BONES AND ALL – Review by T. J. Callahan

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Bones and All: I’m hungry for you.

I’m not sure anyone is going to want any baby back, baby back, baby back ribs anytime soon after choosing to sit through the new romantic cannibal road movie, Bones and All.

You read right, Bones and All is about a teen romance between two vagabonds who meet each other at a crossroads in their lives and find they really savor each other. It’s a coming of age anthropophaginian story set in the 1980’s when Ronald Reagan was in the White House and Jeffrey Dahmer had more than just a chicken in the pot.

Bones and All, based on a YA novel of the same name, stars Timothee Chalamet and Taylor Russell as the wayward young couple searching for who they are and who’s going to be their next meal. Character actor extraordinaire, Mark Rylance is Sully, a seasoned people-eater who’s
equal parts mentor and maniac. Director Luca Guadagnino mixes the bloody horror he orchestrated in Suspiria with the peachy romance from Call Me By Your Name as we follow the pair across the Midwest in stolen vehicles with stolen dreams.

Bones and All is an acquired taste. It’s certainly not a fun family friendly film…unless you are the Addams Family. Cara Mia, this movie is creepy and its kookie, mysterious and spooky. It’s all together hooky. Bones and All gets a 6 on the merit of the acting of Rylance and an unrecognizable Michael Stuhlbarg doing his best Deliverance impersonation.

Luca Guadagnino directed Timothee Chalamet in Bones and All as well as Call Me By Your Name which also starred Armie Hammer who is now thought to be a real life cannibal.

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T. J. Callahan

Longtime Houston radio personality, T.J. Callahan switched gears from traffic and news reporting as a member of the award winning Hudson and Harrigan Show on KILT to directing you to the right movie theatre as the resident film critic for The Sam Malone Show on AM 1070 The Answer in Houston. Since 2009, T.J. has exclusively critiqued premiering films on such stations as KRMD in Shreveport, La., KILT in Houston, WCKT in Sarasota, Fla., as well as on The Chris X Blayney Show on The Liberty Eagle Radio Network and streaming on Radio Brave. Entertaining and informative, T.J. gets right to the point and lets you know whether the latest epic is worth your time. Listen to her live every Thursday morning at 9:20 central on KNTH. T.J. is also a proud member of the Critics Choice Association, the Houston Film Critics Society and a board member and 2017 inductee to the Texas Radio Hall of Fame.