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MARLOWE MOVIE REVIEW
Studios need a hero to sell the pictures but those pictures need a mystery that’s tall and shaped like an hourglass containing enough sand to bury a treasure that the most dangerous crooks this side of the strip are after. Not all treasure is shines like gold; sometimes that treasure is information that could put you, me, and this whole filthy operation behind bars (bars of chocolate, which is a great treat to have with popcorn at a movie). And not just any kind of movie, a whodunnit! Who done this? It’s famous auteur writer/director Neil Jordan partnering up with long time collaborator and geriatric action star Liam Neeson. Taking up the mantel from a plethora of actors before him, Neeson stars as Marlowe in Marlowe, playing the famous private eye who’s been tasked to find the dead lover of a femme fatale named Mrs. Cavendish (Diane Kruger). Identities are mistaken, guns are smoking, dialogue is hard boiled and cynical, and the cast of usual suspects include Jessica Lange, Alan Cumming, and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje. Bradly, Frank, and Melina discuss their relationship with Raymond Chandler’s legendary detective and the right and wrong ways to tell a caper. Was the trio taken by Liam Neeson’s take on the tenacious gum shoe or did his 100th film give them all The Big Sleep?
DIRECTED BY: Neil Jordan
STARRING: Liam Neeson, Diane Kruger, Jessica Lange, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Colm Meaney, Daniela Melchior, Alan Cumming, Danny Huston, Seána Kerslake, François Arnaud, Ian Hart, Patrick Muldoon
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.
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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