The Girl With All the Gifts is a Lukewarm Crowd Pleaser Feb24

The Girl With All the Gifts is a Lukewarm Crowd Pl...

Overview: A group of soldiers and scientists transport a girl through a zombie-like wasteland in an effort to save humanity. Warner Brothers/Saban Films; 2017; R; 111 minutes. Here We Go Again: It’s hard not to let the general malaise about zombies affect a viewing of The Girl With All The Gifts. It’s a subject that’s so tired, people are not just tired of it, they’re tired of talking about how tiring it is. But it wasn’t always this way. The zombie concept has been around since the 8th century (1932 on the silver screen). Most of the influence essentially comes from a bastardization of Haitian Voodoo, witch doctors with a mysterious...

Deserted Wanders Into Nothingness Feb24

Deserted Wanders Int...

Overview: Just out of prison, Jae and her brother head to a music festival in the desert along with a crew of strangers only to find themselves stranded together and at the end of their rope. Winterstone Pictures; 2016; Not Rated; 92 minutes. The Set Up: Stories about surviving the elements...

XX is an Unbalanced Nightmare Feb24

XX is an Unbalanced Nightmare

Anthologies are tricky. How do you cram a full story of content into 15-20 minute segments without sacrificing quality? How do you end them well without leaving too much on the plate? XX is the first all female-directed, female-starred horror anthology that tackles these – and many more – problems. Some players are better at it than others, but it’s almost a guarantee with such a varied assortment of creatives involved every viewer can find something to love and appreciate. XX boasts 4 different horror stories by Jovanka Vuckovic, Annie Clark, Roxanne Benjamin, and Karyn Kusama, respectively. Tied together with wonderfully...

AE’s 2017 Oscars Prediction Showdown Feb23

AE’s 2017 Oscars Prediction Showdown

The 89th Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday, and Audiences Everywhere readers know what that means: It’s Oscar predictions showdown time! Josh has seized victory two years in a row. Will the third time be the charm for David? Or will Josh come through with yet another decisive win? Let us know what your picks are and who you think will take the crown this year!   Best Visual Effects Deepwater Horizon Doctor Strange The Jungle Book Kubo and the Two Strings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Josh Prediction: The Jungle Book – This film was praised almost exclusively for its visual effects, which are very photorealistic. This is an...

Why Did We Let Mel Gibson Come Back?

Growing up Jewish in New England during the 2000s, your life is punctuated at regular intervals by these little surprises. There’s the first time you learn what the Holocaust was, and you ask your mom why they hated Jews so much, and she doesn’t have an answer. There are uncomfortable afternoons you spend at your friend’s youth group, which he didn’t tell you was a Christian youth group beforehand. Maybe you get to school one day in December and there’s a little manger on your desk, and a patronizing card about “faith” from your classmate’s mom. One year, your friend texts you and asks if you’d be comfortable with him dressing up as a rabbi...

Alien: Covenant Prologue Introduces Us to the Crew. Feb22

Alien: Covenant Prologue Introduces Us to the Crew...

During tonight’s episode of Legion on FX, Fox unveilved a prologue to Alien: Covenant, fittingly titled, “Last Supper.” The short doesn’t give us any plot details, but it does give us a chance to see the personalities of the crew and get a sense of their working-class comradery (except for James Franco’s mysterious character, who disappears before the fun begins.) “Last Supper” also gives us a taste of the film’s humor, something that’s been missing from the franchise since the crew of the Nostromo had their own last supper in the original film. In fact, the end of this short directly...

Happy Birthday, Paul Lieberstein, AKA “Toby”! Feb22

Happy Birthday, Paul Lieberstein, AKA “Toby”!

While the American version of The Office was filled with lovable oddballs (as was the British one, I’m sure, but I can’t with Gervais), for some reason, it was always Paul Lieberstein’s Toby that resonated with me. Toby radiated awkward sincerity in every interaction with his co-workers and the earnestness with which he approached his thankless job—which admittedly he was not terrific at, but look what he was working with—was laudable. His performance is endearing without being treacly, and somehow sad sack despite the likelihood he’s probably one of the most high-functioning people at the Scranton branch of Dunder-Mifflin. So today we’re...

AE Book Club: An Interview with Ron Wimberly

For February, the Audiences Everywhere Book Club (#AEBookclub) chose Ron Wimberly’s Prince of Cats as their book. The novel, a retelling of Romeo and Juliet through the eyes of Tybalt and set in ’80s Brooklyn, has proven to be a popular choice among members of the club for its fusion of hip-hop, Japanese swordplay, and Shakespeare. We sat down with/emailed the artist and writer to ask him a few questions about his book, career, and who he would like to soundtrack the movie adaptation. Sean Fallon (AE): How did Prince of Cats come about? What was your inspiration to adapt Shakespeare in this style? Ron Wimberly: I’ve answered this...

The Great Wall Is A Complex Structure Feb21

The Great Wall Is A Complex Structure

Overview: Two mercenaries stumble upon the Great Wall of China and discover a secret military order tasked with fending off a horde of monsters that attack every sixty years. Universal Pictures; 2017; PG-13; 104 minutes. Two Westerners Walk Up To A Wall: “What God made these things?” Tovar (Pedro Pascal) asks William (Matt Damon) after they experience the first of many brutal attacks upon the Great Wall by the Taoteis, a horde of creatures which rises from the earth every sixty years or so. “None that we know,” William shoots back. It’s a brief exchange to highlight the characters’ otherness and...

Weekly Clickables: Terence Malick, David Lynch, &#...

This week’s Weekly Clickables takes a look at some books of the audio and visual variety as well as peeks into some lessons learned online and, of course, some horror. First up, avail yourself of some Purely Accidental Lessons From the First Black Bachelorette, courtesy of NPR. David Lynch and Twin Peaks fans should head over to the The A.V Club and warm up their ears for The Secret Diary of Laura Palmer becoming an audio book narrated by Sheryl Lee/Laura Palmer herself. Bookworms and fantasy aficionados will appreciate the news coming from The Guardian that Philip Pullman is bringing us what’s sure to be another grand slam...

Just Like the Rest of Us: The Noble Humanity of Si...

In the 1967’s mystery thriller, In the Heat of the Night, a prejudiced Police Chief looks Sidney Poitier’s detective, Virgil Tibbs right in the eyes and says, “You’re just like the rest of us, aint’cha.” This statement not only defined Tibbs but much of Sidney Poitier’s early acting career, a career defined by characters who lessened the sentiment that blackness should be equated with “other.” For many blacks, myself included, Sidney Poitier has always been associated with excellence, an example to be passed down by our parents and grandparents. This is skill, they say. This is craft. And they’re not wrong. Refined, dignified, and able to...

Podcasts of the Week: CadaverCast & Wooden Overcoats Feb20

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...

Stephen King’s Shared Universe Comes Together in Castle Rock Feb17

Stephen King’s Shared Universe Comes Togethe...

Ever full of surprises, J.J. Abrams’ Bad Robot has announced a Castle Rock series coming to Hulu. For those unfamilar with the name, Castle Rock is a fictional town in Maine that serves as home for some of King’s most well known works, including: The Dead Zone, Cujo, The Dark Half, and Needful Things. It’s also mentioned in the majority of King’s other works as well. The teaser makes references to a number of King’s stories and characters including IT, Misery, Salem’s Lot, and The Shawshank Redemption. While those stories take place in other fictional towns of King’s creation (Derry,...