NYAD MOVIE REVIEW
110 miles from Cuba to Florida. An open water swim deemed impossible by experts, sailors, and spectators alike. Diana Nyad in her prime had become renowned for her long distance swimming. In the ’70s she swam around the island of Manhattan in record time. She also swam from the Bahamas to Florida. In ’78 she attempted the swim from Cuba to Florida and failed to finish the swim. She later would become a published author, motivational speaker, and sports personality. At 60 years old, Diana Nyad (Annette Bening) convinces her long time friend Bonnie (Jodie Foster) to coach her as she embarks on conquering the record that got away. Nyad is directed by Jimmy Chin and Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi and written by Diana Nyad and Julia Cox. It shows us the journey of Diana through real life footage and the brilliant narrative portrayal of Diana through the inspiring performance of Annette Bening. It’s a film of never giving up on your dreams or your friendships. Bradly, Frank, and Jordan discuss their knowledge of the woman or lack thereof, discuss the success of integrating real life footage into a biopic narrative, then close it all out with a hip-hip-hooray for biopics that don’t paint characters with broad inhumane strokes.
DIRECTED BY: Elizabeth Chai Vasarhelyi
STARRING: Annette Bening, Jodie Foster, Rhys Ifans, Karly Rothenberg, Jeena Yi, Luke Cosgrove, Eric T. Miller, Garland Scott
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.
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.
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