Category: Features

Weekly Roundup 7/7/14: Lackluster Releases, BvS Rumor Mill, and Jimi

Weekend @ the Box Office This year’s summer box office seems to be cooling down as the robot franchise overshadows any newcomers. Transformers: Age of Extinction claimed the top spot (again) at the box office for this 4th of July weekend. New Line’s road trip into the Midwest, Tammy, was lackluster in comparison to Transformers, securing second place despite applying the fan-friendly rowdy, comedic talent of Melissa McCarthy. Deliver Us From Evil, a horror film that follows officers in the Bronx investigating forces of evil leading up to exorcisms, comes in third place. Earth to Echo, openly aiming to procure...

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So You Think Your Clubhouse is Scary? Intentional Exclusivity in Horror Culture

We’re one week into July of 2014 and already the year has offered numerous horror releases of outstanding quality; so much quality in fact that the genre currently feels as if it’s going through a sort of recovery, if not a renaissance. The early 2014 additions to both the independent and mainstream horror canons have been so measurably improved from the standard of recent years that I finally feel comfortable having a diagnostic conversation about a particular observable trend in horror movie reception, the phenomenon that has been separating self-proclaimed horror fans cleanly into two camps: those who believe that horror has been lacking in recent times and those who have a seemingly unflappable love for all things horror.  To pinpoint the weapon that has created this divisive wound between fan groups, it is necessary to point our glance away from the screen and in the direction of the sub-culture created by the screen. Horror, by its very nature, is not a form that is enjoyable to all film-goers.  The ambitions of horror are distinctly different from any other type of film.  In some cases, the horror experience is a complete subversion of the typical film-going experience.  Horror, in relation to other film forms, is inherently unique in goal, function, technique, and outcome.  This easy-to-characterize separation has allowed for the establishment of  an internal sub-culture.  The distinguishing marks of...

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5 Things We Want From Pacific Rim 2

Pacific Rim 2 was officially announced last week and I just have to start off by saying, I love this.  Because I love Pacific Rim. I love the cartoonish fun of watching giant robots fight giant monsters. I love the colorfully simplistic characters. I love the world Guillermo Del Toro built with his distinct designs for the Kaiju, Jaegers, and sets. But most of importantly, I love the unflinching optimism it represents; humanity putting aside old rivalries and working together for the greater good. Even characters like Hannibal Chau, who would have been a pointlessly minor villain in a...

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Aliens and Goonies: Friendship in Children’s Adventure Movies

This weekend, Earth to Echo will attempt to capture the hearts of both kids and adults everywhere with its attempt to breathe new life into the world of the childhood adventure movie by using a found footage format.  This film tradition is a challenging one to break into successfully, and unfortunately, the bar was set so unattainably high a few decades ago that most recent efforts seem flat.  There’s an art to crafting a cinematic experience that strikes the delicate balance of the heart, emotion, imagery and excitement that makes these movies special.  What’s the secret to that balance?...

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Should We Lose Found Footage?

Let’s talk about a film called Cannibal Holocaust.  The gory 1980 Italian horror film was the first narrative feature to imitate a documentary style in order to market itself as “real.” We now know the technique as “found footage,” and it’s become a genre in its own right, but Cannibal Holocaust was revolutionary to a fault. It was made in a time when film production could maintain an air of mystery, before blog posts and set photos could reveal details months in advance of a film’s release. In fact, the technique was so successful that the filmmakers were brought...

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5 Ways to Fix Transformers

“Kill it. Kill it with fire. Toss some biblical plagues at it. Hand Michael Bay over to North Korea. Throw some more air conditioners at him.” Those were my first thoughts out of Age of Extinction, the Transformers sequel that might somehow be worse than Revenge of the Fallen and is the worst summer blockbuster I’ve seen in a long time. I don’t know how it happened but there are 4 Transformers movies. This is the physical manifestation of why we can’t have nice things. But it doesn’t have to be this way. There are ways to fix the...

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The Rover

Overview: Ten years after an apocalyptic event known as “The Collapse,” a nameless man (Guy Pearce) tracks the thieves who stole his car. A24 Films; 2014; Rated R; 102 Minutes Problem Dog: There’s an episode in the fourth season of Breaking Bad called “Problem Dog,” so named for a now-famous monologue delivered by Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul), wherein he describes his confusion and anguish at the fact that he has yet to be punished for a murder he committed. It touches on the existential idea that the universe lacks inherent justice, and Jesse struggles to reconcile this with the...

