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Screener Squad: The Good Mother

The Good Mother


What is a good mother? Webster has no definition. I mean sure the words ‘good’ and ‘mother’ are both in the pages but separately and never defined together. Stuffy old Oxford is no better. Is a ‘good mother’ a baker of pies, sewer of buttons, assorter of sack lunches? Maybe a ‘good mother’ is just being there? Maybe all the mothers reading this should watch the episode “Baby Race” of an Australian kids cartoon called Bluey and have a nice healthy cry. Director/Writer Miles Joris-Peyrafitte presents a New York crime thriller about the death of a son and mother’s journey to find out the truth of white happened to him. Hilary Swank is Marissa, a widowed writer we meet at the funeral of one of her sons. Her child was a junkie and died while taking a routine jog. Also attending the funeral is Paige (Olivia Cooke) who wants to pay her respects to her former lover and let Marissa know that she is about to give birth to her grandchild. Paige, who has experience in narcotics and how to take them, will team up with Marissa to uncover the truth behind this mysterious death while Marissa’s other son Toby (Jack Reynor) , a police officer, will try to help his mother get over her grief and live for the family that’s still here. Bradly, Frank, and Melina open up their own investigation with plenty of paper, yards of twine, and post-it notes on what makes an intense slow burn female led thriller, discuss the pieces necessary to make a short film puzzler, and ponder if it’s even possible to top the masterpiece mini series Mare of East Town.


DIRECTED BY: Miles Joris-Peyrafitte

STARRING: Hilary Swank, Olivia Cooke, Jack Reynor, Hopper Penn, Dilone, Norm Lewis, Karen Aldridge




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.



Frank Calvillo (Highly Suspect Reviews, Screener Squad)

Born and raised in South Texas, Frank currently lives in Austin and has been in love with movies ever since his father showed him some Three Stooges shorts when he was five years old. Today he loves all kinds of film, regardless of era, country, budget or genre. He believes every film has an audience and is at least one person’s favorite movie. After writing for Sight & Sound and Slackerwood, he now writes for Cinapse where his increasingly random taste in all flavors of cinema (from Rashomon to Mars Attacks!) continues to thrive. His ultimate goal is to write a script for his boyhood crush, Michelle Pfeiffer.



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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