AMERICA: THE MOTION PICTURE MOVIE REVIEW
First off, Channing Tatum playing an animated George Washington is pretty cool. So is doing a mixed-timeline absurd satire about the founding fathers with animation from folks who worked on “Archer” and “Spiderman: Into the Spider-Verse”. And this cast is immense. That’s about where the affection for “America: The Motion Picture” cut off for SOME of our crew. The story follows George seeking revenge for the murder of his best bud, Abe Lincoln (Will Forte) by a lycanthropic Benedict “Cosby” Arnold (Andy Samberg) and trying to form America with the help of a fratty Samuel Adams (Jason Mantzoukas), a gender and race swapped Thomas Edison (Olivia Munn), a man-child equine specialist Paul Revere (Bobby Moynihan), a Black Smith who is a master blacksmith (Killer Mike) and a generally disgusted and distrustful of the whole affair, Geronimo (Raoul Trujillo). The bro-y jokes aren’t sure if they’re for that crowd or making fun of that crowd and a lot of the humor is of the ‘I recognize that reference’ variety but some of our crew at least sorta dug on this. Check out Chris, TC, Chad, and Marcos on the review.
DIRECTED BY: Matt Thompson
STARRING: Channing Tatum, Jason Mantzoukas, Olivia Munn, Bobby Moynihan, Judy Greer, Will Forte, Raoul Trujillo, Killer Mike, Simon Pegg, Andy Samberg, Carlos Alazraqui, Dave Callaham, Jeff Fastner, Kevin Gillese, Zebbie Gillese, J. Larose, Megan Leahy, Amber Nash, Eric Sims, Mike Schatz, Matt Thompson, Lucky Yates
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.
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.
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.”
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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