WE CAN BE HEROES MOVIE REVIEW
It’s been almost two decades since Robert Rodriguez’s deep psychological drama “The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl in 3-D” changed the way we look at cinema. We were left with some massive lingering questions though: Is the Planet Drool a part of the real world now? How was Mr. Electricdad so certain that Electric Eels would kill Sharkboy? And what happens when Sharkboy and Lavagirl fuck? Where were we to turn for answers? Robert Rodriguez decided he needed to return to his much-beloved universe to get the record straight with “We Can Be Heroes”. When aliens kidnap Earth’s greatest superheroes/Motown band, The Heroics, their children must team up if they want to save their parents and the world. To cover such blatant Oscar bait, One of Us has assembled its own mighty team: Nathan, Eliot, Spider-Mike, and Marcos tackled this movie head-on and answered some of these lingering questions.
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DIRECTED BY: Robert Rodriguez
STARRING: YaYa Gosselin, Hala Finley, Lyon Daniels, Nathan Blair, Andy Walken, Lotus Blossom, Dylan Henry Lau, Vivien Blair, Isaiah Russell-Bailey, Akira Akbar, Andrew Diaz, Priyanka Chopra Jonas, Adriana Barraza, Pedro Pascal, Tia Mowry, Boyd Holbrook, Christian Slater, Ariana Grande, Taylor Dooley, Sung Kang, Haley Reinhart, JJ Dashnaw, Christopher McDonald, J. Quinton Johnson, Brittany Perry-Russell, Jamie Perez, Brently Heilbron
Nathan Flynn (Screener Squad)
A recent transplant to Austin originally hailing from the wretched hive of scum and villainy that is the Midwest, Nathan Flynn has been a movie super freak since he saw “An American Werewolf in London” way too young and grew up worshipping the James Bond franchise and all things related to Cold War-era spycraft. When he’s not watching movies and being a constant defender of the Tron franchise, he can be found practicing his second biggest love: cooking (having been a chef for 10+ years) and hitting his head up against a desk to write screenplays that nobody reads. He also spearheads his own podcast on the Mission Impossible franchise titled “Mission: Impodible”. He can be found rarely posting on his personal twitter.
Eliot Nelson (Screener Squad, Staff Writer)
Soaked in the soggy rains of Seattle, Eliot developed a love of sci-fi, movies, cartoons, heavy metal, and all of geekdom. Pursuing his passion for the written word, he got his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has since worked exclusively in the foodservice industry, like any liberal arts major worth their salt. Eliot wiles away the hours listening to movie reviews, writing his epic sci-fi novel, and consuming as much media as possible. His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, City of God, Dawn of the Dead, and Groundhog Day. When not rambling to himself about the ineptness of entertainment executives, Eliot posts infrequently on Twitter and squawks regularly on his podcast The Debasement Tapes.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Marcos Lira (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Me? I come from the South, Out there, beyond the horizon by the big river. Out there where the bandits formed cities, and the gambling is legal. I got into movies like most nerds by watching Tarantino but fell in love with movies through Chinese Cinema for some reason. A few of my favorite things would probably be live music, new experiences, and belt-fed ammunition. You can catch this occasional podcaster, occasional other Marco and full-time human on any form of social media by typing jlmarcos62. Hit me up for music suggestions and bad jokes.
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