Highly Suspect Reviews: Joy | One of Us

Highly Suspect Reviews: Joy

9 Submitted by on Fri, 25 December 2015, 15:59

On the surface, a biopic about the woman who invented the Miracle Mop and other HSN type household helpers doesn’t exactly seem like box office dynamite. But, make that woman Jennifer Lawrence and add Bradley Cooper and Robert De Niro to the cast, and hmm, yes, well, more interesting. Then put director David O. Russell in charge of it all and ok, fine, yes you should go see it, right? But then we saw it and…holy crap, you REALLY should go see it. Listen to Chris, Beau and Herman speak fondly of a film you’ll be hearing a lot more about, we suspect, come Oscar nomination time.


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Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, in 1992 Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas, where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free, by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal”, turned into a full time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site Spill.com, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this paradise you see before you.
  • Sean Saffari

    God damn, you guys have given us all an amazing Christmas present of six consecutive reviews. Amazing. Thank you!

  • Bat42

    The missing David O. Russell movie is Accidental Love.

    • Beau

      Which is by all accounts, awful.

      • Bat42

        I’ll take your word for it. I barely made it through the trailer.

  • You’re Not My Supervisor

    Sorry, but I think you guys are in the minority on this one. Granted I haven’t seen it, but from what I’ve seen this movie is getting mixed to negative reviews. Jennifer Lawrence might have a chance at a nomination, but probably not a win.

    • Chris Cox

      Eh, what do those other critics know. Joy iis terrific.

      • You’re Not My Supervisor

        I was just saying don’t expect to see it much come awards season. I’m not commenting on the quality of the actual film as I haven’t seen it.

  • Neil Kelly

    This sounds quite good, going into it cold, I think I’ll find it very good.