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“Batman: Gotham Knight”: DVD Review July 7, 2008 1:47 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Batman, Batman: Gotham Knight, Comics, DVD Review, Movies, Review, Reviews.
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Batman: Gotham Knight is a fresh and exciting new entry into the Batman mythos, spinning out of a 40-year history in animation including the Emmy®-winning Batman: The Animated Series, widely considered a pivotal moment in American animation. A cross section of distinguished creators, award winning producers, and acclaimed writers weave six interlocking stories that reveal Bruce Wayne’s journey to Dark Knight, each with stylish art from some of the world’s most revered animation visionaries.

Read my review of the two-disc DVD after the jump.



Praise Continues to Roll In: Kevin Smith Reviews “The Dark Knight” + Oldman Hints at The Riddler June 29, 2008 4:02 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Batman, Movies, News, Reviews, The Dark Knight, The Joker.

Another day, another glowingly positive review for The Dark Knight. Last night in LA, select film sites were screened The Dark Knight. Director Kevin Smith was invited to the screening and came away from the experience completely blown away, calling it “an epic film”, “the ‘Godfather II’ of comic book movies” and “close to a masterpiece” . Continue reading for Smith’s brief spoiler free review.


Early ‘Dark Knight’ Review + New Viral June 25, 2008 3:30 am

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Batman, Movies, Reviews, The Dark Knight.
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With just over three weeks to go before the release of The Dark Knight (are you as psyched about this film as I am?) the first review has been released (the film is being selectively screened for press). Courtesy, AICN, here’s a highlight from the very encouraging review:

Heath Ledgers performance of the joker is truly one for the books. Aman of no remorse or morals who simply wants to see things burn. There is no back story or establishing the character. He is fully formed. He does have some dialogue scenes that reveal a bit of his background.Lets just say he has some issues with his father and that smile of his is rooted in a gesture of love. He is far from a caricature and has depth . He realises that without Batman he would not be. The Joker is almost more of a terrorist than criminal. He is not motivated by money. He wants to see people suffer. Its a damn shame that this was Heath Ledger’s final major performance as it shows a whole different side to him as a performer and I now know that he was endlessly talented.

Another highlight, plus a new viral, after the jump.


DVD Review: “Michael Clayton” March 18, 2008 10:40 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in DVD Review, Michael Clayton, Movies, Reviews.
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George Clooney stars as Michael Clayton, a “fixer,” the go-to guy when his powerful New York law firm wants a mess swept under the rug. But now he’s handed a crisis even he may not be able to fix. The firm’s top litigator in a $3-billion case has gone from advocate to whistleblower. And the more Michael tries to undo the damage, the more he’s up against forces that put corporate survival over human life – including Michael’s.


Fall 2007 TV Review, Part One (“The Big Bang Theory”, “Chuck” and “Journeyman”) September 24, 2007 5:24 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, CBS, Chuck, Journeyman, NBC, News, Reviews, Television, The Big Bang Theory.

With this first part, begins my quick look of the new fall TV shows.


Early Look: “Tell Me You Love Me” September 8, 2007 3:48 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in 2007/2008 TV Season, Cable TV, Early Look, HBO, News, Reviews, Television.
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Since the end of The Sopranos, HBO hasn’t had much success with their new programming. Several of their currently running shows have been going through dips in the ratings, while most of their new shows have either failed to catch on (Flight of the Conchords) or have been out-right canceled after poor seasons (ratings wise) and a rather subdued reaction from critics and fans alike (John from Cincinnati). Tell Me You Love Me could be just the show that brings HBO back to where their slogan–it’s not TV it’s HBO–rings true once again.


Fall 2006 TV Review, Part Seven (“The Nine”) October 4, 2006 5:32 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Fall 2006 TV, Reviews, Television.
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Before we get going on the next part of my Fall 2006 Review feature (here is part one, part two, part three, part four, part five and part six), let’s recap the series premiere ratings from Tuesday evening, of which there was only one.

Friday Night Lights

Averaged a 4.7/8 HH Rating with a 2.8 A18-49 rating (7.18M viewers). Staying consistent from half-hour to half-hour is the only good thing I can say about the ratings for the show. It’s certainly a high-quality hour of television and that it did worse than I thought it would (I would have figured numbers in the 10-14M range) really surprises me. It’ll be very interesting to see where the show goes from here, will it gain an audience, or will it just continue to drop week to week? It’s very hard for a show to gain viewers after its premiere, but perhaps NBC can use Sunday Night Football to propel the show some.

Alright, now let’s move on to my mini-review feature. Only one show is set to premiere this evening, The Nine.


Fall 2006 TV Review, Part One (“Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Class”) September 18, 2006 1:00 pm

Posted by Rosario T. Calabria in Fall 2006 TV, Reviews, Television, TV Reviews.
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Not for a long time do I remember so many amazing new shows premiering in one season. Whether your favorite genre is drama, comedy or sci-fi, this Falls new shows offer up a little bit of each. I’ve seen most of the pilots, and I’m honestly finding it very hard to narrow down my selection to any sort of top 10 list. Of course, the bigger problem is finding a way to watch all these new shows on top of the current crop that I already watch! I’m sure I’m not the only one in that predicament.

I’m going to do brief reviews of each of the new fall (and winter) series, and we’ll start today with “Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip” and “The Class”.