LADY OF THE MANOR MOVIE REVIEW
It’s not often that a scathing review comes with so much praise for the filmmakers involved, but here we are. Mike, Chad, and T.C. show their appreciation for Justin Long after viewing his directorial debut, but then turn their sights on the film as a whole. It’s not that the squad is mad. They aren’t. They’re just… disappointed, but isn’t that worse? And hey, there are still plenty of laughs to be had in discussing this buddy comedy(?). The guys are sure that brothers Justin and Christian Long had a great time getting Melanie Lynskey (“Heavenly Creatures”) to play Hannah, a flatulent, aimless stoner who loses her job as a PostMates delivery driver but then becomes the cosplaying tour guide of a historic Southern estate owned by a quintessential spoiled rich d-bag Tanner, played by Ryan Phillippe. While living in the manor and portraying the former owner of the property Lady Wadsworth, whose restless spirit is played by the always wonderful and oh-so-often underutilized Judy Greer, Hannah is soon haunted and reprimanded by the ghost of the Lady, and hijinks ensue. Well, more like lowjinx. >sigh< We really do like Justin Long. Really.
DIRECTED BY: Justin Long & Christian Long
STARRING: Melanie Lynskey, Judy Greer, Justin Long, Ryan Phillippe, Luis Guzmán, Patrick Duffy
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.
Michael Riojas (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
The man with the ever-changing nicknames. Born in Austin, Riojas was rocketed to Del Rio, Texas, a literal small ville. In his youth, he was bitten by a radioactive… okay, look. Mike is not very good at this whole “talking about himself” thing. But he has been so obsessed with comics, video games, and anime since childhood- that if one has to choose between listening to Joe Quesada or Mike over any obscure Spider-Man trivia, they go to him (or, at least Martin Thomas once said so). He is also a big fan of “Ghostbusters” (he even owns his own jumpsuit and two, that’s right, TWO proton packs!), collects toys and video games, and will defend “Superman IV: The Quest for Peace” if provoked. He lives in Austin with his beloved Dachshund-Maltese and trusted sidekick, Dean. He can also be heard on RageSelect. He can be found on Twitter and Instagram.
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
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