56: ‘Frank Miller’s Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ Starring Jessica Alba, Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt,

sin city 2 posterAre you hesitant to listen to an episode of Reel Spoilers until you see the film? Then this is the episode for you since we barely talk about this week’s film. And judging by the paltry box office chances are you didn’t see Sin City: A Dame to Kill For. And honestly there isn’t much to say…it’s more of the same only in 3D. So instead we talk about our dreams of becoming so popular that we can sell out (Blake Fehl bobble-heads, anyone?) and which movies were so bad that we actually walked out. And sometimes we even talk about Sin City. We’re crazy like that.

Plus, Tom gives us a Video Recovery of a movie that is worth talking about.

It’s Reel Spoilers #56: Sin City – A Dame to Kill For (kinda sorta).

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 11min

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Movie Review: ‘The November Man’ Starring Pierce Brosnan

november man posterIf Tinker, Tailor, Solidier, Spy is croquembouche (the elaborate, ornate dessert), simultaneously being rich and decadent with its twisty, turny plots, and subtle and nuanced, with its labyrinthine undercurrents, then The November Man is a skittle.

There’s an approximation of what the spy/espionage genre entails, it’s just not actually there… which is why we have an agency handler saying things like, “I want eyes on him!” or a reporter uttering, “Let me get my dictaphone.”

Based on a series of books by Bill Granger, “The November Man” is a spy thriller/revenge flick in the vein of the Bourne series or Taken… but without the thrills. Or much of the spying. What we do have is not James Bond doing a lot of not James Bond stuff (unless James Bond liked to sit around and talk. Or walk and talk. Or just talk.)

Pierce Brosnan plays Peter Devereaux, a retired ex-CIA agent who left after a mission gone awry thanks, in no small part, to an impetuous trainee. As is often the case, Peter is pulled back in, and now, he’s facing off against his trainee… dun, dun, dunnnnnn.

The rest of the movie involves agency shenanigans, a boorish Russian presidential hopeful with a shady past, sex trafficking, a lady assassin/yoga enthusiast, drones that look like they were ordered from an outdated Brookstone catalog, and a complete lack of action set pieces.

Seriously, Marco Beltrami, composer of The November Man, has his work cut out for him as he adds notes of tension, terror, suspense or non-stop action to scenes such as: two guys in a cafe, two people walking around town, and a showdown at a scenic overlook that has as much action as a family of tourists all trying to get in the same snapshot before the timer on the camera goes off.

Brosnan is adept at adding a sense of style to any role – and he’s probably been eyeing some of that Liam Neeson work, as of late – so he does help bring a little substance to what amounts, as my buddy Tom called it, an airport novel of a movie.

With a sequel already in the works, The November Man may be a fine way to beat the heat, but you can pretty much check your head at the door.

The Long Box – Casting Call: “Batman: Under the Hood”

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With the recent rumors about the plot of Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice, I decided to take a look at one of my favorite Batman stories from the last 10 years.

The Bat-Franchise is one of Warner Brothers most lucrative properties.  The advantage of having Ben Affleck make his debut in a non solo Batman movie is that the character will be established in this film.  The door is wide open for a stand alone movie next. Why not start with a story about what happened to the second Robin, Jason Todd?

The current rumor is that there is a tattered Robin costume on display in the Batcave. The fanboys out there  know that Bruce kept the destroyed costume of Jason Todd (the 2nd Robin).  Jason was murdered by the Joker in the epic story line “Death in the Family”.

 

Here’s my idea on what creative team and cast could make this movie work.

The Concept:
In 2005, Judd Winick had the insane idea to bring the most hated Batman character back to life. Hey, it worked when Marvel brought Bucky back. Why wouldn’t it work for Jason Todd? Winick took his idea to the Powers That Be (Dan Didio) at DC, and they went ahead with the idea. Combined with the dirty and gritty art style of Doug Mahnke, these two men not only brought Jason Todd back from the dead, but they turned him into a bad ass vigilante.  The story would bring Batman’s greatest failure back from the dead. With appearances from Nightwing (Dick Grayson), The Amazo Android, The Black Mask, and the Joker, Winick crafts a tale that combines a mob movie, a detective story, and a blockbuster action flick all in one. DC even went so far as to make this story into one of their direct to video animated movies (Batman: Under the Red Hood).  It worked there, so why not the big screen?
Of course, there have to be some minor story changes. For one, you’re going to have to take out a lot of the henchmen/villains.  Mr. Freeze, Deathstroke, and a hodgepodge of C list characters make appearances when the Black Mask hires them to take out The Red Hood.  You can just change them to faceless mercenaries. Also, I would not open with a young Jason Todd being murdered by the Joker.  I think it was a mistake in Captain America: The Winter Soldier to expose the identity of the Winter Soldier in previews.  Sure, the comic fans will know, but keep it a secret until Bruce figures out who he is in the film itself.

55: ‘The Giver’ Starring Jeff Bridges, Meryl Streep, Brenton Thwaites

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This week we give it to the The Giver. (Wordplay!) “What’s The Giver?” you ask. Why, it’s the latest dystopian-future, kill-fest for kids. They’re releasing them monthly now. And, just in case that doesn’t sound dreary enough for you they filmed this one in black & white. Well, large chunks of it anyway.

All that plus Tom reveals his connection to Ferguson (it’s not that exciting) and Dan has a video recovery which is more exciting. Well, his recovery is even if the movie isn’t.

