Man on High Heels St...

I don’t know how to feel about Man on High Heels. Not because it has the complexity of a Silence or the mystery of a Mulholland Dr. but because it breaks new ground, and I’m not sure it does so in the right way. One paragraph in and a good time to back up: Man on High Heels, or...

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...

Demon Takes Effort t...

Overview: On the eve of his wedding, a man discovers a secret that once kept to himself possesses his mind and body. The Orchard; 2015; Rated R; 94 minutes. Tragedy: Any viewing of Demon comes with extra weight when one considers the tragic suicide of its director, Marcin Wrona. The director...

20 Horror Movies from 20 Countries

Horror is thriving around the world and is enjoyed by people from every country. Some of the best is produced outside of North America, so sometimes it’s necessary to take a little trip to find something fresh and fun. Join us on a trip across the map (from East to West) with 20 horror movies from 20 countries – there’s something for everyone here no matter what kind of fear you prefer to indulge in. Australia: The Loved Ones (2009) Lola wants a prom date, and she’ll make you pay for turning her down. Not to be confused with the 1960s Australian band, The Loved Ones is a slice of torture in the desert. Lola’s daddy’s girl and he’ll do...

Mustang Is a Confide...

Overview: Five sisters are placed under house arrest after their scandalous behaviour shocks their conservative guardians. CG Cinema; 2015; Rated PG-13; 97 minutes. History: First, a history lesson: Regular readers of these pages (and my devoted fan base) will know that I am an Englishman...

Baba Joon is an Inti...

Overview: A young Iranian boy living in Israel causes a rift within the family when he rebels against their traditional livelihood of farming turkeys. United King Films; 2015; 91 minutes. Speaking Every Language: The setting of this film might be on the other side of the world, and turkey...

Oscars Crash Course: Foreign Language Films

Every year in the lead up to the Academy Awards, there is plenty of buzz surrounding every major category. So much so, you could likely enter your office betting pool with a fair idea of what your safe bets would be, whether you had seen some of the films or not. But what about the under-discussed categories? What about those films that flew under your radar? Some of the best movies of the year aren’t contending for Best Picture. Before you start to panic in the remaining hours before the big event, fear not, because we here at Audiences Everywhere are stepping in to break down everything you need to know. Whether you’re trying...

What Cinema Taught Me About Australia

Australia is very big, and, for just about everyone on Earth, very far away. For someone who grew up in the United Kingdom, a place where you can drive from the top to the bottom in twelve hours, Australia can sometimes seem overwhelming. If you fly from Melbourne to Europe, for the first four hours of the flight you are still in Australia. Leave England and fly four hours east and you’re in Turkey. Australia is also very empty. It has a population of 24 million people. Texas, on the other hand, has a population of 26 million and its landmass could fit inside Australia 11 times. Even more crazily, South Korea has a population of 50 million...

A Pigeon Sat on a Br...

Overview: A series of loosely connected vignettes ruminate drolly on the inhumane nature of humanity. Filmproduktion AB; 2015; Rated PG-13; 101 minutes. Gazing into the Mirror: The film begins with a man, someone who has the blank gaze and slumped demeanor of what could be called an idiot, in...

Dheepan Features A T...

Overview: The eponymous character is given a family of strangers, including a fake-wife and a fake-daughter, none of whom have ever met before, and is dropped in France, an equally strange land, before all their lives are completely reset as they depart the war-torn Sri Lankan jungle that...

The World of Kanako ...

Overview: A former detective’s search for his missing daughter grows increasingly depraved and horrific as he discovers the secrets about her and himself that led to her disappearance. Drafthouse Films; 2014; Not Rated; 118 minutes. “Do you have dreams?”: Tetsuya Nakashima’s adaptation of...

Victoria is Almost L...

Overview: A young girl working in Berlin befriends four men at the crack of dawn after a night of partying. All is not what it seems, however, as the men share a connection to the underworld that she is now entangled in. Senator Film; 2015; Not Rated; 138 minutes. An Experiment in Real-Time...

Mexico Barbaro Deliv...

Overview: In this anthology film, eight directors offer unique takes on horror tied to Mexico’s past and present. Dark Sky Films; 2014: Not Rated; 114 minutes. Cultural Horrors: In whichever country we call home, we’ve become overly familiar with many of our own particular horror staples. We...

Timecrimes Breaks Do...

Overview: Héctor (Karra Ejalde) is renovating his home with his wife (Candela Fernández). Looking into a nearby forest with binoculars, he spots what looks like the murder of a young woman. When he attempts to intervene, he inadvertently provokes an increasingly bizarre series of events, and...

