Go North: A Gorgeously Filmed Debut With Missteps Jan10

Go North: A Gorgeous...

Overview: After an unidentified disaster wipes out the adults of the world, a community of children and teenagers descends into dangerous chaos run by a rowdy crew of high school jocks. Desperate for freedom, friends Josh and Jessie run away in search of other survivors and hope for the...

14 Minutes from Earth is a Testament to Geeks & Bookworms Nov11

14 Minutes from Eart...

Overview: 14 Minutes from Earth documents Alan Eustace’s historic 14-minute dive, the highest sky dive ever, from the upper stratosphere to Earth. Gunpowder & Sky Distribution; 2016; Not Rated; 85 minutes. The Plan is Simple: Alan Eustace will strap a giant balloon strapped to...

Women’s Equality Day: The Introduction Aug26

Women’s Equality Day: The Introduction

In 1971 the U.S. Congress designated August 26 as “Women’s Equality Day.” The observance of Women’s Equality Day commemorates the passage of the 19th Amendment that allowed women to finally vote and calls attention to women’s continuing efforts toward complete equality. We here at Audiences Everywhere are lucky to work with a group of talented, empathetic, thoughtful, and endlessly supportive men and women. Part of what makes this site special is the way that we are always striving to be better, to expand our thinking, to further understand and appreciate the art form that is filmmaking, and to make the film world a more equal and...

Netflix Hidden Gems: Female Directors (And Creators) Edition: Part Two Aug26

Netflix Hidden Gems: Female Directors (And Creator...

Happy Women’s Equality Day, and welcome to part two of a feminist little feature that holds a special place in my heart. (Check out part one here.) As a women living and working in the film industry in Los Angeles, it’s clear to me every day that even in our more progressive era, women still have a major problem in film. According to a study conducted in 2014 by the Center for the Study of Women in Television and Film at San Diego State University, 85% of films made in 2014 had no female directors, 80% had no female writers, 33% had no female producers, 78% had no female editors, and 92% had no female cinematographers. Today, in...

National Cheer Up the Lonely Day Jul10

National Cheer Up the Lonely Day

Happy National Cheer Up The Lonely Day! Yeah, that’s a thing, apparently. Having recently moved across the country from the place where I grew up and went to school, I feel lonely all the time. I often jokingly say that loneliness is my favorite genre of film. So in honor of this weirdly specific random holiday, I’m going to share my favorite things to watch when I’m feeling especially isolated. Like many things in life, loneliness is a deeply complex and nuanced emotion. Sometimes you want to escape it, to distract yourself from it as soon as possible, and other times you need to feel it fully and completely before you can move forward....

The Family Fang Gets More Right Than Not May25

The Family Fang Gets...

Overview: When Caleb and Camille Fang, performance artists known for their shocking and elaborate public hoaxes, go missing, their children, Baxter and Annie, must investigate the disappearance and come face to face with their own troubled pasts. Red Crown Productions; 2016; 107 Minutes. What...

Neighbors 2: Sorority Rising Tackles Young Women’s Struggles Without Stealing Their Punchlines May23

Neighbors 2: Sororit...

Overview: With 30 days until the sale of their house closes, young parents Mac (Seth Rogen) and Kelly (Rose Byrne) must fight to keep the sorority next door under control until their move-out date. Universal Pictures; 2016; Rated R; 92 minutes. Same story, new perspective: Neighbors 2 pretty...

Newtown is a Call to Action– A Full Frame Review Apr15

Newtown is a Call to...

Overview: On December 14, 2012, in Newtown, Connecticut, a gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School and shot and killed 20 children, aged between six and seven years old, and six adult staff members. Newtown follows the collective grief and trauma of a community in mourning. Mile...

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King Jan25

Orion: The Man Who W...

Overview: This film explores the life of Jimmy Ellis, a man with a voice nearly indistinguishable from Elvis Presley’s, who gave up his very identity for a shot at making a living doing what he loved by donning a mask and performing under the name Orion. Sundance Selects; 2015; Not...

Making a Murderer Presents A Troubling Case Jan05

Making a Murderer Pr...

Overview: Netflix’s captivating true crime documentary series follows the life and trials of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man who served eighteen years on a wrongful rape conviction and was then accused, along with his nephew, Brendan Dassey, of the murder of young photographer Teresa Halbach....

Dementia Is Thrillingly Sparse Dec22

Dementia Is Thrillin...

Overview: When George, a disabled war veteran, suffers a stroke and is diagnosed with dementia, he’s placed in the care of a live-in nurse with a menacing dark side who puts him through terror as brutal as anything he faced in Vietnam. IFC Films; 2015; Not Rated; 90 minutes. What the Movie...

Brooklyn Is A Swooning And Poignant Exploration Of Home Dec15

Brooklyn Is A Swooni...

Overview: When a tragedy forces a young Irish immigrant back to her country of origin, she must decide whether to stay in the life she once had there or go back to her newfound life in America. Fox Searchlight Pictures; 2015; Rated PG-13; 112 minutes. A Rich Atmosphere: They say you...

B2BO: 11.22.63

Book to Box Office: 11.22.63 – A Hulu eight-part miniseries Based on: 11/22/63 by Stephen King Expected release date: February 15th, 2015 Directed by: Kevin Macdonald Summary: 11/22/63 is a science-fiction adventure romance about Jake Epping (James Franco), a high school English teacher, who...

