Blu-Ray Review: Whiteout


U.S. Marshal Carrie Stetko (Kate Beckinsale) is assigned to the coldest and most remote place on earth – Antarctica. The camp is about to shut down and fly back to America for the winter, to avoid inclement weather. But Stetko discovers there’s a murderer in their midst. Based on the graphic novel by Greg Rucka, Stetko races to find a killer and uncover a mystery before winter falls.

Beckinsale is as graceful and beautiful as ever in this cold thriller. Her character has an interesting backstory and reason for choosing such a remote post. Stetko is a smart, brave, and a bit of a tortured soul. Costarring, are Gabriel Macht, as an U.N. investigator, Alex O’Laughlin and Columbus Short, as pilots, and Tom Skerritt, as the head doctor on base. Skerritt shines (as always) as a friend and confidant to Stetko.

When we first get a glimpse of the disguised killer, it has the feeling of a slasher-horror flick. But this only happens a few times during the movie. Otherwise, it’s a murder mystery/thriller. One that happens to have some pretty amazing scenic views. The set designs were spectacular. The story, while over-the-top suspense at times, actually had some slower scenes, to help the heart rate settle. The mystery, while a bit confusing at times, also had a wonderful twist. Watching this suspense-ridden thriller, has definitely made me want to go pick up the original graphic novel.

Special Features:
* “Coldest Thriller Ever”
* “Storyboard to screen”
* Deleted scenes
* Disc 2 – Digital Copy

Whiteout released on January 19th, available now on Blu-ray, DVD and Download.

Author Interview: Richard Doetsch

The 13th Hour

I was recently able to interview Richard Doetsch, author of The 13th Hour, reviewed here. Which also made my top picks of 2009.

The 13th Hour takes a different spin on time travel. How did you come up with the idea of doing a novel in reverse?

I had never seen a novel written backwards before and thought it would be a great challenge. I think we all have a moment in life that we would like to change be it a decision at work, something we said to a girlfriend or boyfriend, or sometimes something greater like expressing our true feelings for a friend or family member before they slipped out of our lives or saving someone from a tragedy if we could only reach out our hand in that one fateful moment. I think it is something universal, something everyone thinks about at some point, something that bridges languages and cultures. How great would it be to act on hindsight?

If you could go back in time to change some event in your past, would you?

No, I think we are the sum of our failures and successes, our missteps and achievements. Our character, our lives are shaped by the unchartered lives we lead for better or for worse and it’s really the obstacles and tragedies we face that form us and give us the tools and abilities to tackle the future.

What obstacles did you face in writing such a complex story?

Writing the thirteenth hours was like playing five games of chess in my head at the same time. I wrote the story backwards in the same way the reader experiences it. In so doing, I had to remember the future and the past. It was difficult but fun as it was like a giant puzzle whose every move reverberated throughout the story.

While the element of science fiction is there with time travel, The 13th Hour is more of a mystery thriller. What section do you think your novel should be shelved?

Without question, in the thriller and mystery section. My stories are really thrillers with heart along with a very slight dash of fantasy. All of my stories have a very slight bit of fantasy in them while remaining firmly routed in reality. That little bit of the impossible helps to give a bit of a sense of wonder and is part of my signature. Most of the people who have read and enjoyed it are thrillers readers who picked it up without thinking of it as sci-fi.

I read that New Line Cinema bought the film rights. Any further news on that?

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Smallville Returns Friday, January 22 on the CW!

Images from Jan. 29th episode “Warrior.”

Friday, January 22 “Disciple”:
NO LOVERS, NO ALLIES, NO DISCIPLES; INTRODUCING DC COMIC CHARACTER THE DARK ARCHER — Oliver’s (Justin Hartley) past comes back to haunt him in the form of The Dark Archer (guest star Steve Bacic), Oliver’s former teacher, who seeks revenge on his student by taking aim at Lois (Erica Durance) and Chloe (Allison Mack). Oliver faces down The Dark Archer after his former mentor kidnaps Mia AKA “Speedy” (guest star Elise Gatien) but is pushed to his limit and Clark (Tom Welling) races to stop him from making another deadly mistake. Mairzee Almas directed the episode written by Jordan Hawley.

Friday, January 29 “Warrior”:
METROPOLIS HOSTS A COMIC BOOK CONVENTION — DC COMICS’ CHARACTER ZATANNA RETURNS — Clark (Tom Welling) meets Zatanna (guest star Serinda Swan) at a comic book convention, where she tells him her father charmed a copy of the comic book “Warrior Angel” and it holds magical powers. A young man named Stephen (guest star Carlo Marks) steals the comic book and develops super powers, transforming himself into Warrior Angel and saving Chloe (Allison Mack) from a horrible accident. Meanwhile, Lois (Erica Durance) becomes jealous of Clark’s relationship with Zatanna. Allison Mack directed the episode written by Bryan Q. Miller.

More Images Below:

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I Love It When a Plan Comes Together…

At first, I didn’t even want to bother seeing a trailer of an A-Team remake. I thought it’d be another Dukes of Hazzard, making a joke of the original. Instead, I’m pleasantly surprised. Liam Neeson was a wise choice for Hannibal. He’s not anything like George Peppard, but yet can pull off the strong character. And Bradley Cooper, while definitely not as pretty-boy as Dirk Benedict was in his prime, still may be able to fill Face Man’s shoes as well. I’ll try not to compare it to the original, and take it at face value… as the fun, action flick it’s meant to be. The trailer certainly has gotten this A-Team fan excited about it!

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