SEE HOW THEY RUN MOVIE REVIEW
Between Kenneth Branagh’s Hercule Poirot adaptations and Rian Johnson’s Benoit Blanc movies, famed author Agatha Christie and Christie-inspired mysteries are enjoying something of a resurgence. You know the type of story I’m talking about: a prominent person is murdered, a star studded ensemble of suspects gather in a remote but luxurious location, while a brilliant detective methodically breaks down each of their alibis to determine whodunnit. It’s a shopworn template, but See How They Run tries to breath life into the genre with parodic humor and metatextual hijinks while mixing fact and fiction – many of the incidents and characters depicted are based on historical events and real people. As narrator Leo Köpernick (Adrien Brody) informs us, it’s 1953 and Agatha Christie’s West End stage play The Mousetrap has just concluded its 100th performance. Köpernick is an obnoxious Hollywood director hired to adapt the hit play into a movie. Needless to say, he has several notes about how to “improve” the story for the big screen. He’s also very much dead; having been murdered during the afterparty, and his corpse dumped on the stage for everyone to see. Enter the world weary Inspector Stoppard (Sam Rockwell) and his overly eager new assistant Constable Stalker (Saoirse Ronan). Together, they must figure out who killed the reviled filmmaker, and there are a lot of suspects who had motive to kill the loathsome Köpernick. Was it the pompous playwright, the glad-handing leading man, the adulterous producer, the flinty rightsholder, or any of the other members of the ensemble? Ben, Marco, and Frank accepted an invitation from Inspector Cox to meet in his sumptuous parlor where he interrogated them about their reactions to the film. All the suspects saw the film and know whodunnit but who liked it and who didn’t? Listen to find out!
DIRECTED BY: Mark Chappell
STARRING: Sam Rockwell, Saoirse Ronan, Adrien Brody, Ruth Wilson, Reece Shearsmith, Harris Dickinson, David Oyelowo, Charlie Cooper, Shirley Henderson, Pippa Bennett-Warner, Pearl Chanda, Paul Chahidi, Sian Clifford, Jacob Fortune-Lloyd, Lucian Msamati, Tim Key
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.
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.
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.
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.
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