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Screener Squad: Creation Stories

Creation Stories Movie Review


Alan McGee is a Scottish businessman and music industry executive who fancies himself the godfather of modern rock music thanks to his independent Creation Records label, which gave the world My Bloody Valentine, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Primal Scream, and most notably Oasis, the greatest band that ever lived (in their own minds, at least). McGee’s punk upbringing made him the man he is. Like punk itself, he was anti-establishment, non-conformist, anti-authoritarian, anti-corporate, anti-consumer, anti-corporate greed. Anti-anti-anti! If one is PUNK, one does not sell out. So, now, here is a major motion picture about the man, played here by Ewen Bremner from Trainspotting fame, released by 6 production companies and distributed by 8 distributors, based on McGee’s New York Times best selling autobiography “Creation Stories: Riots, Raves and Running a Label”. Nothing corporate or sell-out about that, right? Rose, Melina, Marco, and T.C. get their inner anarchist punks out and discuss the loud, aggressive man who thrived on loud, aggressive music while fueled by drugs, absolute dumb luck, and the wherewithal to hitch his wagon to more talented asholes than himself. This is the story of how one written-off young Glaswegian upstart punk rose to irrevocably change the face of British culture and pretty much the entire world of music.



STARRING: Ewen Bremner, Leo Harvey-Elledge, James McClelland, Suki Waterhouse, Jason Isaacs, Rebecca Root, Joanna Pickering, Thomas Turgoose, Danny John-Jules, Paul Kaye, Saskia Reeves, Carl Barât, Irvine Welsh, Jason Flemyng, Steven Berkoff, Nick Moran, Ed Byrne, James Payton, Alistair McGowan, Mel Raido




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.



Rose Mattox (Screener Squad, Eye On The Prize)

Originally hailing from Austin then Houston, Rose has been an avid movie and TV fanatic pretty much since birth. She spends spending her days watching Star Trek reruns, 60’s spy fiction, and Audrey Hepburn movies with her beloved minion (see: dog Riley). She also occasionally dabbles in comedy, screenwriting, as well as graphic and interior design. Rose has been contributing to One of Us since 2019 as a member of the Screener Squad, as well as making regular appearances on Eye on the Prize during awards season. She can be found on Twitter at @nightattheopera.



Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



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!”




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