AE’s 2017 Oscars Prediction Showdown Feb23

AE’s 2017 Oscars Prediction Showdown

The 89th Academy Awards are coming up this Sunday, and Audiences Everywhere readers know what that means: It’s Oscar predictions showdown time! Josh has seized victory two years in a row. Will the third time be the charm for David? Or will Josh come through with yet another decisive win? Let us know what your picks are and who you think will take the crown this year!   Best Visual Effects Deepwater Horizon Doctor Strange The Jungle Book Kubo and the Two Strings Rogue One: A Star Wars Story Josh Prediction: The Jungle Book – This film was praised almost exclusively for its visual effects, which are very photorealistic. This is an...

Why Did We Let Mel Gibson Come Back?

Growing up Jewish in New England during the 2000s, your life is punctuated at regular intervals by these little surprises. There’s the first time you learn what the Holocaust was, and you ask your mom why they hated Jews so much, and she doesn’t have an answer. There are uncomfortable afternoons you spend at your friend’s youth group, which he didn’t tell you was a Christian youth group beforehand. Maybe you get to school one day in December and there’s a little manger on your desk, and a patronizing card about “faith” from your classmate’s mom. One year, your friend texts you and asks if you’d be comfortable with him dressing up as a rabbi...

Still Looking Out For Us: Shyamalan’s Split & Mental Illness Feb06

Still Looking Out For Us: Shyamalan’s Split ...

I knew what we were in for the moment I saw the first trailer for M. Night Shyamalan’s new film Split. Critics have long had it out for Shyamalan. Before the release of The Visit in 2015, I wrote about how the cultural consensus has consistently and willfully misunderstood him as an auteur. The Visit ended up opening to the sort of widespread acclaim that had evaded his work for over a decade. But when I saw Split’s trailer, I was sure it was about to come crashing down again, buckling under the weight of (perhaps not unfair) thinkpieces about the stigmatization of mental illness. In Split, James McAvoy plays a man named Kevin with...

Live Updates to the 2017 Oscar Nominations Jan24

Live Updates to the 2017 Oscar Nominations

Folks, another year has come and gone, and it’s that time once again for film fans across the world to get mad about the taste of insanely rich people. It’s Oscar season, baby! At 5:18 AM PST this morning, Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs will be joined by several previous winners to announce the nominees for the 89th Academy Awards. Stay tuned to Audiences Everywhere for live updates on the nominees! Best Picture Arrival Fences Hacksaw Ridge Hell or High Water Hidden Figures La La Land Lion Manchester by the Sea Moonlight   Best Director Denis Villeneuve, Arrival Mel Gibson, Hacksaw Ridge Damien Chazelle, La La Land...

5 Great Almost-Films From 2016 Dec22

5 Great Almost-Films From 2016

Each year here at Audiences Everywhere, I like to take some time during our end-of-year celebrations to look at things that don’t quite fit into any of our other Best Of categories. As we’ve grown to include a greater variety of lists, I’ve had to stretch the definition of “Almost Film” past its breaking point. I could go on about how the definition of cinema itself is becoming more and more unstable, and how the combination of various mediums requires a more open-minded approach, but I’ll spare you. This is just a list of stuff I liked in 2016, and it’s stuff I hope you’ll like as well. 100 Ft. Robot Golf Unlike The Beginner’s Guide from...

Three Rivers Film Festival: Kate Plays Christine is an Astonishing Experience Nov29

Three Rivers Film Festival: Kate Plays Christine i...

Overview: As actor Kate Lyn Sheil prepares to take on the role of Christine Chubbuck, a TV news journalist who committed suicide live on air, she finds herself grappling with challenging emotions and ethical quandaries. Grasshopper Film; 2016; Not Rated; 112 minutes. Flip It, Reverse It: Kate Plays Christine isn’t what I would call a provocative film–not in the negative sense that implies pointless deliberacy, anyway–but it does open with something of a provocation to its audience, a challenge to your preconceptions and an attempt to frame your perspective of what follows. The title appears on-screen one word at a time, but in reverse, so...

Reel Q Film Festival Review: Southwest of Salem Is a Troubled But Empathetic Documentary Oct21

Reel Q Film Festival...

Overview: This documentary follows four lesbian women who were wrongfully convicted of sexually abusing children during a nationwide panic about Satanic ritual cults. Motto Pictures/Naked Edge Films; 2016; Not Rated; 91 minutes. The Straight and Narrow: It’s not unusual for true-crime...

Reel Q Film Festival Review: Summertime Is A Confident Success Oct13

Reel Q Film Festival...

Overview: In the wake of a breakup, a young woman from the country moves to Paris, where she joins up with a group of feminist activists and begins a relationship with one of its leaders. Strand Releasing; 2016; Not Rated; 105 minutes. Here, Queer, etc.: So much of queer cinema is consumed by...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z” Sep22

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt2.p7z̶...

