AE Monthly Book Club: January 2017

Happy New Year’s, everyone! The beginning of a year means a fresh round of book selections for us to enjoy with one another. In order to break in 2017, we’ve selected a novel that’s both challenging and rewarding. The Handmaid’s Tale is sure to get your juices flowing after the holidays. For January we will be reading Margaret Atwood’s classic work of speculative fiction, The Handmaid’s Tale. Released in 1985, the novel is set in a dystopia made from what once was the United States sometime after the government was overthrown by a totalitarian theocracy. It’s not only a book that’s been feeling kind of prescient...

Assassin’s Creed Fails To Rise Above the Video Game Adaptation Curse Dec26

Assassin’s Cre...

Overview: A man becomes drawn into a centuries-old war between the Assassins and the Templars when he is forced by the modern-day latter to use a machine called the Animus which allows him to relive the experiences of his ancestor, an assassin in the Spanish Inquisition. 20th Century Fox;...

Hairspray Live! Nearly Perfects Musical Television Dec12

Hairspray Live! Nearly Perfects Musical Television

Overview: A live television adaptation of the 2002 broadway musical, Hairspray, which follows Baltimore teenager Tracy Turnblad who lands a job dancing on her favorite tv show in the midst of integration in the US. NBC; 2016; Not Rated; 180 minutes. (Almost) Live Theater: We should all take some time to appreciate the golden age of television in which we are currently living. On top of reaching new heights of long-form narrative storytelling, there is no other time in the history of the medium where a televised, live musical could dominate during prime time hours. Thus, over the past few years, stage musicals with their unique ability to...

AE Monthly Book Club: December 2016 – Aristo...

As we move into December, we also move into winter which means that we are already looking forward to the warmer summer months. So instead of cowing to the season, we’ve chose a book that’s sure to recall summer memories. For December we are going to be reading Benjamin Alire Sáenz’s coming-of-age young adult novel, Aristotle and Dante Discover The Secrets of the Universe. Released in 2012, it follows two Mexican-American teenage boys who become friends and must navigate their increasingly complicated feelings for one another. The publisher’s description reads: Aristotle is an angry teen with a brother in prison. Dante is a know-it-all who...

The Love Witch Is A Throwback Genre Tale For The Ages Dec01

The Love Witch Is A Throwback Genre Tale For The A...

Overview: A young witch named Elaine is hellbent on finding a man to love her, making use of her many spells and potions to get the job done. Oscilloscope Laboratories; 2016; Not Rated; 120 minutes. Love Magic: If there is an immediate takeaway from The Love Witch, it’s that Anna Biller has directed the hell out of her latest feature. Stylish to a fault, every inch of each frame in The Love Witch employs a striking Technicolor pastiche that calls to mind early genre filmmaking at its finest. Yes, Biller (who was not only the film’s writer, director, editor, and composer but also designed each set and costume) wears her influences on her...

King Cobra Is A Stylish, Darkly Comical Delight Nov25

King Cobra Is A Styl...

Overview: A docudrama following the early rise of gay porn star Brent Corrigan, up to and including his falling out with and the eventual murder of his first producer at the hands of two gay porn rivals. IFC Midnight; 2016; Not Rated; 91 minutes. Queerly Complex: You could probably count out...

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the Time Warp Again Misunderstands the Material Oct26

The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do the ...

Overview: A made-for-TV remake of the classic 1975 musical, The Rocky Horror Picture Show. FOX; 2016; TV-14; 120 minutes. A Jump To The Left: No one can accuse The Rocky Horror Picture Show: Let’s Do The Time Warp Again of not having the best of intentions. Less a remake than a send up to the classic cult movie, this version has its heart in the right place but nonetheless fails to recapture just about everything that made the original so special in the first place. Perhaps it’s unfair to compare Fox’s re-imagining of The Rocky Horror Picture Show to the genuine phenomena that is the 1975 film, but it’s quite telling that a show which...

