MAX CLOUD MOVIE REVIEW
Max Cloud, Intergalactic Space Hero! Or I should say: Scott Adkins, International Martial Arts Hero leads the cast in this low-budget, sci-fi, metal, early 90s video game satire that borrows a bit from the newer Jumanji films but does its own thing with it. When a young girl who can’t seem to stop playing on her home game system the side-scrolling “Max Cloud” game, she gets sucked into it but into the body of a man and unfortunately, the wimpiest character to play in the game: the chef. Sidekicking to the human embodiment of toxic masculinity that is Max, she learns how to put her gaming skills to use with the help of her friend back on earth, Cowboy, who has his hands on her controller. Together, and with the assistance of a variety of other oddballs who appear, they navigate to the final lava levels and defeat the baddie. Or do they? We’re not telling but Chris, Ben, Ryan, and Max WILL tell you whether this cartridge is worth sticking in your Nintendo or if you should just see how much you can get for it at Gamestop.
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DIRECTED BY: Martin Owen
STARRING: Scott Adkins, John Hannah, Lashana Lynch, Elliot James Langridge, Franz Drameh, Isabelle Allen, Sally Collett, Jason Maza, Tommy Flanagan, Sean Hazeldine, Andi Osho, Shirin Daryaie, Martyn Ford, Finley Sebastian Pearson, Geraldine Sharrock
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
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. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Max Georges (Screener Squad)
Hello, this is Max, AKA your friendly neighborhood TobeyMaguireWasBetter-Man.
I was born in Houston, moved to various places in the US, graduated from DePaul University in Chicago, and now residing in Denver. I really live at the cinema though. I probably am the one who singlehandedly killed MoviePass with the number of times I used it. I tend to have different opinions than the general masses on most entertainment properties and it always makes for interesting discussions. Why do companies keep making movies based on fanfics based on other fanfics based on Vampires? I don’t know, but I’ll watch all of them. Do I like DCEU movies way more than MCU? Definitely. Is ‘The Last Jedi’ my absolute favorite Star Wars film? Yep.
In my spare time, when not watching movies, I’m deep into the video game world trying to 100% complete as many games as possible, and sometimes broadcasting it live on Twitch.
Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor, Assistant Site Manager)
Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched MovieReelizations.com where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.
Ryan Aleck Hill (Screener Squad, Video and Audio editor)
Ryan is a Washington D.C. based filmmaker & video editor who loves watching and talking about movies more than just about anything. He currently works at a creative agency as a director of photography/video editor, and does freelance video editing for Anthony Fantano/TheNeedleDrop. He also has a YouTube channel (Downhill Media) where he works on a weirdo art explainer series called “Artsplained” with his partner Michelle. He was a part of the Spill.com community way back in the day, where he was cursed with an obsession for movies. In an effort to break the curse, he shows up on the Screener Squad podcast every once in a while and edits for One Of Us. Chris Cox claims that this is the only way it can be broken. You can follow him on Twitter but you’ll probably regret it.
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