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Monthly Archives: February 2014

As we have seen time and time again, the Academy of Arts and Sciences is not infallible. Made up of human beings (often with somewhat questionable agendas), the Academy has had its fair share of mis-steps and baffling snubs over its 86 year history.  Fortunately, they do recognize talent, even if they generally pass it up for something safer. Proving… Read more »

28 February 2014 | Uncategorized

If I had a dollar for every local band version of “Living After Midnight” I’ve heard in my life… I’d have about $15.30. Ba-dum-pum (spelling?) Almost every teenager with a dream and a pick (or a drumstick) has wanted to be in a band. That is why movies depicting dreams not deferred, but realized, are so incredibly appealing. So break… Read more »

27 February 2014 | Uncategorized

It goes without saying that Alfred Hitchcock is one of the greatest directors in the history of cinema. Known as the Master of Suspense, Hitchcock had a special touch to each of his pictures that made him stand out as a director. This list represents the techniques and methods he used that made his movies stand out. It’s these little details that stood… Read more »

26 February 2014 | Uncategorized

Everyone loves a twist in a film, so why not have the twist in realising: “Hey, we never found out their name!” The common link which ties these movies together is that their main characters’ real names are actually never mentioned. This leaves the character void of an identity and creates an aura of mysteriousness.  So without further ado, here are 20… Read more »

25 February 2014 | Uncategorized

It is always a tragedy to lose a Hollywood icon, serving inspirations and role models to the youth who look up to the actors in hopes of following their Hollywood dreams.  Not all actors are fortunate enough to live long lives, but all on this list left a big imprint on Hollywood during their career.  Here is a list of… Read more »

22 February 2014 | Uncategorized

Long take. One-shot. Oner. Continuous take. Different terms for the same principle: An uninterrupted (or seemingly uninterrupted) shot in a movie. And with these shots come various difficulties. Lengthy dialogue which needs to be memorised. Difficult choreography of all the moving elements in the frame. Various lighting conditions. Hard working conditions for the cinematographer but also for other crew members…. Read more »

21 February 2014 | Uncategorized

Genre is a useful, if sometimes problematic tool for cinema; a film may contain many influences, styles and concepts meaning that it cannot be simply called, for example, a “horror” film. What if this “horror” film contains a lot of humour and makes the audience laugh as well as shriek? Well then it is a “horror-comedy” or “black comedy” –… Read more »

20 February 2014 | Uncategorized

“Halloween” is considered by many to be the greatest slasher film of all-time and it re-defined the horror genre. It may not be the first film to get the slasher genre started, but it was one of the most important and spawned many similar films. “Halloween” inspired a lot of talented filmmakers and launched the careers of those involved, and… Read more »

19 February 2014 | Uncategorized

Hollywood, and the world for that matter, is full of actors in various stages of their career, those just beginning, those gracefully bowing out of the spotlight and those looking to regain their past successes. Concerning the latter, not all of these actors have faded from view. Some have been typecast, some are doing lousy work, some have self-destructed, some… Read more »

17 February 2014 | Uncategorized

Nightmare sequences in movies, can sometimes be considered to be that extra, unnecessary scare, a jolt in order to keep up the pace of the film and the audience on their toes. Despite this, there is no denying that they are something of an outlet for the filmmakers to let their imaginations run wild and can often prove to be… Read more »

16 February 2014 | Uncategorized

If you’re reading this post chances are you like film. And if you like film, there is a distinct possibility you enjoy a good documentary too. So it doesn’t get much better than a documentary about film, right? Here’s a list of ten of the best documentaries ever made about the making of a movie. Some of them are about… Read more »

16 February 2014 | Uncategorized

As demonstrated throughout this list, there are many elements that define a film as “beautiful”. Often, these elements coexist within the work evoking an emotional reaction from the viewer. In these films, our world is redefined, examined and presented to us as a challenge to understand new levels of our existence. All of these movies are available on Netflix Instant,… Read more »

15 February 2014 | Uncategorized

The hype for any superhero film is driven by two aspects; the hero themselves and the antagonist they are to take on. From there, the movie spreads its wings into three acts incorporating the following: hero is introduced to a problem, hero endures problem, and finally the hero (hopefully) resolve the problem. It is from there that you can how… Read more »

15 February 2014 | Uncategorized

What is a fragmented film? That is not an easy question. A film may be fragmented by its inner structure, a narrative that doesn’t follow a traditional path. However, some non-linear films do follow a common path, albeit with flashbacks. Can those films be considered fragmented? The idea of a fragmented film we explore in the following entries is that… Read more »

14 February 2014 | Uncategorized

The wrongly accused man, the rebel that can’t be caged, and the prisoner of war trying to get out alive; there are so many types of relatable characters that exist in the “prison break” sub-genre. At their best these movies play on our deepest psychological fears. The thought of being locked away in sub-human conditions, sadistic and malicious wardens and… Read more »

13 February 2014 | Uncategorized

The word cinematography literally means ‘to record movements’. A director relies on their cinematographer to manipulate the mood and implication of a shot. For example; you might not think that there’d be many ways to film a person walking down a corridor – but what if that corridor had seedy red lighting? What if the person cast a long dark… Read more »

12 February 2014 | Uncategorized