Stay Calm: 500 Movies That Soothe Real World Anxiety Feb02

Stay Calm: 500 Movies That Soothe Real World Anxie...

It’s been a tough two weeks. We here at AE sort of lean on each other like family and, needless to say, we have had to do a bit more leaning than usual as of late. Anxiety is, for us and many others, at an all-time high. Recently, we started discussing what movies we watch in moments of great stress to help comfort ourselves. Out of curiosity, I opened that line of discussion to our Twitter audience. The response was pretty overwhelming. When compiling everyone’s answer into a list, it seems, with a few lax interpretations and maybe some flawed math, we received over 500 answers. I’ve pooled them together below. But...

Happy Australia Day from Audiences Everywhere R...

Today is Australia Day, and to celebrate here at Audiences Everywhere, I asked the non-Australia based writers to write about their favourite movies from Down Under. Australia Day celebrates the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain to these shores. It is also known as Invasion Day and seen as a day of mourning for the destruction wrought by the arrival of the First Fleet from Great Britain upon the indigenous cultures who already inhabited these lands. Today in Australia, it will be a day of BBQs, parties, protests, and conversations about #ChangetheDate. It’s also a chance for you lot outside of the Lucky Country to educate...

Our Most Anticipated 2017 Movies Jan09

Our Most Anticipated 2017 Movies

We’re in the hangover stage. We’ve finished our “Best of 2016” lists, we are caught up on Awards Season contenders, drained by the Golden Globes ceremonies, and we’re looking directly into the dull eyes of that movie release deadzone of January and February. So, if you’re like us, you may be in need of an energy shot. If 2017 is anything like 2016, we are going to need movies to come through big with a remedy of escapism, entertainment, and sense-making. So we’ve compiled a forward-looking list of all the things that we are excited for in the upcoming year. — Split (January 20, 2017) Some...

2016: The Year in Women Dec30

2016: The Year in Women

2016 has been—well, not our favorite year for intense reflection. But as the year comes to a close, we at Audiences Everywhere want to celebrate the women who made 2016 one worth remembering fondly. From the brilliant writers and directors to the incredible actresses and comediennes to the beloved fictional characters, this year was lucky enough to see the most talented women in the industry creating some of this year’s best content. The Multi-Hyphenate: Kelly Fremon Craig – Edge of Seventeen Kelly Fremon Craig had earned writer’s credits before—with 2008’s Streak and 2009’s Post Grad—but 2016 provided our first glimpse at her multi-tasking...

The 15 Best TV Shows of 2016 Dec28

The 15 Best TV Shows of 2016

Many consider this a golden age of television. We tend to agree. While some might think that cinema is having something of an identity crisis (and that might be true, but some tend to always think that), TV seems to be having an identity carnival. The introduction of streaming channels and devices has opened up so many creative avenues for television programming, which is no longer stifled by the old cable model. To celebrate the television accomplishments of 2016, we have chosen what we think are the best fifteen programs of the year, along with their best episodes. … American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson On paper, this...

The Best Documentaries of 2016 Dec28

The Best Documentaries of 2016

A lot happened this year. Cultural shifts, global tragedies, history-shaping elections in major industrial nations. All of this at a time in which the Western World was just starting to get a handle on some of its intricately sewn flaws and historical missteps. One could argue that this year elevated the necessity for good, quality documentary filmmaking higher than it has ever been. Luckily, the call has already been answered by the year’s documentary filmmakers. 2016 proved to be a watermark year for documentaries, and compiling a list of the ten best was no easy task, but we managed. Below, you can read our picks of the best...

The Best Horror of 2016 Dec28

The Best Horror of 2016

Horror is at a new high, with good new releases, both indie and studio, being released at an unprecedented rate. For the first time in a long while, we are getting delightfully frightening films faster than we can keep track of individually. Luckily for us, two of our top horror afficianados, Richard Newby and Becky Belzile, have kept track of 2016 for us. Below, you’ll find their notes kept from the 2016 horror entries, starting with the ten best horror films of the year. … 2016’s Best Horror Films  10. Ouija Origin of Evil With two entries on our top 10 horror of 2016 list, Mike Flanagan is the horror director of the...

The 10 Best Comedies of 2016 Dec28

The 10 Best Comedies of 2016

On of the bigger surprises of 2016 is how incredible the year has been for comedy in film. This is always a hit or miss genre. For every great comedy per year, there is usually more than a few bad ones to match. 2016, however, was a refreshing change. Comedy of all kinds, whether it be a sequel or a remake or an original property, has dominated ever since January. These films have been animated and live-action, they’ve action comedies, rom-coms, and farces. The great comedies of have been so varied and interesting that we had trouble narrowing it down to just a select few for this list. Thus, through careful analysis of how much they...

