MEN MOVIE REVIEW
Writer/Director Alex Garland (Ex Machina, Annihilation) tells this A24 produced tale of Harper (Jessie Buckley). After witnessing her husband’s gruesome death, possibly a suicide, to deal with her grief rents a large manor in the English countryside. The owner Geoffrey is played good-naturedly goofy by Rory Kinnear who introduces her to the home’s features, and then is ushered out as quickly as she can manage to get rid of him. But there’s no getting rid of him. Not Geoffrey, but Rory Kinnear, who in varying degrees of makeup and latex effects (and a few CG ones) is playing practically every man in this film. Harper just wants time alone but there always seems to be a Rory-man there to make her feel bad in one way or another. Ok, so this is a horror film and YES, things go intensely sideways at a point, and viewer beware: with some of the most disturbing effects scenes these critics have seen in a long time. But we’re all horror fans here, so did we dig it? You might be very surprised at some of the disagreements that Chris, Frank, and Wright have over this highly-anticipated bit of madness.
DIRECTED BY: Alex Garland
STARRING: Jessie Buckley, Rory Kinnear, Paapa Essiedu, Gayle Rankin
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.
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.
Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Trash in the Can, 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 co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. He currently co-hosts 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 also guests and hosts reviews on Screener Squad and Highly Suspect Reviews as well as co-hosts Digital Noise with Chris Cox.
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