Posts by Billy Ray Brewton

FANTASIA 2017: TRAGEDY GIRLS

I’m not sure where I stand with Tragedy Girls. Maybe I’ll have a better understanding by the time I finish this review. I have always been a proponent of films that make you root for the bad guys, and films that make you question yourself in how you’re reacting to
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REVIEW: DUNKIRK

I’ve never been someone you want to engage with in a discussion about Christopher Nolan. For me, he’s always been one of those “middle of the road” filmmakers. I don’t love him enough to get excited about his work, and don’t dislike him enough to tear it down. I actually
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FANTASIA 2017: BITCH

The name “Marianna Palka” should be known by more people. The very fact that it isn’t makes my heart hurt in a substantial way. Most people know Palka more as an actress, most recently as Reggie in the Netflix series GLOW, but her work as a writer/director has produced two of
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FANTASIA 2017: BETTER WATCH OUT

Nothing gets me excited quite like a Christmas horror film. Black Christmas is the gold standard, but other films like Silent Night, Deadly Night and Child’s Play have kept the sub-genre alive and kicking.  But we don’t get many, at least not quality ones. Krampus exceeded all expectations and we
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FANTASIA 2017: GAME OF DEATH

A new horror movie about millennials’ heads exploding? Sign me up any day of the week and twice on Sunday. Game of Death is the movie in question, and it’s another horror flick by way of those horror masterminds…the French Canadians? In truth, Canada has produced some terrific little horror
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FANTASIA 2017: SUPER DARK TIMES

I am a sucker for a coming-of-age flick. Always have been. I remember being ten-years-old and weeping like a willow when Vada walked up to Thomas Jay’s casket in My Girl; or when Gordie had his breakdown in Stand By Me; or when Charlie hit the dance floor in The
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REVIEW: THE BIG SICK

I have always had this one rule that has been a sort of trigger while watching a movie: if this one thing happens, the film is going to be awful. One rule. It gets broken; I check out. And that rule is: if a film shows any part of Night
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FANTASIA 2017: THE HONOR FARM

“If we shadows have offended, think but this and all is mended; that you have but slumbered here, while these visions did appear.” Those, of course, are Puck’s famous words from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”. And, having sat through all 74-minutes of Karen Skloss’s bizarre fever dream of a
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REVIEW: WAR FOR THE PLANET OF THE APES

When you’re watching a film that is, essentially, a battle between apes and humans, and you’re rooting for the apes, you know the filmmaker has done something right. That filmmaker is Matt Reeves and the ‘something’ he has done right is a trilogy that ranks right up there with the
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