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Screener Squad: Good Luck To You, Leo Grande

Good Luck To You Leo Grande Movie Review


Let’s talk about sex, baby. Let’s talk about a woman named Nancy. Let’s talk about all the good things and the bad things that may be. Let’s talk about sex. But hold on. This isn’t some lewd review about some porn. Not that there’s anything wrong with that. No shaming here. Nope, this sex positive film from Sophie Hyde (Animals) stars Emma Thompson as Nancy Stokes, a retired school teacher. She is yearning for some adventure in her rather mundane life, and what better way to spice up one’s life than with some sex? She has a plan, which involves hiring a young sex worker named Leo Grande, played by newcomer Daryl McCormack (Peaky Blinders). Nancy nervously explores herself with Leo as she embodies the candor and apprehension of a woman who’s never had any lust in her life, while Leo personifies the charisma and compassion of sex workers. As Nancy embarks on a post-marital sexual awakening, and Leo draws on his skills and charm, together they find a surprising human connection. Sarah Jane, Melina, Frank, and T.C. talk about sex to the people at home or in the crowd. It keeps coming up anyhow. So, they aren’t coy, and they don’t avoid, or make void the topic. Cuz that ain’t gonna stop it. They tell it how it is, and how it could be. How it was, and of course, how it should be. Those who think it’s dirty, have a choice. Pick up your phone, press pause, or turn the review off. Will that stop us? I doubt it. Let’s talk about sex.



STARRING: Emma Thompson, Daryl McCormack, Isabella Laughland, Charlotte Ware, Carina Lopes




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.



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.



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.



Sarah Jane (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Sarah Jane was born and raised in Southern California but currently calls Austin, TX her home. She’s seen over 5,700 movies so far with zero plans on stopping. She has a penchant for all things exploitation, and she loves Godzilla with all her heart. Her favorite films are Deep Red, Le Samourai, and Miller’s Crossing. When she isn’t watching movies, she’s busy herding her four cats, her husband, and her 11-year-old kiddo. She’s been a contributor to TalkFilmSociety, Daily Grindhouse, FThisMovie!, Looper, and the Austin Chronicle. You can find her on Twitter and Letterboxd at @fookthis.



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