Film Review: ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ Starring John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Oscar Isaac
Dec 2015 17

Star Wars is back.

Star Wars Force Awakens Poster LargeNot back like it was in 1999. But really, back. I remember the hype and anticipation surrounding a new Star Wars film being released for the first time since 1983. I was much younger than, and had a lot less film criticism under my belt. But I still knew something was amiss. Yes, there were fantastic pod races. And yes – that fight scene between Obi-Wan, Qui-Gon, and Darth Maul was simply fantastic (the first lightsaber scene that was truly exciting by modern standards). But those aforementioned moments have become the only reason worth putting the Phantom Menace Blu-ray into a player, and that is dependent on whether or not you can get past the thought of terrible writing, horrendous acting, and last but not least – Jar Jar Binks. The prequels, were quite honestly, pretty terrible. And the fact that Episode III: Revenge of the Sith was the best says a lot.

Fast forward to 2015. A decade has passed since any disappointment we may have had with a Star Wars film in theater. And our beautiful, coveted baby has new parents. While we will always appreciate George as dad, Disney is the new kick-ass step parent that let’s us really have fun with our toys. And we get to play without getting all our homework done on the taxation of trade routes and treaty negotiations. This isn’t your father’s Star Wars. This is your grandfather’s Star Wars. And I mean it in the best possible way. Thank you J.J. (who will be able to sleep at night, knowing that he will never be referred to as “Jar Jar” Abrams).

The Force Awakens takes place 30 years after the events of Return of the Jedi. This makes it extremely easy to explain our returning characters aging 30 years, without stumbling over clumsy CG or prosthetics. Their names may have changed, but the good guys and the bad guys have pretty much stayed the same. The First Order has risen from the ashes of the Galactic Empire, and The Resistance is still fighting the good fight that the Rebel Alliance took up decades earlier.

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‘Wicked’ Defies Gravity and Shatters Expectations at the Fabulous Fox Theatre
Dec 2015 17

Wicked plays the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis from December 9 – January 3! Performances are Mon.-Fri. at 7:30pm, Sat. at 2pm & 7:30pm, Sun. at 1pm & 6:30pm, Thur. Dec.10, Dec. 24 & Dec. 31 at 1pm, and Wed. Dec 30 at 1pmTickets are $40 to $200, and the running time is 2 hours and 45 minutes with 1 intermission. Purchase tickets at Metrotix, or visit the Fabulous Fox website for more details.


Wicked is the untold story of the witches of Oz, based on the best-selling novel by Gregory Maguire. It is here we learn how they became known as “The Wicked Witch of the West” and “Glinda the Good,” back when the two shared an unlikely friendship at Shiz University. The show has won over 100 awards worldwide, including the Grammy® for Best Musical Show Album (Original Broadway Cast Recording) and three Tony® Awards: Best Actress in a Musical (Idina Menzel), Best Costume Design (Susan Hilferty) and Best Scenic Design (Eugene Lee).

wicked fox theatre st louisSequels and prequels are always a touchy subject. Especially when they are based off of a timeless classic, like The Wizard of Oz (1939). There is so much pressure to get things right, as fans of the original property are counting on you to leave their coveted work of art unscathed. That goes double when your show is based off of a best-selling novel that pays homage to your beloved property. It’s a risky endeavor, but when done right it really pays off. And Wicked is an example of when it pays off big time.

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143: SANTA CLAUS THE MOVIE w/ MST3K’s Frank Conniff & Trace Beaulieu
Dec 2015 15

143 santa claus the movie mst3k posterOn this very special “Reel Spoilers Rewind,” we take on the Dudley Moore dud “Santa Claus the Movie.”

Luckily we’re not alone! We enlisted the help of the kings of riffing: Mystery Science Theater 3000’s own Frank Conniff and Trace Beaulieu.

It’s Reel Spoilers 143: ‘Santa Claus the Movie.’

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 12min

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RIP Scott Weiland, Lead Singer of Stone Temple Pilots Dead at 48
Dec 2015 11

Scott Weiland Stone Temple PilotsGrowing up as a child of the 90s, Stone Temple Pilots was one of the biggest bands of that time. Besides Pearl Jam, one would be hard-pressed to find a bigger musical act.

Frontman Scott Weiland was not only the lead singer of STP, he also fronted Velvet Revolver.

Like a lot of his fans, I feared the day would come where I would be reading about Weiland’s death, unfortunately, that day has come.

Weiland, 48, was found dead on his tour bus in Minnesota around 9 p.m. Thursday night. His current band, the WIldabouts, was scheduled to perform. The concert was canceled.

STP rose to fame in the early 90s with hits, “Creep,” “Big Empty,” “Interstate Love Song,” and “Interstate Love Song.”

The band won a Grammy in 1994 for the song “Plush.”

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142: ‘Krampus’ Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner
Dec 2015 11

Krampus PosterJoe sets a land speed record for Video Recovery ruination during our discussion of Krampus.

Tom gets all old-timey as he brings up M*A*S*H, AfterM*A*S*H and Bob Newhart, and we try to figure out just what exactly this movie wants to be. Which is more than the film bothered to do.

All this plus we learn what they call DHL delivery service in China. We just need “Mike in (not from) China” to confirm.

It’s Reel Spoilers 142: ‘Krampus’ Starring Adam Scott, Toni Collette, David Koechner.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 3min

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