This is a 2011 conversation I had with writer and longtime Athens resident John Nettles, who passed away this week. I loved reading his work, I loved talking to him, and I loved listening to him. You can find his words at jnettles.wordpress.com and donate to help his family at https://www.gofundme.com/please-help-a-family-in-sudden-need.
Despite the Tiger Beat-friendly face of Robert Pattinson in the leading role, there were two walk-outs during veteran director Claire Denis' first English language and first science fiction film. It's scary, it's sexy, it's gross, and it's endearing. Also, it's one 2019's greatest movies.
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As a longtime fan of filmmaker John Singleton, I was blindsided by his passing this week at age 51. Please excuse this long ramble, recorded while driving my car, about his movies and his unfinished business in cinema.
Clocking in at just one minute shy of the running time of "Avengers: Infinity War," the direct sequel to the still-controversial 1978 revenge flick "I Spit On Your Grave" arrived this week courtesy of the original director Meir Zarchi and star Camille Keaton. Who is this movie for? Why did they make it? And why is it so long? Answers (and SPOILERS) here.
Andrew and Hannah met at an all-day 'Marvel Maniacs" marathon in May 2012 that concluded with the midnight premiere of the first "Avengers" movie. With "Endgame" only days away, they look back at that experience and how the MCU has changed in the years since, naming the best and worst of the 22-film series.
There's a goldmine of schlock hiding in the corners of Amazon Prime Video, but 1977's "Chatterbox" is award-worthy. Starring the hilarious and beautiful Candace Rialson (1951-2006), this high-concept low-brow comedy musical has a ridiculously unbelievable premise that we dare not spell out in this space.
You can take the clerks out of the video store, but you can't take the video store out of the clerks. In this episode, former Blockbuster co-workers Andrew and Sam review a bunch of new movies including "Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase," "Dumbo," "Us," "Shrill," "Field Guide to Evil," "I Am Richard Pryor," "Us" and more.
Why was it important to make a new "Pet Sematary"? Because it's a zombie movie that never trivializes the subject of death. In this recording, you'll sit next to OnlineAthens film critic Andrew Shearer on his way home from seeing the latest adaptation of the classic Stephen King horror tale (tail?).
Jordan Peele's follow-up to his groundbreaking modern classic "Get Out" is massive, terrifying, fun and thought-provoking. To take "Us" at face value, or to dismiss it as emptier than Peele's previous work, is impossible, as it further cements him as a genre master and star Lupita Nyong'o as one of its greatest heroes (and villains).
Does the poor critical and audience response to Paramount Animation's "Wonder Park" say more about our attitudes towards what kinds of family movies have permission to address the subject of trauma than it does about the film itself? Take a ride in the car with OnlineAthens film critic Andrew Shearer for a free-form meditation on the successes and failings of modern family entertainment.
Andrew and Sam deliver an intergalactic power punch of new movie reviews including Captain Marvel, Madea Family Funeral, Border, Greta, Fighting With My Family, Period End of Sentence, Horror Noire and many more.
Do acclaimed, award-winning filmmakers always need to make highbrow cinema, or is it okay for them to sometimes have fun camping it up in the commercial realm? With "Greta," Neil Jordan, Isabelle Huppert and Chloe Grace Moretz might have just created a piece of modern grindhouse gold (or the goriest Lifetime movie ever, which is okay too).
OnlineAthens film critic Andrew Shearer was invited to speak to Betina Kaplan's Latin American Film Studies class at the University of Georgia on February 19th, 2019. With no journalism degree or formal training, Andrew details how he ended up covering film for the Banner-Herald over the past decade as well as his filmmaking adventures with local stars.
A year before "Scream" was credited with breathing new life (death?) into the horror genre, longtime Spike Lee director of photography Ernest Dickerson broke new ground by casting Jada Pinkett as the hero of his underrated special fx monster fest "Demon Knight," released in 1995 under the "Tales From the Crypt" banner.
Let's not forget that despite the prestige and fanfare, the Oscars are a television show, and even people who haven't seen any of the nominees tune in to see what the American royalty (celebrities) are wearing to the event. But for movie fans, will there be any surprises? 2018 was an exciting year for film no matter what, but anytime the Academy breaks from tradition sends shock waves through the industry.
The only people who would feel safe putting their arm inside a giant chrome sphere are people who never saw a "Phantasm" movie, and they'd deserve whatever happened to them for not having seen a "Phantasm" movie. This episode incluses reviews of "Velvet Buzzsaw," "Piercing," "I/O," "Destroyer," "Fyre Festival," "If Beale Street Could Talk" and more. IG/Twitter @cinemandrew
Nicole Kidman got Theron'd up to 11 for her Oscar-nominated performance in Karyn Kusama's new crime thriller "Destroyer." She's just as good as you;d imagine but how's the rest of the movie? Hear Andrew and Xtina's SPOILERY notes after they leave the theatre.
1985's "Return of the Living Dead" basically wrote the template for the modern horror comedy and added brains to the now-commonplace mythology seen in pretty much all zombie-related entertainment. In this episode, Andrew talks to Kate right after she watched the cult classic film for the first time. (Contains excerpts from "Burn the Flames" by Roky Erickson and "Trioxin Theme" by Francis Haines)
M. Night Shyamalan's "Glass" is the third part of a trilogy that began in 2000 with "Unbreakable" and returned as the surprise ending of 2016's "Split." Did the original film leave you wanting more, or did its genius lie in its simplicity? In this episode, Andrew reviews Shyamalan's latest and looks back at his entire filmography.