possessed, and sometimes dangerous in the violence of his fixations. But Luther has paid a heavy price for his dedication; he has never been able to prevent himself from being consumed by the darkness of the crimes with which he deals.

For Luther, the job always comes first. His dedication is a curse and a blessing for him and those close to him.

The new season is coming to BBC America on October 17th at 10/9c

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