After watching director Panos Cosmatos' Mandy, my friend Kris Deason described it as "a baking-soda-infused, water-soluble, completely smokable concentration of Heavy Metalmagazine… like a nightmare where the worst monster you can imagine comes for you and you stomp its dick."
That's really the only review you need, but here are a few more words of praise.
The Atlanta Film Critics Circle, of which I am a founding member, released its first-ever top 10 list and awards in early December. I'm proud that six of my top 10 films made the list, and I have yet to see two of the other four, so they still could make a revised list.
Some holiday traditions are inescapable. Independence Day isn’t Independence Day without fireworks-related mishaps. Christmas will forever be marred by godawful fruit cake. And Halloween will always have Halloween.
In preparation for Beechwood's Sunday, Oct. 30 screening of John Carpenter's Halloween (likely not your first), put the slasher flick into new perspective by pairing it with David Lynch’s noir-ish Blue Velvet.
Few artists maintain the kind of haunting mystery after their passing like Sparklehorse’s Mark Linkous. Much like Athens’ Vic Chesnutt, Linkous suffered bouts of severe depression and paralysis before committing suicide in 2010. To celebrate Linkous’ life, British filmmakers Bobby Dass and Alex Crowton directed The Sad and Beautiful World of Sparklehorse, which screens at the 40 Watt on Tuesday.
Flagpole caught up with the filmmakers and Angela-Faye Martin, a singer-songwriter with close ties to Linkous, to discuss the film and Sparklehorse’s legacy.
Photo Credit: Danielle Beverly
If you missed the screening in Athens last July, Old South, a documentary about the Confederate-themed UGA fraternity Kappa Alpha moving into the predominantly African American Hancock/Reese neighborhood, will air on a Georgia Public Broadcasting digital subchannel at 8 p.m. tonight.
As any Gen X or Millennial parent knows, Star Wars is a rite of passage for children. This Saturday at 10 a.m., you can take your young ones to see The Force Awakens at a volume and lighting level appropriate for their sensitive ears and eyes.
After watching the repugnant monster man in I Stand Alone, the brutal rape scene inIrréversible and the psychedelic weirdness of Enter the Void, one might expect Gaspar Noé’s latest film to be another assault on the eyeballs. But though the movie has been marketed as a gimmicky 3D porno, Love offers some softcore tenderness amidst its many hardcore scenes.
Photo Credit: Barbette Houser
Fantastical creatures populate the canvases of Athens artist James Barsness. His current exhibit at Ciné, which consists of three large-scale, mixed media paintings, opened on Friday, Aug. 21 with a reception. This was well-timed, as viewing his work proved to be the perfect prelude to watching Amy, the documentary directed by Asif Kapidia about singer Amy Winehouse, which is now showing at the independent movie theater.
Viewing Barsness’ painted demons set the stage for watching Winehouse’s inner ones on screen.
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