11 June 2018

Catching Up with 2018...

It's been far too long since I've updated this site, and that's on me.

And I just reviewed Hereditary, which is quite something.

Here's me on the Nashville Scene's podcast talking about the 2018 Nashville Film Festival.

I reviewed Grace Jones - Bloodlight and Bami, which is superb, and I got to introduce the film in front of a packed house. There may be some video of this surfacing later in the year. Maybe.

I got to write about Jonah Ray's Festival of Me at Zanies, which was a blast.

I was indirectly featured in an article in Entertainment Weekly about the script reading for Flash Gordon that was put on at the 2018 Chattanooga Film Festival with actual real live Flash Gordon Sam J. Jones! I was the narrator for the script reading, and you can hear my voice in the excerpt featured in the video attached to the article.

I saw Ready Player One.

I interviewed filmmaker Alyce Wittenstein before her retrospective at what would prove the final Peripheral Visions at Third Man Records, which I am very sad about. The interview was good, though.

I covered the Big Ears festival of Music and Film in Knoxville, and it was great except for the mourning.

I reviewed Love, Simon. Which is very kind-hearted and sweet and a good start.

I interviewed Kyle Kinane again, right after he got back from China.

I reviewed Call Me By Your Name, which was one of my favorite films of last year.

I administered and collated the Jim Ridley Memorial Film Poll for the Year 2017 for the Nashville Scene.

31 December 2017

2017 Superlatives.

If the influence of Netflix bears any fruit herein, it's that I no longer feel the need to cling to numerical limits. 2017 has been a brutal year across the board, and I have unlimited love for anyone who would A) think that they might find some joy in my hierarchical foolishness, and B) actually read the whole thing. 

Everyone is dealing with too much. But in an ideal, non-fascist world, I think these selections would make for a great party and a great broadcast.

Claes Bang, The Square
Damien Bonnard, Staying Vertical
Timothee Chalamet, Call Me By Your Name
John Cho, Columbus
Daniel Day-Lewis, Phantom Thread
Michael Fassbender, Alien: Covenant
Daniel Kaluuya, Get Out
Kyle Mooney, Brigsby Bear

Eili Harboe, Thelma
Anne Hathaway, Colossal
Lee Min-hee, On The Beach At Night Alone
Alice Lowe, Prevenge
Melanie Lynskey, I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Rooney Mara, A Ghost Story
Haley Lu Richardson, Columbus
Octavia Spencer, The Shack
Michelle Williams, All The Money In The World

Armie Hammer, Call Me By Your Name
Woody Harrelson, Three Billboards...
Benny Safdie, Good Time
Michael Stuhlbarg, Call Me By Your Name
Jason Sudeikis, Colossal
Steve Zahn, War for the Planet of the Apes

Betty Buckley, Split
Beanie Feldstein, Lady Bird
Betty Gabriel, Get Out
Mia Goth, A Cure for Wellness
Tiffany Haddish, Girls Trip
Vicky Krieps, Phantom Thread
Jennifer Jason Leigh, Good Time
Sophia Lillis, It
Sigourney Weaver, (Re)Assignment
Taliah Lennice Webster, Good Time

Kathryn Bigelow, Detroit
Macon Blair, I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Bong Joon-ho, Okja
Liam Gavin, A Dark Song
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Luca Guadagnino, Call Me By Your Name
Kogonada, Columbus
Alice Lowe, Prevenge
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Joao Pedro Rodrigues, The Ornithologist
Ridley Scott, Alien: Covenant

William Goldenberg and Harry Yoon, Detroit
Han Mee-yeon and Yang Jin-mo, Okja
Gregory Plotkin, Get Out
Elisabet Ronaldsdottir, Atomic Blonde
Evan Schiff, John Wick: Chapter 2
Lee Smith, Dunkirk
Andrew Weisblum, mother!

Bojan Bazelli, A Cure for Wellness
Roger Deakins, Blade Runner 2049
Peter Flinckenberg, Woodshock
Sayombhu Mukdeeprom, Call Me By Your Name
Rui Pocas, The Ornithologist
Brian Sowell, Sequence Break
Dariusz Wolski, Alien: Covenant

Nathan Barr, Flatliners
Ola Flottum, Thelma
Jonny Greenwood, Phantom Thread
Van Hughes, Sequence Break
Clint Mansell, The Foreigner
Mark Mothersbaugh, Thor Ragnarok
Toydrum, Prevenge
Benjamin Wallfisch, A Cure for Wellness

Paul Thomas Anderson, Phantom Thread
Justin Benson, The Endless
Macon Blair, I Don’t Feel At Home In This World Anymore
Rebecca Blunt, Logan Lucky
Kevin Costello and Kyle Mooney, Brisgbsy Bear
Ephthymis Filippou and Yorgos Lanthimos, The Killing of a Sacred Deer
Liam Gavin, A Dark Song
Greta Gerwig, Lady Bird
Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani, The Big Sick
Jordan Peele, Get Out
Steven Sears and Bill Watterson, Dave Made a Maze
David Branson Smith and Matt Spicer, Ingrid Goes West
Nacho Vigalondo, Colossal

Sofia Coppola, The Beguiled
James Ivory, Call me By Your Name
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Endless Poetry

Bad Black
On the Beach At Night Alone
The Ornithologist
The Square
Staying Vertical
The Untamed

Beware the Slenderman
Did You Wonder Who Fired The Gun?
Faces Places
Industrial Accident
Mansfield 66/67
The Road Movie
Whitney: Can I Be Me?

