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Highly Suspect Reviews: Stillwater

Stillwater Movie Review


In this new film from director/writer Tom McCarthy (“The Station Agent”, “Spotlight”) Matt Damon plays Bill, an Oklahoman oil worker/construction guy. He’s a little bit country, to be sure. Not that he doesn’t get out and see the world. Specifically, Marseille France, which decidedly and immediately seems out of character. Here’s a guy who doesn’t dislike the French or anything really, but he doesn’t see any real reason to pick up ANY of the language, despite regularly visiting. So why is he there? His daughter (Abigail Breslin) was imprisoned for a murder she swears up and down she’s innocent of, and he saves up with his odd jobs to be able to fly over there, visit her, and bring her books and clothes. When she suggests that someone might actually have a lead on the mysterious man who she claims committed the murder but her lawyer isn’t interested, Bill takes it on himself to try to track down the culprit. But you know what? That’s not what this movie is really about. It’s NOT a cold-case, father protecting his daughter thriller, he DOESN’T have a particular set of skills. Bill is a simple guy whose world gets opened up bit by bit through his time in this very foreign (to him) world and the people he meets there. And we kinda dug the heck out of it. Listen to Chris, Alan, and Beau give you the rundown.



STARRING: Matt Damon, Camille Cottin, Abigail Breslin, Lilou Siauvaud, Deanna Dunagan, Idir Azougli, Anne Le Ny, Moussa Maaskri, Isabelle Tanakil, Naidra Ayadi, Pierre Piacentino, William Nadylam, Mahia Zrouki, Bastien d’Asnieres, Jean-Pierre Gourdain




Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher 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, 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.



Chris HAlan Galinsky (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Deliberations of Doom)

Born and raised in Texas, Alan Galinsky is a lifetime movie fan. As a youth, he would rent multiple movies every weekend and go to the theater for the latest releases, and that pace has remained steady. When Alan isn’t watching movies, you can find him talking about movies. When he’s not talking about movies, you can find him playing music in the band Delicate Boys.



Beau Paul (Highly Suspect Reviews, The Original Gentlemen, Screener Squad)

Beau Paul is an Austin native, an actor, and a writer. Sometimes all at once! Previously he has attempted to be an internet entertainer (the funny ha-ha kind, not the naked moneymaking kind) at, and now here on You can read his pithy witticisms and the retweeted material of funnier, cleverer people on Twitter or Facebook, and can buy him stuff on Amazon.



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