Attack On Titan R...

Overview: Over 100 years ago humanity built enormous walls to live behind in safety from the human-devouring Titans. When the wall is damaged and Titans are let in, what’s left of mankind must rally together to defeat them. Toho; 2015; Not Rated; 98 minutes. Failure In Adaptation:...

Heneral Luna is an I...

Overview: A short-tempered Filipino general tries to rally the Philippine Revolutionary Army to unite in facing the threat of the American army during the Philippine-American War. Quantum Films; 2015; Rated R; 118 mins Imitation: I really want for there to be a Filipino film that I enjoy, but...

45 Years Is As Charm...

Overview: Kate and Geoff have a week to go until their party, celebrating their 45th anniversary. The childless couple live comfortably in a small Norfolk town, until shattering news arrives for Geoff – his ex-girlfriend’s body has been found, 50 years after she slipped into an Alpine...

SIFF Roundup

The Seattle International Film Festival wrapped up its 25 days of sharing 450 movies from across the world on June 7th. As a first time SIFF attendee, I gathered all the movies I viewed during this time for a quick roundup. My absolute favorites are: Liza, the Fox-Fairy The Dark Horse Circle Racing Extinction The Primary Instinct Guidance 7 Chinese Brothers | Bob Byington | Grade: B- Undriven and stuck, Larry finds himself going from one unfortunate event to event to another. An unorthodox take that showcasing the quiet and erosive side alcoholism Schwartzman adds to his acting arsenal with this role Genuine – sometimes, good things...

The Dead Lands

Overview: The son of a slain chieftain seeks vengeance following the slaughter of his tribe. General Film Corporation; 2014; Rated R; 107 minutes. The Warriors: A period of peace is disrupted after a neighboring warrior, Wirepa (Te Kohe Tuhaka) commits a night of red death, annihilating...

Far From the Madding...

Overview: The independently minded Bathsheba Everdene, heiress to her late uncle’s agrarian estate and farm in rural England, pursues three disparate lovers in an adaptation of the Thomas Hardy novel. BBC Films; 2015; Rated PG-13; 119 minutes. She Loves Me: In director Thomas Vinterberg’s...

The Decent One

Overview: Archive footage accompanies the correspondence and memoirs of Heinrich Himmler, chief architect of the Holocaust. Kino Lorber; 2014 (Germany); unrated; 94 minutes. Inside the Mind of a Serial Killer: Cinema accepts that the psychology of killing is fascinating subject matter....

The Non-Existence of Foreign Superhero Cinema

I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: we have very little access or exposure here in America to foreign “mainstream” films, with the exception perhaps of Asian horror or action movies, and the rare few European romantic and slapstick comedies hiding in the nooks and crannies of Netflix. So, it’s hard to know with certainty whether there are many foreign superhero movies to be found, but I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t. Even a simple Google search using those terms yielded few results. I think it all boils down to this: our domestic box office numbers mean relatively little when...

Flights of Fancy

Overview: 23-year-old Simon deals with first love while his father Hans, a brilliant architect, relapses into paranoid, schizophrenic behaviors that make Simon’s home feel like a tenuous, toxic insane asylum. 2014. 90 minutes. Roxy Film / Movienet Film (Germany). Screened at: Kino!...

Who Am I – No ...

Overview: A young, mostly meek computer whiz named Benjamin (Tom Schilling) joins an ambitious group of amateur hackers who struggle to go above and beyond their usual pranks to be taken seriously both within the Darknet as well as in the real world…until things get dangerously out of...

Mommy

Overview: A widowed single mother, raising her violent son alone, finds new hope when a mysterious neighbor inserts herself into their household. 2014; Roadside Attractions; Rated R; 138 Minutes. Winning: I won tickets to see this movie, which is good for two reasons. One was that I never win...

Kumiko, the Treasure...

Overview: A young woman living in Japan finds her solace in the form of the Coen Brothers film Fargo within a battered VHS she discovers under a soggy rock in a cave. Amplify; 2015; Unrated; 105 minutes “This is a True Story”: The Zellner Brothers channel their inner Coen Brothers...

Good Bye Lenin!

Overview: In October of 1989 in East Berlin, a matriarch and socialist-party loyalist has a heart attack and falls into a coma. One month later, the Berlin Wall falls, and she sleeps as the nation she knew and loved changes completely. When she unexpectedly wakes up in 1990, her devoted,...

