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Calling Woody Allen an influential filmmaker would be understatement. One of the most prolific auteurs, active since 1966, Allen has been debuting a new movie almost every year since the beginning of his career. Influenced by European art cinema, Allen presents everything atypical, including big screen spectacles that we usually get from mainstream Hollywood. In fact, it would be a… Read more »

29 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It is obvious that Hollywood loves remakes. Most of them are really bad and unnecessary, but who could argue that they are also easy money for studios? Everyone seems to wish for a new original film than to see another soulless reboot. But if you think about it, some of the best movies of all time are remakes. The Thing… Read more »

28 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Most films are forgotten. They add their sentence to the larger cultural conversation, and retreat to on-demand menus and DVD shelves. And as technology enables more and more movies to be made with less and less money, it becomes even harder to sort through the ever-expanding ocean of cinema content. But there are some movies that truly receive unfair treatment…. Read more »

28 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The Matrix is in the news again, with details that Warner Bros. are looking to expand its universe. They have a difficult path ahead, as the original film ranks as one of the most influential science-fiction movies of all time. Taking philosophical cues from both Rene Descartes and the postmodernist Jean Baudrillard, the Wachowski’s created a brilliant new template for… Read more »

28 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

It’s no novelty that Hollywood loves sequels. Even though franchise-creating is a growing obsession in American and world cinema in the 21st century, it has been a thing for much, much longer. The sequels on this list, however, are anomalies – they were made a long time after their original films, and the lack of expediency on the producer’s part… Read more »

27 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

M. Night Shyamalan’s career trajectory is a product of the unforgiving American cinematic industry; the weird mechanisms of Internet irony that belittles and ridicules; and a brand of cinema that lies between Spielberg-ian imaginative morality tales with a spiritual undertone, a love for Hitchcock and the classics of suspense, and an appreciation for the B-movie traditions and comic books. He… Read more »

27 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

This list should be prefaced with the assertion that the ‘worst’ of David Lynch’s films is a very different idea to the worst of many other directors’ respective back catalogues. Each time that David Lynch has taken the helm on a feature film, the result has been something adventurous, challenging and, most importantly provoking discussion long after the popcorn kernels… Read more »

27 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are millions of jobs out there – some common, others not so much. And so the same goes for fictional characters in films. A lot of thought goes into the character’s creation, including the assignment of their occupation, even if the plot doesn’t necessarily revolve around it. This is because, of course, it is the little things and details… Read more »

27 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Throughout much of the middle of the 20th Century that made up the Golden Age of Hollywood, the most popular and financially successful film genre was the Western. In this time, John Wayne was one of the biggest box office draws, and films like Stagecoach, High Noon, The Searchers, and The (original) Magnificent Seven were counted as among the strongest… Read more »

26 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

There was no shortage of cinematic comedy during the 1980’s. Zany parodies a’la the Zucker Brothers were extremely popular, as were the sentimental teen pictures of John Hughes. Sex comedies in the vein of Porky’s and Revenge of the Nerds emerged regularly, and Saturday Night Live certainly had a profound impact. Then there were unexpected, bizarre successes like Crocodile Dundee,… Read more »

26 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Miyazaki has been crafting films more lusciously illustrated and rapturously imaginative than almost anything else on the silver screen.” – Richard Corliss, TIME Magazine   Come sail away Most assuredly there is no one else making animated films like auteur-director Hayao Miyazaki. Born in Tokyo in 1941, the personal universe he presents onscreen is absolutely unparalleled, a manufacturer of one… Read more »

26 March 2017 | Features, Reviews

During an interview for the release of Alien Isolation, Yaphet Kotto, who played the role of Chief Engineer Parker in the original Alien, stated, “It’s an original. It’s like Frankenstein or Dracula or Wolfman. Nothing like it seen before or after”. Nearly 40 years later and the Alien, or Xenomorph (meaning strange form), has become one of the most iconic… Read more »

25 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Cult films. Two words that inspire a world of weirdness and unique visions. Sometimes, the results are accidental, like The Room or Birdemic. Others garner followings on their bizarreness and originality alone, like Eraserhead and Freaks. The rise of the internet and the unbounded connectivity has brought legions of fans together and opened up innumerable discussions about the appreciation of… Read more »

25 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Since its inception, cinema has been the perfect medium for exploring and depicting flights of fancy and the language of dreams. Cinema is a visual art. It encompasses, and necessarily must encompass, all that we can imagine. Many filmmakers across the years have attempted to revolutionise and transfigure the ways in which movies can speak to us. In Le voyage… Read more »

25 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists

The pop culture phenomenon known as the zombie apocalypse has reached global fanfare over the last two decades. The revival started in the 90s with the “Resident Evil” video game franchise, continuing up to present day with the comic book turned AMC television series “The Walking Dead”, which has knocked out the competition by becoming one of the most popular… Read more »

24 March 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Believe it or not, there was once a time in movie history when the marketing materials created to promote the release of a new film corresponded to the picture’s essence. With imaginative hand-drawn posters a must for every release and the prospect of big data still years away from influencing what’s packed into a trailer’s two minute spiel, advertising actually… Read more »

24 March 2017 | Features, Film Lists