PRISONERS OF THE GHOSTLAND MOVIE REVIEW
If you’re a fan of the beautifully insane films of Japanese director Sion Sono (“Why Don’t You Play In Hell?”) then I’m sure “Prisoners of the Ghostland” is already on your ‘must watch’ list and you need read no further. If you’re a fan of actor Nicholas Cage’s more unhinged outings, then perhaps you’ve caught a whiff of this one. The two go together like peanut butter and chocolate in this western/samurai/post-apocalyptic dreamworld of a movie. Cage plays Hero (that’s his name, not a grammatical typo) who is a jailed prisoner who makes a deal with the sleazy governor (Bill Moseley) of a place called Samurai Town (that is equal parts cowboys in population) to rescue his granddaughter(?) (Sofia Boutella) from a surrealistic wasteland called Ghostland outside of town. The catch is, he’s gotta wear a suit with explosive devices attached to it that keeps him from causing any harm to women and puts a time limit on the mission. And THEN it starts to get crazy. I mean… Look, just listen to Chris, Ryan, Tessa, and Lewayne give you the gist and you’ll know right away whether you must run out and see this one right away or avoid it at all costs.
DIRECTED BY: Sion Sono
STARRING: Nicholas Cage, Sofia Boutella, Maya Carraz, Bill Moseley, Nick Cassavetes, Tak Sakaguchi, Charles Glover, Young Dais, Cici Zhou, Louis Kurihara, Tetsu Watanabe, Takato Yonemoto, Hiroshi Kaname, Yuzuka Nakaya, Lorena Kotô, Canon Nawata, Ilsa
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.
Ryan Aleck Hill (Screener Squad, Video and Audio editor)
Ryan is a Washington D.C. based filmmaker & video editor who loves watching and talking about movies more than just about anything. He currently works at a creative agency as a director of photography/video editor, and does freelance video editing for Anthony Fantano/TheNeedleDrop. He also has a YouTube channel (Downhill Media) where he works on a weirdo art explainer series called “Artsplained” with his partner Michelle. He was a part of the Spill.com community way back in the day, where he was cursed with an obsession for movies. In an effort to break the curse, he shows up on the Screener Squad podcast every once in a while and edits for One Of Us. Chris Cox claims that this is the only way it can be broken. You can follow him on Twitter but you’ll probably regret it.
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.
Lewayne White (Screener Squad)
Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.
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