Highly Suspect Reviews: Page 21
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That’s right, your favorite geek conglomerate website is now doing audio movie reviews! The cast of reviewers is subject to change even movie to movie, we have a whole rogues gallery of cinema outlaws, but one thing you can always count on is that these funny and insightful film reviews will always be, in some way, Highly Suspect.
Altered Carbon: Season 1
In Netflix’s new Neo-Noir science fiction series, Joel Kinnaman is actually a Japanese dude named Takeshi. He’s been ‘sleeved’ in the body of Joel because everybody has these alien tech things in the back of their necks that stores their entire identities and memories and they can shuffle bodies. But he was brought back for a purpose: to solve the murder of a rich guy who can’t remember why he died or whodunnit (dude is already re-sleeved, of course). Bringing together aspects of Blade Runner, anime, and a host of other borrowed elements as you’ll hear in our review, Altered Carbon may just blow you away, or maybe you’ll just *shrug*. Listen to Chris, Beau, Sarah, and Zach take it on.
Fifty Shades Freed
Here it is, the triumphant conclusion to the gigantic Fifty Shades franchise, where we all wait with bated breath to see if… Oh man, I can’t do it. I try so hard to be fair, to go in with neutral expectations, to not pre-sell the review in these text blurbs… No, we’re not exactly fans of this series. Yes, I made Patience, Marco, and George come see this third (and final, we hope) chapter in the series with me. Literally “made” them come. Blackmailed them. But here we are so let’s get this one done. *sigh*
The Cloverfield Paradox
It was one of the weirdest media events ever, pronouncing a few hours before airtime that the much-anticipated (and oft-delayed) Cloverfield universe film, once titled The God Particle, but recently redesignated with the familiar moniker, would become viewable to all Netflix subscribers right at the end of this year’s Superbowl. However, I suspect it paid off in spades. Whether or not the quality of the film did for it’s many viewers is another matter entirely and one in which we came to different conclusions with our group in this FULL-ON SPOILER REVIEW (you have been warned) for the film. Join Chris, Matt Frank, Ian, George, Patience, and Dragonball Mike for their spirited discussion.
Me yesterday: OMG, why won’t they screen Winchester for press? It’s got Helen Mirren starring in it! It’s about the freakin’ Winchester Mystery House and I’ve been wanting to see a movie made about that for, like, frickin’ ever! It’s made by the Spierig brothers who (with the exception of Jigsaw) have reliably made great genre films! WHY WHY WHY? Me today: Oh…Check out our review of the movie we had to pay to find out why the powers that be didn’t want us to be talking about. Featuring a section of the Deliberations of Doom crew: Chris, Patience, and Rob Summers!
FILM STARS DON’T DIE IN LIVERPOOL
Based on the true love story between once-famed Hollywood actress Gloria Grahame in her twilight years and a young actor, Annette Bening and Jamie Bell both give powerful and charismatic performances in this romantic tragedy that is clearly not going to be for everyone. You can find out who those people are on the Oneofus.net crew when you listen to Chris, Frank, and Michael give their review.
Christian Bale is a VERY tired soldier. In 1892, he is right about to be done with the whole thing when his captain gives him one last order to fulfill: take this dying Cheyenne war chief they have in custody, and his family, on a LONG trip back to their tribal lands in Montana so he can die there. Having fought the Native Americans for years in a bloody and protracted war, Bale isn’t happy about it and the trip with him and several other folks (including Timothee Chalamet, Rory Cochrane, Jesse Plemons, and eventually Ben Foster) starts off on kind of a tense note, to say the least. Even worse when they come across a shell-shocked widow (Rosamund Pike) whose whole family had just been slaughtered in front of her by the Commanche. But somehow, along the way, these characters change, and to very interesting effect. Frank and Chris, who review this for your pleasure, were quite surprised that there wasn’t considerably more hullabaloo in awards season for this quiet but extremely intense western. Check out their review here.
MAZE RUNNER: THE DEATH CURE
Somehow, out of all the NOT Harry Potter or Hunger Games YA adapted series, it was the Maze Runner books that actually made it to the end of their three movie run. I would have put my bets on Beautiful Creatures, but here we are. In this final chapter, our runners attempt to rescue their own from the ridiculously acronymed WCKD corp. In doing so they encounter again the traitor in their group, discover that one they thought was dead is no longer, and generally blow the fuck up out of an entire city. So what’s not to like (or at least, grudgingly admit was amusing)? Well, Chris had seen all three of these and thought they were ‘ok’. But he dragged Michael and Zach in without any experience with the series, so for those of you who never saw the first two and were planning on seeing the third (um, are there any?) we’ve got you covered.
