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The 1980’s was seen as an unusual decade for movies. There were a lot of “popcorn” movies released that decade (popcorn movies were seen to have been started with “Jaws” in 1975), but independents and art house films were seen as being on the upswing. There was a true division in audiences also. The 16 to 24 year old crowd… Read more »

19 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Crazy, wild eyed, off the wall are just a few terms people would use to describe Nicolas Cage. His style of performance is like no other actor on this planet. He says lines that are just plain normal yet they make you question why he’s said them in that way. An actor that has divided critics and general movie goers’ opinions… Read more »

18 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

When explaining why he dropped out of film school, Paul Thomas Anderson said “My film making education consisted of finding out what filmmakers I liked were watching, then seeing those films. I learned the technical stuff from books and mags…Film school is a complete con, because the information is out there if you want it.” Whatever one’s motivation, the joy… Read more »

18 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

After the Civil War, the South was no longer an epicenter of trade and commerce. Its failure to win the war plunged it into economic and technological turmoil from which it has arguably never fully recovered. For this reason, the South has long been considered to be backwards, anti-intellectual, poverty stricken, and highly religious. One way these ideas have been… Read more »

17 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

In the history of film there have been a number of anni mirabili, years in which an enormous amount of quality movies were released. The great examples are 1939 (Gone With the Wind, the Wizard of Oz, Stagecoach, Ninotchka), 1960 (Psycho, L’Avventura, Breathless, La Dolce Vita), 1974 (Godfather 2, Chinatown, The Last Detail, Blazing Saddles and Young Frankenstein), 1979 (Apocalypse… Read more »

16 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

This year’s movie Lucy was more the mise-en-scène than the plot: a colour palette and a pace that fans hadn’t seen for a while that just screamed from Luc Besson. Lucy was a massive international hit, financially and critically – though less so with the scientific community which sniffily took umbrage with the theory that 100% brain activity will turn you… Read more »

13 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Born in Minnesota, Winona Ryder made her film debut at the age of fifteen with David Seltzer’s Lucas. However, it was not until her first collaboration with Tim Burton two years later with the comedy fantasy Beetlejuice that Ryder was first properly recognised. In Beetlejuice she played teen Goth Lydia with a wicked dress sense and a penchant for speaking… Read more »

12 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Myth, legend and folklore constitute the bedrock of world culture. Strange, then, that they have been so poorly served by the English-speaking cinema community. For every great film such as a Jason and the Argonauts (1963, Chaffey) or an Excalibur (1981, Boorman), there’s a Troy (2004, Petersen), a Clash of the Titans (2010, Leterrier), a First Knight (1995, Zucker), or… Read more »

12 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Award shows are mostly drawn out occasions to revere people for doing frivolous things. Acting is simply pretending to be something that you are not. Having said that, that does not mean we should overlook the terrific abilities of some performers out there. Some people have it and others do not. No matter if you are watching a big budget… Read more »

11 December 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Out of all the directors working in mainstream cinema today, Christopher Nolan is proving to be one of the most interesting and compelling. Born in London in 1970 and of a British-American ancestry, this is a man who always aspired to make films, starting to experiment, very much like Steven Spielberg before him, at a young age with a Super… Read more »

10 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The human desire to procreate, to duplicate and to live beyond mortality is as old as humanity itself. From the oldest cave paintings to the latest 3D movie release, we have explored the nature of the human condition by expressing stories of who we are and the purpose of existence. With each passing generation, we pass on more than our… Read more »

09 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

After a six year absence from cinema screens, Quentin Tarantino released to the world his foray into global action cinema with an epic tale of revenge – Kill Bill. Told over two parts (or one Whole Bloody Affair), Kill Bill recounts the blood-soaked vengeance of the Bride (Uma Thurman), a former member of the Deadly Viper Assassination Squad who left… Read more »

09 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Famously called “the French Hitchcock”, Henri-Georges Clouzot did have a lot in common with the English director. Most of their films were acclaimed suspense thrillers, and they were very demanding with their actors, often resorting to physical violence. Besides, both had a thing for blonds. Clouzot’s films, however, were darker, showing the evil in everyday men and women, plus the… Read more »

09 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Seemingly able to play everything from stiff upper lip English gentleman to romantic leading man to light comedian with a twinkle in his eye, Colin Firth has seemingly become one of Britain’s most dependable actors. Moving easily between TV Miniseries and film, Firth has been one very busy actor for the last 30 years. Born in Grayschott, Hampshire, England in… Read more »

08 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The term “hauntingly beautiful” refers to a more poeticized aesthetic where there is an unusual intermingling of light and dark, both literally and subjectively. Black and white films have the potential to perfectly capture this marriage of binaries, offering both subtle and blatant juxtapositions in which polar opposites coexist perfectly with one another. These films contain extremes that are not… Read more »

08 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Over the last several decades, the horror genre has had its share of ups and downs. We’ve seen it transition from the otherworldly ghost and demon films of the 1970s, all the way into the rise of the slasher film with major Hollywood studios in the early eighties. With the success of big name franchises such as Friday the 13th,… Read more »

07 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

From the very beginning, documentary film and controversy were bound together. The first recognised full-length documentary, Nanook of the North, was Robert Flaherty’s record of a ‘real-life’ Inuit family, but even that early documentation of reality was built on deception, and artifice. Frederick Wiseman, whose films are considered the epitome of realism in documentary-making, has battled with censors and bans… Read more »

07 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The ladies have been rather vocal these days. Whether it is calling out our catcallers or coming out of the closet as feminists, women are making their presence known in a way they haven’t before. But things have not always been as such. Coming-of-age in general, though a beloved and fruitful subject can get a little hairy. Puberty is messy… Read more »

06 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists

With the recent release of the first part of the final instalment of the “Hunger Games” franchise, “Mockingjay”, apart from the baggage and hype surrounding this particular set of films, it also puts a spotlight on the final performance of an actor that many consider to be one of the finest of his generation. That actor? Philip Seymour Hoffman (1967-2014)…. Read more »

05 December 2014 | Features, Film Lists