Skip to content

Jean-Pierre Melville was born Jean-Pierre Grumbach, in Paris, France, in 1917, to a family of Alsatian Jews. During World War II he joined the French Resistance and adopted Melville as his nom de guerre after Herman Melville, his favorite American author. When the war was over, he decided to keep it. Prior to the war, however, Jean-Pierre Grumbach was a… Read more »

19 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

I wish South Korea would make more genre films. It’s not that they don’t — in fact, they’ve made some great thrillers, action films, and have lately hit big with large-scale historical dramas. There are other genres, such as comedy and romance, but recommending a title from either of those is tricky. I’ve found that most audiences who enjoy South… Read more »

18 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are hundreds, if not thousands, of films that address the themes of anarchism—some favorably (like most the films listed here) and some unfavorably. There are, as well, dozens of respected lists of “anarchist films.” While almost every recent list of films and anarch thought lists V for Vendetta, one version or another of the story of Sacco and Vanzetti,… Read more »

18 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Soon after finishing his film Viridiana (1961), a peculiar approach to the struggle to maintain the religiously regimented life of a nun contrasted with the possibility of a carnival world in upside down state, just like a feast of beggars, Buñuel told that he would adapt the novel Là-bas (1891) by Joris-Karl Huysmans (the title was translated sometimes as the Damned, and in others, as Down… Read more »

17 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout history, all-powerful leaders and tyrants have shaped the world and its many empires. There have been many works of film and literature depicting life of the common man during these leaders’ reign and the suffering of the people. Less common is a film that directly addresses the lives of these dictators and their exploits on a close, personal level…. Read more »

16 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are times when characters leap right out of the pages of comic books and onto the silver screen as a direct result of the actors portraying them. There are the occasional miscasts, but more often than not, the actors are appropriate for their roles, sometimes being ideally cast. Casting choices in comic book films have a strong tendency to… Read more »

15 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Whether your opinion is positive or negative towards it, there is no denying that the 1990’s were, at the very least, an interesting time for American movies. Audiences were cynical and hip enough to buy into the cool Tarantino style that bridged the indie and the mainstream world in film forever. But they also wanted to escape and be reminded… Read more »

15 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

France has always been a trailblazer for European cinema. To begin with, it played a key role in the birth of film with the Lumière brothers’ shorts, while in the ‘20s it became prominent with the French Impressionist Cinema and in the late 50s a new generation of French directors arrived to turn everything upside down, creating the French New… Read more »

15 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

We are in a men’s public restroom. Where is it located? Apparently, it is placed somewhere in New Mexico. It has the same flicker of kind pity and wry loneliness all public washrooms have, but it is absent in the stinging smells of ravaged and ambulatory shit they all bear. Walter White is changing the diaper of his baby girl,… Read more »

14 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Short films remain, compared to their lengthier siblings, under-appreciated and unknown today. But, as anyone who’s ever seen an art film (or an exploitation film) knows, a lack of commercial appeal can bode extremely well for artistic potential. A seeming irony, there’s nothing shocking about this contrast at all: not having to find commercial success and not needing to appeal… Read more »

14 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In 2006 when Kevin Smith (Clerks, Chasing Amy) and Richard Roeper reviewed the movie Half Nelson together, they spoke about how people complain that there is “no more originality in movies”. They explain that in fact films are as original as they ever have been, “you just have to look for them”. In the modern age, post American Independent Renaissance… Read more »

14 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Comedy is the soul of man.” “Laughter is always the best medicine.” Those phrases reflect the importance of comedy. Hollywood has produced countless comedic movies, and the ones you’re about to read about are 20 of the best works of cinematic humor made since the days of silent film. We unfortunately cannot name all of the best comedy films in… Read more »

13 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Women in cinema – just like in real life – have been routinely victims of physical and psychological abuse, mistreatment and discrimination. Prey of sexism and its violent by-products, the big screen representatives of the female gender have faced multifarious threats and humiliation often without been given the chance to defend themselves. But there are exceptions to every rule and… Read more »

13 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There are two main images that instantly rise to mind when the words “Serbia” and “Cinema” appear together: the controversial “A Serbian Film” by Srdjan Spasojevic and the face of one of the most talented directors that Europe saw born in last decades, Emir Kusturica. For now, let’s just forget the blood and necrophilia of the 2010’s film and focus… Read more »

13 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hollywood and film enthusiasts alike have had a tumultuous relationship with Sean Penn over the years. In the 80’s, he was the ultimate “Hollywood Bad Boy”: drinking like a fish and smoking like a chimney all over the press, punching his way through photographers, and marrying his way through Madonnas. That image has quelled slightly with time, though it still… Read more »

12 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

What happened to Italian cinema? Is it really in a time of crisis? Italian cinema certainly has a great history behind it, and it is not always easy to live up to that legacy. From neo-realist masterpieces by Visconti and De Sica to Fellini, from the westerns by Sergio Leone to the birth of Italian noir, the cinema of “the… Read more »

12 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Question one: What do the films, Citizen Kane, Notorious, Chinatown, and Nashville have in common? Answer: They are all great films by great directors which all began as original scripts. Question two: What do the films, The Magnificent Ambersons, Rear Window, Rosemary’s Baby and M*A*S*H all have in common? Answer: They are all great films by the same great directors… Read more »

11 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

2014 has definitely been the year of biopics. True stories seem to have a great deal of charm for both directors and public, whether the subjects are well-known figures like Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything” and Chris Kyle in “American Sniper” or individuals who return to prominence like Alan Turing in “The Imitation Game” and John du Pont… Read more »

10 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“What would an ocean be without a monster lurking in the dark? It would be like sleep without dreams.” -Werner Herzog We snake through land and through life with enraged tenderness, sluggish and disoriented, ready to traverse, in disheveled and strange rampages, from humans to monsters, from miserable kings to furious slaves, from quiet mumbles to frenzied roars. We incinerate… Read more »

09 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists