97: ‘Love & Mercy’ Starring John Cusack and Paul Dano as Brian Wilson
Jun 2015 10

Love and Mercy PosterThis week we welcome Randy Raley, the owner and proprietor of Planet Radio.

If you grew up in St. Louis you probably know him from his tenure at KSHE-95 or Kansas City folks might remember him from his time with KY 102. Either way he’s spent the better part of 40-years playing rock records (longer if you count the time he spent his bedroom as a child). And since this week’s movie is the Brian Wilson biopic Love & Mercy we figured who better to discuss The Beach Boys and their place in the rock pantheon.

So join us for a tangent filled discussion about some of the best music ever written and its impact.

It’s Reel Spoilers #97 – Love & Mercy

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Randy Raley, Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 50min

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Jun 2015 05

Justin_Lawrence_RFA The American Kid will return home to the St. Louis area.
Pacific’s Justin Lawrence will be returning to St. Louis Friday, June 19 as part of the Bellator 138 card that will take place at the Scottrade Center at 8 p.m.
Lawrence’s fight against Sean Wilson will be the main fight on the preliminary card.
Lawrence has not fought in the area in nearly five years.
“It’s been since 2010 when I fought under the Strikeforce promotion when I was 20 years old,” Lawrence said. “It’s a good feeling to come back home and give a lot of my fans a great fight, and have the opportunity to go out there and showcase my skills. Doing what I love in front of my hometown is awesome. I can’t wait.”
Lawrence’s family will also be in attendance.

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Theatre Lab’s THE PILLOWMAN Is Dark, Chilling in the Most Beautiful Way
Jun 2015 02

Theatre Lab Stlouis Pillowman PosterWatching a huge production of a play or musical can be great. But there is something magical that happens when you enter an intimate venue like The Gaslight Theatre in the Central West End. Inside there are only ninety-nine seats, meaning the worst seat in the house is only a few rows away from the stage. You don’t have to worry about seeing or hearing the actors, and there is nothing to detract from the art which is being created before your eyes. Which is a good thing, because you wouldn’t want to miss a second of this beautifully dark and chilling story.

The Pillowman was written by Martin McDonagh, and debuted in 2003 at the Cottesloe Theatre in London, England. It earned the honor of receiving the 2004 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play, two Tonys, and both New York Drama Critics’ Circle and Drama Desk Awards. The play revolves around a short story writer named Katurian (Jason C. Klefisch), living in a totalitarian state, who is detained for questioning about recent child murders which bear a striking similarity to his stories. He eventually finds out that his brother Michal (Nick Kelly) is also being held, as their lives are placed in the hands of detectives Tupolski (Eric Dean White) and Ariel (Darian Michael Garey). The question is, are the two brothers being held unfairly, or is their something to the hard-nosed detectives’ antics?

The Pillowman Theatre Lab St Louis Katurian and MichalThere are only four characters in the entire play, but don’t let that scare you away. That is twice as many as appeared in Theatre Lab’s first ambitious project, The Sunset Limited. And what incredible actors were chosen for the roles. Jason Klefisch is fantastic as Katurian, who you aren’t quite sure what to think of at first. His stories are dark and twisted, yet the audience isn’t so quick to pin any guilt on him. The actor gives it his all as he turns in a gut-wrenching performance, running the gamut of emotions. Alongside him is Nick Kelley as his brother Michal for much of the show. Kelley is faced with not only performing some heavy material, but also portraying a character who has special needs. He does an excellent job with the balancing act, making his character’s actions never less than believable. He is also tasked with bringing levity to the show, while never coming across derogatorily or insensitively.

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NATIONAL LAMPOON’S VACATION On the Big Screen at B&B Wildwood 10 – One Night Only!
Jun 2015 02

Enter for your chance to receive a pass for two to the one night engagement!

image003The first film in the Vacation comedy franchise stars Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold, an ad exec who becomes consumed with taking his family cross-country to Wally World, a California amusement park. Less a vacation than a descent into a peculiarly American kind of hell, the Griswolds suffer through an endless series of catastrophes, culminating in a run-in with the law.

Buy tickets here.

Cast: Chevy Chase, Beverly D’Angelo, Imogene Coca
Director: Harold Ramis

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96: ‘San Andreas’ Starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, Carla Gugino, Alexandra Daddario
Jun 2015 02

San Andreas PosterIt’s Tangent-palooza this week as we tackle (eventually) San Andreas. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson wages a one-man war against earthquakes…or something like that. Also, Paul Giamatti apparently showed up on set one day and filmed an entirely different movie.

All this plus a Video Recovery from Dan.

It’s Reel Spoilers #96 – San Andreas.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney
Run-time: 1hr 36min

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