The first Screeners episode of December is anything but short on content—the two movies we’re reviewing represent nearly 6 hours of total runtime. That’s not stopping the critics from gushing about either of them, but this is our show, so we’ll get the final word, thanks.
Martin Scorsese’s The Irishman, now on Netflix after a short run in the theaters, has been in the works for over a decade. The true story has heavy hitters like Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, and Al Pacino playing Teamsters and mobsters, which seems, shall we say, within their comfort zone. It’s three and a half hours long, though, so is it worth the commitment? Let’s see if we can tell you in less time than it would take you to watch it.
Now, in the spirit of changing gears just a bit, let’s talk about Rian Johnson’s Drama/Mystery/dark comedy Knives Out. The words “whodunnit” and “murder mystery” get thrown around a lot in the reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, but almost always alongside phrases like “more than a” and “not your typical”, which makes one think the reviewers should maybe find something different to call it. Lazy writing aside, it’s getting good buzz, so time to see if the Screeners agree.
When you’ve fully processed all the content here, we’d love to hear what you have to think, and we’re pretty sure you know where to find us. Just in case, though, you know we’re going to remind you: Facebook and/or Twitter. See you there!