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Screener Squad: Weird: The Al Yankovic Story

Weird: The Al Yankovic Story Movie Review


It appears that Hollywood’s appetite for the musical biopic is truly insatiable. We’ve seen many a superstar receive the rise-and-fall biopic treatment, starting from their humble beginnings through their meteoric ascension, their drug-addled nosedive and eventually their triumphant return to the spotlight. It’s a tale as old as time…one might say to the point of parody. And what better way to lovingly send up the oft-repeated tropes of the biopic than to tell the “life story” of perhaps the greatest musical parodist of all-time: Weird Al Yankovic. The perfectly-titled Weird: The Al Yankovic Story stars Daniel Radcliffe, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson and a confetti explosion of cameos…seriously, you have no idea. Directed and cowritten by Eric Appel (alongside Yankovic himself), the film takes what was originally a Funny or Die skit and expands it into a nearly two-hour feature that only grows more absurd and ridiculous with each passing minute. Check out the full audio review at to find out just how much certified Weird-os Jordan, Wright, Elliott and Melina loved this delightful film.



STARRING: Daniel Radcliffe, Diedrich Bader, David Bloom, Richard Aaron Anderson, Evan Rachel Wood, Rainn Wilson, Toby Huss, Julianne Nicholson, Spencer Treat Clark, Jack Lancaster, Tommy O’Brien, Thomas Lennon, Arturo Castro, Quinta Brunson, “Weird Al” Yankovic, Will Forte, Jack Black, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Scott Aukerman, Dot-Marie Jones, Conan O’Brien, Jorma Taccone, Nina West, Akiva Schaffer, Demetri Martin, Paul F. Tompkins, David Dastmalchian, Emo Philips, Patton Oswalt, Michael McKean, Josh Groban, Seth Green, Suzanne Krajewski




” width=Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Trash in the Can, Audio Editor)

Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. He currently co-hosts with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright also guests and hosts reviews on Screener Squad and Highly Suspect Reviews as well as co-hosts Digital Noise with Chris Cox.



Melina Eames (Screener Squad)

Melina first discovered that she carried the nerd gene at the tender age of four following her exposure to a little film called A New Hope. In the twenty-some years that followed, Melina continued to grow into her geek identity through the discovery of Batman, Mst3k, Game of Thrones, Lord of the Rings and The Mandalorian. But perhaps her most significant discovery came at the age of fourteen when a night of YouTube mining led her to the review site of Melina became a devoted follower whose fandom did not end with the site’s demise. By then, it had worked its dark magic and left her with a love and appreciation for film criticism that she has yet to shrug.



Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)

Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.



” width=Eliot Nelson (Screener Squad, Staff Writer)

Soaked in the soggy rains of Seattle, Eliot developed a love of sci-fi, movies, cartoons, heavy metal, and all of geekdom. Pursuing his passion for the written word, he got his BA from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington. He has since worked exclusively in the foodservice industry, like any liberal arts major worth their salt. Eliot wiles away the hours listening to movie reviews, writing his epic sci-fi novel, and consuming as much media as possible. His favorite movies include The Lord of the Rings, City of God, Dawn of the Dead, and Groundhog Day. When not rambling to himself about the ineptness of entertainment executives, Eliot posts infrequently on Twitter and squawks regularly on his podcast The Debasement Tapes.



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