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Screener Squad: Eileen

Eileen Movie Review


It’s Christmas time in a small town in 1960’s Massachusetts, a place where any hopes and dreams are killed and buried beneath the cold and the grey of the monotonous tedium of everyday life. At least that’s the case for Eileen Dunlap (Thomasin McKenzie) as she spends her days listlessly going from her dead end job at a boy’s juvenile detention facility, to coming home to take care of her unappreciative, alcoholic father, Jim (Shea Whigham), and back again to work in the morning. Rinse and repeat. Until a new outgoing prison psychologist, Rebecca (Anne Hathaway), arrives at the penitentiary, and slowly begins to awaken a passionate side of Eileen that was thought to be only in her darker daydreams and fantasies. Based on the novel by Ottessa Moshfegh (who also wrote the screenplay), Mindy, Frank, and Lewayne sift through the cigarette smokey air to discuss the merits and demerits of this psychological thriller, and whether it holds its own against the grimy 60’s noir films that Eileen is clearly striving to imitate. So pour some bad wine into a coffee mug, and check out their review.


DIRECTED BY: William Oldroyd

STARRING: Thomasin McKenzie, Anne Hathaway, Shea Whigham, Marin Ireland, Sam Nivola, Owen Teague, Jefferson White, Tonye Patano, Siobhan Fallon Hogan




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Having grown up in Nairobi, Kenya, and being very disappointed at the lack of riding elephants her cartoons had promised her, Mindy spends the majority of her time as a film, theater, and voice over actress in the Austin, Texas area. They still give her money for being on HBO that one time, with her name in the credits spelled wrong. A nerdy geek, this award-winning actress joined One of Us figuring she’d put her summa cum laude BFA acting degree to good use…by judging other people’s acting. In the few seconds she gets to herself, Mindy bakes for charity, knits eccentric plushies, plays original RPG’s with her gamemaster husband, and spends time with her soulmate, Batman.



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.



Lewayne White (Screener Squad)

Lewayne’s earliest memories are of watching movies and reading comics, which instilled in him a sense of wonder, a vivid imagination, and unrealistic expectations. It also means he spends a lot of time watching movies, writing scripts for them, and trying to get them made. He lives in the middle of middle America after landing there as a child, and has remained there mainly because he hates packing.



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