THE SUICIDE SQUAD MOVIE REVIEW
James Gunn slides on over to pick up the reigns at DC with this second “Suicide Squad” film and the anticipation level, for those of us who dig Gunn’s whole thing, loved his “Guardians of the Galaxy” films AND his pre-big budget crazier fare, was sky high. His version of the dark side of the DC world, where the person who runs the down and dirty side of things (Viola Davis), using imprisoned villains with explosives inserted into their heads to make sure they stay on mission, ended up being pretty much what we thought it was going to be: a glorious grand guignol of extreme violence, surreal and sometimes kind of meta humor, and a smorgasbord of bizarre characters. Leading the pack again is Rick Flag (Joel Kinnaman) leading the team on a mission to sneak into a fictional tyrannical island nation and destroy a mysterious and possibly world-destructing secret called Project Starfish. On this particular ride is Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie), Bloodshot (Idris Elba), Peacemaker (John Cena), King Shark (Sean Gunn/Sylvester Stallone), Ratcatcher II (Daniela Melchior), Polka-Dot Man (David Dastmalchian), and many, many more, although take your bets now on who makes it through this in one piece. Chris, Neil, Ben, and Wright express their affections right here.
DIRECTED BY: James Gunn
STARRING: Margot Robbie, Idris Elba, John Cena, Joel Kinnaman, Sylvester Stallone, Viola Davis, Jai Courtney, Peter Capaldi, David Dastmalchian, Daniela Melchior, Taika Waititi, Michael Rooker, Pete Davidson, Nathan Fillion, Sean Gunn, Flula Borg, Mayling Ng, Steve Agee, Jennifer Holland, Tinashe Kajese, Alice Braga, Juan Diego Botto, Joaquin Cosio, Storm Reid, Julio Ruiz, John Ostrander, Stephen Blackehart
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.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor, Assistant Site Manager)
Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched MovieReelizations.com where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.
Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Audio Editor)
Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He’s co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. His current hosting gig is with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright is also hosting reviews with Screener Squad and editing reviews as well.
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