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Screener Squad: The Lost King

The Lost King movie review


Based on a true story, The Lost King follows Philippa Langley (Sally Hawkins), a middle aged woman just stuck… Until she sees a performance of Richard III, and now the dead King follows her around. She takes it as a sign that she needs to find Richard’s body, which was never recovered after the War of the Roses ended. Philippa makes it her personal mission to not only find the dead King, but to give him a proper burial. So this is all well and good, but according to our critic Mindy, this movie fights Tudor propaganda with more propaganda. On top of that, if you’re not down with the historical events of the British monarchy, this movie just seems like manufactured tension the whole time. It acts and feels like a movie, but in the end, it just feels like more propaganda. So sit back and relax, as Chad, Jordan, and Melina, all get schooled on the Tudors and Shakespearean propaganda. Also, propaganda (just had to say it one more time).


DIRECTED BY: Stephen Frears

STARRING: Sally Hawkins, Steve Coogan, Harry Lloyd, Mark Addy, Lee Ingleby, James Fleet, Bruce Fummey, Amanda Abbington, Jessica Hardwick, Robert Jack, John-Paul Hurley, Nomaan Khan, Sinead MacInnes, Phoebe Pryce, Alasdair Hankinson, James Rottger, Benjamin Scanlan, Mahesh Patel, Sharon Osdin, Glenna Morrison, Adam Robb, Simon Donaldson, Kern Falconer, Josie O’Brien, Robert Maloney, Violet Hughes, Lukas Svoboda, Iman Akhtar, Kim Carlton, Lati Gbaja, Philippa Langley




Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)

Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”



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 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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