Posts by Billy Ray Brewton

In Theaters: A CURE FOR WELLNESS

I don’t understand who or what Gore Verbinski is as a filmmaker. Maybe I never have. He has proven that he can handle adventure (Pirates of the Caribbean franchise), drama (The Weather Man), horror (The Ring), family fare (MouseHunt, Rango), even if some of his works result in box office disasters (The Lone Ranger). But, even The Lone Ranger is a ‘guilty pleasure’ sort of fun. With Verbinski’s latest effort, A Cure for Wellness, it’s hard to say what it is or even why one would feel the necessity to champion and foster it as a piece of art. It’s rare that I have
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Guns for Grizzlies: 10 Public School Movie Educators Surely Affected by Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and the Trump Administration

When billionaire Betsy DeVos was confirmed as Secretary of Education, many wondered if she possessed the qualifications and competency to hold the position, given her less than stellar confirmation hearing that included advocating for guns in classrooms in the event of grizzly attacks. Nevertheless, Betsy DeVos is now our Secretary of Education, for worse or for worse. What does this mean? For our nation’s school children, it’s too soon to tell. But we can safely make the argument that all ten of the following movie educators would be drastically affected by the policies of both Secretary DeVos and the Trump
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In Theaters: DON’T HANG UP

DISCLAIMER: I wanted to see how many times I could fit the word ‘bro’ into a review. Ah, teenagers. Remember the good old days when you could show them an educational video on the perils of teen sex, or drinking and driving, and that’d be enough to scare them straight? That sort of thing doesn’t really work anymore because – well – teenagers are assholes. Big, fat, hormonal assholes. And the type of teenagers depicted in Don’t Hang Up are some of the worst I’ve seen depicted in a film in a very long time. They are monsters, each and
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THEY CAME FROM THE 90’s – Reflections on a Complicated Decade, Part 1

DISCLAIMER: This series is shamelessly inspired by the bravura podcast, 80’S ALL OVER, hosted by Drew McWeeny and Scott Weinberg (https://www.80sallover.com/). If you have not heard of that podcast, do yourself a favor and start bingeing like your life depends on it. THE MISSION: Beginning with January of 1990, we’re exploring each and every month of the formative cinematic decade known as – The 1990’s. I’ll discuss my favorite film of the month, my least favorite film of the month, and the film that desperately needs rediscovering. Hopefully, it’ll encourage you to check out some lost gems, or check back
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THE REAL POLTERGEIST CURSE: How the Freelings Are the Worst Movie Parents Ever

The image everyone remembers: A young girl kneeling in front of a television broadcasting nothing but static, the eerie intermittent light bouncing of her face as she turns back to her bewildered parents and says, “They’re here.” That is Poltergeist, the horror classic directed by Tobe Hooper…or Steven Spielberg…or both. It’s one of the most iconic horror films of all-time and there’s plenty to scare us: killer clown dolls, skeletons popping out of the swimming pool, enormous death goblins smashing out of the closet. In the second film – Poltergeist II: The Other Side – it was a sickly looking
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