From First to Last Movie Special: The Terminator/Terminator Genisys Jan04

From First to Last Movie Special: The Terminator/T...

For the latest episode of From First to Last, I’m joined by Anton Reyes for a special movie episode about The Terminator, looking at the 1984 original and the most recent Terminator movie, Terminator Genisys. In this episode, we discuss how we both came to see the original, our favourite moments from the movies, how the original is a slasher movie while Genisys is a sci-fi rom-com, and our mutual freak out during the eye operating scene. We both find time to gush over our love for Arnie and Stan Winston’s incredible special effects, and give praise to James Cameron for creating something that is both incredible dated and has aged like...

Who Is You: Moonlight, Hell or High Water, and America’s Identity Crisis Jan03

Who Is You: Moonlight, Hell or High Water, and Ame...

The two best dick measuring contests in 2016 film, one figurative and one literal, occur in movies that are almost diametrically opposed in genre aesthetic. In the center of David Mackenzie’s neo-Western Hell or High Water, outlaw Tanner Howard (Ben Foster) takes a break from righteous bank robbing to indulge in casino poker, and, because he feels he must, he verbally provokes the meanest mug at the table. His opponent in the hand is a muscular Comanche. “Lords of the plain,” Tanner says. “Lords of nothing now,” the Native American corrects him. Neither gambler folds. They play out to the river card, as men do, and then stand to bump uneven...

Weekly Clickables: Remembering Carrie Fisher &...

We made it to 2017! I wisely made no resolutions last year, and so have arrived in the new year having accomplished everything I set out to do. I hope you have, too. But now to what you came for: our Weekly Clickables. This week, we have a remembrance of Carrie Fisher through Leia’s theme, a look at what Netflix got right in the past year, a look at who we lost in 2016 and how they contributed to the discussion of gender, and a bit of Trump totally misunderstanding an important piece of culture. This discussion with Errol Morris about the time Donald Trump completely misunderstood Citizen Kane is fascinating and, of course, terrifying,...

Podcasts of the Week: 01/02/17 Jan02

Podcasts of the Week...

Podcasts are awesome (especially From First to Last) and each week sees brand new, fantastic shows appearing, demanding to be fed into your ears. How do you decide what to listen to and what to ignore? Not to worry, Audiences Everywhere has you covered. Each week we’ll give our picks for the...

2016’s Movie Report Card: Grading the Year in Film Dec31

2016’s Movie R...

Commencement Address The practical thing to do here, I guess, for the sake of building a brand, would be to start this post the same way I started last year’s. That is, I should start by saying, “We survived 2016.” But last year, that simple statement felt like an empty...

2016: The Year in Women Dec30

2016: The Year in Women

2016 has been—well, not our favorite year for intense reflection. But as the year comes to a close, we at Audiences Everywhere want to celebrate the women who made 2016 one worth remembering fondly. From the brilliant writers and directors to the incredible actresses and comediennes to the beloved fictional characters, this year was lucky enough to see the most talented women in the industry creating some of this year’s best content. The Multi-Hyphenate: Kelly Fremon Craig – Edge of Seventeen Kelly Fremon Craig had earned writer’s credits before—with 2008’s Streak and 2009’s Post Grad—but 2016 provided our first glimpse at her multi-tasking...

The 20 Best Movies of 2016 Chosen by Audiences Everywhere Dec29

The 20 Best Movies of 2016 Chosen by Audiences Eve...

It’s that time of year: those last few calendar days where our team risks complete dissolution to select and rank the best films from the past 365 days. We have fought, bartered, and bargained our way through a passionate cycle of disagreement and forgiveness, calculated quality with an equation so complex that it might be the subject of the Hidden Figures sequel, and, finally, we are ready to present to you our selections for the twenty best movies of 2016. … 20. Hail, Caesar! Hail Caesar! has a plot that makes you want to watch the movie even before you know its by the Coen brothers. A big time Old Hollywood star is kidnapped...

 The Controversies of Straw Dogs 30 Years Later

“Bloody Sam” Peckinpah made a name for himself with his vicious western The Wild Bunch in 1969. After controversy surrounded his professional methods, he took to England to film Straw Dogs, a movie that 30 years later remains as controversial as the director himself. Straw Dogs is certainly a frustrating film to watch. Those familiar know that it’s generally praised or condemned for its content to two extremes: is it a misogynistic, self-fellating film or an insightful look at humanity’s savagery? Looking at it on its 30th anniversary I aimed to ask, why can’t it be both? The truth is that it is both – but not equally or without...

Star of the Year: Mahershala Ali Dec29

Star of the Year: Mahershala Ali

There are no such thing as small parts, only small actors. Whether or not there’s absolute veracity to that statement, no one lends credence to the notion more than Mahershala Ali. I first noticed Mahershala Ali in Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines. The role, Kofi Kancam, was small. And as the new boyfriend to Eva Mendes’ Romina Gutierrez, his presence placed him in direct contention with Ryan Gosling’s Luke Glanton, the character we’re supposed to root for in a measured sort of way. Kofi could have easily been a throwaway character, an interloper to the damaged romance between Romina and Luke. Yet Mahershala refused to play the...

7 Best Movie Posters of 2016 Dec29

7 Best Movie Posters...

Dare I say that this year gave me hope, that both studio and indie movie posters are getting better. Of course there were a few duds and a couple of underwhelming examples, but we may be on an upward trend when it comes to rediscovering the artistry of movie marketing. Here are the seven best...

7 Best Movie Trailers of 2016 Dec29

7 Best Movie Trailers of 2016

It’s been a great year for movies, and next year promises to be equally great, if not more so. To celebrate we’re taking a look at the seven best movie trailers of 2016. These are the ads to displayed artistry in their marketing, clever musical selections, editing, style, and ultimately and made us excited for the films they showcased. Here are our picks! Alien: Covenant – Official Trailer (20th Century Fox) While it doesn’t deliver the same electricity as the all-time great trailer for Prometheus, the trailer for Alien: Covenant goes for more of a horror atmosphere than an overt science-fiction one. In many ways, this is...

The 15 Best TV Shows of 2016 Dec28

The 15 Best TV Shows of 2016

Many consider this a golden age of television. We tend to agree. While some might think that cinema is having something of an identity crisis (and that might be true, but some tend to always think that), TV seems to be having an identity carnival. The introduction of streaming channels and devices has opened up so many creative avenues for television programming, which is no longer stifled by the old cable model. To celebrate the television accomplishments of 2016, we have chosen what we think are the best fifteen programs of the year, along with their best episodes. … American Crime Story: The People vs. OJ Simpson On paper, this...

The Best Documentaries of 2016 Dec28

The Best Documentaries of 2016

A lot happened this year. Cultural shifts, global tragedies, history-shaping elections in major industrial nations. All of this at a time in which the Western World was just starting to get a handle on some of its intricately sewn flaws and historical missteps. One could argue that this year elevated the necessity for good, quality documentary filmmaking higher than it has ever been. Luckily, the call has already been answered by the year’s documentary filmmakers. 2016 proved to be a watermark year for documentaries, and compiling a list of the ten best was no easy task, but we managed. Below, you can read our picks of the best...