Recap We open yet again with a flashback, this time to Tyrell’s meeting with Mr. Robot from last season. This time, we see it as it truly happened, with Elliot in Mr. Robot’s place. The scene continues to show Tyrell begging for Elliot to let him in on the plan. Back in the present, Tyrell brings Elliot to a secret warehouse out of which he’s been operating. Joanna visits the location where Elliot traced the mysterious phone calls. It turns out to be the home of Scott Knowles, who admits to being behind the calls as well as the gifts. He wanted revenge against her for the death of his wife, who was pregnant when Tyrell...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt1.p7z” Sep15

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.9_pyth0n-pt1.p7z̶...

Recap Elliot opens the episode attempting to use lucid dreaming techniques to swap places with Mr. Robot. He wants to invisibly watch Mr. Robot and figure out what he’s been hiding. Meanwhile, Joanna gets the news about her husband’s location. Dom sits on a hospital bed undergoing evaluation after surviving yet another shootout. Her boss tells her that the Chinese government has loaned E Corp $2 trillion, severely complicating their investigation into the Dark Army. He tells Dom to go home and get some rest. At home, Dom reflects on her lack of any human connection and wonders whether it was worth it to give that up for her job. Angela is...

Sully Is An Engaging Examination of An American Crisis Sep13

Sully Is An Engaging...

Overview: After his bravura emergency landing of an airplane on the Hudson River, Captain Sully Sullenberger is forced to consider if he made the right call. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2016; Rated PG-13; 96 Minutes. The Outlaw: I used to think of Clint Eastwood as a sort of director-out-of-time....

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx” Sep08

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.8_h1dden-pr0cess.axx&...

Recap Terry Colby visits Price with a copy of his new memoir, titled The Last Honest Man. He’s still pulling favors for Price and E Corp. He inquires about Price’s ultimate ambitions, and he answers that he wants to always be the most powerful man in the room, and leave a legacy to rival God’s. Joanna takes Elliot to her apartment and insists that he help her find Tyrell. Mr. Robot is spooked, since this will inevitably lead to her discovering that Tyrell is dead by their hand. Elliot is forced to assist in tracking the mysterious phone calls which Joanna insists are from her missing husband. Vincent, one of the fsociety newbies sent to...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.7_init_5.fve” Sep05

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.7_init_5.fve”

Recap Another flashback opening! This time it’s a quick recap of Elliot’s imprisonment. Turns out he was put away for hacking his therapist’s boyfriend last season (and stealing his dog). He pleads guilty as a way of keeping Mr. Robot at bay. Back in the present, Elliot is given an early release. Apparently, the Five/Nine Hack has lead to such a dramatic increase in crime that prisons are being forced to let non-violent offenders go. Meanwhile, Angela uses the data-stealing USB from fsociety to get information about the Washington Township leak off of her boss’ computer. Darlene picks up Elliot from prison. She hasn’t heard from Trenton or...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12” Aug25

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.6_succ3ss0r.p12”

Recap As with almost every episode this season, we begin in a flashback, this time to Mobley and Trenton’s first meeting. What appears to be a chance encounter in a coffee shop turns out to be their initial fsociety recruitment by Darlene. In the present, the three of them along with Cisco discover that the FBI will soon hold a conference call regarding their ongoing investigations. They tap in and record evidence of widespread privacy violations, before releasing their findings in a video. Despite this seeming victory, Mobley is paranoid over a part of the call where they referenced a suspect list for the Nine/Five Hack, which he assumes...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.5_h4ndshake.sme” Aug18

Mr. Robot Recap: ...

Recap Joanna remembers Tyrell taking her to a corporate party, which happens to be where she met current boyfriend Derek. In the present, a woman in the street throws red paint at her and calls her a “capitalist pig.” Later, Derek demands that Joanna accompany him to a party, or else he’ll...

Steven Universe Gets Darker and Denser in Season 3 Aug17

Steven Universe Gets Darker and Denser in Season 3

After premiering the first five episodes of its third season during a month-long event back in May, Steven Universe dropped the rest of them like a hydrogen bomb this summer. For four weeks, there was a new episode of the show every weeknight (sometimes two!), a level of saturation that’s more or less unprecedented for a non-Netflix program. Yet it’s hard to imagine a better scheduling structure for this show. It operates perfectly in the middle-ground between all-at-once streaming releases and traditional weekly premieres. At only eleven minutes each, Steven Universe is supremely bingeable, but it’s easier for smaller, quieter episodes to...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes” Aug11

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.4_m4ster-s1ave.aes...

