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Darkness and light; profound tests of courage and honour; the eternal bonds of love; commitment to a Holy cause: all are themes that exist in these extraordinary films about the afterlife. Whether comedy or drama, thriller or romance, filmmakers from around the world delve into religious, philosophical and deeply intimate and personal interpretations of the Great Unknown beyond our human… Read more »

29 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

In the art of cinema there is a very thin line between the many things a person involved in this business can do. In today’s world few people are just actors, just directors, just screenwriters etc. In many cases the director’s seat has been the ultimate goal; many screenwriters evolve into director becoming auteurs (writing and directing) and of course,… Read more »

28 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

No matter how many years pass, no matter how much cinema evolves there will always be some subjects that will remain forever appealing. To name just a few: love, revenge, nostalgia and so on. There will also be time periods that will always draw audiences into the movie theater: World War II, the prohibition era, the Wild West etc. The… Read more »

28 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The documentary has greatly evolved from its humble beginnings in educational and travel films. During the last hundred years the genre has played a key role in revolutionizing filmmaking as a whole. They have been used as tools of propaganda, observation, and a means to study many aspects of the world big and small. Documentarians range from Leni Riefenstahl and… Read more »

28 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Movies have a way of playing us like pianos. They can have us wrapped in laughter one minute while the next we’re wiping away tears of sorrow. Films should evoke some kind of response from their audiences. In today’s world of super hero franchises and endless sequels, it has become increasingly rare to find stories that serve as more than… Read more »

27 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

As August reaches its end, and September inches closer and closer, perhaps now is as good a time as any to reflect nostalgically on some particular images and memories that help make summer so memorable. Memories like family barbeques, sparklers on the Fourth of July, swimming in cool water on the hottest day of the year, or perhaps just lounging… Read more »

26 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Since the gangly Count Orlock crept up those stairs in F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu (1922), horror cinema has relied on stylistic efforts to cause terror in its audience. Contrasts between light and darkness, depiction of true evil, menacing pursuits through confined spaces and stories that convey the supernatural and abnormal have been staples of horror classics since the dawn of cinema…. Read more »

26 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

20th century Latin American Cinema established a movie language of its own with important classic movies like The Forgotten Ones (Los Olvidados, 1950), Memories from Underdevelopment (Memorias del Subdesarrollo, 1968), The Snail Strategy (La estrategia del Caracol, 1985), The Official Story (La Historia Oficial, 1985) and Oriana (1985). They all come together as different landmarks for the new wave of… Read more »

26 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

It is arguably the most covered award in the cinematic world, so it is no surprise when hundreds of bloggers globally post their predictions online for who will win the Best Picture category at the Academy Awards. Earlier this year, Alejandro Gonzales Inarritu’s ‘Birdman’ snatched the top prize, pleasing some and upsetting others. Many thought that while ‘Birdman’ was a… Read more »

25 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Every time someone enters the movie theatre and sits on the chair, for the next two or three hours, they are induced to the act of delusion. When the screen lights up and you experiencing watching a film, your life stops existing and you give your time to someone else completely new, who lives on the other side of the… Read more »

25 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

While the tourists often prefer Venice, Rome is where the real action is, at least as far as cinema is concerned. Rome is the home of Cinecittà, the studio that gave rise to the vast majority of Italian films that have lasted the test of time; and many Hollywood films have been shot there too. Apart from that enviable cinematic… Read more »

25 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Magic has always held an intriguing role in both fiction and real life. Stemming from legends of wizards and mystics, the concept of magic began to grow in the view of humanity, encompassing all unexplainable powers and stories. From medieval folklore to modern wizarding novels, magicians have been at the heart of the fantasy genre for as long as it… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

Classic Hollywood is synonymous with major star power and each star had a persona that they built up thanks in part to the studio system. Henry Fonda was America’s mouthpiece reflecting the sentiment of the common man. Cary Grant was the epitome of a suave gentleman who could woo any lady on the screen or in the audience. Elizabeth Taylor… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Other Lists

The term “damsel in distress” is a vapid expression to be sure, along with “femme fatale” or the more recent trope of the “manic pixie dream girl.” What these arguably sectarian euphemisms point to is cinema’s steady association and obsession with womanhood in different and distinctive modes. Certainly there have been times where film has cast an objectifying gaze upon… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists

The relationship between cinema and psychoanalysis is as old as these two institutions themselves. Psychoanalysis was invented by Sigmund Freud at the end of the 19th century, at the same time that the first films were being created by filmmakers like the Lumiere brothers, George Méliès and Thomas Edison. Freud’s first book, On Aphasia, was published in the 1890s, a… Read more »

24 August 2015 | Features, Film Lists