BODIES BODIES BODIES MOVIE REVIEW
Bodies Bodies Bodies is a darkly comic thriller about a group of young rich friends who’ve gathered in a remote mansion for a weekend of debauchery and psychologically charged party games. Joining the group is Bee (Maria Bakalova) a working class immigrant and the girlfriend of Sophie (Amandla Stenberg) who’s eager to introduce Bee to David (Pete Davidson) and the rest of her oldest and dearest friends. So why aren’t Sophie’s friends happy to see her? In fact, none of these longtime friends seem to like one another very much. To make matters worse, there’s a hurricane coming their way which knocks out the power and cell phone service. Fortunately, they prepared by bringing plenty of booze, flashlights, and glowsticks. What they didn’t prepare for was murder, the ultimate party foul. After one of the friends turns up dead, panic and paranoia set in, the bodies begin piling up, and everyone becomes a suspect. Can these vapid, narcissistic twentysomethings survive the night, or will they tear each other apart before the murderer does? Our reviewers Frank, Ben, Sarah Jane, and Marco crashed the party to see what it was all about. Did they enjoy this meaner, bloodier version of Clue for the TikTok generation, or were they eager to leave the party early? Listen to our review to find out.
**You can also listen to Chris and Wright review this during its premiere at SXSW 2022 right here**
DIRECTED BY: Halina Reijn
STARRING: Amandla Stenberg, Maria Bakalova, Myha’la Herrold, Chase Sui Wonders, Rachel Sennott, Lee Pace, Pete Davidson, Conner O’Malley
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!”
Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor)
Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched MovieReelizations.com where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.
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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