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Cinema File Podcast

Andrew Shearer has been the voice of film at OnlineAthens and the Athens Banner-Herald since 2009.

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Cinema File: "Schlocktoberfest" with Sam and Mark from Cine

Sam and Mark from Cine sit down with Andrew to discuss how selections are made for their annual Schlocktoberfest horror film series and break down the entire 2019 program.


30 Sep 2019

Rank #1

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Cinema File: "Hustlers" is the "Goodfellas" of stripper movies

Lorene Scafaria's "Hustlers" does give you what you see in the trailers, but the entire movie is an epic crime saga in the vein of "Goodfellas" - without any male characters. In other words, a far cry from any stripper movie we've ever seen and quite revolutionary in its portrayal of female friendships and motherhood.


13 Sep 2019

Rank #2

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Cinema File 473: "Scary Stories To Tell in the Dark" is a ray of light

With Guillermo del Toro on board as producer, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark" does more than is required of PG-13 jump horror, putting characters from the popular children's book into a film that would be outstanding even without them.


9 Aug 2019

Rank #3

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Cinema File: Why everyone is flipping out about "Parasite"

Andrew and Sam review a ton of new movies in this episode including PARASITE, THE LIGHTHOUSE, PLAYING WITH FIRE, SWEETHEART and many more. Follow Andrew on Instagram @cinemandrew and read his movie stuff each week at www.onlineathens.com


13 Nov 2019

Rank #4

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Cinema File: "Sugar Hill" is the best zombie movie you've never seen

For episode 474 of the Cinema File podcast, Kate and Andrew celebrate 1974's "Sugar Hill," also known as "Sugar Hill Zombies." Starring Marki Bey ("The Landlord"), and the late Don Pedro Colley ("Beneath the Planet of the Apes"), director Paul Malansky's cult classic is one of the greatest zombie movies ever made. It's now available on Blu-ray from Kino Lorber.


16 Aug 2019

Rank #5

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Cinema File 470: "Once Upon A Time" Feels Like Tarantino's Last Ride

Quentin Tarantino claims he will retire after 10 movies, but his 9th has an air of finality and is something of a wistful goodbye to the period of cinema history from which he has drawn inspiration throughout his career. These are my immediate notes after seeing "Once Upon A Time In Hollywood."  


26 Jul 2019

Rank #6

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Cinema File: "Ready Or Not" to have a blast

"Ready Or Not" is more than just one of the most entertaining movies of the year. By writing a fun and interesting hero (instead of turning her into a bloodthirsty maniac), the filmmakers have achieved a serious one-up in the survival horror genre.  


21 Aug 2019

Rank #7

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Cinema File: Henrique Couto talks "Boggy Creek: The Series"

After years of secrecy, "Boggy Creek: The Series" premiered on Amazon Prime to rave reviews, but also to the great relief of Ohio-based director Henrique Couto, who was hired by one of his b-movie heroes, Fred Olen Ray, to helm each episode. In this conversation, Couto goes in depth about how the whole thing happened, and his plans to make 3 sequels to his 2013 cult slasher favorite "Babysitter Massacre."


19 Nov 2019

Rank #8

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Cinema File 471: This podcast has been rated Xtina

In this conversation with frequent Cinema File guest host Xtina, Andrew digs into the unusual circumstances that lead to her interest in horror movies and the things that scare them both. Don't listen to this episode if you're home by yourself at night!

1hr 12mins

2 Aug 2019

Rank #9

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Cinema File: Getting a grip on '90s teen horror comedy "Idle Hands"

Recently named one of the 10 worst teen horror movies of the '90s, "Idle Hands" suffered at the box office due to the timing of its release with one of America's most unforgettable tragedies and. Is it a true cult classic, or does the blend of horror and comedy just not work as well as in other, more beloved genre films?

1hr 8mins

21 Oct 2019

Rank #10

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Cinema File 469: Is "Nurse 3D" the "Showgirls" of horror movies?