Paul D. Austerberry, The Shape of Water
Conor Dennison, A Dark Song
Trisha Gum and John Sumner, Dave Made a Maze
Dan Hennah and Ra Vincent, Thor: Ragnarok
Jeremy Hindle, Detroit
Alejandro Jodorowsky, Endless Poetry
Chris Seagers, Alien: Covenant
Eve Stewart, A Cure for Wellness
Hugues Tissandier, Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets

Miyako Bellizzi and Mordechai Rubinstein, Good Time
Olivier Beriot, Valerian and The City of a Thousand Planets
Mark Bridges, Phantom Thread
Patricia Doria, The Ornithologist
Pascale Montandon-Jodorowsky, Endless Poetry
Giulia Piersanti, Call me By Your Name
Mayes C. Rubeo, Thor: Ragnarok

Birdboy (Los Psiconautas)
The Lego Batman Movie

Alien: Covenant
Blade Runner 2049
A Quiet Passion

Bad Black
Industrial Accident
Show Yourself
Those Who Make Revolution Only Halfway Dig Their Own Graves
We’ve Forgotten More Than We Ever Knew
Without Name


1 Call Me By Your Name
To know that your first love matters. To live your life amidst literature, and music, and art, and beauty, and those meals, and to find yourself unmoored by the deepest kinds of love and hornitude, and to know that in the end, it matters.

2 A Dark Song
As if Clive Barker and David Simon had collaborated.

3 Colossal/Get Out
Unjust systems, concealed in the soft touch of love, that feed on everything distinctive and kind and interesting about you.

4 Phantom Thread
The best Joseph Losey film since the death of Joseph Losey.

5 BPM/Columbus/Dave Made a Maze/Lady Bird/Thelma
Dismantling the structures, figuratively and literally, with which the customs of the past have shaped us and how we live with others.

6 Alien: Covenant/Faces Places
The innate strength of humanity is to adapt and transform ourselves, and the spaces in which we live. But our flaws cannot be escaped. Teach the children well, to be sure. And leave the curmudgeonly old men behind.

7 Blade Runner 2049/The Endless/Sequence Break
Innovation and escape. A new way of looking at the linear and removing oneself from its matrix. Resourceful thinking and a willingness to embrace the strange and unusual.

8 The Square
"Tesla of Justice."

9 I Don’t Feel At Home in This World Anymore/mother!/The Ornitholgist
Stumbling around in a cosmic melodrama with no clear rules and no way to win. But always hope. Always faith in the process. The best religious pictures of the year.

10 The Beguiled/A Cure for Wellness/The Killing of a Sacred Deer
How to dismantle the patriarchy. Expansive, historical, gruesome, and deeply deeply satisfying.


1 Transformers: The Last Knight
2 Boo 2: A Madea Halloween
3 Rings
4 The Snowman
5 Caniba
6 Friend Request
7 Beach Rats
8 Fifty Shades Darker
9 Resident Evil: The Final Chapter
10 Fate of the Furious

A brief update.

I interviewed comedian Dave Stone.

I reviewed the exceptional Norwegian film Thelma.

And I reviewed The Square.

21 November 2017

What I've been doing as of late.

Things which I have been up to over the past few months.

Oh yeah, and Lady Bird. I reviewed that.

Goblin, y'all! Goblin! With awesome YouTube mixtape attached.

A review of The Killing of a Sacred Deer, which is awesome, and people who dis it as having anything to do with Michael Haneke are mistaken.

For the sixteenth consecutive year, I attended the New York Film Festival.

A piece on the transcendent guitarist Mdou Moctar.

Adam Gold and I compiled our personal fave Depeche Mode tracks.

Aww shit! I was on a podcast talking about Depeche Mode.

A review of the Safdie Brothers' Good Time.

A review of the new It, wherein I was actually physically assaulted by a drunk person during the press screening.

29 August 2017

A few words about the 'Nashville Statement.'

First off, after reading the so-called 'Nashville Statement," I find it to be inaccurately named; it reeks of some Williamson County bullshit.

It makes sense that this would drop during the day when noted charlatan Joel Osteen had to be shamed into following the most basic teachings of Christ. In exchange for an illicit spot on the Supreme Court, evangelical Christianity's embrace of Donald Trump and all that he stands for remains a jawdropping betrayal of principle.

Not a single signer of this statement is an influencer or authority outside of their own myopic perversion of the words of Christ. There's not a person among them with any reach beyond the dreary, hateful choir they're preaching at.

As annoying as the polygentrification of this city's neighborhoods have been, as frustrating as the ensuing parking drama has grown, as many slapdash hot chicken experiments that proliferate on more menus than they really should, the great thing about Nashville is that the ignorant and homophobic mentality that resulted in this statement- well, it's no longer the majority. Keep your trifling rejection of the LGBT community in Brentwood, because Nashville isn't having it.

Christ is love. You know what would have been an amazing way of consolidating a myriad of Christian voices today? Helping the people of Houston. Reaching out to the needy and those who were hurting. Doing something kind.

But whatever. In the words of Haven Hamilton, I want this to speak to your heart... "They can't do this to us in Nashville. Let's show them what we're made of." Show your love to those in need. Christianity is about opening doors, not building walls. Stay strong, Houston. We've got love for you.

Catching Up with Jason Shawhan...

Here's some of the things I've been up to as of late...

A review of Annabelle: Creation.

An interview with comedian and MST3K's own Jonah Ray.

A review of Kathryn Bigelow's Detroit.

A review of Girls Trip.

A review of Spider-Man: Homecoming.

A review of Songwriter, one of the ten best films ever made.

A review of Baby Driver.

A review of the emotionless hate buffet that is Transformers: The Last Knight.

An interview with Jake Shears, formerly of the Scissor Sisters.

A review of Wonder Woman.

A review of Alien: Covenant.