The Six Greatest Movie Seances Oct24

The Six Greatest Movie Seances

The seance or, for those unfamiliar with the term, an attempt to communicate with the spirit world is one of the most tried and true tropes in the history of horror movies. They can be anything from terrifying to silly, from loud and theatrical to quiet and reserved. The movie seance comes in so many different forms. Sometimes it crosses genre, sometimes it’s violent, sometimes it’s subtle. With the release of this week’s Ouija: Origin of Evil, what better time to take a look at which of the many iconic seances in film sparked our curiosity the most for what lies on the other side. A Haunting In Connecticut Despite being stuck in the middle...

AE Monthly Book Club: August 2016

Welcome back to the AE Monthly Book Club. Join us as we enter into our seventh month of the club as we head towards the end of the summer season. Just as a refresher for the veterans, and a quick introduction for the newbies, each month we are choosing a book we’d love for everyone to read along with us. Weekly chapter goals will be set out below, and all month you can join the online discussion using the hashtag #AEBookClub as we hop on our high horses and provide our opinions on each book’s movie potential. For the month of August, we have decided that rather than cover a book that has been out for a while, we are going to read through a...

Book to Box Office: The Dark Tower

Book to Box Office: The Dark Tower Based On: The Dark Tower: The Gunslinger Expected Release Date: February 17, 2017 Directed By: Nikolaj Arcel Summary: The Dark Tower series follows Roland Deschain of Gilead, the eponymous Gunslinger, on an at first solitary quest through a desolate world of desert in endless pursuit of an evil being known as the “Man in Black,” an evil being in possession of supernatural abilities. Working For It: We still have a ways to go before the movie’s release next year, and since we have not seen any footage, let us focus on the concrete details that we know will work out. At this stage the big selling point is...

Nerve Is An Astute Techno-Thriller Jul27

Nerve Is An Astute T...

Overview: Two teens become involved in an online game  which requires “players” to complete increasingly dangerous objective-based dares from “watchers.” Lionsgate; 2016; PG-13; 96 minutes. Internet Savvy:  Movies about the internet, especially ones targeted at teens,...

Equals is Beautiful and Banal Jul18

Equals is Beautiful ...

Overview: In a dystopian society where emotions don’t exist, a man and a woman find themselves among the few with their emotions returning, leading the two to fall in love. A24; 2016; PG-13; 101 minutes. Been There: The problem with making a dystopian movie these days is that just about every...

The Legend of Tarzan Attempts to Modernize Problematic Material Jul05

The Legend of Tarzan...

Overview: Years after leaving Africa to take his place as Lord Greystoke of London, Tarzan returns to the jungles of the Congo in order to help liberate his former home from slavery under the rule of Belgium. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2016; PG-13; 110 minutes. Me Tarzan: Let’s take a step back...

AE Monthly Book Club: July 2016

Once again we welcome you back to the AE Monthly Book Club. Join us as we enter into our sixth month of the club in the middle of the summer season. Just as a refresher for the veterans, and a quick introduction for the newbies, each month we are choosing a book we’d love for everyone to read along with us. Weekly chapter goals will be set out below, and all month you can join the online discussion using the hashtag #AEBookClub as we hop on our high horses and provide our opinions on each book’s movie potential. For the month of July, Ryan MacLean has selected The Gunslinger, the first entry in the Dark Tower series, written by Stephen...

Mother, May I Sleep With Danger Is A Campy Delight Jun23

Mother, May I Sleep ...

Overview: A college student and amateur actor learns that her new girlfriend is actually a vampire and that she is being hunted by three others who seek to turn her into one of their kind. Lifetime; 2016; Not Rated; 120 minutes. High Camp: Sometimes it feels like Lifetime’s entire business...

Now You See Me 2 Casts a Spell Over Your Brain Jun14

Now You See Me 2 Cas...

