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Different films represent different moods. We can watch a comedy when we’re depressed, or we can watch our favourite arthouse film when we feel like thinking a little more deeply. Certain films are great for alleviating anger: it’s arguably why films like the action movie or the gangster film have persisted. It gives the viewer a great 2 hours to… Read more »

19 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

A menacing horror movie set in a pitilessly silent world, director John Krasinski’s latest film A Quiet Place is also a fine sample of smart sci-fi, solidly buttressed by arresting human drama. Written by the genre specialists/screenwriting duo of Scott Beck and Bryan Woods (Nightlight [2015]), Krasinski, who further developed the screenplay with them, also co-stars along with brilliant actress… Read more »

18 April 2018 | Features, Other Lists

Since its early years, cinema has been in a constant search for its identity. Constant definition on what and what is no cinema has shaped it history made of film movements and isolated authors who in a moment or another have wanted to push the expressive boundaries of this language. Here is a list of 10 great films that have… Read more »

18 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Phantom Thread is another great film in Paul Thomas Anderson’s already stellar track record as a filmmaker. It’s also somewhat of a departure for him. There are definitely similarities between Phantom Thread and his previous films, but his latest feels noticeably distinct. Anderson has publicly acknowledged his fondness for Turner Classic Movies, and nowhere in his filmography is that more… Read more »

17 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Being a film director, especially an influential one, is a feat only a chosen few can achieve. But what makes a director truly great? Without a doubt, every director has a different style and approach to filmmaking, often pioneering new techniques and points of view. The following directors have almost no common standpoints, with each one introducing his own style,… Read more »

17 April 2018 | Features, People Lists

War has been a favorite topic of cinema from the very beginning of the medium. Few experiences can compare to the extremes of war, the stakes are huge and few subjects make for such compelling narratives. It’s no coincidence that Hollywood’s Golden Age ran right through World War II, starting in the mid-thirties and continuing on to the early fifties…. Read more »

16 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Definitely the best actor of his generation, Daniel Day-Lewis is the only male actor to win the Best Actor Oscar winner three times as an outcome of an astonishing career, in which he gave cinematic life to many different characters, some of whom are already considered classics. Born in a multicultural (British – Irish – Jewish – Polish) and artistic… Read more »

16 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Certainly part of the allure that goes along with films is the incredible impact they can have on popular culture and along with that, the value movies can hold as social currency. I was a teenager living in the sticks when Pulp Fiction came out and I remember hitchhiking through a blizzard and back to get to the big city… Read more »

15 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When Call Me By Your Name was released last year, it very quickly became one of 2017‘s best films, winning an Oscar and earning a couple nominations along the way. It’s essentially a film about a brief romantic affair, but one of the most notable aspects about the film is its beautiful scenery. It’s arguable that if the film were… Read more »

15 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

The Internet Movie Database allows any ol’ person to hop on their browser and rate a movie they’ve seen. Unlike Rotten Tomatoes or Metacritic, the scores come straight from the registered members. Sure, the aforementioned sites allow user ratings, but they’re not the primary purpose of the website. Contrarily, IMDb thrives on user ratings. Some of the more popular movies… Read more »

14 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

When talking about the singularity of cinema and its power, Ingmar Bergman once said, “Film as dream, film as music. No art passes our conscience in the way film does, and goes directly to our feelings, deep down into the dark rooms of our souls.” He understood that cinema has the power to mesmerize the viewer and to make them… Read more »

14 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

2016 was a strong year for movies, and while many people saw Deadpool, Doctor Strange, Hidden Figures, La La Land, Arrival and other critical or commercial success stories, there were, as usual, many films that slipped under the radar. The following ten films were not widely seen yet are definitely worthy of an audience.   1. Midnight Special This film… Read more »

13 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Politics is one of the favorite subjects of cinema since the time of its very foundation. First, movies were used as a powerful propaganda machine, but subsequently developed into artistic device to criticize and vivisect various elements of political power. Directors became free to express their own political views and ideologies through their films. In this list you can find… Read more »

13 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

Film can be one of the most effective artistic mediums when it comes to teaching lessons about any given writer’s morals or beliefs. The art form is often used to send messages and teachings about a specific topic, and perhaps no topic is more commonly explored than that of love. Love is a theme that can be found scattered throughout… Read more »

13 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

In continuing the gold mining for obscure films around the world, and learning about different cultures through their rich artistic expressions, I’ve selected these 10 titles that deserve greater recognition.   1. An Innocent Witch (1965) Japanese director Heinosuke Gosho has never crossed the border as his celebrated colleagues Kurosawa, Ozu, Mizoguchi and Miyazaki, among others, though his career is… Read more »

13 April 2018 | Features, Film Lists

It’s wild how after consistently making great, classic and game-changing movies for decades, Steven Spielberg is constantly being second-guessed and undervalued. He makes movies with such ease and such consistency that it’s almost like he’s being graded on a curve. He made “The Post” in a month during post-production on “Ready Player One,” so people were not giving it the… Read more »

12 April 2018 | Features, Other Lists