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With 22 films currently in his career, and having won awards in Cannes, Berlin, Venice and many others, Kim Ki-duk is one of the most distinguishable South Korean filmmakers in the world, despite the extremity of his films, which have regularly caused him trouble. Since his first complete work in 1995, titled “Crocodile”, he has been writing and directing one… Read more »

28 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

“That’s the way I work: I try to imagine what I would like to see.” “I’m used to people not expecting much from me.” – Sofia Coppola, from The New York Times, August 31, 2013 “Don’t let Sofia’s littleness and quietness confuse you. Sofia is made of steel. She’s tough, but she doesn’t pretend to be a man. She has… Read more »

27 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“You know the story of the crazy man who was fishing in his bathtub. A doctor with ideas as to psychiatric treatments asked him ‘if they were biting,’ to which he received the harsh reply: ‘Of course not, you fool, since this is a bathtub’…In [this story] it can be grasped quite clearly to what degree the absurd effect is… Read more »

27 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Since the release of Toy Story in 1995 by Pixar/Walt Disney Studios, the market has been flooded with Computer Generated (CG) films. There have been many wonderful movies using this style and of course, many horrible ones as well.   Traditional cell and stop-motion animation have taken a back-seat to the new format, which is a shame considering some of… Read more »

27 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Regarded by many as one of the greatest method actors ever, Harvey Keitel worked in theater for more than a decade before he made his film debut in 1967. Coincidentally, it was a feature film debut for Martin Scorsese as well, and they teamed up for the first time in the drama “Who’s That Knocking at My Door”. The pair… Read more »

26 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

What are we looking for when we watch films? Stories? Characters? Scores? Above all, the moving image is the fundamental element that distinguishes cinema from other art forms. You don’t have to be a film expert to appreciate a beautiful film, but you have to learn every aspect of film cinematography, the framing, the lighting, the camera movement, the camera angle… Read more »

26 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We all have our own personal list for this theme, and it’s no wonder: Hollywood often gives merit where it’s not due, be it in the form of box office success or critical praise. We’re going to focus on the latter for this list, going through some names that have been celebrated as great performers by critics but who are… Read more »

25 August 2016 | Features, People Lists

Films with the most tantalising synopsis quite often result in disappointment, leaving us frustrated and in some cases, furious. It’s easily done, messing up a good idea. What if Joel Schumacher had directed Goodfellas? What if Keanu Reeves had played Forrest Gump? What if Se7en wasn’t so immaculately edited and they hadn’t let Fincher keep that bleakly perfect ending? All… Read more »

25 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It takes a lot of time and effort for any filmmaker to simply get their foot in the door in Hollywood, let alone get to make movies. So imagine how much time and effort must go into getting to the point of making a great movie that will be admired for the ages and make millions at the box office…. Read more »

24 August 2016 | Features, People Lists

Is a goodbye forever, or is it only until the next time? And is every goodbye a new welcome, or is it sometimes merely a full stop? And finally, does it come with a soundtrack and a sunset, or with a silent nod and a broken heart? Worldwide (and notably, mostly American) cinema has been concerned with the composition of… Read more »

24 August 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The British have continuously been filmmaking pioneers, developing and innovating in key areas such as cinematography, art direction and screenwriting throughout the history of cinema and despite only being a small island it has time after time created adored films capable of rivalling that of Hollywood. Throughout history, engineering a diverse array of cinema including, post-World War thrillers, black comedies,… Read more »

24 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

You know that uncomfortable feeling you get when a clown is nearby for too long? There’s a name for that. Coulrophobia. The fear of clowns. Is it completely unfounded? According to this article on, France was overtaken by several seemingly random attackers in October 2014… and they were dressed as clowns. Check out these films for facing your fear… Read more »

23 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

There have been many great films. like “Fight Club”, “Blade Runner”, “The Shawshank Redemption” and “Children of Men” that could barely recover their production budgets in their theatrical runs, and some terrible films that multiplied their box office numbers every weekend without giving audiences something worth watching. There could be several reasons for a bad film to earn huge amounts… Read more »

23 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As one of the best known French actors working today, Vincent Cassel has a penchant for playing compelling characters driven by a deeper desire. Sometimes this desire involves a woman (or women), sometimes it is linked to money and power, and other times it is merely just a drive to possess the world and everything in it. Cassel is an… Read more »

23 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Movies can be overlooked for many reasons: The passage of time Bad timing upon initial release No advertising/promotion/backing from the studio Movie is sold to a different distributor Not having a wide theatrical release No award nominations Movie never finds wide appeal Whatever the reason, it is fun to go back and look at those films that may have not… Read more »

22 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Nowadays Hollywood is apparently terrified of any original ideas. Every film is seemingly based on some existing property. Whether it be based on a comic book, a reboot of an old franchise or continuing the story of an existing film. This may be a good business model but the final product often ends up being disappointing. There are countless sequels… Read more »

22 August 2016 | Features, Film Lists