Iron Fist Pulls Punches But Maintains Form

Overview: After being orphaned as a child and raised in a mystical Kung Fu monastery, Danny Rand returns home after fifteen years to reclaim his name. But the ancient organization of assassins and world-shapers known as the Hand have their own plans for Danny and the Iron Fist he harnesses. 2015; ABC Studios/Marvel Television; TV-MA; 13 episodes. False Start: Because it has become central to the conversation surrounding Iron Fist, and because it is impossible to talk about the show without first addressing these concerns, the fact of the matter is this: Marvel missed an opportunity to portray Danny Rand as Asian-American and cast an actor...

My First Movie

When I imagined taking my daughter to her first movie, I pictured excitement, maybe some fanfare, and a carefully selected film. She would be full of anticipation, and my heart would be warm at the thought of making her happy. I don’t know why I imagined this, as I don’t remember my own first...

It Could Be All Of Us: Unearthing John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy Mar21

It Could Be All Of Us: Unearthing John Carpenter’s...

There’s a great big hole in the world. At its center resides the agent of our undoing. So we bury it. We build foundations over it, foundations built on the unknowable things we think we know. And while that agent of undoing may be covered, that hole is not filled. Relationships, religion, and entertainment form a holy trinity of forgetting, of distraction . . . that is until reality shifts and our holy man-made trinity is made unholy by a rediscovery of that thing thought buried, that thing in a hole, in the dark. This portrait of horror is as equally true about modern America as it is about John Carpenter’s Apocalypse Trilogy, and perhaps...

Blotter | Tuesday, March 21, 2017 Mar21

Blotter | Tuesday, M...

  Can I ask you something? How often does your interest in crime result in some moral handwringing? It’s a question I’ve been wondering about in launching this project and one I suspect some of you might wonder about, too. Do you have boundaries you’ve drawn for yourself that you...

The Alliance Française French Film Festival 2017: Moka Mar21

The Alliance Françai...

The Alliance Française French Film Festival is running in Melbourne from 8 March – 30 March, and our writer in Australia will be covering a selection of the movies being shown. AFFFF is the biggest festival of French films outside of France, and you can see the program and book tickets...

Beauty and the Beast Is A Nostalgic Misfire Mar20

Beauty and the Beast Is A Nostalgic Misfire

Overview: To save her father, a young woman agrees to live with a prince who was cursed with a beastly appearance, and the two begin to fall for each other. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2017; Rated PG; 129 minutes. A Tale As Old As Time: For many moviegoers who still hold fond memories of watching the 1991 animated feature–which introduced the set of iconic musical numbers penned by returning lead composer Alan Menken for the first time–Disney’s Beauty and the Beast is indeed a tale as old as time. As yet another adaptation of the well-worn French fantasy fable by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de Beaumont–which was itself penned way...

Podcasts of the Week: The Next Best Picture & Future Sandwich Mar20

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...

Weekly Clickables: Kal Penn, Dave Chappelle &...

Greetings, everyone. We’re heavy on horror this week of Weekly Clickables, but we also would like to draw your attention to a discussion of Dave Chapelle’s return and a string of tweets highlighting the limited (and offensive) roles available to actors of color. First, check out this string of tweets from Kal Penn about the roles he auditioned for as a young actor, which are collectively enlightening, depressing, and funny. Thrillist put together a list of movies to watch after you see (and love) Get Out. Read this Vulture interview with Karyn Kusama about the importance of genre film. Check out this article The New York...

Brimstone Delivers O...

Overview: Hounded by an evil preacher, mute midwife Liz struggles to keep her family safe in the wilds of the Old West. Momentum Pictures; 2016; Not Rated; 148 minutes. A Word of Warning: Martin Koolhoven’s Brimstone is one of the bleakest films I’ve seen in some time. In tone, content, and...

10 Actors Who Should Play Lisbeth Salander Mar16

10 Actors Who Should Play Lisbeth Salander

With the news that Alicia Vikander has turned down the role of Lisbeth Salander in Fede Alvarez’s upcoming Girl in the Spider’s Web, we decided to put forth some casting ideas of our own, in no particular order. Some seem like easy replacements, and others more of a challenge, but now is a good a time as any to completely refresh the continuation of the wildly successful Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series. Elizabeth Olsen Elizabeth Olsen is just one example of a talented actor who has been captured by the superhero universe with little time or energy to expend on chasing more “obscure” goals. Unfortunately Olsen is also heavily undervalued...

Humanity and Iconicity in the Captain America Trilogy Mar16

Humanity and Iconicity in the Captain America Tril...

Iconicity is the relationship of similarity between the two sides of a symbol—its form and its meaning. The closer the form and meaning are to one another, the more memorable the symbol is likely to be. An iconic symbol is one whose form resembles its meaning in some way; the opposite of this iconicity is arbitrariness. The red and white stripes, star, and ‘A’ of Captain America’s costume is pretty clear as to what it represents, but the man is less clear. Part of the difficulty of communication and judgement through language is the physical world’s resistance to being reduced to the same rules. The costume can be...

Blotter | Thursday, ...

Blotter is your twice-weekly rundown on all things true crime happening in the world of movies, TV, podcasts, and beyond. We didn’t plan it this way, but it turns out that the middle of the week, in the middle of kind of a meh month (sorry, March) is a great time to kick off a true crime...

The Alliance Françai...

The Alliance Française French Film Festival is running in Melbourne from 8th March – 30 March and our writer in Australia will be covering a selection of the movies being shown. AFFFF is the biggest festival of French films outside of France and you can see the program and book tickets...