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As the great Carl Jung once wrote, “Man is an enigma to himself.” The same can be said of the characters within David Fincher’s filmography, and their relationships to themselves and one another. Shrouded by mist and shadow, he tells stories of secrets within secrets, retaining a cinematic fetish for lies and perversion. He is known among those who have… Read more »

23 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Photo: Miles Aldridge The world of TV advertisement is a tough one. Depending on time and a strict budget to sell a product to millions of daily consumers, it creates a stressful atmosphere where the director must cram every piece of advertisement strategy that manages to grab its target audience in the fastest way possible. The longer the ad runs,… Read more »

23 November 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Chameleon, maverick, teen idol, Hollywood Heartthrob. These are just some of the names synonymous to Johnny Depp. Johnny Depp’s career has spanned longer for someone who never dreamt of acting. He originally wanted to be a rock n’ roll star. He was a member of a rock band back when he was a teenager, struggling to make it big in… Read more »

21 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Unlike movie openings, movie endings are always the most important and mesmerizing part of a film. It lifts the film to a new level and gives the audiences something to digest afterwards. Sometimes we can recall the ending scene in a clear image even we forget what the film is about. Two weeks ago we made a list of the… Read more »

21 November 2014 | Features, Other Lists

I’m not into sport. I don’t participate in any sports nor do I tend watch it live or on television. But the beauty of the documentaries listed below is that there is no need to be interested in the sports they cover (although having a specific interest in them probably adds even more to one’s appreciation of them). These films… Read more »

20 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Over the past three decades, actor Gary Oldman (b. 1958) has left an indelible mark on cinema. Whether it be playing strong pillars of society in a world gone wild, such as in the “Batman” trilogy directed by Christopher Nolan or, as has become something of a specialty for the man, unforgettable villains in mainstream Hollywood fare such as Wolfgang… Read more »

19 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Since the beginning of storytelling, man has always sought out new ways to give wisdom and understanding through mediums of entertainment. All genres have a different purpose; we have comedies to make us laugh, dramas to make us cry etc. One genre stands out as the most cerebrally connected with our true being however, and that is the genre of… Read more »

19 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

We love movies and all those talented folks who help create the wonderful worlds we can momentarily inhabit. So naturally film audiences love award shows devoted to honoring the best of the best. How many times have audiences tuned in to check out the academy award nominations being announced only to come away feeling someone had been sorely omitted from… Read more »

18 November 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Ewan McGregor has worked with notable directors (Tim Burton, Ridley Scott, Steven Soderbergh, Roman Polanski, etc.) and has had success in film, theater and television (check out his guest appearance on E.R. if you haven’t already). Among the list of about 60 films or so, he never plays the same type of character more than once. He is constantly taking… Read more »

17 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Picture by Thomas Fluharty When the dust settles and people look back on the career of Woody Allen, no doubt there will be more than a couple divides. On one hand there will be the people who renounce him unequivocally for what they have been led to believe about his personal life, tabloid shaming and questionable decisions. These events, truthful or… Read more »

17 November 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Rainer Werner Fassbinder emerged in the late sixties to become one of the most prolific and influential filmmakers of what would become known as New German Cinema. Fassbinder was born in 1945 and like other filmmakers of his generation, including Werner Herzog, Volker Schlöndorff and Wim Wenders, he dramatically altered the cinematic landscape by telling stories about postwar Germany that… Read more »

17 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Recently, there has been this great migration from the big screen to the small screen. Actors like Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson had a pretty bright time in the international spotlight with this year’s True Detective success. Steven Soderbergh directed a whole series this summer: The Knick, which aired on Cinemax. It’s like the lines between film and television are… Read more »

15 November 2014 | Features, Other Lists

“New Mexican Cinema” is a term for a series of Mexican films produced upon the 1990’s and the 2000’s after what is regarded as a generally declining period for Mexican Cinema; a period in which filmmakers like Arturo Ripstein, Jorge Fons and Jaime Humberto Hermosillo are regarded as heralds the upcoming Mexican Cinema would learn from. Those of the so called Golden… Read more »

15 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The depiction of ‘evil’ is oddly usual in all forms of art. It is a rather unpleasant subject, yet people always seem to be fascinated by how complicated it is to explain evilness in human nature. It is a concept that has been analyzed through religious beliefs, social standards or various psychological states. It seems that the origin of evil… Read more »

14 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Ryan Gosling is well known for carefully selecting his projects so it was a surprise to see him come out with two subpar efforts in 2013 before he announced a break from acting for fear of people being “sick of him” and because in his own words he had “lost all perspective” of what he was doing. Thankfully, it didn’t… Read more »

13 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Underneath the glamorous backdrop and saccharine settings of Hollywood lies the film industry’s narcissistic negligence of the very notion of ageing. This is not to imply that contemporary mainstream movies never attempt to portray the notion of old age, or indeed, the ageing body on-screen, but rather, it is possible to suggest that such representations are often lacking in substance,… Read more »

12 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

There is no doubt that comic book movies, and superhero comic book movies in particular, are reigning supreme in Hollywood right now. It’s almost hard to imagine that there was a time when these types of films were uncommon and successful comic book movies were virtually non-existent. Before the millennium, the two exceptions were were Richard Donner’s Superman from 1978,… Read more »

11 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“It is obvious that art cannot teach anyone anything, since in four thousand years humanity has learnt nothing at all. We should long ago have become angels had we been capable of paying attention to the experience of art, and allowing ourselves to be changed in accordance with the ideals it expresses. Art only has the capacity, through shock and… Read more »

11 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists

As the new millennium dawned, British Cinema was still benefitting from the ‘cool Britannia’ mood perpetuated by the various Curtis-like romantic comedies popularised in the latter half of the previous decade. The plus side of this was that there was now an eager audience made once again appreciative of British film production both past and present. The 00’s are perhaps… Read more »

10 November 2014 | Features, Film Lists