Oscar Taveras Always in the Heart of Cardinal Nation
Oct 2014 30

RIP Oscar Taveras CardinalsOne week ago, Cardinal’s nation was dealing with the calamity of being eliminated from the post season by the San Francisco Giants. Today, that loss is put into perspective, by the true tragedy of the death of 22-year old outfielder Oscar Taveras. Early Sunday evening, the sports world was shocked to learn that Taveras and his girlfriend, Edilia Arvelo, 18, were killed in a car accident near Taveras’ hometown of Puerto Plata in the Dominican Republic. According to Lt. Col. Jose Armando Brito of the Dominican Republic National Police, Taveras lost control of his Chevy Camaro going around a curve and crashed into a tree at 7:40 p.m. ET. Taveras and Arvelo were taken to Sosua Cabarete Medical Center where they died from injuries sustained in the crash. The accident is still under investigation but it is believed that wet roads and excessive speed may have been contributing factors of the accident.

The news of Taveras’ death Sunday broke just as the World Series game 5 was starting and many of his teammates took to social media to exhibit their grief. Kolten Wong (@KoltenWong) tweeted “Wow! My heart truly hurts to hear the passing of Oscar! I’ve played with him every year and we truly lost a great person! #RIPOscarTaveras.”

Cardinals chairman Bill DeWitt Jr. stated, “We are all stunned and deeply saddened by the tragic loss of one of the youngest members of the Cardinals family. Oscar was an amazing talent with a bright future who was taken from us well before his time. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends tonight.”

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66: ‘John Wick’ Starring Keanu Reeves, Michael Nyqvist, Willem Dafoe
Oct 2014 29

john wickKeanu Reeves is back.

I mean, he must be back, right? He says it right there in the commercials. Well, not so fast there  Bill (or was he Ted)…we’ll be the judges of whether or not you’re back.

It’s Reel Spoilers 66 – John Wick.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 19min

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65: Return of the Halloween Movie Fun-Time Special Edition Spectacular
Oct 2014 24

Gargoyles Movie PosterLast year for Halloween we gave you our longest episode ever - Halloween Fun-Time Special Edition (Director’s Cut). Clocking in at almost an hour and forty minutes, we tackled five Halloween movies in five different categories for a total of almost (um…five times five, carry the one or something)…ONE THOUSAND MOVIES.

This year we streamlined the process a bit and decided to focus on one category – Movies That Scared When We Were Kids. Now, keep in mind that the things that frightened as children might not be quite so a scary in the bright light of adulthood. And in some instances those things might not even come from horror movies.

It’s Reel Spoilers #65 – Return of the Halloween Fun-Time Special Edition.

You’ve been warned.

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

Run-time: 1hr 20min

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Movie Review: ‘John Wick’ Starring Keanu Reeves, Willem Dafoe, Michael Nyqvist, Bridget Moynahan
Oct 2014 24

john wickThis time of year tends to be a slow time for the movies.. with summer having ended, and it is not yet that holiday stretch in which big movies pull all the stops for the biggest box office draws. That being said, not all movies that are worth your time have to come during the holidays or summer. This happens to be one of those cases in which people be pleasantly surprised; enter John Wick.

Let’s jump into the bare bones of John Wick. John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a former contract killer who is just trying to lead a normal life( or as normal as one with a history of his could). John spent one of his days driving his sweet 1969 Boss Mustang around and some young thug, Iosef Tarasov (Alfie Allen) inquires about the price of the car. John tells him it is not for sale, but despite that, Iosef and his boys follow John home, surprise attack him, steal the Mustang, and kill his dog because it was barking at them. To add insult to injury, that dog was a parting gift from John’s wife (Bridget Moynahan) in her final days before losing her battle with an unnamed illness (cancer?). Some may scoff at the basic premise of the film, but you have to ask yourself if you had a skill set akin to John’s, and people took some of your property, something of sentimental value; i.e. the life of the dog and it’s connection to someone dear to you, would you not do something about it? People in real life have actually killed for much less.

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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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