Recap Elliot is trapped in a 90s sitcom. The aspect ratio is 4:3, the picture quality is fuzzy, there’s a laugh track, ALF is there, etc. In the sitcom world, the Aldersons are on a family road trip. Tyrell is tied up in the trunk. They meet Angela working at a convenience store, but Mr. Robot and Elliot’s mother rob the place. We go to commercial. These include old-school E Corp ads, a real 90s Bud Light spot, and a USA Network promotion for a Friday night movie, The Careful Massacre of the Bourgeoise. After they get a flat tire, Tyrell attempts to escape from the trunk, but he runs into the rear projection screen. Gideon, as a cop, sees...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.3_logic-b0mb.hc” Aug04

Mr. Robot Recap: ...

Recap Elliot hacks the FBI to destroy any evidence against him, Angela, and fsociety, but is forced to stall for time since he is still working on Ray’s computer. He lies and says that he needs the old sysadmin to unlock an encrypted database to complete his work. Darlene breaks into Angela’s...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.2_init1.asec” Jul28

Mr. Robot Recap: ...

Recap The episode opens with another flashback, this time to several months before the series began. Darlene shows up at Elliot’s apartment to hang out on Halloween, wearing what will soon become known as the fsociety mask. They watch a low-budget slasher movie from the 80s called The Careful...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.1_k3rnel-pan1c.ksd” Jul21

Mr. Robot Recap: ...

Recap The episode opens with a flashback to Romero and Mobley scouting out the abandoned arcade that would soon become fsociety’s headquarters. Later, Mobley goes to visit Romero at his mother’s house, and finds him murdered. Spooked, he and Darlene visit Trenton, the last remaining original...

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc” and “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt2.tc” Jul14

Mr. Robot Recap: “eps2.0_unm4sk-pt1.tc”...

Recap A month has passed since the season one finale. Fsociety’s grand attack is now referred to as the “Nine/Five Hack,” and most of the original members have gone to ground. Elliot (Rami Malek) is staying with his mother and sticking to a strict routine in order to keep Mr. Robot (Christian Slater) at bay. He does little besides eating meals with his new Seinfeld-obsessed friend Leon (Joey Bada$$). He’s even seeing his psychiatrist Krista (Gloria Reuben) again, although she is reticent to do so given what Elliot did to her last season. Visions of Mr. Robot still intrude, sometimes with violent severity, but Elliot is trying to make peace...

Six Great Movie Speeches As Delivered By Donald Trump Jun29

Six Great Movie Speeches As Delivered By Donald Tr...

Over the past year, people all over the world have become intimately familiar with the verbal stylings of presidential candidate and bloated corpse that washed up on a beach, Donald Trump. For many (if not most) of us, this was not by choice. Barely a day has gone by since he announced his candidacy that the media hasn’t subjected us to some new soundbite or stump speech. His unique brand of communication is inescapable, to the point that I’ve unwillingly internalized it. Trump’s voice lives inside me now, like a coronary that only lets white blood cells flow past it. So, in an effort to bring a modicum of happiness back...

Independence Day: Resurgence Is Comfortingly Terrible Jun24

Independence Day: Resurgence Is Comfortingly Terri...

Overview: Twenty years after humanity beat back an alien attack, humanity is forced to do the same thing again, except bigger. 20th Century Fox; 2016; Rated PG-13; 120 Minutes. Bigger Than The Last One: Twenty years after Independence Day redefined the summer blockbuster, Independence Day: Resurgence is here to un-redefine it. Well, maybe “redefine” is a strong word. It’s not as though explosion-laden and effects-driven films were invented in 1996. I’m sticking by “un-redefine,” though. Resurgence is decidedly not a 2010s blockbuster. Since 2008, verbal spectacle, not visual, has been the defining trait of this kind of movie, whether we’re...

A 15-Year Car: Looking Back At The Fast and the Fu...

Long-running film franchises don’t become long-running through constancy. Well, on a superficial level they do – a James Bond movie is always going to star James Bond – but a series that runs past its sixth, seventh, eighth entry tends to become characterized more by change than by whatever initially defined it. Bond actors change out regularly, and the action of, say, On Her Majesty’s Secret Service is far removed from that of Spectre. The Fast/Furious franchise (which I have to call it, to avoid confusion with either its first or fourth entries) is seven films deep, with an eighth on the way next year, and a cursory glance seems to...

A Battle of the Senses: Civil War’s Logical ...

Any artistic medium is to some degree in conversation with its audience. It evolves in reaction to the cultural climate in which it lives. Maybe that means embracing convention, or maybe that means rejecting it, or maybe that means something else entirely. Art does not exist in a vacuum. This is especially true when it comes to film, a medium which has been largely controlled by corporate interests for its entire lifespan. Mainstream film exists, for better or for worse, in response to the perceived will and whim of the consumer. But that’s not news to anyone reading this. Most of us are capable of watching a Hollywood film and recognizing...