Author: Richard Newby

B2BO: Child 44

Film: Child 44 Release Date: April 17, 2015 Based On: Child 44 by Tom Rob Smith Director: Daniel Espinosa Overview: Under Stalin’s rule, the Soviet Union thrives on the lie that it is a utopia devoid of crime. It is under this principle that MGB Agent Leo Demidov must operate. But in the aftermath of Stalin’s death, Leo and his wife are disgraced and exiled from Moscow. His worldview quickly disintegrates, leaving him staring at the bleak reality of a country plagued by poverty, starvation, and sickness. When a child is murdered, Leo begins a private investigation in an...

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The Short and Strange Career of Richard Kelly

Richard Kelly is smarter than you. Let me backup for a minute. Director and screenwriter Richard Kelly turns 40 on Saturday, and in the fourteen years since he entered the feature film business, he’s only made three films. While he’s carved out a niche for himself in the cult movie circuit, he’s never achieved the kind of critical praise or budgetary freedom his contemporaries have been afforded. Since his last film was released in 2009, Kelly has seen two films languish in development hell (Corpus Christi and Amicus) while an untold number of screenplays, including an adaptation of Kurt...

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Netflix Hidden Gems #36: Lunopolis

Lunopolis Released in 2009 Director: Matthew Avant Genre: Science Fiction Virgil Films & Entertainment/Walking Shadows  Summary: In this conspiracy-centric mockumentary, a group of documentary filmmakers investigate a radio phone call from a man claiming there are people on the moon who are watching us. When photographic evidence leads the filmmakers to a time machine, powered by a mysterious gem, they find themselves caught in a web of secrets and on the run from the powerful Church of Lunology. Overview: I don’t put much stock into conspiracy theories, but I find them to be engaging “what ifs” nonetheless. Conspiracies about...

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It Follows

Overview: A group of teenagers are followed by a deadly entity that is passed on through the act of sex. 2014; RADiUS-TWC; Rated R; 100 minutes. Let’s Talk About Sex: The marriage of sex and violence is nothing new within the horror genre. The sublime exploration of pleasure and pain lends itself quite easily to tales of things that go bump in the night. Many ‘80s horror films, which It Follows clearly takes inspiration from, were built on this relationship. But where director/screenwriter David Robert Mitchell’s film differs is that it never feels exploitative. Nudity and gore are used sparingly,...

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Who’s the Next Big Aging Action Star?

Yesterday, the entertainment world was rocked by Liam Neeson’s statement that he will likely be retiring from action movies in two years at the age of 64. Neeson’s action movies of have become a box office staple during the dead winter months, as well as an adequately distracting bridge between summer movie season and Oscar-bait season. Word is that studio heads are already in a panic as Liam Neeson action movies account for 15% of the annual global box office. Of course Ed Harris will have the villain roles under lock for the next 30 years, but there’s a hero-sized void that’s going to need to be filled. The power vacuum we’re going to see as a result of Neeson’s absence will be unprecedented. No doubt, names like Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Dolph Lundgren, and JCVD will make power plays to reclaim their old positions. A number of wrestlers will throw themselves in the ring but they’ll likely just be casualties in the end, their bodies used as mortar in the service of a new empire. Toss in a recent upstart like The Gunman‘s Sean Penn and a loose cannon like Nic Cage and Hollywood’s going to have a blood bath on their hands. You can forget about youngins like Kellan Lutz or Liam Hemsworth. Action is an old man’s game and if we’re going to have any semblance...

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Richard Newby Discusses Blade Runner w/No, Totally!

In celebration of Audiences Everywhere’s forthcoming one year anniversary, Shaun and Brian of the No, Totally podcast have graciously extended an invitation to host four of our writers as guests in separate episodes. If you are fans of what we do here at Audiences Everywhere, you’ll love what these guys (and frequently, some very interesting guests) do with their podcast. Be sure to follow them on social media and listen to their backlog of episodes. First up for AE on the show, Richard Newby: I had the absolute pleasure and privilege of being a guest on the podcast No,...

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Blomkamp Resurrection: (Cautious) Optimism for Alien 5

In 2009, Time magazine named Neil Blomkamp as one of the 100 Most Influential People of the year. He was hot off the success of Best Picture nominee District 9, and any movie franchise he wanted was his for the taking. If he’d announced he was going to take on the Alien franchise then, nerd fandom would have likely shit themselves with excitement. The guy was the rock star of science-fiction world, and instead of throwing his lot in with a familiar property he decided to stick to developing his own original ideas. This was a decision I respected...

