On Demand Movie Guide: June 2016

Summer blockbuster season isn’t looking so good. Thankfully there are always a bevy of On Demand options for cinema fanatics to choose from. Why not stay home, avoid the crowds, and see a good movie for far less than the theater experience would cost. Check out our On Demand movie guide for this month. No Stranger Than Love No Stranger Than Love offers a unique twist to the typical rom-com. Lucy (Allison Brie) is constantly bombarded by unwanted pronouncements of love and when she finally thinks she may love someone, a hole opens in her living room floor trapping the receiver of her assertion. Writer Steven Adams presents a good script,...

There Were Tears: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, and The Magic of Sports (and DVR) Jun20

There Were Tears: Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, and The Ma...

Sports are cool. Sports represent one of the few mediums where one can experience the full range of human emotion in a matter of seconds. Experiencing a great sports moment is an incredible feeling and when you are invested as a fan in that moment, it becomes ethereal and transcendent. The greatest game in NBA history was played last night and LeBron James delivered the single greatest Finals series performance ever. In doing so, he brought a championship back to the Cleveland Cavaliers, their first ever, and his home of northeast Ohio. Cavalier’s super-fan critically acclaimed star of every movie he’s ever been in Paul Dano was not...

AE On Demand Movie Guide: May 2016

The extended Spring rains have past and the heat has become sweltering. I enjoy my share of sun, but sometimes it is nice to stay inside with cooler air and the comforts of home. Whether you are staying inside to begin with or are retreating to cooler temperatures after venturing out to watch summer blockbusters, there will be plenty of On Demand movie options for you to peruse. Here is our On Demand Movie Guide for this month. Cash Only Cash Only tells the story of a desperate Detroit landlord and features a great combination of directing, acting, writing, and cinematography. The movie is thematically tied to the American struggle so many...

AE On Demand Movie Guide: April 2016

Summer blockbuster season is approaching, but that does not mean that excellent cinematic experiences can only be found at the theater. This month On Demand you can find many great options including an excellent book-to-film adaptation and a modern horror gem. Stay inside with us and check out this month’s On Demand Movie Guide. High Rise High Rise is the film adaptation of J.G. Ballards’s 1975 novel that many viewed as impossible to adapt. Director Ben Wheatley does an admirable job with the translation and brings some of his darkly comic sensibilities along, while coaxing excellent performances from Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Moss, and...

AE On Demand Movie Guide: March 2016

Spring has arrived and the customary warm weather and chirping birds along with it. This development has probably led you to begin readjusting to what it is like to go outside for anything other than work or food. If you are still adjusting to the changes or if you simply despise the outdoors, there are plenty of quality On Demand offerings this month to keep you away from the sun. Band of Robbers Band of Robbers is a modern tale of Tom Sawyer and Huckleberry Finn. Co-directors and co-writers Aaron and Adam Nee bring a fan-fiction idea to life by transporting the story and characters of Mark Twain into a modern world. The comedy and...

AE On Demand Movie Guide: January 2016

It’s January, and that means that a full year of On Demand movies await. January has a reputation as a dumping ground for movies that studios have little faith in. A few movies in the past have been the exception to this reputation, but more often than not, it’s an assortment of rubbish. So it’s the perfect month to stay home instead and catch a movie On Demand. Hell and Back Hell and Back is a stop-motion animated film from the lead animator of Robot Chicken. The film is geared towards adults and features similar themes and styles featured in Robot Chicken. It includes an impressive cast of voice actors and several roles featuring various...

AE On Demand Movie Guide: December 2015

Snow has started to fall and the holiday season is nearing. Theaters are currently packed with rabid Star Wars fans and Christmas Day will see the release of six major releases. This combination will surely lead to crowded theaters, so why not stay home with the family and catch a movie On Demand instead! Stanford Prison Experiment The Stanford Prison Experiment details an experiment where a group of students each serve as either a prisoner or a prison guard. It is based on a real-life experiment conducted at Stanford in 1971. The film features a group of great performances from a young cast on the rise, and it challenges the way the...

AE On Demand Movie G...

