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SHARPER MOVIE REVIEW
Ah, I see you’re curious about the art of the con. Well, let me tell you, it’s a delicate dance between charm and deception. And the best con films aren’t just flash and style, they’re about twisting an audience through a thrilling ride, often dealing with characters you come to know but rarely are able to trust. Films such as these leave you questioning everything and everyone. Nothing is as it seems. But while this genre may evoke the bouncy, flashy fun of the Oceans movies, Sharper is much more in line with Hitchcock’s Notorious or Mamet’s The Spanish Prisoner. This is the type of drama that may have you trying to keep up with the intricate webs of lies and deceit. It’s a game of cat and mouse, and like a good con, you never know who’s the cat and who’s the mouse until the very end. Justice Smith plays Tom, a soft-spoken young man who works at an old bookstore. One afternoon, a beautiful young woman named Sandra (Briana Middleton) enters Tom’s shop, and the two have instant chemistry, but as their lives overlap, they fall victim to deceit and distrust. Melina, Bradly, and T.C. attempt to weave their way through this review revealing just enough to help you decide if you might want to trust that an Apple+/A24 team-up is worth your time.
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.
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.
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.
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