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For a film school drop-out who, in his younger days, was renowned for being something of an egotistical, cocaine addled control freak, Paul Thomas Anderson has cemented himself as a much loved director in the hearts of many. One of the vital elements making his films such high quality is the superb performances he repeatedly elicits from his actors. But… Read more »

08 February 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Disney executives may have been holding their breath in the run up to the latest ‘Star Wars’ film release and wondering if their huge investment in buying the franchise would pay off. If so, then within days of the official release (or even before due to huge advance box office sales) they’d have been not only breathing easy but cracking… Read more »

08 February 2016 | News

The 21st century has a great deal of classic romantic films. Some of them are even greater than the classics of 20th century, especially when it comes to style. Technology has made it easier to depict human emotions which weren’t as possible in older days. This list has tried to collect the best romantic films of the 21st century from… Read more »

07 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

When Kill Bill Volume 1 first premiered in theaters and the opening credits was a visual of the Shawscope logo, with those trumpets sounding off, how many viewers actually knew what that meant? For many others, it was a geek freak out that brought back tons of memories of crazy martial arts action; shaolin monks battling ninja, evil masters with… Read more »

06 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The 60s was a revolutionary period for cinema. It was the beginning of The New Hollywood, a pivotal era that changed the whole industry. All around the world filmmakers like François Truffaut, Jean Luc Godard, Michelangelo Antonioni, Federico Fellini, Ingmar Bergman, Akira Kurosawa and Roman Polanski were producing challenging pictures in consonance with the social and political vicissitudes of the… Read more »

06 February 2016 | Features, Other Lists

It’s hard to define what makes something underrated. Throwing around the word “underrated” can definitely raise some eyebrows considering the subjectivity of the word. In this list, you will find performances that won’t be found on critics’ top ten lists or as nominees at major awards. In general, they’ve been more or less overshadowed by bigger, more recognized performances. A… Read more »

06 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The advent of sharing platforms and greater access to online media the world over means that cinefiles are paying much closer attention to Middle Eastern cinema than ever before. While Dariush Mehrjui’s 1969 masterpiece The Cow is often labelled as single-handedly pioneering the Iranian New Wave, nothing can compare to the worldwide acclaim that accompanied Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning drama A… Read more »

06 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The action genre has come a long way since the creation of cinema. It has evolved and adapted so frequently and with such variety that it’s almost easy to forget that certain films were once considered the height of exciting cinema, from westerns to samurai and even silent short movies. Far from being mindless action it is amazing how certain… Read more »

05 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

It would not be an exaggeration to say that Paul Thomas Anderson is one of the finest directors working today. From his early shorts to Hard Eight, all the way to his latest film Junun, there is much we can learn from Anderson’s work: the way he chooses his actors, wields the camera in innovative ways, his love of the… Read more »

05 February 2016 | Features, Other Lists

Japanese animated film, or “anime” as it is commonly known, has been part of the mainstream entertainment in Japan since the 80s, when they experienced a boom in production. In the following decades, anime became a global phenomenon, and currently over 430 production companies are involved in an industry that has a total market value of $13.5 billion. Almost exclusively… Read more »

05 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

The stellar filmmaking career of Michelangelo Antonioni spanned over five decades and included fifteen features as well as various shorts and Chung Kuo, Cina (1972), a documentary on the Chinese working class. Enamoured from a young age with drawing and the violin, Antonioni maintained a lifelong interest in music and visual art, which undoubtedly contributed in an invaluable way to… Read more »

05 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Imagine that you meet someone and they involve you in certain actions. At first, you easily get involved but later you realize that you ended up in an inescapable trap. And that person is evil and diabolical as hell. Then they put you into hell-like situation. They may have reasons or they may not. They may simply do this kind… Read more »

05 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Animators have been enchanting audiences since the beginning of the 20th century, from classic Disney tales to sci-fi anime films and many other styles in between. The reputation of animation, like its content, has evolved over time to be as critically and commercially viable as their live action counterparts, winning prestigious awards and breaking box-office records.What appeal they lose in… Read more »

04 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We all know Leo DiCaprio should have an Oscar by now. Even though he’s only 41 years-old, and competition has been tough every one of the 5 times he was nominated, his work has been so consistently great in the last few years, it seems like an outrage that he doesn’t have an “Academy Award winner” attached to his name…. Read more »

04 February 2016 | Features, People Lists

What defines a movie as classic is a familiar discussion to be had by cinema fans. There isn’t an authoritative definition for it, although many institutions have shared their own insight on the matter, making it a fairly personal opinion in today’s postmodern age. However, some points have been made that were coincidental in opinions. For once, a film must… Read more »

04 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Quentin Tarantino has certainly never been kind in his appraisal of the ageing director. In 2012, in the midst of an infamous interview with Krishnan Guru-Murthy on the Django Unchained press tour, he stated that “directors are like boxers, they have their time.” A statement that, whilst harsh, is nowhere near as cutting Tarantino’s previous assertion, espoused in a televised… Read more »

04 February 2016 | Features, Film Lists