EftRou 147: The Triple Threat….

Greetings were back in action this week with another jam-packed episode of entertainment goodness!  We start with some boobtube babble about J.J. Abrams’ next tv adventure Alcatraz then switch to a double feature of red tails and Haywire. Kick back and enjoy this weeks episode!

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JJ’s next big thing….

So shortly after Alias and LOST hit the airwaves, J.J. Abrams became a household name and Hollywood powerhouse almost overnight. In the last few years he has produced many shows and movies including FRINGE, Person of Interest (Golden Globe winner best new drama) and the 2009 reboot of the once thought dead Star Trek franchise and the fantastic Super 8 this last summer. This latest adventure has us diving into the lore of “Alcatraz” which puts a twist onto one America’s most famous prisons. The idea is that Alcatraz never shut down but instead an event occurred that made all the prisoners and staff simply vanish. Fast forward to 2012 and now those same criminals and staff are starting to appear unannounced with no signs of aging or how or why they have come back. The crew chats about what they like and didn’t like from the 2 hour premier event.

Feature flicks: Red Tails & Haywire

Q and I both decided to see different flicks this week. Q went with Red Tails, which is the story about the Tuskegee airmen.  The story follows the famous fighter pilots’ struggle to gain respect and equality from fellow Airmen of the time.  The movie showcases how well he Tuskegee airmen did in protecting many valuable bombers during the war. The airmen also proved that they were the best of the best despite what many had said about them.  The film stars Terrence HowardCuba Gooding Jr.,and David Oyelowo.

I choose to go with the latest film from famed director Steven Soderbergh called haywire which has been touted by others as the female version of the Jason Bourne series. Instead this movie is much, much more than that it’s a launching pad for MMA fighter Gina Carano‘s new found fame and potential career in Hollywood. The premise is surrounding a job that Gina’s character does for her employer and the state department,  covertly of course off the books. As with any thriller the typical betrayal and duplicity are present but not in the same formula as we have seen before. Soderbergh works his magic with flashbacks and scenes woven into the story that give you a sense of history with the various characters.  This film has a stellar set of actors that make this even more fun to watch including: Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas, Michael Douglas, Channing Tatum and a great as always Michael Fassbender (who has a great bare knuckles fight with Carano).