With a cast that included TV comedy stars Katrina Bowden ("30 Rock") and Niecy Nash ("Claws"), Hollywood vets Judd Nelson and Kathleen Turner, explicit gore and nudity and lead by a go-for-broke performance by Paz de la Huerta ("Boardwalk Empire"), "Nurse 3D" had all the makings of a camp classic. So why aren't we talking about it? (This episode contains an audio sample of "I Eat Boys Like You For Breakfast" by Ida Maria. No copyright is claimed and no infringement is intended).


19 Jul 2019

Rank #11

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Cinema File 472: Fast & Furious Presents: Nerd & Nerd

Just because Andrew and Sam don't work together at the video store anymore (not that they could; it was turned into an Urgent Care years ago) doesn't mean they aren't still THE go-to people for reviews of the latest movies and shows. On this episode: HOBBS & SHAW, ANGRY BIRDS 2, THEM THAT FOLLOW, THE BOYS and more.


7 Aug 2019

Rank #12

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Cinema File: Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney ("The Unafraid")

"The Unafraid" documentary feature will begin airing on the WORLD Channel on October 1, 2019 as part of the "America Reframed" series. Filmed in Athens, Georgia, the film centers on 3 young DACA students with varying immigration statuses as they prepare for college. In this recording, filmmakers Anayansi Prado and Heather Courtney (who also served as producers and cinematographers) discuss how they made the movie. Visit worldchannel.org and theunafraidfilm.com for more details.


24 Sep 2019

Rank #13

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Cinema File: Dreaming of Wes Craven (1939-2015)

In honor of the 4th anniversary of horror maestro Wes Craven's passing, I'm re-uploading this recording I did in 2015 that was attached to a retrospective / memoriam article I wrote for OnlineAthens. What you'll hear is me going through the timeline of Wes's films (or the ones I'd seen, anyway) and giving my personal thoughts for each one. It's nerd stuff, but then again, so is podcasting. (Original recording date: 9/11/15)


30 Aug 2019

Rank #14

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Cinema File: What is the Disney Movie Club (and is it a rip-off)?

Ever wonder if those "reward codes" inside Disney DVDs are really worth anything? I recently decided to sign up for everything and start redeeming all of them, and it lead me to the Disney Movie Club, which is a lot like the old Columbia House subscription service. In this podcast, I give the full details of my experience and let you decide if it's worth taking the plunge. 


28 Aug 2019

Rank #15

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Cinema File: Mark Kendall ("The Magic Negro and Other Blackness")

Atlanta-based comedian Mark Kendall brings his hit one-man show "The Magic Negro and Other Blackness" to the Moonlight Theater in Athens on Oct. 10-11 and his new show "Diversity Now" will follow it on Oct. 12-13 at the Moonlight. In this interview, Mark talks to OnlineAthens staff writer Andrew Shearer about how Spike Lee was one of his earliest influences, and the different ways audiences have responded to his own material over time. Visit moonlighttheatercompany.com for tickets.


8 Oct 2019

Rank #16

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Cinema File 468: We don't sling webs but we do sling reviews on the web

Former video store co-workers Andrew and Sam don't have a counter to stand behind any more, but they're still here to tell you about all the new movies and shows they've seen. This episode contains reviews of "Spider-Man: Far From Home," "Midsommar," "Stranger Things 3," "Annabelle Comes Home," "Chernobyl," "Sabrina," "The Last Black Man in San Francisco," "MIB: International" and more.


11 Jul 2019

Rank #17

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Cinema File: Put ya weight on it! "Dolemite Is My Name" reaction

Nobody could have predicted that Eddie Murphy's return to R-rated movies after a 20-year absence would be as the producer and star of a Rudy Ray Moore biopic, but "Dolemite Is My Name" exists, surreal as that may be. This is a recording of OnlineAthens staff writer (and Dolemite fan) Andrew Shearer's reaction after leaving an advance screening of the film. Opens Friday at Athens Cine and nationwide on Netflix.


25 Oct 2019

Rank #18