Fall Movie Preview 2014: FURY, INTERSTELLAR, GONE GIRL and More

The Equalizer PosterWith the fall season just beginning, the long summer days are starting to turn to long, cool fall evenings. Fall not only means Halloween, Thanksgiving, and endless hours of leaf raking for most of us, it also means Fall movie season has arrived. Here are my top 10 films to see this Fall movie season:

10. The Equalizer

Denzel Washington is back in what many are calling his best role since Training Day. Washington plays an ex-military badass who now works at a hardware store. After he crosses path’s with Chloe Grace Moretz character, he butts heads with some of the most dangerous people in Boston. This is the second time Washington has teamed up with director Antoine Fuqua. Washington won the Best Actor Oscar for their film Training Day 12 years ago. Fuqua, most recently directed Olympus Has Fallen, a pretty damn good action film, last year.

9. Foxcatcher

Director Bennett Miller returns with his third film. Capote and Moneyball were both hits with critics and audiences, and Foxcatcher looks to be no different. Starring an unrecognizable Steve Carell, the film is psychological, true-crime drama that looks at Jon du Pont’s large ego and his quest to buy as much of America’s wrestling scene as possible. Mark Ruffalo and Channing Tatum also co-star in the film, which is garnering Carrell a lot of Oscar talk.

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60: Kevin Smith’s ‘Tusk’ Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks

tusk-posterA slow September rolls on but Kevin Smith certainly gave us something, um…different to talk about thanks to Tusk. It’s an age-old tale of a man and walrus as only he can tell it. But does it only work for Smith aficionados? We will dive in. (Does that count as a walrus pun? I’m not even sure.)

Plus, we get a box office report from Kevin a mini-spoiler session from Tom as recaps Walk Among the Tombstones and The Maze Runner.

It’s Reel Spoilers #60 – Tusk.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 20min

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Rams Host Screening of ‘The Forgotten Four’

One of my favorite things about sports in general is the history of the games. The undeniable legends who stood taller than everyone else, the greatest plays in history, the indelible moments that come to define legacies.

Like any institution, often these sports attempt to embrace their past, encouraging people and the participants of their sports to learn the history of the game. The name Jackie Robinson may not exactly be a household name, but you would likely be able to find a large portion of the population who is at least familiar with the name. MLB embraces Robinson’s contributions and has an annual Jackie Robinson Day on April 15, during which all MLB players wear the number 42, the number Jackie wore when he broke the color barrier. Some fans like it, some find it annoying. Whether or not you enjoy it, it’s hard to deny that MLB has gotten their point across.

Other sports, though, haven’t been nearly as quick to embrace this movement, even when desegregation occurred before MLB. The NFL is the biggest professional sports league in America by revenue, but if I were to ask you to name the players who first broke the color barrier, chances are unless you’re a pupil of the game, you wouldn’t be able to offer them.

From left: Derek Stanley, Brandon Williams, Will Witherspoon, and Bryan Burwell

From left: Derek Stanley, Brandon Williams, Will Witherspoon, and Bryan Burwell

Cue the airing of The Forgotten Four September 23 at 8:00pm ET on Epix. With this hour-long documentary, executive producer Ross Greenburg (formerly of HBO Sports) hopes to bring to the light more attention to the four men who permanently desegregated professional football in 1946: Kenny Washington and Woody Strode, who played for the Los Angeles Rams of the NFL, and Bill Willis and Marion Motley, who played for the upstart Cleveland Browns of the All-America Football Conference.

I was fortunate enough to attend a screening of the documentary hosted in part by the St. Louis Rams. On-hand for the screening and for an engaging Q&A session following were Rams alumni Derek Stanley, Brandon Williams, and Will Witherspoon along with St. Louis Post-Dispatch columnist Bryan Burwell.

