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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.
Why did you climb that mountain? Because you must want to die. We couldn’t think of another good reason, which should clue you in that if you’re a mountain climbing fan you might want to skip this Highly Suspect Review of the new film Everest. Even with great actors like Jake Gyllenhaal, Josh Brolin, John Hawkes and Jason Clarke trying to ascend the legendary peak, we just couldn’t get past the NOPENOPENOPE part of our reactions. Which, of course, doesn’t mean that the film itself was bad. Or good. Or…oh, hell just listen to Chris, Beau and Joe do the review..
M. Night is back and now teamed up with Jason Blum is taking on the found footage horror. Will he be able to provide something new in a pretty tired style? Will the two kids who are sent to their grandparents house discover the secrets as to why these old folks act so strangely? Will Elliott kill the rest of the reviewing team for dogpiling on him in the review? You’ll have to listen to find out.
Noah Baumbach’s latest has his muse, Greta Gerwig, taking center stage again as Brooke, a 30 year old whirlwind of a woman, filled with an excess of Joie de Vivre and just as much chaos. But she becomes a beacon of possibility and a muse for her writing for her soon to be step-sister Tracey (Lola Kirke) a freshman at a NYC college looking for direction. The two take on the town trying to get Brooke’s naive restaurant concept funded but Tracey may be more interested in Brooke’s fictional counterpart she’s drawing up than Brooke herself.
What would you do if you were in a third world country, revolution broke out, and the #1 directive was: kill all the Americans? Owen Wilson doesn’t know either but one way or another he’s determined to get his wife (Lake Bell) and his two daughters to safety…if there is such a thing. As chaos erupts their only hope might be coming from a drunky Pierce Brosnan. Not exactly the highest of things to hang your hopes from.
Hitman: Agent 47
In this sequel (reboot? who knows?) to the 2007 video game adaptation film, Rupert Friend shaves his head for the role of the unstoppable assassin, this time teamed up with a equally dangerous lady (Hannah Ware) and fighting Zachary Quinto. Does it fare any better than the original. Chris, Elliott and Richard have been given the contract to take this one out.
Jesse Eisenberg is a stoner who just wants to live his simple life and get his shit together enough to ask his too-good-for-him girlfriend (Kristen Stewart) to take it to the next level. And then it turns out he’s a sleeper super-assassin. You know, the way it happens. Isn’t it always that way? Soon he’s a target for other hitmen and mayhem (and comedy) ensues. Check out our review featuring Jenny, JC, Diva and Beau.
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
Get out your decoder rings and exploding pens because Guy Ritchie is doin’ the spy thing old fashioned style. And that’s one of the things we loved about The Man From UNCLE. All that 60’s fashion. All the cool gadgets. Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as two secret agents on opposite sides of the cold war having to work together and entertainingly taking the piss out of each other. Alice Vikander being cool and glam. Beau, Chris, JC, Joe and Johnny Neill elaborate. And Johnny eats his hat.
Straight Outta Compton
F. Gary Grey’s bio-pic of formative rap band NWA seems to be shaking up reviewers across the country, and the Unusual Suspects have put together a very special episode of our show to review it. The film is a staggering 147 minutes long and in response, we go on for almost an hour talking about it. But not alone. Joining Brian, Chris, JC and Joe this week on the show is Shane and Ryan from Oneofus’s superlative music podcast, Somebody Likes It. Check it out.
The End of the Tour
Jason Segel gets all serious as author David Foster Wallace, writer of “Infinite Jest”, that reluctantly agrees to a lengthy interview with Rolling Stone writer David Lipsky, played here by Jesse Eisnenberg. The two have a multi-day conversation that goes from bro code to existence pondering. But is it interesting? Sarah, Beau and Chris contemplate the film.
WARNING: Somewhat spoilery review. Joel Edgerton is Gordo, a lonely, somewhat socially awkward man who runs into a old high school acquaintance (Jason Bateman) and his wife (Rebecca Hall) who’ve just moved back to California. Gordo just wants to be friends. Bateman seems reticent. Turns out there was some old friction there and Bateman, becoming gradually more suspicious of Gordo’s gestures of friendship, just wants him to go away. Gordo doesn’t take no for an answer very easily.
Fox has had a series of significant super-hero hits of their own lately with the last two (or three, depending on who you ask) X-Men universe films with more to come. So why wouldn’t you be excited for this new take on The Fantastic Four starring Miles Teller, Michael B Jordan, Kate Mara and Jamie Bell? Well…I don’t have enough text space here to tell you all the reasons not to be excited about it so you’ll just have to listen to the review with JC, Chris, Ashley, Beau, Elliott and Joe.
