The Intervention Explores Relationships But Avoids the Ugly Bits Sep28

The Intervention Exp...

Overview: Four couples come together for a weekend getaway at a country house. Unbeknownst to one of the couples, the other three have conspired to turn this vacation into an intervention for their failing marriage. Samuel Goldwyn Films; 2016; Rated R; 88 minutes. Love Actually: Once the...

Honeytrap is a Coming-of-Age Story With a Hint of Shakespearean Tragedy Sep27

Honeytrap is a Coming-of-Age Story With a Hint of ...

Overview: 15-year-old Layla moves from Trinidad to Brixton, London and struggles to fit into a new community. As she tries to create a new life for herself and find her way, she is pressured into making decisions that ultimately lead to tragedy. Array Releasing; 2016; Not Rated; 93 minutes. Fortune’s Fool: Newly arrived in Brixton, London, from Trinidad, Layla (Jessica Sula) moves in with her young mother Shiree (Naomi Ryan) who she hasn’t seen in ten years. From their first conversation, Layla is met with tough love, and is told she’s going to have to pull her own weight, make her own meals, and handle the cleaning. Layla agrees with a...

Weekly Clickables: The Lovers and the Despot and a...

This week, we have a couple of reviews and something I’m more excited about than is probably normal: a list of period dramas arranged chronologically by the time in which they’re set, with linked reviews for each. First, The Guardian review of The Lovers and the Despot, whose story (if you check the Clickables religiously, as I’m sure you do), you will remember from an NPR interview we shared a few months back. Earlier in the week while browsing for three characters that describe me (you know you at least thought about it, even if you did not participate), I stumbled across The Silver Petticoat Review, which in addition to having a handy...

Podcasts of the Week 09/25/2016 Sep25

Podcasts of the Week...

Podcasts are awesome (especially From First to Last) and each week sees brand new, fantastic shows appearing, demanding to be fed into your ears. How do you decide what to listen to and what to ignore? Not to worry; Audiences Everywhere has you covered. Each week we’ll give our picks for the...

The Magnificent Seven Is Cheerable Fun Sep23

The Magnificent Seven Is Cheerable Fun

Overview: Seven outlaws stand in protection of a town under siege. Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/Columbia Pictures; 2016; Rated PG-13; 133 minutes. A New Story Told with an Old Story: From the right angle, Peter Sasrsgard looks like the devil anyway. But as Bartholomew Bogue, the soulless land-developing industrialist who aims to steal Rose Creek out from under the townspeople’s feet by any means possible, he feels like an a more specifically recognizable devil.  For the better part of The Magnificent Seven, the script from True Detective writer Nick Pizzolotta and Richard Wenk holds Bogue on a narrative leash. He walks slowly and methodically...

Talking The Equalizer with Pop Culture Case Study Sep23

Talking The Equalizer with Pop Culture Case Study

This week, I was honored to appear on the stellar Pop Culture Case Study podcast where my friend Dave Hart and I discussed self-efficacy in context of one of my favorite recent films The Equalizer. You can have a listen here, here, or here: And when you’re done and you’ve discovered what we already know (that this podcast is awesome), you can subscribe on iTunes,  Stitcher, or Google Play. You can also support the show on Patreon and follow Dave and Pop Culture Case Study on Twitter.  Follow @pccasestudy Featured Image: Columbia Pictures David ShreveCurrently resides in Washington D.C. To contact:...

Westerns That Break the Western Rules Sep22

Westerns That Break ...

Western is the genre with the most rules. The strictest interpretation of those rules states that westerns need to be set in America and they need to have certain elements within them like Indians, cattle rustlers, horses, big hats, a drunk sheriff or doctor, and a stoic hero. They also tend...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z” Sep22

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z̶...

Recap We open yet again with a flashback, this time to Tyrell’s meeting with Mr. Robot from last season. This time, we see it as it truly happened, with Elliot in Mr. Robot’s place. The scene continues to show Tyrell begging for Elliot to let him in on the plan. Back in the present, Tyrell brings Elliot to a secret warehouse out of which he’s been operating. Joanna visits the location where Elliot traced the mysterious phone calls. It turns out to be the home of Scott Knowles, who admits to being behind the calls as well as the gifts. He wanted revenge against her for the death of his wife, who was pregnant when Tyrell...

Documentary or Damnation & The Case of: JonBénet Ramsey Sep22

Documentary or Damnation & The Case of: JonBé...

This Christmas marks the 20th anniversary of the tragic, enigmatic death of six-year-old pageant starlet JonBénet Ramsey, and what would an unsolved cold case be without renewed publicity and scrutiny? I’ve had an admittedly morbid fascination with this case since shortly after it happened and a number of my parents’ friends began to comment with wonder how much I resembled the young victim with my permed, blonde hair, penchant for frilly dresses, and similar facial features. Now, almost 20 years later, I find myself obsessing over the various anniversary specials that have predictably begun flooding the networks. Everyone is...

Netflix Hidden Gem #80: The White Helmets

  The White Helmets Director: Orlando Von Einsiedel Genre: Documentary Netflix Original Synopsis: A volunteer team of civilian first responders risk their lives in regime controlled Syria by running into the ruins of bombed buildings to save survivors. Overview: It feels simultaneously as if there is so much that needs to be said about The White Helmets but also that Orlando Von Einsiedel’s slimly-directed film says all that it needs to. In the past decade, since at least 2008’s Waltz With Bashir, socially conscious documentaries have been as artful and constructively complex as ever, but The White Helmets, while dealing...

AE Book Club: An Interview with Grady Hendrix

For September, the Audiences Everywhere Book club (#AEBookclub) chose Grady Hendrix’s My Best Friend’s Exorcism as their book. The novel, a tale of friendship between teenage girls and possession by the devil in the ‘80s, has proven to be a popular choice among members of the club. We sat down with/emailed the author to ask him a few questions about his book, career, and whether or not he has made a blood enemy out of Ikea. Sean Fallon (Audiences Everywhere): What inspired you to write My Best Friend’s Exorcism? Grady Hendrix: The title came first, to be honest. It just popped into my head one day like a bad idea. After that I realized that...

From First to Last – Episode 13: Lost Sep21

From First to Last &...

For the latest episode of From First to Last, I’m joined by Audiences Everywhere alums Schyler Martin and Diego Crespo to talk about one of their favourite shows, Lost. In this episode we discuss the show’s legacy and the fallout from the controversial finale. We also talk about our favourite...

ARQ is Tightly Packaged To a Fault Sep21

ARQ is Tightly Packa...

Overview: An engineer’s renewable energy experiment causes him and his ex to be caught in a time loop during a home invasion. Netflix; 2016; NR; 88 minutes. Panic Mode: Tony Elliot’s ARQ begins in a panic, a rush of information, and stakes that never let up during its brief runtime. We’re...