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Highly Suspect Reviews: I Saw The TV Glow

I Saw The TV Glow Movie Review


The director of experimental art-horror hit from last year, We’re All Going to the World’s Fair, Jane Schoenbrun, returns with their latest experimental art-scifi hit, I Saw the TV Glow. The film follows Owen, who first we meet in 7th grade (briefly played by Ian Foreman). He is very withdrawn but nonetheless finds an unusual connection with similarly withdrawn 9th grader Maddy (Brigette Lundy-Paine) through her obsession with a teen horror tv show, The Pink Opaque. Although Owen is only able to catch one episode after lying about a sleepover at a friend’s house but actually going to Maddy’s to watch the latest installment of the show, the obsession kicks in. Being too young to stay up till the show’s late air time, even when the movie shifts two years later, Owen (with Justice Smith now in the role) still can’t watch it, but Maddy starts sending him tapes which he treats almost like religious icons, watching and rewatching the episodes. When Maddy disappears one day, and the show is abruptly canceled, you’d think Owen would eventually move on, but events lead him to question his world and whether the show might actually be where his reality lies. Abstract with a strong bent towards music and imaginatively shot sequences, the films of Lynch or perhaps more suitably with it’s teen themes, Donnie Darko might come to mind when thinking of comparisons for I Saw The TV Glow. But Chris, Wright, Mike, and Ben talk about how the film is really it’s own thing, and that it’s going to be completely for some folks their new Buffy Season 2, but for others it’ll be more of a Season 7.


DIRECTED BY: Jane Schoenbrun

STARRING: Justice Smith, Ian Foreman, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Helena Howard, Fred Durst, Danielle Deadwyler, Lindsey Jordan, Amber Benson, Conner O’Malley, Emma Portner, Michael C. Maronna, Danny Tamberelli, Phoebe Bridgers, Haley Dahl, Kristina Esfandiari




Photo on 2011-10-02 at 13.02Christopher Lawrence Cox (Founder, Da Boss)

Born in the wilds of northern Virginia, Chris managed to put all of his survival skills to use and barely escaped with his life to Austin Texas in 1992 where ever since he’s dabbled in everything from plumber’s assistant to sandwich maker, from band to bar management. An opportunity to see theatrical release films for free by becoming a critic on a local public access show called “The Reel Deal” turned into a full-time job when Chris and his friends decided to take it to the internet. They built the site, adding multiple podcasts and animated features, to no small amount of success. During this time, a fortuitous friendship sprung up between Chris and young Brian Salisbury, who was also a local film critic, and they merged their forces of will, and their laundry list of ideas for shows, to eventually build this community of critics. While Brian eventually followed his heart to a new family, Chris continues on with a cast of colorful folks from all over the country (and a few others). You can also check out Chris in his videocast, along with Martin Thomas and Danni Danger, that One Of Us does with our friends at Bell of Lost Souls: Crossover Event. He also regularly guests on the video game website Rage Select. Follow Chris on Twitter and Facebook and check out his Amazon Wish List.



Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor)

Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.



Mike J. McAllister (Screener Squad, Staff Writer, Head Video Editor)

Mike J. McAllister is a filmmaker, editor, writer and animator. He is also a film junkie, dog lover and Surge-aholic (Hi, Mike). He grew up in a small town in Western Pennsylvania, where he earned the reputation as the “human IMDb” and was on a first-name basis with every video store clerk in town. He later studied film in Pittsburgh. He has since written several unproduced screenplays and TV pilots. He has also produced a number of short films, some of which have appeared in festivals across the country. He is a ninja with Final Cut Pro and is armed with a mind full of mostly useless pop-culture trivia. He also enjoys animation, MST3K, classic video games and being the “music geek” among his friends (which really just means he buys vinyl and listens to music that doesn’t come from an anime soundtrack). He resides in Austin, Texas, and can be followed on the Instamagrams at @ohheyitsmikejm.



” width=Wright Sulek (Screener Squad, Digital Noise, Highly Suspect Reviews, Trash in the Can, Audio Editor)

Wright hails from the northern suburbs of Dallas, Texas. His passion for filmmaking brought him to Austin to study and make movies. Since then he’s had his hand in acting, writing, and directing his own short films with numerous like-minded film geeks he’s met along his journey. His newest interest has brought him into the podcasting world. He co-hosted a few different movie related podcasts such as ‘And Now This’ and ‘The Match Cut’. He currently co-hosts with longtime friend, Eric Samaniego, where they talk shop about the grimiest, trashiest, lost gems of movies on their show, ‘Trash in the Can’. Wright also guests and hosts reviews on Screener Squad and Highly Suspect Reviews as well as co-hosts Digital Noise with Chris Cox.



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