Category: Lists

The 25 Best Movies of 2017 Chosen by the Staff of Audiences Everywhere

Here it is. Our hardest post of the year. Our picks for the best movies of 2017. After we polish the scuffs, wipe up the blood, and serve the list, it’s hard to see just how hard fought these rankings can be. Wars are fought over these collective lists. Factions are developed, stands are made, friends are betrayed. But in the end, while collecting a loose consensus might prove to have a negative social effect on our team, the entire process stands in testimony to just how strong this year’s film contributions have been. We feel very strongly about...

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The 15 Best TV Shows We Watched in 2017

Look. We missed some. We know. There’s a reason this list is called “The Fifteen Best TV Shows We Saw in 2017″ and not “The Fifteen Best TV Shows of 2017.” We are waist deep in the golden age of television, with instant streaming services elevating the serialized storytelling form not just to unprecedented heights, but unmanageable breadth and depth. In a moment in which the longform TV binge experience is preferable to the cost-ineffective cinematic experience is preferable to many, it is impossible to see everything that’s being discussed at the work water cooler, even with a multi-person...

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The Best New Albums We Heard In 2017

Yeah, we love movies, but like most cinephiles, we love lots of art forms. Moreover, we think it’s as imperative as ever to celebrate as many forms of entertainment and creativity as possible. We need to seek joy, catharsis, and beauty wherever we can find it and we need to document, shape, and contest the current cultural climate with every story and art form available to us. So maybe it’s a bit out of turn for a movie site, but we still would like to share with you the best music albums we heard in 2017. — All the...

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Five Great Almost-Films from 2017

It’s end-of-year list season here at Audiences Everywhere, and that means its time for my annual Almost Films post! What do I mean by that? Who knows! It’s never had a hard and fast definition. Basically, this is just the place where I talk about things I liked this year that don’t have a place on any of our official year-end lists. Usually that amounts to web creations of various mediums. It’s included everything from podcasts to video games in the past. I’ve got a good crop of stuff this year, so enjoy! 17776 Our first entry comes to...

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The Best Documentaries We Watched in 2017

2017 was a year much of the elemental social frameworks we’d taken for granted as indestructible took a sucker punch, but we learned two valuable things on the mat: those supports may not be unbreakable, but they’re enduring enough to hold—for now, at least—and that after a hit, something novel sometimes gets shaken loose. That was the case with the field of documentary films this year as filmmakers toyed with narrative, Netflix took a few risks that paid off, and the anger and the laughter felt so good in equal measures. These were some of our favorites that managed...

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10 Transcendent Scenes from Less-Than-Transcendent 2017 Films.

A lot is missed when we measure movies in good/bad binary or pass fail metrics. At the end of the year, between our “best” and “worst” lists, film culture often excludes discussion on great filmmaking that falls somewhere in between. Movies are complex, all of them, and our standardization tendencies often sell us short on the final conversation. That’s why, before we file away 2017, we want to have a quick look back at the best scenes from movies that didn’t break the famed tomatometer. Here are some of our favorite scenes from less-than-perfect movies this year. The Boss...

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The Top 10 Star Wars Video Games

*Originally published December 16, 2016. With the Star Wars Universe cinematically expanding beyond its episode installments, we thought it would be a good time to revisit some of the other onscreen narratives that took us deeper into this universe with new worlds, new characters, and new mythology. Typically, when we discuss the now defunct Star Wars Expanded Universe (EU) we talk about the novels and comics, and while those were impressive in their own right, it shouldn’t be forgotten that more than any other intellectual property, we’ve had a surplus of wonderful Star Wars games. So dust off the...

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UPDATED: The 100 Best Horror Movies of the 2000s

One of the questions we asked multiple subjects in our Horrortown interview series (which you can read here) is, “How would you respond to those people who say there are no good horror movies right now?” This question was inspired by our shared belief that “right now” is an exceptional moment to be a horror fan. More quality horror films are premiering at festivals, being made available On Demand, and opening in limited and wide-release than ever before. The 2000s have seen some of the best working filmmakers experimenting with the form, altering and enforcing the storytelling genre, opening...

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12 Directors Who Should Come Back to Horror

Horror has a notoriously welcoming community. It’s known for being the starting space for many independent filmmakers, giving them the freedom to explore the industry and have a great time doing it. Some of the most widely recognized voices in film today started there, and we think a few of them should get back into the game and amp up the scares. Check out our list below for 12 directors who once made a horror film (or a handful) and who should almost definitely make more. Adrian Lyne – Jacob’s Ladder Few directors capture the grit and grime of big...

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A Collection of Regional Cryptid Horror

The world is still a big and scary place. There’s much we haven’t answered or catalogued. And folklore is full of stories of culturally specific cryptids, legends and stories which can be mined for our viewing pleasure. Some stories have been told so long nobody remembers their origin, and new ones are popping up every decade. In a world that struggles to come up with new content, it makes sense that we’d turn to our oldest most fantastical unexplained stories to inspire our imaginations and give them a facelift. So to shake up a little extra creepy Halloween spirit,...

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Halloween Movies for Kids and Cowards: Part IV

Not everyone who faces horrific scenarios can be an Ellen Ripley or an R.J. MacReady. Most people are likely akin to the Loser’s Club of Stephen King’s It. Most people get scared, and rightly so. However, we here at Audiences Everywhere think it’d be healthy if you expanded your fear limit this Halloween, by checking out a few of these movies that, as the title suggests, we’ve selected just for you. Don’t worry, none of these are scary. They’re just a few Halloween-themed films that could at least be appreciated for their humor and/or artistic merit. Corpse Bride The...

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20 Great Horror Posters

Originally published October 26, 2016. The horror genre has some of the most striking and visually interesting posters in cinema. Here are 20 to appreciate (in order of release) whether they’re framed on your wall or just in your heart. Don’t forget to check out the other posters we’ve highlighted here! Creature from the Black Lagoon (1954) There’s something really special about the style of horror/sci-fi thriller posters of the 1950s. Creature from the Black Lagoon is a classic favourite, but take your pick: they’re all charming and pulpy as hell. Black Sunday (1960) Starting off strong with, “Stare...

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Hispanic Directors You Should Be Watching

While we are all familiar with master filmmakers Pedro Almodovar, Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuarón, and Alejandro Jodorowsky, there are others that deserve your undivided attention, despite having less of a spotlight shone on them. The following are a combination of filmmakers that are breaking out in Hollywood, on the cusp of something special, or crafting an incredible career back home. Irrespective of where their careers are at the moment, they are all doing impeccable work that strengthens the Hispanic cinematic voice. Nacho Vigalondo (Spain) With 2017’s stellar outing Colossal, Nacho Vigalondo proved he is a filmmaker who rejects...

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22 Hispanic Horror Movies

To celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month, and to crossover with Haelloween, we’re bringing you a list of 22 Hispanic Horror movies (and a couple thrillers) to keep your heart rate up and celebrate the quality genre cinema coming out all over the world. You’ll note a distinct absence of GDT here. Not because we don’t celebrate him here at AE, but because he tends to dominate a lot of these lists and we wanted to lift up some gems you may not have seen. Check it out, and let us know what your favourite Hispanic horror movies are! Penumbra (2011,...

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