It’s Reel Spoilers #55: The Giver.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice
Run-time: 1hr 11min

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THE NOVEMBER MAN Opens August 27! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

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november man posterCode named “The November Man,” Peter Devereaux (Pierce Brosnan) is an extremely dangerous and highly trained ex-CIA agent who is lured out of quiet retirement on a very personal mission. He must protect valuable witness, Alice Fournier, (Olga Kurylenko) who could expose the truth behind a decades-old conspiracy. He soon discovers this assignment makes him a target of his former friend and CIA protégé David Mason (Luke Bracey). With growing suspicions of a mole in the agency, there is no one Devereaux can trust, no rules and no holds barred. With a screenplay by Michael Finch & Karl Gajdusek based on Bill Granger’s novel “There are No Spies” from the bestselling November Man book series, THE NOVEMBER MAN is the ultimate cat-and-mouse game set in the world of international espionage.

Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Luke Bracey, Olga Kurylenko, Eliza Taylor, Caterina Scorsone, Bill Smitrovich, Will Patton
Director: Roger Donaldson

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THE NOVEMBER MAN Opens August 27

The ReviewSTL Wrestling Podcast Ep. 2 – WWE “SummerSlam” 2014 Preview

wwe_summerslam_2014_poster_by_chirantha-d7sr036With the 2014 edition of SummerSlam happening this Sunday, it only seemed fitting that the ReviewStl Wrestling Podcast make it’s return!  

On this episode, I am joined by Jeremy and Jake.  We  break down this Sunday’s SummerSlam card and give our predictions.  We also talk about some of our favorite SummerSlam moments from the past.

Feel free to leave your thoughts or predictions on this Sunday’s show or talk about some of your favorite SummerSlam matches.

 

 

St. Louis Baconfest Returns

St. Louis Baconfest Returns

Written by Steve Kelley

Fun fact: you can’t spell “awesome” without “bacon.”

I lied. You can. I’m not very smart. Whatever.

The fact remains, though, that bacon is more popular than ever. Whether it’s as a part of your diet or as the subject matter of your wardrobe, bacon will forever be on our minds and in our hearts (mostly as bits of saturated fat).

 

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After last year’s premier of Baconfest, Team Bacon LLC is gearing up to present the Second Annual St. Louis Baconfest, set to take place this coming Saturday, August 13, at the Soldiers Memorial off 13th and Chestnut. Just as was the case last year, the centerpiece will be a world-record hog log.

Although wildly successful in terms of attendance and participation, creators Matt Willer and Matt Guillot acknowledge the execution was far from perfect, mostly due to the unexpected turnout. “All of our food vendors ran out of food after three or four hours. Unfortunately only a few of the vendors from last year were in a position where they could go back to their restaurants, reload, and come back to Baconfest to serve more food. As a result we only had two or three vendors remaining by the time 6:00pm rolled around,” Willer explains. Because of this shortage, they were forced to shut down hours before they had anticipated.

That won’t be happening this year, though, he says. In addition to the eleven restaurants who sold food last year, they added four more, for a total of fifteen restaurants serving bacon-themed dishes. The vendors will also be bringing more food than last year, too: at least three times the amount they had, according to Willer’s estimates.

54: Michael Bay’s ‘Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles’

Turtles Poster LargeIt’s Turtle Power & pizza this week as we drill down on the latest incarnation of Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. The age divide is noticeable on this one as Kevin and Joe have great affinity and nostalgia for the property whereas Reel Spoilers’ elder statesmen Tom and Dan had body hair and fulltime jobs when TMNT entered the pop culture consciousness.

It’s Reel Spoilers #54 – Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 18min



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THE EXPENDABLES 3 opens August 15! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

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Expendables 3 PosterIn THE EXPENDABLES 3, Barney (Stallone), Christmas (Statham) and the rest of the team come face-to-face with Conrad Stonebanks (Gibson), who years ago co-founded The Expendables with Barney. Stonebanks subsequently became a ruthless arms trader and someone who Barney was forced to kill… or so he thought. Stonebanks, who eluded death once before, now is making it his mission to end The Expendables—but Barney has other plans. Barney decides that he has to fight old blood with new blood, and brings in a new era of Expendables team members, recruiting individuals who are younger, faster and more tech-savvy. The latest mission becomes a clash of classic old-school style versus high-tech expertise in the Expendables’ most personal battle yet.

Cast: Sylvester Stallone, Jason Statham, Antonio Banderas, Jet Li, Wesley Snipes, Dolph Lundgren, Kelsey Grammer, Mel Gibson, Harrison Ford, Arnold Schwarzenegger
Director: Patrick Hughes

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THE EXPENDABLES 3 opens August 15!

CALVARY opens August 15! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

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Calvary PosterCalvary’s Father James (Brendan Gleeson) is a good priest who is faced with sinister and troubling circumstances brought about by a mysterious member of his parish. Although he continues to comfort his own fragile daughter (Kely Reilly) and reach out to help members of his church with their various scurrilous moral—and often comic—problems, he feels sinister forces closing in, and begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.

Cast: Brendan Gleeson, Chris O’Dowd, Kelly Reilly, Aidan Gillen, Dylan Moran, Isaach De Bankolé, M. Emmet Walsh, Marie-Josée Croze, Domhnall Gleeson, David Wilmot
Director: John Michael McDonagh

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CALVARY opens August 15!

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