THEY/THEM MOVIE REVIEW
Before we go any further, our reviewers want to let you know that this movie sucks as a horror movie… but we all agreed it had potential and a well-seasoned Kevin Bacon. So what went fucking wrong, writer/director John Logan? We would love to know. You’ve written, arguably, many great scripts including Skyfall, The Aviator, and Hugo to name a few. It wasn’t the directing, you actually did great for your first time. The performances by Theo Germaine, Quei Tann, Monique Kim, and everyone down the cast list was great. Not only did you have Kevin Bacon playing a great asshole, you had Anna Chlumsky, the “girl” in My Girl (Chad has a boyhood crush). They/Them is a waste of great talent on a very confusing script about a bunch of LGBTQ+ kids at a conversion camp who are stalked by a masked killer. With interesting characters, yes, but none of them had enough depth by the third act for us to give a shit. But look, it’s not the worst film ever, though Jordan may debate you on that. That doesn’t mean you should skip it, especially if you’re cis. It’s always good to get a refresher on how not to be an asshole to the LGBTQ+ community. So Join Ben, Drew, Jordan and Chad on this Peacock feature, which didn’t offer a free trial to watch this film. Cheap ass NBC. We cancelled that subscription immediately.
DIRECTED BY: John Logan
STARRING: Kevin Bacon, Theo Germaine, Anna Chlumsky, Carrie Preston, Quei Tann, Austin Crute, Anna Lore, Monique Kim, Cooper Koch, Darwin del Fabro, Hayley Griffith, Boone Platt, Mark Ashworth
Chad Halvorsen (Screener Squad)
Chad Halvorsen currently resides in Milwaukee, WI, where he produces and edits commercials, films, and everything in between. He was always a fan of film/television growing up, spending days in the Summer, making (terrible) home movies with his brothers. Little did he know that passion would carry on into adulthood. Since 2006, Chad has worked for several agencies in various departments. Shooting, producing, editing, production management, directing, and when forced to, writing copy. In 2015, Chad decided to take the big leap and become a freelancer. Since then, he’s produced content for Lyft, AT&T, Target, and Discovery Network. His passion lies in entertaining people, making them feel better, even for a moment. All the pain and suffering of this business is worth it, if even just one person views his work. Chad is a frequent podcaster, most notably posing as a co-host for the podcast “The Film Illogical Society.”
Ben Glasthal (Highly Suspect Review, Screener Squad, Breakfast Pub, Unstabletop Gamers, Video and Audio Editor)
Born in Boston, then ending up in Dallas, Texas in the early 2000s, Ben has always had a passion for film. He started in film school not long after where he launched MovieReelizations.com where he still writes reviews to this day. He’s since moved to Austin where he has been also hopping on podcasts and both editing and shooting videos for One of Us. A fan of films from almost all genres, and many that predate him more than makes sense, he is anything if not eclectic in what he’s watching at any point. For the rest of his free time, he can be found biking, drinking craft beer, being an amateur photographer, and playing video games by himself or on Twitch. He’s best found on Instagram or Twitter as @MovieReelBen.
Drew Tinnin (Screener Squad, Highly Suspect Reviews, Deliberations of Doom)
Drew Tinnin is a Rondo Award nominated interviewer and critic who has worked at SiriusXM’s Fangoria Radio and Fangoria magazine in NYC, as well as the London-based Dazed Digital. Currently a regular contributor to the Dread Central Network, he’s excited to join up with some old friends and other film fans on One of Us as a new contributor to Screener Squad.
Jordan Cobb (Screener Squad)
Born with a comic book in one hand, a camera in the other, and in front of the television as WrestleMania played out, Jordan Worth Cobb was thus birthed into this crazy world. A Digital Filmmaking major from the University of Central Arkansas, Jordan has done it all in film from directing, writing, editing, and producing in addition to skills involved in film and TV criticism, journalism, and years of podcasting experience. On any given day, her ADHD riddled brain bounces focus from film to pro wrestling to TV to superheroes to noir to video games to espionage and yes, even to sports. She played little league you know. For more of this eccentric nerd, you can follow her on Twitter here and read her original writings on Deepest Corners of My Notebook.
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