Movie Review: ‘Grudge Match’ Starring Robert De Niro, Sylvester Stallone, Kim Basinger, Alan Arkin
Dec 2013 24

Grudge Match PosterGoing into the film Grudge Match, my expectations weren’t very high. The latest offering from director Peter Segal not only exceeded my expectations, it knocked them out of the ring.

Sylvester Stallone and Robert DeNiro star, along with Kim Bassinger, funny man Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin in this boxing comedy-drama.

The premise of the film revolves around Henry ‘Razor’ Sharp(Stallone), a retired boxer and Billy ‘The Kid’ McDonnen(DeNiro), also retired, and their ongoing 30 year feud. The two faced off in two high profile bouts three decades earlier, only to have Sharp retire right before their third and big money rematch to settle the score. In the film, both retired fighters, now in their 60s have fallen on hard times. Sharp works at a steel plant, but is laid off, while McDonnen, running a car dealership, spends most of his time drinking and reliving old glory days. The pair are reunited by promoter Dante Slate, Jr.(Hart), after they are scheduled to appear in an Xbox boxing game. The two engage in a humorous fight on the set of the video game, which is secretly filmed on a cell phone. The fight goes viral, starting a push for the fight between the two washed up fighters.

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Reel Spoilers Episode 26: ‘American Hustle’ Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
Dec 2013 24

American Hustle PosterThis week on Reel Spoilers we’re down to three people. Damn, you holidays. But we forge on and tackle American Hustle. It’s an all-star cast featuring Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper, Amy Adams, Jennifer Lawrence and a whole bunch of people whose names I don’t feel like typing. But they’re really important and all “actory” in a famous sort of way. You’ll be suitably impressed by their appearances in this film.

Kevin also has a box office report and Tom fills in for Dan on the Video Recovery.

It’s Reel Spoilers #26 – American Hustle.

You’ve been warned.

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Movie Review: ‘American Hustle’ Starring Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence
Dec 2013 20

American Hustle PosterDirector David O. Russel is certainly on a winning streak after The Fighter (2010) and Silver Linings Playbook (2012). Then again, looking back on his career, he’s never really made a bad film. Three Kings (1999) was met with almost unanimous praise from critics, and I Heart Huckabees (2004) is one of my favorite comedies of the 2000s. So it is no surprise that American Hustle, packed to the brim with talent, is one of the year’s best films.

Irving Rosenfeld (Christian Bale) is a con-man who has grown up learning how to hustle his way through life. He may be balding, and a bit overweight, but his confidence attracts the beautiful Sydney Prosser (Amy Adams), who eventually decides to become a part of his con-man empire. While the two of them take New York by the purse strings, Irving’s wife Rosalyn (Jennifer Lawrence) is at home with their son and a bottle of wine always near-by. The two are on top of the world until FBI agent Richie DiMaso (Bradley Cooper) crashes their party, and they are forced to work with him to avoid jail-time. Yet what starts off as a simple task turns into a much bigger con than any of them expect.

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Reel Spoilers Episode 25: ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug’ Starring Martin Freeman, Richard Armitage, Benedict Cumberbatch
Dec 2013 16

Hobbit Movie PosterAfter a week off Reel Spoilers is back and more spoilery than ever.

This week it’s all about The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug. Here’s a little Tolkien trivia for you. Did you know that Wikipedia describes Smaug as a “fictional dragon”? This can only mean that dragons are real! Holy shit! It must be true if it’s on Wikipedia.

How are we just now finding this out? I’ve spent my whole life wearing seatbelts and condoms… and why? Why would I do that when a dragon could just appear out of nowhere and “desolate” me? My entire life has been a lie. I’m canceling my 401K and cashing out my kids’ college fund. There are DRAGONS!!!1!!1!

Oh, and we also have a box office report and a video recovery. But chances are a dragon will have killed you before we get that far.

It’s Reel Spoilers #25 – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug.

You’ve been warned… about dragons!

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Game of Thrones and Borderlands Games Announced by Telltale Games
Dec 2013 15

Telltale took the VGX by surprise last week by announcing multiple projects.

Tales From The Borderlands ScreenshotTelltale will be working with Gearbox Software to produce an adventure game based in the Borderlands universe titled, Tales from the Borderlands. The partnership with Gearbox will see a story set within Borderlands’ lush, violent and fun world. We’ll also see the return of Handsome Jack, it seems. Which is good, because he’s easily one of the most entertaining characters the series has offered.

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