The Best Movie Heroes and Villains of 2016 Dec27

The Best Movie Heroes and Villains of 2016

2016 has been a year lacking in real-life heroes and offering too many villains. Luckily, our cinematic fantasy realm has supplemented our supply of the first group and pit them against some creative additions to the second group. Our staff has collected the best of both for you to relive the good v. evil battle that played out in 2016’s theaters. Heroes Jillian Holtzman It must be wonderful to be in a comedy movie and get/improvise all of the best lines. Kate McKinnon’s ghostbuster, Dr. Jillian Holtzmann is a scene-stealer in the classical sense. Every time she spoke, I laughed; every time she was on screen, I was smiling. The...

The 10 Best Albums We Heard In 2016

We fight sometimes. It is a little difficult for us to find agreement when ranking the best or worst of anything movie-based on a list, but the consensus, eventually, becomes something we cinephiles can calculate to an agreeable degree. The same can not be said for our music tastes. We do not even try to formulate common ground. Instead, we celebrate our diverse, genre-destroying interest in our second favorite media form. As such, we’ve allowed our writers to choose their favorite music of the past year to provide you with a colorful roller-coaster playlist of 2016’s best albums. Blackstar – David Bowie  2016 took several great...

The Best Comics We Read in 2016 Dec27

The Best Comics We Read in 2016

When we’re not seeing comic-adaptations on the big screen, we’re delving into the pages of what will (hopefully) be some of of the biggest cinematic tales of the future. These are the comics, both new and long-running, that push the narrative boundaries and the artistic capabilities of one our most exciting storytelling mediums. From a cannibalistic FDA agent, an infamous dark lord looking to prove himself, a pair of gay superheroes with a lust for violence equal only to their love for each other, a caped crusader on the road trip of his life, and superstar gods challenging the notions of stardom, these are the best comics we...

Ranking the Films of Steven Spielberg Dec18

Ranking the Films of Steven Spielberg

What do you do to celebrate the 70th birthday of a director who has, at some point, across generations and decades, inspired every single writer on your staff? When the director in question is almost unquestionably a royal figure in the kingdom of cinema magic, and he happens also to have an even thirty films on his directing filmography, and if you’re as obsessed with needlessly ranking things as we are, you make a list. So, to celebrate the milestone moment in the life of Steven Spielberg, we have ranked the directors films. 30. 1941 Spielberg’s first WWII film is a far cry from his later ones, and it also happens to be his only...

Spirit Awards 2017 Nominees Announced Nov22

Spirit Awards 2017 Nominees Announced

The nominees for the 32nd annual Spirit Awards were announced this morning by Jenny Slate (Parks and Rec, Obvious Child) and Edgar Ramirez (Zero Dark Thirty), providing a soft kickoff to awards season. Those of you looking to get ahead in your Oscar pool may want to pay special attention, as for the last three years, the winner of the Independent Spirit Award for Best Film has gone on to win the Oscar for Best Picture (12 Years a Slave, Birdman, and Spotlight). But, more to the original spirit of the awards as they were founded in 1984, they also represent a celebration of the creativity and passion found in the heart of the independent...

Understanding American Democracy in 7 Films Nov08

Understanding American Democracy in 7 Films

It is difficult for many Americans to understand how the United States democracy works. This presidential election, in particular, has caused many of us to ask ourselves, “How the hell did we end up here?” Thus, we can only imagine how nonsensical this circus must seem to our friends from other countries. To help contextualize this U.S. election and explain American democracy in general, we have put together a list of movies about American politics. After viewing these, you may still have questions about the how, but will better understand why America is so… American. Bob Roberts (1992) Bob Roberts is one of those satires that’s been...

Black Mirror Season 3 Takes On Technology with Sinister Cynicism Nov01

Black Mirror Season 3 Takes On Technology with Sin...

The experience of watching Black Mirror is usually split into two parts. First, you’re trying to decipher what it is that is new and odd about the world you’re seeing. You essentially ask, what piece of technology has overtaken these people’s lives, and how close is it to what we have now? The second part is dread . . . a feeling in the pit of your stomach as you wait for the moment when it all falls apart. Season 3 of Black Mirror is now available to stream on Netflix, and a trio of our writers (Sean Fallon, Katherine B. Shelor, and Jack Godwin) have stared into the dark depths of their screens and will tell you about all...

Scariest Scenes in Non-Horror Movies Oct27

Scariest Scenes in Non-Horror Movies

You don’t have to be a horror fanatic to be horrified by film. For #hAElloween, we asked our staff and readers about the scariest scene they ever saw within a non-horror film. You can read their answers below and add yours in the comments. The Matrix In 1999, The Matrix was released; I was 11 and not ready for it at all both as a movie and as a basic introduction to philosophy. The fear starts when Neo wakes violently in a vat of gelatinous goo (liquefied dead people, we later find out.) Covered in sockets and holes, he becomes aware of the “real world,” gazing at millions of others suspended in the same lie. The real horror is in...

