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Summer movie season has kicked off and it has not started off hot. Each week brings another blockbuster blunder after another. From the horrendous Hell Boy released in April to the critically and financially disappointing Men in Black: International released just last week, audiences are already questioning if 2019 is going to a film year that lives in infamy. Though… Read more »

22 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The sci-fi genre has gained a huge fan base through blockbuster movie series such as the “Star Wars” and critically acclaimed movies from legendary directors like Stanley Kubrick’s “2001: A Space Odyssey” or Ridley Scott’s “Blade Runner”. Here is a list of some criminally underrated gems of the sci-fi genre you have probably never seen.   10. Brainstorm (1983) Directed… Read more »

21 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

There are some directors who have enough name recognition that people will flock to the cinema to see a film just because they’ve made it. And while, obviously, it’s not just the work of a director that makes for a great film, there are some fantastic movies whose directors deserve more recognition. This list will recommend 10 films from directors… Read more »

20 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema, just like mankind, has evolved with time. The transition has seen the medium reconstructed and refined to what we know it as today. There’s a great possibility that this might change as well some decades down the line. Through these years of experimenting, there are a few that stand out, both in their inception and execution. Different aspects of… Read more »

19 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, same story. For every great, original, well-written film, we get a clichéd, misguided film with lazy writing and uninspired direction, sometimes with flat acting. The year 2019 is hardly different. This year has given us great films like “Us” and “Gloria Bell,” but then we also got some major disappointments. A pretentious sci-fi film full of plot holes,… Read more »

18 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

So in my last article I discussed films that I felt their directors were born to make. And fittingly enough I find myself with another similar task but this time with my focus being on the actors. There’s something to be said about the right casting that goes into a film. The best decisions can often be a matter of… Read more »

18 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, Hollywood dishes out massive sci-fi spectacles for the world to behold. Later this year, we have movies like Terminator: Dark Fate and Ad Astra to look forward to. These movies will join other big-budget science fiction flicks like Alita: Battle Angel and Captain Marvel. With so many wide release sci-fi films, it’s hard to keep track of the… Read more »

17 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Creating a satisfying ending to a movie is not for the faint of heart. Get it wrong and the audience will hate you for it. You’ll be mocked for years afterwards. Ok, it might not get that bad, but why take the chance? Creating a satisfying ending to a movie that is heartbreaking, as well, is doubly difficult. The audience… Read more »

17 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Suspense is a difficult thing to achieve in film. Alfred Hitchcock said that suspense means letting the audience know more than the characters. However, while Hitchcock’s definition is very well put into words, suspense is much more than that. To make suspense in films, you have to grab the viewer’s full attention and you have to create interesting situations which… Read more »

16 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Filmmaking is all about chemistry. Apart from the chemistry between the actors that is always evident on the screen, there are other kinds of bonding that must happen if a quality film is to be made. The technical crews should bond with each other and with the director of that film, the casting has to be perfect so that it… Read more »

16 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Most successful (and sometimes even not-so-successful) horror movies receive unwanted sequels. Sometimes they turn out to be good, but mostly they end up being poorly-made cash grabs. Horrors are usually cheap to produce, yet they can do well at the box office. Not just their sequels, but these days universes like “The Conjuring” also manage to do it. They don’t… Read more »

15 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The mainstream circus has entranced us. It is an alarming thing that so many great films have passed under the radar only because they lacked strength in their marketing department. Some of them offer a profound experience, some mix satire with social commentary, and some just give us entertainment. Irrespective of the genre, they are great films that shouldn’t be… Read more »

15 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

The horror genre employs a number of techniques to scare audiences, whether it be gore that makes us flinch, psychological chills that mess with our minds or playing on our deep, dark childhood fears. But one long standing technique used in horror is that of the jump scare. Not only is it an enduring aspect of the genre, but it… Read more »

14 June 2019 | Features, Other Lists

This year a Korean won the most prestigious award at the most prestigious film festival, the Palme D’or from the Cannes Film Festival, making it the first time for a Korean to ever do so. That Korean was not Hong Sang-soo or Kim Ki-duk, or even Lee Chang-dong or Park Chan-wook, it was none other than South Korean director Bong… Read more »

14 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

We’re already at the midpoint of 2019 and anyone of the opinion it’s been a mediocre movie year just wasn’t looking hard enough. Even narrowing the list down to a workable 20 titles was no small feat – many worthy movies didn’t make the cut and there’s still six more months to go – and a cursory glance at the… Read more »

13 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists

As film fans, we seem to pay so much attention to our favourite directors, or waves, that sometimes it’s difficult to really find the time to explore something that we aren’t sure if we’ll like – it just makes much more sense to spend your time on something you are certain you’ll enjoy. So, with this list, the hope is… Read more »

13 June 2019 | Features, Film Lists