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Highly Suspect Reviews: The Magnificent Seven

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Why oh why can’t Big Hollywood get the western to come back? Oh, it’s not for lack of trying, but even with successes like the Coen Brothers’ take on True Grit, it seems like audiences aren’t as thrilled as the bean counters would like them to be.

Discussions happen (I imagine): “All of these westerns that we’re putting out are so dark. Why don’t we make one you can take the kids to? An old fashioned black hats vs white hats western!” So what do they do? Re-make one of those ‘fun’ westerns, specifically the 1960 classic The Magnificent Seven. Bring on Antoine Fuqua to direct, reunite the two leads from his best movie, Ethan Hawke and Denzel Washington, and add in the extremely bankable Chris Pratt and a selection of good character actors…how can it go wrong?

Well, we had a mixed reaction to this one but some of us felt it went very wrong. Listen to Chris, Kyle, JC, Herman, and Jon discuss.


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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.