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Screener Squad: American Dreamer

American Dreamer Movie Review


John Steinbeck once said “Socialism never took root in America because the poor see themselves not as an exploited proletariat but as temporarily embarrassed millionaires.”. American Dreamer is a film about Phil (Peter Dinklage) who is a writer/college professor who wants it all: The hot wife, the fast car, & a little mansion near the coast he can call his own. His realtor Dell (Matt Dillon) wants his big dream to crash back to reality and ponder some purchases in his price range. As luck would have it, Phil finds a listing for a 10 million dollar mansion at the bonkers-low market price of thousands. Astrid (Shirley MacLaine) will sell him the house for peanuts, no strings attached, if he allows her to pass away in the beautiful home. Oh, did I mention that there actually ARE strings attached!? From writer’s block and an annoying work colleague named Craig (Danny Pudi), saucy encounters with consenting adult student Clair (Michelle Mylett) and two dreamed up bikini clad twin muses played by Rebecca Olson, Phil will discover that the best kind of dreaming is living. Bradly, Frank, and Melina praise Peter Dinklage and Shirley MacLaine’s work together while also discussing the faults and failings of the film as a whole separate from the legendary thespians. Did American Dreamer inspire or put them to sleep? We welcome you to listen and comment below.


DIRECTED BY: Paul Dektor

STARRING: Peter Dinklage, Shirley MacLaine, Kim Quinn, Danny Pudi, Matt Dillon, Danny Glover, Michelle Mylett, Peter Kelamis, Rebecca Olson, Garry Chalk, Peter New




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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