THE LAST DUEL MOVIE REVIEW
Based on a true story and morphed into a medieval rape survivor tale told “Rashomon” style from three different viewpoints, “The Last Duel” is the latest Ridley Scott film, and only the second film ever written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck together (along with Nicole Holofcener). Some folks are saying, maybe Ben and Matt shouldn’t be allowed to write together anymore after this. The story follows a squire (Matt Damon) whose friendship with another squire (Adam Driver) is soured over time as the Count they are both vassals to (Ben Affleck) likes to party down and enjoys the social and friendly Adam Driver and despises the dour and serious Matt Damon. As Damon loses more and more titles and the respect that should rightfully be his (at least from his perspective), his relationship with Driver gets worse and worse eventually culminating with the accusation of rape by Damon’s wife (Jodie Comer) pointed at Driver. Chris, Sarah, and Beau all watched this one and came to largely the same end result in their ratings but through different perspectives. You know, like in the movie.
DIRECTED BY: Ridley Scott
STARRING: Matt Damon, Adam Driver, Jodie Comer, Ben Affleck, Harriet Walter, Nathaniel Parker, Sam Hazeldine, Michael McElhatton, Alex Lawther, Marton Csokas, Željko Ivanek, Clive Russell, Adam Nagaitis, Bosco Hogan, Clare Dunne, Caoimhe O’Malley
Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)
Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 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 community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.
Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.
Beau Paul (Highly Suspect Reviews, The Original Gentlemen, Screener Squad)
Beau Paul is an Austin native, an actor, and a writer. Sometimes all at once! Previously he has attempted to be an internet entertainer (the funny ha-ha kind, not the naked moneymaking kind) at Spill.com, and now here on OneOfUs.net. You can read his pithy witticisms and the retweeted material of funnier, cleverer people on Twitter or Facebook, and can buy him stuff on Amazon.
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