Live by Night is a Frustrating Misstep Jan12

Live by Night is a F...

Overview: Based on Dennis Lehane’s novel, Live by Night follows a bandit who, through a series of unfortunate circumstances, rises as a successful crime boss during the Prohibition era. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2016; Rated R; 129 minutes. Sleep by Day: The opening narration, mumbled by Ben...

5 David Bowie Songs That Should Be Movies Jan10

5 David Bowie Songs That Should Be Movies

There’s really no need for an introduction or for us to tell you how powerful David Bowie’s music is, how it stretched across generations and electrified all of our odd bits and ultimately made us feel more alive in our strangeness. We’ve spent the better part of a year celebrating his eternal greatness and re-listening to his music, a gift which has aided so many of us in our quest to put words down on the page and twist our imagination in new ways until they become reality. To celebrate David Bowie’s creativity and genius, we’ve decided to pay tribute to him through the best way we know how: a melding of our love of music and movies. Here...

Fences is a Performance Powerhouse With Questionable Follow-Through Jan09

Fences is a Performance Powerhouse With Questionab...

Overview: Based on August Wilson’s Pulitzer-Prize winning play, Fences examines the struggles of an aging black man in the 1950s as he tries to provide for his family, while his personal failures isolate him. Paramount Pictures; 2016; Rated PG-13; 139 minutes. August Personage: We’d be hard pressed to find a writer who so exquisitely captured the voices of black Americans during the 20th century like August Wilson. Wilson’s works carry blackness within their very punctuation, each break, stammer, or interruption illuminating a great soul of humanity, each one beautiful, damaged, and as individually complex as the laws, regulations, and...

Live Updates of the 74th Annual Golden Globes Jan08

Live Updates of the 74th Annual Golden Globes

At the Beverly Hilton in Hollywood California, Jimmy Fallon is now opening the Golden Globes ceremony with his opening musical intro and monologue and Awards Season is in full swing. Golden Globe awards are handed out for both film and television by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (HFPA). The HFPA consists of roughly 90 members and has been awarding the Globes since 1943. Make sure you refresh the page, as Audiences Everywhere will have live updates of the nominations as they are announced and a recap after they are finish. If you can’t watch the broadcast, I’ll have live updates of the winners all evening, with a final tally and...

Star of the Year: Mahershala Ali Dec29

Star of the Year: Mahershala Ali

There are no such thing as small parts, only small actors. Whether or not there’s absolute veracity to that statement, no one lends credence to the notion more than Mahershala Ali. I first noticed Mahershala Ali in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines. The role, Kofi Kancam, was small. And as the new boyfriend to Eva Mendes’ Romina Gutierrez, his presence placed him in direct contention with Ryan Gosling’s Luke Glanton, the character we’re supposed to root for in a measured sort of way. Kofi could have easily been a throwaway character, an interloper to the damaged romance between Romina and Luke. Yet Mahershala refused to play the...

7 Best Movie Posters of 2016 Dec29

7 Best Movie Posters...

Dare I say that this year gave me hope, that both studio and indie movie posters are getting better. Of course there were a few duds and a couple of underwhelming examples, but we may be on an upward trend when it comes to rediscovering the artistry of movie marketing. Here are the seven best...

7 Best Movie Trailers of 2016 Dec29

7 Best Movie Trailers of 2016

It’s been a great year for movies, and next year promises to be equally great, if not more so. To celebrate we’re taking a look at the seven best movie trailers of 2016. These are the ads to displayed artistry in their marketing, clever musical selections, editing, style, and ultimately and made us excited for the films they showcased. Here are our picks! Alien: Covenant – Official Trailer (20th Century Fox) While it doesn’t deliver the same electricity as the all-time great trailer for Prometheus, the trailer for Alien: Covenant goes for more of a horror atmosphere than an overt science-fiction one. In many ways, this is...

Richard Newby’s Top 10 Films of 2016 Dec26

Richard Newby’s Top 10 Films of 2016

If you follow me on social media or read my writing then you probably know my tastes in film, and as such, my Top 10 shouldn’t come as a surprise. What is surprising, or at least interesting, is that in putting this list together I realized that each of these films encompass who I was this year. These are stories of grief, of hope, of trying to find sense in a currently nonsensical world, and each ultimately stories that display a commitment to life, as messy as it may sometimes be. Of all the top 10 lists I’ve made, I’m not sure I’ve managed to get one that so completely defined who I am as a film lover and as a person until this year....

No One Can Hear You Scream in Alien: Covenant Trailer Dec25

No One Can Hear You Scream in Alien: Covenant Trai...

20th Century Fox has released the trailer to Ridley Scott’s Alien: Covenent, which will bring the world of Prometheus closer to that of the 1979 film, and launch a new trilogy with Scott at the helm. We hear that Scott is going full on horror with this installment, so if your breathing gets shallow and your chest gets tight, remember, it’s just a chestburster. Alien: Covenant arrives on May 19th, 2017. Featured Image: 20th Century...

