Reel Spoilers Episode 40: ‘Oculus’ Starring Karen Gillan, Brenton Thwaites, Katee Sackhoff
Apr 2014 15

Oculus Movie PosterThis week on the show we struggle to find out just exactly what Oculus means. Not the movie, the word. It gets a little confusing since, like a Led Zeppelin song, they never actually use the title of the movie within the film itself.

Also, we set a land speed record for branching off on a tangent, we learn that Tom has a man-crush on Seth Rogen and we defend the oeuvre of Kevin Smith.

All this plus a box office report from Kevin and video recovery from Dan.

It’s Reel Spoilers #40: Oculus.

You’ve been warned.

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Film Review: ‘Draft Day’ Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, Denis Leary
Apr 2014 10

DraftDayMoviePosterIf there’s anything Kevin Costner knows, it’s sports films.

Costner, whose film career has spanned five different decades, has permanently endeared himself in the hearts of baseball fans everywhere with his performances in Bull DurhamField of Dreams, and For Love of the Game. He played a golfer in Tin Cup. Now, after helping save the world earlier this year in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit and 3 Days to Kill, Costner’s going back to the sports world into uncharted territory (for him, anyway): football.

Now, I’ll admit I’m probably a bit biased when it comes to sports films. I grew up rooting for the Cardinals and Blues, and when the Rams moved to town, I adopted them as my football team. I’ve rooted for SLU and Mizzou sports for as long as I can remember. So it bothers me a bit when people quickly dismiss sports films, claiming either the topic is trivial to them or the ending is predictable.

And their points aren’t entirely invalid. Sports films tend to follow a particular formula, and they’re not going to be interesting to everyone. Draft Day tries to throw twists and surprises into the story, but for the most part, it’s generally predictable. Fortunately, though, it still works, and it works well.

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Rams Head West – to Chesterfield Valley – for ‘Draft Day’ Film Screening
Apr 2014 09

Football season’s over, right?

Tell that to the members of the St. Louis Rams who attended Tuesday night’s screening of the film Draft Day. Starring Kevin Costner, Jennifer Garner, and Denis Leary, the film is scheduled for release Friday.

Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker talks with no-award-winning writer Steve Kelley about his off-season.

Pro Bowl punter Johnny Hekker talks with no-award-winning writer Steve Kelley about his off-season.

Hoping to stir up some excitement for the actual NFL draft (May 8-10) as well as the upcoming season, several players on the Rams roster (and some cheerleaders, much to the delight of the males in the audience) came out to the Chesterfield Galaxy theater and mingled with season ticket holders, signing autographs and taking pictures with the fans.

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Reel Spoilers Episode 39: ‘Captain America: The Winter Soldier’ Starring Chris Evans, Sebastian Stan, Scarlett Johansson
Apr 2014 08

Captain America PosterThis week on the show we took a break from attending Wizard World long enough to discuss (fittingly) Captain America: The Winter Soldier. We were tired but we, um…soldiered on.

There’s no Blind Man’s Synopsis this week since we all saw the movie. (It’s funny how that happens with comic book films, innit?) But we do get a video recovery from Dan and we discover that Kevin thinks an abacus needs a power source.

So join us as we dig into Marvel Comics ode to performance enhancing drugs.

It’s Reel Spoilers #39 – Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

You’ve been warned.

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Wizard World St. Louis Comic Con 2014 – A Weekend in Review
Apr 2014 07

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis.

Adam West (Batman) and Burt Ward (Robin) cutting the ribbon for the proclamation that April 4, 2014 was Batman and Robin Day in St. Louis. Photo Credit: Kevin Brackett

As I sit in my recliner taking in all the glory that is WrestleMania 30, I’m reflecting on the weekend that has passed.  Wizard World descended upon the America’s Center for the second year in a row, and there would be no sophomore slump.  After the turn out we gave them last year, they brought some of their best this year and we responded in kind. With an amazing turn out again, St. Louis showed Wizard World and the pop culture community that this town is a hot bed of talent and fans.

This year’s show floor was in the actual Edward Jones Dome, rather than being limited to just the America’s Center due to its size.  Where last years show had a lot of dealers bringing high end books (Amazing Fantasy #15, Detective Comics #27, etc.), this year’s show brought more variety to the Gateway city. There was a lot more merchandise to be sold, and talking to the deals it seems to have been going very well.  They were selling more current items and variant covers.  To me, that’s where I will spend money.  I won’t be buying $15,000 books, but I might pick up some older issues of Hellblazer or Daredevil to plug some holes in my collection.  That was one of the things that last year’s con was missing.
 

Photo Credit: Joe Buttice

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