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AE’s 2015 Fall Film Preview

Almost three-quarters of 2015 is behind us.  And yet, to the knowing film fan, the best time of the film year is just getting started. With just over two and a half months left, AE’s 2015 Fall Film Preview discusses the films we’re most excited about seeing and makes some awards season predictions: … David Shreve, Jr. Movie to Get Excited About – Bridge of Spies Release Date: October 4th, 2015 There probably isn’t a safer bet in movie history. Between Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, Bridge of Spies’ recipe for success starts with two of the most high-end and reliable ingredients...

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AE Staff Picks the Best Summer Movies of 2015

With Summer 2015 coming to a close, it’s time for all of us to reflect on which movies made the biggest impact on us individuals or the cultural zeitgeist. Which movies will remain culturally relevant? Which movies grabbed us by our faces and yelled, “Remember me,” as blood spurted between its teeth? Our staff has gathered to provide their respective selections for the best movie from the Summer of 2015: … Diego Crespo “Remember me.” The words spoken by Furiousa in her battle-hardened state exceedingly drive home the memorable mosaic of carnage, loss, hope, and adventure found within the...

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Movies You Might Have Missed: Summer 2015

This summer a lot of viewers saw big releases like Avengers: Age of Ultron and Mad Max: Fury Road, though not everyone would sing the praises of such superhero fare and big budget, blockbuster spectacles. Ultimately, it’s up to the individual to seek out smaller movies and decide for themselves what is worth their time and money, but sometimes it’s hard to see everything or even hear about smaller movies like It Follows when they overcast by the obscene shadow of a Jurassic World. With that dilemma in mind, here are a few smaller movies you might have missed during the Summer 2015 movie...

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The Films of Bobcat Goldthwait

Bobcat Goldthwait’s latest, Call Me Lucky, is the director’s first foray into documentary filmmaking since dabbling in the format with the 2003 TV film Windy City Heat, and it might be his best film to date. Spanning a career behind the camera that has served to bring his particular point of view as a stand-up comedian to a wider audience in theaters, Goldthwait has fast become one of the most idiosyncratic voices to watch within the independent film movement, and his films have quickly become dark comedy, cult-classics. Below, you’ll find a ranked listing of the auteur’s entire filmography as curated...

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Woman Crush Wednesday: Female Characters We Admire Most

Katherine B. Shelor – Jenna from Waitress: I expect a lot of people have forgotten about this movie, but when I cast back through movies I’ve seen and women I’ve admired, Jenna stood out as the most relatable female character and also one of the strongest. She is in an unhappy and abusive marriage, faces an unwanted pregnancy that could further trap her in that marriage, has an affair with an unhappy man, but in the end finds strength through the child she didn’t want, and leaves both her abusive husband and her lover because neither offered her anything...

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International Day of Friendship: Our 10 Ideal Movie Friends

Today is International Day of Friendship, and we’re celebrating by choosing the one movie character we most wish we were friends with in real life.  Have a look at our list below, and drop us a line in the comments to let us know who you would choose as your movie friend: … Sean W. Fallon wants to be friends with Furiosa (Mad Max: Fury Road) Furiosa is loyal, tough, a great shot, beautiful, savvy, and best of all has a sweet ride. As someone who can’t drive I usually find myself being driven around, so to rock up...

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What is the Worst Era In The History of Cinema?

Last week, legendary screen actor Dustin Hoffman told the Independent newspaper that he believed the film industry is in the worst state that it has been in his entire 50 years of working in movies, citing production, funding, and time limitations unique to the current era. Predictably, this started an AE conversation. Is Hoffman right in his candid observations, or is he just an old dinosaur grumbling about an industry that’s moving on without him? More importantly, if he’s wrong, what is the worst era in the history of cinema? So we researched and debated until we came up...

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7 Sports Stories That Should Be Movies (Women’s Edition)

We love sports, and we love the dramas that take place behind the scenes of some of our favorite athletic events, the stories of individual athletes overcoming adversity in order to be the best-of-them-all, the fables of true underdogs coming through when nobody expected them to win, and the legends of great athletes achieving physical feats that the average person could only ever dream of. We love these stories so much, in fact, that they are their own film genre. And yet while men’s sports have been thoroughly mined for script material, women’s athletics have hardly ever been touched,...

