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Screener Squad: The Feud Season 2: Capote vs the Swans

Feud: Capote vs The Swans Review


After his novel In Cold Blood in 1966, eccentric life of the party Truman Capote climbed the ladder of high life society and became the legendary culture icon we all know, love, and imitate to this very day. What’s a scaling of social ladders though without friends to exploit? FX on Hulu scandalously presents Feud season 2 Capote vs The Swans, taking place in a nonlinear narrative between the early 60s to 1984 over the course of 8 episodes. Truman Capote (Tom Hollander) was rubbing elbows with the swans. Swan number 1, Babe Paley (Naomi Watts) was a survivor of a horrible accident who Truman describes as a reconstructed porcelain doll. Her true love and husband William Paley (Treat Williams) had a real true love of sleeping around. Swan number 2 Nancy ‘Slim’ Keith (Diane Lane) had a knack for tearing down the weak, talking up the strong, and engaging in the most saucy of affairs. Swan number 3 C. Z. Guest (Chloë Sevigny), a gorgeous gal that has an ear for gossip but the eyes on her all belong to the IRS. Can the swans forgive the ugly duckling behavior of Truman after he spills the ink on all their most intimate and vulnerable secrets? Bradly, Frank, and Melina separate the trash talk from the truth, praise the performances and showrunner Gus Van Sant, and get involved in a little sassy talk as they drag Ryan Murphy’s name through the mud.


CREATED BY: Gus Van Sant, Max Winkler, Jon Robin Baitz, and Jennifer Lynch

STARRING: Naomi Watts, Diane Lane, Chloë Sevigny, Calista Flockhart, Demi Moore, Molly Ringwald, Treat Williams, Joe Mantello, Russell Tovey, Tom Hollander, Jessica Lange, Ella Beatty, Roya Shanks, Jamie Askew, Scott Zimmerman, Rebecca Creskoff, David Healy, Daniel Adaro, Tom Stratford, Marin Ireland, Alison Wright, Pawel Szajda, Yuval David, Chris Chalk, Charlotte Cronin, Jeffrey Grover, Dennis Staroselsky, Jessica DiGiovani, Dan Cordle




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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