SHADOW IN THE CLOUD MOVIE REVIEW
Chloë Grace Moretz plays Maude, a flight officer in WWII who flags down a bomber right before take off with orders to transport her and a top secret case she carries with them to their destination. The flight crew is…well…awful. Like bad, bad misogynist men that would make the darkest corners of Reddit even blush (probably not, but you get the idea). They shove her in the under-craft gun turret and she talks with them/puts up with their unbelievable bullshit over the radio. But then, there’s a beastie. And another layer to her whole story. And much wackiness and emasculation ensues. While this might, on the surface, look like merely another take on the Twilight Zone “Nightmare at 20,000 Feet” story, it’s got more going on than that, and Chris, Jena, Ben, and Lewayne ended up having a great time with it, even if they didn’t all agree on the particulars. Don’t let Max Landis’s name on the writing credits dissuade you (he wrote a distant draft in the film’s evolution and WGA forced a credit) as “Shadow in the Cloud” is gonna be a lot of fun…for the right audience.
**This review is available in a longer, uncut, video version for TIME LORD subscribers and above right here**
DIRECTED BY: Roseanne Liang
STARRING: Chloë Grace Moretz, Taylor John Smith, Beulah Koale, Nick Robinson, Callan Mulvey, Benedict Wall, Joe Witkowski, Byron Coll
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.
Jena Perry (Screener Squad)
Jena Perry. Aka Luna. Aka Dion. Aka Memori. Aka Dog whisperer. Aka whiskey connoisseur. As you can see, depending on when you met this Oakland, California native, you have experienced a completely different person, each time. After finally deciding on a 13+year career choice as a Videographer and Radio Personality, Jena balances her time between pursuing her Doctorate in Philosophy, providing insightful and funny critiques on films and Television, raising her daughter and dog in Ohio, and constantly fighting off the existential dread that is being a dope black woman in America in the 20th century.
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.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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