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Performances in film are funny in that they will always live on long after the initial critical assessments fade away and their run in the theater ends. Now, with widespread distribution of the back catalogue of film history, many performances have been reassessed and reevaluated, to both their benefit or detriment. Although the yardstick by which critical judgement over acting… Read more »

20 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

David Fincher’s The Social Network tells the tale of the creation of Facebook through the eyes of the most important players: Mark Zuckerberg, the founder and CEO; Eduardo Saverin, co-founder and Zuckerberg’s best friend; the Winklevoss twins, whose original idea provided the impetus to create Facebook; and Sean Parker, the entrepreneur who helped Zuckerberg take the fledgling idea and turn… Read more »

20 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

We have reached the ‘60s Best Picture winners, and this is where the experiment really gets interesting. The Hollywood Code has lost its control, filmmakers are bursting at the seams to change how every fundamental element of cinema works (editing, sound recording, acting, photography, etc.), and films were being used as podiums for political and social commentaries. The riskiest eras… Read more »

20 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Every year, the Berlin Film Festival, arguably the second most important film festival in the world, hosts hundreds of movies (399 this year, to be exact) scattered through its programmes, and thousands of both professional and amateur film lovers. For years, it has been known for a highly political approach, but rest assured, there is plenty to do here for… Read more »

20 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

When we look at things long and close enough, we will realize that they are way more complex than they seemed at first. Looking carefully into our lives, we start to identify contradictions and unexplainable events that make our experience as humans richer and more compelling. Out of all the small experiences, feelings, and emotions that populate our lives, pleasure… Read more »

20 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

This year will mark the 88th time the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has given out it annual awards (somewhat affectionately known as Oscar, though why is veiled in mystery).  Oscar has its proponents but also its critics. For every fans/critic/historian who may look to the little golden statuette as some mark of quality in motion pictures there… Read more »

19 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

This is our second look at every Academy Award for Best Picture winner. In this instalment, we have entered the ‘50s. To compare to the previous winners, this portion will feature a larger percentage of films that are presented in colour. The Hollywood Code is still affecting the content of the films of this time, and now filmmakers had to… Read more »

19 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Before the law, there stands a guard. A man comes from the country, begging admittance to the law. But the guard cannot admit him. May he hope to enter at a later time? That is possible, said the guard. The man tries to peer through the entrance. He’d been taught that the law was to be accessible to every man…. Read more »

19 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Hayao Miyazaki is one of the most renowned figures in the world of anime, and animation in general. In his capacities as director, producer, scriptwriter, animator, author, manga artist, and co-owner of Studio Ghibli, he has shaped the field, as he brought anime to the attention of the world audience as something more than a genre simply targeted toward teenagers…. Read more »

19 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

With the advancement of new technology, the time needed to make a film has considerately shortened. Despite this factor, however, there still are several film makers who, for one reason or another, have extended the pleasurable time of making a movie to quite unthinkable extents ranging from as big as 4 to 30 years. In some cases it isn’t necessarily… Read more »

19 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are many famous actors who have tried themselves behind the camera with outstanding results, with the likes of Clint Eastwood, Woody Allen or Jodie Foster who have earned themselves the title of successful directors and shown their diverse talents. Some actors however, should have just stuck to being on screen, as their attempt to create a movie and take… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Welcome to a new series that ranks every Academy Award for Best Picture winner thus far! This is the first of seven segments that will look at each Best Picture winner of each era. The snippets into digestible parts also allows the ability to admire how the film industry has vastly changed. These lists are in no way meant to… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema; the only thing they lacked was the sound of people talking and the noises. But this slight imperfection did not warrant the major changes that sound brought in. In Many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema. They are mostly what I call ‘photographs of people talking.’… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

We humans have a peculiar obsession with sending things into space. Be it photos, food, video games, books, novelty items, peoples’ ashes, iPods, we’ll eventually send one of everything into space.  The only movie known to have been sent into space is The Day the Earth Stood Still, a decision that makes sense when you think that maybe, out there in the… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The 90s signaled the return to movie theaters, as the introduction of the multiplex drew audiences to cinemas once more. This trend gave an even bigger boost to anime productions than the 80s, with Hayao Miyazaki, Mamoru Oshii, and Satoshi Kon producing some of their trademark films during this decade. Takeshi Kitano, Takashi Miike, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa, who had started… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists

In cinema it can often be difficult to answer the question “Why?” Why do we aim to recapture terrible acts of violence or natural disasters on film? What’s the point? Well: Why do we dress men up as giant bats and have them battling circus freaks? Why do we watch cowboys wander a West that has long since had its… Read more »

18 February 2017 | Features, Film Lists