The documentary itself is entertaining and engaging. Producers sought out the progeny of the four men, who have all passed away in the time between desegregation and filming. While all four men faced discrimination, Motley and Willis became indispensable stars on the Browns, as they were vital cogs for a team that won four straight AAFC championships before moving to the NFL and winning that championship in 1950, their first year in the league. Both men were voted to Pro Bowls and were eventually inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

Movie Review: ‘Tusk’ Starring Justin Long, Michael Parks

“Is man indeed a walrus at heart?”

tusk movie posterThis is one of the pseudophilosophical questions posed in Kevin Smith’s new film Tusk, the first film adapted from a podcast (see Smodcast #259 “The Walrus and the Carpenter”). Not so much a horror film in the traditional blood and guts fashion, the Clerks director’s latest opus is more psychological – with plenty of humor mixed in throughout. And if you are a fan of the SmodCo podcast brand, there is no shortage of homage to be enjoyed.

Wallace Bryton (Justin Long) is one half of the duo who hosts the “Not-See Party” podcast, which centers around his travels to interview quirky internet celebrities (like the “Kill Bill Kid,” who chops off his own leg with a samurai sword). Wallace then explains his story to Teddy (Haley Joel Osment) who did “not see” what happened. Upon packing his bags for Canada to interview the the aforementioned legless star, he leaves his girlfriend Ally (Genesis Rodriguez) in the States – stating that he basically doesn’t want her to stop him from being entertaining. Ally is not a fan of his mean-spirited podcast antics, and wishes that the “old Wallace” she fell in love with would come back.

Wallace arrives in Manitoba only to find that the “Kill Bill Kid” has taken his own life, leaving him out the cost of his plane ticket and the interview he came for. As he drowns his sorrows at a local bar, he stumbles upon an ad posted by an old man who has lived “A life of adventure, with stories to tell.” Intrigued by the posting (based on the real-life Gumtree ad by UK hoaxer / eventual Tusk associate producer Chris Parkinson, which inspired the podcast), Wallace travels a couple of hours to a secluded mansion owned by Howard Howe (Michael Parks). After a couple of fascinating stories, and some delicious tea, Wallace find out that he has been roped into much more than listening to the old man’s stories.

Tusk is an absolutely fascinating film in many regards. Its origin is truly one of a kind, and to simply judge the film on its own merit would be doing it an injustice. With that being said, it may be Smith’s best looking film to date. Fans of the director are well aware of his self-criticism when it comes to camerawork and directing. Yet his latest work is full of interesting angles and thoughtful framing. Yet the real story is how Smith took a fake advertisement and turned it into an entire podcast, meticulously crafting what immediately sounded like a horror film – and then actually made it happen. There are lines in the film that are taken straight from the ad, and also descriptions from the podcast that come to life precisely how Smith and SmodCast co-host Scott Mosier envisioned them. Tusk is much more than a “dopey idea” coming to life; Tusk is proof of what Smith has been saying for years about doing what you love and following your dreams. To be fair, the director obviously has more resources and connections than most. But at the same time, Tusk was about as big of a stretch as any movie that you’d never thing would be made – and it happened.

What the film really lives or dies upon are the performances by the intimate cast. And in that regard, it thrives. We see Justin Long acting in ways we have never seen before in his career, dealing with a traumatic and terrifying situation. You have Haley Joel Osment, 15 years after his role in The Sixth Sense, along with Genesis Rodriguez who both give emotional performances. And most importantly, you have Michael Parks giving it 110% as always, and who never seems to let us down. Parks is chilling, and despicable, and absolutely wonderful all at the same time as the villain.

In the end, Tusk does exactly what it set out to do, and executes its mission with perfection. If you haven’t followed the journey starting from #WalrusYes to opening in theaters, you may not understand it. But for those who have been along for the entire ride, it just makes sense. If you are a fan of Smith’s work and the View Askewniverse, you already know that you will see the movie. Yet even if you aren’t, there is something so fascinating about the whole concept that never lets you look away from the screen no matter how much you want to. Do yourself a favor and listen to SmodCast #259 again after seeing Tusk, and tell me they didn’t pull it off.

59: ‘The Drop’ Starring Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, James Gandolfini
the drop posterWell, whadayaknow? Hollywood actually released a movie this week. Seems the least we could do is spoil it for you. This week we discuss The Drop. Yet another in what seems to be a long line of “final” James Gandolfini movies.

All this plus a box office report from Kevin, Video Recovery from Dan and an honest-to-God email. If you guys aren’t careful we’re going to start thinking people are actually listening.

