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Animated films are renowned for making some of the most touching film experiences ever made. In fact at least eight of the fifty highest grossing films of all time are animated films. But often times other animated movies, while they might be good, can get lost among the more well known animated movies made by Disney or Pixar. Whether they’re… Read more »

27 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Most comedies are light in terms of tone, but there are a number of bold films that fall into the category of black comedy. Classics like Heathers, Dr. Strangelove and Fargo all depict horrible crimes and terrible people, but there isn’t a mean-spirit to them. They are meant to be satires and as dark as they are, they do not… Read more »

27 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

City-protagonist indicates a dominant narrative urban space which is more than just a virtual ambient containing the characters and facts. City-protagonist is the film’s principal narrative element and changing it will make the narration completely different if not meaningless. Indicating a location as one of the main characters of the narration may be a perfect way to remind the viewer… Read more »

27 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When the world became industrialized, the landscape of the world, both economically and culturally, drastically changed. The shift increased the size and influence of corporations worldwide which in turn led to floods of ambitious businessmen looking to work for powerful entities. This influx of people and money formed the modern day corporate culture, filled with success and hope as well… Read more »

26 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Kubrick reigns supreme. He is the top of the pantheon. His is a unique, irreplaceable vision and he died before his time, leaving an incomparable legacy of films that have stood the test for generations. As inscrutable he may outwardly be, he is not a complete cipher. Many internal themes and visual leitmotifs that remained almost constant throughout his career… Read more »

24 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ever since the advent of cinema, as well as any other form of storytelling, the moral of a story equals its purpose. Viewers search for meaning, something they can explain as a consequence of what they have seen. Happy endings are incredibly more common than sad or morbid ones, yet there are exceptions that often impact us and stay with… Read more »

23 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hidden Gems are those films that have a very small, but passionate following. A variety of reasons cause this: style of filmmaking, lack of distribution, discrimination against the country/gender/race of the director, etc. This list is devoted to bringing some of those films as well as providing ways to access them. Without further ado, here is the list of the… Read more »

23 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The term “Mrs. Robinson” usually refers to romances between older women and much younger boys. It originates from Anne Bancroft’s portrayal of the seductive and lewd older woman in 1967’s “The Graduate”. The women in these relationships share an overall dissatisfaction with not only men their own age, but with their personal lives. Most are unhappy or lethargic before they… Read more »

22 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The comedy film is a balancing act between the goofy and the sublime, the funny and the tragic. For a genre so specific and nuanced, it’s odd how little respect comedies get. Dramas, for instance, usually get much more critical attention, and at awards time, few comedies, if any, receive recognition. This is especially true regarding the Academy Awards. Sure,… Read more »

22 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Karl Marx was one of the most influential philosopher of all time and consequently his work has influenced a lot of films. The spectator faces Marxist problems such as: proletariat conditions, bourgeoisie dominance, the evolving technology and its connection to society, and revolution. Every problem is only a signal of the advent of the communist era, which consists of final… Read more »

22 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout film history we have had our great share of wonderful heroes. From Indiana Jones and Atticus Finch to James Bond and Norma Rae Webster, we have seen many screen personas save the day or even just do the right thing. However, many times there is someone to stand in their way. These villains are despicable, always thinking of themselves,… Read more »

21 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Dogme 95 is a movement established by a handful of Danish directors. Lars von Trier, Thomas Vinterberg, Soren Kragh-Jacobsen and Kristian Levring signed the Dogme 95 manifesto and created the Vows of Chastity to support inexpensive filmmaking in opposition to big budget productions. To protest against the expensive but insubstantial products of the special effect-driven Hollywood industry was not the… Read more »

21 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Horror is a brilliant genre of film. Horror films are fantastic fun to watch if you like being scared, and it is extra fun knowing that you can hide behind your hands at scary scenes. Because there are so many wonderful horror films in existence the best lists of horror films tend to need to be broken down in to… Read more »

20 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

What is it about the cinema that lends itself so well to obsessive characters? You know the ones. Those determined individuals that push themselves and others, beyond all reason, in the single minded pursuit of a specific goal. It’s certainly great theater seeing someone fight against the establishment, chase immortality, or strive to better themselves (sometimes at the expense of… Read more »

20 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The hardest part of writing a screenplay is creating the ending. Some films such as Casablanca and Godfather II achieve an extra moment that produces a masterpiece. Some other movies are not as good and are only remembered by one last good scene. Others, with good plot and cast are completely ruined for the opposite reason. This list will showcase… Read more »

19 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists