Deafblind accessibility and entertainment critic Michael McNeely is previewing movies for AMI Audio.
The new segment, AMI at the Movies, airs nationally at 10:20 a.m. on Fridays as part of Accessible Media Inc’s (AMI) Live From Studio 5 program hosted by Mike Ross and Joeita Gupta from 9-11 a.m.
Coming up on Friday Michael will preview Detective Pikachu, which stars Canadian Ryan Reynolds.
Asked if he goes to see the movies that he previews, Michael quipped, “I will see Detective Pikachu with my Pokemon trading cards in my pocket.”
Michael is a Tomatometer-approved critic with Rotten Tomatoes, an accredited reviewer of the Toronto International Film Festival and a member of the film jury for the ReelAbilities Film Festival. It’s fair to say he typically reviews films with weightier content.
Michael agreed but noted, “Even popular films can be analyzed through disability and gender lenses to see how people are being represented.”
“I study popular culture and enjoy learning about the trends,” he said.
Michael’s first segment of AMI at the Movies aired on April 26, when he previewed the Seth Rogen-Charlize Theron romantic comedy The Long Shot.
Last week, the critic previewed the Netflix original film Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile, a chronicle of the crimes of serial killer Ted Bundy, from the perspective of his long-time girlfriend, who refused to believe the truth about him for years. Michael explored some of the controversy behind the film.
Here are links to the AMI Audio podcasts:
AMI at the Movies: Extremely Wicked, Shockingly Evil and Vile
AMI at the Movies: The Long Shot preview