VIOLET MOVIE REVIEW
There are some lucky unicorns out there who never hear a voice in their head telling them what a piece of shit they are, but for the rest of us out there just trying to do our best in this crazy world, we hear a steady, booming chorus of self doubt and fear reminding us of our flaws and never letting us forget our insecurities. And this is exactly what the title character of Justine Bateman’s (“Family Ties”) directorial debut faces. Olivia Munn plays Violet, a film executive in Los Angeles who realizes that the guiding voice inside her head (Justin Theroux) has been lying to her about everything, but the tables turn when she learns to trust her heart and pursue the things she wants in life, rather than letting fear dictate her every moment. Jennifer, Frank, Dogget, and T.C. decide to let the voices in their own heads speak and discuss if this arthouse indie flick manages to succeed in telling a story about trauma.
DIRECTED BY: Justine Bateman
STARRING: Olivia Munn, Justin Theroux, Laura San Giacomo, Jason Dohring, Zachary Gordon, Luke Bracey, Todd Stashwick, Colleen Camp, Anne Ramsay, Bonnie Bedelia, Steve Agee, Peter Jacobson, Rain Phoenix, Dennis Boutsikaris, Rob Benedict, Jim O’Heir, Jordan Belfi, Erica Ash, Simon Quarterman, Al Madrigal
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.
Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.
Danny Dogget (Screener Squad)
Hey persons, it’s your favorite canine Dogget! As many of you know, I don’t identify as a critic as much as a classy shock jock. That being said, I do my best to give all of you a well-balanced review filled with my true opinions and hopefully a few laughs. You can occasionally find me on other persons podcast like Mission Impodible (that’ll be 10 dollars Nathan). For the most part, you can find me doing reviews on Oneofus.net.
Jennifer Lynn Larsen (Giganticast, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)
Born near Seattle, WA, Jennifer has transplanted to Austin TX and is equal parts Roller Derby Girl, Cosplayer, Dungeon Master, Mothra Priestess, and game nerd. She writes the weekly Cosplay beat for Bell of Lost Souls under the name Mayhem’s Muse and travels the world competing in traditional Ground and Horseback archery tournaments with The Eastern Contingent. She comes to OneOfUs by way of Rage Select, where she is part of the dynamic duo “Team JRPG” with magical girl and fellow contributor Matt Frank. (So, SO much fangirling). Jennifer is known for her love of Dragonlance, classic JRPGS, and all things 1980s. She is a regular contributor to Giganticast and is currently diving through every Mothra project ever created. She just returned from her first appearance at G-Fest where she cosplayed as Miana of the Houtua.
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