Thanksgiving is now over, and for many people that means confinement to the couch for the next week due to food coma. But don’t let couch confinement get you down. Enhance it by catching some releases on our AE On Demand Movie Guide. And look at the bright side, these films are the perfect...

AE On Demand Movie Guide: October 2015

Fall movie season is here, and there are several intriguing film options in theaters. Unfortunately, that means dealing with cold temperatures and holiday season crowds. If you need a break from the weekly theater grind, then maybe an On Demand offering can satisfy that movie fix instead. We’ve got you covered with our AE On Demand Movie Guide for October 2015: … The Primary Instinct We start with this month’s gem, The Primary Instinct. Stephen Tobolowsky takes the stage at Seattle’s Moore Theater and delivers a series of touching stories. The Primary Instinct is an adaptation of The Tobolowsky Files podcast and features all of...

The Primary Instinct is Transcendent Storytelling Oct06

The Primary Instinct...

Overview: Legendary character actor Stephen Tobolowsky tries to get to the root of the question, “Why do we tell stories?” 2015; FilmBuff; Not Rated; 73 Minutes. The Origin of a Story: The Primary Instinct is a documentary concert film that is adapted from the podcast The Tobolowsky Files,...

AE On Demand Movie Guide: September 2015

The leaves are beginning to change colors and a slight nip has fallen over the evening air. Autumn is here and what better way to enjoy those chilly evenings than to stay inside with a blanket, a hot beverage (beer), and a movie On Demand! AE has you covered with a guide to help you find the right On Demand movie to watch this month: … Listening We’ll start with the most fascinatingly interesting entry this month, Khalil Sulins’ Listening. Come for the sci-fi, mind bending, telepathy intrigue and stay for the solid character building augmenting the science. Listening features a peek at technological possibilities that are relevant to...

Uncle John is Full of Guarded Tension Sep23

Uncle John is Full o...

Overview: A farmer tries to conceal a crime from the local townsfolk and his nephew. FilmBuff; 2015; Not Rated; 113 Minutes. Hell Fire: Uncle John opens with a sermon. A preacher speaks about the existence of hellfire: “Hell is real. It does exist. HELL FIRE, simply spoken, and praise...

Ferrell Takes the Field Offers Refreshing Immodesty Sep15

Ferrell Takes the Fi...

Overview: A short-form documentary detailing Will Ferrell’s effort to support Cancer for College. HBO; 2015; TV-14; 50 minutes. Cancer for College: Craig Pollard was a college baseball player at USC with aspirations to play Major League Baseball. Unfortunately, his career was cut short when...

Show Me a Hero Sep04

Show Me a Hero

Overview: Show Me a Hero is a six-part HBO miniseries based on the book of the same name by Lisa Belkin, directed by Paul Haggis, and co-written by David Simon and William F. Zorzi.  HBO; 2015. Hero Candidate One, Oscar Isaac: Show Me a Hero chronicles the housing desegregation in late 1980s...

Golden Globe 2015 Nominations Dec11

Golden Globe 2015 Nominations

The 2015 Golden Globe nominations will be announced at 8:20 a.m. Thursday, December 11, 2014. The 72nd edition of the show will air on Sunday, January 11, 2015 at 8 p.m. and will be hosted for the third consecutive year by Amy Poehler and Tina Fey. Sadly, this will be the final year that Poehler and Fey helm the broadcast. Everyone should tune in because they are an absolute delight, and the Golden Globes is the most entertaining awards show to watch because the guests can get a little tipsy. Remember Ricky Gervais in 2010, 2011, and 2012? That was fantastic. Golden Globe awards are handed out for both film and television by the Hollywood...

Edgar Wright and the Craft of Comedy Sep24

Edgar Wright and the Craft of Comedy

Edgar Wright is the comedic auteur of the people. His sense of humor and feel for comedy can appeal to the masses, and yet his technical prowess and depth of comedy appeals even greater to the most seasoned cinephile. His films contain an identifiable and unique perspective and his style is unmistakable. Wright is the bridge that spans the gap of the two sides of comedic film. Wright’s films have high appeal to the typical cinema patron. Just take a look at the base construct of his four feature films. Shaun of the Dead is a comedy centered on a zombie apocalypse. Hot Fuzz is a buddy cop comedy. Scott Pilgrim vs. The World is a comic book...

