Author: David Shreve

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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A Powerful Conversation About Loss, Recovery, Hope, and One Episode of ‘The Leftovers’

If I have one regret about being a poor television watcher, it is that I can not keep up with HBO’s The Leftovers quickly enough to write analytical recaps. Well, that’s not entirely true, I guess. My being a few episodes behind on this show is just as much about my needing time and space to process each episode as it is about my poorly kept TV schedule. The earnestness with which The Leftovers explores loss and inevitability is a pill best swallowed at one’s own customized dosage. Sometimes, television work is just too true to allow the normal...

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New ‘Woodshock’ Trailer Has Us Woodshook

Today, A24 unveiled a gorgeous new poster and a stunning and unsettling trailer for their forthcoming film Woodshock. Directed by Kate and Laura Mulleavy, Woodshock stars Kirsten Dunst in what might be a long-deserved Awards-gathering turn. The trailer doesn’t show much, and the IMDb synopsis is even more vague (“A woman falls deeper into paranoia after taking a deadly drug.”), but it’s enough to make me think maybe this is a good film to go into blind. With Melancholia and, more recently, as the standout in the second season of Fargo, Dunst has proven herself to be a mesmerizing dramatic...

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New ‘IT’ Footage Unleashed at the MTV Movie & TV Awards

During Sunday’s MTV Movie & TV Awards, Warner Bros. unveiled an eerie sneak peek at the forthcoming release It, based on the infamous 1986 novel by Stephen King. This new footage, which you can see below, shows members of the Loser Club (the story calls them that, not me; I love these characters and the acting collective set to play them) exploring the sewer, finding the shoe of a former member, and… well, encountering more than they’re reay for. As we edge closer to this release, my anxiety over the film, driven by the embedded terror of watching the...

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