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R.I.P. Sam Shepard (1943 – 2017)

Audiences Everywhere is saddened by the passing of Pulitzer-winning playwright, screenwriter, poet, and actor Sam Shepard at his home in Kentucky. The stage and screen would not be what it is today without him, and we suspect it will forever feel this loss. In the meantime, we’re comforted by his lifetime’s impressive output of creative work, including his Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Buried Child, and unforgettable roles in The Right Stuff, Days of Heaven, The Notebook, Mud, and for all of his contributions in screenwriting. AE most recently looked at Paris, Texas once again. As with anything Shepard touched, it...

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Remembering Ken Russell on his 90th Birthday

“You can’t film creative genius, because it’s going on inside the person,” Ben Kingsley once said in description of of Ken Russell’s “massive contribution to the language of cinema… The way he linked the vulnerability of the flesh to the creation of great works of art.” Compliments like this one came all too late in assignment toward the works of Russell, who passed away November of 2011. It turns out, it’s sometimes similarly hard to discuss and place creative genius with filmmakers. Only in the current decade are we beginning to understand Russell’s once hotly debated filmography and his...

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The Best Movies of the First Half of 2017

We’re six months into 2017, a year chock full of bad news and insufferable cultural breakdowns, but we’re still watching movies. Arguably, it could be said that we need good movies now more than ever. Luckily, so far, we’ve had them. It’s a bit too early to start making Oscar predictions, but we’ve certainly had our fair share of shining prestige flicks and high quality summer blockbusters. As a well-deserved celebration of our favorite sub-culture, we’re taking a break today to breathe and recollect on what has been, against all odds, a rather standout year for film. So join...

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Mother’s Day Movie Reflections

Originally Published on May 8, 2015. Republished for Mother’s Day with an added segment. For Mother’s Day, some of our writers spoke about the relationship with their mothers and movies. Suspending Disbelief We watched Gone Girl together and, thirty minutes in, she shouted her frustration that the police were inexplicably waiting to arrest Nick Dunne. She just couldn’t believe it.  She’s always been like this. And I’ve always envied it. I don’t think I know anyone else who so readily surrenders disbelief and allows herself to fall victim to every narrative trick. Any viewer remotely familiar with thrillers or...

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‘Kingsman: The Golden Circle’ Gets a Trailer

Today, 20th Century Fox dropped the first trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle. Sequel to the 2015 fan favorite Kingsman: The Secret Service, the new follow up sees Director Matthew Vaughn return with a stacked deck. Taron Egerton and Colin Firth (somehow) will be returning to their former roles, while Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges, Channing Tatum, and… Elton John (?) are all newcomers to the cast list. We’ll have more as it comes, but for now, you can catch the trailer for Kingsman: The Golden Circle below and let us know what you think. Kingsman: The Golden Circle is set...

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New Video Shows the Development of The Blossoming Talent of Kristen Stewart

Mr. Nerdista is one of our favorite up-and-coming cinema video cinema essay is. He’s also a champion of film analysis in the written form, having contributed to our site recently about one of his favorite releases in The Criterion Collection. Kristen Stewart is a favorite actress of basically our entire crew now. Having labored under the unfair reputation built within the cultural animus against the Twilight series, Stewart has made it impossible to deny her still-young talent. That’s why it’s doubly exciting for us that Mr. Nerdista has employed his keen eye and technical skills into a Stewart-positive analysis...

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Home Movies: What Film Reminds You of Home?

Last week I came across Amanda Arnold’s recent Lit Hub piece, “Why Literature and Pop Culture Still Can’t Get the Midwest Right.” As a born-Midwesterner, I instantly and intuitively understood what she meant by her title. Her ideas stayed with me, and the more I thought about it, the easier it was to think of pop culture—movies, TV, books—that missed the mark and managed to make unfamiliar terrain out of my everyday experience. Turns out there are too many of those to count (and what fun is that anyway?). So, instead, what about the films that got home right? I had...

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Stay Calm: 500 Movies That Soothe Real World Anxiety

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...

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Happy Australia Day from Audiences Everywhere – Our Seven Favorite Aussie Films

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...

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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....

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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...

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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. …...

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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....

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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...

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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...

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