RISE OF THE TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES: THE MOVIE
The year is 2044. An alien invasion has conquered the planet. In a last ditch effort to save the last vestiges of humanity, a young man is sent backwards in time to the point where the apocalypse started, and find the allies that will ultimately save the world. He would find those mighty warriors in NYC. In the sewers. Eating pizza. Did I mention they were giant reptiles? Cowabunga! Our our favorite teenage mutant ninja turtles are back in yet another heroic adventure in this Netflix animated feature. A movie continuation of the cartoon series that originally aired on Nickelodeon, the fan favorites of Casey Jones, April O’Neil, Master Splinter, and, of course, our favorite heroes-in-a-half-shell must figure out how to work together as they take on the evil invading Krang. Our reviewers, Mindy, T.C., and Chad take out their action figures and pizza shooters, and muse over the newest incarnation of this beloved comic book IP. But can this film break through their collective childhood nostalgia? So come grab a slice, and check out their review.
DIRECTED BY: Andy Suriano and Ant Ward
STARRING: Ben Schwartz, Omar Miller, Brandon Mychal Smith, Josh Brener, Haley Joel Osment, Kat Graham, Eric Bauza, Jim Pirri, Toks Olagundoye, Rob Paulsen, John Michael Higgins, Rhys Darby, Eugene Byrd, Meghan Falcone, Nika Futterman, Oliver Vaquer
Mindy Rast-Keenan (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews)
Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.
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.”
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.
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