Overview: One year after the events of the first film, the Four Horsemen resurface with plans of exposing the unethical practices of a tech company, at which point they are kidnapped and forced to pull off their most elaborate heist yet. Summit Entertainment; 2016; PG-13; 129 minutes. Now You...

Me Before You is Bland to the Bone Jun06

Me Before You is Bla...

Overview: Louisa Clark (Emilia Clarke) forms an unlikely bond with a recently paralyzed man named Will Traynor (Sam Claflin) for whom she is working as a caretaker, and it soon grows into a romance that changes her life forever. Warner Bros. Pictures; 2016; PG-13; 110 Minutes. Tearless...

A Brief History of Superhero Battles May05

A Brief History of Superhero Battles

With 2016 being the year of superheroes fighting each other in movies, it is important to explore this hero v. hero trend as it relates to comic books. Prior to the Silver Age of comics, on the off chance that two or more superheroes ran into each other, they would usually a) likely have already heard of each other and b) immediately get along because, hey, they’re the good guys, what else would they do? That all changed when the Fantastic Four came along. Marvel’s favorite family felt compelled to fight just about everyone and anyone they met, whether they be hero or villain. From this comic moment, we can trace the formation of one of our...

The Huntsman: Winter’s War Is Great If You Can Get Past Its Badness Apr22

The Huntsman: Winter...

Overview: The Evil Queen Ravenna is brought back to life after her death in the previous movie by her younger sister Freya through the power of the magic mirror and it’s up to the Huntsman, along with his long lost love Sara, to stop her once and for all. Universal Pictures; 2016; PG-13; 114...

Everybody Wants Some!! Is Among Linklater’s Finest Apr15

Everybody Wants Some...

Overview: A chronicle of the lives of a college baseball team in 1980 during the last weekend of before school officially begins. Paramount Pictures; 2016; Rated R; 116 minutes. Spiritual Sequel: Though advertised as a sort of spiritual sequel to Richard Linklater’s 1993 breakout hit Dazed...

A Guide to Dating in the DC Universe Mar30

A Guide to Dating in the DC Universe

Superheroes and, more importantly, superhero movies are bigger than they have ever been. In fact, the 2016 superhero season has just been kicked off with Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. Sure it’s a chance to see two of the most iconic characters in comic book history go head-to-head, but, let’s be honest, some of us go to these things at least partially in hope of seeing some sweet eye candy. We’re not prudes here at Audiences Everywhere. We know how to appreciate the many heroic sculpted dudes that have dominated pop culture for years. Thus, in honor of Batman v Superman’s recent release, I have evaluated DC’s greatest heroes in search...

Supergirl: The Hero We Need

If you have ever wondered what makes Superman such an enduring figure in pop culture, whether that be comic books or television or movies, you need look no further than DV TV’s new show, Supergirl. There hasn’t been a Superman-universe adaptation that understood exactly what makes the character so compelling and beloved since 1978’s Superman: The Movie. It comes down to something that’s simple but completely vital to understanding what makes the character work. It is something that both the movie and the new TV series nail head on, something that so many other adaptations fail to connect with. What matters most is that Superman wants to be...

The Divergent Series: Allegiant Phones It In Once Again Mar18

The Divergent Series...

Overview: After the events of Insurgent, Tris and Four decide to go beyond the wall that seals Chicago from the rest of the world. There, they discover the remaining inhabitants of a post-apocalyptic ruin and must figure out who in this new world they can trust, all while civil war breaks out...

Criterion Discovery:...

Background Weekend (Spine #622) is a 2011 romantic drama film directed by Andrew Haigh. At the time of its Criterion release, Weekend was only Haigh’s second feature film and is currently his only work to be inducted into the collection. Story Weekend depicts the budding relationship between...

London Has Fallen Is A Hateful Retread Mar08

London Has Fallen Is...

Overview: After the British Prime Minister passes away under mysterious circumstances, all of the western world leaders gather for the funeral in London, which leads into a large scale terrorist attack that cripples the entire city and maroons the American President and Secret Service agent...