7 Pacifica Movies to Bring You to the Islands

Kia, Ora, and Aloha. Tropical fantasies of the dreamy islands are used as a backdrop in countless Hollywood films from Cast Away to Blue Lagoon to Paradise, Hawaiian Style. I wanted this list to achieve two things: be easily accessible and cultivate exposure. First, unless you knew about these movies beforehand, simply stumbling upon the titles listed below is unlikely. Second, what we often fail to recognize as an audience are the native peoples of the islands, and how Hollywood gleans over their existence. It is with hope that we can find the true spirit of the islands and more accurate representation in cinema. Princess Kaiulani Directed...

’71

Overview: A British soldier is separated from his unit in Northern Ireland during the Troubles and must navigate the turbulent streets of Belfast to survive. StudioCanal. 2015. Rated R. 99 minutes. Troubled Times: ’71, a British historical action film, is a thriller so emotionally intense and...

These Final Hours

Overview: With just hours left before the end of the world, James, a troubled and indecisive man, must determine how to spend the time he has left. 2013; Roadshow Films; Unrated; 87 minutes. Full Disclosure: I know that people are getting tired of the apocalyptic subgenre, and I get it. Okay,...

Our Favourite Performances From Irish Actors

On March 17th it’s St Patrick’s Day, a celebration of the patron saint of Ireland. With the huge contribution Ireland is making to the silver screen, here at Audiences Everywhere we’ve decided to honour the day by sharing some of our favourite movie performances from Irish actors and actresses. Ryan MacLean’s choices Michael Fassbender in Shame (2011) Michael Fassbender’s work in 2011’s Shame as a man suffering from an uncontrollable sex addiction is one of the most sympathetic and bold performances that any actor has delivered in years. Fassbender plays the role of Brandon with a frightening intensity and temperament, while bringing...

What Richard Did

Overview: During his summer between college and university, middle class teenager, Richard, makes a mistake that threatens to destroy his life. 2012; New Video Group; Unrated; 88 minutes. What Richard does: This perturbing moral drama from the acclaimed Irish director of Frank, Adam And Paul...

Three Asian Remakes of American Movies

There are tons of US remakes of foreign movies. Some are good, some are okay, and some are downright awful. It’s not often that a US movie is remade overseas (outside of cheap knockoffs and Bollywood movies). With that in mind, I set out to find some foreign language attempts at American movies and found three Asian based remakes. The Good, the Bad and the Weird (Joheunnom Nabbeunnom Isanghannom) 2008 Director: Jee-Woon Kim I’ve talked about this movie on this site before because I love it. It is a remake of The Good, the Bad and the Ugly, or at least a remake of the concept. It’s like taking the same ingredients but cooking a different...

What We Do in the Sh...

Overview:  A new addition to their brood shakes things up for four vampire flatmates.  Madman Entertainment; 2015; 85 Minutes A Real Funny Fake Film Pretending to Be Real (About Fake Things): I could be wrong, but I have always felt that the most challenging element of comedic mockumentaries...

Amour Fou

Overview: Poet Heinrich von Kleist tries to convince a married woman to make a suicide pact with him in nineteenth century Prussia. Arrow Films; 2014; 96 Minutes. Double suicide pact: Amour Fou (“Wild Love”) began life as a script about a love induced suicide. Locked in a draw for...

Ida

Overview: A novice nun, Ida, discovers her Jewish ancestry in 1960s Poland and sets out with Wanda, her only surviving relative, to find and bury her parents. Music Box Films; 2013; Rated PG-13; 82 Minutes. Nested complexity: Watching the opening frames of Pawel Pawlikowski’s Ida, you’d be...

Wild Tales

Overview: Nominated for Best Foreign Language Film at last weekend’s Oscars, Damián Szifron’s Wild Tales (Relatos salvajes) is comprised of 6 stories of varying length and complexity, dealing with revenge and excess, centering upon humans who act on their dark, violent, absurd...

Our Five Favourite Best Foreign Language Oscar Win...

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 through. It makes for one riveting and suspenseful viewing experience. It tells the story of...

The Tale of Princess...

Overview: Sprouting from within a bamboo stalk a little girl, believed to be a divine being, is reared to the status of nobility. 2013; Distributed by Toho; Rated PG; 137 minutes. Unrestricted Innocence: The Bamboo Cutter and his wife raise their little princess from a bamboo shoot. Akin to...

