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2018 is seemingly a great year for horror. Yes, we got some major disappointments (“Winchester”), but we also got some pleasant surprises (“A Quiet Place”) and we’re going to get some more exciting stuff this fall: Luca Guadagnino’s re-imagining of Argento’s “Suspiria” and David Gordon Green’s version of “Halloween”, scored by no other than legend John Carpenter himself. While we… Read more »

18 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Oscar bait. We’ve all heard this phrase the last decade or two. With the dawning of the internet being a useful database for cinema, this popular term has reached new heights of familiarity. Do some people misuse these two words? Sure. A film that is successful at the Academy Awards is not necessarily reeking of Oscar Bait. Moonlight, 2017’s Best… Read more »

18 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When we think of poetic movies, we think of Terrence Malick, Andrei Tarkovsky or Béla Tarr. These directors can convey the beauty of their narratives through techniques that are specifically cinematic. But like traditional literary poetry, the themes and stories presented by their creators can upset the viewer. What we often dismiss is that poetry can be found in pictures… Read more »

18 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Not even the greatest directors can go their whole career without a dud on their resume. Perhaps David Lynch or Martin Scorsese have come out mostly unscathed. But for even such names as Kubrick, Hitchcock, and Coppola, there’s more than a few stains to be found. Even more common are the movies that’ve become “All-Time Greats” mostly for who was… Read more »

17 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The twenty-first century has given audiences some truly superb cinema, and for the most part, the very best works have been regarded highly by critics and cinephiles alike. However, sometimes great pieces of work fail to get the recognition they deserve, and while there are often reasons for this – whether this be for reasons of controversy or inaccessibility –… Read more »

17 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Violence, deceit, and criminal activities within an urban setting seem to be the main landscape that we most commonly associate with the crime thriller genre. However, these are used more than often as canvases to represent some deeply personal and emotional stories. From self-doubt, hatred and paranoia to jealousy, repentance and fear, the genre is full of great works, many… Read more »

16 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

There are classic films that change the course of cinema as a medium. These are works that challenge the artform as a technical, visual, and audible language. However, there are also films that affect the ways films can be viewed. These are works that are far from your usual mainstream works, and they may even seem alienating at first. When… Read more »

16 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Movie trilogies are becoming more and more rare. Up until a few years ago, whenever a single movie could be expanded into a franchise the first intent was always to develop a trilogy of films. Sometimes the series was cut short after a second movie, usually when this second entry was not as successful as the first one, and other… Read more »

15 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Cinema is full of great and compelling acting, as acting is a substantial part of filmmaking. Actors are the ones who give life to the characters who experience love and hate; great acting involves complex and beautifully created characters. Here is a list of the greatest male performances of all time.   20. Jérémie Renier in L’Enfant The leading character… Read more »

15 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Not everyone shares the same taste. There’s always a contrarian somewhere. A seemingly universally beloved film might be loathed by someone, while an objectively terrible film, something that has been hacked to bits by studio executives, might garner an unbelievable amount of fans. It wouldn’t be any fun if everyone in the world had the same taste – except, of… Read more »

14 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Such is the magic of cinema that sometimes a filmmaker is presented with the perfect opportunity to pay respect to the films that have been an influence on him or her. The best tributes or homages are the ones you don’t have to force to be able to execute. They naturally open themselves up at the right time of the… Read more »

14 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists

If you’ve never heard of the Golden Raspberry Awards, commonly known as the Razzies, film culture has done you a disservice. Every year since the early 1980s, Razzies have been given out to celebrate not the best that film has to offer, like the Golden Globes or the Oscars; instead, they commemorate the “best” Worsts of the year. With categories… Read more »

13 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Whether or not you agree that “The Godfather” is a perfect film, there is no denial about its powerful influence on both the New Hollywood film movement and the crime film genre in general. In addition to winning three Oscars and having number of nominations in various categories, it helped boost the acting careers of actors like Al Pacino, James… Read more »

13 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Romance is one of the main topics of cinema;  many romantic films have been made and there are many romantic scenes. Here is a list with wonderfully crafted scenes that capture a specific moment of romanticism or a specific kind of love. These scenes are part of great films and serve different functions in each of them. This list is… Read more »

13 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Art is subjective. Sure, there are some elements that are objective, like is the camera in focus or whether Mark Wahlberg trying to play a smart person is always insane. But for the most part, there is no real right answer when it comes to art. Yet, there are always movies we kind of just don’t get why they’re getting… Read more »

12 July 2018 | Features, Film Lists

We may only be halfway through the year but already film audiences have seen some terrific performances. From veteran actors to up and coming ones, there have been lots of performances that have stood out as noteworthy and have gained awards buzz. A great performance can completely transform a film and can elevate an audience’s experience whilst watching the film…. Read more »

12 July 2018 | Features, Other Lists