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Highly Suspect Reviews: Wonder Wheel

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Woody Allen’s latest features a period-piece bad marriage between Kate Winslet and Jim Belushi (yes, Jim Belushi) who live on Coney Island and have their lives shaken up when Jim’s long-estranged daughter (Juno Temple) shows up on the run from her mobster husband. Also, Winslet is cheating on Jim with a young aspiring writer (Justin Timberlake) and the daughter complicates that as well. You know what? Whatever. This review is about hearing the chaos erupt between Chris, Elliott, and Johnny. Strong feelings were elicited and I have a feeling the opinions expressed will cause some amount of consternation. Oh well. Have at us.


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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.
  • Jake Degeneffe

    This was a very interesting review. Kudos to you guys for having it out on mic, it gets intense at points, but I love that you guys kept it cool for the most part. I understand completely where Elliot is coming from in saying that he found it hard to rate the movie objectively, and I respect how he questioned the validity of his own rating because of it. Other than Midnight In Paris, I can’t say that I have ever even enjoyed any Woody Allen movie I have ever seen, and now with further insight into his personal life and certain stories being told, I don’t think I will ever actively seek out any of his movies. I get the controversy with his wife/step daughter, but that does not even really cover some of the more questionable things surrounding Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, and their personal lives. I get separating the art from the artist, but it can be incredibly hard when a). The artists creative output doesn’t really even appeal to you outside of any controversy and b). The major controversies are still not spoken about in a major forum. It creates an aura of unpleasantness and distraction that I honestly believe shouldn’t be overlooked in certain cases. For the same reason that I may never watch Braveheart again, I don’t think I can bring myself to watch Midnight In Paris again, in spite of the fact that I deeply enjoy both movies.