Really Short Reviews offers opinions on movies and TV from Atlanta-based Editor-in-Chief Erin Ellison. Really Short Reviews because we’d rather spend our time watching this stuff than reading about it! Our mission is to share what we hope will be sometimes witty, always honest and often opinionated (short) reviews of film, TV and other media that catch our eye.
Why listen to me? I’m less of a critic than a fan – and more of a geek when pressed.
When I was five my parents sat me down in front of Sesame Street and I’ve been hooked every since. I grew up on classics like Barney Miller, MASH, Perry Mason, Family Ties, Cosby Show, Simpsons. Today my TV tastes run to Atlanta, Great British Baking Show, Casual, You’re the Worst, Endeavour, This is Us, Father Brown, and a host of others.
Movies? You bet. I saw Poltergeist on opening night in the front row – at the age of 11. I was checked out early from school to get to see the premiere of Empire Strikes Back. The summer I was 18, three different friends worked at movie theaters so I saw everything there was to see. My University Union prided itself on the unexpected programming only the school that awards the Peabody could offer. If it came out in theaters in the ’90s, I was there.
What makes it onto my movie must-see list? Ninotchka, High Society, Star Wars 4-6, Sullivan’s Travels, Men in Black. Faves from recent years include Whiplash, Birdman, Zootopia, Hell or High Water, A Tale of Love and Darkness, Sing Street, A Man Called Ove and I could go on…
Then there’s my annual #oscarbinge where I watch a couple dozen films in about 30 days. In 2015 it was 35 movies in 37 days, in 2016 it was 29 movies in 33 days and this year I got to 24 in 33 days. I’m also a member of the Screening Committee for the Atlanta Film Festival so I’ve seen a lot of movies in a short amount of time.
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