Review: WWE Monday Night Raw (1/20)
Jan 2014 22

Damn, this was a real letdown for wrestling fans.

I waited all day for Monday Night Raw. I can’t remember the time I was so excited to see an episode of WWE wrestling. There were so many angles that had the potential to make Monday’s episode a great show, but ultimately, I would compare Raw to that hot girl you have been talking to on the Internet, only to find out she’s a 50 year old, 400 lb. monster with a mustache. For a Raw that was leading into one of the biggest WWE pay per views of the year, Monday’s episode just didn’t deliver. To say it was a letdown would be an understatement. Re-match after re-match, Monday Night Raw was like one giant repeat.

Orton WWE Champ RawThe episode started out with a continuation of the Cena/Orton storyline, which went nowhere. Triple H and Stephanie came out and told Orton that they believe in him as long as he can get his shit together. Fast forward to the end of the episode and we see Orton running away from Cena, as he is picked up in front of the arena by a mysterious SUV. How are we supposed to feel any more invested in this match that is the main event of the pay per view? The WWE has really dropped the ball with this one. I could honestly care less if the belt is on Orton or Cena, they are both about as exciting as an enema right now.  Yes, Batista returned during this segment, but it was pointless. If you haven’t seen it yet, fast forward to later in the episode to see The Animal.

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29: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Starring Chris Pine, Kevin Costner, Kenneth Branagh
Jan 2014 22

jack-ryan-shadow-recruitThis week on the show it’s Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit. Tom Clancy’s marquee character returns to the big screen and puts the “meh” in “meh-diocre”.

What is there to say about a movie whose villain’s “iconic” moment involves threatening someone with a light bulb? As it turns out…not much.

So join us for a meandering conversation of tangents and back alleys as we slowly discover that we can muster neither love nor hate the cinematic equivalent of a frozen pizza.

It’s Reel Spoilers #29 – Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit.

You’ve been warned.

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Movie Review: ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ Starring Chris Pine, Kiera Knightely, and Kevin Costner
Jan 2014 17

jack-ryan-shadow-recruitAhh, January we meet again.  Most savvy filmgoers will know that January is a month of award season holdouts and a studio wasteland. Studios tend to release projects they have little to no faith in during the January slaughter, in hopes that they will gain traction with an audience ready to move on from the holiday season.  Usually there will be one breakout of the month, but usually along the lines of Paul Blart: Mall Cop or Kangaroo Jack. With standouts like these, you can imagine that quality is a limited source throughout January. Coming off the high of the best films of the year, critics are deemed with the task of enduring the few new films that are released throughout the month. So dim is the prospect of quality, that a by-the-numbers action flick can seem like a great lead-in to a new film series.

Many are familiar with Jack Ryan, either by reading Tom Clancy’s books featuring the characters or in films like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, and The Sum of All Fears. This film isn’t a continuation of any of the previous films, rather an attempt to restart the franchise. This time actor Chris Pine steps into the role of Jack Ryan, shoes previously filled by Alec Baldwin, Harrison Ford, and Ben Affleck.  Ryan’s story might not have the same exact background as his predecessors, but it is close. Ryan is still an economics student who joins the military only to be pushed out of action by a helicopter crash. Many other details are the same, while others are changed in an effort to modernize the character beyond the original Cold War beginnings.

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ReviewSTL Podcast Episode 10: Best and Worst Films of 2013
Jan 2014 15

Gravity Movie PosterIn honor of Blake returning to the land of the living, we toss back some drinks and listen to the story of his journey through Hades and back…

Just kidding.

This week, we tackled what we considered our favorite films of the past year. 2013 had no shortage of quality films, and we were all able to find one or two in particular that were pleasing to our palates. Matt tackled outer space and the superlative Alfonso Cuaron work Gravity, while Joe stuck to his comic book origins and talked about Man of Steel. Blake discusses Her, as well some of his favorite comedies: The Spectacular Now and Enough Said.

American Hustle PosterSteve brought up a couple of personal favorites, the baseball narrative 42 and Captain Phillips, while Kevin discussed a slew of films, including American Hustle, 12 Years a Slave, and The Wolf of Wall Street.

We even talk about some of our least favorite films of 2013, like the atrocious Getaway.

So kick back, listen to our sexy voices for an hour, and welcome Blake back.

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Review: WWE Monday Night Raw (1/13)
Jan 2014 15

BryanThis week’s edition of Monday Night Raw continued to build upon the upcoming Royal Rumble pay per view. The main storyline to get a lot of attention was the Daniel Bryan/Bray Wyatt story. While it appeared that Bryan had gone to the dark side and joined the buzzards, apparently things changed on Raw. After opening the show against the Uso’s, Bryan and the Wyatt clan were upset after losing the opening match. This led to Bray hitting Bryan with a Sister Abigail in the middle of the ring. Rowan and Harper then drug Bryan into the back. It was announced that the pair of Bryan and Wyatt would get a shot at the Uso’s in the main event, which would be inside a steel cage.

Personally, I feel the point of having a steel cage is ridiculous in today’s WWE. Fans know that WWE has a no blood policy, so what is the point of a steel cage? That’s just my opinion though; I will reserve my rant for another time.

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