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Screener Squad: The Sandman

The Sandman Series Review


It’s that time again for ambitious actors with mad directors and masters of the written word attempting to adapt unadaptable beloved classics. Netflix presents their take on Neil Gaiman’s award winning comic series The Sandman. The excellent ensemble cast includes Patton Oswalt, Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, Gwendoline Christie, David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman, and, most notably, Tom Sturridge as the dream weaving protagonist Morpheus. After decades of being imprisoned in the mortal realm. The king of dreams returns to his empire only to see his subjects gone and kingdom crumbling. To return his dreamscape to its former glory he’ll embark on a quest traveling the world to obtain the lost items taken from him during his captivity, from inner cities, to midnight diners, to the very gates of hell. Along the way he’ll commune with other whimsical anthropomorphized concepts such as Desire, Delirium, and Death. We’ll see the origins of Shakespeare, and get a foreboding appearance by the Devil Lucifer Morningstar herself. Bradly, Rae, and Neil discuss what they know of the comic, if a DC story can work sans DC characters, and how a well written script and a brilliant cast can elevate adapted works. Throw out the coffee pot and start counting sheep and see for yourself if this long awaited, much attempted, and expensive as hell series has bloomed into a dream come true.


CREATED BY: Neil Gaiman, David S. Goyer, and Alan Heinberg

STARRING: Tom Sturridge, Boyd Holbrook, Vivienne Acheampong, Patton Oswalt, David Thewlis, Jenna Coleman, Gwendoline Christie, Kirby Howell-Baptiste, Ferdinand Kingsley, Sandra James-Young, Kyo Ra, Razane Jammal, Eddie Karanja, Joely Richardson, Niamh Walsh, Nina Wadia, Souad Faress, Dinita Gohil, Gianni Calchetti, Asim Chaudhry, Mason Alexander Park, Cassie Clare, John Cameron Mitchell, Stephen Fry, Mark Hamill, Donna Preston, Lloyd Everitt, Ben Wiggins, Andi Osho, Ann Ogbomo, Cara Horgan, Lily Travers, Richard Fleeshman, Sam Hazeldine, Lisa O’Hare, Kerry Shale, Danny Kirrane, Jill Winternitz, Lenny Henry, Bill Paterson, Laurie Kynaston, Benjamin Evan Ainsworth, Charles Dance, Sanjeev Bhaskar, Meera Syal, Claire Higgins, Sarah Niles, Martyn Ford, Munya Chawawa, Deborah Oyelade, Sam Strike, Emma Duncan, Steven Brand, Laurie Davidson, Daisy Head, James Udom, Lourdes Faberes, Samuel Blenkin, Ian McNeice, Lewis Reeves, Roger Allam




Bradly Martin (Screener Squad, Eye on the Prize, Breakfast Pub)

Bradly Martin was born in the united states and grew up on a healthy diet of sports, films, and books. A rather shy lad who kept to himself, Bradly soon discovered the best way to know a person was to know what people liked. Throughout the years Bradly became a fan of many things and a fanatic of none. From Doctor Dre, to Doctor Strange and the who’s who of Whos. From Playstation to the Dreamcast and Marvel to DC. From LeBron James to James Bond and Lord of the Rings to Lord Palmerston (or Pitt the Elder if you agree with Wade Boggs) and is a huge fan of dad jokes and randomly obscure Simpsons references. Armed with a vast knowledge of comics, films, and pop culture. Bradly traveled the world making friends and sharing takes. As a young man Bradly married the love of his life young and grew older every year with each new child brought into the brood. If trends continue, Scientists predict that .2% of Canada (where Bradly and family reside) will be populated by Bradly’s children by the year 2029. You can hear him leading and listening to his favorite critics on the Screener Squad and Eye on the prize and maybe even provide some comments of his own.


Lyrae Anderson (Screener Squad)

You can call me Rae. You can also call me a film lover. I’ll watch it all — small screen; big screen, and everything in between. I have attended and worked for Fantastic Fest and South by Southwest for many years. I married a film geek as well. While we don’t agree on everything, we agree on our love of movies.




Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)

I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.




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