Criterion Discovery: Like Someone in Love

Background Like Someone in Love is a 2012 film from director Abbas Kiarostami and the fourth film from Kiarostami in The Criterion Collection (Close-up, Taste of Cherry, Certified Copy). It was released by Criterion as spine #708 on May 20, 2014. Like Someone in Love is the first Japanese film from Kiarostami and only the second film he has made outside of his native Iran (Certified Copy, Italy). The Story The film is set in Tokyo and the surrounding area. Akiko is a student and a part-time call girl with an overprotective and short-fused fiancé. She is sent to meet with Takashi, an elderly client who is an author and retired professor....

Criterion Discovery: The Gold Rush

Background The Gold Rush is a 1925 silent film from director Charles Chaplin. The film would later be re-released by Chaplin in 1942 with several changes, including new music and narration. It was released by Criterion as spine #615 on June 12, 2012. At the time of its release, The Gold Rush was the third Chaplin film in the collection, and to date it is one of five Chaplin releases in The Criterion Collection. The Story The film is set in Alaska during the height of the Gold Rush. Chaplin plays the Lone Prospector, a man in search of riches. As he travels through the mountains, he loses his way and crosses paths with Big Jim McKay (Mack...

When the Game Stands Tall Aug22

When the Game Stands...

Overview: A decorated high school football program faces a period of adversity. 2014; TriStar Pictures; Rated PG; 115 Minutes. The Power of Sports: The natural drama that sports can provide is as good as any fiction. It’s derived from pure heart and determination. It can produce...

Criterion Discovery: Kuroneko

An Introduction Welcome to Criterion Discovery, the newest Feature added to Audiences Everywhere. Here at Audiences Everywhere our motto is “Curious and Teachable.” We love film, and we have a passion to learn and share as much as possible about the medium. The Criterion Collection is a renowned collection of classic, timeless, and influential films that to date has reached an astounding 738 entries. It’s a massive collection filled with endless opportunities for exploration and discovery. It’s a natural fit, and with this new column, we hope to apply the “Curious and Teachable” sentiment to The Criterion Collection. I’ve been a collector...

A Cinematic Playlist:  10 Examples of Great Pop Music Cues Apr07

A Cinematic Playlist: 10 Examples of Great Pop Mus...

Music is a powerful cinematic tool. It can accentuate directing, acting, and cinematography to make a great scene better than the sum of its parts, it can elevate a normal scene into an iconic scene, and it can manipulate viewer’s emotions in pivotal turning points. Effective and memorable uses of music are one of my cinema guilty pleasures. A great movie doesn’t have to have memorable music cues, but if it does, it will hold a special place in my heart. I’ve gone on a journey through some of my best film memories and compiled a list of some of my favorite uses of song in film. Let’s begin.   10. You’re Next –...

The Grand Budapest Hotel Apr01

The Grand Budapest H...

Overview: The misadventures of a concierge and his lobby boy are recounted. Fox Searchlight Pictures; 2014; Rated R; 100 Minutes. Familiar Style: Director Wes Anderson doesn’t offer up any surprises in The Grand Budapest Hotel. Anyone familiar with Anderson’s previous work will notice the...

The Raid 2: Berandal

Overview: Following the events of The Raid: Redemption, rookie Jakarta cop Rama must go undercover to bring down the corruption in the city and save his family. Sony Pictures Classics/Stage 6 Films; 2014; Rated R; 150 Minutes. The Violence: Holy shit, this movie is violent! From start to...

Her Mar30

Her

Overview: A lonely writer begins to form a unique relationship with a fully sentient operating system. Annapurna Pictures/Warner Bros. Pictures. 2013. Rated R. 120 Minutes. Exploration: Her is a deep and honest look at the emotions, boundaries, and nature of human relationships. Beyond the...

Inside Llewyn Davis Mar19

Inside Llewyn Davis

Overview: A folk musician faces struggles and hardship as he traverses the folk music scene of Greenwich Village in 1961 New York. CBS Films/StudioCanal. 2013. Rated R. 105 Minutes. Inside the Character Study: With Llewyn Davis, writer/director’s Joel and Ethan Coen have created one of their...