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Screener Squad: Ted K

Ted K Movie Review


Ted K recounts the true story of Ted Kaczynski, better known to the world as The Unabomber. For seventeen years, Kaczynski mailed bombs across the United States, seemingly at random. In 1996, the FBI finally caught up to Kaczynski, who was living in a 10×12 shack in the woods of Montana without electricity or running water. What he did have was bomb-making equipment, a manifesto, and over ten thousand pages of encrypted notes documenting his crimes, grievances, and his own descent into madness. Ted K is neither a typical biopic nor a procedural drama. Instead, it’s a character study told entirely from Kaczynski’s increasingly unstable point of view, narrated verbatim from his journal entries. As Kaczynski, Sharlto Copley (District 9) gives a committed performance in what is essentially a one-man show about a disturbed, Neo-Luddite recluse waging a terrorist campaign against the industry and technology. Our reviewers Melina, Chad, T.C., and Marco all agree that Copley deserves praise for his performance, but can he carry a picture all by himself, and would other perspectives have given us a fuller picture of the real man and his motivations? Listen to the review and find out what they have to say about it.



STARRING: Sharlto Copley, Drew Powell, Bob Jennings, Christian Calloway, Tahmus Rounds, Sal Rendino, Wayne Pyle, Amber Rose Mason, Travis Bruyer, Megan Folsom, Andrew Senn, Keith Barber




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!”




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.



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.”



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.



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