The start of October, all the yearly telltale signs that fall has begun are everywhere: the days are shorter and nights cooler, the high school down the street is having their homecoming bonfire, and the St. Louis Cardinals are preparing for the playoffs. Well, the later may not happen every year, but as the Cards prepare to enter their 12th season in the playoffs in the 2000s, it has come to be an autumn expectation in St. Louis. At nearly 40 games over .500 the 2015 iteration of the Cardinals boasts baseball’s best record and are the top seed in the National League. The Cardinals hit the 100 win mark for the ninth time in team history and the first since 2005, drawing more than 3.5 million fans for the fourth time.
Early season ending injuries to ace pitcher Adam Wainwright, and first-baseman Matt Adams coupled with significant injuries to veteran outfielders Matt Holliday and Jon Jay meant that four of the Cardinals nine opening day starters would miss considerable playing time during the season. This should be enough to doom most teams. Instead, the Cardinals have put together one of the best seasons in recent memory. The team played over .500 baseball every month of the season (with October still pending), and even their worst month, September, saw them winning games at a .536 clip. Their 19-6 start was the best by a St. Louis franchise since 1899, one year before the team even adopted the “Cardinals” as their name. (They were known as the St. Louis Perfectos in 1899.) In their 74th game, the Cards racked up their 50th win, making them only the 18th team since 1965 to win 50 games before losing 25.
I’d like to say that I was surprised by just how amazing New Line Theatre‘s opening show of their 25th season was. But I can’t. Because honestly, at this point, what else did I expect? Is it a surprise when show after show, year after year, Scott Miller finds another musical that failed on or off Broadway, and breaths the breath of life back into it – reviving it from it’s eternal slumber and makes it into the wonderful piece of art it was always destined to be? The answer is no; It should come as no surprise. Heathers, based on the 1988 film starring Winona Ryder and Christian Slater, is another inconspicuous movie destined to become a musical.
If you’ve seen the movie, you’ll notice that the story stays fairly true to its source material. However the musical does offer more insight into just how Veronica (Anna Skidis) infiltrated the infamous “Heathers,” the popular group of well-to-do princesses after which the title is named. There’s Heather Chandler (Sicily Mathenia), the alpha of the group, Heather McNamara (Larissa White) and Heather Duke (Cameisha Cotton).Veronica abandons everything she knows about being an outcast, becoming one of the “cool kids” at the expense of losing friends like Martha Dunstock (Grace Seidel) – referred to by the Heathers as “Martha Dumptruck.” It was just another day at Westerburg High School until JD (Evan Fornachon) showed up, eventually beating the crap out of a couple of jocks who give him trouble: Kurt Kelly (Clayton Humburg) and Ram Sweeney (Omega Jones). An unexpected romance blossoms between Veronica and JD after a falling out with the Heathers at a party, as the two of them impart their own brand of justice to combat the evils of high school villainy.
The Martian took the box office by storm and we talk about how it made its way to the big screen. We also touch on The Walk, Harris’ involvement with Mississippi Grind, and the fact that Joe Pesci has a music career.
It’s Reel Spoilers #123 – The Martian Box Office Report.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Joe Buttice, Paul Harris
In fact, the best thing I can say about the film is that I loved the trailer for Creed.
Roth claims this film is his ode to “Cannibal Holocaust,” a 1980 horror film which is considered a classic for it’s snuff film-like feel.
Maybe Roth is to blame or maybe it’s the MPAA, but for as much that was made of TGI’s gore and violence, I felt a bit shortchanged.
Viewers are treated to a dismemberment of one of the hippies, as well as a skinning, but other than that, it was rather tame.
Brothers Mike & Steve Reardon have been to Everest. “Been to Everest” might be a bit of an understatement. They were making their way up the mountain when a 7.8 magnitude earthquake hit Nepal. And it doesn’t take a rocket surgeon to know that Earthquake + Mountain = Avalanche. All told, over 9,000 people died and more than 23,000 were injured. Twenty-two people died on the mountain that day making it the deadliest day in the history of a deadly mountain.
And, as if they haven’t suffered enough, they’re now being subjected to our podcast. So you’ll get their story plus their take on the movie. And we’ll also give you our take too…for whatever that’s worth.
It’s an action-packed Reel Spoilers #122 – Everest.
You’ve been warned.
Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Joe Buttice, Dan Graney, Colin Jeffery
Run-time: 1hr 31min