SMALL TOWN CRIME
John Hawkes is a washed-up, alcoholic, total mess of an ex-cop whose sister (Octavia Spencer) and her husband (Anthony Anderson) are the last two people in their small town who’ll still put up with him being around…aside from bartenders when he actually manages to have cash on hand. But when he stumbles into a murder case, the old detective light switches back on and he finds a reason to not dive into a bottle as he chases down killers and killers chase him. Listen to Beau, Chris, and Frank just downright RAVE about this little crime film that could.
Chris Hemsworth leads a group of 12 soldiers as the first post-9/11 attack on the Taliban in Afganistan in this true(ish) story that surprised us more than a bit. I mean, sure, you got Michael Peña, Michael Shannon, William Fichtner, Saïd Taghmaoui, and strangely (that we wished we had seen more of him) Rob Riggle. And no question, this is a frag-waver (IE: big patriotism+lots of killing), not normally our type of thing and yet…well, let Chris and Michael give you the goods. Either way, we hope there’s another Captain Amerithor movie soon.
Den of Thieves
A top-tier group of criminals. A no-rules broken cop and his loyal crew. The heist to end all heists. Sounds kinda like…Heat, right? But no Pacino or DeNiro here. You gotcher Gerard Butler as the dirty cop. You got (as far as the marketing campaign is concerned) 50 Cent as your big criminal, although in reality, the leader of that group is Pablo Schreiber…small mercies. In the mix is O’Shea Jackson Jr as well which is one of the things, erm, we said we really liked, sort of, about this movie. *sigh* Listen to Chris, Mike, Frank, and JC put together this j
Daniel Day-Lewis plays Reynolds Woodcock (titter), a famed dressmaking fashion king who puts silk on the backs of celebrities and royalty. When he meets a young girl named Alma (Vicky Krieps) he is taken with her, but is it more as a lover or as someone with the right frame to hang his dresses on? And how long will she, or anyone, put up with his eccentricities? Oh, the unmitigated tension. Paul Thomas Anderson directs Lewis here in what may be (if he’s serious this time) the actor’s last role. Chris, Lara, Jacob, and Ian review this movie in what may be (assuming they had as much fun as it seemed recording this) not even close to their last review for this website.
Liam Neeson tries one last go-round as an action star by teaming up again with director Jaume Collet-Serra (Non-Stop, Unknown) for this film that according to what Chris could get out of Ian, Lara, and JC, is basically two hours of Liam walking up and down a train going, “Is it him?”. Basically, Vera Farmiga offers this ordinary joe a lot of money to find the person on the train that ‘doesn’t belong’. And that’s about it. Oh, until the twist, of course. *sigh
Dear America: Paddington is amazeballs. Get with the program. Signed, the British. And us. Because the first Paddington movie in 2014 was one of the best movies that year that NO ONE in America bothered to see. And now, I suspect it’s going to be the same thing this year with the sequel. Which is a shame because both of these movies about the lovable bear cub who lives in London with his adoptive human family and ends up having accidental adventures…are tremendously good.
This time around Hugh Grant joins the cast as a scheming actor, Brendan Gleeson as a prison tough, a laundry list of famous British actors making cameos, and Paddington’s friends and family (including everything-nominee Sally Hawkins) return from the first film. Yeah, we dug it. And it’s also a prison escape movie. Chris hadn’t sold Michael on the idea, but after he saw this sequel he was like, “Damn, I’m gonna go home and buy the first movie, like, now.” Listen to them go on and on about how wonderful this is right here.
Black Mirror: Season 4
Join Chris, Patience, and Elliott as they go episode by episode with their review of the latest season of Charlie Brooker’s, Black Mirror.
Insidious: The Last Key
Back for foursies, the Blumhouse spook show continues on with its left turn into Lin Shaye prequels with this story that covers her childhood and introduces new members of her family. But is it scary? Is it fun? Is it more of the same old, same old? Listen to Chris, Zach, Sarah, Michael, and Ian speak from the Fade with their reviews.
