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Have you ever clicked with a crazy movie or seen something weird and wonderful that seemed made just for you? Odds are this sort of cinematic caprice was a cult film, perhaps one that led you to an almost unhealthy obsession with something stylishly strange. The cult film experience differs from mainstream movies by appealing to unique sensibilities, be it… Read more »

22 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ireland’s film industry has been booming in recent years, with productions such as Penny Dreadful, Ripper Street, Love & Friendship, Game Of Thrones, The Lobster and even (briefly) the latest Star Wars filming on these shores in the past year among others, not to mention indigenous projects such as Brooklyn and The Secret Scripture. Factors such as tax breaks, the… Read more »

22 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The twenty first century has seen movies become progressively less important to popular American culture with every passing year. More films have been made in the last fifteen years than even the most thorough film buff would ever have time to see in one lifetime. The ones that did get noticed would often be forgotten within a year of their… Read more »

21 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

War is an artistically rich topic and many noted cinematic artists have produced works concerning war and a war backdrop. World War II is perhaps and most familiar and fertile of war period settings in the filmmaking universe. The war which inaugurated the atomic era and in which an accumulated 60 million persons died is considered to be the largest… Read more »

21 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

During an evening commute through LA traffic, a friend and I listened to a podcast featuring screenwriter C. Robert Cargill (“Sinister”). In the episode, the writer briefly mentioned that if it weren’t for “Titanic,” 1997 would be considered a great year for films—up there with 1977, 1999, and 2008. Once the episode was over, my friend had me guess which… Read more »

20 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Alfred Hitchcock is known worldwide as the Master of Suspense, and it is probably an unanimity that this title should not belong to anybody else. With an astonishing filmography of more than fifty movies – from primordial silent black and white to colored ones –, he has become a reference on both technique and narrative. His films never get old… Read more »

20 May 2015 | Features, Other Lists

Beneath artistic controversy lies a debate surrounding the nature of Art: its mimetic powers and its goals. Positions toward these topics are several. Plato moved from banning the artists to approve them under certain institutional conditions. In one of his most famous aphorisms, Nietzsche insinuated that controversial figures were nothing but means for the strengthening of the status quo. Such… Read more »

20 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The year is 1977. CBGB. Ramones. Sex Pistols. Mohawks, ragged clothes, crazy hair colors, leather jacket and boots. DIY. Three-Chord songs. Teen angst. Anarchy. Everywhere political tensions are growing – society is reaping the transformations that started in the 60’s, while the hippie revolution gains a more mature façade – and the anger felt by the neglected youth is channeled… Read more »

19 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Poetic cinema is an ever elusive term that branches out into vast territory. Some associate it with the “arthouse”, others with the “avant garde”; two types of film making that in themselves escape lucid distinction. Poetry itself is an overarching monstrosity of concepts and aesthetics, so what part of poetry does “Poetic” cinema refer to? The poetry of TS Elliot… Read more »

19 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Doctors, they are the ones we entrust with our lives and hope that they have the answers most of us are unable to provide. They spend their professional careers dealing with the gruesome details of life, which so often is about as far from glamorous as possible. We treat them with trepidation and hold them in the highest of regards…. Read more »

18 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When I was in high school, there was only one event I was excited about. It was a small, travelling film festival. I was living in a city with a population of nearly 2 million; however, hardly you could find a cultural activity to follow and join. I first saw my Godard in that festival, and Bergman and Wenders and… Read more »

18 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Films set in a prison environment can come in a wide range of prison settings. These can include a general prison, a prison for Death Row inmates, a psychiatric prison, a detention camp, a youth offender’s institution or a prisoner of war camp, for example. Prison films can take place all inside a prison, or the narrative can occur in… Read more »

17 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The human mind is a peculiar and fascinating thing. Inside one’s head, the possibilities and capabilities are interminable, and this begs the question of whether it will ever be possible for science to truly understand everything that goes on inside with complete and utter illumination. Perhaps the only thing more intriguing than the human mind itself, is how this organ… Read more »

17 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Mr. Bardem is certainly the most famous Spanish actor of our generation thanks to his diverse performances and chameleon-like ability to change personas. Audience is captivated by his mental and physical transformation every time he performs a role. As a result, he’s received a high number of prestigious accolades all over the world. He was born into a renowned acting… Read more »

16 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

A fair level of character conception and realism in film can be built on the several – sometimes contrasting, sometimes consonant – relations between humans and their environment. This often involves not only the contact with their urban imaginary, but also their relation to Nature and its various forces and manifestations of life. Animals are amongst the commonest elements of… Read more »

16 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When I usually recommend South Korean cinema to average watcher with a Netflix or Hulu subscription, I usually suggest something recent. While there is nothing wrong with the classics, I find as pure entertainment, there’s a lot variety when considering something from the most recent New Wave. While many consider the South Korean New Wave covering the late-90s into the… Read more »

16 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The very structure of dramatic storytelling, dating all the way back to Aristotle, consists of certain rules and expectations to which we’ve all become accustomed. One of the key components of a well-constructed story is the main character, or protagonist. The protagonist is often called the hero, but what happens when the protagonist is not so heroic? Just because we… Read more »

15 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There is just something about practical effects which CGI cannot replicate. Special effects wizards have been bringing directors’ visions to life since the dawn of cinema, occasionally winning awards for their efforts. Their talents play a tremendous role in capturing the audience’s imagination and leaving them in awe. They can thrill or even sometimes horrify the audience. . From the… Read more »

15 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Venice Film Festival, first held in August 1932, is the oldest film festival in the world. The main prize is the Golden Lion, which owes its name to the symbol of the city of Venice. This recognition is considered one of Europe’s most prestigious awards along with the Palme d’Or at Cannes and the Golden Bear of the International… Read more »

15 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Remember when filmmakers created scares and suspense by not showing the viewer everything? The end result of many suspenseful scenes existed primarily in the viewer’s imagination. Think Hitchcock and Clouzot, for instance. But film fans over the years became more sophisticated and jaded. They wanted to rely on more than just their imaginations. Sub-genres began to crop up, like the… Read more »

14 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When explaining why he dropped out of film school, Paul Thomas Anderson said “My film making education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and mags…Film school is a complete con, because the information is out there if you want it.” Whatever one’s motivation, the joy… Read more »

13 May 2015 | Features, Film Lists