Author: David Shreve

All Eyez On Me Manages to Injure the Art, the Artist, the Audience, and More

Overall: Rapper Tupac Shakur rises to fame, controversy, and tragedy. Summit Entertainment; 2017; Rated R; 140 Minutes. T.H.U.G. L.I.F.E.: In an improvised scene in Chris Rock’s under-celebrated 2014 comedy Top Five, Rock sits in a room with equally funny comedians and muses about how Tupac Shakur’s life might have unfolded had he not been murdered in 1996. There’s no way we could predict, Andre (Rock’s character) explains, if today we would be talking about Senator Shakur or the supporting actor in a Tyler Perry movie. It is, at base, a funny set of hypotheticals, but it also speaks toward the...

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Second Trailer for Detroit Slows The Pace, But Amps Up the Tension

Annapurna Pictures has released a second trailer for the upcoming thriller Detroit. The trailer offers a more subdued, dialogue-intensive look compared to the first trailer for Kathryn Bigelow’s Zero Dark Thirty follow-up, and yet somehow, this trailer feels even more nerve-wracking. According to Annapurna, Detroit will tell “the gripping story of one of the most terrifying moments during the civil unrest that rocked Detroit in the summer of ’67.” The film is set to open on August 4, 2017. We’ll have more as it comes, but for now, enjoy the latest trailer. Trailer/Featured Image:...

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The Original Dodgeball Cast Reunites for Charity and You Can Join Them

On the 13th anniversary of the release of Dodgeball,  the original cast has reunited to give one lucky fan the chance to play dodgeball for a great cause! More details are available in the announcement video below (which stars all the familiar faces: Ben Stiller, Vince Vaughn, Christine Taylor, Justin Long and more). Donations collected by those who want to compete will support the Stiller Foundation, which focuses on “improving educational opportunities in Haiti and providing advocacy to conflict-displaced people in close coordination with the UN Agency for Refugees.” You can enter here. Featured Image:...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: They Look Like People Offers Heartfelt Horror

Originally published on May 14, 2016. They Look Like People is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview: A man deals with several struggles in his life while his friend struggles with schizophrenic delusions and clinical paranoia. 2015; Not Rated; 80 minutes. Wyatt/Christian: At first there’s a choppy, muted, sloppy casualness to They Look Like People – an unobtrusive, mumblecore-esque distance kept by the story as it watches old friends Christian (Evan Dumouchel) and Wyatt’s (MacLeod Andrews) unexpected reunion. Director Perry Blackshear opens his first feature film with choppy takes, disjointed voiceovers, conversational fragments. The first half of They Look Like...

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New on Amazon Prime Instant Streaming: The Nightmare

Originally published on June 9, 2015. The Nightmare is now available on Amazon Prime’s instant streaming service. Overview: A combination of interviews and re-enactments regarding the experience of different individuals who suffer from sleep paralysis. Gravitas Ventures; Not Rated; 2015; 91 minutes. A Developing Form: There’s a moment in Room 237, Rodney Ascher’s first documentary that covers the elaborately insane interpretative readings from obsessive fans of Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining, where I had to step back and shake myself back to reality. Left alone with the preposterous, but uninterrupted, explanations with no measured string of factual information with which to weigh...

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Being Black Enough Or (How to Kill a Black Man) Is A Charged First Effort

Overall: Cody, a young college student, struggles to develop his identity as a black man. Devin Rice Studios; 2017; 91 Minutes. Two Souls: Being Black Enough Or (How to Kill a Black Man) opens with the movie’s director, producer, star, cinematographer, and editor Devin Rice delivering a reading of W. E. B. Du Bois that is interrupted by gun shots, flashing police lights, and a string of instructions, rude interrogations, pejoratives, and epithets thrown at the camera, which immediately stands in for the black experience. The film presents a title that coerced me to go in blind; only the...

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20 Years Ago, Con Air Showed Us God Does Exist (And He Might Be Nic Cage)

Have you ever been looking out of the window in the backseat of a parked car, or maybe from the center or rear of a passenger bus, and, upon noticing an adjacent vehicle shifting from your view, felt a panicked certainty that it was your vehicle that was drifting into motion? It’s more than just an optical illusion. It’s a kind of chronostasis, in which your mind’s perception of events stumbles over the actuality of the events. In truth, in this situation, it is more likely that a vehicle next to you was moving. Or perhaps two or more...

