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Civil War Retrospective

Over 2006 and 2007, Marvel comics published the crossover event Civil War. It spanned over 50 tie-in comics, all based around a central seven-issue limited series. Written by Mark Millar and pencilled by Steve McNiven, Civil War is about the collateral damage of superheroics, where the responsibility lies, and questions of security and freedom. When D-Lister group The New Warriors attack the villain Nitro, the battle destroys a large area of a town, including a school. 600 people die. No longer feeling safe with these conflicts threatening innocent bystanders, the government proposes the Superhuman Registration Act, where superheroes must register their true identity...

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4 Great Civil War Movies

After this week, it’s likely that “Civil War” is going to be a term sewn into the cultural conversation to mean, at least temporarily, something less serious than what it meant before. But, presumably, the newest Captain America film will lean lightly on the same themes carried over from stories of war. Civil wars have always made for richly thematic film material. So, to prepare for the suphero version of the form, we’ve collected four prime examples of movies that explore history’s civil wars. A Field in England The English Civil War was fought between the Royalists and the Parliamentarians....

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International Moment of Laughter Day – Enjoy Our Favorite Movie Laughs

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...

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AE Turns Two! The Best Film Writing From Our Second Year!

It is a strange knot that I have tied for myself. Two years ago today, I flipped the switch to go live with an ambitious little movie blog, establishing an ironic joke in which, annually henceforth, I will wish to speak most sincerely on the same day that everyone is most encouraged to speak in jest. I would like to request that you, reader, lower your April Fool’s Day guard for just a moment so that I can extend my immeasurable gratitude for all of the continued support and readership. There is currently an astounding collection of talent writing under...

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Who Has the Better Filmography: Batman or Superman?

As Batman and Superman finally share the same film together in what Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor is calling “the greatest gladiator match in the history of the world”, we here at Audiences Everywhere have orchestrated a Batman/Superman match-up of our own. Namely, we would like to establish who has the better filmography: Batman or Superman? Does Batman come out on top with his seven films or does Superman beat him with his six films? Are there bad representations of these characters on film? All that and more shall be topics of discussion in the fierce debate between own Diego Crespo and...

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Our Favorite Batman and Superman Stories

Whether they’re clashing over ideologies, teaming-up for the benefit of humanity, or immersed in their own separate adventures, Batman and Superman have given us over 75 years of comics worthy of our interest and examination. These figures, whether drawn to mythic heights, or sketched as identifiably human-figures have been interpreted and re-interpreted time and time again, making it unlikely for most of us to agree on one single best take on these characters. Lucky for us, AE doesn’t put much stake into agreeing because where’s the fun in that? But whichever take on these characters you prefer, we guarantee...

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The 100 Strikes a Blow to its Dystopian Diversity

CAUTION: MAJOR SPOILER ALERT Last week, the loyal legion of fans of The 100 erupted in a fiery flame of pure outrage when Lexa, Commander of the twelve clans, was killed off in a thoroughly rushed, ruthless fashion. Here at AE, we have some seriously enthusiastic fans of this television show, and needless to say, they all had passionate reactions to the events of the episode “Thirteen.” Two of our writers (one female and bisexual and one male and heterosexual because we also love diversity) have offered up their take on this pivotal, tragic moment and what it means...

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AE’S Do The Right Funding: February 2016

On any given day, thousands of filmmakers are trying to scrape together the funds to make their dreams come to life, and that dream is to be able to create a film and distribute it to us, the eager viewers. We’d like to take the opportunity each month to highlight some of our favorite projects that are seeking support in order to help them gain the exposure and awareness they deserve to achieve their dream and create a project for us to enjoy. Here are this month’s handpicked selections. Project One: “Deiter and Bert: Heal Thy Dumbness” Format: Series Goal: $9,400...

