ALICE, DARLING MOVIE REVIEW
The greatest UK Pop sensation of all time once sang, “If you wanna be my lover you gotta get with my friends”. Or was it, “All you need is love”? Alice, Darling is the story of Alice (Anna Kendrick) who happens to have two wonderful friends named Tess (Kaniehtiio Horn) and Sophie (Wunmi Mosaku). Alice also has an tall, dark, and handsome artist boyfriend named Simon (Charlie Carrick). Simon says wear this dress. Simon says wear these earrings. Simon says your job makes you unhappy. Simon says your friends are manipulative old hags that just want to bring you down. Simon never raises his voice but what he says goes. Tess and Sophie invite Alice to a remote cabin by the lake for a birthday party weekend but instead of having cake they serve up Alice with an intervention. If the tensions of an abusive relationship weren’t enough, word in town is a missing woman is presumed dead so do please keep a look out for her. Directed by Mary Nighy and written by Alanna Francis and Mark Van de Ven, Alice, Darling is a film about the people we feel we are suppose to cherish and the beloved friends in our lives who actually cherish us. Bradly, Jordan, and Melina discuss their own personal struggles with anxiety, Anna Kendrick’s subdued performance as a woman silently screaming for help, and discuss the power of cinema’s ability to start a conversation whether it be about the stars of Pitch Perfect or red flag relationships.
DIRECTED BY: Mary Nighy
STARRING: Anna Kendrick, Kaniehtiio Horn, Charlie Carrick, Wunmi Mosaku, Mark Winnick
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.
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.
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 Spill.com. 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.
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