63: ‘The Judge’ Starring Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga
Oct 2014 14

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This week we spoil The Judge and learn that Robert Downey, Jr. can play someone other than Tony Stark or Sherlock Holmes. Who knew?

We’re down to three this episode but it’s enough for quorum (that’s kinda-sorta legal talk) so join us as we drill down on the legal wrangling and family turmoil of The Palmers.

It’s Reel Spoilers #63 – The Judge.

You’ve been warned.

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

Run-time: 58min

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62: ‘Gone Girl’ Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Oct 2014 08

Gone Girl PosterDon’t listen to this week’s episode. Well, unless you’ve already seen Gone Girl that is. Granted, we have the word “spoilers” right there in our name. But it’s never been more true than this week. Gone Girl is a twisty-turny movie that lives and dies on its spoilers. So see the flick first on this one.

That being said, if you have seen the movie and would like to hear an in-depth conversation about what works, what doesn’t and why…then here’s a good jumping on point for you.

It’s Reel Spoilers #62 – Gone Girl.

You’ve been warned.

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

Run-time: 1hr 32min

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ALEXANDER AND THE TERRIBLE, HORRIBLE, NO GOOD, VERY BAD DAY Opens October 10!  Win Passes to the Advance Screening!
Oct 2014 07

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Alexander PosterDisney’s “Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day” follows the exploits of 11-year-old Alexander (Ed Oxenbould) as he experiences the most terrible and horrible day of his young life—a day that begins with gum stuck in his hair, followed by one calamity after another. But when Alexander tells his upbeat family about the misadventures of his disastrous day, he finds little sympathy and begins to wonder if bad things only happen to him. He soon learns that he’s not alone when his mom (Jennifer Garner), dad (Steve Carell), brother (Dylan Minnette) and sister (Kerris Dorsey) all find themselves living through their own terrible, horrible, no good, very bad day. Anyone who says there is no such thing as a bad day just hasn’t had one.

Cast: Steve Carell, Jennifer Garner, Dylan Minnette, Ed Oxenbould, Kerris Dorsey, Megan Mullally, Jennifer Coolidge, Bella Thorne
Director: Miguel Arteta

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Movie Review: ‘Gone Girl’ Starring Ben Affleck, Rosamund Pike, Neil Patrick Harris
Oct 2014 03

Gone Girl PosterOne of the most anticipated films of 2014 is finally here. Gone Girl, based on the 2012 novel by Gillian Flynn, stars Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike as two out of work writers whose marriage has steadily declined over its five year lifespan. When the wife suddenly goes missing, all eyes turn to the husband. Directed by the immensely talented David Fincher, the film beautifully captures the mystery and intrigue of the book through a dark and eerie tone that he has perfected. Add a score by Trent Reznor to the mix, and what you get is a combination destined for glory.

Nick (Affleck) and Amy Dunne (Rosamund Pike) have fallen upon tough times since they first met. What started as a whirlwind romance has slowly disintegrated over the years. The once successful New York writers have both lost their jobs, most of their money, and more importantly – their love for one another. After moving back to Missouri to take care of Nick’s dying mother, the two of them continued to grow further apart. On the morning of their fifth wedding anniversary, Nick leaves to clear his head and visit his sister Margo (Carrie Coon) with whom he co-owns a small bar with – aptly named “The Bar.” When he returns home, Amy is gone – leaving behind what appears to be a crime scene. Nick calls the police and what follows is a back and forth chronicle of days since Amy went missing, and the years leading up to her disappearance.

Casting for the film couldn’t have been any more perfect. As someone who has read the book, the announcement of Affleck as Nick Dunne was a slam dunk. In the book Nick says,”Looking at my smarmy grin, my hooded eyes, I thought, I would hate this guy.” Affleck is talented actor, not to mention writer and director. And one of the qualities he has is the ability to come off as smug or arrogant. Think back to Dazed and Confused, or Mallrats – even many of his roles where he isn’t the bad buy. He just has that quality, which works in his favor as Nick. At the first press conference, when he is supposed to be a wreck, yet manages to give off the “insane love me! grin,” described in the book – it sealed the deal. Affleck does a great job of going back and forth between lovable and loath-able, and shows a wide range of emotions.

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MLB Post Season: St. Louis Cardinals Gear Up For Another Red October
Oct 2014 02

stl cards champs 2014The St. Louis Cardinals wrapped up their second straight National League Central title Sunday afternoon while finishing off warm-ups.  After failing to close the door Saturday night, the division championship came down to the last day of the season, and for perhaps the first time ever, had St. Louis fans rooting for Johnny Cueto and the Reds against the Pittsburg Pirates.  Separated by three time zones, and with Cueto picking up his twentieth win of the season, the Cards were able to secure the division without having to win Sunday’s game (a game they won anyway).  This marks the ninth division title for the Cardinals since the inception of the NL Central during the 1994 realignment.

The season began with lofty expectations from both local and national pundits.  Many considered the Cardinals to have a 100 win potential and easily capture the division crown.  Nothing in baseball, however, seems to go as planned.  The club battled an underachieving offense, inconsistent play most of the season, and injuries to key players, but finished the season strong.   Taking over the Central division lead at the start of September, the Cardinals at a .654 clip (17-9) the final month to end the season 18 games over .500, with a record of 90-72.

Now, with the 162-game MLB season in the rearview mirror, the team can focus on baseball’s “second season,” which starts Friday night in Los Angeles in a rematch of last season’s NLCS.  The teams may be the same, but there are several differences between this year’s and last year’s series.  The Cardinals come in as the clear underdog.  The Dodgers, as the higher seed, own home-field advantage and the Cardinals have not been good on the road, playing three games under .500 as the visitor.  The Dodgers won three out of four games from the Cardinals in Los Angeles earlier this season, outscoring the Cards 17-4 in that series, shutting them out in two games.  The Cardinals offense was at times anemic this season, finishing last in the NL in home runs (105), second to last in stolen bases (57), and tenth in runs scored (619).  The 619 runs the Cardinals scored are the lowest of any playoff team and 99 less than the Dodgers scored.   If the Cardinals want to advance past the NLDS, they are going to have to find a way to generate some offense against a pitching staff that features Cy Young award winners Clayton Kershaw and Zack Greinke.

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