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As human beings we carry the unique curse of knowing that we exist and that one day we will not. Even though we know we didn’t exist before we were born, the idea of no longer existing after we die terrifies us. It probably shouldn’t, but it does. Eminent psychologist Elisabeth Kübler-Ross, in her 1969 book On Death and Dying,… Read more »

28 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of the box set titled Killer Dames, which is a collection of two Italian Giallo films from director Emilio P. Miraglia featuring The Night Evelyn Came Out of the Grave and The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Giallo is a term which is often disputed on in regards to what it truly… Read more »

28 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

In the movies, henchmen climb to the top of the crime heap by using bombs, bullets and intimidation. Of course, being a terrifying son of a bitch isn’t just a job security tactic – any mobster who’s not feared will often end up as landfill. The range of badass criminal types runs the gamut: There are those who are so… Read more »

27 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It can be said that Tim Burton is a director who has generated all kinds of opinions through his career. While some love him and consider the man a “visionary”, others have said he is a “substance over content” director. Whatever the case may be, Burton has become a director with a very distinct style, in both content and visual… Read more »

27 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Back in 1994, when reviewing “Schindler’s List”, The Guardian wrote: “This is the film with which Spielberg ceases to be the supreme entertainer and tries for another, tougher kind of glory.” What they meant to say is that “Schindler’s List” is known for being one of the classic films that will make you cry (because of the Holocaust theme), but… Read more »

27 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

To try and condense the rich and vibrant history of punk rock that has now spanned over five decades into a few paragraphs would prove to be a difficult task. That being said, a long way away from the sentimentality of early 1970’s rock music, punk music dissociated itself from everything that had come before. Dating back to the mid… Read more »

26 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

They say that sequels are never as good as the original, and they’re usually right. For every “Godfather, Part II,” there’s the sequel to “The Sting”; for every “Empire Strikes Back,” there’s a “Grown-Ups 2” to remind us that film stock burns very quickly and at a high intensity. Film sequels also like tweaking concepts that worked swimmingly in the… Read more »

26 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Marked by rebellion and youthful idealism, the French New Wave movement of the 1950s and 60s is arguably one of the most influential and radical times in cinema history. French New Wave was marked by the genius of directors like Jean-Luc Godard and Francois Truffaut, and was arguably at its height with films like “The 400 Blows” (1959) and “Breathless”… Read more »

26 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Suspense is the scene-by-scene concentration of Aristotle’s Fear and Pity. We know something terrible is about to happen, we can’t do anything about it, but we’re compelled to keep watching. Suspense, being heightened drama, is a central and cathartic component of the thriller. Brian De Palma began making films in the sixties, under the influence of Brecht, Hitchcock, Godard, pop… Read more »

25 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

“No man on earth could get him out of prison alive. Seven women did”. New from Arrow Video is the Blu-ray/DVD release of the mercenary action film Hired to Kill. It’s a fun romp that combines elements of the Dirty Dozen, Wild Geese and Chained Heat as the mercenary Frank Ryan (Brian Thompson) is hired by the businessman Thomas (George… Read more »

25 May 2016 | Features, Reviews

What makes a good Best Picture winner? Is it longevity? Initial box office and critical acclaim? Is it how well the movie represents the era from which it originated? Or simply how well the combined efforts of everyone involved utilized the tools of cinema? Having watched (and rewatched) all of the Best Picture winners, starting all the way back from… Read more »

25 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

If it wasn’t for the “B Movie” phenomena, many A-List actors might have not gained much attention from high caliber directors and producers. These particular films usually have a low budget, but possess a certain amount of originality because of various short comings, like plot plausibility, poor acting and cheap effects. Regardless, some develop cult followings that were once reserved… Read more »

25 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

For a long time now, science fiction has been synonymous with Michael Bay-esque explosions, alien invasions and super-powered humans with futuristic gadgets. For most of these films, the sci-fi aspect only exists to make the action sequences cooler, and cooler scenes mean more profits. But there are movies that embrace the science in science fiction and challenge you to think… Read more »

24 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It’s been twenty-five years since Austin-based writer and director Richard Linklater burst onto the indie scene with the shoestring-budgeted, free flowing ‘Slacker’. Since then, he was worked in a variety of genres and different formats. More than anything, he is a very humanist, philosophical storyteller and his stories often focus on both the profound and mundane. The little fragments of… Read more »

24 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Colour, in film, has gone on quite a journey: from the trivial and fanciful use of colour in early cinema, to the tonal and emotional, then the realistic and over-sober, and back to its comfortable middle-ground of visceral engagement. The first uses of colour came in the form of film tinting, whereby a part of black and white film would… Read more »

24 May 2016 | Features, Other Lists

The Fab Four are the most famous band in pop history, yet they also have a large presence in the history of film. From their classic 1964 flick A Hard Day’s Night through the zany pop art of 1965’s Help! and onto the whimsical psychedelia of both Magical Mystery Tour (1967) and the animated Yellow Submarine (1968), The Beatles were… Read more »

24 May 2016 | Features, Film Lists