A Cure For Wellness Pursues Radically Influenced Filmmaking Feb16

A Cure For Wellness ...

Overview: A young corporate executive grows suspicious of the Swiss Alps treatment facility to which he has been sent to retrieve his company’s CEO. 20th Century Fox; 2017; Rated R; 146 Minutes. A Composition: The minute that Lockhart (Dane DeHaan) steps onto the grounds of the strange...

Wayne’s World 25th Anniversary: It DoesnR...

You can quote the hell out of Wayne’s World. The movie is a catchphrase factory. In its every scene, the script co-authored by the movie’s star Mike Myers, who made his big screen debut in the now-iconic comedy, presents at least one famous snippet of dialogue. Wayne’s World introduced or popularized quite the collection of quotes within the pop culture lexicon—some that are still in currency (“We’re not worthy!” and “That’s what she said…”), others that have lost their value (“Ass sphincter says what?” and “Ex-squeeze me? Baking powder?”), and still others that feel as if maybe they missed  widespread circulation the first time through...

Fifty Shades Darker Has A Few Bright Spots Feb10

Fifty Shades Darker Has A Few Bright Spots

Overview: Anastasia and Christian are up to their old tricks, but this time . . . they’ve got company. Based on the novel by E.L. James. Universal Pictures; 2017; Rated R; 118 minutes. How Many Shades of Grey Are There Really?: When the credits rolled on 2015’s Fifty Shades of Grey, there was a sense that the movie salvaged something in its closing. That film, based upon the first entry in the cash grab erotic trilogy from E.L. James, was never going to overcome its wooden dialogue and its clumsy narrative feet, but it did stick the landing in terms of structuring its character development, the elevator doors of its conclusion...

David Shreve Talks Speed & Entitlement With Pop Culture Case Study Feb09

David Shreve Talks Speed & Entitlement With P...

Until a few weeks ago, I hadn’t revisited the film Speed since its release in 1994. I used all the pop culture references and remembered its simplistic plot enough to jump into conversation about the film, but I realize that my eleven year old viewing mind might not have given it a fair processing. Luckily, in anticipation for the release of the new John Wick film, I revisited Keanu’s breakthrough action effort to inform my discussion with David Hart of Pop Culture Case Study. You can hear our conversation here and be sure to subscribe to the show! Big thanks to Mr. Hart, as it’s always an honor to step in on the show’s always-enlightening...

Rings Is Terrifyingly Boring Feb06

Rings Is Terrifyingly Boring

Overview: When her boyfriend goes missing at college, a young woman finds out he’s discovered a cursed video tape that kills everyone who views it. Paramount Pictures; 2017; Rated PG-13; 102 minutes. Before the Franchise Dies: It doesn’t matter if you have seen The Ring, Gore Verbinski’s 2002 masterpiece American remake of the Japanese classic, or the forgotten 2005 sequel The Ring Two. Rings, the third installment in the series, tells you everything you need to know to keep up really quickly. In its first cold opening (and there are multiple ones), in which a passenger on a plane meets his fabled seventh-day fate in a...

10 Times Dave Chappelle Was Right About Everything Feb01

10 Times Dave Chappelle Was Right About Everything

When Dave Chappelle walked away from Chappelle’s Show after just three seasons, leaving a fifty million dollar deal on the table, he created a narrative. Prior to his abrupt two-week getaway to South Africa, Chappelle was more than just the man of the moment, his show was more than just the most popular on Comedy Central, arguably the most popular of all time and inarguably its most important. Chappelle was the mediator of an unprecedented cultural conversation about race, inequality, and deeply-sown institutional injustice. Every week, Chappelle and his troupe managed to sit an interracial audience in numbers that were outstanding...

THE 2017 AE-CADEMY AWARDS NOMINEES AND PRIZE GIVEAWAY Jan25

THE 2017 AE-CADEMY AWARDS NOMINEES AND PRIZE GIVEA...

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...

Kuro Challenges the Way We Think of Storytelling Jan23

Kuro Challenges the ...

Overview: While caring for her paraplegic lover Millou, Romi recounts for him the story of a time they spent in Japan, caring for a man named Mr. Ono. 2017; Not Rated; 84 minutes. Space: There’s a lot of in-between space inside of Kuro, the new film from directors Joji Koyama and Tujiko...

The Twist Is We’ve Always Needed More Movies Like Split Jan21

The Twist Is We’ve Always Needed More Movies...

Overview: Three teenage girls are held captive by a man suffering from Disassociative Personality Disorder which manifests as 23 different personalities. Universal Pictures; 2017; Rated PG-13; 117 Minutes. In the Grand Scheme Of Things: It’s almost impossible to review an M. Night Shyamalan film in a vacuum, separate from the rest of his career. Historically, when it comes to constructional precision, Shyamalan has always been something of a revolutionary, a sort of Kanye West-ian artist who pours finely measured elemental arrangement into a pop-culture cookie sheet. His best work (Unbreakable, Signs, and The Visit) is kind of like cinema’s...

