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There are films that capture and engage the audience. Some will remain for a short time in your conscious mind; others have the ability to make you think and feel as the director desired. However, few have the ability to grasp the viewer beyond its conclusion. Great films will do all of this and more, creating a long lasting impression… Read more »

18 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

If you know what to watch and what to avoid like plague (and have an eclectic taste and, maybe, an eccentric sensibility), you will never have a bad year in film. And the last one was quite colorful, in spite of the overrated cinematic annoyance(s) we will not name. The following list focuses on more or less alternative titles, both… Read more »

18 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

We may say “they don’t make ‘em like they used to!” but the state of American cinema really hasn’t diminished so much as film distribution has faltered. Plenty of contemporary directors continue to deliver high-quality films, breathing new life into a medium that has yet to stop thriving. There will always be room for discussion of the Kubricks and the… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, People Lists

Being and time The oft antagonistic American indie filmmaker Todd Haynes first forced my attention with his 1995 revisionist art house horror film Safe, and I’ve been a supporter of his ever since. His sophomore film (following his impressive debut from 1991, Poison, and a string of exceptional short films), Safe is a masterpiece of existential catastrophe and coolly detached… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Reviews

“Office memorandum, Walter Neff to Barton Keyes, Claims Manager. Los Angeles, July 16th, 1938. Dear Keyes: I suppose you’ll call this a confession when you hear it. I don’t like the word confession. I just want to set you right about one thing you couldn’t see, because it was smack up against your nose.” “You think you’re such a hot… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

“There’s a strong case to be made for The Conversation being Coppola’s greatest film.” – Film4   Paranoia, the destroyer A bright, unclouded afternoon in San Francisco as a busy plaza teems with people in a sharply impressive telephoto shot as outlying music coalesces with electronic intonations. Tracking a circus mime through the bustling crowd before finding one Harry Caul… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Reviews

The process of discerning what films are indeed “unique” is a slippery one. When you consider how cinema as a history has gone, films do influence other films, so, it’s quite a task to find exactly which films best disregard influence and exist as wholly their own creations. Therefore, another characteristic of a film that is “unique” is also its… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In the past few years, Australian cinema has been on a grand rise, with big movies like Mad Max: Fury Road of last year and Hacksaw Ridge this year smashing international screens and winning multiple awards throughout festivals. Despite the international spotlight of many of the films, there are many smaller and independent films that are not really talked about… Read more »

17 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Real life crimes have inspired some truly incredible films – Badlands, Bonnie and Clyde, Zodiac – but a number of respectable titles in this genre have slipped under the radar. Here are 10 overlooked True Crime pictures that set themselves apart:   1. Confessions of a Serial Killer (1985) A pivotal scene in Tobe Hooper’s The Texas Chainsaw Massacre involves… Read more »

16 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Martin Scorsese is amongst the most famous and well-known of American film directors, creating works of both popular appeal and critical acclaim for five decades. But what separates Scorsese from other directors, in addition to his proficiency, is the way that his work almost always engages with larger questions and ideas, particularly those that can be understood as religious in… Read more »

15 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

2017 will give us a lot more of the same. You’ll have your sequels and your reboots at every corner. But which ones are the real deal and what others are waiting to fail the fanboys and dishearten the cinephiles? For now, the best ways of trying to figure that out are by looking at who’s involved, how well they… Read more »

15 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Many people complained about the lack of good films in 2016. While that may be partially true, when all’s said and done, this past year gave us some very interesting films for our viewing pleasure. The American big budget arena was mostly dominated by comic book adaptations, some of them good, and some not so good. The most important thing… Read more »

15 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Film was once a fragile medium. Nitrate film stock, the industry standard during the early days of cinema history, was highly combustable and subject to decomposition. Before the advent of boutique home video retailers, film preservation was relegated to mostly prestige pictures. For decades, hidden classics wasted away in metal cans – all but forgotten. Thankfully, we’ve moved on to… Read more »

15 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

What compelled me to write this list has much to do with attempting to figure out what makes films “intimidating” in varying contexts. I didn’t want to make a list concerning films that are simply gross, bad or poisonous to the art of cinema but one that embraced the inaccessibility of artistic filmmaking in relation to known entertainment movies. In… Read more »

14 January 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Alfred Hitchcock is considered a visionary and impressive director for good reason. Not only did he create some of the most suspenseful films ever put on screen, but he collaborated with an incredible composer (Bernard Herrmann) on some indelible music, created new types of camera shots and angles with his directors of photography (most notably with Robert Burks), and coaxed… Read more »

14 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Love it or hate it, Star Wars: The Force Awakens was something of a boon for the Star Wars franchise. It served somewhat as a “soft reboot”– maintaining the universe of the prior six films but introducing new characters, new stories, and a jumping-off point for the franchise proper to be revitalized, both in the industry and with fans. While… Read more »

13 January 2017 | Features, Other Lists