Mr. Turner

Overview: The life of the late English, Romanticist painter J.M.W. Turner, whose distinctive watercolor landscapes heralded the dawn of impressionism, lends Mike Leigh’s film its dizzying array of geographic and architectural vistas. 2014; Distributed by Entertainment One; Rated R; 150...

Heritage and Homeland: Turkish-German Relations in...

Heimat— the German word for homeland. It is a word that is fraught with anxiety and double-meaning for the Turkish population of Germany. And, as a result, Heimat as it pertains to Turkish immigrants living in Germany is a theme throughout German cinema. The five exemplary films I’ve thought of for this post raise questions of homeland, identity, destiny, and duty for the Turkish people who were once, and perhaps in certain ways still are, displaced within a nation that is culturally and linguistically far away from their own– and yet who, with every passing generation, have come to consider Germany as somewhat of a home....

Human Capital

Overview: Italy’s entry into this year’s Foreign Language Film Oscar race tells the story of two families, each grappling with ambition, secrecy, desire and greed. Both forever linked by the hit-and-run accident from which this non-linear, multi-layered drama unspools. Limited US...

The Mule

Overview: A first time drug mule is caught by law enforcement. Cherub Films; 2014; Not Rated; 103 minutes. Comedy?: The Mule is a crime movie about a man who doesn’t want to take a dump, the men and women who think he should or shouldn’t take that dump, and the situation that led him to the...

Akira

Overview: In 2019, thirty-one years after a powerful force known as Akira destroyed Tokyo and set off World War III, Neo-Tokyo has become flooded with gang violence, political unrest, and religious zealots. When a young man displays telekinetic powers similar to that of Akira, he is captured...

6 Sci Fi Movies from Around the World

Science Fiction is such a malleable genre that it works anywhere in the world. Ideas like alien invasions, time travel, robots, dystopias, cloning, genetic mutations, and space battles are not locked into a certain country or time. For this piece I have chosen five sci-fi movies from five different countries that stand out as some of the best. They are sometimes violent, always thought-provoking, and never boring. Battle Royale (Batoru rowaiaru) – Japan 2000  Students on a field trip are gassed and wake up on an island where they are told to fight and die. The last one standing gets to go home. So far, so Hunger Games, right? Where Battle...

Why Don’t You ...

Overview: A group of film buffs is recruited by the Yakuza to make a movie out of their raid on a rival group. Drafthouse Films; 2014; Not Rated; 129 Minutes The Real: “We’re in reality, and they’re in the fantastical. At this rate, reality is going to lose!” I could...

Around the World in 12 Horror Movies: Part Three

This trip through horror movies around the world has been that heady mix of educational and occasionally terrifying (like high school, amirite, fellas?) I have seen enough gore to last me until next Halloween. The body count has been uncountable, the screams still ring in my ears, I’m still laughing about bits of Dog Soldiers, I’m still confused about the end of Viy, and I still don’t think the torture porn genre has a point. It has been a blast and I’ll have to do the same thing next year. Part Three  Viy /  Вий (Russia 1967)  When I found this film, and for the sake of creating mystique we’ll pretend I found it in a back alley antiques...

Around the World in 12 Horror Movies: Part Two

I consider myself to be quite well-traveled and one thing I always try to do in a foreign country is visit the cinema. In Thailand I discovered that you have to stand for the national anthem before each movie. In Korea you can eat squid dipped in peanut butter. Turkey has the most ads before a film and every movie has an interval. America has the biggest seats/snacks, which may or may not be a coincidence. And in Cape Town there’s a cinema that serves alcohol and looks like it might collapse at any minute (it’s called The Labia Theatre and is amazing). The one constant are the viewers. There will always be the talkers, the phone checkers,...

Around the World in 12 Horror Movies: Part One

One of the great things about watching movies is seeing how other countries view a genre. What do the French find funny? Or what tickles the Germans? What constitutes romance in Korea or Peru? What scares people? What makes the people sitting in Thai cinemas hide behind their fingers or jump out of their skin? What movies do Mexican teenagers dare each other to watch at sleepovers? For this trilogy of articles I watched 12 horror movies from around the world. I explored different sub-genres within the horror genre and found some supernatural romance, found footage, torture porn, blood-soaked rom-coms, possession movies, slasher flicks,...

The Babadook

Overview:  After finding a cryptic children’s book and dealing with her son’s concerns about a monster in his room, a widowed mother begins to suspect a sinister force is present in her home.  Causeway Films/Smoking Gun Productions; 2014; 94 Minutes. Kent/Davis:  If Jennifer...