141: ‘Krampus’ Box Office Report (12/4 – 12/6)
Dec 2015 09

141 krampus box officeThis week we discuss the unique user names on iTunes, offer sound legal advice on assault, and talk about Phil Collins’ Live Aid accomplishment.

Plus we get around to discussing the box office numbers.

It’s Reel Spoilers 141: ‘Krampus’ Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney Joe Buttice
Run-time: 49min

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140: ‘Creed’ Starring Sylvester Stallone, Michael B. Jordan, Tessa Thompson
Dec 2015 05

Creed-poster-Michael-B.-JordanTom and Dan have plenty to say this week since our movie is a sequel to a film that came out 40-years ago. It’s Rocky VII aka Creed. Stallone is back in the role that made him a star but he’s playing second fiddle to Michael B. Jordan.

All that plus Joe finally learns what Grindr is for, who took the picture at the end of Rocky III, and we talk about how much behind-the-scenes crossover between the Rocky and Karate Kid franchises.

It’s Reel Spoilers #140 – ‘Creed.’

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney Joe Buttice
Run-time: 54min

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139: ‘Creed’ Box Office Report (11/25 – 11/29)
Dec 2015 02

139 creedHunger Games repeats at the box office but that doesn’t mean there weren’t other winners.

Tom regales us with the history of ‘80s era nighttime soap operas, Joe lectures us about the importance of Halloween 3, and Librarian Cynthia is either Captain America or a shill for Pfizer.

In short… it was pandemonium.

It’s Reel Spoilers 139: ‘Creed’ Box Office Report.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney Joe Buttice
Run-time: 54min

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138: ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2’ Starring Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Donald Sutherland
Nov 2015 30

mockingjay part 2 posterHunger Games comes to a close, and we’re there to walk you through it.

It’s a busy week as Tom invents three new Hunger Games related products, we discuss the incredible effectiveness of hoods, and ponder why nobody is talking about what seems to be an incredibly controversial (not to mention topical) ending for this franchise.

It’s Reel Spoilers 138 – ‘The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2.’

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Kevin Brackett, Dan Graney Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 19min

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Movie Review: ‘Creed’ Starring Michael B. Jordan, Sylvester Stallone
Nov 2015 25

Creed Movie PosterIt’s been a long time since Sylvester Stallone has delivered a knockout performance, but in the new installment to the Rocky franchise, Creed, Stallone shows he deserves to be in the same ring with many of this years top supporting actor candidates.

While Stallone is great, make no mistake, Creed is all about Michael B. Jordan’s character, Adonis Creed.

From the opening scene, where a young Adonis is seen fighting in a juvenile detention center to the closing scene of the film, Jordan shows he has enough punch to carry the Rocky franchise in a whole new direction.

Ryan Coogler, director of the haunting Fruitvale Station, in which movie girls were introduced to Jordan, as he gave another rousing performance, is at the top of his game. Coogler’s film doesn’t seem like a 2 hour-plus film, as it’s action-packed and an emotional rollercoaster.

After learning he is the son of the former champion, Apollo Creed, Adonis, or Donny as refers to himself through much of the movie, moves to Philadelphia to ask Rocky to train him.

Adonis finds Rocky still operating his restaurant, Adriane’s and all alone. Rocky’s friend, Pauly has since passed and Balboa’s son has moved away to Vancouver.

After being hesitant to train his best friend’s son, Rocky ultimately agrees to take Creed in.

The two have many funny and heartfelt moments in the movie.

Creed not only needs Balboa to train him, so that he doesn’t embarrass his father’s legacy, but Balboa later needs Creed to push him to fight the toughest opponent he has ever faced in any of the films.

Coogler not only hits every punch on the emotional wheel, but the fight scenes are brilliantly filmed. A couple of the fight scenes seemed to pay homage to Raging Bull, arguably the greatest boxing movie ever made.

Jordan seemed to immerse himself into the role of Adonis Creed, looking very similar to the Apollo character that Rocky fans grew to love in the first four films.

While I was a fan of the last Rocky film, Rocky Balboa, I admit it seemed unnecessary at times. Creed never felt that way, as it breathes new life into the franchise and will definitely create a new generation of fans.

Creed gets an A.

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