RED ROCKET MOVIE REVIEW
This new cringe comedy from the director of the lauded “Tangerine” and “The Florida Project” follows Mikey (Simon Rex). He’s an ex-porn actor, broke as a joke, and has been forced to vacate Los Angeles for reasons presumably dire and make his way to the doorstep of his ex-wife and ex-porn partner Lexi (Bree Elrod) to beg for temporary housing with her and her elderly mother. Even though both realize this guy is never anything but trouble, his silver tongue and promises of compensation eventually sway them and they agree to put him up. Of course, he’s almost immediately up to his old tricks again. Hooking up with an old weed dealer to get a cash supply again, he starts planning his return to the porn industry and glory, this time with a stunning young ingenue (Suzanna Son) under his wing he expects to be the new hot thing once he gets there. Only, she doesn’t know this is what he has planned. Or that he’s a porn actor. And he’s, like, decades older than her. I mean, cringe. But the movie is well aware of how it’s making you feel and as difficult as “Red Rocket” is to sit through at points, it’s hard to deny how well made, sometimes really funny, and kinda mesmerizing it is. Listen to Chris, Marco, Beau, and Mike give their feelings about it.
DIRECTED BY: Sean Baker
STARRING: Simon Rex, Bree Elrod, Suzanna Son, Brenda Deiss, Judy Hill, Marlon Lambert, Brittany Rodriguez, Ethan Darbone, Shih-Ching Tsou, Parker Bigham, Brandy Kirl, Dustin “Hitman” Hart
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.
Marco Noyola (Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Audio Editor)
By day, Marco is a mild-mannered office worker, but by night he is a mild-mannered movie watcher. He does other mild-mannered stuff too.
“You don’t need to follow me. You don’t need to follow anybody!”
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.
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.
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