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Due to consumer-priced digital video, a shrinking amount of grown up movies in multiplexes, increased global awareness, and a few films by a man named Michael Moore, the 2000s were a watershed moment for documentary film. From the beginning of the decade to the end, production values were on the rise, as were the sheer number of people attempting to… Read more »

24 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Since the beginning of the Great Depression and the rise of organized crime, gangsters have fascinated people around the world. Gangster films often portray a human side of the character, almost making them look like an antihero and a Robin Hood. Considerably categorized as film noir in the early days, gangster movies dealt with the mafia and tried to show the… Read more »

23 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

British film in the 90’s began much the same way as the 80’s had ended with few opportunities to gain what little funding was available. To appreciate the films of the decade, the 90’s can be understood as a game of two halves, roughly splitting into grittier more socially conscious films of the early half of the decade and the… Read more »

22 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Surrealism and dream-like imagery has been infused in various forms of visual art throughout history. In the cinema, surreal imagery is a crucial part of its distinction from other art forms as it can go further in depicting a dream-like state through montage and time-based storytelling. Stylized cinematic treatment of a hallucinatory dreamstate or a nightmare can elevate the overall… Read more »

21 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Bela Tarr, who has had a huge influence on contemporary filmmakers like Gus Van Sant and Jim Jarmusch, is one director whose films are more read about than watched. And it is not without a reason. Imagine a seven-hour-long movie made up of just 150 shots! Yes, he is capable of that. A proponent of the slow cinema movement, where… Read more »

21 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

A rabbi, a nun, a fashion mogul and even a former Prime-Minister, Meryl Streep has done it all and quite convincingly. Considered the best actress of her generation, at 65 she shows no signs of slowing down. With two of her latest films in post-production and one in pre-production for 2015, with Diablo Cody’s signature on the script and Jonathan… Read more »

20 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

If horror cinema came to fruition and experimented with all manner of wonders in the silent film era, sound didn’t so much kill it as streamline it for effect. Certain norms came into play that kept film-makers from imagining themselves all the way down the wrong blind alleys (as silent filmmakers occasionally did) and had them focus instead on a… Read more »

19 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The first film screening in Dutch history took place in 1896. This was less than a year after the first private screening of projected motion pictures ever took place. This early, the Netherlands were already part of the film industry. Since then, the Netherlands have always played a role in the European film scene. And even, in time, managed to… Read more »

18 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema’s debt of vampires cannot be underestimated; seductive, dangerous and lonely, vampires called Cinema’s attention nearly since its beginning and were crucial for Cinema´s development by writing some of its most memorable pages. Myths and historic approximations surrounding vampires are abundant. However, it was Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula the novel that settled the modern picture of vampires that eventually Cinema… Read more »

17 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Committing oneself to an ideal is a respectable goal. However, the protagonists of Darren Aronofsky’s films would benefit from keeping everything in moderation. As an emerging auteur, Aronofsky is still fairly young, but over the past two decades, he has proven himself as a director with consistent vision and mettle. His stories are warning tales of obsession, of how becoming… Read more »

17 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Starting his working life as a copywriter and director in advertising for over a decade, British auteur Alan Parker (b. 1944), while not the most subtle of directors to work in the industry, has created some of the most indelible, emotionally unsentimental and truthful of films over the past half century. Breaking onto the cinematic landscape with the startling, unique… Read more »

16 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Is anybody else tired of hearing “they don’t make them like they used to”? It is easy to be cynical about the artistic output of one’s own generation. With hindsight behind the classics of old, it is easy to feel that the grass was greener in times of old. Sure, it’s easy to look at indie gems like Reservoir Dogs… Read more »

16 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

To properly acquaint oneself with the work of English auteur Peter Greenaway is to become a student of the neo-baroque, postmodernism, art history, and religious allegory. Trained as a painter, Greenaway’s passion for the films of Bergman, Fellini, Godard, Pasolini, and Resnais led him to begin a career in experimental film in the early 1960’s. His first film, The Death… Read more »

15 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

While Giallo means yellow, the giallo movies are colored in blood red. As known to every cinephile around the world, giallo is a 20th century Italian genre of literature and cinema which is so close to crime and mystery. However, the stylistic feature of such Italian works of giallo are so different and distinguished that nowadays giallo is remembered not by… Read more »

14 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Let’s start by quickly defining what a dystopian film constitutes. The term dystopia is the antonym of utopia. Whereas utopia refers to an imagined place or state where everything is perfect, dystopia refers to a state or place where everything has gone to hell. Per their very definition, films dealing with dystopian themes are therefore at the very least speculative… Read more »

14 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in 1928, British director Nicolas Roeg first came to prominence as part of the Second Unit Directing Team of the magisterial 1962 David Lean film “Lawrance Of Arabia”. Quickly becoming known for a strong and penetrating visual sense and style, Roeg moved into cinematography, responsible for the lush, striking visual style of such films as Francois Truffaut’s “Farenheit 451”… Read more »

13 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1970s was a seminal decade in cinema including the horror genre. Sadly pillaged for remakes by film producers looking for “pre-awareness product”, this period remains one of the greatest in the history of horror cinema. This article will look at must-see horror films of that decade that, while not obscure in most cases, are routinely pushed aside in genre… Read more »

12 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

As with any other catchphrase denoting a particular cinematic movement, the ‘Romanian New Wave’ is slippery. In broad strokes, it is a blanket term denoting the majority of contemporary Romanian films welcomed with generous receptions at award ceremonies in Cannes, Berlin and Locarno. It is arguably the most significant development in world cinema over the past years – if European… Read more »

11 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

An often overlooked and under-appreciated sub-genre in international filmmaking, British Crime films are a lot like a good dive bar: questionable and somewhat shady looking at first glance, but unbelievably satisfying and full of surprises once you find out what’s really going on. A sub-genre that is praised more through word of mouth rather than critical acclaim, British Crime films… Read more »

09 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists