Hosts: An Ever-Rotating Lineup of OOU.Net’s Unusual Suspects
That’s right, your favorite geek conglomerate website is now doing audio movie reviews! The cast of reviewers is subject to change even movie to movie, we have a whole rogues gallery of cinema outlaws, but one thing you can always count on is that these funny and insightful film reviews will always be, in some way, Highly Suspect.
Blackhat does indeed go to exhaustive lengths to explore the minutia of internet hacking, but at what cost? Hunky hunk face Chris Hemsworth plays an incarcerated computer hacker given the chance to gain his freedom if he assists a joint U.S./Chinese task force apprehend a cyber terrorist.
Selma takes place during King’s 1965 campaign for equal voting rights and his march from Selma to Montgomery, Alabama. The Unusual Suspects gather to lend their thoughts on the film, as well as on David Oyelowo’s performance as Dr. King. Spoiler alert: David Oyelowo turns in a fantastic performance as Dr. King. J.C., Brian, Elliott, Chris, and Beau appear on this Highly Suspect Review for one highly important piece of social cinema.
Seriously, it’s 2015, can we PLEASE stop making Jaws sequels?! No? Well ok then. I guess we’ll just have to devour each new entry and chum the waters of the internet with a Highly Suspect Review. Brian and Chris are back in the boat for this, yes, the nineteenth Jaws film.
Pull up a chair, have a seat at the table. This a Highly Suspect card game and here…the stakes are high! Seated across from you are Brian, Chris, Ashley, and J.C., but the one holding all the cards is The Gambler himself: Mark Wahlberg. Wahlberg plays a college professor with an obsession for risking it all. He gets in way over his head and owes a lot of money to dangerous people. The shit of it is…he doesn’t seem to care?!
The Unusual Suspects will not be defeated. You can show us one thousand mediocre historical films and we will not be deterred. You can hit us over the head again and again with heavy-handed sentimentality, but we will never break. Angelina Jolie takes time out of her busy child collecting schedule to direct this biopic centering on Olympic runner/WWII POW Louis Zamperini.
The Imitation Game
Hello. We want to play a game. No, this has nothing to do with cutting off your own leg. This game involves The Unusual Suspects reviewing what may well may be one of the very best movies of 2014. Benedict Cumberbatch stars in the true story of Alan Turing, one of the most important men of the 20th Century whose name many of us have tragically never before heard.
Foxcatcher is the latest film from Bennet Miller (Moneyball) who is once again approaching a sports story from an unusual angle. But don’t go thinking Foxcatcher is going to make you feel romantic about wrestling the way Moneyball did about baseball. This is a dark, bleak, wholly unnerving film headed by a scary immersive performance from Carell himself.
Into the Woods
This ain’t no fairy tale! Well, actually it’s several fairy tales mashed into one story. Stephen Sondheim’s wildly popular musical is brought to the big screen and The Unusual Suspects are donning their red riding hoods and heading Into The Woods!
The Hobbit: Battle of the Five Armies
Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit, somewhat uncomfortably stretched out into three movies, reaches its conclusion with The Battle of The Five Armies and to honor that, the Unusual Suspects arrived as the sixth army to tackle it. Your lieutenants for this lengthy war are: Diva, Chris, Elliott, JC, Michael and Ed.
Ed and Chris strap in for the latest Chris Rock “comedy” vehicle, only to find out…hey, this ain’t half bad! Clearly taking a sharp turn away from his commercial studio efforts of the past, Top Five, with Rock writing, directing, and playing a lead role that’s barely distanced from himself, surprised the heck out of our erstwhile critics.
Exodus: Gods and Kings
Exodus is the latest high-spectacle epic from Scott featuring a white guy as the Pharaoh of Egypt and the legendary Jewish hero played by a guy named Christian. The Unusual Suspects gather to wax biblical about this new Old Testament adventure. Brian, Chris, and Diva del Mar discuss what they liked about Exodus, and the problems that plague it.
The Homesman, directed by Tommy Lee Jones, centers on a nonsense-free pioneer maven named Mary Bee Cuddy (Hilary Swank) who is tasked with escorting three madness-stricken women from Nebraska to Iowa. Who could pass up such a scenic trip right? Along the way she teams with down-and-out scoundrel George Briggs (Jones) and the two discover just how much life sucked in the 1850s.
Horrible Bosses 2
Comedy sequel? What could possibly go wrong?! Jason Bateman, Charlie Day, and Jason Sudeikis return to further prove themselves the most bumbling criminals of all time. Now, they are facing off against a shady captain of industry (Christoph Waltz) and his spoiled brat son (Chris Pine). Will hilarity ensue?
The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1
The most successful YA-based film franchise (since that last successful YA-based film franchise of which we do not speak) returns with this grand finale(ish)! Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has gone from The Girl on Fire, the darling of The Hunger Games, to the living symbol of revolution! At least, the movie says it wants a revolution but well, you know, Katniss also has this whole boyfriend/love triangle thing to sort out that’s super complicated and OMG!
Jon Stewart, of The Daily Show, makes his directorial debut with this biopic account of reporter Maziar Bahari, who spent several months incarcerated by the Iranian government for capturing evidence of corruption with his camera. Government officials used an appearance on The Daily Show as Happy Little Treesed-up evidence that Bahari was a spy for the west.
Dumb and Dumber To
Purportedly, Dumb & Dumber To is a comedy sequel…so why did it make us so sad? The Unusual Suspects hope that despite their apparent creative bankruptcy, the Farrelly Brothers can show them the funny with this followup to their 1994 hit.
Interstellar is the story of humanity on the verge of extinction. We’ve made too many babies and eaten all the foods, so space cowboy Matthew McConaughey must travel to new, possibly inhabitable planets to save us all. It’s a long trip that takes him to the outer reaches of the universe as well as through a galaxy of conventions from other sci-fi films.
Big Hero 6
Disney and Marvel putting their collective might together to release an animated film based on a comic book? Count us in! The Unusual Suspects assemble their Big Hero 4 to review Big Hero 6. Brian, Chris, Elliott, and Michael use their powers of observation to scale this movie in a single review.
In this Highly Suspect Review, we ride along with Louis Bloom (Jake Gyllenhaal) as he delves deeper and deeper into the world of late-night, run-and-gun crime scene journalism. These guys descend upon car crashes, murders, and house fires to capture the moment and turn a profit off the misery of others. This proves to be the perfect venture for Bloom, who was born bereft of conscience.
See if you can wrap your mind around this: Bill Murray playing an acerbic, self-absorbed, but ultimately lovable jerk. I know, way outside the boundaries of imagination right?
In St. Vincent, Murray plays a crotchety old drunk who befriends an adorable child. You can probably guess what happens from there. Sure, the conceit may be familiar, but Bill Murray elevates the material with one of his best performances to date.
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