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Screener Squad: Blonde

Blonde Movie Review


We are heading into award season and you know what that means… A sensationalized film about a woman of the people thrust into the spotlight with beauty grace and golden hair that charmed the masses, abused and struck down by the very institutions that built her stage and worshiped her ivory mask as the little girl lost behind the porcelain facade wept. But enough about Kristen Stewart playing Princess Diana. Blonde is the Netflix film based on the novel by Joyce Carol Oates about a woman named Norma Jean that would become the legendary actress Marilyn Monroe (Ana de Armas). Lil Norma Jeane (Lily Fisher) is shown a picture of her father on her birthday and she spends the rest of her life searching for that man in the picture in the face of every man she becomes intimately acquainted with, of which there is a large ensemble here played by top tier talent such as Xavier Samuel, Evan Williams, Bobby Cannavale, and Adrien Brody. From time to time the whims of reality are broken as Norma Jean converses with her inner child or unborn baby. Bradly, Frank, and Ben separate the facts from the fiction in the surrealist tale of stardom, question the director/writer Andrew Dominik’s intentions with the subject matter, and ask who’s your daddy to the audience.


DIRECTED BY: Andrew Dominik

STARRING: Ana de Armas, Lily Fisher, Adrien Brody, Bobby Cannavale, Xavier Samuel, Julianne Nicholson, Evan Williams, Toby Huss, David Warshofsky, Caspar Phillipson, Dan Butler, Sara Paxton, Rebecca Wisocky, Tygh Runyan, Michael Drayer, Ryan Vincent, Patricia Brennan, Eric Matheny, Lucy DeVito, Scoot McNairy, Ravil Isyanov, Catherine Dent, Michael Masini, Chris Lemmon, Ned Bellamy, Haley Webb, Eden Riegel, Garret Dillahunt, Spencer Garrett




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.



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 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.



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