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James Bond, or agent 007, is no doubt one of the most widely known fictional spy characters. Bond’s first appearance was in 1953 in a series of novels by Ian Fleming, and it soared since then, becoming one of the largest and most popular franchises which included several series, films, books and video games. Although Bond has been played by… Read more »

22 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Just as cinema and its techniques evolved from the beginning of the 20th century, an interesting parallel presented itself in the increasing industrialization of modern life from this time onwards. Both became intertwined; the urban landscape provided the film industry with the infrastructure and resources it needed to thrive, with cinema helping to shape how we viewed and understood the… Read more »

22 November 2017 | Features, People Lists

IMDB, along with Rotten Tomatoes, are perhaps the most well-known and widely used web resource when it comes to getting film recommendations. Why consult the opinion of a single critic when you can consults hundreds, if not thousands of individuals. The reputation of these sites has proven so formidable that more often than not, hype generated for a film can… Read more »

21 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Artists have always been drawn to the interplay between light and dark, both literally and metaphorically. In order to represent a subject, knowing how to use light properly can be crucial. This is especially true to movies, where well-deployed lighting can be the difference between merely a good film and a great one. Films can manipulate one’s perception of light… Read more »

20 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Are you feeling this? are you feeling as good as I’m feeling right now?” – Connie Nikas (played by Robert Pattinson)   We’re here for a good time, not a long time Running-on-ice at breakneck speed are a pair of expeditious society’s free agents in the frenzied form of Constantine “Connie” Nikas (Robert Pattinson) and his developmentally disabled younger brother,… Read more »

20 November 2017 | Features, Reviews

What is it about truly disturbing movies that film fans enjoy? Is it their sheer audacity and strangeness? The extreme violence and graphic sexual elements that are often on display in these films? Is it some sort of severe second-hand prurient thrill we’re seeking through fiction? Whatever the case, many dedicated cinephiles tend to seek out transgressive films whose content… Read more »

20 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are cult movies and there are cult movies. Some of them are more and some of them are less known, but they all have something in common: they don’t particularly care about the rules and regulations of mainstream cinema, and they stand out in movie history as either brave or just plain mad. Dig deeper and you will always… Read more »

19 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The vast majority of directors go their entire careers without making a single memorable movie. Some find financial success, but quickly fade away in the ever-growing cultural landscape. Others create one iconic work but never manage to replicate that level of excellence again. But the mark of a truly great filmmaker is to deliver great film after great film, creating… Read more »

19 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

We go to the movies to laugh and escape, but we also go to feel emotions. Sometimes films can be cathartic, whether it’s from our need to get feelings out of our systems, or if one just wants to experience cinematic poetry. We can look at films that are completely and utterly depressing, and some of the films featured below… Read more »

19 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to the making of lists ranking the greatest films of all time, fierce debate usually ensues. Cinema has so many unique voices, so many genres and subgenres, so many eras that narrowing the best down can seem an impossible task. IMDb’s top 250 makes the procedure a little easier: by aggregating the user scores for every film,… Read more »

18 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Back in 2012, while promoting “The Master,” actor Joaquin Phoenix created a bit of controversy calling the Oscar’s “bullshit.” Noting that, pitting people against each other is the stupidest thing in the world. And to be honest, it’s not hard to see his reasoning. There’s no way that any awards show will satisfy everyone; after all, everyone has their own… Read more »

17 November 2017 | Features, People Lists

Apart from other David Lynch creations such as “Mulholland Drive,” “Eraserhead, “Blue Velvet” or “Lost Highway,” there are not many films that encapsulate the essence of “Twin Peaks.” And even between Lynch’s works, “Twin Peaks” stands out. It is hard to frame this TV show into a single genre. It can be labeled as a mystery series, but at the… Read more »

17 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Some directors know what works for them, whether it be a signature style, working within a certain genre, hiring the same crew or, in the case of a certain few, relying on the same group of actors for the majority of their films. It is not difficult to understand why a director might reuse actors for different features. Understanding an… Read more »

17 November 2017 | Features, People Lists

This Best Picture nominees list is likely to be one of the harder groups to sift through (the only other one off the top of my head that may be this tricky in the near future is the 2011 year that features the films of 2010). In all honesty, the films between 5 and 1 are borderline interchangeable, to the… Read more »

16 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Growing up is hard to do. And for some, it’s even harder. Many things can define our childhood and adolescence, and determine who we ultimately become as adults. These may be the friends we spend time with, the circumstances in which we are raised or the experiences that we undertake. Or it could be something else entirely. What can be… Read more »

16 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists

What’s in a flop? That much dreaded result when a costly film just doesn’t find its audience, or is mauled via word of mouth. Regardless of the whole spiel that a movie is “a collaboration of hundreds,” when the results go south someone has to be stuck with the blame, and the easy answer is that it’s the director’s fault…. Read more »

15 November 2017 | Features, Film Lists