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The crisis theme is so common for movies (or any narrative art form), and to make a ‘best of’ list for crisis films would mean to make a list of some of the most celebrated and well known movies ever made. An identity crisis is something else altogether. The characters on this list do not only question who they really… Read more »

09 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We’ve all seen and heard about it before – an exotic foreign director gets seduced by Hollywood calling and the resulting film just doesn’t add up to their quality margin. Reasons can lead from butting heads with the studio system to their unique voice getting lost in translation. It’s a common occurrence and most are able to get things back… Read more »

09 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s unfortunate in a way, that a list of this nature needs to be realized. Unfortunate because women are so often underrepresented in film, despite being some of the most exciting, and important ad rem auteurs currently making movies. Allow me to illustrate: ask anyone to name ten directors. If they’re able to, the odds are good that the names… Read more »

09 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, 20 actors get the distinct honor to be Oscar nominees – and even though they are (mostly) given to good performances, there’s no way you can think they truly are the greatest of any given year. 2016 will not be different: the Academy’s prejudices will be front and center, and by that I don’t even mean racial prejudices,… Read more »

08 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Before going to film school a lot of people think that whatever there is to be learned about filmmaking can be taught through books and classes – types of shots; editing style; narrative economy; storytelling… Well in part it can and students can learn all about that in theory, but true knowledge only comes with experience. One can know everything… Read more »

08 December 2016 | Features, Other Lists

As history has shown, public tragedy commonly inspires and motivates artists to create immaculate masterpieces. It is no wonder then, that Greece’s financial crisis that began in late 2009 triggered an eruption of amongst other things, a cinematic movement of the Greek New Wave Cinema with the likes of Lanthimos and Koutras gaining inspiration from the country’s chaos. The wave… Read more »

08 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

So much planning goes into making a film, from scheduling the film shoot, location scouting, hiring a film crew, and casting the right actors. Unfortunately, not everything in life runs smoothly and problems arise in the final film. Like with dominos, if just one domino is out of synch with the others, the whole system fails. This is especially obvious… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Many actors and actresses have that one movie that is a ‘bad moment’ in their careers. For Kristen Stweart, however, this ‘bad moment’ seems to have dragged out for far too long, as she is still – nearly ten years later – being judged for her infamous role as the pale and one faced, slightly porcelain Bella Swan from the… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When you are young, it is easy to assume that all that is necessary for a happy life is to find the person you love and spend the rest of your days with them. Yet, as you grow older, nothing is ever as simple as initially thought, meaning that sometimes the great loves in your life may be those that… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As eclectic (in mood, style, genre, origin and so forth) as the previous two lists (maybe even more), the third collection of the less talked about films from the 21st century involves a few titles that will make some professional critics cringe, but what the hell! From highly experimental cinema to humanoid robots, you will certainly find a flick or… Read more »

07 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Ask yourself: how many movies do you know? And how many of them have you seen? These are difficult if not impossible questions to answer, right? However, there’s an easier question: how many B-movies have you seen? I’m sure you haven’t seen as many of those compared to Hollywood produced flicks. B-movies are rarely remembered. They are movies that are… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The Oscars only allow for five to ten movies to sneak into the esteemed Best Picture field. Unfortunately, that means that numerous excellent movies are snubbed by the time the Academy Award nominations are announced. Sometimes, it’s because a movie is just shy of being good enough. Other times, it’s because the movie doesn’t appeal to Academy voters or was… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

As long as there have been movies, there have been movies about movies. Working in the film business themselves, writers and directors realised they didn’t have to look very far when it came to finding material: the scripts just wrote themselves. Nonetheless, it is particularly refreshing to observe the dream machine pulling back the veil and looking at itself with… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The input of Australians in both local and international film has sometimes been woefully ignored, or misappropriated. Nevertheless, there have been many fantastic Australian films (Picnic at Hanging Rock, Mad Max, Chopper) made solely by Australian talents, and also significant contributions in American and international cinema, as directors (George Miller, Peter Weir), cinematographers (John Seale, Christopher Doyle, and of course,… Read more »

06 December 2016 | Features, People Lists

Every genre has its weak links, from the western giving us “Heaven’s Gate” to science fiction giving us “Battlefield Earth”. But the superhero genre arguably has it worse, as, when your cast is running around in colored lycra, screwing up can yield results that are quite memorable, laughable, and infuriating. Most of the time, these characters have a history to… Read more »

05 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists

This is a running series that aims to introduce some of the gems of cinema in each decade. These recommended movies are by no means obscure, and most of them are quite popular among seasoned movie buffs. However, we think it’s not enough – these brilliant films definitely deserve to be on every cinephile’s radar. We begin this series with the incredible… Read more »

05 December 2016 | Features, Film Lists