John Wick: Chapter 2 Trailer Has Us Thinking He’s Back Dec19

John Wick: Chapter 2...

The surprise hit of 2014, returns with a second chapter, and more gun-fu. Here’s the trailer for John Wick: Chapter 2. Admittedly, I’m not the biggest fan of John Wick, outside of the Red Circle club scene, but John Wick: Chapter 2 looks wider in its scope, and will hopefully...

Deckard’s Back in Blade Runner 2049 Teaser Dec19

Deckard’s Back in Blade Runner 2049 Teaser

The film we never thought would happen now has a teaser trailer. Welcome to the world of Denis Villeneuve’s Blade Runner 2049. Blade Runner is my favorite movie, so yeah, my heart is soaring right now. Just that little snippet of footage looks fantastic. Deckard’s opening narration tugs on the nostalgia strings, and Villeneuve’s direction showcases clear parallels to Ridley Scott’s. But the true star of this trailer is Roger Deakins cinematography. The orange and yellow hues that make up most of the trailer are a far cry from the blue and gray dreariness of L.A., but no less exquisitely shot. If anyone is able to...

The Top 10 Star Wars Video Games Dec16

The Top 10 Star Wars Video Games

With the Star Wars Universe cinematically expanding beyond its episode installments, we thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the other onscreen narratives that took us deeper into this universe with new worlds, new characters, and new mythology. Typically, when we discuss the now defunct Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) we talk about the novels and comics, and while those were impressive in their own right, it shouldn’t be forgotten that more than any other intellectual property, we’ve had a surplus of wonderful Star Wars games. So dust off the ol’ joystick and join us as we count down the top 10 Star Wars Video Games. 10....

Christopher Nolan Takes on WWII in Dunkirk Trailer Dec14

Christopher Nolan Takes on WWII in Dunkirk Trailer

Warner Bros. released the trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Dunkirk, which centers around the the Dunkirk evacuation of 1940. While this film may not be genre centric, it’s still evident that Nolan is keeping the film’s details close to the chest. Regardless of it being Nolan’s first historical piece, never count out the chance for surprise when it comes to one of the modern masters of the reveal. In terms of Nolan’s post-Dark Knight career, this first trailer is surpringly the least flashy and full of intrigue. That’s not to say, that the film doesn’t look epic in scope or haunting in its visual...

Jazz Souls: La La Land and Whiplash Dim the Bright Lights of Success Dec14

Jazz Souls: La La Land and Whiplash Dim the Bright...

*Spoilers for La La Land and Whiplash Damien Chazelle bleeds on happy endings. He sets them up for his characters to walk across, wriggling the positive outcome as they make their way across the narrative, providing us with moments of “will they/won’t they” nervousness, but also trusting in the tried-and-true formula of Hollywood. He does this all before tugging on the happy ending so quickly and with such dexterity that he, the characters, and the audience stumble to the edge with scraped palms and knees bleeding into a different red carpet treatment. This bleeding, whether literal in the case of Whiplash or the figurative result of a...

Vehicular Warfare Returns in The Fate of the Furious Trailer Dec11

Vehicular Warfare Returns in The Fate of the Furio...

Who needs superheroes? Not Universal as they’ve proved with their billion dollar Fast & Furious franchise. Never would we have imagined that The Fast and the Furious would spawn seven sequels, but here we are still watching and loving them. Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray takes over the reins of the franchise in this installment, The Fate of the Furious (formerly, Fast 8) which sees Dominic Toretto and his assortment of miscreants take on both new and old threats on the streets of NY. The Fate of the Furious has got it all: unexpected villains, unexpected allies, car chases, physics defying insanity, Charlize Theron,...

War Has Begun in First Trailer for Planet of the Apes Dec09

War Has Begun in First Trailer for Planet of the A...

Matt Reeves’ continues building what’s shaping up to be one of the most exciting and emotional franchises in modern science-fiction with War for the Planet of the Apes. This morning, 20th Century Fox Released the first trailer War for the Planet of the Apes. A poster for War for the Planet of the Apes was also released with the official trailer: War for the Planet of the Apes looks magnificent! This entire rebooted franchise is proof of what happens when a studio and people with creative visions take a nostalgic property and infuse it with new life and relevance. You can see the time and effort on screen here, and the steady...

Spidey’s Back Where He Belongs in Spider-Man: Homecoming Trailer Dec08

Spidey’s Back Where He Belongs in Spider-Man...

The trailers keep on coming this week as  Tom Holland stopped by Jimmy Kimmel to debut our first look at Jon Watts’ Spider-Man: Homecoming! Plus, the International Trailer has even more footage: Tonally, the teaser trailer mostly hits its mark. It’s light, funny, a bit generic, yes, but  for all intents and purposes, looks like a kids movie that will hopefully evolve and mature as the characters age, a la Harry Potter. The trailer really pushes Tony Stark’s inclusion, which is what we wanted with Spidey joining the MCU, but at the same time, less might have been more, at least for the trailer. Listen, Iron Man has unseated...

