THREE THOUSAND YEARS OF LONGING MOVIE REVIEW
In Director/Co-writer George Miller’s first film since 2015’s Max Max: Fury Road, he traverses a very different path with Three Thousand Years of Longing. Tilda Swinton plays Alithea, a narratologist (the study of narrative and narrative structure and the ways that these affect human perception) who is on a lecture tour in Istanbul. She purchases an odd glass container and lo and behold: it contains a Djinn. The initially hugely oversized Idris Elba appears in her hotel room and grants her three wishes. Now, Alithea is a student of tales and is all too familiar with how wishes, if not phrased exactly correctly, can go awry. As well, she is very content with her life and wants for nothing. But the Djinn has tales to tell and a tragic existence of regularly not getting folks to use all three of their wishes, which means continued imprisonment for him till he can convince someone to do the hat trick. Their conversation explores famous historical figures, tales of magic, love, and loss, and the question: can he convince Alithea to make her wishes and set him free? Chris, Alan, Marco, and Drew watched this colorful and intelligent Gaimanesque tale and had some thoughts.
DIRECTED BY: George Miller
STARRING: Tilda Swinton, Idris Elba, Alyla Browne, Aamito Lagum, Burcu Gölgedar, Matteo Bocelli, Kaan Guldur, Jack Braddy, Hugo Vella, Pia Thunderbolt, Anna Adams, David Collins, Angie Tricker, Anthony Moisset
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.
Alan Galinsky (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Deliberations of Doom)
Born and raised in Texas, Alan Galinsky is a lifetime movie fan. As a youth, he would rent multiple movies every weekend and go to the theater for the latest releases, and that pace has remained steady. When Alan isn’t watching movies, you can find him talking about movies. When he’s not talking about movies, you can find him playing music in the band Delicate Boys.
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!”
Drew Tinnin (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Deliberations of Doom)
Drew Tinnin is a Rondo Award nominated interviewer and critic who has worked at SiriusXM’s Fangoria Radio and Fangoria magazine in NYC, as well as the London-based Dazed Digital. Currently a regular contributor to the Dread Central Network, he’s excited to join up with some old friends and other film fans on One of Us as a new contributor to Screener Squad.
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