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Monthly Archives: January 2014

If a film makes 100 million at the box office it’s safe to assume that it has been a hit with audiences (regardless of whether or not the film makes any profit). Despite critical hatchet-jobs, these films made well in excess of double that figure; each making an obscene amount of money. This list demonstrates that film critics have no… Read more »

31 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Animation is usually seen as an inferior form of filmmaking. Maybe because it started as something aimed almost exclusively at kids. Maybe because it involves a bit less the craft and the crew that we associate with traditional filmmaking. Whatever the reason, animations is usually taken for granted, and people only know of Pixar and Dreamworks, and may have heard… Read more »

30 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Lo-Fi Sci-Fi is an emerging genre of the last decade or so inspired by Mumblecore and budgetary constraints. The name is derived from ‘Low Fidelity’ and ‘Science Fiction’, seemingly meant to convey the low budget, amateur approach of filming a Science Fiction movie. This is not to dumb down the genre at all but portray its indie status devoid of… Read more »

29 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

After you’ve topped the charts, made it on MTV (back when they still played videos at least) and reaped in your millions off of that one-hit wonder, the question is always: “What’s next?” Well your manager may firstly recommend trying your hand at another album, another tour, a television guest spot, but after all that then what? That’s when we… Read more »

29 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Soundtracks are sometimes called the “little sister” of Cinema, they are often considered LESS than the photography or the plots. This interpretation, so deep into our minds, has led several soundtracks to be just “company” for the actual film, however, thanks to very good musicians and good judgment on compilations, there are some excellent soundtracks over the decades. This time… Read more »

28 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists

Netflix has become a power house these last few years and not too many can compete with what they offer. Now more than ever Netflix is becoming stronger by signing deals with some big distributers and even having their own production company. One thing Netflix has always been good at is instantly streaming right onto your computer or TV some… Read more »

26 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Every year the debates begin at this time over the Oscar nominees. Who got nominated? Who got snubbed? Who’s going to win? This year has produced many great films and even more great performances. Perennial favorites like Martin Scorsese and Meryl Streep are there along with Hollywood newcomers guaranteeing some interesting presentations and hilarious moments from returning host Ellen DeGeneres…. Read more »

25 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists

The term “talkies” was given to some of the first movies to feature synchronised sound after the silent era of film. Here however, it would refer to a body of films that consist of people merely talking to one another – no action (that’s why Tarantino movies are not on this list), no explosions, just dialogue. Outside events often take… Read more »

24 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Movies always stand to be the fastest and most fun way to get good entertainment, but sometimes you want to delve deep into a film that’s going to leave you with more than just a little bit of hollow satisfaction. Here are 15 films that will leave you completely drained of all of your emotions because who doesn’t like a… Read more »

23 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Filmmaking isn’t about just pointing a camera at talented actors. It’s a collaborative medium employing the use of sound, music, lighting, cinematography, mise-en-scene, editing, special effects and screenwriting. Every now and then a filmmaker will use one of these filmmaking tools in a style so deft and so innovative, that it inspires, delights and influences all filmmakers that come after… Read more »

21 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Journalism and journalists have been the focal points of many great films. The reporters and news men/women who maintain a sense of journalistic integrity are often times tormented (either internally or externally), and those without it are frequently presented as morally bankrupt, but professionally successful.   15. Anchorman 2 This is a broad comedy that expands the universe of Ron… Read more »

20 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

What makes a documentary significant? What does it take to draw the audience in and care about the same issue as the director? Sometimes the film focuses on things that may be upsetting or involved controversial people. Other times we may find ourselves just enjoying a light hearted story that just makes us happy and regains our faith in humanity…. Read more »

20 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

“You can’t spend the rest of your life crying. It annoys people in the movies.” – Oscar Madison (“The Odd Couple”, 1968) There is a line from “The House That Dripped Blood”, the third in a series of anthology films from Amicus Productions, which went like this: “That’s what’s wrong with present-day horror films. There’s no realism. Not like the… Read more »

19 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Fans (and possibly casual movie goers) may have noticed a trend in the superhero film genre; that the third entry in any trilogy (or quadrilogy) ends up being noticeably weaker than its two predecessors. It’s a strange phenomenon that can possibly be explained by the fact that either ideas run thin by the time these franchises reach their third film,… Read more »

19 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

The Oscar is always a fun guessing game to play. We analyze the nominees for months until the actual day comes and there is nothing left to do but just sit and watch it all go down. Most people these days calk up the Awards to a fun fantasy evening where Hollywood pats itself on the back for a job… Read more »

18 January 2014 | Features, Film Lists

Music in movies has always been just as important as the direction and screenplay. They can be truly defined by their scores, while music-less films are often boring and uninteresting. And sometimes films can use a particular song very well. So if scores define a film, then a song can and does define a scene. There are always plenty to… Read more »

17 January 2014 | Features, Other Lists