Manson Family Vacation Is Charming Oct29

Manson Family Vacati...

Overview: Nick Morgan (Jay Duplass) is a family man and successful lawyer in Los Angeles. When his estranged brother Conrad (Linas Phillips) shows up with a plan to visit a number of infamous Manson Family murder sites, the brothers take a trip that leads to revelations about themselves, each...

Finders Keepers Finds Surprising Humanity Oct22

Finders Keepers Find...

Overview: Finders Keepers takes a closer look at the bizarre story of John Wood and Shannon Whisnant, two men from small-town North Carolina who engage in a custody battle over an amputated leg. The Orchard; 2015; Rated R; 83 minutes. A Comic Tragedy: It’s hard to believe, but the legal...

Bridge of Spies Lacks the Best of Its Collaborators Oct19

Bridge of Spies Lack...

Overview: James B. Donovan (Tom Hanks) a New York insurance lawyer, is tasked with defending Soviet spy Rudolf Abel (Mark Rylance). Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures; 2015; Rated PG-13; 141 minutes. What It Has: Written by Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, and Matt Charman, and directed by Steven...

Stumbling Into the Genre: Patrick Brice Talks Cree...

With just two actors, one handheld camera, and a deceptively simple story, Creep is a deliciously dark horror film with hints of black comedy and an ending you’ll be talking about for weeks. Creep is streaming on Netflix, and it’s 82 minutes of pure tension and uncomfortable laughs. I urge you to check it out. I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Patrick Brice, who directed, co-wrote, and acted in Creep. I hope you’ll enjoy the conversation as much as I did: … Schyler Martin (Audiences Everywhere): What kind of film did you set out to make with Creep? What did the filmmaking process look like? Patrick Brice: Going into Creep,...

10 Terrifying Horror Documentaries and Mockumentaries Oct06

10 Terrifying Horror...

As Halloween approaches, I find myself craving that familiar feeling of wrapping myself up in a blanket, cutting all the lights, and jumping at every shadow for the rest of the night after watching a good scary movie. If you share this sentiment, here are five terrifying documentaries that...

Z for Zachariah is a Capable Character Study Sep07

Z for Zachariah is a...

Overview: Ann, the survivor of a nuclear apocalypse, lives a simple, pleasant life of solitude until two men enter her life and her Eden is destroyed. Roadside Attractions; 2015; Rated PG-13; 97 minutes. The Obligatory Part Where I Compare It to the Book: When I read the book by Robert C....

A Beginner’s Guide to Dark Comedy Sep02

A Beginner’s Guide to Dark Comedy

Dark comedy is, without a doubt, my favorite genre of film and television, but it’s also a tough genre to crack. I know from experience (a handful of half-written and horribly unimpressive screenplays) that it feels nearly impossible to write a solid dark comedy. When Norman Steinberg, the co-writer of Blazing Saddles, came to speak to members of the screenwriting minor at UNC-CH last year, he told us, “The protagonist always has to go through some kind of change. Unless you’re writing a dark comedy and those are nearly impossible to get right.” Today I want to talk about some dark comedies that have gotten it right....

Netflix Hidden Gems: Female Directors Edition

In our regular Netflix Hidden Gems feature, we focus on one movie and discuss it in great detail. Today, in honor of Women’s Equality Day and in an effort to highlight female directors on Netflix, I’m going to do something a little different. In this list, I won’t go into too much detail about each film, but I’ll do my best to help you find a large selection of great films of every genre directed by women and streaming on Netflix right now. Women have a problem in film. According to a detailed study from 2012, women comprised just 18 percent of all directors, executive producers, producers, writers, cinematographers, and editors working on...

Netflix Hidden Gem #54: Creep

Creep Director: Patrick Brice Genre: Found-Footage Horror/Black Comedy The Orchard Synopsis: When Aaron, a freelance videographer, responds to an online ad, he meets Josef, a man who claims to have terminal cancer and wants to make a video diary for his unborn son. Aaron soon learns that Josef isn’t telling him the full truth, and things quickly spiral out of his control. Overview: Creep is not a particularly detailed story. With just two actors — Mark Duplass as Josef and Patrick Brice (who also directs the film) as Aaron — one handheld camera, and a story that moves forward without too many twists and turns, it’s a beautiful example of...

Ted 2 Jun26

Ted 2

Overview: When Ted and his wife (yes, this is a comedy actually built around the idea of a possessed toy having a wife; just go with it) decide to adopt a child, they run into a roadblock, when they discover that Ted is not legally considered a “person.” Cue a big, weird courtroom...

Inside Out Jun19

Inside Out

Overview: When 11-year-old Riley is uprooted from her life in Minnesota with a sudden move to San Francisco, her emotions (Joy, Anger, Fear, Disgust, and Sadness) find themselves working overtime to navigate the hardships of growing older. Disney Pixar; PG; 2015, 102 minutes. Inside...

Misery Loves Comedy Apr24

Misery Loves Comedy

Overview: Director Kevin Pollak sets out to answer the age-old question, “Do you have to be miserable to be funny?” in this star-studded documentary about comedians. 2015; Tribeca Film; Not Rated; 95 minutes. Ugh: For a documentary called Misery Loves Comedy, it takes an awful long time for...