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5 Dark/Gritty Reboots Bound to Happen

As many of you know, we’re in the age of reboots. For years we’ve watched our childhood memories mined and re-franchised to varying degrees of success. With TV reboots of Duck Tales, Danger Mouse, and Inspector Gadget all announced just last week, we’re only just beginning to witness the power of money-minded studios as they scroll through the internet to see what was most popular in the 80s and 90s. As the recent trend of blockbusters over the past decade has suggested, reboots are here to stay, especially if they’re dark and gritty. As the bootleg Power Rangers short-film...

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David Cronenberg’s 5 Best Films

Perhaps more than any other modern director, David Cronenberg consistently feels like a filmmaker who is evolving, one unsatisfied with simply relying on the bag of tricks that afforded him his fame. Over the course of his career, Cronenberg’s name has become synonymous with body horror, and films usually relegated to the sphere of horror or science-fiction. But his recent films have dealt predominately with inward transformations, the kind of horror that doesn’t necessarily manifest itself in physical mutations or even lend itself to the category of genre film. While these recent shifts in style, intent, and genre haven’t...

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10 Best Movies Never Made

There are few things that make us film fanatics as excited as when a favorite director announces their next project (except maybe casting announcements, stills, trailers, the actual theatrical release, and the subsequent Blu-ray cover art and extras unveiling). Ok, so I guess there’s a lot we get excited about, but that initial directorial announcement is so filled with possibility that it’s definitely one of the most memorable aspects of the whole production and release circuit.  But let’s get real for a moment. Directors attach themselves to projects all the time, and more often than we’d care to admit,...

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TV Revolution: Anthology Shows

Television is in the midst of a revolution, and it has been for some time. With the growing popularity of cable shows, premium networks and binge-watch friendly services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon, we’ve seen a shift in the narrative focus of series. In light of this popularity we’ve seen television become more like movies and movies more like television (or at least how we used to think of television), bringing the two mediums closer together than ever before. Not only are we seeing less of a focus on case of the week dramas (though we’re still in no...

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Out of the Dark

Overview: A woman relocates her husband and young daughter to Colombia after receiving a job opportunity from her father. Their new home seems like the perfect move, until ghostly, disfigured children begin haunting them. 2014; Distributed by Vertical Entertainment; Rated PG-13; 92 minutes. New Locale, Same Haunted House: From the onset, Out of the Dark is filled with potential, much of this due to the refreshing change in location. Spanish director Lluis Quilez makes great use of the film’s Colombian setting early on, bringing to life the markets, churches, and neighborhoods that make up the fictional village of Santa...

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Is It Still Beating?: Romeo + Juliet

With Valentine’s Day quickly approaching, I decided it was time to revisit the sensational tale of two young romantics and the terrible decisions they make in the name of love. No, I’m not talking about 50 Shades of Grey (the internet will surely give you your fill of that this week). I’m talking about the teenage hit of 1996: William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet. I was in high-school the first time I watched Baz Luhrmann’s Romeo + Juliet, and by then the “modern” adaptation was already a decade old. The fact that Romeo and Juliet was never one of...

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Are They Still Letdowns?: The Matrix Sequels

  When The Matrix was released in 1999, it was met with a resounding rush of enthusiasm. It was the kind of cool that only the advent of a new millennium could create. While Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace brought new interest (and heaps of criticism) to the franchise that had started a science fiction revolution two decades earlier, the Wachowskis pushed science-fiction forward, blending the excitement and fear of the internet age, anime, black leather, and sunglasses into something refreshing and mind-bending. At the start of the millennium, there was nothing more current than discussing bullet...

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Poltergeist “Reboot” Looks Like a Poltergeist Remake

Your latest horror remake is heeeere, only it’s being branded as a reboot and at this point who can even distinguish the two terms? This take on Poltergeist looks almost identical to the original. Sure the names of the family members are different, the effects are updated, and Jared Harris is standing in for Zelda Rubenstein but the narrative beats look to be the same, only flashier. I’m not against remakes or reboots or whatever you want to call them because we’ve gotten too many good movies out of them, but at the moment I’m disappointed with this one....

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