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The Best Films of 2015, So Far

We’re already over halfway through the year, and we don’t have a serious Oscar contender yet. By serious Oscar contender, of course, we mean boring, stock-biographical film we see every few months, replete with the most egregious use of cookie-cutter editing. More often than not, late-in-the-year Best Picture contenders will make a splash within the mainstream (with cinephiles bemoaning their mediocrity) before vanishing into the ether of the cultural zeitgeist, never to be heard from again (remember that time the The Artist won best picture in 2011?). But a surplus of traditional, quote-unquote “serious Oscar contenders” don’t define the...

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Bridge of Spies Trailer Should Make You Very, Very Excited

A day after dropping an intriguing poster, the Bridge of Spies team has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming Cold War thriller, and it has all the staples of Spielberg’s best work.  A grand score, a glossy and polished historical moment, and heavy lines of dialogue.  This looks to be the type of movie we’re going to hear a lot about over the next few months and into awards season, so no use in speculating too much now, but holy hell… if this doesn’t give you chills to watch, if the combination of Tom Hanks, Spielberg, and...

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AE’s 2015 Summer Blockbuster Preview

With bated breath and unwavering anticipation, we ready the best of our hyperbolic statements to determine if Avengers: Age of Ultron or Mad Max: Fury Road will be the greatest movies ever made in the history of existence. It’s something about the summer movie season that gets everyone to turn into a pack of wild animals, starving for entertainment. I hope that didn’t sound demeaning, because I actually find this movie season as the definitive movie season – and this year looks like it’s going all out. Few things in life ever live up to the anticipation of an...

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AE Turns 1! The Best Writing from Our First Year!

Today marks our first anniversary of being a live website. We want to thank you for engaging us in this ongoing conversation and offer you the chance to look back at the first leg of what is hopefully a long journey. Below, you’ll find thirty pieces of the best film writing, arranged in chronological order, from our first year. — The Richness of Film Poverty: In April of 2014, David Shreve provided this appeal to film critics regarding the incorrect critical handling of poverty within film, triggered by the selected language of Gawker’s Rich Juzwiak in a discussion on Gary Poulter, who passed away just after filming the David Gordon Green/Nic Cage film Joe. 16 Greatest F Bombs in Film: The Blu-Ray/DVD release of Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street coincided with the formal recognition that the film held the official world record for most uses of the word “fuck” by a movie. Grace Porter sought to prove that it’s quality and not quantity in this lesson on how films can make the most economic use of their F-ing opportunities. Let’s Make A New Pregnancy Movie: As she adjusted to her position as a new mother, Katherine B. Shelor offered a personal exploration to illustrate that most movies about pregnancy are of no value to the pregnant woman. Persona: In July, Josh Rosenfield nominated Persona into our Hall of Greats and justified...

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Movies to Make You Happy!

March 3rd is  I Want You to Be Happy Day.  To celebrate the day (which should really be everyday, don’t you think?), we’d like to share a gift in the form of what makes us happiest.  What follows is a list of our favorite happy films and we hope that sometime soon you take our suggestion and share our happiness.  Because we really do want you to be happy.  That’s why we do this. David Shreve – Be Kind, Rewind It’s more than Jack Black’s only perfectly measured dose of manic energy, Mos Def’s undeniable likability, or even Danny...

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Our Five Favourite Best Foreign Language Oscar Winners

The Oscars are over for another year. Polish movie, Ida took the top gong for a foreign movie and it got some of us thinking about our favourite movies to have won the Best Foreign Movie Oscar. Sara (A Redhead at the Movies): A Separation (2011) A Separation is one of those films that broke me and left me utterly shaken, but it also had me in awe of its effortless ability to do so. This Iranian feature from director Asghar Farhadi is beyond emotionally draining, never failing to involve you in the real, everyday suspense these characters are living...

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Update! Our 1st AEcademy Awards Winners!

A few weeks have passed since a certain film body announced awards nominees that sent movie fans, our readers, and the entire internet into a frenzy. The backlash, the debate, the thinkpieces– it’s all finally starting to die down a bit. So what better time to announce the nominees for our first annual film awards: The AEcademy Awards of Film Achievement! We’ve selected what we believe are the more deserving nominees from the 2014 film year, and we want you to choose our winners. The polls below will be open until 11:59 on Friday, February 20th. In each category,...

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