Are you hesitant to listen to an episode of Reel Spoilers until you see the film? Then this is the episode for you since we barely talk about this week’s film. And judging by the paltry box office chances are you didn’t see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. And honestly there isn’t much to say…it’s more of the same only in 3D. So instead we talk about our dreams of becoming so popular that we can sell out (Blake Fehl bobble-heads, anyone?) and which movies were so bad that we actually walked out. And sometimes we even talk about Sin City. We’re crazy like that.
Plus, Tom gives us a Video Recovery of a movie that is worth talking about.
It’s Reel Spoilers #56: Sin City – A Dame to Kill For (kinda sorta).
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 11min
If Tinker, Tailor, Solidier, Spy is croquembouche (the elaborate, ornate dessert), simultaneously being rich and decadent with its twisty, turny plots, and subtle and nuanced, with its labyrinthine undercurrents, then The November Man is a skittle.
There’s an approximation of what the spy/espionage genre entails, it’s just not actually there… which is why we have an agency handler saying things like, “I want eyes on him!” or a reporter uttering, “Let me get my dictaphone.”
Based on a series of books by Bill Granger, “The November Man” is a spy thriller/revenge flick in the vein of the Bourne series or Taken… but without the thrills. Or much of the spying. What we do have is not James Bond doing a lot of not James Bond stuff (unless James Bond liked to sit around and talk. Or walk and talk. Or just talk.)
With the recent rumors about the plot of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, I decided to take a look at one of my favorite Batman stories from the last 10 years.
The Bat-Franchise is one of Warner Brothers most lucrative properties. The advantage of having Ben Affleck make his debut in a non solo Batman movie is that the character will be established in this film. The door is wide open for a stand alone movie next. Why not start with a story about what happened to the second Robin, Jason Todd?
The current rumor is that there is a tattered Robin costume on display in the Batcave. The fanboys out there know that Bruce kept the destroyed costume of Jason Todd (the 2nd Robin). Jason was murdered by the Joker in the epic story line “Death in the Family”.
This week we give it to the The Giver. (Wordplay!) “What’s The Giver?” you ask. Why, it’s the latest dystopian-future, kill-fest for kids. They’re releasing them monthly now. And, just in case that doesn’t sound dreary enough for you they filmed this one in black & white. Well, large chunks of it anyway.
All that plus Tom reveals his connection to Ferguson (it’s not that exciting) and Dan has a video recovery which is more exciting. Well, his recovery is even if the movie isn’t.
It’s Reel Spoilers #55: The Giver.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 11min
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Code named “The November Man,” Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades-old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. With a screenplay by Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek based on Bill Granger’s novel “There are No Spies” from the bestselling November Man book series, THE NOVEMBER MAN is the ultimate cat-and-mouse game set in the world of international espionage.
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton
Director: Roger Donaldson