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Many films based on true stories often alter small details of fact, in order to make for a better cinematic interpretation. Lesser common, however, are films that deliberately change major historical events of which the public knows well. Instead of slightly changing the history to meet a more compelling story, these bold movies use the significant departure from well known… Read more »

03 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In common belief, the only job of a Director of Photography is to shoot accurately whatever happens in front of the camera. That is an unfair assumption. One of the main figures in a production―and not just for technical knowledge―the DP usually works with the director in order to transform all nonverbal components of a narrative into visual elements. That,… Read more »

03 July 2015 | Features, People Lists

For every movie that is critically or commercially successful there are often times those movies that are left out of the public’s viewing. For every Avatar or The Avengers that make billions of dollars there are often those movies that, while critically successful, often times do not make that much at the box office; sometimes they don’t even do well… Read more »

02 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Aspiring filmmakers attend film school where they become proficient with their craft. It is also important for students in these schools to study the history of cinema so that one can understand their horizon of the possibilities of the art and through this, become one of the greats.   1. A Trip to the Moon (Dir. Georges Méliès, 1902) At… Read more »

02 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The Sundance Film Festival has become a starting ground for some of the best films of the year. Some of these films are awarded with the top prize for a dramatic film, The Grand Jury Prize: Dramatic. There have been some really successful and critically lauded films that have won this award. However, not every winner has been a masterpiece… Read more »

01 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

This list comprises 50 iconic samples of controversial cinema from the twenty century to our days. It is chronologically presented. Most of the movies enlisted here are selected for their controversial or cinematographic relevance far beyond their release time. Most of them can too serve as a guide of the development, refreshment and nature of cinema controversy in history.   1…. Read more »

01 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The filmmakers mentioned in this list are not the only ones to use sound in an inventive way, but they are most high on virtually any list about narrative use of sound in cinema, which is one of the most important tasks of a cinematic work’s acoustic potential. Sound doesn’t have to be a secondary element used only to complete… Read more »

01 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Greatest changes to a society come after wars. In all honesty, wars themselves are rarely cause for change, serving merely as a catalyst for it, by shaking the society’s structure to its core and weakening it, making it susceptible to the impending forces. Did the British society really change after the Second World War? The upper classes would certainly say… Read more »

01 July 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“For everyone lost in the endlessly multiplicating realities of the modern world, remember: Philip K. Dick got there first.” — Terry Gilliam Today considered one of the most favored and influential American sci-fi writers of all time, Philip K. Dick (1928-1982), has, since his death, been the focal point of a rare and deserved reappraisal. Once deigned a hack scribe… Read more »

30 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Steven Spielberg’s first Jurassic Park movie starring Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, and Richard Attenborough was released back in June 1993. It very quickly became the highest-grossing film worldwide and it made over $900 million in its original theatrical run. Eventually it had to give up that title when Titanic (1997) was released, but Jurassic Park still remains one… Read more »

30 June 2015 | News

The 1990s will always be remembered as the decade where the alternative became the mainstream. The story of Nirvana and The Year Punk Broke is well known to anyone even remotely interested in pop culture. The explosion of Nirvana, grunge and then ‘alternative’ music affected more than just the music scene. That whole explosion practically brought interest in everything alternative,… Read more »

29 June 2015 | Features, Other Lists

Kevin Spacey has established himself as a “chameleon” of the acting world, proving in every role that he has the capability to transform into completely contrasting characters. He began his acting career on Broadway in 1981, although he didn’t make his way into film until Heartburn (1986), where he obtained a minor role as a mugger. However, Spacey didn’t receive… Read more »

29 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When it comes to watching great films, duration frankly should not matter. A great movie is great no matter its length. But let’s face it, busy schedules these days can keep us from tackling epics. As our attention spans get ever shorter, an 85-minute runtime might look at a whole lot sweeter than a 145-minute one. This list therefore presents… Read more »

29 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Art is not an exact science. Artists are not people that can be tied down to a single spot and execute a job according to some fix parameters. Artists need to explore, push their boundaries and go places they’ve never gone before. In cinema the ultimate goal seems to be directing. A lot of screenwriters, editors or even producers aspire… Read more »

27 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Legendary film composer Ennio Morricone recently shared his assessment of the current state of film music. The maestro is not impressed. Speaking with The Guardian, Morricone complained that the quality of motion picture scores has deteriorated and that he has “suffered a lot” watching recent films because of it. Further, he places responsibility for this sorry state of affairs squarely… Read more »

27 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

“Spoiler alert”. A good plot twist can turn a good movie into an excellent one, but an awesome plot twist turn a movie into part of cinema history. This list contains some of the greatest plot twists ever created for a film while others are just awesome and the audience can’t avoid loving them. This list tries to avoid ambiguous… Read more »

26 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Fiennes’s career has been so free-spirited and unforeseeable that we have seen him playing in a romantic comedy with Jennifer Lopez in one moment and then delivering an acclaimed performance as Lord Voldemort in the next. With his electrifying gaze and menacing charisma he has always mesmerised filmmakers, other actors and audiences. Fiennes was born in 1962, the first of… Read more »

25 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

When a filmmaker wants to make a political statement or take a stand on a social issue, they have to translate it for the medium. Politicians make speeches, filmmakers make films — otherwise they are just making a stump speech. They can fold it into a narrative, such as a political thriller (The Manchurian Candidate, Syriana) or maybe a courtroom… Read more »

25 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The critics aren’t always right. Well, at least the first time. Plenty of films that are now considered the best of all time or are crowd favorites received mixed to horrible reviews upon release. Many of them did not do well at the box office either. Over time, sometimes a few years, sometimes decades, they get rediscovered, re-evaluated, or are… Read more »

24 June 2015 | Features, Film Lists