THE PALE BLUE EYE MOVIE REVIEW
There will always be a willing and vivacious audience for the bloody twists and turns of crime dramas. Netflix could indeed indulge in presenting an offshoot streaming service with their abundance of murder serials, documentaries of men with malicious intent, and motion pictures of scandal and treachery. However when one discusses the dark and grim ventures of murder, no matter how loquacious or restrained, and no matter what era said death and forbidding takes place, the less the engaged audience is informed of when beginning on such a grim path, the more enjoyable the experience, and the more one so inclined to do may participate in solving the bloody conundrum. So, as Rae, Matt, Eliot, and T.C. gather in the Screener Squad drawing room before the warmth and security of the fire to discuss The Pale Blue Eye, they attempt to keep spoilers to a minimum. But what is this tale of woe entail? Well allow us a brief synopsis of the lore. 1830, alcoholic retired detective Augustus Landor (Christian Bale) is asked by the military to investigate the hanging of Cadet Leroy Fry at the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. Landor is a widower who lives alone since his daughter Mathilde ran off a few years previously. This murder leads our crack investigator onto a path of the occult and other murders that could possibly be connected. It could even mean evidence of a serial killer, which Landor tracks with the help of a young cadet with an aptitude for murder mysteries. A cadet named Edgar Allen Poe (Harry Melling). Now, gather, friends, to hear the Squad’s thoughts and feelings on The Pale Blue Eye.
DIRECTED BY: Scott Cooper
STARRING: Christian Bale, Harry Melling, Gillian Anderson, Lucy Boynton, Charlotte Gainsbourg, Toby Jones, Harry Lawtey, Simon McBurney, Hadley Robinson, Timothy Spall, Robert Duvall, Joey Brooks, Brennan Keel Cook, Gideon Glick, Fred Hechinger, Matt Helm, Jack Irving, Steven Maier, Charlie Tahan, John Fetterman, Gisele Fetterman
T.C. De Witt (Screener Squad)
T.C. De Witt is a multi-awarded writer/director originally from Wisconsin and now based in Los Angeles. His life has been devoted to the arts since he was a child. He’s been a stage performer, playwright, stand-up comic, film and television actor, radio DJ, podcaster published author, recorded musician, and comic writer/illustrator. He is now a professional screenwriter and has been thriving for the past decade, regularly offering his talents to production studios in LA, Chicago, Milwaukee, and internationally in Sydney and Poland. He’s provided content for Amazon Prime, Netflix, and several YouTube partners. His films have screened internationally, and his stageplays have been performed across the country. In the last ten years, he has directed 57 films, 23 episodes of his series The One Minute Rewatch, 300+ episodes of podcasts, and his multi-award-winning short film Screen: Righter screened at the Festival de Cannes in 2016. He has released two feature films, The Princess Knight and A Christmas Sunset. He thrives on collaboration and the thrill of sharing stories in all forms.
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.
Matt Foster (Screener Squad)
Matt Foster is a stand up comic, podcaster, and movie critic currently living in the greater Salt Lake City area. His lifelong love of genre film began early, when he realized they freaked out his mom. He performs (epidemics permitting) regularly on Dungeons and Comedy, a DND live play with standup comedians, and is the slightly less mustache-y half of the Nighthawks Podcast, a cinema-centric discussion cohosted by Trevor T. Trujillo.
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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