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This Comedic Treatment of the Murder on the Orient Express Trailer Doesn’t Stop Being Funny

Earlier today, we showed you the new trailer for Murder on the Orient Express. Many took amused notice that the preview for the movie, which takes place in the 1930s, contains an off-putting needle drop moment introduction to Kenneth Branagh’s character scored by contemporary rock group Imagine Dragons. YouTube user TeamQuabs has now gifted us with a plethora of re-imaginings of this moment, each more absurd than the one before. And I can’t stop laughing. You can enjoy the video below and be sure to subscribe to their channel. Enjoy! Featured Image: 20th Century...

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The Sleuthing Starts Now With the New Murder on the Orient Express Trailer

Today, 20th Century Fox released the first trailer for Murder on the Orient Express, the new film based on the novel of the same name by Agatha Christie. The film looks to be something like virtual mystery dinner event, with thirteen strangers on a train, each of whom is a suspect. And the cast is loaded with mostly enjoyable talent (Bonus mystery: figure out which actor I’m less than thrilled about in a cast that includes Penélope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Johnny Depp, Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley and Josh Gad). All indications suggest a fan-friendly whodunit, a puzzle meant...

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Baywatch Is Afraid to Step Into the Light of Its Own Comedy

Overview: A veteran lifeguard crew is disrupted by the inclusion of a disgraced Olympian just as a criminal plot is uncovered on their beach. Paramount Pictures; 2017; Rated R; 119 minutes. Just Let Me Smell What He’s Cooking: Since Donald Trump was elected, there’s been a quiet joke building about Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson being the next celebrity president. It’s a fun fantasy, one I’ve indulged in conversation with friends and loved ones no less than a dozen times since last November. And everyone speaks about the hypothetical in the same tone, with the same smirk. But there’s more...

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Lynchables: Mr. Nerdista Breaks Down David Lynch’s Eraserhead

When I told my friend and admired YouTube film analyst Mr. Nerdista that we were planning a David Lynch week, he sort of lit up a little bit with an idea. He returned shortly thereafter with the following video breaking down the cinematic devices used by Lynch in his film Eraserhead to, in a sense, trap his audience. Normally, I’d offer more of a breakdown introduction to a video essay, but given that Mr. Nerdista does with video what we here at AE try to do with language, and that he has already made himself a frequent and supporter...

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Lynchables: David Lynch Discusses Transcendental Meditation

All this week, in anticipation for the return of Twin Peaks,  we’re going to be featuring writing from our staff about the work of David Lynch. Adjacent to that, I’m also going to be sharing fascinating articles and videos from other sources about the scope, skill, and impact of the famed but perplexing director. Between 2007 and 2009, David Lynch went on a 16 country tour to discuss his passion for transcendental meditation. Film students from all over the world compiled footage of the tour and discussions into a documentary entitled Meditation, Creativity, and Peace, which has been made...

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A Perfect Organism: Why the Xenomorph is the Most Terrifying Movie Monster

“Perfect organism.” That’s the beginning of the cold caution that Ash (Ian Holm) offers Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in Ridley Scott’s 1979 Alien. In terms of catchphrases and slogans, these two words might stand behind only “Get away from her, you bitch,” “Game over, man,” and of course, the famous tagline “In space, no one can hear you scream” as the most recognizable of the genre-bending series that branched out from Scott’s unimpeachable classic/sci-fi horror film. But “perfect organism” also represents the most functionally useful two words spoken through the entirety of the ongoing series. Namely because “perfect” is such...

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Lynchables: What Makes the ‘Mulholland Drive’ Diner Scene So Damn Scary

All this week, in anticipation for the return of Twin Peaks,  we’re going to be featuring writing from our staff about the work of David Lynch. Adjacent to that, I’m also going to be sharing fascinating articles and videos from other sources about the scope, skill, and impact of the famed but perplexing director. It doesn’t matter how many times you see it. Mulholland Drive‘s infamous diner scene is always going to be one of the most unnerving sequence of any film. But why? And how? The setup and premise seems simple. The scene a standalone segment with no...

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Lynchables: David Lynch Has Made Some Weird Ass Commercials

All this week, in anticipation for the return of Twin Peaks,  we’re going to be featuring writing from our staff about the work of David Lynch. Adjacent to that, I’m also going to be sharing fascinating articles and videos from other sources about the scope, skill, and impact of the famed but perplexing director. And it seems only fair that I start with an article from Little White Lies, written by Audiences Everywhere’s own resident David Lynch expert Jack Godwin, who here dives into the advertising work of the patently un-commercial director. You can read the full article here...

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