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Screener Squad: The Animal Kingdom

The Animal Kingdom Movie Review


If I could walk with the animals, talk with the animals, squeak and squawk and flock with the animals well then I may just be one of the animals. In the distant future a small percentage of human beings are becoming ill and physically mutating while mentally adapting into various types of animals. Bird men, walrus women, teen wolves, chinchilla children, why is this happening? A virus, or evolution? From writer director Thomas Cailley and co-writer Pauline Munier, The Animal Kingdom is a French film that asks the viewer what makes us the most human? François Marindaze (Romain Duris) has just lost his wife to this change and is now the single father of a coming of age adolescent Emile Marindaze (Paul Kircher). Emile is at a time where his body is starting to change. He’s growing a little taller, he’s starting to develop his own musk, he’s attracted to the opposite sex, he has lots of fur where there was no fur before, he wants to mark his territory and lick what he likes. François and Emile are now both at a crossroads, the well worn path of the life society presents to all of us since we first learn to walk upright, or a path the philosopher’s have labeled freedom. Will François lose another member of his family to this dreadful disease or will Emile fight the primal urge to be himself? Bradly, TC, and Lewayne aren’t just monkeying around with this review. The triptych of terriers sniff out the many themes in this coming of age story about family and friendships while discussing the modern day allegories of fear and prejudice. Does this film join the brotherhood of the wolf or cage up and sell out to the zoo?


DIRECTED BY: Thomas Cailley

STARRING: Romain Duris, Paul Kircher, Adèle Exarchopoulos, Tom Mercier, Billie Blain, Nathalie Richard, Saadia Bentaieb




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.



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.



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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