Reel Spoilers Episode 38: ‘Noah’ Starring Russell Crowe, Jennifer Connelly, Anthony Hopkins
Apr 2014 01

Noah Poster IMAXIt’s Reel Spoilers #38 in which we learn that Noah is Aramaic for “bat-shit crazy”. Darren Aronofsky gives us a head-scratcher of, well…biblical proportions. And Tom rains down on upon us a plague of Bible and flood “jokes”. (See, there were two in that sentence alone.)

All that plus Dan is this week’s contestant on Blind Man’s Synopsis – our new game in which someone who hasn’t seen the movie de jour is forced to recap the film. And, given that this is one of the most famous stories of all time, you’d think Dan would have an easy time of it. But don’t be too sure. This is Darren Aronofsky’s version of Noah that we’re talking about.

It’s Reel Spoilers #38: Noah.

You’ve been warned.

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WWE Monday Night Raw Review / Wrestlemania XXX Preview (3/31)
Apr 2014 01

With WrestleMania 30 less than a week away, it’s time to look at the state of the WWE heading into the SuperBowl of wrestling.

Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Winner of the Daniel Bryan-Triple H Match.

Randy Orton vs. Batista vs. Winner of the Daniel Bryan-Triple H Match.

If Monday night’s Raw was any indication, WWE has done a fine job hyping 3 of the 8 scheduled matches. Unfortunately, that leaves 5 that may bore viewers.

The biggest disappointment this Mania season has to be the Undertake and Brock Lesnar feud. Quite frankly, it’s boring. Lesnar has no momentum behind him, and the Undertake looks old and brittle. To think that 2 or 3 years ago, this match could have been a hot ticket, is a shame. There isn’t anyone on the planet who thinks Lesnar will beat Taker. Why should they? Lesnar hasn’t shown himself as a legit threat to the streak. The only way he could get anything over on the Dead Man was by a sneak attack. I’m holding out hope that this is a brutal and physical match, but I will not be surprised if it’s a stinker.

Does anyone really care about the 30-man Battle Royal? It seems like it’s just filler to get guys into WrestleMania and earn a pay day. Stale characters like Big E and Alberto Del Rio can try as hard as they want to put on a solid match on Raw, but nothing matters unless their characters change. I look for a few surprises in the Battle Royal, but it will ultimately be a snooze-fest.

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Review: ‘Titanfall’ for Xbox One and PC
Mar 2014 30

TF_Fracture_Battle_0How do you effectively challenge the status quo in first person shooters? In a world full of “the next big thing,” it’s become increasingly hard to stand out. You have your next big Call of Duty, your next huge Battlefield, but what changes from game to game? Nothing, really. These games to stick to formulas and design choices that were hashed out years ago. And every once in a while, when the moons line up perfectly and a group of talented developers get together, you get something amazing. Something different. Or just different enough to make a stance in the mediocracy that has become the FPS genre.

Enter Titanfall.

Titanfall was born under weird circumstances. I like to imagine the developer, Respawn Entertainment, casted away resumes and applications to join the team in the same fashion the Spartans tossed babies off cliffs. Yeah. Anyway, the history and the birth of Respawn is just about as dramatic as it gets in the game development world.

TF_Lagoon_Pilot_Titan_0Almost the entirety of the Respawn team consists of ex-Call of Duty developers, Infinity Ward. Cast away after a dirty, long legal battle with Activision regarding the pay of some of its key members. So rather than being a victim of corporate shills, the founders—the people who made the original of Call of Duty, who found out how to print money—decided to do the most American thing they could do. They left. And when went to another huge corporation. But this one allowed them some creative freedom. That freedom spawned Titanfall. Are you happy now, Activision?!

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Hundreds Turn Out in Chesterfield to Support Missouri Tigers’ Michael Sam
Mar 2014 27
MU Tigers' Michael Sam.

MU Tigers’ Michael Sam.

Hundreds of fans and a dozen members of the media descended on Chesterfield Mall Saturday afternoon to attend the first public autograph appearance of former Mizzou standout, defensive end Michael Sam.

Sam made national headlines on February 9th when he publicly announced he was gay, likely making him the first openly gay NFL player after this May’s draft.  Since Sam made his announcement, he has received an outpouring of support.  In a 24-hour period, he saw the number of twitter followers he had go from 14 to over 50 thousand (to date he is nearing 100 thousand followers).  This perspective was shared on Saturday as many fans stated they were proud of Sam.  One woman commented, “I don’t really follow football, but I wanted to be here to support him.”  The spectators, reporters, and security will likely follow Sam through the foreseeable future.  It however, did not seem to faze him on Saturday as he took time to shake hands and take pictures with fans throughout the autograph session and simply stated, “It is what it is.”

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Legendary Comedian Bobcat Goldthwait Plays Funny Bone in Valley Park (April 3-5)
Mar 2014 27

Bobcat Goldthwait ComedianBobcat Goldthwait will be appearing at the new Funny Bone comedy club in Valley Park on April 3-5. Goldthwait is known for his outlandish voice and his stand-up comedy from the 80s and 90s.

The comic made his film debut in Police Academy 2 in 1985. After reviving the character in two sequels, Goldthwait went on to appear in television show Unhappily Ever After, as well as his legendary appearance in 1994 on The Tonight Show, where he set fire to the couch on Jay Leno’s set. Goldthwait was appearing to promote his directorial debut “Shakes the Clown,” the story of a drunken clown who is framed for murder.

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