64: ‘Fury’ Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman
Oct 2014 23

fury movie posterThis week we take on Fury the latest from Brad Pitt. Set in the waning days of World War II, Pitt leads a battle-hardened tank crew (plus one newbie) into battle with a gritty take on “The Great War”. Great discussion abounds as we talk about the amoral depiction of U.S. soldiers, some of the films “rape-ier” moments, and the importance of having a good combat nickname (like “Wardaddy”).

It’s Reel Spoilers #64 – Fury.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett

Run-time: 1hr 8min

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This Week in Games: Halo 3 at 1080p/60fps, Deals, New Titanfall Mode, Ridley Scott’s ‘Halo: Nightfall’
Oct 2014 23

Master Chief CollecitonWelcome to This Week in Games, a weekly recap of some of the best news to come our way.

First off Microsoft and 343 Studios just released a two minute video of Halo 3—which is part of the Halo: The Master Chief Collection—running at 1080p and 60fps. Don’t know about you guys, but here at ReviewSTL we can’t wait to take on the Flood and Covenant again.

Continuing with the Halo theme, Microsoft has just released the trailer for the Ridley Scott-produced Halo: Nightfall series. You can view the trailer below. <!–more–>

Next, Respawn Entertainment, in a bid to stay relevant, has announced three new game modes for Titanfall—the highlight being a 4 player co-op horde mode. Players will take on waves of AI-controlled enemies, be able to setup automated guns, provide fire from drop ships and use their Titans to control the landscape. In addition to the horde mode, they’ll be a adding a variant of the Marked for Death mode called Mark for Death Pro—a single elimination version of the popular game type. They’ll also be adding a game type called Deadly Ground, which is a pretty much the “Floor is Lava” mode, forcing players to wall-run to traverse the battlefield.

Rounding things off, we have some great PC and Xbox game deals.

Deals

PC (Steam)

PlayStation 4

  • Tomb Raider: Definitive Edition ($29.99) | Amazon.com

 

That’s all for this week, visit ReviewSTL next week for your recap on the best of gaming news and more deals!

Review: ‘Bonnie and Clyde’ Opens New Line’s 24th Season With a “Bang, Bang”
Oct 2014 17

Bonnie and Clyde Musical New Line TheatreBonnie and Clyde (or Clyde and Bonnie, if you asked him) were a couple of American outlaws who captured the attention of the public in the early 1930s. While these two kids weren’t much more than a couple of petty robbers, commonly knocking over gas stations and small “mom and pop” stores, the media glamorized their exploits into legend. And now legend has become musical. Following its short run on Broadway, New Line has once again seen the potential in an unappreciated show – and has given it a new and glorious life!

Both newcomers to the company, Larissa White and Matt Pentecost play Bonnie and Clyde. The two leads share a phenomenal chemistry, as well as an energy that lights up the stage. Each of the actors hold their own in vocals and acting, but when they come together it is magic. The story starts off before the two of them met, with Bonnie’s dreams of being in the “Picture Show,” and Clyde trying to stay out of jail while singing about how “This World Will Remember Me.” The show then chronicles their relationship from their humble beginnings to making the headlines. Joining them are Clyde’s brother Buck (Brendan Ochs) and his wife Blanche (Sarah Porter), who both do a great job of providing the comedic relief in the show. Hot on their trails are Ted Hinton (Reynaldo Arceno) and Sheriff Schmid (Christopher Clark) who relentlessly track down the outlaws throughout the show.

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Movie Review: ‘Fury’ Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LeBeouf, and Logan Lerman
Oct 2014 17

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I’ve seen thousands of men lying on the ground, their dead faces looking up at the skies. I tell you, war is Hell!

– William Tecumseh Sherman

If there is one singular purpose in Fury, it is to convince you of the notion that war is hell. Most people didn’t need convincing of this fact before seeing the film, but they’ll likely leave the theater echoing the sentiment in their heads.  Fury brutally beats you over the head with the atrocities of war in its quest to show you the hardship faced by many combat troops in World War II.

The film revolves around the lives of a seasoned Sherman tank crew led by Don ‘Wardaddy’ Collier (Brad Pitt). The crew has successfully made it through Africa, D-Day, and are continuing to cause havoc as the Allied forces invade Germany. Despite their stellar record, they lose one of their members shortly before the film begins.  Norman Ellison (Logan Lerman), a fresh trained clerical typist, is thrust into the front lines of war as he replaces the deceased member of ‘Fury’.  Over the next two hours we follow Norman as he struggles through the worst parts of war, as he struggles with the inevitable doom facing him on the front lines.

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WB and DC Comics Announce Movie Slate Through 2020
Oct 2014 15

DC Movie Slate

 

No need to bury the lead folks.  There you have it,  the DC Cinematic Universe has been set.  At a shareholder meeting today, Kevin Tsujihara (CEO of Warner Brothers) made the blockbuster announcement.  Not only will Zack Snyder’s Justice League be broken up into two movies, but we will also get a stand alone Wonder Woman (played by Gal Gadot) movie in 2017.

In 2018, The Flash and Aquaman will also make their big screen debut. We know that Jason Momoa (Game of Thrones) is playing Aquman and  will have a small part in BvS, but to what extent is still unknown.  With The Flash, it was also announced today that Ezra Miller (Perks of Being a Wallflower) will be The Flash.  What a version of the character (Barry Allen, Wally West, or Bart West) is still unknown.  Miller and Mamoa will be in both Justice League films as well. I still don’t understand the thought process behind having two version of The Flash (TV and Cinematic).  That’s an odd mindset.

Moving on to 2019, Shazam already has it’s villain/anti-hero cast.  Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson was announced a couple of months as Black Adam.  No other news or casting has been announced yet.  The second flick for that year is the second part of Justice League.

2020 is an interesting one.  The two movies on the slate are Cyborg and Green Lantern.  I’ve yet to figure out the push behind Cyborg.  I know Geoff Johns loves the character.  So much so that he added him to the main roster during his New 52 relaunch of the Justice League. To me, he’s always been a character that works in a team setting (Teen Titans or Justice League), but he’s always been kind of one dimensional. The other big flick is the reboot of Green Lantern. I think the 9 year gap between the last movie and this one is a good thing.  We will never be able to forget the complete misfire of the 2011 version, but hopefully with wound won’t be quite so fresh.  Again, no word on which version of the Green Lantern (Hal Jordan, John Stewart, Guy Gardner, or Kyle Rayner) will appear on screen.  I can only assume Cyborg and Green Lantern will debut in the Justice League.

What I find interesting is that there is no Superman or Batman solo flicks on the slate.  That doesn’t mean the movies aren’t coming and I’m sure they’re working on something. I just found it strange that they didn’t announce anything.  The other question I have is why the Suicide Squad?  It’s a third tier book at the most.  That was an odd choice.

Overall, it’s pretty exciting to see the DCCU take shape.  Now we only have to wait 2 more years…….

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