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If horror cinema came to fruition and experimented with all manner of wonders in the silent film era, sound didn’t so much kill it as streamline it for effect. Certain norms came into play that kept film-makers from imagining themselves all the way down the wrong blind alleys (as silent filmmakers occasionally did) and had them focus instead on a… Read more »

19 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The first film screening in Dutch history took place in 1896. This was less than a year after the first private screening of projected motion pictures ever took place. This early, the Netherlands were already part of the film industry. Since then, the Netherlands have always played a role in the European film scene. And even, in time, managed to… Read more »

18 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema’s debt of vampires cannot be underestimated; seductive, dangerous and lonely, vampires called Cinema’s attention nearly since its beginning and were crucial for Cinema´s development by writing some of its most memorable pages. Myths and historic approximations surrounding vampires are abundant. However, it was Bram Stoker’s classic Dracula the novel that settled the modern picture of vampires that eventually Cinema… Read more »

17 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Committing oneself to an ideal is a respectable goal. However, the protagonists of Darren Aronofsky’s films would benefit from keeping everything in moderation. As an emerging auteur, Aronofsky is still fairly young, but over the past two decades, he has proven himself as a director with consistent vision and mettle. His stories are warning tales of obsession, of how becoming… Read more »

17 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Starting his working life as a copywriter and director in advertising for over a decade, British auteur Alan Parker (b. 1944), while not the most subtle of directors to work in the industry, has created some of the most indelible, emotionally unsentimental and truthful of films over the past half century. Breaking onto the cinematic landscape with the startling, unique… Read more »

16 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Is anybody else tired of hearing “they don’t make them like they used to”? It is easy to be cynical about the artistic output of one’s own generation. With hindsight behind the classics of old, it is easy to feel that the grass was greener in times of old. Sure, it’s easy to look at indie gems like Reservoir Dogs… Read more »

16 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

To properly acquaint oneself with the work of English auteur Peter Greenaway is to become a student of the neo-baroque, postmodernism, art history, and religious allegory. Trained as a painter, Greenaway’s passion for the films of Bergman, Fellini, Godard, Pasolini, and Resnais led him to begin a career in experimental film in the early 1960’s. His first film, The Death… Read more »

15 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

While Giallo means yellow, the giallo movies are colored in blood red. As known to every cinephile around the world, giallo is a 20th century Italian genre of literature and cinema which is so close to crime and mystery. However, the stylistic feature of such Italian works of giallo are so different and distinguished that nowadays giallo is remembered not by… Read more »

14 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Let’s start by quickly defining what a dystopian film constitutes. The term dystopia is the antonym of utopia. Whereas utopia refers to an imagined place or state where everything is perfect, dystopia refers to a state or place where everything has gone to hell. Per their very definition, films dealing with dystopian themes are therefore at the very least speculative… Read more »

14 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in 1928, British director Nicolas Roeg first came to prominence as part of the Second Unit Directing Team of the magisterial 1962 David Lean film “Lawrance Of Arabia”. Quickly becoming known for a strong and penetrating visual sense and style, Roeg moved into cinematography, responsible for the lush, striking visual style of such films as Francois Truffaut’s “Farenheit 451”… Read more »

13 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The 1970s was a seminal decade in cinema including the horror genre. Sadly pillaged for remakes by film producers looking for “pre-awareness product”, this period remains one of the greatest in the history of horror cinema. This article will look at must-see horror films of that decade that, while not obscure in most cases, are routinely pushed aside in genre… Read more »

12 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

As with any other catchphrase denoting a particular cinematic movement, the ‘Romanian New Wave’ is slippery. In broad strokes, it is a blanket term denoting the majority of contemporary Romanian films welcomed with generous receptions at award ceremonies in Cannes, Berlin and Locarno. It is arguably the most significant development in world cinema over the past years – if European… Read more »

11 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

An often overlooked and under-appreciated sub-genre in international filmmaking, British Crime films are a lot like a good dive bar: questionable and somewhat shady looking at first glance, but unbelievably satisfying and full of surprises once you find out what’s really going on. A sub-genre that is praised more through word of mouth rather than critical acclaim, British Crime films… Read more »

09 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Surrealism and film have been together since the beginning of the surrealist movement in the early 1920’s. The first time the word surrealist appeared was in 1903 in the play “Les Mamelles de Tirésias by Guillaume Apollinaire; Surrealism developed out of the Dada activities during WWI centering itself in Paris. Surrealism is based on the element of surprise, using unexpected… Read more »

08 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The uncanny and the macabre were themes that cinema embraced from the outset. The cinematograph, after all was invented during the time of the Victorian Gothic renaissance, the popular bloody excesses of The Grand Guignol Theatre Company and Jack The Ripper. Germany was home to the first masters of horror cinema. Robert Weine’s 1919 Das Cabinet des Dr Caligari (recently… Read more »

07 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When someone mentions “visually stunning films”, it’s easy to associate this with films that lack real content, and instead are based mainly on images without portraying anything truly significant. The fact that these films are so relevant visually doesn’t mean that they don’t still tell a great story. In fact, most of the films here are also considered some of… Read more »

07 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

It must have been all that pre-millennial tension. For one reason or another, 1999 truly brought out the best in cinema and film makers across the world. It saw great films from material that you would least expect, solid filmmakers step up to become excellent ones and some of the greatest films of the Nineties all in one year. 1999… Read more »

06 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Orson Welles was a polarizing figure in his lifetime, and was groundbreaking in three forms of media: the radio (his infamous War of the Worlds broadcast), theater (he was involved in the New Deal funded Federal Theatre project, and founded the Mercury Theatre) and film. Though some think his film career was largely an unfulfilled promise, that he may have… Read more »

06 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Just as one person’s trash is another’s treasure, one person’s nightmare is another’s pantomime. This is what makes cinema so richly rewarding and ultimately fascinating. It is an extraordinary art form that gives as equally as it takes, and the horror genre is no exception. In fact, the horror genre is arguably the most complex and difficult genre of them… Read more »

05 October 2014 | Features, Film Lists