Watching Barry In Trump’s America Jan11

Watching Barry In Trump’s America

In director Vikram Gandhi’s new film Barry, American citizens who have been waking up in fear every morning are offered the hope of a communal solution. Some context that you already know: A man with no prior political experience has been elected to become the Leader of the Free World, despite losing the popular vote. Donald J. Trump, a notorious philanderer, real estate developer, and reality television star, will unseat current president Barack Obama in fewer than two weeks. After eight years of social progress and liberal civility, the very worst monsters have emerged from the closet of American history. Bigotry, sexism, and racism have...

The Near-Brilliant Anti-Art Depravity of We Are the Flesh Jan11

The Near-Brilliant Anti-Art Depravity of We Are th...

“There is no such thing as love,” the sister (María Evioli) explains to her brother (Diego Gamalie) as she stands over his face, dripping menstrual blood onto his lips, “Only demonstrations of love.” This disturbing sequence is one of a handful in Emiliano Rocha Minter’s shocking new film in which a depraved conceit is paired with dialogue that admits the conceit’s thematic purpose. There is no sly and layered symbolism or disorienting obfuscation here. In this sense, Rocha Minter’s film is less like those of Pier Paolo Passolini, Lars von Trier, or Gaspar Noé (shock cinema royalty against whose...

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...

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...

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...

The Best Horror of 2016 Dec28

The Best Horror of 2016

Horror is at a new high, with good new releases, both indie and studio, being released at an unprecedented rate. For the first time in a long while, we are getting delightfully frightening films faster than we can keep track of individually. Luckily for us, two of our top horror afficianados, Richard Newby and Becky Belzile, have kept track of 2016 for us. Below, you’ll find their notes kept from the 2016 horror entries, starting with the ten best horror films of the year. … 2016’s Best Horror Films  10. Ouija Origin of Evil With two entries on our top 10 horror of 2016 list, Mike Flanagan is the horror director of the...

The 10 Best Comedies of 2016 Dec28

The 10 Best Comedies of 2016

On of the bigger surprises of 2016 is how incredible the year has been for comedy in film. This is always a hit or miss genre. For every great comedy per year, there is usually more than a few bad ones to match. 2016, however, was a refreshing change. Comedy of all kinds, whether it be a sequel or a remake or an original property, has dominated ever since January. These films have been animated and live-action, they’ve action comedies, rom-coms, and farces. The great comedies of have been so varied and interesting that we had trouble narrowing it down to just a select few for this list. Thus, through careful analysis of how much they...

The Best Movie Heroes and Villains of 2016 Dec27

The Best Movie Heroes and Villains of 2016

2016 has been a year lacking in real-life heroes and offering too many villains. Luckily, our cinematic fantasy realm has supplemented our supply of the first group and pit them against some creative additions to the second group. Our staff has collected the best of both for you to relive the good v. evil battle that played out in 2016’s theaters. Heroes Jillian Holtzman It must be wonderful to be in a comedy movie and get/improvise all of the best lines. Kate McKinnon’s ghostbuster, Dr. Jillian Holtzmann is a scene-stealer in the classical sense. Every time she spoke, I laughed; every time she was on screen, I was smiling. The...

The Best Comics We Read in 2016 Dec27

The Best Comics We Read in 2016

When we’re not seeing comic-adaptations on the big screen, we’re delving into the pages of what will (hopefully) be some of of the biggest cinematic tales of the future. These are the comics, both new and long-running, that push the narrative boundaries and the artistic capabilities of one our most exciting storytelling mediums. From a cannibalistic FDA agent, an infamous dark lord looking to prove himself, a pair of gay superheroes with a lust for violence equal only to their love for each other, a caped crusader on the road trip of his life, and superstar gods challenging the notions of stardom, these are the best comics we...

Richard Newby’s Top 10 Films of 2016 Dec26

Richard Newby’s Top 10 Films of 2016

If you follow me on social media or read my writing then you probably know my tastes in film, and as such, my Top 10 shouldn’t come as a surprise. What is surprising, or at least interesting, is that in putting this list together I realized that each of these films encompass who I was this year. These are stories of grief, of hope, of trying to find sense in a currently nonsensical world, and each ultimately stories that display a commitment to life, as messy as it may sometimes be. Of all the top 10 lists I’ve made, I’m not sure I’ve managed to get one that so completely defined who I am as a film lover and as a person until this year....

Building Hope in Rogue One Dec16

Building Hope in Rogue One

*This is article contains massive and multiple spoilers for Rogue One. You have been warned. Early on in Rogue One Felicity Jones’s character, Jyn Erso, tells a commune of rebels, “Rebellions are built on hope.” It’s one of the more poignant lines in Rogue One, but also admittedly melancholy. In what is perhaps the darkest entry in the Star Wars saga to date, hope isn’t just a fleeting thing, it’s as though it’s been snuffed out of this once-magical universe entirely. The Empire’s arm extends across the entire galaxy, the rebellion is currently a conglomerate of uncertain allies, and the last bastion of Jedi history is now grounds for...

