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From Merriam-Webster.com: Father: 1a :  a man who has begotten a child; 2a :  one related to another in a way suggesting that of father to child; 3a: a person who was in someone’s family in past times. All of those words are true enough but, somehow, they don’t quite say it all. The father is the progenitor, the protector,… Read more »

01 April 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There’s something about first love. To be innocently in love without massive burdens of responsibility that comes with maturing into a fully grown-up person. Everything is in its place and things surely can’t get any better than that. Doubtlessly everybody sometimes think about the what if-s that come with thinking about first love. What if it lasted? What if we… Read more »

31 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Ensemble films rely on a large cast of colorful characters in order to develop the themes of the plot. Ensemble comedies are a bit different from their dramatic counterparts in that they use the large celebrity casts as a background of zany characters to deliver continuous laughs as well as for story purposes. They differentiate themselves from other comedies due… Read more »

30 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

World cinema has seen an increasingly great number of overlooked and smaller features work its way onto the market over the past five years due to booming cinematic movements around the world, help of a stronger online presence both in the ability to showcase and discuss these features, and cheaper ways of making films. The hype and technology afforded filmmakers… Read more »

30 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In 1983 during the birth of VHS rentals, the United Kingdom’s Director of Public Prosecution released, under the influence of Mary “Morality Monger” Whitehouse, a list of 72 VHS tapes considered to be in violation of the Obscene Publications Act 1959. Whitehouse, who made a career out of telling other people how to live their lives, and coming off a… Read more »

29 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Biopics are a dime a dozen nowadays, especially considering how much the Academy Awards evidently adore them. Luckily, not all biopics cater to the Oscar-bait pitfalls that render them as formulaic and generic as one has come to dread. Whether a biopic depicts the life of a politician, a musician, a war hero or even a filmmakers, one thing they… Read more »

29 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“I didn’t like looking at the truth through other people’s words. So I thought about how as close to the truth as possible I could materialize what I see through my own language. I would be happy even if it’s similar [to the truth] by the slightest amount. In such a way, [it’s] laying certain pieces on the screen through… Read more »

29 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is nothing if not a global enterprise. Especially today, just about every country on the planet has the capability of turning out brilliant and innovative films. More inspiring films are coming out of countries from the Middle East (2011’s A Separation, Iran), Africa (2005’s Tsotsi, South Africa), and South America (2001’s City of God, Brazil) than ever before. And… Read more »

28 March 2015 | Features, Other Lists

As long as pictures are made by people, and very often about people in one-way or another, violent content is inevitable. Long has it been stereotyped, with despair, our species’ inherent love affair with violent activity, and the cinema is absolutely representative of that. Whether it be an entire several decade-enduring genre of American film devoted to a (mostly) inaccurate… Read more »

27 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

World Cinema – and American Cinema, in particular – as we know it has received substantial influence from the cinematic works made in Germany over the years. Films such as M, Nosferatu, Metropolis, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, Fitzcarraldo and others are not strange titles to spectators’ ears, even for the general public. The heavy and guttural German language, when… Read more »

27 March 2015 | Features, People Lists

Even though women have come a long way in terms of equal rights and getting a voice in a patriarchal society, they still don’t get as much attention from film as they should. The situation is so evident that even a test was created to measure the role of women in movies: the Bechdel Test. However, this list isn’t specifically… Read more »

26 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The word ‘dreamlike’ is a vague characterization for a film as it does not refer to specific genres and it can’t be easily described. We could say it can only be felt by the viewer in the same way as a dream is experienced by the dreamer. ‘Dreamlike’ films often have surreal elements, complicated or non-linear storyline, mysterious characters and twists, cold and detached… Read more »

26 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Every now and then there comes someone, or a group of people, with innovative and fresh ideas that make us re-think our beliefs and thoughts, or even inspire us to look at the world in a different way, thus to end up discovering more about things and about ourselves. In History, we have a wide list with names of people… Read more »

25 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

There’s something amazingly cinematic about a musician’s life. They are usually torn between vastness of their creative mind and hardships of the real world, yet they are strangely competent at making themselves likeable. Musicians are pretty much perceived as coolest human beings possible, and we like the myths and stories that make them larger than life. Some are more glamorous… Read more »

25 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In a way, film editors are given the permission to play the role of ancient Gods all the time, by stitching the mangled wombs of invented universes with a beatified cut. Their work takes place inside a dark, lacuna-like space. But for them, this bleak cosmos might as well be a glorious, crystal dome among white clouds and blue skies that reach for… Read more »

24 March 2015 | Features, People Lists

This list is meant to showcase some of today’s finest filmmakers from South Korea. While there are directors responsible for the classics in the history of South Korean cinema, this list is meant to showcase and highlight the filmmakers who are shaping the identity of South Korean cinema. With each filmmaker we’ve included a pair of highlights from their filmography. If… Read more »

24 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Hi TOC Fans: First of all, thanks for all the support of TOC over the years. Now we are excited to announce that we have just launched a new movie forum called We Like Cinema. So why did we do this? What makes We Like Cinema different? The answers are the same: YOU. This is a platform for cinephiles around… Read more »

23 March 2015 | Features

The influence of French cinema on Scorsese’s work is fairly obvious to anyone familiar with the key works of the French New Wave. Scorsese’s early works, such as Mean Streets, clearly tapped the often anarchic energy that directors like Jean-Luc Godard, Francois Truffaut and Claude Chabrol brought to the world of cinema in the early 60’s. The breathtaking directness and… Read more »

23 March 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Comparing works of art is an often self-defeating endeavour, and yet it is inherently compulsive when it comes to film. Most critics compile a list of the movies which they have most appreciated in ascending order on any given year, and the Academy Awards – arguably the most universally recognised seal of approval for any creative field – are a… Read more »

22 March 2015 | Features, Other Lists