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Revenge as a theme is one of the most common in cinema and has been for the majority of its history, it’s also been the main ingredient of stories whose origin stretches back over the hundreds of years of human creativity. It’s a simple formula in its basic form; someone is wronged, hurt, killed and either they or their relatives… Read more »

29 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Little girls, this seems to say Never stop upon your way Never trust a stranger friend No-one knows how it will end As you’re pretty, so be wise Wolves may lurk in every guise Now as then, ’tis simple truth Sweetest tongue has sharpest tooth. So beware. Isn’t that the message of every fairy tale since time immemorial? That, as… Read more »

29 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The significance of film music can sometimes be underplayed or completely neglected in one’s evaluation of a particular film, or in the summation of the most important components of the filmic medium. That is to say, the power of the image is sometimes apportioned disproportionate weight, to the detriment of the role that sound and music plays in film. Music… Read more »

28 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

In many ways cinema in the 1990s saw a science fiction renaissance, thanks in no small part to state-of-the-art special effects, high concept ideas, unique artistry, and big box-office. Following Taste of Cinema’s recent lists of accomplished sci-fi classics from the 1970s and 1980s, the decade that gave us grunge, and boy bands in profusion also gave us Jurassic Park… Read more »

28 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Most war movies in the genre are some type of fictionalized or fact-based story that takes place during an actual historical war. Typically they have been used as a source of entertainment, but at times have been used as a propaganda tool. They may also be anti-war, pro-war, satirical, exploitative, or straight comedy. The genre has been popular because of… Read more »

28 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When movies get adapt other media, reactions are either ecstatic or cynical, with more leaning to the latter. And that’s fine. Lots of adaptations never work; just look at all the horrific video game adaptations or the countless young adult films we’ve getting lately. But when they do work, these films complement the source material while offering something more. The… Read more »

28 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Coming of age is a necessary and fascinating part of life. It’s awkward, messy, and almost never goes the way we planned. First loves, new friends, and the kick start to life ambitions – this time in a person’s life often shapes what they like and who they’ll become. Lucky for us – cinema has been there to capture every… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

If Hollywood loves anything more than money, it’s come back stories. Those last years, we experienced goosebumps when Mc Connaughey got a standing ovation at the Oscars, tears when Ben Affleck gave that impressive speech at the Oscars, we felt pretty impressed by RDJ box office numbers and we are still wondering: was that Mickey Rourke at 2008’s Oscars ?… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, People Lists

Before a shot of a film is seen, before a frame of it is shot, before a word of its script is read, people look to its title to gauge what kind of affair they’re in for; be it a tone setter, a plot starter, a character’s name, or a thematic set up, the name counts for a lot- not… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

  Capture the wind It’s there as Monica Vitti opens a slighted window shutter on a dilapidated shack on the Aeolian Islands in L’Avventura, his 1960 showpiece. It’s there again for Vitti in 1961’s intellectually stultifying La Notte just as it’s there for David Hemmings’ morally misplaced fashion photographer in Blowup (1966). It’s a frequently made halcyon vestige of Michelangelo… Read more »

27 June 2016 | Features, Reviews

Whilst cinematic biographies or ‘biopics’ have been present throughout the history of film, we have no doubt seen an influx in quantities over the past few decades as our curiosities and intrigue draw us to revisit fascinating periods of the past. Unquestionably darlings of the award season, biopics tackle a number of diverse subjects, most notably, politicians, musicians, innovative creators,… Read more »

25 June 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Something rather wonderful happened in the 1980s regarding the horror genre, among the slew of slashers which boomed in the first four years of the decade, horrors also became self-referential and were laced with comedy. They quickly became known as a sub-genre within the horror community named as the cheesy movie. The rules were pretty simple, group a bunch of… Read more »

24 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Bad movies have been around for a while, and so has the tendency to make a sequel of everything, and when those two are combined, something awful is often born. Occasionally, a movie comes along, that is so horrendously bad that one has to question how it was made in the first place. Unfortunately, sometimes these movies does well enough… Read more »

24 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Naturally, fashion has always, somehow, been a part of cinema history. Every film has in its own way been a commentary on, or portrait of, the clothes that were worn in the specific era which the film depicts. Many filmmakers have not focused on the clothes in particular, but others definitely have, whether it’s in an innovative and provocative way,… Read more »

24 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“Catch, catch a horror taxi, I fell in love with my video nasty” – The Damned from “Nasty”, 1982 In the early 1980s, the United Kingdom’s National Viewers’ and Listeners’ Association (NVALA), a family values and media-watch organization, went on a censorship campaign to ban and prosecute films for graphic violence and sexual content. In 1983, they devise a list… Read more »

23 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Adventure stories have always held a special place in the culture of society. They may not have the emotional impact of a complex drama or the titillation of a horror story but, however, they are the greatest way to provide the audience with a sense of wonder. The great strength of the adventure story is its ability to separate the… Read more »

23 June 2016 | Features, Film Lists