America’s love affair with archery continues as Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 takes over theaters. Or is it America’s love affair with dystopian futures? Or it could be that America just loves a good ol’ fashion cash grab as Hollywood once again opts to adapt the weakest book in a series into multiple films. Either way that’s what we’re spoiling.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 11min
After a Missouri high school loses three students to suicide in seven weeks, a father and son walk 200 miles across the state to find an answer to Missouri’s rural suicide epidemic. Both men suffer from bipolar disorder, sharing their struggles with strangers and each other for the first time.
We’re about halfway through the St. Louis International Film Festival and last night gave us a bit of a home town story. It featured the World Premiere of a new documentary called Walking Man. Mark Norwine stars as the central focus of a new documentary from local filmmakers Joshua Salzberg and Eric Norwine (son of Mark). Brought about by a string of local suicides at St Clair High School, Walking Man follows Mark as he walks the Katy Trail from Kansas City to St. Louis in order to raise awareness of the effects of the stigmas of mental health, suicide and bullying. Not only does it achieve that goal, but it does so in a refreshing way that treats its audience with respect.
We’re joined in the War Room this week by JC Corcoran.
The legendary St. Louis radio personality stops by to give us his take on Jon Stewart’s directorial debut Rosewater. And along the way we also learn that JC has perhaps and even greater love for tangents than the we do. We also kinda/sorta talk about Dumb & Dumber To.
It’s Reel Spoilers #69: Rosewater/Dumber and Dumber To.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, JC Corcoran
Run-time: 1hr 25min
Twenty years after one of the most ridiculous, yet humorous comedies I have ever seen, the Farrelly Brothers decided to resurrect Lloyd and Harry. I do not have much good to say about Dumb and Dumber To. It’s as bad as I expected, and maybe just a bit worse.
Before I go into why the film was so bad, let me say that I loved the first one. I really wanted this one to work as well – but it just doesn’t.
The Farrelly’s should be just about out of free movie-making passes. Seems like they have been riding the coat tail of There’s Something About Mary for 20 years now. What else have they done that was great? Sure, they have had some mild hits; Shallow Hal, Hall Pass, and Fever Pitch; to be fair, I really enjoyed the latter.
Dumb and Dumber was the duo’s first film way back in 1993. I was 12 years old then, and well, the the film was funny as hell. My friends and I knew all the lines. We would re-watch the film over and over, reciting the lines by heart. In other terms, for a 12-year old, it’s a classic.
Jim Batts from WeAreMovieGeeks.com joins us in the war room this week as dissect Interstellar. Christopher Nolan shoots Matthew McConaughey into space in this ambitious epic full of black holes, worm holes and, um… plot holes.
You also get your requisite box office report from Kevin, plus we tackle Big Hero 6. It’s an IMAX sized show this week.
It’s Reel Spoilers #68 – Interstellar and Big Hero 6.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Jim Batts, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 58min