LICORICE PIZZA MOVIE REVIEW
From acclaimed filmmaker Paul Thomas Anderson comes Licorice Pizza, a coming of age romantic comedy set in California’s San Fernando Valley in the early 1970s. Gary (Cooper Hoffman, son of the late Philip Seymour Hoffman) is a 15 year old child actor with a chutzpah and entrepreneurial spirit beyond his years. Also beyond his years is Alana (Alana Haim) the object of Gary’s affections. Despite their age difference, Gary doesn’t hesitate to ask Alana out for a date within minutes of meeting her. Gary is instantly smitten by her but Alana is mostly just bemused by this ambitious kid who has more direction and purpose at 15 than she does at 25. Their friendship grows and evolves through a series of jobs, schemes, business ventures, and memorable encounters with a variety of characters including Hollywood industry people, movie stars, producers, and politicians; many of whom are based on real people. Listen to our reviewers Frank, Wright, Beau and Marco discuss whether Licorice Pizza deserves all the awards buzz it’s getting.
DIRECTED BY: Paul Thomas Anderson
STARRING: Alana Haim, Cooper Hoffman, Sean Penn, Tom Waits, Bradley Cooper, Benny Safdie, Skyler Gisondo, Mary Elizabeth Ellis, John Michael Higgins, Christine Ebersole, Harriet Sansom Harris, Ryan Heffington, Nate Mann, Joseph Cross, George DiCaprio, Ray Chase, Emma Dumont, Yumi Mizui, Megumi Anjo, Maya Rudolph, John C. Reilly, Dan Chariton, Danielle Haim, Este Haim, Moti Haim, Donna Haim
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.
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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.
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.
Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Audio Editor)
Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He’s co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. His current hosting gig is with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright is also hosting reviews with Screener Squad and editing reviews as well.
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