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In the contemporary pantheon of master film directors, the name of Alejandro González Iñárritu has gained a lot of force in recent years. Born on August 15, 1963 in Mexico City, he is one of today’s most reputable directors in both the commercial and the art house scenes since the beginning of his career. After traveling to Europe and Africa… Read more »

22 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Forget the popcorn. These two words (and the article between them) pretty much sum up the list which you are about to read, considering that most of the entries are not the crowd pleasers and they demand your undivided attention. Some films are less obscure than the others and half of them will make all the Nipponophiles out there very… Read more »

22 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Quentin Tarantino, a Palme d’Or winner with Pulp Fiction, once said the following: “There’s only one list that’s more illustrious than the list of directors who won the Plame d’Or. It’s the list of directors who didn’t”. And while that might be a bit harsh, there is some truth to it: not only have directors like Kubrick or Hitchcock never… Read more »

22 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

This is the third installment on the series American Gangster Films (1970s – 1990s). In the 1990s, there was a revival of the gangster genre, not only in film but also in the literary circle. There was a restoration of the interest in the mafia, particularly the Italian mafia and New York City as the central setting for these stories…. Read more »

21 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In the world of cinema, artistic praise is usually reserved for directors, writers, and producers. Film critics and audiences are quick to create a cult of celebrity around a visionary director who displays a distinct visual style and unique storytelling abilities that sets him apart from his peers. The same could be said for screenwriters who craft witty dialogue, compelling… Read more »

21 May 2017 | Features, People Lists

“We came for a good time, not for a long time.” – Willoughby (played by Wyatt Russell)   Let the good times roll A loyal and warm-hearted love letter to youth and the impermanent magic hour that glimmers and glints just ahead of adulthood, Everybody Wants Some!! is the pleasantly meandering kind of picture that Richard Linklater excels in. Ostensibly… Read more »

21 May 2017 | Features, Reviews

Takeshi Kitano is one of Japan’s most celebrated award winning film-makers. Across Europe his work is highly regarded, with his highlight being the recipient of the Golden Lion award for Hana-Bi at the Venice International Film Festival. To most of the casual film fans in the western world his filmography is still relatively unknown, although some recognise him from Battle… Read more »

21 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The novelty of video meant that distributors were not legally obliged to submit their material for classification, so for the first time British viewers were able to watch movies about cannibals, sadistic Nazis and psychotic killers armed with power tools. The cover art for these videos would’ve done an American exploitation outfit proud: from Cannibal Holocaust’s gut-munching native to S.S…. Read more »

20 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

How do weird films get produced in the first place? Movies cost millions of dollars to make, and producers and filmmakers must find some commercial viability of the work or else they wouldn’t have gotten past the script stage. Perhaps they think that there will be enough of an audience for their film that they’ll at least make their money… Read more »

20 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Hirokazu Koreeda was born in Tokyo. His original aim was to find a career as a novelist, so he studied literature at Waseda University, but after graduation, he changed his mind, turning to film. He began his career as assistant director for TV Man Union, an independent Japanese television company, after which he cut his directorial teeth on eight documentary… Read more »

20 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The lines between movies and videos games have become a lot less blurred in recent times, with modern video games becoming much more narratively driven than ever before. Further to this, many developers have even created video games based on famous movies, with some telling a new unique story from within the same universe and on many occasions the end… Read more »

19 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Creating something as complex as a conscious being is the most vital task in writing a script. Characters are the human representation in an art that comments on humanity. Every last character has a desire, and that desire drives every aspect of the story. Through their desire, a character changes from the start to the finish of the story. A… Read more »

19 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Ranking Almodóvar’s films is something of a challenge. If you talk to several hardcore fans, you’ll quickly realize that what is considered a top 5 Almodóvar film for one person could be in the bottom five for someone else. His movies are so consistently well-done that it’s hard to pick out winners and losers. Almodóvar doesn’t really have any losers…. Read more »

19 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

At 70, the prestigious festival held annually at the beautiful French city is hardly in want of recognition. Films that play here often go on to become cherished masterpieces of world cinema, or awards players and even in a few instances, huge box-office successes. There is an allure to Cannes that even in an uninspiring year, never ceases to entrap… Read more »

19 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Whenever people leave their house and go out in public, they put on both an outfit and an act to keep up appearances. However, we are all flawed humans at the core, and there is no state of being completely natural and vulnerable, and at our most animalistic and rawest state, as when you are naked. People are undressed in… Read more »

18 May 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The 2014 comedy “What We Do in the Shadows” developed a cult following upon its release. Directed by Taika Waititi and Jemaine Clement, who also wrote and starred in the movie as Viago and Vladislav, respectively, this mockumentary became one of the most acclaimed comedies of this second decade of the 21st century. Uniting an acid humor, a playful environment… Read more »

18 May 2017 | Features, Other Lists