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Screener Squad: Alienoid

Alienoid Movie Review


Do you want a movie about a cyborg alien guard and his robot sidekick assigned to monitoring and capturing extraterrestrial prisoners hiding here on Earth inside human brains? How about one that takes place in the 14th and 21st centuries with characters able to cross time and space in a souped up, sentient sports utility Jeep that can double as a spaceship? How about one that has a baby girl rescued in the past and brought to the future and raised by the cyborg and robot but has grown a bit to witty and curious and has figured out her “Dads” might actually be from another planet? How about impressive Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon Wire-Fu enhanced by expert hand-to-hand martial artist actors and PlayStation 4 CGI? Not enough yet? Okay! How about a movie that has competing bounty hunter wizards in the Korean Goryeo Dynasty who can bend air, pull swords from fans, mutate kittens into people, and use sci-fi tech to create forcefield prisons? Or maybe you want a movie about an alien invasion of a major city where tentacle creatures possess humans and a space hero has to CGI boss battle his evil counterpart while preventing a widespread gaseous explosion that may render all of Seoul helpless against the malevolent force? Or, ya know what? How about we put ALL of that into one movie? Yeah, that’s the ticket. And Tessa, Chad, Lewayne, and T.C. are here to review that actual film. But maybe, just maybe there’s a way to do an entire MCU Phase of plot in one film and succeed. Does Alienoid do that? The Squad is here to tell you.


DIRECTED BY: Choid Dong-hoon

STARRING: Ryu Jun-yeol, Kim Woo-bin, Kim Tae-ri, Choi Yu-ri, So Ji-sub, Yum Jung-ah, Jo-Woo-jin, Kim Eui-sung, Lee Hanee, Shin Jung-geun, Lee Si-hoon, Yoo Jae-myung, Ji Kun-woo, Kim Hae-sook, Kim Dae-myung, Jeon Yeo-been, Shim Dal-gi, Yoon Byung-hee, Kim Ki-cheon, Yoon Kyung-ho, Ok Ja-yeon




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.



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.”



Tessa Morrison (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad, Unstabletop Gamers)

Well-rounded nerd and artist, Tessa Morrison grew up in the misty mountains of West Virginia and was constantly ridiculed for being a “weirdo.” Then moved to Austin in 2009 where people said the same thing, but in an endearing tone. Tessa works an office day job, creates puppets and fiber art, cosplays, models for gaming and animation studios, and volunteers for various organizations. One of which is the Other Worlds Film Festival, Austin’s first SciFi film fest, working in the capacity of Outreach Director and programmer. Another is local DIY-comedy-wrestling league, Party World Rasslin’, where Tessa scrambles around stage-handing and doing art department nonsense. Wrote and contributed to website and magazine Strange Kids Club for five years reviewing films, video games, and Halloween candy. Co-hosted a Public Access show called Ladies of Fandom. Previously guested on podcasts Blood Over Texas, Threequel Club, Trash in the Can, Retro Movie Roundtable, and Nerds with Mics.



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.



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