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Hollywood is one of the few places where being a villain sometimes pays off. In an industry where they hand out awards to the good, the bad, and the ugly alike, actors have every incentive to tap into their dark sides and turn in deliciously diabolical performances. Though winning an Oscar is no foolproof measure of acting genius, the prestigious… Read more »

16 February 2019 | Features, People Lists

We live in a world of numerous remake, reboot, sequel, prequel, spin-off, and cinematic universes. These terms are so similar; yet, so different in definition, that it can drive a potential viewer to disregard them completely. Although, in the 21st century, a largely derogatory connotation is attached with movie sequels in the film buff’s mind due to the constant negligence… Read more »

15 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

When you hear of a “biographical film,” you may think of mostly formulaic, even some manipulative stuff like “The Theory of Everything” and/or “A Beautiful Mind,” but the genre is much more than that. There’s almost a certain formula when it comes to biopics. If it’s an inspirational person, the movie will surely have some dramatic moments, maybe a touching… Read more »

14 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Awards season is approaching an end, which means you’ll finally stop hearing about Rami Malek and Regina King. That’s cause for celebration, since most people are sick of hearing about these performances for three to four long months. Are they worthy of praise? Absolutely, but there comes a time when people are just ready to move on and talk about… Read more »

14 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

As the years go by, cars lose their curves, records lose their scratchy sound and homes lose their lace. Times change and so do we‒ all at one with our cultures, our aesthetics, our fashions. Change is a need. It’s an unstoppable force, maybe, but it doesn’t erase memory in its sweeping establishment. On the detailed façade of an old… Read more »

14 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Every year it’s a given that there’s a great many films that go without the recognition they deserve. When you take into consideration there’s thousands of films made every single year, and let’s try dwindling that down to maybe a few hundred that are actually worthwhile, there’s no way we can expect people to go out of their way to… Read more »

13 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

This is a list for those of you who enjoy films that have some “weirdness” to them, in different degrees. Of course, what “strange” and “weird” actually means is up to the individual person. To some, “Amélie” can be a weird and fun (and very French) film, while others have to dig deep into the most obscure underground short films… Read more »

13 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

In the movie business, unfortunately quality doesn’t always equal commercial success. Particularly with the rise of the blockbuster, there has been a real demand from cinema goers for big action and big special effects. The appetite is seemingly endless, and with development of new technology and increased budgets standards have been steadily improving. 2018 is an example of a year… Read more »

13 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Not all films enjoy a devoted and passionate fan base. Some of them are still unsung masterpieces deserving more love and attention. Here is a list of some “hidden cult gems”.   14. Hardcore (1979) “Oh my God, that’s my daughter” The quote is taken from Paul Schrader’s underrated intense drama “Hardcore” featuring George C. Scott as Jake VanDorn, a… Read more »

12 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

So many unnecessary remakes get made. Did we really need that action-oriented Ben-Hur that came out a few years ago? Absolutely not. We’ve had remakes and reboots from here to the moon, and the main objective here was to make money, and not enhance a story. Then, a glimmer of hope comes. A Star Is Born is a retelling of… Read more »

12 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

It’s that time of the year and some might be thinking: seriously, have we not seen them all? At times, romantic movies seem to only consist of repeated formulas, endless clichés and worn out storylines. So it is about time to look at romantic films that offer something different. A storyteller breaking new ground with a unique point of view… Read more »

12 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Influenced by the visionary works of writers H.G. Wells and Jules Verne, science fiction films are both a prediction of future innovation as well as a speculation of current societal anxieties. They often feature fantastical storylines complete with alien invasion, mystical worlds, and dystopian civilizations. With tales of grand heroes and corrupt leaders, they incidentally help us understand human nature… Read more »

11 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

What does it mean when we say that a film is unfairly hated? Is it based on box office earnings – when a film falls below its expected box office earnings or doesn’t make its budget back? Perhaps it is critical reviews – when critics dislike the film and when audiences give it low scores? Or is it simply word… Read more »

11 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

Ah, love. The mingling of two, sometimes multiple, minds and bodies. A state of hypnotic affection and desire directed at the aware and unaware. It can cross paths with any person of any age at any time. With love, of course, comes the mystery and excitement of romance. The gestures and words, coupled with vying attempts at wooing and connecting… Read more »

10 February 2019 | Features, Other Lists

It’s almost always more interesting to see a film divide audiences than it is to see a film either adored by most or hated by most, but what is even more interesting is when you go into a film that many have warned you not to see… and end up loving it. Here are ten great movies that many disliked,… Read more »

10 February 2019 | Features, Film Lists

I think Roger Ebert is the best movie reviewer that we have ever had. There have been some other great ones but to me Roger stands out above the rest. I grew up watching Sneak Previews and would seek out the movies that Roger and his partner, Gene Siskel touted. Once Roger’s reviews became available online, I would always read… Read more »

10 February 2019 | Features, Other Lists