On Deck: The Cardinals So Far
Apr 2015 27

Oh, hey there! Been a while, eh? Yeah, I still write for ReviewStl. You’re stuck with me for a while longer, I suppose. Don’t worry, I’ll be trying to write a little bit more than the zero I’ve done recently.

But you don’t want to listen to my ramblings, eh? Me neither. You want to discuss the Cardinals, and rightfully so.

What’s Gone Right with the Cardinals so far

Matt Carpenter

I don’t think there’s any doubt remaining that Marp’s taken the reins as the best position player on the team this year. In this still-nascent season, Carpenter’s leading the team in average (.366 before tonight’s game), slugging (.634 thanks to a league-leading 10 doubles), home runs (3), and RBI (11).

Is it sustainable? Unlikely. Carpenter’s batting average on balls in play (BABIP) is 50 percentage points higher (.390) than his career average, and that’s likely to regress a bit. It doesn’t mean he won’t be more successful than he was last season. He’s taken a bit more of an aggressive approach at the plate (4.03 pitches per plate appearance this season, compared to 4.37 last year). He’s cut down on his walks, but he’s also cut down on his strikeout rate, and his isolated slugging (slugging percentage minus batting average) is so far a career-high .268. It’s still very early in the season, but there’s no reason to believe he can’t get a third consecutive All-Star nod.

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91: ‘Unfriended’ starring Shelly Hennig, Moses Jacob Storm, Renee Olstead
Apr 2015 21

Blumhouse is back.

Unfriended PosterThe studio famous for reaping huge returns with micro-budgeted films gives us Unfriended. Now Facebook is haunted. The entire movie takes place on a laptop. Yeah, really. Found-footage? No thanks, grandpa. That might have scared your parents but it’s not enough for the kids these days. On the upside, maybe now teenagers will be as afraid of social media as their parents are of them being on social media. It’s an interesting gimmick but does it work? Join us and find out.

All this plus a Video Recovery from Dan and a new nickname for Creepy Joe. So listen or we’ll cyberbully you.

It’s Reel Spoilers #91 – Unfriended.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Blake Fehl Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 35min

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Juan’s Rant: Why Chris, Why? A Case for Medical Marijuana
Apr 2015 20

As long as I’ve been alive, I’ve associated with the Democratic Party. My grandfather is a staunch Democrat. My family drove American Cars and worked for a living, like the majority of people I know. As I grew older, I started to do what any good journalist does: question the purpose of what I believe in.

I started to look at the views of the Republican and even Tea Party. It’s not that I was bored with the Democratic Party; I felt that as a journalist and scholar, I owed it to myself.

As a former educator, the only issue I had with Chris Christie was his stance on public education. He is deathly against it. Other than that, I like the guy. He knows his stuff, he seems like he is approachable – and he is from Jersey (AKA the home of the Sopranos). Maybe we need some mafia in Washington.

Medical Marijuana LogoWell, while my stance on public vs. private education has softened, my stance on marijuana use has not. I’m not saying I’m a stoner; I’m far from it. But I’ve done my research. As someone who deals with pain on a daily basis due to spine issues, I’m willing to try anything. I currently take an Oxycodone or two a night. I was on Hydrocodone, which is extremely addictive. If my prescription ran out and I couldn’t get a refill – watch out. It was like watching an addict withdraw. So, one night I decided to try a joint. The results were magnificent.

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‏AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON Opens May 1! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!
Apr 2015 20

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© 2015 MARVEL

© 2015 MARVEL

Marvel Studios presents Avengers: Age of Ultron, the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to the Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk. Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury and Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series The Avengers, first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron on May 1, 2015.

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90: ‘The Longest Ride’ starring Britt Robertson, Scott Eastwood, Alan Alda
Apr 2015 20

Longest RideAnd now a little something for the ladies…it’s the new Nicholas Sparks movie: The Longest Ride.

There are cowboys, bull riding, sorority girls and (of course) star crossed lovers. Will these two crazy kids from different sides of the tracks ever be able to make things work? Can a kindly elderly gentleman teach them the true meaning of love? And can audiences really be expected to choke down the second-stupidest plot twist ever seen in a Nicholas Sparks movie?

All this and more will be revealed.

It’s Reel Spoilers #90 – The Longest Ride

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 35min

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