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DEAD RINGERS SERIES REVIEW
Which statement makes you more uneasy? “My gynecologist called and they want me to come in” or “David Cronenberg is filming a new body horror character study”. What if I told you that those two statements are one and the same in the amazon Cronenberg remake mini series Dead Ringers. Elliot and Beverly Mantle (Both characters portrayed by Rachel Weisz) are twin gynecologists both with aspirations of opening and running their own birthing centre for women by women. In order to do so they need the money of wealthy pharmaceutical philanthropist Rebecca (Jennifer Ehle). They’ll have to wine, dine, and put up with her and her brood of apathetic vulture family members to make their dreams come true. It’s not all work and no play. Beverly has a fondness for a patient who also happens to be an on the rise actress Genevieve (Britne Oldford). Beverly, who is the more reserved and shy twin, asks Elliot to seduce Genevieve on her behalf which Eliot is happy to oblige. Genevieve is then pulled into the toxic codependency of the Mantle sisters. With career and romance on the line, which twin will reign supreme and have it all? Bradly, Jordan, Rae, and Eliot discuss their relationship with the original film, the success of this adaptation, and the necessity of Amazon’s wonderful use of trigger warnings.
CREATED BY: Alice Birch
STARRING: Rachel Weisz, Britne Oldford, Poppy Liu, Jennifer Ehle, Michael Chernus, Jeremy Shamos, Emily Meade, Natalie Woolams-Torres, Kevin Anton, Susan Blommaert, Liza Fernandez, Andrew Garman, Suzanne Bertish, Maryann Urbano, Aaron Dean Eisenberg, Kevin R. McNally, Tony Crane, Michael McKean, Ntare Guma Mbaho Mwine, Erica Sweany
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.
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.
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.
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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