Another Blues - Preds Live Blog
Coming off a tough 5-3 loss to Detroit on Friday night the Blues will return to the ice this evening against Nashville. The Blues have had their number lately and have won both contests with the Preds on the early season. Hopefully they can get back on the winning track tonight at Scottrade. I won’t even get started on how ridiculous the phantom call on Backes (“hit to head” shown above) was that essentially cost St. Louis the game in Detroit, it’s been extensively covered elsewhere. Puck drop any minute, coverage after the break!
Blues - Jackets Live Blog
It’s been roughly a week since the last time I blogged on the Blues and, since that time, they’ve gone red hot, winning three in a row over Nashville, Dallas and Minnesota. I had the good fortune of sitting behind the Blues bench (photo above) on Sunday night when they took down the Wild in overtime. It was another great game of hockey and, again, the Blues dominated many aspects of play. Over the three game streak the most impressive aspect may be that only the Wild game was in St. Louis. The Blues have had no early problems winning on the road with the exception of Chicago (who finally lost last night in a shootout). They will return to the road tonight to take on the Columbus Blue Jackets. I expect a fully rested and confident team to show up tonight and grab another win. Live blog after the break!
Blues - Hawks Live Blog
One night after a thrilling shootout win in Nasvhille the Blues will return to the ice, this time in Chicago, in an early season showdown for 1st place in the Central. Both teams enter tonight with perfect 2-0 records, both teams will be eager to continue building early season momentum. Last night was fun so I’ll be live blogging again tonight. Play by play following the jump!
Blues - Preds Live Blog
On Saturday night I was lucky enough to be a part of the standing room crowd that welcomed the NHL back into our lives, as the hometown St. Louis Blues pummeled the rival Detroit Red Wings in a 6-0 game that wasn’t even that close. As I spent most of the game visiting and moving around the arena, I wasn’t able to watch the game nearly as closely as I probably would have liked. Nevertheless, it didn’t take binoculars to figure out that Vladimir Tarasenko is a stud and Chris Stewart actually looks to be in shape and motivated to start the season. Beyond those two developments, everything was just gravy, including the shutout, four power play goals, and even a short handed goal. I was planning to preview tonight’s game but I forgot it started so early (5:00, or… right now) so I’ll go ahead and live blog it instead. Looks like Halak will be in goal again poised to build on his strong performance against the Red Wings. Here we go!
October Horror Bonanza: Day 6
Yes, I realize it’s been a few days since day 5. I’ve been distracted by the 12-straight hour coverage of the MLB playoffs on TBS/TNT. Have we ever had each Division Series go the full five games? Phenomenal theatre, even if each and every series goes against my wishes. (Please, Baltimore) I did manage to get around to watching a horror film last night, although it was much in the same vein as our previous film, Some Guy Who Kills People. The lucky winner of October Horror Bonanza: Day 6? Tucker and Dale vs Evil. Another black comedy that surprised the hell out of me. Look, going into this, I had zero no hope, just none. To my absolute surprise, after one scene, I had gleefully pointed out not only Steve the Pirate (Alan Tudyk, Dodgeball) but Cerie from 30 Rock (Katrina Bowden) and Jemil (Brandon Jay McLaren) from Falling Skies. That is a lot of random star power to take in at once. Instant hook, indeed. Jumbled thoughts after the jump.
October Horror Bonanza: Day 5
Finally! After a nice weekend off (sans my awful football teams, who both managed to lose in horrific fashion…again) I resumed my Horror Bonanza last night with the thoroughly enjoyable Some Guy Who Kills People. While it may not technically qualify as an out-and-out horror film, I was certainly willing to make an exception for a film with such a delightfully ridiculous title. Turns out, that’s only the beginning. The entire movie features sharp black comedy and some of the most ridiculous (in a good way) dialogue in any film I have watched in a long while. It also manages to balance a line of complete absurdity while maintaining enough sense of realism; so it never feels like it’s too over the top. Amazingly, Some Guy was directed on essentially a non-existant budget ($300,000) in 16 days by Jack Perez, who inherited the project from the immortal John Landis. I’m not familiar with any of Perez’s prior work, but if he’s capable of of cranking this out in two weeks, I’m more than willing to check out what he’s capable of in the future. As mentioned above, the movie receives a dramatic boost from it’s excellent dialogue, written by Ryan A. Levin. Levin is best known for his work as a writer/production assistant on Scrubs, which also features some hilariously quirky dialogue. So, behind the scenes, Some Guy Who Kills People is in good hands. What about onscreen?
October Horror Bonanza: Day 4
Look! Another good looking girl with a huge knife! Have we stumbled upon an above average slasher flick? Nope, sure haven’t. Last night’s random horror film du jour: Fear Island. Opening the IMDB page you should immediately notice two glaring issues: 1) it’s Canadian, and 2) it was a TV movie. Again, I have sufficiently lowered my expectations before the opening credits. And it turns out this movie was bad. Extremely bad, so forgive me if I’m struggling to summon the energy to bother writing anything about it. Some things I found interesting about Fear Island, after the jump:
October Horror Bonanza: Day 3
I went into night 3 of my October Horror Bonanza desperately hoping for a movie with some actual gore, or maybe even some actual scares. Instead I got this heaping helping of trash, Playing House. Don’t be fooled by the picture above, this is no slasher flick. Instead, it’s a below average psychological thriller with few redeeming qualities. It has a pretty awful cast and, unlike the previous two movies in this series, couldn’t even manage to find a release on select screens in someplace like Mexico or South Korea. So what is there to say about this Straight-to-DVD “thriller”? Find out after the jump:
October Horror Bonanza: Day 2
Yesterday I kicked off my October Horror Bonanza with an Australian shark film, The Reef. Today’s randomly chosen horror flick features an antagonist straight from the Lifetime network, a supernatural abusive husband. The film, 100 Feet, was released in 2008 - apparently in South Korea - and managed to garner some modest reviews and fanfare. I’d never heard of this film, but I was excited to learn it starred Famke Janssen. I’m not at all a fan of the X-men franchise so I didn’t connect her as Jean Grey/Phoenix, but was thrilled to realize she is the very same actress who played Xenia Onatopp in Goldeneye 17 years ago. She has aged very well. Check it out after the jump:
October Horror Bonanza: Day 1
A few weeks ago I felt inspired to write an article ushering in this autumn’s return of college football season. At the time, I had hoped it would lead to me actively writing on this blog for the first time in about a year. I had also hoped to cover the Auburn Tigers and Cleveland Browns, two extremely young (but talented) football teams. Unfortunately, they both suck and writing about them right now is a fair bit depressing. Anyways, last night I came up with another idea that will hopefully keep me engaged in updating this blog on a regular basis. In the spirit of Halloween, for the month of October (hopefully every weekday…maybe) I will be randomly selecting, and briefly reviewing, a horror film using the first “random movie picker” that pops up on Google, which happens to be this website: http://ivangospodinow.com/moviepicker/. Last night happened to be October 1st, so I gave it a trial run and ended up with this classic piece of Australian cinema: The Reef. Review following the jump: