It’s Episode #51… again. Our Dawn of the Planet Apes, which was actually #50, was called #51. This is what happens when Tom & Joe are left to their own devices. So this is really, truly, honest-to-gosh episode #51. Or, if you’d prefer, #51a.
And it’s a history making episode at that. We’ve been forced to flee the bunker! The Brackett Compound is no more. A new recording location has been acquired. And, if that’s not enough history-making for you, a guest returns for the first time ever. Jim Hill was brave enough to venture into the…well, the not-a-bunker anymore in order to discuss Planes: Fire & Rescue.
Also, we talk about a Sex Tape and The Purge: Anarchy.
It’s a jam packed, extra-long, history making Reel Spoilers: Episode 51 or 52 or 51a.
You’ve been warned…and confused.
Starring: Jim Hill, Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Blake Fehl, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 22min
This week on the show we focus on Dawn of the Planet of the Apes but we’re a wounded beast. No Dan, No Blake, No Kevin…No problem. You get Tom and Joe but, more importantly, Rich Handley steps into save the day. Who’s Rich Handley you ask? He is our resident Ape expert. Not like in a “Dian Fossey” kind of way. But in a ‘he’s written multiple books about the franchise” kind of way.
Rich has written stuff like Timeline of the Planet of the Apes and Lexicon of the Planet of the Apes. So if you have Ape questions, he has Ape answers. Do you have an entry on Wookieepedia? Well, he does. What have you done with your life?
It’s Reel Spoilers #50 – Dawn of the Planet of Apes.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Rich Handley
Run-time: 1hr 10min
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment brings the party to the people with its cross country RIO 2 Summer Party Tour. Families will have plenty of reason to shake a tail feather down to the tour; it’s full of interactive activities for all ages including portable viewing stations to watch soccer games, live from Rio; screenings of RIO 2; Samba performances and lessons; customizable Carnival masks; soccer challenges, and much more! All guests can also turn their fun into a global sensation by joining a cross country karaoke from the party via the sing- and dance-along photo booth.
With the Blu-ray/DVD and Digital HD release right around the corner, Fox Home Entertainment will bring the party from the Amazon this summer with a bunch of family-friendly fiestas across the country. You can find the Summer Party Tour any time of day, check out pictures from the tour, follow the GPS enabled tour bus, and explore all sorts of RIO 2 goodies at www.rio2summertour.com. Follow the tour on social media with #rio2summertour.
If you’ve enjoyed the episodes where we hated that week’s movie then boy are you in for a treat. This week it’s all about Transformers: Age of Extinction. Transformers is the Nickelback of film franchises. Critics hate ‘em but they keep making money. Well… we are critics. So critique we shall.
Or perhaps “criticize” is more accurate. You know…because this is a real turd burger of movie.
It’s Reel Spoilers #49 – Transformers: Age of Extinction.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Blake Fehl, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 08min
Michael Bay is a bit of a conundrum. His films are consumed greedily by audiences, and near universally panned by critics. Even the critics who give his films a pass do so begrudgingly. Transformers: Age of Extinction could get a 0% on Rotten Tomatoes and it will still likely be one of the biggest releases of the year, if not the biggest. Audiences are enthralled with Bay’s explosion filled visions, and are happy to ignore many of the lesser sins of storytelling to get their action fix. Bay’s films are pure escapist fantasy and aren’t meant to be films for the artistic elite. Despite the overall silliness, I loved the first Transformers film. It had a lot of heart, and numerous thrilling action set pieces which appeared to my inner child that lives a bit too close to the surface. I found myself bored by the second film, and saw a slight bit of redemption with the third film in the series. My hope was that the series could reach the heights of the first film, and ditch some of the baggage brought on in the first trilogy. As I quickly found out, it was the hope of a fool.
Transformers: Age of Extinction takes place 5 years after the events Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It’s a bleak time that sees government operatives hunting both Decepticons and Autobots alike. After the destruction of Chicago at the hands of Megatron, shady government figures have found an excuse to target Transformers and hijack their tech. The unlikely intervention of a failed inventor, Cade Yeager (Mark Wahlberg), and his discovery of the injured Optimus Prime set in motion a series of events that finds our heroes facing new foes.