It’s Reel Spoilers #59: The Drop.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 6min

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58: Reel Spoilers Rewound 2 – Deep Fried Taco Movies

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It’s a light week at the box office. The week’s sole new release couldn’t even crack the top ten. So we decided to bare our souls and reveal to you our dirty little cinematic secrets. That film that we know is a big steaming turd and yet…we can’t help but love.

Some call them “guilty pleasures” but we’ve never been one to take the easy route. We call them “deep fried tacos”. Why? Well, you know they’re not good for you. You know you’ll regret eating them. But you devour them anyway.

It’s Reel Spoilers #58: Deep Fried Taco Movies.

You’ve been warned. No, seriously. We’re warning you.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 15min

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Marvel Announces New “Miracleman” From Morrison & Quesada

Over the past year, Marvel has been releasing reprints of Miracleman (every issue has been out of print for the past 20 years) from British publisher Eclipse Comics. The book was written by Alan Moore and featured art from Alan Davis, Garry Leech, Chuck Austin, Rick Veitch, and John Totleben. Neil Gaiman and Mark Buckingham would pick the book as well.  The character has been involved in a decades long legal battle over who really owns the rights. At last years Comic Con, Marvel announced that they finally had the rights to issues and they would begin to republish the single issues in their original form.

This December, Marvel will release the first new Miracleman story in 20 years in Miracleman Annual #1. The book will feature an all new, never before published story by Grant Morrison.   The “long lost” story will be drawn by current Chief Creative Officer Joe Quesada, Vulture.com reports.

Is this a legit “lost story” written by Grant Morrison in the 80’s or is it something that the powers that be at Marvel have come up with as a ploy.  I refer you to The Sentry.  A “long lost” character  that was supposed to have been created by Stan Lee (shocker, he wasn’t). It was all a set up to garner attention of a new book and new character.

Whether it’s real long lost story or not, it’s exciting to see one of the best writers in comics take on the character.  The book will also feature a back-up story by Peter Milligan and Mike Allred along with a pair of variant covers by Gabrielle Del’Otto and Jeff Smith.

Here’s a look at some of Quesada’s pages from the book.  Credit to Comic Book Resources for the images.

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DOLPHIN TALE 2 Opens September 12! Enter to Win Passes to the St. Louis Advance Screening!

Enter for your chance to receive a family four-pack of passes to a special advance screening!

DOLPHIN TALE 2 - PosterIt has been several years since young Sawyer Nelson (Gamble) and the dedicated team at the Clearwater Marine Hospital, headed by Dr. Clay Haskett (Connick, Jr.), rescued Winter. With the help of Dr. Cameron McCarthy (Freeman), who developed a unique prosthetic tail for the injured dolphin, they were able to save her life. Yet their fight is not over. Winter’s surrogate mother, the very elderly dolphin Panama, has passed away, leaving Winter without the only poolmate she has ever known. However, the loss of Panama may have even greater repercussions for Winter, who, according to USDA regulations, cannot be housed alone, as dolphins’ social behavior requires them to be paired with other dolphins. Time is running out to find a companion for her before the team at Clearwater loses their beloved Winter to another aquarium.

Cast: Harry Connick, Jr., Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, Nathan Gamble, Cozi Zuehlsdorff, Austin Stowell
Director: Charles Martin Smith

In order to enter the contest, e-mail us and tell us why you can’t wait to see the movie!

No purchase necessary. Void where restricted or prohibited by law. At the screening seating is not guaranteed and is available on a first-come, first-served basis. Refer to screening pass for further restrictions. Screening pass winners will be drawn at random and notified via email. Limit one (admit-four) pass per person. Must be age 13 or over to enter.

DOLPHIN TALE 2 Opens September 12

57: ‘November Man’ and ‘As Above/So Below’

Episode #57 is a twofer as we spoil both The November Man and As Above/So Below. And, just to make things more enticing, we didn’t really care for either. We always do our best work when we don’t like a movie and we have some head-scratching questions about both films.

All this plus a Video Recovery from Dan and a box office report from Kevin.

It’s Reel Spoilers #57: The November Man and As Above/So Below.

You’ve been warned.

Starring: Tom O’Keefe, Blake Fehl, Dan Graney, Joe Buttice, Kevin Brackett
Run-time: 1hr 5min

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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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