Don’t Watch The Inauguration. Not To Spite T...

It makes me sick to have to say this, but the opinions expressed in this editorial article do not necessarily reflect those of Audiences Everywhere as a brand or team. It makes me sick because I don’t necessarily feel as though what I’m about to say is, by and large, a political statement, and any contention that it is willfully amputates basic morality from politics. That disclosure out of the way, I’ll state this up front: Like a lot of Americans, I dislike Donald Trump as a person and detest his democratically-ish-elected occupation of the office of United States president. I say this not just from a personal perspective, but as the...

Silence, the Problem of Pain, & the Challenge of Cinema as Religious Text Jan16

Silence, the Problem of Pain, & the Challenge...

Overview: Upon hearing that their mentor has apostatized, two 17th Century Jesuit priests venture into Japan, where Christianity is outlawed, to find him. Based on the novel by Shūsaku Endō. Paramount Pictures; 2016; Rated R; 161 minutes. What’s In The Frame?: Martin Scorsese famously said, “Cinema is a matter of what’s in the frame and what’s out,” a sentence that might be as useful as any working definition that has been offered for the art form as it hits its toddler stage. But the sentiment is also useful in its implied reductive comparison. What is and is not in the frame, that which does and does not happen, what we see...

The Near-Brilliant Anti-Art Depravity of We Are the Flesh Jan11

The Near-Brilliant Anti-Art Depravity of We Are th...

“There is no such thing as love,” the sister (María Evioli) explains to her brother (Diego Gamalie) as she stands over his face, dripping menstrual blood onto his lips, “Only demonstrations of love.” This disturbing sequence is one of a handful in Emiliano Rocha Minter’s shocking new film in which a depraved conceit is paired with dialogue that admits the conceit’s thematic purpose. There is no sly and layered symbolism or disorienting obfuscation here. In this sense, Rocha Minter’s film is less like those of Pier Paolo Passolini, Lars von Trier, or Gaspar Noé (shock cinema royalty against whose...

A Monster Calls Succeeds by Failing as a Fairy Tale Jan10

A Monster Calls Succeeds by Failing as a Fairy Tal...

Overview: A monster helps a young boy come to terms with losing his terminally ill mother. Focus Features; 2016; Rated PG-13; 108 minutes. Messily Ever After: A Monster Calls is a garbage fairy tale. The wicked grandmother is far from wicked. The handsome young prince is sort of petulant and makes every effort to not be a hero. The midnight-visiting monster is better at telling confusing stories than doing any of the standard things that a monster would do. And the ancient magic tree does not cure a damn thing. But J.A. Bayona-directed adaptation of the fantasy novel from Patrick Ness concedes its intention to fail at being a fairy tale...

The Best Twitter Reactions to the 74th Golden Globes Jan08

The Best Twitter Reactions to the 74th Golden Glob...

As always, Twitter does it best… Here are the best reactions to the 2017 Golden Globes ceremony.   Good luck at the #GoldenGlobes, everybody—and by “everybody,” I mean the cast and crew of MOONLIGHT and no one else. — Sasha (@ThatSashaJames) January 9, 2017 imagine if they had a manchester by the sea-style opening and everyone was just standing in the cold, crying. #GoldenGlobes — Laura Saladino (@lesaladino) January 9, 2017 Mahershala did T H E M O S T this year so let’s shout out to his hustle #GoldenGlobes pic.twitter.com/jBAZjoSgmy — Alanna Bennett (@AlannaBennett) January 9, 2017 donald glover thanked migos...

Who Is You: Moonlight, Hell or High Water, and America’s Identity Crisis Jan03

Who Is You: Moonlight, Hell or High Water, and Ame...

The two best dick measuring contests in 2016 film, one figurative and one literal, occur in movies that are almost diametrically opposed in genre aesthetic. In the center of David Mackenzie’s neo-Western Hell or High Water, outlaw Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) takes a break from righteous bank robbing to indulge in casino poker, and, because he feels he must, he verbally provokes the meanest mug at the table. His opponent in the hand is a muscular Comanche. “Lords of the plain,” Tanner says. “Lords of nothing now,” the Native American corrects him. Neither gambler folds. They play out to the river card, as men do, and then stand to bump uneven...

2016’s Movie Report Card: Grading the Year in Film Dec31

2016’s Movie R...

Commencement Address The practical thing to do here, I guess, for the sake of building a brand, would be to start this post the same way I started last year’s. That is, I should start by saying, “We survived 2016.” But last year, that simple statement felt like an empty...

The 20 Best Movies of 2016 Chosen by Audiences Everywhere Dec29

The 20 Best Movies of 2016 Chosen by Audiences Eve...