Because you demanded it… Ok, because those troublesome folks from our Deliberations of Doom podcast demanded it, we got that crew together to review that weird urban fantasy/End of Watch mash-up movie on Netflix, Bright. You know, the one where Will Smith and Joel Edgerton (under heavy Orc makeup) are mismatched cops searching for an elf on the run with a magic wand…. Yeah. That one. So now you can hear our epic-length review and know what the Doom Patrol thought of it.
All the Money in the World
Ridley Scott’s new movie is based on the true story of the kidnapping of the grandson of the richest man in the world, J. Paul Getty. Problem was, the kidnappers didn’t realize that Getty was such an unbelievable skinflint that not only would he pay no money to said grandson’s family (they lived in poverty) but he wouldn’t pay the ransom either. Minimally, he just sent a handler (Mark Wahlberg) to assist his desperate daughter-in-law (Michelle Williams) but sans any kind of a real budget. What happened as this story unplayed was kinda crazy. Almost as crazy as the last minute digital replacement they did for Getty, inserting Christopher Plummer. Which we never really noticed the seams of. Listen to Chris, George and Frank talk about that and the movie in general right here.
Jessica Chastain plays real-life underground poker queen Molly Bloom, as she recounts her story of being targeted by the FBI to her lawyer, Idris Elba. I mean, just the two of them in a movie together should be enough to get butts in seats, right? Just put them in everything. Hell, they’re going to be in IT 2 now, apparently. But wait, there’s more…or less, depending on how you feel about screenplay God (yeah, I said it) Aaron Sorkin. He wrote this sucka and now makes his directorial debut. WHAT COULD POSSIBLY GO WRONG. Well…. Hmm. Chris, Lara, Frank, and JC discuss the issue.
Adding to the pile of December Oscar-bait this year is Steven Spielberg’s entry and he’s going in with guns-a-blazing, casting Meryl Streep as Washington Post owner Kay Graham and Tom Hanks as its editor Ben Bradley in a time of deep concern for the paper: do they ignore the federal government’s threats and publish shocking documents that were illicitly obtained revealing secrets about the Vietnam war? Timely, no? Which isn’t to say we were head over heels with it. Listen to Chris, Elliott, Frank, and JC break it down for you.
Pitch Perfect III
In the third chapter in this (apparently) well-loved series, we thought it appropriate to actually try to get some people from the demographic the film is targeting to do the review for us. Turns out, our own regular Highly Suspect Reviewer, Lara, has a teen daughter named Rowan who was VERY excited to see the trilogy completed and Chris interviews the two of them about their experience. And NO…Chris did not use this as an excuse to get out of seeing Pitch Perfect III. There were multiple screenings on the same night. But, that being said, good note for future reference…
Owen Wilson and Ed Helms play very different brothers who have to team up when they find out that the father that their mother (Glenn Close) told them about is only one of a series of possible dads. Road trip and celebrity cameos ensue. Check out Chris moderating the review with Michael and Aaron.
The latest Alexander Payne film features Matt Damon as a man who decides to downsize his life in the most literal way possible, joining many others by going under a shrinking process that makes him about 5 inches tall. Also featuring Kristen Wiig, Christoph Waltz, and Jason Sudeikis, this was one of the more split-opinion films to be released this year and our group of reviewers (Chris, Frank, and JC) are no different. Check out their review.
The Conclave: The Last Jedi Spoiler Review
We’ve reconvened our knowledgeable Jedi conclave to help us discuss the latest Star Wars movie at length. This is a review for those who want to hear some adult talk (I mean, admittedly, adults who’ve read and seen every last bit of canon lore in the Star Wars universe, but, you know) digging deeply into the new film. Not everyone is on the same page here but it makes for a really smart talk about what works and what doesn’t in The Last Jedi. Your host is Chris and your Conclave is Chris Herman, Marco, Adam, and Harris.
The Greatest Showman
Hugh Jackman puts back on his song and dance man hat to become legendary circus guy P.T. Barnum. This musical exploration of his story also features Zac Efron, Michelle Williams, Rebecca Ferguson, Zendaya and many more and I’m telling you right now: some of you are going to HATE it. Not us though. Listen to Chris, Frank, and Lara almost break out into song reviewing the film.
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