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Screener Squad: Settlers

Settlers Movie Review


This movie about colonizing Mars is interestingly timed, seeing as a couple of billionaires have recently shot themselves into orbit in their definitely not overcompensating giant dick rockets, and the conversation of space travel and eventual colonization of Mars is prominent in the zeitgeist. But people discuss going to the Red Planet like it’s going to happen soon and that we’re all going to go. We’re not. Our grandkids aren’t. Hell, their kids aren’t, because before we can hang out in space and visit the 4th rock from the sun, we have to establish a colony there, and in order for that to happen, there are gonna be the poor bastards sent to blaze the trails and likely die. And then there’s going to be the people who manage to live but barely survive. And then those that do make a habitable living situation are definitely going to be trying to kill each to continue to survive. It’s going to be the wild west. And that’s the world we’ve got here in SETTLERS. A small family, led by Reza (Jonny Lee Miller) and Ilsa (Sofia Boutella) live in a lonely outpost on Mars. They are attacked by bandits, and the leader of the marauders, Jerry (Ismael Cruz Córdova), lays claim to the outpost. He attempts to integrate into the family, demanding thirty days to prove himself. We experience this all through the perspective of the daughter of the family, Remmy (Nell Tiger Free). It’s a frontier film set 237 million miles away, but where humans live, human fear and danger will always follow. Tessa, Matt, and T.C. hunker down in their own oxygen enriched outposts and discuss their feelings for this Mars movie.


DIRECTED BY: Wyatt Rockefeller

STARRING: Sofia Boutella, Ismael Cruz Córdova, Brooklynn Prince, Nell Tiger Free, Jonny Lee Miller, Natalie Walsh, Matthew Van Leeve




Tessa Morrison (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Unstabletop Gamers)

Well-rounded nerd and artist, Tessa Morrison grew up in the misty mountains of West Virginia and was constantly ridiculed for being a “weirdo.” Then moved to Austin in 2009 where people said the same thing, but in an endearing tone. Tessa works an office day job, creates puppets and fiber art, cosplays, models for gaming and animation studios, and volunteers for various organizations. One of which is the Other Worlds Film Festival, Austin’s first SciFi film fest, working in the capacity of Outreach Director and programmer. Another is local DIY-comedy-wrestling league, Party World Rasslin’, where Tessa scrambles around stage-handing and doing art department nonsense. Wrote and contributed to website and magazine Strange Kids Club for five years reviewing films, video games, and Halloween candy. Co-hosted a Public Access show called Ladies of Fandom. Previously guested on podcasts Blood Over Texas, Threequel Club, Trash in the Can, Retro Movie Roundtable, and Nerds with Mics.



Matt Foster (Screener Squad)

Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.




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.



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