It’s that time of year: those last few calendar days where our team risks complete dissolution to select and rank the best films from the past 365 days. We have fought, bartered, and bargained our way through a passionate cycle of disagreement and forgiveness, calculated quality with an equation so complex that it might be the subject of the Hidden Figures sequel, and, finally, we are ready to present to you our selections for the twenty best movies of 2016. … 20. Hail, Caesar! Hail Caesar! has a plot that makes you want to watch the movie even before you know its by the Coen brothers. A big time Old Hollywood star is kidnapped...

Children of Men Ten Years Later: We Couldn’t...

“And therefore I looked down into the great pity of a person’s life on this earth. I don’t mean that we all end up dead, that’s not the great pity. I mean that he couldn’t tell me what he was dreaming, and I couldn’t tell him what was real.” – Denis Johnson, Jesus’ Son It’s easy now, isn’t it? Almost too easy. Today, there is a clear and topical reason to discuss the film beyond just its upcoming ten year anniversary. Do a Google search of the title with the words “relevant” or “accurate” any time over the next few weeks, as we move toward an inauguration of a president whose anti-immigration platform might have been pulled directly...

74th Golden Globes Nominees Announced Dec12

74th Golden Globes Nominees Announced

This morning, Don Cheadle, Laura Dern, and Anna Kendrick announced the 2017 Golden Globes nominees live from the Beverly Hilton Hotel on the Today show. Jimmy Fallon is set to host the ceremony, which will air live on NBC on January 8, 2017. All of the presumptive favorites seem to be holding strong, with La La Land continuing its bid after a big night at the Critics Choice Awards, and Casey Affleck and Natalie Portman continuing their march to developing favorite status in the lead actor/actress columns. Meanwhile, Deadpool keeps earning unexpected love and it’s nice to see other suprirses likes Sing Street and Colin Farrell’s...

Complete List of the 2016 Critics’ Choice Awards Winners Dec11

Complete List of the 2016 Critics’ Choice Aw...

The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards are getting underway at Santa Monica Airport’s Barker Hangar in California. The ceremony will air live on A&E, hosted by  recently arrested, Uber-driver-slapping comedian T.J. Miller. As part of our Awards Season coverage, we’ll be providing live updates of the film winners. Best Picture Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water La La Land *Winner* Lion Loving Manchester by the Sea Moonlight Sully Best Director Damien Chazelle (La La Land) *Winner* Mel Gibson (Hacksaw Ridge) Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) Kenneth Lonergan (Manchester by the Sea) David Mackenzie (Hell or High...

I’ll Be Darned, The Baywatch Trailer Is Awesome Dec08

I’ll Be Darned, The Baywatch Trailer Is Awes...

I guess I shoudn’t be too shocked. At bare minimum, the upcoming Baywatch film from Horrible Bosses and The King of Kong Director Seth Gordon combines four of the most astoundingly beautiful and charismatic people alive in The Rock, Alexandra Daddario, Zac Efron, and Priyanka Chopra and unleashes their charms on a goofy property toward which no one should even try to claim nostalgic attachment. So, it’s a winning formula, but let’s not kid ourselves. We did not expect this… Earlier today, Paramount gave us our first good look at the film when they released the theatrical trailer and it’s…. hilarious,...

The Monster Struggles to Carry Its Ugly Weight Nov30

The Monster Struggle...

Overview: A monster traps a mother and her child in their car after an accident. A24; 2016; Rated R; 91 minutes. Revisitation: We have seen this before. Of course, we have also said that very thing about this filmmaker’s work before. Specifically, Bryan Bertino’s directorial debut The...

Loving Delivers Much Needed Empathy and Intimacy Nov28

Loving Delivers Much...

Overview: After being arrested for their unlawful marriage, interracial couple Richard and Mildred Loving become the center of a decades long legal battle. Focus Features; 2016; Rated PG-13; 123 minutes. As A Verb: Mildred (Ruth Negga) speaks the first two words of Jeff Nichols’ new...

Six Months to Salvation Captures Hope in Confused Idealism Nov22

Six Months to Salvat...

Overview: Seven Australian teenagers volunteer as English teachers in Thailand. u16.co; 2016; Not Rated; 96 minutes. Creating a Path: Normally, if I were to say that a filmmaker seems not to know what film he/she is making, one might safely assume that such a statement is meant to be critical...

October Was the Scariest Month: How Panic Disorder...

October was the scariest month of my life even though I wasn’t even really watching any horror movies. The reason October was such an unprecedentedly terrifying month and the reason why I avoided horror movies was the same: because in September, I was attacked by a monster. Now, this the second week of November, a new monster is making matters even worse. More about my personal monster momentarily, but first, I think we should measure that damage. For all of my life, I have loved horror. I’ve loved being afraid. October, traditionally, has always been my favorite month largely because I love horror. Anyone paying attention knows that last...