AE’s 2016 Fall Movie Preview Sep01

AE’s 2016 Fall Movie Preview

In the aftermath of a lackluster summer movie season, Fall can’t come quickly enough for us movie fans. As the election draws closer we’ll all be looking for a little respite from the political circus with films that remind us, yes humans are still capable of wonderful things. We’ve put together a preview of the films we’re most looking forward to, and made a few bold predictions while we were at it. Here’s to wonderful things! Sully (Warner Bros. Pictures) Release Date: September 9, 2016 Bold Prediction: This Will Win Best Picture There were certainly plenty of honorable independent features released within...

Horror Film Found Footage 3D Drops An NSFW Trailer Aug10

Horror Film Found Fo...

An intriguing NSFW trailer for the upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D dropped today, showcasing what teases to be the latest in an excellent stretch of meta-aware horror films. The film seems to follow a group of young filmmakers who aim to film the world’s first 3D found footage film but...

The Best Movies of the First Half of 2016 Jun17

The Best Movies of the First Half of 2016

We’re edging toward the midway point of 2016, but we have already enjoyed a rather rich year of film releases, big and small. So before we dive headfirst into the high volume summer blockbuster season and swim into Oscar season, we thought we would take a moment to reflect upon this year’s best film releases so far. The list below reflects our favorite films, as voted on by committee and selected from films that saw at least their first limited release between January 1 and today. Have a look through the list, a look back at the half year, and don’t be afraid to correct us or share any films that might have missed our...

Defining Muhammad Ali Through Film

Muhammad Ali passed away on June 3, 2016. To commemorate the complex, beautiful, larger-than-life hero, champion, and icon, three of our writers attempt to understand him by watching and discussing three films about his life. Facing Ali (Pete McCormack, 2009) Defines Muhammad Ali Through Enemies and America David Shreve, Jr. Facing Ali opens with the trademark declaration from the legendary pugilist: “Rumble, young man, rumble.” Here, in the first moments of this documentary where Ali’s battlecry opens into a short collection of portraits of his aged former opponents, the sentence feels more broadly functional, not about himself or one...

Our Favorite Disney Channel Original Movies Jun01

Our Favorite Disney Channel Original Movies

The Disney Channel celebrated their 100th Disney Channel Original Movie by airing a marathon of every single original movie over this Memorial Day weekend. Given the fact that a number of our staff grew up during the ’90s and early 2000s, we leapt at the chance to revisit our childhood and once more step into the world of cheesy dialogue, heartfelt messages, and “where-are-they-now?” actors that only Disney TV movies can generate such excitement for. Smart House Jump! Jump! The House is Jumpin! 1999’s Smart House told the story of Ben Cooper who enters a contest for a Smart House in order to help out his sister and...

He v She: Will People Really Watch a Standalone Black Widow Movie? May13

He v She: Will People Really Watch a Standalone Bl...

After the release of Captain America: Civil War, it seems fans are once again being half-promised that there is a studio interest in developing a Black Widow movie. It might happen. For real now. Scarlett Johansson’s Natasha Romanoff is the most consistently film-featured Avenger without her own standalone film or franchise, but not for lack of requesting. The reasonable world is dying to see a solid female-lead entry into the superhero film canon. In a world severely lacking of non-male representation in action film, Black Widow seems like the most obvious choice, and yet, Disney and Marvel have sort of innocently stared at their...

Four Marvel Phase 4 Pitches May10

Four Marvel Phase 4 Pitches

Marvel Studios may have just started Phase 3 of their cinematic universe with Captain America: Civil War, but that doesn’t keep us from already thinking ahead to what we’d like to see in Marvel Phase 4. Marvel has done pretty spectacularly for itself so far, but there are things we’d like to see improved, namely: a greater consideration of diversity in all that entrails. Many aspects of diversity have been subject to erasure within these superhero movies and we saw this as a chance to offer just a small measure of course correction. Against the odds, and despite the fact that each of our pitches were developed separately...

All-New Marvel Comics You Should Be Reading

After the universe-changing comic event that was Secret Wars, the marvel line has shifted and rebooted. Everything is back down to #1 with all-new storylines and creative teams, so it’s a great time to jump into the world of comics – whether it’s your first time or you’ve been out of the game for a while. Before the release of Captain America: Civil War, check out these series, recommended by our avid comic book readers. Black Panther In his Fantastic Four, Avengers, and Secret Wars series’ Jonathon Hickman gave us a taste and a beginning of a vast history and mythology of Wakanda. Ta-Nehisi Coates is taking that...

International Moment of Laughter Day – Enjoy Our Favorite Movie Laughs Apr14

International Moment of Laughter Day – Enjoy...

Today, April 14, is International Moment of Laughter Day. We like celebrating the good-spirited holidays more than anything else. So today, we’re sharing some of our favorite laughter-inducing movie moments. What movie moments made you laugh hardest? Share your favorites with us on Twitter, Facebook, or in the comments below. Let’s spread the joy! South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut – Uncle Fucker When I was 16, I sneaked into a screening of South Park: Bigger, Longer and Uncut (it was rated 18 in the UK). My friend and I skulked in, found seats, and waited for the movie version of our favourite TV show. We had a few chuckles...