Why You Should Be Watching Star Wars: The Clone Wars Dec15

Why You Should Be Watching Star Wars: The Clone Wa...

Before we being, let me establish something right off the bat. I love Star Wars, but I hate the prequels. There are some who would defend them but historically, I have never been one of those people. They are badly made, badly written, and have aged like fruit left out in the sun. They are nigh unwatchable. Or at least I thought that they were until I watched The Clone Wars TV series. Somehow this show managed to do the unthinkable. They improved the prequels. They made them seem less like utter failures and more like parts of a bigger story. And I don’t mean the whole Star Wars franchise as the bigger story. No, I mean the prequel...

Jazz Souls: La La Land and Whiplash Dim the Bright Lights of Success Dec14

Jazz Souls: La La Land and Whiplash Dim the Bright...

*Spoilers for La La Land and Whiplash Damien Chazelle bleeds on happy endings. He sets them up for his characters to walk across, wriggling the positive outcome as they make their way across the narrative, providing us with moments of “will they/won’t they” nervousness, but also trusting in the tried-and-true formula of Hollywood. He does this all before tugging on the happy ending so quickly and with such dexterity that he, the characters, and the audience stumble to the edge with scraped palms and knees bleeding into a different red carpet treatment. This bleeding, whether literal in the case of Whiplash or the figurative result of a...

What If Black Mirror Had Been Made in the Past? Nov10

What If Black Mirror Had Been Made in the Past?

Black Mirror is built around modern technology and our obsessions. Episodes focus on the things that are dividing us from humanity or obsessing us. These obsessions invariably destroy the characters in the stories in some way and show us the worst case scenarios that our obsessions could lead to. But what if Black Mirror had existed in the past? What are the stories that would have been told and what are the things that would have controlled us and held our interests hostage? 1. Morse Code Black Mirror 1836 Remorse Lord Alfred and Lady Joanna are married in the spring and begin a life of marital bliss. However, Lord Alfred is always...

Horror Movies That Could Be TV Shows Oct31

Horror Movies That Could Be TV Shows

Now that Hannibal and Penny Dreadful are gone, we need more scary TV. The TV shows of The Exorcist and Scream are getting pretty good reviews (and in Scream‘s case three seasons), but we need more, and in this age of adapting big screen properties into small screen properties we’ve chosen five horror movies we think deserve the TV treatment. The Cabin in the Woods The Cabin in the Woods is, depending on who you ask, a classic or overrated. It is a postmodern skewering of horror tropes that manages to be irreverent and scary at the same time. It is a parody that works as an effective horror movie and also hints at many untold...

The Ballad of Luke Cage: Under the Shadow of Biggie, CP Time & the Public’s Nigga Oct05

The Ballad of Luke Cage: Under the Shadow of Biggi...

Don’t call Luke Cage a nigga. This personal decree from Cage isn’t just a defining personality trait of the character but a response embedded in the heart of the series, one developed with foresight to combat the unavoidable criticism the show would face amongst the praise. We’ve reached a point where viewers and critics are no longer asking characters to apologize for their blackness but asking them to apologize for not being black enough. And for Luke Cage, not being black enough means not fulfilling the desire for so many of the cultural markers that have come to define modern blackness for, markers that have defined Luke Cage in the...

Why You Should Be Watching Easy Oct04

Why You Should Be Watching Easy

Writer and director Joe Swanberg got his start in the mid-2000s as an influential member of the Mumblecore film movement. Defined as a distinctive sub-genre of the American independent film revolution that has its roots in the 1990s, Swanberg and others defined themselves through a new form of cinematic Naturalism, connoting both an intensely paid attention to detail in realistic performance and dialogue. In some of the earliest Mumblecore features, many key actors were untrained performers, whose respective naïveté gave birth to much of the sub-genre’s understated pathos and emotional drama. Frequently centering around stories of...

Movies (Plus Two Comics) for National Punch Day Sep20

Movies (Plus Two Com...

A good punch is like putting an exclamation point on a scene. It can be horrifying, funny, satisfying, or just cool. Today is National Punch Day, so we’ve put together some of our favourites to celebrate. Groundhog Day There are a million and five great things in Groundhog Day, and one of the...

Fantasy Draft Casting: Batman Sep17

Fantasy Draft Casting: Batman

In celebration of Batman Day and the recent casting of Joe Manganiello as Deathstroke in Ben Affleck’s upcoming Batman film, we’ve decided to create a casting wish-list of who we’d like to see join the film and the inevitable sequels. This new Bat-franchise will already be stacked with the likes of J.K. Simmons, Jeremy Irons, Margot Robie, Jared Leto, and other cast members from Suicide Squad, but that’s only the beginning of building a cinematic Gotham City for the ages! * For another look at our Fantasy Draft Casting, featuring some of the Batman rogues not featured in this, check out our lineup for Suicide Squad sequels. Cops: John...