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WHEN YOU FINISH SAVING THE WORLD MOVIE REVIEW
Gen Xers are typically described as resourceful, independent, and good at maintaining work-life balance. They were the first generation to grow up with personal computers, though not many are going to be able to wrap their heads around Twitch. Gen Xers tend to have liberal views on social issues, and that is helping raise Generation Z, which considers itself more accepting and open-minded than any generation before it. The majority of Zoomers support political and social movements such as Black Lives Matter, transgender rights, and climate change. That’s a great group raising a new greater group, right? Well, on paper, yeah. But parents are gonna parent. And teenagers gotta teenage. And in Jesse Eisenberg’s writer/director debut, he taps into the very essence of the Gen X parent/Gen Z child relationship in very authentic and cringely humorous ways. Julianne Moore plays Evelyn, a social worker at a women’s shelter doing her best to live a virtuous life while raising Ziggy (Finn Wolfhard), a Twitch streaming singer songwriter who will definitely tell you about how much his 20,000 followers love his totally original songs about graduating the 8th grade and totally feeling alone after moving schools and leaving all his friends behind. As this mother and son can’t (or maybe just refuse) to connect, they try to find that bond in other people. Evelyn latches on to a young boy she meets at her women’s shelter, while Ziggy falls in love with an extremely political student at school. Jena, Bradly, Mike, and T.C. share what they related to most in this story, which may include awkward conversations with girls and what would happen if one of their kids talked to them like Ziggy does.
DIRECTED BY: Jesse Eisenberg
STARRING: Finn Wolfhard, Julianne Moore, Billy Bryk, Alisha Boe, Jack Justice, Jay O. Sanders, Eleanor’s Hendricks, Catherine Haun, Annacheska Brown, Sara Anne
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.
Jena Perry (Screener Squad)
Jena Perry. Aka Luna. Aka Dion. Aka Memori. Aka Dog whisperer. Aka whiskey connoisseur. As you can see, depending on when you met this Oakland, California native, you have experienced a completely different person, each time. After finally deciding on a 13+year career choice as a Videographer and Radio Personality, Jena balances her time between pursuing her Doctorate in Philosophy, providing insightful and funny critiques on films and Television, raising her daughter and dog in Ohio, and constantly fighting off the existential dread that is being a dope black woman in America in the 20th century.
Mike J. McAllister (Screener Squad, Staff Writer, Head Video Editor)
Mike J. McAllister is a filmmaker, editor, writer and animator. He is also a film junkie, dog lover and Surge-aholic (Hi, Mike). He grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, where he earned the reputation as the “human IMDb” and was on a first-name basis with every video store clerk in town. He later studied film in Pittsburgh. He has since written several unproduced screenplays and TV pilots. He has also produced a number of short films, some of which have appeared in festivals across the country. He is a ninja with Final Cut Pro and is armed with a mind full of mostly useless pop-culture trivia. He also enjoys animation, MST3K, classic video games and being the “music geek” among his friends (which really just means he buys vinyl and listens to music that doesn’t come from an anime soundtrack). He resides in Austin, Texas, and can be followed on the Instamagrams at @ohheyitsmikejm.
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.
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