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Mid-Year Recap: The Best and Worst Movies of 2014 So Far

Beth Reynolds’ Picks Best of the Year 5. Noah – Aronofsky’s epic Biblical tale remains one of the most ambitious films of the year so far. Russell Crowe brings his usual intense if not slightly unhinged emotion to the role of Noah, lending a sympathetic yet tortured quality to the movie’s namesake character. 4. 22 Jump Street – I’d like to think I have a great sense of humor, but it takes a lot to make me laugh out loud in the theater.  This movie managed to elicit full on belly laughs from me through its entire running time. 3. Veronica Mars –...

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Weekly Roundup 06/30/14: Box Office Breakouts, What’s New on Netflix, and Our Favorite Movie Tweets

Greetings everyone, and welcome to the latest edition of our Weekly Roundup where we bring you the latest movie news and announcements for your reading pleasure. This week we saw Transformers 4 defy extinction, a duo of comedies ready to tickle your funny bone, and finally some new Netflix releases to secretly watch on your lunch break (or is that just me?). Let’s get into it. Box Office Transformers: Age of Extinction destroyed its competition,  raking in an estimated $100 million at the box office this weekend, making it 2014’s biggest opening weekend thus far. The film stars Mark...

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“This Shit Sells Like GOLD!” A Michael Bay Career Garbage Dump

Let’s face facts.  Michael Bay does not care what we think.  For the rest of the summer his name will absorb the vulgar wrath of film fans like you and me, but Bay won’t even flinch. Michael Bay may have just spit in the face of your childhood memories with Trans4mers (so spelled because Mark Wahlberg has a tough time with “big words”), but this morning he probably tipped a masseuse by giving her a Corvette.  Michael Bay didn’t even finish letting loose his latest diarrhetic bowel movement into the Transformers bucket before studio executives lined up the TMNT bucket...

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They Keep Coming! Movies With Too Many Sequels

Michael Bay’s Transformers franchise has to be one of the most criticized, scrutinized, and laughable film franchises in the history of the big screen.  And yet, here we are, one day away from the release of a pointless fourth installment, which will undoubtedly be critically panned and yet bring in enough money to buy Michael Bay his fifth mansion.  As we prepare to endure a weekend of internet rage, perhaps it will ease the collective cultural mind to remember that while it might be the most inexplicably and dishearteningly profitable, Transformers isn’t the first film series to wear out...

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Three Annoying Flaws of the Bechdel Test

It’s likely that you’re familiar with the Bechdel test. As a measure of gender bias, this simple test based on a comic strip by Alison Bechdel is in vogue lately (no, literally – in Vogue). In its simplest form, the test only asks whether a movie includes two women talking about something other than a man. If it does, the film passes the test. Hold up the most praised award-winning films from the past decade to this test, and you’ll find very few that pass. Despite the fact that I identify as a feminist, this fails to make me...

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Better the Devil You Know: The Power of the Unseen in Film

“Better the devil you know than the devil you don’t know…” -Traditional Irish Proverb Shirley Jackson’s The Haunting of Hill House was the first book I read that scared me.  There have been a handful of others since.  But no literary work has chilled its way into the bone of my story-fascinated body quite with the same permanence as Jackson’s novel.  This lingering, lifelong scar is attributable in no small part to a singular scene.  While walking around the purportedly haunted house at night, Theodora sees something behind Eleanor and screams for Eleanor to run.  The two take off...

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Weekly Roundup 06/23/14: Sizzling Sequels Burning Up the Box Office

Here at Audiences Everywhere, we wanted to give our readers the opportunity to talk with us about the latest movie news, hottest trailers, and DVD releases. We love to gab about the latest buzz and we want you to join us. Every week we will publish a Weekly Roundup and we want to interact with YOU in the comments! So, without further ado, let’s jump into our inaugural Weekly Roundup. Weekend Box Office This week’s box office is all about the sequel. Think Like a Man Too took the early box office gold with a $30 million dollar weekend...

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Why Haven’t There Been Any Good Video Game Movies?

As I return from the awe and majesty of E3 2014 (ALIEN ISOLATION) I couldn’t help but ask myself:  Why the hell haven’t there been any good video game movies? With all these exciting new games and story possibilities, the potential is there. Big video game franchises are notable enough to support box office numbers (The Resident Evil franchise continues to make money somehow). Not to mention, there have been plenty of talented people out there who have been in line to direct video game adaptations. Just back in 2007, Pirates of the Caribbean director, Gore Verbinski, was in...

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