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer Promises a New Awesome Mix Dec03

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer Promises a ...

Our Saturday nights just got better with the arrival of the trailer for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2! Set to Sweet’s “Fox on the Run,” Guardians vol. 2 promises more of everything we loved about the first film. It looks like James Gunn is firing on all cylinders both in terms of the script and direction, with the jokes and set pieces coming in fast and hard. What might be most impressive about the trailer is how beautiful new DP Henry Braham’s cinematography looks. Disney’s other big space opera franchise may be back in the mix for the Guardians second outing, but Gunn’s unique vision promises that...

2016 NYFCC Awards: La La Land Wins Best Film Dec01

2016 NYFCC Awards: La La Land Wins Best Film

The New York Film Critics Circle announced their award winners this morning. Founded in 1935, The NYFCC is comprised of film critics from New York City’s most esteemed newspapers and magazines. Members include critics from The New Yorker, The Village Voice, Time, Indiewire, and Rolling Stone. The NYFCC Awards have consistently been considered the earliest indicators of the films and talents that will likely be nominated for Academy Awards in January. Voting began this morning in New York and results were tweeted out as the decisions were made. Best Film: La La Land Best Director: Barry Jenkins (Moonlight) Best Actor: Casey Affleck...

La La Land Leads the 2016 Critics’ Choice Nominations Dec01

La La Land Leads the 2016 Critics’ Choice No...

The 22nd Annual Critics’ Choice Awards were announced this morning, as voted upon by the Broadcast Film Critics Association. Damien Chazelle’s musical La La Land led the pack with 12 nominations and Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight followed with 10 nominations, making it all the more likely that these two films will be major Oscar contenders. Denis Villeneuve’s Arrival also recieved 10 nominations, leaving us hopeful that Arrival and star Amy Adams will recieve plenty more love as Awards seasons continues. But it wasn’t all prestige as the BFCA also gave some love to celebrated genre films The Witch, 10 Cloverfield...

Netflix Hidden Gem #86: Colonia

Colonia (2015) Director: Florian Gallenberger Genre: Drama Screen Media Films Synopsis: During the Chilean military coup of 1973, a German stewardess and her boyfriend are forcibly inducted into Colonia Dignidad, a cult led by an evil German preacher. Based on a true story. Overview: Despite Colonia’s small production, there is a grand sense of scale surrounding the narrative events of the film. Though executed like an indie drama, it’s hard not to envision that twenty years ago this same story would have been executed with the same sweeping scale of epic romance that made The English Patient and Titanic Best Picture winners. But unlike the...

Book to Box Office: We Have Always Lived in the Ca...

Book to Box Office: We Have Always Lived in the Castle Based On: We Have Always Lived in the Castle by Shirley Jackson Expected Release Date: TBA 2017 Director: Stacie Passon Summary: Merricat Blackwood lives with her older sister Constance and wheelchair-bound Uncle Julian in isolation from their village after several members of their family died from arsenic poisoning. For years, Merricat’s magic has seemingly protected their family from harm, but the arrival of Cousin Charles threatens their small family and the dark secret they’ve been hiding. Working For It: Shirley Jackson is widely considered to be one of the masters of literary...

Moonlight is a Silent Sea of Depth and Motion Nov18

Moonlight is a Silent Sea of Depth and Motion

Overview: A young black man comes to terms with his sexuality over three defining chapters of his life. A24; 2016; Rated R; 110 minutes. Three Colors Blue: A deep, poetic melancholy fills the spaces of Barry Jenkins’ Moonlight. When we consider poetry, we naturally consider language, how words ebb, flow, and crash into each other to form elastic meaning that we interpret. What we don’t consider, or at least not enough, are the spaces in between these words, the breaking of lines and gaps in time that are used to create rhythm. Moonlight, through its deliberate use of silence, has rhythm. When we first meet our protagonist, Chiron “Little”...

InSession Film Podcast Talks Arrival (Feat. Richard Newby) Nov17

InSession Film Podcast Talks Arrival (Feat. Richar...

The third time was just as charming as the previous encounters, as I had the pleasure of joining JD Duran and Brendan Cassidy on the InSession Film Podcast for an intelligent and enlightening discussion on the necessary and cathartic Arrival. We also discussed our Top 3, and perhaps controversial, “thinking” science fiction films, and I helped them conclude their Harry Potter retrospective with a discussion of The Deathly Hallows Part 2 as they gear up for next week’s discussion on Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them. As always it was a pleasure to join them, and if you’re looking for a film podcast that...

Jackie Trailer Points to a Tight Best Actress Race Nov14

Jackie Trailer Point...

The Kennedys are an endlessly fascinating family, but so much of the biopics and stories centered around their great and tragic lives have focused on the men of the family. A major part of what makes Pablo Larrain’s Jackie so anticipated is that it’s not only a new angle on this...