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20 Women Directors Who Need to Be On the Academy’s Radar

More than ever, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has been under fire this year the lack of diversity that flows through the sea of nominees for the Oscars, the highest honor in film. Along with the lack of recognition for people of color across the board, and particularly in the acting and directing categories, the Oscars are also continuously thumbing their noses at the efforts women put forth behind the camera. According to a study conducted by The Women’s Media Center, in the last ten years women have only received 19% of the non-acting nominations at the Oscars. That’s...

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Visiting the Future With Each Possible Best Picture Winner

Time isn’t linear. Every moment, an infinite number of things could happen, and do happen in certain theoretical models of the universe. This Nolan-like mini-lecture on theoretical astrophysics will help you understand the trip we’re about to take. You see, we wanted to make a case for each nominee in the Best Picture category in this year’s Oscars. But that’s too easy. With our passion and brain trust, we could easily convince you readers to root for any of these films. They are, after all, even with obvious snubs and exclusions, a relatively good batch of nominees, compared to...

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AE’s 2016 Oscar Prediction Showdown

No use in pretending we don’t keep score this time. This is a rematch. In last year’s prediction showdown, Josh Rosenfield proved victorious over David Shreve. Will 2016 be the year that Shreve gets up and goes the distance, or will this defeat send him into early retirement from Oscar Prediction Showdowns? Feel free to keep score, talk trash, or use this battle as a resource to impress the folks in your office pool!   Best Visual Effects Ex Machina Mad Max: Fury Road The Martian The Revenant Star Wars: The Force Awakens Dave Prediction: Mad Max: Fury Road – ...

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Superheroes Who Deserve the R-Rated Treatment

The box office success of Deadpool has shown that not only are superhero movies popular, but superhero movies with breasts, swearing, and intense violence are also just as popular. To be fair that was probably quite predictable in hindsight. There is a big possibility that Deadpool will be a game-changer in terms of how adult superhero movies in the future can be. With that in mind we’ve pitched six superheroes we would like to see get the full R-rated treatment. Superman First, calm down, I’m not about to say Superman should be flying around staring at ladies with his...

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AE Monthly Book Club: February 2016

Welcome to the Audiences Everywhere Book Club, a monthly feature in which you’re invited to participate. A week before the start of each month we’ll announce a book that we’ll tackle for the next four weeks. We’ll set out weekly chapter goals and using the hashtag #AEBookClub you can join the discussion online. So come join us as we read the book, talk about it, and speculate on the kind of movie it would make, who should make it and who should be in it. And sometimes should it even be a movie at all. For the month of...

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What We’re Watching: 2016 Preview Edition

The sad part of movie awards season is that it sort of serves as the previous year’s final epilogue. Because, while we still need to hand out a few trophies, 2015 is formally behind us, and we want to make sure there’s no lagging cinematic depression. So, we are re-purposing this week’s What We’re Watching feature to look a little farther down the road than is normal. We posed the question to our staff and our Twitter followers: What 2016 films are we all looking forward to? Below, we have provided a list of our most anticipated films and some of your answers. What We’re Watching The Witch Release Date: February 26 Every year, film circuit buzz suggests the discovery of the next big thing in horror. And right now, after the stellar output from horror directors in 2015, it might finally make sense to let one’s self get excited about the early rumors. When I spoke with Aaron Moorhead and Justin Benson last year for our #Horrortown interview series, the young filmmakers shared the same optimism, a belief that this time, it might be the “real deal.” Having already earned the anticipation though a stellar trailer, this pre-endorsement was enough to set me over the top for Robert Eggers’ The Witch. – David Shreve Midnight Special Release Date: March 18 If pressed to name what active director has...

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The Best Movies of 2015, Chosen by Audiences Everywhere

Here at Audiences Everywhere, as our regular readers know, we’re a big fan of lists. Specifically lists that allow us to exercise the democratic process, force us to use a bit of math (ratings, averages, what?), and require us to gush about the movies we just couldn’t get enough of in the first place. 2015 was a pretty spectacular year for movies—so much so that limiting ourselves to just 25 films wasn’t without a bit of drama and heartbreak, per our usual staff list compilations. Without further ado, we present to you our definitive list of the best movies...

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