Posts by Billy Ray Brewton

CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Actor/Director Graham Skipper

With a name like Graham Skipper, you’d expect a fun interview. Most folks know Graham from his roles on camera in Almost Human, The Mind’s Eye and Beyond the Gates, and on stage in the hit Los Angeles production of Re-Animator: The Musical. But – get this – he directs too! His new feature, the sci-fi romance Sequence Break, world premieres April 6th at the ridiculously loaded Chattanooga Film Festival. Graham took the time to chew the fat with me about his influences, why musical theatre rocks, and what horror film wrecked his 13-year-old self. What are your thoughts on
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ATLFF Review: HOLDEN ON (World Premiere)

Let’s talk about Holden On, shall we? Any film that ends with a phone number for a national assistance organization is going to inherently leave you feeling like you’ve just watched some sort of after school special. And it’s actually not entirely unfair to call Holden On an after school special. It deals with a single protagonist, follows him through a very complicated issue that needs more exposure than it receives, and ends in one of two ways those kinds of specials always end – with the protagonist’s salvation, or death. But Holden On is an after school special in
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT (ATLFF Edition) with Actor Matt Fahey

The 2017 Atlanta Film Festival kicks-off Friday and I figured – what better what to initiate coverage than with the first in a series of special ATLFF “Chewin’ the Fat” conversations. www.atlantafilmfestival.com My favorite aspect of film festivals is being introduced to talented folks I’d never heard of before. Such was the case with actor Matt Fahey, and his performance in Tamlin Hall’s Holden On (world premiering at ATLFF) made me stop and say, “I gotta chew the fat with him.” He grew up in rural Connecticut, shot this film in rural Georgia, and took the time to talk with Cinepunx about those correlations, building
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Editor Michael Felker

2017 is shaping up to be a pretty big year for editor Michael Felker. He’s had one flick, the genre-bending Get the Girl, already released in theatres and on-demand. His next film, the Aaron Moorhead & Justin Benson time travel sci-fi-thriller, The Endless, world premieres at the TriBeCa Film Festival next month. Add to that his working on his own material and this just seemed like an opportune time to chew the fat. Known primarily for his collaborations with Moorhead and Benson, Felker is a proud FSU graduate and has an extensive love of cinema, which we discuss (or chew) in depth.
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In Theaters: KONG: SKULL ISLAND

Kong might be king of the jungle but he’s certainly not the king of keeping a tidy home. All those helicopter parts and body parts and skeleton lizard parts just lying around. That’s what happens when you don’t have parents or a Lady Kong to watch out for you. As far as monsters go, Kong is the bachelor of the group. He’s a loner. A rebel. A self-made ape. And, in terms of how long his kind lives, he’s probably just a teenager. And we know how awkward those teenage years can be for humans. Imagine how they are for
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In Theaters/On VOD: BRIMSTONE

This film might as well have been called “Pain in Four Part Harmony”. Brimstone is a vicious film, filled with terrible people doing terrible things to people who don’t deserve what befalls them. It’s a Western, but it’s also a horror film. It’s a two-fold revenge tale where children are murdered, men are disemboweled, and women take to nooses like moths to a flame. I sit here with such a bitter taste in my mouth that I can’t believe I’m recommending the film. Martin Koolhoven is the man behind this madness, a director from the Netherlands making his English language
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Writer/Director Ryan Spindell

Anyone who follows the annual horror festival circuit is likely familiar with the name ‘Ryan Spindell.’ From TriBeCa to Fantastic Fest, Spindell’s short films have been screening and winning awards at festivals across the globe. His most recent short, The Babysitter Murders, has just finished its festival run after successful outings pretty much everywhere that matters. In short – he’s pretty much got this short film thing down. I’ve known Ryan for a few years and he was kind enough to answer some of my ridiculous questions from his Los Angeles dojo. He’s a horror dork, an impressive visual artist, and
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In Theaters: LOGAN

I’m a fan of comic book adaptations but haven’t read a single comic since 1996. I was never on board the Christopher Nolan Dark Knight train. I find The Avengers and its subsequent spin-offs to be entertaining and well-made yarns but little more. Until today, my favorite comic book adaptation was (like with many people) Spider-Man 2. It was the only film that made me invest emotionally in the characters to a sufficient enough point where they were moving me. That all changed with Logan. It shook me. It destroyed me and put me back together. It did what few
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The Game is Never Over Man: Remembering Bill Paxton (1955-2017)

In his younger days, Bill Paxton was a scene stealer. His boundless energy and charisma overwhelming anyone who dared to share oxygen with him. As he aged, he maintained that charisma, but transformed into a rich, complicated, and nuanced performer, beloved by film and television fans the world over. There was a special kind of “Bill Paxton Excitement” whenever he had a new film coming out. Sadly and as many know, Paxton died at the age of 61 from complications from surgery. He left behind a family, mournful colleagues, and a new television series – Training Day – where Paxton had
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CHEWIN’ THE FAT with Writer/Director Jackson Stewart

Filmmaker Jackson Stewart grew up terrified of horror films, but ended up creating one of the most talked about indie horror flicks of 2016, Beyond the Gates. A faithful throwback to 1970’s Italian horror and 1980’s board game horror (yes, that was a sub-genre), the film stars Barbara Crampton (Re-Animator, From Beyond) and Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End, The Guest) and is now available to purchase in the U.K., though horror nuts in the States will have to wait until May 2nd, unless your player knows no regions! I first met Jackson at Bruce Campbell’s Horror Film Festival last year. My
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