Shaun the Sheep
The much loved British stop-motion animated series Wallace and Gromit have now spawned a spin-off about Shaun the Sheep. Shaun is a smart sheep and his curiosity gets himself and his fellow ewes into trouble around the farm, this time accidentally sending the farmer into the city who loses his memory of the farm. The sheep, adrift without the farmer’s guidance send Shaun into the city to try and find out what happened.
Mission: Impossible – Rogue Nation
Unusual Suspects, this is your mission, if you choose to accept it: to watch all the way through the new Mission Impossible movie…without giggling at how silly it all is. No, I’m kidding, no one is physically capable of that. Except maybe Elliott. But listen to the case files. Chris, Brian, Elliott, Joe and JC will self-destruct after this review.
Ed Helms plays Rusty Griswold, now all grown up, married to Christina Applegate, and with two boys of his own. He suffers from feelings of inadequacy because, well, in some ways he’s pretty inadequate. To try to bring his dysfunctional family back together, he piles them into the worst rental car ever (seriously, worse than the family truckster) and sets out on a cross-country trip to Walley World, echoing his memory of his vacation with his family long past (RE: National Lampoon’s Vacation).
Jake Gyllenhaal is Billy Hope and he’s got it all. World lightweight boxing champion. Incredibly sexy and loving wife (Rachel McAdams), a precocious and smart little girl, a huge mansion. What could possibly go wrong? Well, a lot of stuff and fast. At rock bottom, Billy has got to get his game back and he’s gotta go to an old half-blind trainer (Forest Whitaker) to do it.
80’s video game characters coming to life and attacking major cities. Only a handful of old dudes who used to be the best at gaming can save us all. Sounds like the premise for a really cool Lord and Miller film, right? Unfortunately, it’s Chris Columbus and stars Adam Sandler and, get this, Kevin James as the President of the USA. Not even Peter Dinklage in a mullet (again) can save us from Pixels. But is it really as bad as all that? Chris, Ashley, Sarah, JC and Elliott are here to confirm.
Paul Rudd joins the MCU as Scott Lang a nice-guy with a checkered past who gets put into the shrinking Ant-Man super-suit by Hank Pym (Michael Douglas), an inventor/hero from the 80s. Pym needs Lang to help him and his daughter (Evangeline Lily) keep his insane ex-disciple Darren Cross (Corey Stoll) from developing his own shrinking tech and selling it to…EVIL. Chris, Beau, Joe, Elliott, Jenny, JC form a super-team to tangle with this theatrical release.
Amy Schumer goes from the little screen to the big one as the star of Trainwreck, a comedy by her and director Judd Apatow. She plays a woman who was damaged by her father’s perspective and instructions on love: to never, ever, go monogamous. Working by day at a shallow men’s magazine and by night getting drunk and hooking up with random one night stands, her life is a mess to anyone on the outside but she thinks she’s doing fine. At least, until she’s given an assignment to do a story about a sports doctor that all the big players go to (Bill Hader). They have a hook up and then…he won’t let her get away that easily. No one has ever fought so hard against falling in love as Amy Schumer in this (apparently) somewhat autobiographical story that comes with a lot of laughs.
Amy Winehouse. A public figure met with enormous amounts of both mockery and adulation. It was hard to deny her incredible talent but equally impossible to deny that she was a woman of deep-rooted problems that led to her untimely death at the age of 27. Now, this new documentary explores her in a way that many critics are calling extraordinary…including our critics. Johnny Neill, Joe, Diva and introducing, Lynn.
What would you do if you were old, powerful, rich and could take your consciousness out of your frail and dying frame and put it into that of young man’s body? I think it’s a no-brainer that’d be a big seller. Such is the premise of Tarsem Singh’s latest film where Ben Kingsley gets his mind transferred into Ryan Reynolds body…supposedly a vat-grown, never was human thingee. But of course, that would make for a boring movie. Chris, Richard and Elliot don’t agree at all on this one so listen up.
I’m not sure anyone was really asking for ‘world building’ in the Despicable Me animated film series, but here it is anyway. The little yellow fellers get their own movie as we see their origin story and a big adventure for them as they hench and then become the enemy of Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock) in 1968 London. Chris, JC, Beau and Elliott make the twinkie jokes.
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