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As we moved into “The Noughties” (a popular term that’s been affixed to the first decade of the 21st century), and after two decades of relative stability and peace in Western society, the world found itself yet again in the midst of a major shift: opening with 9/11–the worst terror attack in recorded history–and ending in a global financial meltdown,… Read more »

25 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

A wonderfully versatile performer is a thing to be celebrated; fine actors like Daniel Day-Lewis or Gary Oldman have that rare chameleon-like talent where they can tackle any role, and completely and utterly disappear into a character. But with other actors, it’s not as easy. There are plenty of good and even excellent performers out there that are fantastic at… Read more »

25 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

The cinematic consciousness of a viewer is primarily defined by memories. The memories collectively determine the perception, however distorted, that the viewer holds towards a certain film. And while the verbal and the acoustic play a critical role in shaping those memories, the first contact towards all cinematic art is visual. Not very disparate from the impressions the texture and… Read more »

25 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Not all horror films are campy cult favorites or revered masterpieces. Some are just like tasty junk food that helps you to remember times when it didn’t take much to scare you as a younger viewer. These 10 films are such tasty junk food, but just like a candy bar they have at least a whiff of nutrition for discussion… Read more »

24 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

No word infuriates movie nerds quite like “ripoff.” To even suggest that cherished films with intense followings may have possibly copied the plot, aesthetics or general premise of other people’s works is to invite unbridled geek chaos, if not directly stoke cinema dork outrage. But a lot of times, one can’t help but watch certain much revered and highly regarded… Read more »

24 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Alongside the likes of Garrone, Moretti and Guadagnino, Paolo Sorrentino is one of the Italian filmmakers with most magnitude in the industry today. In terms of style, Sorrentino’s films are known for being intellectually cold, darkly satirical, and overflowing with sensual and vibrant imagery, altogether for which he is referred to as the modern Fellini. Since his film debut, Sorrentino’s… Read more »

24 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

You would have to be living under rock to not believe that the superhero genre is currently going through a golden age. Since the turn of the century, studios have been desperate to acquire the intellectual property of comic book writers, especially superheroes, and transfer them to the big screen. So prevalent and successful this was that in recent years,… Read more »

23 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

There are many movies that are cult-worthy and that have a large amount of fans and followers; but not many are as popular and vast as The Room. Considering how terrible the movie actually is, it is quite insane to think the amount of people who belong to its dedicated cult following, including many celebrity stars. Everything from the actors,… Read more »

23 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Sometimes, even in Hollywood, patience pays off. While the industry’s instinct might be one of producing sequels to a successful work immediately, a few late continuations of earlier stories have proven that they were much more than easy cash-grabs. This list puts together the best out of them, telling of how and why they came to be, and what is… Read more »

23 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

“Any good movie is filled with secrets.” – Mike Nichols   Daydream nation So much of the comedy in Mike Nichols’ zeitgeist-defining second film The Graduate, feels effortless and equipped with an intellectual exactitude. When it opened in 1967 it was the sort of film that audiences found to be forward, fearless, and even a little––okay a lot––lurid. It was… Read more »

23 April 2017 | Features, Reviews

Ridley Scott is one of the most successful directors of all time: combined, his films have grossed $1.5 billion theatrically alone, while his work in the science fiction and historical drama genres have set the standard for generations of filmmakers. Having directed sci-fi masterpieces like Alien and Blade Runner, to historical epics like Gladiator and Kingdom of Heaven, to the… Read more »

23 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists

Continuing from where “Akira” left off, “Ghost in the Shell” established cyberpunk as one of the main themes of the genre, and pawned a huge franchise that continues to produce masterpieces. In that fashion, the franchise includes three animated TV series, four movies, and four video games, while a live-action remake starring Scarlett Johansson was released in the United States… Read more »

23 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Action cinema has gone through some great changes over the past few decades. What entertained and thrilled audiences in the past may not work today. Fans want action scenes that are more violent, kinetic, intense and exciting. Everyone has their favourite aspect of action cinema. Some love gun fights, others love car chases, but for many, fight scenes are truly… Read more »

22 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

With the growing popularity South Korean cinema has been enjoying internationally, the transfer of Korean filmmakers to Hollywood was an inevitable action. From the three directors that made the step, Park Chan-wook with “Stoker”, Kim Jee-woon with “The Last Stand”, and Bong Joon-ho with “Snowpiercer”, the latter was the most successful, both artistically and commercially. With the film featuring an… Read more »

22 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

You are not given the nickname Enfant chéri or Darling Child from the famous Cannes Festival for no reasons. At only 27 years old, Xavier Dolan has wrote and directed seven worldwide acclaimed pictures and two videoclips with combined views of over two billions. Dolan eats, sleeps and breathes cinema and has done so his entire life. Son of actor… Read more »

22 April 2017 | Features, Other Lists

Much like the dance parties in the early 60s, most horror films come with a twist. From demonic possessions to more subtle enemies, every bad guy will throw the occasional red herring, trying to mislead our heroes and make them doubt their own sanity. Classics such as the “The Others” or the Bill Paxton thriller “Frailty” will leave you wondering… Read more »

21 April 2017 | Features, Film Lists