February 25, 2013 |
The last thing you want a competition series called "Robot Combat League" is to dwell on the personalities of its human contestants like "Top Chef," "Survivor" and a million other such shows do. You just want to see giant robots beating the circuitry out of each other. In its premiere, "Robot Combat League" ( 9 p.m. CT Feb. 26, Syfy; 2.5 stars ) takes too long to introduce viewers to the 24 players that make up 12 teams battling for a $100,000 prize and setting things up for the audience.
July 11, 2013 |
***1/2 (out of four) Forget “Avatar,” a movie with supposedly mind-blowing visuals that looked cool for a while but, because James Cameron offered nothing else, I eventually thought, “This is pretty. And pretty bad.” Want to see a wonder that makes your eyes pop and jaw drop? Director/co-writer Guillermo del Toro's “Pacific Rim” is that rare beast, a movie that demands you get out of the house and see it on the biggest screen possible. Sure, del Toro (“Pan's Labyrinth”)
November 1, 2012 |
** (out of four) Boy, motion-capture technology has come a long way. In “Flight,” that really looks like Denzel Washington. Just kidding. For the first time since 2000's “Cast Away,” Chicago-native director Robert Zemeckis (“Forrest Gump”) returns to the land of the living. Following failed motion-capture experiments “The Polar Express” and “A Christmas Carol,” he's chosen to direct a script from a guy whose credits include “Real Steel” and “Summer Catch.” Maybe that's why the already overrated “Flight” lands sooner...
March 27, 2014 |
* (out of four) If you collect a massive variety of species into a confined space for a long period of time, the animals will need to go to the bathroom. They'll need to eat. They probably will not all hang together like mellow, long-lost pals. Of course, belief and logic are mutually exclusive, and it's tough to visually depict a story that relies on the former without making it look like pure fantasy. So in director/co-writer Darren Aronofsky's misguided, superficial “Noah,” the title character (Russell Crowe)
October 17, 2013 |
It's Week 6 of the Survivor Fantasy Football League and Chicago's #1 White Sox fan - Soxman - continues to toil in the middle of the pack. Meanwhile, yours truly got hit with some karma after making a controversial trade with another competitor. What happened to Soxman ? What were the consequences of my machinations? Read on and see for yourself: Soxman: The best way for me to summarize fantasy week six is that I had no Luck at all. No Andrew Luck that is! His failure to find the end zone on Monday...