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Highly Suspect Reviews: mother!

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First off, this isn’t a Hunger Games movie. I know, I know, it’s America’s new sweetheart, Jennifer Lawrence, in the lead, but this is a film…not for everybody. That’s exactly what you should expect from a director like Darren Aronofsky. His new film features Lawrence as a submissive wife to writer’s-blocked poet Javier Bardem. They live in a big house in the middle of nowhere, she fixes it up, he struggles with not being able to put a pen to paper. Then one day two strangers appear, married couple Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer, and Bardem invites them in and to stay. From there, things get REAL weird.

I don’t know how much I CAN say without spoiling Aronofsky’s desired effect and I don’t know how much I can say and feel certain I’m really describing the film accurately either. Suffice it to say, this was a hard film to review and a challenging one to watch. Our thoughts on it came across as rather diverse which makes it good that we had a sizable pack or critics to take it on: Chris, Beau, Richard, Patience, Phil, and Robert. And even then, we’re not entirely sure we got this one down right. It’s just that kind of movie.


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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.