Screener Squad: The Birthday Cake

The Birthday Cake Movie Review

THE BIRTHDAY CAKE MOVIE REVIEW

T.C. “the Mouth”, Adrian “el Critico”, and Chad “the Mohawk” of The Screener Squad Mafia crime family gather to break bread over a discussion of the American crime thriller “The Birthday Cake”. On the 10th anniversary of his father’s mysterious death, Gio (played by Shiloh Fernandez), a quiet, young guy reluctantly embroiled in the modern New York mob life, makes his way across Brooklyn to bring a birthday cake prepared by his mother to a memorial celebration hosted by his Uncle Angelo, a Mafia crime boss (played by Val Kilmer). Along his way, Gio crosses paths with one person after another who is equally connected to his very vicious and dangerous life. He soon begins to piece together what really happened to his dad all those years ago, coming face-to-face with the kind of violence he’s been trying to avoid his whole life.

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DIRECTED BY: Jimmy Giannopoulos

STARRING: Ewan McGregor, Shiloh Fernandez, David Mazouz, Val Kilmer, Lorraine Bracco, Ashley Benson, John Magaro, Vincent Pastore, Nick Vallelonga, Emily Tremaine, William Fichtner, Jeremy Allen White, Emory Cohen, Luis Guzman, Aldis Hodge, Jake Weary, Clara McGregor, Paul Sorvino, Joseph D’Onofrio

 

YOUR REVIEWERS

 

T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)

T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.

 

 

Adrian El Critico (Screener Squad)

Though born and raised in Chicago, this film critic is Mexican to the bone. Adrian has been watching movies since he was a child, many of which might not have been age appropriate. Still, he couldn’t get enough. All throughout his life, friends and family would look to him for his recommendations and reviews on whatever films had come their way. Inspired earlier in life by the likes of Ebert and Roper at The Movies and then later Spill.com, Adrian decided film criticism and analysis provided a great outlet to further his love of film. He began to craft his reviews and thoughts on film in ways he thought would be accessible to devout film hounds as well as the casual viewer.¬†Mixing in jokes, entertaining observations and robust critical analysis, Adrian El Critico may be new to OneOfUs, but he is already making a name for himself on our site. If Horror movies are your thing, get ready to hear his voice.

 

 

Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)

Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”

 

 

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