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Since the beginning of cinema, the French people have been at the forefront of the cinematic landscape. During the silent and early experimental periods, great French auteurs helped revolutionize the medium, shaping the way for films to come. As movies evolved, so did France and throughout the different styles and periods maintained a strong role in the international film scene,… Read more »

30 July 2016 | Features, People Lists

Director Alfred Hitchcock once said that “I always believe in following the advice of the playwright Sardou. He said ‘Torture the women!’ The trouble today is that we don’t torture women enough.” And while that might have been true back in the heavily censored Hollywood of old, times have changed and so has mainstream horror – there’s certainly no shortage… Read more »

29 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is obsessed with young people, growing up stories and that almost intangible phase in which you’re neither a child nor an adult. In fact, that’s something that’s been seen as a problem lately, since older actors (and specially actresses) don’t seem to find good roles anymore, since virtually no one is writing about the experiences of older people. Here’s… Read more »

29 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

These movies offer some insight into the shadowy world inhabited by undercover cops. These characters live a somewhat morally ambiguous life with repercussions on their mental health and can severely traumatise those close to them. Many are unsung heroes who successfully walk the tightrope between good and evil while others fall into the depths. Huge spoiler alert for those who… Read more »

29 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Gyorgy Lukacs, the Hungarian philosopher; author, historian and critic has had an undeniable influence upon the landscape of narrative criticism. He is well known for his work in the field of narratological analysis and criticism. Writing from a Western Marxist perspective, Lukacs was instrumental in the analysis and development of realism as a formal concept as well as his exploration… Read more »

29 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

We all know about the big blockbusters that have come out this year. Captain America: Civil War, The Jungle Book, and Finding Dory have all gotten plenty of attention. This article is for the little guys (figuratively speaking). In this list, you’ll find a selection of movies that haven’t gotten the recognition they deserve, whether that’s because of an unfortunate… Read more »

28 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Cinema is an expressive and suggestive form of art, one that will never run out of stories to tell thanks to the vast experiences of humankind. And sometimes the inspiration for a movie comes from science and its breakthroughs. The Butterfly Effect Theory is one of these themes. Simply put, the butterfly effect theory is about small causes that have… Read more »

28 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

A list of Swedish films that doesn’t feature the legend of legends Ingmar Bergman is a huge challenge. The motivation for this list is to give you an insight to other directors, but also to other types of genres that weren’t in Bergman’s repertoire. Although the feeling and intention of Swedish cinema is quite the same, by exploiting human feelings… Read more »

28 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Throughout film history, artists have brought an original perspective to filmmaking. Artists hold an understanding of the formal elements and principles of art, including the interactions between space, color, emphasis, movement, and rhythm. Beyond that, the tactility of producing visual art contributes to the manner in which artists construct the mise en scène of their films. Artist made films often… Read more »

27 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

In philosophy, one of the broadest interpretations of determinism is that all events and actions are externally causally predetermined regardless of human will, and hence are predictable in relation to their precedent external causes. According to a number of religions, determinism is the doctrine that God foreknows all events that will happen, which are all predestined by him. Hard determinists… Read more »

27 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Good casting is always attractive when it comes to the reputation of a movie. One of the most frequently asked question is, who’s in it? Therefore, for several producers and filmmakers, gathering a bunch of respected, well-known or bankable actors is always a priority. For an actor, being nominated even once in his career grants him or her an elevation…. Read more »

26 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

On the way to Brighton MovieBar , where my short film Janet Devis was screening, I had a chance to have a quick interview with Stanley Kubrick’s long-term Executive Producer, brother in-law and close friend, Jan Harlan, for Taste Of Cinema. Jan was speaking at the event and showing some short-films. Taste Of Cinema (TOC): Any advice to new film-makers,… Read more »

26 July 2016 | Features, Interviews

Kids are cute. Agreed. And one of the great appeals of watching films about children is the pleasure we get from that cuteness. But children also have a special ability to inspire other moods and sentiments which would fall flat if evoked through adult characters; and Iranian filmmakers in particular have used this infectious quality of childhood to create some… Read more »

26 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists

Arrow Films recent release is a reality mini-series that originally aired on Channel 4 in the UK last year. It is an attempt to show the viewers one of the most physically and psychologically challenging military entrance programs in the world, selection into the Special Air Service (SAS). The SAS is the Special Forces unit of the British Army that… Read more »

26 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

Arrow Films newest release is the Blu-ray of the 2011 documentary titled Ray Harryhausen: Special Effects Titan. It is a comprehensive and delightful documentary that tells the story of the highly influential career of Harryhausen and his influence on the current generation of directors and the world of modern-day special effects. It tells the chronological account of his career and… Read more »

26 July 2016 | Features, Reviews

In any country in the world, there are boards, critic groups, film centers that authorize the distribution of a certain film in a certain geographical area. Sometimes, artists face unfair bans and their films, though many of which might be considered to be masterpieces, are officially classified as pornographic, anti-moral or anti-Christian or anti-national. In the following list are films that… Read more »

26 July 2016 | Features, Film Lists