NO MAN OF GOD MOVIE REVIEW
Another day, another film about Ted Fucking Bundy. Nobody asked for more movies about America’s notorious boy-next-door/serial killer/rapist/necrophile/scumbag but that hasn’t stopped people from making more of them. Fortunately, “No Man of God” from director Amber Sealey and writer Kit Lesser (a pseudonym for a writer familiar to old Spill.com fans) is anchored by great performances from Elijah Wood and Luke Kirby. Real life FBI profiler Bill Hagmaier (Wood) is a devoutly religious man tasked with interviewing Ted Bundy (Kirby) on death row. Bundy is a notoriously difficult interview subject, but Hagmaier is able to build a rapport with him. Based on the actual transcripts, the long interview scenes make for a riveting two-man play, as each man tries to get into the other man’s head. The movie shifts gears when the governor of Florida fast tracks Bundy’s execution. Instead of the typical 60 days, Bundy only has a single week to appeal his execution. Will Bundy keep his promise to Hagmaier and make a full confession? Or is he just playing games to buy himself more time? Our group of hardened cinema profilers Adrian, Trevor, Melina and Marco interrogated one another and are ready to confess how they felt about this movie.
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DIRECTED BY: Amber Sealey
STARRING: Elijah Wood, Luke Kirby, Robert Patrick, Aleksa Palladino, Christian Clemenson, Mac Brandt
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.
Trevor Trujillo (Screener Squad)
Trevor T. Trujillo is a One Of Us contributor in addition to being the co-host, co-founder, and co-producer of the Nighthawks Podcast. Trevor’s 17-year media career spans multiple arenas including television, radio, podcasting, and online journalism; and he is currently the editor-in-chief for a regional online news provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Often a nomad, Trevor has found himself “at home” in places like Austin, Texas; West Hollywood, California; and throughout central and southeastern Wyoming. Get the pause button ready, Trevor also manages to pop up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-them featured extra roles in Nickelodeon’s FRED, TruTV’s OPERATION REPO and the Todd Rohal/Zack Carlson short THE SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX.
Melina Eames (Screener Squad)
Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Spill.com. Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
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