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GHOSTED MOVIE REVIEW
If you only watched the first 30 minutes of this new romantic Apple+ film starring Ana De Armas and Chris Evans, you might think you’re watching a Lifetime movie. Evans plays Cole, an unlucky-in-love farmer and agricultural historian who has recently been dumped when he crosses paths with Sadie (De Armas), a girl from the big city trying to escape her hectic life. They meet at a farmer’s market and hit it off after a charming bit of flirt-fighting. They go for a coffee that turns into going for dinner that turns into walking the riverside and chatting about life and love, which ends with the sun rising as they reach Sadie’s front door. They kiss. She invites him in. They spend the night together, and Cole tells his family that he has in fact found “The One”. But then, she ghosts him, and he’s left wondering what went wrong. If you watched up to that point, you’d be able to use the same paint-by-numbers guide Lifetime uses to write all their romantic movies. Ah, but here’s the twist. This isn’t one of those lame movies. No, no, no. Sadie has a secret, and Cole soon uncovers it when he tracks her down to London and is kidnapped by a torturer who believes he has vital information. Sadie arrives and proceeds to beat the holy hell out of the men holding her stalker love interest hostage. Sadie is in fact CIA. With her ass kicking talents and his bumbling yet handsome tomfoolery, they team up to fight and flee their way on an international adventure to save the world, with bantering and explosions along the way. And with banter of their own, Bradly, Neil, Chad, and T.C. crack the code of the action adventure rom-com.
DIRECTED BY: Dexter Fletcher
STARRING: Chris Evans, Ana de Armas, Adrien Brody, Mike Moh, Tate Donovan, Amy Sedaris, Lizze Broadway, Mustafa Shakir, Anthony Mackie, John Cho, Sebastian Stan, Ryan Reynolds, Anna Deavere Smith, Tim Blake Nelson, Tiya Sircar, Stephen Park, Humza Shabazz, Burn Gorman, Marwan Kenzari, Israel Vaughn, Victoria Kellher, Jordan Blair Brown, Zane Shaw, Stephanie Weis, Dexter Fletcher
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.
Neil Anderson (Screener Squad)
I first got hooked on movies when I saw Star Wars at a drive-in theater as a kid. Growing up in a small, rural town meant not having access to a lot of movies. In college, that all changed. I couldn’t get enough. I love it all — flicks, films, movies, and cinema. I still have that wide-eyed wonder of that kid watching movies from the back of a pick-up truck at the drive-in.
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.”
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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