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Screener Squad: Lucy and Desi

Lucy and Desi Movie Review


Seventy years after it first premiered, the I Love Lucy show is still gaining new fans, while the story of real-life power couple Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz continues to hold our attention. There’s no shortage of podcasts, biopics, and documentaries about their impact on the history of television, and how their success affected their often tempestuous marriage. This year alone, Amazon released both Being the Ricardos, a glossy biopic from writer/director Aaron Sorkin, and Lucy and Desi, the first documentary directed by comedy veteran, Amy Poehler. The estates of Ball and Arnaz gave Poehler access to never before seen home movies and audiotapes. She weaves this exclusive material into existing archival footage, and new interviews with family members, historians from the National Comedy Center, and such luminaries as Carol Burnett, Bette Midler, and Norman Lear. Our chocolate-eating, grape-stomping reviewers Frank, Trevor, Melina, and Marco have a lot of ‘splain’ to do as to why we still love Lucy (and Desi) and why their unique story continues to move and inspire us.

**TIME LORD Subscribers and above can watch the longer, uncut, video version of the review right here**


DIRECTED BY: Amy Poehler



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!”




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.



Trevor Trujillo (Screener Squad)

Trevor T. Trujillo is a One Of Us contributor in addition to being the co-host, co-founder, and co-producer of the Nighthawks Podcast. Trevor’s 17-year media career spans multiple arenas including television, radio, podcasting, and online journalism; and he is currently the editor-in-chief for a regional online news provider in the Rocky Mountain West. Often a nomad, Trevor has found himself “at home” in places like Austin, Texas; West Hollywood, California; and throughout central and southeastern Wyoming. Get the pause button ready, Trevor also manages to pop up in blink-and-you’ll-miss-them featured extra roles in Nickelodeon’s FRED, TruTV’s OPERATION REPO and the Todd Rohal/Zack Carlson short THE SUPLEX DUPLEX COMPLEX.



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.



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