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...

Get Out Gets into the Frightening Reality of the Black Experience Feb25

Get Out Gets into the Frightening Reality of the B...

Synopsis: A black man goes to visit his white girlfriend’s family for a weekend getaway, but they offer more than he bargained for. Universal Pictures; Rated R; 103 minutes. Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner: The set-up, the racial minority reluctantly going to meet the family of his/her white significant other, is one that we’ve become accustomed to across media, particularly in film. Played for romance, laughs, and drama, the racial tension created amongst interracial couples has become one of American storytelling’s great stage acts. But none of these racially-loaded meet and greets have been downright horrific. Sure, there have been some...

Live Updates of the 2017 Independent Spirit Award Winners Feb25

Live Updates of the 2017 Independent Spirit Award ...

The 2017 Independent Spirit Awards ceremony marks the 32nd anniversary of the event.  Nominees and attendees are currently on Santa Monica beach, filling into the trademark tent to honor “artist-driven films made with an economy of means by filmmakers whose films embody independence and originality” and promote “the finest independent films of the year to a wider audience” (filmindependent.org). The event, Nick Kroll and John Mulaney, is scheduled to get underway at 5:00 EST and will be shown in its uncensored entirety on IFC. We’ll be tracking the winners in live time below. Best Feature American Honey Chronic Jackie Manchester by the Sea...

The 2017 AE-cademy Awards Winners and Prize Giveaway Feb25

The 2017 AE-cademy Awards Winners and Prize Giveaw...

Well, they did a pretty good job this year. A few snubs excluded, the film community is relatively pleased with the announcements of the nominees at this year’s big movie awards ceremony. But tradition is tradition, so we will continue as we always do. Which means… It’s time for the THIRD ANNUAL AE-CADEMY AWARDS. Below you can find this year’s list of nominees, which we still believe to be a much improved collection relative to the “real deal.” We’ve diplomatically and democratically selected what we think stand as the best entrants in each category, and we want you to make the final decision. Use...

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. 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 powder that left...

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...

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...